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September 10, 2012

Stunning G45 Craft Inspiration & New Blog Contest!


Hello G45ers,

Happy Monday and welcome to another superb week of fun and inspiration here at Graphic 45! We have many wonderful treats planned for you all this week. Our design team have been working hard to create gorgeous new crafts to inspire you! Plus we have a special new blog contest this week that you're sure to love! Today you are going to see some gorgeous creations from Nicole Eccles and Jim, the Gentleman Crafter! Nicole has taken our collection Happy Haunting and used it to create a fantastic piece of home decor! Then there is a gorgeous vintage-inspired wallet by Jim that is going to knock your socks off! Today's crafts are simply exquisite! So lets begin with this week's new blog contest! This week we're giving away this fantastic prize pack that includes the new Graphic 45 Staples! You could win a new 8x8 Easel Album, Ornate Metal Keys, Ornate Metal Key Holes, Ornate Metal Label Holders and Antique Metal Door Pulls! Wow! Just imagine the treasures you could create! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment any time this week for your chance to win! This week's randomly chosen winner will be announced on our blog this Friday, September 14th! Hooray!

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And now it's time for some lavish inspiration! First up we have this gorgeous altered clock by Nicole Eccles! Nicole used our Halloween collection Happy Haunting to create this incredible work of altered art! In addition, Nicole also combined lots of different Graphic 45 papers to create a truly unique piece. You can also see some amazing uses of the new Graphic 45 Metal Staples in this clever clock. Let this amazing piece inspire you to create some dazzling decor for this fun and festive holiday! Here is what Nicole had to say about this splendid creation!

"This month I couldn’t resist playing with Halloween papers.  The days are getting shorter, the weather is a little cooler and I am already counting down the days to Halloween!!!  MY FAV!!! With that being my driving force, I found this old clock that was just the perfect thing to curb my excitement.  It has been altered with 7 different Graphic 45 lines to create the perfect Steampunk Halloween feel. For the inside of the face I used a mix of chipboard die cut gears with some plastic gears found in a clock toy.  I then painted them all black, and added  a top coat of silver to create the grungy look.  Underneath I wanted to create a simple haunting scene that captured the spirits of the season using found Halloween objects and Graphic 45 papers. And don’t forget all those amazing metal staples they create!! For this piece, I got to use the brand new ornate drawer pulls for the first time, along with the ornate key holes and ornate keys!!!!  LOVE THEM ALL!! I even had to pull out the power tools for this one, just so I could make sure I had a pendulum that really works!! All I can say is Halloween is the absolute best and a huge thanks Graphic 45 for making such cool products to keep those creative juices flowing!!!" -Nicole Eccles

Here is the clock before it was altered.

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And here is the clock after it was altered! Wow! It's a whole new world! So breathtaking!

1 Nicole Eccles- August - G45 Happy Haunting Altered Clock
12 Nicole Eccles- August - G45 Happy Haunting Altered Clock
2 Nicole Eccles- August - G45 Happy Haunting Altered Clock
5 Nicole Eccles- August - G45 Happy Haunting Altered Clock
6 Nicole Eccles- August - G45 Happy Haunting Altered Clock
7 Nicole Eccles- August - G45 Happy Haunting Altered Clock
8 Nicole Eccles- August - G45 Happy Haunting Altered Clock
9 Nicole Eccles- August - G45 Happy Haunting Altered Clock
10 Nicole Eccles- August - G45 Happy Haunting Altered Clock
11 Nicole Eccles- August - G45 Happy Haunting Altered Clock

Graphic 45 Papers:
Want 2 Scrap: Bling, Chipboard lace frame
May Arts: Black and white bakers twine
Ideology: Mini glass vials, orange Adirondack Ink
Ranger: Glossy accents as adhesive, Black Soot Distress Stickles
Girl Paperie: Jubilee Clear Stamps ( Pennant Banner)
Scrapbook Adhesives: 3D Foam Squares
Sizzix: Gear Dies, Big Shot
Bazzil: 12 x 12 Chipboard
Other: gesso, gel medium, sand paper, orange/black/silver acrylic paint, drill, clipart, printer, Halloween décor, pumpkin pods, Old clock, plastic clock toy for gears, stamped metal star

Next we have another beautiful and unique creation! Check out this brilliant vintage-inspired wallet created by Jim, The Gentleman Crafter! This is such a remarkable piece with a wonderful masculine charm. The dreamy colors and vibrant patterns give this piece a gorgeously ethereal look. Here is what Jim had to say about the inspiration behind this marvelous creation! 

"The Vintagey wallet is held closed by a latch that has been alcohol inked to match the beautiful paper from the Transatlantic collection.  Chipboard Button staples have been added to the front for a dimensional effect.  The front cover is layered with several papers from the collection and a timepiece added to the front for detail.  The wallet opens to reveal several sized pockets for pictures, tags and quotes and held in place by a strap and buckle.  The tags are topped off with a distressed and Graphic 45 adorned key tag for easy removal. Thank You all so much again for everything!" -Jim Hankins


Graphic 45 Kraft Reflections
Graphic 45 Transatlantique -Cover
Graphic 45 Communique - Inside Cover
Graphic 45 Chipboard Button Staples
Graphic 45 Metal Flower Staples
Idea-ology Time Pieces
Idea-ology Game Spinners
May Arts golden silk ribbon
Latch from Hobby Lobby
Black Cardstock
Key Tags -Office Max
Buckle from Scrapadabadoo.com
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Vintage Photo Distress Stain

Well that's all for today, G45ers! Thank you so much for joining us! Huge thanks to Nicole Eccles and Jim, The Gentleman Crafter for their brilliant work today! We hope today's crafts helped inspire your day! Please join us tomorrow for more glorious crafts and don't forget to leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week for your chance to win the amazing Staples prize pack! Have a lovely day out there, G45ers!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Oh my goodness! Both of these projects are just over the top. I can't get over the transformation of that clock...from ashes to beauty! And the wallet design is so ingenious! Nicole and Jim...you both hit home runs today. Thanks for the inspiration!

I love these creations!

stunning works of art! think your papers are so inspiring, great prize to win too! xx

Jim is a genious!!

Oh, MY! Once again the DT has blown my socks off! That clock is a work of art that anyone would be ecstatic to display in their home! And what can I say about Jim! His wallet is outstanding! Between the two, I'm on sensory overload! Thanks so much for sharing and giving us the opportunity to win those great staples!

Happy Monday!

These projects are amazing and so inspiring xx

Oh My Gosh ! I Think I Died And Went To G45 Heaven Lol... This Is Amazing .... I Love Them Both ... Thanxx For A Chance To Win Prizes As Well..... Awesome :-)

Totes Amaze!

These are AMAZING. I can only hope that someday my art will reach the lofty heights that are inhabited by the likes of Gentleman Jim! I bow to his prowess!


The G45 team continues to amaze and inspire. Nicole's clock is frightfully good, loving the steampunky vibe. Jim's wallet is splendid with so much texture and detail.

How creative and wonderful both of these projects are...I look at them in total awe!

Wow - such creative projects, I need to get me some of that creative mo-jo! LOL I love the Staples collection, those metal keys are beautiful! They remind me of some keys my dad has from his childhood home, I've got to get my hands on them and create something with them - they're too beautiful to just sit in a drawer!

Amazing and so clever!!!

Oh my!! Love the hardware!!! What a great giveaway!!

Wowwwwwww!!!! These are both amazing!!! That clock is OUT of this WORLD!!!!! WOW!!!

ok extra cool points today

Wow--the creativity of your design team is amazing.

Wonderful projects, so talented!!

As always over the top on both beautiful pieces. Love the wallet with those papers and especially love the altered clock.

And what a great giveaway loving all thimng G45.

Nicole and Jim's projects are amazing. Graphic 45 paper can be made into fabulous projects and they do it wonderfully! Happy Monday!

Just beautifully inspiring! Nothing like Graphic 45 products and a creative mind - explosive combination! mmm mmm mm!

Wow, stunning! Love the vintage wallet, it's awesome.

These are absolute pieces of art! Love both of them..I couldn't choose a winner because they're both winners, lol. Love the hardware prize..so much we could do with that!

Amazing pieces today- Nicole I love this little boney hand in the clock face! And Jim, another masterful creation- bravo!

Wow those are some really cool projects! As always, inspirational!!..:)

Love these projects...so much fun...the clock is just amazing! Jim's wallet is wonderful....just such inspiration!

Awesome projects, I think the design team is awesome!! Thanks for the inspiration.

Amazing work by these two gifted arting.sts.thanks for shari

WOW!!! I am in awe! I so want to make both of these....but which one do I make first????

Everything is amazing as usual. You don't disappoint! I love seeing the before and after pics, great job! TFS.

Absolutely amazing! I love both projects!!

I just want to feel these projects. The dimension and colors! Fantastic. Astonishing really.

Amazing, Amazing projects. Love the repurposed clock and album. Beautiful.

Both of these projects are Amazing . love the paper and what they both have done. Stunning Clock piece.

Both projects are amazing!!!

These pieces are more inspiring then ever! That clock is ..to die for!

Wha a great start to the week. Love the clock and wallet, two great designers. Thanks G5

The clock and wallet are awesome in soooo many different ways.

These projects literally take my breath away. Nicole's and Jim's creativity is outstanding!!

that clock is just down right awesome. I love playing with altered stuff and find this so inspiring.

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