Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks Day 10: Secret Garden
Happy Friday and welcome to the Graphic 45 blog on this fine day! We are delighted that you've stopped by to see us! We are going to be sharing some great new products with you for today's sneak peeks. We've teamed up with the fine folks at Core'dinations, Hampton Art and Sizzix to bring you some incredible new products that you're going to love! Plus we've got more Secret Garden contest winners to announce and we're also celebrating a very special Graphic 45 birthday! There's so much to see and enjoy on today's blog! Lets get started with today's contest winner announcements! This is the final day to leave us a blog or Facebook comment for your chance to win Secret Garden before it arrives in stores! We are giving away a wonderful prize pack to 4 lucky winners that includes a Secret Garden 8x8 paper pad, coordinating chipboard die-cuts and sticker sets! Prizes will be mailed in mid to late February. We choose our winners at random so be sure to leave your comments today for your chance to win! Our winners from yesterday are...
-Anna Horner: "I would love to win just once."
-Linda Kobosky: "Love this collection. I see so many possibilities for new projects. Going to be a busy spring! LOL."
-Nathalie Collecting: "As always, stunning collection! Cant wait to start playing with these!."
-Debbie Johnson Cote: "I would love to win this paper, it amazing and I never win anything. The secret garden is such and inspiration! I can hardly wait to work with all of these embellishments! Graphic 45 you've outdone yourselves again!!!"
Congratulations! Will our winners please email us with your shipping information at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize! We will be announcing winners from today's contest on Monday's blog. Stay tuned!
The CHA fun has begun! We're putting up decor, displaying the new collections, and having some fun while we're at it!
Here is Diane Schultz, Owner of Graphic 45, making the French Country corner shine!
Aimee Filimoehala has her duct tape nametag and is ready to roll!
Here's a French Country booth sneaky peeky!
And here is a Secret Garden mini album from the booth! Such fun Sneak Peeks!
It's almost time for CHA to begin! Check out our Facebook page to see pics from our Graphic 45 class led by Laura Denison tomorrow morning!
Now it's time to introduce all of you G45ers to some fantastic new products! We've teamed up with our friends at Core'dinations to bring you a gorgeous new 12x12 paper pad of cardstock in classic Graphic 45 soft pallet of colors! This paper pad was created to perfectly match with Graphic 45 papers and embellishments. You are going to love every brilliant page of this versatile and durable cardstock from Core'dintation and Graphic 45! Just look at those magnificent colors!
Next we're going to show you some incredible new die set with stamps! We've joined forces with our friends at Sizzix and Hampton Art to bring you some remarkable new die sets and stamps that are going to knock your socks off! With this great new product you can create the most exact cuts around your cling stamp images. Introducing wafer-thin and chemically etched Framelits Dies from Graphic 45 and Sizzix with their own matching cling stamp set from Hampton Art. With this unique product pairing, you cut exactly what you see with nothing to obscure perfect registration. Even scraps, stamped images and printed sentiments can be cropped precisely. Framelits also create beautiful frames or die-cuts that fit snugly within each other. Ideal for stenciling or cutting windows in cards and scrapbook pages, too! These amazing designs work perfectly with any Graphic 45 paper collection! Behold these incredible vintage-inspired images and just imagine the creative possibilities!
Here are some beautiful examples of what you can create with these fabulous new dies and stamps! You can see the beauty and precision of these new die sets and stamps in each one of these fabulous cards!
And now it's time for a very special Graphic 45 birthday! This Sunday we are celebrating the birthday of our beloved Social Media Marketing extraordinaire, Joanna Hardy! If you've corresponded with us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or Ning then you're familiar with Joanna's work. She's the go-to gal for all things related to our social networking! She keeps you up to date with the latest Graphic 45 news, answers your questions, updates you about prize give-aways and keeps you inspired with fun posts throughout the day. She has even taught classes and been with us at CHA! We love having Joanna on our team and we are so happy to be celebrating her birthday! We want to wish her the happiest birthday ever! Get to know our queen of social media! Give some warm birthday wishes to our friend and colleague, the amazing Joanna Hardy!
Hello Joanna! You play a very special role at Graphic 45. You are
constantly involved in our Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other
social media marketing. What do you love most about your role as our
social network wizard?
It's the most amazing job ever! I love the world of social media and how much fun all those sites are! I get to know our followers everyday, pin on Pinterest (yes, that's part of my job - squee!), I get to come up with fun ideas for our newsletters, and most of all, I get so excited about seeing the Design Team knock my socks off with their papercrafting prowess! This job has truly given the meaning to "Do what you love, love what you do." Our G45ers are truly the best and it's an honor to get to know them through social media. And I love helping with our giveaways - there's nothing better than making someone's day with some Graphic 45 goodies!
We've noticed that you've been influenced by the world of papercrafting since you came to work for Graphic 45! What kinds of crafts inspire you the most? Do you want to share some examples of G45 projects you've created?
Oh my goodness, I'm obsessed now. I love altering things, making fun paper embellishments, and making cards! I've always loved crafting, but papercrafting is a whole new level of fun I had never experienced before! I'm still a beginner, but it's fun to see improvement since I've begun. Our Design Team is a major influence on me and my developing style. I go to our blog and Pinterest and get so many ideas. Also, I just love playing with our new collections. Sneak peek season makes me a happy lady!
Word has it that you are a big fan of theater and music! What has been in heavy rotation on your stereo lately? Are there any plays that you've seen recently that really knocked your socks off?
Oh my, where would I be without music and the arts? I actually went to college to study theatre, so it is a big part of my life! I've taken a break from the stage for the most part this past year, but therefore have gotten to see so many amazing shows! Highlights of 2012 would be, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner by True Colors in Atlanta, A Wrinkle in Time at Theatrical Outfit in Atlanta, and seeing my new ultimate favorite Once on Broadway this past year in NYC!
As far as music goes, there's not a day that goes by that music doesn't bring me joy! On heavy rotation around the holidays is Sufjan Stevens. As we get back into the regular rotation, I love me some Shovels and Rope, Dan Deacon, Grizzly Bear, and who doesn't love some Top 40 Dance tunes every now and then?
Your birthday is so close to the New Year! That must be fun! What are some of your happy hopes for the year 2013?
I love the New Year and the sense of purpose it brings! This year, I have been training for a 5K. I am the world's worst runner (with asthma included), so this is a big step for me. And I've actually really enjoyed it! Hopefully, I'll make it through the race. :)
A constant goal of mine is to Stop, look around me, and be grateful! A new quote I love is "Stop the glorification of Busy." That's the new goal for 2013!
You live in Atlanta, which is a stunning city! Do you have any fun plans for a night on the town for your birthday?
Well, I get the honor and joy of being in sunny Anaheim at CHA this year for my birthday! So, I will be celebrating in our beautiful Graphic 45 booth with the G45 family. When I get back into town, I'm hoping to celebrate with my husband and closest friends. I love Atlanta and know there will be lots of fun places to visit in celebration!
This is last year, when my friends threw me an 80s Murder Mystery birthday party. It was pretty fantastic!
Thank you all so much for joining us today, G45ers! We hope you all enjoyed these amazing sneak peeks! We have so many fun things planned for you for next week! We will have our final 4 winners to announce for our Secret Garden contest on Monday! Plus we will be bringing you brand new crafts from our design team that feature our new collections! You are going to love their super inspiring works of art! Plus we will have more fun highlights from our adventures at CHA! We hope you'll stop by and see us! We wish you all a fabulous Friday and a terrific weekend!
Your Friends at Graphic 45