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November 09, 2012

Joyful Ideas For Bird Song Altered Art & Gifts!

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Hello G45ers,

Hooray, it's Friday! Welcome to our very happy Graphic 45 blog on this fine day! We've got some gorgeous crafts to share with you that are sure to fill you with joy! As the daylight hours get shorter and shorter with each passing day, this is the perfect time to really dig in to some crafting! Is there anything better than spending a chilly afternoon at your crafting table, creating something gorgeous?! Autumn and winter give us these wonderful reasons to craft. With all the holidays and chilly weather, there's always a great excuse to papercraft! Today we're going to share some stunning Bird Song creations to get your creative gears turning. There's a fantastic altered photo tray by Sharon Ngoo and a beautiful altered matchbook box by Arlene Cuevas! Both of these creations would make wonderful and heartwarming gifts! But first up we wanted to announce this week's blog prize winner! Big thanks to everyone who left us blog or Facebook comments this week! We chose this week's random winner from this week's blog comments. And the winner is...

-Jeannie: "Winning this package would be akin to winning the lottery! What a fabulous prize from an incredibly talented designer..... pick me please....."

Congratulations, Jeannie! Please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize. This is the awesome prize pack that Jeannie won today! We have a new blog contest every week here on the Graphic 45 blog so there's always a chance to win something wonderful!


And now it's time for the fabulous crafts! First up is this gorgeous altered photo tray by Sharon Ngoo. Altered photo trays are absolutely perfect for creating unique and personal gifts or home decor. With our fabulous Bird Song collection you have such a rich and diverse array of colors and patterns to choose from! The possibilities are endless! You can see how Sharon mixed adorable family photos with Bird Song papers, Chipboard Die-Cuts and Graphic 45 Metal Staples to create this sweet treasure. Both of today's crafts highlight some spectacular uses for the new Graphic 45 Antique Metal Door Pulls! Behold this fabulous creation and imagine what kind of photo tray you'd like to create! Here is what Sharon had to say about this splendid work of art!


My mum's birthday happens to be in October so I decided that I would make her something this month.  And there's an old Chinese tea cabinet in my parents home that belongs to my dad so I thought this doing up this phototray with Graphic45's Bird Song collection would be the perfect matching item for the house.

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It's got photos of all of us...

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Grandma's little darlings...

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And of course mum and dad...

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And I filled up the other parts with yummy Graphic45 Bird Song embellishments and even a little nest with eggs for some corny symbolism...haha

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I hope she likes it!! :)

*All pattern papers from G45 BirdSong Collection:
G45 Embellishments:
Bird Song Stickers
Other Supplies: 
Maya Road wood bingo motifs
Maya Road wood bingo numbers
Maya Road velvet resin blossom
Prima mini bird nest
Metal findings - my own

Next up is this beautiful Bird Song altered matchbook box by Arlene Cuevas! This is a great example of one of the many wonderful ways to use the new Graphic 45 matchbook boxes! Here Arlene created this fabulous shadowbox that opens to reveal a stunning layout. Can you imagine what a fantastic gift this would make?! Just picture the delight on a friend or family member's face when they receive such a beautiful and heartfelt creation! Let Arlene's project inspire you to create something marvelous for someone you love! You can see that Arlene did some pretty fussy cutting and also added lots of stunning embellishments to add to the beauty of the Bird Song papers. There is so much love in this darling creation!
YouTube Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/embed/Mj2uTiifSDg

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Bird Song papers
Core'dinations Graphic 45 Signature Series Colorcore cardstock - Black & Red
Graphic 45 packaging (up-cycled)
Black Acrylic Paint
Lindy's Stamp Gang Flat Fabio Spray - Toto Tornado Black
I Am Roses flowers
Ranger Distress Ink - Black Soot
May Arts black trim & black stripe grosgrain ribbon
Making Memories garment pin
Chinese coins from my stash
Glossy Accents
E6000 glue

We hope you all had a lot of fun exploring today's incredible Bird Song crafts. We want to thank Sharon Ngoo and Arlene Cuevas for their incredible work today! We had such a great time getting to share all of this week's crafts with you, G45ers! Please come back and see us again for a whole new week of remarkable craft inspiration. We will have a new blog contest on Monday so be sure to stop by and see what's new! We wish you all a happy Friday and a wonderful weekend! Find some time to get creative!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Very pretty! Lots of detail!

Happy Friday. The tray and box are wonderful. I'm sure Sharon's mum will love her gift. Congrats to Jeannie. You lucky duck for getting to have some of Jim's creations.

Beautiful gift! Congratulations Jeannie!
Happy weekend eve to you all!

Really lovely projects today.

Congratulations Jeannie!!! These projects are gorgeous!

Gorgeous projects today!!!!! Bird Song is beautiful paper!!!

I look foward every day to see the wonderful projects created by the talented artists featured. I'm always so inspired!

Congrats Jeannie!! Beautiful projects!! Happy Friday all. Have a safe and super weekend!!

Congrats Jeannie - lucky you, yay!!
Thanks for projects & enjoy your autumninal weekends...... :)

The altered Bird Song trays are beautiful!!

Gorgeous projects !

These are just so incredibly gorgeous, wow!

Bird Song is hands down my favorite paper. I bought an 8X8 pad and just love it. Great job, Graphic 45! Just when I thought you could not get any better, you come out with Bird Song!

Have a good weekend and look forward to Monday's post. :)

I don't know which one I like more. I really like the shadow box. I want to try that one and I love the trim on Arlene's box. So good it is to hard to tell.

Bird song pages are so beautiful and these projects are giving more beauty to it..

Love these projects and how detailed they are. I am working on an accordian book for my son for Christmas as he is a lover of all things Asian. Not quite so detailed yet, but I still have over a month to finish it. I love the Bird Song papers, but I love everything Graphic 45.

Wow what awesome projects....Love Graphic 45!!

More beautiful projects from your DT and I just love Bird Song, the possibilities with it are endless.

How pretty!

CONGRATS Jeannie!! and congrats on like winning the lottery:) have fun with your goodies:)


Beautiful projects! LOVE the matchbook box...such a gorgeous little gem!!

I know your Mum will love this gift. It comes from the heart with love.

Love the matchbox project! Congrats Jeannie on winning this extraordinary giveaway...I know it will be cherished.

Birdsong is so pretty, I have a hard time using it for fear there will be no more.

Jeannie, you are a lucky-ducky! Great Bird Song projects!

gorgeous paper projects!

wonderful inspiration!

Lovely creations and the giveaway this week is fab! I haven't won anything since my Schwinn bike at age six (6). I'm ready to alter that relic with Graphic 45 and Petaloo flowers :-)

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