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Fun and Simple Ideas For Beautiful Graphic 45 Cards

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TGIF G45ers!

Oh, the joy of cards! They are so much fun to make and they bring so much happiness to people everyday! What could be better than a beautiful handmade Graphic 45 card?! Today's blog is loaded with so many marvelous ideas for fun and easy cards! All of today's creations come with a wonderful sketch to help you create your own enchanting handmade cards! There's a marvelous Curtain Call card by Kristin Wilson and 4 splendid French Country cards and sketches by Denise Hahn! Today's blog is sure to give you lots of great ideas for your weekend crafting!

Before we get to today's beautiful crafts, we have a blog prize winner to announce! Chosen at random from this week's blog comments, this week's winner is...

-Wanda Tracey: "I love these projects with the french country products and love the sunflowers too. It is all so lovely."

Congratulations, Wanda! Please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize. This is the amazing Place in Time, French Country and Secret Garden prize that Wanda won this week! We have a brand new blog contest every week here on the Graphic 45 blog! So there is always a chance for you to win some fabulous Graphic 45 goodies!

 

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Today's first card and sketch comes from the amazing Kristin Wilson! She made this lovely Curtain Call birthday card by layering and distressing our gorgeous papers and adding lots of wonderful Graphic 45 Metal Staples! You can see how beautiful the new Ornate Metal Label Holder looks on this classic vintage-inspired birthday card! Follow Kristin's fun and easy sketch to create one for someone you love!

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Supplies:

Graphic 45: Curtain Call Collection Papers, Metal Hinge, Metal Label Holder, Ribbon
Stampin Up!: Cardstock, Stamp
Tim Holtz: Metal Gears

Next we have four gorgeous French Country card creations by Denise Hahn! French Country offers you so many incredible possibilities for fun and easy cards! Denise created these simple sketches to show you how to create these marvelous cards for someone you love! Just layer your French Country papers, add some pretty ribbons and Graphic 45 Staples and let your imagination take flight!

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Click this link to download Denise Hahn's beautiful card sketches!


Download CHA5stepcards

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Supplies:

French Country Bon Appetit 4500632

French Country Provence 4500636

French Country Abundance 4500635

French Country Bonjour 4500633

Graphic 45 Trim

Recollections Corrugated Card

Donna Salazar Mixed Media Inx Midnight

Glitter Martha Stewart Fire Opal

Adhesives Tombow and Xyron

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Supplies:

French Country Grandeur 4500629

French Country Montage 4500638

French Country Bon Appetit 4500632

French Country French Country 4500627

Graphic 45 Trim

Recollections Corrugated Card

Smooch Spritz Vanilla Shimmer

Colorbox Chalk Cats Eye Blackbird

Adhesives 3L Scrapbook Adhesive and Xyron

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Supplies:

French Country Bon Appetit 4500632

French Country Deja Vu 4500634

Graphic 45 Metal Staples Keyholes

Graphic 45 Trim

Recollections Corrugated Card

Donna Salazar Mixed Media Inx- Cornflower

Colorbox Chalk Dark Brown

Glitter- Ruby Slippers Clearsnap

Adhesives Xyron and Tombow

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Supplies:

French Country Al La Carte 4500637

French Country Montage 4500638

French Country Bon Appetit 4500632

French Country Sunflower 4500628

Recollections Corrugated Card

Donna Salazar Mixed Media Inx Butternut

Glitter Martha Stewart Fire Opal

Adhesives Tombow and Xyron

We hope you all enjoyed today's Graphic 45 blog! If you want more fun and inspiring ideas like these be sure to check out the Graphic 45 Facebook, Pinterest and Ning sites! They are a non-stop supply of gorgeous Graphic 45 inspiration!

Graphic 45 Facebook


https://www.facebook.com/Graphic45

Graphic 45 Pinterest


http://pinterest.com/graphic45/

Graphic 45 Ning

http://graphic45.ning.com/

We also want to give a very warm Graphic 45 birthday wish to Betto Cesare of the Graphic 45 design team! Today is his birthday! We wish him the happiest of birthdays! We cherish having Betto on our design team. His talent is out of this world! Happy Birthday, Betto!

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We want to thank Kristin Wilson and Denise Hahn for their stunning work today! We hope their beautiful cards helped energize you for some fabulous weekend crafting! Join us for yet another week of fun, creativity and a brand new blog contest starting on Monday! Have a joyful weekend, G45ers!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45

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Announcing the Graphic 45 Design Team Call 2013!

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Hello G45ers!

Are your ready for one of the biggest Graphic 45 announcements of the year! Here it is!

Attention G45ers, now is your time to be in the spotlight! We see your talent everywhere and we want you to be a part of our 2013 Design Team! Below, you will read all you need to know to submit your creations to become a part of our exciting, fast-paced, creative team!

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What are we looking for?

Graphic 45 paper and products are unique and vintage inspired, so we are looking for a variety of team members that can produce high quality cards, layouts, altered art, videos, and home decor projects that show off our papers and embellishments.

Our team is education-based, so we will need you to have good photography skills, the ability to create tutorials with instructions and size images for blog and website use.

This call is open to International and domestic applicants. Current design team members who have been on the team for one year and want to re-apply for a second year are eligible, but you must resubmit. You cannot resubmit if you have already been on the design team for two years.

How do I apply to be on the team?

Our design team search will consist of two rounds. Please read the entire contents of both rounds, as there is quite a bit of information.

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Click the link below to download a printable version of the Graphic 45 Design Team Call Terms & Conditions!

Download DTcallG452013

We look forward to seeing what you submit. We know we will be blown away! So get busy creating and most of all, have fun!


In other exciting Graphic 45 news, we are celebrating a very special Graphic 45 birthday today! It's the birthday of Meggan Howell, Graphic 45 Customer Service Agent extraordinaire! If you attended last year's Scrapfest at Mall of America or CHA Winter 2013 in Anaheim then you may have met Meggan in the Graphic 45 booth! She is a superb member of the Graphic 45 team and we are so happy to be celebrating her birthday today! Get to know more about Meggan in this fun birthday interview!

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Meggan, welcome to the Graphic 45 Team! What is your new role with Graphic 45? Have we seen you on G45 trips before?

I guess my new role at Graphic 45 is customer service.  I'm not sure what my official tital is.  What's important is making sure everyone is happy and getting their questions answered when they call or write in.  Luckily, everyone is extremely kind and patient.  I've been to a few shows and helped with a few classes here and there (shout out to Scrapbook Nook! You guys were incredible hosts!)  Hopefully, I'll get invited to help on more trips.  Who doesn't LOVE playing dress up and traveling?!

You have a history with Diane Schultz, Charee, and Aimee Filimoehala. We've also heard you are a good friend of Henry, the Graphic 45's brilliant Wire Fox Terrier mascot. How long have you known them?

The Filimoehala sisters are two of my favorite people!  Charee and I have been friends for 10 years now.  I wouldn't have survived my 20's without her support and love.  They're truly two of the most talented and intelligent women I know, and it's very clear they've inherited it from Dianne.  What a family!  Henry is everything you'd expect and more,  a proper gentleman.  And let's not forget, I've know Joanna for ages as well.  If you don't know how to do the Harlem shake, she's an expert.

Here is a great photo from last year's Scrapfest! There's Joanna, Aimee, Charee and Meggan!

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You have a very unique birthday - on Feb 29! What's it like to be a Leap Year baby? How old are you in Leap Years this year? (Or should a lady never tell...?)

Being a Leap Year baby is awesome.  Most people have a general reaction of astonishment when i tell them.  It's like having a magic trick for a birthday.  I'm proud to say this year I will be turning 7 and 1/4.  Hopefully, I don't look a day over 6.

How are you celebrating your birthday this year?

I'm keeping it nice and simple this year.  Dinner and drinks with my favorite people.  Followed by a long weekend of drinking red wine and quilting.  It's my dream come true.

You're quite creative yourself! What are your favorite creative endeavors?

I have too many creative endeavors!  I was blessed with the most talented and creative grandmother growing up.  Everything I know how to do, I've learned from her.  Right now, I'm super passionate about embroidery, quilting, making jewelry, and leather working. If I can squeeze in a little knitting or sketching, I'm a happy lady.

Here are some of Meggan's glorious embroidery and jewelry creations!

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And now for fun - If you were an animal, what animal would you be?

Hands down, HORSES!!!  I grew up with horses.  They're the most incredible animals.  I have a very strong emotional reaction to them. Anytime I see a commercial or movie with horses in them, I start crying.  Seriously.  Tears running down my cheeks.

We are so happy to have Meggan on our Graphic 45 team! Happy Birthday, Meggan! You are so super!

That's all for today, G45ers! Thank you all so much for joining us for today's huge announcement! We are so excited to see all of your 2013 Design Team auditions! We can't wait to see what a new year of inspiration will bring! It's going to be incredible! We wish you all a very happy day!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Team Graphic 45

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Fun and Inspirational Book Tutorial By Jane Tregenza: Part 8!

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Hello G45ers,

Are you ready to be amazed and inspired? Today we'll be sharing Part 8 of Jane Tregenza's gorgeous book tutorial! That's right, Jane is going to take you step-by-step through the creation of another glorious page in her handmade book. Today's page features our superb new Secret Garden collection! Plus, we've got big news! ATTENTION, all designers and creative types! Tomorrow we will be making one of this years biggest announcements on the blog! What could it be?! You'll have to stop by our blog tomorrow to see what all the excitement is about!

And don't forget to leave us a blog or Facebook comment some time this week for your chance to win this wonderful Place in Time, French Country and Secret Garden prize pack! We will choose one random winner from this week's blog or Facebook comments and announce them on our blog this Friday! Wow, there's so much to be jazzed about here on the Graphic 45 blog!

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Okay, G45ers, get ready to create another exquisite page of your handmade book with Jane Tregenza! Just in case you missed the first 7 pages of this magnificent handmade book, you can check out all of Jane's tutorials here!

http://g45papers.typepad.com/graphic45/janes-book-tutorials/

The tutorial begins as always with the creation of your black foundation page. You need to create your foundation page first before going on to create page 8. 

Black foundation Page

Instructions for creating a foundation page

Each month you will need to make a foundation page. For this you will need two black sheets of cardstock.

Cut one to 8 ½ x11 inches- set it aside. Cut your second one to 9 ½ x 11 inches. Please keep the left over bits as you will need them later on.

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The 9 ½ x 11 inches piece needs to be scored, place it in your cutter at 8 ½ inch mark and score it, this will give you a one inch seam.

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Completely fill in the one inch seam with strong tape.

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Carefully adhere the 8 ½ inch piece onto the 9 1/2 inches piece. Make sure you don’t go

over your scored seam, or your page will not fold. Once you have it on, carefully fold the page over to check that it will shut.

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Press firmly along the folded over piece, open up your page and check at the two pages line up nicely. Don’t worry if one of your pages is now wider than the other. You can trim it back to make them the same.

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You need to add some more tape along the join of your foundation page. Adhere one strip of tape along one side of the join and about an inch of tape on the other side of the join.

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A close up of the join with the tape each side. When you come to adhere your print papers, one piece will be an inch wider that the other page. The extra inch will need to be adhered over the top of the inch of tape on the foundation page.

Book Tutorial Page 8

By Jane Tregenza

Download Graphic 45 online tutorial page 8 Ready to print 

An easy page with lots of fussy cutting, using Graphic 45’s Secret Garden collection.

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Please follow the instructions carefully. Read each instruction to the end before cutting. Lots of the papers are used on the tags as well as for your pages, so you need to cut them the way I describe or you will run out of paper! I have sprayed  my chipboard with Gesso Spray paint.  The flourish and the word “you” need to be inked with Paprika. All papers have had their edges inked using Tim Holtz – Vintage Photo and Colourbox liquid Chalk ink – Chestnut Roan.

 

Please note, I am only human and do make mistakes, I have taken every care while writing the instructions, and hope they make sense. It is quite hard to write instructions as I know what I mean; but this does not always translate into the instructions. If you are unable to work something out, then please ask a question in the comments box at the end of the post and I will answer it for you as best I can. Or email me at

jane@seriouslyscrapbooking.net.au

Supplies:

Graphic 45 Print Papers – The Secret Garden

                    #4500660 May Flowers x1                    

                #4500649  Secret Garden x1                 

#4500655 Pretty Primrose x2

#4500651 Leafy Treetops x2

2x Black Cardstock

Imaginarium Designs Chipboard IDS0058 Window and Shutters in Board (Large) & IDS0067 8x8 Moroccan Shape.

Colourbox Dark Brown ink Pad,   Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink,  Colourbox Fluid Chalk – Olive Pastel

Versa Color Lagoon Blue ink, White Paint

The instructions for creating your 8 th page.

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Place your 1st sheet of “Pretty Primroses” into your paper trimmer sideways and trim it back to 10 ¾  inches. Take it out and put it in your trimmer sideways and trim it back to 9 inches. Ink around all the edges.

Cover the back of your sheet of “Pretty Primrose” with double sided tape or adhesives sheets. Peel a little bit of the backing off.

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 Place your “Pretty Primrose” piece onto the left side of your page. Once you are happy with your placement. Peel the rest of your backing off and adhere it to your page. Remember it will go over the middle fold in your page about an inch.

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Fold your page over to place the crease in the middle of your page. This will help when you place the other piece on the right side of your page.

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Place your second sheet into your paper trimmer sideways and trim it back to 10 ¾ inches. Take it out and put it into your trimmer sideways and trim it back to 8 inches. Ink round the edges.

Cover the back of your sheet of “Pretty Primrose” with double sided tape or adhesives sheets. Peel a little bit of the backing off.

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Place your second “Pretty Primrose” piece onto the right side of your page.  Once you are happy with your placement. Peel the rest of your backing off and adhere it to your page. Remember it needs to be to the right side of the fold in the middle of your page.

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This is what your page should look like.  Check that you can close the page. Now it’s time to put a frame around your page.

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You need to cut both of your sheets of “Leafy Treetops” the same as the photo. I used a craft knife to remove the middle of both my print papers. Each side of the border needs to be 1 1/8 inch wide when you have finished.

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Now you have to cut the first one of your frames to fit on your page.  Measure up from the bottom left corner about

 3 ½ inches and cut the border, then measure from the left corner of the piece you just cut off to 9 inches. Measure across from the top left corner and cut it at 9 ½ inches.

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Place tape on the back of the first strip and adhere it to the bottom left corner of your page. It will go over the join in your page for about an inch.

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Put tape on the back of the second border piece and adhered it to your page in the top left corner of your left page.  It will go over the middle of your page for about an inch. It will also overlap the one you placed in the bottom left corner.

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The left side of your page should now look like this. Fold your page in half to set the fold in the border. This will help when you come to do the right side of our page.

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Place your second border piece on the right side of your page. Use a pencil and place a  mark to the right  of  the middle of your page. Cut it off there. Measure up 3 ½ inches up from the bottom right corner and cut it there.

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Place adhesive on the back of your border piece and place it in the right hand bottom corner of the  right side of your  page. It should not go over the middle of your page onto the left side of your page. Place the second piece onto your page in the top right corner and mark where you need to cut it at the top and near the middle of your page. Once you are happy with how it fits, Adhere it to your right page. Keep your leftover bits of border as you will need a little bit later on.

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Paint your Imaginarium Designs Moroccan Shape chipboard white. I use spray Gesso for mine.

Cut it in half. Make sure you line up the borders so that when you place both pieces on your page the pattern will line up across both pages.

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Place one half on your page and cut it back to about 7 ¼ inches wide. Check that you can fold your page in half. If you can’t fold your page over then you may need to trim it back some more. If  you can then glue your  Morocccan Shape down to your page.

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Place your second piece onto the right side of your page. Trim it back to 7 1/8 inch. Again check that you can fold  your page in half. If you can then glue it down.

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Your page should now look like this. You will have a large space between the two pieces of chipboard in the middle of your page. This is important,  as if your chipboard is too close to the middle of your page then your page will not fold over.

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Paint your Window and Shutters chipboard with white paint. Remove the middle of your arch.

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Place the three peices of the Window and Shutters chipboard frame onto your page as shown. Glue them all down

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Find a photo to fit into the middle arch of your window. Glue it onto your photo and trim around the arch.

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Glue the middle arch back into your frame.

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Cut your piece of “Secret Garden” to match the photo. This will take a bit of time but well worth the effort.

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Place your “Secret Garden” onto your page and place a mark where you need to cut it.  You will need to cut it about ½ to the left of the childs elbow.  You will be placing this piece on the left side of your page. Keep the other bit for the right side of your page.

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Turn both your ‘Secret Garden” piece over.  Place lots of tape along the  bottom bit of your pieces and foam at the top. The photo shows the piece for the left side of your page.

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Adhere the piece with the child on it, on the left side of your page. Line up the left edge of your piece of cut paper with the left border and the  bottom of the cut piece with the bottom border on your page. Adhere the second cut piece onto your page. Butt it up against the first piece you put on the page. The second piece will go over the join in the middle of your page.

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If you need too, glue any loose bits of your cut out piece onto your page/chipboard.

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Fold your page in half again. If anything is getting caught in the fold, glue it down. You may need to remove your foam tape if it is too  close to the fold.

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From the middle of your sheet of “Leafy Treetop”. Cut out some of the flowers and leaves.  It doesn’t matter what flowers you use. You just need some to place onto your arches.

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Use the photo as a guide to placing the vines up and around your arch. I used foam tape to build them up onto my frame.

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Choose a bird cage and bird from your sheet of “Leafy Treetops and cut them out. Make sure you leave some of the chain on your bird cage. Glue the bird cage onto your page. It needs to go on where your two pieces of “Secret Garden” butt up against each other. Add a bird on with foam tape.

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Add a small piece of your border under your chipboard

Moroccan shape.

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Place your “May flowers” print paper into your cutter sideways and cut it in half (beween the two rows of cards, ) . You can use the top strip of three cards or the the bottom strip. I have used the bottom one. Score it  between the 1st print and the second print, second print and the third print. When you fold the three cards, they should fold nicely on top of each other. Add a photo in the middle of the top card.

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Find your leftover bits of “Secret Garden” and cut the bow with the key. Glue it over your photo and onto the front card.

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Fold your card up. Tie a ribbon around the whole card with a bow at the front.

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Add your folded card onto your page. It goes in the bottom right corner of your right page.

Ink your three chipboard words with Lagoon Blue, let it dry then ink it with

Olive pastel over the top. Glue them to the top of your page.

To see more of my work visit my Blog

Jane Tregenza

www.Janetregenza.blogspot.com

That's all for today, G45ers. Definitely come back and see us tomorrow for our huge announcement! It will be worth the wait! And be sure to leave us a blog or Facebook comment for your chance to win this week's amazing blog prize! Huge thanks to the amazing Jane Tregenza for her gorgeous tutorial! Join us on Tuesday, March 26 for the final page of Jane's wonderful book tutorial! Have a delightful day!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45

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Secret Garden Gift Ideas From the Heart

Secret Garden Altered Art Tara Orr

Hello G45ers,

The joy of Spring is in full bloom on today's Graphic 45 blog! We're going to be sharing some splendid ideas for heartwarming handmade gifts featuring our new Secret Garden collection! There couldn't be a better time to get your hands on Secret Garden! As the first pre-Spring flowers begin to bloom, we can't help but feel excited to get crafting! Nature is such a wonderful source of inspiration and Secret Garden is true celebration of the bounty of Spring! We are so happy to be sharing these two gorgeous gift ideas! There's a breathtaking card by Susan Lui and a magnificent altered birdhouse by Tara Orr! The luscious colors and vibrant designs of Secret Garden are absolutely perfect for creating the perfect handmade gift!

First up is this wonderful all-occasions easel card by Susan Lui. This incredible craft is sure to make your loved ones smile with delight! Papercrafting with Secret Garden is so much fun! Let this happy card inspire you to create one for a friend or family member! Here is what Susan had to say about this stunning work of art!

"Here's an easel card I created on a garden theme, using Graphic 45's oh-so-pretty Secret Garden collection. I used a lacey border punch on the pastel card, then embellished it with layered doilies, flowers and hand-crushed seam binding." -Susan Lui

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Secret Garden Love Card 1

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This is how the card looks, standing in easel style.

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A chipboard tag from Place In Time hangs amidst the flower cluster.

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A message in the garden.

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Supplies:

Graphic 45 Secret Garden collection - Springtime, Pretty Primrose, April Showers, Meadow Lark
Graphic 45 Place In Time Chipboard 1
Graphic 45 Happy Halloween Alphabet Stickers

Next we have another awe-inspiring Secret Garden gift idea! This amazing altered bird house was created by Tara Orr and it's off the charts with beauty! Spring is a time when nature comes alive! Birds sing, flowers bloom and joy is abundant! This ultra-cheerful birdhouse is a wonderful way to craft with Secret Garden to create the perfect gift! Tara covered this bird house in Secret Garden papers and added lots of Graphic 45 Metal Staples and pretty flowers and pearls! You can find inexpensive birdhouses in many thrift stores! Bring some Spring cheer to someone you love by creating a happy altered birdhouse like this one! Wow!

Secret Garden Altered Art Tara Orr

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Supplies:

Metal Button
Metal Butterfly
Metal Clothespins

Thank you all for joining us today! Big thanks to Susan Lui and Tara Orr for their amazing creations! We hope their work helped inspire you to create a lovely Secret Garden handmade gift for someone you love! We have more marvelous inspiration in store for you all on tomorrow's blog. We hope you'll stop by and see us! Have a happy day, G45ers!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45

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Two Clever Ways To Craft With French Country

Graphic 45 French Country Card Jane Tregenza

Happy Monday G45ers,

The sun is shining brightly on today's wonderful Grpahic 45 blog! We've got another amazing week of fun and inspiration planned for you! Today is going to be so fantastic! We will be sharing two unique and beautiful creation featuring our new French Country collection. There is a marvelous pop-up card by Jane Tregenza and a gorgeous altered 8x8 Matchbook box by Arlene Cuevas! Plus we have a superb new blog contest this week! You could win this amazing prize that includes all three of the latest Graphic 45 collections! This incredible prize includes an 8x8 paper pad, chipboard die cut and stickers from Place in Time, French Country and Secret Garden! This prize pack is so special and the only way to win it is by leaving us a blog or Facebook comment sometime this week! We will choose one random winner from this week's comments and announce them on our blog this Friday, March 1st! So be sure to leave your comment for a chance to win!

Graphic 45 Prize Contest French Country Secret Garden Place in Time Blog

Today's first brilliant craft was created by Jane Tregenza. It's a fabulous French Country pop-up card! This is such a cheerful card for all occasions! The bright colors and joyful designs of French Country are just perfect for card making! You can see how Jane created gorgeous borders, pretty paper layers and fussy cut elements to give this card such fabulous dimension! What a true inspiration!

Graphic 45 French Country Card Jane Tregenza

Graphic 45 French Country Card Jane Tregenza

Graphic 45 French Country Card Jane Tregenza

Supplies:

Graphic 45 Papers

French Country collection

Sunflower

Grandeur

A La Carte

Déjà vu

Promenade

Bon Appetit

Moroccan chipboard – Imaginarium designs

Best wishes – Imaginarium designs

          3L Photo Corners Classic black

Next up is another super clever craft featuring French Country. This one was created by Arlene Cuevas! It's an altered 8x8 Matchbook Box that's full of grandeur and beauty! These are what the Graphic 45 Matchbook Boxes look like before they are all decked out in beautiful Graphic 45 papers. Arlene's creation shows you what's possible when you let your imagination run wild! This amazing altered box would make a perfect piece of home decor or even a great gift! Behold the beauty!

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Here is a wonderful video in which Arlene takes you on a tour of this gorgeous project!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79W-hPIXnms&feature=youtu.be

 

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Supplies:

Wood/Mini Popsicle Sticks
White Acrylic paint
Recollections sunflowers
Ranger Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
AccuCut - Business Card Envelope die
Paper Trey ink - Black card stock
Glossy Accents
E6000 glue
Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares
Feathers
Chicken wire

We hope you all had fun exploring today's French Country crafts! Don't forget to leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week for your chance to win that incredible blog prize! We want to thank Jane Tregenza and Arlene Cuevas for their beautiful work today! We wish you all a very happy day! Come back and see us tomorrow for more craft delights here at Graphic 45!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Grpahic 45

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Graphic 45 Presents a January Place in Time "Warmest Winter Wishes" Card Project Sheet

 

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Cards, Layouts, Altered Art & More With 45 Ning Highlights

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Happy Friday G45ers,

Get ready to bring some sunshine to your day with today's gorgeous Graphic 45 blog! Today we will be sharing some beautiful crafts from the Graphic 45 Ning Gallery! All of today's featured crafts were made by G45ers just like you! You are going to love the radiant inspiration that's in store for you today! Plus we have a winner to announce for this week's French Country blog contest! Get ready to kick-start your weekend crafting with today's splendid Graphic 45 blog

First up, we have a winner for this week's blog contest! Chosen at random from this week's Facebook comments, the winner is...

-Cindy Nickell: "Would love to win"

Congratulations, Cindy! Please email us with your shipping address at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize! This is the amazing French Country prize that Cindy won this week. We have a new blog contest every week on our blog! So be sure to stay tuned for even more chances to win amazing Graphic 45 goodies!

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Did you know that the Graphic 45 Ning site is a wonderful place to share your Graphic 45 creations and get inspired with amazing new craft ideas? It's true! Today we're sharing some beautiful crafts that have been uploaded to our Ning gallery! These gorgeous crafts were made by G45ers like you who love to share their passion for papercrafting! The Graphic 45 Ning site is a fantastic resource for fabulous ideas and connecting with a great community of G45ers!

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First up we have this beautiful Secret Garden shadowbox by Meri Wiley. This is such a colorful and clever work of art! Here is what Meri had to say about it!

"I used a cigar box, added Seven Gypsies knobs as feet, and I used only "Secret Garden" paper from Graphic 45. I added lots of flowers and made the central character into a bas relief or almost 3D by layering the image using adhesive foam spacers." -Meri Wiley

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Here is a whimsical Steampunk Debutante and Olde Curiosity Shoppe layout by Amy Kluchesky. Just look at those pretty borders, fussy cut elements and lavish embellishments! This layout is off the charts with beauty! 

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Here is a super clever creation! Behold A Ladies' Diary 3-D Boudoir by Tan Mee Foon. Just look at all the ways that Tan used A Ladies' Diary papers to create this elegant mini room! It even has a working LED light! One word: wow! 

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The pink wall light has a working LED light.

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Here we have a fabulous Olde Curiosity Shoppe layout by Mijn Opa. This creation has so much vintage charm! We love the classic central photo, paper layering and gorgeous embellishments! This LO is full of joy and elegant style!

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Last but certainly not least is this fabulous Happy Haunting card by Kim Russell. The vibrant colors of Happy Haunting really stand out in this sweet card. Paper layering and fun use of Happy Haunting Chipboards and Stickers also make this card a spooktacular work of art!

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We hope you all had fun exploring today's Graphic 45 Ning highlights! We want to thank all of today's featured G45ers for their marvelous work! Be sure to check out the Graphic 45 Ning site for more inspiration! We will have a brand new blog contest as well as more superb crafts to share with you on Monday. Plus we have a huge and exciting announcement to make on next week's blog! What could it be?! You'll have to stop by our blog to find out! We hope you all have a glorious day and a happy weekend!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45

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How to Create Alluring Altered Art with Graphic 45

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Hello G45ers,

What a magical time of year this is! The first beautiful blooms of Spring are just beginning to flourish. Pretty soon the cherry blossoms will be in bloom! We can't wait! This is a great time to let all the beauty of nature inspire your creativity! Today we've got some stunning altered art to share with you! We've got three breathtaking creations by Denise Hahn, Maiko Miwa and a fun tutorial by Clare Charvill! Inspiration is in season on today's amazing Graphic 45 blog!

Just a quick reminder! Don't forget that today is your last day to leave us a blog or Facebook comment for your chance to win this fantastic French Country prize pack! We will choose one random winner and announce them on tomorrow's blog! Wow!

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Lets begin with this dazzling altered house by Denise Hahn. It was created out of paper mache, using our fabulous new Secret Garden collection! Denise Hahn is selling a fabulous tutorial and pattern on her blog that shows you how to create this sweet piece of Spring-inspired altered art! What fun!

Denise Hahn's Blog:

http://inmyblueroom.blogspot.com/

All of today's creations feature some fabulous uses of the Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Key Holes! You'll see some amazing ways to add gorgeous vintage charm and dimension to your crafts using these incredible Key Holes from our Staples line!

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Here is Denise Hahn's heartwarming Secret Garden altered house! It's just perfect for Spring-inspired home decor!

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Look at this beautiful use of Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Key Holes and Ornate Metal Keys! So pretty!

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Supplies:

Paper Mache House- available at any craft store
Spray Paint Primer or White acrylic paint
2 Sheets of Graphic 45 Secret Garden
1 sheet of March Cut-Aparts from Graphic 45 Place in Time
Clearsnap Color Box Chalks
Donna Salazar Mixed Media Chox
Clearsnap embossing powder-brown
Prima Shabby Chic Treasure Windows
Various trims from .25 inch to 1.75 inch widths- the Vintage trims on this project, including the cellulite bird came from Guilding the Lily in Fullerton Ca. the rest are from May Arts
Various Flowers
Resin Crown- Jolees French General Collection
Piece of tea stained muslin
3D adhesive foam dots Tombow
Xyron 5 inch Creative Station with permanent adhesive

Next we have another cheerful and beautiful altered art creation! This one was made by Maiko Miwa and it features our fabulous collection A Ladies' Diary. This wonderful altered tag has so many pretty layers, combined with delicate fussy cutting and Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Key Holes and Ornate Metal Keys! It is a dream come true!

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                    papers: Afternoon Tea, Moment in Time, Picture Perfect, Timeless Memoir, Ornate 
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                                                                            ribbon:May Arts
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Next up is a glorious tutorial by Clare Charvill that shows you how to create this amazing altered gift tag! Clare used Secret Garden and marvelous Graphic 45 Staples to create this lavish work of altered art! Follow her fun and easy instructions to create one of your own! Take it away, Clare!

I love the roses in this collection.  They remind me of my Grandads rose garden. I could almost smell the scent that used to waft across the garden when I was cutting making this gift tag.  Of all the roses he grew the pink ones were my grandma's favourites. 

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Supply List 
12 x 12 papers 
Large Metal Brad 
Misc Supplies  
Craft card 
Walnut stain distress ink 
May Arts Ribbon 
Alterations Envelope Pocket die 
Misc brad and photo turn
3D Scrapbook Adhesive squares and foam tape
Tacky glue and glossy accents

 

To make 

Take two large tags from the tag album staples and cut 1 1/4" off the bottom of one, re round the corners with 1/2" corner rounder and ink the edges and around the eyelets on both sides of each tag. 
Use the kraft off cut to make a hinge.  Fold in half longways and ink the fold line on both sides. 
Put tacky glue on one side of the hinge place the tags next to each other, lining up the bottom edges stick the hinge down to attach the two tags together.  Before the tacky glue sets make sure the tags and hinge are aligned and the tags fold over each other, the edges line up and the tags stand up.  Pic 2 
To decorate 

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Cut a piece of Seed Fairy paper 6 1/4" x 3 5/8" round corners to match tag and ink edges and stick to the front of the smaller tag. 

Now take the rose cut apart from the May Flowers paper.  Cut the frame out taking off the outside darker green border.  

From the Springtime paper cut out the rose cut apart 

Fussy cut a rose spray from Beautiful Blooms paper.  Also cut out the word rose 

Make a craft card frame that measures 3 1/4" x 5".  the borders are 5/8" wide all round.  

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Ink edges of all pieces with walnut stain distress ink. 

Reconstruct the green borders over the kraft frame, mitre top and bottom corners and stick down

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Mount the rose word on kraft card and trim leaving 1/16" border around all edges.  Add a strip of foam tape to the back and ink edges

Cut out a file tab from Pretty Primrose paper, ink edges and stick to the right hand edge of the tag front.
Now take the frame, put tacky glue on the top and bottom edges only and stick to the front of the tag 1/2" down from the top of the base paper.

To assemble take the rose cut apart, put a little tacky glue on the underside of the bottom right corner, tuck the right hand corner under the right hand edge of the frame and stick down.  
Put a couple of double sided adhesive squares under the top edge and stick down so that the cut apart sits at an angle

Take the fussy cut rose, put tacky glue on the back of the bottom half of the inmate, stick down over the bottom of the frame making sure non of the image hands over the edge of the tag. Put a couple of double sided adhesive squares under the top of the image to give the tag dimension and stick down. 
Stick the "Rose" word mounted on double sided tape over the same word on the cut apart.

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To finish thread a metal key on some ribbon, thread the ribbon through an ornate key hole and stick over the file tab/frame.  Add a stamped metal brad over the top hole of the key hole. 
Use glossy accents to highlight the roses and add a border to the frame. 

Cut a piece of Pretty Primrose paper 6 1/4" x 3 5/8" round corners to match tag, ink edges and stick to the inside front cover of the smaller tag.

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Then take two of the same rose cut a parts from May Flowers.  Cut the centre images out of one frame making a label of the words and cut around the post mark on the rose image, round the bottom corners and ink edges of both pieces. 

Take the other frame and with the ledger side facing round the bottom right hand corner and ink edges. 
Now put a little tacky glue on the bottom and right hand edge of the rose cut apart and stick it to the bottom right of the ledger cut apart to form a pocket. 

Put tacky glue on the back of the ledger cut apart and stick it to the tag over the green base paper
highlight with glossy accents if desired.

Make gift card holder from Pretty Primrose paper using the Alterations pocket envelope die to slot inside the pocket on the tag. 

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 Cut a piece of Pretty Primrose paper 7 3/4" x 3 5/8" round corners to match tag, ink edges and stick down on the front of the larger tag. 

Cut the following images out as per picture 

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Secret garden cut apart from May Flowers paper 

Flower girls cut apart from Meadow Lark paper

Trim the journalling section of the secret garden cut apart  to 2" x 4 1/4", ink edges, mount on a piece of kraft card and trim the kraft border to 3/16" 

Fussy cut out the bluebirds, ribbon and key.  Ink edges

Trim right side of Meadow Lark cut apart off so that it fits under the mounted journalling spot, ink edges 

Put tacky glue on the back top left corner of the mounted journalling spot, and stick over the flower girls cut apart 

Stick to base paper so that the point at the top of the cut apart sits under the brass eyelet on the tag.
Stick the birds, ribbon and key cut out to the left side of the journaling spot to finish.
Highlight with glossy accents if desired.

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Cut a piece of Pretty Primrose paper 7 3/4" x 3 5/8" round corners to match tag, ink edges and stick down on the back of the larger tag.

Then cut out the rose cut apart from the Meadow Lark paper.  Ink edges, and stick centrally on the back of the large tag.  

Add the rose sentiment you cut out earlier having distressed and inked the edges to finish.

Finishing Touches 

Add a large metal brad over the eyelet on the front of the smaller tag.
Colour in the key hole with black soot distress marker 
Punch out a 1" circle, ink edges and stick over the eyelet on the inside of the smaller tag.
Add ribbon to the larger tag.  I used some green and cream striped ribbon by May Arts

We hope you all enjoyed today's wonderful exploration of Graphic 45 altered art ideas! We want to thank Denise Hahn, Maiko Miwa and Clare Charvill for their marvelous work today! Join us tomorrow for more super inspiration and a new blog contest winner! It's going to be grand! Have a lovely day, G45ers!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45

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Spring into Creativity with Secret Garden Cards!

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Happy Wednesday G45ers,


It is the middle of the week and it's a perfect day to bring some sunshine into your day! We have two Secret Garden card projects that will inspire you to go out and make sublimely charming cards! We have cards by Arlene Cuevas and Kristin Wilson today. It is going to be a marvelous day on the blog!

First, we have a beautiful Secret Garden card by Arlene Cuevas that she made for an anniversary. Her gorgeous embellishments and layering will surely inspire. 

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Supply List:

Secret Garden papers: Seed Fairy, Springtime, May Flowers
Staples: Ornate Metal Key
Prima Flowers & floral spray
I Am Roses flowers
Momenta metal flourish corner
EK Success leaf punch
Recollections pearls
MFT Fishtail banner Dienamics
MFT Jellybean Green cardstock
Ranger Distress Ink - Vintage Photo

The great ideas continue with Kristin Wilson's "Hello Sunshine" card. Kristin cleverly uses our new products, the Secret Garden 6x6 Patterns & Solid Pad and our new Secret Garden Tags & Pockets! With the bright yellows,pinks, and greens of this stunning card, you will think of someone to share love and sunshine with this week! Also, love that it contains a "hidden" greeting!

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Secret Garden Hello Sunshine Card Supply List:

Graphic 45: Secret Garden Collection 6x6 Patterns & Solids Papers, Tags &
Pockets, Cardstock Stickers
Stampin Up!: Cardstock, Twine, Ribbon, Stamp
Maya Road: Wood Button
Ranger: Liquid Pearls
Martha Stewart: Border Punch
Craft Store: White Acrylic Paint, Velcro

These beautiful cards put us in the mood to send sunshine today, right G45ers? Thank yous to Arlene and Kristin for their elegant and delicate cards. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Your Pals in Paper,

Graphic 45

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Luscious Layouts with Graphic 45

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Hello G45ers,


Today we have two beautiful layouts by Susan Lui and Maiko Miwa. They are so bright and luscious, they will be sure to put a huge smile on your face!

First, let us begin with Susan Lui's gorgeous Secret Garden layout. "Here's a layout I created of a photo we took during our wonderful holiday to Rome last December. I created a 3-dimensional shadow box layout, embellished with lots of lace, muslin, hand-dyed seam binding, crystals flowers to complement the Secret Garden collection. I painted the Graphic 45 Staples Ornate Metal Key Hole and Keys with dabs of white to blend in with the overall look of the layout." ~ Susan Lui

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List of Supplies:
Graphic 45 Secret Garden Collection - Secret Garden, Pretty Primrose, Beautiful Blooms, Posy Patch
Graphic 45 Staples - Ornate Metal Key Holes and Ornate Metal Keys
Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Alphabet Stickers
May Arts Ribbons
Prima Marketing Crystal Flourish
Flowers, Seam Binding - own stash
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Now, we have this gorgeous layout by Maiko Miwa using Secret Garden. The vivid colors and beautiful photographs will warm your heart! "These photos are my daughter's birthday party. She is 6 years old. Because the color combination of this collection is so beautiful, I made a rainbow !!" ~Maiko Miwa
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Supply List:
Secret Garden 12x12 Papers:
Graphic 45 Staples:
Flowers & Mask: Prima
Ink: Tsukineko, Ranger
Others:
Acryclic paint
Ceramic Stacco
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Thank you for your amazing projects, Susan and Maiko! We know these projects will put a Spring in your step! Have a beautiful Tuesday, G45ers! See you tomorrow!
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Happy papercrafting,
Graphic 45

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Terrific Ideas with Our New Tag Album Staples!

 

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Happy Monday, G45ers!    

 

Turn that Monday frown upside down with some unique tag ideas from Design Team members Sharon Ngoo and Denise Hahn this morning! They show you some incredible ideas with our new Tag Album Staples and you are surely in for a treat!

Before we jump in, as you know every Monday we have a new blog contest. What a great way to start the week! Here is the French Country prize pack you could win this week:

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What a beauty! That is jam-packed with new, exciting product. Just leave a comment on our blog or Facebook to be entered to win. We will announce the winner here on the blog Friday, February 22! It's going to be a blast.

Let's start the day of beautiful projects with Sharon Ngoo's Olde Curiosity Shopp Star Tag Book! What a clever way to use the new Regular Tag Album from our Staples!

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Let's follow Sharon on a tour of her album: "Here's a fun little book to make from the G45 Staples - Regular Tag Album. It looks pretty ordinary from the outside:

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But flips open to form a star shape when viewed from the top:

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Each panel has a little 'scene' framed by two layers of frames:

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And best of all this little book is really fun to make, so I made a little tutorial for you to try out.  Hope you like it!" ~Sharon Ngoo

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SUPPLIES

Graphic45 supplies
4. Olde Curiosity Shoppe 8X8" paper stack
5. metal keys
6.Olde Curiosity Shoppe Sticker sheet
7. Olde Curiosity Shoppe alphabet stickers
Other Supplies
1.  Ribbon - may arts
2.cardstock - american crafts

 

 We adore tutorials, and we know our G45ers do too! Thanks, Sharon, for giving us such amazing ideas!

Next, we have a gorgeous and meaningful mini tag album from Denise Hahn with a quick and clever tutorial.  "Last year I attended a mixed media art class with some of my closest friends. I realized the project I created was titled Secret Garden...so what better papers to create my little memory with? And you are going to love the new mini tags! For this piece I kept it simple. I just covered one side using all of the panels from the Secret Garden May Flowers sheet, and the other side just sprayed with some Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz. This is a great project to use all of those little bits of trim you can't bear to throw away." ~Denise Hahn

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Now, follow along Denise' Ribbon Binding Ring tutorial. Such a great idea!


1. Cut about 1 yard of ribbon. Start with the ring on the tags. Tie in a knot leaving a long enough tail to make a bow.

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2. Start wrapping around and pulling snug.

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3. As you wrap, the end with the know will naturally start to go through the holes.


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4. When you meet back up-tie another knot.

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5. Make a pretty bow!

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The finished product with the beautiful ribbon binding:

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Supplies:
Graphic 45 Staples Metal Keys
Graphic 45 Die Cut Alphabet
Graphic 45 A Ladies Diary Stickers
Ink- Clearsnap Colorbox Chalk
Clearsnap Smooch Spritz Vanilla Shimmer
Shabby Chic Treasures- Prima
Journal Stamp- Martha Stewart Crafts
Flowers- Fancy Accessories
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Two tutorials, two beautiful projects, and two talented designers! What a great day! Thanks to Sharon and Denise for their great ideas. Join us on the blog for more beautiful projects. It's another great week on the Graphic 45 blog!
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Your Pals in Paper,
Graphic 45

 


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Graphic 45 Presents A January Place in Time "A Celebration" Card Project Sheet

 

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Download the January Place in Time "A Celebration" Card Project Sheet

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Secret Garden DIY Treasures Surely to Brighten Your Day!

 

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Happy Friday G45ers!

What a great week it has been on the blog! Valentine projects, a Graphic 45 Celebration, and so much inspiration! We do not want to see it go. Before we dive into today's beautiful projects, I know everyone is waiting to see who is the winner of the $90 Blog Prize Pack! Let's wait no longer...

-Jan Buckley: Wow! HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRAPHIC45, It's great that you have your birthday on this week in February because I do too!!! MY BIRTHDAY is on Wednesday 13th and on top of that my Grandson will be 3 on the same day. This would be the perfect birthday present for me, but I would like to wish everyone good luck in the draw.

Thanks for taking part, everyone! Congratulations to Jan Buckley, please email info@g45papers.com to claim your prize. What a fantastic week of fun and prizes!

Before we begin with the projects, we want to wish Design Team member Susan Lui a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! She has a birthday on Sunday, so make sure to stop by her blog on Sunday and wish her a happy one!

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Now, let's brighten your day with some gorgeous creations by Alberto Juarez Diaz and Jane Tregenza. These projects will bring sunshine to even the most dreary day!


First up, we have Alberto Juarez Diaz' amazing Secret Garden Tag Album! There are so many ingeniuous ideas in this great project! He made it as a book to keep your thoughts and feelings in, locked up and gathered like a secret. Amazing idea!

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Supply List:
Secret garden paper:
Secret garden
Springtime
Beautiful blooms
Pretty primrose
Meadow lark
Posy patch
Coming up roses
April showers
May flowers

Regular tag album
Orname metal keys
Metal butterflies
May Arts ribbon
FokArt acrilic paint
Imaginarium die cut alphabet

 

Wow, talk about beauty! Thank you so much for your gorgeous vision, Alberto!

Next, we have another project to brighten your day! Jane Tregenza makes stunning Secret Garden altered drawers with the Small Matchbook Box! "I decided to do a set of draws, the top draw has a mini book in it and the bottom draw is for keepsakes eg a lock of hair or even baby teeth. The Antique Metal Door Pull just added the touch to my cute set of draws and the mini book is perfect for some 'little'  photos." - Jane Tregenza


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Graphic 45 papers
The Secret Garden Collection:
April Showers

Seed Fairy
Posy Patch

Pretty Primrose
Coming up Roses

Secret Garden
Graphic 45 Staples

Ornate Keys
Antique Metal Door Pull

White Oval Frame, words, flourish  and corners from Imaginarium Designs Chipboard
Flowers from Miss Rose & Sister Violet

Assorted Ribbons

What a wonderful week on the blog. Thanks to Alberto and Jane for their gorgeous projects. Also, thank you G45ers for joining us in our big 5-year celebration! Join us next week for more amazing projects on the blog!

 

Have a crafty weekend,

Graphic 45

 

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Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Here's Valentine Inspiration Just for You!

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Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken...

-William Shakespeare

Happy Valentine's Day G45ers,

 

February 14 greets us again and on our blog today, we are overflowing with Valentine inspiration! Spread the love with amazing projects by Denise Hahn, Sharon Ngoo, and Clare Charvill. We are in for such a treat today, so we ask you to Be Our Valentine today as we enjoy these incredible projects together!

 

First, we have Denise Hahn's romantinc Valentine mini. "This Place in Time Valentine Mini was created with drink coasters from friends who collect them for me. I especially love oddly and uniquely shaped ones. They are great bases for mini albums as you can arrange them to peek out from behind each other. I challenged myself to use every cut apart on the page and since I used all of the patterns on back, I just dove into my G45 scrap to find some matching colors, it's amazing how well other collections coordinate with each other!" - Denise Hahn

 

 

Denise Hahn's Vimeo Tour:

http://vimeo.com/56066741

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Supply list:
Graphic 45 12x12:
Le Cirque: Under the Big Top and Circus Parade
ABC Primer: Bedtime Stories
Birdsong: Harmony
Drink Coasters
Donna Salazar Mixed Media Inx in School House
Clearsnap glitter- Ruby Slippers
Trim- May Arts and Vintage
Pearl trim and stickers Recollections from Michaels
Adhesive: Xyron 5in Creative Station
Hot Glue
Embroidery Floss
Doily
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That project just made our day! We hope it made yours, too. Thanks, Denise!
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Next, we have an amazing envelope mini by Sharon Ngoo! Love what she has to say about this one:
"I really like the prints and colours of the February papers from the Place in Time collection and so I thought it would be nice to use them for a Valentine's Day project!
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But then I thought the other months in the collection would get jealous so I made panels for each of the months - because valentine's day should be all year round right?  And I left a space on each panel to insert the 'photo of the month'. (I had to combine some months though 'cos there weren't enough pages.)
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And did you know that the new long Staples tags fit perfectly into the envelope book?  Just perfect for a monthly love note!
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Every day should be Valentine's Day right?" - Sharon Ngoo

Graphic45 Supplies
1.  Place in Time papers - one each of each month's cut-aparts, one extra sheet of the February cut-aparts
Other Supplies
1. flowers - Petaloo
2. Chipboard Alphabets - American Craft
3. Alphabet Stickers - October Afternoon
4. 'LOVE' stamp - Unity
5. kraft cardstock - American Craft
6.  White gesso
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Making a mini for Valentine's that can last the whole year through was a fantastic idea by Sharon Ngoo! Thanks for that wonderful project, Sharon!
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Next, we have a gorgeous VintageValentine Tag Album using the new Staples Regular Tag Album by Clare Charvill! Enjoy this explanation of this beautiful project by Clare:
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"Using the Place in Time collection I took a couple of the  8 x 8 and 12 x 12 February cut apart papers, the 12 x 12 Sentiments sheet, a few foundation papers and four of the tags from the new regular tag album, and with the help of some black distress ink, my favourite crackle stamp, some black card a sprinkling of art glitter, ribbons and some gorgeous Connie Crystals we received in our last DT box created this truly vintage love letters tag album.

 
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Clare's YouTube Tutorial and Tour of this Album:
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First, I inked the tags with black soot distress ink and then overstamped all edges with black adirondak ink and an IndigoBlu crackle stamp. 
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Using the foundation papers I cut out 8 mattes to cover each of the tags, and decorated the pages using cut a-parts from the Place in Time papers.
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Happy Valentines day to you all!" - Clare Charvill
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Supply List

4 tags from the G45 regular tag album 

Place in Time 12 x 12 and 8 x 8 February cut a parts and three 12 x 12 Foundation papers

Place in Time sticker sheet and alphabet stickers

G45 Trim Staples 

G45 Flower Staples  

Petaloo Flowers and leaves 

Connie Crystal suncatchers

May Arts Ribbon

Vintage Seam Binding

Barn Door, worn Lipstick and Black Soot Distress Ink 

Art Glitter Pee Wee Pot- monochromatic reds

Tim Holtz Fragments

Sizzix envelope dies - various 

On the edge die - Distressed Doily    

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Tacky glue and glossy accents

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What a great day here on the blog! Thanks to Denise, Sharon, and Clare for their wonderful projects. We wish you love to you and yours this Valentine's Day. Enjoy it and we will see you tomorrow with the blog contest winner announcement and more inspiration!
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Wishing You Love This Day,
Your Friends at Graphic 45

 

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Share Love with A Ladies' Diary!

 

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Hello G45ers,

 

Welcome to the blog this Wednesday! We are about to celebrate Valentine's Day, so it is a perfect day to celebrate some lovely creations with A Ladies' Diary. A Ladies' Diary is one of our most romantic collections and we are sure you will gather great ideas for Valentine's week or any future project! We will first share a stunning altered sewing box by Clare Charvill and then a beautiful Thank You card from Tara Orr. It's going to be a great day here on the blog!

Before we jump in, remember to comment on our blog or Facebook page to be entered into our huge blog contest this week! Graphic 45 is Celebrating 5 Years and we want to give our G45ers thanks for such a great birthday! We are giving away this $90 prize pack sure to fulfill all your crafting needs!

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Let's begin today with Clare Charvill's glorious altered sewing box. What a perfect idea for your craft room or to give the seamstress in your life. She also leads us through how she created this box, so you can try it yourself! 

"I loved making this project.  I've used papers from A Ladies' Diary collection to turn what was a basic wooden box with a mirror in the lid into an vintage style sewing box very similar to the one my Grandma used to have in her sideboard. I loved sorting through what she had tucked away in the boxes and packets." - Clare Charvill

1.  I painted a wooden mirrored box with peach acrylic paint and then sprayed it with Bronze Blush Cosmic Shimmer.  Once dry I covered the top and sides with Timeless Memoir 12 x 12 paper.

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2.  Then I cut the rose motif and the rose from "A Ladies Diary", the "Standards Fashion" border from the 12 x 12 "Lasting Impression" paper and arranged and adhered them to the top of the box.  I finished the top off with stickers that spell the word "sewing", a large clock cut from the 12 x 12 "Moment in time" paper added an ornate door knob and tassel as the box opener.

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3. The inside frame of the lid is also covered in "Timeless Memoir" paper, and then I added corner stickers from the sticker collection. The mirror and base of the top box is  covered with "La Gazette" and a fussy cut lady along with some of the gorgeous silk May Arts ribbon as a holder for needles and nick naks. The sides of the top box are covered with "Moment in Time."

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4. The compartments of the lift out section were covered in "Focal Point" and I added twisted strands of the same May Arts ribbon to make ribbon loops before covering the sides in "A Ladies' Diary". I've filled them up with hat pins, a mushroom sock darner, tape measure cottons on spools, buttons, press-studs and other bits and pieces. 

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5. The bottom of the ribbon drawer is covered in "Focal Point" paper and filled with Graphic 45, May Arts and Minton ribbons, a pin wheel covered in a clock from the paper collection and other bits and pieces nick naks. 
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Graphic 45 Supply List
Graphic 45 12x12 Papers:
A Ladies' Diary Stickers 
A Ladies Diary Stamps 
Core'dinations SigSeries - kraft colured paper
Other Supplies 
Wooden Box 
Peach Acrylic Paint 
Glossy Accents 
May Arts Ribbon
Cosmic shimmer Bronze Blush 
Tacky Glue 
Peach Key Tassel
Vintage Photo Distress Ink 
Tim Holtz Haberdashery Stamp set
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What an amazing project by Clare Charvill!
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Next, we have a classic and elegant Thank You Card using A Ladies' Diary by Tara Orr. With her layering and embellishments, you will want to spread gratitude! "I love how this collection has the perfect combination of pinks and blues while paired with the beautiful neutral tones. Using the darker tones enables you to create projects suited to more male/gender neutral subjects while the pink can be fluffed and shabbied up to create your most feminine of projects as well." - Tara Orr
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Graphic 45 Supplies:
Patterned Paper: Butterfly Specifics: Olde Curiosity Shoppe
Patterned Paper: Timeless MemoirPicture PerfectGarden StrollAgeless Beauty: A Ladies' Diary
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It has been a wonderful day here on the blog filled with wonderful ideas to put your A Ladies' Diary collection to beautiful use! Thanks so much for joining us and we will see you again tomorrow!
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Happy Papercrafting,
Your Friends at Graphic 45

 

 

 

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Graphic 45 Presents a Place in Time January Layout Project Sheet

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Memorialize your Places in Time with Cards

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Happy Tuesday G45ers!

Thanks for joining us this week! The "Graphic 45 Celebrates Five Years" Celebration continues on our Facebook and Pinterest pages, so make sure to join us there as well. Today, we have some Valentine's Place in Time cards that will surely give you great ideas just in time for Valentine's Day! We have cards from Arlene Cuevas, Nancy Wethington, Susan Lui, and TWO tutorials today! What a treat!

First, let's enjoy the tutorial from Arlene Cuevas using Place in Time. She creates a gorgeous circular card for Valentine's Day and also gives a brilliant tutorial to wow your love this Valentine's Day! "These cute little circle easel cards are popular and easy to make. I really like how you can display the card easily on your desk or countertop with this design. I thought I’d share with you my way of creating the base of the circle card." - Arlene Cuevas
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Take the video tour and tutorial of Arlene's gorgeous card:

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You can use any size circle. But for my project, I’m using the medium circle from my Spellbinders 
Grand Scallop Circle Die set. The scallop circle is approximately 5 ½ inches in diameter.

Step 1: Take a sheet of cardstock and fold it in half.  

Step 2: Run through your die-cutting machine with the scallop circle die, with the die lying slightly past the 
crease line. Die cut an extra circle.

You’ll end up with the following…

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Step 3: Use a scoring tool to score a line down the middle of one side of your scallop circle card.
The score will
look like this:

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When folded, it will look like this:

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Here’s what the Spellbinders die looks like, along with the pieces you’ve die cut:

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Step 4: Use your Spellbinders Grand Circle Die to cut a circle that nests nicely in the scallop circle.

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Step 5: Take some Place in Time paper and die cut it to create a layer.  

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This is how the layered piece will look on your card:

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Step 6: Edge all of your elements with Ranger Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. It will give the card
a very vintage,
worn look.

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Step 7: Take a 4 inch paper doily and cut it in half.

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Step 8: Glue the doily pieces to the circle, one on top, one on the bottom. The Place in Time layer
will go over
the doily pieces, allowing the doilies to “peek” out from the top and bottom of the card.

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Step 9: To assemble the card, add ScorTape or a strong adhesive, to the top of the score line as
shown in the photo
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Step 10: Adhere the single scallop circle piece to the area you added the ScorTape. The card will
look like this when
it’s ready to be embellished:

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Give a circle card a try with your next Graphic 45 project!

Supply List:

Place in Time collection: February Cut-Aparts
Staples: Ornate Metal key
Spellbinders Gran
Petaloo flowers
White Paper Doily
Ranger Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
Scrapbook Adhesives - 3D Foam Squares

Wow! That tutorial was loaded with great tips and brilliant ideas. Thanks, Arelene Cuevas!

The inspiration continues a gorgeous Place in Time "Thinking of You" card by Nancy Wethington!

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Supply List:
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Botanical Swirls S5-154
Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles S5-090
Spellbinders Decorative Labels 8 S5-148
Hug Snug seam binding
Ranger Inks: Broken China Distress Ink
Ranger Stickles: Star Dust; Yellow
Bazzill cardstock
 Next, we have a brilliant Valentine's card tutorial from Susan Lui! The ideas do not stop here on the blog today! 
 
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"Here's a quick Valentines Day card I created using a single sheet of Graphic 45's Place In Time
February Cut-Aparts, together with some Graphic 45 Staples, lace, flowers and leaves. "-Susan Lui

 Instructions:

1. Trim your beige cardstock paper to a bracket shape measuring 6"x5".

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2. Attach Graphic 45's Place In Time February Cut-Aparts patterned paper to the front of the cardstock.

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3. Stick the scallop-edged border strip from the Place In Time stickers to the card as shown.

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4. Attach the May Arts pearl trim lace to the card, overlapping the border sticker.

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5. Cut out two tags from the Place In Time February Cut-Aparts. Tie seam bindings to the tags
and attach the Graphic 45 Staples Stamped Metal Brads.

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6. Attach the tags to the right of the card, as shown.

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7. Arrange a cluster of seam binding, flowers and leaves to the tags.

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8. Adhere a flower to a small Graphic 45 Metal Butterfly.

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9. Attach butterfly to the bottom left of the card and you're done!

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The completed card:

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List of Supplies:

Graphic 45 Staples Metal Butterflies
May Arts Ribbons Lace
Beige Cardstock
Flowers & leaves
Seam Binding

It's been a wonderful day on the blog. If you try out the tutorials, make sure to share them with us
on our Facebook page or Ning!  Thanks for joining us today and see you tomorrow!

Your Pals in Paper,

Graphic 45





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Graphic 45 Celebrates Five Years!

 

 

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Graphic 45 Celebrates Five Years this Valentine's week. Let's celebrate!

 

Hello G45ers!

It's a very special Monday here at Graphic 45, we are celebrating our FIFTH Birthday! It feels like just yesterday we started Graphic 45, yet how much we've grown. Our G45ers make every single day worthwhile - from sharing your crafts, to encouraging us, to sharing your collection ideas, and showing us new and amazing ways to use G45! We do not know where we'd be without all of you. So, we want to thank YOU on our fifth birthday! Here are the ways:

1. We will have one of our biggest blog contest giveaways yet pictured below! Just comment on our blog or Facebook and you will be entered to win this $90 prize pack

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That is quite the giveaway! Enter to win today! Winner will be announced Friday, February 15 right here on the blog!

2. We are hosting a giveaway EVERY DAY on our Facebook page! At 5 PM EST we will post the prize and the winner will be announced the next morning on Facebook! So fun!

3. We are hosting a Pin-It to Win-It Contest every day as well on our Pinterest page!  We will load up the Pinterest contest at 10 AM EST every single day. So make sure to go repin and comment on those to win!

See, it's going to be a great week of celebration!

Graphic 45 History: After 25 years in the fashion industry, Diane Schultz found herself looking for a new career, to avoid relocating her family. She decided to return to school. Graduating with a Graphic Design degree at 45 was one of her crowing achievements.  It took years, but she found her true calling, the Papercrafting Industry.  That is when she started a freelance design company named Graphic 45 (the '45' honoring her graduation from Graphic Design school!). At first, the operation was based out of Diane Schultz' home in Utah starting with just Diane and Aimee Filimoehala, Diane's daughter, a brave new company of two.  Graphic 45 made their debut at Winter CHA in 2008. It was a memorable beginning, debuting the Baby 2 Bride and Times Nouveau paper collections. The following summer at Summer CHA in 2008, the Graphic 45 Booth won Best in Show with the Botanicabella and Playtimes Past release and thus began a great journey! Soon after, Charee Filimoehala, daughter of Diane and sister to Aimee joined the team, and so the family business grew. The company now has 13 employees (soon to be 15!) employees in Utah, Portland, OR and Atlanta, GA. Every day is a wonderful adventure! We cannot wait for the next five years! 

Get to know the Graphic 45 Story with this interview by Diane Schultz:

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Now, enjoy walking down memory lane with us - we'll take you through some of the highlights of the G45 five-year amazing journey!

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First of all, where would we be without the genius of our Graphic 45 owners and family! Beautiful and genius women!  From left to right: Diane Schultz, Owner and Lead Designer of Graphic 45; Charee Filimoehala, Director of Customer Service and Online Marketing; Aimee Filimoehala, Director of Operations

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The original Graphic 45 logo!

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A fun peek at our FIRST CHA Booth from 2008 CHA Winter. This was our Baby 2 Bride collection release!

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This is from Graphic 45's second CHA - Summer CHA in Chicago, 2008. We won CHA Best in Show and it was an incredible experience! 

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Diane Schultz working her creative magic for one of our most popular CHA releases, Steampunk Debutante.

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Charee Filimoehala rocking Make 'N Takes at our very first Archiver's ScrapFest!

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Aimee Filimoehala strikes a pose at A Proper Gentleman Graphic 45 Class in 2009!

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Diane Schultz setting up the booth at a Print Block's event in Brisbane, Australia in 2010. One of the great joys of Graphic 45 is the amazing places we have gotten to visit! 

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Here is the team all dolled up at an event in South Africa! Oh, the [beautiful and exciting] places you'll go!

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Recently, we added the newest member of the Graphic 45 Family, Richard Filimoehala Clair!

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And who could forget our favorite proper gentleman, Henry, the brilliant G45 mascot!

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The Portland Graphic 45 Team celebrating at their Christmas party this past holiday! Left to right: Dustin Sims, Office Manager; Aimee Filimoehala, Director of Operations; Charee Filimoehala, Director of Customer Service and Online Marketing; Kelly Woessner, Customer Service Agent and G45 Blog Writer

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Look how the team has grown in five years! This was our most recent Winter CHA 2013! From left to right: Jeff Filimoehala: brother of Aimee and Charee, and Special Event Assistant; Joanna Hardy, Social Media Marketer; Aimee Filimoehala, Director of Operations; Diane Schultz, Owner and Lead Designer of Graphic 45; Meggan Howell, our newest employee and Customer Service Agent; Stan Pool, CFO of Graphic 45; Dustin Sims, Graphic 45 Office Manager! What a team! 

Thanks for travelling with us through some Graphic 45 highlights! To see more, visit our Graphic 45 Highlights Pinterest Board found here: 

http://pinterest.com/chareeg45papers/graphic-45-highlights/

For the celebration, DT member Kristin Wilson made us a stunning banner in honor of the festivities!  Thank you, Kristin, for making our celebration so beautiful!

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A Ladies Diary Banner Supply List

Graphic 45: A Ladies Diary, Old Curiosity Shoppe, Curtain Call Collection Papers,
A Ladies Diary Collection Chipboard Tags 2, A Ladies Diary Collection Cardstock
Stickers, Regular Tag Album, Metal Brads, Metal Clothespin, Metal Door Pull,
Metal Tag, Metal Key Hole, Metal Key, Alpha Stickers, Antique Typewriter Wood
Stamp Set, Chipboard Buttons, Cardstock Flowers, Mini Envelopes, Large Button
Stampin Up!: Cardstock, Twine, Ribbon
Susan Lenart Kazmer: Industrial Chic Charms
Verve: Stamps
Prima: Say It In Crystals

Next, we have a beautiful tag to share by Arlene Cuevas! Perfect for this Graphic 45 Celebration! Enjoy her video about her project below:

 

 

Arlene's YouTube Video Link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0RZgQ4SJNU&feature=youtu.be

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Love how Arlene also decorated the back of her large tag - gorgeous! 

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Supply List:

Large Tag from new Large Tag Album-Staples
Curtain Call stamp set
Recycled Staples packaging
Black May Arts ribbon
Gingham May Arts ribbon (black/cream)
Canvas fabric
Sewing machine
Recollections pearl bling
Recollections flower (black)
I Am Roses medium rose buds (white)
Ranger Black Soot Distress Ink
Glossy Accents
Hot glue
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Those projects really got us ready for this week of celebration, many thanks to Kristin and Arlene! Remember to join us on our Facebook and Pinterest pages to enter into our other contests! It's going to be a great week! 
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Thanks for a wonderful 5 Years,
Graphic 45 

 

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Glorious Gift Ideas with Graphic 45!

 

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“It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving."

~Mother Teresa

Happy Thursday, G45ers!

 Thanks for joining us on the blog for a perfect day of inspiration on the G45 blog! Are you looking for Valentine gift ideas? Does someone in your life have a birthday coming up? We have the perfect DIY gifts for you in the knick of time! Let's ease your mind with a beautiful altered gift box by Clare Charvill using French Country and other fun collections and Sharon Ngoo shares a Place in Time pocket diary perfect for the organized friend in your life! 

Let's begin with Clare Charvill's beautiful gift box. "I love the blue toile, and striped papers in the new French Country collection and by teaming them up with other blue and black papers from A Place in Time and ABC Primer collections I made this french vintage gift box. I was inspired by vintage packaging of french make up and perfumes with a little added inspiration from the opulence of the Palace of Versailles that I visited last year." - Clare Charvill

 

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 Love how Clare decorated the inside of the box to create a keepsake through the years! 

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Alter bottles of your favorite soaps or oils and surprise your recipient with extra goodies!

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Enjoy Clare's YouTube video that takes you on a tour of this glorious project: 

 

 

Graphic 45 Supply List  
Papers 
French Country 12 x 12 paper Provence and Abundance 
Place in Time 12 x 12 paper Sentiments and July Cut A-parts
ABC Primer 12 x12 paper The Three R's 

Stamps 
Olde Curiosity Shoppe Cling Stamp Set 2 
A Ladies Diary Cling Stamp Set 2

Staples 

Other Supplies
Papier Mache Box
Cream Acrylic paint, black and cream card
May Arts checked and black and cream ribbon 
Vintage photo and weathered wood distress ink 
Crackle Stamp and bottles from my own collection 
Star Dust Stickles & Black Embossing Powder 
 
Dies Used
Sizzix Frames Fancy Oval & Oval with Ornate Edges
Alterations Tattered Florals
Spellbinders Rose Creations
Marianne Creatables leaves 

Next, we have a beautiful pocket diary using Place in Time by Sharon Ngoo. She even included a tutorial so you could make your very own! Here's what Sharon has to say about it, "Its really quick and easy to do, and I thought you might like to have a go. So here's a quick tutorial.  I used the 8X8" Place in Time paper stack for this and kept everything quite flat so that it will keep better in your handbag and hopefully last through the year."

Graphic45 Sharon Ngoo Place in Time Pocket Diary

Graphic45 Sharon Ngoo Place in Time Pocket Diary Tutorial

Graphic45 Supplies:

5.  Mini Envelope Staples
Other Supplies:
1.  Storybook pages - my own
2.  Maya Road clock sheers

 

We hope we helped you out with some fabulous gift ideas today! Many thanks to Clare and Sharon for their creative genius! Join us tomorrow for another day of inspiration. 

 

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45 

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Gorgeous Graphic 45 Tags!

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"Creativity takes courage."
~Henry Matisse

TGIF G45ers,

Happy Friday to everyone joining us today! We know you have been wanting to know who won this week's blog contest - well, wait no more! The randomly chosen winner is:

-Elaine Wainwright - Blown away by todays makes they are fantastic ! There are some incredibly talented people out there. Great giveaway would love to win. Happy monday !!

Thanks for taking part everyone! Congratulations to Elaine, please email info@g45papers.com to claim your prize. Join us next week for a huge blog contest, we are starting a special celebration on the blog Monday. Join us Monday to hear what all the fuss is about!

Now, how about some tag-spiration! We have a blog full of beautiful tags by Maiko Miwa, Sharon Ngoo, and Tara Orr. Tags are a perfect embellishment for any project and can serve as a gift in and of themselves. Perhaps you'll try one this weekend after getting inspired today!

Let's begin with Maiko Miwa's large tag bursting with fussy cutting embellishments and Graphic 45 Staples! What a beauty! 

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The way Maiko used the Metal Keys and fussy cut images is so delicate and stunning. 

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Graphic45 Supply List
Kraft Reflections Paper Collecion: Express Yourself
Gorgeous! Now, we have Sharon Ngoo and her gorgeous tag! "I love Graphic45 staples!! And working with my favourite colour scheme - black / cream / kraft.  My favourite thing to make right now are butterflies with keys as bodies.  So I've made two for my tag along with a little 'window' recycled from Graphic45 staples packaging!" - Sharon Ngoo

Graphic45 Sharon Ngoo Tag Staples

Graphic 45 Supplies:
Papers from Olde Curiosity Shoppe Collection (8X8)
Staples:
Others:
2.  Tags
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Next, we have the inspiring tag by Tara Orr. Her layering and embellishments are to die for! She uses both sizes of our tags from our new Regular Tag Album and Large Tag Album. The layering really works and creates a beautiful scene! 
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Tara uses paint to ink the edges here - adds such dimension to the project! What a fantastic idea!
 
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Graphic 45 Supplies:
Metal Buttons
Patterned Paper: Glimpse of ParisElusive WingsBefore your Time: Kraft Reflections
Imaginarium Designs Chipboard
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Incredible projects from Maiko, Sharon, and Tara today. Thanks for joining us on the blog and enjoy your weekend. We hope it's full of creativity and perhaps some tag-making!
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Before we go, there's an amazing opportunity to win this month! All you have to do is follow the February Challenge instructions below, and you could be our winner! Please submit your projects to our Facebook page.
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Remember to join us on the blog next week. It will be a party!
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Happy Papercrafting,
Your Friends at Graphic 45

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