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February 01, 2013

How to Think Outside the Box With G45 Papers & Staples!

Denise Hahn Olde Curiosity Shoppe Curiosity Keeper - 08

Hello G45ers,

In the great words of Albert Einstein, "Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions." Well today we're bringing you some incredible crafts that are sure to get your imagination spinning with marvelous ideas and we have a special Birthday wish for one of our Design Team members! We want to welcome you all to today's wonderful Graphic 45 blog. We're really thinking outside the box today as we celebrate all the grandeur of creativity! Today's crafts are so gorgeous and unique! You'll see a stunning French Country clock by Clare Charvill, an Olde Curiosity Shoppe keeper by Denise Hahn and a Tropical Travelogue altered canvas by Susan Lui! All of these crafts display grand examples of what's possible when you let you let your creativity be boundless. The results are often so unexpected and incredibly rewarding! All of today's crafts are sure to give you some great ideas for your weekend crafting! But first we have a blog contest winner to announce! Chosen at random from this week's Facebook comments, the winner is...

-Shanna Shands: "This is such an awesome giveaway! I'm going to share it now!"

Congratulations, Shanna. Please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize! This is the fabulous prize that Shanna won today! We will have another new blog contest on our blog on Monday so stay tuned for your chance to win some amazing Graphic 45 goodies!

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Also, before we jump in we want to wish a Happy Birthday to our talented Gloria Stengel whose birthday is tomorrow! Hop on over to her blog to wish her a happy birthday! We are so thankful she is on our Design Team and wish her the best celebration this weekend! 


Today's first craft creation was made by Clare Charvill. It's a clock that she made using French Country and the Graphic 45 Small Matchbook Box! This stunning piece of home decor truly captures the elegance and vintage charm of French Country. We also love Clare's super clever use of the Small Matchbook Box to add some beautiful depth to this work of art. The Small Matchbook Box also has a practical use to help this beautiful clock stand upright! Form, function and true beauty are on full display in this fabulous craft creation by Clare! Here is a wonderful video in which Clare takes you on a tour of this wonderful creation!



CHA JAn 2013 French Clock Pic 2 Clare Charvill

CHA Jan 2013 French Clock Pic 3 Clare Charvill

CHA Jan 2013 French Clock Pic 1 Clare Charvill

CHA Jan 2013 French Clock Pic 4 Clare Charvill


Metal Hinges - Staples 
2mm Chipboard 
Black Acrylic Paint 
Matte Medium, Glossy Accents & Tacky Glue 
Clock Face Print 
Crackle Effect Stamp 
Vintage Photo and Black Soot Distress Ink
Scrapbook Adhesives 3d foam squares 

Next up is another super imaginative work of art! Behold this beautiful Olde Curiosity Shoppe keeper by Denise Hahn! This is such an inspiring piece because it so clearly demonstrates the fabulous results of uninhibited creativity. The richly saturated color pallet of Olde Curiosity Shoppe looks stunning in this cute keeper! It's the perfect collection for a one-of-a-kind craft like this one! Here is what Denise had to say about this magical craft.

"So what's a Curiosity Keeper? It's a funky little "holder" of sorts to collect things on. Things you may want to use in a project but are worried might get lost. Like that little tag you popped out but didn't use- just attach it to your "keeper" same goes for small bits of ribbon, trim, straight pins, or even your Metal Staples.  I love using wire and this is a fun and unique project is made with things just found around the garden shed. I used some wire fencing for the base, a little terracotta pot, and a little thrift store porcelain angel to top it off with. I used a 24 gauge wire to wrap ribbon and trim around the base. And how could I resist not adorning it with some embossed butterflies in flight? Hope you enjoy this unique take on using Graphic 45 papers." Denise Hahn

Denise Hahn Olde Curiosity Shoppe Curiosity Keeper - 01

Denise Hahn Olde Curiosity Shoppe Curiosity Keeper - 02

Denise Hahn Olde Curiosity Shoppe Curiosity Keeper - 03

Denise Hahn Olde Curiosity Shoppe Curiosity Keeper - 06

Denise Hahn Olde Curiosity Shoppe Curiosity Keeper - 10

Denise Hahn Olde Curiosity Shoppe Curiosity Keeper - 04

Denise Hahn Olde Curiosity Shoppe Curiosity Keeper - 11

24 gauge wire
Thrift store porcelain angel
Terracotta pot

Last but certainly not least is this gorgeous altered canvas made with Tropical Travelogue chipboards, stamps and lots of beautiful Graphic 45 Staples. This amazing piece was made by Susan Lui and it is yet another example of shining creativity. There are so many amazing ways to use Graphic 45 products. Altered canvases like this one really give you the opportunity to expand your creative horizons. The rich colors of Tropical Travelogue are the focal point of this superb canvas, along with the dazzling textures of layered Staples and other gorgeous embellishments. The central photo is also so pretty! Creativity reigns supreme in this wonderful work of art! Here is what Susan had to say about it.

"Here's a mixed media canvas I created using techniques I learned from a recent workshop. The canvas plays on light and shadows and the use of textures and layers. I used the negative part of the Graphic 45 die cut chipboard as a base on which I built up the dimension on the canvas, layering it with lace, twill, flowers, leaves, resin, glass, chipboard and alphas. I used Graphic 45 Cling Stamps to add shadows around the canvas. At the 'light' corner of the canvas, I created a cluster out of Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue die cut chipboards and Graphic 45 Staples Metal Ornate Key and Metal Ornate Key Hole." -Susan Lui
Susan Lui Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue Canvas 1

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue Canvas 2

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue Canvas 5

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue Canvas 6


Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue Die Cut Chipboard
Graphic 45 Staples Ornate Metal Keys
Graphic 45 Staples Ornate Metal Key Holes
Graphic 45 Cling Stamps Tropical Travelogue
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists

We hope you all enjoyed our celebration of creativity on today's Graphic 45 blog! We had so much fun getting to share these fabulous ideas with you! We want to thank Clare Charvill, Denise Hahn and Susan Lui for their gorgeous work today! We also want to thank all of you G45ers for stopping by our blog today! Please join us on Monday for a whole new week of amazing craft ideas and inspiration. Plus we will have a new blog contest! It's going to be the marvelous! We wish you all a terrific day and a very happy weekend!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Congrats Shanna, you are the lucky one. Love new projects!

Congrats shanna!! And happy birthday to gloria! Loving today's projects!!

Always love waking up to some great G45 projects. Thanks for another wonderful start to my day.

that clock so too cute!!! what a great project and with my most loved papers

I look forward to your blog every day and am never disappointed!

the ideas are wonderful

Gorgeous projects!! Always full of inspiration..)

Love that you always have a variety of projects to inspire us. Congrats Shanna. Thanks G45 for all the giveaways.

Oh my, such gorgeous projects!

Oh these are all wonderful! Susan your piece just pulls at my need to move my art in this drection. I love the blues, depth and shadows!

These projects are amazing! Simply chic!

Congrats Shanna!! Gorgeous clock. I just love Clare's work. All the projects today are amazing and inspirational!!

Amazing inspiration and new ideas - thanks for sharing!

Fabulous projects....it certainly inspires me to make more, learn more. LOVE G45!

Awesome projects! Such talent! You really inspire me to keep working with my papers etc. to work outside the box!

OMG I CAN'T BELIEVE I WON!!!!! Jumping up and down!!!! YAY!!!! Thanks so much. By the way today's projects are awesome and very inspiring!!!!

another three beautiful projects well done everyone

Wow what a fabulous day for inspiration! Sooooo many different exciting ideas for projects x

Susan Lui's project is AMAZING! Wow is she talented! Congrats Shanna!

Wow!! Fab designs and works of art. I have to say, I'm in love with Susan's choice of colors and her awesome design.
Love, love it!

The atmospheric effect of the chiaroscuro Susan Lui has created with her manipulation of an analogous color scheme and use of dimension delights me more and more the longer I gaze at her canvas. And the whimsy displayed by Denise Hahn's contribution lightens the heart this gloomy, foggy day! Also, being new to scrapbooking I am so grateful to G45 and particularly Clare Charvill every day I turn to my papers and embellishments. Clare's videos have helped me define my own emerging scrapbooking style by supplying inspiration and direction that resonates on every creative level. It is really thrilling to train the eye and mind to see in new ways!

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I love all three altered projects. Sue's blue mixed media is dreamy. Clare's clock is so elegant. Denise's butterflies look like they are really flying. So cool!

Such beautiful, awesome projects. I love the clock!

These projects are awesome!

they are all beautiful...the keeper is delightful and the canvas is breathtaking!!

The canvas is a wonderful art piece!

Beautiful projects!

Congratulations Shanna.....lucky you eh!
The mixed media creation is lovely.

Wow! I know I'm late commenting but absolutely luurvve altered art projects. These are amazing! I'm off to check out details on individual blogs. Thank you. :))

Fantastic projects, all are so beautiful, but I especially love Clare's clock, it is out of this world, stunning.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Vonderful creations.

great canvas work
ava g

love claires work!
she does amazing things with a pair of scissors and some glue!

Oh wow! Three very different projects and all of them stunning - I'm gobsmacked :o)

Awesome projects! Love the clock. Great inspiring work DT!

Such amazing creations!

Ph, my goodness!!! I love, love, love that clock! Sheer genius!

lol...my last post said "Ph", I meant "Oh" Ah, typing!

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