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August 27, 2012

G45's Marvelous Monday Inspiration, Contest & Tutorial!

Graphic45 Sharon Ngoo Kids Doodlepad Renaissance Faire

Hello G45ers,

Happy Monday to you all and welcome to another glorious week here at the Graphic 45 blog! We're making it our mission to fill your day with as much joy and inspiration as possible! We've got some real treats in store for you today. We've got a brand new blog contest where you can win some fabulous new Graphic 45 product. Plus we've got stunning crafts from Arlene Cuevas and Sharon Ngoo. There's even a great tutorial! Today is going to be so much fun! So lets begin with this week's new blog contest! We're giving away this wonderful Nutcracker Sweet prize pack that includes a Nutcracker Sweet 12x12 paper pad, both sets of coordinating stickers, a set of chipboard die-cuts, Metal Hinge Staples and a Petal Point Ink Pad from Clearsnap! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment any time this week for your chance to win. We will be choosing one random winner and announcing them on our blog this Friday, August 31st!

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There is even more reason to celebrate today because this is officially the birthday of Sharon Ngoo of our design team! Last week we got a little too excited about Sharon's birthday and announced it here on our blog a week early. Opps! Well today is undoubtedly her real birthday. So we want to wish her a very happy day! We love Sharon's amazing talent. Her crafts are such a wonderful addition to our blog and design team. Happy Birthday, Sharon! You are stupendous!

To help celebrate Sharon's birthday we thought it would be fun to share this gorgeous Olde Curiosity Shoppe birthday card by Arlene Cuevas! This card is simply gorgeous! The vibrant blues and reds look amazing against the more subtle black and creme patterned papers. Plus Arlene did a great job of using Graphic 45 Metal Tag Staples and Metal Brad Staples. Here is what Arlene had to say about this marvelous creation!

"I created this masculine card for my younger brother who celebrated a birthday in May. The Olde Curiosity Shoppe papers are so versatile, and I just love the coordinating cardstock stickers. The coordinating embellishments literally take the thinking away so all you have to do is create! Hope you give a card a try using this fabulous collection!" -Arlene Cuevas






Old Curiosity Shoppe Cardstock stickers
Paper Trey Ink Black Cardstock
Paper Trey Ink Kraft Cardstock
Ranger Black Soot Distress Ink
Recollections brads (black)
Cheery Lynn Designs die: Pair of Ferns
Stampin' Up Word Window punch
Sentiment printed from computer

Here we have a wonderful creation from the birthday girl herself, Sharon Ngoo! This is a fabulous doodlepad featuring Renaissance Faire! This is such a beautiful idea. It would make a perfect gift and it is lots of fun to create. Sharon even made an excellent tutorial to show you how it was done. Wow! Take it away, Sharon!

"My daughter is constantly doodling and drawing on all kinds of scraps of paper around the house so I thought it would be cool to make her a little doodlepad out of leftover jotterbooks we had lying around.  The project is simple enough that you could make it with your child and is quick and satisfying.  For my little artist, I of course had to choose papers from the Graphic45 Renaissance Faire collection!  But this would look great with ANY Graphic45 collection!"

Graphic45 Sharon Ngoo Kids Doodlepad Renaissance Faire

And here's a step by step tutorial that can help you make this project with YOUR little artist!  Enjoy!

Graphic45 Sharon Ngoo Kids Doodlepad Renaissance Faire (Tutorial)
Graphic45 Supplies:
1.  Renaissance Faire Frames (die cuts)
2.  Renaissance Faire Bona Fide paper
3.  Renaissance Faire Tudor Rose paper
4.  An ABC Primer Chipboard Die-cuts 1
Other supplies:
1.  Chipboard from stationery store

2.  Twine
3.  eyelets
4.  recycled jotter book
5.  Ribbon - American Craft

Well that's all for today, G45ers. Thank you all so much for joining us. We want to thank Arlene Cuevas and Sharon Ngoo for their amazing work today. Once again we want to wish Sharon a very happy birthday. We look forward to reading all of your blog and Facebook comments this week. We've got a fantastic week planned for you. Tomorrow is part 2 of Jane Tregenza's book tutorial! You wont want to miss out! We wish you all a very happy day!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Happy Birthday to Sharon!
two great projects here today. thanks for sharing
stamping sue

Wow two for the price of one! Both ideas are very good. I will be tring them.

Love the birthday card. Crossing my fingers for the prize pack.

Love the book tutorial and the card! I'd love to win the Nutcracker Sweet collection. Thanks for a chance!

thank you for some greate ideas.

Love all the inspiration on your blog! Thanks for the chance to win :)

Love to come here to be inspire. Happy Birthday Sharon! Thank you for a chance to win!!!

Love all the inspiring ideas you give us, the nutcracker sweet collection are the best christmas papers I have seen. Thanks for the chance to win !

Both projects are just fabulous!!

Thanks for sharing I love the projects!

Love the projects today and I always love it when the blog features a tutorial!

Happiest of Birthdays to you Sharon! You're a creative inspiration to many. :)

Thanks for the chance to win the Nutcracker Sweet items! They really are "sweet" LOL.


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a great masculine card!
Renaissance fair how old is that collection missed it completly somehow....

Happy Birthday, Sharon! May your year be filled with beauty, creativity and joy! I so appreciate your beautiful art, and thank you for sharing your wonderful creations with all of us.

I love this tutorial!

The Card is Beautiful, Thanks for a chance to win, and Thanks for giving us all the glorious project shares..

Happy Birthday Sharon!! So love the projects today. Would so love to win The Nutcracker Sweet prize pkg. Thank you for a chance.

Great card. Love all the extra touches. Cool idea for the art book. Thanks G45 for the giveaway. Would love to win it, this week especially since it is my birthday on Thursday, tee, hee.

love the papers !

That is an awesome card! The jotter book is a great idea to make your child feel special.
Thanks sp much for the giveway, but I love all the inspiring ideas. They are worth a fortune.

Beautiful projects as usual! I am going to have to try out that book technique, it would make great Christmas presents!

Beautiful projects and a tutorial too - a fantastic start to the week! Thank you so much G45 for the giveaway!

You are making me want to watch the nutcracker & fantasia dvds. Great projects too ;)

Loving today's projects. Can't wait to make my daughter one of those art pads. Thank you for giving away an awesome prize pack!

Love the book tutorial, going to have to make one. So much inspiration from the designers...thanks for the chance to win.

Love Graphic 45. And the card and journal are gorgeous! Thanks for the chance to win!

Hi I am new to your blog - Happy Birthday Sharon. The birthday is gorgeous - I wish I was home to play with my paper! I love the book tutorial and it looks straightforward! Thanks for posting a giveaway!

I really need to make those doodle pads, a bunch of them actually!!

Thank you for the chance to win as well!!!

Oh I have a request too, PLEASE bring back the 8x8 Magic of Oz paper packs!!!!!! I'm begging now!!! :)

Love the projects and the tutorial! I would be thrilled to win the Nutcracker prize!


Happy Birthday, Sharon! Love the doodlepad, great idea. The prize package is great. The Nutcracker Sweet collection is gorgeous.

Happy Birthday Sharon! thanks for that amazing tutorial. I'm gonna be trying that very soon! I love the masculine birthday card using Curiosity Shoppe. AND what a giveaway this week! I would love to win it (me and everyone else!). Happy Monday!

I love the art journal. Beautiful

Gorgeous projects, and what a delicious giveaway! Have a fabulous birthday Sharon! hugs, Kimberly

Thanks for the tutorial Sharon - this is so adorable! Can't wait to try it! Have a happy anniversary of the day of your birth :) Love Arlene's card too - perfect masculine card with some color!

wonderful projects! wonderful giveaway!

Beautiful cards. The little book is so clever. I will try to make one today. Thank you.

Great projects! Happy Birthday, Sharon.

Love to see masculine projects. It's the one area where I am really challenged since I am so into "bling" and florals. Thanks for sharing!

Happy Birthday, Sharon. Thanks for sharing your inspiration with us. LOVE the papers!

- DebbieK

What a lovely card. Thanks for the tutorial

Such beautiful projects, such wonderful inspiration....

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