Friday, February 27, 2009

46 and Lovin it - well sort of!

Yesterday was my 46th birthday. Dang where on earth does the time go?! I am truly at a happy stage in my life. However, I think - man, I'm only "4" years from being 50!! What the!!! I wish I could stop time sometimes though, especially where Hayden is concerned. He turned 5 January the 30th. He's hardly my "little" baby anymore. Anyway, Brett and I had a nice evening last night for my birthday. We sat outside at a nice little seafood grill place (yeah, ha ha, we can do that here in Houston), and then we went to see "The Reader". It was a good movie, but I still liked Benjamin Button better - more of a tear jerker you know. I always love movies that stir up my emotions. I guess that why I still like scary movies! Anyway today is just another day - you know, laundry, cleaning kitty litter, grocery shopping, cooking dinner.... alas pampered only for a day - it never lasts does it.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Just Hangin Around *Graphic 45 Wednesday Sketch*

These photos were taken the day of Hayden's fifth birthday. I can't believe my baby is already five! Where does the time go? I mean he will "always" be my baby, but sometimes I miss that little bitty thing. I do have to say, he still is so adorable and funny to us. When he says such adult things, it just cracks us up. Gotta say I just love that little booger!!

Anyway, if you would like to see the sketch by our design team member Amanda Johnson, so you can try it out yourself. You can check it out here

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Dreamgirls Challenge 22: We (heart) American Crafts

Hello out there and welcome to challenge #22!

The Dreamgirls Divas decided it was time for a product challenge this time around.

We all agreed that American Crafts has a diverse variety of colorful paper and embellishments.So you guessed it, we want to see your pages featuring at least 80% American Crafts products. The twists? You must use a heart AND a flourish /swirl somewhere on your page. Come play along at

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Pardon my dust!!

While I try to figure out my new blog design! Still have to work out the bugs!


This wasn't supposed be announced until Friday, but we just couldn't wait! Soooo, here it is.....

Design Team Call

February 11th, 2009

Graphic 45 is thrilled to announce our 2nd Design Team Call!

We are looking for 6 talented designers to participate as members of our design team. Previous publication and design team experience is encouraged but not required. We’ll be looking more at your individual style. If you have a hip vintage look and the flair for the drama than YOU might be just what we’re looking for!

Keep in mind our focus at Graphic 45 is on papercrafting - our goal is to show the world the endless creative possibilities our vintage papers allow!

To apply please include in you email:
• Contact information
• Headshot or Photo
• Short Bio
• A few paragraphs about you- funny things- why you want to design for G45 etc.
• Resume including publication (if any)
• Link to your blog and usernames on pertinent online forums
• 3 projects (any combination of altered art, layouts and cards)
**Where possible, please use G45 papers in your submissions.

Members of the G45 Design Team will have the following monthly expectations:
• One 2 page or Two one page layouts (any size)
• 1 Altered Project
• 1 Card
• Monthly Blog written for the G45 blog
• Comments on the G45 blog (Active community participation)

Members of the G45 Design Team will be compensated with the following:
• Bio complete with headshot, link to your blog, and resume on G45 website.
• Kit containing the papers we will want you to use for the upcoming months submissions
• Possible teaching, publication, manufacturing opportunities

G45 will retain the right to use design team member’s likeness, designs, comments, blogs for publication or as we see fit, giving the design team member full and proper credit.
Concurrent design team positions with any other paper manufacturer, kit club, publication etc. are acceptable. Every 6 months the design team will be reevaluated.

Submissions will be accepted now through March 6, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. MST. We will notify chosen applicants by Monday March 9, 2009. Interested parties should email the following things to . Good Luck and Thank you!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Shhhh..... I have a secret concerning Graphic 45!!

I can't tell you yet!! Don't get yer panties in a wad!! Some of you gals that keep hounding us about something are going to be very happy soon!! Keep your eye out for details at the G45 blog - Oh, and it just might be posted other places too. Hmmm.... so do I have you wondering what is going on yet?

Monday, February 9, 2009

A Friend's New kit club!

My good friend Krissy just started her very first kit club. I have to tell she has done such an awesome job with her first kit, and her add-on kits are to die for!! I hope you all check out the site at They are going to be having challenges.... lots of fun. Hope to see you there! Here is a lookie at the fabulous kit! Good luck my friend!!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

The Paper Element 2009 New Release

Wow, these range from cool and funky to beautiful and elegant! I can't decide which is my favorite. These papers are so thick and easy to work with! For more detail pictures and a look at the other lines check out

Dreamgirls Challenge 21: Clearly Yours

Wow we are now in the month of Febraury, all that comes to mind right now is LOVE and Romance well our challenge takes you in a somewhat different direction. We challenge you to create a layout on a clear background, yes clear you can use acrylic, hambly, or transparency but we must be able to see through your layout. Our twists are simple use the word You, You're, Your etc. as part of your title, and we want to see journaling on your photo. Your journaling can be just names, a sentence or a quote. We would also like to introduce our Guest Designer this month Leanne Inkpen show her some love at My little life of scrap!

Product: Acrylic, Hambly, or Transparency for Background

Prompt: Use the word You, Yours, You're etc.

Technique: Journaling on your photo

All layouts for this challenge are due on the 27th at midnight Pacific Time

Check it out here

Monday, February 2, 2009


My challenge this month, since it is, of course, the month of love, is to do a layout with the theme of "love". However, I have a twist!!! Instead of using a current photo, I want you to use an old photo. For example, I used an old photo of me and my hubby while we were dating. Sooooo, pull out those old baby photos, those photos of your parents when they were you young.... Ok, so you get it.

Here are the rules. Create a layout (any theme) using Graphic 45’s and it must include at least one cut up motifs from Graphic 45’s pattern paper. Winner will be selected by our panel of design team members and walk away with a collection of their choice. ” Just add your lo to the Graphic 45 gallery at and label it for the February "Love" Challenge.