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May 04, 2012

A Ladies' Diary Altered Art & Crafts by Gloria Stengel


Hello G45ers,

Welcome to our happy blog on this magnificent Friday! Yay, TGIF! We have had so much fun with all of you this week during our sneak peeks of A Ladies' Diary! Reading all of your feedback on our blog and Facebook page has been so incredible. We are so excited to get our new collections out to you all as soon as possible. Just a reminder that you can begin looking for the new collections in stores in June! Today we're going to show you some glorious altered art creations featuring A Ladies' Diary that were created in Diane Schultz's workshop! You are going to fall in love with these exquisite works of art! Plus we have four more winners to announce for today's A Ladies' Diary Prize packs! Also we're going to be featuring the gorgeous work of Gloria Stengel of our 2012 design team! There is so much beauty in store for today! Are you ready, G45ers?! It's fun time!

First up we want to announce the winners from yesterday's "Win It Before You Can Buy It" contest! Today is the final day to get your blog or Facebook comments in for your chance to win! We will be announcing our final four winners on Monday! So be sure to leave your comments while this fabulous contest is still happening! Our randomly chosen winners from yesterday are...

From our blog:

-Jane Gaitnis: "My mother was a seamstress and this paper will be wonderful to use on a heritage album for my grandchildren so they may get a taste of what their great-grandmother did with her time and how elegant the dresses were in that time. What a great idea!!"

-Dorothy McCarthy: "All of these papers are fantastic and the art is wonderful!! Thank you!!"

From Facebook:

-Kathy Clement: "This is torture.....To see it, and not be able to have it until JUNE????? I guess it will build character."

-Helen Hauze: "It's all I can do to get to June and even then I am going to be hoping that its there. I think I might be the person at the window with my face pressed against the store glass saying "Open, Open, Open." I have al ready asked my local scrapbook stores about this line to make sure they are going to get it. I LOVE IT! I can't wait to get it and I know it will look so nice with the pictures I have and the heritage album I am doing."

Congratulations! Will our winners please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize! Hooray!'

And now it's time to bask in some splendid craft inspiration! Behold these gorgeous creations from Diane's workshop! Here you can see some exhilarating altered art that features A Ladies' Diary. There's a fabulous altered bird house, hat box and jewelery box! You can see how splendidly the papers blend together to create exquisite works of art!


LD birdhouse 1

LD birdhouse 2

LD hat box 1

LD hat box 2

LD jewelry box 1

LD jewelry box 2

LD jewelry box 3

LD jewelry box 4

LD projects

And now it's time for more Graphic 45 2012 design team introductions. Although this one is more of a re-introduction. We are so happy to welcome back the incredible artist Gloria Stengel for her third year on our design team! Gloria's work has been a staple on our blog and we are so excited to see what this new year will bring! If we could chose one word to describe Gloria's style it would probably be "classic." She knows exactly how to tap into the vintage style of Graphic 45. Her creations have a grace and elegance that is unmistakable. On her blog Scraps of Life, Gloria provides tons of stunning ideas, tutorials and good cheer to all who visit. She seems to be an endless source of creativity and inspiration. We are are thrilled to welcome her back for a record third year in a row! G45ers, please join us in welcoming the fantastic Gloria Stengel!

Gloria Stengel photo

"Ever since I was a little girl I have wanted to be an artist. However, my school art teachers made sure that I was aware that I had NO artistic talent whatsoever! The only thing I was good at was coloring with crayons! (Lucky for me I found Copic Markers!) My parents were into crafts and I always had access to all sorts of supplies if I wanted to create something. I have tried just about every craft you can think of, and abandoned most of them. When I found rubber stamping and scrapbooking in the early 1990s I knew I had finally found an outlet for my artistic side! You know it's love since I have stuck with it for so long! This is my third year on the Graphic 45 Design Team. I enjoy it as much today, as the very first day! I simply love making things. The main reason why I like designing for Graphic 45 is they let me make things with AMAZING products! Just looking at the paper makes me have a spurt of creative energy. I display some of my Graphic 45 samples in my studio to keep me inspired. There are days when I pinch myself in happiness that every day, I get to do what I love! Charee asked us to share any interesting collections we may have. I used to collect carousel horses, ceramic masks, and brass animals, but since 1990, I have started a new collection! It's name is papercrafting supplies! Especially adhesive, paper, and rubber stamps" -Gloria Stengel


Here is a great video that Gloria created that shows tons of stunning photos of the projects she submitted for the Graphic 45 design team call.




Check out this gorgeous Little Darlings altered art box that Gloria created! You really get a sense for her fabulous style with this project. All of the beautiful embellishments and paper layering make this piece incredibly sweet and awe-inspiring. You can also see Gloria's impeccable eye for color! Just look at how well the bows and embellishments work with the Little Darlings papers to create one beautifully cohesive piece! So pretty! This is the perfect kind of project to celebrating a new baby!








Next we have this incredibly beautiful and detailed layout by Gloria. This is a great example of combining different papers from different Graphic 45 collections! Just look at all of those gorgeous embellishments. This LO seems to spring to life with joy! Here is what Gloria had to say about it.

"I love this photo of my husband and me. It was taken in London, with the London Eye in the background. The setting made me think of the London scenes in "Around the World in 80 Days." I wanted to make a steampunk-esque layout, with flowers, butterflies, gears, and all sorts of "junk."  The layout is part romance, part engineering geek, part garden fantasy. It is all the parts of my personality rolled into one!" -Gloria







Supply List:
Graphic 45 Papers:
Olde Curiosity Shoppe: Butterfly Specifics
Steampunk Debutante: Modern Marvels, Time Flies
Le' Romantique: Le' Romantique, Sweetheart of Mine
Graphic 45 Chipboard Tags: Olde Curiosity Shoppe
Graphic 45 Cardstock Stickers: Olde Curiosity Shoppe
Graphic 45 Staples: Metal Clothespin, Metal Button
Clearsnap: Colorbox Graphic 45 Decades Antiquing Ink Venetian Lace
Clearsnap: Colorbox Pigment Ink Dragonfly Black
Clearsnap: Smooch Spritz Spun Sugar, Splash, Green Olive
Imaginarium Designs: Chipboard Birdcage, Clock, Fence
American Crafts: Cardstock
Tattered Angels: Glimmer Mist Moonlight
Cosmic Shimmer: Mica Mist Silver
Deco Art: White Acrylic Paint
Other mist: Twinkling H2O Fern (dissolved in water); Stampin' Up Re-inker Citrus (mixed with PearlEx White and water)
Prima: Branch
Wild Orchid Crafts: Flowers
Idea-ology: Clock, Glass vial, Light bulb, Brads, Film strip
Bead Landing: Glass capsule
7 Gypsies: Gears
Martha Stewart: Butterfly punch
Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape runner, foam tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares; Beacon Zip Dry glue

Here is a remarkably beautiful altered box that Gloria created using Olde Curiosity Shoppe. Just look at the fabulous details with the embellishments! There is so much gorgeous dimension and color in this project. It is such a treasure! Here is what Gloria had to say about it.

"It's easy (and fun) to take a $3 wooden box and turn it into a work of art! Using paint, paper, and a few embellishments, this inexpensive wooden box is now a keepsake. I added a metal handle and four wooden feet to the box, making it even more special." -Gloria







Supply List:
Graphic 45 Papers:
Olde Curiosity Shoppe: Olde Curiosity Shoppe, Optical Oddities, Butterfly Specifics, Genuine Article, Mercurial Masterpiece
Communiqué: Society Page
Domestic Goddess: Lady of the House
Graphic 45 Staples: Metal Butterflies, Metal Brads
Clearsnap: Colorbox Graphic 45 Decades Antiquing Ink Venetian Lace
Clearsnap: Colorbox Clear Embossing Powder
Clearsnap: Smooch Spritz Spun Sugar, Vanilla Shimmer, Gold Glow
Imaginarium Designs: Chipboard Steampunk Clock, Birdcage, Clock
Spellbinders: Grand Calibur Die Cutting System; Die Templates Foliage, Rose Creations, Bitty Blossoms, Spiral Blossoms One
Cosmic Shimmer: Mica Mist Silver
Making Memories: Acrylic Paint Asphalt
Deco Art: White Acrylic Paint
Ranger: Alcohol Ink Sunset Orange, Lettuce, Meadow
7 Gypsies: Metal handle, Gears, Metal hanger
Idea-ology: Light bulb, Pen nib, Film strip
Martha Stewart: Butterfly punch
Craft Supply: wood box, wood feet
Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape runner, foam tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares; Beacon Zip Dry glue

Thank you all so much for joining us today! Remember that we will have more craft inspiration and prizes on Monday's blog! We hope you'll join us. Huge thanks to Gloria for her remarkable work. We can't wait to see her newest creations on our 2012 design team! We wish you all a fabulous Friday and a great weekend!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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OMG I love the altered art from Dianes workshop!!! I love how A Ladies Diary just makes the piece work. It's so perfectly perfect!!
Gloria I love the baby stuff. It's so beautiful. What new Mommy wouldn't just go crazy over a gift like that!!!
Overall, it's a great friday for beautfiul art and paper!!!

That jewelry box is so perfect for those papers, what a wonderful vintage look!

I feel like a kid in a candy store. Sooooo excited about this line, I so want this. All the designers are great. This line is jaw dropping WOW!!!!!!

All the beautiful projects are divine, welcome back Gloria. I can't wait for June to come quickly so I can get some papers.

Gloria's work is beautiful. Thanks for sharing and congrats to the winners!

Love love love what you did with the Ladies Diary collection, Diane!! That jewellery case is a must-have! And Gloria, your projects are beautiful!

Gloria's projects are all so beautiful. I love her use of unexpected elements. The birdhouse with A Lady's Diary papers in it is just spectacular, I do love this paper collection!

Very nice. I like Gloria's work.

This paper is awesome! So are the stamps and the stickers and the chipboard elements and . . . my mind is just reeling with ideas! Diane did a fantastic job with her objects d'art :) And Gloria as usual is just a knock-out! Waiting for June is going to be sooooo very hard and I hate to wish time away, but this set is so tempting to do just that.

Coucou, ces créations sont magnifiques, bises

Congratulations Gloria!! Great to see you again! Your work is so ingenious!!! I just cant stand it!! Sooo precisly well done! Thank you G45 for having Gloria back!! You guys ROCK!!!

What an amazing artist ! Congratulations Graphic 45 you have her :) wow

All I can say is, "WOW!"

I love the amazing artwork done using the new collection. I love the new collection and love Graphic 45 paper!

Diane's altered artwork is amazing! As always, Gloria's work is stunning! Adore the Little Darlings altered box!

Woohoo Gloria! I love your work and am thrilled to see you back on the Team!

Congratulations to the winners! Today's projects are just stunning! Wow!

Beautiful projects, Gloria...thanks for sharing them.
Every peek I get at Ladies' Diary just makes me love it more. June is a long way off!

Congrats to you Gloria....I am inspired by all your works of arts. You do an awesome job on all your projects. I totally agree that G45 papers make all ideas come to life!

One word "Beautiful"

I absolutely love the jewelry box! I also love how many elements Gloria was able to place on her LO....so much to look at...

Love the birdhouse, hat box, and jewelry box, on top of the wonderful projects done by Gloria. So much talent on your DT.


Once again - out of the park! Welcome back Gloria for another year of amazing creations! I love the Little Darlings box & mini...especially since I need to get started on my own very soon! Keep up the good work!

Ohmygosh! The inspiration today is crazy!! Diane, your projects are truly masterpieces. Your love for this new collection shines through. And I can see why... the papers you put together... just beautiful... and I love the black with it all.

Gloria, your final submissions are stunning! That LO must have taken you forever with all of that detail. You sure did capture the Little Darlings collection to a tee! Awesome work!

Both Gloria and Diane have done a fabulous job with these projects. I love Graphic 45 papers they are wonderful for all our crafting projects.

Love Gloria's work! So glad she is part of the team.

I just love the birdhouse and jewelry box, the trinket box is beautiful. What great ideas : )

Gloria's pieces are always gorgeous,


Wow! Love that birdhouse! This paper looks amazing! Welcome back Gloria!

Birdhouses are my favourite, I just love this one.

Love the ladies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Beautiful papers and beautiful projects!

Love that polkadot flower! Well, all of it, but really want to make that flower. Welcome back to Gloria - such fabulous talent!

WOW, WOW------wonderful projects. Not sure what I like best, I am a huge Steampunk fan but they are all great!

I am so in love with this beautiful collection! Gloria has done a wonderful job of showing it off!

I love these gorgeous projects. They are all incredibly crafted using Graphic 45 paper line. I am always a big fan for Graphic 45.

The jewelry box is exquisite. love the new collection

Gloria's work is always so well-executed!! She's a real gift on the DT.
Still hoping to win me some Ladies' Diary!!

Outstanding, Beautiful, Wow!!!

Gorgeous projects, very elegant.

Beautiful, beautiful projects! So glad Gloria will be on the team for another year!!

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