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March 04, 2011

The Graphic 45 Design Team 25 Finalists & Blog Prize Announcement

Hello Crafters!

It's the moment you've all been waiting for! It's been an amazing experience combing through all of our Design Team submissions. The time has come to announce our 25 finalists! We know you are all on the edge of your seats to see who the lucky 25 finalists are. But first we wanted to give on more quick announcement and let you know the winner of this week's blog prize! It was so great getting to read about all of your happy accidents whilst crafting. Personally, I feel like I owe some of my best work to these unexpected moments. Thank you to everyone who submitted comments this week! Our random winner is Nicole Mullen. Here is what she had to say about one of her happy crafting accidents.

"My latest happy accident was dropping a ink dropper full of ink and getting ink splatters all over a sheet of paper I had just embossed with a script embossing folder....the ink I spilled looked like ink drops from an old quill pen and looked amazing on the paper - happy days!!" -Nicole Mullen

Thanks Nicole! Please email us at [email protected] to claim your prize! We will have another chance for you all to win another fantastic prize on Monday so we hope you will join us!


Okay, here it is! The 25 finalists (in no particular order) of the Graphic 45 Design Team are...

1. Amanda Phillips - Goose Creek, SC
2. Laura Denison - Maple Valley, WA
3. Jane Tregenza - Australia
4. Karen Wilson - Prescott Valley, AZ
5. Gloria Stengel - Oceanside, CA
6. Tara Orr - Canada
7. Michael Jack Putman and Lesley Fisher - Mesa, AZ
8. Sherry Cheever - Jeffersonville, IN
9. Jamie Dougherty - Ramona, CA
10. Hilde Janbroers - The Netherlands
11. Tracey Locher - Escondido, CA
12. Leica Forrest - Canada
13. Karen Bearse - Fairfax, VA
14. Lynette Carroll - Braintree, MA
15. Natalie Dever - Sheboygan Falls, WI
16. Nicole Eccles - Springboro, OH
17. Robin L. Shakoor - Fredericksburg, VA
18. Melanie Forbes - Australia
19. Nancy Wethington - St. Louis, MO
20. Jade Moore - Belleville, Il
21. Tonya A. Gibbs - Keystone Heights, FL
22. Tomoko Takahashi - Japan
23. Jason  Jones - Whitesboro, TX
24. Jenny Svensson - Brakne-Hoby, Sweden
25. Yuka Hino - Japan

We want to give our deepest gratitude to everyone who applied for our Design Team this year. We know it required a lot of hard work and we truly appreciate all the effort that went in to each and every one of your applications. Your submissions were all so beautiful and they literally brought us to tears. We had hundreds of submissions this year and it was very difficult to narrow it down to our 25 finalists. Thank you all so much for being such stunning, creative individuals.  We hope to continue inspiring you with gorgeous papers and project ideas in the future and we are so fortunate to have such a wonderful crafting community cheering us on. Thank you all so, so much. 

A note to our 25 finalists:

We will be contacting you directly via email with details about the final round of our Design Team Call. Here are some details about what to expect.  The 25 finalists will be required to send  1- layout 1- card and 1- altered item directly to the corporate office in Portland, Oregon for review by Graphic 45 staff including Diane Schultz, the CEO and designer of our products. Your projects must be mailed by March 11th in order to receive in our office by March 18th.

Congratulations to our 25 finalists! We can't wait to see your final projects and we wish you all the best of luck in the final round. 

We hope you all have a terrific weekend. Thank you all so much for another terrific week here on the Graphic 45 blog. We love hearing from you and seeing your comments on a regular basis. Thank you all for your inspiration!

With Love and Paper,

Team Graphic 45


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Congratulations to the 25 finalists - all well deserved. I shall be looking forward to seeing some fabulous work in the future. TFS. ~Glen~

How exciting for all of you who made it through the 2nd round...Good luck and I can't wait to see what everyone is doing....Congrats

Peggy Lee

Congrats tos everyone! Even though I didn't make the list I have some beautiful projects to show for it!!

Wahoooo! I've been sitting here all morning hitting refresh refresh refresh! I am so happy I can't stand it!

Congrats to the other 24 folks on the list, esp. to my current teamies. I see a bunch of names I recoginze! Best wishes on round 2!

whoot!! So excited! Congrats to all the 25 moving on to the next round. Lots of familiar faces on this list. Best of luck!

Congrats....to all the top 25 winners. Looking forward to seeing who makes it. Also, to the winner of the G45 papers.

So excited!!! doing the happy dance too!!

WOOOO HOOOOO! What a list! Congrats to all the finalists! So glad for my current team sisters and there are so many names of designers that I have seen in the gallery for the past year. Your work BLOWS ME AWAY and inspires me all the time! Good luck and happy final round crafting!!! :-)

Congrats to all! Glad to see many familiar names!!!!!!!

I am overwhelmed by the "Out of this World" CREATIVE projects submitted by those answering our design team call. A BIG BIG thank you for your beautiful words of support as well as your AMAZING work! The decision-making process was excruciating . . .

Congratulations to the finalists...I can't even imagine how inspirational it must've been to go through SO many detailed applications as it sounds like you received!!!
Can't wait to see the final team...

Congrats to all thes finalists!

Oh yes, and special shout-out to my girl, Tomoko...I KNEW she'd make it to this list and hope she makes the final one too!!! :) :)

Super excited.... Congratulations to all the other finalists. Can't wait for the next round... Have a great weekend everyone!
All the best! -M & L

To say I'm not disappointed would be untrue, but I am SO proud of all those who did make the top 25!! Congrats to you all, so many familiar names up there. Best of luck the rest of the way :)

ooooohhhhhh I'm soooooo happy I made it to this round!!
Thank you soooo much!! Planning to create everything to send tomorrow....good luck to all the others!

Been waiting all morning awaiting the news! SO excited, I ran around whooping, and my 5 year old says, " What is wrong with you, you are SOO crazy!!!
Conrgrats to the other 24 finalists!!!
Super exciting for everyone!!!

Woohoo Natalie!!!!

Wow! THANK YOU to all that applied for Graphic 45 Design Team Call 2011!! Narrowing down to 25 Finalists was extremely tough. We saw hundreds of amazing masterpieces, read some inspiring words and shed tears of gratitude and joy. Congratulations to the 25 Finalists!! Bring on the Final Round.

Congratulations all finalists!!!! I'm so grateful, happy, and to be honest, relieved, to see my name up there. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

uauuu parabens a todas finalistas!

What a list...congrats and looking forward to seeing the final projects...yummy!

Congrats to the top 25!! I see some amazing names up there. I'm so excited for what's to come from Graphic 45.

THANK YOU! from the bottom of my heart for this opportunity to try out. I am excited to even have made it this far with the talented ladies on the list. A list of true creative, beautiful artists. Congrats everyone!

Happy creating.

well done to everyone - you have some really talented people on that list - cant wait to see what they come up with x

I can't wait to see what you all create!! Best of luck to all of you!!

Congratulations Nicole!

YEAH! Congratulations to all the finalists! Best of luck on the next round.

Congrats to all the Finalists!! Lots of great names there :)

Congratulations to all the finalist!

Elaine Allen

Congrats to all the finalists! Lots of farmiliar names of GREAT ARTISTS! Best of luck for round 2 :)

Congratulations ladies!!!Glad to see out Aussies are here too!!! Woot woot!!

Woooooooooo hooooooooooooooo!! CONGRATS everyone! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Congrats everyone! Good luck Jane!

congratz ladyz...

Yay 2 aussies fab
good luck everyone!!

WOW - my name looks out of place amongst all that fabulous talent in the list!! Good luck to everyone and congratulations :) Off to finish creating now :)

Congrats to everyone who made it!!!
can't wait to see all of your work!

Although I am disappointed, I am very happy to those of you who did make it. Looking forward to seeing your amazing projects!

Congratulations to EVERYONE up there!! I have spent the better part of the day blog hopping and I am honored to be among these talented 24!!! Good luck to everyone I would hate to be on the receiving end to judge the projects sent in from these wonderful finalists!! WHoooooooooooohooooooo!! A special shout out to design team 2010 members up there!!

Congratulations to all of the finalists and to all of the entrants!!

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