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June 06, 2017

Spotlight: Alexandra Morein - 2017 G45 Brand Ambassador

Hello, G45ers! 

Welcome to the start of a new year with our all new Graphic 45 Brand Ambassadors. We are so excited to introduce our brand ambassadors, previously know as our design team members. Today is the first of 13 posts dedicated to introducing each of them. You will notice familiar faces, but this will be a great reminder of the beautiful work they create and their passion for crafting. We are going alphabetically, so at the top of the roll call is Alexandra Morein. Here you can learn a little bit more about her and take a look at a beautiful brand new Communique - DCE chain box she created, complete with tutorial. The creative details and excellent finishing work make it easy to see why we are so happy to have her back this year. 

 Graphic 45 Brand Ambassadors 2017 Big Announcement

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.  

 

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Alexandra Morein

 

"First of all, I am so excited to be able to share my projects with the G45 fans for another year and I want to thank from the bottom of my heart for all the support and the sweet comments that I’ve received from different people throughout the past year.

 

So… This is my second term on the Graphic 45 team and I am happy to introduce myself for the second time.

 

I am 37, was born in Ukraine. At the age of 20 (back in 2000,) I moved with my family to Israel. I started crafting there, in 2012, after a surgery which forced me to stay home for a month. That was the time when I discovered Polymer Clay and started my blog “ClayGuana” (www.clayguana.blogspot.com), sharing different polymer clay handmade items.

Once you start to craft, it is really hard to stop. Once day I was buying alcohol markers in a craft shop (wanted to try them on polymer clay,) and a cashier in the shop started to ask me questions about the markers… Here and there, I got to know about scrapbooking and cardmaking from her. After an online survey, I was amazed with the amount of supplies a paper crafter needed (in comparison to the amount which was enough for the one who deals with Polymer Clay) and thought to myself that this was not my cup of tea.

I‘ve always loved to color though, A LOT, and this must have been the reason why I wanted to make my first ever scrapbook card, no matter what. I made one, then I made another one… They were so funny, as if they were created by a child But you do something, and you learn to make it better and better every time.

In 2013 my husband and I moved to Singapore, where I finally had lots of time to dedicate to my relatively new hobby. I was pregnant and stayed at home, learned a lot from the You Tube videos and started to make cards with the digital stamps, colored with Copic Markers.

Around 2016 I wanted to set Copics aside and change my style.

I’ve created lots of OOTP projects since then, a lot of them have video tutorials too.

 

Here are some more facts about me:

  • I never can craft without being interrupted by two of my kids
  • I can never finish a project in day unless it is a card (for the previously mentioned reason)
  • I like to work in silence (this happens like almost never)
  • I hate a mess on a craft desk
  • When I craft and am obsessed with a certain idea, I can stay hungry for hours.
  • My first G45 collection to work with was Steampunk Spells
  • My favorite tools are a bonefolder, scoreboard and my Sizzix machine. 

 

 

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Communique Chain Box Tutorial

By Alexandra Morein

 

"My today’s project will feature one of the most popular classy paper collections, which returned in 2016 as a Deluxe Collector’s  Edition – Communique.

This collection is full of classy cameras, vintage typewriters, 1920s newspapers, and glorious telegrams, the colors which prevail in the collection are so classy (black, red, cream and brown), that you can fit these papers almost for any project.

I have created a little box which can be kept on one’s office table. There are two little booklets inside the box, where either little pictures may be placed or some handy information may be put down (like the addresses of interesting sites, maybe some clever quotes or maybe passwords).

For a unique look, I’ve decided to attach metal chains to the lid of the box and I’m quite happy with the result.

I would like to share a tutorial about the process of putting the box together. Hopefully, you will find it inspiring and useful.

 

 

Communique Box YouTube Tutorial
 

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Graphic 45 Supplies:

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You can find me here:

Blog: www.clayguana.blogspot.com

You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7BE6vAO4_W6rMforrNEgvw

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ClayGuana/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/clayguana/

 

I hope to inspire you for one more year, here on the Graphic 45 team.  Thanks for your time and attention ☺" ~Alexandra Morein

 

Off to the races  Tag Staples  Metal Clock Keys  Graphic 45  Prize Package  $76

This week's prize package includes two 12x12 Off to the Races Paper pads, design and Patterns & Solids, Die-Cut Banners, Chipboard, Shabby Chic Metal Clock
Keys, Black Regular Tag Album, and Celebrate ATC Ivory Tags, a $76 value!  To enter to win this prize package just leave a comment here and/or on our
Facebook page.  The winner will be announced, Friday, June 9th.  

Thanks for joining us as we start our celebration of our 2017 Brand Ambassadors, and focus on Alexandra Morein today. As you can see from the above, we are so lucky to have her representing Graphic 45 with her intricately detailed creations. From cards to handmade chipboard boxes, Alexandra's creations always impress. Come back tomorrow for more introductions and let us know what your favorite creations by Alexandra are, in the comments below. 



Happy Papercrafting!

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June 05, 2017

Shaking Up New Ideas with a Rose Box & Unique Wedding Card

Hello, G45ers!

We are shaking things up here on the Graphic 45 blog to get your week started off on the right foot.  In this post, we will announce this week's blog contest, feature a 3D Rose Box by Einat Kessler, and share a funky and fun wedding shaker card by Maria Cole. Our first featured project on the blog today is a fabulous gift box that will bring smiles to all who see it.  Einat has gone wild with fussy cutting roses from our Portrait of a Lady collection and arranged them so beautifully using an easel technique.  Following this lovely bouquet box, we have a wedding card that will surprise and delight any newly wed couple.  Maria has gone above and beyond to personalize this wedding card for the recipients, and it has not gone unnoticed.  We just love how she has mixed and matched our Vintage Hollywood collection with Safari Adventure to create this beauty.  

 

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Let's kick this week off with a thrilling blog prize.  This week's prize package includes two 12x12 Off to the Races Paper pads, design and Patterns & Solids, Die-Cut Banners, Chipboard, Shabby Chic Metal Clock Keys, Black Regular Tag Album, and Celebrate ATC Ivory Tags, a $76 value!  To enter to win this prize package just leave a comment here and/or on our Facebook page.  The winner will be announced, Friday, June 9th.  

 

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Roses Treasure Box

By Einat Kessler

 

"I love creating boxes and I especially enjoy adding dimensional embellishments on top of the box. Portrait of a lady has such a gentle feminine look that I thought it would be perfect for a little treasure box. A box for little jewelry, notes or accessories, something the woman in us wants to keep hidden…" ~Einat Kessler

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Tip #1:
To make a cut-out image “stand” create a small easel that can be glued both to the image and the surface you want it to stand on. Create the easel from a strip of paper and simply create a triangle. The base will be glued to the surface and the image to one of its sides.

 

Tip #2:
When creating a box use the same paper. Use the one side of the paper to create the bottom of the box and the other side to create the top side or lid.


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Graphic 45 Supplies: 

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Wedding Shaker Card

By Maria Cole 

"Today I am sharing a wedding shaker card I made using one of Graphic 45's newest paper lines, Vintage Hollywood!

This beautiful collection is all about glamour and stardom with some tributes made to early film stars like Mary Pickford. But did you know, Vintage Hollywood also makes for a wonderful wedding card?

I have this special friend I made through Instagram. We share a love for Parson Russell Terriers, so naturally that's how we met! Anyhoo, she got married recently so I wanted to make sure she had a special card from my PRT Archie (@archie_prt on IG) and me.

My friend loves Disney. And I remember that she loves cheetah print. So I was in a bind because 99.99% of my paper is Graphic 45 (actually - who's calling that a bind? That's more like the world's best blessing, right? ;) and with Disney being licensed, we don't have such paper.

But I got to thinking and remembered there is a beautiful cheetah print design from Safari Adventure. And then there were those fabulous star and couple designs from Vintage Hollywood ... oh, and some beautiful red Petaloo flowers I got for Christmas.

Here's where I landed." ~Maria Cole

 
 

 
What a fun collection to honor the next "it couple." :) So I made a shaker and added some sequins and gold glitter for an extra celebratory touch. The "congratulations" die is from Avery Elle

 


The coordinating "you two" stamp is also Avery Elle. I have my lovely friend Lauren to thank for my new obsession with Avery Elle and Lawn Fawn. :)


Any black and white striped ribbon is a winner in my book. May Arts is where this lovely ribbon is from.


Inside the card, I used some of the matching ephemera cards. They are so beautiful. On one side you have a design and the back features an area for you to write on. You'll see that I also added some matching chipboard from Vintage Hollywood.

 

 

Graphic 45 Supplies: 

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Thank you for joining us for this uniquely refreshing post. We hope the projects, tips, and contest have inspired your creative mojo. Be sure to leave your feedback here and/or on Facebook to be entered to win!  Have a great Monday, and be sure to share your projects with us on Facebook and Instagram using the #Graphic45 hashtag.  


Happy Papercrafting!

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June 02, 2017

Father's Day Card Set Tutorial Featuring Communique by Katelyn

Hello, G45ers!

It is Friday and today we are going to share some Graphic 45 Father's Day inspiration by Katelyn Grosart , featuring the ever versatile Communique - DCE. Katelyn generously provides a SnapGuide tutorial for two fantastic Father's Day cards, full up on fussy cut pieces and straight forward masculine design. Having a few card options is great for those of us with multiple men in our life for whom we want to Communique-te our love. Before we get started it is time to announce this week's lucky blog prize winner. 

Congratulations to Judi Gorham!

Judi commented on the blog to say: "Would love to have this collection. My head just swims with creativity when I see it. So many projects....so little time! *sigh*"

To claim your prize email info@g45papers.com.  We hope you can find some time to get crafting with the lovely prize pack below soon.

Midnight Masquerade Prize Package winner
This week's prize package includes a Midnight Masquerade Patterns & Solids 12x12 paper pad, an 8x8 paper pad, decorative chipboard, die-cut tags and pockets, and a Square Ivory Tag Album, a $50+ value!

 

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Father’s Day Card Set

By Katelyn Grosart

"Father’s Day is right around the corner and why not create a card for your dad or that special man in your life. With Father’s Day in mind, today I’ve created not one but two cards you can recreate for dad. You’ll want to read the tutorial below and learn how to recreate my Father’s Day Card Set at home." ~Katelyn Grosart

 

Check out How to Create a Set of Father's Day Cards by Katelyn Grosart on Snapguide.

 

Tip:
If your sentiment is too long for your card, cut the words apart and then adhere them on your card.

 

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Graphic 45 Supplies:


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Other Supplies Used:

  • Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: Happy Father’s Day Stamp
  • Ranger Ink: Black Soot and Antique Linen Distress Ink, Jet Black Archival and Blending Tool/Foam
  • Creative Scrapbooker/Cathie Allan: Super Stock
  • Tombow: Permanent Adhesive Runner
  • Thin/3D Foam Squares
  • Scissors and Paper Trimmer
  • Edge Distressor

 

 

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Facebook Live - Master Detective Reveal Party  Graphic 45

We hope you have a great weekend and that you are able to join us on Facebook Live today at 11 am PST for two more chances to win. We are celebrating our new collection, Master Detective hitting store shelves this week. Thanks so much for joining us and thanks to Katelyn for her lovely Father's Day inspiration. We'd love to hear about your favorite collections to use to celebrate the fathers in your lives. 


Happy Papercrafting!

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June 01, 2017

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Wagon & Mini Album Tutorial by Alexandra Morein

Hello, G45ers!

Circle up the wagons because it is time to get crafty. Today, we are featuring an incredible creation by Alexandra Morein. Alexandra uses our Olde Curiosity Shoppe- DCE to build a custom wagon with a complimentary 6x6 album. Check out her YouTube video for an extensive tutorial to see how she made it. This impressive project has been assembled from scratch with hand cut chipboard, an exceptional level of detail, and expert finishing. It could make a thoughtful gift or perfect display piece for your home. Check out the photos below for all the details. First, our new collection Master Detective has been spotted in stores!  Be sure to check out your LSS or online retailer to get your hands on this masterpiece!  

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Olde Curiosity Shoppe Wagon Tutorial

by Alexandra Morein

 

"Olde Curiosity Shop is one of the Graphic 45 paper collections which is almost everyone’s favorite. The flying pigs are one of the characters which conquered everyone’s heart.

I have been thinking what to create with the paper for a long time since the collection was re-published in Deluxe Collector's Edition, and today I am ready to share the result with you.

I called this project an “Olde Curiosity Shoppe Wagon”. The wagon holds a 6X6 mini album. I believe that a lot of you know and can create an album of this size, whereas I will share with you how to create a wagon itself. Please refer to my video tutorial." ~Alexandra Morein 

 


Wagon YouTube Video Tutorial

 


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 Graphic 45 Supplies:

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Take a video tour of Olde Curiosity Shoppe with Charee and Scrapbook.com.

 

This week's prize package includes a Midnight Masquerade Patterns & Solids 12x12 paper pad, an 8x8 paper pad, decorative chipboard, die-cut tags and pockets, and a Square Ivory Tag Album, a $50+ value!  To enter to win, just comment here on the blog and/or on Facebook each day.  We will announce one randomly chosen the winner on this Friday's blog. 

Midnight Masquerade prize pack

 

Thanks for joining us today for this oddly unusual Olde Curiosity Shoppe - DCE project by Alexandra Morein. We are so impressed with her work here and hope you feel the same. Let us know what curious creations you have come up with featuring this collection and any others in the comments below. We will see you back here tomorrow for more crafty goodness! 


Happy Papercrafting!

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May 31, 2017

3 Printable Project Sheets & Brand New Inspiration with French Country By Maggi Harding

Hello, G45ers!

Welcome to another special day here on the Graphic 45 blog. Today we are excited to share the news that Maggi Harding will be completing her tenure on the design team after two amazing years and stepping directly into a new role with us as Special Project Designer. Maggi has been so generous to share her enormous talent with us over these last few years. From layouts to minis, cards, altered art projects, and more, her diverse skill set has been a valuable asset and a constantly renewable source of inspiration for us and hopefully you readers too. In her new role, she will develop workshops for us to use and share all over the world, and she will be in charge of our always popular monthly class series. In honor of this announcement, we are sharing a brand new French Country - DCE cabinet that Maggie has created, along with three of her greatest hit project sheets from her last year as a design team member. 

 

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French Country Cabinet

By Maggi Harding

 

"I am so excited that French Country is coming back as a Deluxe Collector's Edition!  I had this dreary black cabinet hanging around and decided it would be perfect to repurpose using the French Country DCE.  I love how it's now a cheerful piece covered with sunflowers.

 

I wanted it to have a distressed vintage look and to achieve that, I first painted the wood that would show with vintage white paint.  Then I covered those surfaces with Crackle Accents and finally, I rubbed Distress ink into the cracks to give it an aged look.  After finishing the wood, I used the beautiful blues from the collection and chose the sunflower paper, Abundance, as my focal paper.  I love the imagery on this paper.

 

The flowers I used at the top are a combination of some older Prima vines and vines that I made.  Here's a tutorial I did some time ago to make these vines." ~Maggi Harding

 

Link to YouTube video to make sunflower vines

 

Tips:

  1. Use matte medium to adhere and cover your papers.  You'll get a really nice smooth finish and your paper will be protected from snags and scratches.


  2. You can give your project a different look by changing out the hardware.  My cabinet had wooden painted knobs on it.  I changed those out for glass knobs that looked so much more vintage.

 

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Before & After 

 

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Graphic 45 Supplies:

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Other Supplies:

  • Prima Mountain Lily Vine
  • Knobs from Hobby Lobby
  • Distress Ink - Gathered Twigs
  • Vintage white acrylic paint
  • Crackle Accents
  • Spellbinders Nested Leaves Die
  • Spellbinders Blossom 2 Die
  • Microbeads
  • Tiny daisy-like flower punch
  • Wire
  • Blossom 2 Die


Here are three excellent project sheets by Maggi.  Be sure to print these out and try them at home.  

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Safari Adventure Album

Printable Safari Adventure Album Project Sheet

 

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Printable Card & Envelope Set Project Sheet

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#SimplyG45 Cafe Parisian Wallet Mini Album

Printable Mini Album Project Sheet

 

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This week's prize package includes a Midnight Masquerade Patterns & Solids 12x12 paper pad, an 8x8 paper pad, decorative chipboard, die-cut tags and pockets, and a Square Ivory Tag Album, a $50+ value!  To enter to win, just comment here on the blog and/or on Facebook each day.  We will announce one randomly chosen the winner on this Friday's blog. 

Midnight Masquerade prize pack
 

Thank you for being a part of this exciting announcement and the Graphic 45 family. We hope you are as excited as us about this next step for Maggi. We'd love to hear about some of your favorite creations of hers from the last two years in the comments below, and we are as excited as you to see what she comes up with next. We hope to see you here again tomorrow and be sure to keep an eye out for Maggi's first monthly class creation, coming Summer 2017. 


Happy Papercrafting!

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