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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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I love these projects. The Secret Garden is beautiful paper. Thanks for sharing.

I cant wait to get to the store and buy a birdhouse. How fun and beautiful at the same time. The card is beautiful. Thank you designers. Lanna

These are just magical!!!

Absolutely beautiful projects. Both are simply stunning.

I am quite taken with the colors both artists chose for their projects today. In particular, I love the blues Susan used in her easel card paired with touches of green. The card is so light and springy looking--quite marvelous. The peaches and cream colors that Tara used on her bird house are absolutely divine! I marvel at the versatility of the Secret Garden paper in the hands of artisans. Thanks for the inspiration.

Beautiful bird house!

What a beautiful card! I'm loving the bird house, it is so pretty.

These are both so beautiful, thank you ladies for your inspiring work.

Stunning projects, amazing papers and brilliant designers xx

Stunning artwork. TFS :-) Lily B

As usual both projects are truly amazing and beautiful. Just love this paper collection.

What beautiful projects. Love them both. Love the colors and the artistry that went into both. Very talented.

Love the projects today. They really fit into my spring mood.

Such a beautiful card and the bird house is stunning!

Oooooh that bird house is so pretty! The birds would be queueing up to live there!

Simply gorgeous!! LOVE the birdhouse!

I adore the birdhouse! So cute.

two words - Gor-Geous!!! TFS...

Beautiful projects and gorgeous papers

Great projects - I love this collection - can't miss!

I love the chipboard tag...soo pretty.

Just so beautiful and lovely! I love them!

bring on the spring ladies, great post, love the color pallets.
ava g

I adore the birdhouse! I must make one for my sister that collects them! Such beautiful papers...Spring is coming!

Card and bird house are spectacular! TFS

The birdhouse is just adorable, thanks for the inspiration, Kat

I like this card! It has so many details! and I love birdhouse!

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