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A Look Inside the New Graphic 45 Offices

Hello Crafters,

We hope you are enjoying your Saturday. We thought we'd take this opportunity to take you on a tour of our new offices! We just moved into our brand new space and we're so happy about the new setup. We thought it would be fun to show you some pictures! We're still in the same building as we were before, but now we have more room and windows, and lots of them! Here is a photo of our crafting  area. This is the place where we come up with ideas for projects and classes. You can also see the part of the office where Aimee and Charee work. This is where the Graphic 45 magic comes to life!


Here is another view of our crafting area in the office.


Here is our table where we keep many of our crafting supplies. You can see our large assortment of ribbon and stacks of beautiful paper. The good thing about moving is that it forces you to get very organized. It's great to have everything in its place, nicely labeled, and easy to find.


This is our office lounge space. We like to have meetings here or take breaks while enjoying the cascading sunshine through the big windows.


This is what you see when you first walk into the office. These are the desks where Dustin and Kelly sit while they process orders or work on the blog. It's quite a difference from our previous office that had no windows at all. We are very grateful for this beautiful new space.


And last but certainly not least is Henry, the Graphic 45 office mascot and cuddle pup. We love him! Henry works hard all day. His favorite activities include taking naps, playing fetch, and making friends with other dogs in the building. He's a real super star!


Well, that's all we've got for today, crafters. Thank you so much for joining us for this special Saturday edition of our blog. This upcoming week is going to be very exciting as we gear up for CHA. There are going to be some excellent surprises throughout the week so we hope you'll come back and see us. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45


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Birds and Blooms: Once Upon a Springtime Crafts & Tutorial

Hello Crafters,

Happy Thursday and thank you for stopping by our blog today.  Now that summer is upon us, it feels like there are more hours in the day to get things done. Even though the actual length of our days hasn't changed, as much as we'd want them to, summer is that magical season where the days feel longer. More sunlight almost always translates into more energy and more ideas. We're trying to make the most of this amazing season by being very creative, staying up a little later than usual, and deeply enjoying the experience of summer crafting. Today we're bringing you some amazing and vibrant Once Upon a Springtime crafts from our design team that are sure to get you inspired. Jack & Cat Curio have created a gorgeous tattered Once Upon a Springtime gift bag and tag. And Melanie Forbes is going to share her techniques for creating a wonderful altered bird cage. It's going to be a great day, so lets get to it! This first creation was made by the always clever Jack & Cat Curio. Here is what they had to say about the inspiration behind this magical gift bag and tag.

"This is not your average store bought paper gift bag. We wanted to create a rich and vibrant gift bag for a good friend. We decided to alter a plain brown bag with things she holds dear. Ruffles, lace,ribbon, and touches of Spring romance. Torn and tattered pieces stamped and sewn into a complex layering of beauty. Enjoy." -Jack & Cat Curio

Tattered Once Upon A Springtime Gift Bag and Tag.4

Tattered Once Upon A Springtime Gift Bag and Tag.1

Tattered Once Upon A Springtime Gift Bag and Tag.2

Tattered Once Upon A Springtime Gift Bag and Tag.3


Paper Bag
Graphic45 Collection: Once Upon A Springtime
Fairy Folk, Butterfly Kisses, Woodland Fantasy, Once Upon A Springtime, Pixie Post
Trim Staples
Metal Button Staples
Cavallini & Co.Decorative Paper Tape Numbers
Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection V1-1161, Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection U3-1158, A Stamp in The Hand Co. F-2042 Bird-Flycatcher, small letters
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink Vintage Photo, Ranger Archival Inks Jet Black, Ranger Distress Embossing
Claudine Hellmuth Studio semi-gloss acrylic paint Blank Canvas
Embossing Powder: Ranger Super Fine Detail Black
Vintage ribbon, lace, seam binding, and twine
Manila tag
Tools: Sewing machine, heat tool

This next spectacular project was created by Melanie Forbes and it comes with a great tutorial. We're obviously huge fans of altered bird cages, and Once Upon a Springtime is the perfect collection for such a project. Melanie's tutorial is going to show you a great technique for creating beautifully layered paper shingles on a roof. It's a pretty simple way to give your altered birdcage, or any piece that has involves a roof,  some stunning depth and texture. Have a look at this amazing work of art, and find out how to create one of your very own!



Graphic 45:
Once Upon a Springtime
Flight of Fancy #4500290
Primrose Cottage #4500289

Bird cage large BCLG01
Row of Mushrooms MUSH003
Swirly Flower elements BAS022
Small cluster of Mushrooms MUSH002
Fern & Flourish border BOR0020

Stamping up border punch
Tim Holtz aridondack
dabber Sandal, Copper, Willow
Generic cream rose, leaf ribbon, eggs, moss, beaded ribbon
Allison Ellis glitter - gold

1. Paint all pieces of chipboard and put aside to dry whilst making roof of birdcage.


2. Cut 5 one inch strips from patterned paper and using border punch - punch one side.


3. Using glossy accents or equivalent apply a small strip of glue to bottom of roof and lay down one strip. Cut off at edge of roof.

4. Repeat with remaining strips until you cover the entire side. Repeat with remaining roof sides.


5. Neaten edges of roof using a craft knife then ink all edges and turn up shingles to create a more 3D effect.


6. Assemble birdcage as per instructions.

7. Glue to top of birdcage.



8. Embellish remaining birdcage with choice of embellishments (eg chipboard, moss, eggs, flowers.

Technique can be easily used to cover all sorts of roofs!

We want to thank the brilliant Jack & Cat Curio and Melanie Forbes for their astonishing projects today. We also want to thank all our readers for joining us on this beautiful day. Don't forget that there is still time to leave us a comment for this week's blog contest. Tell us what your favorite fairy tale is and you will be entered to win this week's blog prize! We will be announcing our random winner tomorrow, right here on the blog. We hope you all have a terrific day!

Ribbons and Rosettes,

Team Graphic 45

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Metal Makeover: Metal Staples Crafts & Tutorial

Hello Wonderful Crafters,

Thank you for stopping by today! It's going to be a very exciting day of craft inspiration. We've got absolutely stunning creations by Laura Denison and Gloria Stengel. Today's crafts focus on some amazing ways to use our beautiful Metal Staples. Gloria has even prepared a fun tutorial that shares some brilliant techniques for working with out Metal Flower Staples! So get ready for heaps of enjoyment because today is going to be amazing! First up is this spectacular alarm clock by Laura Denison. Not only is it a completely gorgeous work of art, but it contains a special surprise inside! Check it out!

 "I love clocks...maybe it is because I am always looking for more time! Clocks have been a common theme in my work ever since I started paper crafting. I have had the idea to make an alarm clock out of an old flower tin for quite some time. The hold up was what to use for the the domed "bell" things on top. When I saw the knobs for the Graphic 45 Door Plates, I knew they were the perfect solution. As I eyed the plates themselves, I thought to myself:  "How easy are these to bend?". They were quite easy! and they became the perfect wrap for the outside of the Alarm Clock. A friend has said I will put a mini album in anything, so of course the clock needed a mini album to go inside! Paper covered coasters were the perfect size for the pages and, of course, the Graphic 45 "Steampunk Debutante" paper was the perfect paper!" -Laura Denison

  Clock 1a

Alarm clock 3

Alarm clock 4

Alarm clock 5

Alarm clock 6

Alarm clock 7

Alarm clock 8

Alarm clock 9

Alarm clock 10


Book Plate wraps: Graphic 45 Staples, Ornate Door Plate and Knob
Clock Center: Graphic 45 staples, Metal Buttons
Paper:  Graphic 45 "Steampunk Debutante"
Tin:  Prima Marketing flower tin
Flowers: I Am Roses
Clock Faces, d-ring and gear: Tim Holtz
D-ring holders: Darice Crafts

Next up is this gorgeous altered frame by Gloria Stengel. Gloria is well known for her amazing flower creations. She is so skilled at creating paper flowers, as well as finding new ways to work with our Metal Staples. Today she has prepared a clever and simple tutorial on how to create some stunning colors and textures with our Metal Flower Staples. By using this technique, you too can create this wonderful altered picture frame! Take it away, Gloria! 

Supply List:

Metal embellishments, such as Graphic45 Metal Flowers, Metal Buttons, Geometric Metal Door Plate and Knob
Making Memories Acrylic Paint - Shopping Bag
Cosmic Shimmer Iridescent Mica Pigments - Dark Bronze
Aqua-net hairspray (used as a fixative)
Foam brush
Soft paint brush
Pliers (to shape the flowers)


1. If you are altering the Graphic45 Metal Flowers, you may first shape the flowers using pliers to bend the metal. Do this before altering.


2. Paint a thin layer of acrylic paint over the metal. Work quickly as you do not want the paint to dry. You may want to allow some of the original metal to show through.


3. While the paint is still wet, dust mica powder over the paint. The powder will stick to the paint, giving a metal shimmer.


4. Once the paint is dry, set the mica powder with a fixative. I use Aqua-net hairspray. It's cheap and works great!

 Here is an altered flower next to one that is not altered. You can see the difference that bending the petals and adding the mica powder makes! You are limited to only the colors of paint and powder you use!


Here is a close-up view of some of the flowers and a meal button, all altered with paint and mica powder. To alter the mulberry paper flowers, mist with water, then dust on Pearlescent Mica Powder.


Huge thanks to Laura Denison and Gloria Stengel for today's beautiful crafts. We are so happy to have their wonderful talents on our design team. We hope you will all join us tomorrow as we bring you more craft inspiration. And remember to share your Graphic 45 creations with us. You can post your latest crafts on our Facebook page, Ning site, or website gallery. We'd love to see what you are making with our papers and embellishments! Have a terrific day, crafters!

Happy Papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45


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Craft Charisma: Fashionista Inspiration From Our Design Team

Hello Crafters,

Happy Tuesday and thank you for joining us! We have some amazing treats to share with you today, including some spectacular craft inspiration from our design team. Today's crafts feature Fashionista, our gloriously chic and elegant paper collection for the debutant at heart. This is another great paper collection for summer because it's loaded with rich color, as well as fun,  and carefree images. It's pure vintage class! Today we have creations from the amazing Lynette Carroll and Gloria Stengel. Lynette has created a dazzling layout, while Gloria has made a stunning card and tussy mussy paper cone, perfect for summer flowers. So get ready to smile! This first creation is by Lynette Carroll and it's absolutely gorgeous. Here is what she had to say about the inspiration for this wonderful work of art.

"This was a fun layout to create.  I love cutting elements from the patterned papers and combining them to tell their own story and to really create personal embellishments.  To create the background for the layout I layered a piece of the Fashionista paper with a piece of Le Fleur paper.  Where the two papers overlapped towards the top of the layout, I cut along one of the designs on the paper and used this to create a decorative edge.  I further enhanced this piece of paper with mini self adhesive pearls.  I also used several self adhesive pearls to accent the front of the dress on the cut-out.  Red Rhinestones help accent the mini flowers printed on the perfume.  It is so easy to create beautiful embellishments for your projects by adding dimension to your cut-out work.Instead of my own personal journaling for this layout, I used words cut from the papers to tell my story.  My niece who is featured in the layout loves fashion so the words fit my theme perfectly.  When you are using words cut from paper for journaling, back them with cardstock to strengthen them and then adhere them to your layout with foam mounting tape, this enhances them and turns them from a cut piece of paper to an embellishment." -Lynette Carroll


Graphic 45 - Fashionista Collection "La Fleur"
Graphic 45 - Fashionista Collection "Fashionista"
Graphic 45 - Fashionista Collection "Tags"
Graphic 45 - Fashionista Collection "Bon Marche"
Graphic 45 - Fashionista Collection "Tre Chic"
Graphic 45 - Domestic Goddess Collection "Happy Homemaker"
Graphic 45 - Once Upon a Springtime Collection "Tiny Treasures"
Bazzill Basics - Ivory Cardstock
Sizzix - Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die
K & Company - Red Self Adhesive Rhinestones
K & Company - Self Adhesive Mini Pearls
Prima Marketing - Mini Ivory Roses
Misc: - Red Seam Binding
Scotch - 3m Foam Mounting Tape

Next we have two wonderful pieces by Gloria Stengel: a stunning card, and tussy mussy paper cone. Both of these crafts contain the class and elegance you'd expect from a Gloria Stengel creation. Feast your eyes on these radiant and awe-inspiring works of art! This first piece is a wonderful card for any occasion. After all, who doesn't love a beautiful, hand-made card?

Cardstock: Bazzill, Stampin’ Up! Graphic45 paper: Fashionista (Potpourri, Perfumeries, Bon Marche, Tags) Stamps: Stamping ScrappingInk: Clearsnap Colorbox Chalk (Dark Moss), Memento (Tuxedo Black)Templates: Kiwi Lane Designs Spellbinders dies: Fancy Tags Embellishments: Pins (Maya Road, Making Memories), Ribbon (May Arts) Scotch SM ATG and foam tape, Glue DotsSize: 5x5

Next we have this amazing tussy mussy paper cone by Gloria. This is such a lovely and clever idea! And of course the floral designs of Fashionista look absolutely perfect against a real bouquet. Plus, we just love the gorgeous use of our Metal Button Staples in the center of that amazing paper flower! This piece has happy written all over it!


Graphic45 paper: Fashionista (Potpourri, Bon Marche)Ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Chalk (Dark Moss) Spellbinders dies: Rose CreationsGlitter glue: Ranger Stickles (Diamond)Embellishments: Graphic45 Metal Buttons Staples, Trim (craft store) Scotch SM ATG and foam tape, Glue Dots, Tombow Mono Metal Liquid Glue, Scor- tape

We want to say a big thank you to Lynette Carroll and Gloria Stengel for their amazing work today. Thank you to all of our readers for joining us on this lovely day. We hope to see you here again tomorrow for more beautiful craft ideas. Don't forget to leave us a blog comment this week letting us know what your favorite fairy tale is! That's the only way to enter this week's blog contest! We hope you have a wonderful day, crafters!

With Love and Paper Flowers,

Team Graphic 45

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A Tale of Two Crafters: Altered Books, Tutorial, and Blog Contest!

Hello Crafters,
Welcome to our happy blog! It's Monday which means we've got a great new blog contest to announce. We also have the most stupendous crafts from our design team and an amazing tutorial! Today we're featuring two very beautiful and unique altered books by Nicole Eccles and Melanie Forbes. Altered books are very fun to create and look absolutely enchanting! Melanie has prepared a terrific tutorial today so that you can learn how to create an altered book of your very own. Both of today's amazing crafts also feature brilliant uses of our Metal Staples! We are so excited by these awe-inspiring projects and we hope you love them as much as we do.
Since today is all about altered books, we thought we'd incorporate that theme in this week's blog contest. We want you to tell us what your favorite fairy tale is! Just post your comment on our blog anytime this week and you'll be entered to win this fantastic prize: a Le Cirque 12x12 Paper Pad, Metal Hinge Staples, Le Cirque cling stamp set, and three beautiful chipboards from Imaginarium Designs! Share your favorite fairy tale and you could win this enchanting prize! We can't wait to read your comments this week!


This first beautiful altered book was made by Nicole Eccles. Her inventive and whimsical style works perfectly with altered books, as you can see here. She featured our amazing Halowe'en in Wonderland collection to create this astonishing work of art. Here is what she had to say about this clever and mesmerizing creation.

"There is just something magical about creating altered art from old books.  Just they way the pages are stained and bent from overuse.  The binding that just isn’t what it used to be. And the cover that is worn from years of being loved. But the best part is, with just a little mod podge and and a craft knife you can turn any book into a shadowbox for displaying treasured objects, or just a piece of original handmade art. Mix that with some fantastic storybook inspired G45 Hallowe'en in Wonderland papers and  Ornate Door Plate and Knob Staples and you get something uniquely special." -Nicole Eccles

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Papers:  G45 Halloween In Wonderland Collection
Through The Looking Glass
Wonderland Classifieds
Alice’s Tea Party
G45 A Proper Gentleman Collection
Timely Point of View
Man About Town
A Proper Gentlemen
G45 Steampunk Debutante Collection
Time Flies
G45 Once Upon A Springtime Collection
Butterfly Kisses
G45 Le Cirque Collection
Bohemian Floral
Wizards of Wonder
7 Gypsies Avignon collection
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Tumbled Glass
Frayed Burlap
Shabby Shutters
Black Soot
Stamps:  Cherry Pie Art Alice Collection
Hero Arts Bold Flourish
Embellishments:  G45 Ornate Door Plate and Knob Staples, G45 Metal Flowers, Making Memories Metal Frame, Prima Flowers
Extras:  Twine, Mod Podge, Black Acrylic Paint, Vintage Book, Vintage Clock Face, Vintage Key
Adhesives:  Scrapbook Adhesives 3d foam squares, E6000, Tombow Mono Color Glue stick

Next we have another brilliant altered book creation. This one is by the wonderful Melanie Forbes and even comes with a great tutorial! This awesome book features A Proper Gentleman and Steampunk Debutant, two amazing collections that look great together! Just look at all the gorgeous details in this book! It's so inspiring!



Graphic 45:
A Proper Gentleman            
The Sophisticate #4500181
Tags from 12x12 pad
Dressed to the Nines #4500180
A Proper Gentleman #4500176
Timely Point of View #4500185
Steampunk Debutante: Fantasy Floral #4500263
Graphic 45 Staples: Geometric metal door plate & knob #4500298, Metal hinge Staples #4500299
Roman Clock small CF002
Chicken Wire WIR002
Small Shadowbox SBS001
Name plate curved NP002
Itty bitty Alpha raw ALPHA005R
Old hard cover book
Tim Holtz Distress Stain Wild Honey & Broken China
Tim Holtz Distress ink Vintage photo & Broken China & Wild Honey
Tim Holtz Paint Dauber Sandal
Tim Holtz light bulb, glass bottle, clock face & hands
Maya Rd Calendar numbers black


1. Assemble shadowbox according to instructions and then trace around the box on the inside of the book ensuring there is enough depth to cut into the book deep enough.

2. Using a craft knife cut a hole deep enough for the shadowbox to sit inside snugly as per photo below


3.  Cover inside of shadowbox with paper as per photo.


4. Paint metal door plate and knob and 2 metal hinges with Paint dauber (I used Sandal). Once dry gently sandpaper back to rough up finish.


5. Cut paper to fit book and decorate with tags. Stamp over the top of tags once in position. Attach metal doorknob, plate and hinges and place stained chipboard clock on top. Using stain Broken China – stain nameplate and place title and glue to spine of book.

6. To decorate inside book – cut paper to page size and adhere to book pages – here I have simply scrunched up the paper and inked creases prior to attaching to book pages. Cut out clocks from A Timely Point of View and using 3D foam tape adhere to inside of shadowbox. Glue trinkets into place and then glue shadowbox into place inside of box.



 7. Stain edges of book with Tim Holtz Wild Honey stain.








Huge thanks so the amazingly talented Nicole Eccles and Melaine Forbes for these gorgeous creations today. And many thanks to all of you for joining us today. We can't wait to read your blog comments this week! We also love seeing what you're creating with our papers. Don't forget to post your Graphic 45 creations on our Facebook page, Ning site, or website gallery!

Have a beautiful day, crafters!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45

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Inspiration Vacation: Summer Crafts and Craft Challenge Winner Announcement!

Hello Crafters,

Happy Friday and thank you for stopping by and seeing us on this lovely summer day! Today is exciting for so many reasons. We have amazing summer craft ideas from our design team, and we have two winners to announce for this week's craft challenge! We have had so much fun featuring all of these amazing summer-inspired crafts! We want to thank our amazing design team for all of their hard work, and big thanks to all of our readers, and everyone who submitted projects for this week's challenge! Our randomly chosen winners are: 

Melissa Hampton and Margreet Westerling. Here are the great projects they created for this week's challenege! Ladies, please email us at with your contact information so that we can send you your prize! This first adorable project was made by Melissa Hampton.


And here is Margreet's wonderful summer mini album! You can see more photos of this sweet mini on our Facebook page! You can also see all the beautiful crafts that were submitted for this week's challenge. Thank you all so much for sharing your amazing work with us!


Okay, lets get to the crafts! Today we have a stunning summer layout by the amazing Yuka Hino, as well as a gorgeous and fun altered lifeguard birdhouse by Nancy Wethington. Nancy's project also includes a fabulous tutorial! We hope today's crafts give you some great ideas for your weekend crafting. This first project is a splendid On the Boardwalk layout by Yuka Hino. This LO features beautiful paper flowers, splendid central photos, and a wonderful use for our Ornate Metal Door Plate and Knob Staples. Take a look!


Graphic 45 Supplies:
Times Nouveau Collection: Alphabet
Other Supplies:
Chipboards: The Dusty Attic
Brads: Zva Creative, BasicGrey
Dies: Sizzix, QuicKutz, Wonder House
Stamp: Prima Marketing Inc
Stickles: Ranger
Ink: Tsukineko
Adhesive: Tombow, Glue Dots
Acrylic Color

This next creation was made by Nancy Wethington. It's a gorgeous altered lifeguard birdhouse that features On the Boardwalk. This adorable and fun piece is another example of Nancy's amazing imagination and talent. She's even included a tutorial to help inspire you! This sweet house would make the perfect piece of summer home decor, as well as an amazing gift for someone you love! Here is what Nancy had to say about her techniques for creating this lovely little house.

Lifeguard front

Found this lifeguard bird house at my local craft store and immediately thought of On The Boardwalk Collection! I like to keep some type of centerpiece in the middle of my dining room table and thought this would be a good addition.

Lifebuard net

Started off by staining the entire house with watered down acrylic paints.  Then got to work cutting up the words on Summer Crush to attach to the roof.  Once that was done, I used the leftover Summer Crush and a punch to use the small circles on the edge of the roofline.  Attached both the words and small circles with 3-in-1 glue.   A bottle cap filled with Summer Crush and the Coney Island New York sign (also from Summer Crush) completed the rooftop.

  Lifeguard back
Cut out a square of She Sells Seashells for the *water* and glued that to the bottom of the lifeguard house.  Then adhered small strips of On The Boardwalk to the door frame and bottom of the house. 
Next step was to add the people.  Cut out the 3 men from Coney Island and adhered to one side with Glossy Accents.  Added lots of Glossy Accents to the bottom and adhered a piece of driftwood to cover the missing arm and leg from the man standing on the right side.  Then added sand to the bottom of their legs to make them look as if they're standing in sand.

Lifeguard guys
Used one of the Bathing Beauties under the lifeguard house.  Since I didn't want the back of the paper to show through the front, I added another piece of driftwood and adhered her to the driftwood.  Added sand to the bottom of that vignette.

Lifeguard bathing beauty
The lifeguard house needed a lifeguard so added the muscle man from On The Boardwalk.  Adhered him to the front of the house and . . . you guessed it . . . added sand.  I adhered all the sand in this project with Glossy Accents.  Simply poured a lot of Glossy Accents to wherever I wanted sand, then sprinkled the sand on top and let dry before I took any of the loose sand away.  If you pour on the sand and sprinkle off right away, you may have blank spots.  So be patient and let it dry first.
Took the *to the beach* sign from High Style Holiday and, after attaching two brads, strung the sign to the side of the lifeguard house with roping.  Added a bit of Stickles to the sign to give it some punch.

Lifeguard roof
The last step was to string some fishnet around the lifeguard house, add more sand and a couple of pieces of sea glass and my project was complete.

Graphic 45: On The Boardwalk Collection:  High Style Holiday; On The Boardwalk; Coney Island; She Sells Seashells; Summer Crush; Bathing Beauties
Ranger Glossy Accents
3-in-1 Glue
Martha Stewart scallop circle punch
EK Success small circle punch
Acrylic Paint:  Simply Paint Turquoise; Americana Burnt Umber
We R Memory Keepers: Crop-a-Dile; eyelets
Miscellaneous: bottle cap; sand; fishing net; sea glass; birdhouse; rope

Well, that's all for today. We want to thank Yuka Hino and Nancy Wethington for their superb work today. We hope to see you all back her on Monday for more amazing craft ideas and a new weekly blog contest. We hope you all get some time to be creative this weekend.

Happy Papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45

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Seaside and Sunshine: More Summer Crafts From Our Design Team

Hello Crafters,

Welcome to wonderful day of crafting here at Graphic 45! We are so glad you are joining us for today's inspired creations.  We have more warm summer fun projects from our design team to share with you. Don't forget to post your fun summer creations on our Facebook page this week for your chance to win a super prize! This first craft was created by the amazing Laura Denison. She used Transatlantique and beautiful Core'dinations/Graphic 45 Timeless sandable cardstock to create the exterior for this amazing backgammon suitcase. This project is so stunning and inventive. Check out the amazing detail and symmetry on the inside of the suitcase. It's just astonishing!


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Exterior Paper:  Coordinations "Core Impressions, Graphic 45"
Interior Paper:  Graphic 45 "Transatlantique"
Metallic Paper:  Bazzil
Metal Hinges and Metal Tags: Graphic 45 Staples 
Ribbon:  Offray
Wood Disks:  Darice
Metal corners, brads, grunge paper strips and Hitch Post:  Tim Holtz Ideology

This next gorgeous craft was made by Nicole Eccles. This amazingly fun On the Boardwalk card is like a snapshot of the perfect summer day. It has vibrant colors, wonderful depth, and the radiant joy of every Nicole Eccles creation. Bask in the warmth of this wonderful and clever card!

  "There is no denying it, summer has finally arrived.  From cookouts to pool parties and trips to the beach.  It is a time for celebration! And what better way to celebrate then to send out some yummy G45 On the Boardwalk inspired cards to friends or family. What I love most about creating with G45 papers are the possibilities for creating scenes, or moments by just layering a few images. Die Cut a shape out of your card front, use the negative and instant shadowbox effect.  So Fun!" -Nicole Eccles


Papers: G45 On The Boardwalk Collection
Dies:  Spellbinders Nestabilites
Classic Scalloped Rectangle Small
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Frayed Burlap
Embellishments: Basic Grey Half Pearls Black
Adhesive:  Scrapbook Adhesives 3d foam squares
Tombow Mono Color Glue Stick

Thank you all so much for joining us today. Huge thanks to Laura Denison and Nicole Eccles for their amazing projects today. We hope you are all enjoying this week's craft theme as much as we are. Join us tomorrow for more splendid ideas.

Happy Papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45

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Basking In Creativity: Summer-Inspired Crafts & Tutorial

Hello Crafters,

Welcome to another bright day of summer craft inspiration here at Graphic 45! We've got more marvelous craft ideas from our wonderful design team today. There is an adorable layout by Hilde Janbroers, and a gorgeous gift card holder and tutorial by Gloria Stengel. Just a reminder, you still have one more day to submit your summer-inspired Graphic 45 crafts to our Facebook page for your chance to win this week's amazing blog prize! We will be picking two random winners and announcing them on our blog tomorrow. We've already seen so many beautiful crafts so far. It is always such a joy to see what you are all creating with our papers. Thank you so much! Well, lets get to the crafts. This first ray of sunshine is by Hilde Janbroers. It's a stunning On the Boardwalk layout that is full of wonder and cheer. Check out the beautiful paper rosettes! This piece is full of so much love, it's like a big craft hug.

"If you look at this layout it might looks difficult. But in fact, it's really easy to create. Take a white piece of cardstock as a base. Then I layered two patterned papers on top of each other ( after cutting some inches of both papers ). With a file I ruffled the papers a bit. Than just layer some different pieces of paper to go behind the photo. Let them stick out underneath the photo. With a Tim Holtz die I cut out the rossette flowers. Than add some stickers, flowers and other gorgeous Graphic 45 embellishment to brighten up your layout. And there you go.....your own rich embellished layout. ;-)" -Hilde Janbroers





Graphic 45 On the Boardwalk
Graphic 45 trim
Graphic 45 Flower staples
Graphic 45 Sticker Staples
Prima Marketing flowers
Tattered Angels Glimmer mist
black pen
My Little Shoebox alphabet stickers
scrabble letters

Next we have a brilliantly beautiful On the Boardwalk gift card holder by Gloria Stengel. This wonderful piece even comes with a tutorial so you can make one of your very own! Gloria's style is so classic and distinct. It's a true honor to have her share her creative process with us. Take a look at this elegant and joyful work of art. It's the perfect gift for someone you love! Here is what Gloria had to say about the creation of this wonderful piece.

Special days and events deserve special gifts. Since gift cards are more popular than ever, why not make an extra special holder for them? This mini book makes the perfect gift card holder. You can add photos, mementos, and more, plus there is plenty of room for a gift card, or two!


1. Cut three pieces of chipboard; cut two to 4 x 6 inches and one to ½ x 6 inches.


2. Cut a sheet of printed paper to 8 ¾ x 6 inches and place it face down on your work surface. Using strong adhesive, attach the chipboard pieces to the printed paper, as shown, with a 1/8 inch gap between the chipboard pieces.


3. Attach a second sheet of printed paper, 8 ¾ x 6, to the other side of the chipboard. Fold the mini book, creasing in the gaps between the chipboard pieces. This will make a spine and two covers for your mini book.



4. Using mini file folders (Pine Cone Press), trace and cut two folders from printed paper.


5. Adhere the two folders together to make pages for your mini book. Attach one folder to the back cover of your mini book.


6. Decorate your mini book as desired, and add a gift card to one of the file folder flaps, as shown.







Chipboard: Grafix
Cardstock: Bazzill Raven, Stampin’ Up! Whisper White, Best Creations Black Glitter
Graphic45 paper: On the Boardwalk (On the Boardwalk, She Sells Seashells, Summer Crush, High Style Holiday, Bathing Beauties, Tags, Borders)
Stamps: Papertrey Ink, Hero Arts, Gina K Designs
Ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Chalk (Creamy Brown, Chestnut Roan, Prussian Blue), Memento (Tuxedo Black)
Spellbinders dies: Curved Rectangles, Labels One, Labels One Small, Fleur de Lis Motifs
Embellishments: Doily and string from Michael’s Crafts. Bingo cards and stickers from Jenni Bowlin, Clips from Idea-ology and Oriental Trading Company, Flower Staples from Graphic45, Bingo number from Maya Road, Mini files from Pine Cone Press, Ribbon open stock
Adhesive: Scotch SM ATG and foam tape, Glue Dots

That's all for today, crafters. Thank you so much for joining us. We hope to see you here again tomorrow as we announce this week's blog prize winner. And of course we will have more amazing crafts from our design team to dazzle and delight you!

Happy Papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45

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Holiday In The Sun: On the Boardwalk Crafts & Tutorial

Hello Crafters,

Welcome to our blog today! Thank you for stopping by and seeing us for some terrific craft ideas! Today we have gorgeous projects and tutorials by Sherry Cheever of our design team. Her amazing work features our beautiful collection On the Boardwalk, which is absolutely perfect for fun summer crafts! We hope that today's creations will help inspire you to make something terrific for this week's Summer Fun Craft Challenege! Don't forget to post your projects on our new Facebook page for your chance to win this week's amazing prize! Well, enough talk, lets get to the crafts! Check out this wonderful On the Boardwalk card by Sherry, complete with brilliant tutorials that are filled with excellent crafting techniques! Check it out!

"The card base is 5-1/2 x 5-1/2.  All the designer paper and cardstock are sewn together and the edges have been sponged with Antique Linen Distress Ink.  The seam binding was dyed with Wild Honey Distress Stain.  All the images were raised with foam mounting tape to add dimension to the card front." -Sherry Cheever



Graphic 45:  On the Boardwalk
Spellbinders:  S4-116 Small Classic Circles, S4-114 Large Classic Circles, S4-243 Ric Rac Diamond Border, S4-307 Reverse Wonky Rectangle
Stamps:  Sentiment from Stampers Anonymous E1-1384
Ink/Paints:  Ranger Archival Jet Black, Wild Honey Distress Stain and Antique Linen Distress Ink
Tools/Miscellaneous:  Ranger Matte Accents, Mini Mister, Craft Sheet, Ink Blending Tool; idea-ology Memo Pin; Seam Binding; Black and Blue Cardstock; White Shipping Tag

How to dye seam binding with Distress Inks


How to use Distress Reinkers, Mini Misters and Perfect Pearls to dye seam binding


Up next, Sherry has created this brilliant On the Boardwalk wall hanging that includes tips and instructions for making one of your own! Just look at this amazing work of art! It is loaded with vibrant colors, lavish layers, and impeccable style. It's a classic Sherry Cheever creation!


The base of the wall hanging is a piece of illustration board that was die cut with Spellbinders Grand Labels One.  On the Boardwalk paper was then die cut with the same die template and glued to the base with matte multi-medium.

The shelf is made from hobby wood, cut to size, and painted black.  The shelf was then sanded at various spots, dyed with Vintage Photo distress stain, glued to the base.


The background is made up of a postcard image of the beach, an image of the back of a postcard and a frame to encircle them.  The frame is made from a rectangle chipboard coaster that was covered with On The Boardwalk paper and then die cut with Spellbinders Labels Eight.


The larger bottle was filled with play sand and the taller with sand and water to represent the beach.  The tag of the men are the cabana boys she’s dreaming of.


The flowers were made with Spellbinders Carnations Creations and there is a new tutorial containing a little twist to the flowers.

Want to learn how to make these wonderful paper flowers? Check out this great tutorial,  filled with helpful tips!



Paper: Graphic 45 On the Boardwalk;  idea-ology GrungePaper; Illustration Board; Chipboard Coaster

Spellbinders:  S4-328 Foliage, S5-050 Rose Creations (leaves), S5-049 Carnations Creations, S5-019 Labels Eight, LF-161 Grand Labels One
Ink/Paints:  Ranger Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Ink; Forest Moss, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Antique Linen Distress Stain; Crushed Olive Re-Inker (Mini Mister and water to make a spray); Black acrylic paint
Miscellaneous/Tools:  Ranger Mini Mister, Craft Sheet, Ink Blending Tool, Matte Accents, Multi-Medium Matte; Antique Brass Paper Fasteners; Black Craft Wire; Paper Distressing Tool; Corked Vials; Wood Hobby Trim; Sanding Tools; Play Sand and Water; Trinket Pins

Huge thanks to the amazing Sherry Cheever. It is always a pleasure to share her creations with all of you. We are super excited to see what you'll post on our Facebook page for this week's craft challenge! Have a terrific day and we hope to see you all again tomorrow!

Happy Days,

Team Graphic 45

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Summer Scrappin': New Blog Challenge and Design Team Tutorial

Hello Crafters,

Happy Monday and thanks for joining us on this splendid day. This is going to be a very exciting week. We have a new craft challenge to announce! Since summer has pretty much arrived, we're asking you to create a fun summer-themed craft out of Graphic 45 product and post it on our new Facebook page. We will randomly pick two winners for this challenge on Friday, June 24. The prize will be this spectacular Le Cirque Door Plate Mini Album kit. This amazing kit, featured in the photos below, is a Graphic 45 original creation and was taught in Canada and Australia by our team. Check out this super cute Le Cirque mini album and start thinking about what you'd like to create for this week's challenge. Remember to submit your works to our new Facebook page! We can't wait to see your summer-inspired crafts! 


Have a look at the finished product! It's fun to create and it looks amazing!

Album pages 1 and 2

Album pages 3 and 4

Album pages 4 and 5 flips open

Album pages 4 and 5

Album pages 6 and 7


Today's dose of craft inspiration is brought to you by the amazing Nicole Eccles. This is the kind of project that you can't help but fall in love with when you first see it. It's a Le Cirque pull-toy and it is equal parts gorgeous, fun, and adorable. It's a true craft treasure. Nicole has even prepared a tutorial for this wonderful work of art! Here is what she had to say about this wonderful and whimsical creation. 


"I saw this elephant at Michaels for $.60 and knew I just had to have him.  Also I have been sitting on some wooden blocks since Christmas waiting for some inspiration to create something new using them.  And then it hit me, it HAS to be a Le Cirque Pull Toy!   I am inspired by artists like Bethany Lowe who create such beautiful, primitive/vintage looking collectibles, so I wanted to capture that style.  The pull toy itself is super easy to create using only a few wooden objects, some string and G45’s outstanding papers!   And the best part is you get to be a kid again and play dress up with your elephant, oh and the possibilities are truly endless!" -Nicole Eccles

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To turn a block into a pull toy that really works you will need:
a wooden block
tinker toy wheels/ or a small dowel rod and some small circular pieces of wood from the craft store
roping ( I got mine from G45 pocket mini book)
G45 Metal Metal Buttons
Wooden Bead
Cardboard from the back of G45 paper pad
1.  Paint and decorate your elephant as desired and set aside

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2.  Cut 6 squares of patterned paper the size of your wooden block, and adhere.  Mine measures 2”
3. Sand all the edges of your block, removing excess paper and exposing wood along edges.  Then lightly ink to an aged perfection and set aside.

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4. Cover the tinker toy wheels lightly with ink along the edge and inside edges using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.
5.  Cut 4 strips of patterned paper to create rosettes for the wheels.  (Size will depend on the size of your wheels.  My strips are 1/2” x 12” to make 1” rosette wheel covers)
once created adhere to wheel using a hot glue gun.
6.  Fussy cut 4 blue flowers from Bohemian Floral paper, adhere to wheel using pop dots and ink lightly using Frayed Burlap distress ink for an aged effect.
7.  To attach wheels to the bottom of block so that they will spin, cut cardboard from the back of le cirque paper pad  into 2 –1” strips.
8.  Score strips long ways  3 times, once in the center, and once on each edge to create flaps
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9.  Fold scored cardboard in half along score lines to create a V.  Then fold flaps outward to create a fancy V.
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10.  Once created, now you can attach the wheels.  To do this place the wheels with rods one at a time into the center of the V you just made and using glossy accents run a bead of glue along the small flaps and smooth to the bottom of the block.  * Glossy accents is the perfect adhesive for this job because it only takes seconds to dry.

11.  To create the pull string, loop string around the center of G45’s metal brad, tighten and lightly glaze with glossy accents over string wiping away excess as you smooth it. 
12.  Cut of the back of the brad using heavy duty scissors or wire cutters and adhere to the block using E6000. 

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13.  Decorate block and and adhere completed elephant atop using E6000
14. Glaze with Distress stickles as desired. 

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*Make sure to allow plenty of time for E6000 to dry before playing!
Papers: G45 Le Cirque Collection
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Black Soot, Frayed Burlap, Tumbled Glass
    Ranger Adirondack Ink
Sunshine Yellow
Embellishments:  G45 Metal Buttons
Tim Holtz Gears and Sprockets
Stickles:  Tim Holtz Distress Stickles
Picket Fence, Rock Candy
Adhesives: Scrapbook Adhesives 3d foam squares
E6000, hot glue gun, scor tape
Other:  Wooden block, toothpick, Bethany Lowe Designs Vintage Inspired Garlands, Sm. metal star, tinker toys, hemp twine, string, wooden bead, glass glitter, bell, paint, acrylic clear coat.

We want to say a huge thank you to Nicole Eccles for her phenomenal project today. We are so excited to see everyone's summer crafts on our Facebook page this week! We hope you all have a terrific day and we hope to see you back here tomorrow for more awesome craft inspiration.

Smiles and Sunshine,

Team Graphic 45

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Marvelous Metal: Metal Staples Crafts & Blog Prize Winner!

Hello Crafters!

Welcome to our blog! It's Friday which means we've got a winner for this week's blog prize! We also have more awe-inspiring crafts from our design team to share with you. This week's focus on our beautiful Metal Staples has been truly amazing. It has been so inspiring to read all of your clever ideas for uses of our Metal Staples. And the fun isn't even over! Today we've got Metal Staples creations from Jack & Cat Curio, and Tara Orr! But before we get to the business of wowing you with crafts, lets announce this week's blog prize winner! Chosen at random from this week's blog comments, the winner is Melissa Minor! Here is what she had to say about her idea for a great Metal Staples craft.

"I have a cute little vintage cabinet that is crying out for a door plate, knob and hinges. It is weeping for some G45 paper to cover the inside! Please help me to make this cabinet beautiful again!" -Melissa Minor

Great idea, Melissa! Please email us at to claim your prize! Congratulations!

Okay crafters, check out this phenomenal altered cigar box by Jack and Cat Curio. Their work is always remarkably clever and full of imagination. Today's work is a shinning example of their ethereal style and impeccable technique. Here is what they had to say about this wonderful piece entitled "The Invention."

"We are highly influenced by the works of American artist Joseph Cornell. Always on the lookout for an altered box craving to be transformed. Here in Arizona the Steampunk movement has been on the rise for several years... At weekly art events we often get several requests for Steampunk treasures....This last month we attended the Phoenix Comic-con was Steampunk overload...we came home and created this little piece...a mixture of sci-fi and movie set magic. We hope that you enjoy the piece." -Jack and Cat Curio


Cigar Box
Graphic45 Collection: Steampunk Debutante
Steampunk Debutante, Modern Marvels, Eclectic Emporium, Time Warp, Nouveau Artistry
7gypsies Tissue Paper NUMERO
Geometric Metal Door Plate and Knob Staples
Tim Holtz idea-ology: Foundations Box Feet
Ink: Ranger Distress Walnut Stain, Black Soot, Spiced Marmalade, Ranger Archival Inks Jet Black
Liquitex Molding Paste, Claudine Hellmuth multi-medium matte, Claudine Hellmuth Studio semi-gloss acrylic paint Altered Orange, Claudine Hellmuth Studio semi-gloss acrylic paint Blank Canvas, Kaisercolour Terracotta, Golden Glaze Burnt Umber
Ranger Perfect Pearls: Mandarin, Mint
Stamps: Hero Arts H2365 Old French Writing, small numbers
Salvage: Glass bottle, light bulb, copper tape, wooden finial, metal gear, shells, mini pearls, fiber


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The Invention.4

The Invention.Inside

This next craft was created by the brilliant Tara Orr. Tara seems to have endless sources of craft inspiration. Today's creation, a stunningly beautiful Steampunk Debutant card, is filled with amazing layers, colorful embellishments, and clever surprises. Here is what Tara had to say about this inventive and vibrant card.

"I was feeling VERY inspired with Graphic 45's Le Cirque papers and desperately wanted to create a very feminine, very shabby chic layout with tons of flowers.  While I was selecting my papers I noticed how well the Steampunk Collection worked with the Le Cirque collection, so I started pulling bits and pieces of this line into my layout as well.  I had created my background page and my numerous layers of patterned papers and as I began to arrange the papers, a totally new project came to be.
Sometimes you simply have to give in to your creative mojo and let it guide you to to wherever it may be.  I had a very specific layout in mind when I originally began this project and ended up with the Steampunk card you see below!  Rather than being set in my ways and very rigidly trying to design my initial project idea, I simply set it aside, half completed, and focused on the project that seemed to have a mind of its own.
I am so glad that I decided to listed to my inner scrappy mojo.  This is by far, the most intricate and detailed card I have created to date. And to top it off, I have a wonderful layout, half completed, sitting on my scrap table, just waiting to be embellished!" -Tara Orr
Graphic 45 Supplies:
Steampunk Debutante 8x8 Paper Pad
Steampunk Debutante, Tags
Steampunk Debutante, Frames
Steampunk Debutante, Time Flies
Steampunk Debutante, Mechanical Mind
Steampunk Debutante, Steampunk Debutante
Steampunk Debutante, Victorian Transformers
Steampunk Debutante, Fantasy Floral
Other Supplies:
Chipboard Cogs, Dusty Attic
Glossy Accents, Ranger
Distress Ink in Vintage Photo, Ranger
Flowers, Petaloo
Double Dot Cardstock in Curry Dot, Bo Bunny
Permanent Adhesive, Tombo
Tacky Glue, Aleene's




We want to say a super huge thank you to Jack & Cat Curio, and Tara Orr for their astonishing creations today. And thank you to all of our readers and everyone who left us comments this week! We will be posting a very special blog post tomorrow, Saturday, so be sure to stop by and see us! We hope you have a wonderful Friday and a terrific weekend!

Happy Papercrafting,

Team Graphic 45

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Fanfare: Craft Creations & Tutorial by Jane Tregenza

Hello Wonderful Crafters,

Happy Thursday to you all and thank you for stopping by today. We have some spectacular treats to share with you, including an amazing tutorial from Jane Tregenza of our Design Team! This week we've been featuring a lot of crafts that highlight our awesome Metal Staples. Today's projects are stunningly unique and gorgeous, with that classic Jane Tregeneza style. We hope you enjoy her marvelous ideas! Today's crafts also feature photos of the Graphic 45 owners: Diane Schultz and Aimee Filimoehala! This first craft is an exquisite fan that features our Ornate Metal Door Plate and Knob combined with Once Upon a Springtime. You can even learn how to make this dazzling work of art because Jane has prepared a super fun tutorial! Below you will find some amazing tips and inspiring words from the craft goddess herself! Take it away, Jane!

As soon as I heard our brief to use a Ornate Metal Door Plate and Knob, my brain went into overdrive. So many possibilities and uses. I decide to do a fan , hopping no one else on the design team had also come up with the idea.  I used Chipboard to make the fan and then decorated it with lots of my favourite embellishments.

I have included a tutorial if you would like to have a go at making one. It is quite simple.

Fan 1

Work out how any pieces you wish to have in your fan. I have 8, each fan piece is 1 ¼ x 9 inches. I have cut my to suit the ornate door plate outline, but it will look just as nice with rounded corners.

Cover all the fronts of your fan pieces. Add the ornate door plate and knob and push the brads right through the chipboard to the back and fold them over. This means your heavy plate and knob are less likely to fall off. Cover the backs of all your fan pieces.

Using a large hold punch, make a hole in the middle of each fan piece about 1 ¼ inch up from the bottom and in the middle. Line each one on top of the next to make sure your holes line up.

I used a post screw set to hold all my fan pieces together, this worked well as I could extend the posts as needed.

Fan out the fan pieces, I have a gap between each piece near the top. Glue or tape them on top of each other where they overlap.

Fan 4

Now you are ready to decorate. I decided to do mind on Diane. I am a big fan of her’s, she is such an elegant lady and a truly lovely person.  I have a photo of her taken in Australia when she and her two lovely daughters visited us. I matted the photo, added photo corners and tucked the bottom corner of the photo under one of the fan pieces. I used foam tape to build the top right hand corner out.

Fan 3

I chose a resin frame and some words that I think sums up Diane. I added a “glass looking” vine from prima and a crystal dangle from 7 Gypsies. I have just discovered gesso in a spray can and am in love with the finish. I used it on the Imaginarium Designs Butterflies, which gives them a chalky white finish, this also makes them perfect to ink in soft pastel colours.

Fan 2

I had a bunch of flowers which matched the papers, but looked a little lost on the fan. I got my beautiful lace out and ran a gathering thread along in top edged of it and pulled it up tight to make a rosette for the paper flowers to sit on.

I love the way it all came together, it looks lovely on a stand I have and will sit on a shelf to remind me of the time I shared with Diane while she was here in Australia.

Here is some of the language of the fan!

A fan placed near the heart says “ I have won my love ”

A closed fan near the right eye says “when may I be allowed to see you”

Carrying a close fan in the left hand says “ come and talk to me”

Opening a fan wide says “wait for me”


  Once Upon a Springtime. Ornate door plate and knob - Graphic45

 Melisa Frances ornate oval frame

Tim Holtz - muse tokens

DanglesVine from - Prima

Chipboard Fan and Butterflies Imaginarium Designs

I am really into miniature at the moment and having great fun doing lots of little projects. I have a great photo of the Lovely Graphic 45 ladies taken in Australia this year. I decide to do this project on Aimee. The book is only 4 inches high and five inches wide. It sits on an Imaginarium Designs chipboard stand, slightly opened. I love the way all Graphic 45 papers work together, I used papers from Steampunk Debutant, Le Cirque, and Playtimes Past. The was another quick little project, as the book is two pieces of chipboard 2 ½ x 4 inches, covered with papers on the back. I used gaffer tape to create a spine and to hold the two covers together. I then covered the inside (which is really the front!) with one piece of paper. I added some chess board paper from the playtimes past papers each side of the covers. I matted a photo of Aimee. I used a large clock from Imaginarium Designs which I inked black and cut in half. I glued each half on each side of the covers, not quite touching in the middle. Aimee’s photo went on with foam tape. I used a letter tile for the A. I used some of Imaginarium designs branches with another of their mini clocks, sprayed silver and mounted with foam tape. I added some prima pearls, some of Tim Holtz’s metal embellishments and a key from 7 gypsies. On the back side of the book, I decide to keep it simple. I used a German scrap frame and a mini butterfly from Imaginarium designs. This all adds to the charm. Of course having a lovely photo helps! And you got to love this one of Aimee. I have another one for Charee and Diane, but will share another time.

Aimee 1

Aimee 2

Materials used
Papers from Steampunk Debutant, Playtimes Past and Le Cirque
Tim Holtz key chain and word muse
Key and gaffer tape - 7gypies
Say it in pearls – Prima
German scrap
Stand, clocks, branch and butterflies – Imaginarium designs

We want to say a very big thank you to the amazing Jane for her awe-inspiring work today! We hope you will all join us tomorrow as we announce this week's blog prize winner as well as bring you some more Metal Stapes inspiration from our design team! Have a magical Thursday.

Smiles and Butterflies,

Team Graphic 45

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CHA Summer Sneak Peek Featuring The Magic of Oz

Hello There Crafters,

Welcome to our special Saturday edition of the Graphic 45 blog! We are just so excited about this summer's CHA in Chicago. The G45 headquarters are buzzing with creativity and anticipation of this amazing event! If you've seen out past booths at CHA, you know we love to put on a big show. Today we're giving you a sneak peek of a few of the Magic of Oz crafts that we've been working on for our booth. These beautiful creations were made by Diane Schultz, designer and CEO of Graphic 45! If you're going to be attending this summer's CHA, be sure to stop by our booth #715 and say hello to us. We'll have lots of stunning crafts, prizes, fun and inspiration galore! Have a look at the first of many Magic of Oz crafts to be featured here on the Graphic 45 blog! Wow, these are amazing!

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Thank you all so much for stopping by today. We will have more Magic of Oz crafts to share with you very soon. We hope Diane's amazing creations helped give you some great ideas today. We hope to see you this summer at CHA! Until then, have a terrific day and keep on scrappin'!

Happy Papercrafting,

Team Graphic 45


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Strength Through Scrapping: Altered Art Tutorial By Nancy Wethington

Hello Crafters,

Welcome to a superb day of crafting! We want to thank you for taking the time to pay us a visit on this fine Wednesday. We've got a marvelously inspiring work of art by Nancy Wethington today, as well as a terrific tutorial that she has prepared! This amazing piece of altered art is both gorgeous and heart-felt, with a very special message of hope and strength. We hope you enjoy this magnificent piece and the tutorial that corresponds to it. This glorious piece also features some clever and beautiful uses of our Metal Staples. Here is what Nancy had to say about the inspiration for this stunning project.

The month of June has me thinking in all sorts of directions including summer fun, school's out and Komen Race for the Cure.  This Renaissance/Steampunk Debutante Tri-Fold is done for a friend of mine who is battling cancer.  It is an ode to strong women everywhere who face challenges every day that most of us can't even imagine.
June tri-fold outside 1
June tri-fold inside_edited-1
June tri-fold outside 2
This started as an arched tri-fold I've had for years. It was already hinged and covered with smooth paper mache.  Beginning with Ranger's Distress Stains, I applied stain to all the edges, using a paint brush in small crevices.  Once it was stained, I thought it looked like wood grain so I left it alone.  I love when that happens!

June tri-fold start
June tri-fold 2
June tri-fold 3 stain complete

 Next was to use Renaissance Faire and Steampunk Debutante to wallpaper the inside and outside of the tri-fold.  Then the fun began by fussy cutting more Graphic 45 papers, popping them up and building my ode to strong women.  As you can see from the photos, I used lots of hardware including miscellaneous gears and Graphic 45 Staples.  The Geometric Door Plate and Knob were added to the front panels.  The keyholes in the metal door plate were filled with a tiny face and bird from Renaissance Faire. 

June tri-fold wallpaper

June tri-fold detail 1
June tri-fold door plate

On the inside center section, I used a Staples Metal Button for a knob and created a tassel to hang from it.  I wrapped a small piece of chipboard with May Arts ribbon and tied one end with another piece of Maya Road black string. After cutting through the ribbon on the opposite end, I took a Metal Flower Staple and threaded it through the string used as a tie.  Bent the flower petals down to create a tassel top then added a bead to the top of the flower.  The remainder of the string was used to hang the tassel from the Staples Metal Button. 

June tri-fold detail 3

My last step was to add the title, which appears on top of a Metal Tag Staple.

June tri-fold detail 2


 Graphic 45 Renaissance FaireRenaissance Faire; Venetian Lace; Florentine; Renaissance Faire Frames;
Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante:  Mechanical Mind; Steampunk Debutante Frames; Time Warp
Graphic 45 Staples:  Geometric Metal Door Plate & Knob; Metal Flower Staples; Metal Tag Staples; Metal Button Staples
Ranger: Glossy Accents; Distress Stains; Distress Ink; Stickles
May Arts: black ribbon; black string; black velvet rick-rack
Maya Road: chipboard gears
Miscellaneous: gears; brads; chipboard (used for popping up images and curtains)
Adhesive: Tombow Permanent Adhesive; E-6000

We want to say a very big thank you to the amazing Nancy Wethington. Her work is always so beautiful and it radiates with inspiration. We hope her amazing piece captured your imagination as much as it has captured ours. Join us tomorrow for more spectacular crafts. And don't forget about this week's blog contest! Leave us a blog comment telling us about some Metal Staples craft ideas that you've had and you'll be entered to win this week's prize! A random winner will be announced on Friday right here on the blog. Have a great day, crafters!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45

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Unlocking Inspiration: Metal Staples Crafts & Tutorial From Our Design Team

Hello Fantastic Crafters,

Happy Tuesday and thanks for joining us for another fun day here at the Graphic 45 blog. We've got some amazing projects from out design team to share with you today, as well as a gorgeous tutorial! This week we're showing you some great ways to use our fabulous Metal Staples. Today's crafts highlight our spectacular Geometric Door Plate and Knob Staples. I love working with the Door Plate and Knob Staples because they are so beautiful, unique, and give every project that perfect vintage look. Today's crafts by Hilde Janbroers and Lynette Carroll are sure to get your creative gears (or door knobs) turning. First up is this spectacular Steampunk Debutant layout by Hilde. As usual, she's created a wonderland of color, texture, and exquisite detail. Here are some tips from Hilde about how to make this marvelous creation.

"As a base I used the white cardstock. To create those drops just spray twice in the cap of the bottle and simply let the drops fall on your sheet of paper. Use 1 sheet from the paperpack as the centre base and then add some pieces to place underneath the base or the picture. With a black pen I added some fake stitches around one piece. I also added some music paper. After placing the photo I began with adding the embellishments. Stickers, flowers and so on. Just place them where you think they will look best. With the flowers I layered the metal flowers, paper flowers and some Prima flowers on top of each other." -Hilde Janbroers

Graphic 45: Steampunk Debutante 8 x 8 paperpack
Tattered Angels glimmermist Apple
Fiskars border punch
bazzill basics cardstock white
My Little Shoebox alphabet stickers
scor pal tape
scrabble letters
Prima Marketing flowers




This next gorgeous creation was made by Lynette Carroll. It's a stunning Curtain Call photo display and it's just amazing! She has even created a terrific tutorial so that you can make one of your very own! Photo displays are so much fun to create and Lynette has some amazing tips that we think you'll love. Get ready to be inspired! Here is what Lynette had to say about the inspiration for this wonderful project.

"Precious photos do not always have to be displayed in an album.  I love to create home decor projects both for display in my own home as well as to give for gifts.  For this project I wanted to use the pieces from Curtain Call collection which had "Paris" theme to them.  I had returned from a trip to Paris and was looking for a way to display several of my favorite photos." -Lynette Carroll


The base of this project was a KaiserCraft Photo display.  If you cannot find one to purchase, you could create your own with some pieces of board.
Kaisercraft  - Photo Display
Graphic 45 - 12 x 12 Curtain Call Paper Pad
Misc: - Tim Holtz Old Paper Distress Ink
Misc: - Black Cardstock
Misc: - Black Paint
Misc: - Sandpaper
Misc: - Foam Mounting Tape
Misc: - Beige Seam Binding
Misc: - String
Paint around all the edges of the four display boards and approx 1/2" onto the top and bottom of the boards.  Paint the entire base board around all four sides and on the top and bottom.  When the paint is dry, lightly sand the edges to give it a slight distressed look.

 Cut pieces of Curtain Call papers to fit the front and back of each of the four display boards and adhere the paper to the boards.  (Note: it is important to adhere paper to the front and back of the boards to give the project a professional finish - when designing home decor it is just as important to finish the back and underneath edges of a project as it is the front).
Attach one Metal Button to each of the corners of the paper for the bottom of the photo display.  Adhere this piece of paper to the board.  I have attached the metal buttons to the project to serve as my "legs" for the display.

When creating a project, I love to take an element from a piece of paper or an embellishment and change it to suit my project.  For my photo display, I cut a picture of the Eiffel Tower, inked the edges and bent the bottom of the image back slightly so I could adhere it to the photo display.

I cut several other Paris themed designs from the papers, backed them with a piece of cardboard for stability, inked the edges and added foam tape for dimension to the back of them - turning an ordinary cut piece of paper into an embellishment.

For this project I decided to use several of the Envelope Tags.  On the first one, I wanted the envelope to appear as if it was holding my photo.  The envelope was not long enough so I cut it in half (in an area that I knew would be hidden by my photo), adhered it to a piece of cardboard and lengthened it.
For the second envelope, I wanted to only use the flap so I cut it from the rest of the envelope.  I then cut the "Unique Label" from the front of the envelope to use as an additional embellishment.
THe "unique" label was not quite long enough for my project so as in the previous steps for the envelope, I cut the label and adhered it to my project in a place that I knew would be covered with my photo.

I decided to use the door plate on my project so I could hang a "Paris" sign (which was cut from one of the papers) and tie a seam binding bow.  My project used on black and cream tones so I needed to change the look of the door plate and the metal buttons.  I painted over the Patina colored areas on all three pieces with black paint and let it dry.  When the paint was dry I then gently applied a small amount of Rub 'n Buff to the metal, changing it from Patina and Gold to Black and Gold, a color combination which better suited my project.  I adhered the door plate to the project with two layers of foam mounting tape.
Once I had completed each panel, I placed them in the slots on the base board and adhered the metal buttons and the Eiffel Tower cut-out for my finishing touches.  I also cut an additional advertisement from one of the papers and added it to the top of the project base.
We want to thank the amazingly talented Hilde Janbroers and Lynette Carroll for their beautiful creations today. We hope their work helped to give you some great ideas today. We hope you all have a fantastic day! Join us tomorrow for more amazing craft ideas and warm wishes.

Happy Papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45


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Monday Metal Mania: Metal Staples Creations & Blog Contest!

Hello Crafters,

Happy Monday and thank you for joining us! Are you ready to put the pedal to the metal? Today we've got a new blog contest that's all about our amazing Metal Staples, and today's crafts all feature beautiful ideas for Metal Staples creations. Check out this week's awesome blog prize! All we ask is that you leave us a blog comment letting us know what kinds of creations you've made or would like to make with our Metal Staples. Today's projects from our amazing Design Team should help give you some ideas. Let us know what comes to mind and you could win this gorgeous prize! Our beautiful new 12x12 paper pad for The Magic of Oz and all three Magic of Oz Cling Stamps! Awesome!


If you've ever crafted with our Metal Staples, you know that they're the perfect accessory for any creation. They look perfect with all of our paper collections and have superb versatility and elegance. Today we've got a stunning mini album from Robin Shakoor, and an out-of-this-world jewelry design and tutorial by Jack & Cat Curio. Both of these stellar projects feature our Metal Staples and are sure to capture your heart and imagination. First up is this astonishing One Upon a Springtime mini album by Robin Shakoor. This mini is filled with so much love, radiant color, and stunning techniques, it's a real craft jewel. Have a look at this amazing work of art!

"The Once Upon a Springtime collection is my favorite for preserving childhood memories.  I  used the collection to create this altered mini album with a few select photos of of daughter.  My daughter will turn 20 this month and going through old photos of her was wonderful.  The cover is adorned with flowers, ribbon and beautiful detail cut images from the collection.  I also added a beautiful Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Door Plate and Knob that I painted ivory and sprinkled with glitter.  Adding this beautiful metal embellishment to your projects will give them a one-of-a-kind look that will last through the years.  I hope you enjoy this walk down memory lane with me." -Robin Shakoor

Mini Page 1

Mini Page 2 Close Up

Mini Page 2-3

Mini Page 3-4

Mini Page 5-6

Mini Page 6 Close Up

Mini Page 7-8

Page 7 Close Up

Springtime Mini

Look at Robin's amazing use of our Ornate Metal Door Plate and Knob. It looks absolutely perfect painted ivory and set against Once Upon a Springtime! This is such a clever and beautiful way to use the Metal Staples. The Metal Door Plate and Knob is especially great for books or mini albums. You can open the door to memories!

  Door Knob Close Up


Album:  Bo Bunny 3-Ring Bare Naked Binder 9"X9"-W/6 Chipboard Pages
Patterned Paper:  Once Upon A Springtime
Flowers, Leaves and Stems:  Bazzill and Prima
Bling:  Prima
Ribbon:  May Arts
Chipboard Word Titles:  We R Memory Keepers
Pearl Pen:  Viva Decor
White Opaque Pen: Uniball Signo
Punches:  Martha Stewart Crafts
Bloomers:  Webster's Pages
Dies:  Spellbinders
Die Cutting System:  Spellbinders
Resin Swag:  Melissa Frances
Inks: Ranger Distress Ink
Pearls:  Kaisercraft
Doily:  We R Memory Keepers
Card Bib Overlay Kit:  The Paper Cut

This next craft is so clever, I just can't believe it! Jack & Cat Curio are well known for their stylish and innovative techniques and today's craft is no exception. Take a look at this amazing cuff bracelet made out of Metal Staples! Truly, the sky is the limit when it comes to creating with metal. This wonderful accessory even comes with a tutorial! Yes, Jack & Cat were kind enough to show us how to create this wonderful cuff bracelet! Thanks, Jack & Cat!

"As soon as we saw the size and dimensions of the G45 Staples Ornate Metal Door Plates... we were obsessed with trying to turn it into a jewelry piece. It is the perfect size needed to create a cuff bracelet. We have seen spoon rings...domino pendants...gears and widgets...bottle cap charms and pendants. Why not a door handle bangle? We love the end result." -Jack & Cat Curio


Graphic45 Staples: Ornate Metal Door Plate and Knob, Metal Flower, Metal Button, Trim
Tools: rolling pin, rubber mallet, pliers
Vintage pin
Adhesive: E6500 glue

We want to thank Robin Shakoor as well as Jack & Cat Curio for their stunning craft creations. We are super excited to read everyone's blog comments this week. Join us tomorrow for more glorious ideas and craft love. We hope you all have an excellent Monday!

Happy Metalcrafting,

Team Graphic 45

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Scrappin For Dad: Father's Day Creations & Blog Contest Winner!

Hello Crafters,

Yay, it's Friday! Thank you for joining us on this amazing day. We have stunning Father's Day craft inspiration from our Design Team today as well as a winner for this week's blog contest! Wow, it sure has been an exiting week here at the Graphic 45 offices. We're working like crazy to get our gorgeous new collection The Magic of Oz to all of our stores. We can't wait for you all to see it in person! It's just gorgeous!  Before we get to the crafts, we want to announce this week's contest winner. We had so many great blog comments this week and we want to thank every one of you who participated in this week's contest. And the randomly chosen winner is...Misty! Here is what she had to say about her favorite time to scrap.

"I scrap every Friday night at home & once a month at a crop with friends & of course any other time I can fit in. My family knows that Friday night at 6 I will be out of commission until Saturday morning so do not disturb! It's great to have them trained like that. LOL" -Misty

Thanks Misty! Please contact us at to claim your prize and let us know your contact information so we can send you your craft goodies. We hope it adds to your Friday night enjoyment!

Okay, lets get to the crafts! Father's Day is June 19th so there's still plenty of time to create something special for dad. We have some amazing ideas from our Design Team: a gorgeous card designed by Robin Shakoor, and an altered envelope by Gloria Stengel. We've also got a super fun altered cigar box by Sherry Cheever! So many ideas, you're certain to be inspired! First, lets have a look at this ultra sophisticated card by Robin Shakoor! I love Robin's use of our collection A Proper Gentleman and our Metal Hinge Staples! This card is flawless!

"The  "A Proper Gentleman” collection was truly made for all of the men in our lives.  I decided to use this collection to create a one-of-a-kind Father’s Day card.   I incorporated metal hinges and flower embellishments for added texture.  I chose the gentlemen in white tie and tails as my focal image.  My husband loves flowers so I added metal flowers on either side of the sentiment and trimmed them with black Stickles.  You will find that this collection is perfect for everything from cards to cigar boxes for the special gentlemen that we love." -Robin Shakoor

Father's Day Card


Card Stock:  Bazzill
Die Cutting System:  Spellbinders
Die:  Spellbinders Fancy Tags
Stickles:  Black Diamond
Stamp:  Papertrey Ink

There's no doubt that A Proper Gentleman is the winning collection for Father's Day creations. Check out this beautiful and amazingly detailed altered envelope design by Gloria Stengel. Leave it to Gloria to design something that's both elegant and captivating! This altered envelope is ideal for gift cards too! Perfect for dad!





Envelope: Graphic45 Kraft Envelope Album Staples
Graphic45 paper: A Proper Gentleman (A Proper Gentleman, Sporting Aristocrat, Man About Town, Cultured Reserve)
Metal embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology (clock, spinners, brads, pen nib)
Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eleven
Film strip: Tim Holtz Idea-ology
Button: Graphic45 Button Staples
Twine: May Arts
Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape, Glue Dots, Tombow Mono Metal Liquid, Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky Glue
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Old Paper
Stamps: StampingScrapping Label Accents

Next, the talented Sherry Cheever has created an astonishing altered cigar box. This is such a fun and clever idea! Sherry used A Proper Gentleman as well as our gorgeous Geometric Metal Door Plate and Knob Staples and Metal Flower Staples. This box has so much character and class. It combines beauty with sincere sentimentality. Really, is there any better combination for a handmade gift? I think not! Sherry is going to share with us her creative process for making this amazing box! Take it away, Sherry!

This is the original box.


And this is the box after altering.


All the engraved lettering on the cigar box was filled with drywall compound and then sanded down to have a smooth surface to work with.  The top edges of the box were painted black and then sanded to show wear.  The box was then covered with A Proper Gentleman using matte multi-medium.  Each side was done individually with the excess paper sanded off at the edges.  After sanding, all the edges were sponged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.


This side is a photo of my grandfather as a young man.  The ruler on the sides was taken from one of his carpenter rulers that I have.  The Model A is on this side, because he owned one from the time I could remember until his death. 


This side of the box shows my grandfather as young boy.  The Model-T  on this side represents the Model-T that he owned when I was a child.  We all loved having rides around town with the top down.

 The flowers are the Graphic 45 metal flowers that have been shaped with pliers.  The feet are from idea-ology that were silver.  Gold Mixative Alcohol Ink was dabbed on to change the feet to match the Geometric Metal Door Plate and Knob.

When you pull up on the door knob and slide the front up:


Are trinkets from my grandfather  that were in old cigar boxes that he had.  I can’t say that all the items were his personally (he didn’t smoke a pipe and I doubt he wore the glasses).

The inside of the box was covered with a coordinating paper from A Proper Gentleman.

The ledge in the back is a child’s building block that was covered with the same paper as on the outside.


Graphic 45:  A Proper Gentleman, Geometric Metal Door Plate and Knob, Metal Buttons, Metal Flowers, Chipboard Buttons
Spellbinders:  S4-130 Classic Rectangles Small, S4-132 Classic Rectangles Large, S4-116 Classic Circles Small, S4-114 Classic Circles Large, S4-138 Petite Ovals
Ink/Paints:  Ranger Vintage Photo Ink and Stain; Gold Mixative Alcohol Ink and Blending Solution; Black Paint Dabber
Miscellaneous/Tools:  Ranger Craft Sheet, Ink Blending Tool with foam and felt, Multi-Medium Matte, Matte Accents; idea-ology Foundations Feet; Score Buddy; Sookwang Double-Sided Tape; Glue Gun; Pliers; Wood Building Block; Cigar Box; Folding Carpenters Ruler; Sanding Tools

We want to say a huge thank you to Robin Shakoor, Gloria Stengel, and Sherry Cheever for their amazing work today. And many thanks to all of you for stopping by our blog today as well. We hope to see you here again on Monday for more crafts and contests! We hope you have a wonderful, sunny weekend!

Happy Papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45


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Love Through the Ages: Le Romantique Mini Album By Tara Orr

Hello Lovely Crafters,
Thank you so much for joining us on this fabulous Thursday. Here at Graphic 45, we love romance. If you've seen our Le Romantique collection, you know just how much we adore the gorgeous style of a vintage wedding. Well Tara Orr of our Design Team has created the most amazing, elegant, and jaw-dropping mini album from Le Romantique that is sure to make you fall in love at first sight. Created as a gift for her parents' for their 38th wedding anniversary, this amazing mini contains beautiful photos of their special day. It is also loaded with so many gorgeous details that are classic Tara Orr: stunning paper distressing, elegant embellishments, lavish layers and textures, and they key ingredient of love. So feast your eyes on this astonishing creation that is sure to inspire you!
Le Romantique Mini Album by Tara Orr
Graphic 45 Supplies:
Le Romantique, 8x8 paper paper pad
Le Romantique, Daydreams
Le Romantique, Tags
Le Romantique, Le Romantique
Le Romantique, My Beloved
Le Romantique, Loves Labyrinth
Le Romantique, Frames
Other Supplies:
Glossy Accents by Ranger
Edge Scraper by Making Memories
Misc: Burlap, Twine, Crochet Doily, Acrylic Paint
Flowers by Prima and ETSY
Distress Ink in Vintage Photo by Tim Holtz
White Pigment Ink by Studio g
Build a Brad by Stampin' Up!













Check out this beautiful tag that contains a photo of Tara's parents today. Such a wonderful and clever idea!












We want to say a huge thank you to the amazing Tara Orr for this stunning creation today. Her work continues to be such a huge source of inspiration for all of us and we are so excited to have her on our Design Team! Many thanks to all of you for joining us today too. We hope to see you again tomorrow as we announce this week's blog prize winner! There's still time to leave us a blog comment letting us know when you most enjoy crafting. This will give you a chance to enter this week's contest! We hope you all have a wonderful and inspiring day.

Love and paper flowers,

Team Graphic 45


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Leading Ladies: Gorgeous Curtain Call Crafts & Tutorial

Hello Fabulous Crafters,

Welcome to another glorious day here at the Graphic 45 blog. We have lots of goodies in store for you today; gorgeous craft creations from Jane Tregenza and Tara Orr! It's going to be an exciting day of inspiration. Today is all about our elegant Curtain Call collection. Honestly, Curtain Call looks amazing on everything! Jane Tregenza has created a gorgeous layout, while Tara Orr has made a marvelous printer's tray and tutorial. So put on some jazz, grab a cup of tea, and enjoy some elegant inspiration! First up we have the awesome Jane Tregenza and her stunning "Dressed to the 9s" layout. Just look at how lovely this is! It just goes to show you that Curtain Call is the perfect accessory for your most beautiful photos! Gorgeous work, Jane!



Next we have a super fun tutorial by Tara Orr. Tara's enthusiasm and talent for crafting is out of this world. After seeing her amazing Curtain Call printer's tray, you'll want to run out and start crafting one of your very own. Take it away, Tara!

THRIFT STORE SHOPPING ROCKS!!! I seriously cannot get enough!  When my husband is off on the weekend and when the kids are tucked snuggly into their beds for their naps, I'll sneak into town, grab my grande dark and just delite in the joys of thrift store shopping.  I LOVE it!  There are so many amazing things to find from vintage books, trinkets, embellishments, frames, doilies, etc etc. I have three stores that I visit every weekend in town and every now and again I'll make a venture out to Value Village to see what I can find. 
It was a few weekends ago that I came across this amazing wooden piece. You'll always find the best treasures when you aren't looking for anything in particular.
To the naked eye it looked like a large, wooden tray.  It measured approximately 11in x 21in so it was at least double the size of one of those fancy 'scrapbooking printer's trays'.  BUT the best part...... $2.00!!
Join me below to see how I transformed this simple wooden tray into a totally cool keepsake using one of Graphic 45's newest releases: Curtain Call.

1. Here is the 'naked' wooden treasure I found!! It is quite large and as I mentioned above, measures 11x21x2 inches.  SCORE!!!

2. Time to get DIRTY!! Oh yea baby!! You can totally leave your piece 'naked' if you wish but to coordinate with the colours in the Curtain Call collection, I chose to alter the tray to black.  I've previously altered printer's trays and wooden 3D calendars with paint and found this SUPER time consuming so I opted to mist my project.  MUCH quicker but also MUCH more messy (as you can see from my hands!!)  I actually spritzed my project outside and would recommend the same should you decide to alter your project this way....

3. Next you will need to 'finish' your project and seal in the ink so that it doesn't transfer to other mediums.  Mod Podge is a fantastic product that acts as a waterbased sealer, glue and finish. I chose a glossy finish but this product also comes in matte should you prefer.

4. I squirted a bunch into a small disposable cup or you could also use a paint tray. It looks very much like and has the consistency of tacky glue.  When you apply it to your project it will be opaque and white - do not worry as it will dry clear.  Apply liberally with a sponge applicator to prevent streaks.

5. The 'finished' product.  Looks horrid eh!?  LOL!  Notice all the ink that came off during the finishing process?  Let your tray dry completely and then you are ready to 'decorate'!!

6. Depending on your tray, there will be several windows with varied sizes.  Rather than use a ruler, I simply held up my paper to each 'opening' and marked with a pen the length and width and trimed accordingly with my paper trimmer. Continue this process until each of your openings are covered with patterned paper.  You can use varied papers and patterns for your window backgrounds.

7. I wanted to add a funky twist to this project - a secret door!! I opted for the amazing Ornate Metal Door plate and knob by Graphic 45 which I knew would look fantastic with this altered project!  BUT... I really wanted to keep a monotoned look to my project and the metal pieces had touches of blue to them.  Solution: Paint the blue away!!  I took my metal plate and proceeded to paint over the blue parts with black acrylic paint.
8. Next, I took a tissue and wiped off the access paint to reveal the embossed metal - no blue - just black remaining!!
9. Here is my project with all the windows covered in various pieces of patterned papers from Graphic 45's Curtain Call collection as well as the door plate and knob where I envisioned it to be in my final project.


10. And here is the finished project - with the secret door closed.  I also added some of Graphic 45's metal hinges to the door - how wonderfully they complimented the door and knob!  There are bits and pieces, odds and ends that just make the project look unique - which is what I love most about it!


11. Here is the piece with the door opened.  The glass bottles were found in a package of 4 at the local dollar store. I easily transformed them into cool trinkets by adding some Curtain Call tags and fussy cut elements. The largest bottle was actually a mini 'crown royal' bottle that I added a metal button to for the cap and some Curtain Call tags to the sides. 




Wow! Huge thanks to Jane Tregenza and Tara Orr for their beautiful crafts today. This makes me want to race out and start crafting! We hope you are all just as inspired by today's works of art! Join us tomorrow as we bring you more amazing creations. We hope you have a lovely day, crafters, and thanks again for joining us.

Happy Papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45


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Curtain Call Cleverness: Amazing Creations From Our Deisgn Team

Hello Crafters,

Happy Friday to you all! Thanks for joining us today! We've got some amazing crafts to share with you today as well as a winner for this week's blog contest! This week's contest was pretty simple. We just asked you to share with us something fun that you've done this Spring. We got a lot of great responses and we want to thank everyone who submitted a comment this week. Our random winner is Jenny of the Infinite Elsewhere blog. Here is what she had to say about her Spring experience thus far.

"This spring has been rather wet here in Montana! On the 21st I went to check out our campsite and on the 22nd the road washed out - along with a lot of the rest of the state. So this spring I have just been trying to stay dry!" -Jenny

Well Jenny, we hope this week's prize will brighten your springtime. Please email us at to claim your prize. Congratulations!

Toady we've got some gorgeous Curtain Call crafts to share with you from Melanie Forbes and Jack & Cat Curio. Each of these amazing creations comes with a tutorial so you can see how it was done! How great is that?! This first craft was created by Melanie Forbes. It's a beautiful piece of home decor and it features our marvelous Curtain Call and Le Cirque collections. It's so cheerful, fun, and lovely. This is the perfect craft to create on a lazy Saturday afternoon. And check out Melanie's step-by-step description of how his wonderful piece was made!





Twiddleybitz- Floating Frame FRA001- Funky Attic house FAH001- Miniature park bench- Penny Farthing Bike small- Eiffel Tower EIF001-Iron Gates with Swirls GAT008- Chicken Mesh Wire WIR002-    New Foliage

Graphic 45
Curtain Call: Tour De France #4500324- Moulin Rouge #4500325 - Let’s Dance #4500320
Le Cirque- Greatest Show on Earth #4500311, Staples -Metal Flowers #4500300
Black Gesso
Aridonack Paint – sandal & silver
Distress ink Barn Door
Clear Embossing powder
Red rose and trinket with twine
Black feather & lace
Rock Candy clear crackle paint by Ranger


1. Assemble frame as per instructions and paint all with black gesso

2. Cut out large Paris Stamp from Tour De France – ink Edges and stick to top right hand corner of acrylic.

3. From remaining Tour De France cut 4 edges to fit and glue down

4. Cut stamps border from Moulin Rouge

5. Paint German Scraps border with Sandal paint allow to dry then glue into place along with stamp border to front of frame.

6. Ink Chicken wire, fence (half) and penny farthing black, Ink then clear emboss Eiffel tower in barn door. Apply silver to foliage. Allow to dry

7. Cover pieces from attic house in chosen paper

8. Assemble attic house as per instructions.

9. Construct miniature park bench then paint with Sandal paint followed by a coat of clear crackle. Tie on trinket with twine and glue flower into place.

10. Glue into place as per photo.

11. Tie black lace and attach metal flower to left hand side of frame.

This next piece was created by the amazing Jack & Cat Curio. They've found a stunning and clever way to turn Curtain Call and Graphic 45 Staples into gorgeous jewelry. Just look at these beautiful and original works of art. They've even created a fun video tutorial so that you can learn all about their amazing creative process. Check it out!

Curtain Call Shabby Chic Necklaces Pic.1

Curtain Call Shabby Chic Necklaces Pic.2 Front

Curtain Call Shabby Chic Necklaces Pic.3 Back


Memory Frame: 1" x 3" Antique Copper, Memory Glass 1”x 3”
Graphic45 Curtain Call Collection: All That Jazz, Top Billing, The Cinema, Tour de France
Graphic 45 Staples Stickers, Trim, Chipboard Buttons, Tulle, costume jewelry earing, seam binding
Stamp: Cling Vintage Ladies
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink Wild Honey, Walnut Stain: Archival Ink Jet black
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Jump Rings, vintage buttons, chain


Wow, that was so great! We want to thank Melanie Forbes and Jack & Cat Curio for their beautiful work today. We hope they helped give you some fun ideas. Join us on Monday for more glorious craft creations and a brand new blog contest. We hope you have a marvelous weekend.

Happy Papercrafting,

Team Graphic 45

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The Gears of Inspiration: Steampunk Crafts by Jack & Cat Curio, Sherry Cheever, and Melanie Forbes

Hello Crafters!

Happy Monday to all of you! We hope that whatever you're up to today, that you're enjoying the day. We've been having that funny mix of clouds, rain, and occasional sun. Some days it's hard to believe it's spring! But that makes the warm, sunny days all the more sweeter. And speaking of spring, we're giving away a Once Upon a Springtime 12x12 paper pad as well as some other gorgeous craft goodies as part of this week's blog contest! If the weather isn't going to abide, at least we can have spring in our hearts. This week we're just asking you to leave us a blog comment telling us about something fun you've done this spring. Maybe you've had a nice walk in the park on a sunny day, or perhaps you're working on a beautiful garden. Let us know how you've been enjoying this wonderful season and you could win this terrific prize pack. A Once Upon a Springtime 12x12 Paper Pad, Metal Hinge Staples, Once Upon a Springtime Cling Stamps, and three beautiful chipboards by Imaginarium Designs! You can leave your comment any day this week and we will choose a random winner and announce them on Friday, June 3rd. Hooray!


You are in for such a treat today, crafters. Our Design Team has whipped up some spectacular Steampunk Debutant crafts that are out of this world! We've even got amazing tutorials by Sherry Cheever and Melanie Forbes! The thing that I love about today's crafts is that they all feature altered art with Steampunk Debutant. Altered art is always so much fun to create, especially with a decadent collection like Steampunk Debutant with all its rich colors and whimsical designs. So lets check out these amazingly inspiring creations! This first piece was created by the fantastic Jack & Cat Curio. This beautiful Steampunk altered tin has so many lavish details and a perfect rustic look. It's just another example of Jack & Cat's stunningly unique artistic vision. Take it away, Jack & Cat!

"We call it….”layering the strange”…. bring enough odd objects together, cover them, distress them, and disguise them. You will unify them into a grand piece of eye candy. Such is the case with this piece… we gathered a mint tin, ceiling mount, brass charms, and our favorite “Steampunk Debutante” imagery." -Jack & Cat Curio


Altoid tin, ceiling mount

Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante Collection: Ephemera Extraordinaire, Mechanical Mind, Time Flies, Nouveau Artistry

Ink: Ranger Distress Wild Honey, Walnut Stain, Black Soot, Distress Embossing Ink

Golden Light Molding Paste, Modern Masters Metal Effects Iron Paint and Rust Solution, Claudine Hellmuth Blank Canvas, KAISER Colour Sea Breeze, Golden Glaze Patina Green, Zing! Gold Embossing Powder, Adirondack Metallics Acrylic Paint Dabbers Gold, Judikins Fluxe

Leaky Shed Studios Gear and Cogs, Leaky Shed Studios Ornate Corners, Graphic 45 Staples Metal Flowers, Graphic 45 Metal Staples Buttons, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Sprocket Gears, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Timepieces Watch Faces, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Adornments—Regal, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Long Fasteners, Objects and Elements Oval Hobnail Copper Bezel, Resin Black Frame, vintage rhinestones, netting material, vintage dictionary pages, brass crown, brass keyhole

Glue: Claudine Hellmuth Multi Medium, Hot Glue, Super Glue gel,

Tools: Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzix Bigz Dies Tattered Florals

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Next up is a beautiful Steampunk Debutant altered frame by Sherry Cheever. Overflowing with gorgeous flowers, butterflies, clock gears, and luscious colors, this altered picture frame is beautifully balanced and breathtaking. Want to know how it was made? Sherry has prepared a video tutorial that shows you her techniques! Amazing! Here's what Sherry had to say about this lovely creation.

"The frame was painted black and then covered with Steampunk Debutante paper. The paper was glued down with Multi-Medium matte and the excess was removed by sanding away at the edges. Vintage Photo Distress Ink was then sponged on the edges of the frame. The middle image was centered and the wings were painted with Black Soot Distress Stickles. An extra hat and dress were cut out, the edges sponged with Vintage Photo and raised over the image with foam mounting tape. The hat was also painted with Black Soot Distress Stickles.

Craft Foil was die cut with Sprightly Sprockets and then covered with Black Soot Alcohol Inks with a drop of Copper Mixative added.

The flowers were made by die cutting/embossing Steampunk Debutante paper with Rose Creations and Carnation Creations. The flowers were shaped with a petal roller and a foam pad. All the leaves were die cut with the Foliage Die Template and then colored different hues of greens.

The butterfly in the top right corner was glued to a piece of Clearly for Art, heated with a heat tool and the wings were shaped with the Clearly for Art was still warm." -Sherry Cheever


Paper: Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante; Tim Holtz idea-ology GrungePaper

Spellbinders: S4-328 Foliage; S5-048 Sprightly Sprockets; S5-050 Rose Creations; S5-049 Carnation Creations; F-012 Premium Craft Foils – Precious Metals; Grand Calibur

Ink/Paint: Ranger Peeled Paint Distress Stain, Lettuce and Meadow Color Wash, Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Adirondack Copper Mixative and Pitch Black Alcohol Inks and Blending Solution; Black Acrylic Paint

Embellishments: Tim Holtz idea-ology Memo Pins; 7 Gypsies Brads; Maya Road Vintage Pearls and Brown and Turquoise Leaf Trinket Pins; Ranger Black Soot Distress Stickles

Tools: Ranger Ink Applicators w/Felt (alcohol inks) and w/Foam, Non-Stick Craft Sheet, Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi-Medium Matte; Studio 490 Art Parts Clearly for Art; Black Craft Wire; Sanding Tools; Imaginisce Petal Roller; $1 Wood Frame from Michaels; Foam Mounting Tape; Foam Pad




Check out Sherry Cheever's video tutorial all about this amazing altered Steampunk picture frame!


Next up is this amazing Steampunk Debutnat alered clock by Melanie Forbes. This is a perfect example of Melanie's delicate and beautiful artisitc sensability. The multi-colored clock gears look so amazing in this altered clock, especially when combined with the gorgeous flowers and that amazing peacock feather. This is such a great example of taking a simple object and turning it into something magical! Lynette has even prepared a step-by-step tutorial on how this amzing clock was created! Get ready to be inspired!

Butterfly multi pack BUT007
Steampunk Gears corner SPK004
Steampunk Blossum SPK009
Graphic 45
Steampunk Debutante: Mechanical Mind, Steampunk Debutante, Time Flies. Staples: Metal Flowers, Stickers
Prima blossoms
Creative Colour sprays – copper
Crafty Notions Jewel enamels – light copper CCE21 & Black
Lumiere Paint – halo blue gold
Black ink
Peacock feather






Steampunk Debutant Altered Clock Tutorial:

1. Cover backing piece with “Mechanical mind” paper. Middle cut out piece is reversed and placed on centre backing piece.

2. Top mdf piece is covered with Steampunk Debutante – all edges inked and sandpapered.

3. Cogs are coloured in using either crafty notions spray, enamels or black gesso

4. Assemble clock as per instructions

5. Attach inked black steampunk gears and blossom to either side of clock and glue flowers and butterflies into place.

Big thanks to our amazingly talented Design Team members: Jack & Cat Curio, Sherry Cheever, and Melanie Forbes. Their work is always so inspiring and it was a pleasure to be able to feature all of their amazing work in one blog post! We look foward to reading all of your blog comments this week. We hope today's crafts helped to brighten your spring day.

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Team Graphic 45

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Victorian Dreams: Gorgeous Steampunk Debutant Layouts

Hello Crafters! 

It's a great day for creating! Thanks for joining us on this lovely Wednesday. We've got gorgeous craft creations from our amazing Design Team to share with you. Today it's all about Steampunk Debutant. This phenomenal collection is like a symphony of color, with gorgeous victorian-inspired imagery. It's like a beautiful dream! Nicole Eccles and Gloria Stengel have prepared some jaw-dropping craft creations that are sure to astonish you. So lets get to it! Our first craft comes from the brilliant Nicole Eccles. She has created this amazing layout called "Let Your Spirit Soar." That is the perfect name for such an uplifting and vibrant LO! It's so adorable and cheerful!

"This layout makes me think Indie Art, with a twinge of Steampunk.  Not only do I love all of Graphic 45's papers for cutting out images, but I love all the borders that are on the papers too!  They are great alone, but even to doodle or color in just a few elements can really give a dramatic effect.  Also love the versatility of the letter stickers, so easy to change them up by just sticking them to another piece of paper and fussy cutting!" Nicole Eccles

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G45 A Proper Gentleman Collection
G45 Steampunk Debutante Collection
Pink Paislee Daily Junque Collection
Title:  G45 staples Alphabet Stickers
Basic Grey Capella Alphabet Stickers
Font: Script MT Bold
Embellishments: G45 Staples Chipboard Buttons
Tim Holtz Idea-ology precut grungeboard shapes
G45 Staples Lace trim 
Tim Holtz Alterations/Sizzix  Gadget Gears 
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Frayed Burlap
Black Soot
Rusty Hinge
Adhesives:  Tombow Mono Gluestick, Ranger Glossy Accents, Scrapbook Adhesives 3d foam squares
White Gesso

This next layout was created by the amazing Gloria Stengel. This LO is elegant, fascinating, and heart warming. It's central image is a photo of London, which goes perfectly with the victorian theme of Steampunk Debutant. Plus, this LO has all the class and refinement of a Gloria Stengel craft creation. So lovely!

"My husband and I took a "trip of a lifetime" in 2007 to celebrate our 20th anniversary. We spent two weeks visiting Paris and London. One evening, my husband took this amazing photograph of the London Eye. He captured all of the lights and colors! I knew that I wanted to scrap the photo with the Graphic45 Steampunk Debutant papers. The Imaginarium Designs chipboard gears were perfect for my layout." -Gloria Stengel


Cardstock: Bazzill, Stampin' UpDesigner paper: Graphic45 Steampunk Debutante (Mechanical Mind, Eclectic Emporium, Steampunk Debutante)Ink: Ranger Distress (Vintage Photo, Tea Dye, Antique Linen), Memento (Tuxedo Black)Stamps: Tim Holtz (Going Somewhere)Chipboard: Imaginarium DesignsDie cuts: Papertrey Ink (banners), Spellbinders (labels, circles, inverted scallop circles) Metal embellishments: Tim Holtz IdeaologyStickers: Jenni Bowlin StudioTrims: DMC (floss)Twist tie: PebblesTools: Close to My Heart (edge tool)
Computer font: Times New RomanAdhesive: Tombow (mono metal), Scotch 3M (ATG, foam tape), Glue Dots

Huge thanks to our amazing Design Team members Nicole Eccles and Gloria Stengel for their wonderful work today. It is always such a joy to see what they'll dream up next. We hope you will all join us tomorrow for more amazing craft inspiration. Have a lovely Wednesday!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Team Graphic 45

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Spring Is In the Air: Once Upon a Springtime Crafts From Our Design Team

Hello Crafters,

Welcome to another glorious week here at the Graphic 45 blog. Thanks for stopping by and seeing us on this terrific Monday. We've got an amazing line-up of treats in store for you this week, including a new blog contest and lots of amazing crafts from our Design Team! This week we're asking you to tell us about your favorite time to scrap. Do you scarp when you get home from work? Do you scrap on lazy weekend afternoons? Or maybe you scrap at random times in the week, whenever inspiration strikes. Leave us a blog comment any time this week and you'll be entered to win this magnificent prize: a Le Cirque 12x12 Paper Pad, Le Cirque Cling Stamps, Graphic 45 Metal Hinge Staples, and three beautiful chipboards from Imaginarium Designs. We will announce our random winner on Friday, June 10th.


Okay, lets get to the crafting! Today is all about our gorgeous Once Upon a Springtime collection. Our Design Team members have made some marvelous and cheerful creations today to help inspire your week. After all, spring is one of the most vibrant seasons of the year. We've got a beautiful card created by Sherry Cheever, a stunning tag by Gloria Stengel, and an amazingly fun layout by Yuka Hino. So get ready for smiles, because these crafts are going to lift your spirits to new heights! This first craft is by the super talented Sherry Cheever. She has created an awe-inspiring card that overflows with beauty. It's just amazing!



Paper:  Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime; Core’dinations Cardstock; Tim Holtz idea-ology GrungePaper; Light Weight (Thin) Chipboard Coaster

Spellbinders:  S4-328 Foliage; S4-308 Labels One Small; S5-050 Rose Creations; S7-014 Classic Lace Border; Grand Calibur

Ink/Paint:  Ranger Vintage Photo, Victorian Velvet and Spun Sugar Distress Ink; Ranger Peeled Paint Distress Stain

Embellishments:  Tim Holtz idea-ology Memo Pin; Maya Road Crystal and Vintage Pearls Trinket Pins; 7 Gypsies Paper Fasteners; White Seam Binding; Vintage Button

Tools:  Ranger Ink Blending Tool w/Foam, Non-Stick Craft Sheet, Mini Mister w/Water, Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi-Medium Matte; Tim Holtz Tonic Scissors, Distressing Tool; Foam Mounting Tape; Hot Glue Gun; Sewing Machine


Once Upon a Springtime paper was cut to size (5-1/4” square), the edges were sponged with Vintage Photo and then sewn to a layer of green cardstock.  The card base is 5-1/5” Square.  A border was die cut/embossed from the same green cardstock with the Classic Lace Border and then stenciled with the Vintage Photo before taken out of the die template. 

The flower was made by gluing the Once Upon a Springtime paper to GrungePaper and then die cutting with Rose Creations.  The edges were sponged with Vintage Photo and then curled from the ends to shape the petals.  The layers were glued together with a hot glue gun and a vintage button was put in the center.  The leaves were all die cute with Foliage from GrungePaper and then colored with Peeled Paint Distress Stain. 

The frame around the images was made by gluing Once Upon a Springtime paper to a thin chipboard coaster and then die cut with two dies from Labels One Small. 

The seam binding was dyed with Spun Sugar, misted with water, dried partially and then highlighted with Victorian Velvet.  It was once again misted with water, scrunched up in a ball and dried with a heat tool. -Sherry Cheever

This next amazing creation was made by Gloria Stengel. Its a stunning Once Upon a Springtime tag that is pure Gloria. Its loaded with beautiful textures, layers, embellishments, and lots of love. And look at those beautiful paper flowers! This tag is a true craft gem!

Gloria Feb Tag1

Gloria Feb Tag2

Gloria Feb Tag3


Sweet 16 Tag
Cardstock: Bazzill, Stampin' Up
Designer Paper: Graphic45 Once Upon a Springtime (Tiny Treasures, Woodland Fantasy, Pixie Post)
Glitter glue: Ranger Stickles (Star Dust)
Die cuts: Spellbinders (lacy circles, smooth circles), Tim Holtz Alterations (tag)
Grommet: We Are Memory Keepers
Ribbon: unknown
Pearls: Prima
Chipboard numbers: American Crafts Thickers
I created the rolled roses from torn paper circles. Once I had the roses assembled, I added glitter to the tops with Stickles.

This next beautiful creation was made by Yuka Hino. Yuka's crafts are always so imaginative and full of whimsicality. This amazing layout is another stunning example of Yuka's clever creativity. Take a close look at this amazing LO. There is a lot of magic to be found all over the place!

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Other Supplies:
Cardstock: American Crafts
Fence Chipboard: Imaginarium Designs
Dies: Sizzix - Alphabet Vintage Market by Tim Holtz
Crackle Paint: Ranger
Ink: Tsukineko
Mist: Tattered Angels
Adhesive: Tombow, Glossy Accents by Ranger
Sewing Machine

Well, that's all for today, crafters. We want to say a huge thank you to Sherry Cheever, Gloria Stengel, and Yuka Hino for their wonderful work today. We hope their beautiful crafts helped to inspire your day. We can't wait to read your blog comments this week! Have a wonderful Monday and we hope to see you all here tomorrow for more spectacular crafts.

Fairies and Butterflies,

Team Graphic 45


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Magnificent Layouts: Astonishing Creations by Yuka Hino, Robin Shakoor, and Hilde Janbroers

Hello Crafters,

Welcome to another fun day here at Graphic 45. We're so happy you're joining us for today's stupendous crafts. Today is all about layouts and we've got some marvelous creations from our Design Team to share with you. All of these beautiful LO's were made using our remarkably fun Le Cirque collection. Today's creations display a wide range of ideas and methods for using this beautiful circus-inspired collection. Our first amazing layout was made by Yuka Hino. This gorgeous LO is so amazingly clever, you will just love it! Also, this LO displays an amazing use of our Metal Hinge Staples. It's so delightful and inspiring! Here is what Yuka had to say about this amazing creations.

"To make the best use of Metal Hinge, I made a small door. There might be a lot of possibilities because Metal Hinge is a movability type. What a fun product! I LOVE IT!" -Yuka Hino


Other Supplies:
Ribbon: May Arts
Alphabet: Making Memories
Dies: Sizzix - Alphabet Vintage Market, Tattered Florals by Tim Holtz 
Stickles: Ranger
Ink: Tsukineko
Adhesive: Tombow, Glossy Accents & multi-medium by Ranger






This next beautiful LO was created by Robin Shakoor. This LO does an amazing job of highlighting the vibrant colors in Le Cirque. It is also so wonderfully layered with gorgeous shapes. As usual, Robin did a spectacular job on this LO! 

"I love to use as much patterned paper as possible in my designs.  This two page design showcases the beautiful , yet versatile, Le Cirque collection.  While two page layouts allow you to use multiple photos, I wanted to showcase one special photo of my daughter. Using patterned paper, I fussy cut flowers to create a beautiful frame around my photo . I am a huge fan of patterned paper which features different types of typography.  I cut several words from my paper using decorative scissors and placed them throughout my layout.   As a finishing touch, I die cut rosettes and matted them on die cut shapes to add a feminine, yet whimsical touch to this bright and cheerful layout." -Robin Shakoor

Supply List:
Patterned Paper:  Le Cirque, Curtain Call
Punch:  Martha Stewart Crafts
Artisan Elements:  Pink Paislee
Flowers:  Prima
Ink:  Distress Ink – Barn Door
Dies:  Tim Holtz Rosette; Spellbinders – Labels 1
Die Cutting System:  Spellbinders Grand Calibur
Twine:  Webster’s Pages
Circle Cutter:  Creative Memories
Stencil:  The Crafter’s Workshop
Decorative Scissors:  Fiskars
Chipboard Buttons:  Graphic 45
Foam Squares
Helmars 450 Quick Dry Adhesive


This next amazing creation was made by Hilde Janbroers and is astonishingly fun and beautiful. Hilde used lots of paper distressing, layering, and beautiful embellishments to create this one-of-a-kind work. You can just feel the love in this wonderful LO. It's yet another example of Hilde's knack for creating magnificent and heart-warming crafts. 

Coredinations cardstock
Tim Holtz rossette die
Prima Marketing flowers, say it in crystals
American crafts thickers


We want to say a huge thank you to our Design Team members Yuka Hino, Robin Shakoor, and Hilde Janbroers for their wonderful work today. We hope you will all join us tomorrow for more amazing crafts and our announcement of this week's blog prize winner! Thank you all so much for joining us today. Have a gorgeous Thursday!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45



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