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June 28, 2012

Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks: More Nutcracker Sweet Papers!


Hello G45ers,

Welcome to another enchanting day of sneak peeks and fun here at Graphic 45! We are so happy that you are joining us today! Wow, what a week this has been! Sneak peek season is one of our most favorite times of the year. We love getting to bring you the first look at our newest products! Reading all of your feedback on our blog this week has been so inspiring. Thank you all so much for all of your support and wonderful words! There is lots of fun in store today as we bring you 6 more gorgeous papers from Nutcracker Sweet! Plus we have 4 new Nutcracker Sweet prize winners to announce as well as some stunning craft creations from Susan Lui and Clare Charvill of our design team. There's even a fabulous tutorial by Clare that is sure to inspire you! Yes, today's blog is packed full of joy and fun! So lets get to it! First up we want to announce our winners for the Nutcracker Sweet prize packs! Remember all this week we're giving away a beautiful Nutcracker Sweet 8x8 paper pad and both coordinating chipboard die-cuts! All you need to do to enter to win is leave us a blog comment! We will have 4 more winners to announce tomorrow too so be sure to leave your blog comments today for your chance to win! And the winners are...

-Wendy Maynard: "One word, amazing!!!"

-Sandy Jenks: "Clare and Jim are both amazing artists. I just love the new embellishments. They are a must for the papers."

-Jean Marmo: "WOW!!! How do you do it????" 

-Cathy Osborne: "I think you must be able to hear me here in Olympia, with ohhhs, ahhhs, and "I have to have it" with each new part of the Nutcracker line you preview. Fantastic.

The altered house was beautiful. The lighthouse - what can I say, "spectacular!"

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 for more marvelous sneak peeks from Nutcracker Sweet! "Sweet" peeks is what we should be calling them! Gaze upon these 6 magnificent new papers and let the holiday inspiration lift your spirits!

"Enchanted Journey"



"Sugar Plum Fairy"



"Beautiful Ballet"



"Clara's Dream"



"Snowflake Waltz"



"Endearing Sentiments"



Now that we've got you in the mood for papercrafting we thought we'd share these wonderful projects from our design team! We're switching gears from Christmas to Halloween as we bring you this fantastic dimensional Bon Voyage card by Susan Lui and a candy caddy and tutorial by Clare Charvill! Even though Halloween is a ways away there's still time to start dreaming about your holiday crafts! First up is Susan's magnificent card featuring our Magic of Oz collection! Here is what she had to say about this wonderful work of art!

This is a Bon Voyage card I created which I wanted a little different from regular cards. I figured The Magic Of Oz papers (and the protagonists' journey on the Yellow Brick Road) would be perfect for the card and with the many images in the collection, I would create a 3-dimensional scene from Oz. Here's the card, closed.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Magic of Oz 3D Card 1

Opening up the card...

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Magic of Oz 3D Card 2

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Magic of Oz 3D Card 3

The card fully open, depicting a scene from The Wizard of Oz.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Magic of Oz 3D Card 4

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Magic of Oz 3D Card 5

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Magic of Oz 3D Card 6

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Magic of Oz 3D Card 7

A pocket for messages...

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Magic of Oz 3D Card 8

A red crystal flourish highlights the magic behind Dorothy's ruby red shoes.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Magic of Oz 3D Card 9

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Magic of Oz 3D Card 10


Patterned Papers - Graphic 45 The Magic of Oz (Poppy Fields, Parcel Post, There's No Place Like Home, Tenderhearted Tin Man, Goblin Gazette, Journey to Oz) and Olde Curiosity Shoppe (Butterfly Specifics) Border Punch - Martha Stewar

Wasn't that wonderful?! Next up we have another fabulous Halloween-inspired creation. This one was created by Clare Charvill and it is super cute! It's a candy caddy that is all decked out in Happy Haunting. This is a wonderful example of altered art that is a lot of fun to create! Clare even included a fun tutorial to show you how it was done! Take it away, Clare!

A fun project to make for the children ready for Halloween.  This is a bright and cheery candy caddy to go Trick or Treating with. I kept it quite simple so that nothing would get caught or drop off. 

I took a wooden caddy, the middle of three that I found at a show and painted it with black acrylic paint.  Then I made a pattern from card for the two ends and cut side and end pieces of paper from a 12 x 12 sheet of Enchanted Garden.

Happy Haunting Altered Art

Happy Haunting Altered Art

Then I cut the large border from Happy Hauntings and adhered that all around the bottom edge of the caddy 

Happy Haunting Altered Art

For the inside I cut down my pattern and cut two end pieces and two side pieces out of Pumpkin Time and adhered them to the inside of the caddy using tacky glue. I finished off the base of the caddy with a card and border cut from Halloween Greetings and Jeepers Creepers.

Happy Haunting Altered Art

Happy Haunting Altered Art

To decorate the outside of the caddy I cut out an assortment of black and green clocks from Midnight Magic and Pumpkin Time, two little witches and adhered them onto the caddy along with two chipboard tags threaded with staples ribbon, and two chipboard pumpkin flowers 

Happy Haunting Altered Art

Happy Haunting Altered Art

Happy Haunting Altered Art

Then  I took the pumpkin letters from the sticker sheet that spell out trick or treat, mounted them on black foam tape and adhered them to either side of the caddy.

Happy Haunting Altered Art

Happy Haunting Altered Art

Happy Haunting Altered Art

To finish off the caddy I cut a Halloween border strip from Midnight Magic, and spiralled it around the handle.  

Happy Haunting Altered Art

A Wooden Caddy 
Black Acrylic paint 
Tacky Glue 
Walnut Stain Disress ink for paper edges 
12 x 12 papers from the Happy Hauntings Collection

That's all for today, G45ers. Thank you all again for stopping by our blog today. We hope you had a great time! Please come back and see us tomorrow for more fabulous sneak peeks from Nutcracker Sweet as well as more prize winner announcements and design team crafts. It's going to be another super fun day! Huge thanks to Susan Lui and Clare Charvill for their beautiful work today. We wish you all a very happy day!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45


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The projects are awesome! So much talent!!

All of them are fine, but the "Snowflake Waltz" incredibly danceable and winter! It's my favorite!

Wow! So creative.

My little grand daughters will love projects made with the nutcracker papers. They love ballet! I want to be as talented as your featured crafters. They are so clever!

The Nutcracker papers are beautiful, as is the whole line. I love both projects today - that card is over the top!

I have one word. Lovely :)

Dorothy and her friends... just amazing. I wonder if I could do this.. I have a friend from Kansas that has a display of related items on her mantel. She would love this!

Love the Halloween box - too cute

Love all the new papers, especially Snowflake Waltz. The Halloween candy caddy is a wonderful treat.

I love ALL of it! But I think Clara's Dream and Endearing Sentiments are my favorites! Would love to get some of this kind of happy mail!!!

WOW! Clara and Dorothy sharing the spotlight! Fantastic! I guess it really is all about the shoes!

Love, love, love these! The card is well--spectacular--and the candy caddy is such a great use of the Happy Haunting products and still very practical for a night of Trick or Treaters.

Beautiful! I love the tags and postcards. Counting down the days....

I can already tell I am going to need several sheets of Snowflake waltz!

Amazing papers! This range just keeps getting better and better! Love the projects from today aswell, superb as always!!

These are great! Although I haven't met a Graphic 45 paper I didn't like!

Fantastic papers!!!

wow I love the papers! So whimsical.. The card is really awesome.. & that candy caddy looks gorgeous, guess there gonna be lots of treats in! Hugs Marley

I can not wait for this paper to be available!

Okay, love the new papers, amazing, but that Wizard of Oz card....are you kidding me? Freakin Awesome!

Two stunning examples of what happens when looking at any of the G45 paper collections. Imagination clicks in and WOW !

WOW!!! The projects today are just WOW!!! I am absolutely in love!!!

And the newest line!! GORGEOUS!! I can't wait to play with this collection!!!

Oh, I just love this collection more every time I see it!! Fingers crossed (and toes!)!

Love the papers and the candy caddy!

OH MY, OH MY, OH MY -- is all I can say about the Nutcracker Collection.
What an adorable card.

AMAZING as always...I am totally in love with the Snowflake Waltz paper!!!
And that Oz card is fabulous.

These papers really speak to me! Just can't get over the colors. The projects, with all their fussy cutting are outstanding!

Sweetest of Sweet papers! Visions dancing through my head.

Jaw dropping to the floor again. G45 has made me look at paper crafting in a whole new way. These projects are amazing. Thank you for sharing with us.


These papers are unbelievable. Some I would like to frame as art. I'm anxious to get my hands on them.

Just can't get over how beautiful the papers are AND how amazing the projects are!

Beautiful papers! Awesome projects!

This line will be the featured Christmas classes at my store this season. We'll be using it for several different card classes, scrapbook layouts, and a "Christmas Memories" book. Can't wait to get started on them!

I cannot wait to get going on projects when these new Graphic 45 papers are released. Love them all.

Amazing paper love the detail! Absolutely gorgeous projects, the details are just amazing.

Thanks for all the great ideas. I will have to redo all my old treasures.

The colors are so great, especially the purple. I just love this paper.

Love the projects!....the more I see of this new collection, the more I want it!

Once again, everything is over the top! The ballerina paper is timeless, I hope you never retire this one! Thank you!

WOW! Your paper lines seem to make people really think outside of the box. Thank you for sharing all of this inspiration with us.

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