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Mixing & Matching With Graphic 45 Staples!

Hello G45ers,

Welcome to another fun week of craft bliss from Graphic 45! Thank you all so much for joining us on this wonderful day! We have some fantastic crafts to share with you today and a brand new blog contest! Today we're featuring some splendid crafts that demonstrate a fun blend of lots of different Graphic 45 Staples. You all know that our papers are incredibly beautiful and fun. Well today you'll get some great inspiration for blending our fabulous Staples to create unique works of art. We've got stunning creations by Yuka Hino, Jenny Svensson and Jane Tregenza that you're going to love! This week's blog contest is also a fun blend of goodies! You could win 3 different 8x8 paper pads: Little Darlings, Curtain Call and Le Cirque. Also included with this week's prize is a pack of our Flower Staples, Kraft Envelope Staples and some beautiful bling from Want 2 Scrap! This prize is so much fun! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment any time this week for your chance to win! We will be choosing one random winner from this week's comments and announcing them here on our blog this Friday. Hooray!

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First up is this fabulous altered envelope by Yuka Hino. This fantastic creation is loaded with lots of Graphic 45 Staples. All of our Staples were created to blend perfectly with any Graphic 45 collection. They are wonderfully versatile and so much fun. They even look amazing as the centerpiece for a creation like this! They also add weight and dimension to any craft creation with classic Graphic 45 vintage style!

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Supplies:
Scrapbook Adhesives By 3L: 3D Foam Squares - Black Small
Prima Marketing: Mask
Ranger Industries: Glossy Accents, Distress Ink
Tattered Angels: Mist
Sewing Machine, Hot Glue Gun

Everybody knows that Graphic 45 Staples are beautiful, but did you know that you can even use the packaging from Graphic 45 Staples to create beautiful works of art?! Take a look at this Playtimes Past layout by Jenny Svensson. You can see that Jenny used the Staples packaging near the top of this beautiful LO to add some extra vintage charm. The Staples packaging is also perfect for creating wonderful tags! Just layer some pretty Graphic 45 paper on top of your Staples packaging, add some pretty embellishments and there you have it, a beautiful tag! Jenny also used the magnificent Graphic 45 Trim Staples in this LO to add some beautiful texture and dimension. Here is what she had to say about it!

"One thing I really like about the Staples Collection is the packaging. The beautiful kraft tags that are used as backings for the packages are just perfect to use on layouts. This one, I cut in half and tucked under the patterned paper both below and above the photo." -Jenny Svensson

Playtimes Past Layout

Playtimes Past layout

Supplies:

Graphic 45 – Playtimes Past ”Mary, Mary Quite Contrary”, “Alphabet Games”, “Check This Out”, Diecut TagsGraphic 45 – Times Nouveau Diecut Alphabet.Graphic 45 – Staples Collection “Trim Staples”and “Alpha Sticker Staples”Baker’s twine, charm and pin from stash.

Next up is this wonderful layout by Jane Tregenza that mixes and matches lots of gorgeous embellishments! This LO has such a classic Steampunk-inspired look with all of the fun clock gears and metal embellishments. Here is what Jane had to say about this super beautiful LO!

"I decided to do a layout on myself. I used an old record, that I found in a second hand store.  I enlarged a photo of myself onto a sticky transparency. I found one of my favourite old papers from Graphic 45, I managed to line up one of the clocks with my eye! I love dingle dangles, so it was the perfect project to use up all those bits and pieces I had been saving for a special project. I love miniatures and glass jars, so I decided to use them on my project as well.  Keys and clocks are another favourite embellishments so I included them as well. I used a chipboard clock and border, along with some butterflies and cogs from Imaginarium Designs."

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Supplies:
Graphic 45 Print Paper
Chipboard Clock, cogs, boarder, Alpha’s, butterflies – Imaginarium Designs
Charms from 7 Gypsies, K and Company, Tim Holtz.
Vandoros ribbons
Brads
Vintage Photo distress inks,
Memory Mists Silver

We hope you all had a lot of fun today! We look forward to reading your comments on our blog and Facebook page this week! Huge thanks to Yuka Hino, Jenny Svensson and Jane Tregenza for their fantastic creations today! We have more stunning craft inspiration in store for you tomorrow. We hope you'll come back and see us! Have a terrific day, G45ers!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45

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Worlds of Inspiration With Olde Curiosity Shoppe!

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Hello G45ers,

Happy Friday and welcome to our blog on this wonderful day! We have some spectacular treats in store for you today. We're going to be exploring three fantastic projects that all feature our gorgeous collection Olde Curiosity Shoppe. Robin Shakoor, Nicole Eccles and Gloria Stengel have all created three different crafts, all of which are stunning beyond belief! There's a fabulous card and sketch by Robin, an exquisite altered canvas by Nicole and a remarkable mini album by Gloria! Wow! Plus we have a winner to announce for this week's blog prize! Could this day get any better!? We don't think so. Lets start with this week's prize winner! Chosen at random from this week's blog and Facebook comments, our winner is... Mary Puskar! This is what Mary had to say: "I've been an admirer of Jim's work for a long time and this is just a super example of his genius! Love the idea and the paper is just gorgeous! Count me in on that lovely give away."

Congratulations, Mary! Please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize! Huge thanks to everyone who left us comments this week. We will have a new contest beginning on Monday. Another new opportunity to win some fabulous Graphic 45 goodies! Hooray!

Before we get to today's Olde Curiosity Shoppe crafts we wanted to take a moment to wish a very happy birthday to Alberto Juarez of our design team! Happy Birthday, Alberto, from all of us at Graphic 45! You are wonderful and so talented! We are very happy to have you on our design team! Have a great day! Here is a fun birthday gift bag that Gloria Stengel created. We thought this would be a fun craft to help honor Alberto's birthday! Yay!

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Supplies:
 
Graphic 45 Paper:
Olde Curiosity Shoppe: Optical Oddities 8x8 Paper Pad
Communiqué: Society Page, A Fine Specimen
Graphic 45 Staples: Packaging from Button Staples
Clearsnap: Colorbox Graphic 45 Decades Photogenic, Venetian Lace Antiquing Ink
Spellbinders: Grand Calibur Die Cutting System; Nestabilities Labels Twenty-one
Copic: Various Markers
American Crafts: Black Cardstock
Neenah: Natural White Cardstock
Gina K. Designs: Birthday Stamp
Tickled Pink: 20's Luca Digital Stamp
Really Reasonable Ribbon: Twine
Craft supply: Gift bag, buttons, string
Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape runner, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares, Glue Dots adhesive dots

And now it's time for some Olde Curiosuty Shoppe crafts! This first creation was made by Robin Shakoor. It is a gorgeous card that is titled "I'll Stop Loving You When Pigs Fly." This card has all the classic elegance that Robin is known for. It also has some fun-loving humor which is perfect for any occasion. This wonderful card even comes with a sketch to help you create one of your very own! So much fun!

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Supplies:
 
Graphic 45 Papers:
Olde Curiosity ShoppeWhen Pigs Fly, Exquisite Motif, Bazaar of Wonders
Bazzill:  Cardstock
Ranger:  Distress Ink – Vintage Photo
Martha Stewart Crafts:  Loops Punch
Craft Supply:  Ribbon

Next up is this remarkable altered canvas by Nicole Eccles. This ultra-inspiring piece incorporates whimsical elements of Olde Curiosity Shoppe, Kraft Reflections and Steampunk Debutante. It absolutely captures an enchanting vintage look with a little bit of a modern twist. We love how the sweet butterflies from the Butterfly Specifics paper look as though they could take flight at any moment. This is a fabulous example of blending different Graphic 45 collections to create something perfectly unique!

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9 Nicole Eccles. Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Steampunk Debutante. Illuminate Mixed Media Collage

You can even use this fun piece of clip art to create something just as wonderful! Big thanks to Nicole for sharing this fun image with all of us! 

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Supplies:

Graphic 45 Papers:
Colorbox: Graphic 45 Decades Inks: Bon Voyage, White Chalk Ink
Core’dinations Signature Series : Photogenic, Sanding Block
Ranger: Adirondack Ink Wild Plum, Glossy Accents
Girl Paperie: Flower Stamp
Sizzix: Bigshot Gear Die
Basic Grey: Rubons
Scrapbook Adhesives: 3D Foam Squares
Other: Matte Gel Medium, Chipboard, Twinkling H20’s, Black paint, 12 x 12 Artist’s Canvas, Clipart

This next marvelous Olde Curiosity Shoppe creation was made by Gloria Stengel. It is an astonishingly beautiful mini album! There is inspiration to behold on every page! We love how Gloria used lots of beautiful flowers in this mini to help accentuate the vivid colors of Olde Curiosity Shoppe. Other fun embellishments, ribbons and fun fussy cutting also make this mini incredibly gorgeous. Here is what Gloria had to say about this fabulous mini!

"I used an 8x8 Want2Scrap Gatefold album to create this mini. I cut some of the pages in half to create an 8x4 album. The album can sit on a desk or shelf and become room decor as well as a place to store photos. I used a lot of "curious" bits and pieces to decorate my album to mimic the feel of the Olde Curiosity Shoppe papers." -Gloria Stengel

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Graphic 45 Staples: Metal Tag 
Graphic 45 Chipboard Tag: Olde Curiosity Shoppe: Tags 1, Tags 2 
Graphic 45 Stickers: Olde Curiosity Shoppe 
Ink: Clearsnap: Colorbox: Graphic 45 Decades Antiquing Ink: Bon Voyage, Dark Cashmere, Photogenic
 Chipboard Album: Want2Scrap
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! BlackRibbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon: Blue Topaz Diamond Satin
Flowers: Petaloo, Wild Orchid Crafts
Chipboard: Imaginarim Designs (gear, birdcage, small clock); Teresa Collins (clock); Tim Holtz Grungeboard (clock hands)
Gear: 7 Gypsies, Tim  Holtz Idea-ologyClocks, Pen nib: Tim Holtz Idea-ology
Light bulbs, bottle: Sky Blue PinkBingo number: Maya Road
Film Strip: Tim Holtz Idea-ology
Metal Frame: Tim Holtz Idea-ology
Die cuts: Spellbinders Foliage; Sizzix Clock Hands
Craft supply: Brads, Bottle cap, wooden domino, micro beads
Trims: Really Reasonable Ribbon: Black Sheer Box Pleats, Black Jute String
Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape runner; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares; glue

That's all for today, G45ers. Thank you all so much for joining us! We had so much fun getting to share this week's crafts with all of you. We hope you'll come back and see us for another week of fabulous craft inspiration! Huge thanks to Robin, Nicole and Gloria for their remarkable projects today. We hope you all have a happy friday and a super fun weekend!

Hugs and Pretty Paper,

Youf Friends at Graphic 45

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Adorable Little Darlings Crafts & Videos!

Hello G45ers,

Welcome to our blog today! What a fun week this has been! We are loving the incredible projects that our design team have created for this week's blog! Getting to share the inspiration with all of you is so much fun! There is more fantastic inspiration in store for you today! We're featuring some wonderful projects by Maiko Miwa and Clare Charvill of our design team! They've created the most adorable crafts featuring our Little Darlings collection. Each of these adorable creations has a fun video that corresponds to it! Yes, today is going to be pure delight! Also don't forget that today is the last day to leave us a blog or Facebook comment for your chance to win this week's blog prize! We will be announcing this week's winner on our blog tomorrow! Oh, so much excitement!

First up is this sweet Little Darlings layout by Maiko Miwa. The magnificent colors, pretty embellishments and precious central photo are simply perfect! You can also see some great uses of paper distressing and paper layering! Here is a fantastic video that Maiko created for this LO! Let this enchanting LO inspire your next craft creation!

 

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Supplies:

Graphic45 papers:Rock-A-Bye(8×8),New Arrival(8×8),Cherished(8×8),Peek-A-Boo(8×8),Little Darlings(8×8),Lullaby(8×8),Little Treasures(12×12),Bundle of Joy(12×12),Heaven Sent(12×12)
Graphic45 Stickers: Little Darlings
Graphic45 Stamps:Little Darlings Cling1.2
Imaginarium Designs:Swirl Corners4
Prima :GenuineStones1"AssorterdGoldWrap
May Arts:twine
Tsukineko:BRILLIANCE(GALAXY GOLD,Pearescent Coral),VersaMark,Staz On(Jet Black)
Ranger:DistressInk(AntiqueLinen)
Sizix: 3D flower Die

This next Little Darlings creation was made by Clare Charvill. It's a fabulous mini album that also has a fun video that corresponds to it! Clare takes you on a tour of this magical creation! Clare loves to make beautiful minis. Every page is filled with gorgeous treasures. This mini also highlights some fabulous uses of the Graphic 45/Hampton Art Cling Stamps! There are so many fun ways to create unforgetable craft treasures with Little Darlings!

 

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Supplies:
Graphic 45 Supplies 
12 x 12 papers 
Additional Supplies 
Bind it all and ring binding
white 300 gsm card 
Wow embossing glitter - clear gold highlight
May Arts silk ribbon 
Acrylic paint dabber - gold 
Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Paints - London Night and Mermaid
pop dots and tacky glue
Glossy Accents 
Distress Ink - Weathered wood and Victorian Velvet 
Papermania magnetic snap closure on album front
Want 2 Create bling

We hope you all had a great time today. Thank you for joining us! Big thanks to Maiko and Clare for their fantastic creations today. Please come back and see us tomorrow for more fabulous crafts and blog prize winner announcements! It's going to be a great day! Enjoy your day, G45ers!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45

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Tons of Fun With Le Cirque Crafts & Tutorial!

Hello G45ers,

Welcome to our happy blog today! We hope you are all having a wonderful Wednesday! Well your day is about to get even better because we've got glorious craft creations that are guaranteed to make you smile! Today we're featuring our fun and fabulous Le Cirque collection, and revealing the prize winner from yesterday's Blog Hop with ScrapbookSteals.com! We've got amazing creations from Alberto Juarez and Sharon Ngoo of our design team! There's even a super sweet tutorial that Sharon created that is lots of fun! So get ready to be wowed because today's blog is going to be quite the extravaganza!

First up the winner of yesterday's Blog Hop Contest was randomly choosen from Clare Charville's blog.  This is what Kim, the winner had to say: "This case is amazing. I can not get over the talent of this design team. All of you rock. Thanks for sharing your talent with us." (k1i2m3) Kim please email your contact information to info@g45papers.com to claim your prize. 

We have a sneak peek of a gorgeous Le Cirque layout by Alberto Juarez. This stunning LO can be viewed in its full splendor on the Paper Crafter's Library blog today! Just hop on over and see the inspiration that awaits! 

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Next up is this fantastic Le Cirque altered canvas trio by Sharon Ngoo! This vibrant piece is so much fun and incredibly beautiful. The saturated colors and humorous sentiment make this piece a true craft treasure. Sharon has even created a great tutorial to show you how it was made! Here Sharon explains her inspiration behind this magnificent piece! 

"Sometimes it feels like a circus at the Ngoo house...so that inspired me to use the awesome Graphic45 Le Cirque collection to create a trio of altered canvases to capture the various 'circus performers' at our house.Hubby is of course the Ring Master (Ring leader?), my sweet li'l girl is the lion tamer (guess who's the lion?) and my bouncy boy is of course our resident acrobat." -Sharon Ngoo

Sharon Ngoo G45 Le Cirque Altered Canvas Trio

Supplies:

Graphic45
Le Cirque Collection 8X8" paper pad (Greatest Show on Earth, Under the Big Top, Le Cirque, Magnifique)
die cut alphabets2
Other Supplies
Acrylic paints - Liquitex
Stamps - Purple Onion, Unity Stamp Co.
Embossing Powders - American Craft Zing

"I had a super fun time mucking about with paints on this so I made a tutorial so you can have fun doing this too! Be sure to cover your work surface with LOTS of newspaper 'cos it gets really messy (especially when you're spraying the water to remove the black paint). You can choose to make just one canvas or a whole series of them and hang them on the wall or join them with hinges like I did. Bet there's an acrobat at your house too right? (or maybe a juggler..... or a bearded lady?...heh heh)" -Sharon Ngoo

Sharon Ngoo G45 Le Cirque Altered Canvas Trio Tutorial

 

We hope you all had a great time today! Thank you so much for joining us! We also want to thank Alberto and Sharon for their wonderful creations. We will have more fabulous crafts to share with you on tomorrow's blog. We hope you'll stop by and see us! Have a great day, G45ers!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45

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Craft Adventures & Prizes With Tropical Travelogue!

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Hello G45ers,

Welcome to this glorious day of fun and inspiration here at Graphic 45! We are so happy that you are joining us today! We've got a whole new week of wonderful craft inspiration to share with you. Plus we have a great new blog contest! Today we're celebrating the grand splendor of our Tropical Travelogue collection. You'll see some awe-inspiring crafts from Jim, The Gentleman Crafter as well as Denise Hahn! Both of today's projects are absolutely amazing and guaranteed to get you in the crafting spirit! There's even a fantastic tutorial by The Gentleman Crafter that you're sure to love! Today is going to be so much fun! In celebration of today's Tropical Travelogue theme, we're giving away this marvelous prize pack for this week's blog prize! All you need to do is leave us a blog or Facebook comment any time this week. We will be choosing one random winner from this week's comments and announcing them on our blog this Friday! So be sure to leave your comments for your chance to win! This week's prize includes a Tropical Travelogue 12x12 paper pad, both Tropical Travelogue sticker sets, Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Door Plate and Knob Staples, Imaginarium Designs chipboards and a pack of Petaloo flowers! Wow! What a prize! We can't wait to read your comments this week!

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This first amazing creation was made by Jim, The Gentleman Crafter. It's a gorgeous Tag Armoire that is all decked out in lovely Tropical Travelogue. Jim's crafts are always ultra-inspiring and filled with clever ideas. This vibrant armoire is simply incredible! Want to know how it was made? Jim has created a fun tutorial that takes you step by step through the creative process! Get ready to be wowed, G45ers! We proudly present Jim, The Gentleman Crafter, and his magnificent Tropical Travelogue tag armoire and tutorial! Take it away, Jim!

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Tag Armoire

This cool armoire will store all your tags. It has two storage drawers, and a secret place to
stash more tags. This is a chipboard heavy project as each piece listed below is doubled. This
means, for every piece I cut a sister piece that I bonded together with adhesive to give the
armoire a bit more structural integrity. Ok, Let’s get started…. As always, please read through
the entire pattern before you start.


Materials:
Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue Paper Collection
Graphic 45 Metal Tags
Graphic 45 Metal Button Brads
Graphic 45 Hinges (larger)
Idea-o-logy Metal Foundation Legs
2 3 x3 Idea-ology Configuration Boxes
2 1-1/2 x 3 Idea-ology Configuration Boxes
Medium Weight Chipboard
Kraft Cardstock
Adhesive of choice
Scor-Tape
Black acrylic paint
1/8-inch wooden dowel
4 1 Inch wooden Balls
Mini wooden clothes pins
Idea-ology hangers

Preparation:

Step 1:

Cut two each of the chipboard to the dimensions below:
All chipboard pieces will be doubled meaning, double the thickness by cutting two of
everything and gluing them together.


Base Box
Top and Bottom- 4 -3/4 x 9
Sides –2 -1/4 x 4-3/4
Back- 2-1/4 x 9
Front Piece- 1-3/8 x 2 ¼
Interior left and right Pieces – 2 x 4-1/2
Middle Piece- 4- 5/8
Drawers
Base Piece- 3 x 4-1/2
Back Piece- 3 x 1-3/4

Front Piece- 3 x 1 7/8
Armoire Body
Back Piece- 9 x 10-1/4
Side Pieces- 4-3/4 x 10-1/4
Top and Bottom Piece- 4-7/8 x 9
Doors- 4-1/2 x 10-1/8
Decorative Door Pieces- 3-1/2 x 9
Interior Door Jam Piece- 1 x 8-3/4
Base Piece for bottom of Armoire Body- 5-1/4 x 9-1/4
Top Crown
Base Piece- 5-1/4 x 9-1/4
Top Pieces (2) 5 x 5-1/4
Angled Pieces- 2 x 9

Step 2:
Pair up your chip pieces and apply your favorite adhesive to the face of one side of each of the
sets. Adhere the sets together.
Box Base

Step 1:
With the sidepiece, apply wet glue to the long side. Line this up with the bottom piece and
hold it in place until the glue sets. Repeat with other side as well as the back piece.

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Step 2:

Making structure strips. With a 12 x 12 piece of Kraft or cardstock, cut 1-inch strips from the
sheet. Next, score the strip in half and apply Scor-Tape to the left and right side of the score line, making sure not to cover the score. Make several of these in advance so they will be at
hand when needed.

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Step 3:

Cut your structure strip down to the size of the left and right side and one for the back.
Prefold the structure strip forming a 90-degree angle. Pull the tape backing and apply to the
outside edges where the pieces were joined together. This again with add integrity to the box
and hold it together.

Step 4:

Apply wet glue to the two small front pieces; align with edge and adhere. There are three
interior pieces. Two that are exactly the same size and one that is a 1/8 longer. The longer
piece will go in the middle and the two interior sidepieces are glued to the edge of the small 1-
3/8 x 2-1/4 piece. Starting with the sidepieces glue the length of the bottom and the two
short sides. Adhere these two pieces in between the front piece and back piece as well as the
bottom. Next, with a ruler find the center between these two interior sidepieces. With a
pencil mark the mid point on the front edge and the back. Apply glue to the bottom and back
of the middle piece and glue into place. Once glue sets, Go back with the structure strips a
support the glued interior pieces.

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Step 5:

Have the box top ready; apply the wet glue to the top of all upright edges and interior pieces.
Line up top piece and adhere to base pieces.

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The Drawers

Step 1:

Using the bottom drawer piece, glue one of the small and large configuration boxes to it the
chipboard base piece, making sure they aligned. Once the glue has set, apply the front and
back drawer pieces to the boxes.


Step 2:

Paint all edges of the base and drawers with black paint. Once paint has dried mat the
front, bottom, back and sides with cardstock.

Step 3:

Repeat the step above matting all flat surfaces with cardstock. Once done, find the center of
the drawer front and mark. Now, mark 1/16 on each side of the center mark. Use a craftpiercing
tool and pierce through all layers of chipboard and cardstock in the two holes each
side of the center mark. Insert a Graphic 45 Button Brad. Repeat for other drawer.

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Armoire Body

Step 1:

Pull the back and sidepieces from your Chipboard pile. Next, lay the back down on a flat
surface; using wet glue again, glue sidepieces to back. Let the glue set. Apply structure strips
to all right angles.

Step 2:

Once the body of the armoire is dry, measure down 2 inches from the top and find the center.
Mark. Next, using a piercing tool or a Crop-O-Dile punch a 1/8-inch hole on the mark. Do this
on each of the topsides. This is for the tag rod.

Step 3:

Cut a length of dowel to 9”. Paint black. Once dry apply wet glue to the end and insert the
dowel from the interior into each of the pre-punched holes.

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Step 4:

Stand the body piece on end and apply wet glue to the edges. Set bottom piece on top of the
glued edges and align. Apply structure stip to edge to support.

Step 5:

Repeat step above for the top piece.

Door Jam

Step 1:

Apply glue to the top, left and right of the door jam piece. Set into place in between the top
left and right side pieces, just below the top edge.

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The Doors

Step 1:

Paint all door pieces with black paint and allow to dry.

Step 2:

Prepare the doors for the hinges by temporarily installing the doors onto the armoire body.
Mark 1 inch down from the top and one inch up from the bottom on each of the door fronts
and body piece. This will allow for easy placement later. Once marked, using a craft knife cut
a 1/8-inch x 1-inch long slot for the Graphic 45 hinge to fit flush against the armoire. Install
the hinge with long brads.

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Step 3:

Take the front decorative door pieces and cover the front with patterned paper. Turn over
and apply score tape to the backside. Pull tape backing and adhere to front door piece,
centering piece on door panel.

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Step 4:

Insert a Graphic 45 button brad into the keyhole of a small Graphic 45 Metal tag. Fold arms of
brad back against the tag. Glue tag assembly to the door front at 4” down from the top
decorative door piece edge and over 1/8 from the right side of the decorative door piece.
Repeat all steps for other door.

Step 5:

Apply Scor-Tape to the bottom of the armoire and adhere bottom base piece to bottom of
armoire. Once done again apply Scor-tape to the Bottom base piece. Pull tape and adhere to
the preassembled Base.

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Step 6:

Mat all sides of the armoire body with patterned paper.

Step 7:

Paint the 4 wooden 1” balls with gold or copper paint. Once dry, dab Espresso alcohol ink
onto the balls. Glue the balls to the top of the four-armoire body corners.

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Crown Top Piece

Step 1:

Paint all edges of Crown with black paint.

Step 2:

Starting with the base piece, mark a line on the top ½ in from each of the longer sides. Next,
cut two pieces of 6 x 1 strips of chipboard and glue them down aligned them with the marks
on the base piece.

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Step 3:

Apply wet glue to the long edge of the angled piece and adhere to the outside (front) edge of
the chipboard strip. Allow to dry.

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Step 4:

Apply wet glue to the left side of the angled top piece. Starting with the left side top piece,
adhere to angled piece.

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Step 5:

Cut a structure strip the same length of the top piece, and pull the tape backing from one side.
Apply the strip to the glued top piece at the right topside.

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Step 6:

Pull the tape backing from the remainder of the structure strip. Align the second top piece
with the other top piece. Once aligned, secure structure strip to right side top piece. This is
the secret storage compartment for the armoire. By lifting the “roof lid” you can store extra
tags.

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Step 7:

Paint interior of the storage space with black paint.

Step 8:

Apply Scor-Tape to the bottom of the top piece and pull the tape backing. Align with armoire
body and adhere.

Step 9:

Mat all sides of the top piece.

Embellishing the Armoire

I like clean lines so I never embellish as much as others. I decided to use the metal tags to
accent the armoire. I measured and cut small pieces of paper to place just inside the tags
decorative ridges. Once this was done I adhered these four pieces to the doors of the armoire.
To hang the tags onto the rod, I used Tim Holtz idea-ology hanger and wooden mini
clothespins. It’s a wonderful way to store these tags or display them by leaving the doors
open. Voila! Your Tag Armoire is Done!

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Wow, wasn't that great!? This next amazing Tropical Travelogue creation was made by Denise Hahn. It's an altered ukulele! This wonderful piece is so inspiring! What a clever way to cherish your precious photos! Denise used fun photos of an island adventure as well as lots of beautiful embellishments with the fabulous Tropical Travelogue papers! This piece is so inspiring! It really gets the creative gears turning! Take a look at these wonderful photos and imagine creating a piece like this of your very own! Altered art also makes a wonderful personalized gift. There are so many possibilities!

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Supplies:

Tropical Travelogue Paper
Old Curiosity Shoppe (cardstock butterfly)
Tropical Travelogue  Chipboard Tags #1
Graphic 45 Staples Butterfly
Graphic 45 Staples Metal Brads
Want 2 scrap Nestabling Butterfly
Colorbox Pigment ink pad black
Colorbox fluid chalk pad Blue Lagoon
Clearsnap emboss gloss and clear embossing powder
Seam binding- United Ribbons
Glitter Branch- Plus 1 imports
Prismacolor premiere marker- dark brown
silk flower-vintage
metal chain

We hope you all had a marvelous time today! Huge thanks to Jim, The Gentleman Crafter and Denise Hahn for their stunning projects today. We also want to thank you all for joining us for today's craft inspiration. We are so excited to read your blog and Facebook comments this week! Please come back and see us tomorrow for more wonderful works of craft art from our design team! Have a fabulous day!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45

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Blossoming Creativity With Little Darlings!

Hello G45ers,

Happy Friday to you all! TGIF! We are so pleased you are joining us today. We have some wonderful craft delights to share with you! Today's blog is extra adorable. We're featuring wonderful projects by Gloria Stengel and Kristin Wilson that highlight our precious Little Darlings collection! Both of these pieces are fantastic examples of altered art. Get ready to fall in love! Plus we have some winners to announce for this week's blog prize! Inspiration and prizes in one blog post! Wow! That's how we like to get ready for the weekend here at Graphic 45! So lets start off with this week's blog prize winner announcements. Chosen at random from this week's blog and Facebook comments, our winners are...

From our blog:

-Barbara Johnson: "Oh I'm excited about these fabrics!!! I just made two quilted handbags that I love!! I can't wait to make one in tropical travelogue!!! I've been sewing a lot lately. Made pajama pants for my husband too!! He'll love the fishes for pajama pants!!! I can't wait to find these!! Thanks graphic 45!!! You're AWESOME!!!"

From Facebook:

-Georgina Hindmarsh: "These fabrics are fantastic. Would love to make a quilt for a child with these."

Congratulations! Will our winners please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize! Hooray!

And now it's time for some wonderful craft inspiration! This first gorgeous piece was created by Gloria Stengel using Little Darlings and the Graphic 45 Metal Film Canister. This stunning piece of home decor is so sweetly charming and lavishly feminine. The fabulous ribbons, pretty embellishments and gorgeous patterned papers are so captivating! This is the kind of craft that is so much fun to create and also makes a perfect gift! Simply gorgeous!

"I turned the Graphic 45 Metal Film Canister into wall decor, or it could be used as a door hanger. This would be very cute to hang either on your front door to warn that "baby is napping" or to use as decor for the baby's room." -Gloria Stengel

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Supplies:

Supply List:
Graphic 45 Supplies:
Graphic 45 papers:
Little Darlings: New Arrival, Bundle of Joy, Rock-A-Bye Baby, Peek-A-Boo, Precious Posey
Graphic 45 Staples: Metal Film Canister
Clearsnap: Colorbox Decades Antiquing Ink Venetian Lace
Maya Road: trinket pins
Prima: flower stems
American Crafts: rose ribbon trim
Really Reasonable Ribbon: satin ribbon
Craft supply: lace trim, glitter bird
Vintage items: pink buttons, pins
Adhesive: Glue Dots adhesive dots; Beacon Adhesives Fabri-tac glue; hot glue; white glue

Next up is this incredible altered mailbox by Kristin Wilson. This piece also features Little Darlings and lots of brilliant embellishments! This is another wonderful example of a piece that is such fun to create! You can really let your imagination run wild with altered art! It is great to take your time with with a piece like this; combining paper patterns to find just the right combination, playing with embellishments, experimenting with different ribbons. The creative bliss truly radiates off this fabulous piece! Much like Gloria's wall hanging, this precious creation by Kristin would look amazing in a child's room or as a gift!

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Supplies:

Graphic 45: Little Darlings Collection, Metal Brad
Stampin Up!: Dimentionals, Ribbon, Punches
Accessories: Flower, Pearls: Craft Store; Buttons, Twine: Papertray Ink; Leaf Punch: Martha Stewart; Liquid Pearls: Ranger

Tips:

  • Blue can work for a baby girl too when paired with pink and cream.
  • When adding twine to a button use longer strands for a whimsical and wispy feel.

We hope you all had a wonderful time today. We are so glad you stopped by our blog. We will have more lovely crafts to share with you on Monday as well as a new blog contest! We hope you'll stop by and see us! Huge thanks to Gloria and Kristin for their stunning work today! We wish you all a fabulous day and a fun weekend!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45

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Get Beautifully Organized With Graphic 45!

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Hello G45ers!

Thank you all for stopping by our blog today! You are in for such a treat! Today is all about fun ways to get organized! We've got two gorgeous creations by Arelene Cuevas and Jim, The Gentleman Crafter! There's a magnificent altered cigar box by Arlene and a super fun organization station by Jim! We could all use some organization in our lives! Maybe you've got a pile of crafting supplies that could use a little spring cleaning. Or perhaps you're just looking to add some style to your home or creative space! These are two great ideas that will bring beauty and order to your world! First up we have this stunning Olde  Curiosity Shoppe altered cigar box by Arlene Cuevas! This box is so lovely and has such a wonderful sentiment! Here Arlene explains her inspiration behind this piece and also gives some great tips for making one of your own! Take it away, Arlene!

I love altering boxes. There’s something therapeutic about it, I can’t quite put my finger on it! I found this wooden cigar box at my local craft store and thought it would be perfect to alter and gift to my husband for Father’s Day (which is literally around the corner!) My husband always has a lot of little knick knacks laying around his home office, perhaps this box can give those little guys a new home! I decided to grab the Olde Curiosity Shoppe papers for this project – what FUN!
 
In lieu of painting the box, I opted to stain it using my Lindy Stamp Gang Starburst Spray in Dark Chocolate Truffle. After staining the box, I adhered the papers down. I like to use Scor Tape or Golden Gel Medium to adhere design paper to my altered boxes, especially when I know I will be layering a lot of heavy embellishments to the box. The Scor Tape and gel medium just adhere very well and can withstand the elements of time.
 
I altered all the metal embellishments on this box using Pitch Black alcohol ink by Ranger. TIP: Before the alcohol completely dries, wipe the excess off with a paper towel for a distressed, antique look.

 

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I used the black Staples trim and the small metal brads to create a “stopper” so when the box is opened, the cover holds without flipping all the way open. I used one of the new metal clothespins “Remember” to clip some self-inspiring proverbs from the Kraft Collection that my husband can take out and read. These are a perfect reminder to take care of oneself! Yup, and here’s my husband (photo on the inside of the box)! He is framed in a chipboard frame from Tags #2. Thanks for letting me share my latest project with you!
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Supplies:
Staples Metal Clothespins
Tim Holtz Ideology – Metal Book Corners
Tim Holz Ideology Metal Keyhole
Tim Holtz Ideology Muse Token
Recollections Key brad
Lindy Stamp Gang Starburst Spray – Dark Chocolate Truffle
Wow! Die Cut – Penny Farthing Tricycle
Ranger Distress Ink – Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain

Wow, that was wonderful! Next up is this incredible organization station by Jim, The Gentleman Crafter. This is a super fun project that you're going to adore! Jim created two versions of this great organization station, one with Olde Curiosity Shoppe and one with Little Darlings! Both of them are totally unique and adorable! They would look amazing in any room and also make wonderful gift ideas! Want to know how these were made? Jim has created a fun tutorial that takes you step by step through the creative process! Wow! Take it away, Jim!

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A wonderful unit to make that fits in a small space yet holds a ton of tools, pens, etc. I have done two
versions of this station. One in Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe paper and one in Graphic 45’s Little
Darlings collection. The directions below are for the Olde Curiosity Shoppe VOS.


Supplies:
• Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Paper Collection
Graphic 45 Metal Tags
• Graphic 45 Clothes Pins
• Graphic 45 Door Plate
• Graphic 45 Metal Film Canister
• Graphic 45 Mini Brads
• 36’’ piece of 1x2 lathing strip (more than likely your lumber store will cut this for you.)
• Black Acrylic Paint
• Red Acrylic Paint
• Old candle taper
• Cork
• Plastic headed pushpins
• 1” wooden ball
• Wooden Craft Frame (baby version)
• Graphic 45 Metal Flowers (baby version)


Let’s Get Started…


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Step 1: Paint entire 1x2 wooden base piece with black paint.

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Step 2:

Using the tapered candle, rub the candle around the edges, sides and top randomly. Making sure some
of the way is adhered to the paint. This will be a resist.

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Step 3:

Paint a topcoat of red over the entire piece.


Step 4:

With a fine grit sand paper, lightly go over the edges, sides and front pulling the red paint up where the
wax acted as a resist.

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The Boxes

Step 1:

All chipboard pieces will be doubled meaning, double the thickness by cutting two of
everything and gluing them together.
Cut chipboard to the following:
12- 3x4
12- 2-3/4 x4
6- 2-3/4 x 2-3/4
Cardstock Mats sizing:
Box Exterior- 2-7/8 x 3-7/8
Box Bottom- 2-7/8 x 2-7/8
Box Interior- 2-5/8 x 3-3/4
Box Interior Bottom- 2-5/8 x 2-5/8

Step 2:

Making structure strips. With a 12 x 12 piece of Kraft or cardstock, cut 1-inch strips from the sheet.
Next, score the strip in half and apply Scor-Tape to the left and right side of the score line, making sure
not to cover the score. Make several of these in advance so they will be at hand when needed.

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Step 3:

Starting with the sidepieces cut 4 structure strips to 3 inches. Apply one side of the structure strip to
the sidepiece, leaving the backing on the other taped side. Repeat for all edges.


Step 4:

Align a 3 x 4-inch piece with the outside edge of the bottom. Pull tape backing and adhere to strip.
Repeat this for the three other sides.

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Apply wet glue to sides. Starting with two sides align corners and edges and adhere together. Repeat
for other sides. Apply 4-inch structure strips to all sidepieces.

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Step 6:

Paint all edges, bottom and interior with black paint.

Step 7:

Cut sheets of patterned paper to mat the exterior and interior of the boxes.

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Make three of these boxes….

Corkboard

Step 1

Using either side of the Graphic 45 film canister. Paint with copper or gold Ranger Paint Dabbers (?)
Allow to dry.

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Apply Espresso alcohol ink to a sponge and randomly blotch the ink onto the surface of the canister
edges and front.

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Step 3:

Place the canister on top of a piece of cork and mark around the diameter of the canister. Pull the
canister away and cut the cork with a craft knife on the marked lines. Glue cork to the inside of the
canister.

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Push Pins:

With a little sand paper rough up the plastic ends of the pushpin. Next, cut the legs off the mini brad
pieces. Once again with sand paper, sand the bottom of the brad. Apply glue to the brad head and
place on top of the plastic pushpin. Let dry.

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Putting the G45 VOS Together

Step 1:

Take the canister assembly and apply Glossy Accents to 1x2 wood strip the length of the diameter of
the canister. Adhere canister to wood.

Step 2:

Bend the doorplate over the edge of a table (be sure not to mar the surface of the table) make the first
bend at 1-1/2-inches from the top. Next, bend the plate around 1-1/2-inches from the last . Last, start
bending the long area into an arch. Once bent place the piece up to the corkboard and down on the
wood piece. Adjust any bends accordingly. Pull the piece off and apply glue to the back flat sides of
the piece and glue into place.

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Next measure and mark 7” down from the Corkboard. Apply a 3-inch zigzag line of Glossy Accents.
Center box and adhere to glue. Let set. Go on to the next box. Measure down 4” and repeat the gluing
steps. Continue to the last box and measure down 4” and adhere to wood.

Step 4:

Find a flat table surface and bend the metal tag in half. Apply glue to the backsides and adhere tag to
the bottom of the box and the wood piece. Repeat for all boxes.

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Step 5:

Paint the 1-inch ball gold or copper and just as the G45 film canister, blotch with Espresso alcohol ink.
Adhere to top of 1x2.

Step 6:

Apply glue to the back of the Graphic 45 Metal Clothes Pins and apply to face of box. Great for notes
and reminders!

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Add a picture hanger to the back and….
Voila, You have completed the Graphic 45 Vertical Organizational Station.

Baby Version of the Vertical Organizational Station….

For the baby version follow the same steps for the wooden back piece and boxes.
For the top, I found an oval frame at the craft store. I painted it green, ran candle wax over the edges
and surface, applied a second coat of warm white and sanded the topcoat off to the green base coat. I
used Velcro strips to adhere the frame to the wood. This way it can easily be removed to change out
pictures.

I took the metal flower staples and bent them with a pair of round nose pliers. Next, I painted them
with warm white paint and allowed them to dry. Once dry, I sanded over the raised areas. I repeated
this process for the mini brad head, painting and sanding to until I reached the desired effect.
For the wastepaper bucket, I chose to make it angled. For this I cut four pieces of 12x12 Medium
Weight Chipboard to 7-1/4 x 10 inches. I then measured over 1-inch on both sides of the bottom and
marked. I lined up my ruler with the marks and top corner and cut the chipboard with my craft knife.
I glued each piece together aligning the edges and corners. I then went back and applied structure
strips to the outside corners as well as the inside corners. I painted the interior and exterior edges
with green paint and matted the bucket. Once all these steps were done, I found the inside center of
the box and marked 1 inch down from the center. With my craft knife, I cut a 1-inch opening. I bent a
small 1-inch metal tag in half and painted it with the warm white and distressed in with sand paper. I
them glued the metal tag down to the wooden back piece. After the tag was dry I slipped the bucket
over the tag, which holds the bucket firmly in place. Easy to pull off and on as needed to empty.
 

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Wow, such amazing pieces! Huge thanks to Arlene Cuevas and Jim, The Gentleman Crafter for their amazing work today. We hope they got you inspired to create and organize! We want to thank you all for stopping by our blog today! Please join us tomorrow as we bring you more wonderful works of craft art from our design team! We will also be announcing the winner of this week's blogs prizes tomorrow! You can still enter for your chance to win by leaving us a blog of Facebook comment today. Yay! Have a terrific day, G45ers!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45

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Going All Out With Gorgeous G45 Layouts!

Hello G45ers,

Welcome to another mesmerizing day of craft bliss here at Graphic 45! We have some wonderful treats in store for you on this fine day! Today is all about layouts. We all love a wonderfully constructed layout. Today you'll see some gorgeous examples of layouts that feature our enchanting collection Olde Curiosity Shoppe. Jane Tregenza and Tara Orr from our design team have both created some stunning  LOs that are sure to capture your heart and imagination! There is even a fun tutorial by Jane Tregenza that you're sure to love! Today is going to be magical! Also don't forget to leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week for your chance to win this week's fabulous blog prize! We're giving away some of the wonderful new Graphic 45 fabrics from Wilmington Prints! Check out these great prizes of the new ABC Primer fabrics! We will be choosing two random winners from this week's comments and announcing them on our blog this Friday. What fun!

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Speaking of An ABC Primer, we wanted to share this great link to a tutorial that Denise Hahn made for her ABC Primer mini album that was featured a few days ago here on our blog. Here's that wonderful project! Check out the link to see how it was made! There are some great techniques that show you how to create the pencil binding that you see in this gorgeous project! Wow, fun!

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And now it's time for some layouts! First up is a gorgeous layout and tutorial by Jane Tregenza. Jane always finds the most wonderful ways to create masterful layouts. There are some fabulous tips in this fun tutorial. It is sure to inspire you! Take is away, Jane!

"I love the new collection from Graphic 45 - “Old Curiosity Shoppe”. The colours and prints are just beautiful. I decide to do a layout on Diane and myself taken in 2011, I wanted to use a photo from CHA this year but due to camera failure I have lost the photos, which is very disappointing. I used the papers to made a frame to do the focus of the layout in.  Lots of layering and a bit of fussy cutting + chipboard makes for a perfect page. I have done a detailed tutorial for anybody wanting to have a go. I have come to know Diane over the past two years and she has become a very special friend.  We all need to Cherish Treasured Memories and scrapbooking is the perfect way to store those memories for ever." -Jane tregenza

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Supplies:

Graphic 45 Old Curiosity Shoppe Collection
G4500433 Apothecary
G4500431 Race for Time
G4500434 Genuine Article
G4500427 Exquisite Motif
G4500429 Parlor Wall
2 x Black cardstock + ½ sheet of terra cotta
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Colourbox - Blackbird
Imaginarium Design Corners and Words – “Treasured Memories” and “Cherish”

Tutorial Instructions:

  1. Remove the barcode strip from Apothecary” ink and around the edges.
  2. Cut one of your sheets of black cardstock to 11 ¼ x 11 ¼ inches. Adhere it the middle of your Apothecaryprint making sure it has the same amount of green showing all the way around.

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  1. Cut your Race for Timeto 11 inches x 11 inches. Adhere it to the middle of your black cardstock
  2. 4.     Cut your second sheet of cardstock to 10 inches x 10 inches. Don’t forget to ink the edges. Adhered it to the middle of your Race for Time”. Make sure you have the same amount of race for time showing all the way around.

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  1. Cut your Exquisite Motif to 9 ¾ x 9 ¾ inches. Ink around the edges and adhere it to your black cardstock. Make sure you have the same amount of black showing all the way around. Add your chipboard corners and brads. The corners just go on the corners of Exquisite Motif print paper.
  2. Cut your sheet of Genuine Articleto 8 inches x 8 inches. Ink around the edges. Adhere it to your Exquisite Motif making sure it is in the middle.

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  1. From your sheet of Parlor Wallyou need to cut out the butterfly frame from the top left corner, and the dragonflies (the ones with the sunflower eyes!). Two of the filigree squares (the one’s with the bumble bees in the middle) and the frame with the peacock feathers, it is in the bottom right corner. You will also need to carefully cut around the blue and terra cotta butterfly from the frame in the bottom right corner (it is the middle and bottom butterflies that you need, not the top one).  You will also need the butterfly with the boot in the middle of it, you need to cut around the butterfly leaving the boot in the middle but removing the boot from the top and bottom of the butterfly.

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  1. Mat your two filigree squares with black Bazzill, cut a small square of black to cover the middle of your square so the bees are hidden.  Adhered one to the top of your page, ¼ of an inch in from the side and ¼ down from the top of your page. The second one goes ¼ of an inch in from the side and ¼ of an inch up from the bottom .  Cut a 4 ¼ x 6 ¼ photo mat from our terra cotta cardstock. Cut a second mat 4 ¾ x 6 ¾ from your black cardstock. Adhered the two together and add it to your page.

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  1. Cut your Butterfly frame in half though the yellow butterfly Add the top bit to the top filigree square, add the bottom bit to your bottom filigree square (use the photo as a guide).  You will have a gap in the middle, you need to put foam tape in the gap, you will need to put another piece on top of it so it is two foam tape high. Glue your two cut out butterflies – only in the middle and bend their wings up slightly.

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10.  I want you to work on your peacock frame; you will attach it once it is finished. Cut your dragonfly piece in half (through the middle of the two sunflowers. Add them to your tag on an angle; use the photo for a guide.  Add your chipboard words.

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11.  Use your jewel brad and push your flowers onto it. Make a hole in the middle of your large yellow butterfly and push the flowers and brads though. Lay it on top of your peacock frame in the middle of your dragonflies. Once you are happy with where it is, make a hole and push the brad though the frame.  Bend your yellow butterfly wings up a little bit.

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12.  Put a piece of foam tape on the back of your peacock frame at the top and bottom and in the middle. Make sure when you put the frame on top of the other frame, the foam tape will rest the bottom frame.

13.  Add your photo.

Finished at last!

Next up is this gorgeous layout by Tara Orr. This LO has such great texture and vibrant color. The adorable central image truly captures the fun-loving spirit of Olde Curiosity Shoppe. You can see some fantastic examples of paper layering and paper distressing. These are techniques that Tara loves to use and the beautiful results are obvious in this LO! Pretty embellishments also add to the wonder and charm of this LO. Simply stunning!

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Supplies:

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Thank you all so much for stopping by our blog today, G45ers. We hope you enjoyed today's lovely crafts! Huge thanks to Jane Tregenza and Tara Orr for their inspiring creations today. There are more fabulous crafts in store on tomorrow's blog. We hope you'll stop by and see us. Have an enchanting day!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45

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Get Jazzed With Curtain Call & Graphic 45 Altered Art Boxes!

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Hello G45ers,

Thank you all for stopping by our blog today! We hope you are all having a great day so far! You day is about to get even better because we have the most awe-inspiring crafts on today's blog! Get ready to be wowed! Today is all about our elegant Curtain Call collection and our fabulous altered art boxes! There are so many great ways to combine these wonderful products to create unique and beautiful works of art. Today you will see two incredible pieces by Nicole Eccles and Denise Hahn. Nicole has created an extraordinary Victrola Phonograph! This project is so outstanding. You wont believe your eyes! There is even a great tutorial that Nicole created that corresponds to this amazing piece! It's tremendously fun and inspiring! Today we're also featuring a marvelously beautiful Curtain Call altered art box with accordion-fold mini album by Denise Hahn. Get ready to fall in love with every pretty page of Denise's exquisite creation! This is going to be such a fun day!

First up is this brilliant Victrola Phonograph by Nicole Eccles using Curtain Call and the Graphic 45 5x5 Altered Art Box. This piece demonstrates so much imagination and skill! It is both beautiful and fun! There is even a great tutorial that Nicole created so you can make one of your very own! Here Nicole explains her inspiration behind this fantastic work of art! 

"This piece was created using Graphic 45’s  5x5 Kraft Board Altered Art Box, and a few simple household objects.  The idea came to me as I was trying to wrack my brain for something different to create with the box.  It wasn’t until I remembered a CD that was handed to me free at a music store, that I got the idea.  The CD was terrible, and I probably wouldn’t have kept it, except the top of the CD was made to look just like a record and fit perfectly on top of the Altered Art Box.  SCORE!!!   All it needed now, was a little Jazz!! Designed in the style of a 1920’s Vintage Victrola Phonograph complete with a usable hand crank and pivoting horn.  In keeping with the style, the Graphic 45 Metal Tags were perfect for duplicating the “manufactorers plate” on the front as well as all their wonderful vintage inspired papers, including the amazing Curtain Call Line that made the Roaring 20’s come to life!  Combined with classy touches of Kraft Reflections, and the ever favorite Renaissance Faire, this piece has all the vintage flaire of it’s time.  Also like some Phonographs, a drawer has been added making this musical masterpiece the perfect gift box for any lover of antiques, the 1920’s or just Music!" -Nicole Eccles

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial


Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Supplies:
Graphic 45 Papers:
Imaginarium Designs: Chipboard flourishes and decorative chipboard pieces
Cor’edinations Sanding Block
Fiskars: Craft Knife, Paper Trimmer
Tim Holtz: Ornate Metal Feet
Ranger: Distress Ink: Frayed Burlap, Glossy Accents
Tombow: Glue Stick
Other: Paint(black, silver, copper), paint brush, drill, wire, chipboard, chipboard tube, Mod Podge, E6000, wooden bead

Now Nicole takes us on a journey into the creation of this wonderful phonograph in this fun tutorial! Get ready for some serious fun and creativity! This tutorial has everything you need to recreate this wonderful project! Take it away, Nicole!

Supplies:
Approx 7” wooden block, or box lid for base
CD
Lid from a Sour Cream container measuring the size of a CD
Wire
Kraft Knife
Mod Podge
Sandpaper or Sanding Block
Drill
Pliers
E6000
Food Skewer
Wooden Bead
Black, Silver and Copper Paint/ Paint Brush
Imaginarium Designs Decorative chipboard pieces
Ideology Ornate Metal Feet
Chipboard Cone
 
Step 1: To get started measure and draw an outline for the size of the drawer you wish to have on your altered art box.  To make things easier make sure the side you are cutting through has only 1 layer of chipboard to cut through.   

My drawer opening is 3”x 1 1/4” *Note my box has the top cut out also, this is not required, this is just something I did for better lighting in photos

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Step 2 Using a Kraft knife carefully cut and remove the drawn area for the drawer.

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Step 3: Prepare your altered art box, and wooden base by painting all the edges black. 

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Step 4: As your paint is drying, cut a few pieces of leftover chipboard to stack inside your box to help your drawer from “falling” down while pulling it in or out. 

* Note: Once your chipboard pieces are stacked together they should be flush with the cut bottom opening of your drawer. 

After making sure they fit flush, Place inside the drawer opening, and adhere firmly

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
 
Step 5: Cut and cover the Altered Art box and Wooden Base with Graphic 45 papers, sanding the edges as you go for a smooth aged finish.

Once covered with paper, ink all the edges to a desired effect, and seal with a thin layer of Mod Podge.  Allow to dry, repeat Mod Podge for better protection. 

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial

Step 6: As your Mod Podge is drying it is a great time to get your drawer made.  Cut a piece of chipboard to 5 1/4” x 5 1/4”
 
The measurements given are for a 3” x 1 1/4” drawer opening. 
If you have created a different size opening then you can determine your size of chipboard needed for the drawer by adding your width + width + length – 1/4”  
So for my box it would be 1 1/4” + 1 1/4”+ 3” =  5 1/2”  Then to make sure once folded it slides smoothly inside the opening subtract 1/4”. 
Making the starting piece 5 1/4” x 5 1/4 “

Whew!!! Glad all that math stuff is done!
 
Step 6: Now draw a grid on your chipboard showing where the center and sides will be.  To do this measure 1 1/8” from each side drawing a straight line from top to bottom.
This should create a 3x3 square in the center of your chipboard grid.

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
 
Step 7: Using a craft knife remove the corners and score along all the fold lines.  Once complete, fold it up to look like a drawer

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Step 8: To attach the drawer together, cover with long strip of paper around the outside, pulling all the corners together tight.
Continue until the inside and outside of the drawer is completely covered

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial

Step 9: To create the front of the drawer cut a piece of heavy chipboard to 3 1/4’ x 1 5/8”. Paint the backside and edges black, cover the front with desired paper to match.

Attach to drawer to center of cover using Glossy Accents of heavy duty adhesive.  Seal with Mod Podge and set aside to dry.

Once dry attach Graphic 45 Metal Button as a drawer pull.

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Step 10: Now that your Altered Art Box is dry you can now decorate it with Imaginarium Chipboard and desired embellishments.  Paint chipboard embellishments using metallic colors for a fancy look!

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Step 11: To create the crank use a small piece of craft wire and pliers to carefully bend into a Z, or crank shape.  Or bend overtop a firm hard corner like a countertop or metal table. 
Adhere a bead at the end, embellished with a tiny Graphic 45 Metal Brad.

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Step 12: Once your crank is made, decide where you would like it to go.  I placed mine exactly in the center of a decorative piece of Imaginarium chipboard, on the center of the right side.
Once you decide, use a Drill to create a tiny hole for your crank to be inserted.  Cut crank down if necessary using wire cutters and insert.

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Step 13: Now that your Altered Art Box is almost complete you may now adhere it firmly to it’s decorated base, and attach the metal feet to the base using E6000

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Step 14: While everything is drying it is time to create the Arm and Horn. 
To create the horn simply paint a small chipboard cone using desired colors and decorate using Graphic 45’s Metal Brads.  To create the “needle”, simply separate a Graphic 45 Metal Clothespin in half, and adhere to the inside of the cone slightly sticking out.

*Note: For easy placement of the brads, remove the brad backs quickly using pliers.  

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Step 15: To create the arm, and stand for the horn simply print off the provided shapes.  Trace them onto heavy chipboard, cut out using a  kraft knife or heavy duty scissors and paint silver.
Make sure to cut notches into each the stand and arm as per the diagram
The arm should measure approx. 4” long, and the stand should be approx. 2” long
 

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial

Step 16: Once the arm is complete, attach a Graphic 45 Metal Hinge to the backside of the arm using E6000.

At this time the E6000 used on the feet for the base and the hinge on the arm will need to dry at least 12 Hrs, a lot of Hurry up and wait at this point!!!

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial

Step 17: After waiting all that drying time, your hinge should be dry on the arm, and ready to attach to the Altered Art Box.
First, slide your crank out and set aside, so you can turn your whole glued phonograph on it’s right side.  Exposing the left side and making a flat surface for glueing.
Again, using E6000 adhere the arm to the left side of your altered art box making sure the placement is correct for horn.

Prop up using something sturdy and allow to dry another 12 hours.

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
Step 18: Wow we are almost there!  Once the hinge is completely dry you may now attach the stand by sliding the two notches together.

Once together it should now hold the cone in place.

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
 
Step 19: To create the record and it’s turntable you will need a CD and a plastic lid the size of the CD.
The record/CD I used was already created, however you can just as easily create one out of black paper and a CD, or chipboard painted black etc. 
Once created decorate the center with desired images from Graphic 45’s Curtain Call line. 
 
Step 20: Paint the edges of the Plastic lid silver.  Allow paint to dry and adhere record/CD to the top.

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
 
Step 21: Use a drill to create a small hole in the center of the record on the turntable.  This way you can create the post that would hold the record.
To create the post simply cut off a small piece of wooden food skewer, paint silver and slide through the hole.
Finally adhere the finished record to the completed Phonograph.

Curtain Call Altered Art Box Tutorial
 
Step 22: Replace crank, drawer and horn to completion.  Add any finishing touches with chipboard, or a Metal Tag to signify a manufacturer’s name plate etc.

Wow, wasn't that great?! There's more inspiration on the way if you can believe it! Next up is this enchanting Curtain Call altered art box by Denise Hahn. This wonderful creation absolutely captures the classic Hollywood glamor of Curtain Call. Here Denise explains her inspiration and some of the fun techniques she used to create this little treasure. It is absolutely magnificent! Take it away, Denise! 

 
I love nothing more than making a handmade gift and this sweet gift box was created for a Swap. Each gal created a blinged out compact mirror for a Breakfast at Tiffanys themed event we were attending. What would go better for my gift box than a Kraftboard Altered Art Box and Curtain Call?

I printed Audrey on cream colored cardstock, instant Sepia tone!

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Curtain Call Altered Audrey Gift Box  - 01

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Curtain Call Altered Audrey Gift Box  - 02

Inside I used the accordion book as a holder for the compact. I just punched holes and ran a piece of vintage ribbon through to tie it down.

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Curtain Call Altered Audrey Gift Box  - 03

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Curtain Call Altered Audrey Gift Box  - 04
In the base I put the swap info and the recipients name and my signature- well Autograph!

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Curtain Call Altered Audrey Gift Box  - 05
This silk ribbon from May Arts is A-mazing! Think big fat silky seam binding!

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Curtain Call Altered Audrey Gift Box  - 06
Inside I had to keep it simple, to make sure there was enough room for the compact. Want 2 Scrap say it with pearls were perfect and didn’t give too much dimension

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Curtain Call Altered Audrey Gift Box  - 07
I put in the Envelope tag to keep Moo cards and business cards in, we always seem to collect a lot of these at these artful events.

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Curtain Call Altered Audrey Gift Box  - 08
I sparkled up this Curtain Call tag with a Sakura Gelly Roll another good option that adds sparkle but no dimension.

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Curtain Call Altered Audrey Gift Box  - 10

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Curtain Call Altered Audrey Gift Box  - 09
Marths Stamp on some vintage dictionary paper.
Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Curtain Call Altered Audrey Gift Box  - 11
The back where I ran the ribbon to hold the compact.

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Curtain Call Altered Audrey Gift Box  - 12
I embossed the chipboard buttons and ran seam binding through them.

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Curtain Call Altered Audrey Gift Box  - 13
I have this little Swapping rule of thumb. If I don’t want to part with it, I know it’s good! And this is definitely one I don’t want to part with!

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Curtain Call Altered Audrey Gift Box  - 14
Supplies:
Graphic 45 Kraftboard Altered Box 5x5
Graphic 45 Kraft Flowers
Graphic 45 Curtain Call papers
Graphic 45 Staples Metal Brads
Graphic 45 Chipboard Buttons
Graphic 45 Staple Trim
Graphic 45 Envelope Tags
May Arts Silk Ribbon
Want 2 Scrap Say it with Pearls
Other:
Acrylic Paint
Sakura Gel Roll-Clear Star
Colorbox pigment brush pad
Clearsnap embossing powder
Clearsnap emboss gloss
Martha Stewart Clear Label Stamp
Pop Dots

We hope you all had a great time today! We sure enjoyed getting to share today's incredible crafts with all of you. Huge thanks to the amazing Nicole Eccles and Denise Hahn for their gorgeous creations today! We have more lovely works of craft art to share with you tomorrow. We hope you'll all come back and see us! Have a great day, G45ers!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45
 

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New Glorious Graphic 45 Fabric From Wilmington Prints!

Hello G45ers,

Happy Monday and welcome to another fun and fabulous week of craft bliss here at Graphic 45! We are so happy that you are joining us today. This week is going to be wonderful! We've got lots of gorgeous crafts and inspiration lined up from our design team! There's never a dull moment here at Graphic 45! Plus it's Monday and you know what that means! A new blog contest! Hooray! This week's prize is very special. Today we're going to be showing you some of the brand new Graphic 45 fabrics! We're partnering with the fine folks at Wilmington Prints to bring you these incredible new fabrics that are inspired by An ABC Primer and Tropical Travelogue. Today you'll get to see these gorgeous fabrics in their brilliant and vibrant splendor. You will even have a chance to win some of these beautiful fabrics with this week's blog contest! We're giving away 2 prize packs of the new fabrics inspired by An ABC Primer! All you need to do to enter is leave us a blog or Facebook comment any time this week! We will be choosing two random winners from this week's comments and announcing them on Friday! Check out these wonderful fabric packs you could win this week!

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We've partnered with Wilmington Prints in the past to create wonderful Graphic 45 fabrics and we are very excited about the brand new ABC Primer and Tropical Travelogue fabrics. Just look at these great project ideas! So many possibilities! Visit the Wilmington Prints website to find a store nearest you that sells these fabulous new fabrics!

http://www.wilmingtonprints.com/default.aspx

ABC Primer Sell Sheet Lo Res

Q1825 Tropical Travelogue Sell Sheet Lo Res

Now we're going to take you on a tour of the new Tropical Travelogue fabrics. All of the vibrancy and joy of Tropical Travelogue comes to life with these magnificent new fabrics. Explore these incredible designs and imagine the wonderful projects you could create!

Q1825 Tropical Travelogue Cover 1

Q1825-85536-742W FR

Q1825-85537 -85540-1

Q1825-85537 -85540-4

Q1825-85538 -85539-3

Q1825-85538 -85539-7

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Here are the adorable fabrics inspired by An ABC Primer. These fabrics are full of stunning color and beautiful vintage-inspired designs. These fabrics are perfect for a wide range of projects. They are fun and easy to work with and have that perfect Graphic 45 look. Feast your eyes on these fabulous fabric designs!

Q1825 ABC Primer Cover 1

Q1825-85529-719 FP

Q1825-85529-719 FR

Q1825-85530-759 FP

Q1825-85530-759 FR

Q1825-85531 -85533

Q1825-85532

Q1825-85534 -85535

You can find these wonderful new fabrics on the Wilmington Prints website and find a store or online shop that sells them as well! Be sure to leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week for your chance to win some glorious new fabrics from An ABC Primer! We want to thank you all for joining us today! We will have some gorgeous crafts to share with you tomorrow from our wonderful design team! We hope you'll come back and see us! Have a marvelous Monday, G45ers!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45

 

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A Moment of Gratitude For All You G45ers!

Hello G45ers,

Happy Friday and welcome to today's blog! Thank you all so much for joining us on this lovely day! This has been such a fun and exciting week here at Graphic 45. We've been working hard to get our new collections Happy Haunting and A Ladies' Diary out to stores as fast as possible. We know you are all anxious to get your hands on these wonderful new collections. Plus we've been having such a great time getting to share the glorious creations from our new 2012 design team. It was wonderful to read all of your comments this week. You all seem to be just as excited as we are with the fabulous talent that our new design team is bringing! Thank you all so much for your terrific feedback this week! Today we thought we'd say thank you to all of you fabulous G45ers out there. We're going to be featuring some wonderful crafts that were posted to our Ning site from your fellow G45ers! We love seeing what you're creating with our products. We encourage all of you to share your creativity on our Ning site, Facebook page and website gallery!

We also have a winner for this week's blog contest! Huge thanks to everyone who left us blog and Facebook comments this week. We loved hearing from you! This week's winner, chosen at random from this week's blog comments, is...

-Connie L Riley: "I don't know what I'm going to do--I'm running out of superlatives and the DT has just started! If they keep it up, I'll have to resort to my thesaurus or just not post... The Olde Curiosity Shoppe is one of my obsessions and I loved all three projects. Sharon's altered box gave me so many ideas. Although I'm not much of a jewelry person, I was fascinated with Denise's video and how the necklace was constructed. Definitely great ideas there. And, the box and mini album from Clare went right to the top of my projects to try list! Thanks."

Congratulations, Connie and thank you for your kind words! Please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize.

And now it's time for some stunning crafts that were posted on our Ning site! Here is a fabulous lift curtain by Anne Elizabeth Rostad.This is such a grand and inspiring creation! It absolutely captures the fun and eclectic sentiment of Olde Curiosity Shoppe! One word: "wow!"

Olde Curiosity Shoppe

Here we have an amazing rat trap note holder by Kimberly.This clever creation features Kraft Reflections and lots of beautiful embellishments. This fabulous craft has a great shabby-chic look that is simply beautiful!

Kraft Reflections

Next up is this gorgeous Olde Curiosity Shoppe layout by Teresa Manchas. You can see some wonderful paper distressing in this piece that gives it a truly vintage look. Plus this is just so adorable with the sweet photos of a cute pup. Fabulous paper layering also gives this LO great dimension and texture. Fantastic!

Olde Curiosity Shoppe layout

Next up is this stunning Little Darlings keepsake box by Martica Gonzalez.This is such a wonderful creation. Keepsake boxes are always so much fun to make! This adorable box captures the preciousness of our Little Darlings collection in so many ways. Pretty embellishments and ribbons also help to add to the charm of this wonderful box. It's such a treasure!

Little Darlings Altered Art

Here is another fantastic Little Darlings creation! This is an altered canvas by Anna Fearer. Isn't this lovely?! You can see how perfectly Little Darlings papers blend with pretty embellishments. This would make such a fabulous gift or a beautiful piece of home decor. Incredible!

Little Darlings Altered Art

Once again, thank you all so much for joining us today. Huge thanks to all of today's featured artists for their remarkable projects. Big thanks to all of you G45ers out there who share your kind words and wonderful talents with us. We appreciate you all so much! Please come back and see us again. We've got another week of wonderful craft inspiration ahead! Have a glorious day and enjoy your weekend!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45

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Jump for Joy With An ABC Primer!

Hello G45ers,

Thank you for stopping by our blog today! We have some truly delightful craft treats to share with you on this fine Thursday! We've got brand new craft creations from our fabulous design team members Denise Hahn and Alberto Juarez. Today's crafts highlight our adorable schoolhouse-inspired collection An ABC Primer. Today you will see a splendid mini album by Denise Hahn and some beautiful wall hangings by Alberto Juarez. This day is going to be so much fun!

We love An ABC Primer. The beautiful colors and vintage schoolhouse images are filled with so much wonder! There are so many ways to use this fabulous collection to create something unforgettable! First up is this gorgeous mini album by Denise Hahn. She completely captured the vintage spirit of this collection! We love the way Denise used the pencils to decorate the spine of this mini. What a clever idea! There is something wonderful to discover on every beautiful page. You can see how Denise layered the papers and added cute embellishments to enhance to precious look of this mini! Wow!

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 ABC Primer Mini Album - 01

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 ABC Primer Mini Album - 02

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 ABC Primer Mini Album - 03

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 ABC Primer Mini Album - 04

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 ABC Primer Mini Album - 05

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 ABC Primer Mini Album - 06

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 ABC Primer Mini Album - 07

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 ABC Primer Mini Album - 09

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 ABC Primer Mini Album - 10

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 ABC Primer Mini Album - 12

Supplies:

Graphic 45 ABC Primer papers
Graphic 45 ABC Primer Chipboard Tags 1 & 2
Graphic 45 Flowers #30
Graphic 45 Staples Trim #3
Bazzill Basics Cardstock
My First Ticonderoga Pencils
Vintage Fabric Measuring Tape
Vintage Dennison Label
Vintage game tile
Colorbox Fluid Chalk Black
Colorbox Fluid Chalk Prussian Blue
Smootch Glitz Starlight
Clearsnap Embossing powder-clear
Sharpie Paint Pen white
Tulle
Provo Craft letter stamp Circa 18pt
May Arts Bakers Twine
Mini Book on cover-cut from scrabble board

Next up we have these fabulous wall hangings by Alberto Juarez using An ABC Primer. These would look perfect in a nursery or child's room! These would even be great in an office or study area! They are nice and simple but they radiate with wonderful vintage charm. The lovely altered frame and ribbon add a dash of brilliant color to these sweet works of home decor. They are simply lovely!

Alberto Juarez Graphic45 An ABC primer frame 1

Alberto Juarez Graphic45 An ABC primer frame 2

Alberto Juarez Graphic45 An ABC primer frame 4

We hope you all enjoyed today's wonderful crafts! Please join us tomorrow for more splendid craft creations. We will also be announcing a winner for this week's blog contest. There is still time to enter for your chance to win this week's prize. Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment! Huge thanks to Denise Hahn and Alberto Juarez for their incredible work today. We wish you all a blissful day!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45

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A Craft Celebration of Olde Curiosity Shoppe!

Hello Fabulous G45ers!

It's another bright and happy day here at Graphic 45! We are so glad you've stopped by to see the latest in craft inspiration. We've got so many fantastic crafts to share with you today! We're celebrating the many ways you can create gorgeous projects with our collection Olde Curiosity Shoppe. You'll see magnificent works of art by Sharon Ong, Denise Hahn and Clare Charvill! Plus we've got helpful tips, a fun tutorial and videos! Wow! So much fun! So lets just get right to it! First up is this remarkable 5x5 altered art box by Sharon Ong. This box is so beautiful! Sharon even included some great tips on how she created this inspiring piece! With a collection as beautiful as Olde Curiosity Shoppe there is no limit to your creativity! Take it away, Sharon!

The Graphic 45 5X5 altered art box is perfect as a little container for tags with quotations, or in my case bible verses to remember.  Here's what I did with mine:

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Altered Art

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Altered Art

Instead of using the album that comes with the box, I used it to make a pocket to hold tags.  (the album paper is nice and sturdy so its great for building with!).

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Altered Art

My favourite part of this project is actually the sides of the box.  I used the Olde Curiosity Shoppe "Genuine Article" papers to paper the sides and painted over them with a thin layer of teal coloured paint, then stained it with distress ink. I like how it makes the paper look 'mouldy'. :)

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Altered Art

Supplies:

Papers:  Mercurial Masterpiece, Parlor Wall, Optical Oddities, Butterfly Specifics, Apothecary, Genuine Article, Bazaar of Wonders,
  5x5 Kraftboard Altered Art Box w/Album
 Metal Flower Staples
  Metal Hinge Staples
 Metal Button Staples
  Metal Clothespins
 Stamped Metal Brads
  Olde Curiosity Shoppe Chipboard Die-cuts 2
Other Supplies:
 Marks Filmstrip Washi Tape

  Making Memories paint - lagoon
 Ranger Distress Ink - Vintage Photo, black soot
 Bazzill kraft cardstock
 twine - my own

Next up is this unique and elegant Olde Curiosity Shoppe thread spool necklace by Denise Hahn. This is such a clever idea and so much fun to create! Plus it's a great way to recycle your old thread spools! Turn them into one-of-a-kind accessories like this one! Here is what Denise had to say about this lovely necklace!  

"I have been making these necklaces for a while now, but was inspired by Graphic 45’s Old Curiosity Shoppe’s butterflies and Staples Metal Butterflies. I decided to combine them with some fun ribbon from May Arts to make this attention getting wearable piece of art." -Denise Hahn

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Necklace - 1

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Necklace - 2

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Necklace - 3

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Necklace - 4

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Necklace - 5

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Necklace - 6

Check out Denise's Video Tutorial.

 

Supplies:

Graphic 45 Paper Old Curiosity Shoppe
Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Stickers
Graphic 45 Staples Butterfly
May Arts Ribbon
Want2Scrap Say it in pearls
Vintage Wooden Spool
Colorbox Chalk Black
Decoupage Medium
Thick Gauge wire (I use rebar wire)
Wire cutters and flat nose pliers
Clearsnap Rollograph with word words stamp
Colorbox Archival Ink Pad Black
Pre-made rosary chain
vintage rhinestone piece
E6000
Metal key

Next up is this enchanting altered box and mini album by Clare Charvill. Clare is an expert when it comes to creating incredible works of altered art and mini albums! Let this stunning piece capture your heart and imagination! Want to know how it was made? Clare has even included a detailed tutorial and videos that show you how to create one of your very own! So lets have some fun with the amazingly talented Clare Charvill! Take it away, Clare! 

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Altered Art

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Altered Art

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Olde Curiosity Shoppe Altered Art

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Altered Art
Supplies:
Graphic 45 Supplies  
Papers from the 12 x 12 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Collection 
Back Cover - diamonds
12 x 12 Parlour Wall 
12 x 12 Genuine Article for the dragonfly 
Staples Ribbon Black
Miscellaneous supplies
Wooden Box
Polystyrene balls
wooden knob for closure 
3 covered florist wires 
Alterations Metal Embellishment  on lid 
Wooden Cotton Reel
Back Soot Distress Ink
The Instructions
Instructions:

1.  Take a wooden box and paint it inside and out with black acrylic paint.  Leave until completely dry and cover with a coat of matte varnish.  I used Claudine Helmuth Matte Medium

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2.  Measure front, back and sides of your box and  cut paper  1/4 " smaller than actual size of each panel to allow for a black border.  Ink all edges cover with tacky glue and stick each piece to the corresponding side of the box, making sure all edges are firmly stuck down.  I used the back cover of the 12 x 12 paper pad. The diamonds were just the right size for the project.

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3.  Cut two border pieces out of black card stock using the Sizzix  Swirly  Back decorative strip and, centring each piece up with the front and back of the box and the bottom edge, stick down firmly to box. Then  cut out the  "eyes" element  from the 12 x 12 Parlor Wall paper and stick to the centre front of box.  

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4. Take 4 polystyrene balls (bought from local craft store) with black acrylic paint and leave to dry thoroughly. Stick on to each of the bottom corners of the box with tacky glue/glossy accents. I stuck each one on a cocktail stick to make it easy to paint and dry them.

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5.  Cut out a selection of words from the 12 x 12 Optical Oddities paper, ink the edges of each one with black soot distress ink. Crumple up and then stick them so they overlap around the bottom edge of the border strips on the box.

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6.  Measure the inside front back and sides of box and cut paper pieces for each that are 1/4" smaller than the actual size of the sides. Ink all paper edges.  Paper used was 12 x 12 Parlor Wall.  Also cut out peacock element and ink edges.  Cut two strips of black ribbon from the G45 Staples range and stick each piece to the inside of the lid and side of box. Then stick the paper pieces to the inside of the box and the peacock element to the inside of the lid. 

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To decorate the lid: 
7.  Cut out the dragonfly and two butterfly's from the 12 x 12 Genuine Article and Butterfly Specifics papers. Ink all edges.  Take three paper coated florist wires, roll around a wooden spoon to curl and stick one to each of the two butterflies and dragonfly cut outs.  I cut a tiny oblong shaped piece of paper from the same sheet as the butterflies, add some glue to the back of the butterflies, position the wire in the glue and stick the little oblong piece of paper over the top.  Hold for a few seconds until stuck.  Paint a cotton reel black and when dry, group the three wire ends together, push down into the centre of the cotton reel.  Squeeze some glue into the hole and leave to dry.  

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8.  Cut out two words from the 12 x 12 Optical Oddities sheet and the frame around the butterfly's on the  Parlor Wall paper ink edges and stick down on the top of the box. 
Add a metal embellishment to frame one word.  Stick cotton reel in place with some tacky glue and leave to dry. 

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9.  Cut out the key from 12 x 12 Parlor Wall paper, ink edges and cover in glossy accents.  Leave to dry.  Make a small label from Genuine Article 1 x 12 paper, punch hole and stick a hole re enforcer to either side. Take two pieces of thread, fold in half, attach tot he key and tag and then wrap around the cotton reel, sticking down with glossy accents. 

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To finish box, paint small wooden knob black and stick to centre front of box lid.
    
The album

There are four videos, and here's the link to the first, how to make the basic album. The other three will be on my you tube channel shortly and follow on from the first. 

 

We hope you all had a ton of fun today and got some great ideas! We want to thank you all for stopping by and seeing us! Huge thanks to Sharon Ong, Denise Hahn and Clare Charvill for their amazing work today! We hope you'll join us tomorrow for more incredible craft inspiration from our wonderful design team! Have a glorious day!

Happy Papercrafting!

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Fun Little Darlings Ideas & Metal Buttons Tutorial!

Hello Fabulous G45ers!

Welcome to our blissful blog! We hope your week is going wonderfully. We are pleased as punch that you are joining us today! We are having so much fun getting to share the incredible crafts that our new design team has been creating. Today we have an enchanting Little Darlings altered dresser by Arlene Cuevas that you are going to love! Arlene has also included a fun and easy tutorial that will show you how to create gorgeous altered metal staples using the Graphic 45 Metal Button Staples! This is a great technique that brings a brilliant look to metal embellishments. Yes indeed, today is going to be lots of fun! Don't forget that we've got a great blog contest this week that you can still enter to win! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment any time this week. We will be choosing one random winner from this week's comments and announcing them on Friday right here on our blog. This is the wonderful prize you can win this week! Oh, so pretty!

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We know you are all getting super excited about the new collections A Ladies' Diary and Happy Haunting. Here is a fun video that Arlene made where she takes you on a tour of the new paper collections! Our design team are starting to get to work on these wonderful new collections. This fun video is sure to get you super excited to start papercrafting! Start looking for A Ladies' Diary and Happy Haunting in stores in June!
 
And now it's time to get inspired! Here we have an adorable and beautiful Little Darlings Altered Dresser by Arlene Cuevas. This would make such a wonderful gift or a piece of decor for a nursery or child's room. You can keep sweet little keepsakes in the drawers too! There are so many great uses for this magical creation. Let your imagination take flight as you look at these great photos! Here is what Arlene had to say about this precious work of art.
 
"A friend of mine is expecting a baby boy this fall and I wanted to make something special to welcome him. Naturally, I reached for the Little Darlings paper collection! I found this miniature wooden dresser at a local craft store and thought how cute it would be to alter it. I primed the base with Gesso, then painted the entire dresser with buttermilk white acrylic paint. The edges are inked up with Ranger Distress Ink in Antique Linen. I painted the Staples Metal Buttons and Ornate door plate with acrylic paint and distressed them using a baby wipe, which is fun and easy to do (tutorial included.) The little picture frame is from the dollar section at my local craft store. I matted a Little Darlings chipboard frame to it and included a photo inside from the paper collection. The handmade flower was created using the Cherished paper and Spellbinders Rose creations die set. The Little Darlings paper collection is so full of inspiration. It’s fun to work with, that’s for sure!" -Arlene Cuevas
 

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Supplies:
May Arts lace/pearl trim
May Arts Silky Crush ribbon
I Am Roses flowers
Cheery Lynn Designs Lace corner Deco E & Francesca border
White doily
Michael’s mini white dollar frame
Ranger Distress Ink – Antique Linen
Gesso
Buttermilk White Acrylic paint by Americana

 
Next up is this lovely and fun tutorial that Arlene created. You can see that she used Graphic 45 Metal Button Staples on her Little Darlings altered dresser. She used this great technique to add a splash of color and vintage charm to the Metal Button Staples. Learn how it was done in this great tutorial! What fun!

Altering Staples Metal Buttons Tutorial:

A few simple steps for a great look!
 
Supplies:

Staples Metal Buttons, Paint brush, tweezer or gripper, acrylic paint, paint dish, heat gun, baby wipes

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Step 1: Use your gripper to clip the brad in place. Add a small drop of paint into the paint dish. Dip your paint brush lightly into the paint and apply to the brad. Cover completely, making sure you don’t miss any crevices.
 
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Step 2: You can either let the paint sit and dry, or use a heat gun to dry the paint. NOTE: Be careful! When you use a heat gun, the metal gets really hot! TIP: Do not dry completely. The paint should be slightly moist to the touch.

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Step 3: Take a baby wipe and brush it lightly over the brad, paying attention to rub on the surface of the brad only. You want to slightly remove the paint on the surface of the brad to reveal the antique gold.

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Voila! You have an altered brad! You can use a similar technique with alcohol ink. But instead of a baby wipe, use a dry paper towel and wipe the alcohol ink lightly before it completely sets.

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Have fun trying out this super easy technique!

We hope you all had a great time today! Big thanks to Arlene Cuevas for her fantastic Little Darlings creation and tutorial! We have more inspiraing crafts to share with you on tomorrow's blog so we hope you'll join us! Enjoy your day, G45ers!

With Hugs and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45

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Magical Graphic 45 Mini Albums & Tutorials You'll Adore!

Hello G45ers,

We are so glad you are all joining us for more craft bliss here at the Graphic 45 blog! Sure it's Monday but that means that it's a whole new week for discovering marvelous crafts with all of us here at Graphic 45!  This is going to be such an incredible day! Our new 2012 design team have been working hard to create some astonishing works of art. Today we're all about mini albums. Jim Hankins AKA The Gentleman Crafter and Kristin Wilson have both created some gorgeous minis that will sweep you off your feet. There is also a fun and easy tutorial and video that correspond with these magnificent creations! Plus we've got a great new blog contest where you can win some glorious Graphic 45 goodies! Yes, this day is going to be a lot of fun. Lets get started by talking about this week's blog contest! All you need to do is leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week. We will be choosing one random winner from this week's comments and announcing them here on our blog on Friday. You could win this wonderful prize pack that includes an 8x8 paper pad from Olde Curiosity Shoppe and Little Darlings, Graphic 45 Black Policy Envelopes, Metal Hinges, Flower Staples and an Antique Typewriter Wood Stamp Set! Wow! So be sure to leave your comments for your chance to win!

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And now it's time for some magnificent inspiration with this wonderful travel diary! Feast your eyes on this gorgeous Kraft Reflections travel diary by the amazing Jim Hankins. This is such a wonderful creation that is just perfect if you are about to embark on a journey or if you know someone who is. Travel dairies are great for jotting down your favorite moments, adding fun photos and keepsakes. There are so many possibilities. Join Jim as he takes you step by step through the creation of this wonderful dairy with a fun and simple tutorial!

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Supplies:
Graphic 45 Kraft Reflections Paper Collection
Graphic 45 Trim Staples
Graphic 45 Metal Tags
Graphic 45 Button Brads
Idea-ology Timepieces
Idea-ology Game Spinners
Idea-ology Locket keys
Chipboard
24” of twine
Kraft Cardstock

This Fast and Easy Kraft Reflections Travel Diary is a fun gift to give someone as a Bon Voyage!

Step 1:

Cut chipboard to the following:
2 @ 3-1/2 x 6-1/4
1 @ ½ x 6-1/4

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Step 2:

Chomp corners of the chipboard with a ½ inch corner chomper.

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Step 3:

On the backside of a piece of Kraft Collections paper, mark ¾” on bottom and left edge.

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Step 4:

Align your pieces of chipboard with the marks and adhere to cardstock leaving a
1/8-inch gap between the spine piece.

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Step 5:

Miter all corners leaving ½ at each corner. Cut into the corner around the rounded
part of the chipboard. Be sure not to cut right up to the edge but close.

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Step 6:

Apply Scor-Tape around all edges.

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Step 7:

Pull the tape backing and bring all ¾ inch edges over and onto tape. For the corner
you should have several tabs. Bring one in at a time and fold over corner.

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Step 8:

Glue down corner tabs.

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Step 9:

Cut a piece of contrasting Kraft Reflections cardstock to 6-1/8 x 7-5/8. Using your
½ corner chomper round the edges.

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Step 10:

Using adhesive, glue cardstock to inside of the cover and burnish to secure.

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Step 11:

On the spine, punch a 1/8 hole one inch in from each edge. Next, insert and set an
eyelet into the two holes.

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Step 12:

Cut 10 sheets of plain Kraft Cardstock to 5-7/8 x 6-3/4. Next stack them together
and fold them in half. Open the paper stack up and punch two 1/8 holes 7/8 from
each end. Take the twine and fold in half. Insert each end into the holes and then
through the eyelets of your covered chipboard cover. On the spine, tie the twine
into a bow to secure.

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Step 13:

Last, apply Scor-Tape to the outside middle completely around the book. Cut a 20
inches piece of the Graphic 45 Trim. Pull the backing off the tape, find the middle of
the trim and apply this first to the spine then around to the front and back of the
book. Embellish the front cover as desired. Voila! Fast and Easy Travel Journal.

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Wow, wasn't that great?! Next up is this remarkably beautiful tea cup mini album by Kristin Wilson. She's created this fun video where she takes you on a tour through each enchanting page! There is so much to discover in this sweet creation. Kristin blended lots of different Graphic 45 collections to create an exquisite and unique statement. Plus you've got to love all of those gorgeous embellishments and heartwarming sentiments on every page! This mini is pure delight!

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Supplies:
Graphic 45: Olde Curiosity Shoppe Collection, Kraft Reflections Collection, Le’ Romantique Collection, Steampunk Debutante Collection, Curtain Call CollectionMetal Brads, Hinges
Prima: Locket Charm, Padlocks, Pearl Spray
Tim Holtz: Safety Pin, Metal Gears, Metal Chain, Clock
Stampin Up!: Stamps, Ink, Brads, Lace, Punch, Dimentionals, Library Clip, Flower Brad, Button, Jumbo Eyelet
Accessories: Flowers: Petaloo; Wood Buttons: Maya Road; Leaf Punch: Martha Stewart; Twine: Papertray Ink; Ribbon: Etsy; Mini Album: Unknown

Tips:

  • To hold heavy objects in place use Glossy Accents as your adhesive.
  • Do more with ribbon and add a button or twine to the center of your bow.
  • Don’t have that perfect sentiment? Just print one out on cardstock and distress.

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We hope you all enjoyed today's blog. Thank you all so much for stopping by. We can't wait to read your comments this week on our blog and Facebook page! Huge thanks to Jim Hankins and Kristin Wilson for their gorgeous work today! We will have more inspiring creations to share with you all tomorrow. We hope you'll come back and see us! Have a wonderful day, G45ers!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45

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Clever Ideas & Tutorial Inspiration From Graphic 45!

Hello G45ers,

TGIF! Welcome to our very special blog today! The end of the week is here at last and we've got just what you need to get inspired for your weekend! Today's dreamy crafts by Alberto Juarez and Nicole Eccles are so incredible! You wont believe your eyes! Alberto has created a gorgeous Tropical Travelogue album with a fun tutorial that you're sure to love. While Nicole has made a breathtaking piece of altered art using Olde Curiosity Shoppe! Yes, we've packed this blog full of so much enchantment and inspiration! It's going to be such a fun Friday! Also we have a big winner to announce for this week's blog contest! Huge thanks to everyone who left us comments on our blog and Facebook page this week. We love reading all of your terrific feedback! This week's winner was chosen at random from our Facebook page. And the winner is...

-Marcia Neat: "Isn't this weeks prize what dreams are made off! Every crafters dream. The Olde Curiosity Shoppe with extra pinch me am I dreaming who will be the lucky one I don't know but I do know that whoever they are they will be the happiest crafters in craftworld. All the Graphic 45 Design team are so gifted yet each craft submitted is so different and amazing the detail is astounding such talent."

Congratulations, Marcia! Please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize. Hooray! This is the prize that Marcia won this week. We will have a great new blog contest on Monday so there are more fabulous chances to win some great Graphic 45 goodies!

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And now it's time to behold some gorgeous crafts! Here is an astounding Tropical Travelogue album created by the amazing Alberto Juarez. Every page is filled with magnificent color, fabulous photographs and fun techniques. Alberto has even created a great tutorial that explains how this album was created! Wow! Get ready for an incredible journey! This album will transport you to another world!

 

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Next up is this glorious Apothecary cart by Nicole Eccles. This is such an amazing altered art creation. Nicole has such a fun imagination. There are so many small and beautiful details to this gorgeous cart. You're going to love it! Nicole seems to have quite a knack for creating such clever works of altered art. Many of her projects happen to be on wheels, including this one! While Nicole may not have invented the wheel, she sure knows how to beautifully alter it with Graphic 45! Here is what she had to say about this inspiring work of art!

"This week I have been hitting it hard trying to finish all the little details on my Apothecary cart.  This was something my mom found on Etsy thinking it was A LOT smaller. Once it came I was pleased to find how big it really was! Measuring approx. 10”x 5”x 12” there was plenty of room to create a shadowbox.  However, inside of the opening there were wooden pegs to represent a Calliope.  With a little work I was able to remove them and turn this little circus calliope into a full service Apothecary Cart!  Inside the cart handmade boxes and shelves created from chipboard house tiny glass bottles filled with concoctions.  Tiny labels cut from Graphic 45’s Apothecary paper adorn the bottles filled with Distress Stickles and Embossing powders for effect.  Mini Metal Brads make the perfect knobs along the bottom of the shelf to hang your keys.. And in the corner a small bottle cap table sets atop a wooden spool base.  A decorated wooden wheel serves as the perfect “pillow” for the crystal ball.  Resting atop the cart, luggage has been created out of heavy chipboard and stacked underneath netting for the long haul.  Created with a mix of 5 different Graphic 45 lines, this piece is the perfect example of how well all the lines work magically together!!!" Nicole Eccles

Here is how the cart first looked before Nicole dressed it up with Graphic 45!

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And here is that same cart all decked out in Olde Curiosity Shoppe as well as four other gorgeous Graphic 45 paper collections! It's a whole new world of wonder! Behold the splendor of this incredible creation!

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Supplies:

Graphic 45 Papers:
Olde Curiosity Shoppe: Counting Down, Exquisite Motif, Optical Oddities, Parlor Wall, Apothecary, Genuine Article, Olde Curiosity Shoppe
Steampunk Debutante: Fantasy Floral, Eclectic Emporium
Le Cirque: Magnifique
An ABC Primer: Calico Kids
Renaissance Faire: Masterpiece, Venetian Lace
Graphic 45 Staples: Mini Metal Brads
Want 2 Scrap: Fleur De Li
Maya Road: Giant Bottle Cap
Ranger: Glossy Accents( as adhesive)
Scrapbook Adhesive: 3D Foam Squares
Tim Holtz: Corked Vials
7 gypsies: Tiny Metal Keys, Ornate Metal Strip
Other: Wolf Creek Calliope Wagon, E6000, Mode Podge, paint, sandpaper, wooden spool, wooden wheel, marble, Sharpie Markers, heavy chipboard, metal charms, gems, clipart

Wow! Wow! Wow! Wasn't that fun?! We hope you are all super charged up for a great weekend. We hope you find some time to get out your paper, scissors and glue and create something special. Papercrafting is so wonderful. Giving yourself some time to be creative is essential! We celebrate each and every one of you out there, G45ers! Your creative spirit is what keeps us going! Big thanks to the amazing Alberto Juarez and Nicole Eccles for their fabulous work today! Have a wonderful Friday and enjoy your weekend!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45

 

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Lovely Graphic 45 Layouts & Sketches!

Hello G45ers,

Welcome to our blog today! Thank you all for joining us for another day of stunning crafts! We have some real treats in store for you today. You're going to see some incredible layous and a fabulous card, sketches and a fun tutorial, all of which are sure to brighten your day! Our fabulous design team members Tara Orr and Gloria Stengel have created the most lovely works of art. You'll also learn some fun and versatile ways to create amazing crafts from simple sketches. Today's blog is full of fun ideas! And don't forget that today is the last day for you to leave us a blog or Facebook comment for your chance to win this week's Olde Curiosity Shoppe prize pack! We will be announcing our randomly chosen winner on tomorrow's blog. Don't miss your chance to win some spectacular Graphic 45 goodies!

Okay, it's time for some fabulous crafts! This first creation is by Tara Orr. It's a gorgeous layout featuring our Little Darlings collection. Here is the wonderful sketch that Tara made for this beautiful LO. You can use it to recreate her fantastic LO. Get inspired with this sweetly layered and vibrant creation!

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Supplies:

Graphic 45 Supplies:
Patterned Paper: Little Treasures, Cherished, Kewpie Cute, Peek-A-Boo, Heaven Sent: Little Darlings
Little Darlings Alphabet Stickers
Little Darlings Stickers
Little Darlings Chipboard Die-cuts 1
Little Darlings Chipboard Die-cuts 2
Scrapbook Adhesives: 3D Foam Squares
ZVA Creative Leaves and Flowers

Next we have two stunning crafts by Gloria Stengel. Using the same sketch, Gloria created an amazing layout and a card! Two beautiful creations from one simple sketch! Wow! This just shows you the wide range of projects you can make with a few easy guidelines! First up is Gloria's wonderful layout. Here she takes you step by step through her creative process in this fun tutorial. Take it away, Gloria!

"This photo is of my friend Beverly and me when we were at our girls' retreat the summer of 2011. We were checking out the scenery of a small town near Chicago and stopped for a photo shoot at this old mill. There were a lot of "out-takes" due to combing four giggling women and a very hot day, but we did manage a few nice photos. I chose a color scheme for this page layout based on colors that I know Beverly likes: summer colors!" -Gloria Stengel

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Instructions:

1. Use the sketch below for photo and embellishment placement.

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2. Spray Graphic 45 Kraft Reflections Express Yourself paper with Peacock Tattered Angels Chalkboard Glimmer Mist. Dip a round item (a lid or paper cup) into Gesso and stamp circles on the paper in a random pattern. Allow to dry.

3. Using sharp scissors or a craft knife, cut the center from the Express Yourself paper. Distress the edges with your fingers, rolling the paper and tearing it slightly. Place a sheet of Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Exquisite Motif paper behind the opening, creating a frame. Glue the papers together.

4. Trim the printed paper stack to 11 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches.

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5. Using Bon Voyage and Antique Moss Decades Antiquing Ink, ink the edges of pale blue cardstock. Then using an edge distressing tool or sharp scissors, distress the edges of the cardstock. Attach the printed frame to the center of your cardstock.

6. Using ink and mist, color the naked chipboard. Try mixing glimmer mist with Gesso to create your own "paint." Give the some of the chipboard shapes luster by buffing them with metallic rub-ons.

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7. Use Gesso and metallic rub-ons to add color to the metal door plate.

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8. Glue flowers and the chipboard items to your layout as shown, using the sketch for placement ideas.

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9. Add subtitles and journaling with stickers. To create a hidden journaling card, die cut a long, tag shape from white cardstock. Ink the edges with blue and green ink. If desired, stamp a message on the one end of the journaling card and tuck it behind the photo.

10. You may wish to distress your photo edges with a scraper tool or a pair of sharp scissors.

Supply List:
Graphic 45 Paper:
Olde Curiosity Shoppe: Exquisite Motif
Kraft Reflections: Express Yourself
Graphic 45 Staples:
Geometric Metal Door Plate and brads
Graphic 45 Stamps: Le Cirque Cling Stamps 1
Chipboard: Imaginarium Designs: Page corner, Butterflies, Clock, Title
Ink: Clearsnap: Colorbox: Archival: Wicked Black; Graphic 45 Decades Antiquing Ink: Bon Voyage, Antique Moss; Mix'd Media Inx: Patina
Cardstock: American Crafts: Black, Blue
Flowers: Prima
Stickers: Prima
Die cuts: My Favorite Things Die-namics: Vertical Greetings
Mist: Tattered Angels: Chalkboard Glimmer Mist: Peacock; Glimmer Mist: Moonlight
Paint: Delta Ceramcoat: Gesso
Metallic Rub-Ons: Craft-T Products: Sky Blue, Silver Blue, Golden White
Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape runner; glue

Here is an amazing way to use this exact same sketch by Gloria! It's a gorgeous card! One sketch with two incredible options! Versatility is a wonderful thing!

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Supplies:
 
Graphic 45 8x8 Paper:
Olde Curiosity Shoppe: Exquisite Motif, Butterfly Specifics
Once Upon a Springtime: Enchanted Forest, Woodland Fantasy
Ink: Clearsnap: Colorbox: Graphic 45 Decades Antiquing Ink: Antique Moss
Cardstock: American Crafts: Black
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon: Blue Topaz Diamond Satin
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Gear: 7 Gypsies
Clock and Light bulb: Sky Blue Pink
Border punch: Martha Stewart
Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape runner; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares; glue

We hope you all had a great time today, G45ers! Big thanks to Tara Orr and Gloria Stengel for their fabulous creations! We hope you'll all come back and see us tomorrow for more inspiring crafts and our blog prize winner announcement! It's going to be a great day! We wish you all a fabulous day.

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45

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Think Outside the Box With Graphic 45 Altered Art Boxes!

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Hello G45ers,

Welcome to our blog! We are so happy that you've stopped by today! We've got some terrific altered art boxes to share with you from our talented design team members Susan Lui and Maiko Miwa! You are sure to love the fabulous creations they've made! And speaking of love, we have been enjoying such gorgeous weather this week! We're even keeping the windows open here in the Graphic 45 office during the day to let in the fresh spring air! It's just glorious! So we thought we'd share the sunshine with all of you today by bringing you some radiant craft inspiration! No need for sunblock! Just enjoy basking in the beauty of these lovely creations!

Altered art boxes are just wonderful. They are fun to create and they also make amazing gifts. Here is a beautiful altered art box created by Susan Lui. She combined different Graphic 45 collections with gorgeous embellishments to create this fabulous box. You can also see Susan's amazing use of paper layering on the top of the box that adds a multi-dimensional quality. It's simply stunning! Here is what Susan had to say about it.

"It's a cake box I altered into a vintage style treasure box using a mix of Renaissance Faire and Curtain Call papers. I converted the cake box by attaching hinges and a close featuring a Graphic 45 Metal Buttons. I then went to town with all the beautiful patterned papers from Curtain Call and Renaissance Faire, layering the images with muslin, lace trim, pearls and a couple of Graphic 45 metal butterfly embellishments and buttons. I also added some homemade gold corners fashioned out of paper and given a distressed look." -Susan Lui

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Supplies:

Patterned Papers - Graphic 45 Curtain Call (Pantomine, Let's Dance, Top Billing, Curtain Call); Renaissance Faire (Renaissance Faire)
Metal Embellishments - Graphic 45 Metal Buttons an Metal Butterflies
Cardstock - American Craft Black Cardstpcl
Dies - Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz Dies Hardware Findings
Border Punch - Martha Stewart
Others - Robin's Nest Dew Drops, Ranger Industries Distress Stickles, Ranger Industries Distress Crackle Paints, Making Memories brass brads

Next up is this adorable Little Darlings altered art box by Maiko Miwa. This is a great example of using altered art to celebrate a cherished memory. Maiko created this sweet box to honor the birth of her daughter. Inside the box is a precious little world of memories. What a fantastic idea! Here is what Maiko had to say about it.

"I made a altered box for my daughter. In the box there is a tape of her first voice since she was born, umbilical cord box and baby bracelet. Since I wanted to make a box to save my treasures,  I am very glad that I was able to meet with this box and collection. " -Maiko Miwa

Maiko Miwa Little Darlings Altered 1

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Maiko Miwa Little Darlings Altered

Supplies:

Graphic45 Stickers: Alphabet Stickers, Stickers
Imaginarium Designs: Embellishment4,BirdCage(small)
Prima:Flowers
Tsukineko:BLLIANT(GALAXY GOLD),VersaMagic(Sage),MEMENT marker(London Fogs),
Ranger:DistressInk(Tea dye,Antique Linen)
Kuretake:punch
TOKYO RIBBON:stripe ribbon
Ceramcoat:Acrylic paint

Wow, such wonderful ideas today! We hope this post got you thinking about a wonderful altered art box you'd like to create! There are so many unique ways to create an altered art box. What are some of your favorite altered art box ideas? We'd love to know. Big thanks to Susan and Maiko for their marvelous work today. And thank you all for joining us! Please come back and see us tomorrow. We'll have more ultra-inspiring crafts to help brighten your day! Have a great day, G45ers!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45

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Stunning Steampunk Debutante Creations By Candy Rosenberg

Hello G45ers,

Welcome to another fine day here at Graphic 45! Thank you all for joining us on this lovely Tuesday! We have a special treat in store for you today. We're going to be featuring some spectacular Steampunk Debutante crafts by Candy Rosenberg. Many of you may remember Candy from our previous design teams. Well she's still just as creative and clever as ever and today we're going to share some of her gorgeous Steampunk Debutante and Olde Curiosity Shoppe creations! These terrific projects have been chosen to be featured in an upcoming issue of Just Steampunk Magazine by Scott Publications! Wow! We are thrilled to be featuring Candy's exquisite work today. Please enjoy a super dose of craft inspiration with these gorgeous works of art by the amazing Candy Rosenberg!

About Candy:

Candy Rosenberg has traveled internationally to teach and inspire with her signature style of fussy cutting and layering that all started right here at Graphic45. Candy tends to gravitate to paper that needs to be cut up and reconstructed into an inspiring home decor piece or layout to share.  She educates, designs and produces product with various companies, including a signature line of stamps with The Rubber Cafe, May Arts, GlueArts, Flourish with a Bling, Vintage Street Market, Blumenthal Lansing and Ranger. 

You can see more of Candy's fabulous work on her blog and Facebook page!

Blog: www.livingthealteredlife.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Candy-Rosenberg-Artist/417004861647384

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And now it's time to behold Candy's fabulous creations! Feast your eyes on these incredibly clever and inspiring Steampunk projects! Candy also gives some great descriptions about how these marvelous crafts were made! Take it away, Candy!

These were a fabulous find at the local Goodwill, they screamed out my name to go crazy with!  Each of the bottles feature Steampunk Debutante and Olde Curiosity Shoppe, along with beautiful vintage color flourishes with Flourish with a Bling, May Arts burlap twine, Stampendous Mica Flakes and Ranger Ink.

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This banner is a deconstructed chipboard album made into a banner, using both the Steampunk Debutante and Olde Curiosity Shoppe collections to cut and layer each piece along with beautiful May Arts ribbon, Blumenthal buttons and Flourish With A Bling flourishes.  This makes a fun little banner for my studio.

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Steampunk Debutante Banner

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Steampunk Debutante Banner

Steampunk Debutante Banner

I received this great box from my friend, Nicole, she said I can doing something with it, so I did.  I made a faux printers tray, this is actually a wood silverware tray that I have painted, fussy cut, and adhered my way through.  Using Olde Curiosity Shoppe paper collection, May Arts burlap twine and Ranger.

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Printers Tray

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Printers Tray

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Printers Tray

Wow, such gorgeous projects! We want to thank Candy for her wonderful work today. We hope you all enjoyed seeing these inspiring crafts! Don't forget to leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week for your chance to win the amazing Olde Curiosity Shoppe prize pack! We wish you all a magnificent day. Thank you all for stopping by our blog. We will have more happy and inspiring crafts to share with you tomorrow. We hope you'll join us!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45

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Graphic 45 Design Team Introductions & Blog Contest!

Hello G45ers,

Happy Monday and welcome to another week of craft bliss here at Graphic 45! We are so pleased that you have stopped by our blog today! There is a lot of fun in store for today. We're welcoming back the fabulous Jane Tregenza for another year on our design team. You'll get to see the incredible creations that Jane made for the final round of the Graphic 45 design team call. Plus we've got a new blog contest this week! Yes, it's another chance for you to win some spectacular Graphic 45 goodies! This day is going to be great! So lets start with this week's contest. All you have to do to enter for a chance to win is to leave us a blog or Facebook comment any time this week. We will be choosing one random winner from this week's comments who will receive this wonderful Ole Curiosity Shoppe prize pack! It includes an Olde Curiosity Shoppe 12x12 paper pad, both sticker sets, both sets of coordinating chipboard die-cuts, a stamp set and Geometric Metal Door Plate and Knob Staples! Wow! We will announce the winner on Friday right here on the blog! We can't wait to read your comments this week! Hooray!

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We are thrilled to be welcoming back this incredible artist for her third year on the Graphic 45 design team. Jane Tregenza's dazzling crafts are always such a pleasure to behold. She has her own unique style that is both artistically superb and skillful. She blends radiant colors, patterns and brilliant shapes to form profoundly beautiful works of art. At the heart of Jane's work is a deep love for her family. She frequently creates gorgeous and heartwarming crafts that celebrate the wonderful moments in her and her family's lives. It is this incredible combination of technical and artistic skill as well as emotional sincerity that makes Jane's crafts so deeply impactful. She also loves to share her magnificent techniques in fun and informative tutorials. On her fabulous blog you can see lots of exquisite examples of Jane's work as well as find some of her famous tutorials. We are so happy to have Jane back for another magical year. Please join us in welcoming back the incredible Jane Tregenza!

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"I the proud mum to 5 adult children and wife of 30 years to a wonderful husband. I live in Adelaide South Australia, which is Australia’s best kept secret.  I have been working and teaching crafts for over 25 years in many forms. I came to scrapbooking about 7 years ago when I decided to do an album for my eldest daughter’s 21st and in true scrapbooking style it’s  still not finished!  I have a daughter with a disability and needed to find employment for her. I decided to open my own scrapbooking store – Seriously Scrapbooking which is in its 6th year. I get to teach over 10 classes a month in my own store of which most are Graphic 45 projects. I am regularly  invited to teach  master classes for other store owners and teachers and at expos here in Australia. I am the Creative Director and Design Team Leader for Imaginarium Designs.  I love my job, I get to share my passion for this papercraft  art form with Ladies and Gents every day. I get to hear their stories and share their life’s, it is a real privilege and something I treasure  I have had the honour of being on the Graphic 45 Design team for the past two years and was delighted to be given a 3rd term. I am so looking forward to this year  working with Graphic 45 and the amazing talented design team they have put together. It will be a wonderful and creative year for us all." -Jane Tregenza

The stunning project that you'll see today was submitted by Jane as part of the final round of the Graphic 45 design team call. One of Jane's many talents is her skill creating gorgeous books. This astonishing piece encompasses Jane's grand artistic vision and her deep love for her family. Jane used lots of different Graphic 45 collections to create this amazing book including Olde Curiosity Shoppe, A Proper Gentleman, Little Darlings and An ABC Primer. We were obviously impressed by this magnificent piece. Here is what Jane had to say about it!

"For my final project I decided to make a book on my grandmother. I remember her as a child, she passed away when I was 12. I have strong memories of a gracious old lady with a high collar and a brooch. A thick head of beautiful white hair and long thins hands. We would visit her in her nursing home.  We never stayed long, just quick visits. How I wish I could ask her about her life. What it was like growing up and raising a large family?  How she felt about all the changes that happened in her life time. Electricity, the motor car, even man on the moon. I wonder what she would think of us today living an easy life with everything at our finger tips. Although I don’t know much about her every day experiences, I do have lots of wonderful photos. I decided to start the book at the end of her life, because that’s when I knew her and then backwards to the start of her life.  I have really enjoyed making this book and researching all the information on her life." -Jane Tregenza

Graphic 45 Jane Tregenza Book

Graphic 45 Jane Tregenza Book

Graphic 45 Jane Tregenza Book

Graphic 45 Jane Tregenza Book

Graphic 45 Jane Tregenza Book

Graphic 45 Jane Tregenza Book

Graphic 45 Jane Tregenza Book

Graphic 45 Jane Tregenza Book

Graphic 45 Jane Tregenza Book

Graphic 45 Jane Tregenza Book

That's all for today, G45ers. Thank you so much for joining us. Huge thanks to Jane Tregenza for her fantastic work. We look forward to another great year of her talents on our design team! We hope you all have a great day! Don't forget to leave us a blog or Facebook comment for your chance to win this week's blog prize!

Happy Papercrafting!

 

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Meet More of the New 2012 Graphic 45 Design Team!

Hello G45ers,

Happy Friday to you all and welcome to another day of craft delights with Graphic 45! TGIF! We hope you are all having a lovely day and we are so glad you're stopping by our blog toady. This is going to be such a fun day! We have more fantastic design team introductions to share with you. Today you'll meet the fabulous Susan Lui from Singapore and Tara Orr from Canada! Their styles are so incredible. You are sure to be inspired for some fun weekend crafting! We want to thank you all for joining us for this fun week of design team introductions. It has been such a joy to introduce you to our magnificent new team. We are so excited for the inspiration that they will bring this year! We still have a few more superb crafters to introduce you to. Let the wonder commence!

First up is Susan Lui. Susan has a whimsical and intricate style that is simply magnificent. She combines lavish color and gorgeous embellishments to create multi-layered works of art. She also likes to use a variety of materials to create interesting textures in her crafts. Her blog Of Photos & Paper is rich with glorious ideas and profoundly gorgeous crafts. There is a radiant warmth and beauty that shines in all of Susan's creations. We are sure you are going to love her lavish style as much as we do! Please join us in welcoming the amazing Susan Lui!

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"Hi there! My name is Susan Lui and I’m from Singapore. I started scrapping a few years ago and fell in love with papercrafting because it allows me to record and preserve memories for my family in a manner that appeals to the creative side of me. I have a fondness for shabby-chic designs with a vintage touch but will frequently venture over to the dark side for a distressed grungy adventure with mediums. I like my projects to have lots of texture and dimension and my layouts frequently end up very three-dimensional because of the mediums and embellishments I use. Aside from papercrafting, I enjoy travelling and photography. My family’s travel itinerary always includes dining at some of the best restaurants and checking out the local flea markets. All documented with lots of photographs of course. I was on the Graphic 45 design team in 2009/2010 and have really fond memories of my term then and am really looking forward to another year with my favourite manufacturer. Please visit my blog at luv2scrap-pages.blogspot.com to see more of my creations." -Susan Lui

These are the fantastic creations that Susan submitted for the final round of the Graphic 45 design team call. You wont believe your eyes! There is so much imagination in each and every one of these creations. Here is a video that highlights the incredible projects featured below.

 

Here is the Olde Curiosity Shoppe 5x8 Altered Art Music Box that Susan created. You can see all of the rich detail and stunning use of embellishments. The mix of metal with Olde Curiosity Shoppe is just perfect in this project. The flowers and butterflies look so elegant and lively! Inside is a Sweet little music box and pop-up card. Simply gorgeous!

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Olde Curiosity Shoppe Altered Art Box

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Altered Art Box

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Altered Art Box

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Altered Art Box

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Altered Art Box

Next we have this vastly beautiful Once Upon a Springtime altered art frame and card creation. You can see the incredibly detailed dimension that makes this creation come to life. It opens to reveal a whimsical card that unfolds into a 3-D spring wonderland. It's absolutely remarkable!

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Once Upon a Springtime Susan Lui

Once Upon a Springtime Susan Lui

Once Upon a Springtime Susan Lui

Once Upon a Springtime Susan Lui

Once Upon a Springtime Susan Lui

Once Upon a Springtime Susan Lui

Once Upon a Springtime Susan Lui

Once Upon a Springtime Susan Lui

Next up is this enchanting Magic of Oz layout that Susan made. Here she uses paper layering to create a fantastic 3-D look. This LO totally captures the playful and colorful spirit of Oz.

Magic of Oz layout

Magic of Oz layout

Magic of Oz layout

Here is another marvelous layout by Susan. This one features our Once Upon a Springtime collection. Again you can see her love for creating depth and dimension while also using pretty embellishments to add even more beauty!

Once Upon a Springtime layout

Once Upon a Springtime layout

Once Upon a Springtime layout

This next brilliantly talented artist is joining us for her second year in a row on the Graphic 45 design team! We are so happy to welcome back the fabulous Tara Orr! Tara's creativity is the stuff that dreams are made of. Seeing a new creation by Tara is like opening a present on Christmas morning. Her work is endlessly captivating and enchanting. She puts so much love and attention in each project she creates, often drawing upon inspiration from her children and family. Her style is perfect for Graphic 45! She uses lots of beautiful layering, paper distressing and gorgeous embellishments in her unique crafts. Whether it's a beautiful layout, altered art piece, mini album or piece of home decor, Tara always knows how bring all the elements together to create something astonishing. Her blog Each Moment, Only Once is a testament to her diverse range of techniques and artistic expertize. Please join us in welcoming back the wonderful Tara Orr!

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"I live in Beautiful British Columbia, Canada with my gorgeous husband of 11 years and our three amazing kids who are the heart and soul of my projects. I am now a SAHM to my precious little kiddos but before that, I worked as a webmaster in the Technology industry for many years. Random Facts about Me: I have a degree in Psychology, a green belt in karate, love horseback riding (although its been way too long since I last rode), I order a grande dark from Starbucks almost every day, prefer chocolate to any other sweet, gave up hope of maintaining my ‘Monica from Friends’ (as my husband would describe) cleaning habit once I had kids of my own, have earned more grey hairs and wrinkles in the past 7 years than I could have imagined and love my family more than anything else on the face of this earth!   I started scrapbooking in 2008. Instant addiction. I love papercrafting! It challenges me, it relaxes me and it lets me escape into a world of creativity that I adore. I love to explore different techniques and styles but I feel most natural working with a shabby chic genre with lots of distressing! I am so honoured to have the opportunity to design with Graphic 45 for another year!  If you want to take a peek at some of my work, please stop by my blog for a visit – I’d love to have you!" -Tara Orr

Here are the gorgeous creations that Tara submitted for the final round of the Graphic 45 design team call. Here we have an adorable and beautiful Little Darlings layout. You can see how well Tara takes a lovely photo and creates an enchanting world around it. She uses lots of stunning paper layering and distressing in this piece. Her stunning shabby-chic style really shines!

Little Darlings Layout Tara Orr

Little Darlings Layout Tara Orr

Little Darlings Layout Tara Orr

Little Darlings Layout Tara Orr

Here is a remarkable altered art piece that features Curtain Call. This piece adheres to the classic color pallet of Curtain Call with rich blacks, whites and creams. Beautiful embellishments give depth and movement to this wonderful piece. It is like stepping back in time!

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Curtain Call Altered Art

 

Curtain Call Altered Art

Curtain Call Altered Art

Here is another gorgeous Little Darlings layout by Tara. The colors in this LO are just incredible! You can really feel the deep love that Tara has for the creative process. Layouts like this one show how wonderful scrapping is for turning our love for life into a tangible work of art!

Little Darlings Layout Tara Orr

Little Darlings Layout Tara Orr

Little Darlings Layout Tara Orr

Little Darlings Layout Tara Orr

This is another beautiful layout by Tara. This one features Olde Curiosity Shoppe! The central photo captures the sweet inquisitiveness of childhood, while the gorgeous colors and playful paper pattern bring pure delight!

Olde Curiosity Shoppe layour Tara Orr

Olde Curiosity Shoppe layour Tara Orr

Olde Curiosity Shoppe layour Tara Orr

That's all for today, G45ers. Thank you all so much for joining us. Huge thanks to Susan and Tara for their fantastic work today. We hope you all got a big dose of inspiration from today's gorgeous crafts! Please join us on Monday as we bring you more design team introductions, a new blog contest and lots of awe-inspiring crafts. We wish you all a happy day and a fantastic weekend!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45

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Get Inspired With More G45 Design Team Introducitons!

Hello G45ers,

Thank you all for joining us on this wonderful day! We are so excited to bring you another day of fun and inspiration as we introduce more talented crafters from our new 2012 design team! You are going to love today's featured design team members. Their work is incredibly gorgeous and full of innovative ideas! Today you'll get to meet Roberto Cesare, AKA Betto, from Brazil as well as Sharon Ngoo from Singapore! Both Betto and Sharon have lavish and unique styles that are going to leave you breathless! It's going to be such a great day!

Things are getting quite exciting here at Graphic 45. Diane, Charee and Aimee are in South Africa right now attending some fabulous scrapbooking events. They are having an amazing time and meeting so many incredible people. Meanwhile the lilacs are in full bloom in Portland, Oregon where the Graphic 45 office is located. As we gear up for the release of A Ladies' Diary and Happy Haunting we can't help but feel the joy of the spring season! Check out this photo taken by Graphic 45 blog writer Kelly at an actual lilac farm last weekend just outside of Portland! Yes, an entire farm devoted to lilacs! It's just as magnificent as it sounds! Talk about paradise! Obviously we love beautiful flowers here at Graphic 45!

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And now it's time to meet two of our newest design team members, Betto and Sharon Ngoo! First up is Betto. There are so many fabulous things to say about him. When you first see Betto's craft creations it is obvious that he is remarkably talented. He has a lush style the incorporates delicate paper distressing, layering and inking. He also likes to make his creations look alive by creating intricate dimension in his work. His crafts tell a story and they are filled with grand emotion. His blog Scrapguys is filled with so many stunning creations and unique inspiration. What was so incredible about Betto's design team audition was the deep and heartfelt sincerity that he conveyed. If you watch his design team audition video featured below you will see exactly what we mean. He views scrapbooking as a way to celebrate life. We must admit that we were so touched by his wonderful video that it actually made us cry tears of joy! We are so happy to welcome him to our team! Say hello to the amazing Roberto Cesare, AKA Betto! 

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"My name is Roberto Cesare, but the only one who call me that is my mother! I am 30 years old and I live in São Paulo - Brazil. Since childhood I found myself surrounded by stamps and color pencils, which were my  favorite toys. When I was a teenager I loved to customize my stuff, with a different and personal touch. I found scrapbooking just five years.  I saw a class in a TV show and was impressed with the techniques presented: painting, collage, paper cutting, stamps and photos together in a 12x12 inch sheet of paper. It was love at first sight.On Valentine's day I made an album with four layouts for my partner, telling our story. When I saw his reaction seeing the album, I knew the meaning of  scrapbooking, which is the preservation of memory, the moment and life. Life is too short and fast, and one important Brazilian architect Oscar Niemyer said: "Life is a blast".  Through the scrapbook I have the opportunity to write my story, a memorial about my life and my feelings. I can bring the taste and pleasure of something I've lived.  I can shine, I can give light to something that was overlooked in the past.  I can take my soul into a piece of paper and make everything alive. In my work and everything I make I try to put a piece of me. So why not always make the best and also trying to be better .... father, mother, son, brother, friend, woman, man.  We must not wasting life, good friends and great opportunities, grab everything hard and shine, shine more, and more." -Betto

More fun facts about Betto include:

Favorite movies: The Color Purple, The Pursuit of Happiness, Finding Neverland 
Favorite TV Shows : Six Feet Under, Dexter and The Walking Dead
Favorite female singers: Macy Gray, Idina Menzel, Adele, Cher an Bjork
Here is Betto's amazing video. It is guaranteed to inspire you. Trust us, this video is a treasure!

 

Here is an incredible Tropical Travelogue wall hanging by Betto. You can see the gorgeous color and dimension in this piece. There is so much delicate cutting that he had to do in order to create this magnificent piece! It covers a wonderful spectrum of land and sea. Betto also utilized open spaces in this piece to give it a compelling sense of movement. It is just stunning! 

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The Magic of Oz comes to life with this astounding layout! Betto made gorgeous paper rosettes and used paper distressing to give this piece a timeless look. He really captured the wonder and enchantment of this fabulous collection. Wow!

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Here is another magnificent work of art by Betto. It is an altered cube that celebrates the story of Alice in Wonderland using our fabulous collection Hallowe'en in Wonderland! This cube captures the fun and whimsical spirit of this classic story. You can see more details of this fantastic piece in Betto's video. It is just remarkable!

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Now it's time to meet another talented crafter, Sharon Ngoo from Singapore! Sharon brings her masterful techniques and vivid imagination to our new team. We are very excited to welcome her aboard! She definitely knows how to capture that authentic vintage look that we love here at Graphic 45. Her crafting blog Glooshmoo is a wonderland of inspiration, cheer and fabulous ideas! Her crafts are full of love and charming beauty. She utilizes terrific techniques such as paper distressing, inking and delicate cutting to create unique statements in her crafts. She also has a great eye for bringing out the best in every paper collection. Her crafts have a narrative approach that is both alluring and heartwarming. We are very happy to have her on our team. Please join us in welcoming the very talented Sharon Ngoo!

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"Hello!!! I'm Sharon from sunny Singapore! I am truly honoured to be a part of the 2012 Graphic45 Design Team because those who know me well would know that the awesome Graphic45 style is right up my alley! (My 2 kids are always asking me why I like making my projects look so old.  Hubby is used to it so he doesn't ask).  I love making things from scratch - especially mini books and albums, and I teach classes at our local scrapbooking store, PaperMarket  (people say they can always tell which projects are mine because they're usually the brownest / blackest ones or the ones with lots of paint on them).  If you're ever in Singapore, drop by to say hi (my house is the one covered in plants)...we can scrap on the floor while watching "friends" reruns and drinking coke!" -Sharon Ngoo

Here is Sharon's altered Metal Film Canister and Mini Album that is decorated in Kraft Reflections. You can see how she maintained the lovely colors of Kraft Reflections to give this piece a classic look. It is filled with inspiring sentiments and elegant embellishments. What a wonderful treasure!

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Sharon-blessing album inside

Next up is this sweet little Le Romantique mini journal. This creation was hand-bound and has a sweet shabby-chic look. It is beautifully decorated but still maintains a simple charm. This book is so precious.

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Sharon-handbound wedding mini book pages

Sharon-handbound wedding mini book spine

This next creation is just wonderful! It's a 5x8 altered art box that's decorated in Olde Curiosity Shoppe. Inside you'll find something incredibly clever. The box opens up to reveal a mini closet, complete with tiny hangers, clothes, knick knacks and little boxes all made by hand! The amount of patience and care that went into this piece is just amazing! This is a perfect example of Sharon's vast imagination and papercrafting skill!

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Sharon-closet space inside

Sharon-closet space objects

That's all for today, G45ers. Thank you all so much for joining us today. We also want to thank Betto and Sharon for their gorgeous work! We are so excited to have them on our team and we can't wait to see their next Graphic 45 creations! We will have more incredible design team introductions tomorrow. We hope you'll join us for all the fun. We wish you all a stunning day filled with smiles and maybe even lilacs!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45


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Meet More Of the Amazing New G45 Design Team!

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Hello G45ers,

Welcome to another day of fun here at Graphic 45! We are so excited that you are joining us today! We are really enjoying this incredible week of introductions to our new 2012 design team! Reading your feedback on our blog and Facebook page has been wonderful! We are so thrilled to have such an amazing group of artists on our team this year. We just know it's going to be a year filled with fun, inspiration and fabulous ideas! We couldn't be happier to have such a magnificent craft community with whom to share the latest creations from Graphic 45! Thank you all so much for your support and papercrafting wonders! Today we've got two magnificent crafters to introduce to you! Maiko Miwa and Nicole Eccles are two incredibly talented artist whose work you are going to love. Maiko is new to our team while Nicole is joining us for her second year in a row as a Graphic 45 design team member! We're going to be showing you the fantastic projects that they submitted for the final round of our design team call. Get ready to be wowed! Today is going to be a lot of fun!

Say hello to Maiko Miwa from Japan. Her crafts are full of spirit and imagination. She loves to create colorful depth and dimension in her crafts by utilizing fun paper layering techniques. Every one of her crafts tells a story and she loves to use fun embellishments to help bring them to life. Her crafts are a celebration of the special moments in her life. On her beautiful blog Shiny Scrappin there are lots of stunning crafts and techniques to discover. Maiko has a fun and captivating style that works perfectly with Graphic 45. We are very excited to welcome her to our new 2012 design team!

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"I am a wife to a lovely husband and a mother to a 5 year old girl. I started scrapbooking in the year 2008 because I wanted to store all the memories with my family in this beautiful way. Nowadays, I teach scrapbook near Kyoto. I am willing to challenge many things throughout scrapbook. I can say my style is soft and feminine. I love to crop many elegant photos. I wish to challenge that it can make also from a different style.  When I am making a layout, I always try to make it look like the whole layout is one picture. I love to use a lot of rhinestones, stamps, mists, and inks for my creations. I am honored to be a member of Graphic 45. I will do my best." -Maiko Miwa
Here is a super fun and beautiful Le Cirque layout that Maiko created. You can see her fabulous use of beautiful embellishments and paper layering. There are lots of great details in this LO and yet it works perfectly as one cohesive piece. It has such vibrant color and movement.
Le Cirque layout
Next up are these marvelous Tropical Travelogue wall hangings! These are so great! They look like little bubbles from the ocean that are filled with adorable aquatic scenes! Lots of imagination went into creating these. Wow!
Tropica Travelogue home decor
Tropica Travelogue home decor

Tropica Travelogue home decor
Here is a glorious Tropical Travelogue layout by Maiko. You can see how well she creates a beautiful scene in her craft creations. The photo in this LO is gorgeous and Maiko amplifies this amazing moment with such a joyful and vibrant LO!
Tropical Travelogue layout
Next we have the brilliant work of Nicole Eccles! We are so happy to have Nicole on our design team for her second year in a row! Many of you are familiar with her whimsically elegant style. When looking at a creation by Nicole it becomes immediately clear that she loves to create and has honed her own unique style over the years. Her crafts are fun and have a kind of sweet humor this instantly alluring. She also has a wide range of crafting skills and loves to share her techniques on her amazing blog called Sunny Skye Creations: Art & Designs by Nicole Eccles. She is endlessly creative and we are always so excited to see her latest creations. Her style is perfectly vintage and full of a fun-loving spirit that is guaranteed to inspire. Please join us in welcoming back the fabulous Nicole Eccles!

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I guess you could say that I have always been surrounded by all things vintage.  From the age of 3 my parents spent 13 years refinishing their 1856 Victorian House in Historical Downtown Lebanon Ohio.  My Father was a civil engineer and was often gone during the week.  But the weekends were dedicated to refinishing furniture, hanging wall paper, or just out antiquing looking for that perfect vintage piece for the house.  I had button collections and vintage hats as my prizes for going with them. I loved taking things apart and learning how they worked.  Some of my fondest memories were Hard Hat days, going to work with my dad renovating the Cincinnati Art Museum or the Zoo. Lego's were a must have growing up, along with every other building toys at the time. Around 6th grade I found Art and from there I was stricken with passion.  Leading a life driven by my Art and always striving to learn something new, pushing myself to new limits. It truly wasn't until I had my daughter that I found Scrapbooking and Altered Art.  It was then that I felt all things from my past made a full circle to come together as one. Combining my love for Art, building things and remembering history and the objects connected to it. In 2010 I went out on my own focusing on my art full time, selling online, teaching and selling at 2-3 local shows a month. Over the past year I have been blessed to work with Graphic 45 to share with you my love of Art and the passion to create it!  This year is no exception and I feel truly humbled to be back for one more year working with this AMAZING New team!  Thank you EVERYONE at Graphic 45 for helping my life come full circle, and for inspiring me to follow my dreams!!!  You are truly an inspiration to ALL!!

Here is a spectacular card that Nicole made using The Magic of Oz. There are a lot of great 3-D elements to this card. The colors are so fantastic and so are all of the intermingling designs! It's an all-star cast of characters from Oz all on one card. So beautiful!

Magic of Oz Card


Magic of Oz card

Next up is this grand layout that Nicole made using Kraft Reflections and Olde Curiosity Shoppe. This LO is inspiring for so many reasons. You really get a sense for Nicole's great imagination with this vibrant work of art. She combines beautiful embellishments and captivating colors to create a wonderful statement. This is another great example of Nicole's knack creating a true vintage-inspired treasure.

Kraft Reflections layout


Kraft Reflections layout



Kraft Reflections layout
Here is an incredible fairy book that Nicole created. We'd featured this amazing creation on our blog back in March. It was so great to see this gorgeous book in person when Nicole sent it with her final submissions for the Graphic 45 design team call. Each page represents a season and is made using different Graphic 45 collections that best capture the tone. This book was so skillfully made and it even contains a lovely poem! Nicole's talents radiate in this enchanting book!

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Nicole Eccles Fairy Book Graphic 45

Nicole Eccles Fairy Book Graphic 45

Nicole Eccles Fairy Book Graphic 45

Nicole Eccles Fairy Book Graphic 45

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Thank you all so much for joining us today. We hope you had fun getting to know Maiko and Nicole. We are so excited to have them on our team! We want to thank them for their glorious projects that we featured today. We hope you all have a happy day! Come back and see us tomorrow as we bring you more design team introductions and lots of inspiration!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45
 

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More Fabulous Graphic 45 Design Team Introductions!

Hello G45ers,

Welcome to our blog today! We hope you are all having a lovely day and we want to thank you all for stopping by our blog today! There is so much excitement in the air right now! The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and inspiration is in season! Today we're introducing you to more of our 2012 design team! You'll meet Kristin Wilson and Laura Denison! Kristin is new to our team and we just know you're going to love her incredible style. Many of you know Laura Denison who was on our 2011 design team. Well she's back for another year of fun! We are so happy to welcome these fabulous ladies to our new team! Today you'll get to see the marvelous creations they made for the final round of our design team call. Get ready to be wowed because these crafts are out of this world!

But first we just want to recap the winners from our Happy Haunting and A Ladies' Diary sneak peeks. We still have a couple of winners who have yet to claim their prizes. So if you see your name on the list and you haven't contacted us yet be sure to email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize! Prize packs will be mailed out in mid to late May. Congratulations to all of our winners!

Ashley Newbert
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Carmella Warfle
Gerriann Reeves Armstrong
Ramona
Marcy Focht
Jeri Trujillo
Tracy Patterson Martin
Christine Maupin
Lindsey A
Dana Cavanaugh
Deb McCoy Chisum
Chris Dring
Jean Marmo
Rosemary McReynolds Brooks
Sheila Bacon
Lillian Child
Emily Todd
Billie Jahyn Harris Granneman
Peggy Snodgrass
Johni Komisak
Joe Morgan
Dawn Hausladen Edwards
Joyce Saxen Kowalczyk
Linda Dillman
Edee Gill
Pam Taylor Nutting
Holly Pfarr Moore
Tammy Whitley
Marie Bowdoin
Tammy Valley
Nyoka Smith
Jane Gaitnis
Dorothy McCarthy
Kathy Clement
Helen Hauze
Arielle Berceau
Gerrie Johnnic
Sue Carolfi
Lilian Baker

And now it's time for some fabulous inspiration! We are very excited to welcome Kristin Wilson to our 2012 design team. She has an exceptional eye for color and fun embellishments. One look at her blog Kristin Wilson Handmade and you'll understand the allure of Kristin's talent. Her crafts have such a vibrant and a fun-loving spirit. She definitely has a gift for capturing the classic vintage look of Graphic 45 in her fabulous crafts. Plus you can tell that she absolutely loves what she does. She puts so much love and imagination into every one of her creations. It is this great combination of qualities that made Kristin an obvious choice for our new team. We are very excited to welcome her aboard! Please join us in welcoming her to Graphic 45!

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"I live in Indiana, about 45 minutes from Chicago. I live with my very supportive hubby, Dave, and our son Quinn. I am a stay at home mom and I have been paper crafting for a little over 3 years. I feel I have finally stepped into my design style and now it's time to get into the action! My design strengths are that I can fit a whole lot of embellishments into a small space without it looking "over done". I use colors that normally wouldn't go together... but when I am done it all matches beautifully. I am shabby chic mixed with eclectic. There is never a loss of mojo when I am designing with Graphic 45 collections. They inspire me all on their own. I do not need to search for inspiration in mags or on the web... just the  beautiful Graphic 45 product is all I need. The colors and the way they carry the theme throughout the whole line is amazing. There are little pieces of gold to be snipped and added to just the right spot in every paper pad. Whats not to fall in love with? I love Graphic 45! It speaks to my soul and I hope that shines through in my projects." Kristin Wilson

Here are the gorgeous projects that Kristin submitted for her final round of the Graphic 45 design team call. This first creation is just lovely! It's an Olde Curiosity Shoppe remedy jar! How perfect! Kristin even made videos to correspond with each project. What fun!

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This next piece is so fabulous! It's a stunning card. You can see how well Kristin layers various paper patterns and designs as well as fun embellishments to create something exquisitely unique! This card combines Steampunk Debutante, Kraft Reflections and beautiful Graphic 45 Metal Staples. It's hypnotically gorgeous!

Steampunk Debutante Card

Next up is this Little Darlings altered art piece that is so adorable! You can see Kristin's wonderful eye for color and texture. This piece is so sweet and it looks so authentically vintage. We also love all of those fun ribbons! It's so dreamy!

Little Darlings Altered Art

Little Darlings Altered Art

Little Darlings Altered Art

 

This next incredible crafter is someone who you may already know, the fabulous Laura Denison! We are thrilled to welcome her back for her second year on our design team. Laura's work is full of imagination, expertize and beauty. Her blog The Paper Trail is loaded with gorgeous ideas. Laura definitely knows how to think outside the box. Her creations combine a highly refined artistic vision with technical ingenuity. She brings a clever and unique vision to the world of crafting with her hugely popular Ustream classes where she shares her fabulous ideas. Not only is Laura Denison a gifted artist but she is also a warm person who loves to share her passion for crafting with her community! We are so excited to welcome her for another year on the Graphic 45 design team. Please join us in saying hello to the fabulous Laura Denison!

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About me:  I am a married mother of two kids, aged 11 and 13. I grew up in Anchorage, Alaska and have lived in the Seattle area since 1989. I have a BFA in Interior Design (Calif. College of Arts and Crafts) and MA in Architecture (Univ. of Oregon). I worked as a Interior Architect in Seattle for over 10 years. After my children were born, I decided to stay home with them and started a business designing and selling quilting patterns. I have taught around the country and on several quilting cruises. During the spring of 2009, my son went through a difficult health issue and I had to give up much of my quilting business. During this time I discovered paper crafting and scrap booking. I felt that I had found my medium! Over the years I have dabbled in almost every craft out there! But paper! Ah, paper is sings to me and I love it. I made my first mini album in May of 2009 (it even had Graphic 45 paper in it!) Since then I have made and designed well over a hundred mini albums. I have become known for my innovative mini album and paper crafting  construction techniques. My background in Interior Design and quilting has given me a strong ability to use color, texture and pattern. I like to think outside the box...but I also say "Keep the box and make something out of it!!" I bring a unique viewpoint to all my work. I also love to share what I do and I am considered an excellent teacher. I teach a weekly Ustream show on Friday nights and Wednesday afternoons with a large audience from around the world  I also sell my tutorial patterns and kits on my website. Since that very first mini album, I have been drawn to Graphic 45 paper. This past year, as a part of the 2011 Design Team, I have not only had a blast, I have stretched as a designer. I am impressed with the quality of not only the design team but with the company itself. That only pushes me to create the best that I can. To date, I have designed for Graphic 45 (hey, only the best!) and for Tim Holtz.

Here is the video that Laura submitted for the final round of our design team call. You can see her impeccable style shine through in each and every one of these pieces! They are super inspiring! Behold the brilliance and inspiration!

 

We hope you all had fun today getting to know Kristin Wilson and Laura Denison. We are so excited to see what they'll create on our new team! Big thanks to Kristin and Laura for all of their hard work on today's projects. We want to thank all of you for joining us today! Have a great day and we hope you'll come back and see us tomorrow for more design team introductions and craft inspiration!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45

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A Ladies' Diary Prize Winners & Introducing The Gentleman Crafter!

Hello G45ers,

Happy Monday to you all! Welcome to our blog today! Wow, last week was so incredible! Getting to introduce you all to our new collections is always so much fun! We want to thank you all for your fantastic comments on our blog and Facebook page during our sneak peeks for Happy Haunting and A Ladies' Diary. We were delighted to read your kind words and we cannot wait for you all to get your hands on the new collections! Today is going to be a lot of fun. We've got some prize winners to announce from Friday's contest. Plus we're going to introduce you to one of our newest design team members, the amazing Jim Hankins, AKA The Gentleman Crafter! You are going to love his dazzling creations! Today is going to be a lot of fun. So lets get to it!

First we want to announce our prize winners from Friday! Huge thanks to each and every one of you who left us comments on our blog and Facebook page last week! Our randomly chosen winners for the prize pack of A Ladies' Diary are...

From our blog:

- Arielle Berceau: "Beautiful creations! I would love to win this gorgeous collection!!"

- Gerrie Johnnic: "All the beautiful projects are divine, welcome back Gloria. I can't wait for June to come quickly so I can get some papers."

From Facebook:

- Sue Carolfi: "Lovely work by Gloria, can't wait to see what she produces over the next year, very exciting! This Ladies Diary collection is on the top of my to get list!"

- Lilian Baker: "Wow I love the new paper line Graphic 45!! You just get better and better:-)"

Congratulations! Will our winners please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prizes. Hooray!

And now it's time to meet an incredibly talented crafter that we are thrilled to welcome to our new 2012 design team! His name is Jim Hankins and he goes by The Gentleman Crafter. We had seen Jim's incredible crafts on our Ning site before he'd even applied for our design team. We were instantly struck by his fabulous knack for imaginative crafts. He has a keen eye for blending vibrant color and beautiful embellishments to create uniquely alluring works of art. As you will see with the projects we feature today, Jim's talent is quite remarkable. He not only has an incredible artistic gift but he's also eager to share his passion for crafting with others. His fabulous blog The Gentleman Crafter is filled with gorgeous crafts and lots of fun moments from his life in Texas. He loves to share and create and he's great at doing both! Please join us in welcoming the marvelous Gentleman Crafter!

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"A cherished set of encyclopedias (Number Fourteen…Crafts/Games…I can still remember!), IBM computer punch cards, tape, crayons, scissors and a love of building, were the simple beginnings of my passion for crafting! From this passion, I opened a gift and home furnishings store in Georgetown, Texas, manufactured a popular line of birdhouses, Tweet Suites and have been a professional decorator for many holiday and special events. I’am currently employed as a buyer and merchandiser for a network of retail stores in Austin, Texas. I am the father of seven dogs, one cat, six runner ducks and uncle to six beautiful nieces and nephews. The long ago love of punch cards and tape has lately been rekindled and for the past two years has developed into a passion for paper crafting.

I honestly have a love affair with Graphic 45 papers, it’is pretty obvious. I love the colors, images, graphics, texture and thought that go into designing each page. I just plain love to work with it, it makes me happy. Being able to help someone find a way to do something they have never done before brings me tremendous joy. Through my blog, I have found the most incredible way to share these ideas and techniques. I cannot tell you the blessing I receive when people ask, even a single question and want more information...bliss. I love to bring a masculine edge to my pieces. From the comments I have received on my blog, it’is my opinion that people are looking for things to create for men without success and I would like to help change that. In a craft that primarily caters to females, I have started to create a niche that gives a new and fresh perspective in the arena of paper crafting." - The Gentleman Crafter

Here are the final projects that Jim submitted for the Graphic 45 2012 design team call. One look at these splendid creations and you'll understand why he was just perfect for our team. Have a look at this gorgeous Olde Curiosity Shoppe altered art piece. It contains a special altered art box and mini album inside! It's like a dream within a dream!

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Altered Art

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Altered Art

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Altered Art

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Altered Art

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Altered Art

Here we have Jim's incredible altered clock that's decorated in Christmas Emporium with lots of gorgeous Graphic 45 Metal Staples. This piece is gorgeous and so clever! There's even a little drawer that opens to reveal a sweet hidden tag. If this doesn't put you in the holiday crafting spirit then nothing will! 

Christmas Emporium Altered Art

Christmas Emporium Altered Art

Christmas Emporium Altered Art

Christmas Emporium Altered Art

Okay, G45ers, get ready to be wowed! Check out this fantastic altered farris wheel that's covered in our beautiful Le Cirque collection! This completely captures the grandeur and fun of the circus. When we saw this we were totally amazed. This is a great example of The Gentleman Crafter's fun-loving spirit and vast artistic skills. It's just marvelous!

Le Cirque Altered Art

Le Cirque Altered Art


Le Cirque Altered Art

Le Cirque Altered Art

Le Cirque Altered Art

We hope you all had fun today getting to know The Gentleman Crafter. We are so excited to see the fabulous crafts he'll create on this year's design team! We want to thank him for her remarkable work on today's featured crafts. Huge thanks to all of you out there in craft land! We are so glad you stopped by our blog today! We wish you all a warm and wonderful day!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45

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A Ladies' Diary Altered Art & Crafts by Gloria Stengel

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Hello G45ers,

Welcome to our happy blog on this magnificent Friday! Yay, TGIF! We have had so much fun with all of you this week during our sneak peeks of A Ladies' Diary! Reading all of your feedback on our blog and Facebook page has been so incredible. We are so excited to get our new collections out to you all as soon as possible. Just a reminder that you can begin looking for the new collections in stores in June! Today we're going to show you some glorious altered art creations featuring A Ladies' Diary that were created in Diane Schultz's workshop! You are going to fall in love with these exquisite works of art! Plus we have four more winners to announce for today's A Ladies' Diary Prize packs! Also we're going to be featuring the gorgeous work of Gloria Stengel of our 2012 design team! There is so much beauty in store for today! Are you ready, G45ers?! It's fun time!

First up we want to announce the winners from yesterday's "Win It Before You Can Buy It" contest! Today is the final day to get your blog or Facebook comments in for your chance to win! We will be announcing our final four winners on Monday! So be sure to leave your comments while this fabulous contest is still happening! Our randomly chosen winners from yesterday are...

From our blog:

-Jane Gaitnis: "My mother was a seamstress and this paper will be wonderful to use on a heritage album for my grandchildren so they may get a taste of what their great-grandmother did with her time and how elegant the dresses were in that time. What a great idea!!"

-Dorothy McCarthy: "All of these papers are fantastic and the art is wonderful!! Thank you!!"

From Facebook:

-Kathy Clement: "This is torture.....To see it, and not be able to have it until JUNE????? I guess it will build character."

-Helen Hauze: "It's all I can do to get to June and even then I am going to be hoping that its there. I think I might be the person at the window with my face pressed against the store glass saying "Open, Open, Open." I have al ready asked my local scrapbook stores about this line to make sure they are going to get it. I LOVE IT! I can't wait to get it and I know it will look so nice with the pictures I have and the heritage album I am doing."

Congratulations! Will our winners please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize! Hooray!'

And now it's time to bask in some splendid craft inspiration! Behold these gorgeous creations from Diane's workshop! Here you can see some exhilarating altered art that features A Ladies' Diary. There's a fabulous altered bird house, hat box and jewelery box! You can see how splendidly the papers blend together to create exquisite works of art!

 

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LD hat box 2

LD jewelry box 1

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And now it's time for more Graphic 45 2012 design team introductions. Although this one is more of a re-introduction. We are so happy to welcome back the incredible artist Gloria Stengel for her third year on our design team! Gloria's work has been a staple on our blog and we are so excited to see what this new year will bring! If we could chose one word to describe Gloria's style it would probably be "classic." She knows exactly how to tap into the vintage style of Graphic 45. Her creations have a grace and elegance that is unmistakable. On her blog Scraps of Life, Gloria provides tons of stunning ideas, tutorials and good cheer to all who visit. She seems to be an endless source of creativity and inspiration. We are are thrilled to welcome her back for a record third year in a row! G45ers, please join us in welcoming the fantastic Gloria Stengel!

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"Ever since I was a little girl I have wanted to be an artist. However, my school art teachers made sure that I was aware that I had NO artistic talent whatsoever! The only thing I was good at was coloring with crayons! (Lucky for me I found Copic Markers!) My parents were into crafts and I always had access to all sorts of supplies if I wanted to create something. I have tried just about every craft you can think of, and abandoned most of them. When I found rubber stamping and scrapbooking in the early 1990s I knew I had finally found an outlet for my artistic side! You know it's love since I have stuck with it for so long! This is my third year on the Graphic 45 Design Team. I enjoy it as much today, as the very first day! I simply love making things. The main reason why I like designing for Graphic 45 is they let me make things with AMAZING products! Just looking at the paper makes me have a spurt of creative energy. I display some of my Graphic 45 samples in my studio to keep me inspired. There are days when I pinch myself in happiness that every day, I get to do what I love! Charee asked us to share any interesting collections we may have. I used to collect carousel horses, ceramic masks, and brass animals, but since 1990, I have started a new collection! It's name is papercrafting supplies! Especially adhesive, paper, and rubber stamps" -Gloria Stengel

 

Here is a great video that Gloria created that shows tons of stunning photos of the projects she submitted for the Graphic 45 design team call.

 

 

 

Check out this gorgeous Little Darlings altered art box that Gloria created! You really get a sense for her fabulous style with this project. All of the beautiful embellishments and paper layering make this piece incredibly sweet and awe-inspiring. You can also see Gloria's impeccable eye for color! Just look at how well the bows and embellishments work with the Little Darlings papers to create one beautifully cohesive piece! So pretty! This is the perfect kind of project to celebrating a new baby!


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Next we have this incredibly beautiful and detailed layout by Gloria. This is a great example of combining different papers from different Graphic 45 collections! Just look at all of those gorgeous embellishments. This LO seems to spring to life with joy! Here is what Gloria had to say about it.

"I love this photo of my husband and me. It was taken in London, with the London Eye in the background. The setting made me think of the London scenes in "Around the World in 80 Days." I wanted to make a steampunk-esque layout, with flowers, butterflies, gears, and all sorts of "junk."  The layout is part romance, part engineering geek, part garden fantasy. It is all the parts of my personality rolled into one!" -Gloria

 

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Supply List:
 
Graphic 45 Papers:
Olde Curiosity Shoppe: Butterfly Specifics
Steampunk Debutante: Modern Marvels, Time Flies
Le' Romantique: Le' Romantique, Sweetheart of Mine
Graphic 45 Chipboard Tags: Olde Curiosity Shoppe
Graphic 45 Cardstock Stickers: Olde Curiosity Shoppe
Graphic 45 Staples: Metal Clothespin, Metal Button
Clearsnap: Colorbox Graphic 45 Decades Antiquing Ink Venetian Lace
Clearsnap: Colorbox Pigment Ink Dragonfly Black
Clearsnap: Smooch Spritz Spun Sugar, Splash, Green Olive
Imaginarium Designs: Chipboard Birdcage, Clock, Fence
American Crafts: Cardstock
Tattered Angels: Glimmer Mist Moonlight
Cosmic Shimmer: Mica Mist Silver
Deco Art: White Acrylic Paint
Other mist: Twinkling H2O Fern (dissolved in water); Stampin' Up Re-inker Citrus (mixed with PearlEx White and water)
Prima: Branch
Wild Orchid Crafts: Flowers
Idea-ology: Clock, Glass vial, Light bulb, Brads, Film strip
Bead Landing: Glass capsule
7 Gypsies: Gears
Martha Stewart: Butterfly punch
Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape runner, foam tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares; Beacon Zip Dry glue

Here is a remarkably beautiful altered box that Gloria created using Olde Curiosity Shoppe. Just look at the fabulous details with the embellishments! There is so much gorgeous dimension and color in this project. It is such a treasure! Here is what Gloria had to say about it.

"It's easy (and fun) to take a $3 wooden box and turn it into a work of art! Using paint, paper, and a few embellishments, this inexpensive wooden box is now a keepsake. I added a metal handle and four wooden feet to the box, making it even more special." -Gloria

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Supply List:
 
Graphic 45 Papers:
Olde Curiosity Shoppe: Olde Curiosity Shoppe, Optical Oddities, Butterfly Specifics, Genuine Article, Mercurial Masterpiece
Communiqué: Society Page
Domestic Goddess: Lady of the House
Graphic 45 Staples: Metal Butterflies, Metal Brads
Clearsnap: Colorbox Graphic 45 Decades Antiquing Ink Venetian Lace
Clearsnap: Colorbox Clear Embossing Powder
Clearsnap: Smooch Spritz Spun Sugar, Vanilla Shimmer, Gold Glow
Imaginarium Designs: Chipboard Steampunk Clock, Birdcage, Clock
Spellbinders: Grand Calibur Die Cutting System; Die Templates Foliage, Rose Creations, Bitty Blossoms, Spiral Blossoms One
Cosmic Shimmer: Mica Mist Silver
Making Memories: Acrylic Paint Asphalt
Deco Art: White Acrylic Paint
Ranger: Alcohol Ink Sunset Orange, Lettuce, Meadow
7 Gypsies: Metal handle, Gears, Metal hanger
Idea-ology: Light bulb, Pen nib, Film strip
Martha Stewart: Butterfly punch
Craft Supply: wood box, wood feet
Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape runner, foam tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares; Beacon Zip Dry glue

Thank you all so much for joining us today! Remember that we will have more craft inspiration and prizes on Monday's blog! We hope you'll join us. Huge thanks to Gloria for her remarkable work. We can't wait to see her newest creations on our 2012 design team! We wish you all a fabulous Friday and a great weekend!


Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45

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More Sneak Peeks of A Ladies' Diary & Introducing Denise Hahn

 

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Hello G45ers,

It's another day of dazzling delights here at Graphic 45! We want to welcome you all to this incredible day of fun, sneak peeks, prizes and inspiration! Today we're showing you some more gorgeous double-sided papers from A Ladies' Diary! Plus we have four more winners to announce from yesterday's "Win It Before You Can Buy It" contest! Today's winners will receive the entire collection of A Ladies' Diary before it's even available in stores! We also have more introductions to our fabulous new 2012 design team. Today you'll get to meet Denise Hahn, a superbly talented crafter whose work you're going to love! Could this day get any better?! We don't think so! So put on your tap shoes and get ready to do the happy dance! First up we've got some winners to announce! Chosen at random from yesterday's blog and Facebook comments, the winners are...

From our blog:

-Tammy Whitley: "1st...OMG I love the new line. I think I may swoon over this. I must have it all. My brain is reeling with ideas, first off...a wonderful mini album.... (thud) 2nd - Now that I have recooperated from my falling for A ladies diary...Clare you are amazing!!!!! Simply amazing and Im glad you are part of the best team around!!! If I could live and die in one place it would be at the Graphic 45 home!!! I love this stuff!!!"

-Marie Bowdoin: "Love the new line of papers. Thanks for choosing Clare, I have learned so much from her videos."

From Facebook:

-Tammy Valley: "I'm a sucker for stickers :)"

-Nyoka Smith: "My goodness... keeps getting better and better... can't wait 'til they come out in the store!!!!"

We will be announcing 4 more winners on tomorrow's blog so be sure to leave us blog or Facebook comments for your chance to win A Ladies' Diary. Will today's winners please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize. Congratulations!

Okay G45ers, it's sneak peek time! Behold these magnificent double-sided papers from A Ladies' Diary. Just imagine all the wonderful ways you could use these papers in your next craft creation!

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"Delicate Details"

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"Fashion Plates"

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"La Gazette"

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"Timeless Memoir"

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"Lasting Impression"

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Now it's time for even more craft inspiration! We are thrilled to introduce you to yet another incredible crafter on our 2012 Design Team. Her name is Denise Hahn and her work is simply stunning! She has a glamorous retro style and a sweet sense of humor in her craft creations. She also has a fantastic grasp of using color and playful embellishments to add a unique charm to every project. Denise has an incredible craft blog called {In My Blue Room} that is a constant source of fun and inspiration. She not only blogs about her magnificent art but also about fun events in her life. It is this great combination of qualities that make Denise such a fabulous addition to Graphic 45. We think you'll love her work as much as we do! Say hello to the splendidly talented Denise Hahn!

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"My name is Denise Hahn and I am from Long Beach, California. I get my creativity from my Mom and Grandmother. They always had elaborately decorated packages under the Christmas tree along with handmade decorations. They also sewed amazing Halloween costumes for us. Those were some of my favorite childhood memories and my style of crafting frequently relates back to retro and vintage. I have been crafting as long as I can remember, but only in the last few years has it become a major part of my life. I started out a few years back going on a scrapbooking cruise. I had never scrapbooked, but that was all it took to get my creative juices flowing again. My scrapbooking subject matter was a little limited as it’s just me my husband and two dogs so I started taking classes and learning tons of techniques; paper mache, sewing,  collage, mixed media, altered art, watercolor, soldering, jewelry making, and bookbinding. I love to learn new things and like to combine them in my eclectic projects. These days when I am not working my real life job managing a grocery store, I spend most of my time creating projects and teaching them at workshops. I am very excited to start this new chapter as a Graphic 45 Design Team Member" -Denise Hahn

These are the projects that Denise submitted for the final round of the 2012 design team call. Check out this marvelous On the Boardwalk keepsake box that Denise created! Talk about fun retro style! This is such a fun piece that totally captures the carefree beach spirit of On the Boardwalk. The little swimmer figurine is too cute!

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We think this fabulous piece is pretty self explanatory. "Charming" is right! Check out all of those lavish embellishments! This also utilizes our fun collection On the Boardwalk. There is a lot to see here and we love all of the incredible detail! Denise has quite a talent for working with metal embellishments!

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G45ers, you are going to love this! It's an incredible Le Cirque crown! This piece really demonstrates the wealth of imagination that Denise has! This crown absolutely captures the grander of the big top! Again you can see Denise's amazing use of embellishments and vivid color. Such fun!

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We hope you all had fun today, G45ers! Big thanks to Denise Hahn for her terrific work! We are super excited to see what else she'll create on our new design team! We hope you'll all join us tomorrow for more contest winner announcements, design team introductions, as well as more inspiration from A Ladies' Diary. We can't wait! Have a great day, G45ers!

With Hugs and Smiles,

Your Friends at Graphic 45

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More Sneak Peeks of A Ladies' Diary & Introducing Clare Charvill

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Hello G45ers,

Welcome to another splendid day of excitement and fun here at Graphic 45! We are thrilled that you are joining us for more sneak peeks of A Ladies' Diary and introductions to our fabulous new 2012 design team! Today we'll be showing you the beautiful coordinating chipboard die-cuts and stickers from A Ladies' Diary! Plus you'll get to meet one of our newest design team members from the United Kingdom, Clare Charvill! Also we have four winners to announce from yesterday's Win It Before You Can Buy It contest! Wow, there is so much happening today! It's incredible! So lets start with some prize winners, shall we? Remember, all week long we're giving away A Ladies' Diary before it's even available in stores! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment and you'll be entered to win! We are choosing 4 random winners every day this week! Those are some good odds! Our winners from yesterday are...

From our blog:

 -Linda from Lockbourne: "I feel like a kid in a candy shop looking through a virtual window at all of the goodies on display. These are beautiful stamps."

-Edee Gill: "Can't wait to get my hands on your two new releases. You've outdone yourself!"

From Facebook:

-Pam Taylor Nutting: "This is a fabulous collection & Arlene is so incredibly talented!"

-Holly Pfarr Moore: "I can not wait for those stamps! Eeeeeee, happy squeals of joy!"

Congratulations! Will our winners please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize. Hooray! We will have four new winners to announce on tomorrow's blog so stay tuned, G45ers!

And now it's time for more sneak peeks! Check out these amazingly gorgeous chipboard die-cuts and stickers that coordinate with A Ladies' Diary! So much stunning color! So many elegant designs! Feast your eyes on these incredible new products!

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We hope you are all super inspired now! Are you ready for even more inspiration?! Get ready to be wowed by the latest addition to our 2012 design team, the wonderful Clare Charvill. Many of you may remember Clare from back in December when we had her as a Featured Artist on our blog. We got such amazing feedback from the blog post and we are thrilled to welcome her to our 2012 design team. Clare's style is classic, elegant and exceptional! If you venture on over to her blog called My Creative Spirit you'll see a plethora of gorgeous crafts of all different kinds. Her talents are abundant and she loves to share her passion for crafting with others. When Clare was chosen for our 2012 design team we got a bunch of emails from her fans expressing how happy they were that she was on our team. Clare has a big following on her Youtube channel as well. She creates wonderful and informative videos that are full of fabulous ideas. Each of Clare's creations embodies its own little world with lots of stunning embellishments and vibrant color. We are very excited to have her talent and enthusiasm on our new team. Ladies and gentleman, say hello to the fabulous Clare Charvill!

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"I'm a working mum with two lovely teenage boys and a very supportive partner, and live in the heart of Shakespeare's county in the middle of the UK. My interest in scrap booking started about 7 years ago, but really took off just over a year ago when I discovered the crafting community on You Tube.  I love making vintage photo albums and altered art projects, and have been totally inspired by the gorgeous paper collections Diane and her team design here at Graphic 45.  I now enjoy sharing my inspiration, techniques and tips with fellow crafters all over the world through my own You tube channel and blog.  Unknowingly, I seem to have developed my own unique style, where less is more and if doubt, keep it simple...........:-) .  I'm thrilled to have been invited onto the 2012 Design team and really excited to be working with this wonderful family run business and the amazingly talented members of this years team." -Clare Charvill

We're going to show you the incredible projects that Clare submitted for he final round of the Graphic 45 design team call. You're going to love what you see! Here is a video where Clare takes us on a tour of her magnificent projects. This video is so sweet. Clare's charm and talents really shine!

 

Here we have Clare's fabulous altered art projects featuring An ABC Primer. She completely captured the wonderful and whimsical spirit of this sweet paper collection. So inspiring!

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Here we have an incredible mini album that Clare made using Tropical Travelogue. Minis are one of Clare's favorite crafts to create. You can really see her attention to detail. Each page stands out as being unique and beautiful. Check out the incredible detail on this front cover! You can tell that Clare takes her time to cut everything very delicately to give the genuine look of vining and blooming plants. Wow!

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Here is Clare's fabulous altered box using Communique and On the Boardwalk. Check out those amazing handmade paper flowers! This box is so fun and perfect for Valentine's Day or an anniversary gift! It also has such a classic look of pure vintage charm. It's just breath-taking!

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Graphic 45 Communique Altered Art Box


Graphic 45 Communique Altered Art Box
Thank you all so much for joining us today. Huge thanks to Clare Charvill for her magnificent crafts! We are so excited to see what else she bring to our 2012 design team! We hope you will all join us tomorrow for even more sneak peeks and design team introductions! And don't forget to leave us a blog or Facebook comment today for your chance to win A Ladies' Diary! We will be announcing four more winners tomorrow! It's going to be another super day! We hope you'll come back and see us! We wish you all a fabulous day!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45

 

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More Sneak Peeks of A Ladies' Diary & Introducing Arlene Cuevas

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Hello G45ers,

Happy Tuesday everyone! Welcome to another delightful day of sneak peeks an inspiration here at Graphic 45! We are so excited to bring you more images from A Ladies' Diary. Today you'll see the gorgeous new cling stamp designs that you're sure to love. Plus we've got another new 2012 design team member to introduce to you! Her name is Arlene Cuevas and her work is out of this world! Also we've got some winners to announce from yesterday's Ladies' Diary "Win It Before You Can Buy It" contest! This day is going to be such a fun day! So lets get to it!

First we want to announce today's winners! Remember that you can enter to win A Ladies' Diary all this week before it's even available in stores! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment! We are choosing 4 random winners everyday this week to receive this elegant new collection. So get your comments in for your chance to win! Today's randomly chosen winners are...

From our blog:

-Johni Komisak: "The new paper creation line, A Ladies Diary, is absolutely beautiful. The colors and vintage designs are stunning. I envision using on heritage pages of my grandmother and mother. What can I say about Albert.... for starters, creative, innovative, amazing, a wonderful artist and I look forward to seeing many more of his designs in the future!"

-Joe Morgan: "Wow, I love the new collection, and I am also loving Alberto's projects! I just happen to love the collections he used because of the vintage artwork and all of bright colors. They are amazing. Thanks for making and sharing!"

From Facebook:

-Dawn Hausladen Edwards: "Oh wow! I couldn't wait for today because I was excited to see this sneak peek! I think A Ladies' Diary Is a Gorgeous collection and a Must Have! I wish it was already available."

-Joyce Saxen Kowalczyk: "Love it love it."

Congratulations! Will our winners please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize! Yay!

Okay G45ers, here they are, the stunning new coordinating cling stamps for A Ladies' Diary! Check out these beauties! Oooh!

 

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Wow, wow, wow! Look for A Ladies' Diary to start arrving at your local scrapbook stores in June. And now it's time for more 2012 design team introductions! Today we are very excited to introduce you to an incredibly talented artist, Arlene Cuevas. You are going to love her fabulous style. One look at any of Arlene's amazing crafts and it's clear that she combines impeccable techniques with clear artistic direction. She loves color and knows just how to combine gorgeous papers and embellishments to create just the right look for her projects. Her work is also wonderfully balanced with just the right amount of elements to make it incredibly gorgeous but not too over the top. It is this combination of qualities that make Arlene's work instantly alluring. Take a tour of her marvelous blog Butterfly Kisses Designs and you'll see what we mean. Her work will instantly make you smile. Today you will see the stunning projects that Arlene submitted for her Graphic 45 design team call. Get ready to be wowed! Ladies and gentleman, say hello to Arlene Cuevas!

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"Hi, my name is Arlene and I am a Bay Area native living in the beautiful sunny state of California. I’ve been married to my soul mate for 11 years and together we have 3 handsome little boys– age 10, 8 and 4. I am a Product Manager at an Internet company by day, and an avid crafter by night. I’ve been dabbling in arts and crafts for as long as I can remember, but my love for scrapbooking didn’t bloom until 1995 after a friend invited me to my first crafting party. I began with card making and scrapbook layouts. In 2005, I discovered the wonderful world of Blogger and later YouTube and found it was much more fun to blog and create videos myself instead of merely stalking the wonderful community of crafters who peaked my love of mini-albums, altered art, art journaling and much more. I’ve been honored to design and guest design for several companies in the past few years and it is a crafter’s dream… MY dream… to be sitting on the Graphic 45 2012 Design Team! I am beyond excited and honored at the opportunity to work for the company that hooked me into crafting for good! In my “spare” time when I’m not working or creating in my studio, I love to travel and spend quality time with my family. I’m also an official chocolate and coffee enthusiast – I absolutely cannot live without my 2 evils!"

We can definitely agree with Arlene's love for coffee and chocolate! Yum! At this very moment there is a box of delicious gourmet chocolates here in the Graphic 45 office. We're all trying our best not to eat them all at once. It's quite a challenge. To help destract us from eating all the chocolate lets all watch Arlene's video for her Graphic 45 design team audition! It's lots of fun as she takes you on a tour of the gorgeous projects pictured below.

 

Here is the fantastic layout that Arlene created using An ABC Primer. You can see how well she uses open spaces and more busy spaces to create dynamic movement in this LO. The embellishments are beautiful and so is her wonderful paper layering! There is such a sweet sentiment to this heart-warming LO!

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Next up is this magnificent Tropical Travelogue shadowbox that Arlene created. You can see all of the delicate and meticulous cutting she did to create the gorgeous botanical frame for this shadowbox. Plus she created a wonderful sense of dimension with all the different layers. This piece is so full of love and impeccable style.

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Last but not least is this wonderful altered wagon and tag mini album using An ABC Primer. This piece is so much fun! Arlene really captured that old schoolhouse charm in this fabulous creation. Just look at all the wonderful details! So sweet!

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We hope you all had fun today! Big thanks to Arlene Cuevas for her stunning projects. We can't wait to see what else she'll create on our team this year! And thank you all for joining us today! Remember to leave us a blog of Facebook comment today for your chance to win A Ladies' Diary! We will have more fabulous inspiration and sneak peeks on tomorrow's blog! We hope to see you then! Have a marvelous day, G45ers!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45

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Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks of A Ladies' Diary & Introducing L. Alberto Juarez Diaz

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Hello G45ers!

Welcome to another stupendous day of sneak peeks, prizes and inspiration here at Graphic 45! We had such a great time last week introducing you to Happy Haunting! Today we're bringing you an exclusive sneak peek of our other latest collection, A Ladies' Diary! We just know you are going to adore this remarkable collection! Plus we have prize winners to announce from Friday's blog and we are also beginning our 2012 Design Team introductions today! We are very excited to introduce you to L.  Alberto Juarez Diaz from Spain. You are going to love his incredible style. So lets have some fun! First up we want to announce Friday's winners of the Happy Haunting prize packs! Chosen randomly from our blog and Facebook comments, the winners are...

From our blog:

-Lillian Child: "Graphic 45 is one of my DAILY stops for creativity, inspiration and just plain FUN. And the designs and projects today are just a few reasons why. Great work and what amazing projects!"

-Emily Todd: "All of these projects are awesome! I love the inspiration I get every time I come to this blog!"

From Facebook:

-Billie Jahyn Harris Granneman: "I love this clock!!! Can't wait for the new collections to come out."

-Peggy Snodgrass: "So clever and creative...Now I need to find an old clock!"

Congratulations! Will our winners please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize! This week we're giving away A Ladies' Diary prize packs before you can buy it in stores! Be sure to leave us a blog and/or Facebook comment today for your chance to win. We will be announcing 4 prize winners on tomorrow's blog! Yay! And now it's time for more sneak peeks! Ladies and gentleman, we proudly introduce A Ladies' Diary!

Take a first class journey back in time with Graphic 45. Introducing A Ladies' Diary, an ensemble of elegance that harkens back to high society's opulent past. This extravagant new collection celebrates the epoch of fashion, architecture and culture at the turn of the 20th century. A Ladies' Diary tells the tale of a remarkable time when fashion and culture were shifting into a new Golden Age. Step into a world of privilege and refinement at a time when new technologies and artistic inspirations thrived. The rich color pallet radiates with gorgeous pastel pinks, soft blues, creams and touches of deep chocolate browns. This luxurious new collection includes 12 gorgeous double sided papers, dazzling 12x12 and 8x8 paper pads, coordinating chipboard die-cuts, stickers and stamp sets. Your creativity will flourish like the invasions of yesteryear. With A Ladies' Diary from Graphic 45 vintage glamor is at your fingertips!

"A Ladies' Diary"

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"Moment in Time"

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"Ageless Beauty"

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"Afternoon Tea"

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"Picture Perfect"

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"Focal Point"

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All right, G45ers, are you totally excited now?! We've got more fun in store for you! We are overjoyed to begin our introductions for our new 2012 design team. Today we are happy to introduce you to a very talented crafter from Spain, L. Alberto Juarez Diaz. He has an incredibly fun and whimsical style that we're sure you're going to love. Imagination is so important when you're papercrafting and Alberto definitely has an abundant supply of clever ideas. His blog Vintage Odyssey Scrapbook is filled with wonderful creations that have pure classic charm. One look at his marvelous crafts and you'll understand why Alberto was a perfect fit for our new team! Please join us in welcoming the amazing L. Alberto Juarez Diaz to Graphic 45!

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"I'm a guy from Spain, I'm 24 years old and I have been doing scrapbooking for over two years. I discovered scrapbooking by chance. I wanted to make a special gift, a diary for a trip (I love travel) and that's how I discovered the wonderful world of scrapbooking. My style is vintage, totally a classic vintage Victorian European style. I also enjoy working with bright colors, as in the vintage bright colors are perfect. There is no other brand like Graphic 45 that offers all of that." -L. Alberto Juarez Diaz

Here is the amazing stop-motion animation video that Alberto sent to us as part of his design team audition. The work is simply stunning and the video is beyond adorable. This must have taken him forever to create! We were definitely impressed!

 

Here is Alberto's incredible Steampunk Debutante mini album that chronicles a wonderful trip to New York City. Every page is filled with wonder and adventure. It is a true celebration of a fantastic moment in time!

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Here is completely breath-taking creation, a Steampunk Debutante hot air balloon! This is a perfect example of Alberto's wonderful imagination and papercrafting expertize. This creation is like an enchanting paper sculpture! Wow!

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This last creation is a gorgeous Tropical Travelogue album by Alberto. Every page is full of such magnificent color and flourishing embellishments. You can see how much care and attention that goes into every little detail of Alberto's crafts. He totally captured the carefree spirit of Tropical Travelogue with the fun photos his coordinated with this album. It is like stepping into a beautiful beach vacation! Check it out!

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Tropical Travelogue mini album

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We hope you all had a great time today. Please join us tomorrow as the sneak peek fun continues. We will have 4 winners to announce for the Ladies' Diary prize packs so be sure to get your blog and/or Facebook comments in for your chance to win! Also, we've been hearing that some of our subscribers haven't been getting email updates when our blog posts. We just want to let you all know that we're working hard to figure out the issue and get it fixed! Thank you all for your patience! Huge thanks to L. Alberto Juarez Diaz for his amazing work. We can't wait to see what else he creates on our design team this year! We will have another wonderful 2012 design team introduction on tomorrow's blog as well! It's going to be great! We hope to see you then. Have a great day, G45ers!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45

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