Sunday, June 14, 2015

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Shadow Box, Graphic 45

Hello crafty friends! I'm neck deep in Graphic 45 papers here. Isn't everyone? I'll just imagine you're all in the same boat I am - so many incredible craft papers on my shelves and I keep using the G45. Pink Paislee, Bo Bunny, Prima, MME -- I promise you'll get your turn!

Today I'm sharing a shadow box made with Graphic 45's "Olde Curiosity Shoppe". It's 8 1/2 inches wide and stands about 10" tall. The box is a G45 Matchbox. I think that's what it's called, anyway.

Left view

Right view
Thanks for your visit! I hope you are having a creative day. If you are interested in purchasing this shadow box, it's available in my Killam Creative Paper shop.


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Vintage School Card, Graphic 45 "An ABC Primer"

Hello hello! I know I said I was done with the vintage school cards... I have one more that didn't go with that design theme. I love how this came out. When I first saw the paper I wasn't sure how I would work this larger scene out. I think this turned out quite well!

Thank you for taking the time to visit today. If you have an questions about my construction methods please feel free to comment or email. I love to share!


Sunday, June 7, 2015

Beach Album And Keepsake Box, Graphic 45 "On The Boardwalk"

Hello beach bums! Ok, maybe not all of you are beach bums... I'm not either. Even though I'm 30 minutes from the ocean, this pale face skips the beach during the summer. I don't look --or feel-- good in a bright red skin tone. :P

I have a vintage beach themed accordion album and keepsake box to share with you. It's made from Graphic 45's "On The Boardwalk" papers and a G45 Staples box.

Click the photos for a larger view. I love this box. Teal excites me, and add touches of orange and lime and I'm vibrating! See the polka dot beach umbrella in the top left corner? It's custom made for the box.

Since the front panel has the two open frames, I tailored the inside panel to give the bathing beauty a nice background. Speaking of her, in order to keep her from getting squished or bent with handling, I roughly cut around her and glued that to a pieces of thin cardboard. Once dry I carefully cut around her with my super sharp scissors. She has stability!

Inside is an accordion-style mini album. The front is layered in my usual fashion and has a similar twirly "on the boardwalk" flag as the box front.

Here's a view of the inside panels. There are 4 pockets for printed photos and ephemera.

Click for a bigger view

This was a fun project for me. I hope you like it, too! Here's a quick link to it in my Etsy paper shop.

Thank you for your visit today.  I hope your summer is starting off with a great fun bang!


Friday, June 5, 2015

A Ladies Keepsake Box, Graphic 45 "A Ladies Diary"

Hello crafty friends! Today I want to share a pretty keepsake box made with Graphic 45's "A Ladies Diary". The 8" x 8" cigar-style box came from one of those big box craft stores. I removed the original clasp and added feet and a top knob.

The top is delicately layered with vintage style. Our well-dressed miss as well as her flowers and pillar are popped up off the background paper. The stamp is hovering over the postcard!

"Style is a simple way of saying complicated things" is a great quote from French writer Jean Cocteau.

This keepsake box is available for purchase in my Killam Creative Paper shop.

Thanks for visiting today! I hope you have a creative day.


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Queen Of Last Minute Altered Wood Block

Hello hello! I always say I do my best work at the last minute. The pressure of a looming deadline certainly focuses me. The irony of this altered wood block isn't lost on me... see, I started it some time in 2013, I think. When did I finish it? Last month. Yup. April 2015.

Vintage tatting and watch parts. He head is a sprung watch spring!

These parts swirl around the clock face, as if time doesn't matter...

The queen likes her lacy bits

As time goes by...

The papers are from Tim Holtz's first paper pack. You know, from way back when. The body form is a Sizzix die and I think the wings were traced from a grungeboard cutout. The base is custom colored with about 5 different paints.

Thanks for your visit today! As always, I'm just on the other end of your keyboard if you have any questions about this or *any* construction or materials. I love to share!