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May 23, 2012

Fun Little Darlings Ideas & Metal Buttons Tutorial!

Hello Fabulous G45ers!

Welcome to our blissful blog! We hope your week is going wonderfully. We are pleased as punch that you are joining us today! We are having so much fun getting to share the incredible crafts that our new design team has been creating. Today we have an enchanting Little Darlings altered dresser by Arlene Cuevas that you are going to love! Arlene has also included a fun and easy tutorial that will show you how to create gorgeous altered metal staples using the Graphic 45 Metal Button Staples! This is a great technique that brings a brilliant look to metal embellishments. Yes indeed, today is going to be lots of fun! Don't forget that we've got a great blog contest this week that you can still enter to win! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment any time this week. We will be choosing one random winner from this week's comments and announcing them on Friday right here on our blog. This is the wonderful prize you can win this week! Oh, so pretty!

We know you are all getting super excited about the new collections A Ladies' Diary and Happy Haunting. Here is a fun video that Arlene made where she takes you on a tour of the new paper collections! Our design team are starting to get to work on these wonderful new collections. This fun video is sure to get you super excited to start papercrafting! Start looking for A Ladies' Diary and Happy Haunting in stores in June!
And now it's time to get inspired! Here we have an adorable and beautiful Little Darlings Altered Dresser by Arlene Cuevas. This would make such a wonderful gift or a piece of decor for a nursery or child's room. You can keep sweet little keepsakes in the drawers too! There are so many great uses for this magical creation. Let your imagination take flight as you look at these great photos! Here is what Arlene had to say about this precious work of art.
"A friend of mine is expecting a baby boy this fall and I wanted to make something special to welcome him. Naturally, I reached for the Little Darlings paper collection! I found this miniature wooden dresser at a local craft store and thought how cute it would be to alter it. I primed the base with Gesso, then painted the entire dresser with buttermilk white acrylic paint. The edges are inked up with Ranger Distress Ink in Antique Linen. I painted the Staples Metal Buttons and Ornate door plate with acrylic paint and distressed them using a baby wipe, which is fun and easy to do (tutorial included.) The little picture frame is from the dollar section at my local craft store. I matted a Little Darlings chipboard frame to it and included a photo inside from the paper collection. The handmade flower was created using the Cherished paper and Spellbinders Rose creations die set. The Little Darlings paper collection is so full of inspiration. It’s fun to work with, that’s for sure!" -Arlene Cuevas







May Arts lace/pearl trim
May Arts Silky Crush ribbon
I Am Roses flowers
Cheery Lynn Designs Lace corner Deco E & Francesca border
White doily
Michael’s mini white dollar frame
Ranger Distress Ink – Antique Linen
Buttermilk White Acrylic paint by Americana

Next up is this lovely and fun tutorial that Arlene created. You can see that she used Graphic 45 Metal Button Staples on her Little Darlings altered dresser. She used this great technique to add a splash of color and vintage charm to the Metal Button Staples. Learn how it was done in this great tutorial! What fun!

Altering Staples Metal Buttons Tutorial:

A few simple steps for a great look!

Staples Metal Buttons, Paint brush, tweezer or gripper, acrylic paint, paint dish, heat gun, baby wipes

Step 1: Use your gripper to clip the brad in place. Add a small drop of paint into the paint dish. Dip your paint brush lightly into the paint and apply to the brad. Cover completely, making sure you don’t miss any crevices.

Step 2: You can either let the paint sit and dry, or use a heat gun to dry the paint. NOTE: Be careful! When you use a heat gun, the metal gets really hot! TIP: Do not dry completely. The paint should be slightly moist to the touch.

Step 3: Take a baby wipe and brush it lightly over the brad, paying attention to rub on the surface of the brad only. You want to slightly remove the paint on the surface of the brad to reveal the antique gold.

Voila! You have an altered brad! You can use a similar technique with alcohol ink. But instead of a baby wipe, use a dry paper towel and wipe the alcohol ink lightly before it completely sets.

Have fun trying out this super easy technique!

We hope you all had a great time today! Big thanks to Arlene Cuevas for her fantastic Little Darlings creation and tutorial! We have more inspiraing crafts to share with you on tomorrow's blog so we hope you'll join us! Enjoy your day, G45ers!

With Hugs and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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That is so beautiful. We just welcomed a new baby into the family yesterday, what a great gift idea. Simply Darling!

I love the projects, as always they are beautiful. Great video. TFS

What a great technique! Thanks for sharing.

Fabulous projects and tutorial. Very inspiring xx

Love, love, love this project!!! I just bought this paper pack! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

What a lovely project and great use of all the papers!

Love it! Little Darlings is my favorite. Thank you for the tutorial!

I love opening a post from Graphic 45. I am always so impressed with the art and the super techniques. Thanks for the great tutorial and terrific tips...Awesome artwork!

Great tips on the altered brad. Can't wait to get my hands on the new paper sets.

I reallly need to try this Little Darlings paper set! It is just so gorgeous!! And those policy envelopes....to die for!!!

Greate project. Thanks for the tutorial :)

WOW! She did an amazing job on that mini dresser. Now she has me thinking about doing something similar for my friend who is expecting. Was going to make a mini album, but this is sooooo much more! Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

Beautiful projects... I just love the dresser and I really enjoy the videos as well. It's great to see thing's hands on. :)
Thank you. :)

Wowwwwwww! This is just beautiful!! I loveeeeeee all the fussy cutting and what you did with the metal pieces to fit your project!!!

Those drawers are just so sweet! I love the lace and pearls... what a great inspiration. Thank you.

This project is so beautiful! G45 papers are my favorite!

Love the projects, as always they're beautiful. Thanks for the tutorial & tips.

That's a gorgeous little baby dresser. The Little Darlings collection is perfect for your project and i love how you altered the metal embellishments.

Ohhhhhhhhh this project is just stunning!!! I love the way she altered the metal..too gorgeous!

What a darling little project!

This is such a beautiful and thoughtful baby gift. I am sure it will be treasured forever.

What a wonderful project! It is perfect for baby keepsakes, isn't it? I love the framed piece on the top!

The dresser is adorable!

That is the cutest little dresser! What a wonderful gift for her friend. Who wouldn't love it.

Beautiful project! Great idea altering the metals!

Arlene thank you so much for showing the ADORABLE mini dresser, super cute!

I think I have a new favorite. The ladies diary is so beautiful.

absolutely adorable..beautiful papers Graphic 45..fills the heart with all sorts of inspiration.

Love the altered brad tutorial! Thanks!

Beautiful altered project! Love the look, thank you for the tutorial! Awesome product video - can not wait to get my hands on them. TFS

Adorable! And I loved the product video about the up coming papers, so wanting that line.

Wow, I love this project, so adorable. Better getting busy now!

OH MY GOSH!!!I can barely wait until June for these collections to arrive in stores. They are so beautiful and your designers are sooo creative! THANK YOU G45 for all you have to offer to us.

Somebody just kill me now!! I'm green with envy at the haul Arlene got : ) Is it June yet? Lol

Love the sweet baby dresser Arlene made, she is amazing.


Oh my gosh!!! ARLENE!!! The memory chest out of the Little Darlings papers is gorgeous!!! Stunning!!! Not enough words!!! I can't wait to have the new Ladies Journal and Happy Haunting papers too!!! I'm soooo motivated!! Thanks for thr incredible inspirations!!! WOW!!!

Such a great project. I am definitely going to be wondering my craft stores and other favorite haunts with a different eye now--looking for alterable items. Loved the tour through the products, too--listening to how Arlene reacted to the pages and what she is planning to do with the designs.

So very cute dresser. Loved the video of new papers. Can't wait to get the paper and to see what the design team comes up with !

I just purchased a couple of small wooden dressers for this kind of project but ours will be used to store some of the Only Hearts Club doll's items. It will be done very girly but I will try some of your ideas along with my own. No reason to try to reinvent the wheel. Thanks for the interesting tut.

Gorgeous paper packs!! WOW...and the little dresser....Arlene...stunning! Cute as can be!! Well done!!!

Such an adorable little dresser and wonderful instructions! Love the video showing all the new yummy stuff... thanks for sharing and the chance to win this week :)

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