I have a new class that is being offered two times this month!
It's a Graphic 45 Halloween tags class open to students who wish to stretch their design muscles by using the samples as inspiration (we're not doing step-by-step exact reproductions).
I'm providing twenty samples (ten each of vertical and horizontal layouts - see below for some spotlights) and am providing tag blueprints and plenty of Graphic 45 Halloween product from their last two collections, as well as other supplies and embellishments.
The tags can be used individually or as a mini-book (plenty of different journal and picture features - hidden and in plain sight)!
Here's a small sampler that spotlights some of the tags:
Congratulations,Nancy! Please send me an email by September 15 so I can hook you up with your prize!
The Next Two Challenges
Hey, Gentle Readers, if you want to join in the fun, you can still sign up for the September Card Chain Challenge until Sunday, September 6, 2015, 11:55 p.m., EST. All cards exchanged will be revealed here on October 1, 2015.
If your card arrives at its destination by the last day of September, you'll be eligible to win this month's prize (selected by random draw) - a $30 gift certificate from:
The October Card Chain Challenge sign-up begins on Monday, September 7 (sign-up link will activate at that time). All cards exchanged in that challenge will be revealed here on November 1, 2015.
Hope to see you here!
Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day!
W H O' S B E E N P L A Y I N G
(If you're reading this and have never participated, please consider doing so. And if you see that your country or state has never been represented, you are honor-bound to sign up and show that y'all are friendly and interested in building global peace - and your stamp collection - one card at a time!)
As of September 1, 2015, we've exchanged over 1,780 cards in this little jaunt - most of which were made by regular participants. And where do they come from? Read on....
Past participants have hailed from: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain (aka: England), Greece, Holland (aka: The Netherlands), Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mauritius, New Zealand, Norway, The Philippines, Portugal, Scotland, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, South Africa. (We only need to get some countries that begin with L, O, Q, R, T, U, V, W, X, Y, and Z to keep up with our alphabet list! We have 161 countries to go before we have total global participation!!!
As for the USA, past participants include: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. We're still missing: Connecticut, South Dakota, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
If you're new to the Card Chain Challenge ("CCC") this is an event where everybody wins. Basically, you make a card for the person above you on the chain and you receive a card from the person below you on the chain. It's a personalized swap, sort of, and it's a ton of fun! Go here for past Chains.
Okay, so we all know Gigi is 13 now, right? (And if this comes as a shock to anyone, I'm right there with you!)
So I'm going to the post office because I have three packages and about eight cards to mail, and I have my little sweetpea with me. I had to fill out a form for one of the packages as it was going overseas, so I gave Gigi the postage stamps and the cards and said, "Here - put these stamps on."
A few minutes later, I've completed the form, and we're continuing my transactions, and all I need to do is give the postmistress the stamped envelopes. To my horror, Gigi had put the stamps all over the place on the envelopes! Not ONE of them was in the upper right corner!!!
I was speechless. Stunned. Then I recovered.
"WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?" I gasped as the postmistress totally fell out. I mean she lost it."The stamps go in the upper right corner!"
"I didn't know they were supposed to go there," said Gigi.
"But you bring in our mail every single day. Are you seriously telling me that you didn't know where the stamps go?"
"Well," says my child, "I thought you wanted me to be creative because they were cards."
By this time the entire line is snickering.
Here's a picture I took of her last weekend. She's started to pay a lot of attention to her appearance and is wearing cosmetics. Curling her hair every night has become a ritual....
Today's card features punkin' dies in honor of Halloween being just around the corner. (I say this rather tongue in cheek given we're still in August and all the craft stores have been displaying Halloween since July 5th.)
S U P P L I E S
Memory Box dies (Jolly Jack O Lanterns, Contour Typewriter Keys, Swooning Bats) and papers (Kraft, Jack O Lantern); Ink: Distress Ripe Persimmon (Ranger); Pen: Zig Fine Point Black; Accents: gems (Mark Richards); Other: fun foam
Edge all die-cuts with Ripe Persimmon and adhere to card.
Die-cut and adhere bats.
Write sentiment on kraft panel and snip ends for a banner. Score banner twice at each end, fold, and adhere to card.
T I P S
If you don't have a sentiment that fits the bill, just write it by hand. If you're afraid to write on your card, write on a banner so you can re-do it if needed. And, of course, you can always computer-generate a sentiment and print it on cardstock.
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