Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Graphic45 2011 Design Team Call Submissions

Graphic45 is having their 2011 Design Team Call. Each participant has been asked to create a blog post containing 10-15 projects, and then email the link to Graphic45. Picking 15 submissions has been very hard for me! I have so many creations that I did not know which ones to submit. Plus, some of my favorite projects are still "secret" as they were made for CHA or for the Graphic45 Blog!

Then I had the bright idea that I would submit a project from each of the 14 current Graphic45 paper lines! Here is proof that I am "in love" with this paper! I hope you enjoy looking at my creations.

Le Cirque - this is one of the new papers so most of what I made with is bright and fun line are still waiting for their reveal. However, here is a card I created for the Hampton Art Winter 2011 CHA booth, using the Graphic45/Hampton Art stamps. I also used Graphic45 Flower and Button Staples to make the flowers for this card. (You will see that Tim Holtz birdcage die cut often! It's the perfect partner for the G45 papers!)

Curtain Call - another new line. This is my favorite of the three recently released papers. I love the black/cream/tan combination. I created this fun card using elements from the paper, plus the new Graphic45/Hampton Art stamps. Since I am always a stamper first, I love that Graphic45 has matching stamps! For a fun twist, I added some tulle to the top of the card, plus an Tim Holtz ornate bookplate.

Once Upon a Springtime - This line was released in November and just screams spring! I had a hard time choosing my favorite project from this paper line. I had four or five selected, but this tag won the day! I used flower die cuts to make my own flower, plus added a lot of extra bits to this tag. For such a small project, it's packed full of techniques.

Steampunk Debutante - this line is my favorite of all the lines in the Graphic45 Collection. Again, it was hard to choose my favorite project. This card is something I made for Summer 2010 CHA. It has a lot of layers and extras, making it very special. It's grunge at it's best!

Hallowe'en in Wonderland - this was one of those lines that I thought I would not care for, as I'm not a fan of Alice in Wonderland. However, I made a lot of fun projects with this set of papers! And a few of my creations won recognition in Blogger-land. I chose this as my favorite because I love the distressed layers and the covered chipboard letters. Plus I mixed a few other lines in, and added some stamped images. Proving that all my toys can play together!

Christmas Past - this is an older line that got new life this past year. Graphic45 added a few new papers to the line, updating it and giving it new life. I chose this altered home decor item as my favorite project using this line. I love how all the small bits and flowers and things complement the paper, plus my ribbon is an exact match for the back of a scrap of Carol of the Bells - which I used on the bird's wing!

Le' Romantique - I had two projects that I loved, but knew I could only pick one if I wanted to stick to my "one project per line" rule for this submission. In the end, I chose this card which I recently made for the Graphic45 Valentine's blog post. I found some ribbon and lace in my stash that coordinated perfectly with the papers!

A Proper Gentleman - this is the line which I was most excited to see. All the previous lines were quite feminine, so having a masculine line was a wonderful surprise. Here is where I break my rule. I chose two projects to show for this line. The line is more versatile than most people know, and I wanted to show how it can be masculine, like the first card, and also, more neutral, like the second card. (Yes, I did sneak in a non-Graphic45 paper into that first card!)

On the Boardwalk - I enjoy making mini albums almost as much as I enjoy card making. This project is one of my favorite mini albums I've made using Graphic45 papers. I used a shaped album (Kaisercraft Sandcastle) and covered each shaped page with papers. I've included a few of the inside pages to show off how I used the papers.

Renaissance Faire - I had a moment when I thought that I had not created anything with this line! But then remembered this project, which I sold to a local store for their Graphic45 display! I love altering things, like this Maya Road tin. I altered the tin, and made a matching card.

Domestic Goddess - I have made a number of projects using this line, but the card I chose mixes the Domestic Goddess and retired Times Nouveau lines. They are a prefect match and I enjoy using them together. To me, nothing says HAPPY quite like a card with lots of layers! This card must weigh 2 pounds!
Transatlantique - I am mostly a card maker these days, but I wanted to include at least one scrapbook page in my submission list. Most of my pages using Graphic45 papers have been made more recently and are still "secret" projects, so I had to dig up an older page. I found this layout I made with the Transatlantique line.

Fashionista - I love the bold colors of this line. I used one of the new Graphic45 Black Policy Envelope Staples to make a mini album using the Fashionista papers. This was a FUN project, and it's still waiting for just the right photos! I've included a few close-up shots of the inside of the book so you can see how I used the papers for the embellishments.

Communique - this was the very first paper I ever saw from Graphic45! It still has a place in my heart, however it's very hard to find this line in stores, so I had to find an older project to show you. I love this card because I fussy-cut and layered all the small bits of paper to make the collage. And I used a pin - always a MUST for me!

I hope you enjoyed this walk down Graphic45 memory lane! I love Graphic45 papers and have been blessed beyond words to have been on the 2010 Design Team. I hope that they love my work enough to ask me back to the 2011 Team!

Thanks for looking!


  1. Wow! That's a whole lot of eye candy there, friend!! So glad your toys like to play together sooo well ;-) I'm in awe...fabulous work, Gloria!

  2. STUNNING work. Love them all, and I wish you all the very best of luck I can send.
    Luv CHRISSYxx

  3. Hermosos trabajos!!! Gracias por compartir la palabra de DIos!!
    cariños Debora

  4. Gloria...your work is pretty amazing! Praise God for such talent :0)

  5. Gloria, eres única!
    Me encantan todos tus trabajos, son preciosos!!
    Ojala formes parte este año también de la DT, pues eres mi inspiración.

  6. thanks for the AWESOME trip :) you know I think you should stay on the G45 DT............just let me know who to tell :)

  7. Gloria! These are Fabulous!! You are such a talented production artist!

  8. awesome set of projects!

    The castle shaped book is so clever, I'll have to remember that one.

  9. Ah Gloria! I just drown in all the deliciousness of your creations!

  10. Gloria, you have really rocked this one. WOW! I am green with envy at your God given eye for design, cannot wait to meet you later in the year.

  11. G, these are all just over-the-top-outstanding!!!! Good luck, ROCK STAR!!! :)

  12. GLORIA!!! What a FANTASTIC idea to post projects from each of the lines! I'm SO GLAD I didn't see that before I posted my audition or I might have had to take that idea... you and I seem to always be reading one another's minds anyway... ;-) Here is hoping that we get to be G45 sisters for another year!!!