14 March 2014

Graphic 45 2014 Design Team Audition!

Phew!  Getting this posted just in the nick of time!  We are expecting tropical cyclone Lusi to hit shortly, which will bring with it gale force winds, torrential rainfall and power outages -  so we are told!  No power = no internet = no blogging!

So here it is folks, my inaugural Graphic 45 Design Team Audition.  I must admit to feeling quite nervous about his one - the competition is pretty fierce for one of these coveted spots - and the submissions that I have seen so far have set a very high standard.  So, best of luck to each and every one of you applying!

I really wanted to create a couple of projects using the latest and greatest papers - By the Sea and Botanical Tea.  Which meant waiting patiently (i.e. wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth!) for the papers to arrive in NZ.  Which in turn meant a late start!  But all is well, and I am happy with the resulting items!

I am not one for creating projects that have no practical application - that's just me!  When I make something, it needs to have a purpose, otherwise it just becomes a dust collector.  This again was the emphasis when deciding what projects to create.

I'd like to warm up for this audition with a couple of cards.  Those of you who have done my classes know how much I love pop-up and interactive cards.  I hope you enjoy these two:

Botanical Tea - Thinking of You Pop Up Card

I think it would be pretty difficult to mess up with these papers - they are quite sublime in their vintage beauty!  With oodles of elements to fussy cut, Botanical Tea is perfect for an interactive project.

Card Front

Inside - Pop Up in Action

12 Days of Christmas Card

I created this card with the emphasis on an unusual opening, rather than an interactive piece.  To give the card front its convex share, I used 2 layers of card stock, then the patterned paper.  This gave the covers some 'weight' to use when shaping them.  More fussy cut elements of course, with the essential application of very fine glitter dust for that touch of sparkle and magic!

Card Front

OK, lets continue on with a couple of OTP items. 

By The Sea Board Game

Move over Monopoly!  I would like to introduce you to a new board game called 'By the Sea.'  I have had this board in my stash for nearly 9 years now.  I knew that one day I wanted to create my own board game, it was just a matter of waiting for the right inspiration and paper line to come my way!  Voila!  By the Sea.

Essentially, this is a timed game.  Set the timer for 10 - 20 -30 minutes or more and off you go.  Starting on the Bon Voyage tile, throw the dice and move said number of spaces.  Each tile will have instructions to either collect shells from the 'bank' or lose shells, with 3 tiles offering you the chance to pick up an Opportunity Card.  The Opportunity Cards will significantly boost or deplete your shell collection!  The winner is the person with the most shells at the end of the timed period!

My children have tested the game -and it does actually work!  What's more, they said it was fun!!!!  Not as fun as it was to make this project - I loved doing this!

Typography Inspirational Wall Art

Personally, I reckon all children need to be inspired on a daily basis - if only even in a small way.  The minute I saw the Typography line from Graphic 45 I knew I wanted to create an inspirational piece of art for my son to hang in his bedroom.  The quotes and the colour ways are perfect for a young man.

After cutting out the quotes and other miscellaneous pieces, I mounted them on chipboard pieces.  These are in turn mounted onto a piece of foam board (to counteract the weight of the tiles).  Sometimes, less is more, so I elected to embellish this piece on this basis.  Plus, I really wanted the emphasis to rest on the messages more so than the decorations.

And now for some good old-fashioned 12 x 12 layouts incorporating a little mixed media!

Well folks, that should give you a good example of what I'm all about, creatively!  I hope you enjoyed the journey - and fingers crossed that I can post next month with a G45 DT Badge to boot!

Special thanks to G45 for taking time to visit my blog and consider my work.

Til next time...


Tash said...

Wow Maggie, I love your work and your board game looks awesome, when's the class? Tash

Unknown said...

Well Done Maggie - a formidable challenge! Love the cards!

Ally Simpson said...

Absolutely stunning!!! - great concepts and of course your normal beautifully executed work! Just fabulous Maggie!!!

Unknown said...

Oh maggie love the projects they are amazing would love to test out that game one day. Good luck

Annette Green said...

So many wonderful projects! Love your layouts like crazy. So pretty!! Good luck.

Cecilia Reyes said...

Maggie your projects are awesome, you're such a talented girl. I really hope to see you in the G45 Design Team

Unknown said...

Gogeous your projects, I loved all of them. I submit my projects too. Good luck.
Kisses from Brasil.
If you want see mines the link is:

Paula Calvanico said...

Simply beautiful Maggie. I usually have a stomachache for the 24 hours before the 30 are announced! Lots of luck, you made womderful pieces :)


Megs said...

OMG Maggie!! theres some beautiful work sowcasing G45 products there - I'd pick you! :) Best of luck with your application!!

Charee Filimoehala said...

Maggie, your projects are stylish and elegant. We appreciate your clean style, and have been so inspired. Thank you for sharing your talents with Graphic 45! -Charee

BlackDamaskDesigns said...

All of your projects are amazing!! The boardgame, especially is so creative and fun! Good luck! Hope to see you on graphic 45 blog soon!

TracyM #6773 said...

FABULOUS projects Maggie - GOOD LUCK with joining the G45 DT!!!

Jenny Potter said...

I LOL when I read that you do not like creating projects without a practical application and see them as dust collectors! This is exactly how I feel, to which my friends would attest! And that you are just over the pond in NZ!
Good luck!
Smiles from Down Under

Andrew Roberts said...

congratulations on your top thirty finalists spot very well deserved

Nichola said...

Holy smokes! Your work is cracker jacks! Love all of your pieces and your style. Amazing stuff! Congratulations and best of luck :)

L Mahaffey said...

Great work! I wish you all the best on the final round!

Lori said...

Your work is lovely, I will think I picked out my favorite projects of yours and then I scrolled down and found another...Love them all. Congrats on making the top 30 and best of luck.

Maria said...

Maggie, each of your projects is so unique and gorgeous! Congrats on making the top 30!! I wish you the best in the final round!! xoxo

Bobbi Smith said...

Absolutely beautiful work Maggie! Congrats on top 30 and best of luck in second round!

Gloria Stengel said...

Breathtaking! Jaw dropping! Amaza-licious! Congrats on your G45 Top 30!

Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

Just found your blog via the Graphic 45 page. Congrats on making top 30! So deserved!! What amazing designs, really breathtaking. Lovely to find a fellow Kiwi doing her thing in blogworld. Have to follow you after all that inspiring G45 deliciousness. Look forward to seeing more of your work and would love to know about your classes. Hugs, Wends x

Martie Rollin said...

That board game is one of the most original projects I've seen! Well done! As for the floral hair on that head shot...just gorgeous! Sure hope you make the G45 team...would greatly enjoy seeing your work on their site.

Unknown said...

Lovely work Maggie. Very Cool and original. Good luck. Looking forward to CAD in Auckland. Hope to see you there

Gayle Price said...

Wow ! Your projects are amazing ! Congratulations on getting to the final 30 and the very best of luck for the last round.

Mrs Frizz said...

congratulations on your Top 30 - and that board game, absolutely rocks!

Trudi Harrison said...

Absolutely stunning projects Maggie! So much beauty and magic in one post. Congratulations and best wishes for round 2

Anonymous said...

I'm so enjoying your projects! They are all just outstanding. How exciting to be in the top 30 at Graphic 45.....a well deserved honor : ) Wishing you the best of luck in the next round! Ginny from Polly's Paper

Erica said...

Hi Maggie, what a lovely post of projects! Each is so pretty and unique. I absolutely LOVE that pop-up card. Congrats on making the Top 30, and best of luck in the finals.

cyndie2010 said...

Hi Maggie, I'm a new follower. Love your designs. Thank you for sharing your talents. I wish you the best of luck on making the G45 design team.

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