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September 14, 2012

Get Jazzed With Graphic 45 Birthday Crafts & Blog Prize Winner!


Hello G45ers,

TGIF! Welcome to this very special Friday here at Graphic 45! We've got so many incredible crafts to share with you! Not only is today Friday which automatically makes it a good day, but it's also the birthday of Graphic 45 CEO and head designer Diane Schultz! Diane is a tremendous inspiration to all of us and we wanted to give her a grand Graphic 45 birthday tribute today! Our design team have created some gorgeous birthday crafts in honor of Diane's special day! We also have a fun interview with Diane and of course a new blog prize winner to announce! Today is going to be so much fun! So put on your party hats and get ready to celebrate in full Graphic 45 splendor!

First we want to announce the winner of this week's blog contest! We asked you to leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week for your chance to win this amazing prize pack of the brand new Graphic 45 Staples! This week's randomly chosen winner came from this week's Facebook comments. And the winner is...

-Danielle Sanders: "These are absolutely gorgeous!"

Congratulations, Danielle! Please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize. Hooray! We will have another fabulous blog contest on Monday in which all you G45ers can enter to win some wonderful Graphic 45 goodies!

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And now it's time to party! If you love Graphic 45 then we're sure you're going to love today's birthday girl, Diane Schultz. She is the CEO and head designer for Graphic 45. She is also the mother of Aimee Filimoehala, the Graphic 45 Director of Operations, and Charee Filimoehala, the Graphic 45 Director of Customer Service and Social Media. Together they form a remarkable team that serves as the foundation for our wonderful papercrafting company. Diane is an amazing lady. She is endlessly creative, with superb style and gorgeous new ideas. In addition to being a dedicated career woman, she is also a loving mother and a warmhearted person. Plus her tastes in shoes are totally off the charts! We are so happy to be celebrating her birthday today! For all the inspiration she has given us over the years, we thought we'd try and give her the best birthday possible with today's jubilant birthday blog! From all of us here at Graphic 45, we want to wish Diane the happiest of birthdays! And a special message to Diane from her two daughters. 

"Happy Birthday Mom!  You are such a wonderful inspiration and role model.  You have taught me the importance of hard work, being kind to others, and the fun of being creative.  Now, that I am weeks away from being a mother myself, I only hope I can be as loving and patient as you have been with me.  Get ready for some late night calls.  You are an incredible mother, grammy and boss!  I love you!" -Charee Filimoehala

"Happy happy my Mother Dearest!  I wish you the most amazing birthday anyone could have, you truly deserve it.  You make others lives around you better and you are a daily inspiration to me.  Your kindness and ongoing generosity is something to live by.  I wish you all the happiness in the world." Love you, Aimee


Diane photo 1

Get to know Diane a little more with this fun birthday interview!

It's our amazing leader's birthday! Will you be able to take some time off and celebrate this weekend?

I hope so! On Friday night I have plans to celebrate my birthday. I’ll be working until then - it’s a busy time! There may be something exciting on the horizon, so stay tuned!

 You recently celebrated one of your children's weddings and Charee's baby shower, were these fun early birthday gifts?

Those were the best! Those kind of celebrations are a different type of relaxing. When my kids and my grandchildren are around, I get so hyped up. I don’t want to miss a moment! It was an incredibly wonderful time of celebration! My son, Chris, and his new wife Darby flew into Montana from Hawaii to get married in Darby’s birth town. It was so beautiful and wonderful. We also spent time in Portland with my kids and celebrated Charee’s baby due in December with a baby shower. Such precious moments with my kids!

How is it to see all your children grown and making families for themselves? And of course, getting to work with them?

To date, it is the most rewarding experience as a parent to see my children make these incredible contributions to the world, especially to my world. They’re great kids and I’m so proud of the decisions they make and the people they are. I didn’t think about it when my children were tiny, but the greatest responsibility as a parent is to teach your child to be independent. I’m so proud of the independent people they are.

We've noticed you've become an avid Pinterest user - what is your favorite thing about Pinterest?

Oh - I love Pinterest! It is just a huge shot of creative adrenaline. It’s like a creative energy drink! But then it’s like drinking 5 Red Bulls and then trying to get to sleep at night - I can’t wind down. I love Pinterest because it helps me balance my life with all the creative boards. I’m so tunnel-visioned when I’m designing, Pinterest helps me step out of the box. It helps me to step away for a minute from intense designing time and go on break - a visual vacation! It’s such a huge brainstorming tool!

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What is the top thing you want for you birthday from your (P)interesting finds?

What can you say when you have 5000 pins? It’s hard to narrow down. There’s an incredible pair of Alexander McQueen boots that I would LOVE to have. They’re probably way out of my price range, but they’re so stunning!


A little bird tells us you love baked goodies, what baked treat do you love most?

I love my carbs! What can I say?! Voodoo Donuts in Portland are just amazing. I just visited and can’t stop thinking about them. So delicious.

We hope you get a dozen Voodoo donuts for your birthday and have the best time celebrating! We hope it's as wonderful and creative and lovely as you, Diane!

In honor of Diane's birthday, our design team have created some stunning crafts just for her! These creations are simply splendid! If you know someone who has a birthday coming up, let today's crafts inspire you to create something special just for them! Nothing is more heartwarming than a handmade card or gift! First up is this beautiful card by Clare Charvill featuring A Ladies' Dairy! Take it away, Clare!

"Diane, wishing you a very Happy Birthday from across the pond.  I hope you have a wonderful fun filled day. Huge hugs, Clare"

A Ladies' Diary Card Graphic 45

A Ladies' Diary Card Graphic 45

A Ladies' Diary Card Graphic 45

A Ladies' Diary Card Graphic 45

A Ladies' Diary Card Graphic 45


Cream 260gsm card 
8 x 8 Ladies Diary Papers:  A Ladies Diary, Moment in Time, Ageless Beauty
Art Glitter - green pale pink and white  
Double sided tape, Glossy Accents & Foam Tape 
Vintage Photo Distress  Ink 
Chipboard piece from my own collection

Next we have a super classy card featuring Kraft Reflections created by Kristin Wilson. This card is full of timeless style and charm. Here is Kristin's special birthday message for Diane!

"Diane, my wish for you on your birthday is that you have a beautiful year ahead of promises fulfilled, joys discovered, and dreams come true! Happy Birthday!!!" -Kristin Wilson

Kraft Reflections Card Graphic 45

Kraft Reflections Card Graphic 45


Graphic 45: Kraft Reflections Papers, Metal Brad, Metal Key, Metal Clothes Pin
Stampin Up!: Cardstock, Stamp, Twine
Tim Holtz: Ticket Stamp
May Arts: Ribbon
Paper Trey Ink: Button
Craft Store: Acrylic Paint

Next we have another super stylish card featuring A Ladies' Diary. This gorgeous birthday card was created by Gloria Stengel. She layered the stunning patterned papers and used A Ladies' Diary chipboards and other lovely embellishments to create this fabulous card. Here is her special message for Diane!

"Happy Birthday! I hope your day is amazing and filled with vintage, hats, family,...and cake! You are such a blessing to your company and the designers who work with you. I appreciate you so very much. Thank you for taking a "leap of faith" with me, an unknown designer, three years ago! My creative life has flourished in the three years since I first joined Graphic 45, and I have you to thank for much of that success! You make paper crafting a joy with your amazing papers and products! So, have a wonderful birthday, and eat some extra cake on me!" -Gloria Stengel

A Ladies' Diary Card Graphic 45

A Ladies' Diary Card Graphic 45

A Ladies' Diary Card Graphic 45

A Ladies' Diary Card Graphic 45


Cardstock: American Crafts, Stampin' Up
Designer paper: Graphic 45 A Ladies' Diary (A Ladies' Diary, Moment in Time, Timeless Memoir, Fashion Plates)
Embellishments: Chipboard (Graphic 45 A Ladies' Diary), Pro 31 Designs (lace, flower), Petaloo (pins), Sticker (Graphic 45 A Ladies' Diary)
Ribbon and twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Stamp: Papertrey Ink Little Labels
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Die cuts: Spellbinders Labels Eleven
Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape, Aileene's Tacky Glue, Beacon Fabri-tac

Next we have this super fun and colorful card by Jim, The Gentleman Crafter. Jim used Olde Curiosity Shoppe to create this vibrant card for Diane. By layering the fabulous papers, adding some fun fussy cut elements and a stunning card binding, Jim created a fabulous world of wonder in this great card. Here is Jim's special message for Diane!

"Happy Birthday to you, my friend!  I hope that you have the most incredible magical day ever!  Thank you for your continued inspiration to us all!  You ROCK Graphic 45 each and every day and we so appreciate you and your Graphic 45 goodness!" -Jim, The Gentleman Crafter
Olde Curiosity Shoppe Card Graphic 45

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Card Graphic 45
Olde Curiosity Shoppe Card Graphic 45
Olde Curiosity Shoppe Card Graphic 45
Olde Curiosity Shoppe Card Graphic 45

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shop Collection
Grunge Paper
Vintage Photo Distress Stain
Twine Brads
1/8 wooden Dowel

Here is another totally marvelous card for Diane! This one was created by Denise Hahn using Le Romantique. This fabulous and feminine card features some great paper layering and sweet embellishments. It definitely captures the gorgeous vintage charm of Graphic 45! Here is Denise's special message for Diane!

"It was so easy to be inspired to create a card for Diane's Birthday! I started with the Recollections Corrugated Cards from Michaels. These are my new go to card base, I love them! When I think of Diane, I think classy and sophisticated and that makes me think of her Le Romantique collection. Happy Birthday Diane and thank you for your daily inspiration!" -Denise Hahn

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Birthday Card for Diane Le Romantique

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Birthday Card for Diane Le Romantique

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Birthday Card for Diane Le Romantique

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Birthday Card for Diane Le Romantique

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Birthday Card for Diane Le Romantique

Graphic 45 Le Romantique
Tender Missives #4500162
Loves Labyrinth $4500163
Le Romantique Frames
Chipboard swirl- Imaginarium Designs
Ribbon- May Arts
Ink- Clearsnap
Cardstock- Bazzill

Next we have this amazing tag featuring A Ladies' Diary by Alberto Juarez. The fussy cutting in this tag is simply breathtaking! Combine that with some elegant ribbon, some Graphic 45 Metal Staples and a sweet sentiment and you've got a splendid birthday tag! Here is Alberto's very special message for Diane!

"A big congratulations to Diane for your birthday. I especially thank you very much for your work and your imagination because you make lot of people in the world so happy. To be part of your team and to have you entrusted in me is something for which I can't thank you enough. I hope you're very happy, at least as much as you make us happy." -Alberto Juarez

A Ladies' Diary Tag Graphic 45
Next we have this lovely Bird Song card by Susan Lui. This card is full of so much joy and stunning color! Here is Susan's special message for Diane.
"I used the Bird Song collection and wrote Happy Birthday in Chinese on the chipboard. The Chinese characters are Sheng Ri Kuai Le, meaning Happy Birthday! Happy happy birthday, Diane! May you stay as beautiful and as creative always. :)" -Susan Lui
Susan Lui Graphic 45 Bird Song Diane's Birthday Card 1
Susan Lui Graphic 45 Bird Song Diane's Birthday Card 2

Graphic 45 Bird Song collection - Good Fortune, Harmony, Jasmine Dream
May Arts Ribbon
Flowers and leaves - my own stash
Here is a gorgeous card by Arlene Cuevas. She created this card for Diane with our gorgeous new collection Nutcracker Sweet. Here is Arlene's special birthday message for Diane.
"Diane, wishing you all the wonderful things in life, and hope this special day brings you much love and everything that makes you happiest! Happy birthday! xoxo, Arlene"






PaperTrey Ink Kraft cardstock
Co'oridnations Signature Series ColorCore Cardstock for Graphic 45
My Favorite Things Die-Namics - Botanical Beauty, You Move Me, First Award Ribbon
Flower Sprays
I Am Roses flowers
EK Success Leaf punch
Owl & Thistle 5" doily
My Favorite Things cardstock - Jellybean Green
Stickles - Diamond
And last but certainly not least we have this gorgeous tag by Sharon Ngoo. This tag is so delightful with its stunning color and fun use of embellishments. Here is Sharon's happy birthday message for Diane!

"A very very blessed and laughter-filled birthday to you Diane!!! You are such an amazing and awesome lady! Have a wonderful day and a spectacular year ahead!! Love and hugs!, Sharon"
Sharon Ngoo happy birthday diane
Pattern Papers from Birdsong:
Ribbon - May Arts
Cardstock - American Craft
pearls - want2scrap
alphabets - pressed petals and October Afternoon

Well G45ers, that's all for today. We hope you had fun celebrating Diane's birthday with all of us. Hopefully today's crafts helped inspire you to create something special for a friend of loved one. Any time is a good time to send a handmade card or tag! We want to thank our amazing design team for their gorgeous creations today. We hope you'll join us for more inspiration and a new blog contest on Monday. Thank you all so much for joining us! Have a glorious day and a great weekend!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Wow...what wonderful cards...Happy Birthday to your Mom too!

That was so beautiful! I will be making that card for my friends.

Beautiful cards! Happy birthday, Diane!

Happy Birthday to your MOM! Amazing cards I love them so inpsiring!

Happy BIRTHDAY Diane!!!! Beautiful cards!!!!

Happy Wonderful Blessed Birthday Diane!!!

Happy Birthday Ms. Schultz. I need to see your shoes. What beautiful cards you received. It must be so gratifying to receive beautiful cards designed with the product you provide all of us to design with. Congratulations.

Happy Birthday Diane! Wishing you blessings always. Thank You for your creative inspiration.

Happy Birthday Diane. I love the messages your daughters gave you today. What a wonderful birthday gift they gave you. Words and love is the best gift you can receive. Have a fantastic day! Hugs, Mary

Happy Birthday Diane! Have a wonderful day! Amazing cards by all, they are all stunning!

Happy Birthday Diane! Your cards are so beautiful!! My birthday is next week ! Hint! Hint!

What beautiful cards! Wishing Diane a fabulous birthday!!!!

Gorgeous!! Happy Birthday Diane!!

happy birthday, diane :)!! hope you have a wonderful one filled with smiles :)! fabulous cards! tfs! *hugs* and much aloha, steph :)

Happy Birthday Diane!!!! Awesome cards everyone.

I know you loved your cards, we did. Happy Birthday, Diane. Here's wishing you Happy Boots today!!! L&L

Happy Birthday! Lovely cards!

Happy Happy Birthday !!
Such Grace and Elegance shines through in everything you do.
I have my fingers crossed that you get your shoes...because I believe
"If the shoe fits and you Love it...you should wear it, and I know You will wear it well"

happy Wonderful Blessed Birthday Diane!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DIANE. Hope you have a wonderful day!

Happy Birthday, Diane.
Wonderful cards!

Happy Birthday, Diane! What gorgeous cards! The designers really pulled out all the stops. Have a great day!

I love these so cool!
entering to win

Thank you so very VERY much for the amazing birthday blog, the beautiful cards from our INCREDIBLE design team and the lovely messages and well-wishes from family, staff, and G45 friends! I am so grateful for all of you in my life!!!

Happy Birthday Diane. Thank you for the gift of G45, and all the inspiration and joy you provide.

Happy, happy birthday, Diane! Thank you so much for everything that you have done. You design the most amazing papers!

Lovely lovely cards and tags and Happy Birthday Diane!

Happy Birthday Diane, have a wonderful day with those beautiful cards :D

incredible inspiring cards and a very happy birthday to Diane!

Happy Birthday, Diane! Your birthday cards and tags are beautiful!

amazing cards but the ones with Birdsong are my favs...I have in UPS somewhere the entire Birdsong collection ordered to get here tuesday

Ooooh, what beautiful b-day cards. A special day, indeed. As I looked at each card I thought "this is my favorite", then I saw the next card. I can't help but love all things Bird Song, as well as the way Arlene used Nutcracker without a Christmas theme. Happy Birthday Diane. Thank you for creating such wonder designs.

What wonderful tributes for Diane's birthday! They're all Wowzers! I should be even a tiny bit that lucky for my birthday! As usual, great inspiration for us all.

Happy birthday Diane! Keep designing those wonderful papers and accessories!

A fantastic collection of cards. A very happy birthday to you!

I don't know you but Many Happy Returns!!
Fantastic, beautiful inspiring cards/works of art :)

Gorgeous, gorgeous cards, so much talent !!
Happy Birthday Diane, Hope your day is Blessed with All that makes you happiest !

Beautiful CArds! Happy Happy Birthday!

Wishing you a beautiful, loving Birthday Diane.

All those cards are so gorgeous. I especially love the one Arlene made - a birthday card from Nutcracker, that is very, very creative, and so beautiful.

Love all the creations and talent displayed daily here. Thank you!

Those boots were made for walking! Happy birthday, Maddy x

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