Thursday 27 March 2014

Graphic 45 Design Team 2014 Audition

Welcome to my Graphic 45 Design Team 2014 Audition.

I have loved Graphic 45 papers ever since I bought my first sheet which was 'Bees Knees' it was full of red cherries and polka dots (I still have one piece of it left!).   I love the versatility of the gorgeous mini prints as much as I love the intricate vintage images we all love to fussy cut.  I hope my post showcases my love of designing and that Graphic 45 paper collections fire my imagination.  I am so excited about taking this opportunity again (audition post from last year) to audition once again for the wonderful Graphic 45 Design Team.

I am passionate about designing projects and then teaching others how to make them.  So it is natural for me to run classes and workshops and to share lots of tutorials on my You Tube Channel as well as creating online workshops for larger projects.  I am addicted to creating videos and work hard to make my tutorials and workshops professional and easy to follow.

I have taken this opportunity to create some new projects for this audition and I found it difficult to choose which other projects to include in my audition post as I know I am going to be competing with lots of very talented people out there in Graphic 45 land!  Fingers and toes crossed and here we go……..

Secret Garden Canvas - Lots of fussy cutting with a touch of silver gilding.

This started life as a Scrapbook Layout way back in May last year but I was so pleased with how my flower vines turned out it would have been a shame to squash them in an album so I turned it into a pretty canvas.

Tropical Travelogue Carriage Clock - I loved creating the display of tropical flowers and foliage for this brand new piece.  This project was built from chipboard - This is my favourite kind of designing, from chipboard and paper to carriage clock - I have so many ideas for different versions of this design - I might now have the perfect excuse to get my hands on the By The Sea Collection!!!! ;-)

A close up of all the fussy cutting.

Steampunk Spells Spooky Halloween Mini - A great reminder of Halloweens past and a cute album that can be made with any Graphic 45 paper collection as it uses the cut apart Journalling Card Pages as tags for journalling and more photographs.

This was a little tricky to photograph to capture all the detail so click here to watch the video I filmed to look through this spooky mini.  I am currently editing the tutorial for this.

Ladies Diary - Box of Memories - I wanted try to create faux vintage treasures that may have been left to me by my Great Great Grandmother.

I had lots of fun thinking what might be in my box of treasure.  A valentine given to my Great Grandmother, my Grandma's locket and trinket box, a bobbin of lace and a Christmas pomander from my Great Great Grandmother.

Ladies Diary had all the delicate prints and images I needed to create this set of pretty trinkets.

Graphic 45 Mantel Clock - I loved combining Graphic 45 prints for this project.

Drawers for Tags or in my case jewellery as this clock sits on my dresser.

There is even room for a Mini Album behind the clock mechanism or it could be somewhere to store secret treasures!

Pyramid Mini for a Boy or a Girl - One project two very different looks courtesy of two very different Graphic 45 paper collections.

What treasures can you put inside?  This one was originally designed for my son Callum's 14th birthday but I have since taught it in workshops.

Complete with a Mini Album for all those party photos.

This one was just for me as I love the Ladies Diary paper collection.

When I design a large project like this I try to make it as versatile as possible to appeal to as many crafters as possible.

French Country Memory Box and Mini - Made with an altered Matchbook Box.

This is a mini and memory box combined and is a design that could be made for lots of occasions.

I am using it to record happy family memories associated with recipes.  I used the Journaling cards as tags so that I can write down those recipes as well as journal about the memories that are associated with them.

Underneath the mini is a memory box with lots of compartments to store treasures - this would make a great project to record a special holiday too (mmmm By the Sea!!!).

I made a video tour of this project last year so here is the link.  This is another project that is difficult to photograph effectively!

Little Darlings New Baby Cake and Mini Album - I loved making the little stack of cute baby blocks for the cake topper.

As I wrote all the journaling prompts for the Mini Album it bought back happy memories of filling in baby albums of my own.

The online workshop for this is almost complete and there is a Christmas and Birthday cake version as well as a three-tier wedding cake…... (no pressure on my two handsome sons though!!! ;-)

A Few Scrapbook Pages

Scrapbooking and cards was where my passion for paper crafting began.  During my crafting journey I have made many lovely and very talented crafting friends, both in the real world and more recently in the online world, over the years and I am so grateful for their support and kind hearts.

Mother Goose Layout - Gorgeous bright patterns - perfect for the fun fair photograph - a master class on how to make your supplies go a long way!

Olde Curiosity Shoppe meets Magic of Oz

What to do with such pretty leftovers?

I have a tutorial on how to make companion 'Project Life' style pages on my You Tube Channel.

Tropical Travelogue Layout - I love using Graphic 45 images as embellishments on a page.

There is so much detail on every page to inspire your creativity - I was really pleased with how the fish embellishments and fussy cut frame turned out.

A Couple of Cards

Secret Garden Double Slider Card

Steampunk Spells - An alternative Valentine!

I think I should create an envelope with a health warning - 'Open with care!!!' (tutorial awaiting editing)

Sometimes Layouts Inspire Cards - A great way to use up pretty paper scraps.

I made a tutorial for this double easel card.

I love mixing and matching gorgeous Graphic 45 paper lines this time Little Darlings with ABC Primer for a baby to grown up layout that inspired a fun Birthday card for my lovely hubby who has been a real star supporting me this week.

Phew!  As you can see Graphic 45 fires my imagination and I thank you for that and I really hope you like my projects.  I love to design and I love to make tutorials so that others can make them too.  I hope this post and the links capture that passion.  Thank you so much to Graphic 45 for this exciting opportunity and thank you to my blog friends for your support and for giving me the confidence to give it a go!

As always thank you for popping by X


  1. Oh my goodness Helen, you are such a talented artist, each and every piece is stunning and as someone who has purchased one of your patterns, they too are works of art! I am going to stick my neck out here but if they do not choose you to be on their Design Team, I will eat my hat! All the very best of luck to you, but I really don't think you need it. Anne xx

    1. Thank you so much Anne. Your good wishes mean a lot to me. Whatever the outcome I definitely had a whole lot of fun Hugs Helen x

  2. Hi Helen - Anne has said at all so eloquently. I have used many of your tutorials and they are all so easy to follow. All the projects here are beautiful, unique & stylish and I truly think Graphic 45 would be off their rockers not to have you on their team.
    All fingers & toes are crossed for you. Love n Hugs, Mo :o) x

    1. Thank you for your support Mo. I hope your crossed fingers don't stop you crafting ;-) xx

  3. I'm with Anne on this one, would bet my house on you being part of the design team, such a variety of projects and all perfectly done. I finished my version of the double slider card today and put it on my blog if you want a peep. gave you the credit of course for the design and great tutorial. Good luck.

    1. Thank you Ann. I am so glad the tutorial worked out for you - I am popping along to visit you Hugs Helen x

  4. As said Helen I am back to see your work.
    Can someone please help me up from the floor. Helen you should already be on the DT. You are one very talented crafter. Your work is clean, precise, creative, every single thing you would want from a designer. I wish you all the luck in the world on your quest to join the Graphic 45 team. Not that luck has anything to do with it, you have earned it.
    I am away back now to see more.... Hope it works out for you.
    Nelle xx

    1. Thank you for visiting again Nelle and for your kind words of encouragement. I hope you are enjoying exploring! I am editing videos whilst my boys watch the footie on the tv! Have a great week, Hugs Helen x

  5. Anonymous20:46

    Wow! What an incredible variety of gorgeous imaginative projects! I remember being super impressed with your Graphic 45 "application" post last year -- these projects are even more amazing. I wish you the very, very best of luck.

    1. Can you believe it has already been a year Laura? Time certainly flies when you are creating ;-) Thank you so much for your good wishes. There are a lot of very talented crafters out there so every good wish helps! Hugs Helen x

  6. Anonymous23:35

    Helen, your work is so versatile and beautifully done! Thank you for sharing your passions with Graphic 45 for our DT Call. Happy Papercrafting!

    1. Thank you so much. Keeping everything crossed - Making crafting a little tricky!!! ;-) Hugs Helen x

  7. Wow....Stunning creations Helen!! I especially love the Ladies Diary - Box of Memories...Beautiful work....All the very best of luck to you...Jan x

    1. Thank you Jan - Not long now - I promised myself not to get my hopes up as there are some seriously talented Graphic 45 folk out there but as the time draws nearer I am getting really nervous and excited. Thank you for your good wishes. Hugs Helen x

  8. I love ALL your projects!!! They are amazing! Good luck!

  9. I totally wish you luck! These projects all ROCK Helen! You are a shoe in!!! Gorgeous work!


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