Sun Kissed: Winter Sneak Peek Day 2

Hello, G45ers!

 We are back with more Sneak Peeks, this time featuring our bright and beautiful new collection, Sun Kissed. Here to help us with this wave of revelations are Brand Ambassadors, Maggi Harding and Kathy Clement. First up, Maggi shares her fantastic Folio Mini Album, just overflowing with color and beauty. Check out all those places for mementos! Next, Kathy shares her interactive card, featuring perfectly matched mixed media additions and embellishments. You can see both below, after we introduce the collection and announce our three winners from yesterday's Win It Before You Can Buy it contest. 


Win it Before You Can Buy it Contest

We are also giving away 3 Sun Kissed prize packs, each with an 8"x 8" paper pad, Chipboard, Die-Cut Tags & Pockets, Ephemera Cards, and a surprise Staple, a $35 value!
To enter to win leave a comment here on the blog, on Facebook, and/or on Instagram.  


Yesterday’s Little Women winners…


From the blog: Nyoka Smith, who said, "Oh my !!!! I want this for my G45 collection so badly !!!! It's just beautiful.. I want to use it to make a memory album for my sister who passed away at 36 from Cancer… Thank you so much for the chance to win! God bless!"

Instagram: designergirl71 said, "Such wonderful memories of my youth, reading this book. Thanks G45 for this ahhhmazing design. Can't wait to start creating!"

Facebook: Jodee Ungs said,  What a neat collection idea!"

Congratulations winners! Please email to claim your prizes. 


Sun Kissed

When there's sun, sand, and sea, life's a beach! This playful collection pulls together the deep ocean blues and complimentary coral, cantaloupe, and bursting sunny yellow for a freshly squeezed summer palette.

New collections include 8 double-sided papers, 12×12 collection pack (new format; includes 16 sheets, 2 of each 8 designs & decorative sticker sheet. Only $20 MSRP),  8×8 paper pads, 12×12 Patterns & Solids pad, coordinating chipboard, cardstock banners, journaling & ephemera cards, and decorative cardstock stickers.


Sun Kissed – Available February

Sun Kissed – Collection Pack 12”x12”

  • New 16 double-sided 12×12-inch sheets – 2 each of 8 designs
  • 356 cover weight stickers on a 12 x 12-inch sheet
  • Features easy to use cut-apart and designer papers
  • Made in the USA – cover-weight papers are acid and lignin Free


Sun Kissed 12”x12” in Patterns & Solids

  • NEW 16 double-sided sheets – 12×12-inch papers – 2 each of 8 designs
  • Features easy to use cut-apart and designer papers
  • Made in the USA – cover-weight papers are acid and lignin Free


Sun Kissed 8”x8” Paper Pad

  • 24 double-sided 8×8-inch sheets – 3 each of 8 designs
  • Features easy to use cut-apart and designer papers
  • Made in the USA – cover-weight papers are acid and lignin Free


Sun Kissed – signature page


Floating Floral


Splish Splash


Kids at Play


Turtle Time


Sail Away


Under the Sea


Sand Dollars


Sun Kissed – 12”x12” cover-weight sticker


Sun Kissed Ephemera Cards

  • 32 individual journaling & ephemera cards
  • 2 each of 16 designs – (16) 4 x 6-inch & (16) 3×4-Inch



Sun Kissed Chipboard

  • 26 decorative embellishments
  • Sturdy die-cut chipboard – finished Size is 6 x 12.5-Inch


Sun Kissed Die-cut Banners

  • Contains 2 double-sided die-cut cardstock sheets
  • Beautifully detailed imagery on front and coordinating patterns on reverse


Sun Kissed Folio

By Maggi Harding


“You will capture all your seaside adventures with this smart little folio.    It has a gate-fold front and opens to reveal flip-up and fold-out pages and even a waterfall page.  There are fun little pockets with tags galore to hold photos and journaling.  There's even a little box where you can tuck in mementos, or, if you're using this as a gift, you can tuck in a gift card and some chocolates.  Yum!

Tip:  Score an ephemera card at the top or side and adhere it to a page,  that gives you an instant fold-out page that's all ready to use.  Graphic 45's ephemera cards have such gorgeous color graphics on both sides, that they need no further embellishing.” ~Maggi






Graphic 45 Supplies:

Staples - Artist Trading Tags-Ivory

Staples – ATC Tags Ivory

Sun Kissed 12 x 12 Collection:

  • Ephemera Cards
  • Sand Dollars
  • Under the Sea
  • Kids at Play
  • Sun Splashed
  • Sail Away
  • Floating Floral

Other Supplies:

  • Bazzill Cardstock – French Vanilla
  • Really Reasonable Ribbon – Seam Binding Glory Blue, 5/8" Satin w/Grosgrain Edge Light Navy
  • Embroidery Floss – Navy Blue
  • Sizzix by Eileen Hull Scalloped Box
  • Fiskars 1" Thick Circle Punch
  • Petaloo Flowers


You and Me Jumbo Tag

By Kathy Clement

“We’re smack dab in the dead of winter and baby, it’s cold outside.  Too cold to stroll on the beach, maybe…but not too cold for a mental beach vacation with Sun Kissed!  The vibrant colors of this collection radiate warmth and melt away the winter blues.  I decided it would be fun to create a jumbo tag with these playful papers!


Tip:  Make your own jumbo tag with chipboard!  First, cut a 12×12 piece of medium weight cardstock into two rectangles measuring 5.5” wide x 10” tall.  Next, find the center point at the top of each tag, which is 2.75”.  Make a mark.  From this mark, measure out 1.75” on both the right and the left hand sides and make a mark.  Now, from this mark, measure down 1” and draw a diagonal line.  Cut along this line to create a beveled tag edge.  Punch a ½” hole about ½” down from the center mark and now you have two beautiful chipboard tags.  Glue the layers together to make a sturdy tag that will hold up to all the layers and embellishments your heart desires!


Tip: To create a finished tag edge, paint just the edges with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Paint.  Then spritz with Dylusions White Linen Spray at random intervals.  This color combo is a near perfect match for the Sun Kissed papers, and adds a fun mixed media element to the tag.



Banners and Rosettes add a festive, playful feel to the tag layout.  I die cut these from the designer papers so that they would match perfectly. A tiny silver sea turtle charm mixes in perfectly with the fussy cut sea turtles from the collection.


Tip:  Gently crease your fussy cut sea turtles in half from head to tail to add dimension to your layout.  Then glue head and flippers in place.


Tip: Cluster embellishments together for a greater visual impact.  In addition to these rosettes, I die cut a starfish from chipboard and designer paper to make a fun embellishment.



Sea turtles are one of my favorite sea creatures and I loved fussy cutting them for this jumbo tag.  I’ve tucked them all around this die cut circle and tag combo.




I love the ephemera cards in this collection.  This postcard image is just the perfect finishing touch when tucked under the focal image.


Tip:  Get extra mileage from your ephemera cards by trimming them down.  This postcard is trimmed just wide enough to fit under the main image.  Now I can use the other half on another project!  

I hope this warm and sunny tag has cheered up your day and reminded you that despite the cold of winter, summer will come back soon.” ~Kathy


Graphic 45 Supplies:

  • Sun Kissed 12×12 Paper Collection

    • Turtle Time

    • Floating Floral

    • Sail Away

    • Under the Sea

    • Sun Kissed

    • Splish Splash

    • Kids at Play

    • Sand Dollars

  • Sun Kissed Ephemera Cards

  • G45 Decades Bon Voyage Ink

Other Supplies:

  • Jute String, Navy Silky Crushed Ribbon

  • Darjeeling Mixed Blue Flowers, Peach Ranunculus

  • Medium Weight Chipboard

  • ½” hole punch

  • Sizzix Dies

    • Ribbon Banners Strip Die

    • Sand and Sea Bigz Die

    • Rosettes and Mini Rosettes Strip Dies

  • Mixed Media Supplies

    • Mermaid Lagoon Distress Paint

    • Dylusions White Linen Spray


That is a wrap on day two on Sneak Peeks here at the Graphic 45 blog, but don't worry-we have even more surprises and winners to share tomorrow. We are so excited to get to reveal everything we have been working on with you all finally. We hope you have enjoyed this first look at Sun Kissed with projects by Brand Ambassadors, Maggi and Kathy. Thanks to them for helping us debut this sunny collection in style. See you back here tomorrow with more brand new G45!


Happy Papercrafting!

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