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May 22, 2014

A Fond Graphic 45 Farewell to Arlene Cuevas


What a day here on the blog, we are sending a bittersweet and fond farewell to Arlene Cuevas. She has been on our Design Team the last two years and we are truly in awe of her work. She is such a talented artist and many of you knew her from her popoular YouTube channel before she was a design team member for us. She is a multi-talented lady and we will miss her so much. From her dynamic layouts, cards, and tags to her altered art, there is no mistaking an Arlene project. It will be dynamic, beautifully layered, and perfectly composed. We celebrate Arlene today! 

A quick reminder - don't forget to take part in our contest this week! Do you want to win this Typography prize pack? We know you do! Just comment here or on the Facebook page to win.


Before we see her projects (most of them unseen before!), let's get reintroduced to the lovely Arlene.

"My name is Arlene Cuevas and I live in the sunny state of California. I’ve been married for 12 years and have 3 amazing little boys ages 5, 9 and 11.  During the day, I’m a Business Operations Manager for an internet company. At night, I’m known as “MyButterflykisses” on various crafting social networks.


I’ve always had a passion for creating since I can remember. When I was young, one could always find me on the dining room table working on a new project!


In 1994, I attended my first craft party. Immediately after, I began dabbling in card-making and scrapbook layouts. I was instantly hooked on paper crafting! I found the scrapbooking community on YouTube in 2008 and grew quite fond of creating mini albums and altered art. I also enjoy stamping, Copic coloring, art journaling, and mixed media. I’m in my element when experimenting with and combining new materials on a project. My strengths play on the ability to layer elements and marry unique products together. You’ll often see this in how I design and layer my cards, scrapbook pages and altered pieces. I enjoy expressing my artistic style with various products and designs. I am an active member of the YouTube community where I share tutorials and "how to's" on my YouTube channel "mybutterflykisses12". I also share projects and tutorials on my blog, butterflykisseswithlove.blogspot.com. I am fortunate to design, and have designed, for several scrapbooking companies including the infamous Graphic 45. A crafter’s dream come true!"

Arlene's Blog

Arlene's YouTube Channel

Arlene first shares a brilliant By the Sea pocket scrapbooking layout not seen on the blog before. It's so gorgeous and really shows off these great layouts. What a fun time to remember through such a beautiful page!




The touches of twine and burlap on this layout really add so much texture and beauty to this project! And who doesn't love those blue flowers?




Love this "mini" mini included on the layout!



By the Sea Collection
By the Sea chipboard

Next, here's another brand new "Just Because" card from Arlene using Botanical Tea. We love the pretty pinks and the signature stunning layering from Arlene on this card! She is such a card master.



Arlene so beautifully uses flowers on her projects. We also love how she used the Shabby Chic Metal Keyholes and Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Brads!




Product list

Botanical Tea - Flora, Hello Friend, Just Because, Herbal Infusion
Staples: Shabby Chic Ornate Key Holes, Shabby Chic Stamped Metal brads, Shabby Chic Metal Key
Core'dinations G45 Signature Series Cardstock
Paper Tray Ink cardstock - White & Kraft
MFT Mini Delicate Doilies Die-namics
I Am Roses flowers
Ranger Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
Flat back pearl trim
Xyron Mega Runner adhesive
Glossy Accents
Fabri-Tac glue
Hot Glue

This is a beautiful anniversary card Arlene created using French Country. Perfect sentiment and use of staples on this card! Love this - notice the corner details on this. So brilliant!




Great use of the banners on this by Arlene! Such gorgeous layering.


The insides of Arlene's cards are always so wonderful. She beautifully uses the French Country alphabet stickers and cardstock banners in this card.




French Country 8x8 paper pad
French Country 6x6 Patterns & Solids
French Country Chipboard
French Country Banners
French Country Sticker sheet
French Country Alphabet Stickers
Staples: Ornate Metal Key, Ornate Metal Keyhole
MFT Black Licorice card stock
Papertrey Ink Kraft card stock
Recollections adhesive pearls
Ranger Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
Glossy Accents
Xyron Mega runner adhesive

It's never too early to start working on holiday cards, and this is a great idea that was unshared this past holiday season.

"Christmas is a very busy time of year for many of us and sometimes finding time to craft can be very stressful. Well, it doesn’t have to be. I use 3 simple techniques when making cards and find that creating with this methodology allows me to make many cards in a short amount of time. 1. Truly, keep it simple. Bells and whistles are nice, but simple is classic. Find “ready to adhere” embellishments in your stash. With Graphic 45’s 12 Days of Christmas, the collection comes with many “ready to use” embellishments to keep creating stress free! 2. Use layers. Layering adds dimension and depth to your design. Layer 3 different design papers, each one slightly larger than the other. Tuck in a doily from your stash. Add a tag from the Chipboard set. Easy, right? 3. Finally, ink or distress the edges of your design paper. This gives your design a “finished” look and it doesn’t take much time to do. Create time for this card: 25 minutes.  Hope you give one of these easy-to-make cards a try! ~Arlene



What a beautiful touch with the Ornate Metal Key and Antique Metal Door Pull. Also love the beautiful texture and berries she added on this card. What a show-stopping detail! Arlene always finds those dynamic details to add to her projects.




Product list:

12 Days of Christmas Patterns & Solids
12 Days of Christmas 8x8 paper pad
12 Days of Christmas chipboard
12 Days of Christmas Alphabet Sticker sheet
12 Days of Christmas Banners
Staples: Antique Metal Door Pull, Ornate Metal Key
Petaloo Christmas spray
White doily
Paper Trey Ink Kraft cardstock
Xyron Mega runner

We absolutely adore this vibrant Bohemian Bazaar tag from Arlene! She cleverly uses our Regular Tag Staples and this is so gorgeous!

“I’m having a great time playing with the Bohemian Bazaar papers. The colors are festive and fun and are the perfect companion for your summer projects! I love to fussy cut elements for my projects and Graphic 45 never disappoints. There are so many gorgeous images throughout this paper collection, the ideas and possibilities with all the elements are endless! There are also so many unique ways to incorporate the Metal Staples onto your project. Here, I turned the Ornate Metal Label Holder upside down and topped it with some Petaloo flowers. The “tail” of my tag has an array of Staples including the Ornate Metal Keys, Ornate Metal Keyhole and Metal Butterfly.” ~Arlene Cuevas

What a great detail that she embossed her Metal Butterfly Staples! We love her dangling staples that look like charms. So gorgeous!




Gorgeous tulle and ribbon! Wow!



Product list:

Bohemian Bazaar paper collection
Graphic 45 Staples: Regular Tag Album (1 tag), Ornate Metal Label Holder, Stamped Metal Brad, Ornate Metal Keys, Ornate Metal Keyhole and Metal Butterfly
“Dinky Key Chains” from Sky Blue Pink
Petaloo flowers
May Arts Ribbon
Green Toole (Hobby Lobby)
White Doily
Ranger Distress Ink: Vintage Photo
Stickles: Dazzling Diamonds

Love how Arlene highlights the beautiful blues in the Botanical Tea collection with this anniversary card below. So stunning with the touches of pink and ivory!

“I created this simple card for my parent’s 44th wedding anniversary on January 10th. Creating a card doesn’t have to be time intensive. Simple elements from the Botanical Tea paper collection, such as the 4x6 label makes layering easy. The papers are so beautiful, keeping it simple allows the design of the papers to speak through. I’m really loving the sentiments included in this collection, especially on the “Just Because” papers. The sentiments are perfect for cards and scrapbooking!” ~Arlene






Product list:

Botanical Tea:  Robin’s Egg, Love Notes, Flora, Just Because

Staples: Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Key

Ladies Diary Alphabet Stickers

Core'dinations G45 Signature Series card stock

Paper Tray Ink White card stock

White paper doilies

I Am Roses flower

Xyron Mega Runner

Hot Glue

Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares


Below are all projects that have been shared before, but just some of the many highlights of Arlene's time here on the team. The "Fall" printer's tray below is a truly dynamic project that stands out to us. Her color palette and pictures make this a perfect spotlight!




Arlene is also just an incredible altered art maker, and this An ABC Primer wagon below is just amazing. She used the chipboard so cleverly from this collection and made an unforgettable keepsake!




How about some Halloween projects from Arlene? We are in love with this Steampunk Spells altered easel card box below. This is such an enchanting creation!




We took the Happy Haunting card below to many events and it was always such a hit with our G45ers and store owners. Love this beautiful card!




Another gorgeous printer's tray from Arlene using Place in Time! This is absolutely breathtaking!





And last but not least, here's an altered shadowbox using Tropical Travelogue back from 2009. Her fussy cut flowers and bright imagery make this a standout project.




There are so many more projects we could share since Arlene always created such incredible projects. We hope you continue to follow her blog and YouTube channel. We can't wait to see what she continues to create! How did you discover Arlene? What are your favorite projects by her? Comment below so she can read your appreciation for her stunning work! It's a bittersweet day and we wish Arlene the best.


Fondly Celebrating,


Graphic 45


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I just have to say that Arlene has always been that scrapper that stuns me. I'm such in awe of her creations and of her videos. Always so well done. -Sew Scrappin Amy K.

Gorgeous work! I love the mini on the page she did! What a great idea!

Really enjoyed this recap of Arlene's projects...especially the anniversary cards!

I discovered Arlene before she was a member of the G45 Design Team. Her work is simply breathtaking! She is absolutely an incredible papercraft artist!

Beautiful cards, layouts and projects. Love the printer trays, truly awesome. Michelle t

Amazingly beautiful projects. Arlene is such a talented creative artist.

Hello Arlene...I see your passion and heart in every project you create, they are all so very beautiful. I am always inspired by the layers and how you put things together, it helps me see things in a different way. Thank you so much for always sharing your talent, it is a real gift. Continue on creating.... :)

What a sad week here... Arlene is another talented crafter & what a great selection of creations here today! Luckily we still get to see her on all the social networks :))

Arlene's work is stunning! Thanks for sharing so much of yourself as part of the Design Team!

Arlene will surely be missed here on the team. I have been inspired by her for many years now and know that I will continue to follow her lovely creations. Best of luck in your new crafting adventures, Arlene!

I will still follow Arlene in the future as she is an incredible paper artist! Thanks for the chance to win this weeks prize pack!

It will be sad to see Arlene go. She could come up with some really great projects on a dime. Will miss seeing her work.

I discovered Arlene a few years ago on the Graphic 45 blog with a post of her how to video on altering a balsa box. Subscribed to her YouTube and have followed her ever since. I learned a lot from her tutorials and she is a great inspiration and "enabler" :)

Arlene became a personal fav a few years ago thanks to the G45 blog & her wonderful Youtube videos. While she will not be a regular here, I will still visit her blog & channel for a regular dose of inspiration.

I discovered Arlene first through her youtube videos. The wagon is one of my favourite projects she has done!

Arlene has such a flair for true artistic expression that never fails to inspire. She will be missed but luckily I can still follow her on her blog and UTube!

How talented are these people? I just love this work!

I was an Arlene fan and cheering for her when she was first thinking about designing for Graphic 45. I just knew she would be a wonderful addition to the design team and I was right!! Thank you for sharing her awesome talent with us. Happy crafting Arlene and we'll see you on YouTube!

I will miss seeing her projects! So talented and inspriational!

Have been a fan of Arlene's projects from the beginning. Beautiful creations.

I love all the layering Arlene does. I also found her on u-tube and have been a big fan ever since. I will always be following you Arlene!

I will miss Arlene on the Graphic 45 design team. I always have loved everything she has designed. Her projects are simply stunning.

Love, love, love the By the Sea layout!

I will really miss Arlene. I make cards and not much else. She really inspired me over her time on here. Thank you so much!

Oh my, lots of
great eye candy
Carla from Utah

Love all of these projects. Actually, I really love all of Graphic45 stuff. :D

Awesome projects!

Oh my, your work is all truly stunning! I love your work so much! Will miss you to pieces, Arlene!

I am going to miss all these designers!

Just gorgeous pieces :)

Farewell Arlene and thank you for all the beautiful creations you have made with Graphic 45 products.

I am always so amazed when I see so many different creative ideas. Best of everything to Arlene. Just cannot get enough of the G45 papers!!

Very sad to say goodbye

I will miss seeing the spectacular creations Arlene designed for the g45 blog but her inspiration will live on forever and I will continue to admire her work on her blog and in the crafting community. I was introduced to Arlene her on this blog through her designing for you and I have been enjoying her beautiful art ever since. I love all she does, but I have a rather special adoration for her wooden projects. She does such incredible things with so many mediums, but her home décor projects are my favorite!! Thanks for showcasing her today and showing how much you appreciate your designers. That's neat :)

Wow! Such gorgeous projects! We will be sad to see you leave here but I am sure we will see your work somewhere in The craft world!

Arlene is a wonderfully talented artist and a fabulous teacher! Her projects are always so creative. I've subscribed to her You Tube site and followed her tutorials with great interest. So glad you chose her to be on your G45 Design Team...has it really been 2 years already? Time flies.....

Wow! Your projects are amazing. You are one talented gal. Thank you for you inspiration!

Oh gosh!!! I have followed Arlene for a three years and was so happy for her to be on G45... she is the one that introduced me to Graphic 45 from youtube video.....I love everything that she creates and she is just amazing person. Love love her work.....

I am so sad that Arlene won't be showing us her beautiful projects anymore, I love anything 'Arlene', she can do no wrong haha. Today's creations are all magnificent.
Good Luck, Arlene, in your future ventures, you will be sadly missed here on Graphic 45.

Arlene has always been one of my favorite DT members. We will miss her.

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