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April 15, 2014

Two Great Cardmaking Ideas with Graphic 45


Hello G45ers,

Welcome to the blog this wonderful day! We have two terrific card ideas this fine Tuesday. Nichola Battilana has a whole Bird Song card set for her son who trains in karate. Then, Anne Elisabeth Rostad shares a great Congratulations Good ol' Sport card tutorial. Enjoy our day of cards!

Before we jump in, we have an extra special share from our Facebook. We adore seeing our G45ers work each and every day. It really is a great place to get so many great ideas all made by you! Today, we are sharing this beautiful Spring home decor piece by Melissa Torres Divelbiss that really blew us away when we saw it! Melissa uses a mixture of Sweet Sentiments, Secret Garden, and Nutcracker Sweet stamps with paper-pieced dresses for this gorgeous creation! Wow!


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We love how Nichola challenges herself with new and fresh ideas for papercrafting. We love her inspiration for the cards below. 

"While I am usually very easy going, and tremendously laid back, there is a spark of determination that is that is set alight when I am challenged. So, when my son’s sensei mentioned creating a karate theme craft, my mind raced. Using the beautiful papers of Birdsong I’ve created a series of cards inspired by the belt colours yellow, orange, blue, green, brown and black. The cards are simple and restrained, reflecting some of the principles of martial arts: to be humble, outwardly gentle, and display courtesy. I thought these might be an ideal way to commemorate the important milestones of belt achievement." - Nichola










Supply List:

 Birdsong - Birdsong
Birdsong - Tranquility
Birdsong - Jasmine Dream
Birdsong - Pearls of Wisdom
Birdsong - Longevity
Birdsong - Good Fortune
Bird Song 8x8 Pad
Bird Song Chipboard Die-Cuts 1
Bird Song Chipboard Die-Cuts 2
Flower and Leaves Dresden Borders
Black Zig Zag Dresden Borders
3mm Brass Flat-Back Rhinestone Studs
Black cardstock

White writing paper (inside)

Anne is such a great teacher of beautiful creations. We love this Good ol' Sport card below, and her fantastic tutorial! Enjoy making this handsome card.

"Here is a tutorial on this 6 x 4 card made with the beautiful and colorful Good OL Sport collection from Graphic 45." - Anne

Start with 12 x 4  black cardstock and score at 6". Cream cardstock 5 3/4 x 3 3/4 and distress with black soot and vintage photo.

Cut at the frame and glue over the postcard and cut around. Here are some suggestions for decor.


Glue on the bottom, top and left side so the cards can slide under.


Glue on a ticket and a little stamp just on the sides and place the golf player over.



Some suggestions for the inside. The stamp is from papyrus and I love that I can stamp the words I need :-)


Glued the golf player only in top, bottom and left side so I can slide something under. May be a gift card.


Also decorated the backside to finish the card up.


Decided to have the congrats in front and pop it up with 3D foam.



Supply list:

Good ol' Sport collection, Scor buddy, glue,black and cream cardstock. Distress ink, 3D foam and stamp tool.

Check out Anne's Snapguide tutorial to follow along as well! We love this card.

Check out How to Good Ol Sport Card Tutorial by Anne rostad on Snapguide.  

Anne's Good ol' Sport Card Snapguide

We love celebrating cards on the blog. Not only are they fun to make, but so fun to give! What's your favorite card you've ever received? We hope this has inspired you to send a special treat in the mail today!

Enjoy Creating Cards,

Graphic 45

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Just wonderful!!

Love all the beautiful cards.

It's all about the paper and vision!!!
Love it all!

They are amazing.

I only have a few precious sheets of Bird Song left and these card ideas are a great way to use up every single scrap.

Wow!! absolutely stunning.

Beautiful cards. Always appreciate Anne's tutorials. They're so easy to follow. And thanks for the shout out, G45! :-)

Beautiful cards!!!

Those look amazing. Love them.

These cards are stunning!

Amazing card projects. So love the details and mixing of paper collections!

I love the birdsong cards. It amazes me how we see combinations of papers differently. I will now go back and use some of Nichola ideas for my future creations. Thanks Nichola

Gorgeous papers and projects and an amazing tutorial here from Anne too. Thanks so much. I love everything here it is sooo beautiful.

Birdsong is one of my favorite papers of all time! The cards are fabulous. Hope you don't mind if I card lift.

i just looove everything of today's inspiration, but espicially the asian themed cards!

I could never imagine Cards inspired by Karate like these !! They are amazing and the one with golf theme Superb ,loved the tut.Thanks !

Beautiful cards!!

Melissa's project is amazing! Great job of mixing designs.
Nichola's cards are stunning in their simplicity! LOVE them!
Anne has a knack for layering that is so inspirational. And using one of my favorite new paper collections!
Wonderful creations in today's post, G45!

The oriental papers make beautiful cards. I guess I'm going to have to cut up some of my G45 papers for some cards. Thanks for sharing the card ideas. I'm a card maker so I'm always looking for ideas.

Who loves Typography you ask? I do. I would love to win the prize package, too.

Nichola and Anne are both amazing artists. Combining their talent with Graphic 45 paper makes projects that are beyond words.

The cards are fantastic, thanks for the inspiration.

Beautiful work! I've never received any card as beautiful as these. Thanks for the inspiration!

Wonderful projects
as always

Love Nichola's cards... this gives me a reason to finally cut and use my Bird Song collection!

If allergies were not killing me, I'd start making cards. Lovely!!!

The bird song cards are jaw dropping gorgeous! Fabulou sidea to make all of those lovely cards!

Good Ol Sport- my new favorite paper collection...just fantastic!

Wonderful cards! I love how Graphic 45 design collections mix and match so well. Every collection is so versatile.

The bird song cards are so beautiful!

Loved the step out from Ann! Thanks so much...I know how much work that is! And Nichola's card concept is so ingenious. What a great day!

Love the Bird Song cards. Have had that paper for so long and I think you have inspired me to use it.I really love all the cards! Thank you.

Smashing ideas!!

These are really beautiful cards! I love black backgrounds anyway, but these are truly classy!

Beautiful cards! I especially love the Bird Song collection of cards. That paper line is so beautiful, but then all of them are!

L.O.V.E the cards!! Birdsong is just beautiful....

WOW. The Birdsong cards are so stunning, yet so simple. Nichola accomplished her goal really well! Love the Old Sport card as well. Just nice!!

Bird Song was not a favorite of mine. Until seeing this series of cards, my mind was drawing a blank on how I would use the images. I especially like that each card features a different image...the dragon is my favorite. Good Ol' Sport, however, is already in my house! Thanks for today's inspirations!

These are all fabulous :)

Great card ideas! Thank you for sharing and for the chance to win.

Melissa's project is absolutely gorgeous, love her details ( I say that All the time... but I LOVE DETAILS) !!
The cards are fabulous... love the black card bases for Bird Song ... it POPS !
And the Good Ol Sport card is so fabulous ... great inspiration !!

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