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September 11, 2013

Mother Goose Crafts For Family Fun


Hello G45ers,

Your day is about to be filled with color and cheer as we bring you some fabulous family-friendly ideas for our new Mother Goose collection! This adorable collection offers so many possibilities for fun crafts for kids and adults of all ages! Today we're going to share 3 fun ideas that you're sure to love! We've got a sweet Mother Goose tag by Denise Hahn. Then we will share Denise Johnson's fabulous Mother Goose altered block set. Then Clare Charvill will show you how to make a wonderful pencil case in a fun and informative tutorial! We're going to have a great time today!

We begin with this splendid tag by Denise Hahn. Tags are so much fun to make. You can gather the family around the crafting table and have a fantastic time creating decorative tags together! The adorable images and bright colors of Mother Goose make it the perfect collection for kids! Get inspired by Denise's darling tag creation. Here she explains her inspiration for this jubilant work of art!

"There is no more of an exciting day than getting a new Graphic 45 Collection in the mail! Of course I get to oogle at the previews just like all of you, but there is nothing like having it in your hot little hands. I have a little routine I do when I get the new papers in. I look at each piece quickly- literally flip through them. Inevitably one or two pieces will really just take my breath away, and I whisk those out of the stack. Then I will go through and really savor each piece and let them inspire me. Believe it or not, what caught my eye in the Mother Goose stack was the Checkers! The collection has all of these lovely pastels, but I was just hooked by the graphic quality of the Checkers and how they will pop in my creations. I knew my first project would contain them and I am thrilled with how this tag came out." -Denise Hahn

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Mother Goose #4500742

Ring Around the Rosies #4500743

Checkers #4500744

Spot On #4500746

Twinkle Little Star #4500752

Little Boy Blue #4500753

Graphic 45 Metal Staples Large Tag

Ribbon May Arts

Ink- Clearsnap Pigment Lava

Donna Salazar Mixed Media Inx Schoolhouse

Ric Rac and Measuring Tape- Vintage

Star- Michaels Mini Ornaments

Crepe Paper- Party City

Adhesive- Xyron 5 Inch Creative Station and Mega Rubber ½ Inch Permanent


Next we have this wonderful Mother Goose altered block set by Denise Johnson. These blocks are so fun and easy to create and they are the perfect way to add color and style to a child's room! If you're looking for the perfect gift or just a fun afternoon craft project, these altered blocks are a great idea! Let the bright colors and fun designs of Mother Goose capture your imagination! Here is what Denise had to say about this sweet creation.


"Cover a set of wooden blocks with the colorful and whimsical Mother Goose collection for a unique, personalized baby gift, nursery decor or baby shower favors! With a lovely color palette and a nostalgic feel, this collection becomes the cornerstone for all things baby. Customize your blocks with Graphic 45 Staples ABC’s for a perfect, personalized finishing touch." -Denise Johnson    


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Graphic 45- Mother Goose 12 x 12 Papercrafting Paper

Graphic 45- Staples- Alphabet Stickers

Wooden Blocks

Modge Podge Adhesive

Distress Ink and Tools


Next up is this adorable handmade pencil case by Clare. This sweet box was made with chipboard and beautiful Mother Goose papers. This is such a fun project for back to school. It would also make a fabulous gift! You can create this lovely project for someone special in your life! Just follow along with Clare's fun and easy tutorial. You're going to love it! Take it away, Clare!

This is a really simple and practical cheery pencil case that can be dropped into any school bag. It’s made out of 2mm chipboard sections, held together with black card strips all painted with black acrylic paint. The cover was made separate to the box, and once dry stuck onto the cover with Sookwang scor tape. To make one yourself cut out the following pieces out of 2mm chipboard.

  G45 Sept DT Project 2 Mother Goose Altered Pencil Case Clare Charvill Pic 6

G45 Sept DT Project 2 Mother Goose Altered Pencil Case Clare Charvill Pic 7

G45 Sept DT Project 2 Mother Goose Altered Pencil Case Clare Charvill Pic 8

G45 Sept DT Project 2 Mother Goose Altered Pencil Case Clare Charvill Pic 9


Two x 8 ¼” x 4 ¼” and a spine piece 8 ¼” x 1 ¼”

The Box

 One base piece 8” x 4 “

Two strips 1” x 8”

Two strips 1” x 4”

Cut a few 1” strips of black card stock and score lengthways at ½” .

Cut two 3” x 8 ¼” strips of black card stock for the cover hinge

  G45 Sept DT Project 2 Mother Goose Altered Pencil Case Clare Charvill Pic 1

G45 Sept DT Project 2 Mother Goose Altered Pencil Case Clare Charvill Pic 2

G45 Sept DT Project 2 Mother Goose Altered Pencil Case Clare Charvill Pic 3

G45 Sept DT Project 2 Mother Goose Altered Pencil Case Clare Charvill Pic 4

The Cover

Stick the cover chipboard spine piece centrally onto one of the 3” black strips.  Using a shim (two pieces of chipboard offcuts stuck together) as your spacer stick the front and back cover pieces onto the black card lining up top and bottom edges with spine.  Then stick the second black 3” strip of card stock over the top of the spine and cover pieces for strength.  Work the joints so the cover folds over itself easily.   I used the core’dinations sanding block to get rid of rough edges 

The box. 

Use the black strips to stick the base and side pieces together and then stick black card stock strips of card over the top edges of the box sides for a neat finish.  Paint both pieces black. 

When dry stick the base to the cover so that it sits centrally on the base of the cover and the flap folds over the top of the box.  I used Sookwang scor tape for this.

I used papers from the Mother Goose collection to decorate the pencil case, and then added two large metal door plates to the lid and alphabet stickers from the French Country collection that spell out the work PENCILS. All other pics

The closures are magnetic and added on tabs to the lid before I covered the inside with paper.  There are two corresponding magnets hidden under the front strip of paper too.  Any closure would work though.

It’s a really easy and fun project that you could get the children to make for themselves before going back to school. 


G45 papers & Staples

Mother Goose 12 x 12 sheets

Sunshine Stripe

Spot on

A Pocket full of Posies


Two large metal book plates

French country Alphabet Stickers

Two sheets of A4 Chipboard

Black Card Stock

Sookwang Scor Tape

Tacky Glue

Black Acrylic paint

Craft Magnets from stash

We just want to take a moment to thank Terri and Debbie and the whole Scrapbook n Such crew for hosting such an amazing Graphic 45 event last weekend.  Scrapbook n Such were the winners of the first of two grand raffles for an in-store Graphic 45 event.  (The next raffle will be held in January.)  We taught two workshops and did two hours of make n takes, and we loved every minute of it!  Everyone who came out made this an event to remember. Our classes were filled with the kindest, most talented and fun-loving people you could imagine.  To end this amazing event we finished off the night with delicious Texas BBQ. Yum!


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We hope today's crafts gave you lots of fun ideas for your next project. We want to thank Denise Hahn, Denise Johnson and Clare Charvill for their fabulous work today. We had so much fun getting to share today's crafts with all of you. We have more fun and inspiration planned for your all on tomorrow's blog. We hope you'll come back and see us. Have a fantastic day, G45ers!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45









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How cute is all this!!!

Love the pencil box!

Wonderfully creative projects today!! This is such a cute collection

Great projects!!!

Love love love love these projects!! They are gorgeous!!!! And great photos from your event!!!

Don't have any school age children in the house anymore, but I may just have to make the pencil box for myself

Great projects! Love the blocks, such a cute idea for a child's room. Love Graphic 45!

I never cease to be amazed at the creativity of these projects and designs...just marvelous!!

Lovely projects today, which is par for the course!

Beautiful Tag

Cool tutorials. I plan on making one of the boxes with my granddaughters.

Wonderful projects! Thanks so much for the awesome tutorial too!

Such fun and cheerful creations! The Mother Goose papers would be so much fun to work with.

Amazing projects. Thanks for the tutorial.

Looks like you had lots of fun in Wichita Falls would have loved to be there! Great projects today (as always) I have been looking for those old time pencil boxes .. now I can make my own :)

The Humty Dumpty line is so cute!

Love the blocks and the box. Too pretty to use! lol!

Adorable projects - I love the idea of the blocks for a nursery decor gift! Thanks

love how the Mother Goose collection adds so much fun and whimsy to the projects!

The pencil box is great and the blocks are fun! Looks liks a lot of fun with G$% at Scrapbook ans Such!

I can't get enough, what awesome projects!

Oh they are wonderful pieces. More must have paper lol xx

Gotta love this collection!

this are awesome and beautiful projects, and the collection is fantastic!

These are great projects! I have a new grand nephew - I've got to get busy!

Love Denise's tag! Her work is always so joyful! Wonderful tutorial by Clare, as always...and Denise Johnson's blocks are simply fab.

Great projects!! Looks like everyone was having a great time in Wichita Falls!!

Love the tag and the blocks are great. Can't wait to get my hands on the new papers! Love them all.

I do enjoy Clare's tutorials...every project is so easy to follow. All of today's projects make excellent use of this paper collection. Thanks for bringing these talented people to us!


today's projects

Oh, these projects are all so beautiful! Amazing work, ladies!

I love all three!

Thank you for fun ideas. Love the colors. Always happy to pop in here.

Great bright cheerful projects! The blocks are a cool idea for any child but could adapt idea for home decor... :))

We enjoyed having you in Wichita Falls! Am almost through decorating my tags, then will be finished with Steampunk Spells Album. Then will start Mother Goose Album. Keep the gorgeous paper coming!! Your friend, Greta Gabo

I continue to be amazed at how versatile the collections can be. So clever.

All gorgeous, as usual.

The black and white checkers and the red polka dot patterns really do make these lovely projects POP!

Fun, creative projects today! Thanks for sharing.

Fabulous projects!

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