Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Graphic 45 Design Team 2012 Audition

It's here! The day has come when I have to put together my post to audition for the Graphic 45 Design Team 2012! I have been on the team for two years, and you would think I'd not be nervous! I love being on this team! It's one of the best experiences I've ever had as part of a design team. Honest. I'm not just saying that! I don't want to leave! Ever!

The current team was told that starting this year, we could only apply for two years in a row. The fact that Graphic 45 is allowing Jane and me to apply for a third year, as a courtesy, is mind blowing! I am anxious and....well...

Here is my submission for the 2012 team!

This is the layout that I submitted to Spellbinders last year as my final 2011 design team contest project. I emailed them today and asked (begged) to be allowed to share it on my blog. I used all Graphic 45 papers and love how the layout turned out. It's never been shown before, but Spellbinders has given me permission to show it on my blog.

I love all the layers and textures of this project. I am very proud of it and am pleased to share it today! Below are a few close-ups.


The layout was part of an ensemble, so here is a photo of the matching card.

The next layout was one I made for Summer CHA, using An ABC Primer papers. I love the photo of my mother-in-law and think this layout displays the photo perfectly.

I wanted to share a few mini albums also, since that is something I love to make. I have made many mini albums using Graphic 45 papers. Here are two of my favorites!

I made this mini and altered box for Summer CHA. I've also done a tutorial for making it. Check my tutorials tab at the top of the blog.

I made this Le Cirque album several months ago. It's an interactive album. Lots of fun, lots of surprises, lots of tags!

Next up, altered projects. I tried to pick just one, but could not! I had too many that I loved! This first one is an altered tag that I made for Diane Schultz, Graphic 45 owner, for her last birthday. It was a labor of love for an amazing lady. (Ok, I'm just sucking up now!)

I even added a vintage light bulb, to signify Diane's "light bulb moments"!

My favorite project EVER is this printers tray. I made this for my craft space. I look at it all the time and say, "Man, I am so great I cannot stand myself!"

The next two projects are altered frames. They are those cheap, $1.99 frames you buy at the craft store! But look at them now!

I created this project to show how to alter Graphic 45 Metal Staples. It now sits on a shelf in my entry way. Love it! Love it lots!

I created this next frame for Hampton Art Stamps, Winter 2012 CHA. I hand colored and cut all those little bottles. (Olde Curiosity Shoppe stamps) My family loved this frame and were sad when I had to mail it off to CHA!

Last, but not least...cards! It was hard to pick the cards I wanted to showcase here. I've done so many! There are some I love so much. There were a few I could not show since they are for upcoming Graphic 45 Blog posts, a few use items that I cannot promote due to another design contract...so these are the cards I chose...

I know you've seen this one a few times here on the blog. But it remains one of my favorite cards, ever. I love everything about it!

I also wanted to show some things I had done with Graphic 45 stamps, Decades inks, and Copic Markers. I am pretty versatile, and wanted to remind the "voting committee" of that! {grin}

I created this card for Winter 2012 CHA, for a demo board I made.

I think this next card was created for Hampton Art Stamps, for their Summer 2011 CHA booth.

And last, this is a tag I made last winter. I ended up recreating (in a more simple style) it for all Archivers stores!

Well, that's my submission! I hope it's enough to show that I love Graphic 45 papers...and I know how to use them!


  1. Wow it is a stunning production. I hope you make it again this year. CONGRAT....

  2. All your stuff is wonderful....2 years is a very nice run....here's to another! Best of luck Gloria.

  3. woo hoooo...excellent work!

  4. That is AWESOME they are letting you try out for a third term! Very cool!! I love love love love your creations! Absolutely GORGEOUS!!! Good luck!!

  5. I am so wishing you the best of luck!!! I really love your stuff!

  6. Stunning projects, keeping everything crossed for you :)

  7. All your projects are awesome, Gloria! Love your Spellbinders layout!!!
    I'm happy G45 let you try out again!
    My best wishes that you make the team a 3rd time! You deserve it.

  8. fabulous projects ! Cross my fingers for you !

  9. They are all so beautiful! I wish you the BEST of luck!

  10. I love all your creations - you do such a beautiful job! I'm so happy you chose the Steampunk printer tray as your favorite because that's MY favorite of all your creations as well! :D Good luck, Gloria!!!

  11. I so love your work Gloria - fingers crossed we can work together again in 2012!! Cheers

  12. Anonymous3:40 AM

    I really love your work and admire you!
    Good luck to you, I'm sure you gonna make it a third time!

  13. Beautiful projects Gloria, Good luck on running a third term, love your work

  14. I always love looking at your work, Gloria, this time you've really outdone yourself! Wishing you all the best.

  15. Congrats on making the top 30!! Wonderful work as always!

  16. Beautiful projects... congrats!

  17. Gorgeous projects! Here's hoping we work another year together!

  18. Just Beautiful. Congratulations!

  19. Gorgeous projects. Looking forward to another year of you and G45. You are so talented and creative.

  20. Congrats, Gloria!!! Soooo happy for you!! And by the way, thank you for the super encouraging words on my blog, that meant the world to me! I know you're gonna have the best weekend now!!

  21. Congrats on making the Graphic 45 Design Team!

  22. CONGRATS you talented girl!!

  23. Congrats on making the Graphic 45 DT... your work is beautiful... l am looking forward to a year of inspiration!