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March 14, 2013

French Country Handmade Gift Ideas & Tutorials!

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 French Country Belt Buckle - 4-imp

Hello G45ers,

Are you looking for the perfect DIY gift ideas?! Well you've come to the right place! Today on the Graphic 45 blog we are on a mission to give you some fantastic ideas for the perfect handmade gift! We've got two beautiful and incredibly unique French Country creations to share with you! First up is a terrific mini flower bouquet card and tutorial by Susan Lui. Then we're going to share some incredible French Country handmade belt buckles with a fun tutorial by Denise Hahn! Both of these fabulous crafts are so much fun to create and they make perfect gifts! Get ready for some serious inspiration to brighten your day with Graphic 45!

Don't forget that today is the last day to leave us a blog or Facebook comment for your chance to win this week's beautiful French Country prize pack! All this could be yours! We will be choosing one random winner from this week's comments. A winner will be announced on tomorrow's blog so stay tuned!

French Country Prize Graphic 45

Before we get started with today's wonderful crafts we wanted to wish a very happy birthday to the fabulous Laura Denison of the Graphic 45 design team! Laura is such a talented artist and we are so lucky to have her on our design team! We want to wish her the very happiest of birthdays today! Happy Birthday, Laura! Have a super day!


And now it's time to get crafting with these amazing French Country gift ideas! The rich colors and incredible designs of French Country gives you so many options for creating the perfect handmade gift. Here is a super fun and easy idea for a handmade French Country card! Behold Susan Lui's mini flower bouquet card and tutorial! This wonderful card blooms with joy and beauty! Follow along with Susan's fabulous tutorial to create one for someone you love!

Susan Lui Graphic 45 French Country Mini Card 1

Susan Lui Graphic 45 French Country Mini Card 2

Susan Lui Graphic 45 French Country Mini Card 3


French Country Tags & Pockets
French Country Sunflower patterned paper
May Arts Ribbon

Susan Lui French Country Mini Card Tutorial 1
Susan Lui French Country Mini Card Tutorial 2

Susan Lui French Country Mini Card Tutorial 3
Susan Lui French Country Mini Card Tutorial 4
Susan Lui French Country Mini Card Tutorial 5
Susan Lui French Country Mini Card Tutorial 6 

And here we have another brilliant French Country handmade gift idea! Have a look at these wonderful French Country belt buckles by Denise Hahn! This is the perfect way to turn this exquisite new paper collection into a stunning fashion accesory in a few simple steps! Here Denise takes you step-by-step on how to create these wonderful belt buckles! Take it away, Denise!

Here is a fun and easy project that's great to make for yourself or as a gift using any of your favorite Graphic 45 papers. All you need is a belt buckle blank and belt- you can find these on Etsy

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 French Country Belt Buckle - 1-imp

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 French Country Belt Buckle - 2-imp

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 French Country Belt Buckle - 3-imp

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 French Country Belt Buckle - 4-imp

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 French Country Belt Buckle - 5-imp

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 French Country Belt Buckle - 6-imp

1- Take a piece of tracing paper and lay it over the buckle-take a pencil and run it over the top creating a an impression of where the buckle outline is. 
2- Lay the tracing paper on top of your Graphic 45 paper, and line up what image you want to show-tape down and cut out
3- If You have a Xyron Creative Station run your paper through that- if not lay down some tacky glue on the buckle base-lay paper on top and work down with your fingers (there are always some little folds, don't fret too much!) then add any stickers and glue down any embellishments-let dry
4-Now go over entire image with Modge Podge or matte medium to seal the paper- let dry completely
5- Prop buckle up so the buckle is straight and resin doesn't spill over or pool on one side (I used a piece of foam board)
6- Pour over a small amount of ICE Resin starting from the center and use a brush to spread around. Don't use too much as you don't want it to spill over.
7- Set aside to cure overnight- add resin if you missed any spots
8- Attach a belt and you ready to go! I got my lovely crackeled white one from: http://www.etsy.com/shop/cerdafiedleather

We hope you all had fun on today's Graphic 45 blog! We want to thank Susan Lui and Denise Hahn for their splendid work today! Be sure to leave us a blog or Facebook comment today for your chance to win that amazing French country prize pack! Join us tomorrow for more superb craft inspiration as well as a blog prize winner announcement! It's going to be great! We wish you all a very happy day! Thank you so much for stopping by the Graphic 45 blog!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45



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French Country is my absolute favorite design for papers and embellishments! These tutorials are great. Thanks so much!

This card is sooooo cool! I also love the belt, although I may may a wrist cuff instead! Great inspiration, as usual,

Love this paper line and today's projects are gorgeous and very creative!


Awesome belt buckles! Love it! What a creative way to use the papers.

I just love the idea of wearing my favorite papers where ever I go. Great idea.

Brilliant ideas today! Love the belt buckle idea - lovely to make prezzies to go with your cards!

Wow! the belt buckles are so dang cute. And the flower bouget card is adorable.

Love today's projects! Happy birthday, Laura!

Love, Love, Love G45 and the French Country Collection! It's absolutely beautiful. The designers are coming up with some fantastic ideas!!

Never would have thought of a belt buckle. Could be a neat hair accessory.

WOW I love todays projects they are so darn creative!! I am in love with the new French Country products. Thanks for the chance to win some!

This is why I love this blog.. I would have never thought to decorate a buckle with design paper! Both of todays projects are wonderful!

Wow! Thanks Denise for sharing your belt buckle tutorial. G45 papers are so beautiful I almost don't want to cut into them, so a project that enables me to wear them every day is perfect for me.

Happy birthday Laura! Love the projects. I never would have thought to decorate
a belt buckle with paper, now my mind
is going crazy with ideas. Thank you
for the inspiration.

Love the belt project. Always great projects to inspire us all.

love the mini card; clever idea for a belt

Gobsmacked once again! The creativity of your DT seems to have no limits. Gorgeous!

These projects are absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for the tutorials.

Awesome projects today! I love the belt buckle...so clever! TFS

The belt buckles are so sassy! Giddy'ap!

Beautiful projects.

Two more fabulous projects. I would have never thought of doing a belt buckle, great idea!

Very Creative

How cool is that? A belt buckle. Wow. I am always amazed by the variety of uses for your products. Thank you for all the wonderful inspiration.

Love the altered belt buckel. I need to go to the thrift store and find some ugly buckles, and make them beautiful.

Those are some pretty cool belt buckles!

WOW! The belt buckles take altering to an entirely new level! Who can think outside of the box like that except G45 designers, huh? Awesome blog this morning!

Belt buckles and a card bouquet - how cool!! Happy B'day, Laura! Judy D.

Now that is what I call " Creativity Outside the Box"...or is it page...LOL!
Very nice work on all pieces.

Great ideas today (as always) Thank you for sharing! Love this paper can't wait to get it!

love the belt buckle

these are great ideas the belt buckles are wonderful gifts and so many ways to change them up found some for 6 bucks on etsy.

Amazing! I LOVE the belt buckle idea! That is really thinking outside of the bo! The Flower card is beautiful! I would use it to gift a g.c.! Your designers are amazing! They must pee sunshine cause they are so bright and clever! LOL

Happy Birthday Laura!!! Thanks for the great tutorial the card is beautiful! Love the belt buckles!!

Happy Birthday Laura. Once again, creative projects today!! Always inspiring here at Graphic 45!! Love the French Country!!

Love the Belt Buckle idea! I never would have thought of that.
Now I think I will go make my own card.

I love that card so sweet and the belt buckles are fun too!

Happy Birthday Laura!!! Love your creations :) wow, what beautiful stuff on the blog today :)

Happy Birthday Laura ... Have a Blessed Day !

Aaah those gift ideas are awesome... just love the rich colors in the French Country Collection !!

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