Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Big Day In The Spotlight - Graphic 45 Design Team Intros

Good morning all!  Happy Wednesday!  And might I add what a happy Wednesday it is for me.  The sun is shining,  the birds are chirping and today is my Big Intro onto the Graphic 45 Design Team! YAY!!  If you haven't already, make sure to stop by the G 45 blog and leave a comment for a chance to win a yummy G45 stash including a Once Upon A Springtime 8x8 pad!! 

Now onto the showing...  Let me just start by saying what an honor it is to be chosen as one of the lucky 13 for the Graphic 45 Design Team!!  It truly humbles me to be a part of such an amazing company, and to work with such an oustanding group of  inspiration and talent that is my team!  Looking forward to a great year of learning, sharing and inspiration!

If you aren't already familiar with the Design Team call, I will catch you up quick.  In the second round of judging for the  G45 team, we were all to submit 3 projects directly to their office in Oregon.  We were to send one layout, one card, and one altered art creation.  I decided to create 3 brand new pieces just for the occasion. since it is not everyday you get such an amazing opportunity!

So enough talking and onto the show!
This fun pennant looking border along the top was created using a Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz stamp I got from the Stamp Away last August! 

Couldn't resist using the " Owl Theater" sign, or the Owl.  Or that cute little dog!
Love, love, love this Moon!!  And look at her fun paper pieced umbrella using a stamp!

One thing about Graphic 45 papers I love, is all the vintage images that are just waiting to be cut out!
As you can see I am a very detailed cutter.  I just love looking at the papers and bringing everything together with a new fresh twist.  
For this layout I ended up using 3 different lines.  Le Cirque, Curtain Call, and some Fashonista Collection I had stashed away for a rainy day.  It probably look atleast 50 pop dots for this entire layout.  From all the layers for the curtains, to pop dots behind all the people in specific places.  I really wanted to create a flow for the eye with  layering and dimension. 
The picture I used is an old photo of my Grandma Theda.  She was still young and full of life in those days.  It was a time in her life when anything was still possible, and the world around her was just unfolding.   Speaking of the photo, when I was creating this layout, I couldn't find my photo paper anywhere!  I was freaking out and tearing through bookshelves, looking under everything.  But never to be found.  So I decided to print onto my cream printer cardstock instead.  And you know I really think I love it more.  Gives it such a rich and vintage look, and really even better looking inked than my regular photo paper.  Have to love happy accidents!  
For the title I used a mix of white Basic Grey letter stickers, stamped with black script using the Hero Arts Script stamp.  The "Dare To"  was created using a computer to warp my lettering, then printed off and hand drawing a banner around it, cut out and scored just so to give dimension. 

Supplies Used:
Papers: Graphic 45 Le Cirque - Under the Big Top, Magnifique
                                G45 Curtain Call - Moulin Rouge, The Cinema, Applause, Top Billing, Let's Dance, All That Jazz, Curtain Call ( may have been better off saying what I didn't use)
G45 Fashionista Collection - En Vogue, Buttons A La Mode
Stamps: Stampers anonymous Pennant border(U4-1147), Paper Parachute(Umbrella), Hero Arts(Script)
Dies: Spellbinders Inverted Scalloped Square
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Inks Antique Linen, Ranger Adirondack Inks (Red Pepper), Tsukineko  Versafine (Onyx Black)
Extras: Tim Holtz Grungeboard, 7 Gypsies Industrial Gears, Silver craft glitter, pop dots, silver paint, hemp twine, Clip Art (owl and mushrooms)

For my Altered Project I was already working on something with the Le Cirque line that was just perfect  
The idea started with the Elephant.  He just seemed like the perfect tight rope walker carrying his little fan with his trunk.  Then the whole thing unfolded into the Flying Circus.  The wings were actually the last thing I thought of, really pulling the whole idea together. 

Supplies Used: 
Papers:  Graphic 45 Le Cirque - Cirque Parade, Greatest Show On Earth, Bohemian Floral, Under the Big Top, Magnifique, Le Cirque
Extras:  Tim Holtz Precut Grungeboard shapes, 7 Gypsies Tin Borders, Hemp Twine, Blue craft Paint, White Craft Paint 
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Inks ( Black Soot), Ranger Adirondack ( Lemonade)

And last but not least for my card I used  G45's yummy Steampunk Debutante.
This is a card I love to create, with vitage book paper that looks like it is being broken through.  A very simple technique to achieve with a very elegant look!

I just love the Tim Holtz On the Edge Dies and it really worked perfect in creating this card! 
 Papers: Graphic 45- Steampunk Debutante - Time Flies, Victorian Transformers, Ephemera Extraordinaire, Magnifique
Extras:  Old Book paper, Tim Holtz Grunge Board, Tim Holtz On the Edge Die, Craft Paint

Thanks so much everyone for stopping by today and sharing in my excitement.  The Intro on the Graphic 45 blog couldn't have hit home more!  Such an amazing team, and I truly look forward for what is to come! 
Recieved my box of supplies last week, and already head first into creating my first piece for the Team! 
Super Exciting!  Stop back soon to see what I have been up to! 
And make sure to Keep up with Graphic 45 for the next few weeks to meet the rest of this outstanding team!
Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for all your support!
Nicki Chicky



Jack and Cat Curio said...

We have been "blurking" around your blog this morning....Love your work, your attitude, and your passions. Very cool!Can't wait to see more.... I think the future might hold some sort of "Halloween" blog hop .... or joined teaching class... Love your work!
-Lesley & Mike

Jess said...

At last you get to share you art with with the rest of the world. IT is Amzaing. Love Ya Dear Friend. PS I need more eye candy alwys in need of more eye candy.

Carol said...

WOW, Stunning job with all these projects, I am a new follower and look forward to see more in the near future. TFS