It's Week Two of our Graphic 45 National Craft Month celebration! Can I get a "Woo hoo!" Another day of great ideas and a tutorial! We have a new Botanical Tea Recipe Book from Anne Rostad, and a great project from the G45 Vault by Susan Lui.
The inside of the cover of the recipe book.Fastened with magnets. I used a clip to hold some notes.
8 pages cut at 8 x 4 and scored at 4 inch. Then fastened with hair clips so they easy can be taken out. There you can keep a photo of the cake and write a recipe on the other and then laminat it so it won't be dirty when it is in use.
Here there is place for a lot of recipes :-)
There's an envelope on the right side for notes. Fastened with magnets.
Pocket behind the envelope. Border made with Martha Stewart doily punch.
Susan Lui created this great tutorial of An ABC Primer (a retired collection) mini mini album using just ONE 12x12 sheet of paper that we grabbed from the G45 Vault! Genius! Even though An ABC Primer is retired, our new collections Typography, Mother Goose, or Good ol' Sport would be a great substitute collection to use!
These projects are the best kickstart to the week! Don't forget to take part in our contest this week by commenting here or on our Facebook! We hope you get super crafty this week, and remember, if you're trying these National Craft Month projects, please share on our Facebook page!
Today, we have a tutorial from Susan Lui for a popular card technique. You are going to love the creative folds and fantastic tutorial. It looks so ornate and complicated, but is so easy to create! It will impress all your family and friends. We will also share a fun card from the G45 Vault by Sharon Ngoo!
Before we begin, we're sure you're all curious as to why won this week's blog contest! Well, let's wait no longer. The winner of this week's blog contest chosen at random from the Facebook comments is.....
-Susan Yates: Oh how great it would be to win the give away during National Craft Month!
Congratulations, Susan! Please email email@example.com to claim your prize. You won the jam-packed prize pack below. Join us next week for a brand new blog contest and for continuing the National Craft Month fun!
We had a great question on our Facebook page yesterday about fussy cutting. Nichola made this video to share her own fussy cutting tips! We know some of our G45ers really love fussy cutting, but many want to know more. Here's a great video that gives some really great tips (and also a great video to watch before you try Susan's card below with the fantastic fussy cut butterflies)!
"A few weeks back I created a shutter card for Graphic 45 using the Couture collection. I had quite a few requests for a tutorial for it, so I’ve designed another shutter card, this time using Sweet Sentiments.
Here’s the card, which as you can see, opens up into a 9x9 inch 3D display:
And this is how the card looks folded neatly into a 3x9” card, perfect for mailing.
Here’s what you’ll need to create the card:
Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments 8x8 Paper Pad Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments Heart Song Cream cardstock Doilies
1. Cut your 12x12” cream cardstock into 9x9”.
2. Score and cut your 9x9” cream cardstock as shown below.
3. You should end up with a base sheet like this, which you can now accordion fold to give you a shutter card.
4. Select the 3x4” images from Easter Greetings in the paper pad and attach them to the panels marked ‘A’. On the panels marked ‘B’, attach rectangles of purple Violet Bouquet, leaving a small border of cardstock all around. Glue on some doilies to these purple rectangles. On the panels marked ‘C’, attach rectangles of pink Heart Song. See photo for details.
5. Cut out the images from Easter Greetings patterned paper and attach these to the panels marked ‘C’. See photos below for the images I used.
6. Cut out some butterflies from Heart Song, stamps from Spring Has Sprung and flowers from Perfect Petals. Arrange these on to the panels marked ‘B’, using a couple of stamps and butterflies for each panel. For details, look at the photos below:
7. For the middle ‘A’ panel, cut out some flowers and butterflies from Perfect Petals and Heart Song and layer these on to the postcard, being sure to leave some space for your greeting.
8. And you’re done. Here’s a picture of the card open flat, so you can see all the different elements on each panel. Happy Scrapping!
What a fun first week of National Craft Month we've been having! Today is no exception. Maria Cole provides an incredible By the Sea tag tutorial that will fill your day with sunshine! Then, Arlene Cuevas shares a brilliant Bohemian Bazaar tag. Have you tried any of these great tutorials we've been sharing?
We got a great question on Facebook, and wanted to share a fun tip to help with this inquiry! Does your G45 paper ever crack when you fold it? Our papers are quite saturated with ink, so we have this great tip below!
"As a former coastie, I can’t help but love By The Sea! And I just adore the new ivory-colored tag albums by Graphic 45. For this project, I wanted to try something different with tags: a home décor piece! I was really inspired by the 'Beach Rules' from the Set Sail paper, so I instantly thought of another coastal wall hanging project. There isn’t much driftwood in Portland, so I opted for a thin tree branch to 'frame' my project. To mount your tag décor piece, you can either place it in a larger frame or attach ribbon on the back to hang." ~Maria
Step 1. Take Set Sail paper and fussy cut the “Beach Rules” image. Trace the shape of your tag on the other side of your paper, then cut it out.
Step 2. Take Gathering Shells paper and fussy cut an orange starfish. Take My Anchor paper and fussy cut a blue starfish. Take Sand and Surf paper and fussy cut some shells from the “Gathering Seashells” image. Cut (2) stamps from Splash paper.
Step 3. Take Beachcomber paper and cut off a 6.5” x 8” piece. Flip over to reveal red side and set aside. Take remaining Beachcomber paper and fussy cut some shells. Locate (2) blue flowers such as these Petaloo Dahlias in Aqua. Locate the following By The Sea chipboard piece.
Step 4. Adhere Beach Rules tag shape onto your tag. Adhere to burlap.
Step 5. Arrange fussy cut pieces and flowers per photo then adhere.
Step 6. Adhere 6.5” x 8” Beachcomber paper behind burlap, then tan cardstock. Take your branch and trim off pieces to fit each side of your tan paper. Adhere. Apply Stickles to shells. Insert your wall hanging into a larger frame or attach ribbon to the back for hanging.
Arlene made this Bohemian Bazaar tag, and it's so bright and beautiful, we cannot wait to share it with you!
“The Staples Large Tags are very vesatile. For this project, I turned one of the large tags upside down and created a fun 'tail' accented with chipboard pieces from the Bohemian Bazaar chipboards set. The Bohemian Bazaar papers are very festive and colorful. I’ve always stayed on the 'safe' side and created with neutral, earthtone colors. But after playing with these gorgeous Bohemian Bazaar papers, I’ve traveled outside my norm and I’m in love!” ~Arlene Cuevas
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
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.
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?
It's Day Two of our National Craft Month celebration here on the blog! Today, we have an exciting Sweet Sentiments Easter Tag tutorial from Maiko Miwa. Then, we will share a glamorous Couture tag from Romy Veul! What a great day ahead.
First, we have this beautiful Easter tag from Maiko using Sweet Sentiments and beautiful ribbon and floral touches. Maiko makes such beautiful and whimsical creations, and we know you will all want to try this egg-cellent tag!
1. Cut the paper like the shape of the egg from the paper that you want to the base of the tag. The size of this egg is about 4.5 X 6 inches for pasting the Easter greeting note in this egg.
2. Cut out some pieces of the violets from the sheet 'Violet Bouquet.'
3. Cut the "Easter greeting"card and a girl stamp from the spring has sprung.
4. Paste the card and girl stamp and the Easter greetings card in the egg.
5. Paste the violets and the chicks on the top of the left side and on the bottom of the right side. When you use the 3-D glue,you can make a card in the 3-d impression.
6. Punch a hole on the top of the card, tie the ribbon.
What a beautiful tag! Just in time for Easter celebrations.
Now, enjoy this rich and elegant tag from Romy. She uses the Couture collection to make this beauty.
"Although I love to try a variety of different styles, it is still the feminine and elegant style that I love the most. Thus, I fell in love with the gorgeous Couture collection the moment I saw it. I especially loved the elegant chipboard pieces that come with this collection and couldn’t resist making a tag with one of the chipboard pieces as the focal point. I stapled it on top of some die-cuts and stickers for a layered look." ~Romy
What a terrific Tuesday full of tags! Thanks to Maiko and Romy for sharing their beauties with us. We hope you have a wonderful day. Will you try Maiko's tag tutorial? If you do try it, please share your Easter tag on our Facebook page! We cannot wait to see your tags.