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April 18, 2014

Happy Easter from Graphic 45!


Happy Friday, G45ers,

Welcome to the blog this fine Easter weekend. We wanted to leave you with some last-minute ideas to really set the spring scene. Arlene Cuevas shares a great idea which serves two purposes - decor and party favor! Then, Miranda Edney shows how easy and gorgeous Easter crafting can be with a tag tutorial. Sit back and enjoy these great ideas!

Before we jump in, we have a winner to announce! The winner of this week's blog contest chosen randomly from our blog comments is....

-Nicole Giusti: It is ridiculous how in love with all things G45 I am!!! Can't wait for new collections but love playing with the current ones!

Congratulations, Nicole! Please email joanna@g45papers.com to claim your prize. Thanks for taking part this week, G45ers! We've been hearing whispers of Sneak Peeks next week, which means you'll have up to THIRTY chances to win next week! Wow! We cannot wait to see you Monday.


Before we begin, we have a very special birthday today! Join me in wishing Aimee Filimoehala a very Happy Birthday! We have a few fun questions for her great birthday blog. Aimee works so hard for Graphic 45 and we're so excited to celebrate her today. She is amazing!


 1. What have been you top highlights from Graphic 45 this past year?


First and foremost, it's always so great and REWARDING to meet all the wonderful folks out there that share a love for all things vintage inspired crafting!  To be a part of creating a product that brings out joy in people is really AMAZING!

On the business front, I'm currently focused on developing a new licensing division for G45 and its taken me back to the first days of starting the company, there's a lot of "troubleshooting" if you know what I mean.  I'm very excited about it and am looking forward to seeing G45 designs on many different mediums!

2. What's your favorite Graphic 45 product of all time? 

That's a hard one!  I would say that Communique reflects my style the most, I love the iconic Statue of Liberty image and all the vintage phones.  HOWEVER, I really love the fun colors from Hallowe'en in Wonderland.  That's definitely my favorite holiday line we've ever done!


3. Tell us more about Henry the Office dog, because he is one of our G45ers favorite! How many costumes *do* you have for him? And how did he get so handsome??

HA!  How many costumes does Henny-Penny have?!?!  Lets just say he has a few, many of the outfits are gifts from his Auntie Charee or are things we create in the office.  I mean come of folks, we work in a crafting office stock full of supplies.

These Botanical Tea Easter treat bags by Arlene serve double-duty - table decor and party favors! Enjoy her video tutorial below.

“These little treat bags are the perfect compliment to your dessert table this Easter. Use them as table decor and your guests can take one home when it’s time to go! I created a video tutorial showing you how I created these cute little bags and I even show you how to create your own crinkle paper from scratch. Hope you give these a try this Easter!” ~Arlene Cuevas



Arlene's YouTube Easter Tutorial






Product List:

Botanical Tea paper collection
I Am Roses Flowers
Coordinations Graphic 45 Signature Series cardstock - Lights
Cheery Lynn Designs Olive Branch Die
Crinkle paper
Martha Stewart border punch
Hershey’s Chocolate Easter Eggs
Hot glue

Miranda shows how fun and simply Easter crafting can be with this Sweet Sentiments Ruffle Easter Tag tutorial! Great idea.

"For the last couple months I’ve done a family-friendly tutorial. I want everyone to feel they can do the projects seen on the blog , cause you TRULY CAN! Especially this super easy egg tag! A few strips of paper and G45 Staples tags and you're set! Oh and water… you’ll need water ;)" - Miranda



Miranda's Ruffle Egg Tag Tutorial



 Graphic 45 Papers

 Sweet Sentiments-All My Love
Sweet Sentiments-Violet Bouquet
Sweet Sentiments-Spring has Sprung
Botanical Tea-Patterns & Solids
Botanical Tea-Birds of a Feather
Ivory Tag Staples
Water Bottle!
Ink , lace that’s it!

We hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend full of family and fun. Join us next week for a super special week on the blog - Spring Sneak Peeks! We cannot wait to see you!

Happy Easter,

Graphic 45

Want to try these projects out? Visit your LSS or order online today! Graphic 45 Store Locator Link Here

April 17, 2014

Tutorials and Treats with Sweet Sentiments

Maiko Miwa April project Sweet Sentiments #7

Top of the mornin' G45ers,

Welcome to our blog today! It's a few days before Easter and we have some great inspiration today. Annette Green shares a Sweet Sentiments centerpiece and tutorial. Secondly, Arlene Cuevas has a great Easter card idea. Then, we round out the blog with the most stunning Sweet Sentiments Easter basket and Egg mini album by Maiko! Enjoy a beautiful day on the blog.

Don't forget about our Typography giveaway this week! Just comment here on the blog to win this craft-tastic prize pack. Deadline is tonight, so comment now!


Annette shares a really fantastic idea for your Easter centerpiece and for some great treat holders. It will definitely wow your Easter guests. The best part is that it also has a tutorial!

"Sweet Sentiments paper has such beautiful pastels and imagery for Easter, I knew I had to use it for my Easter brunch this year. The new Ivory ATC tags inspired me to create unique treat holders and a centerpiece basket for my table. Then the egg blossoms evolved due to a happy accident when I got the eggs home from the craft store. These are so much fun to make and look so pretty on my table! I hope you’ll give them a try." - Annette



Annette's Easter Centerpiece & Treat Holder Video Tutorial



 Triangle Leaf Template Downloadable PDF

Download Hexagon Template Half-Annette


Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments 12 x 12 papers
Botanical Tea 12 x 12 and 6 x 6 papers
Ivory ATC Tags
Various adhesives
Scoring stylus
Large ball stylus (Susan’s Garden Tool Kit, Sizzix)
Scoring board
Cushioned mat
Ribbon & Lace
Bone Folder

Annette even shares some bonus projects that will be a part of her beautiful Easter spread this weekend. And they all have tutorials! If you need last-minute table and decor ideas, Annette has you covered!

Check out How to Create Springtime Napkin Rings by Annette Green on Snapguide.  

Annette's Napkin Ring Snapguide

Check out How to Create a Springtime Banner With ATC Tags by Annette Green on Snapguide.  

Annette's Spring Time ATC Banner Snapguide

Arlene makes wonderful cards. She also shares such creative uses of doilies and dies. Love this Easter card!






Product List:

Sweet Sentiments 8x8 paper pad
Core'dinations Graphic 45 Signature Series card stock
Sweet Sentiments Tags & Pockets
Sweet Sentiments Stickers
Staples Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Key
I Am Roses Flowers
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst Spray
Cheery Lynn Designs Olive Branch die

White paper doilies (Owl & Thistle)

Maiko invokes such nostalgia and delight with this Easter basket made from our Washi Tape Set. And what a great twist on the traditional Easter Eggs - an Easter Egg mini album made from our Ivory ATC Staples! You will fall in love with this project. Also, enjoy her Snapguide to recreate your own!

Maiko Miwa April project Sweet Sentiments #10

Check out How to Make Washi-Tape Woven Basket by Maiko Miwa on Snapguide.  

Maiko's Sweet Sentiments Snapguide Tutorial

Maiko Miwa April project Sweet Sentiments #1

Maiko Miwa April project Sweet Sentiments #2

  Maiko Miwa April project Sweet Sentiments #3

Maiko reminds us that small canvas can pack a large punch! Her details are magical.

Maiko Miwa April project Sweet Sentiments #4

Maiko Miwa April project Sweet Sentiments #5

Maiko Miwa April project Sweet Sentiments #7

Maiko Miwa April project Sweet Sentiments #8

Supply List

Sweet Sentiments 8x8 Pad
Sweet Sentiments Chipboard
Sweet Sentiments Tags & Pockets
Washi Tape Set
Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Brads

May Arts
Prima Marketing Inc

This put us in a handmade mood! What do you have up your DIY sleeves for Easter? Will you try any of these great ideas? Thanks for the great ideas Annette, Arlene, and Maiko!


Your Friends at Graphic 45

Want to try these projects out? Visit your LSS or order online today! Graphic 45 Store Locator Link Here

April 16, 2014

Craft Tutorials Made Simple with Snapguide


Good morning G45ers!

We have a new obsession here at Graphic 45. Snapguide! We have been sharing Snapguide tutorials a lot the past couple of weeks because we love this site so much and have lost so much time to getting great ideas and saving guides to try. Today, we're going to give you a fun introduction to Snapguide and then remind you we are sponsoring a great Upcycling Contest with them. We will share some of our Design Team entries and then some of our favorite other Upcycling guides. It's going to be a great day, and we totally understand in advance if some of today is lost to the fun of Snapguide. ;)

You may be wondering "What is Snapguide?" Well on their FAQ page, they have a great answer: "Snapguide, is a free iOS app and web service for those that want to create and share step-by-step 'how to guides'. We host easy to understand instructions for a wide array of topics including cooking, gardening, crafts, repairs, do-it-yourself projects, fashion tips, entertaining and more. Everyone is welcome to create their own guides, so that they can share their passions and expertise with the Snapguide community."

Snapguide is a perfect fit for the papercrafter. We love tutorials here at Graphic 45, and Snapguides are so extremely user-friendly and fun. When Snapguide contacted us to sponsor a contest with them, we jumped at the chance!


Read about the Upcycling Contest Here!

You read that image right! $900 in prizes is the grand prize. Wow! Not sure how to enter a contest through Snapguide? They have a great guide to take you through the steps.

Check out How to Enter a Contest on Snapguide by Snapguide Team on Snapguide.  

How to Enter a Contest on Snapguide

But first, you may be curious, how do I make a guide on Snapguide? They have a great guide for that too!

Check out How to Create a Guide on the Web by Snapguide Team on Snapguide.  

How to Create a Snapguide on the Web

They also have great guides of how to make them via your iPad or iPhone, if you're like us and use those more commonly.

Now, let's share some of the fun guides we love from our Design Team. So many great ideas, so many fun tutorials!

Miranda makes the best Easter decor using old plant pots. Love this idea!

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Check out How to Upcycle Clay Pots Into Easter Votives by Miranda Edney on Snapguide.  

Miranda's Easter Votive Snapguide

Do you notice in the Snapguides, there's always a tab with the Supply List? We love that handy feature!


Next, we have Annette Green's By the Sea picnic caddy made with By the Sea! Adore this.

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Check out How to Create a Beach-Themed Picnic Caddy From Frapp Box by Annette Green on Snapguide.  

Annete's Picnic Caddy Snapguide

What about upcycling those materials we always having lying around: envelopes! Susan makes this upcycled envelope shine. And anyone can try this one.

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Check out How to Upcycle an Envelope by Susan Lui on Snapguide.  

Susan's Upcycled Envelope Snapguide

Lastly from our Design Team, we have Maria's upcycled salt and pepper shaker to use as storage in the craft room. Beautiful organization is one of our favorite things, so we are inspired by this idea.

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Check out How to Make Craft Storage With Salt & Pepper Shakers by Maria Cole on Snapguide.  

Maria's Salt and Pepper Shaker Snapguide

We are loving the entries for this contest! This guide by Denise Corcoran using cereal boxes and old CD cases is such a fun project to use supplies we seem to always have around.

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Check out How to Make Art Using Cereal Boxes & CD Cases by Denise Corcoran on Snapguide.  

Denise Corcoran's Upcycling Entry

Also, who loves beautiful, DIY furniture? We love it! Enjoy this coffee table upcycling entry by Andree of HomeShows using an old door.

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Check out How to Make a Coffee Table From a Door by Andrée of @HomeShows on Snapguide.  

Andree's Coffee Table Snapguide

Are you hooked on Snapguide like us? Well, take part today and win big! Take another look at the Contest Details and make a guide today! What do you have lying around that needs some upcycling?

**Update: Many people were saying they love PDFs for printing tutorials out. Did you know you can print guides from Snapguide? Here's a little peek at how!

See the print button right below the photo guide?


Then, it will take you to a screen with all the steps which you can print from!


Snapguide thinks of everything!

Euphorically Upcycling,

Your Friends at Graphic 45


April 15, 2014

Two Great Cardmaking Ideas with Graphic 45


Hello G45ers,

Welcome to the blog this wonderful day! We have two terrific card ideas this fine Tuesday. Nichola Battilana has a whole Bird Song card set for her son who trains in karate. Then, Anne Elisabeth Rostad shares a great Congratulations Good ol' Sport card tutorial. Enjoy our day of cards!

Before we jump in, we have an extra special share from our Facebook. We adore seeing our G45ers work each and every day. It really is a great place to get so many great ideas all made by you! Today, we are sharing this beautiful Spring home decor piece by Melissa Torres Divelbiss that really blew us away when we saw it! Melissa uses a mixture of Sweet Sentiments, Secret Garden, and Nutcracker Sweet stamps with paper-pieced dresses for this gorgeous creation! Wow!


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We love how Nichola challenges herself with new and fresh ideas for papercrafting. We love her inspiration for the cards below. 

"While I am usually very easy going, and tremendously laid back, there is a spark of determination that is that is set alight when I am challenged. So, when my son’s sensei mentioned creating a karate theme craft, my mind raced. Using the beautiful papers of Birdsong I’ve created a series of cards inspired by the belt colours yellow, orange, blue, green, brown and black. The cards are simple and restrained, reflecting some of the principles of martial arts: to be humble, outwardly gentle, and display courtesy. I thought these might be an ideal way to commemorate the important milestones of belt achievement." - Nichola










Supply List:

 Birdsong - Birdsong
Birdsong - Tranquility
Birdsong - Jasmine Dream
Birdsong - Pearls of Wisdom
Birdsong - Longevity
Birdsong - Good Fortune
Bird Song 8x8 Pad
Bird Song Chipboard Die-Cuts 1
Bird Song Chipboard Die-Cuts 2
Flower and Leaves Dresden Borders
Black Zig Zag Dresden Borders
3mm Brass Flat-Back Rhinestone Studs
Black cardstock

White writing paper (inside)

Anne is such a great teacher of beautiful creations. We love this Good ol' Sport card below, and her fantastic tutorial! Enjoy making this handsome card.

"Here is a tutorial on this 6 x 4 card made with the beautiful and colorful Good OL Sport collection from Graphic 45." - Anne

Start with 12 x 4  black cardstock and score at 6". Cream cardstock 5 3/4 x 3 3/4 and distress with black soot and vintage photo.

Cut at the frame and glue over the postcard and cut around. Here are some suggestions for decor.


Glue on the bottom, top and left side so the cards can slide under.


Glue on a ticket and a little stamp just on the sides and place the golf player over.



Some suggestions for the inside. The stamp is from papyrus and I love that I can stamp the words I need :-)


Glued the golf player only in top, bottom and left side so I can slide something under. May be a gift card.


Also decorated the backside to finish the card up.


Decided to have the congrats in front and pop it up with 3D foam.



Supply list:

Good ol' Sport collection, Scor buddy, glue,black and cream cardstock. Distress ink, 3D foam and stamp tool.

Check out Anne's Snapguide tutorial to follow along as well! We love this card.

Check out How to Good Ol Sport Card Tutorial by Anne rostad on Snapguide.  

Anne's Good ol' Sport Card Snapguide

We love celebrating cards on the blog. Not only are they fun to make, but so fun to give! What's your favorite card you've ever received? We hope this has inspired you to send a special treat in the mail today!

Enjoy Creating Cards,

Graphic 45

Want to try these projects out? Visit your LSS or order online today! Graphic 45 Store Locator Link Here

April 14, 2014

Craft Fashion with Couture


Happy Monday, G45ers!

We hope you are doing wonderful this fine Monday morning! Who is already thinking about Mother's Day and wracking their brains for ideas? Well, we have a great idea from Susan Lui using Couture today! We also have a stunning set of ATCs by Romy Veul using Couture. Also, it's Monday, so it's time for another great blog giveaway!

It's giveaway time! Who loves Typography? Well this great prize pack can be yours! A Typography 8x8 pad, Chipboard, Tags & Pockets, and Ornate Metal Keyholes! Woo hoo! Just comment here on the blog or on our Facebook page. What a great contest!


Susan provides a great idea for Mother's Day! Enjoy this Couture jewelry box tutorial below. A brilliant idea to surprise your mom with handmade jewelry and a gorgeous gift box. Have you used our ATC Book Box? Perfect for those special gifts.


"This is a jewelry box I created for Mother’s Day using Graphic 45’s Staples ATC Book Box and Couture collection.




This is a beautiful handmade pendant my daughter made. Isn’t it exquisite?

Couture Jewelry Box Tutorial

I’ve written up a tutorial for it. It’s not difficult and can be done in a few hours, once you gather up your materials.

To begin, here’s a list of what you’ll need:

List of Supplies:

Graphic 45 Staples ATC Book Box
Graphic 45 Couture patterned papers – Accessorize, Gorgeous, Elegant, Couture
Graphic 45 Couture Chipboard 2
Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Key
Black lace
Prima Flower

1. Paint the edges of your Staples ATC Book Box black. There’s no need to paint all of the box. Just the edges that won’t be covered by patterned paper.

2. Cover the walls of the book box with the striped Accessorize patterned paper.


3. Select some patterned paper and embellishments you’ll want on the top of your book box. This is what I’m going to use.


4. String black lace through a Graphic 45 ornate metal key.

5. Cover the top of the book box with Classy patterned paper and adhere the key with lace to the box. Allow the key to dangle over the front of the box.

6. Carefully cut out the inside of the Elegant patterned paper, leaving just the border. Line the inside of the border with doily and adhere this to the top of the box, over the black lace. 

7. Stick on a Couture chipboard element to the centre of the collage as shown.


8. Layer the metal embellishment and flower over the chipboard element.


9. You’re almost done. Here’s the view from the side.


10. Cut some flowers and coupons from Gorgeous and Beautiful patterned papers, select your favourite Couture chipboard and layer them on to the front and sides of the box as shown. And you’re done!




Romy shows off our ATC Staples with these great Couture ATCs! These are so beautiful, just like Romy and her fantastic style.


"I simply love the new Staples ATC tags, because they are such an adorable size. I used the ATC tags as a template for these two tags that were made from the gorgeous Couture collection." - Romy





Supply List:

 Couture 8x8 Pad
Couture Tags & Pockets
Couture Chipboard 2
Staples Artist Trading Tags - Kraft

Who's going to make something fabulous with Couture today? We love these ideas, and we're excited to get a jumpstart on our handmade Mother's Day! Thanks to Susan and Romy. And don't forget to take part in our contest! 

Happy Papercrafting,

Graphic 45

Want to try these projects out? Visit your LSS or order online today! Graphic 45 Store Locator Link Here