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Summer Sneak Peeks Card Bonanza

Posted by Graphic 45 08/01/2019 58 Comment(s) Cards,Tutorials,Collection Reveal,


Hello, G45ers!

  We are having so much fun with these Summer Sneak Peeks that we want to keep the party going.  Today on the blog we bring you cards, cards, cards!  We have a handmade card for each of our new collections, Life's a Journey, Dreamland, Le' Romantique - Deluxe Collector's Edition by two of our fabulous Brand Ambassadors, Gloria Stengel and Ginger Ropp.  These cards would be great for weddings, graduation, birthdays, and more.  So grab some paper and scissors and play along!



Would you like a chance to win?  


We thought you might, so here it is... We have FIFTEEN $100 Summer Prize packages!  To enter to win leave a comment on the blog, Facebook, and/or Instagram.  


Winners will be announced on the blog Friday, August 2nd, 2019!



Life’s a Journey 8x8 Card

By Gloria Stengel


“Hello, G45 Fans! I must tell you, that when I saw the colors in the NEW Life's a Journey paper collection, I actually squealed a very girlish squeal! That eye-popping purple with aqua blue?! So pretty! 



This collection is what I think is Graphic 45’s “perfect wheelhouse,” with vintage images, travel themes, lovely dresses and hats, and interesting text selections. But, to add this bold color palette takes the paper to a whole new level! 


I once again created an 8” x 8” card folio. I love the large canvas, but it is not as much work as a page layout or a mini album. This size is perfect for special occasions and gift-giving.



I used a lot of the vivid prints found in the collection, while also adding some of the black and ivory prints for contrast. (I honestly had a rough time mailing this project to the G45 office for display! I love it so much!)


Tip: Use the Graphic 45 Artist Trading Tags as embellishments on your projects!



I used three of the tags to give the card some extra layers and visual interest. Cut out your paper scraps with the ATC Tag Die so that they fit the tags exactly. You can also add some layering by smudging all the papers with ink! I used Decades Purple Royalty ink for this project.



I used my signature style of combining flowers with metal. I always love how that looks! 


Tip: You can use metal embellishments and the paper to create your own custom embellishments.


Select one of the Antique Brass Metal Door Plates and add the little brads to the four corners. Orient the door plate as shown above. Trim a word strip from the paper. 


Glue the word strip to the door plate as shown.


Attach the metal plate to the project with a strong glue. I normally use a thick and sticky white glue
for this step.


Adding flowers and other metal embellishments, such as the gears I used here, gives the metal plate a unique look.


I added other metal embellishments and flowers to another area of the project to give a visual triangle. The Antique Brass Antique Metal Keys are a great addition, giving this project a slightly “steampunk-y” vibe!


The inside of this card has a place for a photo or journaling, plus a pocket for a square tag!

Various sized squares make a lovely frame for this photo matt/journaling block! (I am still over the moon in love with the purple and aqua!) 

The large cut-apart images (and ephemera cards) are the perfect size to use for creating a pocket! You can tuck a tag, gift card, photo, or a message into this pocket. 


My favorite G45 tag is the Square Tag! There is just something about this chubby tag that I adore! The Square Tag Die makes it super easy to cover your tags with pretty paper! One of the small cut-a-parts added to the tag makes a great tuck spot. (Doesn’t that striped paper make you want to sing?!!?)


The reverse side of the tag has a great place to add a square photo!

Thanks for looking!” ~Gloria 


Supply List:

Clearsnap Decades Dye Pad Purple Royalty

Artist Trading Tags—Black

Square Tags—Black

Antique Brass Metal Door Plates & Knobs

Antique Brass Ornate Metal Keys

Rose Bouquet Collection—French Lilac & Purple Royalty

Large Tag, ATC Tag and Flower Dies


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Other Supplies Used:

  •  Black Cardstock
  • Natural Cardstock
  • Royal Purple Cardstock
  • Paper flowers and buds
  • Metal charms
  • Various square dies
  • Various adhesives
  • Chipboard scraps



Le’ Romantique Easel Card

By Ginger Ropp


“I’m so thrilled about the release of Le’ Romantique! This was one of the first Graphic 45 paper collections that I had to have. This collection is just gorgeous. Such beautiful vintage imagery. I created a 6x6 Easel Card with a few of the papers and the lovely Precious Pink Roses from Graphic 45 are the perfect color match!” ~Ginger 






Supply List:

Rose Bouquet Collection—Precious Pink

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Dreamland 8x8 Card

By Gloria Stengel 


“Hello, Graphic 45 Fans! I always love to see the new collections from G45, but when I got a chance for an early, sneak peek of the NEW Dreamland Collection, it was like my birthday and Christmas all in one! I only had a brief idea of what the new collections were going to be when asked to make something to be displayed at the summer shows and events. When I saw Dreamland I was bowled over by how lovely it is!



Dreamland is filled with whimsical images that remind me of the poem “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod” by Eugene Field. The colors of this collection are deep and rich...just my style!


I decided to make an 8” x 8” card with these papers so that I would have a nice canvas size to showcase the sweet images! This card size is perfect for big events such as a baby shower, christening, or a special birthday celebration. There is lots of space inside to write messages and add photos.



I wanted the cut-apart images to be the main focus for this card, but I could not resist adding some metal trinkets and flowers. I wanted to bring out the deep blue, orange, and gold of the paper by adding some die cut shapes and flowers.



Tip: The Ornate Metal Corners are the perfect embellishment for this vintage-inspired card. Use a strong glue to attach the metal to your project. I use a very thick and sticky white glue for all my heavy embellishments.  



The die cut moon shape is “holding” a lovely bouquet of flowers and other embellishments. 


Tip: To add interest and contrast to the larger flowers from the Graphic 45 Rose Bouquet Collections, tuck in smaller buds and metal trinkets. The Graphic 45 Matte Pearl Gems are such a nice addition to flower clusters. They have the look of metal without the extra weight. 


I thought the Antique Brass Metal Clock Key was a wonderful addition to this “sleepy time” paper collection. One of my favorite techniques is to add flowers to metal embellishments. The juxtaposition of the hard and soft is always pleasing to me!


Tip: To add interest to your papers, try distressing them with ink. Rubbing a bit of ink around the edges of the paper gives it a more vintage look and helps tie the various colors and prints together.



I used Bon Voyage ink around all the edges of this project. Using a soft brush, I rubbed the ink in a circular motion around the edge of the papers. You can also use a sponge dauber, but I find that you get a lighter, softer layer of ink with the brush. 



The inside of this card is as full of wonder as the front!



I fussy cut the main image from the Signature Sheet and added it to the inside of the card. Isn’t that image just delightful?!



The bottom of the inside has space for a photo and some journaling. Or, you could use removable adhesive to add a gift card to the smaller white rectangle and use the larger rectangle for adding messages and greetings!



Thanks for looking!” ~Gloria 


Supply List:

Clearsnap Decades Dye Pad Bon Voyage

Clearsnap Decades Dye Pad Venetian Lace

Ornate Metal Corners

Antique Brass Metal Clock Keys

Antique Brass Stamped Metal Brads

Rose Bouquet Collection—Precious Pink

Rose Bouquet Collection—Bon Voyage & French Blue

Matte Pearl Gems


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Other Supplies Used:

  • Flag Blue Cardstock
  • Natural Cardstock
  • Gold Ore Metallic Cardstock
  • Paper flowers and buds
  • Metal charm
  • Starry Wreath Die
  • Crescent Moon and Stars Die
  • Stitched Wonky Rectangle Die
  • Various adhesives
  • Chipboard scraps


Yes!  Yes! Yes!  All three of those cards were absolutely wonderful, and perfect for so many occasions.  We want to thank Gloria and Ginger for sharing their passion for card making with us.  Be sure to leave your love in the comments below, and remember every comment is an entry to win! Sneak Peek Contest winners will be announced tomorrow!  Have a creative and fabulous day!


Happy Papercrafting!


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58 Comment(s)

Sandra Rice:
08/01/2019, 11:08:49 AM

This collection would make a beautiful mini album for two retirees in my family, Beautiful colors!

Fran Diggle:
08/01/2019, 11:14:58 AM

The cards are inspirational. The more I see it the more I am loving how vibrant ‘Life’s A Journey’ is. It is a must have for me!

Janine gilbert:
08/01/2019, 11:27:44 AM

Graphic rock!!

Deborah Cox:
08/01/2019, 11:32:33 AM

Who wouldn't love receiving one of these gorgeous cards? Beautifully done ladies!

Michele Lewis:
08/01/2019, 11:32:45 AM

All such beautiful creations and the colors are WOW!

Kathi Rerek:
08/01/2019, 11:34:06 AM,

Wow. These cards are absolutely gorgeous with such fabulous design and details. They definitely are wonderful inspiration for the beautiful new collections!Thank you for the step-out photos and clear instructions.

Wendy Lambert:
08/01/2019, 11:49:52 AM

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! As usual, such beautiful collections. Such dreamy colors and images!

Mary Lou Kemp:
08/01/2019, 12:34:55 PM

I am so in love with these new collections. Dreamland is so beautiful and I can't wait to start making a scrapbook for my niece using this collection.

Sara Nell Langland:
08/01/2019, 12:39:18 PM

Absolutely gorgeous cards! I spent more time than I thought just looking at all of the details-- love the tips from the artists. All of the collections are beautiful but that first card confirms that I really need the Life is a Journey collection.

Regina Harrison:
08/01/2019, 12:42:49 PM

When I first saw the covers of these collections last week I though for sure the Dreamland would be my favorite, but as the designers projects have come out and I have seen all the pages, I am loving the Life's A Journey the most. The purples and the teal color are so amazing. Especially the page that has the large purple white flowers. Lucky for me my local Craft Warehouse usually sells by the sheet. I will need extras of that page. Lovely cards ladies. You are all so talented!

Gloria Stengel:
08/02/2019, 12:18:41 PM

Regina, I agree! I need a whole 25 pack of the purple and white flowers! ;)

Vanessa LeClear:
08/01/2019, 01:04:48 PM

Such pretty cards! Love the collections!

Rebecca Nicklin:
08/01/2019, 01:15:41 PM,

So wonderful to be able to take advantage of Gloria's vision for these amazing papers.

Gloria Stengel:
08/02/2019, 12:17:55 PM

Thank you so much, Rebecca. It means so much to me that you enjoy the designs...and the lovely papers. The whole team has outdone themselves for this release!

Sharon Gullikson:
08/01/2019, 01:17:17 PM

Dreamland is just wonderful. I love everything about that collection. It will be so easy to make gorgeous projects once I get it.

Martie Rollin:
08/01/2019, 01:20:49 PM

While looking at new collections page by page is always nice, I prefer to see how the papers are used by your Brand Ambassadors. These 3 projects are beautiful!!! Well done!

08/01/2019, 01:48:19 PM

One of the reasons I am a fan of Graphic 45 collections is that the colours you use are stand-out gorgeous. This amazing choice of colours / colour combinations continues with the new collections. I look forward to seeing them in my local scrapbook stores!

Brian C Poteraj:
08/01/2019, 01:52:16 PM

The new collections are all nice. I like to see what your designers can make with them because it gives me ideas. I only make cards.

Sue D:
08/01/2019, 01:58:02 PM

Beautiful cards with these papers and I like the embellishments.

Uzma Butt:
08/01/2019, 02:00:33 PM

A massive thank you to all the DT who make such wonderful projects that showcase the collections so beautifully and inspire us all!Now along with my tingling toes I need to calm my beating heart!! I’m off to chase my stockist now!!!

Jean Marmo:
08/01/2019, 02:01:26 PM

Such an amazing display by the DT!!

Christina Haas:
08/01/2019, 02:06:14 PM

Wow this is so inspiring... really have to save for at least the dreamland collection!!! I really need to have the collection.

Edie Witte:
08/01/2019, 02:07:48 PM

Amazing cards and colors!

Donna Russell:
08/01/2019, 02:11:39 PM

Love the cards, all 3 collection are beautiful and the ladies did a great job

Denise Bryant:
08/01/2019, 02:12:39 PM

What beautiful cards to show off these lovely papers and embellishments! Gorgeous designs and colors!

08/01/2019, 02:27:23 PM

I love all the clever, colorful details on these beautiful cards!

Bev Drake:
08/01/2019, 02:59:44 PM

Magical! These cards are wonderful at showing off the new collections to perfection. There is no choice as I just love & want them all! Superb colours & designs & many thanks Gloria & Ginger for your wonderful inspiration.

karen foy:
08/01/2019, 03:03:07 PM

Beautiful cards that inspire me to get creating! Loving the Life's a Journey images...such vibrant colours! Xx

Amy Vitriani:
08/01/2019, 03:03:31 PM

Absolutely gorgeous cards! So much fantastic inspiration ❤️ Super excited for the addition of these wonderful collections!

08/01/2019, 03:12:59 PM

Such stunning projects by the DT. Gorgeous collections.

08/01/2019, 03:20:13 PM,

Such delicious papers all! I know I'm going to win a prize this time and I can hardly wait! Joy!

Corrine Hall:
08/01/2019, 03:22:49 PM

Love these cards, some lovely cards and really good ideas here

Michelle Nettleton:
08/01/2019, 03:30:23 PM

I want it all!!! The projects and paper collections are outstanding ♥️

Roisin Doyle:
08/01/2019, 03:31:56 PM

Lovely collection of cards. The colours in Lifes a Journey are sim0ly gorgeous!! You've done it again Graphic 45!

D Leutloff:
08/01/2019, 03:38:47 PM

Beautiful cards and awesome paper designs! Well done!

08/01/2019, 04:06:57 PM

Gloria your creations are beautiful love the collections too! Ginger your creations are cute, love the designs and colors!

Gloria Stengel:
08/02/2019, 12:16:19 PM

Thank you for the kinds words!

Anne Schilling:
08/01/2019, 04:33:18 PM

I had to lage forever to get to the comment box! No wonder as these creations are absolutely amazing. Thank you for showing us the possibilities of these new papers!

Donna Koch:
08/01/2019, 04:33:44 PM

Love all the new releases, can’t wait to get my hands on them Thank You for a chance to Win them

Diane Fisher:
08/01/2019, 05:20:18 PM

Great projects! I can't choose a favorite. Guess I'll have to get them all!

Glenda Buster:
08/01/2019, 05:52:27 PM

Thank you Graphic 45 and to each of the ladies who shared awesome projects with us this week. I’m having a wonderful week “drooling” over these three gorgeous collections and all of the fantastic projects. Love how each collection is unique and fabulous. It would definitely be awesome to win one of this week’s prize packages ♥️Graphic 45!

Paula Pembroke:
08/01/2019, 06:07:27 PM

Oooh sooo pretty! Can’t wait to get my hands on these collections. I’ve been shopping for le Romantique but because it was discontinued they raised the price and I was secretly hoping you would bring it back. Thank you so much Graphic 45. Love, love, love them

Carole Effting Lohr:
08/01/2019, 07:01:46 PM

What a bundle of tips and ideas you have shared in your card designs, Gloria and Ginger! These Graphic 45 collections are dancing in my head, as I anticipate making wedding projects and cards. And now, in addition to my own 2 grand children getting married, I have received a “ Save the date” card for a third wedding! Keep those ideas coming, and that release can’t come too soon for my eager heart and hands!

Katie Baird:
08/01/2019, 07:10:18 PM

Outstanding!! Gloria and Ginger created gorgeous cards that really showcased these collections perfectly! The Brand Ambassadors are truly the best of the best. Thank you, G45 for continuing to bring us the finest products available.

Beth M Beery:
08/01/2019, 07:15:48 PM

So much wonderful inspiration!!!

Beth M Beery:
08/01/2019, 07:17:59 PM

There is so much to love about all these cards!! Mind blown!!!

Beth M Beery:
08/01/2019, 07:27:17 PM

Everytime a new DCE is announced, I get crazy excited!!! Thank you for continuing to bring back retired collections!!

Anne Brown:
08/01/2019, 08:25:38 PM,

All of the cards are beautiful but the Dreamland one is out of this world gorgeous!!! I'm chomping at the bit to get my hands on that collection! Hurry, September!

Gloria Stengel:
08/02/2019, 12:15:13 PM

Thank you, Anne! I loved working with Dreamland! It is just so sweet and the colors are gorgeous!


Love the new collections, and the projects are so perfectly done!

Bettina Kreuer:
08/01/2019, 10:59:05 PM

All these collections are gorgeous and I don't know anyone who wouldn't love these cards .

Dawn Belger:
08/01/2019, 11:19:24 PM

These cards are stunning and wonderful surprises for the recipients. Interactions, gifts cards and pictures. The design team is always so giving with their tips and ideas. Thank you all of Graphic 45 and the team.

Deborah Cook:
08/02/2019, 05:26:56 AM

All the ladies made beautiful cards. I'm not good at making cards, so I really enjoy seeing cards that others make. Also, a big thank you to the ladies for their time and their tips. Maybe I'll try some card making. I have been inspired. Thanks to all of you.

Sandra D.:
08/02/2019, 06:54:19 AM

Beautiful cards. Works of art really, ready for permanent display. Love all the new collections, and the colors! I see more purple YAYYYY!! I just love the color combinations in each, all so different!!

Donna Nuce:
08/02/2019, 07:48:50 AM, Http://

Love all these cards! Such beautiful details. Would love to win one of the collections.

Marianne Gonzales:
08/02/2019, 09:00:17 AM

As a card maker I love to be inspired by these talented designers and these gorgeous collections.

Katie Baird:
08/02/2019, 09:28:13 AM

I just had to come back for another look at these gorgeous cards! I love the larger size, and how Gloria uses metal with the flowers. I am always inspired by the design team!

Gloria Stengel:
08/02/2019, 12:14:03 PM

Thank you, Katie. I love to mix metal, especially gears and keys, with flowers! It always looks and awesome!

Katie Baird:
08/02/2019, 09:28:15 AM

I just had to come back for another look at these gorgeous cards! I love the larger size, and how Gloria uses metal with the flowers. I am always inspired by the design team!

Peggy Kempf:
08/02/2019, 12:07:40 PM

Such beautiful cards and paper!!! I love g45 papers, all of them!!!

LuAnn Muhy:
08/04/2019, 11:02:00 AM

Dreamland is so beautiful! I love nursery rhymes and can't wait to use this collection in a mini album or some mixed media.

Wendy Dernbach:
08/27/2019, 04:32:20 PM

Absolutely stunning papers!

Janet Mustachio:
09/03/2019, 03:59:45 PM

Gorgeous papers! I would love to win Dreamland!

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