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The Craft Life: Amazing Creations by Dana Parlevliet

Hello Crafters,

Happy first day of June! It's hard to believe that summer is just around the corner. It seems like just yesterday that I was writing about bundling up with a cup of hot chocolate and crafting by the Christmas tree. Where did the time go? We thought today would be the perfect day to bring you an extra special treat; something to dazzle, amaze, and inspire you. I'm sure many of you out there are craft divas with day jobs. Well today's featured artist is not only stupendously talented, but she's also a career gal, dedicating half her life to her job and the other half to her passion for crafting. In a perfect world we could all devote our lives to our art and have all of our needs met, but even the greatest of artists still have to make a living. Today we are thrilled to introduce you to the spectacular Dana Parlevliet of Portland, Oregon. Dana's beautiful paper flowers have been appearing on the Graphic 45 Facebook page for a while now and we thought it was time to bring her talent into the craft community spotlight.
Her creations are akin to paper sculptures: combining clever form, lavish color, and perfectly placed embellishments. Dana is an artist who is ceaselessly in motion, crafting and creating with her boyfriend Lee Dickerson at every chance they get. When Dana and Lee are hanging out at home, they almost always have paper and a glue gun in their hands. Dana sells her beautiful creations at her Etsy site called Danamazing's Paper Flowers. Her bouquets have walked down the isle with many brides on their big day, and her intricate paper ornaments hang in houses from sea to shining sea. Not only is Dana an amazing artist, but she's also hilarious, fun, and has impeccable tastes in documentaries and science fiction. We are thrilled to introduce you to the spectacular Dana Parlevliet!

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 Lee Dickerson and Dana Parlevliet.

"I wouldn't say I ever "started" crafting, it was just something I've always done. Every year as a kid I'd spend months hand-making everyones christmas gifts, whether it was pillows i'd sewn after picking out fabric for each family member or paper flower decorations dipped in wax and covered in glitter (and always topped with a handmade card!) handmade has always been my way. My artistic inspiration has always drawn from my mom and grandma; I grew up going to grandma's to sew my "first day of school" outfit for 5th grade or painting for the afternoon because that's what mom was doing. Now living in the amazing and beautiful Portland inspiration is thrown at me everyday and my fingers just can't keep up! I work full time at a non-profit in downtown Portland raising money to fund Legal Aid and help those in need in my community. It's an amazing organization and as my business started my bosses have been completely supportive of my crafting dream ...as long as I still make it in by 9! But by 5 I jet out of the office, walk across the river to home and the crafting begins. None of this would be possible without my silent partner, Lee. My boyfriend, best friend, business partner and origami extraordinaire behind our flower biz. He holds down the business on the home front while I'm away at my day job, this mostly includes cleaning up after me and the giant mess I made the night before. From daily trips to the post office, completing rush orders and essential hand massages he is the ultimate partner.

I discovered Graphic 45 in my constant search for incredible specialty paper and what a treat to find something local! And you know it's double sided, right? Amazing! Everything from the size, texture and the richest colors have inspired so many of my creations and make late nights at the paper cutter just plain fun. If ever paper could come to life it would happen at Graphic 45." Dana-Parleviet

Here is an example of a bunch of Dana's Graphic 45 flower creations. She has even prepared a tutorial for us today that explains how to make these little wonders! So awesome!

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Here is one of Dana and Lee's beautiful wall hangings. It's hard to believe that this piece began as a single sheet of Life's s Ball from our Playtime's Past collection. Talk about paper magic!


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Here are some of Dana's famous paper hearts. I recently featured these hearts at a baby shower that I threw for a dear friend of mine. They were a huge hit and they made perfect party favors! Everyone got to go home with a beautiful hand-made paper heart. Brilliant!

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Here are the amazing paper hearts on display. So pretty!

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Here is another beautiful wall hanging. This one was creating using Communique. I love the perfectly placed coin in the center of this piece! It's so stunning.



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This is a gorgeous Graphic 45 paper bouquet that Dana created using Fashionista and Domestic Goddess Alphabet. Not only are these flowers beautiful, but you never have to worry about watering them!

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Here is a side view of this awesome bouquet!

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Another fabulous wall hanging, this one made with Domestic Goddess, set against the beautiful Oregon outdoors.

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Another bouquet to brighten your day. This was was made using On the Boardwalk and Fashionista!

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This wonderfully fun wall hanging features Communique and Le Romantique

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A lovely ornament wall hanging that's perfect for summer. This one features On the Boardwalk, and Fashionista. This would look amazing hanging in a sunny window.

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Dana was nice enough to prepare this great tutorial on how to create one of her beautiful flowers using Fashionista! Check out this beautiful process! It's pure paper magic!

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1. Cut 5 matching squares, any size will do as long as their square.

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2. Fold in half, this will make a triangle.

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3. Fold the right and left corners up to the middle point.  This makes a square.

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4. Fold the same points down. The folded edge will line up exactly on top of the outside edge of the square.

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5. Open up the flaps you have just created and flatten them.

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6. Fold the top triangles away from you so they fold over the edges of the paper.

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7. Fold the triangles back using the crease you made earlier.

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8. Make the additional 4 petals and get your glue gun ready!

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9. Glue each petal individually before gluing together into the flower.

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10. Glue one petal to another, letting the glue dry in between each petal. Adding a button the center covers any un-evenness you may have encountered while you're gluing.

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Many thanks to the awesome Dana Parlevliet and Lee Dickerson for their amazing paper creations today. Be sure to check out Dana's flowers at her Etsy page Danamazing's Paper Flowers. Thanks so much to all of you for joining us today. We hope to see you here tomorrow for more spectacular craft ideas. We wish you a wonderful day!

Happy Papercrafting,

Team Graphic 45

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Just Because: Beautiful Card Designs by Gloria Stengel, Nancy Wethington, and Lynette Carroll

Hello Crafters,

Thank you for joining us on this fabulous Tuesday! We're so glad you stopped by.  We've got more amazing crafts from our wonderful Design Team to share with you. Today is all about cards. Any time is a good time to send a card to someone you care about. Handmade cards are fun to make and a terrific way to brighten someone's day. If I'm ever feeling lazy or anxious, I like to put on some good music and create a personalized card. It's a perfect way to turn a frown upside down! It's one of my favorite ways to unwind, be creative, and have something beautiful to show for it! We're hoping that today's cards will inspire you to make something special. Even if you don't have a special occasion to make a card, it's still great to have a small collection of cards on hand in case you need them. You never know when you might need to give someone a card in this fast paced, action packed world. Birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, weddings, or just because; it's always good to be ready with a beautiful card! 

This first creation is from the card queen herself, the wonderful Gloria Stengel. She used Curtain Call in this simple and elegant card that also doubles as a gift card holder.  Gloria always finds beautiful and creative ways to make gift card holders. This card is a terrific example of her elegant designs and clever imagination.

Supplies:

Cardstock: American Crafts, Bazzill Basics
Graphic45 Paper: Curtain Call (Curtain Call, The Cinema, Applause)
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Just the Ticket, Hero Arts Every Day Sayings
Dye ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Envelope: Graphic45 Envelope Staples
Ribbon: May Arts
Film strip: Tim Holtz Idea-ology
Mini brads: unknown

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Our next card creation was made by the wonderful Nancy Wethington. This card combines Le Cirque, Botanicabella, A Proper Gentleman, and Times Nouveau. It is wildly imaginative, with gorgeous layers that create a three-dimensional effect. It's so beautiful, sophisticated, and very fun!

"May and June has me thinking of graduations.  This card was designed with the idea of tucking a gas card inside for that special graduate.  Wanting to make the design dimensional, I popped the card out of a circular paper, reminiscent of the clown popping out of the round paper ring in the Le Cirque collection. The beauty of Graphic 45 is that you can pull papers from several different lines and they all coordinate." -Nancy Wethington

Supplies:

Graphic 45 Magnifique
Graphic 45 Botanical News
Graphic 45 A Proper Gentleman
Graphic 45 On The Boulevard
Graphic 45 Copacetic
Bazzill cardstock
Prismacolor pencils (used on the cars headlights)
Black Soot Distress Ink

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This next card was created by the lovely Lynette Carroll using Once Upon a Springtime and On the Boardwalk. It's another example of Lynette's gorgeous and feminine style. She has an amazing eye for tiny details that pull the entire piece together. Just look at this pretty thank you card she created! Lynette was kind enough to prepare instructions on how to create this beautiful card! Check it out!

Supplies:
Graphic 45 - Once Upon A Springtime 8 x 8 Paper Pad
Graphic 45 - Once Upon A Springtime "Woodland Fantasy" 12 x 12 paper
Graphic 45 - On the Boardwalk "By The Beautiful Sea" 12 x 12 paper
Graphic 45 - On the Boardwalk "Bathing Beauties" 12 x 12 paper
7 Gypsies - Rubons
Kaisercraft - Dress Form Wood Flourish
Kaisercraft - Paper Blooms
Ranger Industries - "Frosted Lace" Stickles
Scotch - Foam Mounting Tape
Misc:  Black Seam Binding and Mini Pearl Buttons

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Thank You Card Tutorial by Lynette Carroll:

1. For this card I chose three patterned pieces of paper to make my background.  I layered the green dot paper over a very narrow strip of red paper and then adhered those two pieces of paper to the black patterned paper.  I trimmed this new background piece to fit the front of my card, leaving a small ivory border around all 4 sides.  This ivory border gives the card a clean look and frames the card.
When making cards, I love to layer pieces of papers to create my own unique embellishment.  With the addition of foam mounting tape between several of the paper layers, you can achieve some nice dimension and depth to your projects.  As shown in the first photograph, choose all the pieces of paper you are going to use on the project and cut each one to size.  Next, work out where your layers are going to be.  I adhered the top two pieces of paper together to form layer number 1.

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2. For the next layer, I adhered the piece of postcard paper to the two portrait trading cards I had cut.  Note, I only wanted to use the outside borders of the trading cards so I carefully arranged my papers to cover up the inside images.

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3. I then added a piece of "rubbish" chipboard to the reverse of my two layers I had created.  When you are layering papers and adhering them to a project with foam mounting tape, you will achieve a much cleaner and professional finished look to your project if you give your papers a nice solid backing before adding the foam mounting tape.  Once you have strengthened the layers, add strips of foam mounting tape.  I prefer to use foam mounting tape from a roll rather than the little tiny squares.  By using foam from a roll you create a nice solid background, one that is not going to "sink" where there is no tape.

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4. Once you have strengthened the layers and added foam tape to the reverse side of each one, adhere these two layers together and now you have one layered embellishment to decorate the front of your card.  Adhere this piece now to the center of the card.

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5. To complete the card, layer some paper on the reverse side of the wood dress form, tie a bow with black ribbon or seam binding and adhere it to the card front.  Note:  I cut the stand off the dress form to make it a little shorter to fit onto the card.  Thread three small buttons with twine and adhere them to the bottom right corner of the card.  I added two small flowers to the left side of the card.  Once the adhesive on the flowers was dry I lightly painted a layer of the frosted stickles to them, giving them a soft pearlised look.  To finish off, apply rubons and add a pearl head pin to the card sentiment.

Many thanks to our amazing Design Team members, Gloria Stengel, Nancy Wethington, and Lynette Carroll for their beautiful work today. We are so happy to have their dazzling talents on our team! We hope they helped inspire your day. Join us tomorrow for more amazing craft ideas!

Have an awesome day, crafters!

Team Graphic 45



 

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Graphic 45 Card Madness: Amazing Creations from Nicole Eccles, Tara Orr, and Yuka Hino

Hello Crafters,

Happy Friday! It's been such a great week here at Graphic 45! There's so much excitement over our new collection The Magic of Oz! And it's Friday which means that we have a winner for this week's blog prize! Firstly, we want to thank everyone who posted links to our new Facebook page this week. This week's randomly chosen blog prize winner is Marie Ree Wray. Marie, please email us at info@g45papers.com with your contact information so that we can send you your prize. We will have another awesome blog contest on Monday and we hope you will all join us!

Today we have some absolutely gorgeous crafts from our Design Team. We're really going all out with the copious amounts of crafts on today's blog. It's all about amazing cards today. We've got stunning creations from Tara Orr, Nicole Eccles, and Yuka Hino! So lets get to it! First up is this amazingly detailed 3-D card by Nicole Eccles. Nicole's work is always so innovative and fun. This card is going to knock your socks off! Wow, check it out!

"What I love most about this card is the ability to use it for so many occasions.  With a few little changes, and some quick printing this could be a father’s day card, birthday card or invitation. Add some pictures to the inside and turn it into a little mini book.   Also, everything about the card folds down flat by just un tucking 2 flaps, making it easier to put in an envelope, or give as a gift.  This one is just perfect for my mom, she loves all the vintage circus images, and Graphic 45.   Especially the elephants!!  Couldn’t have been more perfect!" -Nicole Eccles

Supplies used:
               Christmas Past Collection ( The Holly and The Ivy)
Dies:  Spellbinders Inverted Square, Tim Holtz on the edge dies ( Plaque and Postage, File Tabs)
Inks:  Tsukineko Staz on Black, Ranger Adironack Red Pepper ( for Tooth Picks/flag poles)
Embellishments: Metal Button Staples & tag, Metal Hinge Staples & tag,  Flower Staples, Basic Grey Half Pearls
Clipart:  Elephant drinking tea & Hot Air Balloon sign (www.landofenchantment.etsy.com)
Font: Copper Black
Adhesive:  3M Pop dots, Ranger Glossy Accents, Tombow mono glue stick
Other:  Tooth Picks, hand drawn paper flags

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Wow, crafters, are you blown away yet? Wait, there's more! Next we have an amazingly layered circus stamp card by the fabulous Tara Orr. Tara is well known for her wonderfully imaginative and elegant creations. Today's card is classic Tara, as you will soon see. Have a look at this wonderful work of art!

  "I have completely fallen in love with the rich, warm tones found in the Le Cirque collection.  They work wonderfully for both masculine or feminine cards and as such, I decided to make a 'blank' card for one of those occasions when you are invited last minute to an event, need a fantastic personal card and haven't the time to pick one up at the store.  I love the fact that each of Graphic 45's collections mesh so seamlessly with one another.  For this card I combined, Botanicabella, Le Cirque and Transatlantique!" -Tara Orr

Supplies:
Graphic 45 Staples: Stickers
Graphic 45 Metal Hinges
Graphic 45 Botanicabella Collection, Botanicalbella
Graphic 45 Transatlantique Collection, Paris Post
Ranger: Glossy Accents
ZVA Creative: Adhesive Dots
Tombo: Permanent Adhesive Roller
Sakura: White Journal Pen
Tim Holtz: Distress Ink in Black Soot
Stampin' Up!: Mini Circle Punch
Hemptique: Hemp Twine
Misc: Doily

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Wow, wasn't that fantastic!? Okay crafters, get ready for more amazement! Yuko Hino has created this super fun pop-up card and tutorial for you to enjoy. Yuko's work is so clever and cute, and today she's sharing her wonderful techniques with us. We're so happy! Get ready for a heaping dose of craft inspiration!
 
Other Supplies:
Ribbon & String: May Arts
Cardstock: American Crafts
Alphabet Sticker: Prima Marketing Inc
Mini Fasteners: idea-ology by Tim Holtz
Crop-A-Dile & Eyelet: We R Memory Keepers
Ink: Tsukineko
Blending Tool: Ranger
Adhesive: Tombow

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Here is Yuka's video tutorial that reveals how she created this amazing card! What fun!

 

We want to say a huge thank you to the brilliant Nicole Eccles, Tara Orr, and Yuka Hino. We are so amazed and honored by the talent of these wonderful ladies. We hope their creations helped to brighten and inspire your day. We'll see you all right back here on Monday for more amazing crafts, contests, and smiles. We wish you all a fantastic weekend. Hopefully you'll find the time to create something magical.

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45

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Life's A Beach: Sunny "On the Boardwalk" Crafts and Tutorial From Our Design Team

Hello Crafters!

 

Happy Thursday to you all! We are so glad you're taking the time to join us today for some fabulous crafts from our amazing Design Team. We've got a bunch of goodies in store for you today, including a terrific layout tutorial by Melanie Forbes! All of today's crafts feature our gorgeous On the Boardwalk collection. I happen to adore On the Boardwalk for it's amazingly vibrant colors, fabulous patterns, and overall sunny disposition. Take my advise, if you're ever having a gloomy day, make something special with On the Boardwalk. It's like taking a walk on the beach on a bright, warm day. It's a guaranteed smile-maker. Today's amazing On the Boardwalk crafts were created by Robin Shakoor, Hilde Janbroers, and Melanie Forbes. So put on your SPF because we're headed to the beach!

 

This first amazing layout was created by the brilliant Robin Shakoor. This layout is just so gorgeous and heart-warming. With a beautiful central photo, amazing paper rosettes, and lots of fun layers, this LO is a craft triumph!

 

"One Page Layout –  A day to the beach can turn into quite an adventure.  I used this photo of little Ryan concentrating on his latest find as my focal point.  I created rosettes using the beautiful “On the Boardwalk” collection.  One of my favorite design techniques is using circles to anchor my photo.  I cut a circle using a subtle sand colored patterned paper trimmed with a bold contrasting design.  I added liquid pearls to give a bit of shimmer.  To continue my circle theme,  I layered round photos with my embellishments transforming this layout into a multi-photo page.  What is a day at the beach without waves?  The bottom of my page features a die cut a wave border that I inked lightly to coordinate with my design.  It adds just the right touch to this fun day at the beach." -Robin Shakoor


Supplies:

 

Patterned Paper:  On the Boardwalk

Ink:  Distress Ink – Barn Door, Broken China

Lettering:  Basic Grey

Dies:  Tim Holtz – Rosette, Waves - Silhouette

Die Cutting System:  Silhouette

Circle Cutter:  Creative Memories

Decorative Scissors:  Fiskars

Shell Sticker:  Anna Griffin

Pearl Pen:  Viva Décor – Cream

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This next LO was created by the amazing Hilde Janbroers. Hilde used lots of wonderful paper distressing, gorgeous embellishments, and lots of love to create this spectacular layout. Just look at those lovely flowers and butterflies! So pretty!
Supply list:
Graphic 45 Curtain Call collection, On The Boardwalk Collection, Sreampunk Debutante Collection
flowers: Prima Marketing
Tattered Angels Glimmermist Caribbean blue
Ek succes punch flower
cosmo cricket chipboard alphabet
May Arts Ribbon
scor pal scortape

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Next we have a fantastic On the Boardwalk layout and tutorial by Melanie Forbes. Melanie's style is so much fun and filled with lots of brilliant layers. So it's a real treat to have her share her beautifully eclectic techniques with us today. And check out that awesome central photo! It's the perfect photo to use in conjunction with the beach-themed On the Boardwalk collection! Take it away, Melanie!

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Supplies List:

Graphic 45
On the Boardwalk #4500191 x 1 sheet
High Style Holiday #4500196 x 1 sheet
  Le Cirque #450030 x 1 sheet
Manifique #4500306 x 1 sheet
Applause #4500322 
1 x Envelope tag per person #4500233
            3 x Small & 3 x Medium paper flower per person  #4500230
          6 inch lace – Trim #4500232
            1 x small chipboard button #4500231
          2 x stickers (butterfly and tag ) #4500234

Maya Road Kraft Doilies (2 large and 1 small)
Flourish with a Bling – Jack metallic Black  (epoxy black vine)
Twiddleybitz name plate scroll NP001 *
Twiddleybitz Vintage Key VTG005 x 1 (four in a pack) *
Twiddleybitz Nero Wrought Iron Mantle x 2 (2 in pack – total of 2 required for LO) NERO 009 *
20cm black twine
Black embossing powder
Ink – Tim Holtz Distress Ink -Vintage photo & black soot
Making Memories tiny alpha’s black
Pink Paislee Fascinating alphabet stickers #00199
3 x black brads
10cm x 10cm gauze
½ Old book page

Tools required
Edge Distresser
Heat Gun
Versamark ink for embossing key
Big Shot / Cuttlebug (and suitable plates)
Tim Holtz Sizzlits decorative strip dies – paper rosette SZ656931
Double sided tape
Crop-a-dile Big bite #WR70911 or alternatively the Fiskar’s eyelet setter’s
Helmar 450 glue

Techniques involved
Embossing
Distressing and paper rolling
Using big shot and sizzlits dies
Layering of paper and embellishments
Use of various tools.

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1. Using versamark, embossing powder and heat gun – emboss key – put aside.

2. Ink chipboard nameplate black

3. Using trimmer cut out square 26cm x 26cm from On the Boardwalk  then measure in 1.5cm from each edge and cut out centre – distress and ink all edges then attach centrally to High Style Holiday

4. Mount photo (landscape 13 x 18cm) to Le Cirque leaving small border which is then distressed and inked. Using remainder of paper cut out using Paper rosette flower die – one flower assemble and place button on top.

5. Cut 19 x 22cm landscape rectangle (ensuring words are correctly placed) – distress and ink edges then attach to right hand inside edge of striped border approximately one inch up from bottom edge.

6. Layer embellishments – Cut one kraft doily in half and then place as per LO (one on bottom edge and one on left hand side), book page torn and placed with whole kraft doily on top right hand edge.

7. Attach mounted photo on angle and then attach remaining embellishments – key, envelop, paper rosette, 3 x flowers (sm and med layered staple flowers), lace under bottom edge of photo, title on chipboard, flourish with a bling vine, gauze, stickers, chipboard mantle top left hand corner of edges of LO and tag crumpled and inked before attaching.

8. Tear a 2 inch rip in top right hand corner of LO, gently roll down edges to reveal black chipboard. Using crop a dile punch holes and thread through thick twine. Tie off with double knot to prevent it untying. Voila!

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We want to say a huge thank you to Robin Shakoor, Hilde Janbroers, and Melanie Forbes for all of their amazing work today. We hope you enjoyed today's very special blog post. Whether you're enjoying some sunshine today, or stuck in a windowless office, we hope today's blog helped bring some joy to your day. We hope to see you all again tomorrow as we announce the winner of this week's blog prize, as well as bring you more stupendous crafts from our Design Team! Have a terrific day, crafters!

Smiles and Sunshine,

Team Graphic 45

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Spring Bliss: Once Upon a Springtime crafts by Hilde Janbroers & Nicole Eccles

Hello Fabulous Crafters!

Thank you for joining us for this spectacular day of crafting! We hope you are having a lovely day wherever you are. Spring has definitely sprung and today we're bringing you some glorious Once Upon a Springtime crafts by Hilde Janbroers and Nicole Eccles of our Design Team. It's super exciting! Nicole has even prepared and wonderful tutorial about her amazing paper piecing technique. There's plenty to be happy about here on the Graphic 45 blog! Also, don't forget that we're in the middle of this week's blog contest. All you need to do is post a link to our new Facebook page on your Facebook page, then leave us a blog comment letting us know that you posted our link. We want to make sure that everyone in our craft community makes the jump to our new Facebook page before we close the old page. Spread the word and you could win an awesome craft prize! We'll be announcing the random winner on Friday.

Well, lets get to the crafts, shall we? First up is an amazing altered baby box by Hilde Janbroers. Hilde recently welcomed a new member to her family, a beautiful baby named Thomas. She created this amazing altered box that contains sentimental objects and a beautiful mini album of some of baby Thomas's first photographs. This project is so heart-warming and lovely! It's filled with so much love.

Supplies:
Graphic 45 papers: Curtain Call and Once Upon a Springtime
Once Upon A Springtime cling stamps
Tombow liquid glue two tips
flowers: Petaloo and Prima Marketing
liquid pearls
scor-pal-scortape
Cosmo Cricket chipboard alphabet
fiskars border punch
Tim Holtz ink
brads
My Little Shoebox letter stickers
Viva Decor Perlen Pen
May arts ribbon

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Next we have an amazing card and tutorial by Nicole Eccles. Nicole is an amazingly creative lady with a terrific eye for detail. She really knows how to set the scene for a spectacular layout or card. Just look at the beautiful dimension that this card has! Nicole is going to take us step-by-step through her creative process of making this card. Take it away, Nicole!

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I decided to start off my techniques with one of my favorites that I love to use all the time.    Paper Piecing using stamped images.  This is a great way to make your stamped images match your project perfectly with only a few steps. By layering the stamped images, you can create one of a kind dimensional embellishments that are dramatic and crisp.  Think clothes on children, or layered flowers etc.  For this card I decided to paper piece a mushroom by CC Designs.  It was just the perfect size for the fairy to stand on once cut out.
Supplies:
Paper:  G45 Once Upon A Springtime Collection
Enchanted Forest, Once Upon A Springtime, Primrose Cottage
Inks:  Tim Holtz Distress Ink Frayed Burlap
Tsukineko VersaFine   Onyx Black
Stamp:  CC Designs Mushroom
Adhesives:  Tombow Mono Glue Stick, Scrapbook Adhesives 3d Foam Squares

To start, stamp out your image 3 times on desired patterns.  I used pink, blue and cream.  Once the images are dry, fussy cut along the whole stamped image, starting with the pink for the background.  After the image is completely out, cut out the small dots on the top of the mushroom and set aside. 

Now take  your image stamped on cream paper and cut out only the stem of the mushroom and adhere onto the pink mushroom already cut out.

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Last, take your image stamped on blue paper, and cut only the top of the mushroom, and the little ring that goes around the stalk. 

Step 3 Adhere blue ring to Stalk
Again, adhere cut pieces onto the pink mushroom, lining them up perfectly overtop the image underneath.
Step 4 Adhere mushroom top
Now that the mushroom top is on, you may take the small pink dots you set aside and glue them onto the blue mushroom top.  And Voila, now you have a mushroom that is 3 colors, and the colors and patterns match perfectly to your card.

Step 5 Adhere pink dots to mushroom top
Cut background paper to size of card and adhere. For the border, cut from 8x8 piece of Once Upon A springtime, cutting only along 3 sides.  Once removed, cut in half across the long side of frame and set the 2 pieces on card, overlapping and lining up perfectly  to the cards corners and edges.  Trim if desired, and adhere the frames together to make one.  Adhere to card with pop dots.

Step 5 Layering Borders
Fussy cut image of Fairy being Crowned out of Enchanted Forest and Adhere to center of card.

Step 6 Cut and Adhere Image to Center of Card
Cut image of fairy sitting on a fence post out of Once Upon A Spring Time, adhere to Right edge of card using pop dots.

Step 7 Cut and adhere fairy image along right edge using pop dots
Adhere paper pieced mushroom using pop dots, then Cut out image of standing fairy from Once Upon A Spring Time and adhere with pop dots standing on mushroom.

Step 8 Adhere mushroom and fairy standing on top using pop dots
Cut the Fairies scroll from Enchanted Forest, crinkle for dimension and adhere with pop dots.

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Finish card off by cutting out a single flower from Primrose cottage and adhering to the left edge of “the Fairies” scroll.

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Well, that's all we've got for today, crafters. But you know we'll be back tomorrow with lots more gorgeous ideas to inspire you. We hope you'll stop by and see us. Many thanks to the amazing talents of Hilde Janbroers and Nicole Eccles. We are so happy to have them on our new Design Team! Have a wonderful rest of the day, crafters!

Fairies and Cherry Blossoms,

Team Graphic 45

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Noteworthy: Curtain Call Spiral Notebook and Tutorial by Sherry Cheever

Hello Crafters,

Happy Tuesday and welcome to another happy day here at Graphic 45! Thanks for joining us. It's been so busy and exciting here at the Graphic 45 offices as we gear up to launch our gorgeous new collection "The Magic of Oz." There's never a dull moment once the word gets out that we're releasing something new. We want to thank you all for your amazing enthusiasm. We're working very hard to get this fabulous paper collection to all our stores as soon as possible. Remember, we're going to begin shipping "The Magic of Oz" in the first week of June. It should be arriving in stores shortly thereafter. We're so excited to see what you'll create!

So, lets get to today's crafts! We've got some awe-inspiring creations by the amazing Sherry Cheever as well as an awesome video tutorial that she made! It's super exciting! Sherry is one of our amazing new Design Team members and we are thrilled to have her wonderful talents on our team. When you see these stunning Curtain Call creations, you'll understand why we're over the moon with enthusiasm for Sherry's art. Have a look at this stunning Curtain Call spiral notebook by Sherry! Not only is this a super clever idea, but it's also gorgeous beyond belief! Bravo, Sherry!

 

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Supplies:

Paper: 
Graphic 45 Curtain Call, Le Romantique and Envelope Tags; Black Cardstock; Tim Holtz idea-ology GungePaper; Rectangle Chipboard Coasters; Printer Paper and Lined Notebook Paper
Spellbinders:  S4-328 Foliage; S4-138 Petite Ovals LG; S4-139 Petite Scalloped Ovals LG; S5-050 Rose Creations; Grand Calibur
Ink/Paint: 
Ranger Vintage Photo Distress Ink and Peeled Paint Distress Stain
Embellishments: 
7 Gypsies Paper Fasteners; Tim Holtz idea-ology Filmstrip Ribbon
Tools: 
Bind-it-All and 1-1/4” Binding Wires; Foam Mounting Tape; Ranger Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi-Medium Matte, Non-Stick Craft Sheet, Ink Blending Tool with Foam; Corner Rounder Punch

Here we have a super fun video tutorial also by Sherry Cheever. Take a moment to learn some fantastic techniques from the master herself!

 

That's all for today, crafters. Huge thanks to the brilliant Sherry Cheever for her beautiful work today. Thanks again to all of you for joining us today. We'll be back here tomorrow with more gorgeous creations from our Design Team and we hope you'll join us. From all of us here at Graphic 45, we wish you a very happy day!

Happy Papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45

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It's the Full Unveil of "The Magic of Oz", Oh My!

Hello Fabulous Crafters! 

A very warm welcome to you on this wonderful Monday! Thanks for stopping by our blog today! Guess what? You can see every single gorgeous page of our new paper collection "The Magic of Oz" on our website right now! That's right! So head on over to the products page of our website and feast your eyes on these stunning new papers. Remember, we will begin shipping this collection to stores in early June so it wont be long before you have "The Magic of Oz" to play with! Have a look at the signature page of this amazing collection. You can really see why this is going to be the perfect collection for Halloween! Plus, it's just so much fun and pretty! It's perfect for any craft occasion.

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Well crafters, it's Monday and you know what that means. It's time for another super Graphic 45 blog contest! Yay! This week it's all about our new Facebook page. As you may know, we're in the process of transitioning over to a brand new Facebook page, and will soon be phasing out our original Facebook Fan Page. But we want to make sure that all of you awesome crafters have made the switch before the old page is retired. So this week we're asking you to give us a shout out on your facebook page. It's easy! Just go to our new Facebook page and click "Like," if you haven't already. Then post a link to our new Facebook page on your Facebook page. Then just leave us a blog comment letting us know that you've posted our link on your Facebook page. You'll automatically be entered to win this awesome prize! Sound simple enough? So just to recap: go to our new Facebook page and click "Like," then post our Facebook link on your page, and leave us a blog comment letting us know that you gave us a Facebook shout out. That's it! Look at what you could win this week! A Curtain Call 12x12 Paper Pad, Trim Staples, Metal Tag Staples, Curtain Call Cling Stamps by Hampton Art and Graphic 45, and three beautiful chipboards by Imaginarium Designs! Oooh! Craftastic!

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That's all for today, crafters. This is going to be such an awesome week for craft inspiration. We have so many gorgeous projects from our design team to show you. Please stop by and see us tomorrow! We hope you have a wonderful Monday.

Flowers and Rainbows,

Team Graphic 45

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There's No Place Like Home: More Sneak Peeks of The Magic of Oz

Hello Crafers!

Welcome to another super exciting day here at Graphic 45! Thank you so much for joining us today! We're going to be showing you more stunning goodies from our brand new "The Magic of Oz" collection. We also have a winner for this week's blog contest to announce. It's going to be an action-packed day of craft goodness. Lets first announce this week's blog winner! We had so many blog comments this week, it was amazing. We asked you to tell us what you'd make with "The Magic of Oz" if you had it in your possession right now. We had so many amazing and inspiring responses. This week's winner, chosen randomly, is Tammy Hall. Here is what Tammy had to say about her idea for "The Magic of Oz."

"OMG I will so have that paper when it hits my favorite store!!!! I want to make an album for my brother. We have a running joke about the Wizard of Oz, because he's this huge guy. Rides a Harley, Mr. tough guy, retired fireman, and IS AFRAID OF THE MONKEYS!!! So I think this will be a great book to make him!! I can't wait!!!"-Tammy Hall

That's such a cool idea! Tammy, please email us at info@g45papers.com with your contact information so that we can send you your prize. Congratulations! And many thanks to everyone who left us comments this week. It was terrific to read all of your feedback about our new collection. We can't wait for you all to get your hands on this gorgeous new paper. It will begin shipping to stores in early June, so be sure to look for it in mid to late June at your local scrapbook store! Yay!

Well, we are super excited to show you this amazing new item from "The Magic of Oz." For the first time ever,  we will be introducing coordinating chipboard die-cuts as part of this amazing new paper collection! We are so excited! Have a look at these stunning chipboard images! So beautiful!

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"The Magic of Oz" will also feature coordinating cling stamps from Hampton Art and Graphic 45. Take a look at these adorable and fun images! Just image the fun you could have with these gorgeous stamps!

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Are you excited yet, crafters? We sure hope so! We want to thank you all for joining us today. We hope to see you here on Monday when we will unveil the complete collection of "The Magic of Oz" as well as announce another weekly blog contest! Very exciting stuff. We hope you have a spectacular weekend!

Happy Papercrafting,

Team Graphic 45

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Graphic 45 Introduces The Magic of Oz!

Hello Crafters!

I'm sure you've spent the weekend waiting in anxious anticipation of today's announcement about our brand new paper collection! Well, maybe not anxious anticipation, but anticipation nonetheless. The wait is over, my friends, and many of you were correct in your guesses about the theme of this amazing new collection. Yes, it's The Wizard of Oz! This collection is going to knock your striped socks off! It's called "The Magic of Oz" and below you will see a few images from this gorgeous new collection. We will be unveiling more images throughout the week right here on the Graphic 45 blog. For this week's blog contest, leave us a blog comment letting us know what kind of project you would make if you had "The Magic of Oz" in your possession right now. Would you make a layout, or an Oz-inspired mini album? Tell us what comes to mind when you think "Oz" and you could win this amazing prize! A 12x12 paper pad of A Proper Gentleman, Key to My Heart Cling Stamps from Hampton Art and Graphic 45, and three gorgeous chipboards from Imagarium Designs! Wow! You can leave your comments any day of the week. We will pick a random winner and announce them on Friday, May 20!

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Tap your heels three times and you’ll be transported to a wonderful new world with Graphic 45! Introducing “The Magic of Oz,” an enchanting new paper collection inspired by L. Frank Baum’s classic children’s novel. Featuring a full cast of all your favorite characters including Dorothy, Toto, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, and many more. Bring your wicked Halloween creations to life with every delightful page. Somewhere over the rainbow you’ll find “The Magic of Oz,” with a tapestry of rich colors and stunning images. Ruby reds, emerald greens, royal purples, and mustard seed yellows will have your imagination spinning like a tornado. There’s no place like Graphic 45 for this season’s most bewitching paper collection! You’ll be following the yellow brick road to inspiration!

Behold, here's a sneak peek of this amazing paper collection! See more images all this week, here on the Graphic 45 blog!

"Yellow Brick Road"

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"Poppy Field"

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"Journey to Oz"

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Are you excited, crafters? We hope so! The Magic of Oz will begin shipping early June, look for it in your stores later that month!  Join us tomorrow for more amazing craft inspiration. Have a terrific Monday. We can't wait to hear your ideas for craft creations using "The Magic of Oz."

Poppies and Puppies,

Team Graphic 45

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The Magic of Oz: Sneak Peek Round 2!

Hello Crafters!

Happy Wednesday to you! We've got more beautiful images to show you today from our new paper collection "The Magic of Oz"! It's so exciting. We are thrilled by all the amazing feedback we've been getting from all of you about this fabulous new collection. We're so excited to see what you will create once you get your hands on it. "The Magic of Oz" will begin shipping to stores on June 1st, so you can look for it at your local scrapbook store and online very soon. Well, enough talk. There's beautiful papers to be seen! Take a look!

"Tender-Hearted Tin Man"

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"Goblin Gazette"

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"Scatterbrained Scarecrow"

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The Magic of Oz will begin shipping early June, look for it in your local stores later that month!  Thank you all so much for joining us today. There is much more in store for you all week right here on the Graphic 45 blog. Join us tomorrow for more gorgeous crafts. We'll also be unveiling more images from "The Magic of Oz" later this week as well. Don't forget to leave us blog comments for your chance to win this week's blog prize. Tell us what you'd make if you had "The Magic of Oz" in your possession right now! We will be announcing our blog winner this Friday so stay tuned!

Happy Papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45

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Step Right Up: Le Cirque Crafts and Tutorial With Robin Shakoor and Jack & Cat Curio

Hello Crafters,

Welcome to a very happy day here at Graphic 45. We're so pleased that you are joining us for another fabulous day of craft inspiration. We've got two, well three fabulous and brilliant members of our Design Team, Robin Shakoor and Jack & Cat Curio,  who are going to show you some spectacular Le Cirque creations. Robin has even prepared a wonderful tutorial on how to create a beautiful card with Le Cirque! Doesn't that sound amazing? We are thrilled to showcase today's splendidly original crafts and we hope you enjoy seeing them as much as we do! So, lets get to it!

Here we have an amazing Le Cirque altered drawer. When I first saw this creation I was totally blown away. It's such a cool and clever idea! Leave it to Jack and Cat Curio (Michael Putman and Lesley Fisher) to come up with new and unique ways of creating amazing altered art! I'll never look at a thrift store dresser drawer the same way again.

"We love to alter lost and found objects of all sorts. We came across an old wooden jewelry box drawer in an old junk shop. Something damaged and forgotten can sometimes be the perfect foundation for a rich story." Jack and Car Curio
 
 Supplies:

Repurposed jewelry box drawer: Thrift Store
Drawer Knob: Thrift Store
Graphic 45 Le Cirque Collection: Le Cirque, Bohemian Floral, Circus Parade,Extravaganza, Greatest Show on Earth, Magnifique
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink- Wild Honey & Walnut Stain
Embellishments: KAISER Scrapbook Rhinestones Ice Blue, twine, crepe paper, brads
Adhesive: Lineco Neutral pH Adhesive (PVA), Pop Dots
Tools: Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzix Bigz Dies Tattered Florals

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Well, now that we've gotten you in the circus spirit, here is an amazing card and tutorial by Robin Shakoor. Robin is brilliant at creating elegant and vibrant crafts. Today's card is no exception! Have a look at this beautiful work of art! Robin has created a wonderful tutorial below that shows you exactly how to make this pretty celebration card. Yay!

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Supplies:

 Patterned Paper:  Graphic 45 – Curtain Call, Le Cirque; Bo Bunny
Cardstock:  Bazzill
Ink:  Distress Ink – Barn Door; Scattered Straw; Memento – Tuxedo Black
Stamp:  Fiskars
Ribbon:  May Arts
Flowers:  Prima; Bazzill
Doily:  My Little Yellow Bicycle

 

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Create a 6” x 6” tent card by cutting a 6” x 12” piece of white card stock and folding in half.

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Cut a 5 ¾” x 5 ¾” square using black card stock.  Adhere to card base.

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Cut a 5 ½” x 5 ½” square using Bohemian Floral patterned paper.  Adhere to the center of card.

Cut a 1 ¾” x 5 ¾” rectangle using black card stock.

Cut a 1 ½” x 5 ½” rectangle using Greatest Show on Earth patterned paper. Adhere to the center of the black rectangle, then adhere to the lower portion of the card base as shown.

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Cut a 3 ¼” x 6” strip using Greatest Show on Earth.

Cut a 3” x 5 ¾” strip using Top Billing patterned paper.  Center and adhere as shown.

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Adhere to striped strip, then adhere ¾” from the left side of card base.

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Ink the edges of the doily using Barn Door Distress Ink.  Place on card as shown.

Trim image from patterned paper then mount on black cardstock.  Adhere to the center of the card base as shown above.

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Stamp sentiment on white card stock.  Ink with Scattered Straw Distress Ink to give the paper an antiqued appearance.   Create a mat for the sentiment using black card stock.  Adhere matted sentiment to the card base.

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Separate the center of the flower and ink the edges of both parts. The small flower will be used in the last step.

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Place a small, red rosette in the center of the large flower.  Adhere on a large black flower and glue to the lower left side of the card base as shown. 

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Tie a ribbon using thin, black ribbon and adhere to the top, right side of the main image as shown.  Adhere small orange flower to the center of the bow.

We want to thank the amazing Jack & Cat Curio and Robin Shakoor for their splendid work today. It was such a joy to feature their glorious creations in one blog post! It's been so much fun! We hope you all enjoyed today's crafts. Join us tomorrow as we unveil even more images from our new collection "The Magic of Oz" as well as announce this week's blog winner! It's going to be a fantastic day! We can't wait!

Flowers and Ribbons,

Team Graphic 45

 

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Curtain Call Craft Bliss: Gorgeous Projects by Lynette Carroll & Nancy Wethington

Hello Fabulous Crafters!

Welcome to another gorgeous day here at the Graphic 45 blog! We hope that you are doing very well today. Yesterday was such an exciting day here on the blog. We had a huge response to our unveiling of our beautiful new "The Magic of Oz" paper collection. We will be revealing more images from this collection tomorrow so don't miss it! Today we're bringing you some amazing creations from our wonderful Design Team. We have a spectacular Curtain Call altered frame mat by Lynette Carroll, and a stunning Curtain Call mini album by Nancy Wethington. It's a Curtain Call party! So get ready for some serious inspiration, because today is going to be super exciting! First up, we've got this beautiful altered frame mat created by Lynette Carroll. Here's what she had to say about this wonderful work of art.

"For this project, I was inspired to use the Curtain Call Collection for decorating the mat of a frame using an everyday garden photo.  I tried to use elements and papers from the collection that did not showcase "the obvious"  on the papers.  I love that this collection is so versatile and if you don't have theater, movie, or entertainment type photos, this is still a "must have" collection. To create the project, I removed the mat from the frame and covered the entire background with two different papers.  I then made dimensional flowers and covered chipboard birds with paper.  For the centers of the flowers I colored self adhesive pearls with a black Sharpie marker.  To create the hanging sign, I painted the wood piece with black paint, then rubbed a tiny amount of metallic rub into the paint. I then sanded the piece and finally used some distressing ink on it.  I cut out a piece of newsprint paper and added it to the sign with foam mounting tape for dimension.  I used the reverse side of one of the tags from the Curtain Call collection on the left side of the frame and finished it off with a Metal Button.  The button had a Patina color on it which didn't go with my frame so I used a Sharpie marker to color the green areas and when that was dry I polished the button with metallic rub." -Lynette Carroll
 
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Maya Road - Chipboard Birds
K & Company - Self Adhesive Pearls
KaiserCraft - Hanging Wood Sign
Misc. - Black Frame with Ivory Mat
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Next up, we have this extraordinary Curtain Call mini album by Nancy Wethington. There are tons of spectacular details in this wonderful mini that you are sure to love.  So get ready to be wowed! Here is what Nancy had to say about the creation and inspiration behind this adorable mini.
 
 "CHA-Winter was almost over and I was to return home via a flight to St. Louis.  The storm of the century hit the Midwest and my traveling companions and I were stuck in Los Angeles for 3 additional days.  I use the word stuck loosely as we were enjoying 60 degree temperatures on the West Coast.  In the meantime, we decided to take advantage of the additional days in L.A. and tour the city. I couldn’t wait to receive my Graphic 45 Curtain Call papers to create a mini-book commemorating our Los Angeles tour.  What a way to showcase Hollywood and the stars’ homes!  Following are a few of the included pages." -Nancy Wethington

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I wanted to use Graphic 45’s Black Policy Envelope Album but knew that just one album would definitely not be enough for all the photos I had.  I opened up the spine and incorporated the Kraft Envelopes from the same Staples collection.

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Another alligator mouthed mini . . . it seems to be my M.O.

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With so many photos, I created several mini-books within this mini-book.  The one on this page flips up to reveal more pictures.

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A ribbon from May Arts holds this fold-out mini together.

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Most of the envelopes were left with their flaps intact.  I decided to keep a couple of the envelopes without flaps so cut them off and saved them for this page.  Here, the flaps are tied together with Graphic 45 Trim Staples which allows me to insert tags with more photos.

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I love to add fold-outs, pockets, tags and anything interactive to mini-books.  This is one of those pages with fold-outs that hold several pictures.  The Jim Morrison wall photo folds out to reveal more fold-outs as you can see from these three photos.

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Adding Bazzill cardstock to the envelope flap creates another interactive fold-out.

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Supplies:

Graphic 45 Curtain Call papers
Graphic 45 On the Boardwalk papers
Graphic 45 Black Policy Envelopes
Graphic 45 Kraft Envelopes
Graphic 45 Envelope Tag Staples
Graphic 45 Trim Staples
Graphic 45 Alphabet Sticker Staples
Bazzill Black Cardstock
Maya Road Chipboard
May Arts Ribbon
Tim Holtz Tissue Tape
Tim Holtz Alterations Die
Stampers Anonymous Stamp
Papertrey Ink Boxy Banners Die
Miscellaneous party sprinkles and frame

We want to say a huge thank you to Lynette Carroll and Nancy Wethington for their brilliant work today. We hope they got you thinking about some fantastic crafts you'd like to create. We hope to see you all back here tomorrow as we unveil more images from "The Magic of Oz," our fabulous new paper collection! Have a terrific rest of the day, crafters!

Love and Paper,

Team Graphic 45

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Extra, Extra, Read All About It: Big Graphic 45 Announcement!

Hello Crafters!

Happy Friday to you all! Thanks for stopping by and seeing us on this super day! We have two big announcements for you. First we want to announce the winner of this week's blog contest! Today's announcement is so exciting, we can hardly contain our jubilation! So lets go ahead and announce our winner for this week's contest and then we'll get to the super big news.

This week we asked you to leave us a blog comment telling us about your latest and greatest craft discovery. This week's random winner is...Tracigreen66. Here is what she had to say her latest inspiring find:

"Glossy Accents! I don't know what planet I was on before I discovered it. Love, love, love it and the various effects I can create with it. I particularly like to use it on images to create the effect of glass, like the light bulbs on the Steampunk Debutante papers. I also find it THE best think to adhere metal embellies." -Traciegreen66

I agree, Tracie! Glossy accents are awesome! Tracie, please email us at info@g45papers.com with your contact information so that we can send you your prize. Congratulations! Stay tuned, Crafters, as we will have yet another super blog contest for you on Monday. Hooray!

Okay, it's time for the big news! Starting Monday, May 17, we will begin unveiling our new mid-season release right here on the blog! That's right, a brand new paper collection will premier right here starting Monday! We are so excited to show you this beautiful paper collection. And just to get you guessing, here's a little vague description of the new collection. Can you guess what the theme is?

"Get swept up in the magic with Graphic 45! We’re introducing a brand new paper collection that will transport you to another world. Inspired by a classic children’s book, this beguiling new collection will make your heart sing! With its enchanting colors and playful, iconic images, your imagination will soar to exhilarating new heights. There’s something brilliant to discover on every bewitching page. When it comes to inspiration, there’s no place like Graphic 45 for this season’s dreamiest paper collection!"

That's all for today, crafters. We can't wait to see you all back here on Monday for a new blog contest and a sneak peek of our amazing new paper collection. We hope you all have a terrific weekend!

With Love and Paper,

Team Graphic 45

 

 

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Craft Revival: Altered Art by Gloria Stengel

Hello Fantastic Crafters,

Happy Thursday and welcome to another glorious day of crafts! Thanks for taking the time to stop by and check out our blog today! This is a very special day because we've got some marvelous altered art creations by Gloria Stengel. This is a pretty big deal because Gloria doesn't tend to do a whole lot of altered art. Today's pieces are so beautiful and are sure to inspire you! But before we get to the crafts, we want to remind you that you still have a chance to win this week's blog prize! Just leave us a comment here on the blog telling us about your latest and most inspiring craft discovery. Was it a particular product that you spotted at your local scrapbook store? Or did you learn a new technique that changed the way you create? Leave us a comment explaining your latest discovery and you could win this week's prize! Hooray!

If you're a regular to our blog, you'll know that Gloria is one of the best card makers in the land. Well, that same talent can be applied to so many aspects of crafting, including altered art! Below, you will see some examples of Gloria's latest venture into the amazingly fun world of altered art. But first, lets talk a little bit about this up-and-coming art form. What exactly constitutes altered art? Well, it can take many forms. Essentially, altered art is the process by which you create something new out of something old. If you've ever found an old cigar box at a garage sale, took it home, and decorated it with gorgeous paper and embellishments, then you've created altered art. Some of us have probably been creating altered art even before we knew there was a term for it. It's a tremendously fun way to create gorgeous and personal works of art. Plus, in these Earth-conscious times in which we live, altered art is a great way to conserve materials. So the next time you have an old knickknack or miscellaneous object, don't throw it away! Think of how you can turn it into something spectacular! 

Lets have a look at these wonderful pieces by Gloria Stengel. Hopefully these works will get you inspired to start creating some works of altered art all your own! This first piece is a wall hanging that's decorated with Transatlantique and Curtain Call. Super fun!

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This next piece is another beautiful wall hanging that's decorated in Times Nouveau. It's simple but stunning. The beautiful buttons, spool of thread, pins, and fabric help give this piece amazing depth. It's a real celebration of style!

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This beautiful piece is decorated in Fashionista, Metal Flower Staples, and Metal Button Staples. Old picture frames, canvases, or even small scraps of wood can make amazing bases for altered art. Gloria did a fantastic job at making this piece overflow with gorgeous color and stunning embellishments.

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This is a small but gorgeous work of altered art using Times Nouveau, Chipboard Button Staples, Metal Flower Staples, Metal Button Staples, Trim Staples, and Metal Tag Staples. This piece is so lovely and has such stunning textures.

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Many thanks to the amazing Gloria Stengel for her superb work today. We will be announcing this week's blog winner tomorrow so I hope you'll join us. Thank you all for visiting us today at the Graphic 45 blog. We hope you have a wonderful day!

Happy Papercrafting,

Team Graphic 45

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All Dressed Up: Accessories by Laura Denison

Hello Clever Crafters!

We hope you are having a wonderful week so far. Thanks for joining us! We have some fantastic craft inspiration for you today! The brilliant Laura Denison has created some gorgeous accessories out of Graphic 45 product. Yes, you read it right, accessories! It's a little-known fact that Graphic 45 products can be used to make a variety of beautiful fashion accessories! If your mind can dream it, it can be created. We are super excited to have Laura's superb talents today. She's created a stunning necklace as well as a cell phone case with our papers and Staples collection! So get ready to be dazzled! First up is this spectacular necklace! Perfect for spring and pretty as can be!

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"These flowers were so much fun to make! First, run the Graphic 45 Staples Metal Flowers through a an embossing machine. The metal is just soft enough to take a great impression!! Add color to the metal flowers and the Graphic 45 Metal Button Staples with Ranger Perfect Pearls. Color the Graphic 45 Flower Staples flowers with Distress Stain. Next, shape both the metal and card stock flower petals to give them some dimension. Layer metal flowers and card stock flowers and add the Graphic 45 Metal Button Staples to create the flowers. Punch holes in the petals with a metal punch, drill or awl to add connecting chain. These flowers would also be great for mini alums and layouts." -Laura Denison

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Supplies:  
Metal Flowers:  G45 Staples
Flower Staples:  G45 Staples
Metal Buttons: G45 Staples
Chain:  Blue Moon Beads
Other:  Distress Stain in Red Brick and Wild Honey, Perfect Pearls in Green Patina and Blue Patina,Sizzix
Tim Holtz Alternations Texture Fade Swirls

Here we have a wonderfully fun cell phone case designed by Laura. This is such a lovely idea and it looks amazing! I love how both of these items would make perfect gifts for someone you love. Although I'm very tempted to make them for myself! Either way, they're super gorgeous and a blast to create!

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"I wanted a cell phone case like no one else has.... so I made my own! Find a clear case that fits your model of phone. Make a template of the back of you phone and start your collage. Remember not to get to thick...your phone needs to still fit in there! I added a Graphic 45 Metal Flower Staples colored with Ranger Alcohol and covered in and Ranger Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel to the outside. Make one to fit your every mood!" -Laura Denison

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Supplies:

Paper:  G45 Steampunk Debutante
Metal Flower:  G45 staples
Other:  Ranger Alcohol Ink in Rust, Ranger UTEE
Clear Phone Cover:  XtremeMac

Huge thanks to Laura Denison for her awe-inspiring work today. And thanks to all of you for joining us. We hope to see you again tomorrow when we bring you more fabulous ideas that will brighten your day. Happy Wednesday!

Smiles and Paper Hearts,

Team Graphic 45

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Happy Mother's Day From Graphic 45

Hello Crafters,

We wanted to take this opportunity to wish you moms out there a happy Mother's Day! Being a family company, this day has a very special meaning for us. So we thought we'd share with you some amazing crafts today that are inspired by mothers. We have a fantastic altered envelope by Gloria Stengel and a stunning layout by Jane Tregenza. 

Okay, lets get to the crafts! Here we have a beautiful altered envelope by Gloria Stengel. This special Mother's Day altered envelope is perfect for gift cards! It's beautifully decorated and has multiple uses! Yet again, Gloria combines her talents to create something fantastic!

"I love to make fancy tags, gift card holders, and altered envelopes. This project combines all three projects in one! I altered an envelope from one of the Black Policy Envelope Staples albums. This project can become a tag on a Mother’s Day gift, or tickets can be slipped inside. Or perhaps a spa gift certificate or even some coupons for yard work and housecleaning could be tucked into this fancy envelope." -Gloria Stengel

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Supplies:

Envelope: Graphic45 Black Policy Envelope Staples
Graphic45 paper: Le Cirque (Bohemian Floral, Wizards of Wonder, Greatest Show on Earth, Tags)
Brads: Graphic45 Metal Buttons
Tag: Graphic45 packing material
Bling: Recollections, Prima
Feathers: Craft store
Dies: Spellbinders Carnation Creations, Ribbon Tag Trio Three
Ribbon: May Arts
Adhesive: Cosmo Cricket Glubers, Scotch 3M tape, Glue Dots
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Rusty Hinge, Colorbox Chalk Charcoal, Colorbox Pigment Dragonfly Black
Stamps: StampingScrapping Label Accents

This is a terrific Steampunk Debutant layout by Jane Tregenza. This is a photo of Diane, the founder and designer for Graphic 45. This is a beautiful homage to a very creative lady.

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We wish you all a very happy Mother's Day. Whether you're out and about, or spending a relaxing day at home, we hope your day is blissful. Thank you so much for joining us today. We hope you'll join us tomorrow for more beautiful craft ideas and a brand new blog contest!

Happy Day!

Team Graphic 45 

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Divine Details: Le Cirque Layout Tutorial By Hilde Janbroers

Hello Crafters,

It's a glorious day! We're so happy that you've decided to stop by and see us. You're in for a treat today! We've got a wonderful tutorial from Hilde Janbroers. Our 2011 Design Team is a little bit bigger than last year's team, which means we're going to be featuring more tutorials on the blog. We'd been getting a lot of requests from our readers who wanted to see more tutorials. Ask and you shall receive! Today's tutorial features a stunning layout that Hilde created with our Le Cirque collection. It's amazingly beautiful and is loaded with lots of fun 3-D elements. We hope you enjoy it! Okay, now Hilde is going to take over and tell us all about her creative process. Take it away, Hilde!

"I often receive comments from people that say they love my work because 'there's so much to see'. Also they love the attention to detail on my work. So here's a layout for you with some tips to have your own 'so-much-to-see-layout'...:-)"

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Supplies:
Papers: Graphic 45 Le Cirque
Graphic 45 Staples: Alphabet Stickers and Flowers
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Prima Marketing flowers and leaves
white pen
3d foam
Fiskars border punch
Viva Decor transparent gloss gel
embroidery thread
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"One thing I love to do is sewing. Not with a machine (since I just don't know how that works..lol), but by hand. I have done 2 simple borders on this layout but you can also create swirls and other things just by embroidering. It's easy and cheap! It takes some time, but the result is just amazing!"

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"To create dimension simply use 3 dimensional foam. Cut out some images out of the paper ( Graphic 45 has these amazing papers where you can cut out lots of images ) and adhere them using 3d foam. The images will pop up from your layout. Also using these images is a great way to have your self created embellishments."

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"Punch some borders out of the papers. I love border punches! It gives that great extra detail to add a punched border. It can give that extra color you just needed for a layout. You can also layer more borders on top of each other. That also gives a great look! Ink the edges of the papers. This will give your layout a bit distressed look. It also makes your layout looks less flat. With a file you can distress the papers and make them look "old". Tear some pieces if you like...."

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"With a white pen you can accent some pieces of your layout as well. They will pop up more than without the white pen. You can also use some transparent gloss gel to highlight some diecuts. Just try it!"
Many thanks to Hilde Janbroers for her gorgeous work today. We hope she helped give you all some great ideas. We've got more beautiful crafts in store for you tomorrow so we hope you'll stop by and see us. Have a wonderful day, crafters!
Happy Papercrafting!
-Team Graphic 45

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Happy National Scrapbook Day From Graphic 45

Hello You Talented Crafters!

A very happy National Scrapbook Day to you all! Today is very exciting for obvious reasons. Today all across the country people are gathering to create beautiful crafts! It's like the Thanksgiving of the scrapbooking world! We are very proud to have such a fantastic community of crafters all over the world and today we're giving away a Graphic 45 prize pack to 6 lucky fans in addition to announcing this week's blog prize winners! Wow, that's a lot of prizes! Lets get to it!

Today's blog prize winners, chosen at random from our blog and Facebook page, are...

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We have also chosen 6 random winners from our Ning Gallery, Facebook, and the Graphic 45 gallery. This is just our way of saying thanks for supporting us and happy National Scrapbook Day! Each of these winners we receive a beautiful Graphic 45 8x8 Paper Pad as well as some gorgeous chipboard from Imaginarium Designs. We adore our fans! And the winners are...

Winners from our Ning Gallery: 
-Juliana Montoya
-Martcia Gonzalez

Winners from our Facebook Page:
-Joyce Ann Ireland
-Nancy Nelson

Winners from our Blog
-Kelly Massman
-Sheila Bligh

Congratulations to everyone! Winners, please email us at info@g45papers.com with your contact information so that we can send you your prize!

While researching the origins of National Scrapbook Day, I was on a mission to find early examples of this relatively new art form. Ever since the invention of affordable paper, people have been coming up with clever ways to chronicle their daily lives. But scrapbooking as we know it today didn't really take off in popularity until the mid to late 20th century. But even the great American explorers Lewis and Clark kept a kind of travel scrapbook to document their amazing journey from coast to coast. The process by which we keep our memories alive is inherent in the art of scrapbooking, and it is an art that has been refined over the generations. It enriches our lives as we create these beautiful works, as well as enriches the lives of those around us when we share these moments with those we love.

Below you will see some spectacular examples of early scrapbooking. All of these images and many more can be found on an amazing website called The Daily Scrapbook by Jessica Helfand. Jessica is the author of a fantastic book called Scrapbooks: An American History that is well worth checking out. But I wanted to share these antique treasures with all of you so that we can celebrate the early beginnings of this spectacular art form!

The Rebekah Assembly
Place Unknown
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"Dating from 1851, the Rebekah Assembly is the women’s auxiliary to the fraternal lodge, (the) Independent Order of Odd Fellows. While none of the jewelry here appears to have been emblematic (the Rebekahs recognize specific symbolic imagery in their regalia, including the dove for peace, the white lily for purity and the beehive to represent coordinated effort) this assemblage of beads, hatpins and a daguerreotype is respectfully framed with black beads and an onyx cameo." -Jessica Helfand

Barbra Levine
Unknown Place
1928

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"This scrapbook was kept during a Roaring Twenties road trip, and the dynamic cutouts and spirited composition reflect what was clearly a jolly time. As if to further dispel any association with seriousness, the scrapbook maker added incongruous pets attached to silhouettes of her friends via hand-rendered leashes." -Jessica Helfand

Hilda Goller
Amherst, MA
1923

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"Goller was a student at “Mass Aggie”—Massachusetts Agricultural College in Amherst, which became Massachusetts State College in 1931 and UMass Amherst in 1947. Her book includes photos, dance cards, theater playbills, grade reports, sports ticket stubs, souvenirs, dried flowers, delta phi gamma memorabilia, freshman rules, commencement papers, a typewritten play, real hair samples, and a swatch of fabric from a “tight-shirt parade.” Curious readers may note that the dried fern, taken from Blythewood Farms in Pittsfield (“after the Williamstown game”) is fastened to the page with strips of fabric: adhesive tape would not be invented for another few years." -Jessica Helfand

Dorothy Abraham II
Pittsburgh, PA
1927

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"Dorothy Abraham kept valentines, paper napkins and the plastic cellophane from a sweetheart’s box of chocolates. She saved ticket stubs from football games, school concerts and “Stunt Day” at her school. She collected autographs, telegrams, invitations and calling cards, and pasted in the portraits of each of her classmates and teachers. Included here too are the results from her driving test, a piece of school chalk and a sample of her expert shorthand. But what is most compelling are the many pages of letters, each of them folded neatly, one next to the other, with the addressee side faced down. The envelopes, like paper cocoons, are gently positioned alongside other saved matter, making the page look like an unusual experiment in origami." -Jessica Helfand

We hope you have enjoyed this very special edition of the Graphic 45 blog. We wish you all a Happy National Scrapbook Day! Hopefully you'll have some time this weekend to create something special. Have a wonderful weekend! Join us on Sunday for a special Mother's Day blog post that you're sure to love!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45

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Layout Joy: A Fabulous Tutorial by Tara Orr

Hello Crafters!

A very happy Monday to you all! Today is going to be awesome! We've got a new blog contest to announce, as well as a spectacular layout tutorial by the fabulous Tara Orr! It's all so very exciting! This week we're asking you to leave us a comment here on the blog telling us about your latest and most favorite craft discovery. Sometime you can walk into a craft shop and discover something completely amazing that inspires you the moment you see it. Other times you can stumble upon a new crafting technique that revolutionizes the way you create. Tell us something that you recently stumbled upon that got your creative gears spinning. You can leave your comment any day of the week here on our blog. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on Friday, May 13! You could win this wonderful pack of goodies: a Graphic 45 Le Cirque 12x12 Paper Pad, Trim Staples, and 3 beautiful chipboards by Imaginarium Designs. Wow! Share your inspiration and you could win!

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Okay, now lets get to the crafting! Today we are thrilled to have Tara Orr take us step-by-step through her amazing layout-making process. Tara's layouts are amazing! Every time I see a new LO by Tara it's like opening a present on Christmas morning. So please join me and welcoming the wonderful Tara Orr and her stunning "Joy" layout and tutorial! Take it away, Tara!

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Graphic 45 Supplies:
Staples: Envelope Tags
Staples: Flowers
Staples: Buttons
Staples: Stickers

Other Supplies:
Stampin' Up! Build a Brad
Stampin' Up! Mini Circle Punch
Glossy Accents, Distress Ink and Blending Tool by Ranger
Edge Scraper by Making Memories
Permanent Tape Runner by Tombo
Tacky Glue by Aleene
Vintage Newsprint
Twine
Precision Scissors
Paper Trimmer

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My supplies are organized and I am ready to begin my layout.  I often save different shaped die cut pages for future projects.  For example, I've saved this beautiful die cut page from Little Yellow Bicycle and have used numerous times to created my own shaped layouts.

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Flip your desired page over and trace your die cut onto your page.

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Once traced, proceed to cut the entire shape out.

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Your background page should now look something like this.

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Position your next page so that there is approx 1 inch of your die cut page showing all around.  Mark where you will be cutting with a pen/pencil.

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After trimming with your paper trimmer, your layout should look something like this.  Continue to layer your papers, using step 6 above, so that there is a favourable amount showing under each subsequent layer.

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Your layout should now look something like this.  Keep in mind that once you add your photos and other desired elements, you may choose to add or eliminate layers of papers.

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Using the leftover strips of paper from the pages you've trimmed to fit your layout, add additional horizontal layers to the bottom half of your project.

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My favourite part: distressing! Using your edge scraper, distress all edges of all pages.  The rougher you are, the more distressed your pages will appear. Don't worry if you rip a page, it simply adds to the overall appeal.

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More layers!! I found this vintage children's book at a local thrift store and have used on several of my layouts to add character. They are perfect for layering under photos and pages of patterned papers.  See what treasures you can find!

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If you would like to further distress your project, you can do so by inking all around the edges of your pages with distress ink and an ink blending tool as I have done on my layout.

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You are now ready to start adhering your project together.  I've used a permanent Tape Runner by Tombo for my photo and papers.  I prefer to use tacky glue for more dimensional elements such as flowers and butterflies.

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The embellishments I've chosen for this project include Graphic 45's Staple flowers, buttons, envelope tags and other fussy cut paper elements.  I've chosen to ink a few of my flowers for added contrast. 

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I've also fussy cut some coordinating butterflies from the Botanicabella Collection as well as used some of the reverse side of this paper for the centre of my vertical strip on my layout.

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Add and arrange embellishments as desired. You can further compliment your page by adding finishing touches such as glossy accents, twine and lace.

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We want to thank the amazing Tara Orr for her fabulous layout and tutorial. We hope she got you excited to create something wonderful. Don't forget to leave us blog comments this week for your chance to win this week's prize! And as always, we love to see what you're creating with our products. Be sure to post your work on our Facebook, Ning Gallery, or our website gallery! Share the craft love!

Smiles and Paper Flowers,

Team Graphic 45

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Celebrating the Circus: Le Cirque Crafts by Gloria Stengel and Tara Orr

Hello Fabulous Crafters!

Happy Cinco de Mayo! It's another marvelous day here at the Graphic 45 blog! Thank you for joining us for a heaping dose of craft inspiration! We've got a bunch of awe-inspiring crafts to share with you today from two very talented members of our Design Team: Gloria Stengel, and Tara Orr. Today we're showcasing one of our newest and most whimsical paper collections, Le Cirque! If this is your first time seeing Le Cirque then you're in for a treat! Today's crafts are out of this world! If you're already well versed in Le Cirque, you're sure to be inspired by Gloria and Tara's fabulous creations. So grab a cup of tea, sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

First up are these wonderful Le Cirque card creations by Gloria Stengel. Gloria's cards are the stuff of legends. She is the card-making maestro! Just look at these wonderful Le Cirque cards! Perfect for every occasion and simply stunning. These cards truly are a celebration of creativity!

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You really can't go wrong with a beautiful paper rosette. They are a sure-fire way to make any craft creation look extraordinary!

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Celebrate Card Supplies:

Graphic45 paper: Le Cirque (Le Cirque, Dazzle and Delight, Circus Parade)
Cardstock: American Crafts, Stampin' Up
Stamps: Hero Arts
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellishments: Buttons Galore button, Want 2 Scrap pearl
Tools: Tim Holtz Mini Rosette die, Papertrey Ink banner die

Here we have another fantastic Le Cirque card by Gloria. I love the gorgeous layers in this card! It is simple and yet elegant and fun! The perfect birthday card for someone you love.

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Circus Wish Card Supplies:

Cardstock: Bazzill
Designer paper: Graphic45 Le Cirque (Bohemian Floral, Circus Parade, Under the Big Top, Greatest Show on Earth)
Ink: Ranger Distress (Vintage Photo, Rusty Hinge), Memento (Tuxedo Black)
Stamps: Papertrey Ink
Ribbon: unknown
Tools: Spellbinders dies, Close to My Heart edge tool
Adhesive: Scotch 3M

Here we have an amazing altered stagecoach by Tara Orr that also features Le Cirque. Just look at this little wonder! It's so beautiful and super fun! It just goes to show you how terrific Le Cirque looks on altered art. It's a real winner! Tara did such an amazing job with this piece!

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Graphic 45 Supplies:
Le Cirque:
 
Other Supplies:
Acrylic Paint in santa red, brick red, mustard yellow, black by Craftsmart
Hemp Cord by Hemptique
Wooden Stagecoach from Michaels Stores, Inc.
Distress Ink in Vintage Photo by Tim Holtz
My Very Own Circus Procession by Tara Orr

This is one of Tara Orr's famous layouts! She has such a terrific talent for creating amazing LOs. This vibrant piece combines Le Cirque with a little bit of Steampunk Debutant and Metal Tag Staples. It's adorable and lavishly textured. A true work of art!

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G45 Supplies:
Staples: Metal Tags
Le Cirque Collection:
 
Other Supplies:
Glossy Accents by Ranger
Adhesive Dots by ZVA Creative
Edge Scraper by Making Memories
Distress Ink in Vintage Photo by Tim Holtz

We hope you enjoyed today's crafts. Thank you so much for joining us today. Big thanks to the amazing Gloria Stengel and Tara Orr for their wonderful creations. We hope they helped inspire your day. Join us tomorrow as we announce this week's blog prize winners. There's still time to enter this week's contest by leaving us comments on our blog and new Facebook page! We also have a special treat in store for you in honor of National Scrapbook Day. Stay tuned!

Happy Days,

Team Graphic 45

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Vintage At Heart: A Fond Farewell to Candy Rosenberg

Hello Crafters,

Welcome to our happy blog! Thanks for stopping by and seeing us! Today is bittersweet as we say goodbye to a very special member of our 2010 Design Team, the magnificent Candy Rosenberg. Candy has been an integral member of our creative team and her contributions have been invaluable. Not only is she a tremendously talented crafter, going above and beyond in all of her creative contributions to Graphic 45, but she's become a dear friend to all of us. We are so lucky to have had Candy on our Design Team and we want to thank her for her fantastic work throughout the years. It has been an absolute joy to work with her, to see her creations, and to share the voyage of watching Graphic 45 grow with her help. We are so grateful for everything she's done and we will miss her very much. But we're confident that she'll continue to be driving force in the craft world with her wonderful heart and boundless creativity. So here's to Candy! Cheers!

"I am a graphic designer by day, a scrapbooker and altered artist by night and weekends. I have three awesome children, one of which is in the Navy, a 15 year old shutterbug and a tomboy as my youngest. My husband of 16 years is my pillar and often rolls his eyes when he hears the word "scrapbooking" but he supports me nonetheless. Graphic45 paper had inspired me at a time that I was getting bored with this craft, I could not find anything that I could use to truly show my style at heart and then my LSS called me to tell me about this "new" company and their paper...well lets just say the rest is history." -Candy Rosenberg

The first time Aimee and Diane met Candy was at CHA, she brought a dress form to display in the booth.  After seeing this adorable creation, you will understand why Candy soon became a part of the family.

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Here we have Candy's first Graphic 45 project, a beautiful Botanicabella dress form. This amazing creation was a huge hit at CHA. It's so pretty and wonderfully fun!

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This is a terrific photo of Candy and her husband John dressed in Steampunk attire at CHA! You can tell that Candy is a total artist through and through!

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This is an amazing Halowe-en in Wonderland book set made by Candy. They are both so gorgeous and whimsical, with lots of amazing 3-D elements. True craft treasures!

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This "Our Family" Transatlantique layout was a gift that Candy gave to Diane, the CEO of Graphic 45.  In the photo is Diane, her six children, and her two daughter in-laws .  This LO has a permanent place on Diane's kitchen wall.

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Here we have a marvelous Communique photo box that Candy made. I love the collage-look of this photo box. It has lots of wonderful antique textures. It's the perfect place to house your treasured photos.

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Printers trays are so amazing, and Candy knows just how to make them come to life! This beautiful Steampunk Debutant printer's tray is filled with all kinds of magic: flowers, birds, textured fabrics, and metal gears help make this piece truly glorious.Yet another example of Candy's passion for altered objects.

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This layout is just priceless! "Vintage Me" is such a great statement for someone as classic as Candy. Made using our Comminique collection, this LO is bright, happy, and lavishly retro. It's a beautiful statement from a beautiful lady!

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Candy has a real talent for creating paper clothes. It's a common motif in a lot of her work. Here is an amazing piece of altered art using Steampunk Debutant. This is a great example of Candy's knack for taking something ordinary and making it extraordinary!

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Our deepest thanks to the fabulous Candy Rosenberg for all of her amazing work throughout the years. She really has become like a member of the family and we are honored to have had her on our team. We highly recommend that you check out her craft blog Living the Altered Life. It is loaded with inspirational art, words, and tutorials for you to enjoy. Thank you Candy! We love you!

Thank you all for joining us today. We look forward to seeing you here tomorrow for more amazing crafts and inspiration.

Paper Hearts,

Team Graphic 45

 

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Decorated With Love: A Fond Farewell to Christie Bryant

Hello Glorious Crafters,

A very happy Tuesday to all of you! We hope you are having a lovely day. We've got a bunch of beautiful crafts to share with you today from the wonderful Christie Bryant of our 2010 Design Team. Christie has been a member of our Design Team for two years and we will miss her amazing talent in 2011. We want to thank her for all of her gorgeous contributions as a member of our team. We wanted to give her a very fond farewell today and share with you some of her creations. A few of these projects are brand new, and some have been featured in the past. We wanted to share with you a good mix of Christie's amazing talent. We know she'll continue to make wonderful crafts and we are very grateful for all the fine work she's done for us over the past two years. It's been a sincere joy to have her on our team.

Here is a perfect example of Christie's amazing talent. This beautiful Once Upon a Springtime paper flower bouquet combines her knack for color, and texture, with a fun, delicate style.

"This little treasure was created to go inside one of my apothecary jars. I intend to make several more in different varieties. This green and black accent, started with a small foam ball. I made several paper flowers using Tiny Treasures and Enchanted Forest  from the Once Upon a Springtime line. I used a glue gun to attach the paper flowers to the foam ball and also to add the crystal beads to the center of each flower. I finished this little accent off by using pins to attach black tulle. Another simple project. But if you attempt to make one for yourself, I must warn you: it did take quite a while to make all the paper flowers, hence the "intend to make several more"." -Christie Bryant

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Below is a great example of Christie's knack for creating amazing banners. This wonderful Once Upon a Springtime and Curtain Call banner has such an uplifting sentiment and elegance. It's the perfect banner for your creative work space!

"This mini "Love to Create" banner is smaller than it appears.  Each section is only 2 1/2 inches high, and 2 inches wide.  My craft room color accents are green and black so I wanted create a simple little Graphic 45 Banner that matched my color scheme. I pulled the green from the Tiny Treasures in the Once Upon a Springtime line and the black is, Leading Ladies from the Curtain Call Line. I simply used my sewing machine to attach the banner to ribbon, added a little trim and the embellishments. Easy-peasy." -Christie Bryant

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"I had so much fun creating these little green and black accents for my craft room. Every time I look at them I will think of how much I have enjoyed being part of the amazing Graphic 45 design team and how much I appreciate the opportunity to work for such lovely family company" -Christie Bryant

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"Sweet Little Abby"

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Supply List:

Graphic 45, Times Nouveau
Graphic 45, Metal Staples
American Crafts Cardstock, red embossed
American Crafts Thickers
Black ribbon, green lace, black thread

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"Memories"

Supply List:
Graphic 45 Le Romantique
Graphic 45 Metal Staples
American Crafts Cardstock, black
Green thread, pearl brads, ribbon

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"Aunt Dixie's Garden"

Supply List:
Graphic 45 Domestic Goddess
American Crafts Cardstock, Craft
black thread, lace, twine, doily

We have loved having Christie on our team! It was such a joy to see her latest Graphic 45 creations. Here are some of our favorite crafts that she's created over the years. Have a look at this beautiful Le Romantique card! It's the perfect statement of love with its soothing colors and soft textures. So pretty!

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Domestic Goddess is the perfect collection for creating recipe books. Here is a wonderful mini recipe book that Christie created. It's so pretty with its festive ribbons, flowers, and vibrant colors. Yum!

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Feast your eyes on this amazing Steampunk Debutant layout! There are so many pretty details to behold in this stunning LO! The central photo and caption are simply priceless! Plus it's loaded with lots of three-dimensional elements such as our Flower Staples and Chipboard Button Staples. The entire piece radiates with joy!

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I totally love this colorful banner that Christie made with our Transatlantique collection. It's another amazing example of her talent for creating beautiful banners. This looks magnificent hanging over the fireplace!


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Here is another gorgeous layout by Christie. This Le Romantique LO is so fantastically elegant. Christie has such a talent for creating amazing balance and movement in her work. With its pretty flowers, lavish textures, and soft colors, this LO is such an inspiring work of art.

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Here we have a wonderful little mini album featuring our Fashionista collection. I love the soft colors that contrast against deep red ribbons and flowers. This mini is simply stunning!

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This is a wonderful Times Nouveau card by Christie. I love sweet cards like this that can be used for any occasion. This card is simple and pretty. It's an amazing gift!

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This fantastic Steampunk Debutant layout was a huge hit when it premiered on our blog a few months ago. Such a fun and clever idea! It's also really beautiful with its amazing chipboard, clock gear metal embellishments, and terrific central photographs. This LO is just perfect! A true craft triumph!

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This is a fantastic Le Cirque tag that Christie created this summer. It is so gorgeous! I love that vibrant red ribbon at the top! All of the elements in this tag really come together to create something fun and spectacular.

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We want to thank the amazing Christie Bryant each and every one of her contributions as part of our Design Team. We wish her the very best in her creative endevours. It has been a true joy to have her on our team and we will deeply miss her wonderful and inspiring style. Thank you Chrsitie! You rock!

Crafters, be sure to check out Christie's amazing blog Pretty Paper Blog for more craft inspiration. It's filled with tons of marvelous ideas that we're sure you'll love!

Join us tomorrow for more amazing crafts and good cheer. Don't forget to leave us comments on our blog and new Facebook page for your chance to win this week's blog prize!

Happy Papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45

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