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Welcome to another wonderful week on the Graphic 45 blog. Starting this week we will be introducing our new 2018-2019 Brand Ambassadors. We have asked our Brand Ambassadors to create a "Self-Portrait" project that reflects each of them, their favorite paper medium, and shows off their favorite current go-to technique. These posts go hand in hand with our June Challenge - #G45Selfie. We are kicking the introductions off with Brand Ambassador from Slovenia, Aleksandra Mihelič. Aleksandra shares an amazing 3D Floral Decorative Box, using our floral collections: Secret Garden, Floral Shoppe, Botanical Tea, and Little Darlings. Join us in welcoming one of our favorite Altered Artist and fussy cutting extraordinaire.
To make this post even more fun we have our weekly blog contest to announce, and this week's prize package is a doozy.
Weekly Blog Contest
Just leave a comment here on the blog, Instagram, and/or Facebook to be entered to win! This week’s prize package includes a Little Darlings - DCE, Secret Garden - DCE, Floral Shoppe 8x8 and Ephemera Cards, Staples Die-Cut Tags, Door Knockers, and Stamped Metal Brads, a $97 value. The Winner will be announced on the blog Friday, June 15th.
Brand Ambassador 2018-2019
Aleksandra Mihelič - Slovenia
“Hello, dear G45’ers. It’s Aleksandra Mihelič with you today for the very first time. I’m so happy and excited to be here with you today, to share my first project as one of your new Graphic 45 Ambassadors! It’s a great honour for me and one of my big dreams coming true.
For those of you, who maybe don’t know me, I also create under the nickname “Papermade fairytale”. My crafting story begins probably in my childhood years. My dear mother was a bookbinder and she worked in a Library, repairing and hand stitching the books that were destroyed in the process of borrowing. I’ve always visited her and played with all the gorgeous papers, canvases, and glues she had. At that time these goods were not so widely available so this was a huge privilege and a pure joy for me. And the love for papers, crafting, and everything stuck with me. I’m still in love with the smell of the fresh paper. Today I create for a living and I feel so happy and blessed to have such an opportunity. My art is one of the major parts of my life and I can’t imagine my day without crafting. I’m a color enthusiast, who loves striking and bold color combinations on one side, but has her breath taken away by the soft, shabby chic color palettes on the other side. I most often search and find my inspiration in nature and everyday life. I live with my loving husband and my three wonderful children in a small, beautiful European country Slovenia. I’m 36 years old and have been more actively crafting for the last 9 years. It makes me happy if somebody can find some inspiration in my work or I can make someone’s day a bit happier and brighter with it.
I would say my biggest crafting passion lies in altering unusual, seemingly useless objects and making something gorgeous out of them. I love to combine various mediums, I would say mixed media style is the closest to my heart. But although I love mixed media art, I never could let go the use of gorgeous papers. So they stick to me and I try to incorporate them in my mixed media creations. I love when I’m able to create some beautiful sceneries with all the supplies I have by hand at the moment.
Altered Box with Secret Garden
So when we were asked to prepare a “self-portrait” project, something that reflects our style, our go-to techniques, and mediums, I stuck to this idea. I made a box with an altered teacup and created a Secret garden on top of it, with lots of blossoming flowers, hidden bird’s nest, and a little girl, who is releasing beautiful butterflies out from the jar into the Garden.
There was a lot of fussy cutting involved, but I kind of love fussy cutting, especially when it comes to my Graphic 45 papers. They are just designed perfectly for it!
Another thing I love doing with Graphic 45 is combining various collections together! They are all designed so beautifully that some collections coordinate perfectly together. So in my project today, I joined together 3 floral ones that just happen to be one of my favourites.
Graphic 45 Supplies:
I hope you’ll like my today’s inspiration on Graphic 45 blog. Thank you for joining me and I hope you are as excited as I am for the year to come!
Enjoy your day!
Take time to smell the flowers.
What a great way to start this week, we look forward to the year to come and can't wait to see what Aleksandra creates next! Join us in welcoming Aleksandra to the G45 family in the comments below. Thank you for joining us here on the blog. We hope you are feeling the floral inspiration, and ready to pull out those fine tipped scissors and ready to cut out your own flower embellishments. Have a great and crafty day!