And the new 2012 Graphic 45 Design Team Is...
Hello Fabulous G45ers,
It's the day you've all been waiting for! It's time to announce the new Graphic 45 Design Team for 2012! We know you've all been waiting anxiously to see who made the list! So lets just get right to it!
We want to thank you all for joining us on this very special day. It's been an amazing process of selecting our brand new Design Team for 2012. From our first DT audition announcement, to the picking of our 30 finalists, reviewing their final project submissions, and narrowing it down to the final list, from start to finish this has been a challenging and immensely enriching experience for all of us here at Graphic 45. Picking our new Design Team was not an easy task. The incredible range of talents, skills, and imagination displayed by all of our finalists was extraordinary. For those of you who made the list, we want to give a warm congratulations and welcome you to the team. For those of you who who did not make the list, we want to give our deepest and most sincere thank you for all of your hard work and your incredible talents. We can't stress enough how difficult it was for us to narrow it down the final list. We are entirely grateful to have such inventive and accomplished artists trying out for our Design Team. Thank you to each and every one of you from all of us here at Graphic 45.
And the new Graphic 45 Design Team members for 2012 (in no particular order) are...
1. Denise Hahn - USA
2. Sharon Ngoo - Singapore
3. Nicole Eccles - USA
4. Clare Charvill - UK
5. Alberto Juárez Díaz - Spain
6. Arlene Cuevas - USA
7. Tara Orr - Canada
8. Jim Hankins - USA
9. Maiko Miwa - Japan
10. Gloria Stengel - USA
11. Susan Lui - Singapore
12. Kristin Wilson - USA
13. Jane Tregenza - Australia
14. Roberto Cesar dos Santos - Brazil
15. Laura Denison - USA
Wow, such excitement! Of course we wanted to also bring you some more incredible cards since this is the last day of our card extravaganza! We've had such a great time bringing you this great week of cards and we hope you've all had a lot of fun too! We've got two incredible card designs by Tara Orr and Gloria Stengel. Tara has created a fun sketch and Gloria has prepared a great tutorial! Both of these gorgeous creations are sure to inspire you for some blissful weekend crafting! Is there a family member or friend that could use a little dose of cheer? Why not surprise them with a beautiful hand-made card! Everyone could use a little random crafts of kindness!
Behold this marvelous Olde Curiosity Shoppe card by Tara Orr. This is a perfect example of a card that's great for any occasion! You can also see how Tara recycled Graphic 45 Staples packaging to give some extra color and depth to this gorgeous card! There's even a fun sketch so you can create one of your very own!
Olde Curiosity Shoppe: Olde Curiosity Shoppe, Genuine Article
Graphic 45 Staples: Brads (from the Metal Hinge Staples), Metal Button Staples
Clearsnap: Colorbox Graphic 45 Decades Photogenic, Venetian Lace Antiquing Ink
Clearsnap: Smooch Spritz Vanilla Shimmer
Spellbinders: Grand Calibur Die Cutting System; Shapeabilities Office Supplies
Imaginarium Designs: Penny Farthing Bicycle Chipboard
Hampton Art Stamps: Celebrate and Thanks Stamp Set
American Crafts: Black Cardstock
Neenah: Natural White Cardstock
Deco Art: White Acrylic Paint
StampinScrappin: Birthday Stamp
Martha Stewart: Butterfly Punch
Maya Road: Bingo Number
Scor-Pal: Scoring board and stylus
You all know by now that I love to make gift card holders. A gate fold card with an inside pocket makes a quick and easy gift card holder. Creating a simple band to hold the card closed makes this simple project extra special. When you slide off the band and open the "doors" you see the surprise inside!
1. Trim black cardstock to 5 x 10 inches. Score at 2 1/2 inches from each end. (Drawing not to scale)
2. Using a piece of cardstock 2 x 5 inches, create a pocket for the inside of the card. Add adhesive to the sides and bottom of the pocket. (Note: I covered the inside surface BEFORE adding my pocket.)
3. Cover all surfaces with patterned paper.
4. To create the closure band, trim black cardstock to 2 x 12 inches. Score at 4 7/8 and 10 inches.
5. Cover your band with patterned paper, and glue together. Make sure you don't glue it too tight or it won't slip off your card. You may need to adjust your band size, depending on how thick your finished card becomes.
6. Decorate your band as desired. I added a chipboard bike and a sentiment to my band. It's a simple project, but packs big impact, especially when you slip a gift card inside!
I also decorated the back of my card. It looks more finished that way.
We hope you all enjoyed today's big announcement and gorgeous card creations. Big thanks to Tara Orr and Gloria Stengel for their beautiful work today. For more card inspiration be sure to check out our Pinterest Card Pinboard! There's lots to see and tons of stunning ideas to inspire you!
We wish you all a fabulous Friday and a wonderful weekend! Thank you all for joining us!
With sincere gratitude and love,
Diane, Charee, Aimee and the whole Graphic 45 Family