Happy Friday everyone! We are thrilled to usher in the weekend with our Winter 2018 Sneak Peek Recap. Today on the blog we have four incredible projects, from four amazing and talented artists. First up we have a Little Women card set by Brand Ambassador, Sandy Trefger. Followed by a Sun Kissed Altered Frame by the incredible Pam Bray. Continuing the inspiration we have our very own CEO, Founder, and Head DesignerDiane Schultz sharing a Floral Shoppe jewelry box created with our Staples collection. And last but not least we have a Botanical Tea layout by our very own Special Projects Designer, Annette Green. You will find a little something for everyone here on this post and a lot of beauty all poured into one post. So get ready to dive in, but first, we have three winners to announce from yesterday's Win it Before You Can Buy it Contest.
Yesterday’s Botanical Tea winners…
Blog: Fran Diggle "I love this collection, I’ve seen it used on projects but never been able to get hold of it. I am so excited to be able to use it eventually. Loving the dies for the tags too. Thank you G45. "
Instagram: Stamptramp "One of my all-time g45 faves! It’s so pretty!"
Facebook: Kimberly Brand "This is adorable!!! Can’t wait to play with it!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!!"
Congratulations to the lucky winners! Please email us at [email protected] to claim your prize.
Little Women Cards
By Sandy Trefger
“I love creating cards and my favorite size is the standard A2 (4.25” x 5.5”) which is the size that I made these three Little Women cards in. I’m often inspired to make cards after I finish a major project and have just a few full sheets from a collection left and some scraps. That’s how these three came to be. I love layering the scraps of different patterns to come up with a unique and special card. All three of these could be used as love cards or hello or thinking of you.
- Little Women Paper Collection
- Staples – Ornate Metal Keys
- Seam Binding Ribbon
- Heart Charms
- Sheer Narrow Ribbon
- Natural Button Twine
- Clear Nuvo Glitter Pen
- Petaloo or Prima Flowers
Tip 1: No matter how small a scrap of patterned paper you might have left from a larger project, you may be able to use it as a layering piece on a card. Lay out all your scrap pieces that you’ve trimmed down to fit on a card base to see how they best go together. You may want to fussy cut out some of the images and layer those over each other. A busy patterned piece will look good layered behind a more neutral or less busy piece such as the floral background on the card above paired with the “book pages”.
Tip 2: Finished cards do take up space and if you find you have limited room for many cards, consider creating just the card front and store them in a box so that when you need a card you can quickly attach the front to a base. This lessens the bulk of storing cards as you can get many more card fronts in a box.
Fun Fact: In my earlier days, I loved the Hallmark card shop and would spend hours selecting several cards for different occasions to have on hand. Then with the arrival of email and Facebook, I found that I no longer sent out as many cards as I once did. That’s a bit sad and even though I now make cards I seem to mostly sell them or give them to charities to sell or use. I’m hoping that this year I will start mailing cards even if it’s for no particular reason except to say “Hello.” I want to brighten someone’s day now and then. Maybe you’ll join me.
I love this set of cards and this beautiful Little Women paper collection. I’m sure you’ll love it too!
Happy Crafting.” ~Sandy Trefger
You and Me By the Sea Altered Frame
By Pam Bray
“Hi G45 Fans! I love creating home décor using inexpensive photo mats frames. It is easy to alter photo frames when you have beautiful collections like the newest collection from Graphic 45 called “Sun Kissed”. This home decor frame is a perfect accent to either place in a frame or to display using an easel. Pam”
Cover inexpensive mat frames to create fabulous home décor pieces.
Fussy cutting around flower petals and pushing them up creates wonderful dimensional flowers.
- Sun Kissed 12" x 12" Paper Pad
- Sun Kissed Epherema Journaling Cards
- Crescent Cardboard Mat
- Cobblestone Chipboard
- White Paint
- Paint Brush
- Floral Doily Die
- Card Stock for back of frame
- Xyron Adhesive
- Pop Dots
Adhere pattern paper to frame. Add “You and Me By the Sea” Epherema Card behind the frame. (Adhere cardstock to back of frame to have a finished look on the back of frame.) Die cut doily from pattern paper; adhere to front of the prepared frame.
Paint chipboard cobblestone with white paint. Adhere to front of the prepared frame.
Fussy cut images from pattern paper, layer to the front of the prepared frame. Fussy cut second set of images; add to the front with pop dots.
Fussy cut second images of flowers; make sure to cut around each of the petals to form the dimension for flowers. Adhere to front of frame at the center of flowers.
Fussy cut turtles from paper; layer together with pop dots. Add to front of the frame.
Fussy cut a few more flowers to finish the frame. Repeat on making the flowers.
Floral Shoppe Book Box
By Diane Schultz
"Creating your own stunning home decor pieces can be simple. Just take your favorite G45 box, papers, and add our Metal Claw feet to add a polished look that will last a lifetime. Adding a ribbon closure is not only beautiful but functional as well.
Winter 2018 – G45 Staples
Rectangle Tag & Pocket Album in both Ivory and Black, along with all three new Metal Dies will be available March 2018.
One of a Kind Layout
By Annette Green
• Botanical Tea – Deluxe Collector's Edition
Wow! That was an incredible journey. We want to thank all of the Brand Ambassadors and our fearless leader Diane for sharing your talents with us this week to kick off our new Winter Release. We look forward to getting all these new products in stores near you, and on our website, so we can see what you create. Remember, Little Women and Sun Kissed will be available February. Floral Shoppe, Botanical Tea, and our new Staples will be available March. Thank you for joining us this week for all of our sneak peeks. Have a great and creative weekend, and don't forget to share your G45 projects with us on Facebook and Instagram using the #Graphic45 hashtag.