Wednesday, October 19, 2011

New Magenta Paper Collection Arrived . . . Color Me Softly!

Magenta's new paper collection, Color Me Softly, is at the store. We're so excited to be one of the first stores in the country to offer these beautiful papers.

Boscage Aroma

Dream Flight

Hint of Freshness

Tea Garden

Now that the paper collection has been officially released, I can post these pics from our visit to Magenta's headquarters in Montreal earlier this month.

From l-r, Nathalie Metivier; Susie Tracy; Helene Metivier; Valerie Dumais

Reviewing the final printer's proof of the
new paper collection, COLOR ME SOFTLY, at Magenta's headquarters.

Valerie Dumais, Magenta's Artistic Director, "loves"
the new paper collection she designed.

From the Graphic 45 blog . . . I wish I were home so I could make one of these!

It's a full day of spooky fun here on the Graphic 45 blog! First up is this amazing Boo Banner by Nicole Eccles. This isn't any ordinary banner. It contains a clever surprise using our Kraft Envelope Album Staples! We know you're going to love this sweet banner! Nicole has even prepared a great tutorial so you can create one of your very own! Check it out!

"I have been wanting to make a banner out of Graphic 45’s Kraft Envelope Album since I first received it in May. Initially I had thoughts of a spring banner with fairies, probably because it was still early in the year. But now that fall temperatures have set in I am ready to start getting out the Halloween d├ęcor! So a Boo Banner would be the perfect thing for the occasion! The envelope album couldn’t have been more perfect too! So easy to decorate, there is already a hole punched for hanging. Plus, then you have a pocket to put fun little tags or candy into!!" -Nicole Eccles

Full Shot
Tags Peaking Out
One Tag Peaking
Tag 2

Partial Embossing Technique used to create Envelope Book Boo Banner:
1 Supplies
Kraft Envelope Album
Colorbox Decades Ink Photogenic
Embossing Folder

This technique can be used with any embossing folders! For this banner, I wanted an elegant yet haunted look, so I went with Cuttlebug’s Spider web Embossing Folder.
Step 1: Take apart album book by bending the binding and remove the pages. Remove cover, and use pages from the inside making sure they all have the same size tabs for hanging.

Step 2: Cut desired paper to size of envelope only, don’t include the tab, this will be decorated separately. I used Tour De France and Well Groomed for my banner.

2 cut paper to size

Step 3: Adhere paper to envelope, and angle cut bottom on both sides, meeting at the center to create a v or flag shape. Make sure not to cut too high, or your tag will hang out!

Lightly Adhere bottom closed to create a pocket.

3 Adhere paper and cut bottom of pennant
Step 4: Place envelope partially into embossing folder, angling to make sure paper doesn’t hit die cutting machine before envelope is embossed.

This takes a lot of turning and flipping to get it just right, and don’t be surprised if there is A LOT of your envelope still hanging out.

4 place pennant partially into folder

Step 5: Crank die cutting machine partially to emboss, making sure to stop before envelope hits machine and becomes crushed.

5 roll carefully to only partially emboss

Step 6: Repeat to desired effect

6 repeat to desired effect
Step 7: Once embossing is done, create a little age using a blending tool and Colorbox Decades Photogenic Ink. Ink to desired effect

7 ink blending tool

Step 8: Using Ink Pad, directly drag ink across embossed area’s and edges of envelope to really make them pop.

8 Direct to Paper Inking
9 All inked up and ready to be decorated

Once complete, allow ink to dry, and decorate as desired!! Repeat for desired length of banner, alternating embossed area’s on each envelope!

Also, for added strength of your banner, trace shape onto chipboard, cut out and adhere to the back!
Supplies Used:
Graphic 45 Papers
An ABC Primer: Calico Kids, Building Blocks
Le Romantique: Well Groomed
Magic Of Oz: Magic Of Oz
Fashionista: Haute Couture
Graphic 45 Staples: Metal Button Staples, Envelope Tags, Kraft Envelope Album, Trim
Colorbox: Graphic 45 Decade Inks, Photogenic
Hampton Arts: Flourishes and Flowers Clear Stamps
May Arts: Black lace, fringe black ribbon, white roping, small black seam binding
Cuttlebug: Spiderweb Embossing Folder
Sizzix: Big Shot
Spellbinders: Eyelet Squares Nestabilites
Ranger: Platium Stickles, Rock Candy Distress Stickles, Frayed Burlap Distress Ink
Scrapbook Adhesives: 3D Foam Squares, repositionable adhesive
Tombow: Color Glue Stick
Other: Clipart, Font(Old English), Printer, metal star stamping, vintage watch faces, crepe paper garland
Next up is this fantastic Halloween treat box by Sherry Cheever. Spruce up your Halloween treats with this fabulous Hallowe'en in Wonderland box! The gorgeous colors and classic Sherry Cheever style is sure to infuse magic into any Halloween gift! This would also be a great box for your Halloween candy! After all, candy seems so much more delicious when it is plucked from a gorgeous box like this one! Sherry has even created a fun video to accompany this wonderful creation! What fun!


Graphic 45 Papers: Hallowe’en in Wonderland: The Mad Hatter, Square Hare, Through the Looking Glass, Borders and Tags
Spellbinders™ Paper Arts: Grand Calibur®, S4-308 Labels One SM,S4-328 Foilage, S5-050 Rose Creations
Ranger Industries: Melting Pot; Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE); Matte Accents; Peeled Paint and Crushed Olive Distress Stains; Antique Linen and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks; Craft Sheet; Mister; Heat It Craft Tool; Pitch Black Alcohol Ink
Other: Seam Binding; idea-ology GrungePaper; Corsage Pin; Hot Glue Gun; Black Cardstock

Hold on to the love, the laughter & the lessons.
Let go of the disappointments, setbacks & regrets.


  1. Aussie Post is behind the times, did you know that in NZ post is delivered on Saturdays!! No wonder the digital world is overloaded.

  2. Dl Envelopes
    I would use blanket stitch to the crochet squares to the fabric ones, can do as large or small size stitch needed, strong attachment and can use wool used in the crocheting to match. Hope this helps :o) Deb's sister Suzi