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June 29, 2012

Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks: Nutcracker Sweet Crafts!


Hello G45ers,

It's another grand day of craft bliss here at Graphic 45! We are so happy that you are joining us for more fun during our amazing sneak peeks of Nutcracker Sweet! This has been such a wonderful week and there is still more joy in store on today's blog! We've got some sneak peeks of some gorgeous Nutcracker Sweet creations from Diane's workshop. Plus we have Nutcracker Sweet prize winner announcements, highlights from our Ning page and inspiring ideas from our design team! Today's blog is just what you need to get you inspired for some weekend crafting! First we want to thank all of you for your incredible blog comments this week. It has been such a joy to read your kind words about our new collection! We have 4 winners to announce from yesterday's blog comments. Today's winners will receive a Nutcracker Sweet 8x8 paper pad and both chipboard die-cuts before they're even available in stores! We will be announcing 4 more winners on Monday for this fabulous Nutcracker Sweet prize. So be sure to leave us a blog comment today for your chance to win! And the winners are...

-Nancy Sanders: "I am totally in love with the Nutcracker Sweet paper line! I can't wait to get it! The Oz items were absolutely inspiring and I think I may give one of them a try."

-Charlotte Zweigoron: "Graphic 45 seems to inspire the most creative and marvelous creations in the paper crafting world!! How I would love to have this Nutcracker paper and such!"

-Jessie Marie: "Ahhhhhh even more of a tease! These papers are SO beautiful I can't WAIT to see them in person. I want to make a great mini album, and Christmas cards too of course! :) Thank you so much for sharing the other projects too. That card is just breathtaking! And the treat caddy idea is SO cute too!

Thanks so much for the generous chance to win! :)"

-Jennifer Stahr: "I have loved the Nutcracker all my life! What a perfect tribute to a legendary musical! Thank you Graphic 45!!!"

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

And now it's time for some fantastic inspiration! Diane Schultz and her wonderful team have been working hard to get ready for CHA Summer! That means they're creating tons of gorgeous crafts for our CHA booth! Here you will see some inspiring works of altered art featuring Nutcracker Sweet! These stunning creations are sure to get you in the holiday crating spirit! Behold the beauty!

Nutcracker Sweet Altered Art

Nutcracker Sweet Altered Art

Nutcracker Sweet Altered Art

Nutcracker Sweet Altered Art

Nutcracker Sweet Altered Art

Nutcracker Sweet Altered Art

Nutcracker Sweet Altered Art

Wow, so beautiful! This week we asked our design team what their first impressions were of Nutcracker Sweet. What are they dreaming about creating with this wonderful new collection? Here's what they had to say!

Jim, The Gentleman Crafter: "When I first saw the sneak peek of the Nutcracker Sweet, I thought YES!!!! IT'S CHRISTMAS! Yahooo! My favorite of all holidays! I knew immediately that this was going to be another one of my favorite collections! I am called Mr. Christmas in my family! I've always loved this magical time of year!! The first thought for this collection was I gotta make a majestic domed theater with the Nutcracker playing on the stage! That is truly why I can hardly wait to get my hands on this totally exciting new collection!!"

Susan Lui: "I fell in love with Nutcracker Sweet the moment I saw the sneaks. The Nutcracker is my favourite Christmas Ballet and I loved the images of the ballerinas, the nutcracker and the candy girls. My daughter danced the Nutcracker when she was much younger so I might scrap a layout on that. And I have to say that the ballerina stamps, ballet shoes, grandfather clock are perfect for ballet-related projects as well as Christmas-themed ones. I see an altered project using this collection as well. Such a pretty collection!"

Denise Hahn: "The first thing I saw was ballerinas, I LOVE ballerinas, I have a vintage pair of pink barbie ballet slippers that I know will find their way into a Nutcracker Sweet project. I also have tons of those little jewelry box ballerinas that I know will come into play too. So I haven't 100% decided yet!"

Jane Tregenza: "For me it is the colours and the images, lots of creativity cutting and layering along with lots of borders and frames to be made."

Tara Orr: "I LOVE the fussy cutting options (as always) and the ballerina images are perfect for the photos of my daughter in her gear!! I would also love to do a bunch of gift boxes and matching cards/tags to give away. Even an adorable little jewelry box for my daughter is something I can totally see myself doing and then putting a bunch of jewelry inside for her on Christmas!"

Sharon Ngoo: "Gift bags with candy inside to give to people at christmas is what I thought of first....somehow NUTcracker SWEET makes me think of food....haha!"

Kristin Wilson: "Oooooo this collection made me think of decorating hat boxes and placing them by my front door for Christmas decore. Maybe stand a nutcracker on top."

Nicole Eccles: "As always when looking at your new lines, I am drawn to the possibilities of all the fussy cut images used for Shadowboxes to create scenes. Next I look over all the tiny details of the papers, or stamps and think of how they could be used in different ways. The clock image over all images stuck out my mind as having MANY uses for scenes. The first scene that popped into my head was an image of a large stairwall along the back left side, with a large Christmas tree, the clock in the back right corner. The ballerina images strategically placed. The room fully decorated with sweets and Christmas decor. I can almost smell the sweets now!!!!"

Clare Charvill: "I am loving the papers and colours in this collection. They remind me of programmes we used to watch in the UK when we were little - a few years ago lol!!! Fussy cutting will be inevitable there' s so many fabulous images to choose from. Love the idea of sweetie gift boxes for Christmas presents. I can't wait to see what emerges."

Gloria Stengel: "I have an awesome Halloween haunted house book that I want to recreate as a gingerbread house. I have been waiting for the perfect paper. I have been hoarding the house shaped album for AGES! Now is the time!"

Arlene Cuevas: "The first thing that came to mind for me when i saw the Nutcracker Sweet papers was... wouldn't that ballerina be CUTE on an altered music box... dancing with the Nutcracker! :-) These papers are AMAZING and the images take me back to my childhood when I saw my very first Nutcracker ballet (I was a little ballerina myself! hehe!) I can't wait to alter some boxes and create some Christmas cards using this collection... but as anxious as I am, the altered music box is first on my list!"

Wow, such inspiring words! Now it's time to honor you wonderful G45ers out there! Here are some stunning crafts that your fellow G45ers have uploaded to our Ning site! These wonderful works of art were created by crafters just like you. We love seeing what you are all creating with our products. So we thought we'd say a big thank you to our wonderful crafting community and post some of these fabulous projects from Ning! We encourage you all to post your Graphic 45 creations any time! Enjoy!

Happy Haunting Key Cabinette by Belinda Dewar.


Fashionista jewelery box by Ieonie Vellender.


A Ladies' Diary upcycled box with 3 drawers by Steph D.


A Ladies' Diary altered wooden dresser by Maggie Lara.

A Ladies' Diary Altered Art

A Ladies' Diary keepsake box by Lyn Bernatovich.

A Ladies' Diary Altered Art

That's all for today, G45ers. Thank you all so much for stopping by! We hope you had a great time exploring today's sneak peeks! Remember to leave us a blog comment today for your chance to win the Nutcracker Sweet prize pack! We will be announcing today's winners on Monday's blog along with even more sneak peeks! Its going to be another glorious week of fun, inspiration and lots of prizes! We hope you'll join us! Huge thanks to our wonderful design team and all of today's featured G45ers for their beautiful work. We wish you all a happy day and a great weekend!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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I'm glad you didn't ask which project is my fave because I would never be able to pick just one! They are awesome :)

Sometimes I feel like I'm visiting a museum of fine art, these pieces are so spectacular!

It's incredible fantastically beautiful projects! I foresee some of the cards I make, inspired by them! Have a great weekend

Diane Schultz's work is amazing!

Over and over I say Beautiful~ the papers AND the projects! Can't wait for the DT to get their hands on Nutcracker Sweet and make their ideas come to life! Now I'm waiting/dreading the next sneak peek! I love all things Asian for the beauty and serenity! Your new paper will not disappoint!

Can hardly wait to see what the designers come up with for the Nutcracker Sweet papers and stamps. There ideas sound wonderful!

Thanks for sharing the projects! They are all wonderful and inspiring.

Where do these people come from? Great projects always here at Graphic 45. Wait, could it be Graphice 45 papers? Yes it is!!!!!!!!!!

WOW!!! Talk about eye candy!! Every single one of these projects is beautiful and so imaginative. I'd love to make them all!

OMG!!! LOVE everything I see!! I would love to ask if it would be possible to see a layout or two that would be something I could do?!? These uber talented people are my idols!!

OMG!!! LOVE everything I see!! I would love to ask if it would be possible to see a layout or two that would be something I could do?!? These uber talented people are my idols!!

Oh my, my!!! What amazing projects! I love the little Christmas house, and of course the clock is just crazy cute!!!

ooooh - all these boxes are fantastic! and everyone has done a fabulous job. thanks for all the inspiration.

Talk about inspiration! My mind is buzzing from all these great projects...What a talented design team and ING'ers!

Wow! These projects are such an inspiration! I am altering an old jewelry box that I saved from the trash. I didn't want to overdo with laces and flowers and these projects remind me that there is no need to do that with Graphic 45 papers!

each time you show some projects from the Design Teams they are better and better....of course this Nutcracker Sweet lends itself so well...bet their imaginations are jump started with this collection! Can't wait to get my own hands on it!!!!

All the projects this week have been incredible works of art and so inspiring! Thank you Graphic 45 for the beautiful papers and inspirations! LOVE them all!

You guys have some talent! Everyday I can't wait to get to the computer to see what is on your blog for the day. BEAUTIFUL!!

I love these papers......so beautiful.its like peeking on Christmas morning. You have an amazing design team.

WOW! Such beautiful projects!!!

Your booth will look fabulous with those projects!

I love this collection and all the projects are so beautiful and inspiring.
Thanks for sharing !

All the projects are greate. Love the inspiration :)

OMG that gingerbread house is cuter than cute!!
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I am a lucky winner.

Wow! It's great to see the papers in use. Oh, the possibilities!

Such inspiration! I look forward everyday to look at your blog. To see all the new creations!

Looks like I'll be hitting my local store sooner than I thought for new papers! I think I even know where I can take a class with G45 papers...

Very clever projects..and the papers..well, they're gorgeous!

These projets are amazing. I do not know which is my favorite. They are all so creative and beautiful. I love the new paper line and I cannot wait to get my hands on several packs. Thanks graphic 45 for all the wonderful sneak peeks and the chance to win some goodies.

Fantastic projects. It just gets better and better. Maybe I'll be lucky enough to be one of the last winners. Good luck to everyone.


Absolutely GORGEOUS projects using the new collection!! I am seriously in love with this new line!! I can NOT wait for it to come out! I loveeeeeeeeeeeee what the G45 fans created too! GORGEOUS!

These projects are incredible! Thank you for a great week of inspiration. Now I just have to find the patience to wait until I'm able to get my hands on this fabulous product!

I am so loving all these amazing projects. Your DT is truly talented! I can't wait to get my hands on some of your amazing products!
Thanks for the chance to win!

I love the birdhouse I wouls never have thought to do this

These projects are all fabulous. Such inspiration to get busy!!!

Your Design Team is absolutely fabulous and inspiring! The Nutcracker Suite house took my breath away. This is definitely something that I would love to make. How about some Graphic 45 classes!?!?

All the projects are wonderful ! I love Gingerbread houses!! I am thinking Jim created the Nutcracker ! Waiting for a closer look at that.........................

These are fabulous.....mucho, mucho! What talent!

So much inspiration! All the projects are incredible! Such amazing talent.

These projects are amazing! It's mind blowing how much talent is out there! Thanks for sharing!

Not only are these projects STUNNING, they make me want to create my own versions!
Hope we get some tutorials very soon.

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