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March 29, 2013

Last Minute Ideas For Fun Easter Crafts


Hello G45ers,

Are you getting excited for Easter? Well if you are looking for some last minute inspiration for colorful Easter and spring-inspired crafts then you've come to the right place! Today we are going to share some joyful Secret Garden crafts that are just perfect for Easter! The soft pastel color pallet of Secret Garden, along with its delicate floral designs, make it the perfect paper collection for this magnificent season! Today we will be sharing a fantastic 3-D illustration book by Susan Lui and an enchanting card by Arlene Cuevas! Also, if you loved Arlene's beautiful Secret Garden mixed media mini album that we featured here on our blog on March 21st, we've got Part 2 of her incredible video tour of this fantastic creation! So sit back, relax and enjoy some splendid Easter craft inspiration from Graphic 45!

First up we have a winner to announce for this week's blog contest! Chosen at random from this week's blog comments, the winner is...

-Cindy Wirl: "Gorgeous frame, this awesome giveaway would be perfect on my recipe box I plan on making for my sister,who happens to have chicken decor in her kitchen! Thanks for the chance to win!"

Congratulations, Cindy! Please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize! This is the amazing French Country prize that Cindy won this week! We will have another marvelous blog contest on Monday so stay tuned for more chances to win some amazing Graphic 45 goodies!

French Country Prize Contest Graphic 45

First up in today's Easter inspiration is this incredible Secret Garden 3-D illustration book by Susan Lui! This incredible creation is just perfect for home decor or a beautiful handmade gift! Secret Garden springs to life in this bright and cheerful work of art! Here is what Susan had to say about it!

"Here's a project I created using Graphic 45's Secret Garden and Olde Curiosity Shoppe collections. As the Secret Garden collection takes its inspiration from the book of the same title, I thought it would be fun to create a 3D illustration of 'From the pages of the Secret Garden." The project shows an open book with scenes from the book, and butterflies fluttering about in the garden, seemingly suspended in mid-air. One of the pages features text stamped on cardstock from Graphic 45's A Ladies' Diary Cling Stamp. I love how you can combine different collections from Graphic 45 because they complement each other so well." -Susan Lui

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Secret Garden Gift Book 3-D Spring Easter

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Secret Garden Gift Book 3-D Spring Easter

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Secret Garden From the Pages Of 3

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Secret Garden Gift Book 3-D Spring Easter

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Secret Garden From the Pages Of 5

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Secret Garden From the Pages Of 6


Graphic 45 Secret Garden patterned papers - Secret Garden, Pretty Primrose, April Showers, Springtime, May Flowers
Graphic 45 Secret Garden Banners
Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Butterfly Species
Graphic 45 A Ladies' Diary Cling Stamp 1
Prima Markeeting flowers

Next up is this darling Secret Garden card by Arlene Cuevas. This creation is just perfect for Easter! If you've got some last minute cards to make for your Easter celebration then get ready for some serious inspiration! You can see how Arlene layered and distressed the beautiful Secret Garden papers and added pretty Secret Garden Chipboard Die-Cuts for even more color and dimension. Handmade flowers and other sweet embellishments only add to the cheer of this marvelous card! This card would make the perfect Easter gift for someone you love! Check out this gorgeous video tutorial to learn a fun shabby chic card and flower technique!



Secret Garden Card Arlene Cuevas Easter Spring Gift



Secret Garden Card Arlene Cuevas Easter Spring Gift





Secret Garden: 8x8 pad, 6x6 Patterns & Solids Pack, Cardstock Flowers, Cardstock banners, Chipboard #2, stickers
Staples: Metal Clothespin "Timeless"
PaperTrey Ink White and Kraft cardstock
I Am Roses flowers
Cheery Lynn Designs dies: Sophia's heart (doily), Leaf Flourish
White Doily
Zva Creations white pearl flourish
Recollections white pearls
Martha Stewart butterfly punch
Secret Garden Stamps (embossed inside card)
White embossing powder
3M ATG Adhesive
Glossy Accents

Next we wanted to share Part 2 of Arlene Cuevas's Secret Garden mixed media mini album video walk-through! This project was originally posted on March 21st and it was such a huge success! We had so many incredible comments about this project! By popular demand, Arlene created another video that takes you on a more in-depth tour of the inside of this amazing mini! In case you missed the original blog post and mixed media tutorial, you can view it here!


Secret Garden Mixed Media Mini Arlene Cuevas Book Video Tutorial

Secret Garden mini album complete walk through video:



We hope you all enjoyed today's last minute Easter craft inspiration! We want to thank Susan Lui and Arlene Cuevas for their incredible work today! We hope your Easter is filled with fun, family and togetherness! Come on back and see us very soon for more grand ideas and heartwarming inspiration from all of your friends at Graphic 45! We hope you have a lovely day and a very happy Easter weekend!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45


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looovelovelovelove! <3

Speechless!!! Just incredibly beautiful

So beautiful, I wish I had that talent!

Today's projects are wonderful.. Susan's project is incredible!

How do you guys come up with such beautiful projects?? I love them all!!!

so crative, so inspiring and so very beautiful;

These are all gorgeous!! I am IN LOVEEEEEEEEEEE with all those butterflies on the first project!!

the 3D illustration of 'From the pages of the Secret Garden' is the most fabulous papercrafting project I have ever seen! WAAAH! I want it! :-)

I love everything you shared with us today! They are knock your socks off fabulous! Thanks.

Amazingly gorgeous!! So much creativity.
Only with Graphic 45 collections!!!

Oh My goodness...I love the 3d book it reminds me of the pop up books from when I was a kid,and the butterflies are gorgeous! Truly beautiful projects! so inspiring!

Stunning projects! I can't help but admiring! Thank you so much for sharing!!

Very unique!

Oh wow these were great. Love the first one with all the butterfly's. thank you


Such a gorgeous card! Thanks for sharing some beautiful projects.

Wowee, these are all such gorgeous pieces of art! Amazing work!

Oh My Goodness! Such awesome goodness and congratulations Cindy!

Wow, just lovely. I especially love the awesome card. Thanks for all the great ideas.

Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh!
They are all amazing man I want to just get out my paper and play today now. Who cares about the housework and that Easter is Sunday I just want to play with some G45 Paper right now!

OMGOSH. Just beautiful. I am amazed.....

Such beautiful art projects. Thanks for sharing.

Phenomenal pieces ladies!

Beautiful work! But how did she get the book & pages to rise that way? or is it premade?

Happy happy Easter!!! I cannot believe how the G45 projects just keep getting better. Awesome job designers!!!

I can't believe how exquiste these projects are. Graphic 45 sure inspires people to make these beautiful pieces!!!

Always trying to find something new to say about your projects that someone else hasn't already said, but I can't . So ditto what everybody else said and times it by 10!

I love all of these projects .. I am going to attempt to do the open book for my friend who's infant daughter passed away from heart problems .. she says every time she sees a butterfly she thinks of her. I am hoping Ms Lui has more detail on her blog :)

Congratulations to Cindy! I love all of todays projects and will be attempting all 3 but first the open book for my friend :)

WAUW what beautiful

I can't imagine attempting such gorgeous projects!

Thanks, all, for restoring the old holiday feelings I grew up with. The excitement is back...

Wow, simply WOW! I must try the book layout. Absolutely uniquely creative idea!

Yahoo, Wow, Hooray!!! I went into jumping mode when I saw my name... I WON such an awesome, gorgeous prize!! I am still in awe!
Sending a sincere Thank You to Graphic 45!...and also to all of you sending congrats!
I can't wait to create!!

Today's creations are so very beautiful! Your paper collections are so easy to build into something both creative and adventurous!! Love those floating butterflies and the fantastic floral displays. Thanks for sharing with us. Looking forward to seeing more.

Speechless. Just speechless. *SIGH* What a beautiful altered book with Secret Garden. I have to pick my jaw up off the floor! This is just stunning! Believe me, stunning does not even do it justice! WOW!!!

Good evening. Every new day I fall in love with your collections of papers more and more. Earlier I liked only designs and I very much was afraid to spoil this beauty, but for quite some time now I am simple I fly with happiness. All began with the Time Place collection. Now I look forward when in my handles there will be Secret Garden. I got the truth not all collection, shopping malls quickly bought up) Thanks a lot for so beautiful designs. With love from Russia.

Fabulous! I miss spring!

I just fell in love with spring all over again thanks to your beautiful butterflies and pretty flowers .Someone has a magnificent imagination that sparks off mine.
Thanks and keep them coming.

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