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June 21, 2014

Welcome Summer with Graphic 45!


“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” 
― Henry James

Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we welcome summer today! What an exciting time of year. Many of us have adventures, cookouts, weddings, and parties planned. Graphic 45 is celebrating birthdays today on the blog to welcome summer. Annette Green also has an extra special tutorial today to make the most adorable By the Sea beach tote party favors! You will wow every single guest this summer with these amazing treats. What are you most excited about this summer, G45ers?

Summer is not complete without a celebration! Today, we are celebrating the birthdays of Jeff Filimoehala and Dustin Sims, both born in this fine month of June. We are so grateful for these dapper gentlemen who make up the male Graphic 45 Team! Happy birthday Jeff and Dustin!


We're sure that our G45ers are just like us, and LOVE delicious birthday cake! This lovely cake is from Zupan's bakery in Portland, OR. This cake celebrates the wonderful Jeff Filimoehala and Dustin Sims. A very special birthday wish to Dustin, our office manager, who celebrates his birthday today!



The Portland team went out to celebrate Dustin's birthday on Friday. Yummy food and big smiles, what a fantastic time!


Happy birthday! What a fine summer celebration this lovely Saturday!

Now, on to some creative inspiration. We are simply in love with these party favors by Annette. Filled with great gifts, and bursting with creativity. Try to make them yourself with Annette's fabulous Snapguide tutorial! Are you hosting a party this summer? Try these favors!

"Since I was having a card-making get-together this month, I decided to turn it into a beach-themed party and created some fun little treat holders for my guests. By The Sea papers were perfect for my mini beach totes. I filled them with small items like travel-sized sunscreen, drink mix, chocolate sea shell candies, and a tiny drink umbrella just for fun. The guests were thrilled! And my beach-themed picnic caddy (Snapguide link: http://snapguide.com/guides/create-a-beach-themed-picnic-caddy-from-frapp-box/ ) and centerpiece from my audition video helped round out the theme and make things very festive. (Centerpiece project: http://www.annettescreativejourney.blogspot.com/2014/04/final-round-audition-video-for-graphic.html )." ~Annette


Check out How to Make Mini Beach Tote Treat Holders by Annette Green on Snapguide.  

Annette's By the Sea Beach Tote Holder Snapguide Tutorial

Download Beach Tote Template

Graphic 45 By The Sea papers:
Gathering Seashells
Set Sail
My Anchor
Graphic 45 By The Sea Chipboard 1
Kraft card stock
Charms, sea-themed
18” natural jute twine, May Arts
Eyelets (3 silver)
¾” wide twill ribbon, May Arts
Piercing tool and mat
Brown ink for distressing edges

We welcome summer with open arms! We hope you post pictures of your summer creations on our Facebook page. We cannot wait to celebrate this season with you!

Welcoming Summer,

Graphic 45


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Happy Birthday Guys. That cake sure looks yummy. Annette's tote bags are so fun. I am going to give them a try. Perfect idea for a summer get together.

Thank you for Lovely inspiration.

LOVE mini tote bags. Neat idea for treat for a crop I am going to

This is so awesome and would be perfect for soo many ocasions.

Absolutely fabulous!!! Will definitely give this a shot :-)

Happy Birthday! Love the cake...love your lines. :D

Cute party favors! Loved the photos and instructions...easy to follow. Thanks!

Happy Birthday Guys! Oh the cake looks great ... wish I had some to go with my coffee!!
What a cute tote bag !

Happy Birthday Jeff, Happy Birthday Dustin. My birthday in June 29th. Summer birthdays are so wonderful. Who doesn't love Zupans cakes. I hope you have a wonderful day. Thank you for your amazing creativity and being part of the G45 family. Hopefully the sun is going to come out today. These adorable little bags are so fun and seam fairly easy to make.

Happy Birthdays Jeff and Dustin! Share your cake

Happy Birthday to Jeff and Dustin! Hope you have a wonderful day! That cake looks delicious!!!The treat bags are adorable! TFS!

Happy birthday! That cake looks amazing!

Happy Birthday Boys! Drooling over the pics of the cake! Loving the beach totes and can't wait to try one! Enjoy your special day!

Happy Birthday, gentlemen! And thank you, G45, for spreading the cheer to the rest of us, too, by gifting us with such a wonderful, summery tutorial. Wow!

Happy Birthday Dustin! Thanks for always being so helpful when I call and bug you!

Happy Birthday Gentleman! Love those little gift bags!!

Happy Birthday guys! Hope your special day was fun! That cake looks yummy!!!

Happy Birthday boys', I hope you both have a brilliant birthday.
My youngest Son's name was Dustin, unfortunately he died at age 23 in 1994, but it was so very lovely to hear his namesake as there aren't many with the same name over here in the UK. Have a brilliant birthday both xx

Happy Birthday fellas!!

I love the adorable beach tote/party favors! Great idea and very fun:)

Happy birthday guys! Wow check out that cake. The totes are really cute.

Happy Birthday! What cute little party favor/tote bags!!!! Awesomeness in a bag!

Happy Birthday Guys! The cake looks gorgeous.

Love the sea themed bday tote.

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