Celebrate! It's National Craft Month at Graphic 45!
Happy Monday, G45ers!
This March, here on the blog and on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter are going to be overflowing with great ideas, giveaways, tips, and celebration! We will even have some surprise guest stars this month. There are many reasons to join us daily!
First, we have an extra special blog contest! Wow oh wow! There is some EXCELLENT goodies in this prize pack! Not only some really excellent Graphic 45 product including Typography and French Country, but product from Clearsnap, Core'dinations, Petaloo, Spellbinders, and Tombow! Wowzers, we know you all want to win this. Just comment here on our blog or on our Facebook page to be entered to win! Deadline is Thursday, March 6 11:59 PM PST. Have fun!
Clare is amazing at using rich colors, so Good ol' Sport is such a great collection for her to show off. She has a great card idea below that we're sure you will want to try! She uses such great cut-aparts from this collection to really make a great card!
"This paper collection is just perfect for making those oh-so-hard-to-think-of cards for the men in your life.
The instructions below use 12 x 12 papers and make an 8” x 6” card. This can be scaled down to 6” x 4” if you use the 8 x 8 papers." ~Clare
1. Start off with a black card blank 8” x 6”. Cut a mat 3 1’2” x 5 ¾” and stick down on the left of your card blank.
2. Then cut a mat 4” x 5 ¾” from Big Score paper and stick down on the right hand side of the card, lining up top and bottom edges.
3. Next cut out the following elements for your card:
Newsworthy - the advert with the golf clubs on from
Touchdown - the postcard with the lady in the long blue skirt and the postcard with the tennis ball, man and rackets .
4. Ink the edges of these pieces and mat them on black card with 1/8” border around all. Layer and stick onto your card as follows: Postcard with lady - position 1” from the left side and 5/8” from top
Advert with golf clubs on ¼” down from top edge and ½” in from right edge.
5. Now cut a border strip 4” long from Victory. I used the one between the two green stripes at the top of the paper. Cut in two and ink the edges. Position and stick these strips over the join between the two main mats on your card, lining up the top strip with the vertical line on the postcard and top edges of the main mats on your card. . Follow the left edge f this strip down and stick your second border strip in place at the bottom of your card, lining up all paper edges.
6. Now layer the cut apart with the tennis ball, man and rackets over everything you have added so far lining the top of this element up with the line on the advert under ‘Two stores to serve you’ quote and the right hand edge ¼” in from right hand edge of your card.
7. Take your second sheet of Touchdown and cut carefully cut out the lady and gent with the racquet and clubs. (cut right down between them to the top of the racquet) Ink the edges of the piece and from the front carefully crease along the tennis racquet to raise the lady up and give some depth to the piece. Turn over, put foam dots behind the lady and tacky glue on the back of the gent. Stick into place to the bottom left of your card.
8. Cut out the word ‘Champion’ from All Star paper, mount on black card and foam dots and stick in place on your card over the words ‘Tennis Balls’.
9. To finish off the inside of your card cut a cream mat using the sheet at the back of the 12 x 12 pad, cut out the No 1 Fan border from Number 1 Fan, trim to 5 ¾”, mat on black card and stick in place over your cream mat 1” from the bottom edge of your card. Last but not least cut out the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote from All star paper, mat on black card and stick down at a slight angle over No 1 Fan border.
Here's your finished product!
Clare also recently taught some incredible Graphic 45 workshops at the My Creative Spirit Weekend Retreat in the UK in Leamington! We have included a few of the fun pictures below. See more on Clare's blog:
"I hold my retreats - (I am My Creative Spirit) three times a year with a max number of 30 places. Andy my partner (The Crafty Elf) helps with everything else bar the teaching. These pictures are from our first one of 2014. The other two this year are scheduled for June and December with just a few places left on each. When I'm not running my own workshops and retreats I travel around the UK teaching at Craft shops and retreats organised by others. Its a fun lifestyle after 26 yrs in corporate management :-)" ~Clare
We also have an extra special share from Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine's blog today! Go over and visit to see a great tutorial of how to build a layout with frugal embellishments. Also, aren't the photos below just adorable?That's a great way to kick off National Craft Month! So go on over and see more about this great Typography layout by Connie from Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine.
Many thanks to Clare for her great tutorial today. It's going to be a great National Craft Month! Join us for prizes, fun, and great tutorials every day! We will have a monthful of ideas to get you to your craft table in a hurry.
What does crafting mean to you, G45ers? Comment below and tell us how it shapes your life! We can't wait to read.
Happy Craft Month,
Your Friends at Graphic 45