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24 posts from August 2011

August 24, 2011

Magic of Oz Layouts From Around the Globe.

Hello Beautiful Crafters!

Happy Wednesday and thank you for taking some time out of your day to pay us a visit! We have more glorious crafts from our design team to share with you today. We're featuring three phenomenal layouts that highlight our new Magic of Oz collection. All three of these layouts were created by some of our international design team members: Hilde Janbroers, Jane Tregenza and Melanie Forbes. You are going to love these wonderfully whimsical creations! This first lovely LO is called "Family" and was made by Hilde Janbroers. Get ready to be captivated by craftiness! 

"I love to work with white cardstock so the Magic of Oz images will pop out of the page. I used a piece of the paper 'Journey to Oz' to place in the middle of the page. On top of that I added 2 pieces of another sheet. After adding the photo I started to add all the embellishments like flowers and chipboard. I cut out some images to add to the page as well. Some sprays of glimmermist as a final touch. " -Hilde Janbroers

Bazzill Basics Cardstock white
Graphic 45 The Magic of Oz papers, Chipboard Die-Cuts 1 & 2
Want2Scrap pearls
American Crafts THickers
Tattered Angels glimmer mist
Petaloo flowers

This next marvlous LO was made by the amazing Jane Tregenza. Jane's stunning crafting style is in full bloom in this wickedly clever LO. Here is what she had to say about her inspiring creation!

 "I used a clock from Imaginarium Deigns and a mini steampunk clock along with clock hands. I layered everything over the top. I love the Metal Flowers and Metal Buttons from Graphic 45 staples range. I love using them as a feature on my layouts. They always look so amazing on anything. I never have a photo in mind, but with five kids I always have the perfect photo. But this time, as soon as I saw the paper I knew exactly which photo I was going use. Although the photo is not the best. It is one of my daughter taken at her 18 birthday which was a fancy dress. She made her costume including the wings! The title is another one from Imaginarium deigns. I added a number disk from Maya road to finish it off. Thanks for looking" -Jane Tregenza

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Next we have a super sweet and fun LO by Melanie Forbes. This LO is so enchanting and shows some amazing uses for out Metal Staples! Look at those wonderful Metal Flowers, Metal Buttons and Ornate Metal Door Plate and Knob Staples! They look absolutely spectacular in this gorgeous LO. Plus, you've got to love that adorable central photo. So cute!





We hope you all enjoyed today's crafts! Huge thanks to Hilde Janbroers, Jane Tregenza and Melanie Fobes for their brilliant work today. We are so lucky to have their amazing talents on our design team! We hope you will all join us tomorrow. We have a super special blog planned so we hope you will stop by and see us! We hope you all have a terrific day!

Happy Papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45

August 23, 2011

"C" Is For Crafting: An ABC Primer Crafts & G45 In Singapore

Hello Crafters,

Happy Tuesday and thank you all for joining us today! We have some extra special treats to share with you. In addition to marvelous crafts from our design team that feature An ABC Primer, we're going to share some of our travel adventures! Right now Aimee and Diane are in Singapore on a very exciting business trip, where they will be teaching fabulous workshops all weekend. Here is a peek of their first day spent in this astonishing country!

"Today was all and all an amazing day!  Elaine Ong, the owner of Laine's Papeterie, was nothing short of fantastic, she should really consider opening a tour guide business. Our day was jam packed to say the least. We attended the Chinese Heritage Museum, visited a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, ate delicious dim sum, allowed flesh eating fish to eat the dead skin off our feet (at least my mom did), went to the Peranakan museum, tried a new and approved bubble tea, and ate a handful of the go to Singaporian dishes. Over all it was a great day!" -Aimee





Pretty amazing sights! Now lets travel to the land of crafting where our fabulous design team are working hard to keep you inspired! Today's amazing crafts feature our adorable new collection An ABC Primer. Laura Denison and Nicole Eccles have created the most enchanting projects that are sure to enthrall you! Our new collections are arriving in stores now and today's crafts are sure to give you some amazing ideas. This first project is by the fabulous Laura Denison. Here is what she had to say about this sweet and clever altered crayon box. So cute and such a smart idea! 

"One of my favorite memories of elementary school was getting a brand new box of crayons for school. I could spend HOURS arranging the colors, though I never "cheated" and used them before school started. That first mark with the new set was reserved for school. By the end of the year, the crayons would be broken stubs and the box would be falling apart....Oh! the anticipation of the next years new box was almost too much to bear! As soon as I saw the ABC Primer paper, this memory flooded my head. I HAD to incorporate the crayon box into my project. For this project, I traced the opened box and created a new box. (I could easily have just painted the box as well.) The six sections of the box coincides perfectly with my elementary school years. Each section contains a little accordion album to hold the wallet size school photo's as well as the school, teacher and school year. I love the plaid paper on the box....I had a dress in 4th grade that was EXACTLY this plaid! I have to find a photo of that dress!" -Laura Denison

Crayon box

Paper - Graphic 45 An ABC Primer
Card stock - Bazzil

Next we have two gorgeous crafts by Nicole Eccles. This first project is a wonderful altered chalk board. Such a perfect idea for An ABC Primer! Think of how sweet this would look in a child's room! Nicole has also created a super cute layout called "C is for Cookie." Nicole has such a knack for creating such fun and whimsical crafts! Check these out!

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Papers:  G45 An ABC Primer
Embellishments:  G45 Chipboard Buttons
G45 An ABC Primer Chipboard Tags 1
Tim Holtz Grundgeboard 
Punches:  Martha Stewart Ornate Lace Border
Inks:  Tim Holtz Distress Inks( Frayed Burlap)
Staz On ( Jet Black)
Adhesives:  Glossy Accents
Tombo Mono Glue Stick
Other:  Silk Flowers, Pip Berries, Vintage Chalkboard, White Acrylic Paint

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Cardstock: Bazzill Nathan Burlap
Papers:  G45 An ABC Primer Line
Embellishments:  G45 Chipboard Buttons
   G45 Trim
Dies:  Spellbinders Blossoms 2
Punches:  EK Success XL Scallop Border
Stamps:  Crafty Secrets Clear Stamps (Sweet Stuff)
Inks:  Tsukineko Versafine ( Onyx Black)
          Tim Holtz Distress Inks( Frayed Burlap)
          Colorbox Cat’s Eye ( Dusty Rose)
Title:  Imaginarium Designs Chipboard
          Basic Grey Capella Letter Stickers
Adhesives:  Tombow Mono Glue Stick
                    Scrapbook Adhesives 3D foam squares
     Glossy Accents
      Scor Tape
Other:  Tim Holtz Distress Stickles( Rock Candy), Vintage Buttons, Chipboard, Salmon Colored Pencil

Huge thanks to the immensely talented Laura Denison and Nicole Eccles for their brilliant creations today. We hope you all enjoyed their work as much as we did! Don't forget to submit your wedding layouts to our Facebook page for this month's craft challenge. There's still time for you to win our deluxe prize! And there's also a fun blog contest happening right now. Leave us a blog or Facebook comment telling us your favorite holiday for crafting. You could win this week's super fun prize too! We hope you all have a wonderful day and thanks again for stopping by. We'll be back here tomorrow with more fun and excitement!

With Craft Love,

Team Graphic 45

August 22, 2011

Joyous Noel: Christmas Emporium Crafts from Our Design Team

Good Day Crafters!

Welcome to our happy blog! It's a new week of wonder here at Graphic 45! Our new collections are making their way to stores all over the world and we know you are all excited to get your hands on them. Today we are featuring some beautiful Christmas Emporium crafts from Robin Shakoor and Sherry Cheever of our design team. We hope today's creations will help conjure some ideas for your holiday crafting. And since it's Monday, we have a new blog contest to introduce! Since we're starting off this week with holiday-themed crafts, we want to know what holiday inspires you the most when it comes to crafting. Is Christmas your favorite holiday to create? Or do you enjoy making spooky Halloween projects? Maybe you're more of a Mother's Day crafter, or even Easter. There's lots of inspiring holidays to choose from. Pick one and tell us about it on our blog or Facebook page. Share your favorite crafting holiday and you could win this fabulous prize pack! A Proper Gentleman 12x12 paper pad, Geometric Door Plate and Knob Staples, Fiskars Everywhere Punch Cartridge, Clear Snap Color Catcher, and a beautiful cling stamp by Hampton Art! A winner will be chosen at random and announced here on the blog on Friday, August 26th!


These first two marvelous Christmas Emporium layouts were made by Robin Shakoor, a superbly brilliant crafter. These beautiful LOs will instantly get you in the holiday spirit, even though Christmas is several months away. Here is what Robin had to say about the inspiration for this first adorable LO called "Twinkle."

"The “Christmas Emporium” collection definitely brings out the spirit of Christmas.  I created this 8 ½ x 11 layout using this amazing holiday photo.  The tree was cut from “Christmas Emporium” and placed in the lower, right corner of the page.  The lettering is from Imaginarium Designs and is the perfect size for this page.   I finished my layout using beautiful flower tags topped with stockings which were cut from “Christmas Emporium.”  You will love this collection and you will find it your “go to” for all of your Christmas projects. Enjoy!" -Robin Shakoor


Patterned Paper:  Graphic 45 “Christmas Emporium” collectionCardstock:  CoredinationsInk/Paint:  Ranger, Making MemoriesChipboard:  Imaginarium Designs Gem:  PrimaAdhesives:  Scotch, Beacon, Creative Memories Die Cut Tags:  Graphic 45 “Christmas Emporium” collection Sanding Block:  CoredinationsPhoto:  Tom Clare



Patterned Paper:  Christmas Emporium Cardstock:  BazzillInk:  Distress Ink (Ranger), Cranberry Pigment Ink (American Crafts) Embellishments:   Pins (Jenni Bowlin), Button (Craft Supply), Ribbon (My Mind’s Eye), Stickles (Ranger), Glimmer Mist (Ranger), Pearls (Kaisercraft), Letters (My Mind’s Eye)Dies:  Heirloom Ornaments (Spellbinders), Punch (Martha Stewart Crafts)
Adhesives:  ATG 700 (Scotch), Foam Squares (Ranger). Scor-Tape (Scor-Pal), 450 Quick Dry (Helmar’s)

Next we have a gorgeous piece of holiday home decor by the absolutely fabulous Sherry Cheever. This festive wall hanging would look stunning in any home, and it would also make a superb holiday gift! Sherry used our beautiful Christmas Emporium papers and Chipboard Tags to create this heart-warming work of art. After all, it's never too early to start planning your holiday crafts!





We want to thank Robin Shakoor and Sherry Cheever for their stunning projects today. Even though Christmas is a ways away, we hope today's crafts got everyone's creative gears turning. We will be back here tomorrow with more wonderful crafts to share with you. And don't forget that our wedding layout craft challenge is happening right now! Post your Graphic 45 wedding layouts on our Facebook page for your chance to win! We also look forward to reading your comments for this week's blog contest! Have a beautiful Monday, Crafters!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45

August 20, 2011

Graphic 45 Goes to Singapore!

Hello Crafters,

Welcome to this special edition of the G45 blog.  As this blog airs Aimee Filimoehala & Diane Schultz, the owners of Graphic 45, are on the way to Singapore.  If you are in the area join them the evening of Friday, August 26th for a night of Make 'n Takes, and Satuday, August 27th for three wonderful workshops.  Sign up now while seats are still available, email papermarket@singnet.com.sg for registration. 

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We are thrilled for this fabulous opportunity to spend time with some soon to be new friends.  Thank you for stopping by, and have a wonderful weekend!

Happy Papercrafting!

--Team Graphic 45!

August 19, 2011

Dreams of Oz: Magic of Oz Creations From Our Design Team

Hello Crafters,

Happy Friday and welcome to a super fun day of crafting at the Graphic 45 blog! There are lots of reasons to celebrate on Friday, but today we're giving you even more reasons to cheer. Our design team have created the most astonishing Magic of Oz crafts for you to enjoy! These amazing works of art by Tara Orr and Nancy Wethington are so magical that you might feel as if you've been transported to another world! But first we want to remind all of you about the wonderfully fun craft challenge that's happening right now!

This month's challenge is all about weddings! We want you to create a wedding-inspired layout using Graphic 45 products and post your creations on our Facebook page. We will be choosing three random winners and announcing them on our blog on September 2nd! You can post as many different wedding-inspired layouts as you'd like. In fact the more projects you post, the more chances you have to win. What's the prize? You could win our entire Magic of Oz collection and one of each of our new altered art boxes! That's right! A gorgeous Magic of Oz 12x12 and 8x8 Paper Pad, both sets of chipboard die-cuts, 5x5 and 5x8 Kraftboard Altered Art boxes, and the Metal Film Canister! That's a $70 value! Sound like fun? You have until August 31st to post your projects on our Facebook page. We can't wait to see what you'll create!

Okay, now we're off to the marvelous world of Tara Orr! She's created this brilliant Magic of Oz chess board. Tara is the queen of finding treasures in thrift stores and turning them into craft gold! This is such a perfectly clever idea and it looks amazing! Check it out!

"I came across this wooden board at a local thrift store not too long ago and knew that I could use it for something down the road.  What a perfect square - perfect for my son's chess game I thought.  The old cardboard mat we had was in pretty rough condition so I decided to alter this board into a sturdy checker board.  I simply cut a bunch of squares from Graphic 45's The Magic of Oz collection and adhered as you would see on a checker board.  I finished using some Mod Podge to seal and protect as well as offer a nice glossy finish." -Tara Orr





Graphic 45 Supplies:
Other Supplies:
Mod Podge by Plaid
Acrylic Paint by DecoArt

This next lovely piece was created by Nancy Wethington. It's a gorgeous and whimsical mini album featuring The Magic of Oz. Every page of this darling mini is full of love and inspiration. Nancy's lively imagination and amazing crafting techniques come to life in this wonderful creation. Just look at these great photos! You can see every beautiful detail!

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Graphic 45:
The Magic of Oz 12x12 Paper Pad
The Magic of Oz 8x8 Paper Pad
The Magic of Oz Chipboard Die-Cuts 1 & 2

May Arts ribbon and string
Spellbinders:  Shapeabilities Banner Basics Two
Bazzill Cardstock:  T10-1075 Black; T4-410 Honeycomb; T5-5103 Rain Forest
Ranger Stickles:  Ruby Slippers; Platinum
Ranger Distress Inks
Adhesive:  Beacon 3-in-1;  Scotch ATG with Scotch Permanent Archival 1/4" runner
Other:  Carl Cutter DC 220-e; Tonic Tim Holtz Scissors; Fiskars Precision Scissors

Huge thanks to the amazingly talented Tara Orr and Nancy Wethington. We hope you were all inspired by their magical creations today. We also hope that you find some time this weekend to create a craft treasure of your very own. Please join us on Monday as we bring you more fabulous craft ideas and lots of creative cheer. Have a great weekend, Crafters!
Happy Papercrafting,

Team Graphic 45