unique papercrafting graphic 45

Apr 1, 2015 5:00:00 AM

Welcome Springtime with Beautiful Altered Art

012

No April Foolin', we have gorgeous ideas for you today in the blog! You'll be in a spring fever by the time you leave from all the beauty. Jim, the Gentleman Crafter, and Donna Espiritu share two gorgeous ideas using Once Upon a SpringtimeIt will be a day full of fun!

First, we have this stunning Spring Lantern by the incredible Jim, The Gentleman Crafter!

"An ode to Spring...Butterflies flitter and fairies front with the frog in this Spring Fairy Lantern Illuminated by a hidden Fairy light…" ~Jim

Once Upon a Springtime Lantern by Jim Hankins #graphic45

Both of these projects use the beautiful Deluxe Collector's Edition Once Upon a Springtime!

 

Once-upon-a-springtime-deluxe-12x12-pad-cvr


Love this fussy cutting inside the Once Upon a Springtime Lantern by Jim Hankins #graphic45


Once Upon a Springtime Lantern by Jim Hankins #graphic45


The gorgeous roof on this Once Upon a Springtime Lantern by Jim Hankins #graphic45


A stunning scene in this Once Upon a Springtime Lantern by Jim Hankins #graphic45

Supply List

Graphic 45 Once Upon A Springtime Paper Collection
Graphic 45 Feet
Acrylic Sheets
Heavy Weight Chipboard
Foam Ball
Paddle Wire
Tooth Picks
Wood Finial
Green Craft Paint
Tealight
 

Now, how about this gorgeous altered birdhouse by Donna? We love her use of ribbon and fussy cut imagery. Truly beautiful!

"Cute hanging birdhouse, perfect for Spring decor." ~Donna

Beautiful Once Upon a Springtime Birdhouse by Donna #graphic45


Love these gorgeous birdhouses by Donna using Once Upon a Springtime #graphic45

Supply List

Graphic 45 Once upon spring time 12x12 papers
Petaloo flowers - faux dried minis grey blue/purple/green
Kelleigh Ratzlaff birdhouse template
Connie Crystal suncatcher
Blue satin, white trime, paper twine, flowers from my stash
Gesso
A piece of corrugated cardboard
Distress ink
Martha stewart border punch

Don't forget that you could win a $60 prize pack of Time to Flourish this week! Enter here:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks for joining us for April Fools Day! We hope no one gets you too badly today with their pranks. Have a great one!

Happy Papercrafting,

The G45 Family

Want to try these projects out? Visit your LSS or order online today! Graphic 45 Store Locator Link Here

Mar 31, 2015 5:00:00 AM

Get Ready for Easter with Graphic 45!

Once-Upon-A-Springtime-Easter-Basket-Graphic-45-Annette-Green-3-of-4

Today, we are preparing for Easter! There's an Easter basket tutorial from Annette Green, and beautiful Sweet Sentiments inspiration from Katie Zoey Ho. You will leave basking in spring colors and flourishing florals. 

First, we have this incredible handmade Easter basket by Annette using Once Upon a Springtime. Wow! Learn how to make it yourself with her video tutorial below.

"While perusing Pinterest for Easter ideas, I came upon several different Easter baskets which led to further searching for handmade basket ideas. I found a wonderful tutorial by Amanda Coleman on her blog Popper and Mimi back in May 2012 and followed her basic steps, making some slight modifications along the way. It took some time, but it wasn’t difficult and well worth the effort. A great rainy (or snowy) day project for those looking forward to Spring." ~Annette

Try this gorgeous Once Upon a Springtime Easter basket with a video tutorial from Annette #graphic45

 

Annette's Easter Basket YouTube Tutorial


Try this gorgeous Once Upon a Springtime Easter basket with a video tutorial from Annette #graphic45


Love the fussy cut florals mixed with fabric florals on Annette's Once Upon a Springtime Easter Basket #Graphic45


Try this gorgeous Once Upon a Springtime Easter basket with a video tutorial from Annette #graphic45

Supply List

Graphic 45 Once Upon A Springtime Deluxe Collector’s Edition

2 - Pixie Post

2 - Once Upon A Springtime Cut-Aparts

1 - Tiny Treasures

1 - Primrose Cottage

Chipboard

Core’dinations Signature Series cardstock, 1 Creme Brulee

Petaloo Forget-Me-Nots, Antique Peach

Sizzix Alterations Die, Garden Greens

Other: Lace, ruffle ribbon, seam binding, brads, Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.

 

Next, we have this breathtaking Sweet Sentiments Easter nest by Katie. So beautiful and perfect for a centerpiece of just for Easter decoration around the home.

 

"I built this big egg nest for last year’s Easter after I’ve seen various pins from Pinterest in how to make this nest using balloon and yarns. Due to the size (~8” tall), it took me a very long time to get in shape and get it all dried up. By then, Easter was gone… So I just chucked it aside. It was indeed a project half-done. By the time I retrieve this project out, certain parts of the yarn turned yellow (because I starched the yarn and this probably explains why). I wouldn’t want to throw it away even it’s turning yellow, I gesso the entire nest and spray some tea stain mist over it. At the end it turns out pretty look like a nest, much more realistic… Planting some easter eggs inside, it’s all ready for this Easter..." ~Katie

 

"Easter Greetings" nest by Katie using Sweet Sentiments. So gorgeous! #graphic45


Gorgeous purple flowers on this Easter Sweet Sentiments nest by Katie #graphic45


Love the Easter eggs in this Sweet Sentiments "Easter Greetings" nest by Katie #graphic45


Supply List

 

Sweet Sentiments Papers (Easter Greetings, Sweet Sentiments, Violet Bouquet)

 Sweet Sentiments 8” x 8” Paper Pad

 Martha Stewart Craft Paints (Surf, Pink Carnation & Hailstorm)

 Shredded Wood Fibers

 Mulberry Flowers

 Organza Ribbon

 Plastic Eggs

 Crochet Laces

 Jute Twine

 Balloon

 Gesso
Yarn

 

This week you can also win this generous prize pack of Time to Flourish! Check out the giveaway here:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks for joining us today. We can't wait to see your Easter decor! Make sure to share with us on our Facebook page!

Happy Spring Crafting,

The G45 Family

Want to try these projects out? Visit your LSS or order online today! Graphic 45 Store Locator Link Here 

Mar 30, 2015 5:00:00 AM

Gorgeous Gloria Stengel Cards!

Gloria-1

Today, we're taking a whole day to focus on the cardmaking genius of Special Projects Designer Gloria Stengel! We are so happy to have her on our team creating classes for us. She also is still creating some incredible cards with our newest creations. Today, we'll get to see her beautiful cards with our new collections! 

First, Gloria shares a stunning Artisan Style card. Her details are so perfect with this richly colored collection.

Gorgeous Artisan Style "Imagine" card by Gloria Stengel #graphic45

 

Gloria's Artisan Style Card #graphic45


Gorgeous details on Gloria's Artisan Style card - Ornate Metal Keyhole and beautiful layers #graphic45


Gorgeous ribbon and key on Gloria's Artisan Style card #graphic45


The inside of Gloria's Artisan Style card #Graphic45

Next, we have this gorgeous Home Sweet Home card by the fabulous Gloria!

"For many years I have wished for Graphic 45 to come out with a country farm collection! I am overjoyed to have a chance to work with Home Sweet Home! I created a card that, basically, uses scraps! I even cut the flowers from scraps, as well. A touch of white paint on each flower gives the flowers a rustic, country look." ~Gloria

"Wishing you the Happiest of Days" Home Sweet Home card by Gloria #graphic45

Gloria Home Sweet Home card #graphic45


Gorgeous handmade flowers on this "Wishing you the Happiest of Days" Home Sweet Home card by Gloria #graphic45


"Wishing you the Happiest of Days" Home Sweet Home card by Gloria #graphic45

We love how Gloria always finishes the inside of her cards. Amazing!


Happy Birthday to You! Love how Gloria created the inside of this Home Sweet Home card #graphic45

Supply List:

Graphic 45 products:
Home Sweet Home Paper Collection:
Garden Fresh, Granny's Quilt, Country Life, Handmade
Other products:
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Kraft, Ivory, Blueberry
Die cut templates: Heartfelt Creations Sweet Juliet; Spellbinders Rose Creations, Framed
Tags One
Stamps: My Favorite Things Birthday Sentiments, Birthday Greetings
Ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Chalk Ice Blue; Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black
Acrylic Paint: Plaid FolkArt Wicker White
Lace: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape, Scrap Perfect Best Glue Ever, Scrapbook Adhesives by
3L 3D Foam Squares, hot glue sticks
Tools: Martha Stewart border punch, McGill flower shaping tools, Sizzix Big Shot, paper
trimmer, foam brush, hot glue gun

Now, enjoy her "girl & boy" Precious Memories cards. These are truly so precious!

"Precious Memories is such a wonderful addition to the Graphic 45 line-up. I love the colors, and I paired the paper with ivory cardstock to create a soft and shabby card. I simply adore the little paper doll dresses!" ~Gloria

Beautiful baby girl Precious Memories card by Gloria #graphic45

Gloria's Precious Memories cards #graphic45


The fussy cutting adds so much on this beautiful baby girl Precious Memories card by Gloria #graphic45


Beautiful baby girl Precious Memories card by Gloria #graphic45


"Special Delivery" Precious Memories card by Gloria #graphic45

Supply List:

Graphic 45 products:
Precious Memories Paper Collection: Cherish, Sugar and Spice, Cuddle Time
Artist Trading Tags (Ivory)
Other products:
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Natural
Embossing folders: Cuttlebug Swiss Dots, The Paper Studio (large dots)
Ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Chalk Creamy Brown
Ribbon and Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Mini clothes pins: Canvas Corp
Button: stash
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape, Scrap Perfect Best Glue Ever, Scrapbook Adhesives by
3L 3D Foam Squares, hot glue sticks
Tools: McGill flower shaping tools, Sizzix Big Shot,1/2" circle punch, paper trimmer, hot
glue gun

"Too many stamp sets and other products for babies and children forget to include twins! I adore this sweet image of twins!" ~Gloria

"So Sweet" twins baby card by Gloria using Precious Memories #graphic45


Ribbon, twine, and more on this "So Sweet" twins baby card by Gloria using Precious Memories #graphic45


Stars, buttons, and sweet imagery on this "So Sweet" twins baby card by Gloria using Precious Memories #graphic45


"Sent From Heaven" Precious Memories card by Gloria #graphic45


Supply List:

Graphic 45 products:
Precious Memories Paper Collection: Precious Memories, Baby's Breath, Puppy Dog's
Tails, Pat-A-Cake
Little Darlings Stamp Set
Other products:
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Natural, Cornflower Blue
Embossing folders: Cuttlebug Swiss Dots
Die templates: My Favorite Things heart doily, Spellbinders Standard Circles Small,
Stars Five
Ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Chalk Creamy Brown
Ribbon and Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Button: stash
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape, Scrap Perfect Best Glue Ever, Scrapbook Adhesives by
3L 3D Foam Squares, hot glue sticks
Tools: Sizzix Big Shot, paper trimmer, hot glue gun, Zutter Bow-it-All

Who won last week's giveaway featuring our amazing retired collections? Our randomly chosen winner is...

-Alicia Tillman

Congratulations, Alicia! Please email joanna@g45papers.com to claim your prize. Thanks to everyone who entered! We have a new contest with a $60 Time to Flourish prize pack this week that you can take part in below. How exciting!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks for joining us today for a gorgeous day full of cards, winners, and our new blog giveaway! We hope this kicks off a great week for you. 

Your Pals in Paper,

The G45 Family

Want to try these projects out? Visit your LSS or order online today! Graphic 45 Store Locator Link Here

Mar 29, 2015 5:00:00 AM

The Innovative and Unbelievable Creations by Laura Denison

Potting bench 2-600

Today, we're celebrating the incredible work of Laura Denison! She is such a masterful designer, and her creations always are architecturally amazing. She has such incredible, innovative ideas in her designs, and we cannot wait to share her interview today. At the end she has a downloadable tutorial to make her stunning Home Sweet Home Potting Bench. How exciting!

An Interview with Laura Denison

An Interview with Laura Denison

1. Why do you craft? 
 
I can't think of any time in my life that I wasn't doing some sort of creative endeavor. Over the years I have done pretty much every sort of craft or fine art out there. It is just a part of who I am at a basic level.

2. What do you feel is your crafting forté?
 
My forte is 3D projects and mini albums. I love to find creative ways to hold interactive mini albums.
 
3. What inspires and motivates you to be creative?
 
I love what I do. Inspiration can come from a color, a sound, a scene. Pretty much anything can spark an idea or an image. Sometimes it is just a glimmer of an idea or concept. Sometimes I can see a project in full detail in my mind. My head gets so full of ideas...time is the issue.

4. What do you do with your projects once they're complete?
 
These days most of what I design I also teach, so I end up making at lest 3 of each project, one as the prototype, one as the sample for the pattern, and one that I make during my live classes. Many are display in my home. Many are in various stages of completion in my studio. Some I give away.

5. What is the funniest craft disaster you've ever had?

At the time of this incident, it wasn't at all funny. In retrospect it just makes me shake my head. Several summers ago, I was teaching a class at CHA in Las Vegas for G45. We had a sold out class of over 100 people. I was bringing all of the precut chipboard for the class in my carry on luggage. Both of my carry on pieces were searched by two different TSA agents at airport security. One had my Wizard House and was fascinated and asking me questions. The other got the chipboard. In the distraction of answering questions, half of the chipboard did not make it back into my carry on. I realized it was missing the morning of the class. After allowing myself 10 minutes to be completely hysterical, I had to shake it off and come up with a solution. We had one cover and the spine for everyone in class and ended up using the 8 x 8 pad cover to make a 6' x 9" album cover....it was creative magic making 8" become 9"!! Turn a disaster into a creative opportunity!
 
We remember that genius moment! You're like the MacGyver of crafting, Laura! Thanks for sharing with us :)
 
Now, Laura shares a most genius altered piece using Home Sweet Home! A potting bench using all the great imagery from this collection. How stunning!
 
Learn how to make this gorgeous Home Sweet Home potting bench with an awesome PDF tutorial from Laura Denison! #graphic45
 
Can you believe the base of this great project is our black Window Shadow Box? How creative!
 
Shadow-Box-Black

What gorgeous fussy cutting and precious details in this Home Sweet Home potting bench by Laura #graphic45

Fussy cutting, beauty, and more in this altered Home Sweet Home project by Laura! Stunning! #graphic45


Download Laura's Potting Bench PDF Pattern

Supply List

Want some more inspiration with Home Sweet Home? Follow our Pinterest Board!

Follow Graphic 45®'s board Home Sweet Home on Pinterest.

You still have until tomorrow to win our retired collections! Enter here today, we'll announce the winner here on the blog on Monday, March 30!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks for joining us this gorgeous Sunday. We hope you try Laura's awesome tutorial! Have a fantastic day.

Happy Papercrafting,

Graphic 45

Want to try this project out? Visit your LSS or order online today! Graphic 45 Store Locator Link Here

Mar 28, 2015 5:00:00 AM

A Magical Mother Goose Album with Jane Tregenza

Mary Mary Quite Contrary 2

We are so excited to share this awesome Mother Goose idea from the amazing G45 Ambassador Jane Tregenza today! Jane is an inspirational designer with her amazing mix of colors, G45 collections, and incredible imagination.  She owns her own craft store in Australia, owns a brilliant chipboard company, and still finds time to share her amazing Graphic 45 creations with us! Get to know the amazing Jane today!

DSC_0111

An Interview with Jane Tregenza

1. Why do you craft?

I just love the freedom and the whole creative process, I find it very relaxing. The idea of starting with no idea of the finished project, but with a wonderful collection of graphic 45 papers and embellishments in front of me, is my idea of the perfect setting to create my projects in.

2. What do you feel is your crafting forte?

I just love everything, cards, books, off the page and layouts. I suppose books are my favourite but I really love layouts. It really depends on the collection I am working with as to what I end up making.

3. What inspires and motivates you to be creative?

Graphic 45 papers are the perfect inspiration for me. I love laying the papers out in front of me. I always have two of each print so I can see both sides – then I just start cutting. My favourite way to use it, is to mix the collections around and use some of my old favourites along with my new favourites.

4. What do you do with your projects once they're complete?

I have 7 Graphic 45 albums full of layouts and a bookcase full of my books and cards. Because I teach all over Australia I am always packing my books and layouts up to go to shows and things. So most of the time they are on display in my store or in boxes ready for the next display.

5. What is the funniest craft disaster you've ever had?

I don’t really have a funniest craft disaster. I find that most of my disasters end up becoming my favourite projects. As I tell everyone I teach, there are no mistakes in scrapbooking only more opportunities to create something better.

Wow, we would love to see your 7 Graphic 45 albums - awesome! Thanks for talking with us, Jane!

Now, Jane shares the most fabulous album using Mother Goose!

"I really love this collection – all the images are perfect for cutting out. Once I saw the collection I knew I wanted to do a book. But I didn’t want to just do a book, I wanted to do a pop out or an interactive book. Each page has a pocket that contains a letter, postcard and little bits and pieces relating to each nursery rhyme in it.

A Mother Goose album by the incredible Jane Tregenza #graphic45


I always make my books from scratch. I use cardstock for the foundation of each page, then I add print paper to each black foundation page. I love using Graphic 45’s striped print papers for making frames around my pages. It’s such a lovely technique for any page; it also helps to hide my background print paper sometimes when it isn’t on straight. I use this technique for frames on layouts, books and cards. I have done a snapguide on making a frame if any of you want to have a go. At the end of the snapguide I have included some examples of frames on my work.

Some of the interactive features in my book include a tab attached to Humpty Dumpty that makes him slide down the wall. The letter in the pocket on Humpty Dumpty’s Page is a letter from Nurse Rea Rhyme telling him how to treat his broken head. It includes an x-ray of his cracked egg. There is also a postcard telling him to get better from all the kings men.



Humpty Dumpty pages of Jane's Mother Goose album #graphic45


Humpty Dumpty pages of Jane's Mother Goose album #graphic45


Humpty Dumpty pages of Jane's Mother Goose album #graphic45


Humpty Dumpty pages of Jane's Mother Goose album #graphic45


The History of Humpty Dumpty created by Jane #graphic45


The Twinkle Twinkle Little Star page has a tab so the cow jumps over the moon. In the pocket there is a letter from the King’s astronomer confirming the naming of the star as “Twinkle” and a star chart showing where it is in the constellation. There is also a packet with a chipboard star and some star dust.



Twinkle Twinkle Little Star pages in Jane's Mother Goose album #graphic45


Twinkle Twinkle Little Star pages in Jane's Mother Goose album #graphic45


Twinkle Twinkle Little Star nursery rhyme notes and history created by Jane #graphic45

The Mary Mary quite contrary page has a garden that pops up. In the pocket is a letter from Mrs Tiggy Winkle complaining about the mud on Mary’s cloths. There is also a packet of seeds for “Pretty Maids” and a vintage postcard of a girl with a bunch of flowers.

Mary Mary Quite Contrary pages from Jane's Mother Goose album #graphic45


Mary Mary Quite Contrary pages in Jane's Mother Goose album #graphic45


The great letter to go with Jane's Mary Mary Quite Contrary page #graphic45


In the pocket for the Mary Had a Little Lamb page there is a letter from the teacher informing Mary that her lamb can’t attend school again. There is a map of nursery rhyme land and a packet with some of Mary’s lamb’s wool.


Mary Had a Little Lamb pages from Jane's Mother Goose album #graphic45


Mary Had a Little Lamb pages from Jane's Mother Goose album #graphic45


Mary Had a Little Lamb pages from Jane's Mother Goose album #graphic45


Mary Had a Little Lamb letter and ephemera with Jane's Mother Goose book #graphic45


The last page of the book has pockets for each of the Nursery Rhymes. There is a little booklet with the history of each Nursery Rhyme in each pocket.

I had great fun creating this book and writing the letters. I am hoping that any child receiving a book like this, will just love all the little bits and pieces that I have included to make it more interesting."

Check out How to Make a Frame With Striped Paper Technique Tutorial by Jane Tregenza on Snapguide.  

Jane's Snapguide Tutorial

Supply List

Mother Goose Collection
Imaginarium Designs Chipboard

You have extra time to win our retired collection giveaway this week! This prize pack includes A Proper Gentleman, Le Romantique, and Bird Song! Enter here:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks for joining us today, we know this album is just amazing! Thanks to Jane! Have a great day, G45ers!

Happy Papercrafting,

Graphic 45

Want to try this project out? Visit your LSS or order online today! Graphic 45 Store Locator Link Here