Place in Time April "Memories" Card
Place in Time April "Memories" Card
We have such a beautiful array of crafts to share with you! Today's blog is a cornucopia of inspiration! We are continuing our farewells to our 2012 Design Team today as we celebrate the magnificent work of Kristin Wilson. You will see some of our favorite cards, layouts, altered art and much more from Kristin's time on our 2012 Design Team. We also have a new blog contest winner to announce today! There are so many incredible ideas on today's Graphic 45 blog! It's just what you need to start the weekend off right! Before we get to today's grand crafts, lets begin with this week's contest winner. Chosen at random from this week's blog comments, the winner is...
-Kathleen Lundman: "Great project and beautiful kit that you are offering this week! Thank you."
Congratulations, Kathleen! Please email us with your shipping information at email@example.com to claim your prize. This is the fantastic Place in Time and Secret Garden prize that Kathleen won today. Stay tuned to our blog on Monday for yet another chance to win some amazing Graphic 45 prizes!
And now it's time for our very fond tribute to Kristin Wilson. Her elegant and homespun style has been such a valued part of our 2012 Design Team. We have loved every gorgeous project that she has created during her time with us. She has such a talent for bringing our paper collections and Staples to life! Whether it's a fun and easy card, a lovely layout or an opulent piece of altered art, Kristin always knew how to make each project sparkle with beauty! Kristin's 10-minute cards were another wonderful part of her time on our 2012 Design Team. She always had the most fun and clever ways to create breathtaking Graphic 45 crafts! We have handpicked all of today's featured crafts to display Kristin's wide range of talents. We can't thank her enough for her superb contributions on our team this year. It was such a joy for us to be able to display her gorgeous and inspiring crafts! Lets begin by getting to know a little bit more about Kristin!
I live in Indiana, about 45 minutes from Chicago. I live with my very supportive hubby, Dave, and our son Quinn. I am a stay at home mom and I have been paper crafting for a little over 4 years. I feel I have finally stepped into my design style and now it's time to get into the action! My design strengths are that I can fit a whole lot of embellishments into a small space without it looking "over done". I use colors that normally wouldn't go together... but when I am done it all matches beautifully. I am shabby chic mixed with eclectic. There is never a loss of mojo when I am designing with Graphic 45 collections. They inspire me all on their own. I do not need to search for inspiration in mags or on the web... just the beautiful Graphic 45 product is all I need. The colors and the way they carry the theme throughout the whole line is amazing. There are little pieces of gold to be snipped and added to just the right spot in every paper pad. Whats not to fall in love with? I love Graphic 45! It speaks to my soul and I hope that shines through in my projects.
Check out Kristin's beautiful blog for more inspiring ideas:
First we begin with something new. This is a breathtaking French Country birthday card that Kristin created. Colorful paper layers, chipboard die-cuts and sweet embellishments make this card a heartwarming treasure! It is fun and easy to make and would make anyone's birthday a very happy one!
Here is another amazing birthday card by Kristin. This bright and cheerful card features our sunny Secret Garden collection. The lovely paper layers look magical with just the right amount of sweet embellishments. Kristin has such a knack for creating the perfect card!
Now it's time for some of Kristin's lavish layouts! Here we have her exquisite Kraft Reflections LO! Pretty paper layers and distressing add to the vintage elegance of this pretty LO. The soft floral embellishments and decorative stamps only add to the magnificence of this charming work of art!
Kristin always knows how to make holidays fun! Here is a spooktacular Happy Haunting layout that she created for Halloween! This LO has such unique composition and amazing use of contrasting patterns! It captures the eye and enthralls the imagination! Kristin did an amazing job of letting her embellishments amplify the bright colors and fun patterns in the Happy Haunting papers! This LO is the perfect way to immortalize such adorable family memories!
Here is another classic craft by Kristin! It's the banner she created to help us celebrate Graphic 45's 5th birthday! We love this banner so much! It's hanging in our Portland, Oregon office right now! Kristin created this amazing banner with our new Regular Tag Album staples, A Ladies Diary papers and tons of pretty embellishments! It's full of joy and impeccably style! It was the perfect craft to commemorate 5 years of Graphic 45!
Here is one of Kristin's amazing mini albums! She upcycled the packaging from Graphic 45 Staples to create this adorable Little Darlings mini! Doesn't this just warm your heart?! Kristin puts such loving detail in every aspect of her crafts. You can really see her attention to detail in this superb creation! This would make the perfect gift for a new mom!
We adore this fabulous French Country album by Kristin! It was designed using our 12x12 Easel Album. You flip the pages to find your mood for any particular day. This is such a great way to check in and take note of how you are feeling from day to day. It's a gorgeous piece of home decor with a great function. We love it!
Last but not least is this incredible piece of altered art by Kristin. This is her amazing altered box featuring A Ladies' Diary and lots of gorgeous Graphic 45 Metal Staples! We love the wonderful use of paper distressing on A Ladies' Diary paper that adds an extra element of shabby chic to this box. Every angel of this box is so alluring! This is the kind of project that makes you want to run to your crafting table to start creating! Plus it would make the perfect gift!
We want to thank Kristin for all the incredible treasures that she created on our 2012 Design Team. It was such a pleasure to get to work with her. We wish her all the best in her future creative endeavors. It's been an amazing journey and we feel so lucky to have had her talents and enthusiasm that have inspired so many people. Thank you, Kristin!
Big thanks to all of you G45ers for stopping by our blog today. We hope Kristin's crafts helped give you some great ideas for your weekend crafting! Come on back and see us very soon for more joyful craft inspiration. We will have a new blog contest on Monday along with more gorgeous crafts! We wish you all a very happy Friday and a terrific weekend!
Your Pals in Paper,
Team Graphic 45
Welcome to a very special day of layouts, cards, altered art and so much more! Today we are saying a very fond farewell to the fabulous Jane Tregenza. She has been a part of our Design Team for many years and we have loved every minute of it! This year she brought you her famous Book Tutorial Series in which she took you step-by-step through her book-making process. She has also created countless layouts, cards and gorgeous works of altered art during her time on the Graphic 45 2012 Design Team. We are overjoyed to have had Jane's incredible talent and imagination on our Design Team for so long. Today we wanted to give her a fitting tribute and wish her all the best in her future creative endeavors, of which there are many! We've picked out a few of our favorite creations by Jane from her term on the 2012 Design Team to share with you today. All of today's crafts are overflowing with beauty and love, just like Jane! It has been such an incredible joy to work with Jane over the years. We only hope today's blog can try and express how much gratitude we have for everything that she has contributed to Graphic 45!
Before we get to Jane's amazing crafts we wanted to remind you all that there's still time to enter to win this week's fabulous Place in Time and Secret Garden blog contest! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment for your chance to win this fantastic Secret Garden and Place in Time prize pack! It includes 8x8 paper pads, chipboard die-cuts, and stickers from both Place in Time and Secret Garden. It also includes Secret Garden Flowers, Metal Tag Staples and Flower Staples! A $50 value! Be sure to leave your comment for a chance to win! A random winner will be announced on tomorrow's blog!
And not it's time to begin our fun and fabulous tribute to Jane! Lets begin by getting to know more about the magnificent Jane Tregenza!
About Jane:I live in beautiful Adelaide, South Australia. Mother to five beautiful children and married to an amazing man for 27 years. I own and teach at Seriously Scrapbooking. I have the perfect job. Each day I get to share my passion for scrapbooking and paper crafting with many many people, and I get to share in their lives and hear their happy and sometimes sad stories. I am a shoulder to cry on, and someone to laugh with. I have a wonderful team of people who help and inspire me. As I said the perfect job. Every day brings more people into my life and every day I get to "hopefully" inspire someone else. How blessed am I.
You can view more of Jane's gorgeous crafts on her amazing blog:
First up we have some gorgeous examples of Jane's famous layouts. Here is a bright and wonderfully geometric LO featuring Olde Curiosity Shoppe. Jane always has such a knack for creating masculine crafts. This is a heartwarming photo of Jane's son. The beautiful chipboard and clock gear embellishments look amazing against the splendor of Olde Curiosity Shoppe. It's the perfect LO for such a precious moment in time!
Here is another breathtaking layout by Jane. This one features our Bird Song collection and lots of pretty Graphic 45 Metal Staples. Jane's classic borders and paper layering are in full effect in this amazing LO. It absolutely captures the vivid color and serene feeling of Bird Song!
We asked Jane to design the cover page for our 2013 Place in Time Calendar tutorial series. This was the beautiful result! We loved this timeless calendar cover that really set the tone for a wonderful new year!
This project was one of Jane's crowning achievements this year, her famous Book Tutorial Series! This was the front cover of her book. This was an amazing 9-part series that took you through the creation of one of her gorgeous books. It including book-binding, tag-making and incredible tips for creating lavish layers. What an epic project! We were thrilled to be able to share it!
Here is one of the beautiful pages from Jane's book tutorial. It features our Secret Garden collection and lots of pretty chipboards and fussy cutting. This page is a shining example of the love that Jane puts into each and every one of her craft creations!
Here is another stunning page from Jane's book tutorial featuring An ABC Primer. The colors in this page are so fabulous. Jane really captured the charm of this vintage schoolhouse-inspired collection. What a wonderful treasure!
Now we are going to share some of Jane's amazing cards! Here we have her lavishly layered Nutcracker Sweet Christmas card. You can see how the fussy cut characters look as though they could dance right off the page! It's a true winter wonderland of holiday cheer!
Here is another one of Jane's fabulous cards. This is a French Country card that she created for our CHA Winter show and it displays some of Jane's famous pop-up elements! We just love how it looks as though those magnificent sunflowers are blooming right out of the card! It's classic Jane!
Last but not least is this delightful 5x8 altered art box and mini album featuring A Ladies Diary. Jane has such a talent for altered art. The elegant spirit of A Ladies' Diary comes to life in this sweet creation. It opens to reveal a charming mini album that's out of this world! This sophisticated work of art is yet another example of the wide range of skill and artistic talent that Jane brought to the Graphic 45 Design Team!
That's all for today, G45ers! We hope you had fun exploring these grand crafts by Jane. We will miss her so much but we know that her future is so bright! We definitely encourage you all to check out Jane's beautiful blog to see her latest and greatest creations.
We want to wish you all a very happy day! Come on back and see us tomorrow as we bring you more awe-inspiring works of art! Thank you all so much for stopping by!
Your Friends at Graphic 45
Today is a very special and bittersweet day here on the Graphic 45 blog as we begin our farewells to our 2012 Design Team. What an incredible journey it has been! We have seen so many breathtaking crafts and tutorials. We've been so lucky to have such brilliantly talented artists on our 2012 Design Team, some of whom are joining us on our 2013 Design Team! Well today we begin to say our fond farewells those Design Team members who will be pursuing other creative endeavours. We begin with someone very near and dear to our hearts, the amazing Gloria Stengel. While Gloria wont be on our 2013 Design Team, she will be joining us in a very unique position as one of our Special Projects Designers! That means that she will still be creating her exquisite Graphic 45 crafts for our newsletter tutorials, trade shows and other special events! This means you'll still get to see Gloria's elegant creations here at Graphic 45! We couldn't be happier!
Lets get to know a little bit about Gloria before we explore some of her most beautiful Graphic 45 creations from years past! We just want to say what a true joy it has been to have Gloria on our Design Team for the past few years! Her superb style and boundless imagination have been a hallmark of Graphic 45! From gorgeous cards, lavish layouts, marvelous minis and awe-inspiring altered art, Gloria has done it all with charm and sophistication! We will miss having her on our Design Team but we are overjoyed that she will still be creating for Graphic 45! Say hello to the one and only, Gloria Stengel!
My name is Gloria Stengel and I am an eastern USA transplant now living in Oceanside, CA. I’ve been a CA resident since March 2005, after living in five other states. I am married to my husband Matt and we have three children, Nathan (21), Laura (17), and Jonah (12). I am a homeschool mom, however my oldest son has graduated and now attends college full-time and my daughter graduates in June 2013! I can see the light at the end of the homeschooling tunnel.
I have been hooked on paper crafts all of my life. I have always loved to color, play with paper dolls, and create "projects"! In 1990, I discovered rubber stamping and in 1996, I stumbled across "modern" scrapbooking. 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 three terms with Graphic 45. I also accept various guest design spots and work with online stores from time to time. I recently began writing blog articles for Crafts 'n things Magazine, which allows me to share tutorials, favorite products, and advice on paper crafting. The design teams I work with are very diverse, which is an amazing thing for me considering that I love all sorts of art mediums.
I have also been published in several magazines. Plus I have a blog, a Facebook Fan Page, and a YouTube channel in order to share my creative work. Visit my blog, Scraps of Life:
I am so pleased to be staying with the Graphic 45 family as a Special Projects Designer! I really DO have a dream job! To say I am excited to be part of this company is an understatement!
Lets begin today's farewell with some of Gloria's famous cards! It's obvious that Gloria has a knack for creating the perfect card for any occasion! Whether it's a special holiday card, birthday card, or an anytime card, Gloria always knows how to make it sparkle with love and vivid color! Here are some of our favorite cards from Gloria. We begin with this "Seek Joy" Bird Song card that's perfect for any occasion. What an endearing work of art!
Here is one of Gloria's enchanting Christmas cards. This was created with our Nutcracker Sweet collection and it is just gorgeous! Fabulous paper layering and just the right amount of beautiful embellishments make this card a true holiday treasure!
You may remember these wonderful cards from Gloria's Place in Time card tutorial series! We featured 12 of Gloria's amazing seasonal cards on our blog recently and they were a huge hit! You can view more of Gloria's beautiful Place in Time card tutorials here!
Who could forget Gloria's breathtaking May calendar page during our 2013 Place in Time Calendar Tutorial Series?! This was such a treat! We had each of our Design Team members create a calendar page and tutorial to show all of you G45ers how to create a beautiful calendar for 2013. We loved Gloria's fresh and joyful May page that captured all the joy of Spring!
Here is one of Gloria's famous holiday crafts! It's a Happy Haunting altered 5x8 Altered Art Box with matching mini album! The whimsical fun of Halloween comes to life in this superb creation! Gloria completely captured the sweet vintage charm of our Happy Haunting collection. This creation is a true Halloween dream!
Last but not least is this incredible altered art creation featuring A Ladies Diary. It's an altered dresser adorned with a sweet little box and mini journal. This is such an elegant work of altered art. The femininity and sophistication of A Ladies' Diary comes to life in this clever craft. Even the inside of the drawers are decorated in A Ladies Diary! We also love how Gloria used the Graphic 45 Metal Button Staples and Stamped Metal Brads to add even more vintage charm to this piece. We love it!
That's all for today, G45ers. Don't forget that you can keep up with all of Gloria's latest crafts on her beautiful blog Scraps of Life. We are so excited about this new chapter with Gloria as one of our Special Project Designers! Come on back and join us tomorrow for more superb craft inspiration. It's going to be another beautiful day here on the Graphic 45 blog! We want to thank Gloria for her exemplary work on our Design Team for the past two years. It's been an incredible journey and we are so lucky to have had her talents on our team! Thank you, Gloria! We wish you all a wonderful day!
Your Friends at Graphic 45
Are you looking for the perfect inspiration for a special handmade card? Well you've come to the right place! Today on the Graphic 45 blog we are taking you on a fun journey through three gorgeous cards! All of today's card ideas are great for a wide range of occasions! Of course any time is a great time to send a special handmade card to someone you love. Let today's blog fill you with wonderful ideas for your own unique card expression! First up is a gorgeous Olde Curiosity Shoppe love card by Susan Lui. Then we will share an adorable Little Darlings card by Arlene Cuevas. Then Clare Charvill will take you step-by-step through the creation of a fabulous all-occasions Secret Garden card! Yes, today's Graphic 45 blog is guaranteed to make you smile!
Lets begin with a shout-out to all of our wonderful G45ers on Facebook! This is a gorgeous Secret Garden card that was posted to our Facebook page by Nataliya Serova. Just look at those lavish layers and pretty paper distressing! This card is a breath of fresh air. We encourage all of you to share your Graphic 45 creations on our Facebook page! It's also a perfect place to get the latest Graphic 45 news, updates and contest information. Join the fun with Graphic 45 on Facebook!
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Next we have Susan's fabulous Olde Curiosity Shoppe easel card made with the new Graphic 45 Regular Tag Album Staples. This is the perfect card to send anytime to someone you love! Take it away, Susan!
"Here’s an easel card I created using Graphic 45’s Olde Curiosity Shoppe collection and Graphic 45 Staples. The front of the card is created using a Graphic 45 Staples Tag which I covered with Olde Curiosity Shoppe patterned paper, then embellished using an Olde Curiosity Shoppe chipboard and Staples Metal Key Hole. I also made a title using the Staples Metal Label Holder and Olde Curiosity Shoppe Alphabet Stickers. This tag front cover folds up to form an easel card which can be displayed on a table top." -Susan
Olde Curiosity Shoppe - Optical Oddities, Mercurial Masterpiece, Parlor Wall, Butterfly Specifics
Olde Curiosity Shoppe Stickers
Olde Curiosity Shoppe Alphabet Stickers
Olde Curiosity Shoppe Chipboard
Next up is this heartwarming Little Darlings card by Arlene. Of course this is the perfect card to celebrate any occasion in a baby's life! Lovely paper layers, fun floral embellishments and Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Keys give this card such a fresh look. This is the perfect card to celebrate the joys and milestones of youngsters! Here is what Arlene had ot say about it.
“I created this sweet little card for my niece Cadence’s baptism. The Little Darlings paper collection, and the coordinating chipboard pieces and stickers, are a perfect set for all your baby creations! I really love how Graphic 45 makes it so easy for you to create with all the coordinating elements.” -Arlene
Little Darlings 8x8 papers
Little Darlings Chipboards 1
Little Darlings 12x12 Sticker Sheet
Little Darlings 12x12 Alphabet Stickers
Staples - Ornate Metal Key
My Favorite Things card stock
I Am Roses flowers
White acrylic paint
White seam binding
And now it's time for a fun and fabulous card tutorial by Clare. She has created this enchanting Secret Garden card that is perfect for this sunny season! This would be the perfect card to send to a loved one "just because." Bring a smile to the face of a dear friend or family member with this bright and cheerful card and tutorial by Clare!
Ink the edges of your plain lavender paper and stick down to your card leaving 1/8" black border around all edges
We hope you all had fun on today's Graphic 45 card celebration! We encourage you all to send a pretty handmade treasure in the mail to someone you love. One simple card can really make someone's day! We want to thank Susan, Arlene and Clare for their superb creations today. There is more inspiration on the way on tomorrow's Graphic 45 blog. Come on back and see us for more fabulous ideas! We wish you all a very happy day!
Your Pals in Paper,
Team Graphic 45