unique papercrafting graphic 45

87 posts categorized "Featured Artists"

March 19, 2014

Guest Designer Kristin Wilson Wows with Botanical Tea

KristinWilsonGraphic45BotanicalTeaPurse18


Hello G45ers,

 

It's Wednesday, and we have a fantastic guest designer for this wonderful Wednesday! Kristin Wilson from last year's Design Team provides some fantastic ideas with Botanical Tea. Then, we will share a project from Tara Orr from the Graphic 45 Vault! Let's start the fun!

We are so honored that Graphic 45 Design Team alumni Kristin Wilson agreed to make a tutorial this week for our blog. We love Kristin's beautiful style and great ideas. Today, she provides such a great idea for party favors. So fun, thank you Kristin!

"These darling petite purses make the cutest take home bags for several party ideas. These would be precious when used as a take home bag for a little girl’s glamour party. Simply fill with a few lip glosses, eye shadows, and nail polish for the perfect reminder of all the fun. These purses are great for a little girl’s birthday party, tea party, or as a gift to a special friend. Since the bags used in this project are brown paper bags you can fill them with tasty treats as well." ~Kristin

KristinWilsonGraphic45BotanicalTeaPurse18

Kristin Wilson's Botanical Tea Gift Purse Tutorial

KristinWilsonGraphic45BotanicalTeaPurse1

Step 1: To start, cut a standard brown paper bag 4” up from the bottom, making sure to include the entire base of the bag.

KristinWilsonGraphic45BotanicalTeaPurse2

Step 2: Using Botanical Tea 6x6 solid pink paper cut a piece so it measures 5 ¼”wide. Score the paper 2” down from the top. Your end piece should be 6” h x 5 ¼”w and scored at 2” from the top.

Using Botanical Tea 6x6 solid pink paper cut a second piece so it measures 4”h x 5 ¼”w.

Using Botanical Tea 8x8 Sweet Chamomile paper cut two pieces so they each measure 3 7/8”h x

5 1/8”w.

KristinWilsonGraphic45BotanicalTeaPurse3

Step 3: Using Botanical Tea 8x8 Just Because paper cut a strip so it measures 1 ¾”h x 5 1/8”

KristinWilsonGraphic45BotanicalTeaPurse4

Step 4: Adhere the pieces of paper as shown above.

KristinWilsonGraphic45BotanicalTeaPurse5

Step 5: Using the crop-a-dile punch two holes on either side on the back of the large sheet of paper just under the score line.

  KristinWilsonGraphic45BotanicalTeaPurse6

Step 6: Using the pink ribbon thread one end at a time through each hole and scotch tape to the back of the paper. Doing this step now will hide the ribbon on the inside of the purse.

KristinWilsonGraphic45BotanicalTeaPurse7

Step 7: Take the flat side of the cut brown paper bag and put some adhesive on it. Please note: you want to place the adhesive on the bag and not on the large piece of paper.

KristinWilsonGraphic45BotanicalTeaPurse8

Step 8: This is what the purse should look like at this point.

KristinWilsonGraphic45BotanicalTeaPurse9

KristinWilsonGraphic45BotanicalTeaPurse10

Step 9: Fold the lip of the brown paper bag down and apply adhesive to the brown paper bag.

KristinWilsonGraphic45BotanicalTeaPurse11

Step 10: This is what the purse should look like at this point.

KristinWilsonGraphic45BotanicalTeaPurse12

Step 11: Using the Botanical Tea Cardstock Sticker Sheet place the pink corners on the bottom corners of the purse.

KristinWilsonGraphic45BotanicalTeaPurse13

Step 12: Gather the following supplies and punch out a scallop circle using Botanical Tea 6x6 solid green paper.

  KristinWilsonGraphic45BotanicalTeaPurse14

Step 13: Using adhesive create the following embellishment by layering one circle on top of another and adhering the Shabby Chic Metal Brad in the center.

KristinWilsonGraphic45BotanicalTeaPurse15

Step 14: Adhere the scallop circle embellishment using Glossy Accents so that half of the circle is viewable from the lip of the purse.

KristinWilsonGraphic45BotanicalTeaPurse16

Step 15: Using the Velcro Sticky Back White Coins adhere them as shown in the photo above.

KristinWilsonGraphic45BotanicalTeaPurse17

Step 16: Using Botanical Tea Banners punch a hole in the pink celebrate banner, thread with twine, and tie it to the ribbon on the side of the purse.

KristinWilsonGraphic45BotanicalTeaPurse18

I hope you try this simple & fun project!"

Botanical Tea Purse Supply List

Graphic 45: Botanical Tea 6x6 Patterns & Solids Paper Pad, Botanical Tea 8x8
Double Sided Papers, Botanical Tea Banners, Botanical Tea Cardstock Stickers,
Stampin Up!: Ribbon, Twine, Crop-a-dile, Scallop Punch
Shabby Chic Metal Brads
Ranger: Glossy Accents
Craft Store: Scotch tape, Velcro Sticky Back White Coins, Brown Paper Bag, Small
Hole Punch

Now, check out this great party favor and gift idea by Tara Orr from the G45 Vault. How great to use G45 paper to make coffee and tea holders. Great as a party favor, teacher gift, or as a simple stocking stuffer.

Taraorr2

See this Idea on Pinterest

Many thanks to Kristin for guest designing for us today. Isn't this the most beautiful and wonderful idea? Will you try it for your next party? Thanks for joining us today!

Your Pals in Paper,

Graphic 45

 

March 12, 2014

A Fantastic Easter Project from Jim, the Gentleman Crafter!

006

Happy Wednesday, G45ers:

 

Welcome to another wonderful day on the blog! We have a very special project from the incredible Jim, The Gentleman Crafter! He creates a brilliant Sweet Sentiments Easter Egg. He even includes instructions on how he created the amazing flowers surrounding this altered project. Jim always wows with his creations! We will also share a great project from the G45 Vault by the amazing Melanie Forbes. Let's get to the fun!

 

We just love Jim's work and we were so excited he agreed to make this special project for National Craft Month. He always makes the most incredible and brilliantly unique project - where does he come up with all these great ideas?!

001

002

003

How great for home decor or to use as a nightlight! A genius Easter project.

004

005

Jim's projects are always bursting with life, dimension, and innovation. What a talent!

006

007

 

Supplies Used:

 

Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments Paper Collection
Paper Mache Egg
Sizzix Movers & Shaper Die Set, Bunny and Bow
Sizzix Tattered Florals Die
Tim Holtz Broken China Distress Paint
White Glitter

Tea Light

Now, let's share a beautiful project from the G45 vault. This is an altered birdhouse from Melanie Forbes, a talented Design Team alumni. She uses Once Upon a Springtime, our beloved retired collection. This collection is no longer available, but we are so excited for our new Sprintime collections - Botanical Tea and Sweet Sentiments! Great collections to use to try to recreate this beauty. 

_MG_5945

See this Project from Melanie Forbes on our Ning

Need more G45 inspiration today? Well, you're in luck! Head on over to the Paper Crafter's Library Blog and see a great project by Annette Green! She made a wonderful Sweet Sentiments project, and you will definitely want to give it a look!

Paper-Crafter's-Library-Altered-Tissue-Box-Tutorial-Sweet-Sentiments-Graphic-45-Annette-Green-14-of-16

 Visit the Paper Crafter's Library Blog

 Well, we're ready for Spring! Cannot wait to share more amazing altered art with you tomorrow. There's even another tutorial! Many thanks to Jim and Melanie for their amazing projects. We just can't stop the National Craft Month party. Are you celebrating?

 

Happy Papercrafting,

Your Friends at Graphic 45

March 05, 2014

A Very Special Card Tutorial with Gloria Stengel!

GS-March-Event-1

Hello G45ers,

Oh boy, do we have a surprise for you today! The amazing designer and G45 Design Team alum Gloria Stengel made a By the Sea card and also provided a great tutorial for this project. We are going to have some super fun guest stars on our blog this National Craft Month, and the incredible Gloria kicks off the fun!

NationalCraftMonthGraphic45Promo

Many of you are Gloria fans and know how she is a card master. There is always such detail, beauty, and sophistication in a 'Gloria card.' They are all a masterpiece. And the "You Are My Anchor" card shared today is no different!

"I am so excited to be a guest designer today for the Graphic 45 Blog! When Graphic 45 introduced their By the Sea collection, I went bonkers! I live near the Pacific Ocean in southern California, and I am always on the lookout for beach-themed papers. What fun to have access to a new beach-themed collection from my favorite paper manufacturer!" ~Gloria

By-the-sea-12x12-pad-cvr-PR

GS-March-Event-9

Card Tutorial

 1. Cut blue cardstock to 5 x 10 inches. Score at 5 inches to make a top-fold, 5x5-inch card.

GS-March-Event-2

2. Cut the By the Sea Signature paper (reverse) to 4 7/8 x 4 7/8 inches. Wrap the paper with twine. Secure the twine on the back of the paper with tape. Attach the paper to the front of the card.

GS-March-Event-3

3. Cut blue cardstock to 3 x 4 5/8 inches. Cut Beachcomber paper to 2 7/8 x 4 1/2 inches. Attach the Beachcomber paper to the blue cardstock and attach the panel to the left side of the card front.

4. Cut a banner, approximately 2 3/8 x 4 1/2 inches from blue cardstock. Trim Pier 45 paper to slightly smaller than the cardstock banner. Adhere the banner together. (The sample uses My Favorite Things Fishtail Flag Stax die cut templates to cut the banner.) Attach the banner to the Beachcomber panel as shown using adhesive foam squares.

5. Cut a 2 1/2 inch circle from blue cardstock. Cut a slightly smaller circle from Set Sail paper. Adhere the circles together. Attach the circle to the right side of the banner using adhesive foam squares.

6. Tie the twine into a bow, overlapping the right edge of the circle.

GS-March-Event-4

7. Trim the "You are My Anchor" image from 8x8-inch Sand and Surf paper. Rub the edges of the image with blue ink. Attach the image to a scrap of chipboard, and attach the image to the left side of the card as shown.

8. Tie the small chipboard tag from By the Sea Chipboard Tags 1 to the card with twine. Also add a Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Key and an anchor die cut shape.

9. Glue a blue sequin to the top of the twine. Add a tiny, self-adhesive pearl to the top of the sequin.

GS-March-Event-5

10. Glue three sequins to the Set Sail circle. Add a self-adhesive pearl to the top of each sequin.

11. Glue a Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Key Hole to right edge of the main image. Add self-adhesive pearls to the keyhole as shown.

12. Using sharp scissors, trim a starfish and a shell from the Beachcomber paper. Attach fussy cut images to the card as shown.

13. Using deco scissors, trim a postage stamp image from Splash paper and attach as shown.

14. Fill a tiny bottle with sand. Cork the bottle of sand and glue it to the card as shown.

GS-March-Event-6

15. Trim two pieces of cream cardstock to 4 7/8 x 4 7/8 inches. Use black ink to stamp the lighthouse from the By the Sea Cling Stamp 1 set onto one cream panel.

16. Use black ink to stamp a sentiment and blue ink to stamp the anchor from the By the Sea Cling Stamp 3 set onto the other cream panel. (The sentiment is from Our Daily Bread Designs "The Sea.") Attach the cream cardstock panels to the inside of the card.

GS-March-Event-7

17. Trim By the Sea Signature paper to 1 x 4 7/8 inches. Stamp the postage image from the By the Sea Cling Stamp 3 set onto the left side of the paper strip with black ink.

18. Attach the paper strip to the top of the cream panel containing the lighthouse.

GS-March-Event-8

19. Trim By the Sea Signature paper to 1 x 4 7/8 inches. Stamp the "Pier 45" image from the By the Sea Cling Stamp 2 set onto the right side of the paper strip with black ink.

20. Attach the paper strip to the cream panel containing the sentiment.

GS-March-Event-9

Supplies used:

Graphic 45:
12x12 Papers: By the Sea: Signature sheet, Beachcomber, Set Sail, Splash, Pier 45
8x8 papers: By the Sea: Sand and Surf
Chipboard: By the Sea Tags 1
Cling Stamps: By the Sea 1, 2, 3
Staples: Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Keys, Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Key Holes
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers ColorMates Smooth and Silky Blueberry, ColorMates
Original Light Totally Tan
Other stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs The Sea
Ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Graphic 45 Decades Bon Voyage; Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo
Black
Twine: May Arts
Die cuts: Spellbinders Nautical, Standard Circles Large and Small; My Favorite Things
Fishtail Flag Stax
Sequins: Darice
Pearls: Couture Creations
Bottle: Sky Blue Pink
Other: sand
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares;
Aleene's Tacky Glue

 

"I enjoyed being back with the Graphic 45 Team, if only for a day! Thanks for looking, and I hope you feel inspired to create something with By the Sea papers!" ~Gloria

Make sure to visit Gloria's blog! She always has a ton of fun on her blog - great projects, challenges, and ideas!

Scraps of Life Blog

Now, we have a great card share from the G45 Vault. Tara Orr was one of our past Design Team members, and a master of layering and layouts and cards. This is a French Country card with so much sophistication and beauty. Don't you love this?

Taraorr

See this G45 Vault Blog Post

Need more great card ideas? Don't forget about our wonderful card Pinterest board:

CardCollage

Graphic 45 Card Pinterest Board

Gloria always wows us with her amazing cardmaking. Thanks so much for joining us today! Join us tomorrow for another great tutorial in honor of this wonderful National Craft Month!

 

Happy Cardmaking,

Your Friends at Graphic 45

 

 

December 13, 2013

Graphic 45 Featured Artist: Andrew Roberts

DSC02900

Hello G45ers,

We're celebrating Friday in style with the most incredible variety of crafts from today's very special Featured Artist, Andrew Roberts! We're going to make your Friday fabulous with the most breathtaking ideas for altered art, layouts, tags, gift ideas and so much more! We've packed today's blog with so many gorgeous crafts. You're sure to have endless inspiration for your weekend! Plus we have a winner to announce for the grand prize from our 12 Days of Gift Tutorials event! We chose today's winner at random from comments left on our blog during this amazing holiday event! And the winner is...

-Crystle K. "Thanks for sharing wonderful projects and products. Beautiful I love them all. I have to get some the paper before its gone. I love it all, must have. Happy Holidays to everyone and Congrats to the winner whom ever it might be."

Congratulations, Crystle! Please emails us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize! This is the amazing prize that Crystle won today! There's always a chance to win something amazing on the Graphic 45 blog! Stay tuned to next week's blog for even more splendid inspiration and marvelous prize giveaways!

Twelve_Days_Blog_Option2

We are so excited to introduce you to today's incredible Featured Artist, Andrew Roberts! You may have seen Andrew's breathtaking crafts on the Graphic 45 Ning site and Facebook page. As you will see in today's featured projects, Andrew has a spectacular range of talents. He creates works of art that reflect his deep love for his family. He also has an incredible understanding of how to use colorful embellishments to bring out the unique characteristics of each Graphic 45 collection. Each of his beautiful crafts has its own amazing story. Whether its a stunning altered art piece, mini album, layout or other marvelous project, Andrew puts the most incredible details into his work to make each craft stand out. One look at Andrew's crafts and it's obvious that he loves the process of creating. His crafts overflow with beauty and joy. His blog called Down Under Crafter is a wonderland of gorgeous ideas! Not only is Andrew a very talented artist, but he also loves to share his work with the world! We are thrilled to welcome him to the Graphic 45 blog as our Featured Artist! Ladies and gentlemen, please join us in welcoming the very talented Andrew Roberts!

About Andrew:

DSC01301

Andrew's Blog:

http://downundercrafter.blogspot.com/

My name is Andrew Roberts, I live in Queensland Australia. I am married to my beautiful wife Jennifer and I have seven beautiful children. I have always enjoyed craft and artistic endeavours. Some of my pursuits have included wildlife water colour drawing and mohair teddy bear making, but I settled in the paper crafting world about 8 or 9 years ago and it has become my favourite artistic outlet. Paper craft was something I had never really considered until I went to a local craft store and purchased a few resources. I released the scope that was possible and a paper crafter was born. I love all aspects of this eclectic craft , constantly being surprised by the wonderful range of product to choose from. Graphic 45 is my all time favourite paper craft company and the product range is so varied . I was drawn to graphic 45 because of three main things : the colour palette used in their wonderful paper, the vintage nature of the imagery and finally the detailed complexity you can achieve with their collections. Having said that, the creative inspiration that is available when you receive a new paper pad is wonderful. Graphic 45 product causes a flood of ideas to come to mind. I appreciate the wonderful themes that I can incorporate in my creations. and there is always many inspiring images to embellish with. I had to choose the one collection I love from graphic 45 that has given me the most joy and inspiration it would be " Little Darlings ". I would encourage everyone to discover the wonderful graphic 45 family and share your creations when you use there fabulous products.

We begin with a wonderful craft for the holidays. Here is Andrew's dazzling Nutcracker Sweet ornaments. This is a perfect example of the incredible time and detail that Andrew puts into his crafts. We just love the kaleidoscopic look of these pretty ornaments. Andrew did lots of delicate fussy cutting and paper layering to give these ornaments their stunning dimension. Pretty ribbons, flowers and other festive embellishments help to amplify the festive cheer of these lovely works of art.

Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet ornament Christmas Andrew Roberts

DSC02280

DSC02282

DSC02284

Supplies:

Nutcracker Sweet paper

Ribbon

Flower Embellishments

Gemstones

Here is another bright and cheerful creation by Andrew! This is his Secret Garden ark! This marvelous collection springs to life in this joyful work of art. You can see how Andrew did a lot of fussy cutting and inking to give this amazing piece such an authentic and natural look. The soft colors of Secret Garden really stand out! Andrew also blended fussy cut flowers with flower embellishments for added depth and dimension. This amazing ark also houses two magnificent mini albums! It's simply breathtaking!

Graphic 45 Secret Garden Andrew Roberts ark mini album gift

DSC02864

DSC02861

DSC02866

Supplies:

Secret Garden 12x12 paper pad

Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Keys

Flower Embellishments

Ribbon

Pocket scrapbooking is very popular right now and Andrew had the great idea to give it a try with our Mother Goose collection! You can see how expertly he combined the different papers and embellishments from this vibrant collection to create this heartwarming work of art. Here is what Andrew had to say about this bright and cheerful creation! "I love the pocket idea as it allows you to make each individual mini layout, but coordinate the entire project. I love the colors of this collection and they make my black and white photos stand out."

 

Graphic 45 Andrew Roberts Mother Goose layout pocket scrapbooking

DSC02896

DSC02900

Supplies:

mother goose 8x8 pad, 12x12 pad, tags and pockets, banners, chip board and sticker sheet, card stock flowers.

American craft chip board thickers embossed with rouge zing embossing powder, bakers twine, satin ribbon in two colors, bazzill card stock, kaiser craft pearls and rhine stone strips,
and tim holtz walnut stain distress ink

 

Here is another craft treasure that Andrew created! This is his gorgeous Bird Song altered box that contains an elegant mini album inside! This is another perfect example of Andrew's ability to bring each Graphic 45 collection to life! You can see how he loves to blend the beautiful papers together to create a work of art that is instantly alluring. This creation must have taken so much time to create, but all the effort definitely paid off! Each page of the magnificent mini album contains exquisite detail, vibrant color and perfect vintage charm. Just imagine what an incredible gift this would make!

Bird Song altered box Graphic 45 Andrew Roberts mini album

DSC02320

DSC02321

DSC02326

DSC02327

DSC02329

DSC02330

DSC02331

DSC02332

Supplies:

Graphic 45 Bird Song Collection

Flower Embellisments

Ribbon

Lace

Andrew is also an expert tag maker! This is a trio of tags that he created using the Graphic 45 Large Tag Album Staples. These tags feature our collections Typography, Bohemian Bazaar and Steampunk Spells. Beautiful borders and paper layers help add remarkable depth to these sweet tags. Each tag has its own unique personality. The Typography tag has such a clean and classic look. The Bohemian Bazaar tag is so lively with lots of stunning fussy cut elements. The Steampunk Spells tag is so much fun! It also contains the perfect amount of clever coordinating embellishments! You can see more amazing images of these tags on Andrew's beautiful blog. They are so much fun!

Graphic 45 Andrew Roberts Tag Typography

Graphic 45 Andrew Roberts Tag Bohemian Bazaar

Graphic 45 Andrew Roberts Tag Steampunk Spells

Supplies:

Graphic 45 Large Tag Album Staples

Steampunk Spells collection

Bohemian Bazaar collection

Typography collection

Graphic 45 Stamped Metal Brads

Here is a spectacular trinket box that Andrew created with our collection A Ladies' Diary. This is such an inspiring idea for a handmade gift! You can bring an ordinary box to life with a few simple techniques! Fussy cutting can be delicate work but it is absolutely worth the effort! Each side of this box displays a beautiful scene. Fussy cut characters and flowers mingle with floral embellishments and altered Graphic 45 Metal Butterflies to create a fun 3-D look. We also love the pretty pearl and lace embellishments that add to the vintage look of this darling box.

DSC02264

DSC02265

DSC02266

DSC02268

Supplies:

A Ladies Diary collection

Metal Butterfly Staples

Pearl embellishments

Flower Embellishments

And now we've got some fun crafts that Andrew created using some older Graphic 45 collections. Andrew's favorite Graphic 45 collection is Little Darlings. Here is an adorable keepsake chest he created using Little Darlings. This sweet chest opens to reveal a shadowbox-style lid that contains lots of little trinkets and handmade embellishments. This sweet work of art exudes so much love. It also opens to reveal yet another surprise, a wonderful tag mini album! Just imagine how perfect this creation would look in a child's room! It's also a fabulous idea for a baby shower gift! It's so inspiring!

Graphic 45 Andrew Roberts Little Darlings chest mini album

DSC02687

DSC02837

DSC02822

Supplies:

Little Darlings collection

Graphic 45 Regular Tag Album Staples

Flower embellishments

Ribbon

Next we have another dazzling craft from an older Graphic 45 collection. Here is Andrew's heartwarming mini album featuring An ABC Primer. This is such a precious idea for commemorating a child's first years of school. Again you can see how perfectly Andrew combined the fun papers from An ABC Primer with lovely embellishments with just the right amount of color. The pretty flower and ribbon embellishments help to amplify the unique look of this magnificent collection. This mini is such a true celebration of the wonderful years of childhood.

Graphic 45 Andrew Roberts mini album An ABC Primer

DSC02242

DSC02244

Supplies:

An ABC Primer collection

We had so much fun getting to share today's incredible crafts with you. We encourage you all to check out Andrew's fantastic blog for more extensive photos of today's crafts, along with even more craft inspiration! Big thanks to Andrew for his gorgeous crafts on today's very special blog. We also want to thank all of you G45ers for joining us today! We hope you got a lot of great ideas for your weekend crafting! We will have more craft inspiration, fun and prizes to share with you on our blog! We hope you'll stop by and see us very soon. Enjoy the rest of your day and have a very happy weekend!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45

November 04, 2013

Graphic 45 Featured Artist: Maggi Harding

Listen 1978.closeup

Hello G45ers,

Get ready for some incredible Monday inspiration! We are so excited to share the gorgeous crafts of our Featured Artist, Maggi Harding! You are going to love her vibrant and imaginative style! Today's blog features layouts, tags, altered art and much more! We've got everything you need to beat the Monday blues! Plus we have a new blog contest this week! We're giving you the chance to win this amazing Mother Goose prize pack! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week for a chance to win a Mother Goose 12x12 paper pad, Chipboard Die Cut, cardstock Banners, Tags & Pockets, Regular Tag Album Staples and Metal Clothespin Staples! That's a $45 value! We will announce a randomly chosen winner on Friday's blog so stay tuned!

Mother Goose Graphic 45 blog prize contest

We are so excited to introduce you to today's Featured Artist, Maggi Harding. Her crafts are overflowing with whimsical charm and imagination. She has been very active on the Graphic 45 Facebook page, often uploading her incredible creations and sharing her fondness for Graphic 45. One look at her crafts and you'll understand why we love her classic style. Maggi definitely understands the unique character of each Graphic 45 collection. She does an amazing job of bringing each collection to life in her crafts. She often combines beautiful fussy cut elements with pretty paper layers and richly textures ribbons and embellishments. Her crafts have a sophistication and timeless vintage charm that works perfectly with Graphic 45 papers and Staples. Maggi's craft blog Scrap, Travel and Bark is filled with endless inspiration and gorgeous photos of her craft creations. One look at Maggi's crafts and it's obvious that she has an incredible attention to detail. We are thrilled to introduce you to her breathtaking work. Ladies and gentleman, please join us in welcoming the amazing Maggi Harding!

Maggi Chena Nika

About Maggi:

Well, let me introduce myself, I am Maggi Harding, and as you might have already figured out, I am thrilled to be here!  My home is in eastern North Carolina, but, sometimes I claim the world as home.  I have spent most of my life wandering, as a child with my parents because my Dad was in the Army, and, as an adult, because I wanted to.  By the time I was 18 I had been to 9 different schools, lived in France, Japan, Germany, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and North Carolina.  Since attaining adulthood, I have lived in North Carolina, Florida, Virginia, Alaska and Colorado. I'm really not sure when I became an adult, but that's another story all together! My husband and I share our home with our two standard poodles, or spoos as we call them. We love to travel and do so mostly in our RV so that our spoos can accompany us wherever we go.   We have been from Key West, Florida to Fairbanks, Alaska and from the Pacific shores of California to the Atlantic shores of North Carolina in our well travelled motorhome! I discovered scrapbooking in 2005 when I decided to make scrapbooks for my two best friends from college.  It quickly became my passion and something that I spend hours doing and never grow tired of my efforts. I describe my style as vintage/shabby chic with touches of bright color.  Graphic 45 was made for me!  Its rich saturated colors and bold patterns are an artistic adventure for me; I always ask myself, what can I create, how can I make this piece of paper come to life.   I love the challenge of combining those beautiful patterns with my photos to create a cohesive art piece.  Scrapbooking has awakened my “inner artist” and  satisfies the creative side of my brain. I am also the creative team coordinator for the Flying Unicorn forums and store.  The Flying Unicorn carries nearly all available Graphic 45 lines. Thank you for letting me share my passion with you!

Maggi's Blog:


http://scraptravelbark.blogspot.com/

And now it's time to explore some of Maggi's stunning crafts. We begin with this gorgeous and vibrant Bohemian Bazaar layout. This is a perfect example of Maggi's amazing ability to bring each Graphic 45 collection to life. Just look at how perfectly the bright colors mix with fabulous fussy cut elements and pretty embellishments. The beautiful vintage photo also adds to the allure of this amazing LO! Here is what Maggi had to say about it.

When I first saw Bohemian Bazaar, I thought it to be one of Graphic 45's more challenging paper collections because of its bright bold colors and vivid patterns; however, having seen so many fabulous projects done with it, I just had to give it a go and I am tickled with the outcome.  I am a flower child of the 60's and this collection was perfect for scrapping a photo of me in my younger years!

Bohemian Bazaar Maggi Harding Graphic 45 Layout

Listen 1978 closeup

Listen 1978.closeup

Supplies:

Cardstock:  Bazzill black 

Patterned paper:  G45 Bohemian Bazaar collection:  green base - Vivid Splendor 4500704, circle - Opulent Sunset 4500706, yellow dot & borders under photos - Kaleidoscope 4500709, top left paper and fussy cut right corner - Bohemian Bazaar 4500702, Stripe at bottom - Dazzling Delights 4500707, number stickers - Bohemian Bazaar Stickers 4500713, tags - Tags and Pockets 4500712, small round chippys - Chipboard 4500714

Diecuts and punches: Spellbinders for Heartfelt Creations Bella Rose, Alterations Tattered Floral; WRMK Lucky 8 Frilly Lace & Tatted Doily

Flowers: handmade from Bohemian Bazaar Kaleidoscope paper 4500709 

Ink:  Mix'd Media Inx - Black, Prima Old Rose, ColorBox Rose Coral, Distress black soot 

Other:  Fabscraps Rhinestones

                                                                    Unknown:  Yellow diecut paper


I thought it would be fun to make a matching tag and card for a birthday and Bohemian Bazaar was perfect for the task.  Lots of fussy cutting here and 2 diecut frames along with some blooms.

Bohemian Bazaar tag and card

Supplies:

Patterned paper:  Graphic 45 Bohemian Bazaar collection:  yellow dot - Kaleidoscope 4500709, striped - Dazzling Delights 4500707, red frames - Opulent Sunset 4500706, blue frame on cared cutouo - Lap of Luxury 4500708, fussy cut flower on card - Bohemian Bazaar, pocket on tag - Tags & Pockets 4500712, Oranbe (back of card) Dazzling Delights 4500707,

Letters: 

Embossing powder:  Stampendous aged hunter green 

Flowers:   fussy cut flowers on tag - Lap of Luxury 4500708, Flying Unicorn metal leaves, Spare Parts red flowers, Prima Soprano

                                                                           Other:  May Arts ribbon

Next we're going to explore some amazing tags featuring Typography! Here is a stunning tag that Maggi created. You can see the incredible detail that went into making this beautiful tag. We love how well Maggi blends Graphic 45 papers with colorful embellishments and ribbons to make each collection's color palette stand out. Beautiful paper flowers and fun fussy cut elements also add to the whimsical look of this darling tag. It's simply breathtaking!

  Typography tag Maggi Harding Graphic 45

Typography tag Write Your Story closeup 1

Typography tag Write your story closeup

Supplies:

Patterned paper:  G45 Typography collection:  black dot - Inscribe 4500770 , green patterned - Celebrate 4500768 , red stripe - Create 4500769, Write your story cut apart - Imagine 4500773 , small cut apart - Dream 4500771, Typography stickers 4500777, Typography chipboard 4500778

Chipboard:  Julie Nuttig doll 1205-01 and Flower Corner small 362s - Leaky Shed Studio

Embossing powder:  Stampendous aged black embossing enamel 

Diecuts and punches:  Spellbinders Bella Rose misted with Lindy's Gator Gumbo Olive

Flowers:   handmade, Prima SIIP 530815 and SIIS 530976 flower centers

Ink:  Distress Black soot

Paint - Luminarte Sand Dollar, Shimmerz coffee, Smooch green and Nautical Navy

Other:  May Arts green ribbons, Spare parts burlap ribbon

Next up is another stunning Typography tag that Maggi made. This tag is so much fun. It even has a little door that swings open to reveal a place for writing a special message. This is a perfect example of how tags can also make great gifts! Again you can see how Maggi perfectly blends lovely flower and ribbon embellishments to accentuate the vivid colors in Typography. A little bit of paper distressing and inking around the edges also give this tag a marvelous vintage look. It's a true work of art.

Typography tag Graphic 45 Maggi Harding

Typography tag open

Next we're going to explore some delightful and fun Steampunk Spells creations by Maggi. Here is a gorgeous mannequin hat and dress that is overflowing with vintage style. This is such an imaginative idea for working with Steampunk Spells. The flowing embellishments mixed with the gorgeous patterned papers look absolutely classic! Here is what Maggi had to say about this enchanting creation.

I've had so much fun with the Steampunk Spells collection.  I've made layouts and tags, but I knew that I had to create another mannequin, and in keeping with the season, a Steampunk witch's dress and hat would be perfect!  This is one of my favorite off the page projects ever!

Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells dress form har Maggi Harding

Dress back

Supplies:

Steampunk Spells collection:

Clockworks 4500682

Beware 4500690

Witching Hour 4500687

Chipboard 1 and 2 - 4500700

Flowers

Steampunk Debutante collection - Eclectic Emporium

Staples Metal Flowers 

Kaisercraft Mannequin 17"

Hampton Arts Cling Mounted Rubber Stamps

Tim  Holtz Sprocket Gears

Tim Holtz Swivel Clasps

Flying Unicorn Metal Adornments

Jolee's spider

Cheesecloth dyed with Lindy's Flat Fabios

Dusty Attic chipboard crow and gears

                                                            Beads and fibers from Hobby Lobby

Here is another one of Maggi's amazing dresses made with Steampunk Debutante. We also love the adorable hat and trunk! It's incredible what you can create with some pretty papers, embellishments and a great imagination! Here is what Maggi had to say about these timeless works of art!

I fell  in love with dressforms and mannequins while doing this project;  I think because, once upon a time I wanted to be a fashion designer!   Of course I could not stop with just a dress, I had to create a hat and trunk too!  I have a tutorial for the trunk on my blog:

Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante dress form har Maggi Harding

Steampunk outfi back

Steampunk outfit closeup dress

Steampunk outfit closeup

Supplies:

Steampunk Debutante:

Mechanical Mind

Eclectic Emporium

Le Romantique - Well Groomed

Kaisercraft Mannequin 17"

Making Memories brads

Michaels felt and netting

Petaloo felt flowers

Tim Holtz:

 Sprocket Gears

 Swivel Clasps

 Metal Foliage

Chain

Locket

7 Gypsies Mini Keys, Charms

Autumn Leaves Scrap Metal winged heart

Trim and braid from Hobby Lobby

Feathers - Michaels

Stickpins - handmade

Flying Unicorn flowers

Now we're going to explore more fabulous layouts by Maggi! Each of these layouts has its own unique look. Each of these layouts demonstrates how perfectly Maggi captures the unique personality of each Graphic 45 paper collection.  Here is a darling Mother Goose LO that features amazing paper layering, paper distressing and fabulous embellishments. Here is what Maggi had to say about this darling LO!


Mother Goose is such a fun collection and just perfect for scrapping those wee ones in your life!   There are so many fun images to fussy cut!

Mother goose layout graphic 45 maggi harding

Mother gooseclose

Supplies:

Patterned paper:  Graphic 45 Mother Goose collection:  green floral-Story Time 4500747, black dot - Sunshine stripe 4500751, green stripe- Humpty Dumpty 4500748, music pp & fussy cut images - Mother Goose 4500742, stamp strip - Playful Postage 4500750, yellow print, green check and solid gree from 6 x 6 paper pad, Chipboard 1 4500762, Banners 4500757 

Flowers:   Petaloo Textured Collection Teal, Petaloo Darjeeling Wild blossoms large aqua

                                                            Ink:  Mix'd Media Inx - leather, truffle, black


Bird Song is truely one of your most beautiful collections.  I couldn't find a photo that I liked with the collection so I chose to fussy cut one of the geisha's and make her the focal point of my layout.

Bird Song layout Maggi Harding Graphic 45


I loved the bright colors and images of the Tropical Travelogue collection, perfect for scrapping some time that I spent in Florida!

Tropical Travelogue Layout Maggi Harding Graphic 45

Supplies:

Cardstock: Bazzill brown, orange

Patterned paper:  Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue:  Botanica,  Garden Isle, Tiki Voyager, Paradise Postage,

Stickers: Tropical Travelogue 

Flowers:    Prima apricot, handmade with Tattered floral die & McGill starburst, Flying Unicorn anthuriums

Ink:  Ripe Persimmon, walnut stain, vintage photo

Stickles:  gold, black diamond on butterfly

Other: Prima Say it in Crystals

Unknown:  fish net, shells


Mixed media is so "in" right now and like so many scrappers, I enjoy dabbling in the paints and pastes.  However, when I work with Graphic 45 I really hate to cover up the beautiful papers and images so I usually don't use much mixed media on my G45 layluts.  But, there's always the exception and this layout was my first attempt at mixing the two together and  I rather like the outcome.  Along with some On the Boardwalk papers, I used some gesso, cheese cloth, Viva Stone-Art and black ink drop on this page. 

On the Boardwalk layout Graphic 45 Maggi Harding

We hope you all had a lot of fun exploring the amazing work of Maggi Harding. We encourage you all to check out her beautiful blog for even more inspiration and fun! We want to thank Maggi for sharing her magnificent creations on today's very special Graphic 45 blog. Don't forget to leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week for your chance to win that fabulous Mother Goose prize pack! We've got so many fun crafts and inspiration planned for you all this week on the Graphic 45 blog. We hope you'll stop by and see us again. Thank you so much for joining us today, G45ers! We wish you all a very marvelous Monday!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45