The sun is shining on another gorgeous week of fun here on the Graphic 45 blog! We are here to add some joy to your Monday with some awe-inspiring crafts and inspiration! We are continuing our introductions of the incredible new Graphic 45 2013 Design Team! Today you're going to meet an amazing artist, Karen Shady! She has created 3 exquisite crafts including a layout, altered frame and pretty tags! Her work is filled with adorable family photos and heartwarming sentiments that you're sure to love! But first we wanted to announce this week's new blog contest! We're giving away this magnificent Bohemian Bazaar prize pack that includes a 12x12 paper pad, Stickers, Chipboard Die-Cuts, Tags & Pockets, Large Tag Album Staples, Antique Metal Door Pull Staples and a E-Z Dots by Scrapbook Adhesives! That's a $40 value! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment any time this week for your chance to win! A random winner will be chosen from this week's comments and announced on Friday's blog!
We are so excited to welcome Karen Shady to our new Graphic 45 2013 Design Team. Her crafts are full of love and so many gorgeous details. She definitely knows how to use colorful embellishments to add rich depth and color to her crafts. Karen loves to use embellishments that are inspired by nature like pretty flowers, butterflies, and vining chipboards to give her crafts an organic look. Her family is also a great influence on her work. As you'll see today, she loves to use precious family photos in her crafts to give them heartwarming charm and sincerity. Her beautiful blog Karen's Scrap Spot is filled with stunning ideas, fun insights and lots of inspiration. Her crafts are true celebrations of life! We are so happy to welcome Karen to our team. Please join us in welcoming the amazing Karen!
My name is Karen Shady, and I am Mum to my 5 gorgeous children, Ashlee (22), Matthew (20), Samuel (19), Jack (7) and Harrison (5).I am happily married to Chris, and together we own and run a 6000 acre cropping farm in Victoria, Australia. I love the country life, and am very grateful my kids are growing up here. I have scrapbooked for well over 10 years, and it is a huge part of my life. Over the years, I have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work for some amazing magazines, and manufacturing companies. I have what I think is a unique blend of ‘shabby vintage ’ style. I love to layer and fussy cut images from paper, and feel my style is very well suited to G45 products. I do like to try new things, and have a love of rustic style works also. I am beyond excited to be a part of the Graphic 45 Design team, and I hope I can inspire you with my creations.
We begin Karen's introduction with this gorgeous altered frame featuring A Ladies' Dairy. You can see how Karen's beautiful family takes center stage in this exquisite creation. Lavish chipboards and flowing embellishments look perfect against the pretty pastel papers of A Ladies' Diary. Here is what Karen had to say about this fabulous piece of home decor.
I made this frame for my daughter, Ashlee, it was inspired by the top left photo of her, which I came across recently. I thought she looked very elegant and ladylike, and I thought these papers, and chippy pieces were the perfect combination to reflect that. She is a farm girl, through and through, and these photos of her all dressed up are hard to come by, as you can see by the other 2 photos I've used. lol. . I've used a combination of 'A ladies diary', 'Little darlings' and 'Olde curiosity shoppe'. Lots of fussy cutting, flowers, and chipboard, all my favourite things. I fussy cut the gorgeous bird nest image from the 'Little darlings' range, and layered the pieces to give it a paper tole look.
Little darlings - Little darlings.
Olde curiosity shoppe - Parlor wall, Butterfly specifics
Other: Kaisercraft frame, Dusty attic chipboard, Manor House Creations flowers, Jo Sonja crackle paint, Tim holtz distress ink, Prima resin corner pieces.
Next we have this adorable layout that Karen created with Little Darlings. This sweet creation celebrates the preciousness of childhood. The amazing photos look perfect against a backdrop of lavish paper layers, fussy cut characters and pretty floral and butterfly embellishments. Here Karen explains her inspiration for this wonderful work of art.
I created this layout a while ago now, but it remains one of my favourites. It is a precious photo of my 2 youngest children, taken in the hospital, the day Jack, my then 2 year old, met his baby brother, Harry for the first time. Is there a more perfect paper collection than the Little darlings range, to preserve and remember such a special moment.
Little darlings paper collection- little darlings, Bundle of joy, Baby borders
Olde curiosity shoppe - Butterfly specifics
Last but not least are these superb Secret Garden tags that Karen made. They are like a breath of fresh spring air with their vivid colors and harmonious embellishments. You can see how perfectly Secret Garden looks with lavish chipboards and bright floral embellishments. Karen definitely captured the essence of spring in these gorgeous tags. Here is what she had to say about them!
I adore the Secret Garden collection, in fact, I think it may just be my all time favourite so far. I chose to go with a shabby chic style for these 2 tags. The 2 gorgeous floral images cut from the ‘Springtime’ paper, take centre stage on my tags, I simply added some chipboard to the top and bottom of my tags, and a flower to finish. A very quick, and easy gift tag for someone special.
Olde curiosity shoppe paper collection - Butterfly specifics.
That's all for today, G45ers. We are so happy that you stopped by to see us! Big thanks to Karen for her amazing creations. We are looking forward to a fantastic year of inspiration and creativity with Karen on our team! It's going to be wonderful! Don't forget to leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week for your chance to win that fabulous blog prize. Come on back and see us tomorrow for more splendid inspiration from your friends at Graphic 45!
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