Graphic 45 Layout and Card for Paper Secrets March Challenges

For my example for Rochelle’s March sketch challenge on Paper Secrets, I used Le Cirque papers by Graphic 45. Here’s what I came up with:


Graphic 45 Le Cirque pp
Canvas Corp burlap
LYB doily
Dusty Attic chipboard flourish


Helmar Premium Craft Glue
Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Zap Dots

Rochelle’s gorgeous sketch:

For my example for Joyce’s March card sketch challenge, I used their Le Romantique pp and here’s what I came up with:


G45 Le Romantique pp
Ranger Liquid Pearls
trim from my stash
Stazon ink
Fiskars clear stamp

Joyce’s fab sketch:



Fifth and Final Photo For The Huge Giveaway

I hope everyone has enjoyed taking a peek at the contents of this gigantic giveaway! πŸ˜€ Here’s the fifth and final photo of what’s included:

This pic includes Kaisercraft, Creative Imaginations and a bit of Graphic 45 (I guess I was wrong about the no new releases except MME’s Stella & Rose because it does include one sheet of G45’s Le Cirque paper…it’s the one covered in clowns front and back since Matthew is afraid of clowns and I’m not likely to use it myself. lol). It also includes 3 Imaginisce clear stamps and one Studio G. There another variety of stickers in this photo. Though one lucky winner will receive everything shown in all 5 photos, there are some items that haven’t been photographed, so those items will be a surprise! πŸ˜€

Remember today is the last day to enter to win!!! Be sure to leave a comment here and on any and all posts dated April 25, 2011 through today for your chance to win this enorgous collection of products! In order to qualify as an entry, the comment must be made before Midnight (Eastern), April 30, 2011. Just one comment per post per day please! If you are already a follower of my blog or become one, you’ll receive an extra entry for each of your comments! ONE winner will be drawn tomorrow, May 1, 2011. Thanks everyone and good luck!!!

Graphic 45 Altered Box Part 2 – Finished

This project is my entry into Graphic 45’s metal challenge. Since I was hosting an altered box challenge on Paper Secrets last weekend, I used the first few steps as my example project (you can see the post showing the bare wood box and the after for the PS example on this post). I took it further for the Graphic 45 challenge since the point of that challenge is to include at least one of their new metal staples (embellishments) in your project. Well, last month I won the new G45 Le Cirque 12×12 paper pad, a Geometric metal knob and door plate staple and envelope tag staples on their blog. THANK YOU G45!!! To thank them properly, I thought it would be a good idea to use these items for the challenge. πŸ˜€

These photos pick up where I left off in my earlier post.

Here’s the exterior of the box:

When you open the box, on the left you see some of the cutouts that come in the paper back layered with a tag envelope staple tucked behind them:

Those cutouts are actually glued to a piece of repurposed chipboard to create a pocket that the envelope slides into. That way, I can hide special messages to my son in the envelope and it’s easier to add and remove the message. Also, if the envelope gets damaged from use, I can just replace it. πŸ˜€ On the right you see a photo of my son “clowning around” along with some embellishments, including the new metal knob and door plate by G45. πŸ˜€ Here’s what it looks like w/the envelope removed:

If you lift the flap the photo is mounted onto, it reveals 2 more photos mounted underneath:

You can also use the knob to lift out that entire section which is actually an insert that hides half the depth of the box, so it has a hidden compartment. Here’s the box with the insert removed:

I’ll have a tutorial on how to make the cardboard hidden compartment in another post at a later date. Hope you liked my project!


unfinished wood box (from craft store)
Graphic 45 12×12 Le Cirque Paper Pad
G45 Geometric knob and door plate staple
G45 Tag Envelope Staple
Folk Art acryllic paint


Helmar 450 Quick Dry Liquid
Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro Perma Tac
Mod Podge (though I’ve heard you can use Helmar’s Acid Free Glue for decoupage)


Sponge brush
EK Success scalloped circle punch
Martha Stewart doily lace border punch

Comments are always welcome and appreciated! Don’t forget I’m also offering up some blog candy for comments left on any post between April 3, 2011 and April 9, 2011! One comment per post per day please! Followers of my blog have a chance to win a separate prize! See THIS POST for further details and pictures. TFL!

Altered Box for the Paper Secrets Birthday Bash

The Paper Secrets Birthday Bash officially starts 10am PDT today on their forum! Come join in on all the fun games and challenges scheduled for this weekend…for each challenge you complete and upload to the gallery, you will be entered to win a prize. Each challenge has its own prize (pics of the prizes you could win are attached to the individual challenge posts). All entries need to be submitted by 11:59 pm PDT on April 4, 2011.

I’m hosting the altered box challenge. You can alter any type of box you’d like (cardboard, chipboard, wood, etc), as long as you incorporate paper in some way. You can make it as simple or as elaborate as you’d like! For my example today, I went with simple. I started with a plain wood/wooden box:

Then I painted the edges on the interior and exterior:

Then covered all sides with paper:

I’m actually going to be creating a type of photo shadowbox with this, so it’s not embellished yet in these photos. After the weekend, I will post more pics with the completed project. TFL!

***Once you get to the Paper Secrets Forum, just click the topic “Paper Secrets Birthday Bash Games & Challenges.” That will then take you to the challenge and game posts. :-D***