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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 info@g45papers.com 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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This is a spectacular collection...so very beautiful!

Wow! Birdsong has me singing!! Lovely!

I'm SO excited about Birdsong! Graphic 45 + Asian=FABULOUS!!!

Wonderful colors, beautiful collection!

Stunning papers! I love Asian art and this new collection needs to be mine! :)

..luvin this tip on how to color ribbons.. want to try that one..these new papers are beautiful.. cant it be in the store last week ? lol
you said 4 winners would be shown from friday.. only 2 showed up.. something go wrong ? ty

Without a doubt Bird Song just became my favorite Graphic 45 collection ever. Spectacular!! I can not wait for this.

Were there only two winners this time? Fingers still crossed.

I love how you colored the trim. Thanks for the good idea!

Sp pretty, as always!

I really like the perspective on "Joy Luck". What a beautiful design.

My mil is Oriental, so I see lots of uses for cards for her to send to her friends and relatives using Bird Song.

I just picked up a small-ish birdhouse in the dollar section at Michael's, so I love the inspiration from Nicole!

Beautiful collection.....thanks for the chance to win!

Oh it would be lovely to play with the Bird Song papers. They look stunning!

Love this collection! The birdhouse is the bomb.

Love the birds and the flowers. Fussy cutting these and adding depth to my layouts. Awesome

My father spent much time in Japan and I have many photos (sadly with no notation but in order) I would love to use this range to scrap those photos he left behind.

Beautiful collection! I love the flowers and birds on the black background.
The birdhouse is so sweet project and now I have to go coordinate some ribbons and trims.
Thanks for the inspiration! :)

totally in love with bird song! cannot wait for it! torture!

The new line is beautiful . You have out done yourself.

I wasn't prepared to like this paper as I'm not into oriental designs, but I LOVE IT!! It's gorgeous and the colors just leap off the page. Great job, G45!

I am again blown away with the design of this line.

I am so in love with the oriental feel of this new collection I already have pen to paper and drawing up layouts and OTP projects to do...

Love this collection. Definitely going on my "must" have list.

Ohhh this collection could be so perfect for me to use. My sister in law is adopting a baby boy from China and is going to get him in september/october, it would be a great collection to make her a beautiful present to celebrate his arrival.

This is exquisite-you've outdone yourselves.

Really, really, really cool paper!

Stunning collection!

Beautiful paper and projects!

Stunning, love the Bird Song Collection. TFS

Looking forward to seeing more of this collection!

These Asian inspired papers are so beautiful! Can't wait till they are released!

What a beautiful preview! Looking forward to seeing more all week long. Another must have collection for me!

Wow just join your beautiful blog. I had no idea what I have been missing. I have just recently discovered your papers, and feel like a whole new world of creativity has just opened up for me!!! Thank you


Love this Oriental Range, it is just so beautiful. I especially love the umbrella page.

WOW!!! I absolutely love this collection. The prints and colors are beautiful. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!!

New collection is really interesting to work with!
And the projects are really great, as always!

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous paper ... love it, love it, love it :)

Collection is so beautiful, love it

This paper is as close to the Orient as I will ever be....stunning as usual. Great tip on how to color the lace trim. And all I can say about that birdhouse is that it looks like the Penthouse of birdhouses. Love the new collections of papers!

This paper is so beautiful! The colors and "fussy cutting" opportunites are amazing. I can't wait to get it.

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