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Mannequin Madness - DT Alumni Highlight: Candy Rosenberg

Posted by Graphic 45 07/27/2018 32 Comment(s) Home Decor,

Hello, G45ers!

 Welcome to a special edition of the Graphic 45 blog.  Today we have a Design Team Alumni Artist Feature on the incredible and talented Candy Rosenberg.  Candy has been creating off the page projects for G45 since the very beginning.  In this post, you will get to take a stroll down memory lane to see all of the breathtaking mannequins she has created with our paper collections each year for us to showcase at our tradeshows.  But first, we have our weekly blog contest winner to announce!  


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Candy Rosenberg - DT Alumni Highlight

Where It All Started…

“My name is Candy Rosenberg and my journey in the craft industry cannot be told without including Graphic45.  In early Fall of 2008, I received a phone call from my local scrapbook store. She told me to get to the store immediately after work and that I am not going to believe what she has.

Of course, I spent the entire day wondering and the day was very long but finally, the work whistle blew and I drove to the store as fast as I could.  What she had for me was the October edition of Scrapbooking and Beyond. There on those pages was the story of this new up and coming company, Graphic45, I went through 6 plus pages of the most amazing paper and company I had ever seen.  Now let’s back up for just a quick moment, in 2008 it was mostly Creative Memories, pastel colors and very traditional scrapbooking, so to see vintage theme paper was breathtaking. As I read the story about Graphic45, a new company that specializes in vintage scrapbooking paper and saw each piece unfold on those pages, I cried.  I had stopped crafting because there was no product out there for me to use. I am a vintage girl, NO PRIMARY COLORS or traditional themes. I realized that I can scrapbook again. I was a happy girl. Without me realizing until many years later, as I stood there with my local store owner, I muttered the words, “I will work for them someday.”  

Fast forward to January 2009, I was invited to the Craft & Hobby Association show in Anaheim, California as staff with Scrap n’ Art Magazine.


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I worked on a small wire dress form, the only one I could find, I looked for months at thrift stores, home décor stores, craft stores until I found the wire dress form that I used to create my first paper dress form.  I made the dress and carefully packed it into my suitcase to take with me to the CHA show. Once there I got a chance to find the Graphic45 booth, this was only their third show, so the booth was small. I met all the ladies including the designer of the papers, the one that I now lovingly call mom, Diane Schultz.

I didn’t want to bother them, so I waited until the show opened and then came by with the dress form.  I just wanted to show it to them. They liked it and asked if they could put it on their table where they took all the orders, etc.  It was small enough to fit there, so I said ok. I thought I was going to faint, to be honest. I could not believe they wanted to display it.  I walked away with tears of joy in my eyes. Of course, I had to walk by every chance I got during the show to see it on the table, I must have looked like a crazy stalker.

At the end of the show, I picked it up and Aimee gave me a package of papers and asked if I would consider trying out for the design team call that will be out that February.  I said thank you and yes and walked away with my girl. I still have her to this day and she is still intact.

I tried out for the design team and was chosen.  Later that year, I became the design team coordinator and not long after was handling their marketing.  I worked for Graphic 45 for nearly 3 years, at the time they were working on building a family business and the other daughter, Charee, was brought into the company. I trained her to take over what I was doing and will always be grateful for the time I had with them.  I am where I am today because of this opportunity. Ironically, it wasn’t until years later that my scrapbook store owner told me about what I said that day. I did not even realize I had said that. So happy I put it into the universe!


Winter 2009.  Anaheim, California

This was Graphic45’s second time at the Craft & Hobby Show and won Best Booth at the Summer 2008 show and what an incredible response.  You can see that even back then the hallmark Graphic45 style was there. The show was buzzing loudly about this new company and their exquisite vintage papers.  

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This little wire dress form sat on the table where they had their catalogs and made orders, I heard people talking about it on the show floor, it was very exciting and what started this entire dress form madness.  I have made a dress form for the Graphic45 booth every single year since. In the early days of CHA, there were two full shows each year, so often I made two dresses per year.


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Summer 2009.  Orlando, Florida.
The next show was in the summer in Orlando, Florida.   I had to dig deep for these photos and finally found them in a blog post by Julie Fei-Fen Balzer from the 2009 show. The first photo was the Graphic45 booth at that show.  It is fun to watch the booth grow each year. The second photo is a vintage metal plane that I decoupaged 90% of with Graphic 45 papers.

I was invited by Graphic45 to work at their booth at the trade show, all of us in their signature black.  Now imagine, its summer in Orlando…and this hair of mine. Oh, the irony of it all. I finally had to bring my hair stuff to the convention center to get ready or I would look like a drowned poodle.  During the show, it was my job to take people around showing them the different collections and handled the initial sales orders. It was funny because mom told me I knew more about the papers/collections than she did.  It melted my heart.


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Graphic45 Booth 2009. Orlando, Florida


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Vintage Metal Plane. 3.5 foot. Decoupaged in paper.


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This was the dress form I made for this show, it is the smallest one I had created. It showcased the Domestic Goddess (discontinued) collection.


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The wrap up of the first show that I worked with Graphic45.  I will never forget this day as it also when I got to meet my bestie, Michelle Vocke in person.  

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The original Graphic 45 design team.

Other projects made that year:
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Hallowe'en in Wonderland - DCE will be back in stock Late August.


Winter 2010.  Anaheim, California.

This is where the true steampunk began….


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This was my first official Steampunk dress form.  It was featured that year in a Stampington publication, Somerset Home.  This was my first time of being published and working in the Graphic 45 booth was all so exciting.  When the show ended and headed out to the lobby as they were rolling up the showroom floor, I literally fell to my knees in tears because of the whole experience.

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Summer 2010.  Rosemont, Chicago.
This show my ex-husband and I dressed in full Steampunk gear while we worked in the booth.  This is my mini-me, she was made to look like my outfit.


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Winter 2011.  Los Angeles, California.
This was the largest dress I had made to date at nearly 4ft tall and took about 60 hours to create. It is one of my all-time favorites and lives with Melissa Forsythe, formerly of The Rubber Café.


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Other projects made for the booth:

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Summer 2011. Rosemont, Chicago.

Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.  The album that is in front was one of the workshops I taught in Australia in August 2011. She lives at the home of my best friend, Michelle Vocke.

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This was the first official Graphic45 class that I taught in my hometown that same year:

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Winter 2012.  Anaheim, California.

I loved doing this little dress, lots of layers, details, and flowers that went with the booth and the Graphic 45 ladies.

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Summer 2012.  Rosemont, Chicago.
This little cutie went home with my super fan, Jewel Lee.  Thank you, girl, for making me feel so special.

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Winter 2013. Anaheim, California.
This dress is the first true mixed media dress form that I had made for the shows.  I wanted to showcase how you could use bits and pieces of everything along with the beautiful Graphic45 paper collections.  Lots of findings and baubles on this one. It included my signature chipboard wings that I will be producing again this year.

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Summer 2013.  Las Vegas, Nevada.
This was a completely new body style of dress form to work with.  It was quite challenging. I decided to paint it black to showcase the papers and the details and make a bit different then what I normally do.



Winter 2015. CHA MEGA SHOW. Anaheim, California.
This was the first year that the show name was changed to the CHA Mega Show celebrating 75 years.  

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Winter 2016. CHA MEGA SHOW.  Anaheim, California.

I changed it up quite a bit for this show, I love and collect old vintage clothes patterns and often include them in my work.  I decoupaged the body of the form, then added it as part of the dress along with the Graphic45 pattern. Added buttons and May Arts and viola!


Winter 2017.  Phoenix, Arizona.
This was my first full size dress form, she was over 5 ft. tall for the show.  She was so fun to make but wow a lot of hours it took to create her, nearly 100.  This dress form is an award winner.

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Winter 2018.  Phoenix, Arizona.
So how do I top last years full size dress?  Cut her in half and make her a fairy! This is a half mannequin.  

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This brings us to the end of the dress form journey until January 2019.  I have been truly blessed to not only work with this company but to feel like I am part of the Graphic 45 family. This is my G45 mom and my sisters, thank you for always believing in me and supporting me every step of the way.  I love you with all my heart and hope to continue to make a dress form every year going forward. It has been an amazing journey that I have been given. I am truly humbled.

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Wow!  We want to extend our deepest gratitude to Candy for sharing your story and all these amazing dress forms, each one is unique and amazing.  We hope you join us in the comments below with your own story and thanks.  Be sure to get your paper stash and scissors out this weekend and try something new.  As always, thank you for joining us and... 


Happy Papercrafting!

32 Comment(s)

Sharon Gullikson:
07/27/2018, 10:19:23 AM

You and I "found" Graphic 45 at the same time. At the beginning. At their first CHA. I couldn't believe their papers, and it was favorite paper company instantly. Your projects through the years have been wonderful. Some of your mannequins look like very artsy ones I've seen in window display in NYC. NICE

Candy Rosenberg:
07/27/2018, 12:38:13 PM

Sharon, it changed my creative life completely when I discovered Graphic45. Thank you for your kind words.

Michele Lewis:
07/27/2018, 10:42:21 AM

How different and imaginative.....amazing where this craft can take you!

Carole Effting Lohr:
07/27/2018, 11:09:11 AM

This post of Candy’s artistry is breathtaking! It’s as thrilling as the Musée D’Orsay, and I think there should be a museum for the works of all paper designs! One thing is certain, she and Graphic45 represent a partnership made in heaven! I must have discoverd G45 soon after I began making cards for family and friends about eleven years ago. Because I am not an artist, but love to create on my own level, G45 paper and the designs and tips from your design team enable me to bring simple pleasures to others.

Candy Rosenberg:
07/27/2018, 12:37:39 PM

Thank you Carole, wouldnt a paper design expo be amazing! I will have a full size, wearable version of my dress forms at a competition in Maryland in October.

Diana Dillon:
07/27/2018, 11:39:12 AM

Absolutely wonderful, so fun. Graphic 45 is amazing. Thank you for sharing your creativity.

Candy Rosenberg:
07/27/2018, 02:41:48 PM

Thank you Diana for the kind comment!

Julie Ann MacLean:
07/27/2018, 12:24:05 PM

It's is always interesting to know the back story. Candy's creations are amazing. I can't match her artistry, but share her love for G45.

Candy Rosenberg:
07/27/2018, 02:41:28 PM

Thank you so much, Julie. Graphic45 is what makes me tick!

07/27/2018, 12:29:17 PM

What a wonderful post! Candy, you have opened our minds to the many possibilities for being creative with G45!

Candy Rosenberg:
07/27/2018, 12:40:03 PM

Thank you for your kind words, Margaret!

Jonna Carpenter:
07/27/2018, 12:45:49 PM

Loved this journey! What are you doing now Candy? I would so love to attend CHA and see all the beautiful things in the G45 booth as well as the rest of the show. I like you was immediately smitten when I saw my first G45 papers. Couldn't believe it. They were the most beautiful and imaginative things I had seen in the "scrapbooking" world since I started playing around with the products. I am by nature and by trade a Graphic Designer, a little off the beaten path and always looking for new mediums and ideas. You and G45 have definitely inspired me to keep pushing the envelope.

Candy Rosenberg:
07/27/2018, 02:33:08 PM

Hi Jonna, I am staying busy, feel free to check out my facebook or blog at I am still doing dresses and workshops all over the country and world. Look me up, girl!

07/27/2018, 01:04:30 PM,

I have admired Candy's artistry on line for years. It was such a thrill to meet her and see her work in real Life at CHA in Jsnuary 2018. As gorgeous as the photos are, the don’t begin to capture how incredible these mannequins are in real life. Candy, your work and your story are so inspiring! Thank you for sharing both with us here!

Candy Rosenberg:
07/27/2018, 02:34:25 PM

Hi Kathy Thank you so much for your kind words, I really am a lucky girl to be able to do what I do. I will be teaching how to create my dress forms starting in October at Queens Ink in Maryland. Where are you at, lets do a workshop!

Kathy H:
07/27/2018, 01:21:44 PM

Oh gosh, this takes me down memory lane! Thanks for sharing not just pics of your gorgeous creations, but your memories of those times. I VIVIDLY remember the first time I saw Graphic 45, their first release, and my scrapbook store was a bit afraid of it and relegated it to one spinner in the back of the store. I swooned! Here was the vintage images, the classic deep colors, the quality I’d been searching for!! I remain loyal to Graphic 45 not just for their fabulous materials, but the support they show to creators; a steady flow of inspiration from design teams and instructions. Thanks again for a behind-the-scenes glimpse of your journey!!

Kristina Vazquez:
07/27/2018, 01:30:07 PM

Just WOW

Cheryl Wells:
07/27/2018, 01:58:57 PM

Love all the mannequins - just gorgeous AND - a BIG congratulations to Kim!!!!!

Martie Rollin:
07/27/2018, 02:03:32 PM

thanks for showcasing this talented paper artist. I think my favorites are the Domestic Goddess apron/dress and the dress created for Winter 2015. Lovely and very interesting use of papers!

Bev Drake:
07/27/2018, 02:05:57 PM

Unreal! What a wonderful story of dedication. Thank you for sharing all the great photos & congratulations for the presentation. Going to those shows each year must be amazing & G45's stand always looke superb in the small amount we see. So interesting to read your story. Bev Drake.

Becky Jo Cannon:
07/27/2018, 02:26:02 PM

What an incredible story! Since I am new to Graphic 45, this gives me some wonderful background into these dress forms & your family company. I look forward to learning and creating with all your luscious products!

Kim R:
07/27/2018, 02:46:24 PM

I am still trying to pick my jaw up off the floor! I am amazed and in awe of Candy's designs. Her talent is out of this world. Graphic 45 papers have made her creations truly memorable and stunning!

Glenda Buster:
07/27/2018, 03:04:29 PM

Candy’s dress forms are truly amazing. ❤️❤️ What a creative mind she has. I was barely into scrapbooking when I found Graphic 45. I received a scrapbook and 12 x 12 paper pad for Christmas from a cowokwer. All of us had completed a short questionnaire, we drew names and each got the questionnaire for the name we drew. One of my answers was photo album, as in slip the pic into the album’s see through pocket, call it happy and move on LOL. I managed to complete the scrapbook and it probably would have been my first and last but I walked into a local craft store, saw Graphic 45 French Country and fell in love

Jan Kennedy:
07/27/2018, 03:16:35 PM

This story shows a whole new way of using our favorite papers to create awesome 3D projects! I wonder what else I could do with them!

Cecilia Zertuche:
07/27/2018, 05:15:44 PM,

I’m speechless with your beautiful story Candy!! And I love every one of your mannequins! They’re piece of art!! And a big inspiration, as you said one day, I also want to work for this unique paper firm; I started scrapbooking almost 6 years ago and everything I know now I learned through you tube, this activity and new passion save my life, I can’t stay one day without cutting something now, lol. I admire so much to Mrs Diane, I just read her story and how she start the business is admirable!! And of course are my favorite papers, they make me go back in wonderful days with my grandparents!! Thank you so much for tell us your inspirational story!!! Saludos from Mexico

Susan A Anglesey:
07/27/2018, 05:40:24 PM

Just STUNNING! I love the mannequin look. Candy you truly have an AMAZING eye for distinctive art. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE that Alice in wonderland Hallowe’en paper. Is it truly coming back in August?

Betsy Burnett:
07/27/2018, 06:51:46 PM

Such gorgeousness!! I loved seeing your "herstory" in the dress forms!

Claudia Machen:
07/27/2018, 08:55:21 PM

Truly amazing as well as inspiring. I have always liked mannequins but now I am inspired to try this. Especially love the last one made with Fairie Dust, one of my favorite collections. Thank you so much for what you do!

Ellen Haydon:
07/27/2018, 09:14:05 PM

I thank you so much for telling and showing your beautiful dress' and airplane. I can only say I know the feeling of wonder the first time I saw the Graphic 45 collections. I thought I died and gone to "Paper Heaven". I can hardly wait to see what they come up with next. Candy you are the best dress designer. Keep it up please. Ellen from Phoenix

Cheryl Stapleton:
07/27/2018, 09:27:13 PM

Candy's art is so amazing! Working with Graphic 45 products is my very favorite thing to do. I love the designs, the weight of the paper, and all of the glorious embellishments!! Each of Candy's dress forms show a different style and crafting technique. I have had the priviledge of seeing these fabulous works on progress. You would not believe how much time it takes for Candy to tend to every little detail, just to get the look she had envisioned. Then there is the packing and shipping these marvelous works of art and hoping they show up in good condition. There is usually last minute details being fixed or fluffed in our hotel room before they are delivered to the show. (Try putting a 5 ft. bust form in a Taxi!!) Candy is a true artist and I can't wait to see what 2019 brings!

Patty Bigler:
07/28/2018, 06:33:25 AM

What a wonderful story about Candy and her awesome creations using our favorite papers by Graphic 45.

Susan Lamkin:
07/28/2018, 09:31:34 AM

I am in awe of Candys creativity! These dress forms are spectacular and was nice to read that they have homes and are not just ‘on the shelf’. Candy, you are truly an artist. I will continue to think of G45 as Candys paper!

Kirsty Vittetoe:

Oh looks so fun!

Michelle Nettleton:
07/29/2018, 04:39:49 AM

What a fabulous walk down memory lane! Candy’s dress forms all dolled up with Graphic 45s wonderful papers. What a treat to see!

07/29/2018, 07:23:31 AM

Wow! Those designs are amazing! I hope you bring back the Wizard of Oz collection soon. I want to create with that!!!

Judy Phillips:
07/29/2018, 02:19:21 PM

Wow - words cannot express the feelings your mannequins give me! Unbelievable! You are so talented and wonderously imaginative!! I am such a super fan of graphic45 - I comb through etsy and Amazon searching for retired papers - I am trying to get everything organized! I do classes as well. Thank you so much for sharing your work with us all!

Paula R:
07/29/2018, 08:21:53 PM

What a wonderful story of a dream come true. You are so talented and have a beautifully imaginative mind. G45 is new for me and has led me to venture on new projects because of its beautiful designs and top of the line quality. Kudos to the wonderful design team who make beauty shine through their products.

Nancy Mac:
07/30/2018, 05:36:08 PM

The mannequins are stunning! Thank you for sharing all of them with us! I've loved Graphic45 papers for a long time and am always looking forward to each new collection. I've already pre-ordered the two Christmas collections for 2018! Thank you, Graphic45, for always creating the most beautiful paper out there.

Anne McIntosh:
08/02/2018, 08:57:33 PM

Thank you for sharing your journey with Graphic45! Your mannequins are absolutely wonderful and highlight G45 perfectly! I found G45 papers at an Archivers Scrapbook store probably in 2009. My first project using this wonderful paper was the Oz mini album for a friend of mine who loves the Wizard of Oz! I continued to make mini albums for friends and family until the family job overwhelmed my crafting dedication. I put is on hold for 3 years and have just begun crafting again. The new collections are every bit as wonderful as the old ones! Thanks again for sharing these wonderful dresses!

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