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August 06, 2012

Gorgeous Crafts Featuring A Ladies' Diary!


Hello G45ers,

Welcome to another spectacular week of craft bliss here at Graphic 45! We hope you all had a fun weekend! Here in Portland, Oregon, where the Graphic 45 offices are located, we finally got a taste of real summer when the temperatures reached 95 degrees for the first time this season! We tend to be a bit behind the curve up here in the Pacific Northwest when it comes to heat and sunshine. Needless to say, we were very happy to finally soak up some sun! And now that our refreshing weekend is over, it's time to bring that joy to another week of inspiration here at the Graphic 45 blog! Today is going to be a lot of fun. We've got a great new blog contest, plus we're bringing you amazing new crafts from Jim, The Gentleman Crafter and Nicole Eccles! This week is all about A Ladies' Diary and today you'll see some incredible creations that will have your imagination teeming with ideas! First we thought it would be fun to share this cool photo of our Nutcracker Sweet and Bird Song prize packs that we are mailing out this week! These were the prizes awarded during our sneak peeks weeks! Just look at all of those envelopes! Our new Staples prizes will be mailed in the next week or so!


Now it's time to talk about this week's blog contest! Today we are featuring this amazing mini roll-top desk created by Jim, The Gentleman Crafter. Want to win this gorgeous and original creation? We're giving away Jim's beautiful desk along with A Ladies' Diary 8x8 paper pad to one lucky winner this week! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week for your chance to win this stunning work of art! We will choose one random winner from this week's comments and announce them on our blog on Friday, August 10th!



Here are some more fabulous photos of this gorgeous roll-top desk by Jim, The Gentleman Crafter. You can see some lovely uses for the Graphic 45 Metal Button Staples, the new Metal Key Hole Staples and Antique Metal Door Pull. Here is what Jim had to say about this magnificent creation!

"A ladies desk featuring a roll top that slides back to reveal individual drawers.  The drawers are perfect to hold various desk supplies such as pens and paper clips. Unclasp the sides and the front panel lowers to enable the user to write notes, etc." -Jim, The Gentleman Crafter





Graphic 45 Ladies Diary Paper Collection
Graphic 45 Metal Button Staples
Graphic 45 Key Plate
Idea-ology Hitchposts
Configuration Boxes
12 x 12 Medium Weight Chipboard
Grunge Paper

Wow, wasn't that amazing?! Next we have another superb creation featuring A Ladies' Diary. This is an amazing shoe that was made by Nicole Eccles. This ultra-clever craft captures all the grace and femininity of A Ladies' Diary. Even the style of the shoe is reminiscent of an era of class and refinement. Nicole blended the beautiful patterned papers with elegant ribbons to give this shoe an authentic vintage look. It's absolutely exquisette and incredibly imaginative!

1 Nicole Eccles- July CHA- G45 Ladies Diary- High  Heel Shoe

2 Nicole Eccles- July CHA- G45 Ladies Diary- High  Heel Shoe

3 Nicole Eccles- July CHA- G45 Ladies Diary- High  Heel Shoe

4 Nicole Eccles- July CHA- G45 Ladies Diary- High  Heel Shoe

5 Nicole Eccles- July CHA- G45 Ladies Diary- High  Heel Shoe

6 Nicole Eccles- July CHA- G45 Ladies Diary- High  Heel Shoe

7 Nicole Eccles- July CHA- G45 Ladies Diary- High  Heel Shoe

Graphic 45 Papers:
May Arts: Ribbon and Lace pearl trim
Webster’s Pages: Bling
Ranger: Glossy Accents, Rock Candy Stickles, Platinum Stickles
Martha Stewart: Score Board
Other: Doily, Chipboard

That's all for today, G45ers. Thank you all so much for joining us! Remember to leave us a blog or Facebook comment today for your chance to win Jim's stunning altered desk and A Ladies' Diary 8x8 paper pad. Huge thanks to Jim, The Gentleman Crafter and Nicole Eccles for their amazing creations today. We wish you all a happy Monday! Please join us tomorrow as our week-long spotlight on A Ladies' Diary continues!

Smile and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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I love that desk!

Oh my gosh. What a great way to start the week. Love the projects and another generous giveaway! Love you G45 and all the inspiration every day!!

That is so pretty!!

Jim, you are amazing! That desk is a work of art that actually works! Now Nicole...If I could order a pair of those shoes! Great stuff this morning. I only wish that one of those packages of Nutcracker Sweet, my Monday would be complete! thanks

These projects are so awesome!! Thanks for sharing. Would love to make the shoe for my youngest daughter who has a million pairs of shoes!! She is a traveler and whenever she goes to a church abroad, she has to get a new pair of shoes. And seeing she has been traveling for over 10 years you can image her collection!

wow! Jim`s creations are truly fascinating! this one is awesome! go gentleman crafter! ^_^

Love the desk and the shoe. Great projects to go with great paper. G45 has to have the most talented designers!
They never fail to amaze me.

Of course these are spectacular, as we now expecting nothing less from the design team!

Stunning! such beautiful paper and some amazing work with that beautiful paper. Keep it coming!

Jim's desk is amazing! That would be a great class to take! Thanks G45 for updating your blog so early in the morning that its the first thing I look at!!

Amazing what the DT can do with paper, chipboard, and embellishments!

Jim's desk would be perfect for my daughter's dorm room. She is into communicating the old fashion way and still used letters rather than email to correspond with her boyfriend who lives across the country. would love to surprise her with this desk and some stationary before she returns to Spokane.

Wow, that roll-top desk is amazing! I can just imagine a Victorian lady using it. I'm no Victorian lady but I know I would enjoy having it on my desktop!

Wonderful projects and who wouldn't want to win that awesome rolltop desk. I'm in awe of it!

Wow! such wonderful creations! would love to win this wonderful desk!

I just love this collection and can't wait to craft with it. Great projects!!

Wow, not only is Jim a talented artist, he's generous. I don't know how he can part with that incredible desk!

Truely incredible what your DT can make from chipboard and paper. They are just stunning and so over the top.

Thank you Jim for your wonderful generosity for the giveaway.

OMG! This has got to be THE most fabulous altered piece of art I have seen yet! GORGEOUS...absolutely GORGEOUS! One lucky winner is going to be very happy. I would love to know how this was made. And that shoe...BEAUTIFUL! Graphic 45 you truly have been blessed with some extremely talented people!

Jim, another amazing feat of engineering! Someone is going to be so happy to have this desk! And Nicole the shoe???? Gorgeous! I especially love the little detail on the rosette.

These are both totally amazing. WOW...Thanks for a chance to win something so amazing.

Jim never fails to amaze me. Nicole's shoe is so wonderful. That would look so perfect on my desk at work! Ladies Diary is my favorite paper ever!

I love all of Jim's creations...and that roll top desk would look ab fab in my studio...

and the shoe! Wow! just amazing!

Jim's desk is fantastic! What a great giveaway! And Nicole's altered shoe? Pure genius! Thanks for the chance!

Gorgeous projects! Love them both!

Stunning projects--and I would love to own one of Jim's pieces of useable art! That lap desk and terrific and perfectly combined with A Ladies Diary papers!

I do LOVE Gentleman Jim's creations and this one with the roll back top is fabulous. And the shoe by Nicole is stunning. Another great week with G45.


Oh my gosh, such gorgeous projects! Absolutely LOVE the new line of papers:) I'd be honored to own Jim's creation and thanks for the chance to win it!

These are so beautiful. Jim's desk is such a great idea.There's so much talent in both of these great people. Love this paper line. Elegant and vintage.

Wow - what beautiful creations! Can't wait to get my hands on this collection!!!

The desk is amazing, I love all the little drawers inside.

What wonderful projects today! I've been so inspired to branch out in my paper crafting because of all your wonderful DTs. Thank you so much for all the inspiration!

As always Jim's creation is awe inspiring and completely complementary with the Graphic 45 papers. Love it!!

The G45 projects are always sooooooooooooo amazing!

Outstanding job on these projects, Jim and Nicole.

These projects are amazing! I'm always inspired by the creativity of the designers.

These are absolutely gorgeous! I loveeeeee that shoe!!!

Absolutely incredible. I love the paper and the wonderful projects. Such amazing artists. We thank you for sharing.

When you've had a rough day, or in my case, weekend I can always count on a trip to the G45 Blog to pick up my spirits. So much inspiration and joy in these projects! Thank you G45!

OMG! I love the roll top desk. I am always amazed by these creations by your design team. Thank you for sharing and giving us a chance to win!!

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