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March 07, 2013

How To Commemorate The Seasons With Cards & Crafts!


Hello G45ers,

The changing of the seasons is such an inspirational and creative time! As winter turns into spring there are so many reasons to celebrate! Today we will be sharing some stunning Place in Time crafts that are just perfect for this glorious time of year. Place in Time is the perfect collection for any holiday or seasonal craft creation! On today's blog you will see a fantastic St. Patrick's Day layout by Clare Charvill! Plus we will share Part 2 of Gloria Stengel's card tutorial series! You'll see some fun techniques for creating beautiful cards that celebrate this gorgeous time of year! Get ready to be inspired, G45ers!

First up is this super cute St. Patrick's Day layout by Clare Charvill. This is a great example of a wonderful holiday-themed LO featuring Place in Time. With St. Patrick's Day just around the corner, this is a great time to start thinking about creating a great craft like this one! With all the vibrant colors and elegant designs of Place in Time, its the perfect collection for any holiday craft! Let Clare's beautifully layered LO inspire you to create a treasure of your very own! 

CHA Jan 2013 Place in Time layout Clare Charvill


12 x 12 papers by Graphic 45

March Foundation

December Cut- Aparts

March Cut-Aparts

File Tab – Place in Time Stickers

Ornate Metal Label Holder

Green card stock from Graphic 45

Core D’inations 12 x 12 assorted colours

Next we have Part 2 of Gloria Stengel's card tutorial series. In case you missed Part 1 of this fabulous tutorial series you can download the instructions in the links below, along with the instructions for today's tutorial! Or simply click on the link provided below to see Part 1 of Gloria's card tutorial series! Get ready for some gorgeous ideas for seasonal Place in Time cards! Take it away Gloria!

Part 1:


Download Gloria Card Series Part 1

 Download Gloria Card Series Part 2

Place in Time Card Tutorial Series Gloria Stengel

Each card will measure 5 x 5 inches and each set of the series will correspond to a card sketch. The cards for April, May, and June correspond to the sketch below. Each set of three cards will have a similar "feel" to them. The cards in this set are very feminine and romantic.

Part II Sketch



Graphic 45 papers:

Place in Time: Cut-Aparts (April, May, June) - you will need TWO (2) sheets for each month 

Graphic 45 Chipboard: Place in Time

Cardstock: Bazzill Java, Butter Cream, Jacaranda; American Crafts Black

Ink: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa

Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Little Labels); Waltzing Mouse (Fancy Phrases); Stamping Scrapping (Design Label Accents)

Ribbon and lace: Really Reasonable Ribbon

Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts

Pearls: Recollections, Craft Store

Buttons: Craft Store

Markers: Copic

Die Cuts: My Favorite Things Die-namics Vertical Greetings; Spellbinders Labels One Small

Tools: Bow Easy; Sizzix Big Shot; Fiskars postage edge scissors

Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape; Beacon Fabri-tac; Aleene's Tacky Glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares; Scor-tape


I used the same sketch for all three cards in Part II of this series, but each card is unique. I used the papers and images from the monthly cut apart sheets and added a few embellishments and a sentiment to each card.


Cut List: I do not provide you with a cut list for the cards because you are working from a sketch. If you wish to figure out the exact measurements of the layers, simply copy the image into a photo editing program or a text editor and print it at 5 x 5 inches. You can then measure each layer. The beauty of working from a sketch is that you can customize the card to meet your own specifications. (My measurements may not match the sketch exactly.)


Measurements: I try to keep to the standard of length x width for my measurements. Length means from the top of the card to the bottom. Width means from the left to the right.


Cardstock Mats: You will notice that all of my cardstock mats are 1/16 inches. To achieve this, cut your printed paper to size, and then increase the size of your cardstock by 1/8 inch. For example, if your printed paper measures 2 x 4 inches, then cut your cardstock mat to 2 1/8 x 4 1/8 inches. This will give you a 1/16 inch mat on all four sides. I work in 1/8, 1/4, and 1/2 inch increments for all of my projects. This makes measuring a snap!


Images: I trim my images from Graphic 45 paper, and then I use the Perfect Layers tool to achieve a 1/16 inch mat. You can use a paper trimmer, but I find it easier to use a craft knife and the Layers ruler.




The April card celebrates spring. I added a few flowers and one of the Graphic 45 Place in Time chipboard clocks to the corner. 

Note: To achieve the 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 inch pink floral panel, I had to combine two pieces of the printed paper. You will notice that the back of each Cut-Aparts sheet has three printed designs. None of them is wide enough to cut a 4 3/4 inch square. You have to get creative!

Cut one piece of the floral paper to 4 1/4 x 4 3/4 inches. Cut a second piece to approximately 2 x 4 3/4 inches by inches. Combine the two pieces to form a 4 3/4 inch square. The blue dotted cardstock panel will cover the seam.

I attach some of my elements with dimensional tape to give them "lift." When gluing ribbon to the cardstock, or when gluing buttons to ribbon, I always use Beacon Fabri-tac. It "grabs" the fabric qualities of the ribbon and seems to hold up to handling and mailing.




The inside of each card is decorated to match the month. I lined both the top and bottom with cream cardstock and then cut a few elements from the Cut-Aparts sheet to decorate. You could stamp a sentiment inside if you wish. 




The May card is perfect for mom! The purple butterflies and flowers are perfect for Mother's Day. (Mother's Day is the second Sunday in May in the US.) Follow the same steps that you used for the pink floral paper above to "stretch" the butterfly paper for this card. The purple floral panel will cover the seam where you piece together the butterfly paper.






June is for brides! I created a vintage wedding-themed card using soft creams, blues, and pinks. I used lace and ribbon, plus a vintage pearl. 

You will once again, piece the blue floral paper together to make a 4 3/4 inch square panel. The pink floral panel hides the seam.




I hope you enjoyed Part II of this card series.

If you have any questions, email me at stengelgloria@gmail.com or visit my blog at www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com.

That's all for today, G45ers. Don't forget to leave us a blog or Facebook comment today for your chance to win this week's amazing Place in Time blog prize! Will be announcing our randomly chosen winner on tomorrow's blog. We will also have more fabulous crafts to inspire your day! We hope you'll come back and see us! Big thanks to Clare Charvill and Gloria Stengel for their beautiful crafts today! Have a fantastic day, G45ers!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Fabulous cards - thank for the inspiration!

As usual all the projects are FANTABULOUS! (Fantastic and Fabulous) I must say that the Vintage Bride wedding card has captured my heart. Great job!

What beautiful cards. I plan on trying to make some. Thanks for the chance to win!

Wow, such amazing work! Fabulous projects, ladies!

Beautiful cards. Thank you for the tutorial.

Love the Place in Time collection, so many wonderful uses.


What an excellent idea for monthly cards! I love it!

The card series is wonderful! So many good ideas for the bits and pieces that are left over after doing the calendar.

I have been pinning these so I can always have for the cards thanks

Great card tutorial, and so easy to follow, thank you.

Beautiful as always! Thanks for the layout!!

These cards are wonderful. Thanks for the sketch.

I just love Place In Time!!!!! Every designer finds a different way to use this wonderful paper collection. I'd love the chance to make my own cards using this collection!

Wow, these cards are fabulous! Love all the great layers!

Been waiting.......YAY!!!!!!!!!! Finally here!

The Place in Time papers are so versatile. These cards are beautiful. TFS.

These are gorgeous!!

Beautiful cards.

Totally gorgeous!!!!

Love these cards and layout. Theis line has quickly become my favorite. Just love all the different vintage pieces, so many uses.

Thanks for the template and the great tutorial!

Love the tutorials. Thank you.

"Place in Time" is so versitale . There are so many fun and beautiful projects that can be made with this collection. Lanna

The cards are so beautiful! Just when I sat down to make cards this blog showed up in time to give me lots of inspiration. Thank you!

Bound to be wonderful with Gloria Stengal & Clare Charville - Oh look, they are!!!
Don't know how Clare does such great tutorials, such talent. TFS :)))

Gorgeous projects from Clare and Gloria, fantastic St Patrick's Day layout and Part 2 of Gloria's card compilations, a truly inspiring tutorial xx

Love the inspiration you all give us! TFS

Thanks for the fantastic tutorial!

These projects are great I love the maps and tutorials

Lovely layout, beautiful cards!

What beautiful creations!!! wow!!

Wonderful cards and pages!

love all of the projects today. the cards with the months on them are fab.

Love this blog! There is always something for everyone here. But I never get it until the next day, so I wonder if I am ever in the drawing for a prize? There is a time stamped on the email, and it is always about 11:30 PM when it is sent to me, so I am in bed by then and don't get it until the next morning. Why?

Both of the card series of tutorials are beautiful and such a great idea....well done!

I love all the layering, beautiful card, thank you for the inspiration.

Thanks for sharing those beautiful tags . . . love them all!!!


Wonderful cards, and I used your sketch on my card for my Paper Nest Dolls post today! http://www.valbydesign.com/thank-card/

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