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September 15, 2011

Autumn Wishes: G45 Creations Inspired by Fall

Hello Crafters,

Happy Thursday and welcome to our blog today! We noticed an almost instantaneous change in the weather here in Portland this week. It went from being over 95 degrees to being chilly and cloudy within a span of about 48 hours. We've also been noticing that the days are getting just a little bit shorter. Yes, Fall is definitely working its way to us. So we thought we'd start to celebrate this colorful season a little bit early by sharing some wonderful fall-inspired crafts from our design team. These gorgeous creations should help get you in some festive spirits. After all, we've got two major crafting holidays coming up: Halloween and Thanksgiving (for those of you in the states)! We're so excited and we know you will be to, especially after seeing today's charming crafts!

And speaking of Autumn crafting, don't forget about the Graphic 45 Halloween Rejuvenation Challenge that's happening right now! We want you to create a beautiful Halloween or Fall-themed altered art project from any old, random objects you might have using Graphic 45 products. The submission deadline is September 25th.  Email submissions to charee@g45papers.com.  On September 26th all of the submissions will be uploaded to our Facebook photos and you will get to vote for your favorite submission by "Like"-ing it! Voting is from September 26th to 7am on September 30th. The TWO projects with the most likes wins our entire Christmas Emporium collectionWinners will be announced on Friday, September 30th at 8am on our Facebook and on our blog.

Okay, lets get to the crafts! Check out these two stunning pieces by Lynette Carroll. There is a gorgeous card entitled "Thanks for Everything" and an awe-inspiring piece of Fall home decor! You're going to love it! Here is what Lynette had to say about this beautiful card.

"For this card, I wanted to use the beautiful Autumn tones found in several of the Graphic 45 collections to make a generic thank you card.  If you look closely enough at all the different collections, it is so easy to pull together a beautiful array of papers to suit any of the four seasons.  For this card I used papers from the following collections: Communique, Domestic Goddess, A Proper Gentleman, Steampunk Debutante and Renaissance Faire." -Lynette Carroll




Metal Staples - Metal Flowers
Hampton Art - "Celebrate and Thanks Stamps"
ColorBox - Dard Cashmere Graphic 45 "Decades" Antiquing Dye Ink
Prima Marketing - Roses
Ranger Industries - Diamond Stickles
Martha Stewart Crafts - Gold Thread
Foam Mounting Tape
Helmar Industries - Liquid Scrap Dots

Here is another beautiful creation by Lynette Carroll, a wonderful piece of home decor. Here is what she had to say about the inspiration behind this magical piece.

"I love to go shopping for seasonal "home decor" items that I can change and personalize to either decorate my house or to give as small gifts to friends.  This Autumn piece was found in a local craft store.  It was perfect with it's wooden base that could be easily covered with papers and other decorative elements and the metal Autumn sign on top was perfect to "hang my gardening hat".
To begin the project, I covered the entire front of the wood base with papers from the ABC Primer 8 x 8 pad.  I love to use these pads on home decor projects because the patterns have been reduced on these papers and they suit decorating small projects.
Once I had covered the wood with the Calico Kids and Alphabet Soup papers, I added a rectangle cut from the Grammar School paper and two small rectangles cut from the Games and Playtime paper.  These pieces were added to the project with foam mounting tape for dimension.
To complete the project I purchased some fall flowers and pulled them apart to create my own flowers.  First I used a layer of metal staples flowers (where I slightly bent all the petals to shape them) and then a layer of ivory silk flowers and then a little green flower to finish off the center.  Each of these layers were adhered together with Liquid Scrap Dots for dimension.  I then finished off my garden arrangement with some fall leaves and berries I purchased from the craft store.  A miniature rake completed my little garden.  I then adhered a straw hat to the the of the metal "A"." -Lynette Carroll

Graphic 45 - An ABC Primer Collection - 8x8 Paper Pad
Graphic 45 - Metal Staples Collection - Metal Flowers
Foam Mounting Tape
Ranger Industries - Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink
Misc Items:  Fall leaves, silk flowers and miniature rake and straw hat

Next we have this wonderful "Apple of my Eye" layout by Robin Shakoor. This beautiful and adorable LO captures all the joy and marvelous color of the season. Here is what Robin had to say about this sweet LO.

"I love the scarecrow images found in “The Magic of Oz” collection.  I used these playful images to adorn the photo of my friend and her youngest son at an apple orchard last fall.  I placed the scarecrow’s hand in between the two hands in the photo to make it look as if he was part of the fun!  I inked Graphic 45’s chipboard buttons to coordinate with the colors of the scarecrow’s hat as well as my background papers.  I finished by design with scalloped transparencies and decorative lettering." -Robin Shakoor 

Apple of My Eye Layout

Graphic 45 Papers:  Once Upon a Springtime: Tiny Treasures; Magic of OzEmerald City, Tenderhearted Tin Man
Graphic 45 Staples: Chipboard Buttons, Trim Staples
Bazzill:  Licorice Double Dot Patterned Paper
Fancy Pants:  Lettering
Ranger:  Bisque Liquid Pearls, Foam Squares, Barn Door Distress Ink
Maya Road: Printed Transparency Pieces – Doilies - Black        
Craft Supply:  Black Embroidery Floss
Martha Stewart Crafts:  Loops Punch

Well, Crafters, that's all for today. Huge thanks to Lynette Carroll and Robin Shakoor for their brilliant crafts today! And big thanks to all of you for joining us. Check us out tomorrow when we announce this week's blog prize winner! It's going to be a really fun day!

Happy Papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45



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Lynette and Robin, your work is always gorgeous, detailed and inspiring!

Beautiful!! Love fall colors!!

Love both projects!

I love these projects!!!

Great projects!! I love the Autumn decor!!

Okay, I want to quit working and stay home so I can make projects like these....but then, how will I afford to make them? I guess I'll just have to drool over these. They are gorgeous!

These are gorgeous.I love the idea of pulling about premade flowers and making them your own-brilliant.That's what I love about this blog,there is always some thing to inspire me.

Wow, all those different themes of paper to make one card. They just work so well together!! Absolutely love the Autumn Plaque. Gorgeous. I would never of thought to "redo" something.
I have it in my head that you should always start with a "blank canvas". You totally transformed this! Super layout also. The scarecrow is such a good natured fellow, that it just makes the whole page happy! Wonderful projects!

Once upon a time, I was a fan of Rusty Pickle (remember them?), Junkitz, 7-Gypsies, Jenni Bowlin and the Tim Holtz styles. Once I discovered G45 and Kraftoulet.com, I don't need the others anymore. So many vintage, shabby chic crafters use G45 you can get lost for hours on youtube and streaming videos full of all the ideas there AND blogs. Thanks so much Design Team!

I like the Scarecrow on the Apple of My Eye page! Very cool!!

GORGEOUS projects!!! That card is just fantastic!

Those are beautiful!!! I LOVE fall colors. That scarecrow from OZ collection is one of my favorites!! I'm excited that you added another edition to your vault of new ones!! Can't wait to see them!! When do they come out??

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