Friday, February 24, 2012

Graphic 45 Design Team 2012 Audition

Wow, Wow, wowza...It is hard to believe that just a year ago I was nervously applying for the Graphic 45 Design Team. 
This year, I am just as nervous, but with a lot of great experiences under my belt.
First off, I would just like to say that Graphic 45 is an amazing team to design for, and I wish everyone luck that is applying! 
This last year has been full of incredible opportunities, meeting outstanding new people and living the dream.  Hoping to extend that dream with one more year! 
Wish me Luck...

The first project I would like to share is a brand new layout, created just for this special occasion!
So many times in life, just like this one, I am left wondering..
Where have the years gone?

Created using a mix of An ABC Primer, Steampunk Debutante, Curtain Call, On The Boardwalk, Olde Curiosity Shoppe and a dash of A Proper Gentleman for spice..
All Meshing perfectly with the colors of my photo, taken by a good friend Johnnie King.

Now for a look at some of my designs created over the past year with Graphic 45,
Starting with Layouts..

This layout was created for last years mail in submissions.  Made with 100's of pop dots and
layering, This is the perfect example of the scene's and imagery that I love to create using Graphic 45 papers. 
One of my favorite lines, Steampunk Debutante is so very versatile.  It's great for creating super cute layouts as well as all those funky Altered Art and Mixed Media Creations that I am hooked on..

And don't forget all those incredible story book characters that just bring you back to childhood....

Now onto some cards and tags...

My very first creation on the G45 Design Team was this Circus Tent Triptych Card.
Created to fold flat, with layers and layers of Circus fun made to look just like a 3 ring circus, using left over Graphic 45 packaging tags and their metal hinges. 

It is no secret that Halloween is one of my favs, and this little card and tags are no exception!
Made with the fun and whimsical, Magic of Oz line..

And sometimes you just need to keep on believing in magic...
Fairies come to life in this dimensional card created using Graphic 45's
Once Upon A Springtime!

And don't forget about using Graphic 45 papers for all those Handmade Holiday cards, tags and gifts.
This card was created with a Shadowbox effect by cutting and folding a recessed window into the card. 

And last, but not least in my mind, my favorite to design....some Mixed Media and Altered Art!!

This first design was created out of an old book, hand carved using an Xacto knife to make a little nook for a shadowbox, or hidden object if you choose.  Decorated with the magical designs of Graphic 45's Halloween in Wonderland.

Next is the fun and movable, Elephant Pull Toy!  Ready for the circus, he is waving his red flag and 
decked out in his cute clown attire..  Designed using one of my ever favorite lines, Le Cirque

And Here is the Circus..Designed using Graphic 45's 5x8 Altered Art Box.
Complete with a stage, and circus tent top!

And on the inside, the clowns are going wild!!!

Keep up with time, with this Huge Steampunk Debutante Perpetual Calendar...And don't forget to countdown to Halloween with this Spooky Advent Calendar.   

Add some May Arts Ribbon, a bell shaped ornament and an old candlestick and get a beautiful Winter Angel with a scene inside perfect for any centerpiece.

Last to finish things off with a little funk.  And a twist of Steampunk.
Some of my newest designs created on Canvas!

Thanks so much for taking a walk with me down Memory Lane!  This has been an unbelievable year for me, and I am sad to think it has come full circle. 
Thank each and everyone of you for the support along the way!
And Thanks to Graphic 45 for being so awesome and designing such Inspirational Papers!
Plus for this amazing opportunity to try out once more!

Best of Luck To ALL!!!!!
Nicki Chicky


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

You are absolutely amazing! I loveeeeee all your creations! Good luck with your audition!

Melanie said...

Good luck - I have loved your work over the year and hopefully get to create with you in the upcoming one too!!

Nancy Wethington said...

Gorgeous! Good luck (not that I think you'll need it). Your work is always amazing!

Maria said...

Wow, Nicole! I have no doubt you'll make the team again - when I first saw your work last year, I was immediately captivated by how stunning, creative, and sooo unique your creations are! You've always been one of my favorite papercrafters because you are sooo versatile! Best of luck to you, but if I had any say in it all, you're a definite shoo-in!! :D

NikiC.Designs said...

Wow Nicole you are super talented, I love your first LO, and your mixed media. they are awesome!
I'm betting on you again!
Niki C

Gloria Stengel said...

Your work is so unique (or is that you-nique?!) that I am sure they want you to stay! I am hopeing for a repeat of all the 2011 team! Hugs!!

Méliandre said...

I'm so admirative : your creations are so amazing! You did a wonderfull job in the DT this year, I just love what you do! Good luck to you!

Kathy said...

I just wanted to tell you how beautiful all of your work is. I follow your blog faithfully. Your ideas are always original and mind boggling. Keep up the good work.

Carol said...

Gorgeous creations, love your work it's amazing. You and G45 are a fabulous fit. Best of Luck!

Tara Orr said...

Congrats on making the top 30!! Wonderful work as always!

Tracy Burtt said...

Beautiful work - congrats!

Nancy Wethington said...

Nicole, congratulations on top 30. Hoping we have one more year on the team!

Lyneen said...

Congrats Great Projects!!!!!! LOVE YOUR STYLE!

The Gentleman Crafter said...

I just love the way you put things together! Incredible talent!



Gloria Stengel said...

Yahooooo! Congrats on your G45 Top 30! (I still think that elephant project is my favorite EVER!)

anna christensen crafts said...

Wow Nicole, your work is stunning! I have joined you as a follower so that I can see more :)

Tracy Burtt said...

Congrats on making the Graphic 45 Design Team!

The Paper T'Art said...

Congratulations on making the Graphic 45 2012 team :-)

Jane Tregenza/Seriously Scrapbooking said...

Hi Nicole, it is no surpise that you are on again, your work is truly amazing and delightful. You are one of a kind, and I am looking forward to seeing what you come up with again this year.

Elizabeth Schug said...

I am so glad you made it. I was rooting for you. Looking forward to more of your wonderful creations!

Rea' said...

Congrats, glad to see you return!