Our new Design Team and Ambassadors have such a clever eye for unique and gorgeous layouts. Today, Brit Sviggum will share a layout that will warm your heart. And G45 Ambassador Alberto Juarez Diaz shares a clever technique with Artisan Style. It will be a glorious day!
We found such inspiration in Brit's daughters words, and even more in her stunning Cinderella Gilded Lily layout!
"My daughter and I went to see the new Cinderella movie, and I got the idea to make this layout. Here you see Cinderella with her two stepsisters. I have placed a bucket and wash rag in the picture to show that Cinderelle had to clean and work all the time.
My daughter at six said after the movie: 'mum, we have to remember that everyone must be treated equally regardless whether they are poor or rich.' And I think that was so nice to hear." ~Brit
Today, we have gorgeous ideas for invitations and cards. Solange Marques shares the most brilliant bridal shower invitations, and Donna Espiritu reminds you to Dream with a gorgeous card of her own. It will be a wonderful cardmaking celebration here on the blog today!
First, Solange shares the most gorgeous Botanical Tea bridal shower invitations. How magical would it be to receive these for a shower!
"My daughter is going to marry in August and I am preparing her Bridal Shower next month. Botanical collection is perfect for the theme that I chose. The invitations are boxes that when opened they show a tea-pot. I need to make a lot of these..." ~Solange
It's almost the 4th of July here in America where we celebrate Independence! It's a great day for barbecues, picnics, and parties and we have some fabulous ideas for you today from Ginny Nemchak and Maggi Harding!
First, Ginny shares the most beautiful centerpiece using Home Sweet Home! We love her handmade pinwheels and shiny stars. What a perfect party decoration!
Next, Maggi shares this absolutely beautiful spread using Home Sweet Home! This looks like a great party to attend!
"Here's a quick little project that you can put together in no time. The napkin rings are simply 6 x 3" punched strips of paper glued together and embellished with a quick homemade flower and button. Then I've wrapped more of the design paper around a tin milk jug, added a punched contrasting strip around the middle along with a Home Sweet Home tag. I made a pretty "platform" for my jug by layering a 12" doily over a 12 x 12" sheet of design paper. Red poppies complete the look and I'm all ready for a fun July 4th get-together! Quick decorating schemes are my thing because I love to cook and when entertaining, I spend my time preparing the food rather than fussing with decorations and such.
Now I have a little secret, I LOVE that tin milk jug and I love to use it for many occasions, sooooo, I glued the paper to itself rather than the jug. That way I can remove the paper and easily change the look of my jug and incorporate it into different decorating schemes." ~Maggi
Today, we introduce our amazing Special Project Designers! Our Special Project Designers create the Graphic 45 classes that you take around the world. So, they are certainly a key part of our team. You will recognize them as past Design Team members as well! We adore Annette Green and Gloria Stengel and celebrate them today!
"Hello! I’m Annette Green and although my 2 terms on the design team are now over, I am thrilled to be asked to stay on as a Special Projects Designer for Graphic 45! If you’ve attended CHA, or any Graphic 45 events or classes around the globe, chances are I’ve designed that project you made. What an honor it’s been and I’m looking forward to another year of designing for the best paper crafting company in the business.
Formerly a graphic designer by trade, I’ve spent the 15 years as a paper crafting enthusiast. What began as simple scrapbooking of our family memories has turned into a fulfilling career in the best business ever. I spend my days in my home studio creating and sharing art and inspiration through blogging, videos, and as an instructor.
I live in sunny Melbourne, Florida with my husband Paul of 23 years, our talented teenage daughter Jamie and our sweet, shy Sheltie named Suki who sometimes makes an appearance in my videos. I enjoy working out, eating healthy, and thinking positive thoughts daily. I especially enjoy reading, cooking and spending time with friends. Especially having coffee! (I’m a bit of a coffee fanatic, I’m afraid.) Paul recently retired, so life is taking on some fun changes. Who knows where I’ll end up? All I know is as long as I have my crafting hobby, I’ll be a happy, happy girl!" ~Annette
Next, Annette shares some paper maché magic using Home Sweet Home! We love this handmade purse. Check out her video tutorial below!
"I love taking inexpensive alterable items from the craft store and transforming them into something beautiful for my home. I chose a simple papier maché purse that I’ve had stashed away for a while for this fun project. My favorite Graphic 45 Staples right now are the new Antique Brass Claw Feet and while planning the design for this purse, I decided to paint the feet a bright red color to coordinate with the beautiful Garden Fresh paper in the Home Sweet Home Collection. Metal Staples are not difficult to paint following some simple steps, which I share in my video. Enjoy!" ~Annette
Now, many of you know Gloria Stengel who's been a part of Graphic 45 for years. We are so glad she's a Special Projects Designer for us!
"My name is Gloria Stengel and I just celebrated my 10 year anniversary of living in beautiful, southern California! I am a wife of almost 28 years, the mom of three mostly grown kids, and the owner of two cats. We are a Christian homeschooling family, having homeschooled two kids all the way to college, with the last one now in homeschooled high school. The light at the end of the homeschooling tunnel is no longer the train!
I have been hooked on crafts all of my life, and I have been a papercrafter for 25 years! I have always loved to color, play with paper dolls, and create "stuff"! I love all aspects of paper crafting: card making, scrapbooking, mini albums, altered art, up-cycling, you name it! I am happiest when I am making a mess! It's the cleaning up part that I don't care for!
I have been on a number of design teams over the past few years, including over four years with Graphic 45. I joined the Graphic 45 Design Team in 2010 and continued on the team until my third term ended in 2013. I became a Special Projects Designer in the spring of 2013, taking a short break in 2014 to recover from a back injury. I once told Diane that she would never get rid of me, and so far, I have been like a barnacle stuck to the G45 ship!
I love my role as a Special Project Designer because I get to use the prettiest paper in the world in my designs! I create projects for tutorial sheets and other special events, which allows me to share my love of Graphic 45 with students all over the world! My current favorite G45 collections are: Raining Cats and Dogs, Rare Oddities, and Home Sweet Home. I have some of every collection that Graphic 45 has ever made, but my ALL TIME FAVORITE is Times Nouveau, which has been "re-booted" as a Deluxe Collector's Edition! I am blessed to be part of such a wonderful company for such a long time! May they never tire of me! " ~Gloria
Today, we're sharing the classes Gloria is designing for us this year. Every month she creates card and tag classes using Time to Flourish! We are sharing her May and April project sheets below. Enjoy making these fun projects!