We're celebrating Friday in style with the most incredible variety of crafts from today's very special Featured Artist, Andrew Roberts! We're going to make your Friday fabulous with the most breathtaking ideas for altered art, layouts, tags, gift ideas and so much more! We've packed today's blog with so many gorgeous crafts. You're sure to have endless inspiration for your weekend! Plus we have a winner to announce for the grand prize from our 12 Days of Gift Tutorials event! We chose today's winner at random from comments left on our blog during this amazing holiday event! And the winner is...
-Crystle K. "Thanks for sharing wonderful projects and products. Beautiful I love them all. I have to get some the paper before its gone. I love it all, must have. Happy Holidays to everyone and Congrats to the winner whom ever it might be."
Congratulations, Crystle! Please emails us with your shipping information at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize! This is the amazing prize that Crystle won today! There's always a chance to win something amazing on the Graphic 45 blog! Stay tuned to next week's blog for even more splendid inspiration and marvelous prize giveaways!
We are so excited to introduce you to today's incredible Featured Artist, Andrew Roberts! You may have seen Andrew's breathtaking crafts on the Graphic 45 Ning site and Facebook page. As you will see in today's featured projects, Andrew has a spectacular range of talents. He creates works of art that reflect his deep love for his family. He also has an incredible understanding of how to use colorful embellishments to bring out the unique characteristics of each Graphic 45 collection. Each of his beautiful crafts has its own amazing story. Whether its a stunning altered art piece, mini album, layout or other marvelous project, Andrew puts the most incredible details into his work to make each craft stand out. One look at Andrew's crafts and it's obvious that he loves the process of creating. His crafts overflow with beauty and joy. His blog called Down Under Crafter is a wonderland of gorgeous ideas! Not only is Andrew a very talented artist, but he also loves to share his work with the world! We are thrilled to welcome him to the Graphic 45 blog as our Featured Artist! Ladies and gentlemen, please join us in welcoming the very talented Andrew Roberts!
We begin with a wonderful craft for the holidays. Here is Andrew's dazzling Nutcracker Sweet ornaments. This is a perfect example of the incredible time and detail that Andrew puts into his crafts. We just love the kaleidoscopic look of these pretty ornaments. Andrew did lots of delicate fussy cutting and paper layering to give these ornaments their stunning dimension. Pretty ribbons, flowers and other festive embellishments help to amplify the festive cheer of these lovely works of art.
Nutcracker Sweet paper
Here is another bright and cheerful creation by Andrew! This is his Secret Garden ark! This marvelous collection springs to life in this joyful work of art. You can see how Andrew did a lot of fussy cutting and inking to give this amazing piece such an authentic and natural look. The soft colors of Secret Garden really stand out! Andrew also blended fussy cut flowers with flower embellishments for added depth and dimension. This amazing ark also houses two magnificent mini albums! It's simply breathtaking!
Pocket scrapbooking is very popular right now and Andrew had the great idea to give it a try with our Mother Goose collection! You can see how expertly he combined the different papers and embellishments from this vibrant collection to create this heartwarming work of art. Here is what Andrew had to say about this bright and cheerful creation! "I love the pocket idea as it allows you to make each individual mini layout, but coordinate the entire project. I love the colors of this collection and they make my black and white photos stand out."
Here is another craft treasure that Andrew created! This is his gorgeous Bird Song altered box that contains an elegant mini album inside! This is another perfect example of Andrew's ability to bring each Graphic 45 collection to life! You can see how he loves to blend the beautiful papers together to create a work of art that is instantly alluring. This creation must have taken so much time to create, but all the effort definitely paid off! Each page of the magnificent mini album contains exquisite detail, vibrant color and perfect vintage charm. Just imagine what an incredible gift this would make!
Andrew is also an expert tag maker! This is a trio of tags that he created using the Graphic 45 Large Tag Album Staples. These tags feature our collections Typography, Bohemian Bazaar and Steampunk Spells. Beautiful borders and paper layers help add remarkable depth to these sweet tags. Each tag has its own unique personality. The Typography tag has such a clean and classic look. The Bohemian Bazaar tag is so lively with lots of stunning fussy cut elements. The Steampunk Spells tag is so much fun! It also contains the perfect amount of clever coordinating embellishments! You can see more amazing images of these tags on Andrew's beautiful blog. They are so much fun!
Graphic 45 Stamped Metal Brads
Here is a spectacular trinket box that Andrew created with our collection A Ladies' Diary. This is such an inspiring idea for a handmade gift! You can bring an ordinary box to life with a few simple techniques! Fussy cutting can be delicate work but it is absolutely worth the effort! Each side of this box displays a beautiful scene. Fussy cut characters and flowers mingle with floral embellishments and altered Graphic 45 Metal Butterflies to create a fun 3-D look. We also love the pretty pearl and lace embellishments that add to the vintage look of this darling box.
A Ladies Diary collection
And now we've got some fun crafts that Andrew created using some older Graphic 45 collections. Andrew's favorite Graphic 45 collection is Little Darlings. Here is an adorable keepsake chest he created using Little Darlings. This sweet chest opens to reveal a shadowbox-style lid that contains lots of little trinkets and handmade embellishments. This sweet work of art exudes so much love. It also opens to reveal yet another surprise, a wonderful tag mini album! Just imagine how perfect this creation would look in a child's room! It's also a fabulous idea for a baby shower gift! It's so inspiring!
Little Darlings collection
Next we have another dazzling craft from an older Graphic 45 collection. Here is Andrew's heartwarming mini album featuring An ABC Primer. This is such a precious idea for commemorating a child's first years of school. Again you can see how perfectly Andrew combined the fun papers from An ABC Primer with lovely embellishments with just the right amount of color. The pretty flower and ribbon embellishments help to amplify the unique look of this magnificent collection. This mini is such a true celebration of the wonderful years of childhood.
An ABC Primer collection
We had so much fun getting to share today's incredible crafts with you. We encourage you all to check out Andrew's fantastic blog for more extensive photos of today's crafts, along with even more craft inspiration! Big thanks to Andrew for his gorgeous crafts on today's very special blog. We also want to thank all of you G45ers for joining us today! We hope you got a lot of great ideas for your weekend crafting! We will have more craft inspiration, fun and prizes to share with you on our blog! We hope you'll stop by and see us very soon. Enjoy the rest of your day and have a very happy weekend!
With Love and Pretty Paper,
Your Friends at Graphic 45