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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 info@g45papers.com 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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The stamps are perfect for making tags and cards. Nice to meet Joanna-thank you for sharing your projects, they are wonderful!

Oh my. I want it all! I have a friend who had to stop watching the Paper Trail because she kept buying everything. I am beginning to know the feeling. I'm sure the Nutcracker collection will find its way into my craft room.


Joanna, love your altered boxes!

These stamper will make some great cards along with the beautiful Nutcracker Sweet paper. Can't wait to get my hands on all the new goodies.

I am in lust!!! What another fantastical Collection to add to my wishlist

LOVE the stamps!!!!!!!!!!!
They are definatley on my wish list!
great projects today --as always!

Love the new stamps--what detail. Wow!

I love the Nut Cracker. Your company always amazes us.

Oh my! I love these stamps. They are soooooo gorgeous. What a beautiful collection. I cannot wait to see it in stores!

Alright then. I asked yesterday if there would be stamps, and here they are. Awesome!!

Stamps are gorgeous! Coloring that ballerina would be so much fun! Keep it coming G45!


These stamps are fabulous! I think we are going to have a Nutcracker Sweet themed holiday this year!

I love these stamps. Another thing to add to my list of my haves.

I love your new Nutcracker collection. I may have to redo the pages I did for my daughter's special trip to see the Nutcracker last year. Would love to win the prize pack!

These stamps are just precious!...love the font especially!

The stamps are so detailed and beautiful! I cannot wait to make Xmas cards and tags with this collection!

Luv, luv all the stamp sets! Beautiful! Can't wait to see the rest of the collection.

i'm so glad there's matching stamps for the papers. thank you.

These are some of the most beautiful stamps I have ever seen ! this clooection is stunning

What lovely stamps to go with a beautiful paper line! Really enjoying reading about your staff on the blog - looks like a very fun group.

Those stamps are so beautiful! Love the last one with the music score! I can even read the Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker music!

just love those stamps

Gorgeous stamps!! I LOVE anything Christmas! Joanna you are just adorable!!!

Ooh! I absolutely MUST get my hands on those stamps! They're to die for!

This collection is just wonderful. I cannot wait to get my hands on it. Love the lovely boxes today by Joanna.

I am so in love with the stamps. The fonts that are used are simply amazing. I cannot wait to make tags for all of my christmas presents. These images are going to fun to play with and color using my copic markers. I am just drooling right now. Thanks Graphic 45.

how gorgeous and not just for Christmas!

I so need these stamps! They are gorgeous!!!

Wow! I have to have these stamps. They co-ordinate perfectly with the gorgeous papers & contain everyday 'go to stamps' like the music & snowflakes.

I love the stamps. The girl with the nutcracker is precious. I really enjoyed Joanna's projects, and learning alittle about her. She has a dream job working with graphic45. Congrats to the winners. Thanks for the chance to win.

I see lots of Christmas tags and ornaments in my future with the stamps! I love this collectiona and think it might be my favorite of the year.

OMG, I am so in love with this NutCracker Collection, I want it all. Can't wait till it is released!! I see lots of projects with it.

Oh my goodness!!! Can we just say enabler??? :) I had no idea you'd have a Nutcracker stamp set, too:) absolutely Gorgois and versatile:) Thank you so very much for developing the Nutcracker collection:) Boy---I have all kinds of idea plums dancing in my head:) thank you for all you do!!! be blessed
~Beyond Measure

Hahaha - Joanna is waaay better looking than Weird Al! Great stamps! You guys are awesome!

These stamps are awesome and I love that lots of them are not specifically geared towards just christmas they are definately a year round set of stamps. I am so excited to get my hands on this line!

Love, Love, LOVE the stamps - the music stamp, the snowflakes, the nutcracker....GORGEOUS!

Gorgeous holiday stamps! And nice to meet you Joanna ;)

Love this collection, but it might have something to do with being a nutcracker fan :) I so want these stamps!! :)

My 3 year old say the new paper line on the blog and said "Oh, pretty story mommy." Such a sweetie.

Just love all three sets. Got to have all three!

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