Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Graphic 45 Communique - Desk Top Card

My all-time favorite Graphic45 collection is Communique! You can imagine my joy when they decided to release a Deluxe Collection of this set of papers! Communique was the very first Graphic 45 collection that I purchased, way back in (dare I say) 2008 or 2009. It was the collection that inspired me to try out for the design team in 2010! Since today is my birthday...what a better gift than sharing my ALL TIME FAVORITE paper collection?!

Communique has everything I love: a black and red color scheme, typewriters, pens, vintage images, vintage postcards and handwriting, typography, and more! I have always felt that Graphic 45 created this collection specifically for me! 

I made an 8" x 8" desk-top home decor "card," making it both a card and a gift! This card is suitable for framing or standing on a desk or shelf. I loved this project so much that I had trouble putting it in a box and mailing it off to the office for display at CHA!

The 8" x 8" size is new for me. It is that perfect niche between a 6" x 6" card and a 12" x 12" layout, but it's neither! A friend of mine makes large-size cards as gifts and I decided to give it a try! (Thanks for the idea, Katrina!) I may become addicted!

I was happy to find some number brads in my stash to create "45" on one of the tags! I also de-hoarded my stash of Stamped Metal Brads.  

I created some "rusty" embellishments with my own custom mix embossing powder and chipboard shapes. I mixed the rusty keys with some G45 Ornate Metal Keys

I also discovered a faux clay postage cancellation embellishment with "Anaheim" stamped onto it! Perfect for a project on it's way to the Anaheim CHA show! And a project covered in rusty metal is not complete until I add a bunch of flowers! 

I did a bit of fussy cutting of the pen nibs and the postage images. Fussy cutting is NOT my strong suit, but I do what I can.

Here is the inside of the "card." That is 16" of real estate to cover with paper!

I wanted this card to be special, inside and out! If I were mailing this to someone, I'd add a gift card holder to the inside, or even give this card along with a suitable frame so the recipient could display the card.

I added more rusty gears and some of the collection images.

Thanks for joining me today! 

Graphic 45 Products:
Communique 12x12 paper: Pen in Hand, Society Page, Classy Correspondence, Typography, On the Dot, Postage, Party Line, Telegram

Other Products:
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Black
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Ink: Top Boss Watermark, Ranger Distress Vintage Photo, VersaFine Onyx Black
Embossing powder: Tim Holtz Distress Black Soot, Vintage Photo; Stampendous Aged Bronze; Enchanted Cottage Malachite; Hampton Art various metallic
Metal embellishments: Creative Impressions brads; Tim Holtz game spinners, clock, number brads, clips, hinge fasteners, book plate
Die cut words: Papertrey Ink
Punches: Stampin' Up 3/4", 1 1/2" circles, Fiskars border punch, Creative Memories corner rounder
Stamps: Verve Framed Lilies
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape and foam tape, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D foam squares, Scor-tape, Ranger Glossy Accents, hot glue


  1. Happy Birthday Gloria!!! I wish you all the best for your birthday and every day!
    Your desktop decoration is simply wonderful and full of such gorgeous details! BRAVO!

    Paper Talk with Samra

  2. Happy Birthday! Thanks for sharing with us.
    I love the vintage look of all the elements and your personal rusty goodness adds so much.

  3. Oh my gosh, I love everything about this project. I tend to love all the things Vintage! This was right up my preference alley!

  4. Happy Birthday to you .
    Gorgeous project love all the layers and elements .
    Job well done !
    Elaine H X

  5. Happy Birthday, Gloria! Great you could use these papers on your special day, because they look awesome on this vintage card! Love those rusty and crusty bits AND the beautiful flower spray! I hope you had a wonderful birthday!

  6. Hope you had a wonderful birthday. This is so gorgeous! You know I love my G45, too. I love all the bits & bobs you always add. Totally fabulous card!

  7. Wow! Your 'card' is amazing! I love that you have so many layers but they are all important. You seem to me to be a mixed media artist too! And I love having flowers on cards. I love doing easel cards, now that I know about them! Thank you so much for participating in the G45 hop. Prayerful hugs, Germaine

  8. And Happy birthday! I have a mind of a "squirrel" dog with a big nose.