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March 26, 2015

Yumi Muraeda Finds Joy, Happiness, and Friendship with Crafting

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Yumi Muraeda makes such genius projects! Her beautiful and complex altered art always inspires and amazes us. Today, she shares with us why she loves to create and also shares a great tutorial that is just perfect for Easter! It will be a fabulous day here on the blog.

An Interview with Yumi Muraeda #graphic45

An Interview with Yumi Muraeda

1. Why do you craft?

 

Joy, happiness, gratitude, courage, friendship, I want to form a word that can not be seen

Also when I do crafting I am so happy and joyful!

2. What do you feel is your crafting forte?

 

Altered art with motion, Books, Mix-media and 3D cards.

3. What inspires and motivates you to be creative?

 

Whenever I see the paper my Imagination coming up. Also from Museum, Antique furniture, old story book and my childhood memory...

4. What do you do with your projects once they're complete?

 

I display new works in the class room and old one are in cabinet.

5. What is the funniest craft disaster you've ever had?

When I made a ’Twas the Night Before Christmas Stamp Mini Album sugar box, I used many difference glitter and it spread all over the room even in rest room too… then I found my husband foot were sparkling with rainbow color...He asked me to clean the house.

Tricky glitter! It always leaves a trail. Thanks for sharing with us, Yumi!

Now, enjoy this fabulous Easter-inspired tutorial and project from Yumi. We love these bunnies!

"Simple Rabbit Die makes cute wagon and Mini Album. Also You can make paper patch works too! Every one please enjoy!" ~Yumi

 

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Check out How to G45 Baby 2 Bride Easter Bunny Wagon and Mini Album by Yumi Muraeda on Snapguide.  

Yumi's Snapguide Tutorial


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G45 Baby 2 Bride Easter Bunny Wagon and Mini Album1


G45 Baby 2 Bride Easter Bunny Wagon and Mini Album1


G45 Baby 2 Bride Easter Bunny Wagon and Mini Album1


G45 Baby 2 Bride Easter Bunny Wagon and Mini Album1


G45 Baby 2 Bride Easter Bunny Wagon and Mini Album1

 

Supply List

Graphic45 Baby 2 Bride paper pad
Graphic45 Baby 2 Bride Cardstock stickers
Graphic45 Baby 2 Bride Chipboard Tags

White Chipboard
Paper flower Daisy  white, pink, orange
Paper flower Small Rose
Paper strawberry
Dried Baby’s Breath
Several Ribbon
Core-dinations Cardstock Heritage kraft
Sizzix Bigz L Die - Bunny
Resin Clay

Check out more great Easter ideas on our "Hoppy Easter" Pinterest Board! So many beautiful projects!

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Thanks for joining us today! We hope Yumi inspired you to get ready for Easter. Have a wonderful day, G45ers!

Happy Easter Crafting,

Graphic 45

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March 25, 2015

Luscious Mixed Media Layouts with Solange Marques

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Solange Marques is a mixed media master - her creations are so vivid and incredible. Today, we get to know this fabulous designer better and see a beautiful By the Sea layout with a great tutorial. Get to know Solange today!

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An Interview with Solange Marques

1. Why do you craft?                                                                                                                             

Because I love it and I need create as I need breath. It’s is a big passion in my life.

2.  What do you feel is your crafting forte?                      

First, layouts, I love make them and I love use a lot of mediums to this. After,altered art.

3.  What inspires and motivates you to be creative?                                                                         

My Love for arts, paints, colors, textures always inspire me. I look for inspiration on the nature, films, whatever that I see.

4.  What do you do with your projects once they're complete?                                                               

Very times I give them as a gift for my friends and other times I diplay them on my atelier.  Very times I give my projects as a gift for my friends and family and other times I display them on my office.  

5. What is the funniest craft disaster you've ever had?                                                                              

I left a layout on my desk to finish it later and my granddaughter took my brushes and paints and painted on the pictures. I took fright when I saw and had to redo it.

Oh no! I hope it could get fixed. How funny - she just took some "artistic license"! Thanks for talking with us, Solange!

Now, Solange shows you how you can also created a mixed media layout using By the Sea!

"March is National Craft Month and one of the things I like to create is mixed media layout. I love to use a lot of paints, textures on my works and my favorite technique is melt the photo on the background and I prepared a video tutorial  showing how I do it." ~Solange

Learn how to make this gorgeous By the Sea layout with a tutorial by Solange #graphic45

 

Solange's YouTube Tutorial


Love how the photo just floats on this gorgeous By the Sea layout by Solange #graphic45


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By the Sea layout by Solange - learn how to make one yourself! #graphic45


Gorgeous use of stamps on this By the Sea layout by Solange #graphic45


Fussy cutting beauty on Solange's By the Sea layout #graphic45

Supply List

Graphic 45 By The Sea Collection 12X12 papers:
By the Sea
Set Sail
Splash
Graphic 45 By the Sea Stickers
Graphic 45 By the Sea Chipboard
Graphic 45 By the Sea Stamps
Modeling Paste
Acrylic Gesso
Acrylic Paints
Panpastel
Tim Holtz Mask
Crackle Paste
Shells

You still have time to win some Graphic 45 retired collections! Enter this great giveaway here:

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Get more By the Sea inspiration on our Pinterest Board. It will get your ready for Spring Break! 

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Thanks for joining us this lovely Wednesday. We hope you have a creative day! 

Happy Papercrafting,

Graphic 45

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March 24, 2015

Romy Veul Shares How Crafting Makes a Busy Life More Fun

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We love the beautiful work of Romy Veul. She is a master of layering, mixture of colors, and fussy cutting. Today, we'll get to know her better and enjoy a great tag tutorial using Time to Flourish.

A National Craft Month Interview with Romy Veul #graphic45

An Interview with Romy Veul

 

1. Why do you craft?

Being a student at University and a student-assistant I live a rather busy life. Although I definitely enjoy working hard and don’t mind having a lot of things to do, I’m also definitely in need of some time to just sit back and relax and do something ‘just for me’. That’s why I craft. Crafting is the creative outlet that makes life just a little bit more fun. What I also love about crafting is the fact that it allows me to preserve memories. Life tends to pass by rather fast and I find it very important to document what I do, think, feel and experience in daily life. I think crafting is a great way to make a beautiful record of your life at this moment, so that you can reflect on it later on.

2. What do you feel is your crafting forte?

I think my favourite types of projects are cards and lay-outs. I really cannot choose between these two types of creations, because I enjoy making both a lot. It’s actually the combination of different types of projects that I like the most. Some days I would really feel like making a lay-out, whereas the other day I would actually prefer making a couple of cards.

3. What inspires and motivates you to be creative?

I’m inspired, first of all, by the beautiful products that I get to work with. Graphic 45 always offers such gorgeous papers and embellishments, that I often do not have to search for any inspiration. It’s already in my mind as soon as I see their beautiful products. Besides that, I’m inspired by almost everything that is surrounding me in daily life. This can be magazines, photos on the Internet, beautiful quotes, or even home accessories. My driving force to keep on crafting are all the people surrounding me, who support me and encourage me to continue being creative.

4. What do you do with your projects once they're complete?

I store my lay-outs in albums, but I have reserved a frame for some of my favourite lay-outs. My parents have a couple of my lay-outs hanging on the wall next to the stairs. When it comes to my cards, I usually send them to the people that I love and of whom I know that they will appreciate a handmade card. For the cards that I cannot say goodbye to, I have a storage box where I keep them.

5. What is the funniest craft disaster you've ever had?

When I’m crafting, I’m often accompanied by our cat Beertje. Although she is a sweetheart and I enjoy her warm company, she has also led to several craft disaster over the years that I have been crafting. She would often walk through the mud, then come inside, jump onto the table and walk on the lay-out that I am working on. There have been quite a couple of papers and lay-outs that ended up in the trash bin because of this typical disaster.  

Cats are the best craft pals - most of the time :) Thanks for talking with us, Romy!

Now, Romy has a beautiful Time to Flourish tag set and a great tutorial for the larger tag. Enjoy!

"Although I love making all kinds of projects, I consider myself most of all a card & tag girl. The gorgeous Staples Tags and ATC Tags from Graphic 45 actually made me love making tags even more. For today’s post I made a large and a small tag with the gorgeous Time To Flourish collection. Since I’m slowly but surely getting in the mood for spring, I used two different spring-themed colour schemes on the tags." ~Romy

Love this tag set from Romy! Learn how to make the bigger tag with a step-by-step tutorial by Romy #graphic45


Learn how to make this "Pleasure" Autumn Time to Flourish tag with a tutorial from Romy #graphic45


Learn how to make this Time to Flourish tag with a tutorial from Romy #graphic45


"Happy Days" Time to Flourish tag by Romy #graphic45

"Pleasure" Time to Flourish Tag Tutorial by Romy

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Step 1:

Use the Staples Tag as a template to cut out a tag from the ‘February Cut Apart’ paper. Attach the cut out tag onto the Staples tag. Slightly ink the edges of the tag.

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Step 2:

Cut out a rectangle from a yellow sheet from the Time To Flourish 8x8 Pad. Ink the edges of the rectangle and attach it on top of the tag. Also cut out a smaller rectangle from a blue sheet of paper. Punch alongside the vertical edges of the rectangle, ink the edges and glue the rectangle down in the center of the tag.

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Step 3:

Take one of the die-cuts from the Tags & Pockets package and a tab with the text ‘Time to Flourish’ from the chipboard package. Attach these embellishments on the right side of the tag.

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Step 4:

Cut out several flowers and butterflies from the ‘August Cut Apart’ and ‘September Flourish’ sheets. Add foamtape to the backside of the flowers.

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Step 5:

Add the cut out images around the die-cut card to embellish it.

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Step 6:

Further embellish the tag with several pearls and a few small chipboard circles from the Time To Flourish chipboard package.

Learn how to make this "Pleasure" Autumn Time to Flourish tag with a tutorial from Romy #graphic45

 

Supply List:

Time to Flourish papers: February Cut Apart, August Cut Apart, September Flourish
Time To Flourish 8x8 Pad
Time To Flourish Tags & Pockets
Time To Flourish Decorative Chipboard
Staples Kraft Tags
Staples ATC Kraft Tags

From the G45 Vault, we have this amazing By the Sea tag album by Ginny Nemchak. This is such amazing tag-spiration!

By the Sea tag mini album by Ginny Nemchak #graphic45

See this Pin on Pinterest!

We have the most exciting giveaway of retired collections this week. Make sure to take part today:

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Thanks for joining us today! It was so fun to get to know Romy better. We hope you have a great Tuesday!

Your Pals in Paper,

Graphic 45

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March 22, 2015

It's a Spellbinders & Graphic 45 Blog Hop!

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Today, we are having a blog hop with one of our amazing partnering companies - the incredible Spellbinders! Lori Williams and Nichola Battilana have prepared two incredible projects AND tutorials for this fun event today, so make sure to hop along with us! We are so glad you stopped by the Graphic 45 blog today.

Join the Spellbinders Spring Fever Partner Blog Hop March 23-25, 2015! #graphic45

Stay until the end to enter the Blog Hop Giveaway!

First, Lori has this amazing project using Home Sweet Home that we all want to make for our kitchen! Check out her tutorial below.

"My sister is always over at my house and I’ll hear her ask 'Are your dishes clean or dirty in the dishwasher?' I thought it was about time I took care of her on going question with this adorable soap box set. I bought a magnet with a hook to go on the front of my dishwasher and I’ll just turn the tag/sign to show what the dishes are on the inside. I figured it would be a shame not to include the soap box too, so I covered it with the Home Sweet Home collection also. Join me on a Snapguide Tutorial and I’ll show you how to create this durable clean/dirty sign with the beautiful Spellbinders daisies to adorn it." ~Lori

Graphic 45 and Spellbinders Spring Fever Blog Hop! Learn how to make this great soap and Clean/Dirty Tag Set with a great tutorial by Lori #graphic45

Check out How to Create a Graphic 45 & Spellbinders Soap Set by Lori Williams on Snapguide.  

Lori's Snapguide Tutorial


This is a great idea for your dishwasher! Mark your dishes as clean or dirty with these great Home Sweet Home tags by Lori! #graphic45


It's the Spellbinders Spring Fever blog hop! Learn how to make this Home Sweet Home soap and tag set by Lori #graphic45


It's a beautiful Home Sweet Home tag set by Lori using Spellbinders and Graphic 45 #graphic45


It's the Spellbinders Spring Fever Hop! Check out these Home Sweet Home tags by Lori #graphic45

Supply List

Home Sweet Home 12 x 12 Paper Collection
Apple Pie
Handmade
Granny’s Quilt
Garden Fresh
My Sunshine
Farmer Market
Country Life
Graphic 45 Staples
• Alphabet Stickers
Regular Tag Album/Black
• Ornate Metal Label Holders
Metal Brads
Spellbinder Dies
Royal Circle Die
Pretty Petals B
Pretty Petals D
Medallion Six
Other Products Used:
Foam Tape
Zip Dries Glue
Dries Clear Glue
X-acto Tool
Seal Healing Mat
Fun Stampers Journey Ink: Lemon Grass, Banana Cream and Kiwi Slice
Sandpaper
Distress Ink: Vintage Photo
Distress Crackle Paint: Antique Linen
Ribbon: CTMH
Upcycled Cascade Dish Washer Detergent Box
Sponge Dauber
McGill Flower Tools and Matt
White Card Stock

Next, Nichola has this most beautiful Precious Memories and Spellbinders fairytale stage. Wow! Love this! Check out her tutorial below.

"A pretty little shadowbox, a dainty fairytale stage, made with Precious Memories and Spellbinders dies. The die cut pieces are layered to create an ornate archway, framing the wee winged dancer. I’ve cut the die-cut pieces to fit my need. Remember, never be afraid to trim, cut, fold, bend, paint or do whatever it takes to make your project work for you. There is no ‘wrong way’ :)" ~Nichola

This is a gorgeous Fairy Tale stage by Nichola using Precious Memories and Sweet Sentiments and beautiful Spellbinders dies - learn how to make it yourself with a great tutorial! #graphic45

Check out How to Make a G45 & Spellbinders Fairytale Stage by Nichola Battilana on Snapguide.  

Nichola's Snapguide Tutorial


Learn how to make this Precious Memories fairy tale stage with a great tutorial from Nichola using Spellbinders dies #graphic45


Beautiful butterflies, pearls, and glitter on this fairy tale stage by Nichola using Spellbinders and Graphic 45 #graphic45


What a gorgeous project using Spellbinders and Graphic 45 by Nichola. There's even a tutorial! #graphic45


Make this fairy tale stage for yourself with Spellbinders dies, Precious Memories, and Sweet Sentiments! This awesome project by Nichola #graphic45

Download the G45 Spellbinders Box PDF Template

Supply List

Graphic 45 Precious Memories > Cutie Pie
Graphic 45 Precious Memories > Sugar and Spice
Graphic 45 Precious Memories > Baby's Breath
Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments > Heart Song
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Bow Elegance S6-017
Spellbinders Nestabilities Fleur de Elegance S4-475
Box template from Vintage image from thegraphicsfairy.com
Glitter
Flat back adhesive pearls
Petaloo Wild Blossoms and Botanica Petite’s
Small wooden block (or other spacing item)
Adhesive

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We also have our own giveaway this week - how fun! Enter here to win three 8x8 paper pads of our retired collections including A Proper Gentleman, Le Romantique, and Bird Song and more fun goodies:

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Thanks for joining us this Monday! We are so glad you hopped along with us. We hope you have fun continuing to hop along - have a great one!

Happy Papercrafting,

Graphic 45

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Find Peace in Creativity with Rhea Freitag

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Rhea Freitag has such a stunning sense for altered art. Her configuration trays, boxes, and creations are always so brilliantly detailed and every embellishment looks like it was placed where it was meant to be. Her work is stunning, and today you get to know a little more about her creative process, how she finds it therapeutic, and her crafting forte. The National Craft Month interviews continue!

An Interview with Rhea Freitag! #graphic45 #nationalcraftmonth

An Interview with Rhea Freitag

1. Why do you craft?

Crafting and creating for me is therapeutic.  I lose track of time when I am making things and I find myself very much at peace when engaged in creative activities.  I have learned that I also love the craft of publishing my blog as this allows for photography, composing text and hopefully inspiring others.  

2. What do you feel is your crafting forte?

I feel my creative strengths lie in altered art, book making and assemblage.  I strive to create pieces that tell a story, invoke memory and engage the observer interactively through movement.  Many of the objects in my work have personal meaning to me as I love symbolism.  

3. What inspires and motivates you to be creative?

Working on design teams has been a huge motivation and inspiration for me, right along with the stress relief I mentioned earlier.  Designing  in a creative group, inspiring followers and collaborating with different companies has all really helped me to grow leaps and bounds since I started my creative journey.  Having these assignments (sometimes way out of my comfort zone or media!!!) pushes me to try new things and get even more creative.  

4. What do you do with your projects once they're complete?

Most of my finished works are stashed around the house.  I also often give things away as gifts to family and friends if the subject matter suits them.  Since I have so much stuff, I have recently also been dragging more to my office at work.  Probably the most fun thing I have done with some of my finished work is abandon them for others to find as a random act of kindness.  

Graphic 45 Art Display Buffet by Rhea Freitag #graphic45


Graphic 45 Art Display Buffet by Rhea Freitag #graphic45


Mantle art display by Rhea Freitag #graphic45


Graphic 45 Art Display Mantle by Rhea Freitag #graphic45


5. What is the funniest craft disaster you've ever had?

I cannot recall one that is funny thus far!

We love your altered projects and love your amazing displays! Thanks for sharing with us, Rhea!

Now, Rhea shows you how she makes her altered masterpieces! Learn how she creates this amazing shadowbox.

"For this assignment the team was asked to create a project in their favorite style and create a tutorial.  Since I really enjoy assemblage work and shadowboxes, I decided I would show folks how easy it is to create a complex piece.  There is a Snapguide to show off all my little secrets to making an assemblage with lots of interest.  I used Raining Cats and Dogs as my paper of choice and I adore how whimsical this one turned out! Cheers!" ~Rhea

Learn how to make this gorgeous shadowbox with a tutorial from Rhea using Raining Cats & Dogs #graphic45

Check out How to Make a Small Shadow Box by Rhea Freitag on Snapguide.  

Rhea's Snapguide Tutorial


Amazing pieces of Rhea's Raining Cats & Dogs shadowbox #graphic45


Amazing pieces of Rhea's Raining Cats & Dogs shadowbox #graphic45


Amazing pieces of Rhea's Raining Cats & Dogs shadowbox #graphic45


Make this amazing shadowbox with a tutorial by Rhea using Raining Cats & Dogs #graphic45


Amazing pieces of Rhea's Raining Cats & Dogs shadowbox #graphic45

Supply List

8x8 Raining Cats and Dogs Paper
Raining Cats and Dogs Stickers
Washi Tape Set
7 Gypsies Shadowbox
Artful Dwellings Die
E6000
Metal and Resin Embellishments
Moss
Mushrooms

Arlene's Steampunk Spells Fall Tray using G45, Petaloo, and Xyron #graphic45

Here's a great altered printer's tray from the vault for extra inspiration! For our Southern Hemisphere G45ers, this is just perfect for you as you enter into the fall season! This is a gorgeous printer's tray by DT alumni Arlene Cuevas using Steampunk Spells, Petaloo, and Xyron products. Amazing!

 

It’s March Craftness with Sizzix! Some of your favorite craft brands have come together to celebrate National Craft and Quilt Month. Did you know that studies show that arts and crafts aid in your emotional well-being and can help to reduce stress? Well we're here to celebrate for those very reasons... and because it's just plain fun to make stuff! Sizzix is giving one lucky winner each week the craft tools and materials to be creative and have fun.

From March 1st to March 28th, Sizzix is giving away over $1,000 in prizes—with one winner chosen each week!

This week is GRAND PRIZE WEEK! Fun, Fun, Fun!

So from March 22nd to March 28th, enter for your chance to win:

1) SizzixBig Shot Pro Machine & $100 Sizzix.com Gift Card

2) Xyron9" Creative Station™

3) Hoffman Fabrics: fabric and thread bundle of the 2015 Hoffman Challenge, featuring all of the Challenge collection and the special thread collection created by Aurifil

4) Therm-O-WebHeatnBond EZ • Print Sheets & Pressing PaperFabric Fuse Liquid AdhesiveHeat 'n Bond Lite • 35 yd Bolt

5) Graphic 45: assorted items from Raining Cats & Dogs paper collection

 Don’t miss it! Enter using the Rafflecopter Widget below:

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Gorgeous! Thanks so much for joining us this Sunday. We hope you have a fabulous day and enjoy this fabulous inspiration.

Your Pals in Paper,

Graphic 45

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