Saving For a Rainy Day Bank with Graphic 45

I love working with Graphic 45 products, and I always find that I am challenged to think outside of the box – or in this case, design around the box. I started out with the G45 ATC Book Box, and decided to turn it into a Dog House that functions as a bank.  Using the Raining Cats and Dogs collection got me thinking about  saving for a rainy day and inspired the idea of a piggy bank.


Saving For a Rainy Day Bank Supplies:


I constructed a roof to fit over the box ( and cut a hole to insert money).  The dog house was decorated and finished with a paper umbrella, made from a scalloped circle.  To access the money inside, simply untie the ribbon.


Wouldn’t this be a fun way to save up those pennies for more craft supplies?!!

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Unique Graphic 45 Gift Bag & Card

Hanging your more 3D cards on the front of an altered gift bag is a great way to display your card and create a unique feature for your bag. Clare Buswell created this neat design using Core’dinations Graphic 45 Signature Series Lights and Graphic 45 papers.


Gift Bag and Tag Supply List:

  • Signature Series Graphic 45 – Lights
  • Graphic 45 – Bohemian Bazaar Collection 8×8
  • Sand It Gadget
  • Dust Buddy
  • Darice Paper Crafting Bags Bag
  • Cuttlebug Embossing folder Anna Griffin Ogee Damask
  • Big Shot
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Tattered Florals Die
  • Card hanger die (
  • Ranger Coffee Ink
  • May Arts 5/8″ Crochet Ribbon Natural
  • May Arts Twisted Burlap Ribbon Ivory
  • Enamel dots
  • Circle It stamp set The Crafts Meow
  • Flower Stamen


Flower Instructions:

Step 1. Die cut 5 large flowers and 1 medium using Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die and Creme Brulee cardstock from the Signature Series Graphic 45 – Lights Collection. Using a scissors snip in between the petals on the medium flower. Sand all edges using Sand It Gadget and wipe with Dust Buddy.


Step 2. On a foam mat use the top of a pen lid to create a cupped effect on each petal by pressing into the cardstock. Repeat for each layer. Make a hole in the center of each flower.


Step 3. Fold over a bunch of flower stamen, insert into center of smallest layer. Continue adding layers and add a small amount of tacky glue at the base of each flower between layers.


Step 4. To make sure the back of the flower was flat I added some pieces of masking tape to cover the ends of the stamen. This makes it easier to attach to your project.


Step 5. Once all the layers are complete, use your fingers to shape the flower, pushing the center petals slightly closed.


Bag Instructions: 

Step 1. Die cut two pieces of Spring Green cardstock from the Signature Series Graphic 45 – Lights Collection and the card hanger die. Cut two strips of patterned paper from Graphic 45 – Bohemian Bazaar Collection 8×8 to fit across the top of the bag.


Step 2. Use the inner piece from the die cut hanger to trace around on your bag, cut out slightly larger. Adhere the die cut piece, as shown.


Step 3. Adhere the second die cut piece on the inside of the bag, for a neat finish.


Step 4. Attach the patterned paper strips from Graphic 45 – Bohemian Bazaar Collection to the top of the bag at the front and back and then slip the card through the card holder.




Bright & Cheerful Cards with Graphic 45

November 18, 2014 by  
Filed under Cards & Tags, Core Blog, Core Projects

Suzanna Lee here today and I created two bright and cheerful cards that are perfect for pretty much any occasion! Just replace the sentiment for your special event and you have two beautiful cards.  Graphic 45 and Core’dinations are the perfect match.

‘Wish You Were Here’ Sentiment Card


‘Wish You Were Here’ Card Supplies:

Step 1:  Cut a large banner shape from Core’dinations cardstock and then sand and emboss. Cut a smaller banner shape from core’dinating patterned paper. Adhere.

Step 2: Cut a small square and score frame. Sand. Cut a smaller sentiment from Graphic 45 patterned paper and some flowers.


Step 3: Adhere twine and you are done!


Congrats Tri-Fold Card

G45_Congrats_SuzannaLeeCongrats Card Supplies:

  • Core’dinations Graphic 45 Darks collection
  • Core Basics Smooth Kraft
  • Sand it Set
  • Patterned Paper – Graphic 45 (Couture, 6×6 patterns and solids)
  • Embossing folder – Elizabeth Crafts
  • Die – Sizzix
  • i Rock tool and gems – Imaginisce
  • Twine – The Twinery
  • Stamp – Simon Says Stamp
  • Button – Tim Holtz
  • Chipboard hearts – Studio Calico

Step 1: Using a die cut, cut the smooth kraft cardstock. Trim Core’dinations cardstock, sand and emboss and adhere to base. Do the same with patterned paper or more cardstock for the other side.

Step 2: Die cut the repeating scallop shape in various Graphic 45 papers, stamp sentiment and add embellishments. Adhere.


Step 3: Add a gift card in the inside for a quick and easy gift!




Graphic 45 Signature Series Giveaway

November 17, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Graphic 45

We have another GREAT week for you this week! This time we are celebrating a week long even with Graphic 45! Graphic 45 is a staple in the papercrafting industry featuring amazing patterns and colors in their paper lines. AND, did you know that we have TWO Graphic 45 paper lines featuring their signature colors: Graphic 45 Lights collection and the Graphic 45 Darks collection packs.  Both are great for any papercrafting crafting including matching those Graphic 45 collections perfectly.

Looking to win an awesome goodie box full of Darice products AND some Graphi45 Signature Series?  Well then keep reading!



Here is our line up for this week:

Monday — Ava Gavloski’s Altered Cigar box 

Tuesday — Bright and Cheerful Cards from Suzanna Lee‎ and Shaunte Wadley’s Tiny Turtle Layout

Wednesday — Unique Gift Bag and Tag from Clare Buswell

Thursday — CAS cards with Mary Pat and Rainy Day Bank with Gini Cagle

Friday — Joann Jamieson Wall Art  and Graphic 45 Cards from Debbie Standard


And who wants to win some of this????  Keep reading on how you can win….

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By the Sea Layouts

We love our Graphic 45 Signature Series Lights and Darks Collection and they match PERFECTLY with the By the Sea Collection from Graphic 45 for those summer photos. Create a patchwork design by alternating Core’dinations embossed and sanded squares with patterned paper.

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For the background of this layout, I used a sheet from the Graphic 45 Core’dination’s Lights  collection and cut it into three sections (hidden by the strips of patterned paper) and embossed and sanded them.  After dusting them off with my Dust Buddy, I attached them to another sheet of cardstock and then covered the edges where they met with strips from the patterned paper.
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Back to School Layout with Petaloo

August 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Petaloo

This week we are hanging with our friends from Petaloo with Back To School projects. And you know there are prizes up for grabs during these fun weeks!
How to win:
Leave a comment on the Core blog all week long.
Head over to Petaloo blog, check out their inspiration and comment to win.
Check out our Facebook page and let us know how much fun you are having!
Winners will be announced on the blog Monday August 18th.
Supply list:
Whitewash Cardstock
Petaloo flowers, mixed and matched
Silhouette cut files – Miss Kate Cuttables
Die – Lifestyle Crafts
Pin – Bella Blvd
Punch – Fiskars
Bling – Doodlebug
Suzanna Lee here and over the months that I have designed for Core’dinations, I have shared with you many of the plus’ of working with Core’dinations cardstock. With the design team call announced (yes, you TOO could design for Core, see more about the call here) you know that this term is winding down for us and I have one last plus to share with you; no matter which manufacturer you put along side Core’dinations, there is always a WIDE assortment of coordinating Core’dinations cardstock to work with.
I have yet to find a company who I can’t coordinate Core’dinations cardstock with. Today we are partnering with Petaloo and just look at how amazing this Graphic 45 Dark’s collection pairs up with the Petaloo flowers! I was sent an assortment of different flowers that I mixed and matched to grow my garden with – a lovely bed of flowers indeed!
And of course it cuts wonderfully in my Silhouette:
And a close-up:

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