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Prize Announcement & Happy New Year Wishes From Graphic 45

Hello Crafters!

Well it's the last day of 2010. It's hard to believe! Weren't we just celebrating this holiday a mere 365 days ago? Well time is obviously flying so that's all the more reason to enjoy this moment to the fullest. But before the champagne starts flowing, we wanted to announce the winner of this week's contest! This week we asked you to leave us a blog comment telling us one of your hopes for the new year. It was wonderful reading through all of your positive aspirations for 2011. This week's random winner is Debora S. Here is what she had to say about her New Year's wish.

"As for many, 2010 was a challenging year for me. Many family illnesses, stressful work situations and so much more. My wish for 2011 is to live more in the moment, enjoy each and every day and spend more time doing what I love, creating." -Debora S

Congratulations, Debora S.! Please email us at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize. Thank you to everyone who participated in this week's contest. We hope you helped inspire each other as much as you continue to inspire us.

As you may have noticed, I'm a big fan of using historical or literary references in these special holiday editions of the Graphic 45 blog. On this jubilant day I thought I'd draw on the inspiration of one of my favorite poets, T.S. Eliot, to deliver a simple and yet poignant message about New Years. While Eliot is best known for his sometimes dark and brooding poetry of the early 20th century, he also had an eloquence and a mastery of language that helped win him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948. Whenever I want to feel inspired and deeply humbled as a writer, I turn to T.S. Eliot. Here is an excerpt from his poem Little Gidding that speaks volumes about this prosperous holiday.

"We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we stand
And know the place for the first time.

For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning."

- T.S. Eliot

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We hope that this year is filled with magical moments of curiosity, creativity, and connectedness. May this year bring you new ways and exciting of expressing yourself in both your art and in your daily life. We are looking forward to another inspiring year among our craft community. Many thanks to all of you out there who share your kind words and beautiful crafts with us on a daily basis. We are excited to see what glorious things you'll dream up in 2011.

A Very Happy New Year to You!

Team Graphic 45

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The Leisure Class: Dashingly Fun Crafts by Trisha Ladouceur

Hello Clever Crafters!

Welcome to another fabulous edition of the Graphic 45 blog! We are so thrilled to show you what's in store today! Today's blog has a kind of sports and leisure theme to it, since we know you might need a break after all the holiday busyness. Trisha Ladouceur, design team member extraordinaire, is the vision behind today's crafts. She's designed a colorful and fun layout as well as handmade tic-tac-toe game decorated with Graphic 45 paper! It's like a mini vacation! First we're off to the pool for a look at this fabulous layout that Trisha made with our On the Boardwalk collection and Alphabet Sticker Staples. Don't forget your sunscreen!

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Now who's up for a game of tic-tac-toe? Trisha created this amazing game board using our Proper Gentleman collection. This is such a great idea! I wonder what other games we can make with Graphic 45 papers. A chess set with Hallowe'en in Wonderland? Candyland with Playtimes Past? Scrabble with Domestic Goddess? I think Trisha has opened up a whole new world of ideas! 

"Here is a FUN project that I created for my boys to put in their new "Man Cave"! What an easy project to create and JUST IN TIME for the upcoming holidays! I found this board and wooden pieces at Home Sense but you could easily create your own if you are a handy kind of gal (or have a man in your life that you could convince to do it for you!!!). First I painted ALL wooden pieces, including the base. I used the Proper Gentleman Collection of papers, tags and borders and created 9 mini collages to represent each of the squares in a Tic-Tac-Toe game. To adhere all pieces I used Claudine Hellmuth's Multi Medium in a GLOSSY finish. I applied another coat over the entire surface to seal the project. I also used the multi Medium to attach the papers to the letters and then used an exacto knife to trim the excess. I then used a sanding block to sand all edges leaving it looking a wee bit distressed!" -Trisha Ladouceur

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 We want to thank the amazing Trisha Ladouceur for her brilliant work! These projects go together so well! It's the craft equivalent to a trip to the country club! We hope you are just as inspired as we are! Stay tuned this week for more terrific ideas as well as this week blog prize winner which we will announce tomorrow. Until then, keep smiling!

Cheers!

Team Graphic 45

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A Little Journey: Beautiful Spring Album by Candy Rosenberg

Hello Lovely Crafters,

We hope your week is going well! With winter in full swing, we're sure there are those of you out there who are yearning for some Spring invigoration. While we can't speed up arrival of the warm seasons, we can do our best to bring you the best and brightest crafts to warm your heart. Today we have a fantastic Spring-inspired album from Candy Rosenberg. Candy is one of our talented design team members and her crafts are pure enchantment! Have a look at this vibrant and sweet album she created with our new Once Upon a Springtime collection. With so many adorable details and captivating textures, you're sure to fall in love with this little treasure.

"I could not resist making a fun little album for my granddaughter with this beautiful collection.  We are working on a fairy story to go inside so we can make it into a reader book.  I used bits and pieces from various papers in the "Once Upon A Springtime" collection, along with Imaginarium Designs, "picket fence, alpha, birdcage" which complete the look." -Candy Rosenberg

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Thank you Candy as always for your fabulous work! We have many more stunning crafts for all of you this week! While the sun may be in short supply these days, there's no shortage of beautiful craft inspiration here at Graphic 45. So keep your spirits high and get your scissors ready for fun! 

Happy Thoughts!

Team Graphic 45

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A Wonderland of Layouts: A layout tutorial by Jane Trangenza

Hello Crafters!

A very happy Tuesday to you. This is that special time when photos from this year's holiday season are looking for the perfect home. Layouts are a fantastic way to make your photos shine! So today we're bringing you a double dose of layout inspiration with a tutorial by the fabulous Jane Tragenza! Yay! Jane has also prepared several of examples of her layout brilliance to help get your creative gears turning. Make your holiday photos even more precious by putting them in a gorgeous LO! So now we're off to the bright world of Jane Tragenza! First up is a fantastic LO she designed using our  Steampunk Debutant collection.

"Loving the new ranges from  Graphic 45, I love the strong colours of the Steampunk Debutant collection and the whimsical images on some of the papers. I decided to do a page for one of the men in my life. This layout is for my son Josh. When I do my layouts, I  lay all the papers out in front of me and then just start cutting and layering them until I am happy. I don’t always have a photo, I usually do the layout and find the photo later. As I have 5 children, and millions of photos, this is not a problem. This time I knew what the theme was to be and knew I had a photo’s to suit." -Jane Tragenza

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Supplies:

Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutant Collection:
Victorian Transformers
Mechanical Mind
Modern Marvels
Ephemera Extraordinary
Title, Clock and Cogs, from Imaginarium Designs
Brads, Distress inks, glimmer mist
Cosmos tiny Alphas
Heidi Swap extra large clocks

How gorgeous is that?! Jane has also prepared this fun tutorial for you to enjoy. She takes you step-by-step to create an easy and magnificent layout of your very own. Take it away, Jane!

In this tutorial I would like to show you how to make a frame around a page using one of the  Graphic 45 Striped Paper. You need to choose a paper that has a repeating pattern at least four times. Each piece needs to be the full 12 inches long. The frame will need to be made smaller. Each pattern must be the same width, if you want your corners to match.

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Choose your background paper and leave it the full 12 x 12 inches. Choose a second print paper to be a contrast and cut it to 11 ¼ x 11 ¼  and tape to the background paper in the middle. In the Hallowe'en in Wonderland layout I used Wonderland Classifieds as my background and my contrast print was Jabberwocky. For my stripe I used Uncommon Nonsense.

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Once you have your background page and contrasting page taped together, you are ready to make your frame. Cut your four stripe pieces the same width and place one stripe each side of the contrasting square, leaving a whisker showing on the outer edge. This will make the frame aprox 11 1/8 x 11 1/8. Place a small amount of tape under each stripe in the middle. Don’t use too much as you will need to lift the frame off when the corners are done. Tape the two pieces of frame together at the corners (but not to the base papers), to make it a bit firmer.  Check that your frame is square using a ruler, to do this measure from the outside edge of your frame across at the top and then at the bottom. Both measurements should be the same. Turn the page and repeat the other way. If all measurements are the same then your frame will be square.

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  When happy, you can make the mitre in each corner. To do this, use a ruler and measure from inside corner to the outer corner. Mark with a pencil. Do this to all four corners. To make it easier for you to see. I have removed my frame from my page, you don’t need to do this yet.

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Cut with scissors but only the top layer and not the bottom.  Do this to all four corners. To make it easier for you to see. I have removed my frame from my page, you don’t need to do this yet.

 Remove the extra bits hanging under the frame, and tape down the top corner to the bottom.

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 Remove the frame in one piece and turn it over and reinforce with the frame with cardboard along each side of the frame. I always put my frames on my pages with foam tape, this gives depth to my layouts. Be generous with the amount of foam tape you use, as this stops the frame from sagging. Be careful when sticking frame to page. I always stick only a little bit on at a time, rather than trying to do it in one go. You now not only have a frame, but you have a shadow box. You can now build up other pieces on your layout.

Here are another couple of samples of Frame Layouts.

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"In the Christmas layout I used Bazzill for the background,  Yours Truly for my contrast print with Uncommon Nonsense for my stripe. In my layout playtime past, I used Always on my Mind for the background, for my contrast page I used Dolly’s Tea Party and for my stripe I used Jack and Jill." -Jane Tragenza

We want to thank Jane for her amazing work. It's always a pleasure to see how our amazing design team goes about creating their stunning crafts. We hope she helped give you some ideas for your holiday photos. LOs are a gorgeous way to keep your memories as fresh and beautiful as a newly fallen winter snow.

Have a beautiful day out there!

Team Graphic 45



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Walkin' On the Bad Side: Artist Spotlight on the Amazing Sherry Cheever

Hello Crafters!

We hope you had a lovely holiday! Hopefully your refrigerators are overflowing with yummy leftovers! Before we get to the main course of today's blog, we wanted to announce this week's contest! Yeah! With New Years Eve just a few days away, we thought it would be nice to share some our hopes for the new year! Tell us one of your big hopes for 2011 and you'll be entered to win a fantastic Graphic 45 prize bundle! This week's prize includes a fabulous 12x12 Paper Pack of our A Proper Gentleman collection, an 8x8 Le' Romantique Paper Pad, a Fiskars Small Level Punch, and two sets of Graphic 45 Staples! Ooh! Share your positive energy and ambition with your fellow artists and you could win! All you need to do is leave your comment on today's blog. Start the new year off right with high hopes!

We have a special treat for you today, way better than leftover pumpkin pie! Today we're featuring the craft talents of Cherry Cheever aka Bad Sherry whose wizardry with paper is out of this world. We discovered Sherry's craft blog a while back and were stuck not only by her obvious artistic porous, but also her great humor and enthusiasm for her craft. One look at Sherry's blog and you know she's just a really fun lady, the kind of artist that truly knows how to enjoy life. While she prefers to be called an Ink Artist more than a Crafter, its clear that her expertize extend far beyond ink. Her art is prolific and always stunning. May we introduce the fabulous Sherry Cheever!

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"I’ve been crafting all my life, starting as a little girl making potholders, painting, knitting, etc., and eventually went on to minor in art while in college.   I seriously started stamping and paper crafting in September of 2005 and soon realized that I had found a creative outlet that let me work with my art background.  After working with a number of whimsical/cutesy images for a number of years, I found that my niche was really altered art and vintage projects, so I gave up working with the whimsical/cutesy images and started making projects in a style that I love – vintage and/or distressed.  I fell in love with Graphic 45 paper the first year they were at CHA and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.  Since then, Graphic 45 has been a staple in my paper crafting projects.  I love the vintage colors and images used in the paper and I think that I look to it more often than others, because I’m truly an old soul at heart.   I’m at my creative best when I have ink on my fingers and I’m sanding away on a project.  I love taking new things and making them look old and Graphic 45 helps me do that."

Behold this endlessly fascinating and marvelous wall hanging that Sherry created with our Steampunk Debutant collection. Wow! Just wow! I can't get over how great this is!

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 "I am so excited to have different shapes now that will work for wall hangings . . . way too much fun.  Anyhoo, there is much to talk about and to look at here.  First that hanging itself. The back is Grunge Paper and then I die cut the Graphic 45 Paper to fit the Nestie.  I had some wood rope trim that I cut down to size and painted black to separate the two papers (flip side of the top).  While we are talking about the paper on the top, check out the lady in the background on the right.  I point this out because I had already picked the sentiment I was going to use for this project, this inchie from Artful Illusions. The flowers were die cut with the Blossom Nesties, and then curled and glued together. Vintage buttons were added to the center of them.  Everywhere I saw open space something else was tucked in . . . like the trinket pins." -Sherry Cheever

 

This is a glorious piece of holiday decor that Sherry created with our Deluxe Edition Christmas Past collection. She packed this piece with so much fabulous color and texture, it's just amazing! She has such an incredible eye for detail!

 

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"To start the process, a sheet of Graphic 45 paper was adhered to Grunge paper with matte multi-medium and die cut with the Grand Calibur and LF-126 Grand Squares. The little black shelf was made with a piece of hobby wood that was painted with black acrylic paint.  Some sanding here and there, highlighted with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and we have a shelf that looks like it has been loved and used. For the background, I chose one of the Santa images from the 12×12 paper which was die cut/embossed with S4-138 Petite Ovals-Large.  The edges were sponged with Vintage Photo and then distressed with a Paper Disresser. To add some substance to the back of the image I cut an oval from rectangle coasters so that the image could be layered and raised up on mounting foam." -Sherry

 Have a look at this amazingly beautiful card that Sherry created with our On the Boardwalk collection. So bright and full of adventure!


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"The image is colored with Copic Markers and the paper, from Graphic 45, is sewn to a base of cardstock.  I did, however, change up my normal layout.  I was in the mood for a change . . . go figure!  Oh and I used some new twine from The Twinery. Oh my BADness . . . I LOVE it!"  -Sherry

 

If you brose through Sherry's blog, you'll know that she's the queen of finding old boxes at thrift stores and turning them into magic! This is just one of many examples of her craft mastery. Have a look at this gorgeous box she created with the Graphic 45 Fashionista collection. It's a treasure unto itself!


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"I had this idea to make a flower out of some new May Arts Ribbon, but the style of flower called for wired ribbon.  I ended up stitching a small seam down one side, ran some craft wire through it, and pulled it all together to make the flower.  The center is an old button I had in my stash.I took on the ladies from the Graphic 45 Fashionista collection and put it in a memory frame for some added embellishment.    The back layer on the top was made with Spellbinders Labels One.  I know it’s hard to tell in the photos, but I added some feet on the bottom of the box with black wood beads from an old necklace." -Sherry 

 

This is just a small fraction of pieces that Sherry created using Graphic 45 papers. You really need to check out her blog to get the full scope of her creativity. We want to sincerely thank Sherry Cheever for her boundless imagination and creative energy. We hope she helped give you some great ideas today and we can't wait to see what else she has in store for us in the future!

 

Don't forget to leave a blog comment today for your chance to win this week's blog prize! Share with us one of your hopes for the new year! Lets cultivate or collective well-wishes to make this the best year ever!

 

Happy, happy, happy!

 

Team Graphic 45

 


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Christmas Wishes From Graphic 45

Merry Christmas Crafters!

On this beautiful day of rest and togetherness, we wanted to wish you a very joyous holiday. In researching what to write for this Christmas Day edition of the Graphic 45 blog, I came across hundreds of speeches, poems, photographs and art from all over the globe. Each had its own uniquely crafted message of peace and goodwill. In truth, there was no single perfect sentiment to sum up the ambitions of this grand holiday. It is so many things to so many people. Then an image flashed into my memory, a groundbreaking picture that was taken on Christmas Eve 1968. It was transmitted to earth by the Apollo 8 spacecraft as it orbited the moon. As it was beamed to earth on a live televised broadcast, commander Frank Borman said "And from the crew of Apollo 8, we close with good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you, all of you on the good Earth." This was the first time in human history that an earth-rise had ever witnessed. Even more poignant is that it was captured on this glorious holiday as the world watched with wonder.

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We feel so lucky to be a part of this amazing community of creative minds. Everyday we are inspired by your kind words and marvelous creations as we interact everyday on this blog. In a world where our lives move at super speed, its easy to forget the simple and fundamental aspects of being a participant in the world. This is an image that I like to come back to again and again to remind myself of the beauty and true fragility of life. There we are, a little planet floating in boundless space. And yet in all of us is a universe of curiosity, humor, kindness and hope. Each of us as individuals with our own dreams, struggles, fears and inextinguishable love. Christmas grounds us in these simple yet profound truths.

On this day, from all of us at Graphic 45, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May this be an exhilarating year filled with inquisitiveness and optimism for the future. We look forward to helping inspire your creative inclinations. We can't wait to see what amazing creations you'll dream up in the new year.

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To all of you on the good Earth...

Merry Christmas,

Team Graphic 45

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Tis the Season for Stockings: Paper Stocking Creations by Tracey Locher and Gloria Stengel

Seasons Greetings Crafters!

It's another beautiful day of holiday craft splendor. We're bringing you the very best vintage-inspired holiday crafts from our talented design team all week long! Fun and festive crafts to keep you in the holiday groove.  And now that the days are officially getting longer, there's even more reason to celebrate. Christmas, crafts, and sunlight! What could be better?! We also want to announce the winner of yesterdays giveaway with Teresa Collins! The big winner, chosen at random, is Larissa Heskett. Here was Larissa's comment on yesterday's blog.

"WOW!! Just like yesterday, that is such a beautiful idea and one that I am for sure going to try for next year!! Actually, I was hoping to WIN the Teresa Collins Prize for today and I was going to use the ONCE UPON A SPRING TIME collection of papers to make Easter Stocking for the easter bunny to leave presents/goodies in!! =) I have seen ALL of the AWESOME things created with this line here on your blog and I can't wait to play with some!! THANKS SO MUCH for being a SPONSOR and for the FABULOUS GIVEAWAY!! I would LOVE TO WIN!! HAVE A VERY BRIGHT DAY!!! =)." -Larissa Heskett

We want to thank everyone who visited our blog yesterday. Your comments were so amazing and we loved reading each and every one of them! Larissa Heskett please email us at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize and congratulations!

Today's paper stockings were created by the amazing Tracey Locher and Gloria Stengel. Have a look at these stunning beauties, made with plenty of Christmas cheer. This first stocking was dreamt up by Tracey Locher. Oh, so pretty!

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"I LOVE this time of year and having the opportunity to create a Christmas stocking with the Graphic 45 Christmas Past Deluxe Edition line makes it all the better!  I found this angel scene in the paper and wanted it to be the focus of my stocking.  I cut it out and then “sugar” glittered certain parts of the scene.  To make it really pop off the stocking, I used Glue Arts 3D Adhesive Foam Blanks, and cut the foam to size for this project!  I created the top of the stocking using about 80 snowflake flowers (cut with my Cricut, of course!)  Remember taking the eraser side of a pencil and pushing it into the center of a tissue square, dipping it in white Elmer’s Glue and then making your annual turkey?  Go WAY back… to Kindergarten or early elementary school… there you go!  I loved making those projects and used that technique for this stocking.  Then I sprinkled embossing powder on the top of the snowflakes and added some glitter to make it look like snow on the snowflakes. The final technique was to add the distressed fabric border to the whole stocking."  -Tracey Locher

Supplies:

Graphic 45:  Deluxe Edition Christmas Past: “The Holly and the Ivy,”  “Ode to Joy,”  “Letters to Santa”
Glue Arts:  Raisen’s and U Cut It, 3D Combo Pack Foam Adhesive
Darice:  Rhinestones
Prima Marketing: Say It With Crystals
Doodlebug Design:  Sugar Coating Glitter
Ranger:  UTE
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This next stocking was created by Gloria Stengel. Christmas is never limited to greens and reds. Using our Steampunk Debutant collection, Gloria made this amazingly detailed and vibrant stocking. Loaded with soothing color and elegance, this stocking is a joy to behold.

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"I love to "color outside the lines" and using the Steampunk Debutante papers for my Christmas stocking seemed like such a fun idea! Adding some metal and some bling...a perfect pairing! I created my stocking by first cutting the pattern from heavy cardstock, then again from the Core'dinations paper. I wanted the stocking to be sturdy enough to use for home decor. Plus, it needed to be able to hold the metal and the facets." -Gloria Stengel
 
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Graphic45 Papers: Steampunk Debutante: Fantasy Floral, Nouveau Artistry, Steampunk Debutante
Cardstock: Core'dinations Core Color, Bazzill, Staples
Pearls: Queen and Company
Metal: Tim Holtz, 7 Gypsies
Chipboard letters: Maya Road
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Ink: Ranger Distress (Vintage Photo)
Glitter: Ranger Stickles (Cinnamon)
Facets: Making Memories
Twine: craft store
Wrinkle ribbon: hand-made from seam binding
Grommet: We R Memory Keepers
Tools: Papertrey Ink dies (banner), Core'dinations (Dust Buddy), Stampin' Up (sanding block)

There you have it, crafters. We always love seeing what you're creating with our papers. Be sure to post your crafts on our Ning or Facebook Fan Page! Share the love with your fellow crafters. Many thanks to Tracey and Gloria for their beautiful creations.

Holiday Hugs,

Team Graphic 45

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Joy to the World: Christmas Eve Wishes & Paper Stocking Creations by Candy Rosenberg

Hello Crafters!

A very merry Christmas eve to you! We hope that where ever you are on this fine day, that your heart is filled with benevolence and gratitude. I was scouring the web trying to find the best Christmas quote ever written; something that would speak volumes to everyone out there. So many brilliant writers have tackled Christmas both as a fun holiday and a philosophical idea. And of course, there are multitudes of beautiful quotes that range from fun-loving to earnestly sincere. I should have known to go directly to maestro of Christmas himself, Mr. Charles Dickens. For surely his writing helped to capture the essence of the Christmas spirit better than almost anyone before or since. So, here is a lovely Christmas quote by the man himself that we hope will warm your holiday heart.

"Time was with most of us, when Christmas Day, encircling all our limited world like a magic ring, left nothing out for us to miss or seek; bound together all our home enjoyments, affections, and hopes; grouped everything and everyone round the Christmas fire, and make the little picture shining in our bright young eyes, complete." -Charles Dickens

I love this quote because it speaks to the root of togetherness and gratefulness that encapsulates the holiday season. For all its occasional craziness with holiday shopping, traveling, and attempting to prepare the perfect meal for the ones you love, the holidays remind us to take a few special days to reflect on that which matters most to us. It grounds us in the basic ideas of goodwill and gregariousness that makes the human race so uniquely special. So on this marvelous Christmas eve, we wish you all the spirit of this tender holiday.

We have a quick announcement that we have a winner for this weeks blog prize! We had so many lovely comments from all of you, lots of fabulous ideas for your favorite stocking suffers. This week's winner, chosen at random, is Lynda aka alrlsmom. Here is what Lynda wrote as her comment for Monday's blog:

"Fabulous holiday projects!!! I love to slip stickers, candy, and hot wheels in the girls stockings... found a lump of coal a few years ago, so this is a running gag to see who gets it each year... Thank you for sponsoring the giveaway over at TC blog!!" -Lynda aka alrlsmom 

Many thanks to everyone who participated in this fun contest. We hope it helped to inspire some sweet little stocking stuffer ideas for your holiday. Lynda, please email us at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize and conratulations! We'll be having a new blog contest on Monday so be sure to check it out!

In case you were in need of some extra holiday cheer today, we have another lovely paper stocking to whisk you off your feet. This one was designed by the amazing Candy Rosenberg of our design team. Using our Deluxe Edition Christmas Past paper, Candy created this amazing little darling, filled with lots of adorable handmade tags. It looks just perfect dangling from the Christmas tree.

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"I made a number of Graphic45 paper ornaments for my tree this year.  When we were asked to make a stocking to share and inspire you, I had to make one for my tree, of course." -Candy Rosenberg
 
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Graphic45, Christmas Past, "Glad Tidings, Christmas Past Tags, Letters To Santa" , Jolee's Boutique, "Lace Bows", Glue Arts and Beacon Adhesives and twine.

Many thanks to Candy Rosenberg for her beautiful paper stocking. We wish you all a restful, warm day and a very Merry Christmas.

Holiday Hugs,

Team Graphic 45

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Knock Your Socks Off: Paper Stocking Creations by Jade Moore and Tracey Ladouceur

Hello You Beautiful Crafters!

Oh my gosh, I can't believe Christmas is two days away! This has been such a fun holiday countdown. There's nothing quite like seeing some beautifully decorated handmade goodies to get you excited about the holidays. Ever since its earliest beginnings, the Christmas stocking has been a lovely and integral part of the holiday season. A tradition that began in the days before washers and dryers, when people would hang their wet socks over the fireplace to dry, has grown to capture the hearts of generations of people. Because honestly, it wouldn't be much fun if we modified this tradition for modern times by leaving presents in the dryer for the kids to find on Christmas morning! So lets continue this rich holiday tradition with some more gorgeous paper stockings by our design team. Have a look at this amazing creation by Jade Moore. Jade should be a shoe designer because this stocking is high fashion!

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Supplies: 

Graphic45 Paper: Christmas Past Deluxe Edition: The Holly and Ivy
Graphic45 Staples: Trim
Prima Say it in Pearls
Prima Poinsettia
Vintage Trim
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And now we're off to the magical land of Tracey Ladouceur. Have a look at this ornate, old-fashioned paper stocking. It looks like it could have been a family heirloom! Its hard to believe it was made out of fresh papers from our Deluxe Edition Christmas Past collection! Tracey worked her crafting magic to give this stocking a genuine antique look.

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"I used the Ranger natural canvas for the base and my Cricut to cut the actual stocking shape as well as the "Happy Holidays" sentiment. I was going for a very old/tattered look and even my beautiful vintage inspired papers were a little too fresh so I broke the mold and tried something new... I transferred the Graphic 45 papers onto the canvas (both the natural base- the toe, heel and top of the stocking) and then for the festive image, I transferred it onto Prima's patterned canvas. If you look closely, you will see the text peeking through the background. The end result was a more soft. tattered pattern which worked well with this project." -Trisha Ladouceur 

Warm thanks to Jade and Trisha for their amazing talents. Tomorrow we will be announcing the winner of this week's prize as well as featuring some special Christmas eve craft inspiration. Whether you're baking cookies, doing last minute shopping, or just curling up on the couch today, we wish you all the best.

Glad Tidings,

Team Graphic 45

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Rocking Stockings: Amazing Paper Stockings & Holiday Contest

Hello Lovely Crafters!

A very happy Monday to you all! We have a very special week in store for you as we countdown to Christmas. We'll be featuring handmade paper stockings by our design team as well as amazing contests where you can win terrific crafting prizes! Keep your holiday spirits high all week long with tons of gorgeous craft inspiration. Okay, enough talk, lets get started!

This week's contest is a really fun one. Since we're featuring paper stockings all this week, we want you to tell us your favorite stocking stuffer idea. I sometimes find it tricky to think of really clever small gifts with which to fill stockings. But I know there are so many terrific ideas out there for great little gifts. So far, this is my favorite stocking stuffer idea: Chico Bicalho's Wind-Up Robots. These little guys are very cool, sleek-looking and not pricey at all. Great gift for kids and fun-loving grownups! And once again, all you need to do is leave us a blog comment about your favorite stocking stuffer idea and you are automatically entered to win this weeks prize! Yay! Have a look at the amazing goodies you could win this week. A Fiskars Premium Cut-Line Trimmer, Fiskars 3-In-1 Corner Punch, Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutant 12x12 Paper Pad, and three Graphic 45 Staples! Oh la la! The winner will be chosen at random and will be announced on our blog on Friday.

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Now its off to the enchanting holiday world of Tammy Roberts. Have a look at this classically captivating paper stocking that she made from our Deluxe Edition Christmas Past paper! So charming!

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"When Charee asked us to do a paper stocking I was THRILLED!!! This project was such fun and I love every detail and piece of paper on this stocking." -Tammy Roberts

Supplies:
Graphic 45 Christmas Past paper collection
Graphic 45 Staples collection - Trims & Flowers
Graphic 45 Christmas Past tag sheet
Petaloo - flower
Martha Stewart - Punch
Diamond Dust
Diamond Glaze
Adhesives - Tombow & Beacon
Tim Holtz - Ink & Paint
Ribbon & Metal Charm - own stash

Next up is this beautiful paper stocking by Christie Bryant. Have a look at this elegant little cutie. Created using our Deluxe Edition Christmas Past paper, this stocking has just the right amount of colorful stitching and silver bells to make it shimmer! 

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Many more glamorous holiday craft ideas in store all this week. We want to thank Tammy Robert's and Christie Bryant for their lovely work. We look forward to reading all your comments about your favorite stocking stuffer ideas too. Have an amazing day, crafters!

Ho ho ho,

Team Graphic 45

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Christmas Countdown: Teresa Collins Giveaway & More Paper Stocking Goodness

Hello There Crafters!

It's hard to believe that Christmas is just a few days away! It seems like just yesterday we were talking about our favorite Thanksgiving side dishes. And now, wham, it's Christmas! But time does fly when you're having fun. We're continuing to rock your holiday world today with more glorious paper stockings as well as a fun giveaway with Teresa Collins. If you're in need of some last minute holiday inspiration, we've got you covered. Another fun benefit of crafting, especially this close to Christmas, is that it allows you to create amazing gifts without having to deal with the shopping crowds. It's always funny this time of year. I tried to do a little bit of shopping over the weekend and I was amazed that the roads were packed with rush hour traffic all day long. Yet another example of how crafting can be both practical and a retreat from the holiday hullabaloo.

And speaking of holiday craft cheer, we're having a very special contest today only! We're participating in Terea Collins' 25 Favorite Things Giveaway! Leave a blog comment today and you could win our beautiful new Once Upon a Springtime 12x12 and 8x8 paper pads! Oooh!

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The possibilities are endless with this elegant new collection so don't miss out! This contest is today only so be sure to leave your comment and join in the fun. Also, be sure to check out Teresa Collins' amazing blog too! She's been featuring terrific giveaways this holiday season and lots of beauiful craft ideas.

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Now lets get to the crafting! Have a look at this stunning paper stocking created by Jenny Svennson. More holiday cheer to brighten your winter day!

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Supplies:
Graphic 45: Christmas Past: Holiday Spirit, Victorian Greetings, Christmas Wishes
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 Tools:
Martha Stewart: Edge Punch Lace Heart

Gorgeous work, Jenny! We've got lots of brilliant crafts to come in the days leading up to Christmas. Be sure to leave us a comment today for your chance to win. We wish you a beautiful day!

Craft Love,

Team Graphic 45

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Winter Wonderland: Glue Arts Prizes & Holiday Craft Ideas Galore

Hello Crafters!

Happy Friday to you! We hope that your holiday preparations are going stupendously. This time of year can sometimes be hectic, so its always nice to take a break and treat yourself to a little craft retreat. This is the final day of our blog swap with our pals at Glue Arts. Don't forget to stop by the Glue Arts Facebook page. They are offering an exclusive contest today on Facebook and all you need to do is leave a comment for your chance to win! It's been a brilliant week of crafting. We've featured so many amazing projects and are so happy to have shared them with all of you. Your feedback, as always, was so encouraging and lovely! And many thanks to Glue Arts for joining us for this fun and fantastic blog swap. We had a ball! 

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We also have a winner to announce for this week's contest!  Like most of our weekly contests, all you needed to do was submit a comment on our blog and you were entered to win! This week's winner, chosen at random, is Jennifer Reynard. Here is the comment that Jennifer left us on Wednesday's blog. "Beautiful, absolutely beautiful. Love the fairies and flowers, so delicate and precious. The cards and projects are fabulous. Top designers creating top projects. Shall put this Graphic 45 paper collection on my wish list for sure!! :)" Thanks for your well-wishes, Jennifer Reynard! Please contact us at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize! Horray! 

We have more mesmerizing crafts in store for you today. More fabulous ways to brighten your holiday spirit! Today's projects were made with love by Christie Bryant, Gloria Stengel and Jade Moore. These amazing ladies are members of our design team and they have been working hard to bring you the most enchanting crafts under the winter sun. So grab some hot cider and settle in for a heaping dose of holiday cheer.

Our first project was created by the fabulous Christie Bryant. Using our Deluxe Edition Christmas Past collection and a few well-placed embellishments, Christie assembled this classically lovely card.

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 Here we have a fabulous gift bag and card created by Gloria Stengel. Yet another example of the versatility of our papers! Spruce up an ordinary gift bag into something extraordinary! It's fun, easy and a sure way to brighten someones day.

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Gift Bag and Card

 "During this busy holiday time, we all need to have some quick and easy crafts for gift giving. Decorating bags is a fast and fun way to give your gifts that special, personal touch. And you don't have to use a lot of materials to decorate your bag! The Graphic45 papers are so beautiful that you don't need to add much to have a stunning creation. I did some fussy cutting to pop the little girl off the bag, but for the most part this is a fast and simple project that anyone can do!" -Gloria Stengel
 
Supplies
Graphic45 Paper: Christmas Past (Visions of Sugarplums)
Cardstock: Bazzill
Bag: craft store
Ink: Ranger Distress (Dusty Concord, Vintage Photo)
Stamps: Tim Holtz, Stampin' Up
Flower and leaf: Wild Orchid Crafts
Glitter: Ranger Stickles (Lavender, Diamonds)
Twine: May Arts
Ribbon: unknown
Tools: Sizzix (tag die, ticket die). Bow Easy
Adhesive: Glue Arts (Glue Glider Pro, Raisen's, Micro Extreme Adhesive Squares, U Cut It foam)

Next up is this lovely card by Jade Moore. Imagination goes a long way when it comes to creating the perfect card. This amazing combination of blue and gold with just the right amount of sparkle helps make this card a true holiday treasure. So beautiful and fun!

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"I'm still squeezing in those Christmas Cards... Every time I look I have forgotten someone!!! So I have just been grabbing some scraps (Good thing for gorgeous scraps!!)  and whatever is laying around!" -Jade Moore 
Supplies:

Graphic 45 Papers: Deluxe Edition Christmas Past: The Night Before Christmas, We wish you a Merry Christmas 
Glue Arts:Raisen's Adhesive Squares, GlueGlider Pro (LOVE THIS LITTLE GUY)
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Our deepest thanks to Christie Bryant, Gloria Stengel and Jade Moore for their amazing work! We will be bringing you more stunning crafts all weekend long so keep checking back. We're on a mission to make sure that your holiday has no shortage of craft inspiration. We've got oodles of goodies in store for you. We can't wait to show you!

Stay fabulous, crafters!

Team Graphic 45

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Let It Snow: Beautiful Holiday Crafts By Tammy Roberts

Hello You Brilliant Crafters!

Happy Sunday to you! We hope today finds you invigorated and exited about the upcoming holiday. I'm sure many of us, myself included, are feeling a little stressed about trying to create the perfect day for friends and family. But that's okay! Whether you're having the time or your life or feeling a little bonkers, we are here to brighten your spirits! We have some gorgeous crafts today by Tammy Roberts, one of our talented design team members. She has created some mesmerizing holiday crafts that would make Santa proud. And its not too late to create some sparkling holiday crafts that will dazzle the ones you love. So lets have a look at these holiday wonders. 

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A Merry Christmas Card

"Just a simple card using a sweet little image from Graphic 45 and my favorite little angels!" -Tammy 

Supplies:

Graphic 45 Christmas Past paper collection
Prima - Flower
Tim Holtz - Ink & Paint
Tattered Angels - Glimmer Mist 
Papertrey Ink - Stamp
Maya Road - Star Stick Pin
Martha Stewart - Punch
Adhesives - Tombow & Beacon
Angel, Ribbon and doily - my own stash

And have a look at this stupendous Christmas layout, also by Tammy Roberts. There really is a delicate art to creating a good layout. There's always a tenuous balance between creating just enough beautiful content so that it doesn't distract from the central photo. This is a great example of achieving that balance! Layouts are kind of like visual poems that we write to our loved ones. Bring out your inner poet today with a heartfelt LO like this one!

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"This layout speaks right to my heart... "Christmas joy is in my heart". I look at this photo and wonder where has the time gone? My kids are growing up way to fast! I, of course, used the beautiful "Christmas Past" paper collection." - Tammy Roberts

Supplies:

Graphic 45 Christmas Past paper collection
Graphic 45 Botanical Bella paper collection
Graphic 45 Staples collection: Trims, flowers and buttons
Prima - Flower Vine
Jane Trenza - Chipboard word and frame
Jenni Bowlin - Stick Pin
Maya Road - Kraft die cuts
Tim Holtz - Paint, Ink and flower button
DMC - Embroidery Floss
Tattered Angels - Glimmer Mist
Adhesives - Tombow and Beacon

Thank you for joining us today for this special Sunday blog. And thanks to Tammy Roberts for her amazing craft vision. We'll be bringing you more inspiration all week long as we gear up for Christmas. We'll also be having another fun craft contest starting Monday so be sure to stop by our blog and say hello.

Have a gorgeous day!

Team Graphic 45

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Home for the Holidays: Festive Creations by Jenny Svensson

Hello Crafters,

Welcome to our special Saturday edition of our holiday craft extravaganza! We promised you a continuous supply of craft ideas throughout the holiday season and we intend to keep our word. Today we have some sparklingly wonderful projects by Jenny Svensson. She is the queen of finding unique ways to work with paper. Today's crafts are further examples of Jenny's inventiveness and knack for beautiful papercrafting. Just have a look at these gorgeous Christmas houses. This would look so amazing on my mantle, if I had a mantle, or a fireplace for that matter. But really, this would look stunning anywhere in the home. Wow your holiday guests with this brilliant piece of holiday decor. It's an instant smile maker.

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"I love making houses, so I couldn’t help myself from making a Christmas banner with little, snowy houses. It turned out pretty cute, but impossible to have hanging on the wall without the houses turning upside down, so I simply placed it on the wainscot cap in our hall, where it fits perfectly." -Jenny

Supplies:

Graphic 45: Christmas Past – “The Holly and the Ivy”, “Let it Snow”, “Deck the Halls”, “Let it Snow”, “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas”, “Carol of the Bells”, Diecut tags and frames
Tattered Angels: Pocket Watch Framed Fonts
Ranger: Distress Crackle Paint Picket Fence
Maya Road: Mini Snowflake Chipboard Set

Jenny also created this elegant layout for the holidays. Don't let your holiday memories fade. Celebrate these joyous days with a beautiful layout like this one! I love this layout not only for its beauty but also because it looks like Jenny's daughter is giving the thumbs up. Now that's some holiday cheer! Way to go, Jenny!

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"It’s not easy taking good Christmas photos of babies who would rather be out exploring the world around them than sitting still on the couch. These are my two children three years ago, and poor big brother tried really hard to get his little sister to sit still, but without much luck. I still love this photo, and the other ones I got at the same time, because we all had so much fun the day we took them."

Graphic 45: Christmas Past – “Christmas Wishes”, “The Holly and the Ivy”, “Let it Snow”, Diecut tags. StaplesAlphabet Stickers.
Tim Holtz Idea-ology – Tissue tape “Symphony”
Sizzix/Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz Die Tattered Florals
October Afternoon: Mini Market Stickers

Stay tuned for more glorious crafts in the days to come. We want to thank Jenny Svensson for her truly brilliant work. We are so lucky to have such talented ladies on our design team! We hope they continue to help inspire you this season and beyond.

Stay beautiful!

Team Graphic 45

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Forever Spring: More Spring-Inspired Craft Creations & Glue Arts Blog Swap

Good Day Crafters!

Welcome back to another fun filled day of craft happiness! We've got lots of beautiful spring-inspired crafts for you today as we celebrate day four of our Glue Arts blog swap. All our featured crafts this week were made using the awesome power of Glue Arts adhesives. And we're having a special contest this week too so be sure to leave a comment on our blog for your chance to win our big bundle prize of Graphic 45 papers and Glue Arts supplies. Glue Arts is also offering terrific prizes on their blog and Facebook pages today only so be sure to leave them comments too! Whoo hoo!

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Well it's time to journey back to the land of Spring, where the sun is always shining and the flowers have freshly bloomed. Our first glorious craft comes from the amazing Jane Tragenza. Have a look at this stunning and sweet shadow box she created!

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"I have been waiting for the right project and reason  to break into my Once Upon a Springtime 12x12 paper pad and this shadow box with French doors from Imaginarium Designs and the Glue Arts Blog swap was the  perfect  excuse. Ever since I receive the pad and had a look at the beautiful papers , I have wanted to cut out all the Primrose blossoms and turn it into a vine and have it trailing over something.  The shadow box is perfect for having a vine draped over it. The Glue Arts –Glue Glider Pro made the whole job so much quicker and neater. I added all the little elements cut out from the Once Upon a Springtime print paper with some pearls and a little bit of bling tucked in the Primrose blossom vine to finish the project. The photo is of my Special Daughter Anna and myself, and I have wanted something special to display it in." -Jane Tragenza 

Supplies:

Graphic 45: Once upon a Spring Time:
Enchanted Forest
Fairy Folk
Spellbound
Tiny Treasures
Primrose Cottage
Flight of Fancy
Shadow Box and Oval frames – Imaginarium Designs
Bling & White Rose Buds – Green Tara
White Flowers – Magnolia
Swirls with Roses - Prima
Glimmer Mist – Olive Vine
Tim Holtz – Vintage Photo

And now we're off to the fabulous world of Jade Moore. She's prepared this vibrant spring layout that's just cute-as-can-be. Yet another example of all the wonderful things you can create using our new Once Upon a Springtime collection. Let your imagination run wild!

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"With G45 Once Upon A SpringTime Collection, even bath time can be a magical and whimsical!!! And OH OH thank the Glue Gods for GlueArts! Love love the "U Cut It 3D Adhesive Foam Blanks (I can cut it to MY specifications!!!)" and the Raisen's Adhesive Squares...I could RAVE all day long they stick to ANYTHING!!! They were just perfect to make my embellies POP...no 3D glasses required!!" -Jade Moore 

Supplies:
Graphic45 Papers: Once Upon A SpringTime: Enhanced Forest, Pixie Post, Woodland Fantasy,
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Graphic 45 Staples: Trim
GlueArts: GlueArts Pro Glider, U Cut It 3D Adhesive Foam Blanks, Raisen's Adhesive Squares
Prima: Tiny Roses
Tattered Angels: Glimmer Glass Chip
I am Roses: Flowers
Websters Pages: Trim
Hambly ScreenPrint: Heavy Weight Transparencies

Many thanks to Jane and Jade for thier beautiful craft creations. Everything feels a little warmer and brighter now after seeing these great projects! We hope you will all continue to join us this week for more amazing crafts and collaborations with Glue Arts!

Have a beautiful day!

Team Graphic 45

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Bloomin' Gorgeous: Spring-Inspired Crafts & Glue Arts Blog Swap

Hello There Craters!

Welcome to Wednesday's edition of the Graphic 45/Glue Arts blog swap! We've been having a blast getting these great crafts ready for you. Today is very special because all of our featured crafts from our Once Upon a Springtime collection. Ever since we introduced "Once Upon a Springtime" I've been dying to see what our design team would dream up. It was well worth the wait because these crafts are absolutely enchanting! If you're in need of a break from the winter cold, these vibrant gems should help warm your spirits. All of these crafts were made using adhesives from our friends at Glue Arts. Don't forget to keep leaving comments on our blog as well as the Glue Arts blog and Facebook page all week for your chance to win amazing prizes! Now it's time to let the sun shine in with some bright and beautiful crafts by our design team!

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Here is a stunning card by Jenny Svensson that is sure to make you giggle with delight! This card is so elegant and fun with lots of sweet textures and colors. 

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Supplies:

Graphic 45: Once Upon a Springtime: tags and 8X8 Paper Pad
Graphic 45: Trim Staples
Glue Arts: Glue Glider Pro, Micro Adhesive Squares, U cut it.
Imaginarium Designs: Chipboard fence and word "remember"
Martha Stewart: Border Punches
Ranger: Distress Crackle Paint Picket Fence
Mulberry Roses: origin unknown

Next up is an amazingly cute card by Tammy Roberts. There are so many delicate and pretty features to this card. It is sure to plant a smile on your face.

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"Bloom" Card

"This is a little card using the new line from Graphic 45... I AM SO SMITTEN with the "Once Upon a Springtime" collection. I am also hooked on Glue Arts adhesives, if you have not tried their adhesive squares and the Glue Glider Pro.... you so should!" -Tammy Roberts

Supplies:
Graphic 45 "Once Upon a Springtime" paper collection (8X8 paper pad)
Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro
Glue Arts 3-D Combo Pack Adhesive Squares
Provo Craft - Butterfly Die
Papertrey Ink - Cardstock, Clear Stamps & Ink
Prima - Ribbon & Flower
Martha Stewart - Border Punch
Fiskars - Corner Rounder
Ribbon - Own Stash

These next crafts were created by Trisha Ladoucer. With their dreamy colors, delightful embellishments and playful placement, these cards are as pretty as a sunny meadow in bloom!

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"Dream" Card

Supplies:
Prima: flowers
My Mind's Eye: Button
Tim Holtz: "DREAM" ticket, pin
Glue Arts: Glue Glider Pro, Raise-n's, Micro Adhesive Squares
Jilly Bean Soup: Card Base
Ranger: Forest Moss Distress Ink

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"She Sprouted Wings" Card

Supplies:
Prima: Flowers, butterfly
Fiskers: Border punch
Unity Stamps: "she sprouted wings" stamp (Brave Girls Set)
Ranger: Forest Moss Distress Ink
Glue Arts: Glue Glider Pro, Raise-n's, Micro Adhesive Squares
   
We hope these crafts helped to bring a little sunshine to your day. We want to thank our amazing design team members Jenny Svensson, Tammy Roberts and Trisha Ladouceur for their amazing talents. We will be featuring many more amazing crafts all week long so stay tuned!

Happy papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45

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Deck the Halls: Holiday Decor and Glue Arts Blog Swap

Hello Crafters!

Happy Tuesday to you and welcome to day two of our blog swap with Glue Arts! All this week we are featuring great crafts that combine the boundless beautify of Graphic 45 papers with the amazing tools of Glue Arts. And since adhesives are so incredibly essential to the art of papercarfting, it makes sense that we would combine forces. Today's spectacular crafts come courtesy of Tammy Roberts and Gloria Stangel. And wow, they have pulled out all the stops today! Gorgeous holiday decor projects that will fill you with joy. Don't forget to leave comments on our blog all this week in addition to the Glue Arts blog and Facebook page for your chance to win fantastic craft prizes! Yeah! So now sit back, relax and enjoy some amazing crafts!

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First up is the wonderful world of Tammy Roberts! Tammy has an extra special treat for us today, an amazing Christmas House! You may remember that Tammy created an adorable Halloween House several weeks back. And she's at it again with this stunning piece of holiday decor. You won't believe your eyes!

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Christmas House

"If you remember... I made a small Halloween house and I promised you, I would be making a Christmas house! I am so happy I did... I used a snow texture on the roof and then added mica flakes to it and SMILING, love the way it turned out! Graphic 45 papers can turn anything just magical." -Tammy Roberts

Supplies:
Graphic 45 "Christmas Past" paper collection
Graphic 45 "Once Upon a Springtime" paper collection
Graphic 45 "Staples" collection - Flowers
Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro
Glue Arts Extreme Adhesive Squares
Melissa Frances - Mica Flakes, Oval Frame, Keyhole & Corner Appliques
Maya Road - Window Chipboard Pieces
Prima - Ribbon
Tattered Angels - Glimmer Mist (Crushed Shells)
Tim Holtz - Paint & Ink
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Own Stash - Ribbon, Star, Flower, Lace, Ivy Leaves, Trees & Wreath

And now we present the amazing work of Gloria Stengel! Gloria has prepared some gorgeous holiday decor crafts for us today. She is the queen of pretty paper flowers too. She's at it again with these adorable little treasures. Have a look at these fantastically lovely ideas!

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"I have a bunch of old books that I keep around for decorating the house. I place them on tables and stack other items on them, like shells or a bud vase containing a single rose, or other interesting finds. I decided that I needed to jazz the books up a bit for Christmas this year, so I took a few and covered them with Graphic45 Christmas Past papers. I added a flower made from Graphic45 papers and a few trims. Now, they look like vintage gifts! I love the way them and hope my family will enjoy looking at my "new" decorations for the holidays!" -Gloria Stengel
 
Supplies
Graphic45 Papers: Christmas Past (We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Carol of the Bells, Christmas Wishes)
Trims: Lace (Graphic45 Staples), Ribbon (Mary Art), Crochet flower (hand made), Flowers and leaves (Wild Orchid Crafts)
Chipboard letters: Imaginarium Designs
Ink: Ranger Distress (Fired Brick, Vintage Photo)
Tag punch: EK Success
Stamp: Stampin' Up
Glitter: Ranger Stickles (Diamond)
Adhesive: Glue Arts (Glue Glider Pro, Raisen's, Micro Extreme Adhesive Squares)

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"There are always a few gifts each year that require an extra special tag or decoration. I love large chipboard shapes and they are the perfect small canvas for my "super tags." The tag can later be used as a Christmas ornament. Some day I hope to have a second tree...covered with my own hand-made ornaments!" -Gloria Stengel
 
Supplies
Papers: Graphic45 Deluxe Edition Christmas Past (Ode to Joy, Glad Tidings, Victorian Greetings)
Chipboard Maya Road (large mitten), Imaginarium Designs (Noel)
Doily: craft store
Pins: fabric store
Ink: Ranger Distress (Fired Brick, Vintage Photo, Rusty Hinge)
Flower and leaf: Wild Orchid Crafts
Pine cones: craft store
Glitter: Ranger Stickles (Diamond, Frosted Lace)
Facet: Making Memories
Wrinkle ribbon: hand made from seam binding
Twine: May Art
Grommet: We R Memory Keepers
Tools: Paptertrey Ink die (scallop banner)
Adhesive: Glue Arts (Glue Glider Pro, Raisen's, Micro Extreme Adhesive Squares)

 Many thanks to Tammy and Gloria for their beautiful crafts. Keep checking back with us all this week for more fabulous craft inspiration! The holiday craft extravaganza is in full swing here at Graphic 45!

We hope you all have a fabulous day.

Team Graphic 45

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Birdhouse In Your Soul: Christmas Birdcage Brilliance By Laura De La Rosa

Hello You Joyous Crafters!

We hope you are having a marvelous Sunday. Surely, you're feeling the joy of the holiday season at this point. We wanted to keep your spirits high with more clever craft ideas.The holidays are such a special time of year. A time of togetherness and reflection for the coming year. Every new craft or handmade gift is a personal message of love and well wishes for the recipient. Today's craft inspiration comes from the amazing Laura De La Rosa. She's created this stunningly original and festive bird cage from a large octagon box. It takes a clever mind to look at an oddly shaped box and think "bird cage!" But that's just the kind of innovation and free thinking that we love here at Graphic 45. Have a look at this magnificent Christmas treasure!

"This is a Large Octagon Box by (Art Blanche) That I cut and altered into a Christmas Bird Cage. My idea came from the long panels on the box and so I figured "Why not! cut it up". I was very pleased with the results and will make more in the future with different themes." -Laura De La Rosa

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Tips:

When cutting the panels I suggest you use a heavy duty box cutter or electronic cutter as the panels are very thick. Also hot glue your pieces together if you want them to stay secure.

Supplies:

Graphic 45 Paper Collections:
Deluxe Edition Christmas Past Collection: Jolly Old St. Nicholas, Let it Snow, Glad Tidings, Carol of the Bells, Frames, Tags, Fashionista Collection: Buttons A La Mode, Perfumeries Le Romantique Collection: Key to my Heart, Enamored Embrace
Tim Holtz:
Alcohol Ink: Gold
Twinklets:
Diamond Dust
Memory Keepers:
Crop-A-Dile
Misc:
Rose Lace
Red Lace
Clear pebbles
Metal Lock
Brads

Thank you Laura for your beautiful work! And thank you to all our readers for stopping by our blog today. We've got lots of great fun in store for you this week including our blog swap with Glue Arts so stay tuned!

Happy papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45

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Flower Power: Glue Arts Blog Swap & Layout Love By Tracey Locher

Hello Crafters!

A happy Monday to you! Whatever you're doing today, whether enjoying a relaxing day or trying to juggle a million things at once, we wish you joy and exuberance in your endeavors. Today is the first day of our fun and exciting blog swap with our pals at Glue Arts! All week long we'll be featuring dazzling crafts that incorporate the pretty papers of Graphic 45 with the versatile tools of Glue Arts! Plus, you'll get a chance to win all sorts of terrific crafting prizes! Just leave comments on our blog as well as the Glue Arts blog and you'll be entered for a chance to win! There will be a special contest on the Glue Arts Facebook page on Thursday and Friday so be sure to check that out too. Have a look at the awesome prize that you could win for this week's contest! A Graphic 45 Deluxe Edition Christmas Past 12x12 paper pack, a Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro, a Glue Arts Raisen's 3D Combo Pac, and 3 Hampton Arts wooden Christmas Stamps inspired by our Christmas Past collection. All this could be yours! Prizes, fun, inspiration and much more! So lets get the party started!

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If you are a regular to our blog or a first timer, it probably means that you're taking a moment for yourself to indulge in your creative curiosity. So bravo to you! It's an essential element to being happy people, that we pursue that which makes us feel most connected to others in our collective experience. Crafting really is one of those unique art forms that allows us to deeply reflect in a positive way as well as share our personal connections with others. The layout that we are showing you today is a perfect example of the boundless potential of crafting. It was created by Tracey Locher, one of our lovely design team members. She took this precious photo, which on its own was just darling, and turned it into an even more beautiful work of art. Tracey used our enchanting new Once Upon a Springtime collection to create this adorable LO. Have a look!

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“Okay, I’ll admit it, I am traditionally a Glue Dots gal, BUT I MUST QUICKLY ADD that is because I had not previously been introduced to the Micro Adhesive Squares by Glue Arts.  As you can see in this layout, I love designing with flowers and buttons and I need a small and strong adhesive that I can count on.  The Micro Squares worked great on this layout!  Note about all those flowers… with the exception of the three solid white flowers, all of those flowers were cut with my Cricut from Once Upon A Springtime papers!" -Tracey Locher

Supplies:

Graphic 45:  Once Upon A Springtime Collection, “Enchanted Forest,” “Once Upon A Springtime,” “Butterfly Kisses,” “Spellbound,” ”Pixie Post,” “Tags”
Glue Arts:  Micro Extreme Adhesive Squares
Prima Marketing:  Three white flowers
Rusty Pickle:  Buttons
Cardstock:  Bazzill Basics

Thanks to Tracey Locher for her stunning layout. Keep checking back with all us week long for more fun and inspiration! We hope you have a wonderful day.

Hugs!

Team Graphic 45

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Spring into Crafting: Glue Arts Blog Swap and Layout Inspiration!

Hello You Fabulous Crafters!

Happy Saturday to you! We wanted to remind you that all this coming week, December 13th-17th  we'll be doing a super fun blog swap with Glue Arts. We'll be featuring lots of gorgeous crafts by our amazing design team that incorporate our pretty papers and the versatile tools of Glue Arts. We'll also be having another fabulous contest where you could win a Graphic 45/Glue Arts bundle pack of wonder! So be sure to leave us comments on our blog as well as the Glue Arts blog starting Monday for your chance to win. There will be an extra special contest on the Glue Arts facebook page on Thursday and Friday. Just leave a comment on the Glue Arts Facebook page on Thursday and/or Friday and you'll be entered for a chance to win. That's three chances to win fabulous craft prizes in one week! Amazing! We look forward to reading your comments and inspiring you with terrific crafts all week long!

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Speaking of inspiration, we are featuring a very special layout today by Charee Filimoehala! You said you wanted to see more creations that utilize our new Once Upon a Springtime collection. Ask and ye shall receive! Charee used our gorgeous new collection to create this adorably sweet LO. With so much subtle and pretty detail and soft spring colors, your photos will shine like the early morning sun!

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Graphic 45 - Once Upon a Springtime collection:
Flight of Fancy
Butterfly Kisses
Spellbound
Fairy Folk
Once Upon a Springtime Die-Cut Tags
Core'dinations cardstock - Graphic 45 Timeless collection

Glue Arts
Glue Glider Pro
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Tim Holtz:
Distress Ink - Tea Dye
Idea-ology - Trinket Pins
Ranger - Glossy Accents
May Arts-
pink wire ribbon
pink silk ribbon
Fiskars - paper trimmer

See more stunningly gorgeous crafts like these all week long! We can't wait to show you the wonders we have in store for you! We hope you have a beautiful day!

Stay lovely,

Team Graphic 45

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Friday Prize Day: Graphic 45/Core'dinations Crafts by Jane Tragenza & Jade Moore

Happy Friday Crafters!

 It's been a thrilling week of crafts during out Graphic 45/ Core'dinations blog swap. We've had so many amazing projects from our design team as well as a ton of terrific feedback from all of you. It's been such a joy to see the unique ways our papers can be combined with the Core'dinations Core Impressions Timeless sandable cardstock. And is it just me or is there something really cool and gratifying about sanding paper? Plus the Timeless collection is just so gorgeous and goes so well with all of our papers. You really can't go wrong! There is more fun in store for you today as we present craft concepts by Jane Tragenza and Jade Moore of our brilliant design team. But first up we wanted to announce the winner of this week's prize! It's always an exciting moment for me to break out my trusty random number generator and find a winner each week. It's basically a guarantee that someone out there is going to have a huge smile on their face when they find out that they've won. And we're all about making you smile!

This week's big winner is Joyce of the Passion for Paper blog. She posted a comment on our Monday blog and here's what she had to say. "What a great combination of cardstock and paper! Awesome projects!" Thank you Joyce! Please contact us at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize! And thanks so much to everyone who submitted comments. We loved all of your comments! 

Okay, lets get to it! Have a look at these beautiful layouts by Jane Tragenza! Simple yet stunning with lots of elegent textures and colors. Precious!

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"I haven’t got around to playing with Core Impressions, so thanks to Graphic 45 and Core' dinations for the chance. I just love how easy it is to use and the effect is just like magic, you rub and rub and suddenly there is another layer to your paper with a embossed pattern appearing like Magic. No need to go overboard with product for your layout as the papers speaks for its self. For my layout a moment in time, I use the black clock Core Impressions paper and use one of Graphic 45 prints to create a frame for my page. The photo is of Beth with her Grandpa, I just manage to catch them in a special moment, obvious to what was going on around them. The photo has been printed on cream card stock to give it an aged look. Used another Graphic 45 print for the smaller frame around the photo. I decided to keep it simple and not use a lot of stuff on my layout." -Jane Tragenza 

Supplies:

Core' DinatationsBlack Clocks
Graphic 45: Domestic Goddess Collection – Happy Homemaker (large frame around the page)
A Proper Gentleman Collection – Dashing and Debonair (Small frame around the photo)
Fashionista Collection – Le fleur
Steampunk Debutante Collection – Ephemera Extraordinaire
Ribbons – Graphic 45
Flower – Prima
Pearls – Kaiser
Chipboard Clocks and title A moment in Time – Imaginarium Designs
Brads – Making Memoires
Tim Holtz Ticket

Here we have another beautiful and heart-warming LO by Jane. Another great example of how seamlessly the Graphic 45 papers comingle with the Core'dinations Timeless collection!

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"Again I love the look of the Core Impressions paper and decided to keep it simple. For something different, after sanding the paper with diamond pattern, I rubbed an embossing pad all over the paper and poured copper embossing powder all over it. I rubbed it with my fingers to spread it all over the paper. Then I shook of the excess and with a paint brush I removed all the embossing powder from the diamond pattern between the sanded diamonds. This meant that the sanded diamonds have a light dusting of copper embossing powder, which is properly  hard to see from the photo. I used a second piece of core dinations, black with hounds tooth which I lightly sanded. To try something different I stamped a diamond pattered stamp and embossed it with copper powder. This worked like a dream and I love the way the stamp has picked up the shape of the diamond pattern on my background paper. I just added some more colour to the layout by using some of Graphic 45’s beautiful papers. I used a chipboard border with large brads and some chipboard letters and title to finish my page. Like I said, quite simple, but when you have beautiful papers and card stock to work with then what more does a girl need." -Jane Tragenza

Supplies:

Core' dinatations paper – Cream with diamonds and black with hounds tooth
A Proper Gentleman Collection – Haberdasher
Steampunk Debutante collection – Ephemera Extraordinaire
Chipboard Border, title and letters – Imaginarium Designs
Brads- Making Memories

Now we're off to the magical world of Jade Moore. Jade had made some unbelievably cute crafts that you're sure to enjoy, including this awesome photo box!


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"I have been looking for a storage solution for my photos! Who says storage solutions can not be pretty!!! And pretty is easy to do with the Core'dinations Core Impressions/Graphic 45 Timeless Collection. Take a peek at this vintage inspired photo box!" -Jade Moore

Supplies:
Graphic 45 Papers: On the Boardwalk: Bathing Beauties, BoardWalk Borders; Communique: Photogenic, Classy Correspondence; Times Nouveau: Hey you!, Hip to the Jive
Graphic 45 Staples: Trim
Prima Flowers, Bling
Feathers
Cameo
Jade is letting the changing seasons inspire her. Have a look at this sweet and classy LO she created with lots of beautiful embellishments and pretty paper!

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"Oh the weather is getting colder and colder and snow has been falling! (Love the snow!!)  Here's a look at a layout......." -Jade Moore
Supplies: 
Graphic 45 Papers: Christmas Past: The Night Before Christams
Graphic 45 Staples: Envelope tags, Trim
Kaiser Kraft: Wooden Embellishments (Snowflakes)
American Crafts: Thickers
Prima Packaging (Doilies)
Prima Bling
Prima Flowers
Maya Road: Tiny Tickets

Many thanks to Jane Tragenza and Jade Moore for their wonderful work. There will be many more glorious crafts in store for you in the coming weeks. Next week we'll be doing another fun blog swap with our pals at Glue Arts so stay tuned for more fun and fabulous crafts! We hope you have a restful weekend.

Well Wishes,

Team Graphic 45

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Pretty As A Picture: Graphic 45 & Core'dinations Crafts by Candy Rosenberg & Laura De La Rosa

Hello Crafters!

Welcome to another fabulous edition of the Graphic 45/Core'dinations blog swap! It's been a brilliant week of collaborations featuring Graphic 45 papers and Core'dinations' Core Impressions Timeless sandable cardstock. Don't forget to leave comments on our blog and the Core'dinations blog all this week for your chance to win some amazing prizes! The inspiration train is chugging right along as we feature more beautiful crafts by our design team. Today we have three lively layouts from the clever minds of Candy Rosenberg and Laura De La Rosa. So get ready to be dazzled! First up we have Candy Rosenberg and her magic scissors. Candy used our new Once Upon a Springtime collection along with the Timeless cardstock by Core'dinations to create this cheerful LO. Have a look at all the intricate detail and radiant color!

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Have a look at this adorable Christmas layout by Laura De La Rosa. I can think of no better way to preserve your wish list for Santa.

One Wish LO


Christmas Rosettes

Tips:

When creating rosettes make sure you use a glue gun.

Supplies:

Graphic 45:
Deluxe Edition Christmas Past Collection: Christmas Wishes, The Holly and the Ivy, Tags  
Graphic 45 Staples: Chipboard Buttons, Flowers, Kraft Envelope Album
Core'dinations:
Vintage Collection
Scenic Route:
Background Worn Lined Paper
Twinklets:
Diamond Dust
Tim Holtz:
Edge Distresser Ornate Plates Distress Inks:Black Soot, Walnut Stain, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Fired Brick
Tattered Angels:
Screen Prints: Grand Scale Stamps: Timeless Romance Glimmer Mists: Candy Apple Red, Walnut Gold 
Inkadinkado:
Clear Stamps: Christmas
Prima:
Holiday Poinsettia
Glue Arts:
Glue Glider Pro 3D Combo Pack: Raisens

Misc:
Water brush
Dowel
Christmas Card font
Red dot card stock

Here we have another vibrant layout by Laura De La Rosa. Full of soft colors and textures, this LO is the perfect thing to liven up any festive photo!

Beautuiful Girl LO

Flowers & Birdie

Tips:

 When cutting out the diamonds of the core'dinations paper make sure you sand it first and use a Fiskars Finger Control Craft Knife} for precise cutting.

Supplies:

Graphic 45 :
Once Upon a Springtime: Spellbound, Tags and Trim
Core' dinations
Vintage Collection Dust Buddy
 Imaginarium Designs:
Border Swirls , Beautiful Girl cardstock
Bazzill:
Green Dot, Cream
Prima:
Belle Arte Sachette Artists Aids  
Tim Holtz:
Edge Distresser Distress Ink: Vintage Photo Distress Crackle Paint: Tattered Rose, Milled Lavender  
Tattered Angels:
Glimmer Mists: Hydrangea
Spellbinders:
Nestabilities: Labels four
Glue Arts:
Glue Glider Pro
Misc:
Charms, beads and clear birdie

Thanks so much to Candy and Laura for their amazing layouts! Much more craft inspiration is in store all this week so keep checking back! And don't forget to leave your comments. We love your feedback!

Have a beautiful day, crafters! Stay lovely!

Team Graphic 45

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Layers of Wonder: Core'dinations/Graphic 45 Crafts by Christie Bryant and Trisha Ladouceur

Hello Captivating Craters!

Welcome to day 3 of the Core'dinations/Graphic 45 blog swap! This has been an AMAZING week of craft inspiration and we're keeping the momentum going today with even more fabulous projects from our design team. Today's crafts come courtesy of the great Trisha Ladouceur and Christie Bryant. They've combined the classic beauty of Graphic 45 papers with the versatile elegance of Core Impressions Timeless sandable cardstock by Core'dinations. It's a craft match made in heaven! As you've seen throughout the week, there are so many ways you can combine these beautiful papers to create stunningly original projects. Have a look at this lovely Christmas layout by Trisha Ladouceur. Using the Graphic 45 Deluxe Edition Christmas Past collection, Graphic 45 Staples, Graphic 45 Domestic Goddess Alphabet Paper, and Core Impressions Timeless card stock, Trisha created this adorable, multi-textured LO. With so much vibrant detail, Santa himself would be honored to be the subject of this fabulous LO! And don't forget to share your feedback on our blog as well as the Core'dinations blog for your chance to win fantastic craft prizes this week! Yay! 

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This is another sweet LO by Trisha Ladouceur that combines Graphic 45 papers and Core Impressions Timeless cardstock. Lovely stitching along with Graphic 45 Staples, Graphic 45 Le'Romantique Sweetheart of Mine paper, and Core Impressions cardstock help give this LO a genuine vintage look.

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 And now lets looks at some serendipitous creations by Christie Bryant! Christie used our Steampunk Debutant collection along with Core Impressions to make these craft gems. Glorious colors, textures, and a bit of playfulness help make these crafts shine!  

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Supply List:

Core'dinations Cardstock: Graphic 45 Timeless Collection
Graphic 45: Steampunk Debutante
Graphic 45 Staples: Flowers
Graphic 45 Staples: Alphabet Stickers
Imaginarium Designs: Chipboard
Tim Hotlz Ideaology: Sprocket Gears
Shimmerz Spritz: Sea Foam
Misc: Trim, brads, Chalk, glitter

 An abundance of thanks to Trisha Ladouceur and Christie Bryant for their beautiful work! More amazing craft ideas all week long so keep checking our blog as well as the Core'dinations blog. Leave us comments and you'll be entered to win fabulous craft prizes. 

As always, have a terrific day and happy papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45

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Timless Classics: Core'dinations & Graphic 45 Ideas by Gloria Stengel and Tracey Locher

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