So without further ado, here is my Official Audition Post. I wanted to begin by revealing my latest project using Graphic 45's newly-released line "By The Sea". Even though I live smack dab in the center of Canada, Manitoba is known as "The Land of 100,000 Lakes" so this paper recalls a time long ago when city dwellers boarded the train for a relaxing day at the beach.
By The Sea Curio-Cabinet
After discovering a huge piece of coral at the thrift store last year, I decorated my en-suite bathroom in an aquatic theme. I added seashells and beach glass in various mason jars around the small room... but they were cluttering up the limited counter surface. This project is a great way to safely display some of those delicate treasures and frees up precious space as well.
I gathered my supplies together, including a wooden baking set I found at Goodwill awhile back. My brand new pad of Graphic 45 By The Sea paper would be perfect for this project!
I selected a few trinkets including a brass ship's wheel that used to be a key chain (another thrift store find), a brass double pulley and a metal and glass porthole charm. Cheesecloth worked great as a fishing net and sand and aquarium gravel were added to the shelves with shells, coral, driftwood and beach glass.
I also wanted to add my own sculpture; a seagull perched upon the Pier 45 sign:
In the name of brevity for this special audition post, the process of creating this project is described in the video below:
Here are the other projects I have posted about previously for review by the Graphic 45 Design Team Selection Committee. I hope these demonstrate a variety of creations and techniques, my skills and attention to detail.
Couture Collection Memo/Shopping set
Starting with a thrift-store mystery item, I created a stand, memo pad, envelopes and a peacock feather pen for a desk set fit for the serious fashionista shopper. Click for full project details and video.
Sweet Sentiments Magic Iris Lens card
A birthday card with a sweet surprise for my mom, using the lovely Sweet Sentiments paper. Click here for all the details and video.
Bohemian Bazaar Book and Altered Matchbook Box
My first project for The Scrapbook Cottage using Graphic 45's 8 x 8 Kraftboard Altered Art Matchbook box, metal door pull and groovy Bohemian Bazaar paper. Click here for the full project details and video.
The Twelve Days Of Christmas Countdown book
An altered children's book to remind me of all those important deadlines before the big day. Click here for the details: Part One and Part Two with video.
Steampunk Spells Journal
My first foray into the awesome world of handmade journals... using the incredible Steampunk Spells paper, natch! Click for the full project details and my first-ever video.
Steampunk Spells Happy Halloween Tent Card
A spooky side-step tent card / table decoration using fussy cut images from the Steampunk Spells papers. Click for details here.
Steampunk Spells Apothecary
In this six-part series, I showcase my highly-detailed Halloween / Harry Potter inspired apothecary, using Graphic 45's Steampunk Spells paper. You can begin at Part One here.
The Black Cat Carnival
A Steampunk Halloween creation (in three parts). Although I didn't use Graphic 45 product on it, I wanted to include this popular project as well. If you want to see how I made each piece, you can start at Part 1 here.
|A Steampunk Airship made from a regular household light bulb|
|The Babbage Mechanical Ticket Engine|
|A Swing Carousel that used to be a photo holder|
Whew! That was a long post - thank you for hanging in there for the whole thing.
To the Graphic 45 Selection Committee, thank you for your consideration of my audition. I do hope you enjoyed seeing just how much I love creating and using your wonderful products!