Graphic 45 Featured Artist: Maggi Harding
Get ready for some incredible Monday inspiration! We are so excited to share the gorgeous crafts of our Featured Artist, Maggi Harding! You are going to love her vibrant and imaginative style! Today's blog features layouts, tags, altered art and much more! We've got everything you need to beat the Monday blues! Plus we have a new blog contest this week! We're giving you the chance to win this amazing Mother Goose prize pack! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week for a chance to win a Mother Goose 12x12 paper pad, Chipboard Die Cut, cardstock Banners, Tags & Pockets, Regular Tag Album Staples and Metal Clothespin Staples! That's a $45 value! We will announce a randomly chosen winner on Friday's blog so stay tuned!
We are so excited to introduce you to today's Featured Artist, Maggi Harding. Her crafts are overflowing with whimsical charm and imagination. She has been very active on the Graphic 45 Facebook page, often uploading her incredible creations and sharing her fondness for Graphic 45. One look at her crafts and you'll understand why we love her classic style. Maggi definitely understands the unique character of each Graphic 45 collection. She does an amazing job of bringing each collection to life in her crafts. She often combines beautiful fussy cut elements with pretty paper layers and richly textures ribbons and embellishments. Her crafts have a sophistication and timeless vintage charm that works perfectly with Graphic 45 papers and Staples. Maggi's craft blog Scrap, Travel and Bark is filled with endless inspiration and gorgeous photos of her craft creations. One look at Maggi's crafts and it's obvious that she has an incredible attention to detail. We are thrilled to introduce you to her breathtaking work. Ladies and gentleman, please join us in welcoming the amazing Maggi Harding!
Well, let me introduce myself, I am Maggi Harding, and as you might have already figured out, I am thrilled to be here! My home is in eastern North Carolina, but, sometimes I claim the world as home. I have spent most of my life wandering, as a child with my parents because my Dad was in the Army, and, as an adult, because I wanted to. By the time I was 18 I had been to 9 different schools, lived in France, Japan, Germany, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and North Carolina. Since attaining adulthood, I have lived in North Carolina, Florida, Virginia, Alaska and Colorado. I'm really not sure when I became an adult, but that's another story all together! My husband and I share our home with our two standard poodles, or spoos as we call them. We love to travel and do so mostly in our RV so that our spoos can accompany us wherever we go. We have been from Key West, Florida to Fairbanks, Alaska and from the Pacific shores of California to the Atlantic shores of North Carolina in our well travelled motorhome! I discovered scrapbooking in 2005 when I decided to make scrapbooks for my two best friends from college. It quickly became my passion and something that I spend hours doing and never grow tired of my efforts. I describe my style as vintage/shabby chic with touches of bright color. Graphic 45 was made for me! Its rich saturated colors and bold patterns are an artistic adventure for me; I always ask myself, what can I create, how can I make this piece of paper come to life. I love the challenge of combining those beautiful patterns with my photos to create a cohesive art piece. Scrapbooking has awakened my “inner artist” and satisfies the creative side of my brain. I am also the creative team coordinator for the Flying Unicorn forums and store. The Flying Unicorn carries nearly all available Graphic 45 lines. Thank you for letting me share my passion with you!
And now it's time to explore some of Maggi's stunning crafts. We begin with this gorgeous and vibrant Bohemian Bazaar layout. This is a perfect example of Maggi's amazing ability to bring each Graphic 45 collection to life. Just look at how perfectly the bright colors mix with fabulous fussy cut elements and pretty embellishments. The beautiful vintage photo also adds to the allure of this amazing LO! Here is what Maggi had to say about it.When I first saw Bohemian Bazaar, I thought it to be one of Graphic 45's more challenging paper collections because of its bright bold colors and vivid patterns; however, having seen so many fabulous projects done with it, I just had to give it a go and I am tickled with the outcome. I am a flower child of the 60's and this collection was perfect for scrapping a photo of me in my younger years!
Cardstock: Bazzill black
Patterned paper: G45 Bohemian Bazaar collection: green base - Vivid Splendor 4500704, circle - Opulent Sunset 4500706, yellow dot & borders under photos - Kaleidoscope 4500709, top left paper and fussy cut right corner - Bohemian Bazaar 4500702, Stripe at bottom - Dazzling Delights 4500707, number stickers - Bohemian Bazaar Stickers 4500713, tags - Tags and Pockets 4500712, small round chippys - Chipboard 4500714
Diecuts and punches: Spellbinders for Heartfelt Creations Bella Rose, Alterations Tattered Floral; WRMK Lucky 8 Frilly Lace & Tatted Doily
Flowers: handmade from Bohemian Bazaar Kaleidoscope paper 4500709
Ink: Mix'd Media Inx - Black, Prima Old Rose, ColorBox Rose Coral, Distress black soot
Other: Fabscraps Rhinestones
Unknown: Yellow diecut paper
I thought it would be fun to make a matching tag and card for a birthday and Bohemian Bazaar was perfect for the task. Lots of fussy cutting here and 2 diecut frames along with some blooms.
Patterned paper: Graphic 45 Bohemian Bazaar collection: yellow dot - Kaleidoscope 4500709, striped - Dazzling Delights 4500707, red frames - Opulent Sunset 4500706, blue frame on cared cutouo - Lap of Luxury 4500708, fussy cut flower on card - Bohemian Bazaar, pocket on tag - Tags & Pockets 4500712, Oranbe (back of card) Dazzling Delights 4500707,
Embossing powder: Stampendous aged hunter green
Flowers: fussy cut flowers on tag - Lap of Luxury 4500708, Flying Unicorn metal leaves, Spare Parts red flowers, Prima SopranoOther: May Arts ribbon
Next we're going to explore some amazing tags featuring Typography! Here is a stunning tag that Maggi created. You can see the incredible detail that went into making this beautiful tag. We love how well Maggi blends Graphic 45 papers with colorful embellishments and ribbons to make each collection's color palette stand out. Beautiful paper flowers and fun fussy cut elements also add to the whimsical look of this darling tag. It's simply breathtaking!
Patterned paper: G45 Typography collection: black dot - Inscribe 4500770 , green patterned - Celebrate 4500768 , red stripe - Create 4500769, Write your story cut apart - Imagine 4500773 , small cut apart - Dream 4500771, Typography stickers 4500777, Typography chipboard 4500778
Chipboard: Julie Nuttig doll 1205-01 and Flower Corner small 362s - Leaky Shed Studio
Embossing powder: Stampendous aged black embossing enamel
Diecuts and punches: Spellbinders Bella Rose misted with Lindy's Gator Gumbo Olive
Flowers: handmade, Prima SIIP 530815 and SIIS 530976 flower centers
Ink: Distress Black soot
Paint - Luminarte Sand Dollar, Shimmerz coffee, Smooch green and Nautical Navy
Other: May Arts green ribbons, Spare parts burlap ribbon
Next up is another stunning Typography tag that Maggi made. This tag is so much fun. It even has a little door that swings open to reveal a place for writing a special message. This is a perfect example of how tags can also make great gifts! Again you can see how Maggi perfectly blends lovely flower and ribbon embellishments to accentuate the vivid colors in Typography. A little bit of paper distressing and inking around the edges also give this tag a marvelous vintage look. It's a true work of art.
Next we're going to explore some delightful and fun Steampunk Spells creations by Maggi. Here is a gorgeous mannequin hat and dress that is overflowing with vintage style. This is such an imaginative idea for working with Steampunk Spells. The flowing embellishments mixed with the gorgeous patterned papers look absolutely classic! Here is what Maggi had to say about this enchanting creation.
Steampunk Spells collection:
Witching Hour 4500687
Steampunk Debutante collection - Eclectic Emporium
Staples Metal Flowers
Kaisercraft Mannequin 17"
Hampton Arts Cling Mounted Rubber Stamps
Tim Holtz Sprocket Gears
Tim Holtz Swivel Clasps
Flying Unicorn Metal Adornments
Cheesecloth dyed with Lindy's Flat Fabios
Dusty Attic chipboard crow and gears
Beads and fibers from Hobby Lobby
Here is another one of Maggi's amazing dresses made with Steampunk Debutante. We also love the adorable hat and trunk! It's incredible what you can create with some pretty papers, embellishments and a great imagination! Here is what Maggi had to say about these timeless works of art!
I fell in love with dressforms and mannequins while doing this project; I think because, once upon a time I wanted to be a fashion designer! Of course I could not stop with just a dress, I had to create a hat and trunk too! I have a tutorial for the trunk on my blog:
Le Romantique - Well Groomed
Kaisercraft Mannequin 17"
Making Memories brads
Michaels felt and netting
Petaloo felt flowers
7 Gypsies Mini Keys, Charms
Autumn Leaves Scrap Metal winged heart
Trim and braid from Hobby Lobby
Feathers - Michaels
Stickpins - handmade
Flying Unicorn flowers
Now we're going to explore more fabulous layouts by Maggi! Each of these layouts has its own unique look. Each of these layouts demonstrates how perfectly Maggi captures the unique personality of each Graphic 45 paper collection. Here is a darling Mother Goose LO that features amazing paper layering, paper distressing and fabulous embellishments. Here is what Maggi had to say about this darling LO!
Mother Goose is such a fun collection and just perfect for scrapping those wee ones in your life! There are so many fun images to fussy cut!
Patterned paper: Graphic 45 Mother Goose collection: green floral-Story Time 4500747, black dot - Sunshine stripe 4500751, green stripe- Humpty Dumpty 4500748, music pp & fussy cut images - Mother Goose 4500742, stamp strip - Playful Postage 4500750, yellow print, green check and solid gree from 6 x 6 paper pad, Chipboard 1 4500762, Banners 4500757
Ink: Mix'd Media Inx - leather, truffle, black
Bird Song is truely one of your most beautiful collections. I couldn't find a photo that I liked with the collection so I chose to fussy cut one of the geisha's and make her the focal point of my layout.
I loved the bright colors and images of the Tropical Travelogue collection, perfect for scrapping some time that I spent in Florida!
Cardstock: Bazzill brown, orange
Patterned paper: Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue: Botanica, Garden Isle, Tiki Voyager, Paradise Postage,
Stickers: Tropical Travelogue
Flowers: Prima apricot, handmade with Tattered floral die & McGill starburst, Flying Unicorn anthuriums
Ink: Ripe Persimmon, walnut stain, vintage photo
Stickles: gold, black diamond on butterfly
Other: Prima Say it in Crystals
Unknown: fish net, shells
Mixed media is so "in" right now and like so many scrappers, I enjoy dabbling in the paints and pastes. However, when I work with Graphic 45 I really hate to cover up the beautiful papers and images so I usually don't use much mixed media on my G45 layluts. But, there's always the exception and this layout was my first attempt at mixing the two together and I rather like the outcome. Along with some On the Boardwalk papers, I used some gesso, cheese cloth, Viva Stone-Art and black ink drop on this page.
We hope you all had a lot of fun exploring the amazing work of Maggi Harding. We encourage you all to check out her beautiful blog for even more inspiration and fun! We want to thank Maggi for sharing her magnificent creations on today's very special Graphic 45 blog. Don't forget to leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week for your chance to win that fabulous Mother Goose prize pack! We've got so many fun crafts and inspiration planned for you all this week on the Graphic 45 blog. We hope you'll stop by and see us again. Thank you so much for joining us today, G45ers! We wish you all a very marvelous Monday!
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