Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Graphic 45 2014-2015 DT - Top 30 finalists!

Good Morning, crafty friends!

It's been a while since I last posted, but that's only because there are so many projects of mine that aren't quite ready to be shared yet. Hang tight! In the mean time, I wanted to share the list of Graphic 45's top 30 finalists for the 2014-2015 Design Team.

My experience as a Graphic 45 DT member has been nothing short of amazing ... the wonderful product and people behind Graphic 45 are unparalleled. It has been my biggest creative dream come true.

So to all of you amazing ladies and gents on the top 30, best of luck to you as you enter round 2! And a big WOO HOO to my fellow teammates who made the list again: Annette, Miranda, Nichola, Rhea, and Romy! With that said, I'm getting a cup of coffee ready as I visit each new blog.

Top 30 Design Team Finalists (in alphabetical order)

1. Andrew Roberts - Australia
2. Angelica Stark - Sweden
3. Annette Green - USA
4. Bobbi Smith - USA
5. Donna Espiritu - Saudi Arabia
6. Emily Martina - USA
7. Erica Houghton - USA
8. Evgenia Petzer - South Africa
9. Ginger Ropp - USA
10. Ginny Nemchak - USA
11. Gunn-Eirill Gjelseth-Rauan - Norway 
12. Jarrier Angélique - France
13. Katie Zoey Ho - Singapore
14. Keri Sallee - USA
15. Lora Mahaffey - USA
16. Lori Williams - USA
17. Lydia Bernard - France
18. Maggi Harding - USA
19. Maggie Armstrong - New Zealand
20. Miranda Edney - USA
21. Nadya Lifa - Russia
22. Nichola Battilana - Canada
23. Raquel Martin Fernandez (Tati Scrap) - Spain
24. Rhea Freitag - USA
25. Romy Veul - The Netherlands
26. Solange Marques - Brazil
27. Song Li - USA
28. Tanya Dudkina - Ukraine
29. Trudi Harrison - Australia
30. Yumi Muraea - Japan
Graphic 45 Ambassadors
31. Jane Tregenza - Australia
32. Laura Denison - USA

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Graphic 45 By The Sea Tag Tutorial

Good Morning!

March is National Craft Month, so the design team at Graphic 45 has been busy at work creating some fun tutorials for the whole family! My tag home decor piece is today's tutorial. Also on the blog is a gorgeous tag by the amazing Arlene Cuevas!

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I love By The Sea so much, that this is the second home decor piece I've made with it! When I found out that my special project was to use one of Graphic 45's tags, I thought I'd do something different from my other tag creations. I was really inspired by the "beach rules" image and felt another home decor piece was a must! And being the upcycler that I am, I was excited to finally use some burlap from a dear friend's Christmas present. 


12” x 12” Graphic 45 By The Sea Set Sail
12” x 12” Graphic 45 By The Sea My Anchor
12” x 12” Graphic 45 By The Sea Gathering Shells
12” x 12” Graphic 45 By The Sea Splash
12” x 12” Graphic 45 By The Sea Beachcomber
12” x 12” Graphic 45 By The Sea Sand and Surf
Graphic 45 By The Sea Chipboard
Graphic 45 Regular Tag Album – Ivory
Petaloo Dahlias – Aqua
8” x 9.5” Tan cardstock
5.75” x 7.5” burlap
Stickles - Diamond, Copper
Thin tree branch


Step 1. Take Set Sail paper and fussy cut the “Beach Rules” image. Trace the shape of your tag on the other side of your paper, then cut it out.

Step 2. Take Gathering Shells paper and fussy cut an orange starfish. Take My Anchor paper and fussy cut a blue starfish. Take Sand and Surf paper and fussy cut some shells from the “Gathering Seashells” image. Cut (2) stamps from Splash paper.

Step 3. Take Beachcomber paper and cut off a 6.5” x 8” piece. Flip over to reveal red side and set aside. Take remaining Beachcomber paper and fussy cut some shells. Locate (2) blue flowers such as these Petaloo Dahlias in Aqua. Locate the following By The Sea chipboard piece.

Step 4. Adhere Beach Rules tag shape onto your tag. Adhere to burlap.

Step 5. Arrange fussy cut pieces and flowers per photo then adhere.

Step 6. Adhere 6.5” x 8” Beachcomber paper behind burlap, then tan cardstock. Take your branch and trim off pieces to fit each side of your tan paper. Adhere. Apply Stickles to shells.  Insert your wall hanging into a larger frame or attach ribbon to the back for hanging.