Friday, March 30, 2012

Let's Celebrate! Graphic 45 Design Team 2012!

I have been a mess of nerves since yesterday afternoon waiting for the Graphic 45 Design Team Announcement! I knew I would not sleep last night and stayed up until 1am watching Netflix! Then, I fell asleep and woke up promptly at...5:15!? Reallyl? I dozed off and on and finally got up at 7:15 with a "hangover headache" from all that TV! it is!

And the new Graphic 45 Design Team members for 2012 (in no particular order) are...

1. Denise Hahn - USA
2. Sharon Ngoo - Singapore
3. Nicole Eccles - USA
4. Clare Charvill - UK
5. Alberto Juárez Díaz - Spain
6. Arlene Cuevas - USA
7. Tara Orr - Canada
8. Jim Hankins - USA
9. Maiko Miwa - Japan
10. Gloria Stengel - USA  <--------  That's Me!!!!!
11. Susan Lui - Singapore
12. Kristin Wilson - USA
13. Jane Tregenza - Australia
14. Roberto Cesar dos Santos - Brazil
15. Laura Denison - USA

Congrats to everyone!

Visit the Graphic 45 Blog for all the details. To say I am both blown away and honored is an understatement! I never dreamed that I'd have THREE years with this AMAZING paper company! I am over the moon! That was NOT an earthquake in southern California....that was ME, jumping up and down!

Graphic 45 has more cards for Day 5 of Cards Week! A beauty from my teamie Tara, and one more from me. (I am the card queen, after all).

You all know by now that I love to make gift card holders. A gate fold card with an inside pocket makes a quick and easy gift card holder. Creating a simple band to hold the card closed makes this simple project extra special.

When you slide off the band and open the "doors" you see the surprise inside! (I confess that I stole this idea from my friend Cheryl. She makes amazing gate-fold cards. Mine is "sissy" compared to hers! )

Trim black cardstock to 5 x 10 inches. Score at 2 1/2 inches from each end. (Drawing not to scale)

Using a piece of cardstock 2 x 5 inches, create a pocket for the inside of the card. Add adhesive to the sides and bottom of the pocket. (Note: I covered the inside surface BEFORE adding my pocket.)

Cover all surfaces with patterned paper.

To create the closure band, trim black cardstock to 2 x 12 inches. Score at 4 7/8 and 10 inches.

Cover your band with patterned paper, and glue together. Make sure you don't glue it too tight or it won't slip off your card. You may need to adjust your band size, depending on how thick your finished card becomes.

Decorate your band as desired. I added a chipboard bike and a sentiment to my band. It's a simple project, but packs big impact, especially when you slip a gift card inside!

I also decorated the back of my card. It looks more finished that way.

Ok, now to decompress! What a day! Woooohoooo!

Supply List:
Graphic 45 Paper:
Olde Curiosity Shoppe: Olde Curiosity Shoppe, Genuine Article
Graphic 45 Staples: Brads (from the Metal Hinge Staples), Metal Button Staples
Clearsnap: Colorbox Graphic 45 Decades Photogenic, Venetian Lace Antiquing Ink
Clearsnap: Smooch Spritz Vanilla Shimmer
Spellbinders: Grand Calibur Die Cutting System; Shapeabilities Office Supplies
Imaginarium Designs: Penny Farthing Bicycle Chipboard
Hampton Art Stamps: Celebrate and Thanks Stamp Set
American Crafts: Black Cardstock
Neenah: Natural White Cardstock
Deco Art: White Acrylic Paint
StampinScrappin: Birthday Stamp
Martha Stewart: Butterfly Punch
Recollections: Pearls
Maya Road: Bingo Number
Scor-Pal: Scoring board and stylus
Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape runner, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares, Beacon Zip Dry glue


  1. I had no doubt that you would make the team yet again Gloria! How could you fail? With your talent, you were a shoe-in (in my mind anyway) I love this card today! Thanks for the tutorial - would never be able to figure this out on my own! I can only hope to be as good as you someday :) Huge congrats to you! I look forward to another term of amazing creations from you!

  2. Congrats to you Gloria!! They are fortunate to have you!

  3. Big congrats, Gloria!! well deserved and they should be happy to have you. you're such a talented lady.
    I'm very happy for you :)).

  4. i thought i felt the earth move :)

    a HUGE congrats girlfriend!!!!! :)

  5. congratulations for your nomination ! and also for this fabulous card !

  6. Anonymous12:27 PM

    Congratulations on making the team 3 years in a row. Wow that's awesome. You're work is absolutely amazing!!!

  7. CONGRATS!!!!!!! I just knew I would see your name on the list!!

  8. I never doubted you'd make it :) Congrats girl - well deserved! Hugs

  9. I would have been horrified if you hadn't made it. Congrats.

  10. Well done, Gloria - you deserve it! Love your work! Best wishes Karen x

  11. woo hoo...jumping up and down in phoenix for you!

  12. Congrats! I truly can't imagine G45 without you- your work is what I picture when I think G45!

  13. Congratulations Gloria, for making another year, well done :)

  14. Congratulations, Gloria!


  15. Congrats Gloria!!!! I am so happy for you! I did feel the earthquake! LOL! No more jumping! I can't wait to see what you will be creating!! Big hugs!

  16. I am so happy for you Gloria, I was also stalking wanting to know if you, Maiko, Karen, and Jane got into the team.....
    Congratulations, you sure deserve it with your amazing creations....

  17. Congrats Gloria. Super excited for you! Can't wait to see more of your GLORIous work in the future.

  18. CONGRATULATIONS! Mind you I was so confident for you..totally deserved:)

  19. Congratulations Gloria, can't believe we get another year, still pinching myself, although I was sure you would get on, as there is no one as good at cards as you are, (love your layouts and off the page projects as well!!)looks like being an amazing year! hugs

  20. Woo hoo! Gloria, you are so deserving of this team. So excited to see your G45 creations for another year!

  21. Aaack...I'm sorry to be so belated in my big CONGRATULATIONS to you! (Although how could they not ask you back? :) )