With Easter coming up quickly, we thought we would share two #SimplyG45 Easter Baskets ideas. These are perfect for crafters on the go, or if you are looking to do some kid-friendly projects to do together as a family this weekend. First up, we have a shabby chic basket by Sandy Trefger, followed by Nico Scrap's one paper basket. Let's hop into these eggcellent projects.
"Anticipation of the beautiful flowers of springtime and their many colors plus the wonderful designs of Graphic 45 papers inspired me to create this little Easter Basket. You can either choose to alter a basket you have on hand or create a new one like I did out of cardstock paper and the patterned papers from any of the lovely Graphic 45 collections. Because of their spring colors and images for April, I chose to use Place in Time & Children’s hour for my basket. Add in fussy cut images, lots of spring flowers from your stash, ceramic eggs and of course chocolate bunnies! Happy Crafting!" ~Sandy Trefger
To create a paper Easter basket, first, decide on the size of your basket, then cut a piece of cardstock for the size of the bottom plus 1.5”–2” for each side. Score all four sides of the cardstock for the height of the sides of your basket, and then make 4 cuts to create flaps. Assemble with glue attaching the flaps to the inside. Add a cardstock handle and decorate. Colored tissue paper shredded or cut into strips makes wonderful basket filler.
Graphic 45 Supply List:
Place in Time Deluxe Collector’s Edition Children’s Hour
Light Pink Cardstock Light Blue Cardstock Scallop Edge Punch White Lace Light Blue Braid Trim or Ribbon Wood Legs Chrome or Light Blue Paint Petaloo & Prima Flowers, Assorted
We feature at least one #SimplyG45 tutorial in our newsletter each month. These projects can be done within 60 minutes, on a budget and are simply amazing! Get ready for Easter with a fun DIY Easter basket. All you need is one 12x12 sheet, paper scraps, and embellishments. Follow along with Nico Scrap's video tutorial to see how. Sign up for our weekly newsletter here.
To keep the fun going, we would like to announce this week's blog winner! Our randomly chosen winner is...
-Cindy Velasquez: "My tip would be to take your time and keep all your scraps as they will come in handy for small decor on your finished project."
Congratulations, Cindy! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your Vintage Hollywood grand prize pack. Thanks to everyone who took part this week in commenting on the blog, sharing on Facebook, Instagram, and of course to our design team members. We are honored to be surrounded by love, passion, and beautiful art. Make sure to schedule the time to be creative this weekend and let your imagination soar. As always we would love to know what is on your craft table so please share with us below.
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We have some big and exciting news today! You may have noticed we have not posted our Design Team call this year. Well, we have an exciting reason why! We are changing things up a bit here at Graphic 45 with the blog, Instagram, Facebook, and social media. One of those changes is that our Design Team is returning for another term! Since we had so many new designers last year, our team let us know they were going to audition for another term and since there were 13 of them - we wanted to celebrate their incredible work for another year here at Graphic 45!
Some of the fun changes for 2017 are changing our Design Team name to Graphic 45 Brand Ambassadors, adding more fun and short videos, monthly craft studio tours, more Facebook Live videos, and more G45er features! We would also love to hear from you. What would you like to see more of? What type of projects, content, tips, anything at all, we want to know.
We know you may have some questions, so here’s some things we can let you know:
Yes, we will have a Design Team call in 2018! This isn’t a forever change, just the best decision for us this year.
This gives you a whole year to get your blog together, add some great projects made and more so that you’ll be ready for the 2018 Design Team Call!
Want to be featured on Graphic 45’s social media channels? We feature our G45ers work once a week on Facebook (our G45er of the Week!) and regram on Instagram.
Do you want free product? We have contests EVERY SINGLE WEEK here on the Graphic 45 blog, Facebook, and offer tons of other ways to win each and every month.
Thanks for being such amazing and supportive G45ers. Please help us give our G45 Brand Ambassadors a huge and warm welcome!
Now, it's time to announce this week's blog winner! Our randomly chosen winner is...
-Nikki Roeder: I just love your products as well as your blog. The site is such an inspiration to so many!!! The artist projects showcases your products and shows how to use them in creative, beautiful ways. I cant wait to open my email from Graphic 45.
Congratulations, Nikki! Please email email@example.com to claim your prize! Thanks to everyone who took part this week!
Thanks for joining us for this big announcement! We are so excited about this next year with this great set of designers. Remember to let us know YOUR ideas for the blog in the comments below! See you next week for more inspiration.
We are so grateful you joined us for this week of Sneak Peeks! Today, we are doing a fun wrap-up with brand new project ideas from Diane Schultz's workshop, Kathy Clement, Maggi Harding, and Maria Cole. The inspiration just keeps going!
Now, it's time to announce our Sneak Peek winners from yesterday's Olde Curiosity Shoppe giveaway! Our randomly chosen winners are...
From the Blog:
-Kathy maas: I think my head just exploded.....OMG....I can't believe how fabulous this all is!!!!!!!!!! Mike drop.....
-Renee Jones Roberts: Love, love, love it. My favorite of all time..
-cathyfrailey: Want, want, want! I've been waiting soooo long for this! 💛💙💚💜
Congratulations to our winners! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize. Thanks to everyone for taking part in our Sneak Peek giveaways! What a great week it has been. Let's recap all the fun we had this week:
First, we got whisked away to the Hollywood of yesteryear with Vintage Hollywood!
The inspiration from Diane Schultz' workshop left us speechless this week. So many great ideas with this fabulous new collection!
Did you miss these Sneak Peeks, no worries! Follow along with these links:
Then we got whisked away to the magical world of Midnight Masquerade! What fun!
Kathy has a brilliant card for us today with this new collection. What gorgeous colors and layers! Love this!
"I have fallen in love with Midnight Masquerade! The vibrant colors, whimsical images and vivid patterns are so inspiring. The playful vibe of this fanciful collection really lends itself to specialty cards like this easel style shaker card that sets the stage for a beautiful birthday celebration. " ~Kathy
Tip:To make the shaker element on this card, I used acetate cardstock and 3/16” wide clear foam tape. The foam tape was attached around the perimeter of a 4” x 6” image from the collection. I filled the space with an assortment of sequins, beads and glitter. I cut the acetate to size and then pressed it over the clear sticky foam. Instant shaker box. To finish it off, I used a craft knife to cut the frame off the matching image and glued it in place with glossy accents.
Tip: To make the stopper for your easel card, try gluing a bow and flower cluster over a panel made from border strips.
Tip:I don’t usually mat my images on brightly colored cardstock, but for this whimsical card, it was the right move. It ties all the various colors together, and also prevents the design from becoming muddled.
Midnight Masquerade 12x12 paper collection Deliciously Decadent Music Makers Moonlight Mystery Romantic Rendezvous Savor the Magic Irresistible Intrigue Venetian Carnival Petaloo Ivory Mixed Textured Blossoms, Spring Berry Clusters, Lavender/Purple Jade Double Faced Satin, Gold Ric Rac Assorted sequins, beads, and glitter Clear Acetate Kool Tak Clear Double Sided Foam Lost Lagoon, Tropical Teal, Pumpkin Pie Cardstock Glossy Accents
Missed the Sneak Peeks of Midnight Masquerade? Just follow these links:
Don't forget the beauty and elegance of Portrait of a Lady! Swooning over this gorgeous collection!
Portrait of a Lady
Maggi shares a meaningful layout with us using Portrait of a Lady! The absolute beauty:
"Portrait of a Lady is such a beautiful collection and so perfect for those vintage photos of you family. I chose a photo of my Grandmother taken sometime when she was younger than I remember her, but, I love this photo for it shows that she was a very pretty lady and I think quite fitting to use with my title "Portrait of a Lady." I fussy cut a frame from one of the collection photos. It's so vintage and looks so great with my photo!
I like to mix fussy cut flowers with my 3D flowers. I think that brings the paper and 3D flowers together. Tip: Use foam dots or squares and pop up your fussy cut flowers and leaves, it adds dimension. Diecut flourishes also are great to use in your floral clusters. Pop those up too with foam." ~Maggi
Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady Collection 12 x 12: Catherine Elizabeth Diana Josephine Victoria Blanche Maria Other Supplies: Green cardstock Petaloo Botanica flowers Foam squares and dots
Missed Portrait of a Lady Sneak Peeks? Follow these Links:
And don't forget the big news that we re-released Olde Curiosity Shoppe as a Deluxe Collector's Edition! Hooray!
Olde Curiosity Shoppe Deluxe Collector's Edition
Maria shares the most whimsical and fabulous Olde Curiosity Shoppe ATCs with us today! How fun are these?
"This collection has so many fun 'odds and ends' in it, like little vials filled with frogs and ladies with tiny waists. I wanted to capture the range of curious oddities in this collection using some artist trading tags. They’re a fun way to highlight your favorite things and you can always use them as a gift tag for someone!" ~Maria
Today is a very exciting day as we re-introduce one of our most beloved and requested collections of all time - Olde Curiosity Shoppe! This will be our newest Deluxe Collector's Edition. For those of you just joining us, a Deluxe Collector's Edition is a retired collection we re-release in a pack that includes 12 double-sided papers, chipboard, and cardstock stickers. So, you get everything you need in one pack! How cool is that? Today, we also introduce brand new Staples (i.e. supplies a crafter can't live without. You know staples for your pantry? These are staples for your craft room!). It's a fun day full of crafty eye candy!
Now, it's time to announce our Sneak Peek winners from yesterday's Portrait of a Lady giveaway! Our randomly chosen winners are...
From the Blog:
-Karen Rice:What gorgeous papers!!! I love the entire collection. I am so amazed at the intricate work on that album!! Well done!
-Layne Smith: Simply beautiful! Just when I think graphic 45 has gone to the max They outdo themselves. All I am asking for birthday and Christmas
-paula_calvanico: An amazingly lovely collection! Keep doing what you do :)
Congratulations to our winners! Please email email@example.com to claim your prize. Now, there's another chance to win a Sneak Peek giveaway today! Who wants to win Olde Curiosity Shoppe? We are giving away a Deluxe Collector's Edition of Olde Curiosity Shoppe for our giveaway today + a bonus Staple Item. Just comment here on the blog, on Facebook, or on Instagram to win! How easy and fun! Take part in this fun giveaway and Win It Before You Can Buy It!
Enter the inquisitive and elegant world of Olde Curiosity Shoppe by Graphic 45! We are re-releasing this fan-favorite as a Deluxe Collector's Edition. There is magic and wonder waiting on every exquisite page of this brilliant paper collection! Inspired by Victorian era fashion and sentiment, Olde Curiosity Shoppe is like stepping into lavish party where imagination is the guest of honor. Picture your favorite antique shop, filled with clever oddities and fascinating knickknacks. There’s always something rare and enthralling to discover. The hypnotic color palette includes rich rusty hues of red, blue, green, buff and black. Every unique page conjures bright ideas and timeless nostalgia. The collection will include 12 gorgeous double-sided paper designs, coordinating chipboard, and a sticker set. It’s the perfect collection to bring an authentic vintage look to any craft creation! When it comes to inspiration, Olde Curiosity Shoppe by Graphic 45 is the genuine article!
Olde Curiosity Shoppe Deluxe Collector's Edition
*All the product pictured below comes in this Deluxe Collector's Edition Pack!*
"Isn't it great that Olde Curiosity Shoppe has been released again as a Deluxe Collector's Edition? I put together a really fun mini using the redesigned Staples Square Tag & Pocket Mini. I know you'll love the new mini; the design has been improved so that the pages will lay open.
Because this mini has so many pages (18, that's 36 pages counting front and back!) I kept the inside rather simple. The first thing I did was cut thirty-six 5.5" papers and then glued them all in the mini. For the pocket pages, I cut the 5.5" sheets to fit the pocket pages and mixed up the paper designs so that the pockets were a different paper than the corresponding back of the page. At this point, all the pages have a base that I can build on. After cutting all those 5.5" pieces I had a lot of strips leftover that I knew would work well as accents on the pages. I used those strips along with some fussy cut some elements, and some cardstock scraps, to embellish all the pages.
The mini also has hidden pockets that holds a square tag. I papered those and looped a twill ribbon through the grommet and tied it off with a bit of jute twine. I diecut some smaller tags and inserted those in the small pocket flaps.
I did a video walk through of my mini so you can see all the pages, there are way too many photos to post on the blog!!" ~Maggi
Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Deluxe Collector's Edition Staples Square Tag & Pocket Mini - Kraft Staples Metal Door Plates & Knobs Staples Ornate Metal Key Holes Other Supplies: Petaloo Mixed Texture Blooms Cardstock - gold, black, blue May Arts 5/8" Ivory Twill Ribbon Black Soot Distress Ink Jute cord
Time to introduce brand new Staples! First, we have our Kraft Deep Square Matchbook Box that fits our Square Tag Albums perfectly. They can also be used for any of your shadowbox needs. How amazing is this? It can be altered with paper, paint, stamps, and more! The dimensions for this box are 6.5" x 6.5" x 3.25" with a sliding drawer.
Want to see this Deep Square Matchbook Box in action? Check out this amazing project where Annette combines Olde Curiosity Shoppe and this new Staple for the most gorgeous project!
"The new and improved Square Tag & Pocket Album is even better than before! The pages open nicely with plenty of room to add paper, embellishment and photos. You can really pack this album full! And now with the brand new Deep Square Matchbook Box, you have a place to store your album, plus even more space to alter and embellish."~Annette
Now introducing our Ivory Rectangle Tag & Pocket Album. The dimensions for this album are 6" x 8" x 3" and features 18 total cardstock pages: 12 cardstock pages & 6 double-sided peek-a-boo pocket pages. It also comes with 6 cardstock tags.
Last but certainly not least is our Ivory Deep Rectangle Matchbook Box that corresponds perfectly with our Ivory Rectangle Tag & Pocket Album! The dimensions for this fun new Staple is 8.5" x 6.5" x 3.25" and features a sliding drawer. This can also be altered with paper, paint, stamps, and are perfect for all your Mixed Media needs! The possibilities are endless with this new Matchbook Box:
We are so excited to introduce all these fun new products with you today! Are you excited Olde Curiosity Shoppe is back? How do you like these new Staples? We can't wait to see how you use all these new products! Thanks so much for joining us today!