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March 05, 2014

A Very Special Card Tutorial with Gloria Stengel!


Hello G45ers,

Oh boy, do we have a surprise for you today! The amazing designer and G45 Design Team alum Gloria Stengel made a By the Sea card and also provided a great tutorial for this project. We are going to have some super fun guest stars on our blog this National Craft Month, and the incredible Gloria kicks off the fun!


Many of you are Gloria fans and know how she is a card master. There is always such detail, beauty, and sophistication in a 'Gloria card.' They are all a masterpiece. And the "You Are My Anchor" card shared today is no different!

"I am so excited to be a guest designer today for the Graphic 45 Blog! When Graphic 45 introduced their By the Sea collection, I went bonkers! I live near the Pacific Ocean in southern California, and I am always on the lookout for beach-themed papers. What fun to have access to a new beach-themed collection from my favorite paper manufacturer!" ~Gloria



Card Tutorial

 1. Cut blue cardstock to 5 x 10 inches. Score at 5 inches to make a top-fold, 5x5-inch card.


2. Cut the By the Sea Signature paper (reverse) to 4 7/8 x 4 7/8 inches. Wrap the paper with twine. Secure the twine on the back of the paper with tape. Attach the paper to the front of the card.


3. Cut blue cardstock to 3 x 4 5/8 inches. Cut Beachcomber paper to 2 7/8 x 4 1/2 inches. Attach the Beachcomber paper to the blue cardstock and attach the panel to the left side of the card front.

4. Cut a banner, approximately 2 3/8 x 4 1/2 inches from blue cardstock. Trim Pier 45 paper to slightly smaller than the cardstock banner. Adhere the banner together. (The sample uses My Favorite Things Fishtail Flag Stax die cut templates to cut the banner.) Attach the banner to the Beachcomber panel as shown using adhesive foam squares.

5. Cut a 2 1/2 inch circle from blue cardstock. Cut a slightly smaller circle from Set Sail paper. Adhere the circles together. Attach the circle to the right side of the banner using adhesive foam squares.

6. Tie the twine into a bow, overlapping the right edge of the circle.


7. Trim the "You are My Anchor" image from 8x8-inch Sand and Surf paper. Rub the edges of the image with blue ink. Attach the image to a scrap of chipboard, and attach the image to the left side of the card as shown.

8. Tie the small chipboard tag from By the Sea Chipboard Tags 1 to the card with twine. Also add a Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Key and an anchor die cut shape.

9. Glue a blue sequin to the top of the twine. Add a tiny, self-adhesive pearl to the top of the sequin.


10. Glue three sequins to the Set Sail circle. Add a self-adhesive pearl to the top of each sequin.

11. Glue a Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Key Hole to right edge of the main image. Add self-adhesive pearls to the keyhole as shown.

12. Using sharp scissors, trim a starfish and a shell from the Beachcomber paper. Attach fussy cut images to the card as shown.

13. Using deco scissors, trim a postage stamp image from Splash paper and attach as shown.

14. Fill a tiny bottle with sand. Cork the bottle of sand and glue it to the card as shown.


15. Trim two pieces of cream cardstock to 4 7/8 x 4 7/8 inches. Use black ink to stamp the lighthouse from the By the Sea Cling Stamp 1 set onto one cream panel.

16. Use black ink to stamp a sentiment and blue ink to stamp the anchor from the By the Sea Cling Stamp 3 set onto the other cream panel. (The sentiment is from Our Daily Bread Designs "The Sea.") Attach the cream cardstock panels to the inside of the card.


17. Trim By the Sea Signature paper to 1 x 4 7/8 inches. Stamp the postage image from the By the Sea Cling Stamp 3 set onto the left side of the paper strip with black ink.

18. Attach the paper strip to the top of the cream panel containing the lighthouse.


19. Trim By the Sea Signature paper to 1 x 4 7/8 inches. Stamp the "Pier 45" image from the By the Sea Cling Stamp 2 set onto the right side of the paper strip with black ink.

20. Attach the paper strip to the cream panel containing the sentiment.


Supplies used:

Graphic 45:
12x12 Papers: By the Sea: Signature sheet, Beachcomber, Set Sail, Splash, Pier 45
8x8 papers: By the Sea: Sand and Surf
Chipboard: By the Sea Tags 1
Cling Stamps: By the Sea 1, 2, 3
Staples: Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Keys, Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Key Holes
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers ColorMates Smooth and Silky Blueberry, ColorMates
Original Light Totally Tan
Other stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs The Sea
Ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Graphic 45 Decades Bon Voyage; Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo
Twine: May Arts
Die cuts: Spellbinders Nautical, Standard Circles Large and Small; My Favorite Things
Fishtail Flag Stax
Sequins: Darice
Pearls: Couture Creations
Bottle: Sky Blue Pink
Other: sand
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares;
Aleene's Tacky Glue


"I enjoyed being back with the Graphic 45 Team, if only for a day! Thanks for looking, and I hope you feel inspired to create something with By the Sea papers!" ~Gloria

Make sure to visit Gloria's blog! She always has a ton of fun on her blog - great projects, challenges, and ideas!

Scraps of Life Blog

Now, we have a great card share from the G45 Vault. Tara Orr was one of our past Design Team members, and a master of layering and layouts and cards. This is a French Country card with so much sophistication and beauty. Don't you love this?


See this G45 Vault Blog Post

Need more great card ideas? Don't forget about our wonderful card Pinterest board:


Graphic 45 Card Pinterest Board

Gloria always wows us with her amazing cardmaking. Thanks so much for joining us today! Join us tomorrow for another great tutorial in honor of this wonderful National Craft Month!


Happy Cardmaking,

Your Friends at Graphic 45




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Wow! Gloria never ceases to amaze me with her lovely layered cards! I love the By the Sea collection! Tara's card from the vault is so pretty.

Wow..wow. Amazing projects today!! Love them all. Always inspiring here at G45 blog!!

Those tags are all amazing. Thanks for inspiring!!!!

Fabulous card by Gloria! Love everything she does.

Gloria's card are always amazing and sooooo beautiful. I love her style.

Beautiful card - Gloria always has GREAT cards.

Beautiful projects! Thanks for the inspiration.

Awesome card Gloria! We might be related! My maiden name is Stengel.

finally found 2 of the stamps at one store, they are on hold for me. and I got to order the collection packs and embellishments from another. I <3 G45 and by the sea is wonderful.

Wow, that card by Gloria is so light and bright with the By the Sea collection and Tara's card is elegant and gorgeous. LOVE these!

Absolutely stunning cards today. I love the card done with the By the Sea paper. There is no place any better than sitting on the sand watching the waves chase after each other. It is really hypnotic and relaxing. I love anything that has to do with the sea. That's why I think this line of paper is one of my most favorite lines.

Wow!!! I am so amazed by the creativity and love and dedication of every contributor.... but I guess with this awesome Graphic 45 papers it is not that difficult! ;D

Just love, love, love Graphic 45!!!

I'm so inspired by the creativity on todays blog...brilliant designs! I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite. I love all of them.

i love love love the by the sea card!!

Lovely cards! I like that the inside of the card wasn't neglected and went well with the theme.

Two really awesome cards here from Gloria and Tara. I´m totally blown with the By the Sea card, as these papers are just soooo up my alley and sooo me, but the other one is absolutely gorgeous too, and both girls did amazing jobs on each their projects, that´s for sure. I´m amazed of both.

your DT is always so amazing and these are more proof that they come up with the most fabulous projects! LOVE that By the Sea collection!

hmmm, i can smell the sea.. gorgeous cards!

Amazing work and beautiful papers! Margie

I do love the layering on Tara's card! Sophistication is the perfect word for it!!
Always loved how Gloria pulls things together. This card is unbelievable!!!! I could look at it for hours and find new details hidden in it! The texture is sublime and the gorgeous stamped images and greeting inside are perfect with the card. This may be my new fave of all the cards!

There are a really beautiful and amazing tutorial!

Thanks for sharing with us- I love seeing everyones designs

I love Gloria's work. Her designs are always so beautiful and positive. The papers have such great colors and designs. I really like this series.

Such a wonderful card from Gloria with that super tutorial too. Have been checking out her own blog - totally inspirational. Love Tara's card too. G45 papers just rock!! Nicola x

Love these cards. Fantastic tutorial.

gorgeous cards. Thanks for the tutorial

Love the beach girl card!

Today's cards are gorgeous! Such eye candy. I am in awe of the talents of your contributors. Now I am going to have to order the "By The Sea" collection. It makes me so homesick for my beautiful California.

Lovely cards -- thanks for the tutorial!

Gorgeous cards! Just love by the sea paper! Thanks for inspiration!

Glad to be able to finally get on the blog because I wouldn't have wanted to miss these amazing cards. I especially love the addition of the little bottle of sand on the By the Sea card.

Wow! Lovely projects today! TFS.

Lovely, special card. Michelle t

Gloria's cards are all just lovely!

I love graphic 45 papers but I've actually never had the privilege of working with it, I would love to win this weeks giveaway!

Thanks for the opportunity to enter the contest this week. All the products shown look very inviting to have fun and be creative! I enjoy the beautiful projects on your website by various designers! They inspire me to get busy myself!

Graphic 45 has so many great paper lines , and I wait for each new one to come out. Your designers come up with such inspirational projects to make or just enjoy looking at. I would like the oppertunity to be entered into this weeks draw for the prize pack. Thanks Jane M

I just found this card and was SO inspired and in awe of its beauty! Your creative juices were certainly flowing the day you made this gorgeous card!! Thanks for sharing!!

I just found this card and was SO inspired and in awe of its beauty! Your creative juices were certainly flowing the day you made this gorgeous card!! Thanks for sharing!!

I just found this card and was SO inspired and in awe of its beauty! Your creative juices were certainly flowing the day you made this gorgeous card!! Thanks for sharing!!

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