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March 15, 2013

Birthday Cards Galore & A Special G45 Celebration!


Happy Friday G45ers,

Welcome to this wonderful day of inspiration as we celebrate a very special Graphic 45 birthday! And what could be a better way to wish someone a happy birthday than with a beautiful handmade card?! Today's birthday girl is the amazing Charee Filimoehala, the Graphic 45 Design Team Coordinator and Director of Customer Service! Her actual birthday is on Saturday but we wanted to start the party early! Charee has been a driving force to make Graphic 45 what it is today! So we wanted to give her throw her a card party on today's blog to wish her the happiest of birthdays! Today you will see 6 incredible birthday cards created by our design team in honor of Charee's birthday! These cards are out of this world and they are sure to give you some fantastic ideas for amazing handmade birthday cards for your friends or family! We also have a terrific interview with Charee that we're sure you're going to love! But first we have a blog prize winner to announce! Chosen at random from this week's blog comments, our randomly chosen winner is...

-Lana Edwards: "WOW I love todays projects they are so darn creative!! I am in love with the new French Country products. Thanks for the chance to win some!"

Congratulations, Lana! Please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize! This is the wonderful French Country prize that Lana won today! We have a new contest every week here on the Graphic 45 blog so there's always a chance to win something wonderful! Stay tuned for Monday's blog to enter to win the next amazing Graphic 45 prize pack!


And now it's time to get to know the fabulous Charee Filimoehala in this super fun birthday interview!


Charee, just in case people don't know you by name stopping by the blog today, what is your role here at Graphic 45?

Let's see, I am one of the two daughters of Graphic 45.   I fill many positions, I oversee the office operations, coordinate the design team, direct our social media marketing and help with product development. It is a fun around the clock creative position.  I am so fortunate to work with some of the most creative and hardworking people in the crafting industry.

It's your big day tomorrow! What are the highlights of this past year?

I have so much to be thankful for.  First off I become a mother just three months ago to the most incredible baby boy, Richard.  Our family has also just moved into a new home as of last week.  But last but not least, all of the inspiring people I got to meet at the events we were so honored to be a part of.  A shout out to Canada, Framingham, Chicago, Minneapolis, Anaheim, and South Africa.

Photo 1

Here is Charee, Aimee and Diane in
Cape Town, South Africa

We know you recently entered into the wonderful land of motherhood! How is it to have a Little Darling all your own?

It is the best thing that has ever happened to Sean and me.  Richard is beautiful, strong, even tempered and a great sleeper.  We have really lucked out! 


Here is Charee, baby Richard and Sean's happy family photo!

What's the funniest thing Baby Richard has done so far?

Over the last few weeks he has really started laughing, smiling and cooing.  Baby giggles are the best.

Photo 2

Richard Filimoehala Clair at 2 months

How do you plan to celebrate your birthday?

Family style!  Grammy aka Diane Schultz, along with two of my four brothers and their families are coming to visit Portland.    

If the world was a jukebox, what would be your song?

Forever in Blue Jeans by Neil Diamond.  I am a Diamond Girl at heart! 

 And now it's time for our card party in honor of Charee's birthday! First up in Charee's birthday card party extravaganza is this wonderful French Country card by Maiko Miwa. She transformed this beautiful Regular Tag Album Staples into a colorful and joyful birthday card with sunny floral embellishments! It's so pretty! 


Here we have another dazzling French Country card creation for Charee. This one was made by Gloria Stengel and it's just breathtaking! Just look at those fantastic handmade flower embellishments! Wow! This card is such a dream!

"Happy Birthday, Charee! I hope you have an amazing day. Congratulations on your very first birthday as a mom. Enjoy what is sure to be the first of many wonderful celebrations. I wish you all the best!"  -Gloria Stengel




Graphic 45 papers: French Country 6x6 pad
Graphic 45 cardstock stickers: French Country
Graphic 45 cardstock banners and flowers: French Country
Cardstock: American Crafts Black
Die cut shapes: Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms, Foliage, Foliage Two, Labels Twenty-five; My Favorite Things Fishtail Flag Stax and Layers
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Movers and Shapers Sentiments
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L; Aleene's Tacky Glue

Next we have another brilliant birthday card creation! This one was created by Arlene Cuevas using Place in Time papers, chipboards and stickers. What a beautiful combination of layering papers with embellishments! We also love how Arlene distressed the May Cut-Aparts paper to give this card a sweet vintage look!

"Happiest of birthdays to you, sweet Charee! I hope your day is every bit as sweet at you are. Enjoy!" -Arlene Cuevas






Staples Metal Clothespin
White Doily
Petaloo flowers
I Am Roses roses and rosebuds
Zva Creative pearls
Paper Trey ink Kraft and White card stock
Crafter's workshop chicken wire 6x6 stencil
Modeling paste
Glossy Accents
3M ATG adhesive
Surebonder Hot Glue
MFT Die-namics Decorative Doily


Here is a marvelous Curtain Call birthday card by Alberto Juarez! This card was also created just for Charee's birthday! This card has incredible pop-up elements and a timeless look that is simply breathtaking! What a wonderful birthday gift!





Here is another delightful birthday card! This splendid card for Charee was made by Clare Charvill using French Country and Place in Time papers! What a perfect color combination! This card is full of charm and elegance, just like Charee!

"Charee - Wishing you a wonderful Birthday and hope you have a very special day.  Huge Hugs xxxxx" -Clare Charvill

Happy Birthday Charee Pic 1 Clare Charvill

Happy Birthday Charee Pic 2 Clare Charvill

Happy Birthday Charee Pic 3 Clare Charvill


French Country Patterns and Solids - green papers 
Secret Garden  8 x 8 pad Lily of the Valley stamp 
Metal Stamped Brad 
May Arts Ribbon 
Glossy Accents 

Here is yet another superb birthday card for Charee! This was created by Susan Lui using Place in Time. Look at how those beautiful papers are layered so exquisitely with tag and floral embellishments! We love this bright and cheerful card!

"Have a wonderful birthday, Charee!"" -Susan Lui

Susan Lui Birthday Card

We hope you all had a great time exploring these fabulous ideas for Graphic 45 birthday cards. We want to thank all of our incredible design team members who created these cards in honor of Charee's birthday! Once again we want to wish Charee the very happiest of birthdays! We hope you will all join us on Monday as we bring you another week of splendid craft ideas and a new blog contest! Enjoy your Friday and have a terrific weekend!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45



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Wonderful Cards. I hope that Charee has a super Happy Birthday.

Happy Birthday Charee, and such beautiful cards to help you celebrate!! Truly an inspiration for us. Thank you designers and graphic45 for all you do.

Wow! The talent at G45 never ceases to amaze me. Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Charee! Wonderful cards! Thanks to all at G45. The artwork is a continual inspiration.

Love your cards, they are truly beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Happy birthday Charee!! Beautiful cards!!!

Have a Happy Happy Birthday today and always! How could you not be happy with all of these beautiful cards that have been created for you! You so deserve them!! Jennifer, Calgary,AB Canada

All of today's projects are wonderful! Happy Birthday Charee!

Happy birthday Charee Hope you have a beautiful day tomorrow with your your sweet family !! The design team did so differents Beautiful cards !!!

Happy Birthday Charee! beautiful cards for a beautiful lady...with a beautiful family

Have a great birthday, Charee! and thanks DT for all the fab crafty card inspiration!

Happy Birthday Charee!!!
Such wonderful Cards!!!

Beautiful Birthday Cards! Happy Birthday to Charee.

Happy birthday Charee! I have to make some card this weekend at a crop party. These will provide great inspiration!

Charee !!! С Днём рождения !!!
Счастья , любви и ещё много хороших малышей :)

these are terrific I love all the ideas always

Happy Birthday! Baby Richard looks so cute! Sending kisses for those cute little cheeks.

Happy Birthday Charee!!! Beautiful creative birthday cards!!

Happy Birthday to Charee! You received so many beautiful cards!

Happy birthday, Charee! I just loved getting to know you and Richard a bit better. He is such a cutie!
Love all these fabulous cards!

Beautiful Cards, Happy Birthday Charee!!!!

Happy Birthday Charee! Those are some really beautiful cards. They are truly inspiring!

Happy Birthday to Charee, wonderful cards in honor of the day. Baby richard is gorgeous, best wishes.

Beautiful cards!! Happy Birthday

Beautiful cards today!

Happy Birthday Charee! Your lil one is such a "DOLL!"

Beautiful cards - Happy B'day Charee! Judy D.

Happy Birthday Charee.....what wonderful cards that were made for you! Be Blessed on your special day. Today is my Birthday so you are having your birthday in a good month!!

I love all those fabulous cards! Happy Birthday, sweet Charee!

Happy Birthday Charee! These cards are awesome. Have a great day.

Happy Birthday Charee, beautiful cards,fabulous inspiration.

Here's to the day of your birth Charee! CELEBRATE! :o)

Happy Birthday!

Love all the cards! Just gorgeous!

Happy Birthday Charee! Hope it is filled with lots of fun, love and friends and family! All of these cards are gorgeous!

Have a wonderful birthday Charee! Love all of these beautiful cards.

1. Baby Richard is so CUTE!
2. Lana Edwards congratulations I am so jealous ;)
3. Love love todays ideas .. Beautiful!

Happy Birthday Charee!

Gorgeous cards! so beautiful. But I'd really like to know how that pop-up card was created!

what a beautiful visit i had today. thank you for sharing these perfect projects.

Wishing you the happiest of birthdays :-) Also, what a darling portrait of your son, so dapperly in tune with the G45 vintage style, too!

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