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July 01, 2014

Graphic 45 Featured Artist: Gabrielle Pollacco

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Today, we have a very special featured artist, the lovely and talented Gabrielle Pollacco! She is an incredible designer, on many wonderful Design Teams, and has been so lovely to get to know. Her work is so beautiful as you will see below. You will love her shabby chic style and memorable projects. We are so excited to feature this wonderful artist on the blog today!


"Hi, my name is Gabrielle Pollacco.  I've been a scrapbooker for almost 10 years now and have enjoyed the journey every step of the way.  I would say my scrap style would be called vintage/shabby-chic.  I have a background in Commercial Arts that I find has played a roll in a lot of my creative designs.  I've had the privilege of being on a number of wonderful design teams over the years and have also been published in a number of magazines as well.  Lately I spend a lot of my time on sharing fun new projects and techniques on my blog and on my Youtube Channel.  You can find me at www.gabriellepollacco.blogspot.ca and https://www.youtube.com/user/GabriellePollacco

I'm honored to be a guest designer this month for Graphic 45, their papers and products are so beautiful and such a pleasure to work with."

Gabrielle Pollacco's Blog

This is a wonderful By the Sea canvas that Gabrielle created. You can see so many incredible techniques throughout - like the wonderful ways she used our stamps, fussy cut items, twine, pearls, and more. Wow, what a gorgeous canvas. Enjoy her video tutorial of this wonderful canvas.

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By the Sea Canvas Tutorial

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Next, we have two sets of amazing By the Sea cards. Her layering and dimension for her projects are just incredible! How gorgeous.

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Love the use of the By the Sea stamp set on this glorrious card. She invokes the spirit of the sea through her gorgeous projects.

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Next, we have the most beautiful altered bottles by Gabrielle. She uses fussy cut pieces from Botanical Tea to create such memorable home decor pieces. She has generously provided a video tutorial for these below!

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Botanical Tea Bottles Video Tutorial

Botanical Tea Painted Bottles

Love the butterflies. Her stamping techniques are so incredible throughout - notice she uses the By the Sea stamp set 2 on this bottle as well. What a great detail!

Botanical Tea Painted Bottles

Botanical Tea Painted Bottles

This Botanical Tea layout is simply glorious! Love the tree die with the beautiful fussy cut flowers. Such gorgeous composition and beautiful use of the Shabby Chic Metal Keyholes!

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Truly dynamic details!

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What a great day of fresh ideas from the amazing Gabrielle Pollacco! She truly can create anything and so beautifully. We are so honored she agreed to join us for this very special blog post. Will you be a follower of Gabrielle from now on? We know we will be!

Happy Papercrafting,

Graphic 45

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May 19, 2014

Graphic 45 Featured Artist: Aideen Fallon

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This is going to be a wonderful Monday on the blog. We are celebrating the incredible work of featured artist, Aideen Fallon! Aideen is an active G45er on all our social media sites and her work is so innovative and absolutely gorgeous. In today's blog, you will see great examples of altered art, mixed media, out-of-the box projects (you are going to love it), and more! You will fall in love with her whole family from this post. We are so honored Aideen agreed to join us today, and we absolutely cannot wait to introduce you to her fabulous work.

But what is Monday without a new Graphic 45 giveaway? Below, you will see a beautiful set of Typography goodies - including Typography Hampton Art Stamps! Wow, don't you want to win? Just comment here on the blog or on our Facebook page to win!


We are going to let the lovely and talented Aideen take it from here! Enjoy her tour of her incredible creations.

"Hello lovely graphic 45 friends, my name is Aideen and I am coming to you today all the way from Ireland. To say I am beyond excited and delighted to be here is an understatement. It is every crafter's dream to be involved with such an amazing company as Graphic 45 right?! So thank you to everyone at Graphic 45 for making me feel so welcome.

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So… who am I? I am a busy mom of two wonderful kids Oisìn and Caoimhe working two jobs but always making time for myself to get crafty. I am a huge lover of all the Graphic 45 collections and my first ever project was a Halloween in wonderland mini album for my sister. This and all my other projects can be found over on my blog www.piecesbyaideen.com. I just love to craft-creating handmade gifts for people and seeing their reaction when I give them the gift is always such a great feeling. I have also made so many friends through crafting which is not as easy as we get older but my bestie Emily and I made friends through a love of crafting for which I will be forever grateful.

Today I have a new project to share with you all which I made from a very generous batch of goodies received from the amazing crew at Graphic 45.

As I said I love to create projects for others and this one I made for my daughter and she loves it. I created a fun and adorable altered mini porcelain tea set and matching storage boxes. The collection I used was the very pretty and girly Botanical Tea - this was my first creation with this collection and it was just perfect for it.

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I would also like to say a big thank you to my mom who helped me by making up the picnic blanket to match. I had ordered the beautiful fabric which is also by Graphic 45 online from Hawthorne threads. My mom then ran up the blanket for me-I have a goal to take some sewing classes this year!!

Here is my daughter when I gave her the present-just look at that little face!! She couldn’t wait to open it and see what was inside…. She’s very much the girly girl and the colours and florals of botanical tea made her so happy.

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And here she is having her teddy bears picnic, I am so happy with this project as I feel it is a great keepsake for her to have. I still have a little tea set I received from my grandmother many years ago…

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I have a quick little video of the process of me making the tea set and boxes if you would like to check that out.


Aideen's Botanical Tea set Video

I would also like to share some of my other projects using Graphic 45 goodies.

Here is a Mother Goose jigsaw puzzle complete with nursery rhymes and needle felted sheep. This is such a fun and interactive piece again created with my children in mind and anther keepsake for sure.

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And this is my first ever mixed media piece-it is an altered Tim Holtz configuration book box and mini using Steampunk Spells. I have to say I have a soft spot for this collection  and all the fun characters in it...Graphic 45 collections have the ability to take you into the world created by the beautifully designed papers.

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One of my personal favourite makes of mine and one that I just had to keep for myself is this Nutcracker Sweet configurations box. I love this piece and it has even started me on my nutcracker collection obsession!!!

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Mini albums were my first love in the wonderful world of paper-crafting and are still one of my favourite projects to do for sure. This one is made using the Graphic 45 altered art box and mini and the Little Darlings paper collection. I created this for a friend of mine on the birth of her baby girl...so sweet...

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A special project to me and one that is so important for me to make is a heritage album for my kids so they know all about the family from which they come from. Using the Graphic 45 for Echo park Photo Freedom Transatlantique collection I have started collecting photographs and stories and creating layouts for my album.

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Thank you so much Graphic 45 for having little ole me here today and a huge thank you to all the lovely readers and followers for reading my story...

Hugs to you all-see you on the Graphic 45 Ning site!!" ~Aideen

Visit Aideen Fallon's Blog

Huge thanks to Aideen for sharing her incredible work with us today! Isn't she wonderful? We hope you have a fabulous Monday inspired by her great work.

Before we head out, we wanted to share with you our fun weekend at Scrapper's Playground in North Babylon, NY teaching a great Botanical Tea mini album to our amazing class.

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This is the beautiful Botanical Tea mini (above) that we made with our wonderful class!

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Charee and Jeff had the best day with Scrapper's Playground!

These are just some of the amazing students in our class. We were having so much fun!


Thanks for the most wonderful day, Scrapper's Playground! We loved your Graphic 45 window display.

Join us tomorrow as we celebrate our 2013-2014 Design Team!

Your Pals in Paper,

Graphic 45

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March 19, 2014

Guest Designer Kristin Wilson Wows with Botanical Tea


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


Kristin Wilson's Botanical Tea Gift Purse Tutorial


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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



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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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!


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?!




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



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




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. 


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!


 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!


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!


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



Card Tutorial

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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
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?


See this G45 Vault Blog Post

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


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