Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Living a Dream

This past weekend Graphic 45 announced the short list for their design team auditions. I feel so honored to be in the top 25 of some of the most talented people in the world. They had hundreds of participants, and said it was extremely difficult to narrow the selection down to 25. On April 1st they will select their 12 new Design Team members from this short list.

Before I share my submission projects, I want to say a great big HUGE THANK YOU to Suzanne and Susan for allowing me to be a part of the guest design team. Several of the projects I created I did for their blog. Like the Halloween in Wonderland Mini Album, The Steampunk Debutant Canvas, The Steampunk Debutant Calendar, and the Steampunk Debutant Dress Form Card. They actually forced me to cut up the paper that I got from them and USE it. How dare they do that to the queen of paper hoarders? Yes, Suzanne you are the biggest enabler in the WORLD! All kidding aside, thank you so much for your support this past year.

On with the show…. I am going to only share the “New” projects with you, but for a complete submission page with videos and detailed photos, please visit my submission page.
From Flamingo Scraps: Trellis Roses and Cherry Blossom Vines from Prima

This layout was created on an embroidery hoop. It features the Domestic Goddess tags and paper collection. The fashionista in the photograph is my Grandmother. The paper, inserted into the lace pocket, is a measurement chart that I found in her sewing kit. It has her measurements and weight from different times of her life. The dress form is three dimensional. It has been decorated with vintage patterns, seam binding, and a bling collar. Blue rose trim from Maya Road softens the sides of the wooden hoop. A floral swag of Prima cherry blossom vines, and trellis roses complete the bottom. Butterflies were punched from a Martha Stewart punch and dipped in liquid ultra thick embossing enamel to give them a glass like finish.

From Flamingo Scraps: Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime patterned papers

Captured fairies are very popular with mixed media artists, and I thought the Once Upon A Springtime collection would be perfect for this project. I hand crafted the dogwoods to coordinate with the flowers in the paper's design. I made a very tiny 1 cm rose for the Fairy to hold, and she sits upon a handmade hydrangea cluster. I also scattered hydrangea flowers around the outer areas of the lantern. A rose scented coaster was added to the top of the jar so that the piece smells as enchanting as it looks. A crystal rose was the perfect touch for the top. The YouTube video below shows more detailed images of this piece.


  1. Gorgeous work, Tonya! They would be so lucky to have you--your style is perfect for their papers!! :)

  2. Loved looking at your projects, again! They are more beautiful the 2nd time around! So many details to look at! Amazing and so happy you are sharing with us your part of this journey!
    PS seriously, you had to CUT up a paper collection? I know what you mean! I started a G45 project myself yesterday and cut apart a beautiful piece of patterned paper. You give me hope that it will be more beautiful when it is a finished project!

  3. CONGRATS sweetie -- you deserve it and more!!! GORGEOUS projects and nice to know I am doing my job!!!! HUGS!!! Suzanne

  4. HUGE CONGRATS on making the top 25!! That is AWESOME!!! I love love love what you created!!! JUST AMAZING!!!!!!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  5. absolutely beautiful Tonya, congrats on the top 25, best of luck with the final choosing!

  6. Congrats on reaching the top 25- quite an accomplishment! Can't wait to hear when (not if!) you make the final cut!

  7. That is totally awesome! I am wishing you the best of luck and hoping that you win a spot on the DT. Hugs!

  8. Congratulations Tonya - what an honor!!! I hope you make the final cut -- wishing you lots of luck!!! :)


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