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Thank You Card Challenge

 Thanksgiving Card Challenge!
It's easy! Create a thank you card using Graphic 45, post it on our Facebook, and you could win!
Thank You Card Challenge!
OK G45ers, Here's How it Works:

Make a Thank You Card using Graphic 45

Load it onto our Facebook Page

Label photo "Thank You Card Challenge"
 
Submit by November 10 at 12pm PST

On November 11, we announce 3 winners!
 
Winners will get a PRIZE PACKAGE from our Christmas Emporium Collection!

Click on our Facebook page to begin:




Happy Papercrafting,

 
Your friends at Graphic 45

 

Rules:
 You can submit as many times as you'd like,
but you can only win once.
Three winners will be chosen randomly.
Check out more of Gloria Stengel's creations on her blog: Click Here!

 

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Graphic 45 & Core'dinations Blog Hop Day 1!

Hello G45ers!

Happy Halloween and welcome to another awesome week of craft fun here at Graphic 45! We hope you all had a fun weekend and are enjoying this spook-tacular day! In the spirit of fun and creativity we've doing a fabulous blog hop with Core'dinations all week long! There will be some super inspiring Graphic 45/Core'dinations crafts on both our blog and the Core'dinations blog. Plus you'll have the opportunity to win some terrific prizes! Check out this great prize pack that we're offering this week! A Core Impressions Timeless Sandable Card Stock 12x12 paper pad, An ABC Primer 12x12 Paper Pad, Core'dinations Signature Series 12x12 paper pad, Trim Staples and Chipboard Button Staples! It's a fabulous Graphic 45/Core'dinations combo pack of fun! All you need to do to enter to win is to leave a us a blog or Facebook comment! We will be giving away this prize pack to two lucky winners, one from our blog and one from Facebook! Core'dinations is also offering a super prize this week! Check out their blog and Facebook page and leave a comment for your chance to win! Winners will be chosen randomly and announced on Friday, November 4th!

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Today's amazing crafts from Sherry Cheever and Nancy Wehtington combine the elegance of Graphic 45 with gorgeous Core'dinations cardstock and tools. Check out this beautiful mini pizza box by Sherry Cheever! Decorated in enchanting Fashionista papers and Core'dinations Timeless Card Stock and Signature Series, this darling creation is a classic craft gem!

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Here is the mini pizza box decorated in the Core'dinations/Graphic 45 Timeless Collection sandable cardstock. Just look at those gorgeous vintage patterns and colors!

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Supplies:

GRAPHIC 45:  Papers:  Fashionista Collection – Debutante, Vintage Cherries and Lefluer; Fashionista Tags
CORE’DINATIONS:  Core Essentials Collection – Graphic 45 Timeless Collection; ColorCore Cardstock Signature Series Graphic 45; Sand It Gadget
SPELLBINDERS™:  Grand Calibur, LF-005 Grand Peony Creations, S4-161 Labels One, S5-049 Carnation Creations, S4-328 Foliage, E8-003 Classic Triple Scallop Edgers
RANGER INDUSTRIES:  Matte Accents; Pitch Black Alcohol Ink; Ink Blending Tool with Felt; Inkssentials 1x1” Memory Glass and 1” Frame; Mister; Vintage Photo Distress Ink; Peeled Paint Distress Stain; Heat It Tool; Craft Sheet
SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L:  MyStik Permanent Tape
COLORBOX:  Creamy Brown Fluid Chalk Ink
OTHER:  Tsukineko Ink Sweeper; Seam Binding; Hot Glue Gun

Next up is this marvelous "Wicked Times" layout and tutorial by Nancy Wethington. This enchanting LO is perfect for fall. With its soft colors, rustic central images, and delicately layered embellishments, this LO is a celebration of Autumn! You can also see how beautiful the Core'dinations Timeless cardstock looks with The Magic of Oz, A Proper GentlemanAn ABC Primer and Graphic 45 Staples. It's hauntingly beautiful! Nancy has even prepared this wonderful video tutorial to share her unique tips for creating this terrific LO! Check it out!

Wicked Times

 

Wicked Times Paper

Supplies:

Graphic 45 Papers:
An ABC Primer: Calico Kids; Grammar School
A Proper Gentleman: Timely Point of View
The Magic of Oz: Goblin Gazette; Journey to Oz; Magic of Oz Tags 2 
Graphic 45 Staples: Envelope Tag Staples

Partner Products: Core'dinations Vintage Collection; Decades; Scrapbook Adhesive MyStik Permanent Adhesive and 3D Foam Dots; Imaginarium Chipboard

Other supplies used: Bazzill black cardstock; Tonic Edge Distresser; Maya Road Bingo number

Well, that's all for today. We want to thank Sherry Cheever and Nancy Wethington for their amazing crafts. We hope you will all pay a visit to the Core'dinations blog and Facebook today for more inspiration and prizes! We can't wait to read all of your comments this week on our blog and Facebook page as well. Also, don't forget to check out the Graphic 45 Products page where you can see the entire collection of Tropical Travelogue today! That's right, every single beautiful paper, sticker, cling stamp and chipboard die-cut is on display right now on our website. You've got to see it! Thank you all for stopping by. Happy Halloween!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45

 

 

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Sneak Peeks of Tropical Travelogue, Craft Inspiration & Tutorial!

 Hello G45ers,

A very happy Friday to you all! Welcome to our blog and thanks for joining us for more crafting bliss! There's a lot of fun in store today! We've got gorgeous craft inpiration from the amazing Tara Orr. We're also unveiling even more images from our new Tropical Travelogue collection that we're sure you're going to love. The entire collection of Tropical Travelogue will be available to view on Monday on our Products page on our website. Every gorgeous paper will be on display along with all of the coordinating chipboard die-cuts, cling stamps and stickers. This amazing new collection will be arriving in stores in late November. We simply cannot wait to see what you will all dream up with this lavish new collection. With that in mind, we have some winners to announce for this week's blog prize. We asked you to leave us a Facebook or blog comment all this week for your chance to win the entire collection of Tropical Travelogue. We got so many amazing comments and we want to thank each and every one of you who shared your inspiring words with us this week. Our two winners, chosen at random from our blog and Facebook page are...

-Elena Panagushina

-Eniko's Playhouse

Congratulations to our winners! Elena and Eniko, please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize. And many thanks again to everyone who commented this week. We will have another fabulous blog contest on Monday and we hope you will all participate! It's going to be great!

Here we have more beautiful images from Tropical Travelogue. Behold the gorgeous island-inspired beauty of this marvelous new collection!

"Tropical Travelogue"

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"Paradise Postage"

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"Exotic Destination"

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And now get ready for even more inspiration as Tara Orr brings you this amazing altered tea box that contains stunning Steampunk Debutante coasters! It's so beautiful and clever! Plus there's even a great tutorial by Tara that shows you how to create some beautiful multi-dimensional roses with the Graphic 45 Metal Flower Staples! It's all so beautiful and fun! Take it away, Tara!

"I really wanted to do something a bit out of my shabby chic comfort zone - something a little more grungy/masculine.  I had purchased a wooden tea box from my local thrift store (ahhh the thrift store again!) and knew I wanted to alter it with something metal!  The Steampunk Debutante papers were perfect as were the metal doorplates, hinges and buttons from Graphic 45's Metal Staples collection.  I couldn't resist adding some flowers to the project but felt they looked out of place with so much metal. Solution - create shabby chic roses from the metal flowers!" -Tara Orr

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"The Metal Flowers from Graphic 45's Staples collection are wonderful to work with.  While some people prefer to use them 'as is' (more of a 2D bloom), I prefer my flowers to have a little more meat on the bones! I decided to layer several flowers together and discovered that they were quite easy to transform into more dimensional roses. Below I have included a step by step tutorial for you to make your own metal flowers." -Tara Orr

Step 1: To make your shabby, metal roses you will need Tacky Glue, needlenose pliers, acrylic paint (optional) and Graphic 45 Metal Flowers

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Step 2: Each rose requires 3 Graphic 45 metal flowers

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Step 3: Begin by taking one of the petals and bending it tightly 

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Step 4: Bend your petal upwards towards the centre of your flower

Step 5: Take another petal, opposite the one you just bent and bend it in the same way

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Step 6: Continue bending each of your flower petals - each slightly less than the other so that they fit snugly around one another 

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Step 7: Almost done! Notice how each petal is wrapped around the other?

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Step 8: Once each of the petals have been bend and folded upwards, use your pliers to squish the flower tightly together

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Step 9: To finish, take the outermost tips of each petal and bend each slightly downwards.  You have now completed the centre of your rose

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Step 10: Take another flower and bend each of the petals just slightly

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Step 11: Apply a generous amount of tacky glue to the centre of your flower

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Step 12: Next, place your centre flower on top of your 2nd flower layer. 

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Step 13: Begin folding each of the new petals towards the centre of your rose - you can actually do this by hand

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Step 14: Each petal wraps itself around the other - hugging the centre flower

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Step 15: All your petals are now folded upwards.  Once again, use your pliers to squish the entire flower together tightly

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Step 16: Take the outermost tips of your second flower and slightly bend each one downwards as you did to the first flower.  You have now completed the second layer of your rose.  If you like - you can keep your rose like this. A little smaller but it most definitely looks like a rose at this point.

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Step 17: Continue with the above steps 10 - 16 for your last flower and you will have the completed shabby metal rose.

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Step 18: Allow the glue to dry completely.  Should you wish to adhere to your projects, a generous amount of tacky glue does the job wonderfully

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Step 19: As a final step, you may chose to paint the outer tips of your rose a cream colour for that shabby chic look.  Again, this is an optional step if you like the rose the way it is.

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Supplies:

Graphic 45 Papers:
Steampunk Debutante Collection: Time Warp, Tags, Nouveau Artistry, Steampunk Debutante, Eclectic Emporium

Graphic 45 Staples:

Stickers, No. 1 Sheet
Tombo: Permanent Adhesive Roller
Decoart: Acrylic Paint in Buttercream
Aleene's: Tacky Glue
Ranger: Distress Ink in Vintage Photo

Big thanks to all of our readers today and thank you to Tara Orr for her fantastic crafts! We hope you all have a fantastic weekend! If you have any Halloween festivities planned for this weekend we wish you a fun and safe celebration. Some of us here at Graphic 45 have big plans for Halloween and we're really excited to party down in our crafty costumes. Plus there's a lot of candy to eat! It's very exciting stuff!

Happy Halloween Partying and Papercrafting,

Team Graphic 45

 

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More Tropical Travelogue Sneak Peeks & Craft Inpiration!

Hello G45ers,

Welcome to another awesome day of sneak peeks and craft inspiration, Grapic 45 style! Today we're unveiling more delightful papers from our new Tropical Travelogue collection! We also have beautiful Christmas crafts from Yuka Hino and Nancy Wethington of our design team! It's going to be an amazing day! Don't forget that there's still time to leave us a blog or Facebook comment for your chance to win the entire collection of Tropical Travelogue! We will be announcing two randomly chosen winners on our blog tomorrow! We will also be unveiling the full collection of Tropical Travelogue the Graphic 45 website tomorrow! It's going to be fantastic and you wont want to miss out. So lets get to it! Feast your eyes on today's gorgeous sneak peeks! Behold these stunning paper designs from Tropical Travelogue!

"Island Jewel"

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"Seaside Holiday"

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"Hibiscus Heaven"

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And now it's time for some crafts! This first delightful holiday creation is by Yuka Hino. This beautifully festive card is great for any holiday occasion! It's full of heart-warming colors, beautiful embellishments and trims. It's a wonderland of Christmas inspiration!

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Supplies:

Graphic 45 Papers
Scrapbook Adhesives By 3L: MyStik™ Permanent Strips Dispenser, 3D Foam Squares - Black Small
May Arts: Ribbon
Ranger Industries: Stickles
Tattered Angels: Mist
Tsukineko: Ink
Acrylic Color, Sewing Machine

This next creation is by Nancy Wethington and we know you're going to love it! She's taken a simple wooden flower box and dressed it all up in Christmas Emporium and Christmas Past! This is a perfect example of how you can take something super simple and turn it into something gorgeous! Here is what Nancy had to say about this wonderful work of altered art!

"I found this portable wood flower box at a local craft store.  It was end of the season and really cheap so it just had to come home with me.   I was going to keep it until next summer until I started thinking about Christmas gifts.  I remembered this little flower box and decided to alter it for Santa's letters and/or Christmas cards.  Christmas Emporium and Christmas Past papers from Graphic 45 mix beautifully together.  Adding the Staples Door Plate made the front of this piece look like a mailbox." -Nancy Wethington

Here's what I started with. 

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All wallpapered and ready to decorate.

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"The stockings were hung . . . "

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The finished product.

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Supplies:
Graphic 45 Papers:
Graphic 45 Staples: Geometric Metal Door Plate
Partner Products: Colorbox Decades Inks: Photogenic; Dark Cashmere. May Arts ribbon.  Scrapbook Adhesives: My Stik; 3D Foam Dots
Other supplies used: Copic Markers; Stickles; miscellaneous twine; Claudine Hellmuth Matte Medium; Beacon's 3-in-1 Craft Glue; Sakura black and clear Gel Pens

Thank you all for joining us today and big thanks to Yuka Hino and Nancy Wethington for their wonderful projects. We hope to see you all back here tomorrow as we announce our blog prize winners and unveil the full collection of Tropical Travelogue! It's going to be a lot of fun and excitement! We can't wait! We hope you have a terrific day!

Hugs and Hibiscus,

Team Graphic 45

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Introducing New Tropical Travelogue Cling Stamps!

Aloha Crafters,

Thank you for joining us today! Wow, yesterday was such an awesome day! We got so many great comments about our new Tropical Travelogue collection! Big thanks to everyone who left us a comment on our blog and Facebook page! It was such a joy to read all of your feedback about this beautiful new collection. We can't wait until to see what you will all dream up with Tropical Travelogue! We're continuing the fun today as we unveil the gorgeous cling stamp sets that correspond to Tropical Travelogue! Check out these beautiful designs! Just imagine the dreamy crafts you could create with these little beauties! All this week we will be revealing more sneak peeks from Tropical Travelogue. Leave us a blog or Facebook comment for your chance to win the entire collection!

Tropical Travelogue Cling Stamp 1

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Tropical Travelogue Cling Stamp 2

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Tropical Travelogue Cling Stamp 3

Tropical Travelogue Cling 3

Today we're also featuring some festive Halloween crafts from Nicole Eccles and Gloria Stengel of our design team! Halloween is fast approaching and we thought these great crafts would help inspire some last minute Halloween crafting! There's still time to whip up something marvelously spooky! Check out this amazing Halloween lantern by Nicole Eccles! She's going to shine some light on Halloween inspiration with this amazing work of art! Here's what Nicole had to say about this clever creation.

"This fun Halloween lantern was created using the 5x5 Graphic 45 Altered Art Box!  So simple to create, all you need is the altered art box, colored vellum, a craft knife, clip light, small low watt light bulb, some wonderful Graphic 45 papers, and a little imagination!    ** Clip lights can be found at your local hardware store, created to clip into small openings, great for lanterns, small Christmas houses, and altered art boxes!!! To create the perfect window for the vellum, use a craft knife to cut an opening thru the flap directly under the cover.  Using the opening on the cover as a guide to cut the layer underneath. Before adhering colored vellum between the flap and cover, make sure to cut a hole in the back for a small clip light and low watt light bulb. For the hole in the back, measure the diameter of your clip lamp and draw a circle on the back center of the box.  Cut the circle out using a craft knife.  *This time you are cutting thru 2 layers of chipboard, so be patient! Now colored vellum may be adhered between layers.  Last, glue the top cover shut, and decorate with Graphic 45 papers!   Embellish as inspired!!" -Nicole Eccles
 
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6 Metal Brads Box feet
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7 Closeup embellishments
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Supplies:

Graphic 45 Papers:
Graphic 45 Staples: Metal Buttons, 5x5 Altered Art Box
Colorbox Decades Inks: Photogenic, Venetian Lace
Coordinations: Sanding Block
Martha Stewart: Apron Lace Border Punch
Ranger: Rusty Hinge Distress Stickles, Metal Clock Face, Platinum Stickles
Fiskars: Trimmer, Craft Knife
Cricut: Seasonal Halloween Cartridge
Tombow: Glue Stick
Other:  Chipboard for star, Small Halloween Decorations(Skeletons, Hand),
Metal Stamping, Small Clip Light, Small low watt light bulb, Colored Vellum, Black Cardstock, E6000

This next wickedly clever creation is by Gloria Stengel. She's created a fabulous Magic of Oz table decoration that is out of this world! Each unique panel is bursting with beauty and the festive spirit of Halloween! Here is what Gloria had to say about this gorgeous piece of holiday decor!

"I enjoy creating unique and fun decorations for the holidays. For this faux screen table decoration, I simply attached thick chipboard to the back of cardstock to create a "screen" to act as my canvas. I cut cardstock to 6x12 inches, scored at 3, 6, and 9 inches. Then I glued chipboard to the back of each of the four panels to make the screen study. Each 3x6 inch panel is  decorated in a Halloween theme." -Gloria Stengel

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Supplies:

Graphic45 Papers
The Magic of Oz: Journey to Oz, Goblin Gazette, There's No Place Like Home, Wicked!
Hallowe'en in Wonderland: The Mad Hatter
Graphic45 Staples: The Magic of Oz Chipboard Tags 1 and 2; Flowers
Clearsnap: Colorbox Chestnut Roan, Creamy Brown Chalk Ink; Colorbox Decades Photogenic Dye Ink
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L: EZ-Runner, 3D Foam Squares
Other:
Grafix: Bulk chipboard
Bazzill Basics: Raven, Kraft cardstock
Neenah: Natural White cardstock
Stampers Anonymous: Tim Holtz Collection Odds and Ends
Clear Art Stamps: Halloween Fun
Autumn Leaves: Ticketed
Tsukineko: StazOn Timber Brown
7 Gypsies: Glass bottle
Idea-ology: number plate, long brads, game spinners, clock
Glue Dots: adhesive craft dots
Craft supply: twine; brads; glue

Well that's all for today, Crafters. Thank you all for stopping by and big thanks to Nicole Eccles and Gloria Stengel for their magical work today! We hope you'll all come back and see us tomorrow as we reveal more images from Tropical Travelogue as well as more fabulous inspiration from our design team. You wont want to miss out! Don't forget to leave a comment on our blog or Facebook page for your chance to win this week's blog prize! Just tell us what you'd create with Tropical Travelogue if you had it in your possession right now! Fun!

With Love and Tropical Pretty Paper,

Team Graphic 45

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Introducing Tropical Travelogue Coordinating Sticker Sets!

Hello G45ers,

Welcome to another day of spectacular island fun as we unveil more sneak peeks of our new collection Tropical Travelogue! We are so glad you're joining us! Today we're going to show you something very special! For the first time ever we're releasing gorgeous 12x12 coordinating sticker sets with Tropical Travelogue! As you can see from these amazing images, Tropical Travelogue is going to be a tremendously fun collection with tons of possibilities for creativity! With so many vibrant new designs and vivid colors, your imagination will take flight! We are proud to introduce these beautiful new stickers from Tropical Travelogue!

Tropical Travelogue Cardstock Stickers

Tropical Travelogue Cardstock Alphabet Stickers

Also, today we are celebrating the birthday of one of our beloved design team members, the fabulous Jane Tregenza. Jane's work is an inspiration to all of us and it is always a pleasure to feature her crafts on our blog. Her love for crafting is obvious in every single gorgeous piece she creates. She has an impeccable artistic vision and warmth that shines through in her work. We appreciate everything that she adds to our Graphic 45 family. Jane is a true artist and a fabulous lady. We wish her a very happy birthday! You're the best, Jane!

Today we're featuring some awesome crafts that Jane has made. The first one was a birthday gift that she made for Diane on her birthday. Since we've got this fun birthday theme going on today we thought it would be nice to show this amazing piece. It's got all the class and sophistication of true Jane Tregenza craft creation!

"When Charee asked me if I would like to make something for Diane’s birthday, I knew exactly what I wanted to make. I love this style of scrapbooking/altered art. It also gave me a  way to use lots of Diane’s wonderful papers and embellishments. Charee was able to send me some photos and I got more from Facebook! The frame size is 50 inches. This means there are about 144 1 ½ x 1x1/2 inch squares needed to make a collage this big. I find that 40 photos and 104 squares works the best. Some squares are bigger and count for 4. It’s a great way to use all those favourite emblements that on a 12x12 layout would just get lost. I love words and quotes, so I have included lots on my project. I hope Diane enjoys it as much as I did making it. Happy Birthday, Diane!" -Jane Tregenza

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And here we have a gorgeous layout also by Jane Tregenza! She's even created a fun and inspiring tutorial so you can create one of your very own! There are some great techniques in this tutorial! We know you're going to love it!

"I love using Graphic 45 print papers for my layouts and I love the challenge of using prints from different collections that you would never normally think to put together. This layout is a case in point. The Print paper Magnigique and Woodland Fantasy are two papers that you would not think to match together, but they work perfectly for this layout. I love the strong colors’ of magnitique and woodland fantasy is one of my all time favorite Graphic 45 prints. I love this photo of my daughter Kate taken one day while she was working. I decided to use the terra cotta colors’ in the card stock to bring out her skin tone. This also allowed me to  use all the pretty flowers in strong colors’ from Bohemian Floral ( another favorite) and my trusty pointy scissors for some fussy cutting! I used a butterfly from Imaginarium as a base and added the flowers and leaves to make it the feature on my layout.  I love the simple look to the layout, the strong colors’ from the Graphic 45 papers and the fact that the photo is the focal. I have done a tutorial for anyone wanting to have a go." -Jane Tregenza

Finished page
Supplies:
Graphic 45 print papers – Magnifique, Woodland Fantasy, Hautee Courture, Curtain Call, Sweet Heart of Mine, Time flies, Bohemian Floral.
Cornations Cardstock
5 ¼ x 7 ¼ inches Olive
5 ¾ x 7 ¾ inches Rustic
Color box inks – olive pastel
Imaginarium Designs Chipboard
IDP0005 Just You
IDS0002 Butterfly with cut out wings
TDT0011 Oval Frames
Ribbons
Please note all measurements are in inches:

Instructions:

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1.       Use the 12 inch x 12 inch (Magnifique) print paper as your base paper. We will be layering all the other papers on top of this one.  If you want to, you can ink around the edges.

2.       Cut your black cardstock back to 10 ½ inches x 10 ½ inches and tape it down to the middle of the base print paper.

3.       Cut your next piece of print paper (woodland fantasy) back to 10 ¼ inches x 10 ¼ inches, ink around the edges and tape to the middle of the black cardstock.

4.       Cut your cream cardstock back to 9 inches x 9 inches. You can ink it with green ink.  Don’t tape this one to your other papers at this stage. We will work on it and tape it down later.

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5.        Measure up from the bottom of the cream cardstock 1 ½ inches and make a mark on the cardstock. Do this at each end of your page. This will give you a line to place your tape onto your page; you can then add the ribbon to your page.  Wrap the ends of the ribbon to the back of your cream cardstock and tape them down.

6.       Cut a piece of Hautee Courture to 2 ½ inches to 7 ½ inches, ink it and tape it down to your page. To place it correctly measure in from the right side of the cream cardstock ½ inch and measure up from the bottom of the cream cardstock ½ inch.  You should have about 1 inch space at the top.

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7.       Cut a piece of Curtain Call to 1 inch x 12 inches. To place it correctly, measure in from the right side of the cream cardstock 1 ¼ inches. This means it will be in the middle of your Hautee Couture print paper. Fold it underneath the cream card stock, top and bottom Tape it down.

8.       Cut a piece of Sweet Heart of Mine to 3 inches x 4 inches, ink around the edges. To place it correctly measure in ¼ inch from the right edge of the cream cardstock and measure up 1 ¼ inches from the bottom of the cardstock.

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9.       You need to ink your title “just you” with green ink. You can embossing this with a stamp with clear embossing powder, to do this you will need to ink your title, dry it with a heat gun. This is important, as this will stop the powder adhering to the whole title. Stamp the title with the stamp of your choice with embossing ink and place into the powder. Blow to remove excess powder and heat with a heat gun. Glue to your page in the bottom right corner.

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10.   Cut out the butterflies from your Time Flies sheet. You will need one large, two medium and two smaller ones from the back of the papers. You can cut some leaves from this sheet as well (you need them to add to the chipboard butterfly. You will need to finish the rest of the page before sticking your cut out butterflies on.

11.   Cut Flowers and stems out of the Bohemian Floral print paper.

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12.   Put glue only on the back body of your large cream butterfly. This will let you bend the wings up slightly. Glue it you your page as shown in the photo, it will fit over your title. Attach your large flower to the middle of the butterfly with double sided foam tape. Add all the smaller stems/flowers to your butterfly with foam tape. Make sure you tuck all the ends in under your middle flower.

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13.   Use some of your leftover woodland fantasy to back your chipboard oval frame and glue it down as shown in the photo.

14.   Add four black photo corners to your cream square and tape it down to the base papers. Make sure it is in the middle of the green print paper.

15.   You can now place your butterflies on to the page wherever you like.

16.   Cut a 7 ¼ x 7 ¼ inch from the olive cardstock. Cut a 7 ¾ x 7 ¾ inch piece from the Rustic card stock and tape them together. Add your photo and tape it to your page to the left of your layout.

You are now finished!

Well, that's all for today! We want to thank Jane Tregenza for her stunning work today and wish her a fabulous birthday! We hope you will all join us tomorrow for more Tropical Travelogue sneak peeks and design team projects! It's going to be another unbeatable day of inspiration! Remember to leave us blog and Facebook comments this week for your chance to win the entire Tropical Travelogue collection! Thank you all for stopping by today! Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Happy Papercrafting!

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Sneak a Peek of our New Collection Tropical Travelogue!


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Hello Crafters!

Today we're premiering our brand new Tropical Travelogue collection! You'll get a sneak peek of this gorgeous new collection today and more to come all week long! We all know that you're super excited to see the latest creations from Graphic 45 so lets get to it! Ladies and Gentleman, we are proud to introduce you to our magnificent new collection, Tropical Travelogue!

Set sail on a sunny island adventure with Graphic 45! Introducing Tropical Travelogue, a bold and adventurous new paper collection that will exhilarate your senses like a warm island breeze. Inspired by stunning vintage island imagery, this unique collection features lavish flora and fauna, exotic seascapes and radiant wildlife designs. You’ll find paradise on every rejuvenating page of Tropical Travelogue. Its lush and vibrant color pallet includes oceanic turquoise, lime green, dazzling coral, sunny yellow and coconut brown. The collection will include two coordinating sticker sets, a Graphic 45 first! Tropical Travelogue will also include 12 double sided gorgeous new paper designs, 12x12 and 8x8 paper pads, two coordinating chipboard die-cut sets, and three sets of cling stamps. So many options to inspire you! Let your creativity swim with the gentle current of this captivating new collection. With Tropical Travelogue all of your craft creations will shine like a brilliant island jewel!

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"Garden Isle"

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"Oceania"

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Now that you've seen some sneak peek images, we bet your mind is spinning with ideas! This week we are giving away the entire Tropical Travelogue collection to two lucky winners! Leave a comment on our Facebook page and/or right here on the blog!  We will be choosing a random comment from Facebook and one from our blog and announcing them this Friday, October 28th! Look for Tropical Travelogue at your local scrapbook store late November!

We hope you all enjoyed today's sneak peek! We will be unveiling more images all week long. We will also have some terrific projects from our design team to share with you! It's going to be a sincerely inspiring week so we hope you'll join us! Thank you all stopping by and seeing us today!

Happy Tropical Papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45

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Pages of Beauty: Introducing Susie McGuire of Creative Cafe

Hello Crafters,

Happy Friday and welcome to a very special edition of the Graphic 45 blog. Today we're featuring the work of Susie McGuire, a very talented crafter! Today you'll see some examples of Susie's remarkable talents and get to know a little bit about what inspires her to create such dazzling works of art! But before we get to that, we wanted to quickly announce this week's blog prize winner! Big thanks to everyone who left us a comment on our blog and Facebook page about our new fabric collaboration with Wilmington Prints! It was amazing to read all of your feedback! Our random winner is...Kristina M. Anderson! Here is what she had to say on our blog about what she'd create with these great new fabrics!

"There are so many things you can make with fabric. Book covers, pillows, scarves, vest, chair cushions, and so much more. You could also frame it for great artwork (the fabric is so pretty)." -Kristina M. Anderson

Congratulations Kristina! Please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize!

And now it's off to the enchanting land of Suzie McGuire from the blog Creative Cafe'. As you will see, Susie's talents are astounding. Residing in South Central Missouri, she has an extraordinary knack for creating gorgeously detailed mini albums that perfectly capture the essence of each individual paper collection. She has a unique eye for making each project come to life. Every page of her mini albums have their own clever personality and she obviously takes great time and care with every stunning detail. If you check out her blog (which we strongly recommend you do) you'll find a world of inspiration. Not only does Susie love to create for herself and the ones she loves, but she also loves to share her creations with her crafting community. Her blog is full of terrific videos, loads of photos, tutorials and sweet descriptions about each wonderful piece. Truly, Susie is a crafter who adores what she does and it's obvious when you look at the quality of her work. Below you will find some amazing examples of her Graphic 45 crafts. We are happy to introduce you to the amazing Susie McGuire of Creative Cafe'!

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"I have always enjoyed doing various crafts and only started scrapbooking about 11 years ago when my daughter was in grade school. Back then I used what I would call BLAH paper (it was just that) and a lot of stickers to embellish with. I didn’t know that such beautiful projects could be made from scrapbook paper until I purchased my first paper crafting magazine. I saw a paper bag mini album that was absolutely gorgeous and thought to myself, "I can do that." I started out doing paper bag minis and now I do mini albums out of anything I can find to alter. I got my first glimpse of Graphic 45 about 4 years ago at a scrapbook store that I stumbled on when my husband and I were traveling. The papers caught my eye immediately. I love anything old and vintage. Graphic 45 gives me that. It has become my favorite line of paper to work with. I like to keep my mini albums simple, so most of the time I don‘t use a lot of flowers, bling or embellishments. I think the paper should speak for itself. Once again Graphic 45 that does exactly that.  I enjoy sharing my projects with others and I love to do tutorials for those wanting to know “now just how did you do that?” I believe we all have a creative side and sometimes I think we give up a little too quickly. If you will stay with it, your creativity will come shinning through." -Susie McGuire
Here is one of Suzie's astonishing Magic of Oz mini albums. It's so pretty and full of lots of love!
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Check out this amazing Hallowe'en in Wonderland purse that's also a mini album! How clever is this?! It's also so beautifully decorated! It is such an eye-catching piece! So unique!

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"This album was made using Graphic 45's new paper collection "An ABC Primer" and 9 x 6 catalog envelopes. On a scale of 1 to 10 (ten being the greatest) of the most fun mini's I've ever made, this one is a 10+ ! I didn't think I would like this particular paper collection, but since Graphic 45 is my FAVORITE paper line, I decided to buy it anyway. Sooooooo glad I did! This is now my all time favorite album to date. I used some of my left over cork board in this album, I think it incorporated nicely with this theme." -Susie

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Here is a beautiful Christmas Emporium mini album that is just perfect for the holiday season!

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Next we have this exquisite Once Upon a Springtime mini album by Susie. Each page overflows with a whimsical beauty all its own!
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Here is Susie's ultra classy Curtain Call mini album! The contrasting colors of black, cream and vibrant red looks so amazing in this show-stopping mini! Plus all the beautiful lace and trim help give this mini that unmistakable look of pure vintage elegance.
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Here is one of Susie's sweet Deluxe Edition Christmas Past mini albums. Here again you can see her amazing eye for creating beautiful dimensions and layers. This mini is like taking a journey through a winter wonderland of craft bliss!
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Next up is this festive altered wooden cigar box and printer's tray that contains a beautiful Christmas Emporium mini album! It's an altered art piece and mini album combined into one! It's just amazing! 
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"The mini album was made with the G45 Black Policy album and on the inside I have used one G45 chipboard button for each flap.  I have 4 categories: Traditions, Dinner Menu, Guest List and Gifts. 
There is a journaling tag in each pocket and a place for one picture on the following page." -Susie

 
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We want to say a huge thank you to Susie McGuire of Creative Cafe! It was an absolute pleasure to feature her work today! We hope you will all go and check out her blog. You will fall in love with all of her glorious creations! We also hope you will all come back and join us on Monday. We will be having a sneak peek of our brand new collection! Yes, you read right! A sneak peek of a brand new Graphic 45 paper collection will appear on our blog on Monday! There will also be a new blog contest! It'll be a glorious day and we hope to see you all there! Have a wonderful weekend, Crafters!
With Love and Pretty Paper,
Team Graphic 45


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Altered Art Box Magic By Gloria Stengel!

Hello Crafters,

Happy Thursday and welcome to our blog! We hope you are enjoying your day where ever you may be in the world. We are settling in to the cool Fall weather and enjoying the beautiful trees as they transition into vibrant color. This weather is quite conducive for crafting, wouldn't you say? Today we're bringing you a marvelous craft creation and tutorial by Gloria's Stengel. She made a gorgeous ABC Primer altered art box and mini album that is going to knock your socks off! Our new Kraftboard Altered Art Boxes are so much fun and versatile. The box that Gloria has created today is a perfect example of how easy it is to create something simply stunning! With a few simple techniques, you too can create a marvelous and unforgettable craft creation! Get ready for some spectacular inspiration as Gloria takes you step-by-step on her creative process!

 


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Supplies:

Box and Mini Album - Graphic45 (5x5 Kraftboard Altered Art Box w/Album)
Cardstock: Bazzill Raven
Designer Paper: Graphic45 An ABC Primer (Bedtime Stories, One Two Buckle My Shoe, Games and Playtime, School Days, Calico Kids, Happy Go Lucky, Grammar School, Jumping Joan, Alphabet Soup)
Embellishments: Ornate Metal Door Knob and Metal Tag Staples by Graphic45, Chipboard Tags 1 and 2 by Graphic45 An ABC Primer
Paint: Deco Art White
Trims: Graphic45, May Arts, fabric store
Tags: Office supply store,  Graphic45 packaging
Library card: teacher supply store
Tools: Sand It Gadget from Core'dinations, Anywhere hole punch from Fiskars
Adhesive: Scor-tape, ATG tape and foam tape from Scotch 3M, Glue Dots, Tombow Mono Metal glue

 

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Instructions:

1. Cut papers to cover the outside of the art box. (The Art Box measures 5.25" W x 5.25" H x 2" D when closed.) For the front panel, trim out the opening with a kraft knife. Sand all edges. Use: One Two Buckle My Shoe and Jumping Joan papers.

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2. Paint Ornate Metal Door Knob and a Metal Tag Staple with white acrylic paint. Allow to dry. Attach the knob to the top left edge of the front panel. Attach the metal tag to the side panel opposite the box opening.

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3. Attach decorative papers so that they show through the opening in the box. Use School Days and One Two Buckle My Shoe. Glue chipboard elements and images cut from Grammar School paper to decorate the front of the box. Distress as desired.

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4. Attach papers to the inside sections of the box, sanding all edges. Decorate with elements cut from the paper. Use One Two Buckle My Shoe, Games and Playtime, Alphabet Soup, Bedtime Stories, Grammar School papers.

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5. Remove the album from the box and add a decorative panel to the inside of the box, if desired.

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6. The album has four panels to decorate. The album is 4.75" x 4.75" when closed and 4.75" x 19" when opened. We will decorate the front and back of each album page.

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7. To decorate the cover panel, trim image from Happy Go Lucky and attach to the front cover of the album. Tie twine to the clock button chipboard die cut, and attach it to the upper right corner of the album with glue. Make sure to sand all edges.

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8. For the next two pages, attach Calico Kids to the panels, making sure to sand all edges. Trim out the ruler images from An ABC Primer paper and cut to size. Attach one ruler to the bottom of page one and one ruler to the top of page 2. Add photos or photo mats (approximately 3.5" x 4") and cut images from Grammar School paper, attaching with foam tape. Make sure you can slide photos under the images.

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9. To create a pocket for page three, first cover the panel with Happy Go Lucky paper. Then, trim the flash cards from One Two Buckle My Shoe paper to size, and place adhesive on three sides. Glue to the panel, leaving the top open. Attach twine and twill to chipboard tags and manila tags, then tuck them into the pocket.

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10. Flip the alum over and decorate the back of each panel as shown. For page four, attach Bedtime Stories paper to the panel, then attach a strip of Grammar School paper to the center,. Make sure to sand all edges. Attach a photo mat and an element cut from Grammar School paper.

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11. For the page five, attach Calico Kids paper to the panel, making sure to sand all edges. Trim out the ruler image from An ABC Primer paper. Attach the ruler to the bottom of the page. Add a photo mat and an image cut from Grammar School paper. Use foam tape to attach the images, and make sure you are able to slide your photos under each image.

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12. To create the tag on page six, trim Graphic45 packaging (use packaging from one of the Graphic45 Staples products) to fit the panel, and cover the bottom of the tag with black cardstock. Round the bottom corners. Tie twill to the opening, and decorate with an image cut from Grammar School paper.

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13. To create a pocket for page seven, first cover the panel with Bedtime Stories paper. Then, trim Grammar School paper to size, and place adhesive on three sides. Glue to the panel, leaving the top open. Attach twine and twill to chipboard tags, manila tags, and library cards, then tuck them into the pocket.

Enjoy creating your very own school memory box and album!

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Okay Crafters, that's all for today. Big thanks to Gloria Stengel for her amazing work today! Don't forget that there's still time to enter this week's blog contest! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment telling us what you'd create if you had some of the new Graphic 45/Wilmington Prints fabric in your possession right now! We will be picking a random winner and announcing them here on the blog tomorrow! We hope you'll join us for this fun announcement and more craft inspiration! Tomorrow is going to be a very special day with lots of fabulous crafts to ogle. You wont want to miss this! We wish you all a terrific Thursday!

Happy Papercrafting!

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Perfect Magic of Oz Crafts for Fall!

Hello Crafters,

Happy Wednesday and thank you for joining us! We have a bunch of beautiful crafts to share with you today! We're bringing you some gorgeous Magic of Oz craft ideas from the amazing Gloria Stengel and Jane Tregenza of our design team. You are going to love these marvelous ideas! There's a stunning card by Gloria and two wonderful layouts by Jane! All of these crafts are just perfect for Fall as well as Halloween! You're guaranteed to find some serious inspiration today! So let's get to it! Check out this first adorable card creation by Gloria Stengel. This card is great for all occasions but looks particularly fabulous with it's elegant Fall colors. Behold the magic!

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Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill, Stampin' Up!
Designer paper: Graphic45 The Magic of Oz ( Journey to Oz, Yellow Brick Road)
Ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Chalk Blackbird
Pin: Maya Road
Tools: Grand Calibur Machine by Spellbinders, Die templates by Spellbinders (S5-053 Lace Doily Motifs)
Adhesive: tape by Scotch 3M, glue by Tombow

Next we have this sweet and beautiful layout by Jane Tregenza. This LO is another example of a great Fall/Halloween craft. Jane's classic style looks absolutely flawless in this great LO. Here is what she had to say about the inspiration for this lovely work of art. 

"The Magic of Oz Collection is wonderful. It  works so well on all levels, whether it’s layouts or mini projects.  This time I used it for a page on my son. As soon as I saw the Scatterbrained Scarecrow I wanted to use it on a layout. I had some photos of Josh taken when he was 12 years old. He decided to have a veggie garden, so he spent the day digging up a patch of our back yard. By the end of the day he was over it. It took Malcolm one whole Saturday morning to fill it all in. I used a sheet of Yellow Brick Road for the base of my layout mounted on black cardstock. I cut a frame from Domestic Goddess- Happy Homemaker. I added black brads in the middle of each flower on the border  and worked the rest of my page with the frame. I cut the scarecrow images from Scatterbrained Scarecrow and used foam tape to build them up. I cut the pipe frame as well. The round scarecrow piece came from an 8x8 Magic of Oz pad as the image on the 12x12 paper was too large. I added another square in middle of my layout mated with black bazzill and photos. To finish my page I added corners and a title from Imaginarium Designs. The title was inked with a mixture of inks to get the right colour and sprayed with Iridescent spray to give it a shimmer. I even managed to do some journaling as well!" -Jane Tregenza

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Magic of Oz – G45 00341 Yellow Brick Road, 2x G4500342 Scatterbrained Scarecrow, G4500340 The Magic of Oz,
Colourbox – Dark Brown fluid chalk
Imaginarium designs - IDC004 Swirl Corners, title “country at Heart”
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Memories Mists - Iridescent
Double sided tape, foam tape, and glue.

Here is another amazing Magic of Oz layout by Jane Tregenza. It combines a timeless style with a heartwarming sentiment. It's super inspiring and simply beautiful. Here is what Jane had to say about her stunning LO.

"This year my three daughters had a trip of a life time. Beth has promised Anna a trip overseas for years. Anna found a website that does Harry Potter tours of England and Scotland. She really wanted to do the tour, so Beth offered to take her, Anna asked if Kate wanted to come with them and of course she was delighted! They did England and Scotland for 15 days, spent one day in Paris and four days in USA doing Harry Potter world and some of the theme Parks in Orlando.  They had an amazing time together but I was so glad to see them home. So when it came time to do a layout with a photo taken at the airport before they left, the magic of Oz collection was my first choice. I love this new collection from Graphic 45. It is so versatile and can be used for any occasion. The papers work so well together and the theme of the balloon for travelling was great. The Poppy fields paper is one of my favourites and had to be added.  I cut borders from the wicked print paper and Emerald City. I made a banner, covered them with paper and  put Domestic Goddess alphabets with epoxy dots on top. I used a chipboard clock, which I inked and sprayed with Iridescent spray. I added a cut out compass from the back of the Wicked Print paper. On top of it I put a chipboard compass from Imaginarium Designs and added a chipboard Graphic 45 compass from chipboard tags 1. On top of that is a compass which actually works.  I used it to list some of the places they visited.  I love Poppy fields so I cut lots of the flowers and layered them with foam tape on top of a picket fence. The Emerald city paper gave me the man in the balloon which I cut out and used as a journaling piece. All I needed to add was some chipboard travel words sprayed black to finish my page. Once again Diane and Graphic 45 have come up with another wonderful collection that is perfect for many different projects." -Jane Tregenza

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Supplies:
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G4500347 Emerald City, G4500348 Goblin Gazette, G4500351 Wicked, G4500344 Poppy Fields. Domestic Goddess collection G4500131 Domestic Goddess alphabets
Chipboard Tags - Magic of Oz Tags 1 & 2
Colourbox inks – Dark Brown
Imaginarium Designs -  IDS005 Clock Face, IDW0019 Compass with Travel words. IDB005 Heart top picket fence.
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Tsukineko Brilliance Pearlescent Thyme
Memories Mist-Iridescent
Foam tape, double sided adhesive tape and glue

That's all the magic for today's blog. Big thanks to Gloria Stengel and Jane Tregenza for their amazing creations today. Crafters, don't forget to leave your comments for this week's blog contest. Just tell us what you'd create if you had some of the new Graphic 45/Wilmington Prints fabric in your possession right now. Leave your comment on our blog or Facebook page for your chance to win! Thank you all for joining us today and we hope you'll come back and see us tomorrow. We'll have more crafts and inspiration to share with you!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Team Graphic 45

 

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A Very Graphic 45 Halloween: Design Team Craft Ideas!

Hello Fabulous Crafters,

Welcome to a super spectacular Halloween edition of the Graphic 45 blog! Yes, it's that grand time of year. Houses are adorn with pumpkins and fake (and sometimes real) cobwebs, apple cider is bubbling on the stove, candy is overflowing from every market shelf, costume ideas are plentiful, and there's tons of crafting to do! Yes, it's obvious why all of us here at Graphic 45 absolutely love Halloween! So we thought we'd bring you some great Halloween crafting ideas from our design team to help inspire you! Nicole Eccles and Sherry Cheever have some gorgeous crafts that also include a tutorial and video! It's a full day of spooky fun here on the Graphic 45  blog! First up is this amazing Boo Banner by Nicole Eccles. This isn't any ordinary banner. It contains a clever surprise using our Kraft Envelope Album Staples! We know you're going to love this sweet banner! Nicole has even prepared a great tutorial so you can create one of your very own! Check it out!

"I have been wanting to make a banner out of Graphic 45’s Kraft Envelope Album since I first received it in May.  Initially I had thoughts of a spring banner with fairies,  probably because it was still early in the year. But now that fall temperatures have set in I am ready to start getting out the Halloween décor!    So a Boo Banner would be the perfect thing for the occasion! The envelope album couldn’t have been more perfect too! So easy to decorate, there is already a hole punched for hanging.  Plus, then you have a pocket to put fun little tags or candy into!!" -Nicole Eccles 

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Partial Embossing Technique used to create Envelope Book Boo Banner:
 
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This technique can be used with any embossing folders!  For this banner, I wanted an elegant yet haunted look, so I went with Cuttlebug’s Spider web Embossing Folder.
 
Step 1: Take apart album book by bending the binding and remove the pages.  Remove cover, and use pages from the inside making sure they all have the same size tabs for hanging. 
Step 2: Cut desired paper to size of envelope only, don’t include the tab, this will be decorated separately.    I used Tour De France and Well Groomed for my banner. 

2 cut paper to size
Step 3: Adhere paper to envelope, and angle cut bottom on both sides, meeting at the center to create a v or flag shape.  Make sure not to cut too high, or your tag will hang out!
Lightly Adhere bottom closed to create a pocket. 

3 Adhere paper and cut bottom of pennant

Step 4: Place envelope partially into embossing folder, angling to make sure paper doesn’t hit die cutting machine before envelope is embossed. 
This takes a lot of turning and flipping to get it just right, and don’t be surprised if there is A LOT of your envelope still hanging out.  

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Step 5: Crank die cutting machine partially to emboss, making sure to stop before envelope hits machine and becomes crushed.   

5 roll carefully to only partially emboss
Step 6: Repeat to desired effect

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Step 7: Once embossing is done, create a little age using a blending tool and Colorbox Decades Photogenic Ink. Ink to desired effect

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Step 8: Using Ink Pad, directly drag ink across embossed area’s and edges of envelope to really make them pop.

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9 All inked up and ready to be decorated

Once complete, allow ink to dry, and decorate as desired!!   Repeat for desired length of banner, alternating embossed area’s on each envelope!
Also, for added strength of your banner, trace shape onto chipboard, cut out and adhere to the back!
 
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Colorbox: Graphic 45 Decade Inks, Photogenic
Hampton Arts: Flourishes and Flowers Clear Stamps
May Arts: Black lace, fringe black ribbon, white roping, small black seam binding
Cuttlebug:  Spiderweb Embossing Folder
Sizzix: Big Shot
Spellbinders: Eyelet Squares Nestabilites
Ranger: Platium Stickles, Rock Candy Distress Stickles, Frayed Burlap Distress Ink
Scrapbook Adhesives: 3D Foam Squares, repositionable adhesive
Tombow: Color Glue Stick
Other: Clipart, Font(Old English), Printer, metal star stamping, vintage watch faces, crepe paper garland
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Next up is this fantastic Halloween treat box by Sherry Cheever. Spruce up your Halloween treats with this fabulous Hallowe'en in Wonderland box! The gorgeous colors and classic Sherry Cheever style is sure to infuse magic into any Halloween gift! This would also be a great box for your Halloween candy! After all, candy seems so much more delicious when it is plucked from a gorgeous box like this one! Sherry has even created a fun video to accompany this wonderful creation! What fun!

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Supplies:

Graphic 45 Papers:  Hallowe’en in WonderlandThe Mad Hatter, Square Hare, Through the Looking Glass, Borders and Tags
Spellbinders™ Paper Arts:  Grand Calibur®, S4-308 Labels One SM,S4-328 Foilage, S5-050 Rose Creations
Ranger Industries:  Melting Pot; Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE); Matte Accents; Peeled Paint and Crushed Olive Distress Stains; Antique Linen and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks; Craft Sheet; Mister; Heat It Craft Tool; Pitch Black Alcohol Ink
Other:  Seam Binding; idea-ology GrungePaper; Corsage Pin; Hot Glue Gun; Black Cardstock

Well that's all for today, Crafters. Thank you all for joining us and we hope you were inspired by Nicole and Sherry's fantastic crafts. We want to thank them for their gorgeous work today! We will be right back here tomorrow with more magnificent craft inspiration! We hope you'll join us! Have a wonderful day and enjoy some of that brisk Autumn air!

Happy Spooky Papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45

 

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Introducing Graphic 45/Wilmington Prints Fabric!

Hello Crafters!

Happy Monday to you all! We hope you had a good weekend and found some time to craft! We are so glad you are joining us for this excellent day of big announcements and a new blog contest! We are very excited to introduce a new Graphic 45 collaborative venture with Wilmington Prints. We are partnering with Wilmington Prints to create a magical line of fabrics from our Christmas Past, Transatlantique and Communique collections! Want to know where you can buy these amazing fabrics? Click on the link below to see the store locater for Wilmington Prints!

Wilmington Prints Store Locater: http://www.wilmingtonprints.com/findstore.aspx

This week's blog contest is fun and simple. Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment telling us what you would do with some beautiful Graphic 45 fabric if you had it in your possession right now! There are so many great ways to incorporate these marvelous fabrics into your crafting projects! Share your ideas and you could win this great prize! A Proper Gentleman 12x12 Paper Pad, Geometric Door Plate and Knob Staples, Fiskars Everywhere Punch, Clearsnap Color Catcher and a gorgeous cling stamp by Hampton Art! A winner will be chosen at random and announced on our blog this Friday, October21.

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Today we're going to share some fun project sheets that will show you some great ideas for these beautiful fabrics! Just click on the link to download a super fun project using these great new fabrics!

Christmas Past Project Sheet:

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http://www.wilmingtonprints.com/PImages/Pdf_146.pdf

Transatlantique Project Sheet:

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http://www.wilmingtonprints.com/PImages/Pdf_138.pdf

 Communique Project Sheet:

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http://www.wilmingtonprints.com/PImages/Pdf_163.pdf

That's all for today, Crafters. Thank you all again for joining us! We hope you have enjoyed this special announcement and the fun project sheets by Wilmington Prints! We look forward to reading your comments on our blog and Facebook page this week! We will be back here tomorrow morning with some stunning crafts from our design team. We hope you have a great Monday!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45

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Graphic 45 Blog Hop With Scrapbook Adhesives Final Day!

Hello Crafters!

Well it's finally Friday and there is plenty to celebrate! It's been an epic two weeks of inspiration as we teamed up with the fine folks at Scrapbook Adhesives to bring you a superb blog hop! It's been a lot of fun and we want to thank everyone who joined us! Today is our final day of this fabulous blog hop and we've saved some amazing design team creations by Robin Shakoor and Melanie Forbes that you're sure to love! We also have a winner for this week's blog prize! Chosen randomly from the Graphic 45 Facebook comments this week, our winner is...Sharka Leigh! Congratulations, Sharka! Please email us at info@g45papers.com with your shipping information to claim your prize! Huge thanks to everyone who left us comments this week! Be sure to venture on over to the Scrapbook Adhesives blog to see who won their prize too! They're also featuring some terrific crafts to inspire your Friday!

Our first phenomenal craft was created by the amazing Robin Shakoor. Behold this super clever cupcake tower decorated in The Magic of Oz! This is just perfect for Halloween party decorating! Plus, those vibrant cupcakes look pretty fantastic against the deep colors of The Magic of Oz! Robin has also made a great video tutorial to go along with it! It's a lot of fun and is guaranteed to get you excited about holiday party planning! Here is what Robin had to say about this great piece! 

"This project is just perfect for all of your upcoming holiday celebrations and Graphic 45 has the papers to help make it happen!  I used The Magic of Oz collection to create this fun cupcake tower.  This is a perfect example of ways you can make custom party decorations which will leave your guests in awe.  I have put together a video to show you the steps I took to make the tower.  Enjoy!...Robin"

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Supplies:

Graphic 45 Papers:  The Magic of Oz Collection - 12x12 – Emerald City, Wicked (4 sheets), Poppy Fields; 8x8 – The Magic of Oz
Graphic 45 Staples:  Metal Buttons, Metal Hinges
Graphic 45 Chipboard: The Magic of Oz Die Cuts 1&2
Core'dinations: Signature Series Graphic 45 cardstock
Scrapbook Adhesives:  3D Foam Squares, My Stick Tape Runner
May Arts:  Ribbon
Want2Scrap: Chipboard Album
Fiskars:  Scissors, Paper Trimmer
Flowers:  Creative Imaginations
Maya Road:  Doily Transparencies (Black)
Ranger Industries: Distress Ink (Black Soot); Paint Dabber (Snow Cap, Purple Twilight)
Wilton:  Cupcake Stand
Martha Stewart Crafts:  Iron Gate Punch
Zip Dry, Scor-Tape, X-Acto Knife
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This next gorgeous creation was made by Melanie Forbes. Melanie is so gifted at creating captivating and decadently layered crafts. This fabulous layout combines An ABC Primer with the great tools of Scrapbook Adhesives! It is such a celebration of a wonderful moment in time! Feast your eyes on this heart-warming LO!

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Supplies:

Graphic 45 Papers
ABC PrimerABC Primer, Grammer School, 8x8 ABC Primer, The Three R’s, Building Blocks, ABC Primer Tags 1, ABC Primer stamps
Graphic 45 Staples – Envelopes, Chipboard buttons
Core’dinations Signature Series G45 Gala Gold
Colour Box G45 Decades – Venetian Lace, Triumphant Red, Dark Cashmere
Fiskars – Border punch Postage Stamp
Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares Black & White, Permanent adhesive tape runner
Twiddleybitz – Long Flourish no tail FLOR 022,  Nero flourish.
May Arts – 1/8” Solid / stitched centre yellow BT99, 5/8” Crotchet black 361-58-08
Tim Holtz Ideology Alpha parts Ransom black
My 2 Angels – hatpin, yellow bakers twine
Smooch Spritz – gold glow
Green Tara – small roses
Cuttlebug embossing folder – circles
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Big thanks to Scrapbook Adhesives for these great couple of weeks. We've really enjoyed blog hopping with them and we hope you all have too! And of course we want to thank Robin Shakoor and Melanie Forbes for their wonderful crafts today! We will right back here on Monday with more terrific ideas and a new blog contest. We hope you will all join us! Halloween is fast approaching and we wish you all the best with your spooky crafts! Remember you can share your Graphic 45 creations on our Facebook page, Ning site and website gallery! We'd love to see what you're making!
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Happy Papercrafting!
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Team Graphic 45

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Graphic 45 Blog Hop With Scrapbook Adhesives Day 9!

Hello Crafters,

So good of you to join us for another great day of the Graphic 45/Scrapbook Adhesives blog hop! Happy Thursday to all of you! This has been such a fantastic week of glorious inspiration! The fun continues with today's brilliant craft and tutorial by Jane Tregenza! She's created the most beautiful and unique project that is sure to blow your mind! There is still time to leave a comment on the Graphic 45 Facebook page as well as the Scrapbook Adhesives Facebook page for your chance to win this week's prize! And be sure to swing on by the Scrapbook Adhesives blog where they are also featuring some fantastic crafts that combine Graphic 45 and Scrapbook Adhesives! Inspiration is all over the place today! We will be choosing a random winner from our Facebook comments and announcing them right here on our blog tomorrow morning! Same with Scrapbook Adhesives so be sure to get your Facebook comments in before its too late!

Scrapbook Adhesives Blog: http://www.scrapbook-adhesives.com/blog
Scrapbook Adhesives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Scrapbook-Adhesives-BY-3L/132423366827320

Okay Crafters, are you seeing this amazing picture below? Isn't it out of this world! Leave it to Jane Tregenza to think of something so magical! A Graphic 45/Scrapbook Adhesives paper hat! She's even included a spectacular tutorial so you can create one of your very own! Here is what she had to say about this gorgeous creation!

"I decided to do something very different for this blog hop. Our store has a Girls night in happening later in the month. This is a night to raise money for Women’s Cancer. We have asked everyone attending to wear a hat. I decide to make mine using Graphic 45 using the Once Upon a Springtime collection for a “spring hat”.  I am not a hat maker and I now know why hats are made of fabric! The Scrapbook Adhesive tape runner was magic for this project. I couldn’t use glue as it would be too wet and take too long to dry, also it would stretch the paper. The tape runner just made the job so much easier." -Jane Tregenza

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I cut a large circle out of the paper and made small pleats in it around the edge using the runner to tape them together.

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I cut a strip of cardboard to fit round my head and again using the tape runner, taped the pleated circle onto the cardboard.

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I added a brim with pleats in it to add interest.

Next was to make the flowers. I have included a mini tutorial for anyone wanting to make the flowers

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The tape runner comes with the option to personalize your tape runner, what a great idea. I used some of Graphic 45’s paper to personalize mine. The piece of paper that I took out I used as a template to make the rose petals. “Waste not want not”

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So using your template cut out 3 petals from “Spellbound and 3 Petals from “Fairy Folk”.  Ink around all the edges both sides of each petal.

Using a paint brush, wrap the first of the darker print petal around the end and adhere with the tape runner.

Using a second dark Petal, spray around the top of it with water.

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Put some tape halfway  down the middle of the petal and each side of the bottom of the petal and wrap it around the first one.

Repeat with the third dark petal and then repeat with the three lighter petals. You will need to pinch the petals to help them fit. Don’t worry if they tear as you can touch them up with a bit of ink.

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When finished your rose should look something like this! You could keep adding more petals to make your rose bigger if you want to.

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I made three roses and added them to my hat. I tucked some organza ribbon in green to lift the roses and to hide the end of the roses. I added two peacock feathers from Imaginarium Designs sprayed black and a hat pin to finish it off.

I couldn’t have made this hat without the tape runner from Scrapbook adhesives. It made the job so much easier and the finished project neater. If I had used glue it would have been everywhere! The tape seem to have lasted forever and I only ran out right at the end.

Supplies:

Graphic 45 Once upon a Springtime- Spellbound, woodland fantasy and fairy folk.
Scrapbook Adhesives – my Stik
Colour box ink – rouge
Imaginarium designs – peacock feathers
Ribbons
Hat Pin.

We want to thank Jane Tregenza for her fabulous talents! We hope you all enjoyed her marvelous work today. We hope you will come back tomorrow to see some more fantastic crafts and find out who won this week's blog prize! It's going to be a really fun day, the perfect thing to jump-start your weekend! We hope you'll join us. Have a great day and thank you again for stopping by!

With Love and Beautiful Paper Hats.

Team Graphic 45

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Graphic 45 Blog Hop With Scrapbook Adhesives Day 5!

Hello Fabulous Crafters,

Happy Friday and welcome to the Graphic 45 blog!  Today is a BIG day for G45, help us in celebrating the birthday of one of our talented, beautiful, and wildly creative design team member, Lynette Carroll.  Happy Birthday Lynette we hope today is as wonderful as you are!  We've come to the end of our first week of this fantastic blog hop with Scrapbook Adhesives. But don't worry, we still have another week of fun ahead with collaboration of Graphic 45 and Scrapbook Adhesives. We have some stunning crafts today by Lynette Carroll and Hilde Janbroers of DT. We also have a winner to announce for this week's blog prize!  So lets start with this week's prize winner! Chosen randomly from the tons of comments we received on Facebook this week, our winner is...Lee-Anne Thornton! Congratulations Lee-Anne! Please email us at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize! Thanks to everyone who participated this week! Scrapbook Adhesives will also be announcing a winner on their blog today! Be sure to check that out too and see if you've won! They will also have some beautiful crafts to share with you!

Scrapbook Adhesives Blog: http://www.scrapbook-adhesives.com/blog
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Scrapbook-Adhesives-BY-3L/132423366827320

Today's gorgeous crafts were made by combining the elegant paper and embellishments of Graphic 45 with the amazing tools of Scrapbook Adhesives. You will see some awe-inspiring creations by Lynette Carroll and Hilde Janbroers! Get ready to beam with inspiration! This first gorgeous piece of home decor was made by Lynette Carroll. Here is what she had to say about this craft gem!

"With back to school thoughts still fresh on our minds, I thought it would be fun to create a piece of 12 x 12 wall art that I could add photos to, and could be hung in either a child's bedroom or playroom. I felt this size would be perfect for photos taken on the first day of school or a fun way to use some of those professional school pictures everyone has.  The combination of Graphic 45 papers and Scrapbook Adhesives was perfect to create my dimensional wall art piece.  I love dimension on my wall art projects so the 3D Foam Squares were perfect for creating multiple layers on each individual panel." -Lynette Carroll

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Supplies:
Graphic 45 - ABC Primer Collection, 8 x 8 Paper Pad
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Chipboard Tags 1
 Chipboard Tags 2
Graphic 45 - Fashionista Collection, Perfumeries
Graphic 45 - Communique Collection, Pen in Hand
Graphic 45 - Metal Staples, Metal Flowers
 
Scrapbook Adhesives - Clear Mounting Squares
Scrapbook Adhesives - MyStik Tape Runner
Scrapbook Adhesives - 3D Foam Squares
Core-dinations - Black and Ivory Cardstock
Prima Marketing - 12 x 12 Black Wood Frame
Prima Marketing - Floret Collection Tammyra Roses
Martha Stewart Crafts - Maple Leaf Punch
Ranger Industries - Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink
Misc - Mini Black Pencils

Next we have these astonishing Christmas Emporium cards by Hilde Janbroers. These cards radiate with holiday cheer! Hilde even included some instructions on how to create cards just like these! It's never too early to start preparing for the holidays! Behold these fabulous works of art! 

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Instructions for both cards:
1. Cut out a little smaller piece of paper then the cards size. Ink the edges. Use the 3D foam squares to lift the chipboard elements.
2. Create a bow with the ribbon.
3. Ink all the edges of the chipboard.
Supplies:
Graphic 45 Papers
Christmas Emporium: Paperpad 8x8
partner products:
Core'dinations card set Darks 
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L: 3D foam squares black / mounting squares transparent
May arts ribbon
other: Viva Decor Gel Pen, Ranger Distress ink, Prima Marketing flower

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Supplies:
Chipboard tags 1 & 2
Partner Products:
Core'dinations card set Darks 
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L: 3D foam squares black / mounting squares transparent
May arts ribbon

We want to thank you all for joining us today. Big thanks to the super talented Lynette Carroll and Hilde Janbroers for their marvelous work today. We hope they inspired some fun ideas for your weekend crafting! Please join us on Monday as we continue the fun with our pals at Scrapbook Adhesives. There will be another great blog prize as well as tons of brilliant crafts from our design team. It's going to be a great time! We hope you'll stop by and see us! Have a beautiful weekend, Crafters!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Team Graphic 45

 

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Graphic 45 Blog Hop With Scrapbook Adhesives Day 8!

Hello Crafters,


Welcome to this wonderful Wednesday edition of the Graphic 45/Scrapbook Adhesives blog hop! There's more fun in store for you today as we feature a wonderful project and tutorial by Nancy Wethington. Scrapbook Adhesives also has some spectacular crafts on their blog today! We highly recommend checking them out! And don't forget that there's still time to leave a comment on the Graphic 45 Facebook Page and the Scrapbook Adhesives Facebook page for your chance to win a terrific prize! Check out this week's wonderful prize from Graphic 45! It combines gorgeous Graphic 45 papers and embellishments with some fabulous tools from Scrapbook Adhesives! A random winner will be chosen from the Graphic 45 Facebook and the Scrapbook Adhesives Facebok pages and announced this Friday! So don't miss your chance to win some great prizes!

Scrapbook Adhesives Blog: http://www.scrapbook-adhesives.com/blog
Scrapbook Adhesives Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Scrapbook-Adhesives-BY-3L/132423366827320

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Now that the weather is cooling down and the seasons are definitely shifting, it is a great time to start planning your holiday crafting. And nothing is more inspiring than seeing some gorgeous creations from some very talented artists! Today's stunning Comminique mini album by Nancy Wethington is sure to give you some marvelous ideas! Once the holidays arrive you'll surely have lots of great photos that will need a happy home in a beautiful layout or mini album! Take a look at Nancy's gorgeous creation! Let its beauty inspire you!

This is a 6x6 mini-book bound with a Unibind Photobook Creator

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I used a tape runner from Scrapbook Adhesives on all my papers.  Love how you can personalize the tape runner! How cute would this be for a stocking stuffer!

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I love using the Scrapbook Adhesive Foam Squares.  First of all, they're black!  When I scrunch up paper, I like to randomly place foam squares behind the valleys so that, no matter how thick my book gets, the scrunched paper holds its shape.
 
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You can bind almost anything in the Unibind hardcovers.  Here I bound a G45 Staples envelope in the binding.

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Supplies:
Graphic 45 Papers:
Curtain CallTop Billing; Tour de France; Curtain Call Tags
Graphic 45 Staples: Kraft Envelope Album Staples
Partner Products: Core'dinations Signature Series; Decades Photogenic Ink; Scrapbook Adhesives Tape Runner; Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares
Other supplies used: Unibind Photobook Creator

Wow, what a great mini album! Thank you Nancy Wethington for your wonderful work! And big thanks to all of our readers for taking the time to visit us today. Tomorrow will be just as lovely here at the Graphic 45 blog. We've got more inspiriting projects from our design team and more fun with our blog hop with Scrapbook Adhesives! We hope you'll stop by and see us. We hope you have a fabulous day! Now is a great time to take advantage of some of the amazing treats that you can find this time of year: hot apple cider, pumpkin space lattes, pumpkin pie, sweet potato fries, the list goes on and on! Treat yourself to a yummy Autumn treat and enjoy a cozy crafting session. Sounds fabulous!

Happy Papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45

 

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Graphic 45 and Scrapbook Adhesives Blog Hop Day 7!

Hello Crafters,

Thank you so much for stopping by our blog today! It's starting to get chilly and the leaves on the trees are starting to change. Yes, inspiration is meandering in the Autumn breeze! You are in for a treat today as we featuring amazing craft creations by Sherry Cheever and Jack and Cat Curio! We're continuing our super fun blog hop with the fine folks at Scrapbook Adhesives. All this week we're highlighting some fabulous projects from our design team that combine the beauty of Graphic 45 papers and embellishments with the wonderful tools of Scrapbook Adhesives! You'll be dazzled by what our design team has dreamed up! And don't forget to check out Scrapbook Adhesives blog for more wonderful inspiration. We've also got a great contest this week. Both Graphic 45 and Scrapbook Adhesives are offering a terrific prize. Just hop on over to the Graphic 45 Facebook page as well as the Scrapbook Adhesives Facebook page and leave a comment! A random winner will be chosen from both Facebook pages and announced this Friday! What fun! So lets get started! 

Scrapbook Adhesives Blog: http://www.scrapbook-adhesives.com/blog
Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Scrapbook-Adhesives-BY-3L/132423366827320

Check out this gorgeous creation by Sherry Cheever! Here you can see some gorgeous uses of Curtain Call as well as our Metal Flower Staples and Ornate Door Plate and Knob Staples. Plus nothing beats that great combo of Graphic 45 products with Scrapbook Adhesives tools! Simply perfect! Just look at all the beautiful details! 

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Supplies:

Graphic 45 Paper:  Curtain Call Collection:  Applause, The Cinema, Top Billing, Pantomime, Tour de France
Graohic 45 Staples:  Flowers, Metal Flowers, Metal Buttons, Ornate Metal Door Plate and Knob
SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES:  MyStik™ Permanent Strips
SPELLBINDERS:  S4-246 Labels Eleven, LF-246 Grand Labels Eleven and S4-328 Foliage
RANGER INDUSTRIES:  Peeled Paint and Crushed Olive Distress Stain; Vintage Photo and Antique Linen Distress Inks; Peeled Paint Distress Stickles; Claudine Hellmuth Studio Charcoal Black Acrylic Paint; Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE); Melting Pot
WANT2SCRAP:  Chipboard Embellishments Style A
MISCELLANEOUS:  idea-ology Film Strip Ribbon and Memo Pins; 7 Gypsies Paper Fasteners; Hot Glue Gun; Corsage Pins; Printers Chipboard; Hobby Wood Trim; Sanding Tools

Here we have an impeccable Hallowe'en in Wonderland wall hanging by Jack and Cat Curio. This piece is perfect for this season's spooky decorating. Check out all the magical layers and those amazing paper flowers! Get inspired by the masterfully clever Jack and Cat Curio! Here is what they had to say about this marvelous piece!

"We found this old plastic mirror frame at a local thrift store. It even had a fake planter at the base with a block of foam and plastic flowers. So we decided to alter it into a perfect Halloween decoration. We first painted the frame black then applied a white wash to the entire frame so that we would be creating a few shadows and a touch of age. Then we removed the planter with flowers and mirror. We cut a chipboard oval the same size as the mirror to fit the frame. Then we began to assemble and layer using the adhesives and papers. Love the final look." -Jack and Cat Curio

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Supplies:

Ornate frame-thrift store Graphic 45 Papers Hallowe'en in Wonderland Collection:Hallowe'en in Wonderland, Alice’s Tea Party, Through the Looking Glass, Square Hare

Scrapbook Adhesives products: 3D Foam Squares - Black, Small, 3D Foam Squares - White, Small, MyStik™ Permanent Strips Leaky Shed Studio Branch Halloween TreeRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Embossing Powder - Vintage Photo Ranger Distress Ink: Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Black SootTim Holtz Idea-Ology: Long BradsGlossy Accents, Ranger Stickles-Orange Peel and Firefly, Ranger Ink - Studio by Claudine Hellmuth - Semi-Gloss Acrylic Paint - Blank Canvas, Martha Stewart Micro Beads-blueSupplies:

Wow, what an inspiring work of art! Big thanks to Sherry Cheever and Jack and Cat Curio for their wonderful talents. And thank you all for joining us today! Please be sure to check out the Scrapbook Adhesives blog and Facebook for more inspiration and prizes! We will be right back here tomorrow morning with more beautiful crafts to inspire your week! We wish you all a wonderful Tuesday!

Happy Papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45 

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A New Week With Graphic 45 & Scrapbook Adhesives!

Hello Clever Crafters,

It's a new week of fun with Graphic 45 and Scrapbook Adhesives! Thank you for stopping by on this fine Monday! We've got fun, prizes and lots of craft inspiration to help bring some bliss to your day! If you were with us last week you know that we're joining forces with our pals at Scrapbook Adhesives to bring you some glorious crafts! We're continuing the the fun all this week too! You'll see some amazing ideas from our design team that combine the elegance of Graphic 45 papers and embellishments with the great tools of Scrapbook Adhesives! We're even offering another fabulous Grahic 45/Scrapbook Adhesives prize! Check it out! A Curtain Call and Le Cirque 8x8 paper pad, Flower Staples, Envelope Tag Staples, Scrapbook Adhesives 3-D Foam Squares, E-Z Dots Mini, and a MyStick! Wow! All you need to do is leave a comment on the the Graphic 45 Facebook and Scrapbook Adhesives Facebook pages! Scrapbook Adhesives is also offering a great prize this week on their blog! A random winner will be chosen from Facebook and announced here on our blog this Friday! And be sure to check out the Scrapbook Adhesives blog to see some stunning Graphic 45/Scrapbook Adhesives crafts all week long! So much inspiration and fabulous prizes! Yes, this week is going to be awesome! So let's get the party started! 

Scrapbook Adhesives Blog: http://www.scrapbook-adhesives.com/blog
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Scrapbook-Adhesives-BY-3L/132423366827320

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Today we're featuring this beautiful Christmas Emporium layout by the brilliant Yuka Hino of our design team. Yuka is so clever at creating multi-layered and astonishingly detailed crafts that are charming beyond belief. Just look at this heart-warming creation! Absolutely gorgeous! 

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Supplies:
Graphic 45 Papers
Graphic 45 Cling: Cling Christmas Emporium 1, Cling Christmas Emporium 2, Cling Christmas Emporium 3
Graphic 45 Staples: Metal Button Staples
Scrapbook Adhesives By 3L: MyStik™ Permanent Strips Dispenser, MyStik™ Repositionable Dots Dispenser, 3D Foam Squares - Black, Small
Imaginarium Designs Chipboard: Clock Face (3 inch), Photo Frame 1
May Arts: Ribbon
Hampton Art: Graphic45 Decades Distressing Ink - Venetian Lace, Antique Moss, Dark Cashmere
Prima Marketing: Flowers, Leaves
Basic Grey: Brads
Ranger Industries: Blending Tool, Ink, Crackle Paint, Stickles, Multi Medium
Tattered Angels: Mist
Tsukineko: Ink
Acrylic Color, Color Pencil, Sewing Machine

Well, that's all for today! We hope you all enjoyed today's creation by Yuka Hino! Don't forget to swing by Scrapbook Adhesives blog to see their wonderful craft inspiration for today! Big thanks to Yuka Hino for her wonderful layout! And thank you all for joining us today! We hope you have a magical Monday! We will be right back here tomorrow morning with more fabulous inspiration with Graphic 45 and Scrapbook Adhesives!
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With Hugs and Happy Crafting! 
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Team Graphic 45

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Graphic 45 Blog Hop With Scrapbook Adhesives Day 4!

Hello Crafters,

Happy Thursday and thanks for joining us on this fabulous day! It's getting chilly out there as Autumn takes root, but we've got some spectacular crafts to help warm your heart! We're continuing our awesome blog hop with the fine folks at Scrapbook Adhesives! Today Laura Denison has created an adorable and clever altered box that combines An ABC Primer with terrific Scrapbook Adhesives products. So get ready to be swept away by inspiration! Scrapbook Adhesives is also featuring some terrific crafts on their blog today. Be sure to check them out! There's still time to win this week's super blog prize! Just post a comment on the Graphic 45 Facebook page as well as the Scrapbook Adhesives Facebook page! A random winner will be chosen and announced tomorrow on both the Graphic 45 blog and the Scrapbook Adhesives blog! Time is almost up so be sure to leave your comments for your chance to win!

Scrapbook Adhesives Blog: http://www.scrapbook-adhesives.com/blog
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Scrapbook-Adhesives-BY-3L/132423366827320

Now check out this wonderful creation by Laura Denison! There's even a sweet tutorial! Here is what Laura had to say about this marvelous work of art!

"This fun hat box was made from one of the Graphic 45 Metal Film Canisters....expanded a bit! All of the plaids available in so many of the collections call out to me to become luggage. Not sure why since I have never owned a plaid suitcase in my life! LOL! I embossed the 3D foam Squares from Scrapbook Adhesives to make "studs" to enhance the hat box. I have given you a quick tutorial below on how to make them for yourself." -Laura Denison

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Base materials used for this project.

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The Scrapbook Adhesives My Stix tape runner is perfect for going around curves!

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Embossed Foam Squares Tutorial :

You will need foam squares by Scrapbook Adhesives and embossing enamel in the color of your choice. Remove all the paper backing from the tops of the foam squares

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Apply embossing enamel to sticky surface of foam squares

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Heat enamel to melting. Don't overheat or you may melt the foam.

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Apply your finished enameled foam squares to your project. The adhesive on the underside is still sticky!

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Supplies:
Graphic 45 Papers:
ABC Primer - Building Blocks, Bedtime Stories
Curtain Call - Curtain Call
Communique - Classy Correspondence
Graphic 45 Staples:
Metal Film Canister
Metal Buttons
Metal Hinges
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Products:
My Stix Adhesive
3D Foam Squares, black
Other Products: 
Card Stock - Core'dinations, Black Magic Collection
Flowers - Prima Marketing
Embossing Enamel - Stampendous Fran-tage, Aged Silver
Clasp - Unknown
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Wow, what a clever idea! Big thanks to Laura Denison for her terrific work today! Also thank you to all of our readers and the good folks at Scrapbook Adhesives. We will be right back here tomorrow with more craft bliss! We'll also be announcing this week's blog contest winner! Please come back and join us for more fun. We hope you have a gorgeous day!

Happy Papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45

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Graphic 45 Blog Hop With Scrapbook Adhesives Day 3!

Hello Crafters!

It's another gorgeous day in the land of crafting! We want to welcome you to the Graphic 45 blog as we continue our awesome blog hop with the great folks at Scrapbook Adhesives! Today we're featuring the marvelous work of Gloria Stengel! She's crated some astonishing Christmas Emporium decor using gorgeous Graphic 45 paper and products by Scrapbook Adhesives! You're going to love her amazing creation! Be sure to check out Scrapbook Adhesives blog and Facebook too for more craft inspiration! Leave a comment on the Graphic 45 Facebook and the Scrapbook Adhesives Facebook page this week for your chance to win a terrific prize pack! Here is what we're offering in this week's blog hop giveaway! Check it out!

Scrapbook Adhesives Blog: http://www.scrapbook-adhesives.com/blog
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Scrapbook-Adhesives-BY-3L/132423366827320

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Here we have Gloria Stengel's beautiful holiday home decor. If you love this project be sure to check out Gloria's blog for a tutorial on how to make one of your very own! Here is what she had to say about this magical craft creation!

"This 9x4 inch chipboard bird album has been in my stash for a few years. The large chipboard letters have been in hiding for even longer! I thought they would make a perfect wall hanging for the holidays, using the Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium paper collection. I "distressed" the chipboard letters, which spell PEACE, with ultra thick embossing powder. I  attached each letter to a page of the bird album using the Scrapbook Adhesives™ by 3L products. Each page of the album, is now a mini work of art than can be hung on the wall or fireplace for the holidays." -Gloria Stengel

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Supplies:

Graphic 45 Papers
Christmas Emporium: Christmas Emporium, A Christmas Carol, Special Delivery, Joyous Noel Christmas Past: Letters to Santa Graphic 45 Staples: Metal Tags, Metal Flowers, Metal Buttons, Graphic 45 Chipboard Tags: Christmas Emporium
Clearsnap: Creamy Brown, Chestnut Roan, Warm Red Colorbox Chalk Ink, Watermark Colorbox Ink Core'dinations: Sand it GadgetMay Arts: Twine, Silk Ribbon Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L: Adhesive Sheets, 3D Foam Squares, E-Z Runner Permanent Tape, My Sticks Permanent TapeFiskars: Original and  Non-Stick Scissors,Maya Road: Chipboard Bird Album, envelopeWild Orchid Crafts: Mulberry roses, leaves Petaloo: FlowersRanger Industries: Star Dust Stickles, White Ultra Thick Embossing Powder, Picket Fence Distress StainCreative Impressions: BradSparkle n Sprinkle: Swan Wing Glitter, GlueWe R Memory Keepers: Eyelets and setter

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We want to thank Gloria Stengel for her superb work today. And big thanks to all of you who joined us today! Be sure to venture on over to the Scrapbook Adhesives blog and Facebook for more inspiration! Don't forget to leave them a comment for your chance to win a great prize! Please join us tomorrow for another day of fun as we continue our spectacular blog hop! We hope you all have a fabulous day!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Team Graphic 45

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Graphic 45 Blog Hop With Scrapbook Adhesives Day 2!

Hello Crafters,

Welcome to our happy blog on this fine Tuesday! This week we're having a blast with our pals at Scrapbook Adhesives! All this week and next week you'll see some gorgeous crafts from our design team that combine the elegance of Graphic 45 papers and embellishments with the excellent tools from Scrapbook Adhesives! Yes, it's craft fun at it's best! We have a special Graphic 45/Scrapbbook Adhesives prize to give away this week and Scrapbook Adhesives will be doing the same! Enter to win this week's excellent prize by visiting the Graphic 45 Facebook page as well as the Scrapbook Adhesives Facebook page and leave a comment! We will be announcing a randomly chosen winner right here on our blog on Friday and so will Scrapbook Adhesives! Check out their blog and Facebook page for more fantastic Graphic 45/Scrapbook adhesives crafts all week long! You'll be glad you did!

Blog: http://www.scrapbook-adhesives.com/blog
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Scrapbook-Adhesives-BY-3L/132423366827320

Today we're featuring a jaw-dropping keepsake mini box and mini album by Tara Orr! She's even created an inspiring tutorial that shares some terrific techniques you're sure to enjoy! Get ready to be dazzled by the ultra-talented Tara Orr! Take it away, Tara!

"When Graphic 45 released its newest line - An ABC Primer, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this breathtaking collection.  The vintage schoolhouse theme is perfected with wonderful imagery of children at play, having fun, being studious as well as all the fantastic paraphernalia associated with our fondest school memories. Colours are Bold and bright yet warm to ensure they match the overall aged feel of this collection.  Please join me as I share this keepsake box and mini album using Graphic 45's An ABC Primer Collection and Kraftboard 5x5 Altered Box." Tara Orr

Tutorial: Tips & Tricks:
 
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Now that the kids are back in school I thought it would be a perfect time to create a Back to School Keepsake album & box that they could keep all their special memories, notes and favourite photos in from the year.
 
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I simply adore having an over the top product and Graphic 45 has hit it on the nail once again.  Not only do you get an amazing mini album with which to work but you also get a super cool alterable box in which to store your fantastic project!  The box measures 5x5 (VERY easy to cut your papers accordingly) and the front/cover page also has a window opening.  I chose to include a nostalgic photo within the patterned paper but you could very easily use one of your own photos for this to make it more personalized. 
 
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I love the way the box itself opens like a little treasure.  It has magnetic tabs so it locks nice and securely when closed fully.  Upon opening the cover you will get a front page as well as a 'wing' page (at least this is what I call it - LOL).  These can be decorated to your desire - but remember, the more bulky these pages are, the more difficult it will be for your box to close properly. 
 
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I decided to add mini envelope pockets to each of my 'flap' pages so that the kids could hold some more treasures, stickers, etc. should they wish.  These can be very easily created by cutting a strip of paper slightly less than half the page size and securing to the bottom half of your page with permanent adhesive tape on all sides but the top (so you have a place where you can add your notes).

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Here we have the mini album inside the middle compartment of the Kraftboard box.  The compartment itself measures just over 2 inches deep so you can store quite a thick mini inside and thereafter, a heap of special school treasures!  You can see how wonderfully everything opens up to display each of the inner pages of the box as well as the cover of the mini album itself.  I've stuffed each of these side pockets with as much as possible and have finished with some rustic twine, keeping with the worn, vintage feel of the collection.

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Here is another view of the mini album within the Altered box.  I've simply opened up the mini album to the next page for a different perspective.
 
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Here is the cover page of the wonderful little mini hidden inside the Kraftboard box. The entire An ABC Primer collection is so over the top gorgeous that I had quite an issue cutting the papers! Each and every page was just overflowing with amazing patterns and colours and each complimented one another seamlessly.  For the first page, I decided to keep the design clean and simple with lots of luscious layers to showcase as many of the wonderful papers as possible.

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I love adding dimension to my projects. It brings them alive and transforms a flat piece of paper into something appealing to the eye.  Pages 2 and 3 of this mini album display many different textures and dimensions and the techniques are very easy to achieve.  The banner at the top of page 2 has been applied with 3D Adhesive dots to lift it off the page and make it look as though it were waving in the wind.  The adorable fence also offers the same dimensional quality and has easily been transformed using a little vanilla acrylic paint and distress ink.

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Not always, but sometimes, when a mini album opens up to a 'double page' spread, I like to coordinate the pages with regards to theme, colours and patterns so that they compliment one another rather than compete with one another.  Because this is an accordion style album, I found it looked more appealing to have the pages that opened up together, match with one another.  With each of these pages, I also inserted mini hidden pockets (much like those on the altered box) for tags, photos, etc.  You can see how the alphas have been altered differently yet both seem to work harmoniously within each page.  For the lighter alphas, I first painted with vanilla acrylic paint and then inked all around the edges for a worn feel.   The darker alphas were inked with Graphic 45's Antiquing Dye Ink in Photogenic.  I then painted around the edges with the vanilla paint and went over the paint (once dried) with a distress ink.
 
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Can there ever be too many layers - really?  Not in my book! I always feel the more layers you add, the more texture you create and the more depth you add to your project. Each of these pages is loaded with layers upon layers of patterned papers, chipboard tags, wooden rulers, buttons, twine and more!  I often find that using dimensional foam dots adds even more dimension as well as little spaces in which you can tuck further embellishments.
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And finally we are at the last page of the album! I wanted to ensure that it was simple but that it stood out so I framed the beautiful image with bold, colourful background paper and finished with wooden accents.
 
Supplies:

Graphic 45 Papers: An ABC Primer: 8x8 Paper Pad
Graphic 45 Tags: An ABC Primer: Tags 1
Colorbox/Graphic 45 Antiquing Dye Ink: Photogenic
Graphic 45 5x5 Kraftboard Altered Art Box with Kraft Album
Scrapbook Adhesives 3-15/16''x5-7/8'' Permanent, Adhesive Sheets
Scrapbook Adhesives Permanent Adhesive Roller - My Stik
Scrapbook Adhesives Permanent Adhesive 3D Foam Squares
Michael's Acrylic Paint in Vanilla
Maya Road Chipboard Letters in Jonathan
Dusty Attic Chipboard Fence
Maya Road Mini Ruler
Kaiser Craft wooden buttons
Ranger Glossy Accents
Ranger Distress Ink in Vintage Photo
Aleene's Tacky Glue
Misc.: Yellow pearls, Twine, Cream ribbon

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We want to thank the amazing Tara Orr for her gorgeous work today. It was such a pleasure to feature this brilliant project on our blog! We hope you all enjoyed it too. Please join us tomorrow as we continue the fun with our pals at Scrapbook Adhesives. There will be more stunning crafts in store for you. We hope you all have a beautiful day and thanks again for stopping by and seeing us!

Happy Papercrafting!

Team Greaphic 45

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Graphic 45 Blog Hop With Scrapbook Adhesives!

Hello Crafters,

Another fantastic week of delights is upon us!  All this week and next week we will be having a fun blog hop with our pals at Scrapbook Adhesives. You will see some fantastic crafts from our design team that combine the beauty of Graphic 45 with the brilliance of Scrapbook Adhesives.   Plus there's a great blog contest.  You could win this amazing prize pack pictured below! A Curtain Call and Le Cirque 8x8 Paper Pad, Flower Staples, Envelope Tag Staples, Scrapbook Adhesives 3D foam squares, 2 E-Z Dots Minis, and a MyStik! Wow! Just venture on over to the Graphic 45 Facebook Page and leave us a comment. Scrapbook Adhesives is also offering a great prize this week! Check out thier Facebook page and tell them that Graphic 45 sent you! You can also see fantastic projects on the Scrapbook Adhesives' blog this week as well!  Have fun and get inspired with Graphic 45 and Scrapbook Adhesives!

Blog: http://www.scrapbook-adhesives.com/blog
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Scrapbook-Adhesives-BY-3L/132423366827320

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Today we're featuring some gorgeous Christmas Emporium tags and tutorial created by Nicole Eccles of our deisgn team. You're going to love these gorgeous and festive tags! Plus you'll learn a great technique for creating a beautiful aged look in a few simple steps! It's a winter wonderland of inspiration with the marvelous Nicole Eccles! Take it away, Nicole!

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"I really love the aged look of this technique, and it can be accomplished in only a few simple steps!  Both tags were created using the same technique, with a variation of different ink colors. 
Also for one of the tags I decided to keep the plastic window from the packaging and use it to create a little shaker box with a scene inside!  Added some mica flakes for snow, and viola, instant winter scene!!
Great as package tie ons, place settings or even just a little note to remind someone how much you care!  And who doesn’t love those little wonderful handmade touches at Christmas?" -Nicole Eccles

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Step 1: Cut and Cover leftover tag with desired paper.  I used Happy Holidays to start with a cream base.

Step 2: Using Scrapbook Adhesives Repositionable Dot Tape Runner, Cover the tag with repositionable dots to a desired effect.  For these tags I covered them completely with repositionable adhesive. 
This will act as a mask for step 3!

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Step 3: Once tag is covered with repositionable dot adhesive, use an ink blending tool to blend Colorbox Decades inks overtop of surface of tag and adhesive. Blend to a desired effect, making sure to cover entire tag with color!

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Step 4: Once Dry, using your index finger, gently rub away adhesive dots to reveal a tiny distressed polka dot pattern.  Continue until all adhesive is removed, then decorate as imagined!

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Here are some more beautiful glimpses of Nicole's wonderful Christmas Emporium tags! So lovely!

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Santa Tag Supplies:
Graphic 45 papers:
Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium Chipboard Tags 1
Hampton Arts: Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium Cling Stamps 3
Colorbox Decades Inks: Antique Moss, Triumphant Red, Photogenic
 
May Arts: Black and White Ribbon
Ranger: Rock Candy Distress Stickles, Platinum Stickles, Xmas Red Stickles, Frayed Burlap Distress ink
Martha Stewart: Apron Lace Border Punch
Tombow: Color Glue Stick
 
Other: Leftover tag from Graphic 45 staples packaging

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Shaker Tag Supplies:
Graphic 45 papers:
Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium Chipboard Tags 1
Hampton Arts: Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium Cling Stamps 1
Colorbox Decades Inks: Venetian Lace, Triumphant Red, Photogenic
 
Scrapbook Adhesives: 3D Foam Squares, My Stik Repositionable Dot Tape Runner
May Arts: Red and White Ribbon
Ranger: Rock Candy Distress Stickles, Platinum Stickles, Xmas Red Stickles, Frayed Burlap Distress ink
Martha Stewart: Apron Lace Border Punch
Tombow: Color Glue Stick
Other: Leftover tag and plastic window from Graphic 45 staples packaging

We want to thank Nicole Eccles for her gorgeous work today. We hope you enjoyed her fun tutorial! And thanks to all of you who stopped by our blog today. This is going to be a great week so we hope you'll come back and see us tomorrow as we continue our blog hop with Scrapbook Adhesives! Have a great Monday, Crafters!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45
 

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