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May 25, 2011

Spring Bliss: Once Upon a Springtime crafts by Hilde Janbroers & Nicole Eccles

Hello Fabulous Crafters!

Thank you for joining us for this spectacular day of crafting! We hope you are having a lovely day wherever you are. Spring has definitely sprung and today we're bringing you some glorious Once Upon a Springtime crafts by Hilde Janbroers and Nicole Eccles of our Design Team. It's super exciting! Nicole has even prepared and wonderful tutorial about her amazing paper piecing technique. There's plenty to be happy about here on the Graphic 45 blog! Also, don't forget that we're in the middle of this week's blog contest. All you need to do is post a link to our new Facebook page on your Facebook page, then leave us a blog comment letting us know that you posted our link. We want to make sure that everyone in our craft community makes the jump to our new Facebook page before we close the old page. Spread the word and you could win an awesome craft prize! We'll be announcing the random winner on Friday.

Well, lets get to the crafts, shall we? First up is an amazing altered baby box by Hilde Janbroers. Hilde recently welcomed a new member to her family, a beautiful baby named Thomas. She created this amazing altered box that contains sentimental objects and a beautiful mini album of some of baby Thomas's first photographs. This project is so heart-warming and lovely! It's filled with so much love.

Graphic 45 papers: Curtain Call and Once Upon a Springtime
Once Upon A Springtime cling stamps
Tombow liquid glue two tips
flowers: Petaloo and Prima Marketing
liquid pearls
Cosmo Cricket chipboard alphabet
fiskars border punch
Tim Holtz ink
My Little Shoebox letter stickers
Viva Decor Perlen Pen
May arts ribbon


Next we have an amazing card and tutorial by Nicole Eccles. Nicole is an amazingly creative lady with a terrific eye for detail. She really knows how to set the scene for a spectacular layout or card. Just look at the beautiful dimension that this card has! Nicole is going to take us step-by-step through her creative process of making this card. Take it away, Nicole!

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I decided to start off my techniques with one of my favorites that I love to use all the time.    Paper Piecing using stamped images.  This is a great way to make your stamped images match your project perfectly with only a few steps. By layering the stamped images, you can create one of a kind dimensional embellishments that are dramatic and crisp.  Think clothes on children, or layered flowers etc.  For this card I decided to paper piece a mushroom by CC Designs.  It was just the perfect size for the fairy to stand on once cut out.
Paper:  G45 Once Upon A Springtime Collection
Enchanted Forest, Once Upon A Springtime, Primrose Cottage
Inks:  Tim Holtz Distress Ink Frayed Burlap
Tsukineko VersaFine   Onyx Black
Stamp:  CC Designs Mushroom
Adhesives:  Tombow Mono Glue Stick, Scrapbook Adhesives 3d Foam Squares

To start, stamp out your image 3 times on desired patterns.  I used pink, blue and cream.  Once the images are dry, fussy cut along the whole stamped image, starting with the pink for the background.  After the image is completely out, cut out the small dots on the top of the mushroom and set aside. 

Now take  your image stamped on cream paper and cut out only the stem of the mushroom and adhere onto the pink mushroom already cut out.

Step 2 adhere cream stalk
Last, take your image stamped on blue paper, and cut only the top of the mushroom, and the little ring that goes around the stalk. 

Step 3 Adhere blue ring to Stalk
Again, adhere cut pieces onto the pink mushroom, lining them up perfectly overtop the image underneath.
Step 4 Adhere mushroom top
Now that the mushroom top is on, you may take the small pink dots you set aside and glue them onto the blue mushroom top.  And Voila, now you have a mushroom that is 3 colors, and the colors and patterns match perfectly to your card.

Step 5 Adhere pink dots to mushroom top
Cut background paper to size of card and adhere. For the border, cut from 8x8 piece of Once Upon A springtime, cutting only along 3 sides.  Once removed, cut in half across the long side of frame and set the 2 pieces on card, overlapping and lining up perfectly  to the cards corners and edges.  Trim if desired, and adhere the frames together to make one.  Adhere to card with pop dots.

Step 5 Layering Borders
Fussy cut image of Fairy being Crowned out of Enchanted Forest and Adhere to center of card.

Step 6 Cut and Adhere Image to Center of Card
Cut image of fairy sitting on a fence post out of Once Upon A Spring Time, adhere to Right edge of card using pop dots.

Step 7 Cut and adhere fairy image along right edge using pop dots
Adhere paper pieced mushroom using pop dots, then Cut out image of standing fairy from Once Upon A Spring Time and adhere with pop dots standing on mushroom.

Step 8 Adhere mushroom and fairy standing on top using pop dots
Cut the Fairies scroll from Enchanted Forest, crinkle for dimension and adhere with pop dots.

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Finish card off by cutting out a single flower from Primrose cottage and adhering to the left edge of “the Fairies” scroll.

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Well, that's all we've got for today, crafters. But you know we'll be back tomorrow with lots more gorgeous ideas to inspire you. We hope you'll stop by and see us. Many thanks to the amazing talents of Hilde Janbroers and Nicole Eccles. We are so happy to have them on our new Design Team! Have a wonderful rest of the day, crafters!

Fairies and Cherry Blossoms,

Team Graphic 45


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Absolutely stunning projects ladies.

What amazing projects! Just love all the details.

Absolutely beautiful!

YIKES, that is amazing! LOVE IT!

Both projects are absolutely beautiful! I love this paper line with it's fairies & beautiful colors.

Made sure to share the new FB fan page on my status.

wow ! This is an amazing box with marvelous stuff inside !!!!

Simply gorgeous. The cutwork is amazing.

Both the projects are beautifully inspiring!

What a beautiful project. TFS!! Just lovely!!

Being a cardmaker and looking at this card gives me so much inspiration. I just love this line of paper, I was just looking at it yesterday and thinking of all the possibilities for it. Thank you for sharing that beautiful card!!!

WOW what a fabulous keepsake and memory box! Beautiful card love the layers! TFS

Absolutely over-the-moon projects! They both leave you speachless!!!


simply fabulous creations

Absolutely incredibly beautiful! Thanx so much for the paper piecing with rubber stamps tip. I love the way the mushroom looks. TFS

I love this idea....I have 2 baby showers next month and this has given me inspiration for a unique gift.....thank you so much! I love it

GORGEOUS work today!

Wow!!!! gorgeous creation, I love the mini-album baby and beautiful box, congratulation Nicole, you are the best! C'est vraiment magnifique, j'adore tout, félicitation Nicole!

Beautiful, great ideas and of course terrific papers.

Wow your projects are super awesome!!! I especially luv the baby box and mini.
Laura De La Rosa

This project is absolutely stunning! Nicole is one very talented lady! (It must be the name - hehehehe)

That baby box is PHENOMINAL!!!! OMG!! I soo need to start one for my niece who is due in November!! Should have most of it done by then!! LOL...and the tut for the card...just rocks!! Thanks ladies for sharing your talent!!!

What beautiful projects ladies :) Hilde the memory box is a very special project and Nicole!! OMG what a card!!!! :)

Hilde, absolutely love everything about your memory box! So very special!!! Thanks so much everyone for all the love and wonderful comments today!!!

Absolutely the most gorgeous mini album I have ever seen!! Love it!! Your card is so amazing too!!

I have linked in to the new Facebook page.

how incredible are these projects. Hilde you project is wonderful and Thomas is such a beautiful baby. Nicole the card is inspirational. Thanks for the step outs.

Stunning Projects! Very talented ladies! Congrats on becoming DT..:)

Forgot to mention I posted the link to your new fan page on my facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Graphic45#!/nicolle.kramer

Both projects are stunning....I "need" these papers!

Gorgeous!!!! Love the card- the cutwork is amazing!!!

love the treasure box

The box is so beautiful it almost made me cry. And that card! Magical, indeed!

I "liked" your FB page and then I also shared it on my FB page. I just LOVE this collection - it's my FAVE! :D

That box and its contents rare just amazing and what a great tutorial!

How neat! My grandson was born the same day as Hilde's Thomas!! This project gives me a lot of ideas for his memory box.
And the paper piecing Nicole demonstrates is great - something I can totally see myself doing!
Thanks ladies!!

What a beautiful project. TFS!! Just lovely!!

hi my name is linda janbroers, I know wright I think we are related. I live in Australia, queensland. how is that we have the same name. there are not many janbroers here in Australia. we are first generation of aussies. lovley to meet you. not sure how we are realted and by who. both of my grandparents have died, now I do have a dad called Fredrick and an aunty called veronica. love to here from you.

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