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23 posts from April 2014

April 30, 2014

Spring into Creativity with Cardmaking

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It's a great day for cardmaking, don't you think? These are great ideas for any occasion. Annette Green shares a tutorial for a beautiful Botanical Tea card. Then, Denise Johnson wows with a Couture card with a hidden gift inside. We can't wait to share them with you!

Annette reminds us that it's always thoughtful to send a card. She uses the gorgeous Botanical Tea for this card. Follow her step-by-step tutorial and send some love today! You could also change up the sentiment to create the card for Mother's Day!

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Annette always brings such elegance to her cards. Love the finishing touches on her card.

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Annette's Botanical Tea Card Tutorial

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Step One: Cut & score a 5 x 7 card base from cream cardstock, then cut the papers as shown in photo.

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Step Two: Create a unit from the pattern papers adding two rows of ribbon across seam.

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Step Three: Adhere background paper to card base, then unit from previous step using foam tape for added dimension.

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Step Four: Adhere the stamped cut-apart piece using foam tape and add metal corner embellishments. Fussy cut butterfly, bend wings, and adhere to upper right.

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Step Five: Adhere several buttons in upper left corner. Cut apart postage stamp image and adhere with two layers of foam tape.

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Step Six: Finish off the inside of the card by cutting another cream cardstock piece at 4 ¾ x 6 ¾ inches, then stamp images and add strips of papers to top and bottom.

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Graphic 45 Botanical Tea 12 x 12 paper collection:

Sweet Chamomile

Hello Friend

Birds of a Feather

Hampton Art stamp set  for Graphic 45 “Botanical Tea Cling Set 2”

Cream cardstock
Metal Corner Embellishments
Lace and ribbon
Foam tape
Black and Pink ink pads for stamping
Vintage Photo ink for inking edges

Denise Johnson really shows how a card can be so much more! Inside there's a sewing kit to gift to your quilters and seamsters. What a great idea! And a perfect match for Couture.



Great use of the Couture Tags & Pockets - use them to hold surprises in your cards!




Supply List:

Couture Paper
Couture Cardstock Flowers
Couture Stickers
Couture Tags & Pockets
Blue Cardstock
Sewing supplies

Thanks to Annette and Denise for sharing their fantastic cards today! Join us tomorrow for more great ideas!

Happy Cardmaking,

Graphic 45

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April 29, 2014

Mother's Day Ideas that Warm the Heart


Welcome to the blog this Tuesday! We are going to get you ready for Mother's Day with two breathtaking projects and tutorials. Olga Struk shows us incredible techniques with our G45 Staples and Botanical Tea. Miranda Edney shows a glorious way to use corresponding colors from different collections to make an awe-inspiring set of gifts!

Before we share the Mother's Day fun, we wanted to give a spotlight to our Facebook page! We are loving the projects you're sharing, and wanted to share one that is truly amazing! Lyndsey Jamieson made this great Botanical Tea paper cake with a mini inside. Love this!


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Olga is such an amazing designer and this hanging set of hooked tags can be used for a variety of things - keys, jewelry, and more! Follow her step-by-step photos below. All the materials are in the photos and will guide you along!



We love how Olga bends the keys to make these hooks. She said she just used pliers and bent them slowly so they didn't break. A fantastic new idea for our Ornate Key Staples!


Mother's Day Jewelry Holder Tutorial


Supply List

Regular Tag Album-Ivory
Artist Trading Tags-Ivory
Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Keys/ Ornate Metal Keys
Botanical Tea 6x6 Patterns & Solids Pad
Spring Duet
Botanical Tea Banners
Botanical Tea Chipboard 1
Petaloo Floral Embellishments Darjeeling Paper Dasies COTTAGE BLUES & GREENS
Imaginarium Designs

Miranda is not only an incredible designer, but an incredibly kind and giving person. Love her description below!

"This year for Mother’s Day, I have decided to really spoil my mother. I want to throw her a sweet little party and just cook and clean for her all day! I’m going to set out all my little part decorations around and take lots of photos! For my party decor i used a few diff collections. I love that you can mix and match them all so easily! I have a few tuts for you to try out if you are interested :) The party hat, the balloon props, and the sweet little cameos. Hope you like them! Happy Mothers Day to all the beautiful ladies out there! xo" -Miranda






Miranda's Mother's Day Ensemble Video Tutorial
















Supply List:


Graphic 45 Papers

Botanical Tea-Flora

Botanical Tea-Fauna

Botanical Tea Chipboards and Sticker Sheet

Good Ol’ Sport-Newsworthy




A Ladies Diary Stamp Set

Graphic 45 Staples

Regular Tag Album Ivory

Ornate Metal Key

Imaginarium Chipboard Title

Blue Fern STudios Chipboard Frames

Michaels Wooden Frames , Crown, and Chair

Ingvild Bolme Tassels and Junkyard Findings

Ribbons and Laces

Silk Flowers


Are you going to try some of these for Mother's Day? Just in time, and simply gorgeous ideas! Big thanks to Olga and Miranda for sharing today!


Celebrating our Mothers,


Graphic 45


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April 28, 2014

Great Altered Art Ideas with Graphic 45


Happy Monday G45ers!

Welcome to the blog this Monday. We have two fantastic projects! One is a wonderful retro re-do by Nichola Battilana. Maria Cole shares a spring project that will inspire some spring upcycling. Then, you know what Monday means! More Sneak Peek winners and a new blog contest!

Who wants to win this $30 Botanical Tea prize pack? Just comment here on our blog or on Facebook to win. It's that easy!


Now, time to announce our last round of Sneak Peek prize winners! Our randomly chosen winners are....


From Facebook:


-Frances Schaak: This is one of the best collections Love the colors


-Marie Frederick: love come away with me paper. Would love to be a winner


-Deborah Hemsworth: I have come to the conclusion that if Graphic 45 products were edible I would be the size of a house by now!!!!


From the blog:


-Caryl Robinson: I love all the new additions to this collection!! It is going to be soooooooo much fun to work(play?) with!!!


-Janet Schut: Beautiful collection! Love it!!!!


-Pam Spradlin: I am loving those stamps. I can't say which is my favorite because I am sure that I would use them all. I especially like the trolley stamp...we still use trolleys in our town so that would get the most use.


Congratulations, winners! Please email joanna@g45papers.com with your shipping info to claim your prize. Thanks to all of our G45ers for joining us for Sneak Peeks. Look for the new collections in stores in late May!


This Typography altered radio by Nichola is so fantastic. What a great project to give life to something that brings fond memories!


"My husband brings home a lot of junk. A LOT. I can’t complain because of the sprawling, growing, sneaking piles of craft stash that I contribute. When he brought home an old school radio I rolled my eyes. But he plugged it in and it worked and suddenly I was nostalgic, remembering dancing around in my bedroom to 'Safety Dance' or 'Take on Me'. Deciding that perhaps this old thing wasn’t really junk after all I set to work on giving it a makeover.

For all of the curvy bits and odd shaped angles I simply covered with Washi Tape. LOVE the thick black tape with the Typography pattern because it can be torn and cut and stuck together and the edges practically camouflage themselves! The rest is covered with Inspire, Create, Inscribe and Dream." - Nichola






Supply List:

> Inspire
> Create
> Inscribe
> Dream
Washi Tape Set

Maria really brings new life to common home goods with this Sweet Sentiments altered hook rack. Great idea to update your mail storage!

"I had a blast altering this wooden hook rack using Graphic 45’s cheerful Sweet Sentiments paper and embellishments! I wanted this hook rack to have a really springy feel, so I incorporated several layers of fussy cut flowers and some fun chipboard by Gina’s Designs. Not only does it make for a pretty wall hanging, but it also functions as a greeting card organizer. Inside my hook rack, I used my Sweet Sentiments 8x8 pad and matching tags & pockets to create folders that I could stash some everyday cards in." - Maria








Sweet Sentiments Hook Rack Supplies

Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments Perfect Pearls
Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments All My Love
Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments Easter Greetings
Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments Violet Bouquet
Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments 8x8 Pad
Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments Chipboard
Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments Tags & Pockets
Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Metal Door Pulls
Sierra Pacific Crafts wooden hook rack
Gina’s Designs – Queen Anne’s Lace
Petaloo mixed blossoms – soft lavender
Liquid Pearls – Platinum

Recollections spray

Thanks for joining us this fine Monday! Many thanks to Nichola and Maria. Don't forget to comment today to win the Botanical Tea prize pack!

Your Pals in Paper,

Graphic 45

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April 25, 2014

Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks Day 5: Come Away with Me

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TGIF G45ers!

We are excited for the weekend, but sad to see Sneak Peeks end. The good news is that in late May we'll get to play with these wonderful new collections. Today, we have more Sneak Peeks from Come Away with Me. There are so many great additions to this collection. We will close the day with a Couture card by Clare Charvill

You may be wondering who won the Sneak Peek prize packs yesterday, well let's find out! Our randomly chosen winners are...

From Facebook:

-Lora James: Those maps....swoon! Stunning!

-Beth Ann Andes: Loving you've sneek peeks I would love to have you Come away With Me and win the beautiful papers!!!

-Christie Thompson McBride: What an awesome adventure awaits with these newest papers! Thank you!

From the Blog:

-Sheryll Bentley: Just got vacation pictures printed, this paper would be absolutely perfect!!!!!!

-Rhonda Strickland: I just love this new collection. Thanks for the tutorial. ;o)

-Kim Cornwell: I really love this new collection!!!! Love the project also!! I would love to win some of this collection!!! I will keep trying!! :)

Congratulations, winners! Please send your shipping info to joanna@g45papers.com. And enjoy your goodies! 

There are six more chances to win today! Just comment here on the blog or on our Facebook and you could Win It Before You Can Buy It! We will announce the winners on Monday here on the blog.

Today, we get to introduce all the great embellishments that come with this vibrant new collection. Fall in love with the great sentiments, journaling tags, and paper pads. Look for An Eerie Tale and Come Away with Me in your local scrapbook store (LSS) in late May!

Come Away with Me Stickers


Come Away with Me Chipboard Tags


Come Away with Me Journaling Tags


 Come Away with Me Cardstock Tags & Pockets



Come Away with Me Cling Stamp 1


Come Away with Me Cling Stamp 2


Come Away with Me Cling Stamp 3


Come Away with Me 8x8 and 12x12 Paper Pads


Come Away with Me 6x6 Paper Pad - Patterns & Solids


6x6 Come Away with Me Papers


Come Away with Me 4x6" and 3x4" Journaling & Ephemera Cards


We are also offering something new and exciting in our paper pads. Templates in the paper pad covers! This means that the front and back cover will have tag, folder, and journaling templates for your papercrafting. Every bit of your paper pad can be used to create. We are so excited about this fun extra feature. This way the creativity is truly endless with a Graphic 45 Paper Pad! There will be 3 different options for templates inside the paper pads for limitless inspiration.

8x8 Inside Cover Artwork

The possibilities are endless with Graphic 45! Thanks for joining us for Come Away with Me Sneak Peeks! Are you excited about our Spring releases?

Before you run off to start your Friday fun, here is a beautiful "My Style" Couture card by Clare! Love the glitter she adds to this. What a lovely card!  

CHA 2014 Clare Charvill Couture My Style Card pic 1

CHA 2014 Clare Charvill Couture My Style Card pic 2

CHA 2014 Clare Charvill Couture My Style Card pic 4

CHA 2014 Clare Charvill Couture My Style Card pic 5


Couture Collection
Black Cardstock

Thanks for joining us for Sneak Peeks this week! We had a great time and hope you did too. The good news is, there are still six more chances to win, so comment today! Winner will be announced Monday. These new collections will be in stores in late May, so look for them soon! Thanks for joining us, thanks to Clare, and we hope you have a great weekend!

Happy Papercrafting,

Graphic 45


Want to try this project out? Visit your LSS or order online today! Graphic 45 Store Locator Link Here 

April 24, 2014

Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks Day 4: Come Away with Me

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Happy Thursday G45ers,

Welcome to another day of Sneak Peeks! Today we introduce our thrilling new collection, Come Away with Me! This is a gorgeous collection perfect for our adventuring G45ers. It will whisk you away on a grand journey! Then, we will share a wonderful By the Sea layout and tutorial from Denise Johnson.  

It's time to announce our Sneak Peek Winners from yesterday! Our randomly chosen winners are...

From Facebook:

Janice Schwartz: Love the new EERIE line. Always looking for more feminine ideas for my granddaughters halloween cards. Think this line will work well with Steampunk as well

Karly Mauldin: It keeps getting better!

Dee McGuire Fisher: This is a must have collection. Love it. 

From the Blog:

Aggie Stiefer: What a great Halloween collection, love it. 

Kim Stirrett: As usual, the accessories are awesome.

Lara Walker: I think this is one of your best collections EVER!!!!!!!!!! I seriously LOVE it. I'm seeing a lot of projects with this line... whoohoo!

Congratulations, winners! Please send your shipping information to joanna@g45papers.com to claim your prizes. 

Don't forget to comment here on the blog or on Facebook for SIX more chances to Win It Before You Can Buy It! You will be entered to win Come Away with Me today! 

All aboard for a grand voyage of discovery with Graphic 45! Introducing Come Away With Me, a lavish new collection that celebrates the thrill of travel! Sail the high seas in opulent ships, explore sprawling landscapes on the railroad and soar to new heights in old-fashioned airplanes. Map your journey with gorgeous vintage-inspired designs and soft pastel colors. Come Away With Me features vivid ocean blues, velvety pinks, emerald greens and soft creams. This adventurous new collection includes 8 beautiful double-sided papers, 12x12 and 8x8 paper pads, coordinating die-cut chipboard, sticker sheet, stamps, and cardstock Tags & Pockets embellishments. A creative voyage awaits you with Come Away With Me from Graphic 45!

"Come Away with Me"






"Pleasure Trip"


"Travel Odyssey"


"Vintage Voyage"




"Look Out World"


Isn't this the most beautiful collection? Join us tomorrow for Sneak Peeks of the embellishments, stamps, and paper pads that go along with this great paper collection. What ideas are spinning in your head?

Before we leave you today, we will take you on an adventure By the Sea! Denise Johnson shares this beautiful layout and tutorial. Perfect for documenting memories and for home decor!



Denise Johnson's By the Sea Layout Tutorial


Love this hidden mini on the layout! What a great idea!




Another look at the hidden mini on the layout...



Supplies used:

 By the Sea 12x12 paper My Anchor
By the Sea 12x12 paper Set Sail
By the Sea 12x12 paper Sand and Surf
By the Sea Cardstock Stickers
Graphic 45 Staples- Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Brads
Graphic 45 Staples- Shabby Chic Door Pulls
Graphic 45 Staples- Shabby Chic Key Holes
Graphic 45 Staples- Washi Tape
Gina's Designs- Beach Shape Set
Petaloo Flowers
Core'dinations Cardstock
Embossing ink and powders
Pearl Effects powder
Kosher Salt
Homemade Walnut Ink solution
Distressing ink
Whitewash paint
Spanish moss
Found shells

Thanks for joining us on the blog today! Are you excited about Come Away with Me? Join us tomorrow for more Sneak Peeks and more chances to win! Don't forget to comment to win today as well.

Dreaming of Adventure,

Graphic 45

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