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August 06, 2013

Cards, Decor & More With Pretty Pastels!

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Hello G45ers,

Get ready to bring some pretty to your day as we share some gorgeous ideas for crafting with pastels! One of the signature Graphic 45 color palettes is our soft and exquisite pastels. This gorgeous color palette was made famous by collections like A Ladies' Diary, Secret Garden and some of our older collections like Le Romantique! These beautiful colors make every craft creation look elegant and sophisticated. Today we have three gorgeous ideas that feature the Graphic 45 pastel color palette. You'll see a stunning mixed media canvas by Miranda Edney that features Secret Garden. Then Susan Lui will share her amazing Le Romantique wedding card. Then Denise Hahn will take you on a creative journey as she shares a breathtaking altered Matchbook Box tutorial featuring A Ladies' Diary! Today's blog is going to be so much fun!

First up we wanted to give a quick hello to all of our friends on the Graphic 45 Facebook page! If you want the latest news on Graphic 45 products, daily inspiration and a way to connect with your fellow G45ers and upload your Graphic 45 creations, check out the Graphic 45 Facebook page! Here is a fantastic Nutcracker Sweet house that was created by Kathy Helton and recently uploaded to our Facebook page! This is such a wonderful way to craft with this festive holiday collection! We love it! We encourage you all to check out the Graphic 45 Facbeook page for fun and fabulous inspiration!

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Nutcracker Sweet House Graphic 45 Facebook

And now it's time for our pastel celebration! We begin with this gorgeous mixed media canvas by Miranda that features our Secret Garden collection and lots of gorgeous embellishments. This creation is just perfect for stylish home decor or as a fabulous gift! Just look at those gorgeous, soft colors! Mixed media is such a fun way to create! You can see the awe-inspiring results when you let your imagination run wild with Graphic 45 pastel papers! Here is what Miranda had to say about this amazing work of art!

"I have to admit, I have a deep affection for all things mixed media! Some people think of mixed media as being crazy colors and things of that nature. But you can interpret it anyway you like to suit your style! I wanted this to be soft and romantic but full of fun textures! These 6x6 canvases are so fun to alter! I used Imaginarium hexagon chippies as a stencil to cut into my canvas. It adds so much dimension! I glued elements to some acetate and adhered it to the back so when you peek in its very pretty J I also fussy cut from the Leafy Treetops and added them inside the canvas too. The outside paper by the wings was sprayed with water and pleated together while wet. I wanted to mimic the wings a bit. Mixed media is so freeing and just therapeutic for me, I highly encourage you to grab some beautiful G45 papers, some mists , and some texture mediums and have fun!" -Miranda















Secret Garden : Leafy Treetops

Secret Garden : Patterns and Solids

Le Rominique ( the fussy cut butterflies)

Graphic 45 Staples:

Ornate Metal Keyholes

Ornate Metal Keys

Metal Tags

Chipboard: Imaginarium Designs

Tim Holtz Gears

Ingvild Bolme Resin Wings

Prima Flower spray

Texture Paste (stucco patch )

Crafters Workshop Damask Stencil

Shimmerz Sprays


Frayed Burlap Distress Ink

Liquid Pearls, Pearls

May Arts Ribbon


Next up is this amazing blast from the past of older Graphic 45 collections. This is a gorgeous Le Romantique wedding card that Susan created. We just love the beautiful paper layers, fussy cut elements and flowing embellishments. With the gorgeous Graphic 45 pastel color palette it's easy to create a romantic card or gift for a friend or loved one! Let Susan's splendid card inspire you to create something special with your favorite collection! Here is what Susan had to say about this classic card!


"Here’s a wedding card I created using Graphic 45’s Le Romantique collection, embellished with a Staples ornate metal key, a heart-shaped doily and some flowers. I also created a dimensional box envelope for the card, to accommodate the 3D nature of the card." -Susan











Le Romantique 12x12 patterned paper

Le Romantique 8x8 patterned paper

Le Romantique Tags

Place In Time September Foundation

Staples Ornate Metal Key


Here we have a very special creation by Denise that features our collection A Ladies' Diary! This splendid altered 8x8 Matchbook Box is so sweet and feminine. You can see how perfectly all the pretty papers from A Ladies' Diary blend together in this one-of-a-kind work of art. This would make a darling piece of home decor! Want to know how it was made?! Follow along with Denise's fun and easy tutorial to create this masterful shadowbox for yourself or someone you love! Take it away, Denise!


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Paint your 8x8 Kraftboard Altered Art Matchbook Box and 3 drywall screws with cream acrylic paint and set aside to dry. You can also you spray paint in Heirloom White. Then cut out your dress templates. Trace and cut out dresses with your choice of Ladies Diary Papers


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Decorate your dresses using bits of trim and lace. I also used Bling from Want2Scrap. I use tacky glue for adhesive


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Hot glue 7 Gypsies Mini-Hangars to the back


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Now that your Matchbook Box is dry- take a few sheets of pattern paper and apply with Matte Medium-lightly layering


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Take your Matchbook outer sleeve and place it on a piece of 12x12 Ladies Diary paper. Place in the bottom left corner and trace lines-cut on your paper trimmer


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Slide your 8x8 paper inside the box sleeve and trace the inner square-cut out with scissors or Xacto knife, and attach to top of box (I use a Xyron Creatopia with Permanent Adhesive)


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Attach on your embellishments. I used a piece of measuring tape, mini scissors, and fabric flowers and attached with hot glue


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I then used Colorbox Archival Ink in Frost and go around the edges of the box, flowers, and the chipboard piece.


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Hot glue a Ladies Diary Chipboard Tag down to the flowers.


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 Go back to the inner box, and smear some ink on the pattern tissue- blend in with a paper towel.


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 Now if you cut your 12x12 paper correctly you should have enough for 4- 1.75x8 inch strips to attach to the outside edges of your box. I used my Xyron Creative Station.


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Now place your dresses where you like them and make a small pencil mark.


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Use a tiny dab of hot glue on the screw top and place them on the marks you just made.


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Take 3 small buttons and put a dab of hot glue on the tip- believe it or not this holds pretty good- just keep holding it until the glue sets up.


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For the last step I added a little Ladies Diary Sticker


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Graphic 45 Ladies Diary 12x12 papers

Graphic 45 Kraftboard Matchbook Box 8x8

Graphic 45 Chipboard Tags

Graphic 45 Stickers

7 Gypsies Mini Hangers

Ribbon May Arts

Ink Colorbox Pigment Ink- Frost

Martha Stewart Acrylic Paint Summer Linen

Want2Scrap Bling

Adhesive Xyron

We hope you all had fun exploring the incredible world of craft possibilities with the Graphic 45 pastel color palette! We sure had a great time sharing today's marvelous projects with all of you! Huge thanks to Miranda, Susan and Denise for their beautiful work today! We hope you will all join us tomorrow for more amazing inspiration from our design team! We wish you all a very happy day! Thank you so much for stopping by!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45


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love your new design team...very creative minds...

So much wonderful work. Thanks for all the inspiration.

Wow wow wow wowwwwwwwwwwww! These are all amazing!! But that HOUSE... wow wow wow... that house is GORGEOUS!!

All sooooo beautiful!!!

Such creative projects today. Love Denise's shadow box.

As usual, beautiful projects all around.

I love ALL the G45 projects but the Nutracker house and the little paper dresses projects are some of the best. So clever and such fab designers you have!


Love the shadow box and especially the victorian house, wow!

wow, this is so cute. brings me back to my childhood with paper dolls.

Again, stunning projects. Love them all.

Miranda, there is so much beauty going on with your project I had to look at it 3 different times and I'm sure I have missed something astonishing. Be assured that I will look again. Thank you.

Very fun!

Wow....absolutely awesome!

Just stunning... LOVE LOVE LOVE it.. TFS your wonderful talents with all of us.

Pretties Promised , and Delivered with such style and variety. So many great ideas thanks

What great ideas today!

very nice thanks for showing

Wow guys! Great inspiration. Loving the mixed media piece and the shadow nox with the tiny dresses.

I absolutely love the Nutcracker Sweet house! That is fantastic. All the other projects are great too. Wow! What talent.

What great projects! I love the tutorial also. Thanks for sharing.

Oh wow. Wonderful creative and inspiring projects!! Love Miranda's mixed media project!!

I'm blown away today!

wonderful projects!...thank you all for sharing

You were right...this was a fun visit! Such wonderful projects!

Fantastic inspirational day in Graphic45ville!!! Thank you for the chance to win a great prize package!

Love the Nutcracker Suite house! Very talented ladies today!

Loved today's projects! The sewing theme is super cute!!

I am in love with this.The shadow box is adorable with the lovely dresses and the Victorian house is pure romanc.Wow!

I do not have Facebook but that Nutcracker house is amazing!

WoW1 such gorgeous creations from all the ladies! Love that house and those cute little dresses!

Gorgous creations!! I love the Nutcracker House and the mixed media canvas!! Thanks for sharing your amazing works of art!

WOW-Projects! Thank you for sharing!

Love love love todays projects!!!!

love all the projects today but the shadow box fashion plate is beyond adorable.

wow! every single project is gorgeous! so much talent on the team! :)

Wow! Love them all.

Three more great projects! Visiting this blog is my daily lunch routine.

I love all of the projects. The Christmas House is darling, love love love it. I would love to make a Doll house with all Graphic 45 papers!

So so sweet! love it!

Wow! The house is awesome! I'd love to win so I can make one. TFTC

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