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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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Creations of the early months are gorgeous! I love this lot to gain! I have not yet had the opportunity to get them and then use them so I try my luck! thank you G45

Such great vintage creations! Love them!

Loved all these projects, the mask was especially inspiring. The papers, etc have a lovely color palette.

Great stuff! The mask is georgous and I love all the card layouts.

I think I buy Graphic 45 papers just to collect them! They are so colorful, rich, and beautiful. I don't have Place in Time, though, and would love to have some.

Nice card and beautiful mask. Thank you for all the ideas.

I especially love the flowers!

beautiful. Love the mask. I don't do crafting like that but that doesn't mean I don't like it. Beautiful job. The card is great also .

Love the projects and love Graphic 45

Wow! Beautiful projects as usual, and that Fool's Mask is incredible!

Wow! What a fantastic mask! Such an ingenious idea too - but what a shame that the papers aren't available any more.

Even the scraps from your scrapbook table would be a prize to me. Thanks for the chance to win.

So lovely!!

Carol B

Always and inspiration to see what these talented people come up with.

Beautiful layout and mask. This prize would make a great gift for my little sister, it is her birthday today:)

A wonderful April gift!! Thanks.

Just beautiful! I'm starting a heritage album and this would be perfect!

I love all of todays inspirations .. I especially love the mask .. I live in Louisiana and it reminds me of Mardi Gras Love it!!

That is one cool birthday card and l love that mask!

Great projects. Love graphic 45!!

Just love that mask!

I love it,count it me!

I love the mask! How creative! I love the project with the butterflies too! Amazing!

Happy April Fools Day! I love all the amazing projects posted today!

Wow the Venetian mask is fabulous, what a talented lady !! Thank you for the chance to win a place in time

Stunningly beautiful paper collection!~I love the masks!

I love these projects! The beautiful papers make it all come together!

As a child, I was infatuated by the thought of time travel ... so the Place in Time collection really intrigues me! But almost anything that Graphic 45 comes up with is intriguing !!

love the featured projects-the mask is so unique and creative! Happy April, G45!

What gorgeous projects - I LOVE the mask especially!

French Country is awesome! There is so much that can be done with it. I can't wait to open mine up and play.

Wow! Love the Venetian mask!

Thank you for all the gorgeous paper and accessories. I love mixing and matching band the paper packs are great for just that. You can still mix and match and not be way out in left field trying to make matches. Have a great day.

I LOVE the projects today! (And everyday, really...) LOVE "Place in Time"!

Love the colors! Great projects!

Great projects. Love that mask.

O M G!!! I soooo want to win this!! I absolutely love this set!! I also love the mask,way cool! Thanks!

Wow! I love the face mask!!! AWESOME!!!

What a cool mask!

What fantastic inspiration. Having just come back from venice, love the idea with the mask. Would never have thought of doing something like that. Thanks G45 and design team.

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