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March 03, 2014

Celebrate! It's National Craft Month at Graphic 45!

  NCM Good Ol Sport Card Clare Charvill Pic 12

Happy Monday, G45ers!

It's a very special Monday because it's the first Monday of National Craft Month! Today, Clare shares a wonderful Good ol' Sport card tutorial. It's the best tutorial in 9 simple steps!

This March, here on the blog and on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter are going to be overflowing with great ideas, giveaways, tips, and celebration! We will even have some surprise guest stars this month. There are many reasons to join us daily!


Download this calendar filled with great tips from Cre8time for this fun month!

First, we have an extra special blog contest! Wow oh wow! There is some EXCELLENT goodies in this prize pack! Not only some really excellent Graphic 45 product including Typography and French Country, but product from Clearsnap, Core'dinations, Petaloo, Spellbinders, and Tombow! Wowzers, we know you all want to win this. Just comment here on our blog or on our Facebook page to be entered to win! Deadline is Thursday, March 6 11:59 PM PST. Have fun!

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Clare is amazing at using rich colors, so Good ol' Sport is such a great collection for her to show off. She has a great card idea below that we're sure you will want to try! She uses such great cut-aparts from this collection to really make a great card!


"This paper collection is just perfect for making those oh-so-hard-to-think-of cards for the men in your life.

The instructions below use 12 x 12 papers and make an 8” x 6” card. This can be scaled down to 6” x 4” if you use the 8 x 8 papers." ~Clare

NCM Good Ol Sport Card Clare Charvill Pic 12

1. Start off with a black card blank 8” x 6”. Cut a mat 3 1’2” x 5 ¾” and stick down on the left of your card blank.

NCM Good Ol Sport Card Clare Charvill Pic 1

2. Then cut a mat 4” x 5 ¾” from Big Score paper and stick down on the right hand side of the card, lining up top and bottom edges.

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3. Next cut out the following elements for your card:
Newsworthy - the advert with the golf clubs on from
Touchdown - the postcard with the lady in the long blue skirt and the postcard with the tennis ball, man and rackets .

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4. Ink the edges of these pieces and mat them on black card with 1/8” border around all. Layer and stick onto your card as follows: Postcard with lady - position 1” from the left side and 5/8” from top
Advert with golf clubs on ¼” down from top edge and ½” in from right edge.

NCM Good Ol Sport Card Clare Charvill Pic 4

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5. Now cut a border strip 4” long from Victory. I used the one between the two green stripes at the top of the paper. Cut in two and ink the edges. Position and stick these strips over the join between the two main mats on your card, lining up the top strip with the vertical line on the postcard and top edges of the main mats on your card. . Follow the left edge f this strip down and stick your second border strip in place at the bottom of your card, lining up all paper edges.

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6. Now layer the cut apart with the tennis ball, man and rackets over everything you have added so far lining the top of this element up with the line on the advert under ‘Two stores to serve you’ quote and the right hand edge ¼” in from right hand edge of your card.

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7. Take your second sheet of Touchdown and cut carefully cut out the lady and gent with the racquet and clubs. (cut right down between them to the top of the racquet) Ink the edges of the piece and from the front carefully crease along the tennis racquet to raise the lady up and give some depth to the piece. Turn over, put foam dots behind the lady and tacky glue on the back of the gent. Stick into place to the bottom left of your card.

NCM Good Ol Sport Card Clare Charvill Pic 8

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8. Cut out the word ‘Champion’ from All Star paper, mount on black card and foam dots and stick in place on your card over the words ‘Tennis Balls’.

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9. To finish off the inside of your card cut a cream mat using the sheet at the back of the 12 x 12 pad, cut out the No 1 Fan border from Number 1 Fan, trim to 5 ¾”, mat on black card and stick in place over your cream mat 1” from the bottom edge of your card. Last but not least cut out the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote from All star paper, mat on black card and stick down at a slight angle over No 1 Fan border.

NCM Good Ol Sport Card Clare Charvill Pic 11

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Here's your finished product!

NCM Good Ol Sport Card Clare Charvill Pic 12

Supplies used

Big Score
Good Ol Sport
Touchdown x 2
All Star
Number 1 Fan
Black Cardstock
Tacky Glue
Foam dots

Clare also recently taught some incredible Graphic 45 workshops at the My Creative Spirit Weekend Retreat in the UK in Leamington! We have included a few of the fun pictures below. See more on Clare's blog:

My Creative Spirit Blog

"I hold my retreats - (I am My Creative Spirit) three times a year with a max number of 30 places. Andy my partner (The Crafty Elf) helps with everything else bar the teaching.  These pictures are from our first one of 2014.  The other two this year are scheduled for June and December with just a few places left on each. When I'm not running my own workshops and retreats I travel around the UK teaching at Craft shops and retreats organised by others.  Its a fun lifestyle after 26 yrs in corporate management :-)" ~Clare










We also have an extra special share from Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine's blog today! Go over and visit to see a great tutorial of how to build a layout with frugal embellishments. Also, aren't the photos below just adorable?That's a great way to kick off National Craft Month! So go on over and see more about this great Typography layout by Connie from Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine. 


Canadian Scrapbook Magazine Blog

Many thanks to Clare for her great tutorial today. It's going to be a great National Craft Month! Join us for prizes, fun, and great tutorials every day! We will have a monthful of ideas to get you to your craft table in a hurry.

What does crafting mean to you, G45ers? Comment below and tell us how it shapes your life! We can't wait to read.

Happy Craft Month,

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Been reorganizing my craft room. Need to get that done so I can actually make something. Love G45.

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Love the card! Good old Sport is a great paper line. It is so hard to make men's card for me, and this one works so good for that. Thank you.

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Love Clare's card and tutorial. Inspiring!!

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Happy Craft month. I don't know what I would do if I could not craft something. The problem is I don't get to craft everyday, if I could I would. I must say not a day goes by that I don't think about my next project regardless if I can get to it or not the thought process holds me until I can. Grateful to call myself a crafter!!

I loved the card. I love everything Graphic 45. What a great prize package!

I love all the products offered in this give away! There are lots of wonderful projects hiding in these items just waiting to be discovered!

Love seeing "manly" cards, they always seem to stump me. Apparently G45 is popular no matter where you live! Thanks for a chance to win some fantastic G45 products!!

I knew this week was going to be fabulous in Graphic 45 Land! Thank you thank you thank you for the chance to win! Looking forward to the rest of the fun coming up!

I've always liked Graph45 papers but since I met Clare at the NEC and saw what she does with them I Love Them! I'm collecting all the bits I need to make an album so I'm keeping all my fingers , and toes, crossed.

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Crafting means the world to me, with my young shildren at home and so many memories that are made I dont want to miss a single one. And then I get to craft them all and never forget what life has brought us. the good and even the bad. I love reliving all that my life has brought me.

The masculine card is wonderful...don't see very many cards for men; thank you! I love the layout from the Canadian magazine. Thanks for the opportunity to win the cool package of goodies!

crafting is my thing, my outlet, what makes me happy and keeps me sane.....when everything else in my world comes crashing around me, at least i have my crafting to keep me though it.

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Happy Craft Month Everyone. I'm so excited! Thanks so much G45 for all your inspirational projects & tutorials & for the chance to win this amazing prize package. Theresa x

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