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November 04, 2013

Graphic 45 Featured Artist: Maggi Harding

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Hello G45ers,

Get ready for some incredible Monday inspiration! We are so excited to share the gorgeous crafts of our Featured Artist, Maggi Harding! You are going to love her vibrant and imaginative style! Today's blog features layouts, tags, altered art and much more! We've got everything you need to beat the Monday blues! Plus we have a new blog contest this week! We're giving you the chance to win this amazing Mother Goose prize pack! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week for a chance to win a Mother Goose 12x12 paper pad, Chipboard Die Cut, cardstock Banners, Tags & Pockets, Regular Tag Album Staples and Metal Clothespin Staples! That's a $45 value! We will announce a randomly chosen winner on Friday's blog so stay tuned!

Mother Goose Graphic 45 blog prize contest

We are so excited to introduce you to today's Featured Artist, Maggi Harding. Her crafts are overflowing with whimsical charm and imagination. She has been very active on the Graphic 45 Facebook page, often uploading her incredible creations and sharing her fondness for Graphic 45. One look at her crafts and you'll understand why we love her classic style. Maggi definitely understands the unique character of each Graphic 45 collection. She does an amazing job of bringing each collection to life in her crafts. She often combines beautiful fussy cut elements with pretty paper layers and richly textures ribbons and embellishments. Her crafts have a sophistication and timeless vintage charm that works perfectly with Graphic 45 papers and Staples. Maggi's craft blog Scrap, Travel and Bark is filled with endless inspiration and gorgeous photos of her craft creations. One look at Maggi's crafts and it's obvious that she has an incredible attention to detail. We are thrilled to introduce you to her breathtaking work. Ladies and gentleman, please join us in welcoming the amazing Maggi Harding!

Maggi Chena Nika

About Maggi:

Well, let me introduce myself, I am Maggi Harding, and as you might have already figured out, I am thrilled to be here!  My home is in eastern North Carolina, but, sometimes I claim the world as home.  I have spent most of my life wandering, as a child with my parents because my Dad was in the Army, and, as an adult, because I wanted to.  By the time I was 18 I had been to 9 different schools, lived in France, Japan, Germany, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and North Carolina.  Since attaining adulthood, I have lived in North Carolina, Florida, Virginia, Alaska and Colorado. I'm really not sure when I became an adult, but that's another story all together! My husband and I share our home with our two standard poodles, or spoos as we call them. We love to travel and do so mostly in our RV so that our spoos can accompany us wherever we go.   We have been from Key West, Florida to Fairbanks, Alaska and from the Pacific shores of California to the Atlantic shores of North Carolina in our well travelled motorhome! I discovered scrapbooking in 2005 when I decided to make scrapbooks for my two best friends from college.  It quickly became my passion and something that I spend hours doing and never grow tired of my efforts. I describe my style as vintage/shabby chic with touches of bright color.  Graphic 45 was made for me!  Its rich saturated colors and bold patterns are an artistic adventure for me; I always ask myself, what can I create, how can I make this piece of paper come to life.   I love the challenge of combining those beautiful patterns with my photos to create a cohesive art piece.  Scrapbooking has awakened my “inner artist” and  satisfies the creative side of my brain. I am also the creative team coordinator for the Flying Unicorn forums and store.  The Flying Unicorn carries nearly all available Graphic 45 lines. Thank you for letting me share my passion with you!

Maggi's Blog:


And now it's time to explore some of Maggi's stunning crafts. We begin with this gorgeous and vibrant Bohemian Bazaar layout. This is a perfect example of Maggi's amazing ability to bring each Graphic 45 collection to life. Just look at how perfectly the bright colors mix with fabulous fussy cut elements and pretty embellishments. The beautiful vintage photo also adds to the allure of this amazing LO! Here is what Maggi had to say about it.

When I first saw Bohemian Bazaar, I thought it to be one of Graphic 45's more challenging paper collections because of its bright bold colors and vivid patterns; however, having seen so many fabulous projects done with it, I just had to give it a go and I am tickled with the outcome.  I am a flower child of the 60's and this collection was perfect for scrapping a photo of me in my younger years!

Bohemian Bazaar Maggi Harding Graphic 45 Layout

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Cardstock:  Bazzill black 

Patterned paper:  G45 Bohemian Bazaar collection:  green base - Vivid Splendor 4500704, circle - Opulent Sunset 4500706, yellow dot & borders under photos - Kaleidoscope 4500709, top left paper and fussy cut right corner - Bohemian Bazaar 4500702, Stripe at bottom - Dazzling Delights 4500707, number stickers - Bohemian Bazaar Stickers 4500713, tags - Tags and Pockets 4500712, small round chippys - Chipboard 4500714

Diecuts and punches: Spellbinders for Heartfelt Creations Bella Rose, Alterations Tattered Floral; WRMK Lucky 8 Frilly Lace & Tatted Doily

Flowers: handmade from Bohemian Bazaar Kaleidoscope paper 4500709 

Ink:  Mix'd Media Inx - Black, Prima Old Rose, ColorBox Rose Coral, Distress black soot 

Other:  Fabscraps Rhinestones

                                                                    Unknown:  Yellow diecut paper

I thought it would be fun to make a matching tag and card for a birthday and Bohemian Bazaar was perfect for the task.  Lots of fussy cutting here and 2 diecut frames along with some blooms.

Bohemian Bazaar tag and card


Patterned paper:  Graphic 45 Bohemian Bazaar collection:  yellow dot - Kaleidoscope 4500709, striped - Dazzling Delights 4500707, red frames - Opulent Sunset 4500706, blue frame on cared cutouo - Lap of Luxury 4500708, fussy cut flower on card - Bohemian Bazaar, pocket on tag - Tags & Pockets 4500712, Oranbe (back of card) Dazzling Delights 4500707,


Embossing powder:  Stampendous aged hunter green 

Flowers:   fussy cut flowers on tag - Lap of Luxury 4500708, Flying Unicorn metal leaves, Spare Parts red flowers, Prima Soprano

                                                                           Other:  May Arts ribbon

Next we're going to explore some amazing tags featuring Typography! Here is a stunning tag that Maggi created. You can see the incredible detail that went into making this beautiful tag. We love how well Maggi blends Graphic 45 papers with colorful embellishments and ribbons to make each collection's color palette stand out. Beautiful paper flowers and fun fussy cut elements also add to the whimsical look of this darling tag. It's simply breathtaking!

  Typography tag Maggi Harding Graphic 45

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Typography tag Write your story closeup


Patterned paper:  G45 Typography collection:  black dot - Inscribe 4500770 , green patterned - Celebrate 4500768 , red stripe - Create 4500769, Write your story cut apart - Imagine 4500773 , small cut apart - Dream 4500771, Typography stickers 4500777, Typography chipboard 4500778

Chipboard:  Julie Nuttig doll 1205-01 and Flower Corner small 362s - Leaky Shed Studio

Embossing powder:  Stampendous aged black embossing enamel 

Diecuts and punches:  Spellbinders Bella Rose misted with Lindy's Gator Gumbo Olive

Flowers:   handmade, Prima SIIP 530815 and SIIS 530976 flower centers

Ink:  Distress Black soot

Paint - Luminarte Sand Dollar, Shimmerz coffee, Smooch green and Nautical Navy

Other:  May Arts green ribbons, Spare parts burlap ribbon

Next up is another stunning Typography tag that Maggi made. This tag is so much fun. It even has a little door that swings open to reveal a place for writing a special message. This is a perfect example of how tags can also make great gifts! Again you can see how Maggi perfectly blends lovely flower and ribbon embellishments to accentuate the vivid colors in Typography. A little bit of paper distressing and inking around the edges also give this tag a marvelous vintage look. It's a true work of art.

Typography tag Graphic 45 Maggi Harding

Typography tag open

Next we're going to explore some delightful and fun Steampunk Spells creations by Maggi. Here is a gorgeous mannequin hat and dress that is overflowing with vintage style. This is such an imaginative idea for working with Steampunk Spells. The flowing embellishments mixed with the gorgeous patterned papers look absolutely classic! Here is what Maggi had to say about this enchanting creation.

I've had so much fun with the Steampunk Spells collection.  I've made layouts and tags, but I knew that I had to create another mannequin, and in keeping with the season, a Steampunk witch's dress and hat would be perfect!  This is one of my favorite off the page projects ever!

Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells dress form har Maggi Harding

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Steampunk Spells collection:

Clockworks 4500682

Beware 4500690

Witching Hour 4500687

Chipboard 1 and 2 - 4500700


Steampunk Debutante collection - Eclectic Emporium

Staples Metal Flowers 

Kaisercraft Mannequin 17"

Hampton Arts Cling Mounted Rubber Stamps

Tim  Holtz Sprocket Gears

Tim Holtz Swivel Clasps

Flying Unicorn Metal Adornments

Jolee's spider

Cheesecloth dyed with Lindy's Flat Fabios

Dusty Attic chipboard crow and gears

                                                            Beads and fibers from Hobby Lobby

Here is another one of Maggi's amazing dresses made with Steampunk Debutante. We also love the adorable hat and trunk! It's incredible what you can create with some pretty papers, embellishments and a great imagination! Here is what Maggi had to say about these timeless works of art!

I fell  in love with dressforms and mannequins while doing this project;  I think because, once upon a time I wanted to be a fashion designer!   Of course I could not stop with just a dress, I had to create a hat and trunk too!  I have a tutorial for the trunk on my blog:

Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante dress form har Maggi Harding

Steampunk outfi back

Steampunk outfit closeup dress

Steampunk outfit closeup


Steampunk Debutante:

Mechanical Mind

Eclectic Emporium

Le Romantique - Well Groomed

Kaisercraft Mannequin 17"

Making Memories brads

Michaels felt and netting

Petaloo felt flowers

Tim Holtz:

 Sprocket Gears

 Swivel Clasps

 Metal Foliage



7 Gypsies Mini Keys, Charms

Autumn Leaves Scrap Metal winged heart

Trim and braid from Hobby Lobby

Feathers - Michaels

Stickpins - handmade

Flying Unicorn flowers

Now we're going to explore more fabulous layouts by Maggi! Each of these layouts has its own unique look. Each of these layouts demonstrates how perfectly Maggi captures the unique personality of each Graphic 45 paper collection.  Here is a darling Mother Goose LO that features amazing paper layering, paper distressing and fabulous embellishments. Here is what Maggi had to say about this darling LO!

Mother Goose is such a fun collection and just perfect for scrapping those wee ones in your life!   There are so many fun images to fussy cut!

Mother goose layout graphic 45 maggi harding

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Patterned paper:  Graphic 45 Mother Goose collection:  green floral-Story Time 4500747, black dot - Sunshine stripe 4500751, green stripe- Humpty Dumpty 4500748, music pp & fussy cut images - Mother Goose 4500742, stamp strip - Playful Postage 4500750, yellow print, green check and solid gree from 6 x 6 paper pad, Chipboard 1 4500762, Banners 4500757 

Flowers:   Petaloo Textured Collection Teal, Petaloo Darjeeling Wild blossoms large aqua

                                                            Ink:  Mix'd Media Inx - leather, truffle, black

Bird Song is truely one of your most beautiful collections.  I couldn't find a photo that I liked with the collection so I chose to fussy cut one of the geisha's and make her the focal point of my layout.

Bird Song layout Maggi Harding Graphic 45

I loved the bright colors and images of the Tropical Travelogue collection, perfect for scrapping some time that I spent in Florida!

Tropical Travelogue Layout Maggi Harding Graphic 45


Cardstock: Bazzill brown, orange

Patterned paper:  Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue:  Botanica,  Garden Isle, Tiki Voyager, Paradise Postage,

Stickers: Tropical Travelogue 

Flowers:    Prima apricot, handmade with Tattered floral die & McGill starburst, Flying Unicorn anthuriums

Ink:  Ripe Persimmon, walnut stain, vintage photo

Stickles:  gold, black diamond on butterfly

Other: Prima Say it in Crystals

Unknown:  fish net, shells

Mixed media is so "in" right now and like so many scrappers, I enjoy dabbling in the paints and pastes.  However, when I work with Graphic 45 I really hate to cover up the beautiful papers and images so I usually don't use much mixed media on my G45 layluts.  But, there's always the exception and this layout was my first attempt at mixing the two together and  I rather like the outcome.  Along with some On the Boardwalk papers, I used some gesso, cheese cloth, Viva Stone-Art and black ink drop on this page. 

On the Boardwalk layout Graphic 45 Maggi Harding

We hope you all had a lot of fun exploring the amazing work of Maggi Harding. We encourage you all to check out her beautiful blog for even more inspiration and fun! We want to thank Maggi for sharing her magnificent creations on today's very special Graphic 45 blog. Don't forget to leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week for your chance to win that fabulous Mother Goose prize pack! We've got so many fun crafts and inspiration planned for you all this week on the Graphic 45 blog. We hope you'll stop by and see us again. Thank you so much for joining us today, G45ers! We wish you all a very marvelous Monday!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Breathtaking, every single piece. Thank you for inspiring us, Maggi!

Maggie is The Paper Wizard! Never, ever have I seen such awesome creativity! Simply stunning!

Maggi's creations are beyond stunning and use G45 to the max! What incredible inspiration!

These are amazing creations! WOW! Absolutely beautiful!!

Wow!!! Absolutely stunning!!!

So many gorgeous projects in one day!!

The word that comes to mind to describe today's projects and Graphic 45 papers is DELICIOUS!!

WOW, wow and Wow. Amazing creations Maggie ! Keep creating !

wonderful projects - so much inspiration - and would be so pleased to win the Mother Goose prize!

I love her imaginative style and all of the little details!

Wow, wow, wow, fabulous projects.

Most incredible work for sure!!!! Makes me want to see more. Maggi is so talented.

Just beautiful! Love, love, love the dressforms!!!

What fun projects. Thanks for shearing.

WOW Maggi!!!! JUST GORGEOUS!!!! G45 was made for you girl!!!!

Wow, Maggi!! What stunning projects. You have really captured the beauty of these G45 products in your gorgeous work!! ~ Blessings, Tracey


So beautiful.

Maggi is the girl G45!!
You rock!!

A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. projects Maggi! The Steampunk dresses were my favorites.

looking forward to another great week on the blog

This blog brings me way too much inspiration...not enough hours in the day!

I am new to your products and would love to win! Thanks for the opportunity!

Love your blog and the fantastic tutorials that you publish each day. I look forward every morning to read them.

Love the tags. I make my gift tags so I need lots of ideas for new designs. the colors are so bright and cheerful. thanks for sharing.

love your creativity; your projects are so colorful, and expressive. keep em coming!

Incredible talent! Love the steampunk dress forms.


Beautiful projects all! My favorite is the Mother Goose. I am so in love with all of Graphic 45 papers but the Mother Goose collection is special to my heart! Perfection! Wishing you a happy Monday!


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Thank you for sharing Maggi's creations with us. They are all so creative and beautiful! Would love to create something fun and cute with the Mother Goose collection being offered up to a lucky winner!

Maggi, you are wonderfully talented!! I've definitely seen your beautiful work before and thought from the moment I saw it, that you were special! Keep up the gorgeous projects, lady!!

OH MAGGIE! These are all gorgeous! Love the Bohemian Bazaar card and matching tag and the Mother Goose layout is delightful!
The Steam Punk Spells dress, hat and trunk are divine!!!! You are one talented lady!! LOVE your work!
I could really use this Mother Goose prize package since I have used most of my 12 X 12, 8 X 8 and 6 X 6 pads on one project! I truly LOVE this collection! It just about killed me to cut into it because I was afraid I would not do justice to it! Thanks for the chance to win some of this fun and delightful collection!

So many fun & inspiring projects....which to use as inspiration first?

Maggie turned my yucky Monday into an OMG Monday!!! Thank you for the uplifting inspiration!!!

Incredible work. Please have Maggie do a tutorial on those fabulous hand made flowers.

Welcome Maggi! You make such beautiful projects. Love the little dressmaker forms and mini trunk and top hat. Cute, cute, cute.

Amazing projects. The layouts are stunning!!!

WOW MAGGI your work is so extensive with all the wonderful G45 lines. Fantastic work - absolutely stunning creations.

The projects really did beat those Monday blues!

Maggi has such gorgeous projects! So creative and lively! And I like how she used several different collections! You rock, Maggi!

Wow! What wonderful projects! I spent a lot of time just looking at the little details, such work. Look forward to more!

Beautiful-every one of the projects. I love the flowers they are so perfect. Also, the mini suitcase/trunk. Tutorials??

Wow! What can't you do with paper?

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