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April 29, 2013

Make a Statement With G45 Altered Art!


Hello G45ers,

Your Monday is about to turn magical with some lavish spring-inspired creations! Today we have two of the most beautiful Secret Garden altered art crafts that are sure to make you smile! Get ready to put some spring in your step! Today's crafts highlight some very unique and imaginative uses of the Graphic 45 Matchbook Boxes! We will share an altered 8x8 Matchbook Box by Susan Lui that's been all dolled up to look like an adorable garden house! Then we will share a magnificent altered 12x12 Matchbook Box by Arlene Cuevas! She's created a breathtaking mixed media fame and layout that are complete with two fun video tutorials! Both of today's creations are just perfect for gifts or dazzling home decor! Get ready for some fun, G45ers, because today's blog is a crafter's dream come true!


Lets begin with this awe-inspiring garden house and layout by Susan Lui! Can you believe that she created this treasure by using the Graphic 45 8x8 Matchbook Box and Secret Garden collection?! What a fresh and clever idea! This astonishing piece overflows with beauty and love! Here is what Susan had to say about how she created this incredible work of art!

"I altered an 8x8 Graphic 45 Staples Matchbook Box and turned it into a garden house complete with a thatched roof and chimney. Lots of fussy-cut details and elements of flowers and resin figurines add to the garden home concept. The layout inside the house is heavily-dimensioned so as to draw the viewer into the house. But the layout looks just as good outside the house as details which were partially hidden inside the shadow box are now clearly visible. The house is designed such that the layouts inside can be changed easily, giving this home decor a new look with each new layout." -Susan Lui

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Secret Garden Altered Happy Home 1

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Secret Garden Altered Happy Home 2

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Secret Garden Altered Happy Home 3

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Secret Garden Altered Happy Home 4

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Secret Garden Altered Happy Home 5

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Secret Garden Altered Happy Home 6

The 8x8 layout that was inside the house looks just as good outside of it.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Secret Garden Altered Happy Home 7

Secret Garden Collection - Coming Up Roses, Meadow Lark, Leafy Treetops, Posy Patch
Secret Garden 8x8 Pad
Secret Garden Chipboard 1
Prima flowers
Prima resin
Imaginarium Designs Chipboard

Next we have another breathtaking craft creation featuring the Graphic 45 Matchbook Boxes and Secret Garden collection. Behold, this gorgeous mixed media 12x12 Matchbook Box by Arlene Cuevas! This is such an amazing way to immortalize your precious photos! We love how Arlene layered Graphic 45 Metal Staples on the cover of this amazing box! The soft colors of Secret Garden look perfect in this mixed media masterpiece! Want to know how it was made? Check out Arlene's two video tutorials that take you through the creative process!

Tutorial Part 1 of 2 (Mixed Media tutorial)


Tutorial Part 2 of 2 (Scrapbook Page tutorial)












Other Metal findings and embellishments from my stash
I Am Roses flowers
Recollections flowers
Prima flowers
Imaginarium Designs chipboard phrase "Lifetime of Memories"
Miniature flower pot
Pearl string
Modeling Paste
Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays (for list of colors used on this project, visit my blog: www.butterflykisseswithlove.blogspot.com)
Scor Tape
3M ATG adhesive
Glossy Accents
Hot Glue

We hope you all had a wonderful time exploring today's Graphic 45 blog! Remember that we begin sneak peeks of the brand new Graphic 45 collections this Wednesday, right here on the Graphic 45 blog! Be the first to see our latest and greatest designs! You'll even have a chance to win the new Graphic 45 collections before they are even available in stores! We will have more fun and inspiration in store for you tomorrow so we hope you'll stop by and see us again! Huge thanks to Susan Lui and Arlene Cuevas for their superb creations today! We wish you all a marvelous Monday!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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There are no adjectives!!! Stunning!

Lovely project. Really enjoyed the tutorials.

Both projects are fabulous. Great Monday!

Great idea for my son's wedding!

Sue Lui's imagination seems to know no bounds. What a gorgeous album. I love the roof...probably because my husband is a roofer!

I ran out of words long ago to describe my wonder and awe at such projects...Julie

Wonderful projects just beautiful.

Stunning creations. Love the video.

Magnifique, j'adore!
a bientôt!

These projects are 'stunning', 'stunning', stunning' xx

Stunning! Gorgeous! Amazing! I'm overjoyed looking at these Beautiful creations. It Inspires me to keep working more and trying new techniques. Thanks for Sharing!!


These are absolutely beautiful projects today I love all the fussy cutting and layering. Thank you for the inspiration!!

Fabulous projects! The little cottage is so sweet and there's so much detail to see - gorgeous!

It just amazing what type of projects and the different shapes you all come up with..Love it!

Stunning work, fantastic inspiration, thank you.

Oh my word - those projects are amazing. I ADORE the house. Can't wait to see previews tomorrow. Nicola x

designer delight with these inspirational matchbox creations, ladies perfecto!!!

What a great idea; I never thought to use Martha Stewart's Doily punch to make roof shingles.

so schön article.I wird meinen Freunden empfehlen.

Wow! Wow! Wow! Love it!!! Now I know what I'm going to make for my daughter's wedding memory frame! Thank you!.

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