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Weekly Contest Announced & Fussy Cutting Tips Shared

Posted by Graphic 45 07/24/2018 122 Comment(s) #SimplyG45,

Hello, G45ers!

 Today we announce our Weekly Blog Contest and we have a quick and easy Graphic 45 Tip project share by Katie Z.  For this #G45Tip Katie Z. shares an informative fussy cutting video where she uses a utility knife, our Floral Shoppe Ephemera Cards, and Tags & Pockets, and Large Tag, ATC Tag and Flower Die.  Be sure to watch the video to elevate your next paper crafting project.  


Floral Shoppe Package

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 Floral Shoppe Package, a $49+ value. The Winner will be announced on the blog Friday, July 27th.


#G45Tip - Dimensional Ephemera Cards

By Katie Z.


“Occasionally, you would want to retain both sides of a really beautiful piece of card/paper. And you would wonder how. That somehow would catch you in some sort of papercrafting dilemma.


The Floral Shoppe ephemera and journaling cards are so beautifully designed to complete the entire paper collection that I decided to do up some cards that will retain their beauties. On today’s blogpost, I’ll share some #G45tips in how to create beautiful projects by maximizing your limited supplies.


All you need is just a few selected ephemera cards and some die cuts from the tags and pockets to get started.



I fussy cut the ornate frames as well some words out from these two ephemera cards by using a utility (or craft) knife, and use them separately as design elements and sentiments. This is one way in how to utilize certain design elements when you have limited supplies or can’t find other kinds of elements. Sometimes you just have to break apart the design on what is intended for and rearrange it.


Tip: Try not to cut through the paper to retain the card borders which you can use them for other crafting project. I’ve a video tutorial in how to fussy cut using utility knife which you can refer to.


How to Use a Utility Knife for Fussy Cutting Tutorial by Katie Z.



I chose the journaling sides as my decorative layouts using the ornate frames I fussy cut from other cards. Very subtly, I placed “Bloom” and “Planted” as sentiments over my layouts. And there it goes, a nicely done up ephemera cards which look good on both sides without compromising the beauty of these cards.


Tip: Fill your layout with some organza ribbon and/or dresdens to make your designs look full and complete.




I added some golden leaves which are the remnants I had die cut previously using the Large, ATC Tag & Flower Metal Dies. Most of the time I don’t really throw away excess die cuts so that I may be able to use them for projects as such.



Tip: Recycle used chipboards or thick cardboards from packagings to create dimensions for your project instead of using foam dots, which is more environmentally friendly and cost-effective.


Bye.” ~Katie Z.


Floral Shoppe Ephemera Cards

Graphic 45 Supplies:


Other Supplies:

  • Organza Ribbon

  • Golden Dresden

  • Gold Foil Cardstock


What a great tipped filled post!  Sending our gratitude to Katie Z all the way in Singapore for sharing that amazing video and these super cute dimensional ephemera cards that would be great to add to any project or on top of a gift.  We hope you share your tips with us below to be entered to win this week's prize package, and be sure to join us tomorrow for a shabby chic gift card holder.  


Happy Papercrafting!  

122 Comment(s)

Deborah Ecklund-Smith:
07/24/2018, 10:37:50 AM

I absolutely love the flower shoppe collection! The quotes on the ephemera cards make me smile. Also, Katie's ephemera cards are gorgeous.

Kathryn Smith:
07/24/2018, 10:48:29 AM

All good advice. Never used a knife for fussy cuts, but will now

07/24/2018, 10:49:25 AM

What a great idea! I wouldn’t have that if that.

Rebecca Rosas:
07/24/2018, 10:56:44 AM


Michele Lewis:
07/24/2018, 11:01:36 AM

What a beautiful idea! I love the Floral Shoppe collection!

Pat Blank:
07/24/2018, 11:22:38 AM

Love the beautiful colors and flowers.

Valerie Becker:
07/24/2018, 11:26:56 AM,

I LOVE this paper pack! Love all things G45!!

Kristina Vazquez:
07/24/2018, 11:28:43 AM

Such a fun fancy way to bring more WOW to these ephemera cards. Thanks G45

Sharon Gullikson:
07/24/2018, 11:33:58 AM

The flowers are gorgeous. I like how easy these look to make...NICE

Diana Dillon:
07/24/2018, 11:40:56 AM

Thank you Katie for the wonderful tutorial on fussy cutting. I can't cut that well with scissors. You make it look so easy. Your Tags are beautiful.

07/24/2018, 12:12:08 PM

Love floral paper. So needed tips on fussy cutting.Thanks

jane s:
07/24/2018, 12:12:52 PM

beautiful tags. I love making them and the tutorial on fussy cutting is very helpful

Sue D:
07/24/2018, 12:13:18 PM

Very pretty--love the dimension.

Debbie Williams:
07/24/2018, 12:18:30 PM

I love this package, everything is so beautiful! Thank you for the opportunity. Great tips on fussy cutting, love the cards.

Diane F:
07/24/2018, 12:18:50 PM

Beautiful tags and your tips are great! Thank you for the tutorial.

Regina Harrison:
07/24/2018, 12:21:35 PM

This video was very helpful. I have been holding my knife wrong the whole time. Love these beautiful tags:)

sabine matagne:
07/24/2018, 12:22:33 PM

J'adore cette collection tres fleurie, tres coloree,elle est magnifique!

07/24/2018, 12:24:31 PM

Beautiful and heartfelt! What another fun way to play with G45 :) Thank to play.

Amy Martin:
07/24/2018, 12:28:44 PM

Thank you for the great tips! The tags turned out beautifully.

Carla Hundley:
07/24/2018, 12:32:10 PM

This is a great project and looks lovely. Carla from Utah

Nicola Gold:
07/24/2018, 12:32:56 PM,

This is a gorgeous collection. I always fussy cut with scissors, then use a knife for bits in the middle that I want to get rid of

Cheryl Wells:
07/24/2018, 12:43:37 PM

Gorgeous tags!!!

Trish Murison:
07/24/2018, 12:47:25 PM

WOW...these are gorgeous and I love all the tips you gave us Katie! Ty for sharing!

masayo Cole:
07/24/2018, 12:50:59 PM

Thank you for the great tips. i'm going to try make some of these gorgeous tags.

Kimberly S:
07/24/2018, 12:51:38 PM

Fussy cutting is very therapeutic to me; whether it be with scissors or utility knife. I love this. ♥️

Martie Rollin:
07/24/2018, 12:54:15 PM

I really appreciate the idea of using recycled chipboard (cereal boxes and such) to add elevation. Dots and dimensional tape have their place in our paper crafting world, but recycling is such a terrific idea! Lovely projects! Beautiful prize package!

Nalaine Bersia:
07/24/2018, 01:02:55 PM

Oh my goodness, why didn't I think of that! Great tip on fussy cutting, wish I knee of this method a month ago when I did a bunch of fussy cutting. I will definitely use this method from now on! Thank you Katie Z.

07/24/2018, 01:14:37 PM

Lovely cards, Katie! And thank you so much for the video - I hardly ever use my craft knife to fussy cut because it seems hard and it hurts, but now that I see the right way to do it, I'll try again!

07/24/2018, 01:21:59 PM

I love to fussy cut and appreciate the detail on tools!! I’m using a straight edge razor blade, I’m going to update and get the angled blade she talked about from Japan! Any info on where to find one? Thank you

Amy Horan:
07/24/2018, 01:24:21 PM

Such a beautiful project! Thank you for the tips!!

Laurie McDonald:
07/24/2018, 01:26:54 PM

As always, a beautiful paper pack and great fussy cutting tips!

Michelle Stanley:
07/24/2018, 01:36:00 PM

Hi There What beautiful tags, definitely love the floral shoppe papers. Thanks Michelle Stanley

Judith Henry:
07/24/2018, 01:39:11 PM

I Love this design!!! I have a friend who wants her son's Wedding card made from one of the papers. I also like Once Upon a Springtime. Please bring it back!

Mary Jane:
07/24/2018, 01:39:57 PM

Beautiful !!

Teresa George:
07/24/2018, 01:40:48 PM

Great tips and your cards are just gorgeous!

07/24/2018, 01:44:21 PM

Beautiful project and great tips. Love Floral Shoppe and one of those collections I don't have!

Suzy Q:
07/24/2018, 01:44:56 PM

Thanks so much for the tutorial on how to fussy cut! You make it look so easy! And thanks Graphic 45 for a chance to win those beautiful floral papers!

Catherine Skrehot:
07/24/2018, 01:53:00 PM

Fussy cutting is so time consuming; sometimes I use a utility knife and sometimes scissors, but any tips are greatly appreciated. Love G45 papers, all of them, no exclusions.

Kathryn Prior:
07/24/2018, 01:57:00 PM

If there's one thing G45 do well it's Florals! and this kit is beautiful and the tags are inspirational, thank you.

07/24/2018, 02:17:15 PM

Katie, there are probably hundreds of women going to craft stores today looking for that knife; so thank you very much for being cordial enough to include the make and model information. I am thankful for your patience while making your tutorial. It is very easy to follow. G45, I do not have the Floral Shoppe collection. It should would be nice.

07/24/2018, 02:17:15 PM

Katie, there are probably hundreds of women going to craft stores today looking for that knife; so thank you very much for being cordial enough to include the make and model information. I am thankful for your patience while making your tutorial. It is very easy to follow. G45, I do not have the Floral Shoppe collection. It should would be nice.

M'Liss White:
07/24/2018, 02:19:09 PM

Thank you so much for the wonderful tutorial. I can't wait to try fussy cutting with a craft knife. Katie's cards are so pretty!

Beth Beery:
07/24/2018, 02:22:06 PM

I love this collection sooooo much!!!! The bold bright colors are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration!!!!

Sandy Artman:
07/24/2018, 02:30:09 PM

I don't use my craft knife very often, but I may start after viewing your tutorial. This was very useful because some of the suggestions were counter-intuitive - starting with the position of the knife blade. I can see how using a knife rather than scissors will help conserve this very precious paper! Thank you for the idea of sharing this instruction and taking the time to make this very helpful video. (Plus, you used my very favorite collection!)

Judith Kaufman:
07/24/2018, 02:36:32 PM

I'm addicted to your papers! The Floral Shoppe is exquisite. Love the bright colors....just gorgeous. I also love fussy cutting! All these flowers are calling for my tiny scissors!

Kim R:
07/24/2018, 02:42:23 PM

Love, love, love the florals! What a beautiful design!

Graça Estitte:
07/24/2018, 02:42:48 PM

Lindos projetos! Amo coleções de flores.!Obrigada! Graça..

07/24/2018, 02:51:59 PM

Great fussy cutting tips. I will be sure to give this method a try. Thank you !

07/24/2018, 02:59:08 PM

These floral pieces are my favorite G45 package of all time!

Barbara Daws:
07/24/2018, 03:08:10 PM

Floral Shoppe is a beautiful collection. Thank you for the fussy cutting tips. You do beautiful work.

Bev Drake:
07/24/2018, 03:15:45 PM

Gorgeous papers. Really enjoyed the tutorial & excellent tips on how to use a craft knife. Thank you Katie. Bev Drake

Debralee Alexander:
07/24/2018, 03:23:10 PM

Love the video about fussy cutting Love everything at G45

Joyce Goode:
07/24/2018, 03:34:02 PM

Thank you Katie Z, your use of the Floral Shoppe collection is beautiful and I will have to try your idea for fussy cutting,

Georgia Zatto:
07/24/2018, 03:36:34 PM

What a great video! I have new idea's to do!! Thanks G45!!

07/24/2018, 03:38:05 PM

Beautiful collection.Great tips.Lovely cards.And a video. All combined to make a fab blog post. Katie, you have spoiled us. TFS

Kirsty Vittetoe:

What a great and perfect creation! LOVE it!

Pat Haney:
07/24/2018, 03:53:49 PM

Awesome floral prints on the Floral Shoppe collection. My daughter bought a set and they are stunning. I would love a chance to win such an amazing paper set.

Kim Persinger:
07/24/2018, 03:57:50 PM

I absolutely love this Floral Shoppe paper collection since I purchased it previously. Thank you very much for the chance to win.

Lynne Hiscock:
07/24/2018, 04:09:48 PM

Katie Z, you make it look so easy. I've just purchased the large tag die & flower die and can't wait to get started on so many projects :)

Natalia Pukish:
07/24/2018, 04:16:14 PM,

So beautiful

07/24/2018, 04:20:44 PM

I never nor would I have ever thought of fussy cutting that way. she is truly a genius and I can't wait to try it. I know that the skill she posses did not come over night. I hope that I have the patience to learn. Thank you for the wonderful influence. I want to win!

Judy Bausch:
07/24/2018, 04:34:35 PM

I love seeing new ways to use Floral Shoppe - one of my all time favorite G45 paper lines! Thanks for the fussy cutting tips. I am going to practice right now!

07/24/2018, 04:38:13 PM

Such a beautiful line. Great tips from Katie-I will have to give it a try.

Frances Mackay:
07/24/2018, 04:42:48 PM

Fussy cutting, a new and scary technique I am coming to terms with as well as Coptic colouring and a range of other new to me papercrafting must does. I found the video fascinating and will incorporate its teachings into my practice. My tip, such as it is for one so new to this hobby, is that I stamp a selection of different characters/flowers etc on to different types of paper. I then use different techniques to colour them in and when finished, good or bad, I fussy cut them out. I’ve not used any of my practice pieces on any projects, nor am I likely too, but I am enjoying myself.

Darlene Morales:
07/24/2018, 04:43:38 PM

I love all thing Graphic 45. I love the tips that Katie gave. I learned something new. Thank you for the chance.

Damayanthi Thitte:
07/24/2018, 04:45:56 PM

Thank u for giving this opportunity, I'm so in love with the paper, love to own them. Love the tips shared.

Gayle S:
07/24/2018, 04:45:59 PM

Thank you for the ergonomic tips, Katie! I know I need to pay more attention to ergonomics as I craft. I would welcome more tutorials on healthy ways to craft!

Susan Ashby:
07/24/2018, 04:55:02 PM

Great ideas for fussy cutting. Thank you for the video.

Stacey Waterhouse:
07/24/2018, 05:07:27 PM

Brilliant ideas, I love the papers, I’m hoping there are some left for me by the time I’ve saved for them :) I can’t wait to have them. Thank you for all the tips and informative video x

07/24/2018, 05:13:48 PM

L❤️VE Floral versatile for so many projects!!!

07/24/2018, 05:43:46 PM

Definitely a favourite! The patterns & colours are gorgeous.

Linda Gilliam:
07/24/2018, 05:50:53 PM

Oh my gosh, as an avid flower grower and lover, this collection just speaks to my heart!! It is SPECTACULAR!!

07/24/2018, 05:53:32 PM

Thanks for the awesome tips and awh how I love the papers...but I always love g45!!

Marla G.:
07/24/2018, 06:20:38 PM

The Floral Shoppe collection would work well as a stand-alone, but would also compliment many of the other G45 collections. Makes it a must-have!

Barbara D, Ramsey:
07/24/2018, 06:45:28 PM,

I LOVE fussy cutting! My most favorite thing to do - and your paper collections are perfection for this. Wishing you a happy day. Hugs, Barbara Diane

Cathy Osborne:
07/24/2018, 06:59:16 PM

Great tips to elevate my fussy cutting abilities. I love the Floral Shoppe papers. All the flowers are gorgeous. Love all your floral lines.

Dianna Dean:
07/24/2018, 11:40:05 PM

Great tips! Gorgeous collection!

07/25/2018, 02:55:17 AM

Divine!!! Trying this!

Sue MacFall:
07/25/2018, 03:52:59 AM

Thank you Katie for the excellent video - a great help. The collection is just stunning.

Sharon Clabaugh:
07/25/2018, 04:25:56 AM

Really pretty tags, great inspiration. Beautiful papers.

Michelle Birdsong:
07/25/2018, 04:38:48 AM

I am so in love with Floral Shop.

Dorothy McCarthy:
07/25/2018, 05:55:28 AM,

Excellent tips!! Thank you!!!

Julie Snow:
07/25/2018, 06:03:42 AM

Great tips! I love fussy cutting. The Floral Shoppe collection is beautiful!

Susie Stover:
07/25/2018, 06:25:02 AM

Floral Shoppe is one of my most favorite collections.All the collections make for great fussy cutting. Thanks for the tips.

Linda Steele:
07/25/2018, 07:01:00 AM

Thanks for the tip on using a craft knife to fussy cut. The Floral Shoppe is a beautiful collection and perfect for that technique.

Mary D'Errico:
07/25/2018, 07:26:53 AM

The Floral Shoppe is gorgeous! It remind me of my mother's garden - full of roses and color! Katie Z's video has been really helpful - thanks Katie!

p vick:
07/25/2018, 07:30:01 AM

G45 never disappoints, love the new floral Shoppe. Very informative tutorial. Thank you.

07/25/2018, 08:05:50 AM

Thanks for the chance at this week's Floral Shoppe giveaway!! ❤️ And I love these ephemera cards and the wonderful tips from Katie Z, 'cuz I do love to fussy cut!!

Bettina Kreuer:
07/25/2018, 08:43:54 AM

The Floral Shoppe collection is full of wonderful colours. I love it.

07/25/2018, 09:28:47 AM

Love Floral Shoppe! This project is stunning!!

Laura Graham:
07/25/2018, 10:28:27 AM

Great tutorial! Lots to fussy cut in the Floral Shoppe prize!

07/25/2018, 10:47:19 AM

Thank you for the show and tell, took away some very good information. Going to have to try my hand at it, hopefully without any blood, ha ha ha my dad use to say no project was complete until there is a little blood on it. :-)

Deborah ONeill:
07/25/2018, 12:10:19 PM

Love the tips from Katie Z. This collection is wonderful!!

Peachy W:
07/25/2018, 12:44:58 PM

Beautiful paper line, lots of great flowers and ephemera on these cards! Great tips, very informative, from Katie, the fussy cutting creates beautiful other elements to use on these projects!

Dorothy Radley:
07/25/2018, 12:59:11 PM

Thank you for the excellent tutorial on how to fussy cut using a craft knife. It's very helpful. I love all G45 papers and fabulous designs. They never disappoint. I love what Katie has made here too. Great tip on how to keep both sides of the papers we love. xx

07/25/2018, 01:12:34 PM

I love how there is always a better way to do things we think we know how to do and take for granted. This way of cutting, especially when you want to keep the background intact is perfect. Thank you for giving this instruction!

07/25/2018, 01:48:17 PM

G45 is so beautiful and such great quality. I am rarely able to get an entire collection because they are so loved they sell out and retire. Wishin’-n-a-hopin’!!

Diana Gibson:
07/25/2018, 02:53:35 PM

Thank you for the great video. Another great floral collection from G45!!

Diana Gibson:
07/25/2018, 02:53:38 PM

Thank you for the great video. Another great floral collection from G45!!

Margaret D.:
07/25/2018, 03:10:33 PM

I just love this floral collection. It is beautiful! G45 collections never disappoint!

Ellen Haydon:
07/25/2018, 03:10:36 PM

I am kind of scared to try to us the craft knife, but I did it anyway. Guess what! It was just fine and I didn't cut off my fingers. Thank you for the tips Kathie. Ellen from Phoenix

Eleanor Williams:
07/25/2018, 04:05:17 PM

Thank you so much for this tutorial as I love G45 Floral Shoppe but am not good at fussy cutting. Hope this will improve my skills. Thank you!!

Susie Doucet:
07/25/2018, 06:00:46 PM

Beautiful as always

Kimberly S:
07/25/2018, 06:22:42 PM

The blue and yellow in this paper is awesome! I love to fussy cut; I color lots of pictures or gather up pretty scrapbook papers and spend hours with my scissors and paper. I find it relaxing and therapeutic. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

Sarah Martin:
07/25/2018, 06:26:15 PM, Rareroo_crafts on instagram

I just love this collection but the i do love G45 papers above all othets

Paulette Beal:
07/25/2018, 06:38:00 PM

What a beautiful tutorial and finished project. So many great ideas. I really like the tip of using thick cardboard for elevating. What a smart, economical idea! I love it when I can learn something new!

Glenda Buster:
07/25/2018, 08:17:16 PM

Absolutely adore the Floral Shoppe Collection! Thank you for sharing the tips and video about using a utility knife. Thank you for the chance to win the Floral Shoppe Collection

Danielle Matkovich:
07/25/2018, 10:37:22 PM

I love the vibrant colors of the Floral Shoppe Collection!

Devra Joy:
07/26/2018, 12:31:15 AM

Great tips for fussy cutting. Can’t wait to try them out

07/26/2018, 12:33:37 AM,

Gorgeous! I plan to try these out soon; thanks for the inspiration, Katie Z.!

Sandra Featherston:
07/26/2018, 07:56:31 AM

This is so pretty. I love it.

07/26/2018, 11:53:07 AM

Thanks for all the helpful tips. Am beginning to realize the benefits of doing more fussy cutting.

Robbie M Cornell:
07/26/2018, 01:27:12 PM

It gives me joy just to look at these papers. This paper package speaks to me. Well done!

Gunilla Jonsson:
07/26/2018, 02:32:15 PM

Thanks for all the tips on how to cut with a craft knife! Something I try to avoid, but now I'll try again!

07/26/2018, 04:13:37 PM

Just stunning love graphic 45!

Karen Rice:
07/26/2018, 06:37:49 PM

Such ornate detail!! I love the gold additions! Thanks for sharing!

Tammy H Coggins:
07/26/2018, 08:04:55 PM

This collection is absolutely stunning!

Rose Brewster:
07/28/2018, 07:05:16 AM

These are fantastic tips. Fussy cutting is sometimes really hard for me. I am going to give this a try. Love this.

Sandra Kucinski:
07/28/2018, 09:48:20 AM

Each project is more beautiful than the last. The tags are gorgeous.

07/29/2018, 05:23:10 AM

Wow, no wonder I never reach for my craft knife. I’ve been holding it wrong all along! Off to try this new method!

Liz Ford:
07/30/2018, 03:15:06 PM

Very beautiful tags! So elegant and love the video! TFS!!!!

Linda Gregory:
07/31/2018, 10:01:52 PM

I hate throwing the graphic 45 papers away so any tips are great.I`ve just newly found Graphic 45,I`ve LOVED the last few most especially the Fairie Dust paper.It was the best fairie paper I`d seen,Found I`m falling in love with a lot of them .saving to buy Flutter,can`t wait.

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