Sunday, February 26, 2012

Graphic 45 Design Team 2012 Audition

Well my crafty friends, I think I have a new obsession! I finally overcame my inhibitions for cutting into my Graphic 45 paper and now I am HOOKED! LOL

I know I am not the only one to confess that I tend to hoard designer papers. I pace them in my paper stacks and take them out to look at them every once in a while. They are so pretty that I don't want to cut them. Especially the beautiful Graphic 45 papers! After months and weeks of gazing at these beautiful papers, I decided it was time to cut. I am SO glad that I did! Not only did I enjoy making these creations using the Graphic 45 papers, I also love looking at my finished projects. (I took the plunge just in time to try out for the DT too) I will show them by paper collections. There will be more pictures and information about each project during the next week.  Take a look and let me know what you think. (This is a long post, but I promise you will want to see it all :)

Once Upon a Springtime 8 x 8 papers

This enchanted little fairy garden is a peek-a-boo card.
(You may recognize the archway. I used the same cut file that I made for my blog header sign :)
It is packed with whimsy and cuteness.

Of course I HAD to add some paper flowers!
This time I used my "small flowers" cut file and added gold micro beads to the center.
Then I added some of the gorgeousness Graphic 45 flowers from the Primrose Cottage paper.

I used the same small flowers in this desk calendar project.

I sent it to a friend in this lovely gift box that I topped with pearls and my handmade "open rose" and "5 point" flowers. 
I changed the format of my calendar pages slightly since I took those pictures. You can download the free printable here; Calendar

Then I moved on to the 12x 12...

Love's Labyrinth

I used my "Regal Rose" cut files for this tag. I make the cut files for the flowers, cut them out on neutral colored card stock with my Black Cat electric cutting machine, and ink them with Tim Holt Distress Ink. 

You can download a PDF copy of the tag layers. You can print them out to use as a pattern.
Come back tomorrow to get the free cut files.

ABC Primer Collection
& Signature Series Core-dinations Paper

They look like old school books, but they are really boxes. The boxes would be great to hold mini-albums, craft supplies, or school supplies. Can't you just see these on the corner of a teacher's desk?

The Core-dinations papers have a white core and look great when sanded, embossed, or inked. Of course they are the perfect colors to match the other Graphic 45 sheets.

I bound them up with a cute little belt made from an embossed sheet from the Graphic 45 Signature Series. I used the buckle cut file that I made for my Tool Belt Card. The silver is from my pain patch packaging and slightly colored with alcohol inks. The buckle actually works and the belt can be easily removed.

Tropical Travelogue Collection

Here are a couple of lovely cards using these vivid Graphic 45 papers and more of my handmade flowers. The cut files for these flowers came from Penny Duncan. (she is great!)

Love the post card look that is so popular now.

I have saved the best for last.
You may remember my Beach Explosion Box from this summer. Well look at the new improved version using Graphic 45 papers! (I am getting so addicted to this line :)

Great little hut, huh?
Let's  take the lid off and take a peak inside...

LOVE these papers!
Here is a closer look at the pages.

The wave details were cut from more of the Signature Series Core-dinations paper, embossed, and sanded. The portion that was cut from the center is what I used for the corner decorations.

I used more of the S.S. paper for the island and palms.
You may recognize the palm trees from my "Where's Santa?" card from my guest designer spot for The Paper Dolls

Well thank you, friends, for sticking with me through my rantings. I also want to thank the Graphic 45 team for considering my application.

There was way too much goodness to share on this post. I will be showing more pictures and information about each of the projects throughout this week. I will also include some cut files, instructions, and even some videos. Hope you decide to come back.



NikiC.Designs said...

Love the beach exploding box with the palm trees inside..I feel like I need a margarita!
Your Once upon a spring time with the cut out work is very very intricate and breathtaking!
Good luck on the audition darling:-)

Rhonda Emery said...

you did a beautiful job on all your projects good luck on making the dt. I see no reason you will not. hugs

Dr Sonia S V said...

What a visual treat so exquisite and beautiful ... stunning in fact!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Just STUNNING!! Loving the stacked books and those palm trees!! Good luck with the call!

Cheryl First said...

Wow, Jani! You always seem to above and beyond, and this certainly no exception! Fantastic projects, absolutely gorgeous work! I see no reason why theu don't choose you! Way to go!

Eva said...

oh my gosh Jani...I am wowed by them all, they are all fabulous. The Palm Trees inside your newly designed beach hut explosion box is awesome...I love it and you Rock!!! Good luck to you on your DT post, They would be so lucky to have you my Friend!!!
Crafty Hugs, Eva

Jean said...

Wow! These projects are so beautiful. Good luck.

Lisa R. said...

Awesome! Love the attention to detail. I can't see any reason you wouldn't be selected! TFS

craftysals creative corner said...

simply stunning jani

Audrey Frelx said...

Wow, wow, wowww!!! And WOOOOOWWWW, some more!!! Beautiful and amazing projects!!!

You're right, I hoard my Graphic 45 too -- use it very sparingly!!!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! I appreciate it! Have a great week!

Lisa said...

WOW, Jani, these are AMAZING!! Every single thing you have created is beyond fabulous!! I love it all, especially the Tiki Hut, but the books are my favorite!! Wow, I am in are so talented!! GOOD LUCK with the DT so deserve it!! :)

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Gail's Card Cafe' said...

OH-EM-GEE! These are spectacular! I've always loved the way you payed attention to the smallest of details in your work. I love those books and I would have never known about the core-dinations had you not explained it LOL (drrrr)They'd be silly not to swoop you up for their team. Good luck!

Queenie said...

Stunning loooove them all,fantastic!!
Fingers ,toes,legs,arms all crossed for you.

Christina said...

OMG!!!! Jani these are all amazing.. I love each and every one of them..