Summer Sneak Peeks Card Bonanza


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 8×8 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 6×6 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 8×8 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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