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June 30, 2011

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

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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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I just finally got my first Graphic45 papers the other day. I got spring time, le cirque and the oz. But admiring them wondering what to do with them. The bird house has totally inspired me to start cutting into them. Great projects.

Love love love the projects. I would love to get my hands on that birdhouse!

fabulous ! Thanks for the tutorial

What a cute birdhouse! Thanks for the great tutorial. I love the fairy tales as written by Hans Christian Anderson along with the beautiful illustrations. The Little Mermaid was a great tale and different from the Disney version (though Disney gave us music and dancing scenes). I loved to watch the Disney version of the story with my daughter and then read the Hans C. Anderson version to see the differences. So many great fairy tales and so many versions! Keeps life interesting!

Beautiful projects.TFS pammejo1@yahoo.com

Oh, what a gorgeous looking bird cage! I have to go hunting for something similar here in Sweden... =)

Very pretty! My all time favorite fairy tale is the Little Mermaid! Thanks for the chance!

Love these! And, my favorite fairy tale: Cinderella!

TOtally love both these "works of art". I so love coming here everyday. Can I say you are my new heart throb? Oops I said it!!!!! Thank you Graphic 45 for giving me the inspiration to do something wonderful each day!!!!

the bird house is really cute as is the gift basket. i love the Springtime papers they are just beautiful

Oh Once Upon A Springtime - how I love thee....!!!

My favorite fairytale is The Little Prince. I remember how much I cried when I read it. It's so beautiful.

My favorite fairy tale is sleeping beauty.

Beautiful projects and I'm so happy about the roof tutorial, I just won a chipboard house that I can not wait to decorate with Once Upon A Springtime papers!

My favorite fairy tales are Frog Prince, Goldilocks and the 3 bears, and Thumbelina

Gorgeous projects! Love the bird house. TFS

Those projects are just beautiful! Thank you so much for the tutorial. TFS and thanx for the inspiration

I really like your birdcage and the paper is one of my favorites.

OMG~Love the ABC Primer and the new Christmas line. It is so old school and old times. Love! Love! Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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