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Member Since April 2008, 81 forum posts, 12 public projects

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Happy National Card Making Day From Graphic 45

Hello Crafters,

In honor of the 6th anniversary of World Card Making Day we're having a special Saturday blog post that we think you'll really enjoy. We recently attended Scrapfest 2011 where we taught some great classes featuring Le Cirque and Magic of Oz. We thought we'd get into the card-making spirit by sharing these project sheets from the classes we taught. Each project sheet includes a beautiful card and layout and instructions on how to make it. It was a lot of fun to teach and we think you'll really enjoy these fun creations too! Just click on the download link underneath the project images and the instructions will download to your computer. You can print them out and have fun creating! Yay!

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Lecirque card

Download Le Cirque Layout and Card class-1

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Ruby Slippers card

Download The Magic of Oz Layout and Card class-1

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Download Magic of Oz make and Take-1

Also in Graphic 45 news, Diane, Aimee and Charee are headed to Europe today where we will be teaching at the Fairytale Event in the Netherlands. It's going to be an enchanting time and we're super excited! We can't wait! We hope you all have a great rest of the weekend! Thank you all for stopping by today!

Happy Papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45

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Trick or Treat Blog Hop & Halloween Rejuvenation Challenge Winners!

Hello Magical Crafters,

Happy Friday! Thank you for joining us for this exciting day as we announce this week's blog prize winners, the winners for our Halloween Rejuvenation Challenge, and our final day of our trick-or-treat design team blog hop featuring Melanie Forbes and Gloria Stengel! It's going to be a fabulous and inspiring day! Fall is such a fun time of year. Pumpkins start showing up at the store and at farm stands! There's an ever-present creative energy in the air as folks gear up for Halloween. Plus there's all sorts of delicious goodies to bake and consume. Yes, Autumn is an awesome season! With this festive spirit in mind we came up with our Halloween Rejuvenation Challenge to help jump-start your holiday crafting. We want to thank everyone who submitted a project for the challenge and thank you to our voters on Facebook. Our two winners are Dee Dee Catron and KimberlyRae Forde. Here are the altered art projects they submitted for our challenge. They're super beautiful! Congratulations Dee Dee and KimberlyRae. Please email us at info@g45papers.com with your shipping information so we can mail you your prize! Hooray!  This first project is Dee Dee Catron's Magic of Oz creation. Wow! So lovely and festive! Here is what Dee Dee had to say about it.

"It started out as a white and green colored gardening fence complete with pots and shovel. I used The Magic Of Oz collection to spruce it up a bit.. I also used moss, pumpkins, wire, black acrylic paint, diamond glaze, hot glue, glitter glue, and cardboard to strengthen the characters. " Dee Dee Catron

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Here we have a gorgeous Fall centerpiece by KimberlyRae Forde. Here is what she had to say about this wonderfully detailed work of art!

"Old Painters Can [rescued from the dump trailer my husband cleaned out and discarded from the garage..it's at least 15yrs old]! Rejuvenated into a Painters Can Fall Centerpiece. I used several papers from collections that I have-Times Nouveau, Playtimes Past and The Magic of Oz." -KimberlyRae Forde

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We also have two winners to announce from this week's blog hop! We had a lot of fun and so did our design team members! Big thanks to everyone who participated and left comments on our design team member's blogs. We hope you had fun too! Our randomly chosen winners are...

1. Pandora who left a comment on Yuka Hino's blog.
2. Regina aka Mrs. Ham who left a comment on Robin Shakoor's blog.

Congratulations! Will Pandora and Regina please email us at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize!

We still have two fantastic design team member blogs to share with you today. Check out this wonderful sneak peek of Melanie Forbes' Magic of Oz trick-or treat bag. You have got to see this in its entirety! It is so amazing! Just click on the sneak peek image and you'll be swept away to Melanie's amazing blog! You'll be glad you did!

Melanie Forbes: http://melanie-forbes.blogspot.com/
Gloria Stengel: http://gloriascraps.blogspot.com/

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And check out this super alluring trick-or-treat bag sneak peek by Gloria Stengel. Click on the image to see the full trick-or-treat bag on her blog. Gloria's blog is amazing and so is her gorgeous work. You'll fall in love with her fantastic ideas. Check it out!

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Well that's all for today, Crafters. Huge thanks to Melanie Forbes and Gloria Stengel as well as all of the amazing crafters who submitted projects for the Halloween Rejuvenation Challenge. We will be right back here on Monday with some majorly inspiring crafts from our design team and a new blog contest. We hope you all have a fun weekend!

Happy Papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45

 

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Trick or Treat Blog Hop with Graphic 45 Day 4!

Hello Crafters,

Happy Thursday and welcome! We've been having a lot of fun this week with the Trick-or-Treat Blog Hop. All week we've been featuring a sneak peek of a fabulous trick-or-treat bags from our design team members. By clicking on the sneak peek image you are transported to their blog where you'll see the full image of their gorgeous trick-or-treat bag! You'll also discover many more awe-inspiring crafts on their blogs! Today we're featuring the blogs of three very talented crafters: Hilde Janbroers, Yuka Hino and Nancy Wethington. Check out their super fun Magic of Oz trick-or-treat bags and be sure to leave a comment on their blogs for your chance to win this awesome prize! In case you're just joining us, here is the full list of this week's featured blogs. It's not too late to leave your comments on our design team member's blogs for your chance to win! Check it out!

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Monday
Lynette Carrol: http://lynettecarrolldesigns.typepad.com/
Jane Tregenza: http://janetregenza.blogspot.com/
 

Tuesday
Laura Denison: http://www.followingthepapertrail.blogspot.com/
Robin Shakoor: http://robinshakoor.blogspot.com/
Tara Orr: http://eachmoment-onlyonce.blogspot.com/

Wednesday
Sherry Cheever: http://sherrycheever.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/
Jack & Cat Curio: http://jackandcatcurio.blogspot.com/
Nicole Eccles: http://nicoleeccles.blogspot.com/

Thursday
Nancy Wethington: http://art-from-the-heart.typepad.com/
Hilde Janbroers: http://hildejanbroers.blogspot.com/
Yuka Hino: http://nsnlso.blogspot.com/

Friday
Melanie Forbes: http://melanie-forbes.blogspot.com/
Gloria Stengel: http://gloriascraps.blogspot.com/

Our first sneak peek is for this adorable Magic of Oz trick-or-treat bag created by Hilde Janbroers. Click on the image to see Hilde's wonderful craft blog. Get inspired by her fantastic ideas and don't forget to leave her a comment too!

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Next we have this sweet and spooky trick-or-treat bag by Yuka Hino. Check out Yuka's magical blog and see some super inspiring crafts while you're there! Leave a comment on her blog for your chance to win!

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Check out this alluring sneak peek of Nancy Wethington's trick-or-treat bag! There's lots to discover on Nancy's wonderful blog. Hop on over and behold all the craft bliss! Be sure to leave her a blog comment too!

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Remember, voting for the G45 Halloween Rejuvenation Challenge is going on right now on our Facebook Page! Today is the last full day to cast your vote! Let your voice be heard by clicking "Like" under your favorite altered art project! The two projects with the most votes wins! We will be right back here tomorrow with more fantastic and inspiring crafts and blogs from our design team. We will also announce the randomly chosen winners for this week's blog prizes as well as our two winners for the Halloween Rejuvenation Challenge. It's going to be a big day of winners and gorgeous crafts! Please join us! Thank you to Hilde Janbroers, Yuka Hino and Nancy Wethington for their beautiful work today. And big thanks to all of you for stopping by! Have a terrific Thursday!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Team Graphic 45

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Trick or Treat Blog Hop with Graphic 45 Day 3!

Hello Fabulous Crafters.

It's another super day here at the Graphic 45 blog and we are so happy you're joining us! Fall is officially here in the northern hemisphere and there's no better time to get started on your Halloween or Fall-inspired crafts. Today we're bringing you more spectacular inspiration with our design team blog hop! You will see three sneak peek images of some beautiful Magic of Oz trick-or-treat bags by Sherry Cheever, Nicole Eccles and Jack & Cat Curio. Just click on the sneak peek image and you'll be swept away to their magical blogs. There you will see the complete trick-or-treat bag as well as more stunning creations! Leave a comment on their blogs for your chance to win this week's blog prize! It's super fun and you're guaranteed to fall in love with their amazing blogs. So lets get to it!

Sherry Cheever: http://sherrycheever.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/
Nicole Eccles: http://nicoleeccles.blogspot.com/
Jack & Cat Curio: http://jackandcatcurio.blogspot.com/

This first wonderful trick-or-treat bag is by Sherry Cheever. Click on the image to see her brilliant blog. Leave her a comment while you're there and soak up the inspiration!

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This next beautiful sneak peek is from Nicole Eccles' trick-or-treat bag. Check out here fantastic blog where you'll discover more about Nicole's astonishing talent. Be sure to leave her a comment too!

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And here we have a super intriguing sneak peek of Jack & Cat Curio's super amazing trick-or-treat bag. Click on the image to see the rest of this wonderful project on their blog. And get ready to be dazzled by the wonderful treats that await you! Behold!

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In case you can't make it everyday this week, here is the schedule for the Trick or Treat Blog Hop.  Don't forget to leave comments for your chance to win one of two of the prize packs below!

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Monday
Lynette Carrol: http://lynettecarrolldesigns.typepad.com/
Jane Tregenza: http://janetregenza.blogspot.com/
 
Tuesday
Laura Denison: http://www.followingthepapertrail.blogspot.com/
Robin Shakoor: http://robinshakoor.blogspot.com/
Tara Orr: http://eachmoment-onlyonce.blogspot.com/

Wednesday
Sherry Cheever: http://sherrycheever.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/
Jack & Cat Curio: http://jackandcatcurio.blogspot.com/
Nicole Eccles: http://nicoleeccles.blogspot.com/

Thursday
Nancy Wethington: http://art-from-the-heart.typepad.com/
Hilde Janbroers: http://hildejanbroers.blogspot.com/
Yuka Hino: http://nsnlso.blogspot.com/

Friday
Melanie Forbes: http://melanie-forbes.blogspot.com/
Gloria Stengel: http://gloriascraps.blogspot.com/

That's all for today, Crafters.  Big thanks to Sherry Cheever, Nicole Eccles and Jack & Cat Curio for sharing their wonderful talents today. Don't forget to cast your vote for our Halloween Rejuvenation Challenge happening right now on our Facebook page! Vote for your favorite Halloween/Fall-inspired altered art project by clicking "Like" underneath your favorite project. We will announce our winners on Friday along with this week's blog prize winners! Join us tomorrow as the inspiration train keeps on rolling right here at Graphic 45! Have a funtastic Wednesday!

Happy Papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45

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Trick or Treat Blog Hop with Graphic 45!

Hello Crafters,

Happy Monday and thank you for joining us! We have a lot of fun in store for you all week long! In honor of our Halloween Rejuvenation Challenge we are going to have a fun design team blog hop all this week! Each day you'll see a sneak peek of a fantastic Graphic 45 trick-or-treat bag designed by our design team members. Just click on the link to their blog and you'll be transported to a magical world of craft bliss! See the full unveil the trick-or-treat bags on our featured design team member's blog each day and get inspired by their amazing projects! We are offering two awesome Magic of Oz gift packs as prizes this week! Want the opportunity to win? Just click on over to our featured design team member's blog each day and leave a comment. We will choose two random winners from our design team member's blog comments and announce them on Friday, September 30th! Sound like fun!? You bet it does! Check out this amazing prize! A Magic of Oz 12x12 paper pad, Chipboard Button Staples, 3 chipboards from Imaginarium Designs, and some beautiful bling by Want2Scrap! Remember, there's two chances to win this week! Wow!

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In case you can't make it every single day this week, here is the schedule for our featured design team member blogs. This shows you who will be featured on what day so you can check out all the fun! Don't forget to leave comments for your chance to win!

Monday
Lynette Carrol: http://lynettecarrolldesigns.typepad.com/
Jane Tregenza: http://janetregenza.blogspot.com/
 
Tuesday
Laura Denison: http://www.followingthepapertrail.blogspot.com/
Robin Shakoor: http://robinshakoor.blogspot.com/
Tara Orr: http://eachmoment-onlyonce.blogspot.com/

Wednesday
Sherry Cheever: http://sherrycheever.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/
Jack & Cat Curio: http://jackandcatcurio.blogspot.com/
Nicole Eccles: http://nicoleeccles.blogspot.com/

Thursday
Nancy Wethington: http://art-from-the-heart.typepad.com/
Hilde Janbroers: http://hildejanbroers.blogspot.com/
Yuka Hino: http://nsnlso.blogspot.com/

Friday
Melanie Forbes: http://melanie-forbes.blogspot.com/
Gloria Stengel: http://gloriascraps.blogspot.com/

And one more big announcement! All of our submissions for the Halloween Rejuvenation Challenge are now in and it's time to vote for your favorite! Venture on over to our Facebook - Halloween Rejevenation Challenge album and click "Like" on your favorite Halloween/Fall-inspired altered object. The two most "liked" submissions will win the grand prize of our entire Christmas Emporium collection! The winners will be announced this Friday, along with this week's blog hop contest winners! That's 4 winners to announce in one day! Amazing!

Okay, let the craft fun begin! Today's featured design team member blogs are Lynette Carroll and Jane Tregenza. Here is a sneak peek of Lynette's gorgeous trick-or-treat bag! Click on the photo or her blog link to see the full project. And don't forget to leave her and Jane a comment for your chance to win!

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Venture on over to  Jane Tregenza's blog too and see her trick-or treat bag. Discover more amazing crafts and inspiration while you're there as well! Be sure to leave a comment too! Fun!

That's all the fun for today, Crafters. Big thanks to Lynette Carroll and Jane Tregenza for their gorgeous work today. We hope you all enjoy this week's fun blog hop. And don't forget to vote for your favorite craft in our Halloween Rejuvenation Challenge!

Have a wonderful day!

Team Graphic 45

 

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Trick or Treat Blog Hop with Graphic 45 Day 2!

Hello Crafters,

Welcome to another magical day here at Graphic 45. Thank you all so much for joining us today! We're getting warmed up for Halloween with this week's Trick or Treat blog hop! Everyday this week we're going to be posting a sneak peek photo of a gorgeous trick-or-treat bag. Just click on the image to be transported to one of our design team member's magical blogs. There you will see the full image of the trick-or-treat bag as well as lots of other amazing works of craft inspiration. Just leave a comment on their blogs for your chance to win this week's blog prize! Great fun for all!

We wanted to give a quick reminder that all of our entries for the Graphic 45 Halloween Rejuvenation contest are up on our Facebook Photos page! Cast your vote for your favorite creation by clicking "like" under your favorite image. The two highest ranked projects will win our grand prize of our entire Christmas Emporium collection. There's some amazing Halloween/Fall-inspired creations so be sure to check it out. Get inspired and cast your vote!

Today we're featuring the work of three very brilliant crafters, Tara OrrRobin Shakoor and Laura Denison. Their Magic of Oz trick-or-treat bags are sure to sweep you off your feet. Click on their blog links to see the full project. And don't forget to leave them a comments!


Tara Orr: http://eachmoment-onlyonce.blogspot.com/
Robin Shakoor: http://robinshakoor.blogspot.com/
Laura Denison: http://www.followingthepapertrail.blogspot.com/

Here's Tara Orr's magical bag sneak peek! So intriguing! This gorgeous piece is a must see and so is Tara's astonishing craft blog. Click on the image and get ready to be amazed by this fun trick-or-treat bag in all it's glory! Leave Tara a comment on her blog too. Yay!

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This next beautiful sneak peek is from Robin Shakoor's Magic of Oz trick-or-treat bag. Click on the image to see her wonderful blog. You'll be so glad you did! Leave a comment and get inspired by her fabulous crafts!

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Check out this amazing sneak peek from Laura Denison's trick-or-treat bag. You know you want to see more! Click on the image to be transported to her beautiful blog. Leave her a comment and get inspired by the craft excellence that overflows on her blog!

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That's all for today, Crafters. We hope you enjoyed getting to know Tara Orr,  Robin Shakoor and Laura Denison. We want to thank them for their gorgeous work as always. We hope their wonderful talents helped inspire your day. Join us tomorrow as we continue this super fun blog hop. Have a wonderful Tuesday and we hope to see you tomorrow!

Happy Papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45

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Once Upon a Springtime Project Sheets

Hello Crafters!

While cleaning house we came across these Once Upon a Springtime project sheets.  So naturally we thought we would jump on the opportunity to share with all of our lovely friends online. 

Download Once Upon a Springtime Card & Layout

Click the link to download. 

Enjoy!  And as always, Happy Papercrafting!

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Graphic 45 & Fiskars Team Up Final Day!

Hello Crafters!

What a wonderful and epic week it's been! So many amazing projects, inspiration and Fiskars love! The fun isn't over yet! We've got some marvelous projects to share with you from Nancy Wehtington and Lynette Carroll of our design team. We also have two winners to announce for this week's big contests! Just a quick reminder that there's still time to enter a project for our Halloween Rejuvenation Challenge! The deadline to submit your Halloween or Fall-inspired altered object is September 25th! Email your submissions to charee@g45papers.com. On September 26th all of the submissions will be uploaded to our Facebook photos and you will get to vote for your favorite submission by "Like"-ing it! Voting is from September 26th to 7am on September 30th. The TWO projects with the most likes winWinners will be announced on Friday, September 30th at 8am on our Facebook and on our blog. Fun!

Okay, prize time! Our randomly chosen winners for this week's Graphic 45/Fiskars team up are...

1. Loren Rullan Crane
2. Jayne of Posh Creations

Congratulations ladies! Please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com and claim your prizes. And big thanks to everyone who left a comment this week. We had so much fun and we hope you did too!   Now lets get to it! This first amazing Graphic 45/Fiskars craft is by Nancy Wethington. There's even a sweet tutorial to go along with it! Get ready to be majorly inspired! Take it away, Nancy!

Having recently found some old family photos of my Grandma, her brothers and sister and Mom & Dad, I wanted to do something to preserve these memories and the stories behind these photos. My Grandma was born in Asturias, Spain in 1904.  She came to the U.S. with her family around 1908 and eventually settled in St. Louis.  The photos I have were taken sometime between 1910 and 1920 and were mounted as postcards.  Therefore, I didn't want to put them on any photo mats and possibly ruin the discretion of the postcard.  So pockets seemed like the answer for these photos. This is the album completed with the few photos I found. 

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I started with plain chipboard, cut so that it was staggered.

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I knew I wanted to use the Fiskars edge punches so I painted the edges of the chipboard with black acrylic.
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This photos shows the Postage Stamp Fiskars border punch used on the Graphic 45 Renaissance Faire Bona Fide paper.  The punched edge really shows up against the black background.

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Here is the Graphic 45 Renaissance Faire Enlightened paper finished with the Fiskars Leave It To Weaver border punch.

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 The finished chipboard, all covered and ready for decorating.

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I used a template I had to create envelopes with Graphic 45 papers and Fiskars Twist & Flip Corner punch.  Love this punch! You get two different sized corners with just one punch.  Just flip the top and you're ready with the next size!

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Because I didn't want to use tabs on the photo postcards, I used Fiskars Seal of Approval Squeeze Punch.  I have been using these punches for years.  The design of these is impeccable. Previous to Fiskars coming out with these punches, I would turn my punches upside down to see what and where I was punching, then try to maneuver the actual punch without moving the paper.  No more!  Fiskars has brilliantly designed these punches that are the easiest ever to use.

Dressing up envelopes is easy with Fiskars punches.  Here, I punched an edge of an envelope with Fiskars Leave It To Weaver Border punch. I punched a strip of Renaissance Faire paper with Fiskars Postage Stamp Border punch and then wove the Postage Stamp border paper through the holes of the Leave It To Weaver envelope. 

This Postage Stamp Easy Squeeze punch will get a little dressing up a bit later. Fussy cuts are easy with the Fiskars Non-Stick Scissors #5.  You can see how sharp and pointy they are.  Perfect for getting in the tiny crevices of Graphic 45's Masterpiece designs.
 
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Here is the fussy cut finished and ready to go.
 
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Wanting to add a tiny flower to one of the pages, I created a very simple design from Fiskars Seal of Approval punch. 

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Punch 5 circles using the Fiskars Seal of Approval punch

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From one circle, using Fiskars scissors, cut away one section of the circle.

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Roll up tightly and glue.  I like to hold these with a clip or hemostat until the adhesive is dry. Cut a line into 3 of the remaining circles - just about half way to the center.  Roll each circle up (as you did the first, but not quite as tight) and adhere the edges of each circle together.  Clip until dry.
 
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Going back to the first circle, using Fiskars scissors, cut off the cip of the circle. Thread stamens through from the inside of the circle.
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Here's the finished product, with all the circles glued together, leaves attached and ready for the envelope. 

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Page 1 of the Family book. I love to paint the Graphic 45 Metal Staples in any color that suits my project.  Here, they are painted with Red Barn acrylic paint and then I added a hanging tag from Graphic 45 Sticker Staples
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Pages 2 and 3

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Pages 4 and 5

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Gotta love the original photo postcards.  Rather than write in ink, I wrote names in pencil on the back. 
 
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Page 7 close-up with the punched and threaded envelope and the mini flower attached.

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Fussy cuts with Fiskars Scissors #5 were used on page 8

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Hope you enjoyed my mini-book using the amazing Graphic 45 Renaissance Faire paper.  The designs of the paper are so rich it even makes plain chipboard look wonderful!  With the addition of Fiskars fabulous tools - it creates a bit of a WOW factor without much fuss.

Supplies:

Graphic 45 Papers: Renaissance Faire Collection:  Enlightened; Bona Fide; Masterpiece;  
Graphic 45 Staples: Geometric Door Knob; Metal Tags; Kraft Envelopes; Sticker Staples
Ranger Industries: Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Adhesive:  Beacon 3-in-1
Imaginarium:  FAMILY letters
Fiskars: Non-Stick Scissors #5; Seal of Approval Squeeze Punch; Postage Stamp XLG Easy Squeeze Punch; Postage Stamp Border Punch; Leave It To Weaver Border Punch; Apron Lace Border Punch; Twist & Flip Corner Punch

Next up is this wonderful Christmas Emporium card, also created by Nancy Wethington. 'Tis the season to get inspired with Graphic 45 and Fiskars! Take a look!

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As soon as the Fall weather starts rolling in, I start thinking about the holidays . . . and that leads to Christmas cards.  Christmas Emporium is just my style with its beautifully designed vintage patterns and images. This is the cardfront designed with Christmas Emporium, a Spellbinders die and Fiskars punches.  For this card I used both the 12x12 and 8x8 Graphic 45 patterns. The background was cut from the Graphic 45 8x8 pad.  The rest of the images from the 12x12 Christmas Emporium pad. 

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Here's the card in progress.  The Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Accent die reminded me of a snowflake and would make a good backdrop for the adorable children.  They needed some color behind them so I used the Fiskars Seal of Approval Squeeze Punch with the Believe! paper to add some color contrast. Keeping the theme of the postcard and stamp from Believe!, I used the Fiskars Postage Stamp Border Punch with side B of the Believe! paper to create a border and anchor the children. Using the Fiskars Scissors #5, it is so easy to fussy-cut the images from All I Want For Christmas. All dressed up, popped up and ready to go!

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The inside of the card uses all the same Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium papers.  This time I used the 8x8 pad to get mini-images.  With the Graphic 45 Cling Christmas Emporium 3 stamp set.  By using the Colorbox G45 Decades ink, I was able to perfectly match the colors of blue used in the Christmas Emporium papers.  Love that!

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Supplies:

Graphic 45: Christmas Emporium (both 12x12 and 8x8): Under the Mistletoe; All I Want For Christmas; Believe!; Special Delivery
Graphic 45 Cling Christmas Emporium 3
Fiskars: Postage Stamp Border Punch; Postage Stamp Squeeze Punch; Seal of Approval Squeeze Punch
Colorbox: Graphic 45 Decades Bon Voyage
Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Accents (S5-042)
3D Foam Squares
Cardstock: Bazzill

Next we have this astonishing Hallowe'en in Wonderland and Magic of Oz centerpiece by Lynette Carroll. This gorgeous creation is sure to get you inspired to create something for our Halloween Rejuvenation Challenge. Here is what Lynette had to say about this super clever creation!

I am hosting a Halloween lunch this year and wanted to create a centerpiece for my table.  Rather than decorating with the traditional "spooky" theme I decided to create projects that were a little more "girly".  I knew straight away that I would decorate a witches hat for my table so the Hallowe'en in Wonderland papers would be perfect for my project.
 
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I bought two paper mache witches hats from the craft store, one to use for my project and the second one to cut apart for my template. I first painted the entire hat with black glitter paint and then I traced the hat pieces and cut them from the "Magic of Oz" paper and adhered them to the hat.  I then made the flowers and cut the other elements from the papers.  As I was assembling my hat I felt as if it needed some trim around the edges.  This is where I decided to use the Fiskars Notebook border Punch in a non traditional way.  Using my paper trimmer I cut 3 strips of "The Magic of Oz" paper and punched along the edge giving me a "lace effect".  I then adhered these strips together to fit around the brim of the hat and glued them to the underside of the hat.
 
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To finish the project I tied some sparkly black netting into a bow and glued it to the hat.  I then simply created my "scene" and glued it all down.

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Supplies:

Graphic 45 - The Magic of Oz Collection -
Graphic 45 - Hallowe'en in Wonderland Collection
Graphic 45 - Steampunk Debutante Collection - Fantasy Floral
Fiskars - Paper Trimmer
Fiskars - X-Large Easy Squeeze Punch - Postage Stamp
Fiskars - Border Punch - Notebook
Fiskars - Non Stick Scissors No. 5
Ranger Industries - Tim Holtz Old Paper Distress Ink
Ranger Industries - Glossy Accents
Sizzix - Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die
Martha Stewart Crafts - Black Glitter Paint
Misc:  Fall Leaves, Black Spider, Paper Mache Hat, Black Netting, Silver Glitter, Hot Glue Gun

That's all the fun for today, Crafters. Thank you all again for this super fun week. We had a blast. And big thanks to our pals at Fiskars too! We hope you will all join us on Monday for more wonderful ideas and another blog contest! The fun never stops at Graphic 45! Have a wonderful weekend!

Happy Papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45

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Graphic 45 & Fiskars Team Up Day 4!

Hello Crafters,

Welcome to another fun-filled day as we team up with Fiskars to bring you spectacular crafting inspiration! Thank you all so much for joining us! Our design team has whipped up the most amazing creations from our newest collection An ABC Primer.  We are so excited to share today's inspiration from Sherry Cheever and Jack & Cat Curio. There's even a fun video by Jack & Cat that is sure to make you smile! Don't forget that there's still time to leave comments for your chance to win some amazing prizes this week. Leave us a comment here on the blog and venture on over to the Graphic 45 Facebook page and Fiskars Facebook page and write "Graphic 45 + Fiskars=_____" Fill in the blank with your own words and you'll be entered to win! We announce two big winners tomorrow on our blog and Facebook page! It's so exciting! Check out this gorgeous and super sweet card created by Sherry Cheever. Sherry always knows how to create the most quaintly beautiful crafts. Get inspired by this adorable card and check out her cool photo of all the fun tools she used to create it!

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Supplies:


Graphic 45 Papers:  An ABC PrimerCalico Kids, Games and Playtime, Grammar School, Tags 1
Graphic 45 Stamps:  An ABC Primer 2 by Hampton Art
Fiskars:  Deckle Tear Edger, Postage Stamp and Notebook Border Punches
Core’dinations:  Graphic 45 Signature Series Color Core Cardstock
Scrapbook Adhesives:  3D Foam Squares, MyStik Permanent Adhesive
Ranger Industries:  Antique Linen, Aged Mahogany and Fired Brick
Distress Inks; Mister; Craft Sheet; Heat It Craft Tool Spellbinders
Paper Arts:  S4-114 Standard Circles LG and S4-116 Standard Circles SM Nestabillities®, Grand Calibur®
Other:  Copic Markers; Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust Marker; Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and Ink Sweeper; 7 Gypsies Paper Fasteners

Next we have this wonderful banner created by Jack & Cat Curio. This banner is the essence of old fashioned schoolhouse cuteness! Each tag has its own unique story to tell. And you can tell that they had a lot of fun with all the great Fiskars tools! Check out the sweet video they created too! Amazing!

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Supplies:

An ABC Primer Collection: An ABC Primer, Alphabet Soup, One Two, Buckle My Shoe, Grammar School, Calico Kids, Bedtime Stories, Building Blocks, Happy Go Lucky, Games and Playtime Core'dinations SigSeries G45 12x12 Black, An ABC Primer Chipboard Die-cuts 1 & 2, Graphic 45 Staples: Trim, Metal Flowers, Metal Buttons
Fiskars Tools: Tear Edger Deckle, Tear Edger Scallop, Border Punch Notebook, Border Punch Leave it to Weaver, Border Punch Postage Stamp, Postage Stamp Squeeze Punch, Twist & Flip Punch - Round 'n Round, The Original Orange Handled Scissors 8 in
Ranger Distress Ink Vintage Photo, Ranger Crackle Paint Picket Fence3L Scrapbook Adhesives:3D Foam Squares5 ¾ inch x 3 inch Red Shipping TagsSewing Machine
Assorted ribbon, paper doilies, clothes pins, twine

We want to thank the amazing Sherry Cheever and Jack & Cat Curio for their magical work today! And thank you to all of you for stopping by our blog. Please join us tomorrow as we announce our big winners for this week's prizes! We hope you have a terrific Thursday!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Team Graphic 45

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Graphic 45 & Fiskars Team Up Day 3!

Hello Fabulous Crafters,

Welcome to day 3 of our fun team-up with the fine folks at Fiskars! We have been having to much fun with this terrific Facebook hop and we hope you are enjoying it as much as we are! We have another amazing lineup of crafts from our design team to share with you today. Melanie Forbes, Jane Tregenza and Yuka Hino have created the most astonishing layouts that combine Graphic 45 and Fiskars! You'll even see a great tutorial by Jane Tregenza that will show you how to create a beautifully layered LO using some fun Fiskars tools and the Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime collection. So get ready to be amazed by the creative splendor that you're about to see! And don't forget to swing on by the Graphic 45 Facebook page and the Fiskars Facebook page to see more wonderful crafts. Leave a comment on both pages for your chance to win a spectacular prize this week! Just write "Graphic 45 + Fiskars=______" Fill in the blank with your own words and you'll be entered to win! We will choose two random winners from Facebook and our blog and announce them this Friday! Yay! Okay, lets get to the crafts! This first adorable LO was created by Melanie Forbes using our new collection An ABC Primer. Check out the dazzling layers and amazing colors! This LO gets first prize for fun!

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Supplies:

Graphic 45 Papers
An ABC PrimerHappy go Lucky, Grammer School, School Days, Jumping Joan, Calico Kids, Primer Chipboard diecuts 2, Cling An ABC Primer 3 stamps.
Core’dinations Signature Series – Heritage Kraft
Colourbox Graphic 45 Decades – Venetian Lace, Dark Cashmere, Photogenic, Triumphant Red

FISKARS – Border punches in Leave it to Weaver, Notebook & Postage Stamp, trimmer, scissors & tweezers
Twiddleybitz – Feather & swirl FLOR021
May Arts – 3/8” Metallic Velvet Black ribbon 377-38-10
Scrapbook Adhesives – black and white 3D foam squares
Basic Grey – Delilah White Choc Chip alpha’s
Carolee Creations Adorn it - Buckaroo alpha’s
Tattered Angels  - Glitter Glam Blue Suede Shoes
White Gesso

Next we have this gorgeous and heart-warming layout by Jane Tregenza. Just look at how beautiful this is! Jane used Once Upon a Springtime and some fun Fiskars punches to create this gorgeous work of art. She even made a tutorial so that you can make one of your very own! Thanks, Jane!

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I was wrapped to receive from Fiskars some of their punches for the blog hop. I am a big fan and love the border punches.

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They kindly send me two borders and a squeeze punch.  The squeeze punch was in the shape of a postage stamp. Perfect for me as I love stamps. I decided to do a layout on my daughter and use “once upon a Springtime”.

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First I used the ribbon threading punch, I punched a strip of paper 12 inches long and threaded some apricot satin ribbon through it. It was so easy to do.

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I got a bit carried away and ended up with two more punched border pieces. The punches work so well and are easy to line up, allowing you to create a continues line of bordered edges on your papers. I love the way using border punches allow you to add lots of detail to your layouts without bulking the page out too much

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I used Enchanted Forest for the base of my layout.  I layered all the punched strips on the page. I added more ribbons to hide any joins.

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I love the “once upon a springtime frames” . I matted one of the big frames on some cardstock and over the top of my photo. I added a heart topped chipboard fence from Imaginarium designs.

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Another frame to the right of the layout balanced it nicely. I added some Prima pearls to create a flight path for the butterflies!

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The smaller frame gave me a foundation to build all the other elements on. I added a large chipboard Butterfly with some flowers. I used a  square from “Enchanted Forest” for a journaling block.

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I used the photo squeeze punch from Fiskar for my title squares. It nearly fitted the” tiny treasures” postage squares printed on the paper perfectly. I added smaller square of pink  “Spellbound”  in the middle and some chipboard alphas to spell Anna’s name.

This is one of my favourite photo of Anna. It takes me back many years. At nine months old she could just hold her head up and roll over. My husband took this photo of her and it reminds me of how tiny she was and how clever she thought she was at the time. She has grown into a lovely woman and a much love and valued member of our family. Life would not be the same without her.

Supplies:

Graphic 45 Papers
Spellbound
Tiny Treasures
Enchanted Forest
Woodland fantasy
Once upon a springtime
Once upon a springtime Frames.
Fiskars punches, ribbon border, embossing border and squeeze punch
Colourbox inks  Olive pastel liquid chalk
Imaginarium deigns
Heart topped fence
Butterflies
Alpha’s
Flowers
Melisa Frances vintage embellishments.
Prima say it with pearls and lace

And last but certainly not least is this beautiful and whimsical layout by the brilliant Yuka Hino. She used An ABC Primer and more fun Fiskars punches to make this amazing LO! Just look at how imaginative and sweetly detailed this LO is! It's so great! And the Fiskars Notebook Border Punch is totally perfect when combined with An ABC Primer! A match made in craft heaven!

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Supplies:

Graphic 45 Papers
An ABC Primer: An ABC Primer, Grammar School, Jumping Joan, Alphabet
Soup, Games and Playtime, Calico Kids, Happy Go Lucky, School Days
Graphic 45 Chipboards: An ABC Primer Chipboard Die-cuts 1, An ABC
Primer Chipboard Die-cuts 2
Graphic 45 Cling: Cling An ABC Primer 2
Graphic 45 Staples: Chipboard Buttons
Fiskars: Notebook Border Punch, Postage Stamp Squeeze Punch, Tear
Edger - Scallop
Imaginarium Designs Chipboard: Star Train with three carriages
May Arts: String
October Afternoon: Alphabet Sticker
7gypsies: Brads
Hampton Art - Graphic45 Decades Distressing Ink: Venetian Lace,
Antique Moss, Dark Cashmere
Ranger Industries: Glossy Accents, Blending Tool, Ink
Tsukineko: Ink
Scrapbook Adhesives By 3L: MyStik™ Permanent Strips Dispenser, MyStik™
Repositionable Dots Dispenser, 3D Foam Squares - Black, Small
Acrylic Color

That's all for today, Crafters. We will be right back here tomorrow with more amazing crafts that combine Graphic 45 and Fiskars! Please join us for the fun and inspiration! Big thanks to Melanie Forbes, Jane Tregenza and Yuka Hino for their wonderful work today! And thanks to all of you for joining us on this lovely Wednesday!

Happy Papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45

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Graphic 45 & Fiskars Team Up! Day 2 of Craft Fun!

Hello Crafters,

Welcome to another fun and exciting day as we team up with the fine folks at Fiskars! We have some fantastic projects from our design team to share with you. All of today's crafts were created using Graphic 45 papers and embellishments as well as great Fiskars scissors and punches. You'll see some totally inspiring ideas from Nicole Eccles, Robin Shakoor and Tara Orr. And don't forget to mosey on over to the Graphic 45 Facebook page as well as the Fiskars Facebook page and leave a comment for your chance to win a terrific prize! All you need to do is write "Graphic 45+Fiskars=______." Fill in the blank with your own words. Sound fun? You bet it is! So let's get started! This first jaw-dropping creation was made by Nicole Eccles. Nicole is brilliant when it comes to creating unique little worlds in every one of her projects. This one is an altered box and it's filled with so many gorgeous details! Here is what she had to say about this marvelous work of art.

"I wanted the look of a stage in the front, built using layers of round chipboard ie tape rolls, small gift boxes etc. I also found after putting all the layers of paper on, the box didn’t hold shut completely, so I used the idea I saw you all use at CHA on the little trunks.  Bent a metal tag over, attached a hinge and now it looks even fancier too! The Altered boxes are SOO easy to cut, actually cut the first inside flap to have an opening, then made it a little larger to fit your frames perfect!  Loving these little boxes!!!" -Nicole Eccles

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Top Front Closeup 3

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Front Metal Tag Closure 5

Fully Open 10

Inside Flap 9

Left inside flap 15

Center Angled 14

Center Clowns 13

Right inside Flap 16

Fiskars Supplies Used

Supplies:

Graphic 45 Papers:
Fashionista: Vintage Cherries, Tres Chic
Hampton Art: Graphic 45 Le Cirque 3, Flourishes and Bloom Clear Stamps
Colorbox Graphic 45 Decades Inks: Triumphant Red, Photogenic
Fiskars: Postage Stamp Border Punch, Fiskars Non Stick 5” Scissors
Clearsnap: Siren Smooch
Imaginarium Designs: Chipboard letters, Paris, and fence
B Line Designs:  Large Elephant Cling Stamp
Lost Coast Designs: Dressed Animal Cling stamps
Ranger: Frayed Burlap Distress Ink, Rock Candy Distress Stickles, Fired Brick Distress Stickles, Platinum Stickles
May Arts: Black Lace Trim
Scrapbook Adhesives: 3D Foam Squares, My Stick repositionable Adhesive
Tombow: Color Glue Stick
Other: Metal Frame, Metal Star, Stamped Metal Lion Head, Flat and Metallic Acrylic Paints, Wood Skewers, Leftover Cardboard Tape Roll, Chipboard round gift box, Chipboard, Misc. Circus stamp found junking,
Artists Colored Pencils, toothpicks, Wooden Bead, Clipart( Cemerony.etsy.com)

Next we have this amazing Christmas Emporium card by Robin Shakoor. You wont believe how cute and clever this card is. At first glance it looks like a flat image, but from the side you can see all the amazing dimensions! This wonderful creation is full of so much holiday cheer! Here is what Robin had to say about her creative process.

"I created this fun Outer Stair Step Card using the Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium collection.  The card base is pre-scored and is made by a company called The Paper Cut.  This card design allows you to add a multitude of beautiful layers to your project. I used Fiskars Postage Stamp border punch to create a delicate scalloped border which was topped with diamond Stickles. To continue with the postage stamp theme, I punched a postage stamp shape to mat my postal stamp image cut from my patterned paper. The beautiful Santa image is my favorite from the collection and serves as my focal point." -Robin Shakoor

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Fiskars Card Detail

Supplies:

Graphic 45 Papers:
Christmas EmporiumChristmas Emporium, Joyous Noel, Special Delivery, Santa Express
Christmas Emporium Chipboard:  Die-cuts 1
Partner Products 
Fiskars:  Postage Stamp Border and Squeeze Punches
Fiskars:  Paper Trimmer
May Arts: Ribbon and Twine
Scrapbook Adhesives:  My Stik Tape Runner
Other supplies used:
Card Base:  The Paper Cut
Ranger Industries: Diamond Stickles, Black Soot Distress Ink, Glossy Accents, Foam Squares
Beacon:  Zip Dry Adhesive

Next we have these gorgeous Christmas Emporium holiday cards by Tara Orr. These cards are the essence of old fashioned Christmas joy. Tara used lots of beautiful layers and pretty ribbons to make each card unique and beautiful. Fiskars products helped make these cards so fun and festive. I don't know about you, but these cards make us want to curl up with some hot cocoa and craft until Santa arrives! Behold the Christmas wonder!


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Supplies:

Graphic 45 Papers
Fiskars Border Punch: Leave it to Weaver
Fiskars Border Punch: Postage Stamp
Fiskars X-Large Easy Squeeze Punch: Postage Stamp
Fiskars Non Stick Scissors No. 5
Fiskars 12 in Personal Paper Trimmer
Scrapbook Adhesives: My Stik Permanent Adhesive Roller, 3D Foam Squares
May Arts: Ribbon
Ranger: Glossy Accents

That's all for today, Crafters. Join us tomorrow for more glorious crafts from Graphic 45 and Fiskars. Don't forget to stop over at the Graphic 45 Facebook page Fiskars Facebook page to see more wonderful ideas. Don't forget to leave comments too! Have a beautiful Tuesday!

Happy Papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45


 

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Graphic 45 & Fiskars 45 Present a Week of Craft Fun and Prizes!

Hello Crafters!

Happy Monday! Welcome to a super fantastic week of fun as we team up with the fine folks at Fiskars all this week! We'll be sharing some marvelous crafts from the Graphic 45 and Fiskars design teams. Plus we've got two ultra deluxe Graphic 45/Fiskars prize packs to give away! Here's how it works. Leave us a blog comment for your chance to win the prize pictured below. Then venture on over to our Facebook page to enter to win an exclusive Facebook prize pack! Fiskars is also offering a big giveaway on Facebook. Just leave a comment on the Graphic 45 Facebook and Fiskars Facebook page saying "Graphic 45 + Fiskars= ______" (fill in the blank with your own words). It's just that simple! Lots of prizes and easy ways to enter for your chance to win! How cool is that?! We will announce our random winners this Friday on our blog and Facebook page! Take a look at this awesome blog prize! A Curtain Call and Le Cirque 8x8 Paper Pad, Tim Staples, Envelope Tag Staples, Fiskars Paper Crimper, Detail Burnisher, Everywhere Punch, Border Punch, Tear Edger, and a MyStick adhesive dispenser! Wow! Check out our Facebook and the Fiskars Facebook page to see the exclusive prizes offered there!

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Today's wonderful crafts combine the beauty of Graphic 45 paper with the amazing Fiskars tools. Laura Denison has created this amazing photo cube that will dazzle you! Here is what she had to say about this beautiful project!

"Photo cubes can be a fun way to display photo's. This stacking version displays not only favorite photo's, but also these fun images of the Graphic 45 An ABC Primer Collection. The Fiskars tools add special details and makes construction easier. I LOVE my Fiskars paper trimmer!!! The stacking photo cubes also nest into the largest box for easy storage." -Laura Denison

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Supplies:

Graphic 45 Papers:  
Graphic 45 Chip Board Die Cuts: ABC Primer Tags 2
Fiskars Tools:  2" Circle Punch, Stamp Edge Punch. Scissors, Paper Trimmer
Card Stock:  Coredinations
Black Chip Board:  Paper Accents

Next we have this adorable and heart-warming layout by Hilde Janbroers. This LO is so beautiful! Just look at that wonderful photo and all the lovely rosettes! An ABC Primer with Fiskars scissors is obviously a winning combo! Here is what Hilde had to say about this super sweet LO!

"First I created the simple set-up of the basic sheet, vertical sheet and the punched borders. After that I created the mat for the photo and placed the photo on the layout. When I had that finished I sprayed some Glimmer Mist in the left corner. After that the embellishing starts...;-) This is the fun part. Just stamp some butterflies on the paper, cut it out with the Fiskars scissor and fold them a bit. So it looks the want to fly of your layout. Then add the flowers, chipboards and other embellishments you want to add. This page is ready in no time!!" -Hilde Janbroers

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Supplies:

Papers: Graphic 45 An ABC Primer
Chipboards: Graphic 45 An ABC Primer Chipboard Die Cuts 1 and 2
Punches: Fiskars Border Punch Notebook, Border Punch Stamp, Squeeze Punch Extra Large Scalloped Square
Scissors: Fiskars
Chipboard word: Imaginarium Design
Flowers: Petaloo, Prima Marketing
Butterfly Stamps: Hampton Art
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist

That's all for today! Join us tomorrow as we continue with the Graphic 45/Fiskars fun! And don't forget to leave your comments on our blog, Facebook page and the Fiskars Facebook page for your chance to win this week's prize! Big thanks to Laura Denison and Hilde Janbroers for their gorgeous crafts today. Have a gorgeous Monday, Crafters! See you tomorrow!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Team Graphic 45

 

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Happy Holidays: G45 Christmas Cards & a Tutorial

Hello Beautiful Crafters,

A very happy Friday to you all! We're running the gamut on holiday themes this week! Today we've got some stunning Deluxe Edition Christmas Past and Christmas Emporium crafts by Gloria Stengel and  an inspiring tutorial by Sherry Cheever.

Before we get to the crafts we wanted to let you know that we're going to be attending Archiver's Scrapfest all weekend! Aimee, Diane, Charee and a few special guest helpers will be there! We are super excited! Be sure to stop by our booth for a gorgeous Magic of Oz make n' take! For more information check out all the details here! See you there! 

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We also wanted to announce this week's blog prize winner! We asked you to leave us a comment about what you love most about blogs. Big thanks to everyone who left their feedback this week! Our randomly chosen winner is...SuZeQ. Here is what she had to say about what inspires her on blogs:

"Wow - what's not to love about blogs. I've made some great friends, learned tons, enjoyed the tutorials, visited places I'll never be able to visit, get my inspiration and am always able to go to my happy place when I visit blogs. Thank you for asking" -SuZeQ

Thanks SuZeQ! Please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com! Congratulations!

Well lets get to the crafts! These first two stunning Christmas Past and Christmas Emporium cards were created by Gloria Stengel. Behold the beauty and cheer of the holiday season with these marvelously festive creations!

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Techniques: Use Clearsnap inks and die templates to stencil. Add pearls to the snowflake for added dimension.

Supplies:

Cardstock: Bazzill Pomegranate, Walnut Cream; Neenah Classic Natural White, Stampin' Up! Whisper WhiteDesigner paper: Graphic45 Christmas Past (Let it Snow, Deck the Halls)
Stamps: Graphic45/Hampton Art Christmas Emporium IC0127, IC0128
Ink: Copic Markers, Clearsnap Colorbox Chalk Ice Blue, Memento Tuxedo BlackEmbellishments: Ribbon unknown, Flower from Making Memories, Pin from Maya Road, Pearls from Queen and Company (Snowflake)
Tools: Bow Easy, Spellbinders Paper Arts die templates (S4-116 Standard Circles Small, S4-114 Standard Circles Large, S4-286 2010 Snowflake Pendant), Grand Calibur machine
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG, Glue Dots

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Supplies:

Cardstock: Bazzill Raven, Kraft, Walnut Cream; Neenah Classic Natural WhiteDesigner paper: Graphic45 Christmas Past Holiday Spirit
Stamps: Graphic45/Hampton Christmas Emporium IC0126, IC0127
 Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black 
Embellishments: Rhinestones from Want2Scrap, Eyelet unknown, Twine from May Arts
Tools: Spellbinders Paper Arts die templates (S4-169 Small Labels, S4-168 Large Labels), Grand Calibur machine, Edge punch from Martha Stewart
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG and foam tape

Next we have an amazing tutorial by Sherry Cheever. You'll learn how to create this gorgeous piece of holiday home decor from one of our altered art experts! Take an ordinary picture frame and turn it into a Christmas treasure! Take it away, Sherry!

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Supplies:

Graphic 45:  Christmas Emporium 
Paints/Inks:  Ranger Claudine Hellmuth Studio Charcoal Black Semi-Gloss Acrylic Paint, Peeled Paint Distress Stain, Lemonade Alcohol Ink, Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Ink 
Embellishments:  Corsage Pins;  idea-ology GrungePaper; Black Cardstock
Tools:  Spellbinders S5-055 Layered Poinsettia, Grand Calibur; Ranger Ultra-Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE), Melting Pot, Craft Sheet and Matte Accents

Tutorial:

The base of the project is a plain 2x3 wood frame that has been sanded down to remove the clear finish.

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The entire frame was then painted black.

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Score-Tape was added to the front of the frame in order to attach the Graphic 45 paper.

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The Score-Tape hangs over the sides and needed to be trimmed down with a matte knife.  Turn the frame over and using the edge of the frame as a guide, trim off the excess.

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Place the paper you are covering the front of the frame with face side down and place the frame on the back of the paper, leaving an excess over the sides.

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When the frame is flipped over it will looks like below.  

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Remove the excess paper by sanding off at the edges.

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Once all the edges have been sanded, it will look like this.

SherryCheever Covered and Sanded Frame

The sanded edges were then sponged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. 

To measure the inside panel, the glass from the frame was used as a guide.

SherryCheever Measuring Inside Panel

The inside image was sponged with Antique Linen Distress Ink, mounted on black cardstock and then mounted on the other side (matching the frame) to the above paper.

The poinsettia was die cut, shaped and assembled, with corsage pins placed in the middle.  The corsage pins were colored with Lemonade Alcohol Ink.

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The UTEE was melted in the Melting Pot.

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The poinsettia was then dipped into the UTEE, using the corsage pins to hold the poinsettia.

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The UTEE needs to be drained from the flower.  This was done by holding the poinsettia by the corsage pins over the melting pot until all the UTEE had drained back into the melting pot.

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The poinsettia was then placed in a piece of foam to dry completely and cool.

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Before embellishing the frame with the poinsettia, the pins were snipped off at the back.

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Removing the pins is helpful to make the poinsettia lay flat on the frame. 

Assemble the embellishments on the frame with a hot glue gun.

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Well, that's all the goodies for today. Thank you all for joining us and extra special thanks to Gloria Stengel and Sherry Cheever for their stunning crafts! Next week is going to be very fun and exciting so we hope you'll stop by and see us on Monday. We hope you all have a restful weekend.

Happy Papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45

 

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Autumn Wishes: G45 Creations Inspired by Fall

Hello Crafters,

Happy Thursday and welcome to our blog today! We noticed an almost instantaneous change in the weather here in Portland this week. It went from being over 95 degrees to being chilly and cloudy within a span of about 48 hours. We've also been noticing that the days are getting just a little bit shorter. Yes, Fall is definitely working its way to us. So we thought we'd start to celebrate this colorful season a little bit early by sharing some wonderful fall-inspired crafts from our design team. These gorgeous creations should help get you in some festive spirits. After all, we've got two major crafting holidays coming up: Halloween and Thanksgiving (for those of you in the states)! We're so excited and we know you will be to, especially after seeing today's charming crafts!

And speaking of Autumn crafting, don't forget about the Graphic 45 Halloween Rejuvenation Challenge that's happening right now! We want you to create a beautiful Halloween or Fall-themed altered art project from any old, random objects you might have using Graphic 45 products. The submission deadline is September 25th.  Email submissions to charee@g45papers.com.  On September 26th all of the submissions will be uploaded to our Facebook photos and you will get to vote for your favorite submission by "Like"-ing it! Voting is from September 26th to 7am on September 30th. The TWO projects with the most likes wins our entire Christmas Emporium collectionWinners will be announced on Friday, September 30th at 8am on our Facebook and on our blog.

Okay, lets get to the crafts! Check out these two stunning pieces by Lynette Carroll. There is a gorgeous card entitled "Thanks for Everything" and an awe-inspiring piece of Fall home decor! You're going to love it! Here is what Lynette had to say about this beautiful card.

"For this card, I wanted to use the beautiful Autumn tones found in several of the Graphic 45 collections to make a generic thank you card.  If you look closely enough at all the different collections, it is so easy to pull together a beautiful array of papers to suit any of the four seasons.  For this card I used papers from the following collections: Communique, Domestic Goddess, A Proper Gentleman, Steampunk Debutante and Renaissance Faire." -Lynette Carroll

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Supplies:

Metal Staples - Metal Flowers
Hampton Art - "Celebrate and Thanks Stamps"
ColorBox - Dard Cashmere Graphic 45 "Decades" Antiquing Dye Ink
Prima Marketing - Roses
Ranger Industries - Diamond Stickles
Martha Stewart Crafts - Gold Thread
Foam Mounting Tape
Helmar Industries - Liquid Scrap Dots

Here is another beautiful creation by Lynette Carroll, a wonderful piece of home decor. Here is what she had to say about the inspiration behind this magical piece.

"I love to go shopping for seasonal "home decor" items that I can change and personalize to either decorate my house or to give as small gifts to friends.  This Autumn piece was found in a local craft store.  It was perfect with it's wooden base that could be easily covered with papers and other decorative elements and the metal Autumn sign on top was perfect to "hang my gardening hat".
 
To begin the project, I covered the entire front of the wood base with papers from the ABC Primer 8 x 8 pad.  I love to use these pads on home decor projects because the patterns have been reduced on these papers and they suit decorating small projects.
 
Once I had covered the wood with the Calico Kids and Alphabet Soup papers, I added a rectangle cut from the Grammar School paper and two small rectangles cut from the Games and Playtime paper.  These pieces were added to the project with foam mounting tape for dimension.
 
To complete the project I purchased some fall flowers and pulled them apart to create my own flowers.  First I used a layer of metal staples flowers (where I slightly bent all the petals to shape them) and then a layer of ivory silk flowers and then a little green flower to finish off the center.  Each of these layers were adhered together with Liquid Scrap Dots for dimension.  I then finished off my garden arrangement with some fall leaves and berries I purchased from the craft store.  A miniature rake completed my little garden.  I then adhered a straw hat to the the of the metal "A"." -Lynette Carroll

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Supplies:
Graphic 45 - An ABC Primer Collection - 8x8 Paper Pad
Graphic 45 - Metal Staples Collection - Metal Flowers
 
Foam Mounting Tape
Ranger Industries - Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink
Misc Items:  Fall leaves, silk flowers and miniature rake and straw hat

Next we have this wonderful "Apple of my Eye" layout by Robin Shakoor. This beautiful and adorable LO captures all the joy and marvelous color of the season. Here is what Robin had to say about this sweet LO.

"I love the scarecrow images found in “The Magic of Oz” collection.  I used these playful images to adorn the photo of my friend and her youngest son at an apple orchard last fall.  I placed the scarecrow’s hand in between the two hands in the photo to make it look as if he was part of the fun!  I inked Graphic 45’s chipboard buttons to coordinate with the colors of the scarecrow’s hat as well as my background papers.  I finished by design with scalloped transparencies and decorative lettering." -Robin Shakoor 

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Supplies:

Graphic 45 Papers:  Once Upon a Springtime: Tiny Treasures; Magic of OzEmerald City, Tenderhearted Tin Man
Graphic 45 Staples: Chipboard Buttons, Trim Staples
Bazzill:  Licorice Double Dot Patterned Paper
Fancy Pants:  Lettering
Ranger:  Bisque Liquid Pearls, Foam Squares, Barn Door Distress Ink
Maya Road: Printed Transparency Pieces – Doilies - Black        
Craft Supply:  Black Embroidery Floss
Martha Stewart Crafts:  Loops Punch

Well, Crafters, that's all for today. Huge thanks to Lynette Carroll and Robin Shakoor for their brilliant crafts today! And big thanks to all of you for joining us. Check us out tomorrow when we announce this week's blog prize winner! It's going to be a really fun day!

Happy Papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45

 

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Happy Birthday to the Owner and Designer of Graphic 45, Diane Schultz!

Hello Crafters,

Welcome to this very special day at Graphic 45. Today we are so very happy to celebrate the birthday of Diane Schultz, owner and designer of Graphic 45! Diane is a wonderful and inspiring woman and it is such a joy for us to give her this little tribute on her birthday. You all know that Diane is a fantastically creative person. As the chief designer and founder of Graphic 45, her artistic vision is boundless and thoroughly inspiring. But aside from being a gifted designer, Diane is also a warm and kind-hearted person. The moment you meet Diane you are instantly struck by her grace, intelligence and her fabulous sense of style. She is an inspiration to all of us here at Graphic 45, especially her two daughter who also work for G45! So we thought that today would be the perfect opportunity for all of you to get to know Diane a little bit better. We have a fun interview with Diane, as well as some amazing design team projects that were made for Diane for her birthday! So please join us in wishing Diane the happiest of birthdays! Happy birthday, Diane! We love you!

 
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A Q&A with Diane Schultz: Owner and Designer of Graphic 45

Where do you find inspiration?  I find inspiration everywhere. My mind is always looking, in stores, magazines, and even ball games.  I am constantly looking for color and pattern trends.  I love anything vintage with character that tells an enchanting story.  I also find a lot of inspiration in the Arts and Crafts Movement, my favorite time period. 
What is your favorite Graphic 45 collection?  It is too hard to choose, it is like choosing my favorite child.  But my current favorite would have to be Le Cirque
What is your guilty pleasure?  Chocolate licorice and ratting(backcombing) my hair.
What is your favorite food?  I could live on cheese, bread and guacamole.
 What you are currently working on?  I'm excited to announce that we will be releasing an additional collection to every release.  Yes, 4 new collections instead of 3.                                                           
What is your greatest Accomplishment?  My six children are my greatest works of art.  I am also a proud grammy of 5, soon to be 6 of the cutest grandchildren in the world. 

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Family Reunion 2011: Diane, her six kids, four daughter in-laws, and five beautiful grandchildren

Here we have a beautiful Le Cirque Happy Birthday tag by Tara Orr. This tag was created with Diane's favorite Graphic 45 collection and it is so wonderfully fun! Check out the mini clown banner at the top! This tag is a parade of birthday cheer!

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Supplies:

Graphic 45 Papers:
Le Cirque Collection: Greatest Show on Earth, Wizards of Wonder
Staples: Metal Buttons
May Arts: Black Twine
Scrapbook Adhesives: 3D Foam Squares
Scrapbook Adhesives: MyStik, Permanent Adhesive Rolle

This is a wonderful piece of wall decor created by Gloria Stengel. This beautiful craft was created for Diane and it has all the classic style and elegance of Graphic 45's leading lady! Gloria combined Curtain Call and Steampunk Debutant to create this pretty work of art. It's as lovely and unique as Diane herself!

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This is a gorgeous piece of home decor created by Nicole Eccles. Using Steampunk Debutant, Curtain Call and our gorgeous Ornate Metal Door Plate, Nicole created this vibrant piece as a present for Diane. Nicole really fanned the flames of creativity with this wonderful piece! Check out the amazing dimensions and stunning colors! It really gets to the heart of inspiration!

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Supplies:

Graphic 45 Papers:
Graphic 45 Staples: Ornate Metal Door Plate
Colorbox Decade Inks: Triumphant Red
Ranger Industries: Rock Candy Distress Stickles, Broken China Distress Ink, Metal Gears, Alcohol Inks
7 Gypsies: Metal Gears
Retro Café Art Shrine
Other: Acrylic Paint, Matte Gel Medium, Transparency

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Last but not least a special birthday wish from Charee and Aimee Filimoehala.  "We are happy to wish our mother, bestfriend, and boss a happy birthday!  We are truly fortunate to have such an inspiring, talented and beautiful mother who has given us life and job opportunities to work for Graphic 45, where we have the pleasure of taking each step of this journey together.  We love you!" 

Well, that's all the fun stuff for today. We hope you all enjoyed today's tribute to our glorious founder and designer, Diane Schultz. We wish her the happiest of birthdays! Huge thanks to Tara Orr, Gloria Stengel and Nicole Eccles for their magical creations today. And we hope you will all join us tomorrow for more terrific craft ideas

With Love and Birthday Cake,

Team Graphic 45

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Romantic Curtain Call Tutorials From Our Design Team

Hello Fantastic Crafters,

Welcome to another happy day here at Graphic 45. We are so glad that you're joining us! We have some absolutely superb crafts and tutorials to share with you today. Nicole Eccles and Jane Tregenza of our design team have created the most gorgeous crafts with our Curtain Call collection. Today you will learn some spectacular techniques that will amaze you! These crafts are are so lovely and sweetly sentimental. And what's better than one gorgeous and inspiring tutorial? How about TWO gorgeous and inspiring tutorials! These amazing ideas should definitely bring some cheer to your Tuesday. So lets get to it! This first tutorial is by the fabulous Nicole Eccles. Check out this brilliant technique called sticky back canvas image transfer! Sound complex? It's actually pretty simple and super fun! Take it away, Nicole!

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Sticky Back Canvas Image Transfer Technique

"While at CHA I learned a handful of fun techniques, but I think my personal favorite was from Claudine Hellmuth; Transfers using sticky back canvas.What makes this technique so fun and versatile, is that you can transfer any pre printed patterned papers or Laser jet printed images. Which means transferring all your favorite Graphic 45 images onto fabric! And what could be more yummy then G45 fabric?!  Getting to color in all those transferred images, or even creating whole sheets of 12 x 12 fabric papers...Oh the possibilities!" -Nicole Eccles  
 
 
Supplies: 

Claudine Hellmuth Sticky Back Canvas
Mini Mister or Spray Bottle
Desired Image for Transfer
Paper Trimmer
Gel Medium for sealing image

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1.  Find and cut to size desired image for transfer.  For this card I used the large postage stamp from Curtain Call’s  Tour De France.

2 Cut Canvas to size of image
                      
2. Cut Sticky Back Canvas to size of image using paper trimmer

  3 Remove backing from Canvas
      
3.  Flip Sticky Back Canvas over and gently remove backing to reveal adhesive.

4 Adhere image to  sticky backing, image side down

4.  Adhere image to adhesive backing, image side down.  Once together, rub backside firmly all over to insure an even bond. 
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6 Wet the back of patterned paper using Mini Mister

5.  Using a mini mister, or spray bottle wet the back of the patterned paper

7 Allow water to soak in, then using your index rub in small circular motions, gently removing paper as you go

6.   Allow water to soak in. Then using your index finger, rub in small circular motions, gently removing paper as you go.

8 Continue steps 6 and 7 until image is completely visible

7.  Continue Steps 5 and 6 until image is completely visible.

9 removing excess paper
10 Finished Canvas, glaze with  matte gel medium to seal image and allow to dry
 
Optional Step: Afterwards, color in image using inks or other desired medium. Seal image using Mat Gel Medium
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Supplies:

Finished Card measures 6 1/2” x 4 1/4”
Cream printer cardstock
Chipboard: Imaginarium Designs (gears)
Bling:  Want 2 Scrap white pearl flourish
Embellishments:  Stamped Metal from Making Memories
Punches: EK Success Stamped Edge
Dies:  Spellbinders Blossoms 2
Inks:  Color Box Cat’s eye (turquoise)
Ranger Disress Inks ( Rusty Hinge) 
Adhesives:  Ranger Glossy Accents, Tombow Mono Color Glue Stick, Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares
Other: Claudine Hellmuth Sticky Back Canvas, Matte Gel Medium

Next we have this magical and beyond beautiful tutorial by Jane Tregenza. This amazing piece is classic Jane. It's filled with lots of clever techniques, amazing colors and layers, and a heaping dose of love. Get ready to be inspired by the crafting queen herself! Here is what Jane had to say about this marvelous work of art!

"I love making Patchwork pieces using scrapbooking papers and embellishments.   I have been doing this form of scrapbooking for over three years now and have three large 20 inch x 20 inch works of art. Each one is made up of 100 decorated squares with 40 photos. This form of scrapbooking is highly addictive, so be warned!  For this tutorial I have used papers from Curtain Call, so the colours are black and cream. I chose photos from my daughter’s wedding and made a smaller piece that can hang on the wall. Graphic 45 Papers are perfect for this project because all the backs of the papers have wonderful small prints  and the colours are amazing. I can do more tutorials for more squares,  so if you like the idea of a bigger master piece then leave a comment and start with this tutorial then we can  take this journey together." -Jane Tregenza

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Supplies:
Graphic 45 Papers:
Curtain Call: Curtain Call, Pantomime, Let’s Dance, Top Billing, Applause, Tour de France, Moulin Rouge, and Leading Ladies.

Clearsnap: Charcoal  fluid chalk ink pad.
Imaginarium Designs Chipboard
IDT00012 Oval Frame Long
IDW0030 Remember, together, forever (small)
IDFR0011 Paris Backing Board (Black)
IDT0001 Flourish 1
Assorted Ribbons
Assorted Flowers
Assorted Metal Brads and embellishments.
Double Sided tape, foam tape, and glue.
EK success Whale of a punch – Daisy, EK Success Medium Punch Retro Flower.

You need:
2x 3inch x 3 inch squares
4x 1 ½ x 1 ½ inch squares
9x 1 ½ x ½ inch squares
1x 8inch x 8 inch Backing Board

We will be making 8 decorated squares and you will be adding 7 small photo squares. All cardboard squares will need be inked around the edges; I have inked all my papers as well.

Square 1

Cover chipboard square 1 ½ inches x 3 inches with Leading Ladies. Cut a piece of Tour de France to 1 inch x 2 ½ inches and tape it to some black cardstock and cut it out with a narrow edge all the way around. Tape it to the middle of the spot paper. Add a piece of Pamtomime to the stripe print to the  left end of the square. Push two black brads through the print and card in the middle of the Circles on the print paper. Add the word together.

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Cover chipboard square 3 inches x 3 inches with a Moulin Rouge. Cover chipboard square 2 ¼ inches x 2 ¼ inches with Tour de France. Back tear along the bottom edge of the spot paper and add it to your 2 ¼ inches x 2 ¼ inches square, making sure it fits on. Add the black ribbon over the top of the spot, leaving some of the spot showing. Wrap the ends around to the back of the small square and tape them down. Wrap the narrow ribbon from the back to the front and tie with a knot to the right on the front. Use the photo as a guide for tying the knot. Use a thin stick to wrap the wires from the roses around to make pigs tails. Mat a Paris postage stamp with black cardstock and using foam tape place it on the square. Tape the 2 ¼ inches x 2 ¼ inches  square to the  3 inches x 3 inches square. You can now glue your flowers down. Tie a knot in the black ribbon and thread it onto the pin and push it under the roses.
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Cover a chipboard square 3 inches x 3 inches with a piece of Let’s Dance. Place a piece of Tour de France paper on the square to the left. Add ribbon to the square and wrap the edges around to the back and tape/glue down. Add a thin strip of Pantomime to the middle of the stripe print paper. Push a brad through the print as shown in the photo. Add a small black mat with foam tape to the square. You will be able to use this for a photo. Cut a clown out use foam tape and stick it down. Add the word forever.
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Cover a chipboard square 1 ½ inches x 3 inches with Top Billing . Tear along the bottom edge of a stripe print paper and add to the square. Add check ribbon and wrap ric rac around the square and tie with a knot on the front. Glue cream flower to square with a punched paper flower on top. Push silver brad through the flower.
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Cover a chipboard square 1 ½ inches x 1 ½  inches with Curtain Call. Glue 2 punched Daisy flowers together and place a punched retro flower on top. Glue all three flowers to your square. Make two small holes near each other in the middle of the flowers. You are going to push each end of the ribbon through each hole from the back to the front and tie the ends into a knot in the middle of the flower.
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Cover a chipboard square 1 ½ inches x 3 inches with Moulin Rouge. Add a piece of Curtain Call to your square near the right end of the square. Tie a piece of ribbon around the square over the spot piece with a knot at the front and near the top. Cut out your postage stamp and mount it on black cardstock. Add it to your square with foam tape.
  Square 7
Cover a chipboard square 1 ½ inches x 3 inches with Tour de France. Tie some ribbon to the bottom of the frame and glue it to your square. Cut the flourish back to fit in the frame and glue it down.

Square 8
Cover a chipboard square 1 ½ inches x 1 ½ inches with Moulin Rouge. Glue Black flower to square and attach Paris clock in the middle of the flower.

Glue 7 photos to your 1 ½ x 1 ½ squares.

You can now start placing your squares. Mix them up and add photos as you go along. Once happy with the layout you can start gluing/taping them down to your backing board.

Well, that's all for today! We hope you all enjoyed today's crafts. Hopefully you'll try some of these amazing techniques in your next craft project! Don't forget to leave your comments on our blog or Facebook page for this week's blog contest! Tell us your favorite thing about visiting a blog! What keeps you coming back for more? Share your wisdom and maybe win an awesome prize! We hope you have a magnificent day!

Happy Papercrafting,

Team Graphic 45

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Magic of Oz Altered Art Box & Card Tutorial

Hello Crafters,

Welcome to another epic week of amazement here at Graphic 45! We have so much great stuff planned for this week. There's a new blog contest, lots of lovely and inspiring crafts, and our new Halloween Rejuvenation Craft Challenge! Wow, get ready for an awesome week! Lets get started with this week's blog contest! We love to hear from you, as we know you enjoy many fabulous blogs in your internet browsing repertoire. We want you to tell us what you love most about blogs? What keeps you checking back day after day? Is it artistic inspiration? Fun words of wisdom? Pretty pictures? There are lots of reasons to love a blog. Share your thoughts with us this week on our blog or Facebook page and you will be entered to win this great prize featuring An ABC Primer! A beautiful ABC Primer 12x12 Paper Pad, coordinating chipboard die-cuts, cling stamp set and  great pair of Fiskars scissors! Wow! We will chose a winner at random and announce them here on the blog on Friday, September 16!

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Today's fantastic crafts were created by Robin Shakoor of our design team. Robin is a true craft wonder. A tutorial from Robin is like taking a cooking class taught by Emereril Lagasse! She's just that good! Today she has prepared this fantastic Magic of Oz altered art box that is filled with lots of gorgeous details. Get ready to be swept away to the magical land of Oz with Robin Shakoor! Take it away, Robin!

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Supplies:
Bazzill:  Licorice Double Dot Patterned Paper
Partner Products:  Imaginarium Chipboard
Ranger:  Foam Squares, Black Soot Distress Ink   
EK Success:  Paper Shapers Decorative Punch – Fancy Photo Corners
Viva Décor:  Pearl Pen – Dark Carmine Red
Adhesive:  Zip Dry, Scotch ATG 700

The versatility of the “The Magic of Oz” collection never ceases to amaze me!  One of my favorite scenes from The Wizard of Oz movie is when everyone goes through the poppy field.  I used this memory as my inspiration for this Graphic 45 5x5 Kraftboard Altered Art Box with Album.   

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When the box is opened, you are taken into the poppy field along with the Tin Man and Scarecrow.  I covered both the inside and outside of the box with The Magic of Oz patterned paper.

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This is the cover of my mini album.  I cut the image from The Magic of Oz – There’s No Place like Home patterned paper.  I detail cut poppies from The Magic of Oz – Poppy Fields patterned paper and adhered them to the cover of the album using foam squares.  I finished the design with drops of pearls.

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I glued the two center panels of the accordion album together to create a three page album.  When you first open the album, on the left page you see the Tin Man and Cowardly Lion taking a stroll along the yellow brick road.  This image was cut from The Magic of Oz – The Magic of Oz patterned paper.  I added pearl drops in Carmine Red to frame the image. The right side of the album contains a simple chipboard sentiment “Simple Things Matter Most” from Imaginarium Designs.

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The last two pages of the album contain photos of my friend’s twins.  I matted the photos using The Magic of Oz – There’s No Place like Home patterned paper.  The photo corners were cut using a punch and The Magic of Oz – Tenderhearted Tin Man patterned paper.

Next up is Robin's "You & Me" Magic of Oz card tutorial. 

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This card is just perfect for that special friend or loved one in your life. I just love the happy expressions on the faces of the Tin Man and Scarecrow.

Before you begin, select three consecutive sizes from the Grand Labels One die set. I used the three smallest dies in the set for this card.

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Using the largest of the three dies, die cut and emboss two panels using Coredinations color core cardstock. Label each side of your card base, front and back.

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Using the second largest die, die cut and emboss “Scatterbrained Scarecrow” patterned paper from your 8x8 paper pad. Adhere to the center of the card.

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Using the smallest die, die cut the image above from 12 x 12 “There’s No Place Like Home” patterned paper. Tie a black ribbon vertically to the left side of the die cut and set aside.

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Using your back panel, score the inside horizontally 1” from the top.

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Apply scor-tape to the top of the card base directly above your score line. Apply a strong liquid glue to the rest of the card top as shown above. Adhere the card front.

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Once you have glued the front and back together, your finished card base will look like the one above.

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Once you have assembled your card base, you can begin to decorate the front. Begin by layering your die cut pieces in order of size, attaching each layer with foam squares. The Tin Man and Scarecrow die cut will become your top layer.

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Using banner stamps from Making Memories, stamp a banner on ivory cardstock. (I always stamp several just in case of a mishap) Stamp your sentiment in each section of the banner, cut and ink edges. Apply to the lower portion of your card using foam squares.

Have fun!

Supplies
Patterned Paper: Graphic 45 “Magic of Oz”

Cardstock: Bo Bunny, Coredinations

Chipboard “Oz” Circle: Graphic 45 “Magic of Oz”

Ink: Ranger, Tsukineko

Dies: Spellbinders Grand Labels One

Stamps: Inkadinkado (Hearts and Love), Making Memories (Dilly Dally Stamp Banners and Alpha)

Adhesives: Ranger, Scor-Tape, Zip Dry

Tools: Scor-Pal

Ribbon: May Arts

That's all the magic for today, Crafters. But you know we'll be right back here tomorrow with more whimsical and captivating ideas to keep you smiling. We hope you have a wonderful Monday and we look forward to reading your comments this week. Don't forget to post your Graphic 45 creations on our Facebook, Ning site or website gallery. We always love to see what you're creating with our papers.

With Love and Ruby Slippers,

Team Graphic 45

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G45 Halloween Rejuvenation Challenge!

Hello Clever Crafters,

Happy Friday and thank you for joining us today! We have some very special treats in store for you today. We have a winner for this week's blog contest and brand new and exciting craft challenge to announce! Two exciting announcements in one blog!  Firstly, we want to thank everyone who left us comments for this week's blog contest. We'd asked you to tell us one of your favorite memories from summer and it was an absolute joy to read what everyone wrote. Here in Portland, OR, where the Graphic 45 offices are, we are just now starting to get some of that nice hot summer weather. So it was a real treat to read all about everyone's summer adventures!   Our randomly chosen winner for this week's blog contest is...Sonya Lemacks Everding. Here is what she had to say about her favorite memory from this summer.

"My favorite summer memory was going to my Mom's is Florida with my grandaughter Suzi. We stayed for a couple weeks and had a scrapping extravaganza making cards for the troops overseas for the OWH (Operation Write Home). It was so much fun, bonding, doing something good for someone else."

That sounds great, Sonya! Please email us with your shipping address at info@g45papers.com so that we can send you your prize. Congratulations and enjoy!

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Halloween Rejuventation Challenge

Just in time for the weekend, we're announcing our Halloween Rejuvenaiton Challenge! Fall and Halloween are definitely on the way and we thought it would be fun to have an altered art challenge that's inspired by this colorful season. We're asking you to take an old object and bring it back to life with Graphic 45! We've all got stuff around the house that could use a little dressing up. Maybe it's something you found at a garage sale, thrift store, or even an old item that's been sitting in the basement since forever. We want you to create a beautiful Halloween or Fall-themed altered art project from any old, random objects you might have using Graphic 45 products. It's the perfect craft challenge to jump-start your holiday crafting!

The submission deadline is September 25th.  Email submissions to charee@g45papers.com.  On September 26th all of the submissions will be uploaded to our Facebook photos and you will get to vote for your favorite submission by "Like"-ing it! Voting is from September 26th to 7am on Septmeber 30th. The TWO projects with the most likes winWinners will be announced on Friday morning at 8am on our Facebook and on our blog.

The prize? You could win our entire Christmas Emporium collection! A 12x12 and 8x8 Paper Pad, both coordinating chipboard die-cuts and one of each cling stamp! That's a $76 value! Wow! We can't wait to see what you create!

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Here are some fun ideas from our design team to get you inspired for this new craft challenge! This first creation is by the wonderful Nicole Eccles. She transformed a drawer organizer and an old purse handle into a fantastic piece of Halloween home decor using some Le Romantique and Botanicabella! Super sweet!

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Here is an adorable altered bottle by Gloria Stengel using The Magic of Oz! Don't just throw away those empty Starbucks bottles! Turn them into Halloween treasures like Gloria did!

"I used an empty Starbucks Frappuccino bottle, and re-purposed it to be used as a table decoration. It can hold candy or other items for a party or to give as a little gift to your favorite Trick-or-Treater. You could decorate a group of these to use as party favors, or use them to decorate a table in your entryway for Halloween! I used a black Copic marker to color the lid black before I added the lid topper. This entire project took about 20 minutes to create, including coloring the image!" -Gloria Stengel

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Supplies:

Glass bottle with lid: Starbucks
Graphic45 paper: Emerald City
Chipboard: Graphic45 Chipboard Tags 1
Stamps: Graphic45 Magic of Oz 3, Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collections Odds and Ends
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers, Clearsnap Colorbox Chalk Gray Whale
Twine: Craft supply
Cardstock: Bazzill Raven, Kraft
Spellbinders die templates: S4-190 Labels Four, S4-309 Labels Four SM, S4-304 Eyelet Circles
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG and foam tape, liquid glue, Glue Dots adhesive craft dots

Next we have this amazing Magic of Oz altered frame by Nancy Wethington! We've all seen old frames at garage sales and thrift stores. They are a golden opportunity to create something magnificent! Check out this wonderful altered art treasure by Nancy! So inspiring!

"I purchased 4 of these frames for $2 at a neighborhood garage sale and turned one into a Magic of Oz frame." -Nancy Wethington

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"The frame was first base coated with Barn Red acrylic paint.  After that dried, a coat of Crackle Medium was applied.  I let that dry completely before adding the last coat of Maple Sugar Tan.  I like the crackle effect this method gives.  The Maple Sugar crackles to show the Barn Red peeking out from underneath. I covered the "Magic of Oz" words with the "There's no place like home" tag and then added the cut-out scarecrow, the popped up flowers as well as both the good and bad witch.  The Imaginarium house was inked with Distress Stain and the edges were colored with Colorbox/Graphic 45 Photogenic Ink.  Of course, a compass was a must as was the Ruby Slippers Stickles added to Dorothy's shoes." -Nancy Wethington

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Supplies:
Graphic 45 Papers: Magic of Oz 8x8 paper pad (The Magic of Oz & Journey to Oz);
Magic of Oz Chipboard Die-Cuts 1
Partner Products: Imaginarium Chipboard House; ColorBox Graphic 45 Decades Photogenic Ink;
3D Foam Squares

Other supplies used:
Miscellaneous compass; Hug Snug seam binding ribbon;
Ruby Slippers Stickles; Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint (Barn Red & Maple Sugar Tan);
Folk Art Crackle Medium; Vintage Photo Distress Stain; Beacon 3-in-1 adhesive
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That's all for today, Crafters. We hope you are all excited about this great challenge! We certainly are! We wish you a fantastic Friday and terrific weekend! Enjoy what remains of summer!

Happy Altered Art Papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45

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Much Love For Minis: Gorgeous Minis From Our Design Team

Hello Crafters,

Welcome to a gorgeous and fantastic day here at Graphic 45! We have the most amazing and awe-inspiring crafts to share with you. Today's creations by Yuka Hino and Hilde Janbroers of our design team are so amazing, they look like something out of a dream! You will see two marvelous mini albums that highlight some fabulous uses of our envelope albums. Yuka's whimsical Hallowe'en in Wonderland mini is made using our Kraft Envelope Album and it is so wonderfully clever! Yuka titled this sweet mini "Take Your Time" and it's obvious that she took her time creating every alluring detail of this magical mini. Check it out!

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Supplies:

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Other Supplies:
Ribbon: May Arts
Dies: Spellbinders - Labels Seventeen, Sizzix, Wonder House
Ink: Tsukineko
Glitter: Maya Road
Adhesive: Tombow, Glue Dots, Glossy Accents by Ranger
Crop-A-Dile & Eyelet: We R Memory Keepers
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Sewing Machine
Acrylic Color
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Next we have another enchanting mini to share with you! This one was created by Hilde Janbroers and it features our Magic of Oz collection and Black Policy Envelope Album. Our envelope albums are just perfect for creating adorable mini albums. Hilde's mini is sure to warm your heart and capture your imagination! You'll also love the idea behind this amazing creation. Here is what Hilde had to say about the inspiration behind this beautiful work of art!

"Here's a mini I made. It's called ' 10 questions to Amy'. I do this every year with my daughters. Ask them the same questions and see what they answer. Every year they come up with new fun answers. Its a great documentary! I could add lot's of journaling on tags in the envelopes....thats great for this kind of album." -Hilde Janbroers

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Supplies:

Graphic 45 Black policy envelope staples
Imaginarium chipboards
Want2Scrap chipboards, pearls and crystals
ditto, felt buttons
Petaloo flowers
Prima Marketing flowers
American Crafts Thickers
My Little Shoebox alphabet stickers
Webster's pages flowers

That's all the magic for today, folks! Thank you all for joining us and thank you to Yuka Hino and Hilde Janbroers for their brilliant work today. We will be right back here tomorrow with more amazing ideas to inspire you. We wish you a beautiful day!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45

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A Birthday at Graphic 45: Kelly Turns 30

Hello Crafters,

Thanks for joining us on this lovely Wednesday. Today is an exciting day here at Graphic 45. Thirty years ago today, in the sleepy Cleveland suburb, a bubbly baby girl was born who would one day grow up to be the writer of the Graphic 45 blog. Yes, it was a journey of destiny that lead right to the doors of this fantastic papercarfting company. Today you will see some fun and eclectic crafts and learn a little bit about the illusive writer of your favorite crafting blog. We hope you enjoy getting to know more about our team here at Graphic 45 and we especially hope you enjoy today's fascinating crafts!

If you were to ask around the office this is what you would hear about Kelly. 

"Kelly has been a great addition to the team and become a vital part of Graphic 45. She helps keeps business running smoothly and adds a great sense of humor and fun to the office. She has written hundreds of thousands of words on the blog and continues to be an excellent voice for the company. We get frequent testimonials about what her words mean to our customers and it is clear Kelly has a gift for authoring meaningful and descriptive posts that touch our fans lives daily and help build the wonderful Graphic 45 community. Working with her daily is a pleasure." - Dustin Sims

"Happy 30th birthday Kelly!  Kelly adds cheer to the office, whether it be in an email, on a call, or through the blog.  She is a true wordsmith pulling on all of the right heart strings.  In the great words of Kelly's favorite President, Abraham Lincoln - "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count.  It's the life in your years." To Kelly!" - Charee Filimoehala

"Happy birthday Kelly and welcome to your 30's!  It's great to have you a part of the G45 team!  With your vintage flare..you're a perfect fit!!  Thanks for all your beautiful words and insite you share!" - Aimee Filimoehala

Meet Kelly Woessner: blog writer, order filler, phone answerer, and general office gal. When I'm not writing the Graphic 45 I heartily enjoy the following activities...

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1. American History: I am an avid connoisseur of the fascinating history of this country. Growing up in a home where history and politics were hot topics, I've always had a deep love for the story of America. Most nights you'll find me combing the PBS website in search of a good historical documentary that I've not yet seen. I also collect Abe Lincoln art. I even keep a small bust of Abe Lincoln at my desk in the Graphic 45 office. Here's a photo of honest Abe next to a picture of my beloved cat Maine. Talk about inspiration in the workplace!

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2. Music and Film: I've played classical piano for 17 years and studied film making at California Institute of the Arts where I got a degree in film production. I've made over 50 short films and documentaries thus far and there's no end in sight. When I'm not making movies I'm usually playing improvisational compositions at the piano or making art.

3. Space and Science: My dad is a former rocket man for NASA and the love for science is in my blood. If I was any good at math I might have been a great theoretical physicist. Instead I'm just an avid fan of all things science-related!

I do manage to create projects with the fantastic papers of Graphic 45. My style is a bit abstract and sometimes humorous. Below you will see some examples of postcards that I've recently made for friends. Before I worked at Graphic 45 I used to make a lot of collage work using old magazines. I've found that Graphic 45 papers and embellishments work perfectly when combined with these great vintage magazine images!

Here is a wedding card I made for two dear friends who recently married. I combined Le Cirque with images from an old Life Magazine from the late 1950's. The result? Pretty adorable.

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This card was so much fun to make. I call it "Burger Time" and it was made using Core'dintation Timeless Cardstock, Hallowe'en in Wonderland and A Proper Gentleman papers. It's a good example of my quirky aesthetic.

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This card is called "Reasonable Conclusion" and it was made by combining Le Cirque, Communique, and Metal Button Staples. I created this card for a dear friend and fellow artist.

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Here is a fun postcard that combines Curtain Call, Steampunk Debutant and Fashionista. All of these postcards have since been mailed to friends. I love the idea of creating something in a rush of inspiration and then immediately giving it away. After all, inspiration is a gift that should be shared!

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Well that's all for today, Crafters. Thank you all for joining us on this special day. We hope you'll come back and visit us tomorrow. We'll have our usual lineup of fantastic craft inspiration and joyful words of wisdom. From all of here at Graphic 45, we hope you have a wonderful day.

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Team Graphic 45

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Happy School Days: An ABC Primer Cards & Tutorial

Hello Fabulous Crafters!

Happy Tuesday and welcome to our happy blog! We hope you all had a nice Labor Day. As promised, we're back with more lovely crafts! Today is all about our adorable new paper collection An ABC Primer. Since back to school time is just around the corner, we thought today would be a great day to highlight some fabulous ideas from this sweet new collection. Our design team is going to show you some gorgeous card creations that you are sure to love! There is even a wonderful tutorial by the card queen herself, Gloria Stengel! Cards are always so much fun to create. Everyone loves a beautiful handmade card! So sit back, relax, and get ready for some gorgeous and inspiring sights! This first amazing card is by Nancy Wethington. She combined An ABC Primer with our Curtain Call Cling Stamp to create this jovial celebration card. It's so lovely and perfect for any occasion!

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Supplies:

Graphic 45:
An ABC Primer Collection: Bedtime Stories
Graphic 45 Cling Stamps: Curtain Call 2
Core'dinations Graphic 45 Signature Series cardstock
Spellbinders:
Fancy Tags Three (S5-031)
Lattice Rectangles (S4-319)
Miscellaneous:
Copic Markers
Prismacolor Pencils
Antique Linen Distress Ink
Black Memento Ink
Hampton Arts *Celebrate* Stamp

This next amazing card was created by Sherry Cheever. This card is so magnificent! It's another example of a wonderful card for any occasion. Check out Sherry's adorable paper flower and her use of our Trim Staples! So pretty! Sherry always knows exactly what is needed to make every craft radiate with joy.

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Next you will see how to create a fantastic card using our new Clearsnap/Graphic 45 Decades Inks that work perfectly with all of our paper collections. Using An ABC Primer, Gloria Stengel is going to take you step by step through this super fun process. You will learn how to color images from stamps and give them wonderful life and character. Take it away, Gloria!

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Coloring images is all the rage in stamping these days. The new Graphic45 stamp sets are perfect for coloring! For this tutorial I'll show you how to color in image with pale colors. (Next time, we'll do bold, dark colors!)

1. First, select your image. I am using this adorable little girl from the An ABC Primer 1 set.

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2. Stamp your image onto a good quality paper with dye ink. I used Neenah Natural White cardstock and Clearsnap Colorbox Graphic45 Decades Photogenic ink.

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3. For the little girl's skin I chose: E000, E00, E21, R20. I stared by coloring all of her skin with E000, then adding shadows with the other inks. I blended over the image again with E000.

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4. The hair is already colored from the stamp, but I wanted some brown highlights, so I colored with E53 and E25.

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5. I decided to use Graphic45 Once Upon a Springtime papers for my card, so I chose to make the little girl's dress pale pink. I chose R0000, R00, R02. I made sure to add the darker color where the book would cast a shadow on her dress. I lightly colored the dots on the dress with R0000.

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6. For the bottom of her shoes, I used C3, which is a pale gray. (I normally would add some C1 for a shadow where she is sitting, but I forgot to do that for these photos!)

7. The last thing to color is the book. I used E50 and E53.

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I chose to keep the image "plain" with no background color for this simple tutorial. For a later tutorial I'll share some other shading and background techniques! Stay tuned! Have fun playing with your Graphic45 stamps and Copic Markers!


Supply List:
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics, American Crafts, Neenah Paper: Graphic45 Once Upon a Springtime: Fairy Folk, Flight of Fancy; An ABC Primer School Days Ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Graphic45 Decades: Photogenic, Copic Markers (E000, E00, E21, E25, E50, E53, R0000, R00, R02, R20, C3 ) Stamps: Graphic45 An ABC Primer 1 Embellishments: pins from Maya Road and Heidi Grace, flowers from Wild Orchid CraftsDie templates: Spellbinders Paper Arts (S4-116 Standard Circles Small, S4-114 Standard Circles Large, S4-293 Lacey Circles, S5-062 Lace Doily Accents
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG

Well, that's all for today. We hope you all enjoyed this amazing day of creativity. Huge thanks to Nancy Wethington, Sherry Cheever and Gloria Stengel for their brilliant work as always. We will be right back here tomorrow with more fantastic crafts. We hope you'll join us! Have a beautiful day!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45

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A Labor of Love: G45 Labor Day Crafts

Hello Crafters,

It's Labor Day here in the states which means that many of you are enjoying a relaxing day off work. We want to wish you all a very happy and safe holiday! We are so glad you're taking the time to check out our blog today. We've got some great crafts to share with you and a new weekly blog contest! Since Labor Day is the last holiday of Summer we thought it would be fun to share some bright and beautiful On the Boardwalk crafts by some of our past design team members Susan Lui and Nancy Burke. But first we've got a fun new contest for all of you! Leave us a blog or Facebook comment telling us one of your favorite memories from this summer. Did you go on a trip? Did you create a fantastic garden? Or did you simply stay in and scrap? Lots of fun stuff happens in the summer and we want to hear about your favorite summer moment. You can share your thoughts on our blog or Facebook page any time this week. Check out this beautiful prize that you could win! A Communique 12x12 Paper Pad, a Domestic Goddess 12x12 Paper Pad, Envelope Tag Staples, Chipboard Button Staples, Fiskars Border Punch, and a MyStik Adhesive Strip Dispenser! Wow! We will be choosing one random winner and announcing them right here on Friday, September 9!

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Okay, it's time to get crafty! This first beautiful On the Boardwalk layout was created by Susan Lui. She is one of our past design team members and her work is out of this world! This gorgeous layout called "Little Italy" is the essence of summer fun. There are so many beautiful layers and vibrant colors in this LO. It's like a vacation at a glance!

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Next we have another stunning creation by Susan Lui. This is a breathtaking altered canvas that also utilizes On the Boardwalk. Summer comes to life in every fun detail of this amazing project. There's also some marvelous textures in this piece that help make it so completely captivating!

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Feast your eyes on this precious On the Boardwalk layout by Nancy Burke. Nancy is also a former member of our design team and her work is just astonishing! This lovely creation is called "Beach Bum" and it is such a treasure! You can see that she perfectly captured a wonderful day at the Oregon coast in this layout. Lovely paper distressing, layering and beautiful embellishments help make this piece so remarkable and sweet!

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That's all for today, Crafters. We are super excited to read your blog and Facebook comments this week. Thank you all for joining us today and huge thanks to Susan Lui and Nancy Burke for their beautiful crafts. We hope you all have a terrific day! Please join us tomorrow for more lovely works of craft inspiration.

Happy Papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45

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Weddings & Winners: G45 Prize Announcements!

Hello Clever Crafters,

Happy Friday to you all! Today is such an exciting day! We've got some big winners to announce for this month's wedding layout craft challenge as well as this week's blog contest winner! Wow! We want to start by saying thank you to everyone who submitted a layout for this fun craft challenge. We had so many submissions and they were all incredibly beautiful. In fact because we had such an amazing turnout that we decided to add an additional winner! So we actually have 4 craft challenge winners to announce in addition to a blog contest winner! Lots of winning happening today at Graphic 45 and we totally love it! Lets start with the winner of this week's blog contest. We asked you to leave us a comment letting us know your favorite way to display your finished crafts. We got tons of responses on our blog and Facebook page. Huge thanks to everyone who participated. Our randomly chosen winner is...Barbara Johnson! Here is what she had to say about her favorite way to display her work.

"I have a line put up in my workroom that I hang my favorite projects on. I use bulldog clips that slide on the line. I also have a small easel. I wish I could use magnets on a strip but I can't find any strong enough. I could put them on the back of most projects and they would hang nicely. I made some hooks out of wire and copper that I hang on a lamp switch- nice for smaller ones and they are under the light so they are lit up. I love to keep as much work out in view as possible. It inspires me and helps me study the work." -Barbara Johnson

Sounds lovely, Barbara! Please email us with your shipping address at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize. Congratulations!

Okay, it's time to announce the randomly chosen winners of this month's wedding layout craft challenge! Again, huge thanks to everyone who participated. And the winners are...

1. Kim Kendell
2. Teresa M Rua
3. Irit Shalom
4. Vicki Yelland-Browning

Below you will see their beautiful layout submissions for our craft challenge. Will our winners please email us with your shipping address at info@g45papers.com! Congratulations everyone!

Here is a stunning layout by Kim Kendell. So gorgeous!

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This fantastic LO was created by Teresa M Rua. So prefectly vintage!

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Here we have Irit Shalom's pretty and romantic wedding layout.

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Vicki Yelland-Browning created this super sweet LO with Botaincabella. Feel the love!

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You can see all the beautiful entries for our wedding layout challenge on our Facebook page. We are planning more super fun craft challenges for the future and we can't wait to see what you will all dream up. Huge thanks to all of our readers for their love and support. It is such a joy to read your comments each week and see your Graphic 45 creations. Remember that you can post your Graphic 45 crafts any time on our Facebook page, Ning site and website gallery. We hope you all have a fantastic weekend. We will be right back here on Monday with more amazing ideas to keep you inspired.

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Team Graphic 45

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