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February 13, 2013

Share Love with A Ladies' Diary!



Hello G45ers,


Welcome to the blog this Wednesday! We are about to celebrate Valentine's Day, so it is a perfect day to celebrate some lovely creations with A Ladies' Diary. A Ladies' Diary is one of our most romantic collections and we are sure you will gather great ideas for Valentine's week or any future project! We will first share a stunning altered sewing box by Clare Charvill and then a beautiful Thank You card from Tara Orr. It's going to be a great day here on the blog!

Before we jump in, remember to comment on our blog or Facebook page to be entered into our huge blog contest this week! Graphic 45 is Celebrating 5 Years and we want to give our G45ers thanks for such a great birthday! We are giving away this $90 prize pack sure to fulfill all your crafting needs!


Let's begin today with Clare Charvill's glorious altered sewing box. What a perfect idea for your craft room or to give the seamstress in your life. She also leads us through how she created this box, so you can try it yourself! 

"I loved making this project.  I've used papers from A Ladies' Diary collection to turn what was a basic wooden box with a mirror in the lid into an vintage style sewing box very similar to the one my Grandma used to have in her sideboard. I loved sorting through what she had tucked away in the boxes and packets." - Clare Charvill

1.  I painted a wooden mirrored box with peach acrylic paint and then sprayed it with Bronze Blush Cosmic Shimmer.  Once dry I covered the top and sides with Timeless Memoir 12 x 12 paper.

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2.  Then I cut the rose motif and the rose from "A Ladies Diary", the "Standards Fashion" border from the 12 x 12 "Lasting Impression" paper and arranged and adhered them to the top of the box.  I finished the top off with stickers that spell the word "sewing", a large clock cut from the 12 x 12 "Moment in time" paper added an ornate door knob and tassel as the box opener.

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3. The inside frame of the lid is also covered in "Timeless Memoir" paper, and then I added corner stickers from the sticker collection. The mirror and base of the top box is  covered with "La Gazette" and a fussy cut lady along with some of the gorgeous silk May Arts ribbon as a holder for needles and nick naks. The sides of the top box are covered with "Moment in Time."

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4. The compartments of the lift out section were covered in "Focal Point" and I added twisted strands of the same May Arts ribbon to make ribbon loops before covering the sides in "A Ladies' Diary". I've filled them up with hat pins, a mushroom sock darner, tape measure cottons on spools, buttons, press-studs and other bits and pieces. 

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5. The bottom of the ribbon drawer is covered in "Focal Point" paper and filled with Graphic 45, May Arts and Minton ribbons, a pin wheel covered in a clock from the paper collection and other bits and pieces nick naks. 
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Graphic 45 Supply List
Graphic 45 12x12 Papers:
A Ladies' Diary Stickers 
A Ladies Diary Stamps 
Core'dinations SigSeries - kraft colured paper
Other Supplies 
Wooden Box 
Peach Acrylic Paint 
Glossy Accents 
May Arts Ribbon
Cosmic shimmer Bronze Blush 
Tacky Glue 
Peach Key Tassel
Vintage Photo Distress Ink 
Tim Holtz Haberdashery Stamp set
What an amazing project by Clare Charvill!
Next, we have a classic and elegant Thank You Card using A Ladies' Diary by Tara Orr. With her layering and embellishments, you will want to spread gratitude! "I love how this collection has the perfect combination of pinks and blues while paired with the beautiful neutral tones. Using the darker tones enables you to create projects suited to more male/gender neutral subjects while the pink can be fluffed and shabbied up to create your most feminine of projects as well." - Tara Orr

Graphic 45 Supplies:
Patterned Paper: Butterfly Specifics: Olde Curiosity Shoppe
Patterned Paper: Timeless MemoirPicture PerfectGarden StrollAgeless Beauty: A Ladies' Diary
It has been a wonderful day here on the blog filled with wonderful ideas to put your A Ladies' Diary collection to beautiful use! Thanks so much for joining us and we will see you again tomorrow!
Happy Papercrafting,
Your Friends at Graphic 45





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Both of these projects are so beautiful. I have promised myself to definitely make this card, I love it, thank you ,ladies. xx

Love the jewelry box. Wish I had a little girl to make one for!

So beautiful, gorgeous projects !

Amazing projects. This blog has so much inspiration. Love it!

I love my mornings with Graphic 45 and my coffee. Great blog today. TFS

what amazing projects!


Both such beautiful and unique projects! So much talent and vision! I think that is what is so inspirational about the projects on your blog - is the creative ideas! Wishing you a wonderful day!


Barbara Diane

Love the sewing box and the card is beautiful too!

Love, love love this :)

Beautiful sewing box! The papers and accessories she chose were perfect for that vintage age of sewing.

My cup of tea taste better when I look at grapgic45. Amazing talent and projects.

Both Clare's and Tara's projects are beautiful and creative. I'm inspired.

Beautiful sewing box! I'm going to have to make one of those! Love G45

Beautiful box and card. lOve them both! TFS

Wow, how much work to make that box, Clare?? Tara's card is beautiful, love them both :)

The box is the prettiest thing I have ever seen. The attention to detail is amazing and the embellishments just make everything work. It's stunning!!!

The sewing box is amazing - my mam would love this.

Absolutely adore the sewing box.....will have to try this! Thanks for sharing it!

beautiful as usual...especially love the sewing (or whatever you want to put in it) box...

I love how every place within the box...is given great attention to detail! Each place/section/insert...etc...is just as important as the outside or the lid or the .....you get the idea. Love this!

I have just found my inspiration for the day! Great job ladies!

Lovely projects.

These projects are gorgeous!!!! Thank you for sharing!!!!

Beautiful work ! I love using doilies in my altered art projects.

The sewing box is out standing! Your designers really come up with beautiful projects! Of course they have beautiful paper to work with1

This box is amazing! How can I make one?


A Ladies Diary one of my favourites, these projects are 'amazing' the sewing box by Clare is stunning and the Thank You card by Tara is stunning, such ingenuity by these designers.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am in LOVE with that box! I totally want to scraplift that!!!! And what a beautiful Thank You card!!!

I love Ladies Diary but it was out of stock where I ordered, boo hoo. Maybe I can win it!

Simply Stunning, but I am not surprised. Graphic 45 is the best!!!

the sewing box is a jewel must do one

Very nice giveaway. Thank you for always thinking of us! Maybe someday I will actually win. Ha! As always the projects are stunning. And clearly represent a lot of hard work.

Love the box, is so beautiful.

What a fab sewing box project and the layered card is just lovely!

Gorgeous projects today as usual. The sewing box is something that I have put on my to-do list. It is fabulous and I have a very special person that I know would treasure something like this.

I think that any thing Clare or Tara create is so beautiful and when you tie it in with Graphic 45 designs it truly is a win win.

❤ this so much! it's simply gorgeous!

amazing projects. . . oh for some of talent to find my fingers!

the sewing box takes me back to the times I spent with my great-grandmother as she sewed her days away..... thank you for the trip down memory lane with this beautiful project! :)

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