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May 16, 2012

Think Outside the Box With Graphic 45 Altered Art Boxes!

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Renaissance Faire Curtain Call Altered Box 8

Hello G45ers,

Welcome to our blog! We are so happy that you've stopped by today! We've got some terrific altered art boxes to share with you from our talented design team members Susan Lui and Maiko Miwa! You are sure to love the fabulous creations they've made! And speaking of love, we have been enjoying such gorgeous weather this week! We're even keeping the windows open here in the Graphic 45 office during the day to let in the fresh spring air! It's just glorious! So we thought we'd share the sunshine with all of you today by bringing you some radiant craft inspiration! No need for sunblock! Just enjoy basking in the beauty of these lovely creations!

Altered art boxes are just wonderful. They are fun to create and they also make amazing gifts. Here is a beautiful altered art box created by Susan Lui. She combined different Graphic 45 collections with gorgeous embellishments to create this fabulous box. You can also see Susan's amazing use of paper layering on the top of the box that adds a multi-dimensional quality. It's simply stunning! Here is what Susan had to say about it.

"It's a cake box I altered into a vintage style treasure box using a mix of Renaissance Faire and Curtain Call papers. I converted the cake box by attaching hinges and a close featuring a Graphic 45 Metal Buttons. I then went to town with all the beautiful patterned papers from Curtain Call and Renaissance Faire, layering the images with muslin, lace trim, pearls and a couple of Graphic 45 metal butterfly embellishments and buttons. I also added some homemade gold corners fashioned out of paper and given a distressed look." -Susan Lui

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Renaissance Faire Curtain Call Altered Box 1

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Renaissance Faire Curtain Call Altered Box 2

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Renaissance Faire Curtain Call Altered Box 4

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Renaissance Faire Curtain Call Altered Box 5

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Renaissance Faire Curtain Call Altered Box 6

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Renaissance Faire Curtain Call Altered Box 7

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Renaissance Faire Curtain Call Altered Box 8


Patterned Papers - Graphic 45 Curtain Call (Pantomine, Let's Dance, Top Billing, Curtain Call); Renaissance Faire (Renaissance Faire)
Metal Embellishments - Graphic 45 Metal Buttons an Metal Butterflies
Cardstock - American Craft Black Cardstpcl
Dies - Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz Dies Hardware Findings
Border Punch - Martha Stewart
Others - Robin's Nest Dew Drops, Ranger Industries Distress Stickles, Ranger Industries Distress Crackle Paints, Making Memories brass brads

Next up is this adorable Little Darlings altered art box by Maiko Miwa. This is a great example of using altered art to celebrate a cherished memory. Maiko created this sweet box to honor the birth of her daughter. Inside the box is a precious little world of memories. What a fantastic idea! Here is what Maiko had to say about it.

"I made a altered box for my daughter. In the box there is a tape of her first voice since she was born, umbilical cord box and baby bracelet. Since I wanted to make a box to save my treasures,  I am very glad that I was able to meet with this box and collection. " -Maiko Miwa

Maiko Miwa Little Darlings Altered 1

Maiko Miwa Little Darlings Altered2

Maiko Miwa Little Darlings Alitered 3

Maiko Miwa Little Darlings Altered


Graphic45 Stickers: Alphabet Stickers, Stickers
Imaginarium Designs: Embellishment4,BirdCage(small)
Tsukineko:BLLIANT(GALAXY GOLD),VersaMagic(Sage),MEMENT marker(London Fogs),
Ranger:DistressInk(Tea dye,Antique Linen)
TOKYO RIBBON:stripe ribbon
Ceramcoat:Acrylic paint

Wow, such wonderful ideas today! We hope this post got you thinking about a wonderful altered art box you'd like to create! There are so many unique ways to create an altered art box. What are some of your favorite altered art box ideas? We'd love to know. Big thanks to Susan and Maiko for their marvelous work today. And thank you all for joining us! Please come back and see us tomorrow. We'll have more ultra-inspiring crafts to help brighten your day! Have a great day, G45ers!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45


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These are beautiful! I love the piano effect; and Maiko's tiny chest of drawers is gorgeous. Here is my attempt for my G45 box: http://porkchopandme.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/from-bottom-of-sea.html

I absolutely love it!

WOW!! These boxes are beyond gorgeous!! Wonderful work Ladies!!

I just love these boxes!

Stunning creations, I love how different the two collections make them turn out!


i love bot of these boxes, lots of ideas and inspiration. I especially loved Maikos box how it looked like a miniature doll house when it is opened!

These are just beautiful! Loveeeeee all the details!

Absolutely love these, greetings from Belfast Northern Ireland x
I also make assemblage boxes and have a wordpress blog.

Great job ladys, these boxes are absolutly gorgeous and so inspiring.
As my father is a sigar smoker, I'm collecting al his used sigar tins, I think it would be great to make some altered art boxes out of those tins.
With all of the different G45 paper pads I can have a fun time creating.

wow! Beautiful boxes...so creative.

The baby box is wonderful!!! Both of them are really nice.

Beautiful. I love the little nursery scene created in a box.

Wowzer. These are gorgeous. The baby box is so adorable. The creativity is amazing.

WOW! Beyond speachless! These boxes are just wonderful --great ideas.

Absolutely beautiful altered boxes. Very talented ladies on your design team!

Anything and everything made with Little Darlings paper I love.

STUNNING!!!! Congrats to the artist, I would LOVE to make this! I wish I were more creative to be able to do this on my own!

Love it this is great nice job great detail Love Very

Love these
My son once made a robot from a cereal box

Wonderful work!

Oh my goodness! What great gift ideas!

Love these boxes.. beautiful work..

These are stunning!

Beautiful, beautiful boxes, these papers are perfect for this type of project.

Renaissance Faire is one of my all time faves. So enjoyed seeing the creative altered boxes.

Amazing creations by Susan and Maiko! So much fun!! Judy D.

I LOVE the doorn knob painted white on the baby box.

I just can't believe how amazing the baby box is! It reminds me of my Barbie clothes holder box, but MUCH MUCH MUCH nicer.

Absolutely fabulous!!

Your ladies have such good ideas and follow through. Incredible.

Beautiful and wonderful. Love the chest of drawers, socool. Thanks

Coucou, c'est magnifique, bises

These altered boxes are absolutely gorgeous.

I do so love G45's piano keys paper! It looks lovely on the inside of Susan's box.

Beautiful boxes! What wonderful treasures to hold precious mementos!

These altered boxes are to die for!

Oh my what beautiful projects. Graphic 45 paper's are just fantastic.

I lost words a long time ago for your design team creations. All I can say is "Oh My Gosh, Oh good heavens!" Oh how I love that baby box.

The boxes are wonderful! Great work.

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