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June 26, 2012

Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks: Nutcracker Sweet Stamps!


Hello G45ers,

Welcome to another fun and exciting day of sneak peeks, prizes and crafts! We are so happy that you are all joining us! Today is going to be simply marvelous! We're unveiling the brand new cling stamps from our fabulous new collection Nutcracker Sweet! Plus we've got 4 prize winners to announce as well as some wonderful crafts and an interview with Joanna Hardy, our Social Media Marketing Assistant here at Graphic 45! You'll get to know more about our wonderful team here at Graphic 45 and get inspired by our newest products! How exciting! So lets get to it! First up we want to announce yesterday's Nutcracker Sweet prize winners! Remember that you can win a fabulous 8x8 paper pad and both chipboard die-cuts from this gorgeous new collection! We are giving away 4 prize packs every day on our blog during our sneak peeks! All you need to do is leave us a blog comment! So be sure to leave your comments for your chance to win!

And the winners are...

-Debbie Fabanish: "I think I need to redo the layouts from my daughter's performances in the Nutcracker! This collection is fantastic!"

-Aleta Chrisman: "Just gorgeous. My head is spinning already with ideas of albums to create for my two nieces who dance."

-Alissa Luke: “I want these papers now!! Who says Christmas has to be in December?!! :)”

-Shannon Tuttle: “Looking forward to this whole set coming out! Definitely adding this to the stash.”

Congratulations! Will our winners please email us with your shipping information at [email protected] so we can send you your prize! Prize packs will be mailed in early August.

And now it's time for more fabulous sneak peeks! Behold these beautiful new cling stamps from Nutcracker Sweet! Dream of the magical creations you could make with these fabulous stamps!

Nutcracker Sweet Cling Stamp 1

Nutcracker Sweet Cling 1

Nutcracker Sweet Cling Stamp 2

Nutcracker Sweet Cling 2

Nutcracker Sweet Cling Stamp 3

Nutcracker Sweet Cling 3

And now it's time to get to know our Graphic 45 team even more! Last week you got to meet Dustin, our office manager. Well now we're introducing you to a very super lady, the amazing Joanna Hardy. Joanna is our Social Media Marketing Assistant. If you're on our Facebook page, Pinterest or if you receive our weekly newsletter then you're familiar with Joanna's work. She works behind the scenes to keep you all up to date on the latest and greatest news and fun moments here at Graphic 45! She is warm, funny and creative! Below you will find some of Joanna's lovely crafts and a fun interview with her!

"My name is Joanna Hardy and I am the Social Media Marketing Assistant for Graphic 45. When I joined the Graphic 45 team, my main crafting experience was in simple jewelry and sewing. Everyday seeing our Design Team's amazing work has truly inspired me to take a dip in the Papercrafting Pool! Charee sent me a Graphic 45 gift package when I first started with the company (it was breathtaking! It felt like unexpected Christmas!). I used it to make simple tags for Christmas and some birthday cards. But these were the first mini albums or Altered Art Boxes I have ever made. It was so much fun! The flower on the 5x8 Altered Art box was made after watching a crinkle flower tutorial and I tried fussy cutting for the first time thanks to the 2011 DT Fussy Cutting Tips. I made these for my Mother and Mother-in-law (or Mother-in-love as I like to call her) for Mother's Day. I filled the mini albums with pictures of all of us and notes to say thank you for all they mean to me. My husband also put in notes to them. We made both Moms' cry, which to me is a successful Mother's Day! Beautiful Graphic 45 products make Moms' cry! Thanks to Charee for letting me share my novice work. Soon, hopefully I'll try the more detailed embellishments, but while learning, I'll keep swimming in the shallow end of the Papercrafting Pool. So honored to share this blog with the 'real deals' - the design team and Diane Schultz herself! I would not have been brave enough to try out papercrafting if it weren't for them. " -Joanna Hardy

Steampunk Debutante altered art box

Steampunk Debutante altered art box


Graphic 45 5X5 altered art box
Graphic 45 Metal Tag Staples
Papers: Steampunk Debutante Fantasy Floral, Steampunk Debutante Time Flies, Domestic Goddess My Pretty Garden
Sookwang Adhesive
May Arts TZ02 Floral Ribbon

Domestic Goddess An ABC Primer Altered Art Box

Domestic Goddess An ABC Primer Altered Art Box

Domestic Goddess mini album


Graphic 45 5x8 Altered Art Box
Graphic 45 Chipboard Buttons
Graphic 45 Metal Clothespins
Graphic 45 Kraft envelope album staples
Graphic 45 Papers: ABC Primer and Domestic Goddess
Sookwang Adhesive

Here is a super fun interview with Joanna. We are so happy to have her on our team and we are thrilled to be featuring her on our blog today.

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What is your position at G45?

I am the Social Media Marketing Assistant at Graphic 45. I work alongside Charee and I also help organize our newsletters. It's a dream job!

What are some of your daily activities for G45?

I'm the one answering most of your questions on Facebook, loving your shared projects, retweeting your tweets, pinning pins to Pinterest, and helping brainstorm ideas for newsletters. It's all sorts of stuff, whatever comes my way each week. And thankfully, it's all a blast!

How long have you been crafting?

Ever since middle school when I was homeschooled for two short years, and my "art class" was crafts my mom and I would make. It was so fun! Since then, I've been hooked. I did basic scrapbooks all through high school. But in college, I was a costumer for our theatre department and that got me into sewing. And I wear a lot of earrings, so that got me into basic jewelry making. In the past, I would handmake every Christmas gift. Last year, I tried my hand at embroidery. And recently, I've been dabbling in papercrafting thanks to the inspiration from our blog everyday!

What is your favorite type of crafting?

Sewing and card-making are my favorite. My husband Thomas (an architect, very creative, and hilarious) and I both love making home-made cards for every family event. Our families have started calling us ridiculous because we try to outdo ourselves every year (mainly to see if we can make the cards funnier and funnier).  It's tons of fun. There's not better gift than a handmade card or keepsake! Now, I'm trying to snazzy up my card-making, though. Never thought of embellishments and all sorts of the fun stuff I see on the Graphic 45 blog! Gets my wheels turning. 

What is your favorite color? 

Orange! I love orange. Also, I'm really into the fashionable mint this year. I just love it! Such a lovely color. 

What is something unique/funny we should know about you? 

I've sometimes been mistaken for Weird Al. I mean, look at the similarities. And I do love a good parody song. It happens!


Well, Weird Al seems like a good place to bring this blog to a funny conclusion. Thank you all so much for joining us today! We have had so much fun getting to share today's Nutcracker Sweet sneak peeks with you! We also hope you all enjoyed getting to know the amazing Joanna Hardy! We want to thank her for her beautiful work on today's crafts and for her amazing contribution to our team. You rock, Joanna! We hope you all have a wonderful day. Please come back and see us tomorrow as we bring you even more sneak peeks and prize winner announcements! It's going to be tons of fun!

Hugs and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Great selection of stamps - love the soldier and the dancer. Just gorgeous!!

WOW just when I thought I would only need the papers! UGH I need the stamps too! I will be making the best christmas cards ever with these stamps! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Ohhh, those stamps are fabulous!

Love this collection as well So elegant- My daughter will love this too

The Pointe shoes, the string of candy, the music score, the snowflakes...... all just magical. I will need the paper, I will need the stamps, I will need the chip.....!

What wonderful stamps! Gotta win this..don't think i can wait til it comes out...the papers are wonderful..now the stamps!!! Joanna...thanks for sharing your artwork...i too put my toe in the papercrafting pool when i saw G45 paper....Halloween in Wonderland! Thanks for a chance to win some GREAT Graphic 45 paper!

I'm not a huge stamper but these are gorgeous!

I like the stamps, especially the third one. Thanks G45 for sharing!

These stamps just make me want to color with my pencils and Copics.

WOW! I love the beautiful new stamps! Nutcracker Sweet has to be my favorite Holiday collection yet!

Gorgeous stamps! Every little girl's dream (and a lot of big girls too!). :)

Great interview Joanna. Never mistake you for W Al but I love his parodies too, as well as your lovely work!
Thanks for sharing! :)

I love the stamps! The snowflakes are elegant.

These wonderful stamps have just been added to the ever growing wish list!! I think they are a must have.

Love Nutcracker just more wonderful paper to add to my stash.

These are just the sweetest stamps, I adore them!!

Love that music stamp!

The stamps in this collection are really beautiful. They would make beautiful Christmas cards and mini albums.

Wow, these Nutcracker Sweet stamps are gorgeous, my head is swirling with so many ideas!!

These stamps are outstanding! You guys have incredible talent!

The Nutcracker Suite and this set of stamps are timeless.

Pretty Joanna, you do not look like Weird Al!

The Nutcracker Sweet stamps are so beautiful. What a nice addition they will make to my stamp collection. Each year I must design my cards--looks like I have early inspiration.

OMG - love, love, love those stamps!

What an extraordinary collection! Just beautiful, and the all those stamps? Endless possibilities. Love it!

I don't always buy the stamps, unless they are Christmas because then I use them year after year. These are beautiful and will stand alone on a card or tag. Just lovely!

Congrats to the winners and absolutely loveeeeee Joanna's creations!! GORGEOUS!!!

I love love love those stamps!!! STUNNING!! Thanks for the chance to win!! *fingers crossed for me!* :)

These stamps are gorgeous! We collect nutcrackers and have accumulated quite the collection over the last 6 years...that Nutcracker stamp has to be my favorite. I can't wait to see this collection IRL!

I love the stamps they are beautiful.

Those stamps are all so beautiful. I have to buy them all because I can't just pick one that I like more thanthe other. That clock with the little mouse is to die for - they are all so beautiful.

Darn another must have for my stamp collection. Now I know I will be waiting on all of it to start my Christmas Cards. You guys are the best. Thanks for the chance to win something.

Love the new stamps! They will have to go on my "must have" list.

Also, Johanna's projects are great! Thanks for sharing them with us.

Love the stamp line - amazing once again


Such beautiful detail -- the stamps even have good feet!!!!

The stamps in the collection are beautiful.

Oh my gosh - I've just been transported to Christmas land and can hardly wait to start playing!

I absolutely LOVE cling stamps 2 & 3 - but 1 is great too! Can't wait to use these!

They are marvelous! I want them all!!! Lovely projects for inspiration! Many many thanks for the chance to win this adorable prize!

Love the papers and am loving the stamps. Can't wait to see more sneek peeks!

Lisa Torres

The detail in your stamps is wonderful! I'm especially liking the fairy ballerina! Great project, too!

The stamps are amazing. I love the nutcracker and the peppermints. Can't wait to use them.

Loved meeting Joanna and seeing her great boxes. The Nutcracker suite is really exciting to see each day--my daughter loves the Nutcracker--she has all of the characters in Christmas ornaments--so I hope I win some papers to make her some more!!!

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