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March 13, 2017

There are Many Ideas with Nature Sketchbook!

  Accessorize with Graphic 45 Brooch  Nature Sketchbook  by Kathy Clement  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 2

Spring is such a gorgeous reminder of the beauty of nature! The birds build their nests, the flowers bloom, and the crafting mojo returns after a long winter! Today, Kathy Clement and Katelyn Grosart give great inspiration for that crafting mojo. These are such fabulous ideas for National Craft Month! See a beautiful brooch and gift box from Kathy below: 

Accessorize with Graphic 45 Brooch  Nature Sketchbook  by Kathy Clement  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 2

"If you are like me, you love Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Staples.  We all know how much great texture and dimension they add to a layout, card or mixed media project.  But have you ever thought of using them to create jewelry?  With Nature’s Sketchbook papers, chipboard and flowers, a little imagination and some clever paper crafting techniques, I created a lovely brooch that can be used to accessorize scarves, hats and clothing." ~Kathy


Accessorize with Graphic 45 Brooch  Nature Sketchbook  by Kathy Clement  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 2

Tips

NOTE: Melted UTEE is extremely hot and will burn skin if safety precautions are not used.  Never touch it when melted and be sure to use tweezers when dipping and removing items into UTEE.  Keep the hot pot away from children and pets.

  1. Mist Nature Sketchbook flowers lightly with water before shaping.  This will break down the starch in the paper and make them easier to shape.  It will also cause them to hold their shape once they are dry. Use this same technique to shape the butterfly wings.
  2. Let the flowers/butterflies dry completely before dipping into the UTEE.  
  3. I melted UTEE in a Melt Pot then dipped each flower layer in it.  Use tweezers so you don’t burn your fingers. Let the excess UTEE drip into the melt pot, then set the layers on a non-stick craft sheet to cool. Use hot glue to glue the layers together.
  4. Decorative Chipboard makes a great base for your brooch.  Dip it in UTEE to strengthen it.  Attach pin bale to the back with Glossy Accents. I also used Glossy Accents to secure the door plate to the front of the chipboard.  You can hold it in place with binder clips until the glue sets.
  5. Paint metal staples with a base coat of white paint then tap with alcohol inks to alter their appearance.
  6. Fill flower centers with the door knob, seed beads or items from your jewelry box.
  7. Cover a Staples Matchbox with coordinating papers for gift presentation.  To keep the brooch from sliding around inside the box, pin it to a die cut piece of felt.


Accessorize with Graphic 45 Brooch  Nature Sketchbook  by Kathy Clement  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 2


Accessorize with Graphic 45 Brooch  Nature Sketchbook  by Kathy Clement  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 2


Accessorize with Graphic 45 Brooch  Nature Sketchbook  by Kathy Clement  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 2


Accessorize with Graphic 45 Brooch  Nature Sketchbook  by Kathy Clement  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 2


Accessorize with Graphic 45 Brooch  Nature Sketchbook  by Kathy Clement  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 2

Supply List

Nature Sketchbook Flowers
Nature Sketchbook Decorative Chipboard
Nature Sketchbook 12x12 Papers
Monarch Majesty
Seasonal Splendor
Nature Sketchbook 8x8 papers
Every Blooming Thing
Monarch Majesty
Nature Sketchbook 12x12 Patterns & Solids
Staples Shabby Chic Metal Ornate Door Plate & Knob
Staples Metal Ornate Keys
Staples Kraftboard Altered Art Matchbook Box (retired)
Other Supplies

Non-Stick Craft Sheet
UTEE Melt Pot
Ultra Thick Embossing Powder (UTEE)
Tweezers
Feathers, metal charms
Noble Peacock Seam binding
Silver Metallic string
Flower Shaping Tools
Eucalyptus Leaves
Paint, Alcohol Inks
Glossy Accents
Seed beads
Tweezers
Pin Bale (available at any craft store)

Katelyn shakes off the frost of winter with some gorgeous Nature Sketchbook cards that are perfect for any occasion!

Just Because Card Set  Nature Sketcbook  By Katleyn Grosart  Product By Graphic 45  Photo 2

"I’m ready for winter to be over and spring to arrive, so I pulled out the fabulous Nature Sketchbook collection to create a beautiful set of Just Because cards. I love to create card sets with no specific themes so in case I need a card set in a hurry I have one or two ready to be gifted to that special someone."    ~Katelyn

Just Because Card Set  Nature Sketcbook  By Katleyn Grosart  Product By Graphic 45  Photo 2

Tip: Sometimes I don’t want to cut into entire pieces of patterned paper, so I fussy cut the images from the Ephemera cards to add embellishments to my cards.


Just Because Card Set  Nature Sketcbook  By Katleyn Grosart  Product By Graphic 45  Photo 2

Tip: To finish the keyhole, add brads to the top and bottom holes.


Just Because Card Set  Nature Sketcbook  By Katleyn Grosart  Product By Graphic 45  Photo 2


Just Because Card Set  Nature Sketcbook  By Katleyn Grosart  Product By Graphic 45  Photo 2




Just Because Card Set  Nature Sketcbook  By Katleyn Grosart  Product By Graphic 45  Photo 2


Just Because Card Set  Nature Sketcbook  By Katleyn Grosart  Product By Graphic 45  Photo 2

Supply List

12x12 Nature Sketchbook: Mother Earth, Every Blooming Thing, Seasonal Splendor, Planet Kingdom, Wildflower Bouquet and Harmonious Honeybees
Nature Sketchbook Ephemera
Nature Sketchbook Decorative Chipboard
Nature Sketchbook Flowers
Staples: Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Brads and Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Key Holes
Hug a Bug Seam Binding Ribbon: Black
Dark Green Cardstock
Sookwang Tape
Glue Dots
Edge Distressor
Paper Trimmer
Thin 3D Foam Squares
3D Foam Squares
Black Soot Distress Ink/ Blending Tool

This week we are giving away a prize pack full of Nature Sketchbook and some really great Tag Staples!  This prize pack is worth $40! Who wants to win? Just comment here on the blog or on our Facebook page to take part! Make sure to enter today!

(3%2F 1 %2F 1 claimed) Nature Sketchbook  Imagine  Create  Insprire Tags $40 Graphic 45

Have you been creation for National Craft Month? Share your work on our Facebook page! We cannot wait to see it (and there will be contests all month to win for sharing! So make sure to join us!)

Your Pals in Paper,

The G45 Family

Want to try these projects out? Visit your LSS or order online today! Graphic 45 Store Locator Link Here

Comments

Loving this theme! Ideas abound!

Love nature, especially the butterflies!

Beautiful.....

Beautiful, unique creations. I'd love to get my hands on some of this paper series.

Love this collection! Graphic 45 is coming out with some amazing collections this spring!!! I'm very excited!

Beautiful projects!

Please! I want to win!!

My all time favorite. A beautiful collection. Thanks for a chance to win.

Love it. Using it as I type.

I wanna win!!!!

Thank you for the chance to win this fabulous prize! Gorgeous!

Oh my goodness, this is such a beautiful collection! Pick Me :) Thanks for continuing to produce gorgeous papers and killer extras, G45.

super amazing projects!!

Love Nature's Sketchbook (just as I do all the beautiful Graphic 45 designs)! Thanks for the gorgeous projects you post. It would be a delight to win this prize package!

I am in love with Nature's sketchbook!!! Everything I have seen created with this collection is superb!! I would be overjoyed to win this collection!

I just love Nature's Sketchbook and these gorgeous projects by the DT. My favorite is the nature themed brooch, wow!

So creative using Nature Sketchbook collection! Very inspiring! Love the designs in that collection!

I love Nature Sketchbook and I would love to win it!

Love this set! Thank you for the chance to win it. It is so beautiful!

Wow...that is just beautiful. My sister loves butterflies, and now, so do I. I always put these tiny butterflies, punched out by hand, my hand...lol, somewhere on my projects. That would be awesome to win.

Stunning!!!

I love being in nature and this collection artistically expresses nature's beauty.

You guys are awesome! Such amazing paper and beautiful projects! Keep up the good work!

Wow, love the beautiful cards, Katelyn! Beautiful and creative to make a brooch too! Your work is inspiring!

AAAAAMAZING INSPIRATION!!!
I love these projects that Kathy and Katelyn created and they are so different from each other using the same collection. I am so inspired by the artistic abilities of the Graphic 45 Design Team. I Love Love Love this Nature Sketchbook Collection!

Beautiful paper. It would be wonderful to win such a prize.

Beautiful brooch and love all the great tips! Gorgeous cards! This is one of my favorite collections!

This nature collection is beautiful, the more I see it, I LOVE it. Would be lovely to win a second set.

This is such a beautiful collection! Nature at it's finest!!

I love this works with nature collection. Would love to win this package, it's fantastic. Got my fingers crossed.
Thanks G45 for the giveaway.
Regards from Barcelona

Glòria

Beautiful simply beautiful.

These cards are beautiful as are all your papers. Hard to choose which I like best.

Such wondrous projects! I am always amazed at the new creations evolving from these beautiful designs! Wow!

This seems to be a best seller, I can't find it anywhere, sure want to win it. Thanks, Nancy.

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