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March 30, 2012

And the new 2012 Graphic 45 Design Team Is...

Hello Fabulous G45ers,

It's the day you've all been waiting for! It's time to announce the new Graphic 45 Design Team for 2012! We know you've all been waiting anxiously to see who made the list! So lets just get right to it!

We want to thank you all for joining us on this very special day. It's been an amazing process of selecting our brand new Design Team for 2012. From our first DT audition announcement, to the picking of our 30 finalists, reviewing their final project submissions, and narrowing it down to the final list, from start to finish this has been a challenging and immensely enriching experience for all of us here at Graphic 45. Picking our new Design Team was not an easy task. The incredible range of talents, skills, and imagination displayed by all of our finalists was extraordinary. For those of you who made the list, we want to give a warm congratulations and welcome you to the team. For those of you who who did not make the list, we want to give our deepest and most sincere thank you for all of your hard work and your incredible talents. We can't stress enough how difficult it was for us to narrow it down the final list. We are entirely grateful to have such inventive and accomplished artists trying out for our Design Team. Thank you to each and every one of you from all of us here at Graphic 45.

And the new Graphic 45 Design Team members for 2012 (in no particular order) are...

1.  Denise Hahn - USA

2.  Sharon Ngoo - Singapore

3.  Nicole Eccles - USA

4.  Clare Charvill - UK

5.  Alberto Juárez Díaz - Spain

6.  Arlene Cuevas - USA

7.  Tara Orr - Canada

8.  Jim Hankins - USA

9.   Maiko Miwa - Japan

10.  Gloria Stengel - USA

11.  Susan Lui - Singapore

12.  Kristin Wilson - USA

13.  Jane Tregenza - Australia

14.  Roberto Cesar dos Santos - Brazil

15.  Laura Denison - USA

Wow, such excitement! Of course we wanted to also bring you some more incredible cards since this is the last day of our card extravaganza! We've had such a great time bringing you this great week of cards and we hope you've all had a lot of fun too! We've got two incredible card designs by Tara Orr and Gloria Stengel. Tara has created a fun sketch and Gloria has prepared a great tutorial! Both of these gorgeous creations are sure to inspire you for some blissful weekend crafting! Is there a family member or friend that could use a little dose of cheer? Why not surprise them with a beautiful hand-made card! Everyone could use a little random crafts of kindness!

Behold this marvelous Olde Curiosity Shoppe card by Tara Orr. This is a perfect example of a card that's great for any occasion! You can also see how Tara recycled Graphic 45 Staples packaging to give some extra color and depth to this gorgeous card! There's even a fun sketch so you can create one of your very own!




Graphic 45 Supplies:
Patterned Paper: Olde Curiosity Shoppe
Misc: Graphic 45 Packaging, Twine

Next we have this gorgeous gate fold gift card holder by Gloria Stengel.This amazing creation also features Olde Curiosity Shoppe! This is an incredible way to turn a simple gift into something heartfelt and whimsical. Here Gloria takes you step-by-step into her creative process with a fun tutorial! Take it away, Gloria!


Graphic 45 Paper:
Olde Curiosity Shoppe: Olde Curiosity Shoppe, Genuine Article
Graphic 45 Staples: Brads (from the Metal Hinge Staples), Metal Button Staples
Clearsnap: Colorbox Graphic 45 Decades Photogenic, Venetian Lace Antiquing Ink
Clearsnap: Smooch Spritz Vanilla Shimmer
Spellbinders: Grand Calibur Die Cutting System; Shapeabilities Office Supplies
Imaginarium Designs: Penny Farthing Bicycle Chipboard
Hampton Art Stamps: Celebrate and Thanks Stamp Set
American Crafts: Black Cardstock
Neenah: Natural White Cardstock
Deco Art: White Acrylic Paint
StampinScrappin: Birthday Stamp
Martha Stewart: Butterfly Punch
Recollections: Pearls
Maya Road: Bingo Number
Scor-Pal: Scoring board and stylus
Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape runner, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares, Beacon Zip Dry glue


You all know by now that I love to make gift card holders. A gate fold card with an inside pocket makes a quick and easy gift card holder. Creating a simple band to hold the card closed makes this simple project extra special. When you slide off the band and open the "doors" you see the surprise inside!


1. Trim black cardstock to 5 x 10 inches. Score at 2 1/2 inches from each end. (Drawing not to scale)


2. Using a piece of cardstock 2 x 5 inches, create a pocket for the inside of the card. Add adhesive to the sides and bottom of the pocket. (Note: I covered the inside surface BEFORE adding my pocket.)

3. Cover all surfaces with patterned paper.


4. To create the closure band, trim black cardstock to 2 x 12 inches. Score at 4 7/8 and 10 inches.


5. Cover your band with patterned paper, and glue together. Make sure you don't glue it too tight or it won't slip off your card. You may need to adjust your band size, depending on how thick your finished card becomes.


6. Decorate your band as desired. I added a chipboard bike and a sentiment to my band. It's a simple project, but packs big impact, especially when you slip a gift card inside!

I also decorated the back of my card. It looks more finished that way.


We hope you all enjoyed today's big announcement and gorgeous card creations. Big thanks to Tara Orr and Gloria Stengel for their beautiful work today. For more card inspiration be sure to check out our Pinterest Card Pinboard! There's lots to see and tons of stunning ideas to inspire you! 


We wish you all a fabulous Friday and a wonderful weekend! Thank you all for joining us!

With sincere gratitude and love,

Diane, Charee, Aimee and the whole Graphic 45 Family




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Woo Hoo! Congratulations to everyone who made the 2012 DT. I see lots of peeps I follow on a regular basis and can't wait to see what the team comes up with this year. Cheering for all of you!

A huge congrats to the final 12!! Very well deserved for all of u! I look forward to seeing all of ur wonderful creations .It was so exciting to b apart of the top 30 finalists for 2012. I will definately try again next year Thanx again G45!

Congrats to the new team! Looks like its going to be a fabulous and creative year! Can't wait!

Woot woot! I see several of our readers on the list --- and I'm seeing a few men! Can't wait to see where this new group takes G45 over the next year!

CONGRATS to the new G45 team! I can't believe it has already been a whole year since my term ended. Special shout out to my two DT sisters... WOOOO HOOOOO GLORIA AND JANE! Keep rocking it for the G45 alumni!!!

Congratulations to all the new DT members! I see several familiar names and amazing artists in there, and I can't wait to see all the great projects they will be making!!!

Congratulations to the new Design Team, you are all in for a very special experience.

Congratulations to the new team, it must have been very hard narrowing it down with all the talented people who applied and the wonderful projects sent to you. Glad to see some old friends among the list + some new names. Looks like being a wonderful year! feeling for those who did not make it. Thanks so much for another year, delighted and very excited.

CONGRATS to the new Graphic 45 Design Team!!

CONGRATULATIONS to all the New Design Team Members! I am so honored to be apart of this AWESOME team for 2012! Thank You! Thank You! YAHOOOOOOO! For all the finalist who tried out, your work is just incredible! I, once again, so honored to be in your company! Y'all Rock!! Jim

Congratulations to the lucky new design team!!!!! I am sure they will continue to inspire us! Love the cards.

Congratulations to the new design team! A special shout out to Jim and Arlene! They have been a great inspiration to so many people for quite some time and they totally deserve this!

Congrats! :D

Congratulations to the new design team! Looking forward to their inspiration and creativity. The cards have been great this week. Thank You.

Congratulations to the new team!!! Feeling extremely excited and blessed to have made it back for another year! Though saddened to say good bye to some really amazing teamies, this past year of Artist's has been a Dream! Looking forward to getting to work with the next generation of design team members!!!!!!!!

congrates to all! well done, awesome cards to!!!

Congratulations to the new Dt!!!!!! So excited for them! Gorgeous cards today too! Beautiful!

Well done G45..wonderful choices in all the team members, both new ones and old ones rejoining. So looking forward to seeing all the new designs by my favorite designers, Laura and Jim. Such talent, from them and all the team members, and working with such fabulous product makes it that much better. Again, thank you for picking a wonderful team. Cheers from Washington State !!!

Congratulations to the new Design Team! Well done all of you!

Seriously? I can hardly contain myself!! Omg what amazing artists to be amongst! Whoooo hooooo Congrats to all! I think I woke the whole neighborhood.

Congratulations to the new team! Some AMAZING talent there!

Congratulations to the new 2012 Design Team, I love following along and being inspired. Love Gloria's and Tara cards. TFS Pammejo http://pammejo-scrapbookflair.blogspot.com/

More great cards! Thank you for the sketch and the tutorial. That helps people like me to make wonderful creations! It has been a wonderful 2 weeks for me with one week of minis and one week of cards. It just doesn't get any better! Congratulations to the new Design Team. You all have very big shoes to fill!

Excited to see what they come up with this year! I would love to see more cards and altered items!!!

Congrats to the 2012 Design Team! There are so many talented and familiar faces on it. I'm absolutely honoured and thrilled to be back on my favourite manufacturer's DT. :)

Congrats to the new DT and especially to fellow Brit Clare Charvill who makes such great projects and is generous enough to share them in her videos. An inspirational year ahead I'm sure xx

Oh My Gosh!!! My dearest friend Roberto (Betto) is there!!! I'm so proud of him!!! He is one talented artist. You will see... ;)

Awesome cards today! Congrats to the new team....thanks to all those that served this past year. The new team has big shoes to fill. I am looking forward to all the new inspiration.

A big Congratulations to the new Design Team....and amazingly talented group! Cannot wait to see all of your projects in the upcoming year :)

Congratulations to the new design team. Love the creations displayed, and looking forward to seeing so many more.

Congrats to the new team! I look forward to working with you all and I am beyond excited to get to continue to work with the AMAZING people at Graphic 45.

Congrats to everyone on the 2012 design team!!!! I'm very very honored to be a part of such an awesome team!!!

Look forward to following Roberto. Love his projects. Of course, the others are Great, what a year to come!!

Congrats to everyone that made the team, so much talent!!!!

Congratulations to the 2012 design team! You in for an incredible experience!

Wonderful group of people! I love that you are bringing the world closer together!

Congratulations to all who made it to the G45 design team..

Great cards! I had to save them to my idea file. I'm still working my way up to cutting in this paper. Congrats to this years team! Glad some of my favorites are returning!

congratulations to the new team !

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