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July 02, 2012

Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks: Introducing Bird Song!


Hello G45ers,

Welcome to another exhilarating week of sneak peeks, inspiration and prizes here at Graphic 45! Thank you all so much for joining us on this special day. We are so excited to introduce you to our brand new collection, Bird Song! You'll see some sneak peeks of the gorgeous new paper designs from Bird Song, plus you'll get a chance to enter to win a stunning Bird Song 8x8 paper pad and coordinating chipboard die-cuts before they're even available in stores! All you need to do is leave us a blog comment today! We will be choosing 4 random winners every day this week! That's 20 Bird Song prizes total! Wow! Today we also have a fun tutorial from Alberto Juarez and a beautiful craft creation by Nicole Eccles of our design team! Yes, we've got everything you need to get inspired today! We love to celebrate sneak peek season in a big way! Speaking of prizes, we have 4 winners to announce from Friday's Nutcracker Sweet contest! These winners were chosen at random from Friday's blog comments. And the winners are...

-Eugene Bellion: "Blew me away!!! Great work, thanks guys."

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

-Elissa Lyman: "I love them all! Where did you get the clock? I love it!!!"

-Lady Fair: "Wow! Love the details in your papers. Nutcracker is going to be a huge hit!"

Congratulations! Will our winners please email us with your shipping information at [email protected] to claim your prize. And now it's the moment you've all been waiting for. G45ers, we are so happy to introduce you to our beautiful new collection, Bird Song!

Step into a harmonious land of lavish costumes and rich traditions with Bird Song, a new Asian-inspired paper collection by Graphic 45! The tranquility of nature springs to life on every elaborate page. Cherry blossoms flourish with dreamy jasmine and a myriad of delicate spring blossoms. Exquisitely dressed ladies exude strength and wisdom against a serene garden landscape. Bird Song is a celebration of joy and femininity, mixed with that unmistakable Graphic 45 vintage charm.  The richly saturated color pallet radiates with petal pinks, bamboo greens, sunrise blues, China reds, and charcoal blacks. This incredible new collection includes 12 beautiful double-sided papers, 12x12 and 8x8 paper pads, coordinating chipboard die-cuts, stickers and stamp sets. Let your creativity soar on the wings of Bird Song by Graphic 45!

"Bird Song"



"Joy Luck"



"Good Fortune"



"Pearls of Wisdom"






"Endless Spring"



What do you think, G45ers? Are you excited for this beautiful new collection? Next we have some stunning inspiration from Alberto Juarez! He has created a quick and easy tutorial for adding color to your ribbons! This is a great way to customize your ribbons to add beautiful color to your projects! Check out Alberto's wonderful photo tutorial!

"First put the ribbon in a plastic bag, with glimmer mist color you want, lots of it. Close the bag and shake vigorously. Let dry and you have your fully customized ribbon. Then you can make your mini albums with different ribbon!!!" -Alberto Juarez

Alberto Juárez Graphic45 tutorial 1

Alberto Juárez Graphic45 tutorial 3

Alberto Juárez Graphic45 tutorial 4

Alberto Juárez Graphic45 tutorial 5

Final product! Beautiful custom color ribbons that look magnificent! Easy peasy!

Alberto Juárez Graphic45 tutorial 6

Alberto Juárez Graphic45 tutorial 7

Next we have this gorgeous altered birdhouse by Nicole Eccles. Since we're introducing Bird Song today we thought it would be fitting to have a fun bird-themed craft on today's blog! This is the perfect project for summer! Nicole blended a few different Graphic 45 collections to give this birdhouse a totally unique look! Here is what she had to say about the inspiration behind this fabulous creation!

"This birdhouse was something I had decorated when I was much younger, using paints and foam stamps.  After years of wear and tear, it was in desperate need of a makeover!  I can now say I have decorated a birdhouse with papers, and it won’t be the last!!  Designed now for indoor use, the top comes off for storage of hidden treasures.  Covered with gorgeous G45 Little Darlings paper mixed with Olde Curiosity Shoppe, Curtain Call and even a touch of the new Ladies Diary chipboard.  At the entrance, a G45 Metal Tag makes a fun little door mat.  While a stamped metal brad added the perfect finishing touch to the glass knob.  Embellishing the peak is a handmade finial cut from Little Darlings paper, then backed with chipboard for strength.  Designing this piece was a grand adventure and reminded me of being young making  gingerbread houses!  I highly suggest it to anyone!" -Nicole Eccles

1 Nicole Eccles G45 Little Darlings Birdhouse

2  Nicole Eccles G45 Little Darlings Birdhouse

3  Nicole Eccles G45 Little Darlings Birdhouse

4  Nicole Eccles G45 Little Darlings Birdhouse

6  Nicole Eccles G45 Little Darlings Birdhouse

7  Nicole Eccles G45 Little Darlings Birdhouse

8  Nicole Eccles G45 Little Darlings Birdhouse

9  Nicole Eccles G45 Little Darlings Birdhouse


Graphic 45 Papers
Graphic 45 Staples: Metal Tags, Stamped Metal Brads
May Arts: Bakers Twine
Fiskars: Postage Stamp Border Punch
Ranger: Glossy Accents, Frayed Burlap Distress Ink
Tim Holtz: Curio Knobs
Other: Black paint, E6000, Mod Podge, Stamped Metal, Wooden Birdhouse

That's all for today, G45ers. Thank you all so much for joining us! We hope you all had fun getting to see today's Bird Song sneak peeks. We have more wonderful sneak peeks in store for you tomorrow so we hope you'll come back and see us. Don't forget to leave us a blog comment today for your chance to win today's Bird Song prize packs. Today's winners will be announced on tomorrow's blog. Big thanks to Alberto Juarez and Nicole Eccles for their stunning work today. We wish you all a very happy Monday,

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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The bird song collection is beautiful! I love the colors. I love the altered bird house! :) Thanks for the inspiration!

I can't wait to get my hands on this collection. I have a friend who is all about the orient. What a great gift for her....and then one for me. You never cease to bring it.

My confidence level is growing from the excitement of the daily posts, thank you. Love the bird house!...but I am so excited about Bird Song, I can hardly control myself, whoo hooo!

Love the projects. Need ideas for the new paper, not crazy about this one yet.

I've been waiting for this one all weekend. I got up early and It's finally here. It's as stunning as I imagined. You NEVER disappoint! :)

My mother is oriental and this paper is FABULOUS!!! Best ever love it.


Thanks Graphic 45. My son loves Japanese. He is getting ready to go to Japan to study. I have a cousin serving in the military in Japan. I am going to need a lot of this paper. Thanks for the chance to win it. Keeping my fingers and piggly wiggly's crossed.

have been WAITING for this paper/design since I found G45. You guys never dissappoint!

'Jaw drops' Even more stunning than I expected it to be.

What an incredible talented designer Graphic45!! Every collection is amazing and I think for an oriental theme it's just the perfect time.

I'm a huge fan and although I'm still hoarding many of my G45 papers... I'm slowly starting to play with them and I can only say... I have hours of fun!!

Beautiful paper, wonderful projects!

Ooh Asian papers! LOVE THEM!!! Great tip with the ribbon dye and that bird hose is too pretty to be outside!

Alberto thanks for the technique, such a great and "clean" method for coloring ribbon. And Nicole, love your birdhouse I would have loved tos ee the before! LOL..my fav part was your fussy cut bird and nest awesome!

Oh my....... these papers have blown me away they are just gorgeous. I am new to G45 papers and I just can't wait to try these out. I have to try altered art and I NEED these .... Wow!

Beautiful, beautiful papers--love the designs and that rich, beautiful red! Great tutorial and project inspiration, too!

The new papers are fabulous,I love the Asian theme.Great new projects too.

Oh Bird Song is beautiful! The flowers are stunning. Thanks for the sneak peak. Great idea on the ribbon to keep things clean. Love the bird house.

Wow!! This collection is just AMAZING!! I loveeeeeee the rich colors!!! And today's projects are gorgeous as ever! BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

Stunning,absolutely adore these.new.papers!!

The bird song paper is gorgeous! Those parasols are crying out to me for some fussy cutting!
Nice birdhouse too Nichole!

Lynn Wild

Another stunning collection!! Especially those birds on Tranquility, I'm seeing some gorgeous cards featuring those panels! And as always the DT is showing us fantastic ways to mix all those fabulous collections into something even more amazing!

bird song is on my list. thank you for such a pretty paper. i want to alter some cigar boxes using this.

Oooohhhhh!. Love the papers and, as always, the colors. Love the tip for glimmermisting ribbons, and that birdhouse is fantastic! Thank you!

I LOVE THIS PAPER - and I don't exactly know why - I'm not oriental, but these patters just sing to me!! Beautiful designs.


Bird song is beeeautiful! You've outdone yourselves!

Oh, my God!. This new collection is beautifullllllllllllllllllllll!!!!!

Alberto, thamks for the idea!


There are gonne be a lot of Ohs and Ahs for this bird house I think. I love it!
Some of the papers of this new collection I love immidiatly, some need to grow on me I guess, but that is maybe more the asian theme. But I do love the collors!!

Beautiful paper. Asian inspired. definately can't wait to see what the designers do with this paper line.

So elegant! This collection is just wonderful on so many levels...the color palette is divine, the graphics are so soft and warm, the patterned papers are to die for. My favorite (for this moment, anyway) is Endless Spring...magical!

The birdhouse is too wonderful for words, and I love the baby album. Precious!

Love, love, love this collection. I vacation in Taiwan and China and these papers are fabulous for my mini. Each collection gets better and better. Thanks for the chance to win.
Great tip Alberto, thanks.

Must. Have. This. Paper!! It's gorgeous! I have been waiting for an Asian-themed paper and you have not disappointed!!!!

Love the birdhouse and thanks for the tips about custom-dying ribbon and lace!! Good to know!

Beautiful new paper collections again. And I love the ribbon technique, easy! And I am a birdhouse nut, it is adorable.

Stunning, stunning paper line!
There are so many project that would be perfect with "Bird Song"
I like the way you colored the ribbon Alberto, thank you for sharing and the bird house is fantastic~!

The birdsong paper is so beautiful! I love Asian designs and art!

Beautiful new paper collection! Love the design.

great projects! love the tips for dying ribbon!!!

The new papers are beautiful...love the look of Cloisonne.

I love it, maybe more than any other collection. I have all sorts of projects running through my head.

le papier bird song est une superbe collection j aime beaucoup!!!!

I have been waiting a long time for an Oriental collection with these colors. Thank you so much for making the wait worthwhile! It is a breathless collection!

The paper is wonderful. I like the mixture of the birds into the asian theme. So great!

All I can say is WOW! Birdsong is gorgeous!

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