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December 05, 2011

Gorgeous and Easy Cards, Tutorials & Blog Contest!

Hello There Fabulous G45ers!

Happy Monday to all of you!   We have lots of fun and inspiration in store for you today! We've got some stunning Graphic 45 cards from our design team, a tutorial and a sketch, as well as a new blog contest! The season for card-making is upon us. And what could be more fun than creating a unique and beautiful card with Graphic 45 papers and embellishments? All of our papers are full of gorgeous images and patterns. The sky is the limit when it comes to card making! Just cut out an image, glue it to some fabulous patterned paper, add a pretty embellishments or a bow and there you have it! A wonderful and heart-warming card for someone you love! It's just that simple! Today you will see some super inspiring creations by Nicole Eccles, Gloria Stengel and Robin Shakoor. Their brilliant cards are sure to give you some awesome ideas for your holiday crafting!

But first lets get to this week's blog contest! All you need to do is leave us a comment on our blog or Facebook page anytime this week and you'll be entered to win this fabulous prize! A 12x12 Fashionista paper pad, Alphabet Sticker Staples, Metal Flower Staples, Scrapbook Adhesives 3-D Foam Squares and a sweet Graphic 45 wood holiday stamp by Hampton Art! We look forward to hearing from you this week! A random winner will be chosen from our blog or Facebook page and announced this Friday, December 9th! Just look at this amazing prize! Wow!


This first awesome card was created by Nicole Eccles using An ABC Primer and The Magic of Oz. The story behind this sweet card is amazing! Plus you can see some gorgeous examples of paper layering, paper distressing, and playful uses for embellishments in this great card! Here is what Nicole had to say about the inspiration behind this magnificent creation!

"Sweetest day is a Holiday mainly celebrated here in the Midwest.  Started around 1921, here in Cleveland Ohio by one man’s kindness and a group of candy manufacturers.  The first year it was created, over 20,000 boxes of candy were distributed to “orphans, newsboys, the elderly, and the less fortunate”.  Again in the 1940’s it was  proclaimed a national holiday and over 10,000 boxes of candy were distributed to chapels and children in need.  Today the idea of the holiday is lost, and is generally thought of as a “made up” holiday by candy corporations.  But I feel the whole idea was a very “sweet” one and think it should not be forgotten!  Plus who can resist a little candy? So make a little card, and don’t forget the sweets for someone in need of a little uplifting!" -Nicole Eccles

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ABC Primer Magic of Oz Card Graphic 45 Nicole Eccles

Graphic 45 Papers:
Fiskars: Postage Stamp Edge Borger Punch
May Arts: Ribbon
Spellbinders: Classic Scallop Rectangle Small Nestabilities
Ranger: Rock Candy Distress Stickles, Frayed Burlap Distress Ink, Glossy Accents, Platinum Stickles
Ideology: Grungeboard Flourish
Scrapbook Adhesives: 3D Foam Squares, repositionable adhesive
Tombow: Color Glue Stick
Other: Silk flower

Next up this this fun and stunning gift card holder by Gloria Stengel. This creation is perfect for the holidays and Gloria has some great tips on how to make on of your very own!  Check out this magical tutorial and get ready to be inspired! It's fun and easy! Take it away, Gloria!

"Christmas is fast approaching and with it the need to complete some quick and easy gift card holders! This pretty holder is easy to make and very festive. It's the perfect way to give a gift card or monetary gift for the holidays." -Gloria Stengel

Graphic 45 Fashionista Card Gloria Stengel

The tag pulls out of the decorated holder, making it easy to adhere a gift card to the tag with an adhesive dot or some tape.

Graphic 45 Fashionista Card Gloria Stengel
To create this gift card holder follow the steps below.

1. Cut cardstock to 10 x 5 inches, making sure it is wide enough to fit your tag. I am using a packaging tag measuring slightly smaller than 4 inches wide.

Graphic 45 Fashionista Card Tutorial Gloria Stengel
2. Score cardstock on the long edge at 5 inches.

Graphic 45 Fashionista Card Tutorial Gloria Stengel

3. Cut patterned paper to 4 7/8 x 4 7/8 inches. Attach to one half of scored cardstock. Use a hole punch or die cutting template to cut a notch at the top edge of your paper (the side away from the fold line).

Graphic 45 Fashionista Card Tutorial Gloria Stengel
Graphic 45 Fashionista Card Tutorial Gloria Stengel

Note: If your hole punch or die template cannot cut through all of the paper layers, punch them BEFORE attaching the printed paper to the cardstock.

Graphic 45 Fashionista Card Tutorial Gloria Stengel

4. Place adhesive onto the left and right edges of the wrong side of your cardstock.

Graphic 45 Fashionista Card Tutorial Gloria Stengel

5. Fold on the score line to create a pocket.

Graphic 45 Fashionista Card Tutorial Gloria Stengel

6. Make sure your tag will fit inside your pocket.

Graphic 45 Fashionista Card Tutorial Gloria Stengel

7. Decorate your tag and pocket as desired.

Graphic 45 Fashionista Card Tutorial Gloria Stengel

Graphic 45 Fashionista Card Tutorial Gloria Stengel

Graphic 45 Fashionista Card Tutorial Gloria Stengel

Graphic 45 Supplies:Graphic 45 paper:Fashionista: PotpourriChristmas Emporium: Toyland, All I Want For ChristmasStamps: Christmas Emporium 1 and 2 
Packaging from Envelope Tags Staples 
Clearsnap: Colorbox Decades Antiquing Ink Dark Cashmere, Triumphant Red; Colorbox Fluid Chalk Chestnut Roan, Dark Brown, Warm Red
 Spellbinders: Grand Calibur Die Cutting Machine, Standard Circles Large, Picot Edge Circles, Labels Eighteen
Scrapbook Adhesive by 3L: My Stik tape runner, 3D foam squares 
Cardstock: Bazzill Pomegranate, Neenah Natural White
 Embellishments: Prima leaves, Maya Road pins,
May Arts ribbon and twine, Fancy Pants button, Glue Dots adhesive dots, glue

Here is an ultra-adorable holiday card and sketch by Robin Shakoor. This is another great example of how you can create something gorgeous and unique with a few simple tricks! You'll love Robin's wonderful sketch too! It makes card-making even more fun when you've got a few simple guidelines to follow in the creative process! Here is what Robin had to say about this magical card!

"I just love the holiday season!  I have a collection of Santas and they were the inspiration for this card.  I used the Santa chipboard design as the focal point of my card. I used the Christmas Emporium and Curtain Call collections which coordinate beautifully on this project.  I finished my design with rich ribbon from May Arts and a chipboard button from the Christmas Emporium collection." -Robin Shakoor

Robin Shakoor Graphic 45 Christmas Card Sketch

"The sketch is fast and easy and can be used for all of your greeting cards any time of the year.  I invite you to give it a try!" -Robin Shakoor

Robin Shakoor Graphic 45 Christmas Card Sketch

Graphic 45 Papers:
Christmas EmporiumChristmas Emporium 8x8 Paper Pad
Curtain CallCurtain Call
Graphic 45 Chipboard:  Christmas Emporium Die Cuts 1 & 2
May Arts:  Ribbon (BE08), Black
Core'dinations: SigSeries G45 12x12 Asst Pack 30/PKG*
Scrapbook Adhesives:  Foam Squares, My Stik
Fiskars: Paper Trimmer
EK Success:  Scissors
Helmar's 450 Quick Dry Prima/Ingvild Bolme: Chalk Ink - Branch Bark
Well, that's all for today, G45ers! Thank you all for joining us! Big thanks to Nicole Eccles, Gloria Stengel and Robin Shakoor for their fantastic cards today! We hope you all learned some fun techniques that will help in your holiday crafting this season! We wish you all a cheerful day and we look forward to reading your blog and Facebook comments all week long!

Happy Papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45


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Projects are beautiful, and prize is delicious! Fingers crossed * thank you for the opportunity!

Awesome work I just love looking and being inspired by the amazing projects you share

Beautiful projects. Love the idea of using the packaging.

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!!!

LOVE that first card. Made me smile. That was my favorite book when I was a little girl. Mom would always let me check it out from the library. ♥

LOVE the amazing projects and the sketch is wonderful. Graphic 45 ROCKS!

Wonderful projects. Thanks for the inspiration and the tutorial.

I love the story for Sweetest day- it really is sweet. The projects and the prize package are beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win!

Love these projects. Thanks for sharing
Keep smiling and creating one and all

Very clever card ideas. Need all the help I can get this time of year.

I love the Graphic 45 Blog !! You have such an awesome team creating projects that are one of a kind, using products with an irresistible timeless feel.

Just gorgeous ladies!!!

The colors of the papers are muy gorgeoso!

Whoa love the tutorials! Thanks so much for the inspiration!:)

Fab projects and great tutorials thank you!

Beautiful cards and gift card holder. I especially love Robin's card with the gorgeous ribbon. A very talented group of people.

These are all so gorgeous.Visiting your blog is my favorite eye candy.


What a great selection of cards. Each one so different and inspiring.

beautiful cards from everyone. Love the vibrant colors and design.

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Lovely as always

Wow! Amazing cards and tag,than you for sharing them and the chance to win.

gorgeous inspiration!

Beautiful, gorgeous projects! Love the story about the candy, so cute! Thanks for the great tutorial on the beautiful tag and Robin's sketch for her card was so sweet and her card so gorgeous! Also want to thank you for the chance to win some great goodies!!
Crafty Hugs,

Love the gift card holder and thank you for the tutorial! Will have to make one of these myself.

Love love love. Im in love with Graphic 45. Thank you so much for sharing.

absolutely beautiful projects. thank you for sharing.

Ok I've never enter a G45 contest before so thank you for the chance....I live in a very rural area with little access to crafting supplies. I've been an artist/crafter all my life but I'm new to scrapping. Last weekend on a trip with a friend I saw this Fashionista paper pack at the craft store(It's gorgeous!)...It's so perfect for a project I've had in mind to do for myself, but... I'm working on other projects too for gifts, so I put off. Well someday I'll get to it.

Great projects. Love the reuse of packaging for the tag.
Christmas blessings,

I have a folder in my e-mail for Graphic 45 to keep what I want to try. Needless to say it is so full. This is a definite keeper. I love this paper. But really don't know of a Graphic 45 paper I don't like. Keep those posts a comin!

Just beautiful!!! So unique!! So many great ideas!! Amazing talents!!! I'm inspired!! Thank you designer gals!!

I enjoy the ideas to upcycle packaging, the cards are beautiful. I love the Fashionista line, this is such a nice prize.

Both cards are stunning but I'm in love with the second one. Super tutorial!!

all the cards are fantastic but I just love to make pocket cards of any kind. thanks for sharing
stamping sue

Very nice gift card holder. I'll have to make some this Christmas. Thanks for the chance to win.

Those cards are so beautiful. They're very talented ladies. Can't go wrong with those papers. Thanks for the chance and have a nice day.

Gorgeous card--and thanks for the tut as well!

Such lovely cards! Thanks for sharing!

Beautiful and inspiring cards!!

What a great prize package...and I love Fashionista papers, too! Cards are so easy to make with G45 papers!

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