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June 21, 2012

Graphic 45 & May Arts Blog Hop Day 4!


Hello G45ers,

Welcome to another super special day of the Graphic 45 and May Arts blog hop! Wow, this week has been so wonderful! We are having a blast getting to share this great week with all of you! We've got more fabulous crafts from the Graphic 45 and May Arts design teams, plus we're celebrating two birthdays today at Graphic 45! So today's blog is not only a fun blog hop but it's also a birthday party for Dustin Sims, office manager at Graphic 45, and Denise Hahn of our design team! So put on your party hats, grab a slice of cake and join us in wishing these fine folks a very happy birthday!

This is Dustin and today is his birthday. Dustin has been working at Graphic 45 for over two years now. He is our office manager and processes lots of the orders, emails and phone calls that we receive on a daily basis. He keeps the Graphic 45 offices running smoothly and he's also a super guy! Here is a little interview with Dustin so you can get to know the man behind the scenes here at Graphic 45!


Dustin! It's your birthday. Tell us a little about your time here at Graphic 45 so people can get to know you. How long have you worked here and what's your favorite part of the job?

I have worked at Graphic 45 since CHA Winter 2010. I enjoy working for a small business with a friendly environment and getting to work with the extremely kind scrapbook business owners daily. 

You're the only man holding down the fort in the Portland office. How do you manage to hold down the manliness for the Graphic 45 office? 

I try to incorporate lots of bacon into my diet and flannel into my wardrobe, but that is probably just coincidence. Working with the ladies here is a pleasure as well.

At CHA, many G45ers asked about you - what would you like to say to your many fans?

Haha. Thanks for always being so pleasant to work with. I feel like I know many of you even though we have only spoken over the phone.

Portland is a great city. What are your favorite things to do outside of the office?

I love living in Portland. There are so much variety in what you can do. I am looking forward to going to the river and camping this summer. I always look forward to a good concert. When the rain comes, I am a big fan of just watching movies on the couch, nice and cozy. I have some great friends who have really made the city feel like home.

Wasn't it you who threw a Mad Men themed party a while ago? That sounds amazing! Tell us about that.

Two New Year's Eves ago, the house I was living at had a Mad Men pajama themed party. It was definitely one of my favorite themed parties that I have been to. Everyone was really enthusiastic about it and the cocktails weren't bad either.
Who would win in a Mad Men fist fight? Don Draper vs. Roger Sterling?"

I would say Don Draper, simply because of age. I think they'd settle their problems over a few stiff drinks more likely though.

What do you hope to do for your birthday this year?

I hope to surround myself with some good friends and enjoy a hopefully sunny day outside. I am also looking forward to getting home to spend some time with my family including 2 newborn twin nephews.

Here are some special birthday messages for Dustin from the Graphic 45 office:

"DUSTIN!!!  Today is your birthday! HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope the year ahead brings you endless episodes of Mad Men, delicious burgers, blissful bike rides and a plethora of delicious chocolate desserts (yes...ladies he loves chocolate like the rest of us)!   Thanks for always being the constant smiling face around the office...you're really pretty awesome!" -Aimee Filimoehala

"Happy birthday, buddy! I hope you have a super day celebrating your awesome birth on planet Earth! You are a constant source of good humor and solid judgement here in the office. I am lucky to have such a great pal to work with every day. I wish you a fantastic year filled with adventure, artisan pizza, comic books, and great pop songs that you wont admit to anyone that you love. You're the best!" -Kelly Woessner

"Happy Birthday D-dog!  I am excited to spend aother birthday with you, we are starting to rack the years up!  Which means I am one lucky gal to have such an amazing friend and co-worker.  Thanks for always being so patient, fun loving, kind, and thanks for that great smile.  To Dustin!" -Charee Filimoehala

"We are soooo lucky to have Dustin as part of team G45! He is truly an AMAZING person—kind, conscientious, dedicated and genuine through and through. I am grateful for the role he plays at Graphic 45 and more importantly . . . that I can call him "friend". HAPPY BIRTHDAY Dustin!!!" - Diane Schultz

Today we're also celebrating the birthday of Denise Hahn of our design team. Denise's incredible talents have been such a fabulous contribution to our 2012 design team. Every time we see a new creation from Denise we can't help but marvel at her amazing artistic vision. From all of us here at Graphic 45, we want to wish her the happiest of birthdays! We will eat a cupcake in her honor today! Happy Birthday, Denise! Here is a super fun Le Cirque birthday card created by Kristin Wilson of our design team. We are posting this great project for Dustin and Denise! We hope you both get to "get your party on!" today!




Graphic 45: Le Cirque Collection
Stampin Up!: Dimentionals, Cardstock
Accessories: Acrylic Paint: Craft Store

And now it's time to continue the fun with the Graphic 45 and May Arts blog hop! Remember that there's still time to leave blog comments for your chance to win this week's terrific prize! All you need to do is hop on over to today's featured design team member's blogs! Today we're featuring the wonderful blogs of Denise Hahn, Susan Lui and Laura Denison. Check out their marvelous creations and leave them a comment for your chance to win. In case you've missed a day or two we're also posing this week's blog hop schedule below. You can still check out all of this week's stunning creations and enter to win this amazing prize pictured below! We will be announcing this week's winners on our blog on Monday, June 25th! May Arts is also having some fabulous prize opportunities this week. Be sure to venture on over to their featured design team member's blogs today and leave a comment for your chance to win. Today they're featuring the work of Jen, Candy and Kimberly! Or you can go to the May Arts blog for all the fun and prize details. Hooray!


About Graphic 45:

Graphic 45 an award-winning scrapbook and paper crafting company­— owned and operated by a mother and her two daughters.  Together we create vintage inspired crafting products that capture the flamboyant style of the 1920's and 30's - with vibrant color, irresistible texture and imaginative design to create products with decades-old appeal that's both fresh and familiar. Let our products inspire your next scrapbook layout, card, album or home decor project.

About May Arts:

May Arts Ribbon was founded in the early 1980’s in Riverside, Connecticut. The original products were high-end silk flowers imported from Taiwan, which were decorated using quality ribbons. The decorative ribbons proved so popular among customers that the business gradually evolved into a dedicated ribbon wholesaler. 

As a family-owned and operated business, May Arts began a long-standing tradition of quality, affordability and exceptional customer service. We are dedicated to carrying on this same tradition by offering high quality products at competitive prices. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff is always happy to answer your questions or to assist you in placing your order. 

May Arts carries a wide selection of quality ribbons to choose from; such as grosgrain, silk, satin, burlap and a variety of prints and patterns. All inventory is held in stock, so we can ship orders out right away—typically the same day.

This first sneak peek project is by Denise Hahn, the birthday girl. You are going to fall in love with this gorgeous work of art! Just hop on over to Denise's blog to see the full project. Be sure to leave her a blog comment while you're there for your chance to win! Maybe even give her some birthday wishes too!



Next we have this fantastic sneak peek of a creation by Susan Lui. Hop on over to Susan's blog to see lots of amazing photos of this great project. Bask in some radiant inspiration and be sure to leave a blog comment while you're there for your chance to win!


Susan Lui Graphic 45 Le Cirque Layout 8

And last but not least is this gorgeous sneak peek by Laura Denison. You will definitely want to see this brilliant Graphic 45 and May Arts creation. Hop on over to Laura's incredible blog to see the full project. Have a look around while you're there and see her other magnificent creations. Don't forget to leave a blog comment for your chance to win!


LDD May Arts sneek peek 2012

Here is the full schedule for this week's fun blog hop! There's still one more day of this marvelous blog hop! But in case you missed a day, here is all of this week's featured blogs!

Monday, June 18th:
Alberto Juárez : http://vintageodyssey.blogspot.com/
Gloria Stengel : http://gloriascraps.blogspot.com/
Nicole Eccles: http://www.nicoleeccles.com/
Jingle: http://www.justjingle.blogspot.com/
Charlene: http://www.paperandinkplayground.com/

Tuesday, June 19th:
Arlene Cuevas: http://butterflykisseswithlove.blogspot.com/
Jim, The Gentleman Crafter: http://thegentlemancrafter.typepad.com/
Betto Cesare: http://scrapguys.blogspot.com/
Vera: http://www.lingshappyplace.blogspot.com/
Latrice: http://www.latricemurphy.blogspot.com/
Karen: http://thebalddragonfly.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, June 20th:
Clare Charvill: http://mycreativespirit.blogspot.com/
Kristin Wilson: http://www.kristinwilsonhandmade.com/
Sharon Ngoo: http://glooshmoo.blogspot.com/
Jenifer: http://stitchcutcreate.blogspot.com/
Tiffin: http://www.linwoodavenue.blogspot.com/

Thursday, June 21st:
Denise Hahn: http://www.inmyblueroom.blogspot.com/
Laura Denison: http://www.followingthepapertrail.blogspot.com/
Susan Lui: http://luv2scrap-pages.blogspot.com/
Jen: http://jenshearsdesigns.blogspot.com/
Candy: http://candyscraps.typepad.com/scraps/
Kimberly: http://serendipityvintagestudio.blogspot.com/

Friday, June 22nd:
Jane Tregenza: http://janetregenza.blogspot.com/
Maiko Miwa: http://shiny-scrap.blogspot.com/
Tara Orr: http://eachmoment-onlyonce.blogspot.com/
Jinky: http://jinkyscrafts.blogspot.com/
Leah: http://1alabasterowl.blogspot.com/

We hope you've all enjoyed this splendid day! Thank you all so much for joining us! We want to thank all of today's featured design team members from Graphic 45 and May Arts! We hope you'll all come back and see us tomorrow for more inspiration, fun and prizes! We hope you all have a great day!

Happy Papercrafting

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Can't wait to see the pictures of the CHA booth!

Happy happy birthday Dustin and Denise!!!

Happy Birthday, Dustin, hope you have a wonderful day! Also, Happy Birthday, Denise!. Love the projects y'all are sharing with us, fantastic as always!

Happy Birthday to the double D's. Hope it is a great day filled with lots of celebrating and good wishes.

Happy Birthday!!
Great blog hop!!

Happy birthday Dustin and Denise!! I hope you both have FABULOUS Birthdays!!!!!!! Off to hop now!! Can't wait to see everyone's projects!

Having a birthday at Graphic 45 must bring about some stunning birthday cards! Hope your birthday is memorable.

Birthday wishes to join the fabulous birthday card! Have a happy, hopping birthday both.

Love the Le Cirque Birthday card! Ready for a fun hop!

Happy Birthday to both of you!

Happy Birthday to you both. It's always fun to get to know the folks behind the scenes.

Happy birthday to the 2 D's!
P.S. I am loving the blog hop this week!!

Happy Birthday to you both!!

Thank you for all the kind birthday words! And happy birthday Dustin!

Coucou, joyeux anniversaire à vous deux, bises

Happy Birthday! Loving this week of hopping!

Happy Birthday Dustin & Denise

Happy Birthday, Dustin!

Happy birthday to Dustin and Denise! I love Dustin's comment about bacon and flannel :) Hope you both have an amazing day!

Happy birthday Dustin and Denise!
Can't wait to see today's projects!

Happy Birthday Denise & Dustin!! I hope you'll enjoy this special occasion in the company of your loved ones! Make it a day to remember! I love this week filled with blog-hops and stunning projects! Thank you all for sharing so much inspiration!

Happy Birthday from me too! I'm enjoying this blog hop and am quite sad that there is only 1 day left to go now!

Lynn Wild

Hap-py Birthday to you, Justin & Denise! Thanks for all you do for us! This is a great blog hop!

Happy Birthday to both of you, hope you have an awesome day. What fun jobs you have. Can't wait to see what you come up with next 45, you have me drooling already!!!!!

G45, You have a lot of Great talent on your design team. Just came back to say Thank you for sharing all of them with us!!!!!!!!!!

Happy Birthday Denise and Dustin. thanks Graphic 45 for this wonderful hop

Thank you once again for another day of fabulous projects!! The design team has done an amazing job so far :) Love all of the designers work!!
Cheryl Walker

Happy birthday, Dustin and Denise! I wish you both a fabulous day!

Happy birthday to Dustin and Denise!

Great hop again today....so many imaginative uses of G45 and May Arts. makes me want to go get crafty!

time to enjoy my self. get started with todays hop.


Happy birthday Dustin and Denise! Can't wait to see everyone's projects from the blog hop, I know I'll find lots of inspiration:) Michelle

Two birthday folks on the same day.I'm adding my best wishes to Justin and Denise. This hop is soooo cool. Thanks to both teams for putting this together for us. All the projects are briming with inspiration. I'll be back tomorrow.

Happy Birthday Denise & Dustin! hope you have a wonderful day! Thank you graphic 45 for all the inspiration and for the chance to win such fantastic prizes!!

Happy Birthday Dustin and Denise Enjoy your Day !
Great sneeks going to go hop now...

Party on D & D!

Stunning projects today! What a talented DT!!!! I wished Denise a happy birthday on her blog so I want to wish Dustin a HAPPY BIRTHDAY here!!!! Hope you had a great day!!!

Happy Birthday to Dustin and Denise and off to be inspired on the hop.

I love everything that Graphic 45 makes, especially the Little Darlings Collection... it reminds me of my childhood!

Happy Birthday Dustin & Denise. Great blog hop today and so much fun. Loved the projects.

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