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April 02, 2013

Staples Spotlight With Minis and Mixed Media!

May G45 Regular Tag Album Secret Garden Pic 3 Clare Charvill

Hello G45ers,

To quote the classic writer Leo Tolstoy, "Spring is the time of plans and projects." We couldn't agree more here at Graphic 45! We love the renewal of creativity that comes with the spring! Today we wanted to share two gorgeous Secret Garden crafts that will definitely invigorate your imagination! Both of today's beautiful crafts have a special focus on how to use Graphic 45 Staples to add even more charm and sophistication to your creations! You will see a stunning Secret Garden mixed media canvas by Sharon Ngoo and a fabulous Secret Garden tag mini album by Clare Charvill! There's even a fun video by Clare that is filled with lots of great tips for creating with the new Graphic 45 Regular Tag Album Staples! Today's blog has everything you need to bring some inspiration to your day! So lets get to it!

First up we have this incredible Secret Garden mixed media canvas by Sharon Ngoo. This superb canvas is just perfect for springtime home decor or darling handmade gift! The cheerful colors of Secret Garden bring life to this joyful creation! We also love how Sharon altered the Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Door Plate and Knob Staples to add elegance and dimension to this dazzling work of art! Sharon even gives some fun tips on how she created this mixed media marvel!



Graphic 45 papers are great for working with mixed media because there are lovely images to work with as well as awesome simpler patterns that make it easy to match whatever colour scheme I am working on.  In this case, its a blue / yellow / lime green canvas.

Graphic45 Sharon Ngoo Mixed Media Secret Garden canvas home decor
And the beautiful flower and foliage prints are great for fussy cutting to create texture - which always looks great with mixed media:

Graphic45 Sharon Ngoo Mixed Media Secret Garden canvas home decor
And the awesome lettering stickers and chipboards with words are great for adding words for the finishing touch.

Graphic45 Sharon Ngoo Secret Garden canvas detail 2 copy

2.  Metal butterflies
3.  Mini metal keys
4.  Metal hinges
Papers from Secret Garden Collection:
Other Papers:
1.  Place in Time April Cut-Aparts
4.  Secret Garden Chipboard 1
6.  Secret Garden Stickers
1. Secret Garden Cling Stamps 1
2. Secret Garden Cling Stamps 2
Other Supplies
1.  Canvas 
2.  White Gesso - Dervan
3.  Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi-medium (matte)
4.  Studio Calico Mister Huey's - Bonny Blue
5.  Heidi Swapp Color Shine - Mustard
6.  Ribbon - May Arts, American Crafts, Creative Impressions
7.  Ink - Tsukineko VersaColor 

Next we have another darling Secret Garden creation. This is a magnificent mini featuring the new Graphic 45 Regular Tag Album Staples. Clare Charvill took the beautiful papers and embellishments from Secret Garden and turned them into a sweet mini that's just perfect for this joyful season! With the new Regular and Large Tag Album Staples from Graphic 45 you can create a bounty of clever crafts! They have so many uses! Join Clare as she takes you on a guided video tour through this splendid mini. Learn some fun tips and techniques to create one of your very own! Take it away, Clare!

Graphic 45 products 
Secret Garden Patterns and Solids 6 x 6 paper pad 
Secret Garden Banners 
Secret Garden Pockets and Tags 
Secret Garden Stamps
Other Supplies 
Milled Lavender and vintage Photo Distress ink 
Cream Card 
                                                                             Connies Crystals  
Art Glitter Foam Tape 
Tacky Glue 
Antique Chain and rings 
Vintage Seam Binding
Eggplant Adirondak ink for stamped images
I love the new Staples Tag Albums and made this one using five tags, lavender papers from the new 6 x 6 Patterns and Solids papers, flowers tags and banners that compliment the Secret Garden paper collection and some of the pretty stamps

I started off by inking the edges of on both sides of each tag with Vintage photo ink and then using the tag as a template cut out 6 lavender mattes from the new patterns and solids paper pad. I also cut out 4 mattes from cream card to give some space in the album for journalling.

Secret Garden Tag Album Staples Clare Charvill Graphic 45 Mini Album

I used two chip board pieces on the front cover, blinged up the frame with a little lavender art glitter and then mounted them both over lavender and cream mattes stamped with the gorgeous lily of the valley stamp.  I added a little cream art glitter to the lily of the valley flowers on the stamp for a little bit of sparkle. Two butterflies and some petaloo flowers finish off the cover.  

Secret Garden Tag Album Staples Clare Charvill Graphic 45 Mini Album

I bound the album ring with vintage seam binding inked with milled lavender distress ink and added three chipboard pieces and three Connie's crystals to a chain to make the charms. 

May G45 Regular Tag Album Secret Garden Pic 2 Clare Charvill
Then I built up the pages using the banners, pockets, tags, flowers and stickers from the collection and stamping the images on the journalling pages with eggplant Adirondak ink to make this cute little album in spring colours 

May G45 Regular Tag Album Secret Garden Pic 4 Clare Charvill

May G45 Regular Tag Album Secret Garden Pic 5 Clare Charvill
May G45 Regular Tag Album Secret Garden Pic 6 Clare Charvill
May G45 Regular Tag Album Secret Garden Pic 7 Clare Charvill
May G45 Regular Tag Album Secret Garden Pic 8 Clare Charvill
May G45 Regular Tag Album Secret Garden Pic 9 Clare Charvill
May G45 Regular Tag Album Secret Garden Pic 10 Clare Charvill
May G45 Regular Tag Album Secret Garden Pic 11 Clare Charvill
May G45 Regular Tag Album Secret Garden Pic 12 Clare Charvill

We hope you got some inspiring ideas from today's Graphic 45 blog! The fun never stops when you combine Graphic 45 Staples with your favorite Graphic 45 paper collection! Huge thanks to Sharon Ngoo and Clare Charvill for their incredible work today. There's more fun and inspiration in store for you on tomorrow's Graphic 45 blog. We hope you'll come back and see us. Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a terrific Tuesday, G45ers!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Wow, gorgeous work! I love the mixed media canvas and the album looks amazing too.

Beautiful projects and great ideas. The hits keep coming!

Beautiful projects.....I love the tag mini album!

Love these creations! Clare's mini is sooo sweet! Can't wait to create one. Thanks.

Both projects today again are fabulous!! The colous are definitely new & spring & fresh!! :)

Fabulous projects and inspiration using your beautiful papers, thank you.

I love the Secret Garden Tag Album!! It's purple and cute; just beautiful.

This little mini album is so precious! I love the stamps. My order arrived this weekend and I am desperately searching for time to open the package of stamps and papers and play with them. I love this Secret Garden collection but the Place in Time and French Country are all beautiful as well. Well done!!!! :)

That tag album is so nicely done...love those new tiny pockets and tags. Paper colors are just beautiful. Sure would be a treat to win this week!

Delicious projects!
Alison x

Wow!!! Just love the mini tag book!! Just sooooooo gorgeous!! Absolutely love that range of papers!!

beautiful projects, love the mini tag album so cute

Multimedia is so fun, and the G45 papers make it so easy. I love the cute little tag album. What a cool idea. Thanks for sharing with us.

Wonderful projects, as always. Thanks so much for sharing.

I absolutely love your papers!! The projects are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Beautiful projects! Love Claire's mini tag album.

What a fantastic mini. I love the colors and simple page left to use for photos or journaling. Beautiful.

Really love the tag book. Great to see ideas for using the stamps in projects.

Beautiful projects. Very inspirational. Love the Tag Album especially beautiful colors.


Two fab projects!
Totally loving the tag album! Fantastic album Clare - such beautiful papers to start with....PURPLE - stunning!

Thanks for sharing your Graphic 45 projects. They are beautiful. The Secret Garden paper is stunning!

such beautiful creative work, very inspiring thank you

O M G!!! I love the Tag Album!! Im sooo gonna have to make this,and Looove the colors!! Oooo,I so want to win your "Place in Time " kit!! So Beautiful...Thanks for the opportunity to win such an awesome deal! "Happy Spring"

Lovely little album!

beautiful. Love the colors.

Truly stunning projects, as always, loving the canvas and the doorplate and handle look gorgeous on Sharon's layout. The mini book by Clare is stunning, my favourite colours, I love everything Clare creates.

Oh ! So beautiful. Fantastic inspiration. Thanks G45 and design team.





All gorgeous projects - loved Clare's vid, hope you feel better soon Clare! :o)

Love the 'sunshine' layout!!! I've noticed some Cindy winners.....hope I can be the next one!

Thank you for sharing these gorgeous projects .

great work by both talented DT ladies, thanks for sharing the deets

Sharon's page is so gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing it.

GASP... Beautiful

The Staples are just wonderful to work with all the other papers!
Alison x

a sweet lovely little album.

Gorgeous canvas... love the colors! And beautiful tag album too!

Love love love the LO and esp the tag mini. Want to make them now!

Your projects are always an inspiration. Thank you Graphic 45.

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