A Ladies' Diary Prize Winners & Introducing The Gentleman Crafter!
Happy Monday to you all! Welcome to our blog today! Wow, last week was so incredible! Getting to introduce you all to our new collections is always so much fun! We want to thank you all for your fantastic comments on our blog and Facebook page during our sneak peeks for Happy Haunting and A Ladies' Diary. We were delighted to read your kind words and we cannot wait for you all to get your hands on the new collections! Today is going to be a lot of fun. We've got some prize winners to announce from Friday's contest. Plus we're going to introduce you to one of our newest design team members, the amazing Jim Hankins, AKA The Gentleman Crafter! You are going to love his dazzling creations! Today is going to be a lot of fun. So lets get to it!
First we want to announce our prize winners from Friday! Huge thanks to each and every one of you who left us comments on our blog and Facebook page last week! Our randomly chosen winners for the prize pack of A Ladies' Diary are...
From our blog:
- Sue Carolfi: "Lovely work by Gloria, can't wait to see what she produces over the next year, very exciting! This Ladies Diary collection is on the top of my to get list!"
- Lilian Baker: "Wow I love the new paper line Graphic 45!! You just get better and better:-)"
Congratulations! Will our winners please email us with your shipping information at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prizes. Hooray!
And now it's time to meet an incredibly talented crafter that we are thrilled to welcome to our new 2012 design team! His name is Jim Hankins and he goes by The Gentleman Crafter. We had seen Jim's incredible crafts on our Ning site before he'd even applied for our design team. We were instantly struck by his fabulous knack for imaginative crafts. He has a keen eye for blending vibrant color and beautiful embellishments to create uniquely alluring works of art. As you will see with the projects we feature today, Jim's talent is quite remarkable. He not only has an incredible artistic gift but he's also eager to share his passion for crafting with others. His fabulous blog The Gentleman Crafter is filled with gorgeous crafts and lots of fun moments from his life in Texas. He loves to share and create and he's great at doing both! Please join us in welcoming the marvelous Gentleman Crafter!
"A cherished set of encyclopedias (Number Fourteen…Crafts/Games…I can still remember!), IBM computer punch cards, tape, crayons, scissors and a love of building, were the simple beginnings of my passion for crafting! From this passion, I opened a gift and home furnishings store in Georgetown, Texas, manufactured a popular line of birdhouses, Tweet Suites and have been a professional decorator for many holiday and special events. I’am currently employed as a buyer and merchandiser for a network of retail stores in Austin, Texas. I am the father of seven dogs, one cat, six runner ducks and uncle to six beautiful nieces and nephews. The long ago love of punch cards and tape has lately been rekindled and for the past two years has developed into a passion for paper crafting.
I honestly have a love affair with Graphic 45 papers, it’is pretty obvious. I love the colors, images, graphics, texture and thought that go into designing each page. I just plain love to work with it, it makes me happy. Being able to help someone find a way to do something they have never done before brings me tremendous joy. Through my blog, I have found the most incredible way to share these ideas and techniques. I cannot tell you the blessing I receive when people ask, even a single question and want more information...bliss. I love to bring a masculine edge to my pieces. From the comments I have received on my blog, it’is my opinion that people are looking for things to create for men without success and I would like to help change that. In a craft that primarily caters to females, I have started to create a niche that gives a new and fresh perspective in the arena of paper crafting." - The Gentleman Crafter
Here are the final projects that Jim submitted for the Graphic 45 2012 design team call. One look at these splendid creations and you'll understand why he was just perfect for our team. Have a look at this gorgeous Olde Curiosity Shoppe altered art piece. It contains a special altered art box and mini album inside! It's like a dream within a dream!
Here we have Jim's incredible altered clock that's decorated in Christmas Emporium with lots of gorgeous Graphic 45 Metal Staples. This piece is gorgeous and so clever! There's even a little drawer that opens to reveal a sweet hidden tag. If this doesn't put you in the holiday crafting spirit then nothing will!
Okay, G45ers, get ready to be wowed! Check out this fantastic altered farris wheel that's covered in our beautiful Le Cirque collection! This completely captures the grandeur and fun of the circus. When we saw this we were totally amazed. This is a great example of The Gentleman Crafter's fun-loving spirit and vast artistic skills. It's just marvelous!
We hope you all had fun today getting to know The Gentleman Crafter. We are so excited to see the fabulous crafts he'll create on this year's design team! We want to thank him for her remarkable work on today's featured crafts. Huge thanks to all of you out there in craft land! We are so glad you stopped by our blog today! We wish you all a warm and wonderful day!
Your Friends at Graphic 45