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March 11, 2013

Two Ways To Create With French Country

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Bonjour G45ers,

Get ready to jump-start your week with beautiful inspiration from our new French Country collection! We are so happy you've stopped by to see us on this fine Monday! There are so many ways to create amazing crafts with French Country. Today we are sharing two unique crafts that highlight some of the incredible creative possibilities with this fantastic new collection! We've got a cheerful all-occasions card by Arlene Cuevas and a wonderful altered mini book by Clare Charvill! Both of these sweet creations are accompanied by a video tour filled with fun tips! In honor of today's French Country extravaganza we are giving away this beautiful French Country blog prize this week! You could win a French Country 12x12 paper pad, French Country Stickers and Alphabet Stickers, French Country Chipboard Die-Cuts 1 and 2, French Country Cling Stamp set, 8x8 Easel Album and Ornate Metal Label Holder! What a great prize! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week for your chance to win! A random winner will be announced on our blog this Friday, March 15th! 


Today's first awe-inspiring craft was created by Arlene Cuevas. It's a bright and cheerful all-occasions card featuring French Country. We just love how Arlene layered the pretty papers, chipboards and cardstock Banners. Plus you can see a wonderful example of how to use the Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Key Holes! This card is the perfect craft to bring a smile to the face of someone you love!


Here is a great video in which Arlene takes you on a guided tour through this fantastic French Country card! What a treat!



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Cheery Lynn Designs: English Tea Doily Die, Olive Branches 
Paper Trey Ink black card stock and white card stock
Ranger Distress Ink: Black Soot
Recollections & Prima flowers
Prima burlap leaves
Burlap string
3M ATG adhesive
Glossy Accents
Hot Glue

Next up is this darling French Country mini by Clare Charvill. You can see the gorgeous results of layering the French Country papers and adding fun embellishments. Clare also blended lots of different Graphic 45 collections in this mini to make it truly unique and pretty! Imagine how much fun it would be to create a mini like this one! Here are some of Clare's tips for how it was made. Also enjoy her great video tour of this marvelous work of art!

"This little memory book was inspired by the the beans and sunflowers and red checked paper in the totally fabulous French Country collection.  I had a "can't possibly cut into this paper" moment and think I only cut into one or two sheets. I used the kraftcard album that comes in the Graphic 45 Staples Film Canister, cut off two of the rounds to use for a card later, and worked on just four rounds.  I wanted to show you how easy it is to work the different collections together that Diane and the team design to make something that has a totally different look, so I used black, creams across the whole book and added in greens on one side and reds on the other.  Paper collections used were French Country, ABC Primer, Olde Curiosity Shoppe, Happy Hauntings, Place in Time and the gorgeous Botanicabella.  I've attached a load of photos." Clare Charvill



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Kraft Card album inside the Film Canister - Staples
Ornate Metal Keys - Staples
Chipboard Buttons - Staples
Petaloo Flower
May Arts black and cream plaid ribbon
Black card 210gsm (UK weight) 
Glossy Accents, foam tape, tacky glue and ATG
Black Soot Distress Ink

We hope you all enjoyed today's marvelous French Country crafts. Hopefully you got some great ideas of some great projects you'd like to create with French Country! We alwaus encourage you to post your Graphic 45 creations to our Facebook page, Ning site or website gallery! We'd love to see what you've been creating with Graphic 45!
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Don't forget to leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week for your chance to win that fabulous French Country prize pack! Huge thanks to Clare Charvill and Arlene Cuevas for their beautiful work today. We hope you all have a marvelous Monday! Come on back and see us tomorrow for another dose of grand inspiration from Graphic 45!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Thank you for sharing this awesome project!! Beautiful

These are both gorgeous! I love this collection! I am doing a lot of fussy cutting with it to use for decoration in my new kitchen. We are almost to the point of painting so I am getting a head start on cutting this collection up so I will be ready to add the finishing touches using French Country! Thanks for saving me money on something that wouldn't be half as nice as this will be!

Absolutely fabulous projects... I'm sorry if I'm repeating myself in these comments, but your projects and paperlines are so awesome ....

Love the colors of French Country. So so beautiful.

Lovely projects once again!

This collenction is beautiful, I could make many great cards with these papers and embellishments.

I absolutely LOVE the French Country Collection and would LOVE to win the prize pack! Clare and Arlene's work is just beautiful! A MUST HAVE!!

Love this collection ~ would love the chance to win and create with it. Thanks : )

Beautiful projects and also the collection. Thanks for sharing.

LOVE! I would love to win this collection, though I would have a hard time cutting into it. ;)

Graphic 45 and designers never cease to amaze me. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful :) x

I love the French Country line! I can't wait to work with it!

French Country is adorable, I love the sunflowers!

Absolutely wonderful!!!
Thank you all you talented people!!!
And of course Graphic 45!!

Beautiful projects! I just love the French Country Collection!

Amazing projects and awesome papers. The DT is totally inspiring for the rest of us. Love it!!

Beautiful and creative projects; so inspirational!

I just love the French Country collection! I would love,love,love to win it!

I really love the mini album but then again, anything made with G45 paper is a treasure!

Gorgeous projects! Love the French Country Collection!

Oh, I love Clare's mini book. The shape is fun all by itself, but then she adds all those wonderful pockets and tags. Really lovely! Arlene's card is very pretty. I love the banner!

I can't tell you how much I want to win this prize, stunning paper and Clare and Arlene's work as ever is beautiful - fingers crossed in fact everythings crossed

Another comment I'd like to make is sometimes I don't see all the detail in the paper until someone makes a mini or card with it just stunning

Beautiful projects. And what a prize package!

starting the week off right!

So in love with French Country!

I love the keys and key holes!!

I am so in love with this paper collection!

Another beautiful paper collection G45. You have raised the bar so that no one compares. I think Ill have to buy two of each - one to cut and one to keep :-)

The French Country Collection has to be my favorite so far, though I adore all Graphic45 papers. Would love to see more "country" collections. Oooh...Ireland with sheep, or Americana would be lovely!!! Thank you so much!!!!!

Fabulous French---what a nice collection. Love the minis presented today. You have just great designers G45!


Both projects are gorgeous! I can't wait to get my hands on the French Country collection...I have some ordered and should be receiving it shortly.

I just love all of your collections, the demos are easy to follow,the designers projects are always beautifully done..

I adore this line I am waiting for more paper from the paper fairy as next Monday is my birthday

Fantastic projects!

Wow the designers for g45 are awesome. Every time I see projects im in awe ! Elaine

This would be neat with A Place in Time.

Stunning projects again today and thanks for the chance to win such a lovely prize package too!

Love these both. Thank you G45.

I adore your new French Country collection....I love anything French-inspired, and this collection does not disappoint! I appreciated the video on how to make the card....I never knew to use Glossy accents to adhere metal to metal....thanks for the tip!

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