Sunday, February 27, 2011

Trying out for G45 !!!! YIKES!

( UPDATE) I am so truly honored to even be in the company of these fellow artisans. I already love you all and wish everyone the very best of luck and inspiration.

Mar 4, 2011 9:55:23 AM

The Graphic 45 Design Team 25 Finalists & Blog Prize Announcement

Hello Crafters!
It's the moment you've all been waiting for! It's been an amazing experience combing through all of our Design Team submissions. The time has come to announce our 25 finalists! We know you are all on the edge of your seats to see who the lucky 25 finalists are. But first we wanted to give on more quick announcement and let you know the winner of this week's blog prize! It was so great getting to read about all of your happy accidents whilst crafting. Personally, I feel like I owe some of my best work to these unexpected moments. Thank you to everyone who submitted comments this week! Our random winner is Nicole Mullen. Here is what she had to say about one of her happy crafting accidents.
"My latest happy accident was dropping a ink dropper full of ink and getting ink splatters all over a sheet of paper I had just embossed with a script embossing folder....the ink I spilled looked like ink drops from an old quill pen and looked amazing on the paper - happy days!!" -Nicole Mullen
Thanks Nicole! Please email us at to claim your prize! We will have another chance for you all to win another fantastic prize on Monday so we hope you will join us!
Okay, here it is! The 25 finalists (in no particular order) of the Graphic 45 Design Team are...
1. Amanda Phillips - Goose Creek, SC
2. Laura Denison - Maple Valley, WA
3. Jane Tregenza - Australia
4. Karen Wilson - Prescott Valley, AZ
5. Gloria Stengel - Oceanside, CA
6. Tara Orr - Canada
7. Michael Jack Putman and Lesley Fisher - Mesa, AZ
8. Sherry Cheever - Jeffersonville, IN
9. Jamie Dougherty - Ramona, CA
10. Hilde Janbroers - The Netherlands
11. Tracey Locher - Escondido, CA
12. Leica Forrest - Canada
13. Karen Bearse - Fairfax, VA
14. Lynette Carroll - Braintree, MA
15. Natalie Dever - Sheboygan Falls, WI
16. Nicole Eccles - Springboro, OH
17. Robin L. Shakoor - Fredericksburg, VA
18. Melanie Forbes - Australia
19. Nancy Wethington - St. Louis, MO
20. Jade Moore - Belleville, Il
21. Tonya A. Gibbs - Keystone Heights, FL
22. Tomoko Takahashi - Japan
23. Jason  Jones - Whitesboro, TX
24. Jenny Svensson - Brakne-Hoby, Sweden
25. Yuka Hino - Japan
We want to give our deepest gratitude to everyone who applied for our Design Team this year. We know it required a lot of hard work and we truly appreciate all the effort that went in to each and every one of your applications. Your submissions were all so beautiful and they literally brought us to tears. We had hundreds of submissions this year and it was very difficult to narrow it down to our 25 finalists. Thank you all so much for being such stunning, creative individuals.  We hope to continue inspiring you with gorgeous papers and project ideas in the future and we are so fortunate to have such a wonderful crafting community cheering us on. Thank you all so, so much. 
A note to our 25 finalists:
We will be contacting you directly via email with details about the final round of our Design Team Call. Here are some details about what to expect.  The 25 finalists will be required to send  1- layout 1- card and 1- altered item directly to the corporate office in Portland, Oregon for review by Graphic 45 staff including Diane Schultz, the CEO and designer of our products. Your projects must be mailed by March 11th in order to receive in our office by March 18th.
Congratulations to our 25 finalists! We can't wait to see your final projects and we wish you all the best of luck in the final round. 
We hope you all have a terrific weekend. Thank you all so much for another terrific week here on the Graphic 45 blog. We love hearing from you and seeing your comments on a regular basis. Thank you all for your inspiration!
With Love and Paper,
Team Graphic 45

LOL okay everyone cross your fingers,toes,legs,arms ...heck! even your eyes!! and Wish me luck. I am trying it and have done literally 7 projects in 10 days as I felt that some of my current stuff wasn't what I wanted to represent me. So for those of you who have said I haven't updated in a while it's because I have had my nose to the paper. I only glued myself to something about a dozen times...never use a tongue depressor,super glue and low light at 2:30 in the A.M. Uhhhummm thats all that need be said :) The contest rules are as follows, 10-15 projects for the first round and then if you make it to the second it's a LO/card and an altered project (I saved the best for last) . So we will see. There are some super Uber spectacular artist out there so I am certain the competition is some tough stuff. So if you want to see my pieces hit the G45 submissions tab up top and I hope you enjoy. Have a great Happy Go Lucky Day! Did I say I am Pooped?