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October 18, 2012

How to Beautifully Combine A Ladies' Diary And G45 Metal Staples!


Hello G45ers,

Happy Thursday and welcome to another day of craft bliss here at Graphic 45! We are thrilled that you've stopped by to see what's new in the world of beautiful crafts! We've got some real treasures to share with you today. We're highlighting the amazing ways you can combine A Ladies' Diary with gorgeous Graphic 45 Metal Staples! There's a fabulous altered clock by Jim, The Gentleman Crafter and an amazing upcycled box by Kristin Wilson! These crafts are simply marvelous! You'll also learn some fun and easy tips for creating your own incredible crafts! It's going to be a stupendous day. And don't forget that today is the last day to leave us a blog or Facebook comment to your chance to win this amazing blog prize! We're giving away this awesome Happy Haunting prize pack to one randomly chosen winner from this week's comments. So be sure to comment for your chance to win. We will be announcing a winner on tomorrow's blog so stay tuned!

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Today's first craft masterpiece was created by Jim, The Gentleman Crafter. Using A Ladies' Diary and Graphic 45 Stamped Metal Brad Staples, Jim created this fabulous carriage clock! We love how Jim used the Graphic 45 Stamped Metal Brads to mark the hours on the clock face! Such a clever idea! You can see how beautifully the papers of A Ladies' Diary combine with the elegant metal embellishments to create a truly classy craft! Here is what Jim had to say about this incredible creation.

"At the turn of the century, it was very fashionable to own a carriage clock.  The carriage clock would have been taken on trips and voyages.   The clocks were small and  usually housed in leather cases ensuring a safe ride to the traveler's destination.   This cute little functioning clock may not have seen grand journeys, however it would be a perfect decor item to place bedside, or on a desk." -Jim, The Gentleman Crafter







Graphic 45 Ladies Diary Paper Collection 
Afternoon Tea Focal Point A Ladies' Diary
Graphic 45 Stamped Metal Brads
Clock Works
Wood Dowel
Wooden Balls for feet
Handle for top 
Black Paint
Gold Paint
Espresso Alcohol Ink
Sizzix/Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers Cabinet Die

Next we have an absolutely brilliant craft by Kristin Wilson. Using an ordinary box, Kristin created an astonishingly beautiful treasure by covering it in A Ladies' Diary papers and lots of beautiful Metal Staples. This is a wonderful example of upcycling! Just look at how gorgeous the papers from A Ladies' Diary look with all of those fabulous metal embellishments! The next time you've got a plain box lying around, let this wonderful creation inspire you to turn that box into a real treasure! Here are some helpful tips from Kristin on how she made this beautiful craft!

"Some tips on this project. You can turn anything into a work of art. Even a plain ol' brown box. Look around the house for items like empty jars, and old boxes. Even a cigar box would create the most interesting project. Here in the States allot of crafters I know go to second hand shops or antique stores and find all kinds of cool stuff to alter, at great prices too! Use stamps in those dead spaces as a backdrop. The images really add character to your projects. Did you know that Graphic 45 has ribbon and lace? They are fabulous on any project and really made a great impact on this box." -Kristin Wilson










Graphic 45: A Ladies Diary Collection Papers, Chipboard Tags, Stickers, Metal Brad, Metal Keyhole, Metal Key, Ribbon
Stampin Up!: Box, Stamps
Tim Holtz: Foundations, Hat Pin, Metal Gears, Safety Pin, Stamp
Papertrey Ink: Twine

Kristin Wilson is also being featured on today's Craft-e-Corner blog. Here is a sneak peek of the amazing craft she created just for today's post! Be sure to hop on over to the Craft-e-Corner blog to see the full project. Craft-e-Corner is having a wonderful benefit for breast cancer this month. A portion of all proceeds go to breast cancer research. So hop on over to discover marvelous crafts and give to a great cause!

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We hope you all enjoyed today's fun crafts! Huge thanks to Jim, The Gentleman Crafter and Kristin Wilson for their fabulous work today. There are more gorgeous crafts in store for you on tomorrow's blog. Plus we'll be announcing this week's blog prize winner! It's going to be a terrific day and we hope to see you there. Have a splendid day, G45ers!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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gorgeous projects

Fun projects! They have given me a lot of inspiration.

Awesome creations!!! Love all the metal combined with the gorgeous papers! Lots to glean from here. tfs, Violet

OMG! What fabulous projects. Jim never disappoints with what he has crafted. And who would have thought that a box like Kristin had would turn into such a gorgeous piece of art. Truely amazing crafting today.

What great projects! I could imagine Jim's clock on my bedside table.....who knew you could make such a gorgeous piece as Kristin's out of a simple box! Thanks to both of these incredible designers

the projects are amazing and so beautifully designed. especially love kristin's box.

Thank You for the inspiration. Wonderful projects and both great gift ideas.

Love the box today it is gorgeous. I love all the metal and torn papers. I also love that she rescued an ordinarily ugly box and turned it into something to treasure. That is what I try to do all the time. Really beautiful thanks for sharing.

Love this projects. The clock looks greate.

Wonderful clock and beautiful box.

These are sooooooo beautiful!!! So much inspiration!!!

I wish it was a kit!!

Your designers are indeed the masters of their craft. Beautiful work!

Amazing projects! Awesome inspiration..:)

Amazing inspiration all week! The Ladies Diary plus metal is a wonderful combination... the clock and the box are both outstanding!
Alison x

Beautiful projects! I love the box - gave me inspiration to do something with a lot of "stuff" I have just sitting around! Thanks!

This project is amazing! I love each detail!!!

I am always amazed at what your designers can do with a cardboard box. They are such creative people.


Amazing projects!!!!! As always.....!

You would never know that beautiful box started out as a plain brown wrapper (box). G45 paper can bling up anything.

I would not have guessed the type of box that Kristin used if you hadn't started with a photo of the plain box. Amazing work. I'm a big fan of Jim, the Gentleman Crafter, and I was not disappointed today!

Oh,how wonderful,amazing,stunning, gorgeous projects these are!!!

Both projects are stunning!!! I especially love how Jim creates such amazing projects!!!

THANKS for sharing!! LOVE all of the added elements!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

wow....Beautiful transformation. It amazes me every time I visit your blog. You really have some talented ladies here. Great job.

What I cute box to put a gift in. Thanks.

OMG, Kristin's box is amazing!! So many ideas running through my head about doing one myself now!!

very nice projects

stunning work from the design team.....omg that box turned out so beautiful ....thanks for the inspiration hugs Amy

The box is so beautiful.

Wow....amazing projects!

Love all the projects.......as usual. Graphic 45 designers are the best!

The carriage clock is amazing. I love the colors that Jim used.

What I really enjoyed in this blog tutorial were the ideas for combining different collections and textures with the staples. The clock is charming, and the box, when first viewed, you'd have no idea what humble beginnings it had. The finished product is a solid piece of useable art!

Beautiful projects! Lots of details and inspiration!

Love the carriage clock!! Thanks Jim!!

I see what you start with and it just amazes me what you end up with. The nob and the feet on the box makes it look so expensive. Thank you for sharing your talent.

So creative! Can't wait to play in the craft room tonight and FINALLY do something with those plain boxes I have sitting on my shelf. :)

Who (except a crafter) would think that you could take an ordinary paper box and turn it into an exquisite and beautiful work of art. Again, your paper and products are wonderful as are your designers!

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