Saturday, February 25, 2012

Graphic 45 Design Team 2012 Audition

Hello my friends ...  I've decided to try something ... something that I haven't tried before ... and yes, I am going out on a limb here, and yes ... it is kind of scary, especially because my "Audition" is out in the world for all to see ... eeeeks, I must be a little crazy to do this, but hey ... just another fun experience to add to life's book of ... well stuff!

Without further adieu, here are my 6 projects for the audition!

Project 1, a 12 x 12 layout using the Graphic 45 Le Cirque collection ... I loved this collection, you are going to see a lot of it in my audition.

Project 1, details ... i deconstructed an old Prima Lollypop flower and added some new layers made from G45 papers, the circles are distressed and edged in white gesso.  The hand cut banners are coated with glossy accents and little bit of my favourite glitter to bring some shine to the page.  I added a bit of zipper just to add some texture to the border.

Project 2, Graphic 45 5 x 8 Altered Art Box ... Again using Le Cirque line ... The box is covered in it's entirety with paper from the line.

 Project 2, details, there is a lot of technique here ... after coating the box with paper I used a combination of black ink, white and copper paints to distress and add dimension the edges and sides.  I also aged the large metal embellishment and covered the paper within it with glossy accents.  I made some paper pinwheels and coated the edges with glitter, the chipboard heart was also glittered on the edges. I distressed the frozen charlotte doll, and made it a little hat from the paper.

Project 3, Graphic 45 Mini Album.  This is the folded mini that sits inside the Altered Art Box

This is the box opened, with the mini sitting inside.  This project was a lot of fun to make.

I added two 1/4 wings to extend the length of the album.  This mini is full of fab pictures my DD and her friends took when they went on a Halloween Circus Train Ride ...

The little "wings" are covered with black ruffled ribbon.  They also hold secrets in their pockets!

This part of the album has a 3D component, the bakers twine is strung between two parts of the album and is strung with "flags" and a rosette.

The noticeable fold on the right side hinges upwards to hide some photos.  The photo on the larger left side is actually two skeletons doing a tight rope act ... hilarious, but hard to shoot from a moving train in low light.  This was so much fun to make ... The pictures totally worked with this line!

Project 4 a 12 x 12 layout using the gorgeous Tropical Travelogue line.  DD was clowning around in a public art piece ... so i kind of kept the circle in a square them going with the mini canvases and stickers.
Project 4, details ... this was fun to make (okay i say that about each project, but it really was fun!)   The mini canvases are dry brushed with small amounts of tan and copper paints.  I did a lot of fussy cutting on this layout ... fussy cutting is one of my favourite techniques.  a lot of ripping and curling and distressing as well.  The flowers were made out of kraft glassine paper and scrupled up a bit, and had copper paint sponged on in places.  I immediately thought of the "concrete jungle" when looking at this photo, hence the use of leaves and curls. And the title ... well i don't always do titles ... or journalling ... sometimes i just date my layout and add a card to the back with the journalling.

Project 5, a 12 x 12 layout using more of the Tropical Travelogue.
Project 5, details, Again, fussy cutting ...  Stamping my journalling and/or my titles is another one of my fave things to do on a layout.  I enhanced this relatively flat layout with little bends and twists to the leaves, glossy accents and stickles to the flowers and popdots under the birds.  I just wanted to do something warm and tropical with the cold wintery photo.

 Project 6, two cards from the Tropical Travelogue line.

Project 6 Details, Sadly I had to shoot these photos indoors using flash ... The wind outside was snapping branches off trees, so shooting in natural light just wasn't feasible.  I used to do a lot of cards with loads of layers ... but my current style is very random.  I just love grabbing a few little bits and fussy cutting a few things to make rather informal looking cards.  The card on the left uses a feather, some swiss dot netting, hemp twine, a bit of lace, and ink.  the card on the right uses an inked doily, the patterned paper has been dry brushed with tan, so fussy cut flowers and a die cut border and flower.

Well friends, if you have read down this far, I applaud you!  And G45 Team, I am honoured that you took the time to review my submission.  Thank you so much!


Pondside said...

Wow - the detail! I don't know how you do it. Thanks for sharing your submission with us - gorgeous things!

Izzy said...

Fabulous Jo! good luck! I hope that G45 recognizes your brilliant creations!

Judie said...

Jo, I hope you know you didn't have to ask me. And your projects?? I bow before you! Such creativity, my Jo! I wish I could have spent time just watching you. I would have learned so much. All six projects are just exceptional.

Every time I look at the piece you created for me, with my Precious Girl, I think of you, and your wonderful talent, and your kindness!!


ScrappeeDiane said...

Yeah!!! It is about time you shared more. Your creations are just amazing. Just beautiful. They are gonna pick you for sure.

Kathy said...

Speechless Jo! You my dear are one super talented amazing artist! Your work is so unique and I couldn't help but savor every tiny little detail! Best of luck to you. Your creations will be such an asset to the beautiful papers and products of G45. So glad you took the plunge and submitted your work!

Kathy said...

Speechless Jo! You my dear are one super talented amazing artist! Your work is so unique and I couldn't help but savor every tiny little detail! Best of luck to you. Your creations will be such an asset to the beautiful papers and products of G45. So glad you took the plunge and submitted your work!

trisha too said...

Wonderful pieces, Jo!!


Anonymous said...

WOW WOW WOW....!!!!! Those are fabulous Jo... I love how you put things together!! (fingers crossed for you)

xox Lois

Lynn Stevens said...

WOW Jo, I'm impressed. What awesome art. The Circus book is to die for!
When do you find out about the team?
I wish you much success my friend!
Hugs Lynn

Sue C said...


It's so YOU! Jo, you have such a gift, thanks for sharing!

Jenny said...

Those are gorgeous! I think they should pick you! You definitely shone with your talents here! (just as you always do!)

Yolanda said...

L.O.V.E. every piece of your G45 projects. I surely know your love about G45, right?! :) Wish you luck!!!!

laterg8r said...

so fantastic, hope you get in :D

loving the twine and banner on the book in the box, very cool that it hangs out instead of sticking to the page :D