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December 20, 2011

Out of the Box Ideas From Our Design Team!

Hello G45ers,

Happy Tuesday to you all and thank you for joining us today! We all know that the holiday season can often get pretty hectic this time of year so today we're bringing you some bright, cheery and awe-inspiring crafts to help raise your holiday spirits! Today's fabulous crafts were created by Laura Denison and Melanie Forbes of our design team. Laura has made the most amazing altered art box with our new Tropical Travelogue collection, while Melanie has some gorgeous holiday crafts that you're sure to adore. Also, don't forget to leave us a comment on the Graphic 45 Facebook page this week for your chance to win this week's blog prize! Are you ready for some super inspiration? Lets get to it! 

This first amazing creation is by Laura Denison. It's a marvelous Tropical Travelogue altered art box and earring set! Laura has such an amazing imagination and she always finds remarkably clever ways to create unforgettable crafts. We know that you are all super excited to see some Tropical Travelogue creations and we are so happy to unveil this stunning piece by Laura. Want to know how she created this work of art? Tune into her free Ustream class tomorrow Wednesday, Dec 21st at noon PST! Laura will be showing the amazing techniques she used to create this awesome altered art box and earring set! You wont want to miss the fun! Here is the link to Laura's Ustream channel! Plus, here is what she had to say about her inspiration for creating this beautiful project.

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/followingthepapertrail

"Turning one of the Graphic 45 Altered Art Boxes into a jewelry box with a Pop-up lid  was so easy. I have seen these boxes in the stores while Christmas shopping and knew that the smaller box would be perfect. The new Tropical Travelogue paper was also the perfect foil for the gray winter colors outside in December. Add earrings made from G45 Staples Metal Tags and.... viola'....a great last minute gift for the Holidays." -Laura Denison

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Laura Denison Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue Altered Art Box 2

Laura Denison Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue Altered Art Box 3

Laura Denison Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue Altered Art Box 4

Laura Denison Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue Altered Art Box 5

Supplies:

Graphic 45:
Staples - Altered Art Box (5 1/2" square), Meal Flower, Metal Button Brad, Metal Tags for earrings
Other: 
Ranger Acrylic Paint Dabber in Gold, Ideology Fragments, Offray ribbon, Making Memories Tiny Metal Flowers

Now that we're in the thick of the holiday countdown, there couldn't be a better time for create a Countdown to Christmas project like this one by Melanie Forbes! Melanie has made this adorable piece of home decor that is just perfect for this time of year. Melanie lives in Australia where every Christmas is a summertime holiday! While they might not ever get a white Christmas in Australia, they definitely know how to celebrate in style! Here is what Melanie had to say about this precious creation.

"Countdown to Christmas – isn’t it scary how quick it seems to come around every year!! I love this countdown version with the tags being stored behind the fence." -Melanie Forbes

Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium Christmas Countdown 1 Melanie Forbes

Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium Christmas Countdown 2 Melanie Forbes

Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium Christmas Countdown 3 Melanie Forbes

Supplies:


Graphic 45 Christmas EmporiumHappy Holidays, A Christmas Carol, Believe, Christmas Emporium Coredinations Color box Decades Ink - Dark Cashmere
May Arts – Single Face Satin/Bias Cut KK-1-25
 Scrapbook Adhesive – black foam dots
Viva Décor Precious metallic colour paints – Crimson 402, Green 700
Twiddleybitz Countdown MDF024Crafty Notions Deep Gold Embossing EnamelsRed beaded ribbonVersamark inkHeat gunDimensional Magic glue

For those of you looking for inspiration for some hand-made holiday cards, we've got just what you need! Check out these amazing card creations that are also by Melanie Frobes. Graphic 45 papers and embellishments are so gorgeous and so much fun for creating stunning cards. And there's nothing quite like giving a gorgeous hand-made holiday gift to someone you love. Here you'll see a bunch of amazing designs that are sure to inspire you! Here is what Melanie had to say about these festive works of art.

"Several weeks ago I did a class on metal etching with the uber talented Jen Crossley (www.amarkintime.blogspot.com) and had to try some more at home – I kept the scraps of metal from the class and used G45 Christmas Emporium stamps to create the tags….Absolutely love this technique!!" -Melanie Forbes

Melanie Forbes Christmas Emporium Metal cards 2

Melanie Forbes Christmas Emporium Metal cards 9

Melanie Forbes Christmas Emporium Metal cards 3

Melanie Forbes Christmas Emporium Metal cards 7

Melanie Forbes Christmas Emporium Metal cards 4

Melanie Forbes Christmas Emporium Metal cards 10

Melanie Forbes Christmas Emporium Metal cards 5

Melanie Forbes Christmas Emporium Metal cards 1

Melanie Forbes Christmas Emporium Metal cards 6

Supplies:

Graphic 45 – Christmas EmporiumSpecial Delivery, Joyous Noel, All I want for Christmas, Cling Christmas Emporium 1,2 & 3
Botannicabella – Garden Suite
Coredinations Core 45 cards Dark card set
Color box Graphic 45 Decades Dark Cashmere
Nestabilites – Labels Eight, Parisian Accents, Floral Doily Motifs, Beaded Ovals
3D Adhesive 3D Foam squares black
Martha Stewart Punch Wild Flowers
Sew Easy Fancy Floss snowflake Glitter Neutrals
Tim Holtz Rosette Die
Mica Flakes
Brass tags  - brass scraps left over + etching materials + black paint
Bell
Prima leaves
Berries – florist supplies
May Arts Ribbon
Stazon Black

Still in need of more craft inspiration? Well today Jolly Jabber, an awesome fabric blog,  is featuring an interview with Diane Schultz, owner and designer of Graphic 45! Read all about it today and get to know more about the wonderful Diane! Here is the link to Jolly Jabber!

http://fatquartershop.blogspot.com/

We hope you all enjoyed today's festive blog. Big thanks to Laura Denison and Melanie Forbes for their fantastic work today. We will be right back here tomorrow with more incredible crafts and lots of holiday cheer. We hope you all have a warm and wonderful day!

Happy Holiday Papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45

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Comments

Amazing!!!!

Amazing, I want to grow up and craft like this. Thank you for all the inspiration.

This projects are the perfect gift for anyone on your list. I love that the altered jewelry box can be adapted to use anytime of the year AND has those neat little drawers inside. The tags and countdown calendar are so pretty.

Oh my god.. Itz soooo beautiful.. Can't take my eyes off it.. Wish I could do something like this, someday.. Great inspiration.. Love your blog as its filled with information and creativity.. Thanks G45..

Remarkable ideas!!! Great projects everyone!!

Wow! These are fantastic, but look like so much work! Someday, maybe I will get the time and motivation to something like these! Merry Christmas!

Great projects for last minute gifts. Love the vibrant colors in the Tropical Travelogue. Fantastic!

I always enjoy coming here just to see the talented designers's projects! TFS!

very nice, love your stuff!!!

The metal etching is stunning...and I just love the idea for the countdown calendar...that would be fun to make for my grands next year! Thanks so much!

wow I didnt even think of this

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