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April 04, 2011

A "Clean" Crafter: Introducing Lynette Carroll

Hello Crafters!

Welcome to another fun and exciting week here at the Graphic 45 blog! This week we're going to be introducing you to our new 2011 Design Team. You'll see a few familiar faces, but for the most part you'll be seeing these fabulous crafter's work for the very first time! Over the past few weeks I've had the pleasure of not only seeing these amazing submissions for our Design Team audition, but also photographing each piece. You really see a lot about someones work when you're standing three inches away from it with a camera, holding your breath so as not to blur the photograph. And in many ways, the work speaks for itself. It calls your attention to specific details, as well as the grand image as a whole. Each artist that you will meet over the next several days has their own unique style, and a specialized way of looking at the art of crafting. Some have a soft and sincere sentimentality to their work. Some have a robust and vibrant style. Some are more organic and almost naturalistic. There is such an amazing range of talent as you will soon see. And we are so excited to introduce you to each and every one of these marvelous artists!

Before we make formal introductions, we wanted to announce this week's blog contest. This week you could win this amazing Curtain Call pack of goodies which includes a Curtain Call 12x12 Paper Pad, Trim Staples, Metal Tag Staples, Alphabet Sticker Staples, and Curtain Call Cling Stamps. All you need to do is leave a comment on our blog telling us about one of your favorite Make-And-Take classes that you've attended. What do you like best about Make-And-Takes? Do you have a favorite project that you have created? What gets you excited about attending a Make-And-Take? Tell us your preferences any day this week on our blog and all this could be yours! A winner will be chosen randomly and announced on Friday! Yes!


Today we are excited to introduce you to Lynette Carroll of Braintree, Massachusettes. Braintree, by the way, is the birth place of the second president of the United States, Mr. John Adams, a brilliant diplomat, statesman, and one of the drafters of the Declaration of Independence. So talent is obviously abundant in Braintree! Here are a few words of introduction from Lynette herself.


"I consider myself to be a "clean" crafter and my projects tend to have a "shabby vintage" feel to them.  Because of all my previous design team experience, and the fact that I owned a scrapbook store, I have feel I have strengths in being able to create projects in keeping with my "Style" but using any products I am asked to design with.  I love working with color and I feel confident in my ability to create projects from a single collection or by combining products from more than one collection. I have been fortunate enough to be involved in the scrapbooking industry for the past 10 years.  I was an original Design Team member for K & Company, a position I was fortunate enough to have for 5 years. An important part of my classes, is giving students the confidence and ideas to look at a piece of paper or an embellishment to see how they can change it to "make it their own".  Graphic 45 products offer unlimited possibilities for making your own embellishments and I love that challenge.  To look at a piece of paper and say "what can I do with this that the manufacturer didn't intend for me to do with it", is a favorite line I like to teach in my classes." -Lynette Carroll

Have a look at these stunning projects that Lynette created for our Design Team Call, beginning with this priceless piece of home decor. She used our Once Upon a Springtime collection to create this multi-layered and intricate piece of art.



Behold this amazing Once Upon a Springtime card that Lynette created. She obviously has an amazing knack for creating delicate and whimsical layers in her crafts. I also love the sewing motif in both of these Once Upon a Springtime pieces. So adorable.



Here is a Steampunk Debutant layout by Lynette. You can tell that she has a refined and precise eye for placement. There's a lot of details in this LO but it doesn't feel busy. All the elements work together seamlessly. It's just so beautiful!



More information on Lynette Carroll's work can be seen on her amazing and beautiful blog. Be sure to check it out! We want to thank Lynette for her fantastic work. We cant wait to see her next Graphic 45 creations. We hope you will all join us tomorrow for more Deign Team 2011 introductions. And don't forget to leave us blog comments this week about your favorite Make-And-Takes!

Happy Papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45


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WOW Lynette, these are gorgeous! What detail you added to each rectangle. I am in awe. Your layout is equally beautiful. Love that photo!

No way!!! These projects are so amazing...So much to see, so many lovely layers. I am stunned! What beautiful work, Lynette!

I love make in take tags. It is so fun to try new techniques on them that don't take a lot of time but introduce me to something I might not have tried before.

Gorgeous projects too! Wow! Just stunning1

Wow this is amazing work!! Love it!!

Lynette is ooozing with talent. Favorite make-and -take, hmmm...I did a wonderful little mini album at my local scrapbooking store using tons of metal embellishments. Very unique looking little book. Loved the whole class and had tons of fun just chatting away with the others.

Lynnette's framed art is amazing! I enjoyed a make and take that had multiple techniques like punching, stamping and then layering. I get excited about make and takes that teaches me how to use new product..it really helps inspire me. Thanks!

Just incredible-the best I've seen using the Once Upon a Springtime collection.I'm going to make her blog a daily stop.

Welcome Lynette! Your work is exquisite!

I love to attend make and takes that where I can learn techniques. It can be techniques on how to use a new product or working mixed media mediums. My favorite make and take class taught me how to use alcohol inks and burlap in my projects. It's my favorite and also my first. I liked it because it made me realize I shouldn't be intimidated to try new things.

These projects are so totaling amazing. I love all of them and her technique. I love doing make and takes at craft shows and CHA. The ones I love the most are the ones that show me a new technique. Also you can actually finish the small project. My favorite one was when we made the dog collars last year at Summer CHA. My dog still has hers.

I love Lynnette's approach...stay true to your style!

Ohhhh... that framed piece and that card... drooling here! BEAUTIFUL work!!!

I am always blown away by the layouts and projects that are on this blog.

WOW that is one awesome project Lynette!

I've never been to a make 'n take but if i did I would want it to be something where I learned a new technique with inks.

Lynette's work is simply amazing. I'm in awe over such beautiful and intricate designs!

Gorgeous projects! I love your "Clean" style!! My favorite make and take was a double slider card I made at a stampin' Up open house :O)

Congrats Lynette!! I just love your style. I can't decide which I love more, the frame or the LO

Congrats Lynette!!!! WOW that is one amazingly gorgeous project!!!!!

OMG! I can't say any more.

Oh Lynette, what a stunning piece of decor. That must have taken you forever to make. Love your style! My favorite make and take....definately mini albums!

Lynette! I'm so glad that we finally get to share these beautiful creations you have made. Your "clean" and classy style has got me begging for more.
Thank you! Happy Papercrafting!


wow! So beautiful and inspirational. Thank you Lynette!

I love learning new things in MnT's- it is always astounding to me that there is something NEW to learn, even after all these years!

WOW Lynette, fabulous projects, love all the layers, just beautiful! My favorite Make-N-Take was a Tim Holtz configuration box (but I have only been to 3 make-n-takes). I loved getting to know people who shared my passion of scrapping, preserving memories and crafting.

Stunning projects WOW!! Very inspirational! My favorite make n take that I can think of was 6x6 layouts using various lines at the MemoryWorks retreats!

Lynette, I was taken by your meticulous attention to detail when we first met at last years Print Block event. Your work is extraordinary—we are so excited to welcome you on board and look forward to your awe-inspiring contribution to our design team!

Wow, these projects are absolutely breathtaking! Beautiful, beautiful work!

I've never taken a make-and-take class, but I sure would love to!

Absolutly GORJUS

Amazing work and congrats to the new DT!! My favorite make and take was a number of Christmas cards from a workshop last fall. Every single one of them was sent out in a flash!

these are awesome fingers crossed that she does a tutorial on how she creates with so many layers, each one is a minature piece of inspirational art, always a pleasure to visit this blog, I'm slowly collecting pages so that I might start a project of my own inspired by some of the talented team one day
best wishes

What a gorgeous project. It is just stunning. My favorite make and take was one where I got to try out foil leaves. I just love being able to try new techniques.

oh my god! it's so lovely that I'm speechless. just love it!

Wow this is just incredible like over the top. I have never seen anything like this. Congratulations and let's hear it for MA women!!!! Wicked awesome projects.

Stunning works by Lynette! Wow!

I love Layout make and takes. Anything that teaches a new technique or uses something in a way I would never have thought of is so rewarding!

I enjoy an occasional make and take preferably on the weekends. I love anything with Graphic 45 and had the pleasure of meeting the Gr. 45 Team last fall in Minnesota. Congrats to the new design team and I hope I win the prize!!!! Thank you.

Wow, the intricacies of this project are just phenomenal! What I like about make'n takes is the opportunity to learn a new skill or how to use a product in a way you would never have thought of yourself.

Beautiful stuff! As for my favorite Make and Takes. . .it would have to be any class that gives you lots of technique ideas and as much possibility to play!!!!

I love make and takes. my favorite was a basket card. you could put a hankie inside and was perfect for mothers day.

Oh my god. Lynette you are a craft fairy really. The Once upon a sprintime series is my favourite and you rock it. Great work!
I like make and takes because you dont just shop or look, you create something and you can play around with with new stuff and styles.
And my best make and take ever (i have to tell you i didnt made so much in my lif, in germany arent so many possibilities) was a tiny little card with inchies with vintage pictures. Oh i love it, i made it in my own style with a sweetie butterfly and some pearls.
I love graphic45 and you touch my heart again and again with those yummy stuff...
Thank you for sharing this

My favorite make and take was my first. I stumbled on my first scrapbook expo at the Mall of America while I was out there working for a couple weeks. It was a simple background using a brayer but the whole thing was new to me and I was hooked. I love make and takes as and easy way to learn something new.

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