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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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Oh. My. Goodness!!! WOW - I love this. Can't wait to get my hands on those papers, they are just beautiful!

WOW! The Birdsong Collection is FABULOUS! One of my favorites.

Completely blown away by this collection. It is just inspiring. Cannot wait to bring a taste of the orient into my crafting!

This is so beautiful. It has been hard to find paper in this style. love it .

wow an other week of getting lot of inspiration. Thanks

Oriental? Seems a change for G45 but I know the team will make beautiful projects from it. I do love several of the papers though. Great projects today!


These Asian themed papers are stunning and gorgeous.l

Oh my! Asian is my favorite stamping/papercrafting theme. I had been thinking that there hasn't been a lot of new Asian-themed product for a while. WELL KNOCK MY SOCKS OFF, BLOW ME OUT OF THE WATER, I'LL BE GOBSMACKED. I can hardly wait for this collection to appear. I want the paper, the stamps and everything else that goes with it. And the projects! I might have to take stay-cation time when this collection becomes available. I could go on and on...and I guess I did.


What a gorgeous new collection-especially love the beautiful colors!

These Birdsong papers are fabulous, love the colors so elegant.

I don't think there is a design G45 makes that I have not adored. Just a suggestion...I live in Prescott, where we have the Worlds Oldest Rodeo, and I would love to see a Retro Cowboy/Cowgirl line...rodeo scenes. it would be fun and all the ideas to utilize that line would be awesome. Just thinking! Happy 4th. Of July.

Another gorgeous collection!

Love "Pearls of Wisdom" for that antique look, and "Endless Spring" for the colors of those beautiful umbrellas! Great Line, I am a sucker for Asian-inspired looks.

Oh!! These papers are absolutely drop dead gorgeous!! Can't wait to get them!!! Adorable birdhouse too! Thanks for the tip on how to dye ribbon too!!

I love this new paper and the projects are awesome and so inspiring.

OMG OMG OMG....its like waiting for a new book to come out. My local scrapbooking place literally calls me everytime a new G45 comes out. I THINK THIS ONE IS THE BEST EVER!!! oh, what am i saying? i love them all. PICK ME PICK ME!!!

OMG, I'm in love ... I didn't think it was possible but this is my favorite line ... probably till I see the next, tee hee!

Ohhhhhhhhh, if only my Aunt Margie were still alive. She would have bought gobs and gobs of Bird Song. I love it, too - must run in the family.

Graphic 45, where have you been all my scrapbooking life?! I was recently introduced to Graphic 45 while on vacation in the Outer Banks, North Carolina. I was visiting a scrapbook store and was instantly a fan! I love, love, love the designs and colors! Keep them coming!

Just when I think it's as good as it can get, you come up with a "knock your socks off" collection. Outstanding!

such a beautiful collection, I love anything with birds

Wow G45! You have done it again! Another breathtaking collection I cannot wait to get my hands on! Love Nicole's birdhouse and that fun tutorial from Alberto - will be trying that for sure :) Congrats to the winners from last week!

Love, love love it! Have never seen anything like this before!

These papers are gorgeous! My daughter in law loves everything oriental so I know what papers I am going to use for her Christmas gift ;) Can't wait to see the chippy's and stamps that accompany this set. Awesome! Great job DT with your projects, they are both just beautiful!

Some of my favorite papers and found items are the asian designs....so excited to get my hands on Bird Song!

OMG, I love all things Asian and these papers and die cuts are to die for. I can't wait for my local store to get these. I attended a Graphic 45 workshop and hopefully they will have another one featuring these awesome papers.

Again, I love the whole birdsong collection, I can't wait to get the paper, stickers, stamps, just everything. Great job!

My oh MY.....I travelled to Japan in 1980, and I foresee a mini album in my future, along with a whole lot of G45 papers!

Bird Song is such a gorgeous collection - can't wait to see the rest of the collection and also be able to buy it as I can think of heaps of projects that it could be used on.

Thanks for the tips on dying ribbons and the greate project from Nicole.

Love the New Song Bird Paper can"t wait to work with it.

Oh my! Birdsong is gorgeous!

Just in awe of all the fabulous Graphic 45 .... past and presant .
Thanks so much for the inspiration .

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

Holy Moly! Gorgeous! Stunning! Wow!

These are wonderful and beautiful. I love them.

Birdsong is exquisite. I am already thinking of projects for it. It is absolutely gorgeous.

Absolutely beautiful papers. And the birdhouse is too amazing for words!

This has got to be the MOST beautiful paper I have ever seen! It looks like fabric. I can not wait to start designing with it!

Wow. Amazing papers. They're so beautiful.

What a gorgeous line of paper! I love it all. I'll tell you, with designs that stay beautiful, it makes it awfully difficult to stop buying paper, and use what I have already. I love paper, adore it, need it, want it! ;)

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