Happy Friday G45ers,
What an amazing week it's been! Yesterday's announcement of our 30 finalists for the 2013 Graphic 45 Design Team Call was amazing! We want to thank all of you for your incredible support and heartwarming comments! We are so excited for the final round of our 2013 Design Team Call! To keep the energy and excitement going, we thought it would be fun to bring you two gorgeous crafts featuring Bird Song! Spring is the perfect season to craft with Bird Song! The bright colors and enchanting images brilliantly capture the harmonious spirit of the season! Today we're going to share a gorgeous diorama and mini album by Susan Lui. We will also be sharing a splendid Bird Song card and tutorial by Clare Charvill! Today's Graphic 45 blog is guaranteed to make you smile!
First up, it's prize time! We have a winner for this week's Place in Time blog contest! Chosen at random from this week's Facebook comments, the winner is...
-Sandy Camacho: "I'll be a fool for Graphic 45 paper ;o) Please ,would love to create something FAB!"
Congratulations, Sandy! Please email us with your shipping information at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize! This is the wonderful prize that Sandy won today! We have a new blog contest every week here on the Graphic 45 blog so stay tuned for more chances to win some fabulous Graphic 45 goodies!
Okay, G45ers, are you ready to sing with Bird Song inspiration?! First up is this amazing 3-D mini album diorama by Susan Lui! This creation is out of this world! This is such a clever and unique way to create a mini album! Here Susan explains her inspiration behind this marvelous mini!
"The mini album at first glance appears like a regular flat mini. But it
opens up into quite a surprise - a 3-dimensional circular diorama
measuring 12 inches in diameter. All the images and photos in the
diorama pop-up or stand vertically. The challenge with this mini was to
create something that would lie flat when folded and yet transform into a
pop-up book when open. That meant I could not use any dimensional
embellishments like flowers, metal embellishments, even chipboards. It
was just patterned paper all the way." -Susan Lui
Untying the silk ribbons and opening up the mini album...
A view from the top to show the 3D pop-up effects.
Graphic 45 Bird Song collection - Bird Song, Joy Luck, Pearls of Wisdom,
Tranquility, Endless Spring, Cherry Blossom, Harmony, Longevity,
Shangai Girls, Englightenment
Graphic 45 Bird Song collection Chipboard Diecuts 1 & 2
Graphic 45 Bird Song stickers
Graphic 45 8x8 Matchbook Box
Next up we have another beautiful Bird Song creation! This is a magnificent Bird Song card by Clare Charvill with lots of pretty layers and fun fussy cutting! Follow along with Clare's fun and easy tutorial to create this enchanting card for yourself or someone you love! This card is perfect for any occasion! Take it away, Clare!
love the rich colours in the Bird Song collection and picked reds and
blacks for this card to show case the fussy cut oriental flowers and
Graphic 45 Supplies
Cream card stock
Black Soot distress Ink
To make the card take a black 6 x 6 card blank, cut a
5.75" square matte from the 8 x 8 Longevity paper. Take the black and
gold chipboard tag from Chipboard Die cuts 1, thread a short piece of
staples black trim through the hole in the tag. Ink the edges with
black soot distress ink and then stick one end down to the back of the
tag and the other to the back of the Longevity matte so the tag sits
about 1/4" down from the paper. Now stick the mate to your card.
Now cut two mattes, the first 4" x 3" from cream
card stock (I used the sheet that comes in the back of the 12 x 12 pads)
and the second 4.5" a 3.5" from the 8 x 8 Tranquillity paper. Ink all
edges with black soot and mount on black card (red side facing for the
Tranquillity Matte) with a 1/16th " border around all edges. Now layer
the cream matte over the red one, centre with the card edges and stick
down to your card. Secure the tag in place with a little glue/double
sided tape as shown in the picture below.
Grab yourself a coffee and your favourite scissors
and get ready to do some fussy cutting. From the 12 x 12 Harmony paper
cut out one blossom spray and two of the tiny single blossoms and from
the 12 x 12 Joy Luck paper cut out the bird and magnolia spray. Using a
ball tool cup the tiny blossoms and stick onto your blossom spray to
give a little dimension to the piece.
Ink the edges of both pieces with black soot
distress ink, put some foam tape under the birds and the left underside
of the blossom spray and a little tacky glue towards the right hand
edges on both pieces ready to stick to your card. Remove the backing
tape and taking the bird cut apart position and stick down to your card
over the cream matte (see pic) and then position and stick down the
Cut two black fans from 12 x 12 Pearls of Wisdom
paper, ink edges, pleat and add one either side of the birds and flowers
on your card with a little tacky glue.
To finish the front of your card take the Elegance sticker from the
Alpha sticker sheet, mount it on some black card, attach some foam tape
to the back and stick to the bottom left of your card.
For the inside of your card cut a 5.75" square cream
card stock matte, ink all edges and stick down. Take the red blossom
border from the 8 x 8 Good Fortune paper, trim to 5.75" long, stick
across your matte and finish with two stickers from the sticker sheet.
Wasn't that fun, G45ers? We've got one last quick announcement on today's blog! We've got a another fun craft challenge for all of you! It's a new month which means new opportunities to get creative and maybe win some beautiful Graphic 45 goodies! Read all about the Graphic 45 April Challenge below!
Thank you all so much for joining us on this fabulous Friday blog! We had so much fun getting to share today's gorgeous Bird Song crafts with all of you. Be sure to stop by our blog on Monday for more amazing craft inspiration. We will also be announcing 4 prize winners for the Graphic 45 and Echo Park Paper prize packs! We will also have a brand new blog contest on Monday as well! It's going to be a lot of fun! Huge thanks to Susan Lui and Clare Charvill for their beautiful work today! We wish you all a very happy day and a fantastic weekend!
Your Friends at Graphic 45