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June 06, 2011

Spring Is In the Air: Once Upon a Springtime Crafts From Our Design Team

Hello Crafters,

Welcome to another glorious week here at the Graphic 45 blog. Thanks for stopping by and seeing us on this terrific Monday. We've got an amazing line-up of treats in store for you this week, including a new blog contest and lots of amazing crafts from our Design Team! This week we're asking you to tell us about your favorite time to scrap. Do you scarp when you get home from work? Do you scrap on lazy weekend afternoons? Or maybe you scrap at random times in the week, whenever inspiration strikes. Leave us a blog comment any time this week and you'll be entered to win this magnificent prize: a Le Cirque 12x12 Paper Pad, Le Cirque Cling Stamps, Graphic 45 Metal Hinge Staples, and three beautiful chipboards from Imaginarium Designs. We will announce our random winner on Friday, June 10th.


Okay, lets get to the crafting! Today is all about our gorgeous Once Upon a Springtime collection. Our Design Team members have made some marvelous and cheerful creations today to help inspire your week. After all, spring is one of the most vibrant seasons of the year. We've got a beautiful card created by Sherry Cheever, a stunning tag by Gloria Stengel, and an amazingly fun layout by Yuka Hino. So get ready for smiles, because these crafts are going to lift your spirits to new heights! This first craft is by the super talented Sherry Cheever. She has created an awe-inspiring card that overflows with beauty. It's just amazing!



Paper:  Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime; Core’dinations Cardstock; Tim Holtz idea-ology GrungePaper; Light Weight (Thin) Chipboard Coaster

Spellbinders:  S4-328 Foliage; S4-308 Labels One Small; S5-050 Rose Creations; S7-014 Classic Lace Border; Grand Calibur

Ink/Paint:  Ranger Vintage Photo, Victorian Velvet and Spun Sugar Distress Ink; Ranger Peeled Paint Distress Stain

Embellishments:  Tim Holtz idea-ology Memo Pin; Maya Road Crystal and Vintage Pearls Trinket Pins; 7 Gypsies Paper Fasteners; White Seam Binding; Vintage Button

Tools:  Ranger Ink Blending Tool w/Foam, Non-Stick Craft Sheet, Mini Mister w/Water, Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi-Medium Matte; Tim Holtz Tonic Scissors, Distressing Tool; Foam Mounting Tape; Hot Glue Gun; Sewing Machine


Once Upon a Springtime paper was cut to size (5-1/4” square), the edges were sponged with Vintage Photo and then sewn to a layer of green cardstock.  The card base is 5-1/5” Square.  A border was die cut/embossed from the same green cardstock with the Classic Lace Border and then stenciled with the Vintage Photo before taken out of the die template. 

The flower was made by gluing the Once Upon a Springtime paper to GrungePaper and then die cutting with Rose Creations.  The edges were sponged with Vintage Photo and then curled from the ends to shape the petals.  The layers were glued together with a hot glue gun and a vintage button was put in the center.  The leaves were all die cute with Foliage from GrungePaper and then colored with Peeled Paint Distress Stain. 

The frame around the images was made by gluing Once Upon a Springtime paper to a thin chipboard coaster and then die cut with two dies from Labels One Small. 

The seam binding was dyed with Spun Sugar, misted with water, dried partially and then highlighted with Victorian Velvet.  It was once again misted with water, scrunched up in a ball and dried with a heat tool. -Sherry Cheever

This next amazing creation was made by Gloria Stengel. Its a stunning Once Upon a Springtime tag that is pure Gloria. Its loaded with beautiful textures, layers, embellishments, and lots of love. And look at those beautiful paper flowers! This tag is a true craft gem!

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Sweet 16 Tag
Cardstock: Bazzill, Stampin' Up
Designer Paper: Graphic45 Once Upon a Springtime (Tiny Treasures, Woodland Fantasy, Pixie Post)
Glitter glue: Ranger Stickles (Star Dust)
Die cuts: Spellbinders (lacy circles, smooth circles), Tim Holtz Alterations (tag)
Grommet: We Are Memory Keepers
Ribbon: unknown
Pearls: Prima
Chipboard numbers: American Crafts Thickers
I created the rolled roses from torn paper circles. Once I had the roses assembled, I added glitter to the tops with Stickles.

This next beautiful creation was made by Yuka Hino. Yuka's crafts are always so imaginative and full of whimsicality. This amazing layout is another stunning example of Yuka's clever creativity. Take a close look at this amazing LO. There is a lot of magic to be found all over the place!

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Other Supplies:
Cardstock: American Crafts
Fence Chipboard: Imaginarium Designs
Dies: Sizzix - Alphabet Vintage Market by Tim Holtz
Crackle Paint: Ranger
Ink: Tsukineko
Mist: Tattered Angels
Adhesive: Tombow, Glossy Accents by Ranger
Sewing Machine

Well, that's all for today, crafters. We want to say a huge thank you to Sherry Cheever, Gloria Stengel, and Yuka Hino for their wonderful work today. We hope their beautiful crafts helped to inspire your day. We can't wait to read your blog comments this week! Have a wonderful Monday and we hope to see you all here tomorrow for more spectacular crafts.

Fairies and Butterflies,

Team Graphic 45



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I try to get all my chores done as fast as possible. This allows me to spend the rest of the day creating. Favorite time if left alone; is mornings.

i craft whenever i can, i'll put off housework to make something. I usually do it during the day ,since my craft space is in the attic i can't use it from mid May to Sept. just toooo hot. so i try to what crafting i can in my DDs room, not the same at all. so summer for me is frustrating in that way.

I try to grab any moment I can - with 3 kids and a house to run, it's not always easy. But I love every moment I can get!

With my volunteering and family chores, I craft when ever I have the time to sneek it in.

I find I scrap whenever the fancy hits me. Sometimes its after I do some blog reading to get some inspiration and late at night after everyone goes to bed.

I craft all the time morning, noon, and night whenever I feel the need to get my hands into ink, glue, paper, paint whatever it may be.

Glorias work is always so darn inspiring and delicious!!! Thanks for the opportunity!!!

everyday i look at G45 blog, i start pulling out my craft supplies and get to work on something new!

I stamp whenever and as often as I can! It's hard to find time during the week since I work full-time, but I love a rainy weekend when I can stay indoors and stamp to my heart's content!

Very nice work.

I craft mostly in the evening after dinner and my husband is watching Tv. Then again I scrap at every chance I get. I usually always have something out I am working on.

I rarely get to scrap during the week - but when I have a free weekend, I love to scrap!

I scrap whenever I can find a spare moment---lately I've no spare moments but hopefully that'll change soon

Favorite time to scrap is usually weekend mornings when I'm feeling fresh & ready to go-and the weeks blogs examples have inspired me!

Yowza, what beauties! Crafting for me is often in the afternoon or evening when other household chores are finished.

great creations ! especially the tag... I love the flowers on it !

I have two little boys so I only get to scrap during naptime. I am a bad girl sometimes and I sneak in extra time if I am suddenly inspired. I even give my 3 yo some scraps and he makes some cards of his own. He loves to cut and glue but don't we all?

I scrapbook mostly on weekends (lazy Sundays) and sometimes during the week when i go at my LSS to use their scraproom and socialize a bit with my scrap friends. Summer is almost here, so i know scrapbooking times will get few and far between, plus we just bought a house so the next few months will be pretty busy... so i'm almost looking forward for next Fall to come around so i can take advantage of cold rainy days to stay home all day and do nothing but scrapbook - hehe

I love to scrap in the morning when my mind is fresh and rested. I find my little one is less trouble in the morning as well and lets me play :O)

There is not time enough...
I love to scrap - always! But the beste time, is when the children is sleeping and it's time for just me!

YES to more hours in a day!!!

I love to craft with friends and we have set aside the 1st and 3rd friday of every month to craft together. I also sneek in a few days a week here and there. My if i miss a week and am haveing a bad day my husband will say "dont you need to go crop with the girls you might fell better" . He is great about supporting me and my crafts and is always eger to show them off to people.

I craft whenever I can. Work keeps me busy about 7 days a week but I find the easiest time is when we are on the road and my husband is driving. Crazy huh?

I craft whenever everything is done around the house! There are times I will get an idea and stop doing what I am doing and put that idea into action.

I scrap almost everyday! I love to keep busy with my hands and all the papers, yummy papers from G45 are my ultimate inspirations. I just love working on beautiful papers as well as stamps, flowers, punches, you name it I love it. Distressing seems to add just a little dimension and shabbiness to my projects. I love it especially when friends and family marvel at all the hard work I've done. Everyday is a crafty day! I love to make altered projects with G45. I should upload a picture of my recent projects. Thanks to all the DT members, who give so much inspiration and guidance. Hugs and Blessed week to everyone.

I love scrapping on a lazy Sunday afternoon!

i scrap whenever inspiration strikes!

I scrap and create whenever I can. I most enjoy having my friend over to create too!
Love all the art!!

This is probably my faaaaavorite paper ever.

I craft whenever I feel antsy-it calms me down. I get antsy a lot. :)

I make crafts whenever I have time. I work and go to school, so I don't do as much as I'd like...

I like to craft in the evenings. I guess that's when I have the most energy?

I craft whenever I can grab a few minutes! That may be during tv commercials, while my husband is taking his shower, or INSTEAD of a chore here and there! LOL!

Love to scrap early in the morning while everyone else is still in bed. The only challenge sometimes with this is having to remain quiet, or else I'll hear about it. No die cutting machines, no noisy electric paper distressing tools, etc... Sometimes even the clanking noise from opening a storage container is enough to get me in trouble with my family....lol It amazes me how little the noise these things make when everyone is awake =)

Je n'ai pas de moment précis pour le scrap puisque je travaille à la maison, j'ai beaucoup de temps libre, pendant la journée

I scrap whenever the mood takes me. Whether it be after work, on the weekends or late at night. When I get an idea and the materials are there I sometimes just drop everything and run to my Rubber Room to craft.

I absolutle love love love this paper line and your DT did such a fabulous job I feel inspired to go and make some flowers with this paper. TFS!

I love to scrap when I get home from work...but when I 'm at work I think about what I can create during the evening!

Love the fairy cards. My favorite Graphic 45 paper

I'm newly retired and love that I can now craft whenever the mood strikes which is usually early morning and mid afternoon.

In the evening, after dinner and on the weekends if possible. Thank you for the chance to win!

I just scrap all the time. I am one of the few that does not have children :(. So I get alot of time.

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