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July 22, 2013

Pure Elegance With Secret Garden Altered Art


Hello G45ers,

Are you ready to bring some summertime bliss to your Monday?! We have been falling in love with summer: the fresh air, the radiant sunshine, the pretty flowers that continue to bloom! A perfect summer day is always reason to celebrate! In honor of the beauty of summer, we thought it would be fun to share some gorgeous ideas for altered art featuring our fabulous Secret Garden collection! Today we're bringing you three unique ideas for Secret Garden altered art! There's a stunning ring box and video tutorial by Olga Struk. Then Miranda Edney will share her amazing altered Matchbook Box and video tutorial. We also have a breathtaking altered dresser by Rhea Frietag! Today's blog is overflowing with gorgeous ideas!

In honor of today's Secret Garden inspiration, we're giving away this superb Secret Garden blog prize this week! You could win a Secret Garden 12x12 paper pad, Stickers and Alphabet Stickers, Tags & Pockets, Chipboard die-Cuts, Stamp set and Flower Staples! That's a $40 value! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week for your chance to win! We will choose one random winner from this week's comments and announce them on this Friday's blog! Hooray!

Graphic 45 blog prize contest Secret Garden

We begin today's Secret Garden craft party with this gorgeous ring box by Olga Struk! This is such a fun and elegant way to create timeless altered art with Secret Garden! This exquisite ring box would also make the perfect handmade gift! Want to know how it was made? Follow along with Olga's fun tutorial to create this beautiful box for yourself or a loved one! It's guaranteed to bring some sunshine to your day!

Video Tutorial:



Secret Garden altered art ring box Graphic 45 Olga Struk video tutorial






Secret Garden 8x8 Pads

Signature Series  Lights

Ornate Metal Label Holder

Stamped Metal Brads

Petaloo  MixedTextured Layers x 12 Teal

The soft pastel colors and harmonious designs of Secret Garden make it the perfect collection for spring and summer crafts. Here we have a sweetly whimsical piece of Secret Garden altered art by Miranda that you're sure to love! She created this vibrant altered Matchbook Box that definitely captures the fun-loving spirit of the season! This shabby-chic work of art would be the perfect craft for a warm summer afternoon! It's also another great idea for a handmade gift! Follow along with Miranda's fun video tutorial to see how it was made! Have a wonderful time recreating this marvelous craft! Here is what Miranda had to say about it!

"I wanted to do something a little different with these wonderful matchbook boxes. So i started cutting into it and dissecting it to suit my needs. I used lots of the coordinating chipboard pieces and flowers! I’ve never had much look at handmade flowers, but I actually like these 2 ! I have a full video tutorial, hope you will give it a try." -Miranda

Video Tutorial










Secret Garden: Leafy Treetops

Secret Garden: May Flowers

Secret Garden: Patterns and Solids

Secret Garden Banners

Secret Garden Flowers

Secret Garden Chipboard 1

Secret Garden Chipboard 2

Graphic 45 Small Matchbook Box

Graphic 45 Staples: Ornate Metal Label Holder, Keys, Keyhole

Chipboard: Imaginarium Designs

Ribbon: May Arts

MF Resin Wings

Dried flower sprigs

Spanish Moss

Liquid pearls, pearls


Last but certainly not least is this gorgeous Secret Garden altered dresser by Rhea. Cute little objects like this can be found at any thrift store, garage sale, consignment shop or even in our own homes! You'd be amazed what can happen with you dress it up in your favorite Graphic 45 paper collection! It's the perfect way to give new life to an ordinary object! Let Rhea's splendid creation inspire you to make some pretty altered art with Graphic 45! This elegant dresser is perfect for spring and summer home decor! Plus it helps add some organization to any room of the house! So the next time you come across on old object, just imagine the possibilities for turning it into a gorgeous work of altered art with Graphic 45!















Kaisercraft Tower Storage Drawer (6 Drawers)

Distress Paint: Bundled Sage

Secret Garden 12X12

Distress Ink: Vintage Photo, Tea Dye

Distress Stain: Peeled Paint


Dresden Scrap: Daisy

We hope you all had fun exploring today's Secret Garden altered art! We want to thank Olga, Miranda and Rhea for their splendid crafts today! G45ers, don't forget to leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week for your chance to win that gorgeous Secret Garden prize pack! There's more fun and inspiration in store for you on tomorrow's blog. We hope you'll stop by and see us! We wish you all a bright and cheerful day!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45



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Stunning projects . Love secret garden

Wow such a pretty bundle. I would be so happy to win this. Keep up the fantastic work G45.

Wonderful projects! I love the little ring box. Thanks

Hi from "across the pond". How wonderful these projects look - I am so jealous of their wonderful talent. I have to say winning this collection would be icing on the cake for me. Enjoy the rest of your day

I found the key!! To the garden!! With Graphic 45!! Come play with me!!

Absolutely love this collection and the projects are lovely as usually.

I love Secret Garden.

Beautiful Projects! This is one of my favorite collections! Thank for the chance to win!

These are wonderful projects!

It would be a dream come true to win the gorgeous Secret Garden collection. So many possibilities!

Gorgeous project! Love the box with the ring! Such a great idea!

Love the project inspirations today and would love to have my own Secret Garden to make them!


The projects are beautiful! I love this collection! Wishing you a happy day today - I am off to watch the tutorials!


Barbara Diane

Another collection of beautiful projects!!

What a wonderful blog today. I absolutely love the tutorials. I'm really going to have fun with these. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the chance to win such a great "Secret Garden" prize package. "Secret Garden" is soo beautiful!

This line brings back childhood memories--I can remember my mom reading The Secret Garden to me when I was a little girl. Mom was an English teacher and an artist, and she filled my life with art and literature! She passed away before I discovered papercrafting, but she lives forever in my heart, and I can feel her most intensely when I am in my craft room. She would have loved G45!

Amazing projects! Hope that I one day can make something like that :)

Love this beautiful collection. It captures the essence of spring. Your tutorials are fabulous. Never miss a day to read your blogs!!!

Absolutely Magical!!!!!!

So very lovely. I have the Kaisercraft Tower on my wishlist and would love to use Secret Garden to alter it.

Very cute! Thanks for sharing!

Beautiful and creative!

I love this paperline. So many wonderful ideas and projects.

such beautiful projects! love all 3!

The more projects you post is the farther behind I fall in my project to do list since I want to make them all!!!

Thanks so much for sharing these with us!!

very beautiful projects. Love them all Di

Awesome projects with such great papers!!!

If my two girls were still small, you can be sure I would be covering a chest of drawers like the one in the Secret Garden images.

Such amazing projects today. Very inspiring Monday!!! Love G45 so much!!

What lovely projects! Thanks for the inspiration!

The precious box and the dresser are unbelievable. Would that I could come close to these creations.

I always L O V E the altered items and the Secret Garden Collection and designs send this over the top! BEAUTIFUL!!

Wow, would you just love to receive a ring in that box. All the projects today are lovely. Thanks for the inspiration.

Beautiful projects!!!

I so enjoyed the video tutorials today. Secret Garden is one of my very favorite papers. I'm inspired!!!

The ring box is just amazing. I don't know if I would be drooling over the box or the ring. LOL. Love this collection.

Wonderful projects, beautifully shows the many ways to use the gorgeous Secret Garden papers.

What the designers are doing is wonderful, but the paper is the star.
These papers are beautiful, they make
the project. Love, Love, Love the paper.

Such lovely projects again today! The ring box is so sweet and I love the altered dresser.

WOW everyday you inspire me! Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas!

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