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November 05, 2012

A Very Fond Graphic 45 Tribute To The Work of Jim, The Gentleman Crafter


Hello G45ers,

Happy Monday to you all and welcome to another glorious week here at the Graphic 45 blog. We are so happy that you've stopped by today! This is a very special and bittersweet day as we say an extremely fond farewell to one of our brilliant design team members, Jim the Gentleman Crafter. Jim has some extremely exciting creative endeavours that he will be pursuing and we wish him the very best. He has been such an incredible member of our 2012 Design Team and we thought we'd pay tribute to his talents with today's blog. Yes, today is all about Jim! You'll see a brand new creation that he's made along with a few classics from blog posts past. This week's blog prize also pays homage to the fabulous talent of Jim, The Gentleman Crafter! This week you have the chance to win three original works of art created by Jim! We're giving away his stunning Nutcracker Sweet 5x8 Altered Art Box, A Ladies' Diary Card and Happy Haunting Tag! Also included in this week's prize pack is a Nutcracker Sweet 8x8 Paper Pad, Le Cirque 8x8 Paper Pad, Le Cirque Cling Stamp Set, Nutcracker Sweet Cling Stamp Set and Graphic 45 Metal Butterflies. This is such an incredible prize pack so be sure to leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week for your chance to win. We will choose one random winner from this week's comments and announce them on Friday, November 9th right here on the Graphic 45 blog! 


How can we adequately pay tribute to a talent as fantastic as Jim, The Gentleman Crafter's? We really can't. His work is so skillful and so full of imagination that it basically transcends words. Every time we received a new creation from Jim we knew it was going to knock our socks off and of course he never disappointed us! Jim's work displays such an incredible mechanical, artistic and technical prowess that it's just astounding! He shows us what is possible in the world of papercrafting and he definitely sets the bar very high. He is also such a sweet and positive person, willing to share his knowledge and enthusiasm with anyone. It is this combination of talents that has made Jim such a valued member of the Graphic 45 2012 Design Team. We are so excited to see what the future holds for him! We know it's going to be so bright!

All you G45ers can keep up with Jim's creations on his beautiful blog.



Here we have the latest creation from Jim, The Gentleman Crafter. It's an incredible Olde Curiosity Shoppe antique cabinet! This creation is just amazing! It's a fantastic and clever way to use our Olde Curiosity Shoppe collection along with beautiful Metal Staples like the new Antique Metal Door Pulls! Here is what Jim had to say about this fantastic work of art!

"The idea for this project came when I was looking at an old doctor's cabinet at an antique store.  There was something about the glass doors that closed in front of the neatly lined drawers that captured my attention.  I'm always looking for storage for so many things and I love to make projects that hold something.  The Curious Cabinet's lid lifts back to reveal a compartment for your treasures.  Once the lid has been opened, the doors are released allowing access to the three drawers that can hold jewelry, copic pens, watches, you name it....Lots of room for goodies.  Once again, I was drawn back to one of my very favorite paper collections...The Olde Curiosity Shoppe...." -Jim, The Gentleman Crafter







Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe 12 x 12 Paper Pad
Graphic 45 Button Brads
Medium/Heavy Weight Chipboard
Tim Holts Idea-ology Foundation Feet
7 Gypsies Knob

And now it's time to review some of the classic creations from Jim, The Gentleman Crafter. Here's a fantastic project that was a huge hit on our blog! It's his incredible Happy Haunting panorama with real lights! We love it so much! See the original post and more photos of this unique work of art here.


Graphic 45 Happy Haunting Paper Collection:
  Pumpkin Time- Top
  Happy Haunting - Top
  Word Play - Top
  Hallowe'en Greetings - Main Box Body
  Bewitched - Box Bottom
  Jeepers Creepers - Interior Box Lining
  Trick or Treat - Witch Figure
Graphic 45 Happy Haunting Chipboard 1 - Tag For Top
Round Chipboard Box - Craft Store
Wood finial
Wood Balls - Feet
Assorted Halloween Ribbon
Battery Operated Tea Light
Black Brush Tree - Craft Store
Picket Fence- Craft Store
Black and Orange Crepe Paper

Here we have another classic project from Jim, The Gentleman Crafter. This is his amazing Tropical Travelogue armoire. The blending of vivid colors and fun designs in this project is so outstanding! Yet again Jim comes up with a clever way to create a decorative storage piece! See more images and a fantastic tutorial for this gorgeous project here




Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue Paper Collection
Graphic 45 Metal Tags
Graphic 45 Metal Button Brads
Graphic 45 Hinges (larger)
Idea‐o‐logy Metal Foundation Legs
2 3 x3 Idea‐ology Configuration Boxes
2 1‐1/2 x 3 Idea‐ology Configuration Boxes
Medium Weight Chipboard
Kraft Cardstock
Adhesive of choice
Black acrylic paint
1/8‐inch wooden dowel
4 1 Inch wooden Balls
Mini wooden clothes pins
Idea‐ology hangers

Wow, this next project is such a triumph! This is the brilliant vintage-inspired wallet created by Jim featuring our Kraft Reflections collection! This project is so magical! We just love all the fun little compartments for storing sweet sentiments and mementos. You can see more photos of this project and more details from the original blog post here.

Graphic 45 Kraft Reflections
Graphic 45 Transatlantique -Cover
Graphic 45 Communique - Inside Cover
Graphic 45 Chipboard Button Staples
Graphic 45 Metal Flower Staples
Idea-ology Time Pieces
Idea-ology Game Spinners
May Arts golden silk ribbon
Latch from Hobby Lobby
Black Cardstock
Key Tags -Office Max
Buckle from Scrapadabadoo.com
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Vintage Photo Distress Stain

And last but definitely not least is this incredible Le Cirque farris wheel that Jim created as part of his audition for the Graphic 45 2012 Design Team. Just look at how amazing this is! Of course this is an absolutely perfect project for our vintage circus collection Le Cirque! This really shows both the technical and artistic talent of Jim, The Gentleman Crafter. He really went above and beyond with this fabulous work of art. You can see more images from this awe-inspiring project along with many more fantastic crafts by Jim here.




Jim will be joining us for one more very special project here on the Graphic 45 blog very soon. So while we are saying a very fond farewell to him today, you can all still look forward to one last hurrah from the fabulous Jim! We want to thank him from the bottom of our hearts for his incredible contribution to our design team this year. Jim, from all of us here at Graphic 45, thank you for your remarkable vision and boundless inspiration! We have cherished having you on our design team and we know you're going to continue to be a papercrafting superstar for years to come!

That's all for today, G45ers. Thank you all so much for stopping by our blog. We hope you all enjoyed today's incredible crafts. Don't forget to leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week for your chance to win that incredible prize pack featuring original projects from Jim, the Gentleman Crafter. We wish you all a very happy day and we hope to see you tomorrow for more fun and inspiration!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Good Luck Jim!! going to miss Jim's awesome project on the G45 blog.

So sorry to see Jim go!! He is one inspiring amazing talent!!!

Jim ROCKS! That ferris wheel is amazing!! I cant imagine turning "papercraft" into an interactive 3-d work of art like that! Thanks for the chance to win!

Good luck with all your endeavors Jim!!! Always love your creative pieces and inspiration to look at paper so differently. You are so awesome. TFS your talent. pammejo1@yahoo.com

Oh my! I am over whelmed! The detail is amazing. Love them all.

Another great projedt by Jim. Love the cabinet. Was wondering about the size of it? I will go checck his blog. Thanks for the chance to win.

Such wonderful projects from a wonderful guy!! I watch The Gentleman Crafter on Youtube and am just amazed at the ideas he comes up with. Good luck Jim on your new endeavors!!!

ALL of Jims work is totally amazing and he always thinks outside of the box and comes up with something wonderful. In addition, he also has a wonderful blogspot.

I love all his projects! Good luck in your future endeavors, Gentleman Crafter!

So pleased new creative opportunities are opening up for Jim, but so sad not to see the magical combination of his talents and Graphic 45's fantastic products on the DT blog each month xx

Good luck to Jim! His talents are simply so fabulous. The projects are so imaginative and over the top. Thank you Jim, for showing us the possibilities for using Graphic 45.

Jim is one of the kindest and most creative people I know. His pieces are wonderful, but most of all he is so considerate to his fans. I admire his creativity and would love one of his pieces for my collection!

Jim's projects are synonymous with clever, creative, fabulous, amazing and incredible. He is a brilliant artist and I have so enjoyed his projects here at G45. I wish him the best as he moves onward and know that his presence here at G45 will be surely missed.

His projects are always so stunning.

Love the tag closet. The tags look incredible & would love a shot of them. Very creative! You go Jim!

I'll miss Jim's projects, they are so inspirational. Good luck Jim!

The very best of luck to you Jim!!! You are incredibly talented and I hope you continue to share those talents with the world!!!

Jim you are so deserving of the opportunities that are opening up for you in the near future. Your imagination has left me speechless on many occasions. Thank you Graphic 45 for giving us the opportunity to own one of Jim's creations. Good luck with all your endeavors Jim!!!

i love Jim`s creations, so much talent and passion are in those works of art.
And this prizes are WOW! i Would love to be lucky winner! ^_^

Best of luck to you, Jim! The future holds wonderful opportunities for you, I'm sure. We are all blessed that you have shared your ideas here at Graphic 45!

Good Luck, Jim! We have truly enjoyed and been inspired by all the projects you have shared with us!

Oh Gosh, bitter sweet indeed! Absolutely Astonishing Master of Creativity; I don't say that lightly. Jim is in a league of his own.
So, Totally wishing Jim all the very best for the future; am sure wherever he goes, his creativity will enhance all in his path. However, will miss Jim loads.
Hoping to keep up to date with his blog so not totally losing his inspiration.
Whoa, bit heavy for me but mean EVERY word. All the best Jim!!!!! :) x

I love Jim's work. I really like the lighthouse he made (not pictured here). Thanks for the chance to win one of his creations and best wishes to Jim in his new endeavor.

What a Beautiful projects. I love it all. The prize is amazing, thanks!!

Thank you for teh chance to win great prizes. I love Jim's work, so creative!

I will continue to follow Jim's magnificent works of art on his blog. We all wish him many blessings on his journey. It would be such an honor to win ANY piece of art from Jim! Thank you for such an amazing giveaway!!

Good luck to you Jim and thank you and G45 for sharing your talents to the world.
All the best

Wow, what great projects. Sorry to see Jim leave the design team. Thank you for the chance to win some neat prizes.

So sorry to see you go Jim. Good Luck. Di

Good luck Jim ! Your art is amazing!!

Jim's work is so stunning and creative. Thanks for a chance for such a generous prize.

I recently got to meet Gentleman Jim in person. He is as fabulous in real life as he appears here and on his blog. I wish him continued success in his future endeavors.

Yes, it is bittersweet. Love Jim's creativity and talent but will miss seeing his G45 creations. His future is bright and exciting and look forward to the next part of his journey. Thanks for the opportunity to win some of his creations.

So creative Jim. Love your work. Good luck in your next endeavors.

OH MY GOSH!!!! I am so excited for you, Jim. You have graciously shared your amazing talents with us and now it's time to move on. You will be soooo missed. I am always waiting for your next creation. You are so imaginative and you are like me. I love building things. Cubby holes. Drawers. Things that are interactive. Thank you for so many ideas and techniques. I wish you well on your way.
Thank you G45 for this tribute to Jim. Thank you for bringing us his ideas through your Design Team. And thank you for your generosity of this blog prize. You are the best.

So happy to have found Jim the Gentleman Crafter from his great creations for Graphic 45! He is an inspiration! Wishing Jim great success! Thanks for making me LOVE chipboard!

Gasp.........huh Jim is amazing I'm so so glad he is on the DT! He makes the most amazingly stunning projects! Still drooling over all his work ....thanks Grapic 45 for sharing! And also for this amazing prizepack again LOVE you guys your the BEST company ever.......hugs Amy ;)

I'm always so inspired by Jim's beautiful creations. I will miss seeing his work here on the G45 blog but I will still follow him on YouTube. Good luck in your new endevers Jim. Thanks for all you've shared with us.

Hate to see Jim leave Graphic 45 but will continue to follow his creativity wherever it leads. He is an inspiration. And thank you Graphic 45 for another opportunity to win a great prize.

Good luck Jim in whatever you do! You've been such an inspiration with all your beautiful projects that have been shared with us.

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