Monday, December 31, 2012

Spotlight on Graphic 45 "A Proper Gentleman"

How do you as a crafter who does mostly feminine crafts create something masculine?

That was the challenge I had this month when I opened my box from Angela Holts Designs, Design team that is being sponsored by the Awesome Graphic 45 the whole month of Jan.

How many of us has seen this gorgeous collection from Graphic 45 and shied away from it because you were not quite sure how to do a masculine project? 



I’ve always loved this line “A Proper Gentleman” but until this month, never worked with it.  I tell you I racked my brain, trying to come up with something awesome, something masculine that showed off this paper to its full glory. Not just me but the other ladies on the team have also come up with some awesome knock your socks off projects, using Graphic 45’s “A Proper Gentleman” I hope my team and I can inspire you to create something masculine that you will be proud of.

My First Project is this Desk Caddy:



In addition to the paper line “A Proper Gentleman” from Graphic 45, I also used Graphic 45’s 12x12 Matchbook box for the bottom drawer and a cigar box for the top.  
My next step was what can I trim it with that will coordinate with the paper and still have that masculine feel.  Burlap! Now why didn’t I think of this before? Along with some of the other images from the paper line and some scrabble tiles, I think it came together well. What do you think? Here are more photos 





This whole month will be Graphic 45! Be sure to come back on Jan 7th for the start of our first Angela Holts Designs Blog Hop:
to see the rest of the coordinating projects I make with this paper line, to go with my Desk Caddy.  Along with a few feminine projects using another Graphic 45 Paper Line I adore.


Hope to see you there...

aka Dare's Designz

Friday, December 14, 2012

Exciting News!!! Exciting News!!! Exciting News!!!

Here’s my big news, the news I’ve been waiting to share, I am excited to announce a new chapter in my crafting journey.  I am a member of Angela Holts Designs Creative Team. WOOT!!!!

I am very excited about this and I hope you will be too.  Each month will feature products from different companies, Angela will offer live classes on her Ustream Channel, and there will be challenges, blog hops and more. I hope you join in its going to be an exciting year.

Up first for January we will be featuring Graphic 45!!!  How cool is that! 

I’m not alone there are 4 other talented ladies on the team with me; I am very excited to be working with these ladies.  Click on the links below thier photos  to meet them and you will see why.

It’s going to be a great year with lots of excitement. I hope that we will inspire you to try new things, or

Reinvent old techniques.  It’s going to be a fun filled crafty New Year that’s for sure.

                                                            Angela Holts Designs Blog




Monday, December 10, 2012

Archivers Rosette Christmas Tree


Although I do not have an Archivers in my area, I came across a video recently by Jim the Gentleman Crafter, where he shows how to put the tree together using the free project sheets available at Archivers.

I issued a challenge to the Ladies in the Facebook Group Scrap, Craft and Chat VIPs and here is what

We came up with.   I hope you all enjoy the photos and perhaps try to make one of your own.

To See Jim’s Take on the Tree Click Here:

Now on to the Photos:

Here is My Take on the Tree, I added WOC roses, and Ribbon Streamers and some really cool beaded trim.


This Tree was made by Christy W Moore. She dressed hers up with beads and stars... How Awesome is that.



Last but not least this tree was made by Kelly Lambdin, She used glue and embossing powder to make the snow, decided to make her own tree trunk out of paper for her tree to stand up some, and the snowflake on the top, was made from a video from Jim TheGentleman Crafter, she just reduced in size. Here's what she had to say:
"Here's my take on the
Archiver's Rossette Christmas Tree. I left off 2 layers for my personal touch of the tree trunk. I punched 10 circles the size of a quarter. Then I placed pop dots in between each circle and filled the gaps between the circles with hot glue to stiffen up the trunk to be able to hold the tree as a base. For the final accent I daubed embossing glue & applied embossing powder on the areas I placed the glue. Then heated it to look like snow on the branches." Kelly Lambdin





Thanks for looking, and I hope you make one too.