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February 26, 2013

Secret Garden Gift Ideas From the Heart

Secret Garden Altered Art Tara Orr

Hello G45ers,

The joy of Spring is in full bloom on today's Graphic 45 blog! We're going to be sharing some splendid ideas for heartwarming handmade gifts featuring our new Secret Garden collection! There couldn't be a better time to get your hands on Secret Garden! As the first pre-Spring flowers begin to bloom, we can't help but feel excited to get crafting! Nature is such a wonderful source of inspiration and Secret Garden is true celebration of the bounty of Spring! We are so happy to be sharing these two gorgeous gift ideas! There's a breathtaking card by Susan Lui and a magnificent altered birdhouse by Tara Orr! The luscious colors and vibrant designs of Secret Garden are absolutely perfect for creating the perfect handmade gift!

First up is this wonderful all-occasions easel card by Susan Lui. This incredible craft is sure to make your loved ones smile with delight! Papercrafting with Secret Garden is so much fun! Let this happy card inspire you to create one for a friend or family member! Here is what Susan had to say about this stunning work of art!

"Here's an easel card I created on a garden theme, using Graphic 45's oh-so-pretty Secret Garden collection. I used a lacey border punch on the pastel card, then embellished it with layered doilies, flowers and hand-crushed seam binding." -Susan Lui

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Secret Garden Love Card 1

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Secret Garden Love Card 2

This is how the card looks, standing in easel style.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Secret Garden Love Card 3

A chipboard tag from Place In Time hangs amidst the flower cluster.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Secret Garden Love Card 4

A message in the garden.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Secret Garden Love Card 5


Graphic 45 Secret Garden collection - Springtime, Pretty Primrose, April Showers, Meadow Lark
Graphic 45 Place In Time Chipboard 1
Graphic 45 Happy Halloween Alphabet Stickers

Next we have another awe-inspiring Secret Garden gift idea! This amazing altered bird house was created by Tara Orr and it's off the charts with beauty! Spring is a time when nature comes alive! Birds sing, flowers bloom and joy is abundant! This ultra-cheerful birdhouse is a wonderful way to craft with Secret Garden to create the perfect gift! Tara covered this bird house in Secret Garden papers and added lots of Graphic 45 Metal Staples and pretty flowers and pearls! You can find inexpensive birdhouses in many thrift stores! Bring some Spring cheer to someone you love by creating a happy altered birdhouse like this one! Wow!

Secret Garden Altered Art Tara Orr












Metal Button
Metal Butterfly
Metal Clothespins

Thank you all for joining us today! Big thanks to Susan Lui and Tara Orr for their amazing creations! We hope their work helped inspire you to create a lovely Secret Garden handmade gift for someone you love! We have more marvelous inspiration in store for you all on tomorrow's blog. We hope you'll stop by and see us! Have a happy day, G45ers!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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It is obvious that I wait for your posts!
I love everything today!

Beautiful projects today!

Nothing says spring like a bird house! Very cute!

Beautiful! Thank you for bringing some spring color into a dreary winter day!

HOLLLLEEEEY SMOKES!!! That birdhouse..outstanding!!! And Susan's card....gorgeous!!!! Well done ladies!!!

they are both very pretty, I could use these pretty papers

Hi to All, Oh my Susans' card is divine, so elegant and full of the wonders of springtime to come, what a lovely creation.

Tara, your bird house has blown me away! what a talent! I love bird houses and bird cages and this has to be the nicest I have ever had the pleasure and honor to see, it's simply beautiful.

Thank you ladies for sharing. I need to get these papers, you have inspired me so much.

Hugs Jan xxx

so pretty

Love the bird house. Might have to do that fro my Sprig mantel display

love the card and the bird house super ideas thanks

Great projects! My favorite is the easel card!

Great projects! Thank you for sharing.

Beautiful! Thank you for the inspiration!

Absolutely stunning projects today. The papers are beautiful.

Beautiful projects! Love the birdhouse!

OMG love the projects!

The bird house is so beautiful! Love it!

What joy this paper gives.

Oh, that birdhouse...be still my heart. Guess who's going to the thrift store today?

Beautiful projects! So ready for spring!TFS.

SO PRETTY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Absolute gorgeous projects! This is my FAVE new line!

beautiful projects very inspiring...how can you miss wth Secret Garden...

The imagination & talent of these ladies is remarkable! Can't wait to make these projects. I'm addicted to Graphic 45!!!

Красиво , качественно , ярко !!
Спасибо за вдохновение !

Wow! What a beautiful birdhouse. I love those easel cards. I have yet to try making one, but have seen so many beautiful cards made that way.

Love the card and the bird house is too cute!

Secret Garden, Easel Cards and Birdhouses - oh my!!! What an awesome collection!!! Would so love to win this week!!

I love the card but the bird house has my heart as I am a rose girl!

Very pretty projects! I love the Secret Garden collection - thanks for the inspiration.

Just beautiful. These papers are precious!

So so pretty... love Tara's birdhouse!

I could spend hours examining
all these Graphic 45 posts.
All the projects are so beautiful.

Beautiful projects! Love the birdhouse!!

OMG! That little birdhouse is outstanding!

Beautiful projects, LOVE Secret Garden

gorgeous! Wouldn't it be fun to look inside the bird house and see a miniature

Both of these projects are stunning! I can't wait to see this new collection in person - tfs :-)

The Secret Garden paper and projects take my imagination away to wonderful places! Can't wait to create!

Oh, how delightful! Love these two creations! Judy D.

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