Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Graphic 45 & May Arts Blog Hop week!



Graphic 45 and May Arts have teamed up to host a super fun blog hop this week! Be prepared to be captivated and AMAZED by fabulous creations by both the Graphic 45 designers and the May Arts designers. This hop is sure to keep your creative juices flowing!

Before we get started... let me tell you about the fun contest and prizes!

Graphic 45 will be giving away 2 prize packs of this wonderful Little Darlings 12x12 paper pad, Little Darlings Cling StampsChipboard Button Staples and two spools of gorgeous May Arts ribbons (see picture below!) 
To enter to win this week's prize just hop on over to the designers' blogs, check out their gorgeous Graphic 45 and May Arts projects and leave them a blog comment! May Arts is also offering a terrific prize this week, so be sure to visit their blog to see sneak peeks of projects from their design team members. Hop around and discover more inspiration and enter your blog comments for your chance to win! Prize winners will be announced on the Graphic 45 blog and the May Arts blog on Monday, June 25th! There will also be some FUN Facebook and Pinterest contests, so we hope you join us daily!

Now onto my projects...


Graphic 45 papers and May Arts ribbon are a marriage made in heaven! I had so much fun creating these cards using Graphic 45's Kraft Reflections, the new A Ladies' Diary collection and May Arts ribbon to compliment!

First up is this card I created using Graphic 45's Kraft Reflections, Staples and May Arts ribbon...









Products:
Black Doily "Owl & Thistle" Etsy store
Paper Trey Ink - Kraft Cardstock, True Black cardstock
Want2Scrap black bling
Making Memories Garment Pin
Recollections "LOVE" ticket
Ranger Black Soot Distress Ink

Here is a video tutorial I created for this Kraft Reflections "Love" card...



Next up is this card I created using Graphic 45's new A Ladies' Diary paper collection, with May Arts ribbon to compliment!







Products:
PaperTrey Ink White cardstock, Kraft cardstock
May Arts cream grosgrain textured ribbon
Cheery Lynn Designs dies - French pastry, Sophia's Heart
I Am Roses - Small Pink Rosebuds
Burlap String

Here is some fun information about Graphic 45 and May Arts -- what wonderful companies indeed!
About Graphic 45:
Graphic 45 an award-winning scrapbook and paper crafting company­— owned and operated by a mother and her two daughters.  Together we create vintage inspired crafting products that capture the flamboyant style of the 1920's and 30's - with vibrant color, irresistible texture and imaginative design to create products with decades-old appeal that's both fresh and familiar. Let our products inspire your next scrapbook layout, card, album or home decor project.

About May Arts: 
May Arts Ribbon was founded in the early 1980’s in Riverside, Connecticut. The original products were high-end silk flowers imported from Taiwan, which were decorated using quality ribbons. The decorative ribbons proved so popular among customers that the business gradually evolved into a dedicated ribbon wholesaler. 
As a family-owned and operated business, May Arts began a long-standing tradition of quality, affordability and exceptional customer service. We are dedicated to carrying on this same tradition by offering high quality products at competitive prices. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff is always happy to answer your questions or to assist you in placing your order. 
May Arts carries a wide selection of quality ribbons to choose from; such as grosgrain, silk, satin, burlap and a variety of prints and patterns. All inventory is held in stock, so we can ship orders out right away—typically the same day. 

Now to get you on your hopping way.... here's who's participating in today's hop. Don't forget to comment along the way for your chance to win a prize!
And if by chance, you happen to get lost along the way, stop on over at the Graphic 45 blog where you'll find all the details for the hop! ❤

hugs!

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Theresa said...

Great cards! Love the layering. thanks as always for sharing.

Kathy Ancheta said...

These cards are just a work of art! I just subscribed to your youtube channel last night not knowing about this blog hop. Yeah! I know talent when I see it and man do you have talent.

kim said...

Can not believe I'm first. Your cards are amazing I love the kraft Reflection paper It goes with anything. Thanks for sharing with us.

Kim
k1i2m3@cox,net

Fabric Works said...

Beautiful projects! Thank you for sharing. Now I have to get me some ribbon!

Cathy L. said...

I love your krft card with that ribbon.

Martica Designs said...

Your cards are so inspirational....Love them....tfs

Cheryl Hutcherson said...

The first one is my favorite, but love them both!

Lynne said...

Arlene - Love both of your cards. I just made cards with both of these collections yesterday and they are so much fun to work with. You gave me lots more inspiration!

yellowroseofms said...

I love both of these cards! Just beautiful.

Konnie with a K said...

Love the cream and black. So elegant and classy. Thanks!

Lonna Shur said...

I love you blog, the keys are so cool!

These cards are awesome, I love the way you finish them on the inside!

Betty said...

just wonderful cards - especially the "lovely ladies"!

Leslie said...

Love your cards!!!

Tarnished Rose said...

The cards are wonderful. You have such a wonderful eye for color and composition.

Smiles~
Marilyn

kay(texfolkart) said...

What great pieces! Love the check ribbon on the Kraft reflections paper.....such a great combo! The cards are wonderful....thanks for sharing your creativity

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

These are gorgeous!! I always love your creations!!!

Sharon Y said...

Love your cards. So much yummy texture.

Angie`s Inky Fingers! said...

love your cards, beautiful papers too! xx

Carol Gibson said...

Sensational cards. I love those ribbon bows.

webgranny19 said...

wonderful projects thanks

Margie said...

Beautiful, stunning cards! Gorgeous work!

lynneatw said...

Absolutely gorgeous work.

Jeannie said...

Very Nice...love these collections!

Aline said...

Beautiful cards, beautiful papers, I love !

Tanya said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

to_csh said...

Wow, just beautiful!

My Creative Chateau said...

Your card designs have a wonderful pulled together look. The Graphic 45 papers and May Arts ribbons you've chosen compliment each other perfectly. Delightful share, Thank-you

Charlotte Zweigoron said...

Aaah, Arlene, When I saw your name, I knew I would be blown away! I have never seen any design of yours that wasn't excellent, gorgeous, and fun! Now that you are working with Graphic45 it must be amazing fun to work with their fabulous products

Danielle Trippeda said...

These products and your creativity complement each other wonderfully.

mtscrapgal said...

Your cards are so "vintagey" beautiful. I love the muted colors of the papers and the touch of the ribbons is perfect.

Tracy Heaton said...

Both beautiful creations
Tracy x

di said...

Oh My LOve your card. Very Very Beautiful. Di

Sara Nell Langland said...

Beautiful! I love the choices of ribbon with the papers.

Miriam Prantner said...

Beautiful cards, and that ribbon on the first one couldn't be more perfect for the papers.

KimCreate said...

Both of your cards are gorgeous! I'm partial to the 2nd one but love the ribbon on the first one!
Kim

Jillisgram said...

These are beautiful. I love the papers you used and the ribbons go along so beautifully! Val from IL.

Sol said...

Beautiful cards! Love the black and white ribbon on the first card.

JLB said...

Yay! Great work! I love ribbon and lace its a slight obsession!

Disco Queen said...

Arlene, These cards are stunning! I especially love the way you have made co-ordinating envelopes for each.

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SmokieBlueRose said...

I think both cards are beautiful but, the first card is just fantastic. That ribbon is too perfect for it!!

Tarracoscrap said...

Great cards!. Very, very beautiful!


Charo

Vanessa Hayden said...

Lovely cards! The lathering color palette were great!

Scrappin Abby said...

Beautiful cards Arlene...I love your style : )

Nancy Thomas said...

Lovely cards - a fabulous combo of dp and ribbon on both of them.

eyes2theocean said...

I love all the components of these projects, they are simply wonderful!

Thank you for sharing,
Sar Tann

Angie said...

Your projects are stunning!!! That first card is really sensational! Love that incredible bow and that wonderful butterfly on the tip!!! Your second card is just gorgeous as well!!!

Danielle Copley said...

Oh. My. Goodness! I just love, love, love what you did. Fabulous cards and the ribbon is scrumptious. What perfect pairings!!

Charlene said...

Beautiful creations!!

Susan Bullock said...

Oh my goodness!! Just beautiful, LOVE the Ladies Diary card ~

shari said...

Arlene, your cards are just beautiful, love all the detail and layering. Shari (cricutrookie)

Sheri said...

pretty card.

Cait said...

These cards are all beautiful, but the kraft one just blows me away. That May Art ribbon is just made for that card!

Cheryl Lomax said...

OMG I am in awe of your work with Graphic 45 and May arts, i just love it, thank you for sharing

Gvendalen said...

Both card are very beautiful! Helena

Scrapycandy said...

Stunning.. just so beautifully coordinated with colors and textures.

Chai Dackermann said...

Great Job, I am in love with this paper.

Beth said...

WOW- you are so right! The ribbon and the paper go together perfectly. Great hop again!

luv46kdz said...

As always Arlene, simply gorgeous!

Paula

June-Marie said...

You are just so artistic -love everything you create - how you pick just the right papers and embellies for the project....thanks for giving us the chance to win a prize as well...

Karen Wedding said...

Such a nice card. So much detail. Great work!

JMCPhillips said...

Beautiful, intricate cards! TFS!

Cheryl Walker said...

Beautiful cards hun!!! I LOVE the dp you used on both!!!!
Hugs,
Cheryl

Melissa Hurdle said...

Great projects! I love the vintage ladies!

Marie said...

Beautiful work as always !

Anonymous said...

LOVE that brown doily with the G45 papers! Is the doily a die? Beautiful cards and work as always! Mary Werner

Laura {aka scrapaddict} said...

Gorgeous cards! I'm a G45 and vintage fan....these are beautiful examples!

sleigh said...

Both cards are gorgeous! Wish I made bows like the b/w tartan one you made... like that you also do the inside of the card; extra added touch! :)

Lynn W. said...

Simply beautiful cards! I love the G45 Kraft papers - so versatile!

Lynn Wild

Sister Brute said...

Great card - Love the ribbons!

Dee said...

I just LOVE those cards!! I love the vintage style of Graphic 45 and the many, many options it gives you to make vintage-style projects!! It's amazing!

Tracy Bahris said...

I love these cards. Your use of paper and embellishments makes them simply stunning!

Sara Russell-Clark said...

I love these cards, but especially the first one!

Kimberly said...

Cute card
TFS!

Dawn said...

You are so right this is a marriage made in heaven, your projects are gorgeous

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Cards. Thank you for sharing. You are an asset to the Graphic 45 Design Team. I can't wait to see what you come up with next.

Ramona

achairnadream said...

Love the craft card - that paper is great and nice to see somethings made with the new Ladies Diary Paper

Anonymous said...

Lovely cards, the ribbons coordinate so well too.

Lisa T.

Brenda said...

Wow, wow, wow...these are such stunning cards!

kkmadre said...

Your cards are beautiful. Love the vintage feel.

decormonkey said...

I love your work, I'm a huge YouTube fan of yours! Your work with these beautiful Graphic 45 papers is truly inspirational. Thank you :)

Maria said...

Wow! Your cards are stunning! I love both of them!!!! <3

Gloria L. said...

You chose the perfect ribbon!

Kathy said...

Those are two beautiful creations - love them both and the products used - Graphic 45 and Mary Arts. Keep up the great work.

Jacquie Southas said...

beautiful cards! great combination of papers & ribbons

butterfly said...

Love how the May Arts ribbons complement the Graphic 45 papers - it's a match made in heaven, and you really made the most of it... gorgeous.

Dorina D said...

Absolutely gorgeous cards. The papers and ribbons work so well with your expert layering. Each card is so unique Great job.

Nat Laney said...

Cards are just gorgeous and the May Arts ribbon is a perfect match. Love your work.

Lourdes said...

Wondefurl cards Arlene! Definitely, the combination between the paper and ribbon are perfect!!!

Cindy Lou said...

These cards and the ribbon were made for each other! Beautiful work, TFS!

MireilleBlij said...

HI Arlene, What wonderfull projects you've made using G45 and may art. I never quite know what to do with ribbons and lace, so decided to start following your blog from now on! Thanks for the inspiration!
Mireille

DB said...

Your cards blew me away! Any recipient would love to receive such gorgeous works of art.

Jocelyn said...

Beautiful cards. I'm often stumped on what to create with the kraft line and this was very inspiring. I also love how you finish off the inside.

Monica Edwards said...

Just love seeing what you come up wiht next I was up late trying to watch one of your copics videos lol

Great job as always

Hugs
Monica
scraps2treasure.blogspot.com

sharon g said...

I adore the old fashioned look! You are quite the artiste! sharon dot gullikson at mail dot com

Rea said...

Beautiful cards, love them both. Awesome papers, and ribbons.

Rea' said...

Love your blog design! Your cards are gorgeous, love your choice of ribbons jumblecheck and textured grosgrain go so well with the kraft reflections and ladies diary collections and your details are awesome, love the doilies and the dies... WOW !!

marylouh said...

The ribbons complement the papers so well. I really love the shades of black ribbon. Have to get that one.

Sunshine said...

Love both cards, so different but both beautiful! Love the plaid ribbon on the first card too!
Renee
gohogwild dot renee at gmail dot com

artjunkie2 said...

Love the cards, they are beautiful!

Peggy said...

Arlene,
I love the style of your cards, so classic and vintage. You always know how to put on just the right elements. Great job.
God bless,
Peggy Allen

Marilou said...

absolument magnifique !!! beau travail !

Christine said...

Just surfing around and discovered your blog....what a treasure! Love the black plaid ribbon! That bow just makes the card. Bookmarked your site and will be back!

Linda said...

Greate card anf good inspration.

Diana said...

So pretty! Thanks for the inspiration!!

Deborah Johnson said...

Your projects are just amazing and I learned a bit more about Graphic 45 and May Arts - Thanks for the chance to win some goodies!

Paper Scraps said...

I love the layering of "A Ladies' Diary"

Nan Robkin said...

Lovely cards! I am very fond of black and kraft, and the Ladies' card is wonderfully elegant! Thanks!

texasbarb said...

Love both your cards!! Thank you so much for the video tutorial, too. I wish I could work that fast...LOL!!!

shanjamorjor said...

ooooohhhhhh I Loooooove the cards!!!!

Geraldine said...

love both cards, so beautiful

Karen Seidlitz said...

These cards are right up my alley. Love the underlying prints, black and white, and sepia tone with pink.
Thanks for sharing your brilliance!

Teena said...

This blog leaves me speechless! Such beautiful work!! Of course, I would expect nothing less from G45 ppl!
Teena

Eugene Bellion said...

Beautiful work. Especially love the black & cream Vintage look. Amazing.

Tanya said...

I LOVE these colors, the paper designs and the ribbon! Your cards are just lovely! I especially love the first one with the Kraft Reflections paper --- just gorgeous!

Sunnkissed said...

Beautiful projects keep them coming, they are an inspiration!

Tanya said...

Very pretty! Love those ribbons!

HawaiianLibrarian said...

Fabulous cards full of textures and dimension! Mahalo, thank you for sharing.

crazyoldsyd said...

These cards need to be framed, they are beautiful. Great work on this beautiful paper! Love, love G45 any paper!

marilyn said...

OH MY--this is amazing!

Wanda said...

day 2... yah!

Linda R. said...

Very beautiful cards. Thanks for the video.

The Gentleman Crafter said...

As always, you will be known to me as The Queen of Scrappin'! Your work never ceases to amaze me my friend! You are awesome awesome awesome!

Katina said...

Very pretty and vintagy, and you have it going on sister with all those layers!! Love both creations!

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Two phenomenal cards! Love that bow on the first one, and the stacked elements, too. The second card is just so girly and lovely. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us.

Kaye said...

Stunning project, Thanks for sharing it with us.

SnowflakeDreams1 said...

Wow both cards are just stunning and the ribbon is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing.

Sandydee said...

Love the cards. My fav is the one made with the "Ladies Paper".

tracy said...

Wow Arlene your cards simply amaze me. They are very beautiful Thank you so much for sharing

Christine Slak AKA Aunt Prissy said...

Thebig check ribbon is awesome in combination with the G-45 Kraft paper!

Angela said...

Just lovely.
What colour did you use for inking on the A Ladies Diary Card?
Also, what a perfect match. The May Arts ribbon is perfet on the Kraft Reflections card.
I think I will need to try track down some of that ribbon.

Emily Keaton said...

I love these awesome vintage creations!

Scrap4Therapy said...

So Pretty. Love both! Debbie

carole said...

Arlene, you are one of the best designers on you tube. I think you could make peoples heart sing with an old pop can and s broken crayon. Meaning, you can about create something great out of just about nothing. It is nice though to have something as wonderful as G45 to work with. I also really like the new ribbons from Mayart your using. Lots of smiles, Carole

Carol said...

Great blog hop, such gorgeous projects!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

KatCamps said...

Beautiful cards Arlene!!

Bethany Becker said...

Love your cards!

Emily H said...

Wow! Great incorporation of ribbon!

Sheila said...

These cards are keepers...Truly amazing work done on creating the cards. Kudos!

MommaMia said...

Absolutely beautiful and inspiring!

Debbie said...

another gorgeous creation love your cards always try to make some but they never look as good
upnurse at aol dot com

Raven said...

What a wonderful way to make these cards. The layering is inspiring.

maryjane said...

I love your cards!!

Judy Webb said...

G 45 and May Arts ribbon = great cards.

Ratty Hugs said...

These are stunning cards! I make a lot of cards and I am always looking for inspiration for them. Thank you so much for creating and sharing them.
alsmouse ~C8> Ratty Hugs

Judy Ludwig said...

Your cards are just lovely. I am very impressed with your ability to layer everything.

lilabber said...

Arlene, I love your cards, especially the ladies diary one, it is inspiring and should get my lazy mojo fired up again. It is great to see your work for the G45 design team. looking forward to future projects.

Drifty Wright said...

Beautifully detailed and layered and romantic!! Both cards are lovely!! Thank You for sharing--the papers and ribbons go so well together!

howo34 said...

Beautiful cards, very stunning!

NWFlamingo said...

Ooooo aaaaah! Especially love the black and white.

Becky Dunham said...

These cards are over the top gorgeous Arlene! It is projects like this that made me become a follower of your amazing blog! Thanks so much for the video tutorial - I have always wanted to make these kinds of cards but have no idea how to do the layering and now having watched your video (in fast motion was exciting), I have a better idea of how you do this! Thanks for sharing!

snowbear said...

Great cards.... I LOVE LOVE LOVE the first one!!!

happybooker said...

Arlene, scrumptious is the first word that comes to mind after viewing your two cards. Many other superlatives follow... The video showing how you did the craft reflections card was terrifically inspiring and gave me many, many ideas. "A Ladies' Diary" has become my favorite amongst the Graphic 45 line (although it IS akin to being asked to choose your favorite child some tines). So, I very much liked that card too. Thanks for sharing.

Pink flourish said...

Super cute .. How do you find the time? You make it look so simple must come naturally to you. Can't wait for that day it would take me all Day to do that lol

Natasha said...

WOW, these are absolutely beautiful, although if i had to pick a fave it would be a hard choice but the first using the Kraft Reflections would win. Thanks for sharing these with us Arlene x

the paper addiction said...

Your cards are fabulous. I love the Kraft reflections card with that delicious bow! xx Michelle

Christina Ketelsen said...

Wow Amazing cards!! Love the Ladies Diary paper. I have to get me some of that! TFS Christina

Karen L said...

Wow, everything is just fabulous! I love vintage styles so of course I am swooning over all of these!! Gorgeous!

Nichole said...

Drooling over your craft project! Having a blast hopping along, first time doing it actually-s0 much inspiration!

Jackie Tuttle said...

I love the card made with the kraft G45, and the ribbon you used is wonderful. It is nice to see an elegant card that can be used for a special guy-the colors are perfect for a gentleman card. Thank you for sharing.
Jackie in Alaska

Trish said...

Beautiful Cards. I would love to be on your mailing list!!!

Sherry said...

Gorgeous cards, I love Kraft Reflections paper.

Linda said...

Arlene, your cards are so gorgeous!! Thanks so much for sharing your amazing talent with us. And thanks to Graphic 45 for give away, it is awesome.

Joanna said...

I love these cards!
Joanna

pitje said...

WHOOHOE, I realy love the card with the reflections papers! great job!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!

Kaatje said...

saw the video about the card and fell in love with it. Know I have to do more on my cards, this certainly gives me new insopiration to do so. Thanks

orfanannie said...

LOVE these cards! I'm signing up to follow your blog for inspiration! What great works of art...I'd be hesitant to give these to just anyone - they would have to be really special to deserve one of these! thanks again for sharing

Kathy said...

Your cards are awesome, Arlene, and I totally enjoyed your video tutorial. I struggle with Graphic 45 papers, but you make it look so easy! I am going to lift your card ideas for sure! Thanks!

Latrice said...

Fantastic cards! Love the layering you did.

Lydia Madara said...

Wonderful blog hop! So loving Graphic 45 and May Arts! I love your cards, especially using the Ladies Diary:)
lmadara@ptd.net

Lois said...

Hi Arlene: Your work is amazing! I seem to love everything you do and these G45 and May Arts projects are no exception. Thanks for inspiring us! LoisK

Two Crafty Catz said...

Wow! Both cards are fantastic!

Pearl said...

Your cards are beautiful Arlene! Amazing how you can create so much interest on a little square with just 2 or 3 colours!
Love Pearl x

Sue D said...

Fabulous post card cards!
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Scottishrose said...

Of course my favorite now is "The Ladies Diary" & you did a fabulous job on your cards! I always get inspired by your creativity, TfS!!!

Barb Turpin said...

Both cards are amazing! So much detail, and your bows are fantastic!

Jessie Lee said...

I...have fallen in love with your card/layouts..so gorgeous!

Lucy said...

I found you via your project post on PCL and must say I'm here to stay! You're right -- May Arts and G45 is, indeed, a match made in heaven. Thanks for sharing your wonderful tutorial.

Maureen Hayes said...

I absolutely LOVE the vintage/shabby chic feel of both of these. I think they way you mixed the G45 paper with May Art ribbon was genius! I a a huge fan of your style and am following your blog! Thank you for being an inspiration to me!

Suzanne said...

Wish someone would send me cards like this.

Mohawk Crafter said...

Nice cards. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

Bonnie Tyler said...

Your projects are beautiful. I love them all. The diarama is very imaginative. TFS

wendyportc1 said...

Love these cards!! Great work!!

Diana Fernandez said...

Your projects are simply lovely! I love graphic 45 products! Thanks for the chance to win!

Anonymous said...

Hi , Really pretty card. Thanks for sharing . France

michsmith1973 said...

Beautiful job!

nanatam said...

Your work is amazing! I love your videos! You also have me hooked on IamRoses! ha TFS!!

longagodreams said...

Arlene, I agree your cards are a work of art. I also enjoyed watching your tutorial. Loved the music! Thanks!

Tolegranny said...

Very lovely, Arlene. Great colour.

Sherry Gardner said...

Wow, these cards are stunning...great job and details....love it....

Cindy said...

Beautiful Cards! Love how you tied the ribbons!

mitz said...

..oh my gosh.. luvin both.. cant decide.. its a win.. thanks
mitz_zee@yahoodotcom

bozena said...

Both cards are gorgeous! You have great talent!

meshawj said...

Ur projects r gorgerous as always! Cant stop amiring them all.

meshawj said...

Ur projects r gorgerous as always! Cant stop amiring them all.

Robin Marks said...

Very pretty!
Robin

Deb said...

Beautiful projects! And I love the new ribbon!

Patricia said...

Both of these cards are standouts! They're designed & constructed beautifully. Thanks for the inspiration.

Annamieke said...

Arlene many thanks for doing this blog hop. I just love the way you have designed the cards. They are so beautiful.

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