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September 14, 2011

Happy Birthday to the Owner and Designer of Graphic 45, Diane Schultz!

Hello Crafters,

Welcome to this very special day at Graphic 45. Today we are so very happy to celebrate the birthday of Diane Schultz, owner and designer of Graphic 45! Diane is a wonderful and inspiring woman and it is such a joy for us to give her this little tribute on her birthday. You all know that Diane is a fantastically creative person. As the chief designer and founder of Graphic 45, her artistic vision is boundless and thoroughly inspiring. But aside from being a gifted designer, Diane is also a warm and kind-hearted person. The moment you meet Diane you are instantly struck by her grace, intelligence and her fabulous sense of style. She is an inspiration to all of us here at Graphic 45, especially her two daughter who also work for G45! So we thought that today would be the perfect opportunity for all of you to get to know Diane a little bit better. We have a fun interview with Diane, as well as some amazing design team projects that were made for Diane for her birthday! So please join us in wishing Diane the happiest of birthdays! Happy birthday, Diane! We love you!


A Q&A with Diane Schultz: Owner and Designer of Graphic 45

Where do you find inspiration?  I find inspiration everywhere. My mind is always looking, in stores, magazines, and even ball games.  I am constantly looking for color and pattern trends.  I love anything vintage with character that tells an enchanting story.  I also find a lot of inspiration in the Arts and Crafts Movement, my favorite time period. 
What is your favorite Graphic 45 collection?  It is too hard to choose, it is like choosing my favorite child.  But my current favorite would have to be Le Cirque
What is your guilty pleasure?  Chocolate licorice and ratting(backcombing) my hair.
What is your favorite food?  I could live on cheese, bread and guacamole.
 What you are currently working on?  I'm excited to announce that we will be releasing an additional collection to every release.  Yes, 4 new collections instead of 3.                                                           
What is your greatest Accomplishment?  My six children are my greatest works of art.  I am also a proud grammy of 5, soon to be 6 of the cutest grandchildren in the world. 

Family 08:2011

Family Reunion 2011: Diane, her six kids, four daughter in-laws, and five beautiful grandchildren

Here we have a beautiful Le Cirque Happy Birthday tag by Tara Orr. This tag was created with Diane's favorite Graphic 45 collection and it is so wonderfully fun! Check out the mini clown banner at the top! This tag is a parade of birthday cheer!




Graphic 45 Papers:
Le Cirque Collection: Greatest Show on Earth, Wizards of Wonder
Staples: Metal Buttons
May Arts: Black Twine
Scrapbook Adhesives: 3D Foam Squares
Scrapbook Adhesives: MyStik, Permanent Adhesive Rolle

This is a wonderful piece of wall decor created by Gloria Stengel. This beautiful craft was created for Diane and it has all the classic style and elegance of Graphic 45's leading lady! Gloria combined Curtain Call and Steampunk Debutant to create this pretty work of art. It's as lovely and unique as Diane herself!



This is a gorgeous piece of home decor created by Nicole Eccles. Using Steampunk Debutant, Curtain Call and our gorgeous Ornate Metal Door Plate, Nicole created this vibrant piece as a present for Diane. Nicole really fanned the flames of creativity with this wonderful piece! Check out the amazing dimensions and stunning colors! It really gets to the heart of inspiration!




Graphic 45 Papers:
Graphic 45 Staples: Ornate Metal Door Plate
Colorbox Decade Inks: Triumphant Red
Ranger Industries: Rock Candy Distress Stickles, Broken China Distress Ink, Metal Gears, Alcohol Inks
7 Gypsies: Metal Gears
Retro Café Art Shrine
Other: Acrylic Paint, Matte Gel Medium, Transparency

Graphic 45, 1991
Graphic 45 in 1991

Last but not least a special birthday wish from Charee and Aimee Filimoehala.  "We are happy to wish our mother, bestfriend, and boss a happy birthday!  We are truly fortunate to have such an inspiring, talented and beautiful mother who has given us life and job opportunities to work for Graphic 45, where we have the pleasure of taking each step of this journey together.  We love you!" 

Well, that's all the fun stuff for today. We hope you all enjoyed today's tribute to our glorious founder and designer, Diane Schultz. We wish her the happiest of birthdays! Huge thanks to Tara Orr, Gloria Stengel and Nicole Eccles for their magical creations today. And we hope you will all join us tomorrow for more terrific craft ideas

With Love and Birthday Cake,

Team Graphic 45


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Happy Birthday Diane, thank you for all your inspiration!!!

Birthday Blessings, Diane! Thank you for having the vision to found a company that creates products to inspire creativity. Each piece is so lovely, I kind of hate to cut it up...but so inviting I can't resist! May you flourish and grow!

I thought I had already commented, but it looks like I did not. These are gorgeous and I hope you had an absolutely fabulous Birthday, Diane!

Happy Belated birthday Diane!Thank you so much for all the happiness your artistry,energy, and hard work have brought to so many-hoping it all comes back to you ten fold.

Have an awesome Birthday Diane. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

A Happy B-day to you. What a fabulous looking family. I love G45

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