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April 01, 2013

Time Travel With French Country Crafts

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Renaissance Faire Venetian Mask 1a

Hello G45ers,

Happy April Fools Day! We don't have any pranks planned for today's blog but we do have lots of incredible ideas and inspiration featuring our colorful French Country collection! Today you will see a gorgeous card by Kristin Wilson, a stunning layout by Tara Orr and an adorably fun altered mask by Susan Lui! Today's Graphic 45 blog has something for everyone! Plus we have a brand new blog contest this week! Since today is the first day in April, we thought it would be fun to mark the occasion by offering this beautiful Place in Time prize! You could win a Place in Time 8x8 paper pad, Stickers and Alphabet Stickers, Chipboard Tags 1, Flower Staples and a MyStik by Scrapbook Adhesives! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week for your chance to win! We will announce one randomly chosen winner this Friday!

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Are you ready to take a trip back in time with some gorgeous French Country crafts?! The incredible vintage-inspired designs and bold colors of French Country are just what you need to create the perfect work or craft art! Behold this fabulous birthday card by Kristin Wilson! She layered the lovely French Country papers and added some pretty embellishments from the Graphic 45 Staples line to give this card the perfect amount of vintage charm. It's a birthday dream come true!




Graphic 45: French Country Collection 6x6 Papers, Double-Sided Cardstock, Cardstock Stickers, Chipboard Button, Metal Brad
Stampin Up!: Cardstock, Twine

Here is another bright and inspiring French Country creation! This is a wonderfully layered French Country layout by Tara Orr. She went all out by layering the French Country papers with recycled Graphic 45 Staples packaging, pretty Chipboard Tags and Graphic 45 Metal Staples! This LO is bright, fun and sweetly nostalgic!






Patterned Paper: Bonjour, Rendezvous, Bon Appetit, A La Carte, French Country, Deja Vu: French Country
Patterned Paper: Butterfly Specifics: Olde Curiosity Shoppe
French Country Cardstock Die Cuts

Next up is this super fun Venetian Mask by Susan Lui! Susan used the new French Country Flowers and lots of pretty papers from one of our first Graphic 45 collections Renaissance Faire! You can see how seamless the French Country Flowers and Graphic 45 Staples combine in this charming work of art! While we no longer carry the Renaissance Faire collection, you can find the same classic saturated color pallet in our new French Country collection! Combining different Graphic 45 collections and Staples can be so much fun! The dazzling vintage-inspired designs spans the ages!

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"I was inspired by my recent holiday to Italy to create this Venetian Mask using Graphic 45 papers. I decided on an older Graphic 45 collection, Renaissance Faire, because the lush colours and designs best suited the Venetian mask I had in mind. I created the top part of the mask entirely from Renaissance Faire patterned papers, twirling them so they hold their curls, for which Venetian masks are known for. At the end of the curls I added some Graphic 45 Staples Ornate Brads and Metal flowers. A fussy-cut flower adorns the left of the mask, together with flowers and more Graphic 45 Staples Metal Flowers and Brads, as well as a die cut flower from the new French Country collection. This mask was a pleasure to experiment with." -Susan Lui

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Renaissance Faire Venetian Mask 1a

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Renaissance Faire Venetian Mask 2

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Renaissance Faire Venetian Mask 3


Graphic 45 Renaissance Faire patterned papers - Awakening, Florentine, Tudor Rose
Graphic 45 French Country Collection Flowers
Graphic 45 Staples - Metal Flower, Ornate Brad, Stamped Metal Brad
Prima Marketing flowers and butterfly

We hope you all had a lot of fun on today's Graphic 45 blog! We want to wish you all a very happy April Fools Day! Huge thanks to Kristin Wilson, Tara Orr and Susan Lui for their beautiful work today! Don't forget to leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week for your chance to win that amazing Place in Time prize pack. We hope you all have a wonderful day! Come on back and join us tomorrow for more beautiful crafts and inspiration from your friends at Graphic 45!

Happy Papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45


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Wow, all 3 projects today pack a punch, love all of them. Have to say though, that mask is rather special?! :)

All beautiful as always. Loving the mask, so creative!

Beautiful projects! I love the layout especially.

The mask is incredible! I'm so in love with it! I collect Venetian masks and mardi gras masks too! oh well, have to make my own! Thanks for a chance to win some French Country goodies!

These are lovely layouts and the mask
is delightful! Thanks for sharing.
Carla from Utah

Gorgeous projects! The colors in this line are so vibrant. Love.

Wonderful projects! The Venetian mask is glorious. I also absolutely love French Country and Place in Time. The two collections are so timeless and versatile. Thanks for sharing with us.

The card and LO and mask are all so beautiful! The LO with the deep rich colours is so gorgeous. I love the layers and the lace. The little banner is susch a sweet accent.
Thanks for sharing! :)

Beautiful papers make beautiful projects. Thanks for the inspiration.

I love the Harlequin Mask!

I also can't wait for the top 30 to be announced. :)

Great ideas!!! I would love to win this collection.

All of the g45 projects are fantastic.

The Venetian mask is too creative! Beautiful products and so inspirational!

Blown away by the mask. Great projects.

That mask, what can I say, magnificent. A work of art. So, so pretty. Thank you for sharing it.

The Place in Time paper is quickly becoming another favorite line. I'd love to have the give away prizes to play with.

Loving the mask! I want to win!!

The mask is lovely, and the Place in Time is one of my favorite sets.

Awsome projects!

love the papers and the pieces. thanks as always for sharing.

Love love love all the projects! The French Country Collection might be my all time favorite.

Hello Graphic 45, Oh wowser! that Venetian mask has just blown me away!! It's incredible, what an artist Susan is!!

Of course that does not detract from the beautiful creations by the ever talented Kristina and Tara, thank you ladies for all of you gorgeous makes this week, such inspiration!

It just go to show how versatile these fabulous designs can be used for, well almost anything.

Hugs Jan x

The mask is just incredible, so inspiring. Now I'm looking twice at everything in my home that I might be able to alter...

Love the mask!!Pinning!

Fabulous projects! Thanks for the chance!

Mask is beautiful

what an incredible line ! Love all these papers! Would love to win this week -- so many projects in mind.

Susan Lui has the most impressive ideas. So very original. What a great use of such gorgeous papers!

Oh, I love all those layers in this layout. Fantastic!

Love the mask! Where did u source it from? Can't wait to make it! Thank you, Graphic 45, for such beautiful paper & Staples that make endless projects!!! I would LOVE to win this prize!

The layout is wonderfully surprising with the bright red colors! I really enjoyed the mask also. How creative!

Fabulous projects, fabulous papers, well done to all the Designers, Susan your mask is sensational, love everything about it xx

Wow - amazing projects! French Country is so stunning...
Alison x

I really love the French Country collection. The papers are full of sunshine and rustic warmth. These projects really showcase that feature. I love the way you can mix and match the papers!

Beautiful mask done in beautiful paper. Thank you Graphic 45 for continued excellance !

I just adore Tara's layout. The colors, the layering it's all wonderful. She continues to amaze me with her creativity.

Amazing projects!

Love this paper! and the projects too! Simply beautiful!

A beautiful collection and some wonderful creations!

Love the French Country paper line! the projects are fabulous!

Gorgeous work, as usual, by all the team members...some incredibly talented people!

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