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December 09, 2011

Upcycled Gift Ideas & Blog Winner Announcement!

Hello G45ers!

Happy Friday to you all and welcome to another fun-filled day with Graphic 45. Wow, the holidays are fast approaching!  Today is extra special because we're having our Graphic 45 Christmas party! Yes, all of us here at the Graphic 45 office are getting together for some delicious food, dessert and holiday cheer. It's always a lot of fun to kick back and celebrate, especially on a Friday! We thought we'd share some of our holiday cheer to you on this fine Friday. Today we've got some magnificent crafts by Nicole Eccles and Sherry Cheever of our design team. They're going to show you some fantastic projects that you can create from common objects around the house! You know how much we love upcycled and altered art here at Graphic 45! Creations like these are so much fun to create and they make amazing gifts! But before we get to the crafts we want to announce the winner of this week's blog prize! Chosen at random from this week's blog and Facebook comments, our winner is...

-Pam Spradlin

Congratulations, Pam! Please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize! Big thanks to everyone who left us comments this week! Check out this amazing prize that Pam won! We have a new blog prize every week so there's always a chance to win with Graphic 45!


Okay, lets get crafting! Check out this astonishing fairy block by Nicole Eccles. This is a darling example of what you can create using a few basic items and Graphic 45 products! We just love how she used our Ornate Metal Door Knobs and Metal Buttons as mushroom tops! How clever! Here is what Nicole had to say about the inspiration behind this joyful work of art! She also includes some helpful tips so you can create one of your very own!

"This is a wonderful project to create during the dark days of winter!  It would make a fun handmade gift for a friend to help brighten their days!   Super simple to create with just a wooden block, giant bottle caps, spools, copper refrigeration tubing and the magic of Graphic 45 products!  To create the mushrooms, just cut a small piece of copper tubing to length, add a little E600 to your Graphic 45 Doorknob, or metal buttons and slide the tubing over brad bottoms.  It’s really just that simple!!!  Create any kind of scenes using your own handmade mushrooms, just make sure to adhere them firmly, they are a little top heavy!  I could just see a whole printer’s tray filled with Once Upon A Springtime fairies and mushrooms for a certain little girls room...marks the Christmas list..." -Nicole Eccles

Fairy block 1

Fairy block 3

Fairy block 4

Fairy block 5

Graphic 45 papers:
Graphic 45 Staples:  Doorplates(knob), Metal Buttons
Colorbox Decades Inks:  Triumphant red
Ranger: Rock Candy Distress Stickles, Glossy Accents
Maya Road: Giant Bottle Caps
Scrapbook Adhesives: 3D Foam Squares
Tombow: Glue Stick
Other: Copper refrigeration tubing, moss, tinsel, mica snow, wooden spools, beads, E6000,
Hot Glue Gun

Next we have this fabulous upcycled recipe card holder by Sherry Cheever. Thrift stores and garage sales are awesome places to find neat little boxes like this one which can be made into something extraordinary! Or maybe you have an item in your home right now that can be transformed into a beautiful gift using Graphic 45 products! Sherry Cheever has some great tips for creating this sweet recipe box. You wont believe how easy it is to create something gorgeous and heart-felt with a few simple tips and lots of love! Take it away, Sherry!

This is how the recipe card holder looked in the beginning after sanding:


Using Americana Lamp Black Paint, the box was painted inside and out.  After drying a follow-up coat of Claudine Hellmuth Studio Charcoal Black Paint was painted on.  The edges were sanded in various places, and then highlighted with Vintage Photo Distress Stain.


A Graphic 45 Metal Tag was added to the front with hot glue, and Graphic 45 Metal Buttons were added to the bottom for feet.


The original hinges on the card file were replaced with Graphic 45 Metal Hinges.


Flowers were die cut with Spellbinders Grand Peony and Carnations Creations die templates.  The petals were shaped with a bamboo skewer and the flowers were assembled with Matte Accents.  A corsage pin was inserted into the center of each flower in order to have something to hold onto when dipping into UTEE (Faux Porcelain Technique). 


Leaves were die cut from GrungePaper with Spellbinders Foliage Die Template, then painted with Peeled Paint Distress Stain.  A chipboard flourish was also painted with Peeled Paint Distress Stain then covered with Peeled Paint Distress Stickles.


All embellishments were added to the top with hot glue.


 Graphic 45 Staples:  Metal Hinges, Metal Tags, Metal Buttons
 Spellbinders™ Paper Arts:  Grand Calibur®, S4-328 Foliage, LF-005 Grand Peony Creations, S5-049 Carnation Creations 
Ranger Industries:  Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo; Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Peeled Paint and Antique Linen; Inkssentials Matte Accents; Melt Art Ultra-Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) and Melting Pot; Claudine Hellmuth Studio Charcoal Black Semi-Gloss Acrylic Paint; Tim Holtz Distress Stickles in Peeled Paint; Heat It Craft Tool 
Core’dinations:  Sand-It-Gadget 
Want2Scrap:  Chipboard Shapes – Style DAdvantus Corp:  Tim Holtz idea-ology GrungePaperOther:  Americana Lamp Black Acrylic Paint; Paint Brushes; Corsage Pins; Bamboo Skewer; Ink Sweepers

We hope you all enjoyed today's blog! Big thanks to Nicole Eccles and Sherry Cheever for the beautiful work today. We hope their crafts helped inspire you to create something fun this weekend! Remember the best gifts are handmade with care. Have a marvelous day and join us tomorrow for a special Saturday edition of the Graphic 45 blog! 

Happy Papercrafting and Upcycling!

Team Graphic 45


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Love the recipe box and mushroom art. I always love when you take something old and repurpose it.

This is absolute adorable. Thank you and congrats to the winner.

Wow!!! They are both fabulous! I think I'm going to try the box! I have a grand-daughter who would love one!

Wonderful projects, thanks for sharing them.

Sherry's recipe box is simply terrific!! She's the master at the faux porcelein flowers!!

That little fairy art project is just magical! I love the "toadstool" and the spool base. Darling! And Sherry does it again...I love the way she repurposes old things ...really wonderful!

ooooo,....the flowers and foliage on the box are incredible...thanks for sharing the technique details. Must try that soon! And the Fairy Garden...what can I say? An enchanting scene...brilliant knob toadstools!! BRILLIANT!

This is such a beautiful project will make a perfect gift :)

Very beautiful projects. I never get tired of seeing how people use the buttons and door knobs. I wish this was the kind of vision that I had in my projects.

WOW!!!! That says it all. Loved the projects! I love, love, love the fairy garden! The box was ingenious! Thanks for sharing

The flowers are amazing, I have never used UTEE. That effect is unreal. Much prettier than my recipe box I did years ago.

Love the mushroom depiction.. Pam Spradlin, congrats.. :)

Gorgeous projects!!! I'm am in awe of the creativity that I see here! Always something special to be found here at G45! Thanks so much!

Thank you for drawing my name for that awesome prize. I enjoy dropping by the blog to see what is happiening with Graphic 45 products. Thanks for all the inspiration!

Beautiful fairy project. A little girls dream come true ! I instantly recognized Sherry's UTEE flowers even before reading. Great repurposed project Sherry. Melting pot and UTEE are on my wish to Santa, hope I have been a really good girl this year.

AMAZING projects...from delightful to useful and beautiful they're both exquisitely creative!

Pretty! I'll have to show this one to my girlfriend. She loves all of that kind of stuff, and has been thinking about what to do next for the past 4 or 5 days.

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