Sunday, February 26, 2012

Graphic 45 Design Team 2012 Audition

I am so excited to share with you my project submissions for the 2012 Graphic 45 Design Team Audition.  Graphic 45 is such an amazing company and it would be just unbelievable to create with and promote their products. Below are the projects I have created. As always, I will explain products used and techniques completed along with detailed photos. Please be sure to leave me a comment if you have any questions because I would LOVE to answer them for you.

First up is an easel tag made from the Graphic 45 Magic of Oz collection.

The paper on the background is from the Magic of Oz collection as well as the poppy flowers and the Dorothy cutout. The stamped sentiment at the top is from the Hampton Arts stamp set that go along with the paper collection. I used black embossing powder on the sentiment to create a glossy look. The image of the hot air balloon is stamped from a My Favorite Things stamp set onto a piece of patterned paper from the G45 collection. The bundle of embellishments at the bottom left hand corner are a mixture of I Am Roses flowers and a Word Key from Tim Holtz.  

When you lift the tag to make the easel you will see that I made a faux yellow brick road. I used Fragments from Tim Holtz and a gold color card stock. Before I glued the fragments I edged each one with Espresso Alcohol ink to create a worn look. 

The next project up is a card. I used the G45 Hallowe'en in Wonderland collection. These images are phenomenal! 

I layered a piece of orange card stock with a sheet of patterned paper from the collection. I then cut an image from the paper and layered it on some navy card stock. I used the banners die from Tim Holtz and stamped onto it a Halloween sentiment from Recollections. I sprayed some ivory seam binding with Black Magic Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and crinkled it to create a distressed look.  I then tied a small teapot charm onto it before making a bow. On the right hand corner I used several different flower dies to create  flowers which match the paper line. The one on the furthest right is made of Tim Holtz Pine Cone die. The other flower dies are from My Favorite Things. One being the scalloped rolled flower and the other is just a rolled rose. I used a couple sprays in the background of the embellishment grouping. The navy colored one is just from my local hobby store and the orange one is a wheat spray from MB's Treasurista. I LOVE those sprays. 

The inside of the card is simple yet fitting. I layered the orange card base with a deep purple cardstock. I cut out the labels using My Favorite Things Layered Labels die-namic and stamped the sentiment from a Red Lead Halloween stamp set. The bottom scalloped border is cut from patterned paper and layered with a custom made pleated crushed velvet ribbon.

Third project I have created is the G45 Christmas Emporium Altered Photo Tray. This is the only project that I used from previously made projects for this DT submissions. The others were all made this past weekend.

For this tray I cut out background images from the Christmas Emporium paper collection.  I altered each section a tad bit differently. I primarily used I Am Roses flowers on this tray with some Tim Holtz idea-ology pieces mixed in.

I fussy cut several of the images from the paper collection because they were gorgeous and accented them on the photo tray.

Moving on, I have created an Altered Frame using the G45 Steampunk Debutante paper collection. I was and still am obsessed with this paper collection. When I first bought this I didn't want to cut it because I was so in love with it but now It makes me so inspired it's a go to collection.

I really do enjoy the look of this frame tremendously. 

 I used am image from the collection and adhered it to a canvas cut out from he Tim Holtz Sewing Room Dress Form Die. For the skirt I used the Tim Holtz Birdcage Die which I cut out using grungboard and then embossed with vintage photo distress embossing powder. After it completely cooled I inked it with Black Soot and Walnut Stain Distress ink and then went over the skirt in spots with Gold Rub 'n' Buff paint. I adhered different gears and sprockets to the bottom of the skirt and tied a tule bow with a vile of watch parts attached.

Along the entire right hand side of the frame I created a flow of flowers and gears to capture the "Steampunk Style." I used a couple MFT scalloped flowers, rolled roses and rolled flowers as well as the Tim Holtz Pine cone flowers. I fussy cut a couple butterflies from the patterned paper and added orange bling as their trails. In the center of the frame placed an image from the paper collection and edged the frame in Black Mesh Bling from MB's Treasuristas.

This next project was one of my favorite to make this weekend. I JUST picked up the paper collection Olde Curiosity Shoppe on Friday and was so thankful I did! WOW! It's fabulous! I've been wanting to make an altered clock for some time so here it is:

I took apart a wooden clock so that I could alter it and boy was it a blast! I used a pattered paper from the collection as the background. For the numbers I fussy cut out numbers of all different sizes from both the 12X12 and the 8X8 pack to have differing sizes. After they were all cut out I adhered them to a piece of teal card stock and then cut them out again! ;) I wanted them to have the layered look. I used pop dots to raise them up a little. For the clock hands I adhered peacock feathers to it to make those now the hands. I LOVED how that turned out. I was concerned the clock wouldn't be functional if I added too much but I think I found the perfect balance. You will also notice that I fussy cut the flying pig images and placed them onto some coiled wire mimicking them flying.

I cut some of the Apothecary bottles from the paper collection and used pop dots to add some depth.

Here I cut out the vintage boot with peacock feathers sticking out of it and added some of my own feathers as well. I added a black and white polka dot feather, a light blue small feather and then varying lengths of thin peacock feathers. To the right of the boot you will see a altered Tim Holtz pocket watch. I cut one of the tiny flying pigs and two apothecary bottles out and placed them inside the watch. I used an ivory lace trim from MBT all the way around the clock for a finished look.

Last, but certainly not least is my final project. This project took me hours to create but I just couldn't stop. There were times I doubted whether or not it would look as I imagined. I am so glad I finished this one! 

Using the G45 Once Upon a Springtime paper collection, over 100 wooden spools and many many glue sticks here you have the final product. An altered wooden spool wreath. I can't explain the love I have for this wreath. I individually cut, inked and glued each and every spool from large to tiny on this wreath. Once all the spools were created I just began gluing them on in no particular order. 

I altered a small bird house with the paper collection as well. I used some natural moss around the bottom and the opening of the bird house. I then hung the birdhouse from the center of the wreath.

Here are a couple close ups of the spools:

What an amazing experience this has been. Graphic 45, thank you for taking the time to view my submissions as well as offering your product to an amazing design team.  Also, thank you for making such inspiring products to create with. Your papers more than any others help me to produce my best pieces of work and I tremendously appreciate that.


Katie Waltemath


Mae said...

Katie what an awesome entry for the G45 team to use. Good Luck and as always, I just love the detail and thought you put into each of these projects. I'm rooting for you!

Amanda <3

marg0006 said...

Can you please help me & let Misty from MB Treasrista Know I am the recent winner and did contact her by email right away but the email was returned undeliverable to me. I also posted on hr blog letting her but haven't heard from her. I need to know another way to send my info to her for my prize. Thanks so much.

I've never seen this paper before. You created so many gorgous creations. I love em. How can these products be purchased?
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Cindy F said...

Beautiful creations! I am blown away by the spool wreath - it's amazing! Best of wishes on your sudition.

Krolli Kat said...

These projects are so gorgeous! I gasped out loud when I got to the wreath, LOL... so amazing! I can't imagine the time you put into that! Best of luck to you!!! :)

Linda said...

Oh wow your projects are wonderful! I love the wreath! Did you make it? I didn't but I know what I was up against and was sad but really knew I have a long way to go to get to that level. I hope you are on the team. They would be nuts not to pick you.

Nancy Wethington said...

Love all your projects and now HAVE to follow your work. It's wonderful!