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May 24, 2013

A Fond Graphic 45 Farewell to Kristin Wilson


Happy Friday G45ers!

We have such a beautiful array of crafts to share with you! Today's blog is a cornucopia of inspiration! We are continuing our farewells to our 2012 Design Team today as we celebrate the magnificent work of Kristin Wilson. You will see some of our favorite cards, layouts, altered art and much more from Kristin's time on our 2012 Design Team. We also have a new blog contest winner to announce today! There are so many incredible ideas on today's Graphic 45 blog! It's just what you need to start the weekend off right! Before we get to today's grand crafts, lets begin with this week's contest winner. Chosen at random from this week's blog comments, the winner is...

-Kathleen Lundman: "Great project and beautiful kit that you are offering this week! Thank you."

Congratulations, Kathleen! Please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize. This is the fantastic Place in Time and Secret Garden prize that Kathleen won today. Stay tuned to our blog on Monday for yet another chance to win some amazing Graphic 45 prizes!

Place in Time Secret Garden contest prize

And now it's time for our very fond tribute to Kristin Wilson. Her elegant and homespun style has been such a valued part of our 2012 Design Team. We have loved every gorgeous project that she has created during her time with us. She has such a talent for bringing our paper collections and Staples to life! Whether it's a fun and easy card, a lovely layout or an opulent piece of altered art, Kristin always knew how to make each project sparkle with beauty! Kristin's 10-minute cards were another wonderful part of her time on our 2012 Design Team. She always had the most fun and clever ways to create breathtaking Graphic 45 crafts! We have handpicked all of today's featured crafts to display Kristin's wide range of talents. We can't thank her enough for her superb contributions on our team this year. It was such a joy for us to be able to display her gorgeous and inspiring crafts! Lets begin by getting to know a little bit more about Kristin!


About Kristin:

I live in Indiana, about 45 minutes from Chicago. I live with my very supportive hubby, Dave, and our son Quinn. I am a stay at home mom and I have been paper crafting for a little over 4 years. I feel I have finally stepped into my design style and now it's time to get into the action! My design strengths are that I can fit a whole lot of embellishments into a small space without it looking "over done". I use colors that normally wouldn't go together... but when I am done it all matches beautifully. I am shabby chic mixed with eclectic. There is never a loss of mojo when I am designing with Graphic 45 collections. They inspire me all on their own. I do not need to search for inspiration in mags or on the web... just the  beautiful Graphic 45 product is all I need. The colors and the way they carry the theme throughout the whole line is amazing. There are little pieces of gold to be snipped and added to just the right spot in every paper pad. Whats not to fall in love with? I love Graphic 45! It speaks to my soul and I hope that shines through in my projects.

Check out Kristin's beautiful blog for more inspiring ideas:


First we begin with something new. This is a breathtaking French Country birthday card that Kristin created. Colorful paper layers, chipboard die-cuts and sweet embellishments make this card a heartwarming treasure! It is fun and easy to make and would make anyone's birthday a very happy one!

French Country Kristin Wilson Graphic 45 card birthday

Here is another amazing birthday card by Kristin. This bright and cheerful card features our sunny Secret Garden collection. The lovely paper layers look magical with just the right amount of sweet embellishments. Kristin has such a knack for creating the perfect card!

Secret Garden birthday card Kristin Wilson Graphic 45

Now it's time for some of Kristin's lavish layouts! Here we have her exquisite Kraft Reflections LO! Pretty paper layers and distressing add to the vintage elegance of this pretty LO. The soft floral embellishments and decorative stamps only add to the magnificence of this charming work of art!

Kraft Reflections layout Kristin Wilson Graphic 45

Kristin always knows how to make holidays fun! Here is a spooktacular Happy Haunting layout that she created for Halloween! This LO has such unique composition and amazing use of contrasting patterns! It captures the eye and enthralls the imagination! Kristin did an amazing job of letting her embellishments amplify the bright colors and fun patterns in the Happy Haunting papers! This LO is the perfect way to immortalize such adorable family memories!

Happy Haunting Halloween layout Kristin Wilson Graphic 45

Here is another classic craft by Kristin! It's the banner she created to help us celebrate Graphic 45's 5th birthday! We love this banner so much! It's hanging in our Portland, Oregon office right now! Kristin created this amazing banner with our new Regular Tag Album staples, A Ladies Diary papers and tons of pretty embellishments! It's full of joy and impeccably style! It was the perfect craft to commemorate 5 years of Graphic 45!

A Ladies' Diary banner Graphic 45 Kristin Wilson

Here is one of Kristin's amazing mini albums! She upcycled the packaging from Graphic 45 Staples to create this adorable Little Darlings mini! Doesn't this just warm your heart?! Kristin puts such loving detail in every aspect of her crafts. You can really see her attention to detail in this superb creation! This would make the perfect gift for a new mom!

Kristin Wilson Little Darlings mini album


We adore this fabulous French Country album by Kristin! It was designed using our 12x12 Easel Album. You flip the pages to find your mood for any particular day. This is such a great way to check in and take note of how you are feeling from day to day. It's a gorgeous piece of home decor with a great function. We love it!

Kristin Wilson French Country album Graphic 45



Last but not least is this incredible piece of altered art by Kristin. This is her amazing altered box featuring A Ladies' Diary and lots of gorgeous Graphic 45 Metal Staples! We love the wonderful use of paper distressing on A Ladies' Diary paper that adds an extra element of shabby chic to this box. Every angel of this box is so alluring! This is the kind of project that makes you want to run to your crafting table to start creating! Plus it would make the perfect gift!

Kristin Wilson A Ladies Diary Altered Box



We want to thank Kristin for all the incredible treasures that she created on our 2012 Design Team. It was such a pleasure to get to work with her. We wish her all the best in her future creative endeavors. It's been an amazing journey and we feel so lucky to have had her talents and enthusiasm that have inspired so many people. Thank you, Kristin!

Big thanks to all of you G45ers for stopping by our blog today. We hope Kristin's crafts helped give you some great ideas for your weekend crafting! Come on back and see us very soon for more joyful craft inspiration. We will have a new blog contest on Monday along with more gorgeous crafts! We wish you all a very happy Friday and a terrific weekend!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45


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Awesome projects Kristin! I have so enjoyed your G45 projects and all the inspiration; I'll be continuing my visits to your site (especially when I get stumped for ideas)... Thank you for sharing with us!

Best wishes Kristen. Beautiful projects. Love the altered box. Amazing.

What beautiful creations. Thank you Kristin for a year of beauty.

Fantastic ideas and Inspiration, I know she'll be greatly missed and Like Jane and other retiring Team Designers will leave BIG shoes to fill!

All of the projects were great... I LOVE the box!!!!

Vraiment magnifique j'adore chacun de ces projets.

I am a longtime follower of Kristin and her lovely creations! I love everything she creates! Thanks for sharing some of her fun projects today. I really can't stand the thought of her not being on your team anymore :(

So many that I can't pick a favorite. ON another note. Has anyone ever mentioned you resemble Bette Midler.

she does awesome work. Love all her projects. Colors compliment each other so well. Love, love, love her projects.

WOW Beautiful projects from Kristin! These projects are gorgeous! So much inspiration, I'm floored at the talent!

Congrats to Kathleen on winning such wonderful goodies too!!
Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend Team Graphic 45!

Jo's Scrap Shack

As someone else said, that box is to die for...! All of these creations fall into that category. I agree with Kristin that Graphic 45 papers are an inspiration all by themselves. Thanks for sharing your time and talent with us in 2012, Kristin!

These projects are magnificent, Kristen you will be missed, and thank you for sharing all your expertise xx

Beautiful altered box. I just received a beautiful 6x6 easel mixed media card from my daughter. I am so proud of her...it is definitely up to G45 standards. Although she loved G45 paper and she introduced G45 to me last year, this card is not made with G45 products. But I had to tell the world how amazing she is!!

Amazing work. Love all the projects so much!!! I am in awe.

You have given us beautiful idea Kristen! Thnk ou so much!

Beautiful projects! I love the box with the ornate feet!

Wonderful creations by Kristin! I will miss your pretty designs ... thank you for sharing your passion for G45 and papercrafting with us!

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