G45's Marvelous Monday Inspiration, Contest & Tutorial!
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!
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
"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!"
And here's a step by step tutorial that can help you make this project with YOUR little artist! Enjoy!
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
1. Chipboard from stationery store
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