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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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Incredible Papers and Projects! G45 and your Design Team never disappoint!

I can not wait to get my hands on these papers - love all the projects!!

just adore this paper! Love these two pieces...such creative people on the DT!!

The new paper is simply delightful! and the projects today ...what can I say. I'm ready to make the candy tote for a little 4 year-old I know for trick or treating this year! Thanks for sharing.

Lovely papers!
Fantastic card and caddy!

Wonderful inspiration using two of my favorite collections and the new papers are awesome!

These papers are wonderful, I have tons of ideas to use then on my projects
Thanks for your creativity

I have visions of Graphic 45 projects dancing in my head!

...post cards and tags.. oh my...you sure know how to thrill us..

Wow! Am loving these new papers. So totally awesome. The projects are also so neat!

Wow! Can wait to work with the new paper.

I love the new Christmas collection paper, but then again I love all of the Graphic 45 paper! Thank you for all the creative ideas that the the design team provides.

Really, really beautiful - what else is there to say!

OMG I was already wow'd by the Nutcracker papers, but that Wizard of Oz scene is amazing!

That card is wonderful. Lots of work.

creative Hugs,

I love these papers sooooo much! Can't wait to try them out...

I'd love to see a tutorial on the Wizard of Oz diorama card!

Both projects are amazing. Other Graphic 45 papers could be used for the sweet little caddy for other holidays as well....including the new Nutcracker Sweet! Thanks for all the inspiration!

Pretty, pretty, pretty papers!
Beautiful project, love it!

Ok you have blown me away today, such a talented team you have. i can only hope to one day be half as creative

Absolutely gorgeous! Can't wait till they are released in the stores!

More fabulous papers! Swoon. I love the projects today. Need to make that candy caddy.

Love the purple in the paper line. Those projects inspire me. Must try the pop-up card technique.

This collection is very near and dear to my hear:) YOu have so captured the beauty, storybook elegance in which the Nutcracker Ballet has been known for years. thank you so very much for this collection!!! I so look forward to having the privilege of owning the Nutcracker Sweet collection. My mind just spins with tons of different uses:) be blessed
~Beyond Measure

Great collection! A must have!

Oh my... These papers are fabulous

Beautiful new papers.

Loving all the papers! Once again I want it all!

Wow! Amazing papers and project.

The detail work is amazing!!! I love the card. Thanks for sharing and for all the inspiration from all the G45 team members!!!!! Cindy

Sweet Nutcracker! This is a sweet collection.

Beautiful papers! Great projects!!

I would love to know how the card is constructed...love the way it all works!!

I love this line of paper! They are so vintage and lovely!

WOW! What beautiful paper. I love the projects. The design team are so talented. I get so much inspiration from your blog, and of course your products. Thank you for sharing and the chance to win.

Wonderful projects, as I have learned to expect from your design team! This paper line is so lovely!

This whole collection is absolutely gorgeous! Well done Graphic 45!

I love this papers!!!!. And the Halloween box is cute!!!


Love all the great creations as usual. However, i loved especially the Halloween container. It is awesome. Keep up the great work.

The Nutcracker Suite papers are just so wonderful. Love the Enchanted Journey page--can't you just see a book. The card is incredible. And, of course Clare does it yet again: beautiful balance and detail.

I'm getting excited.... is it almost Christmas time?????

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