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August 19, 2013

Fun & Easy Gifts With Secret Garden


Hello G45ers,

Get ready to turn those Monday blues into pure sunshine as we bring you some gorgeous ideas for Secret Garden crafts! We have two breathtaking ideas for handmade gifts and cards, including a fabulous tutorial! You'll see Maria Cole's stunning Secret Garden altered gift box and upcycled gift bag. Then Clare Charvill will share a fabulous tutorial for creating an elegant all-occasion card. These cheerful works of art are filled with all the soft colors and elegant designs of Secret Garden. They're guaranteed to make you smile! If you're looking for the perfect gift or a for a fun and easy craft project then today's Graphic 45 blog has everything you need!

Lets begin today's Secret Garden extravaganza with this week's blog contest announcement! We're giving you the chance to win this gorgeous Secret Garden prize pack this week. All you need to do is leave us a blog or Facebook comment for your chance to win a Secret Garden 12x12 paper pad, Stickers, Alphabet Stickers, Tags & Pockets, Flowers, Cling Stamps, Ornate Metal Key Holes, Flower Staples and two Smooch accent inks by Clearsnap. That's a $60 value! Be sure to leave your comments this week for a chance to win. A random winner will be announced on this Friday's blog so stay tuned!


Graphic 45 Secret Garden Prize Contest

We begin today's Secret Garden craft party with these incredible gift ideas by Maria! These elegant handmade crafts are so much fun to make and are sure to brighten the day of a friend or loved one! It's also the perfect idea for a baby shower gift! Here Maria explains her inspiration behind this superb altered Small Matchbook Box with coordinating mini album and upcyled gift bag. They are such joyful little treasures. Take it away, Maria!

"A dear friend of mine is expecting her first baby this summer. We met last year during my Tropical Travelogue class and it’s been a blast seeing her blossom into a new mom. As my friend is a fellow Graphic 45 fan, I wanted to do something special for her baby boy and G45’s small altered matchbook box was just the trick! When I first saw the small matchbook, I couldn’t get over how cute it was—and how much it made me think of a Kleenex box! In fact, a pocket-sized tissue package fits perfectly inside. Hence, the idea to convert it into a tissue holder that can also display baby’s first mini: a little accordion album titled “Bless You Baby." Secret Garden is one of my favorite paper lines for its softness, so it worked perfectly for this project! And because my friend and her hubby went to the University of Washington, I made sure to focus my color palette on Secret Garden’s pretty purple and warm yellow hues. Because I love upcycling, I used the cover of my old Proper Gentleman paper pad as the base for my gift bag. Of course, with the pretty Secret Garden paper that I put all over it, you’d never know! I can’t wait to meet my friend’s little baby. I’m sure there will be many tears of happiness that day, so I made sure to include extra tissue with her gift!" -Maria
















Graphic 45 Paper:

Secret Garden Seed Fairy

Secret Garden Sun Kissed

Secret Garden Meadow Lark

Secret Garden 6 x 6 patterns & solids

Graphic 45 Embellishments:

Secret Garden Banners

Secret Garden Flowers

Secret Garden Tags & Pockets

Secret Garden Stickers

Secret Garden Alphabet Stickers

Secret Garden Chipboard 1

Secret Garden Chipboard 2

Ornate Metal Keys Staples 

Additional Products:

May Arts rope ribbon

Prima mini roses

Tim Holtz Tissue Tape

Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms Die

Next we have another magnificent Secret Garden handmade gift idea. This is Clare's incredible all-occasions card that is just perfect for this sunny season. This is also a fantastic way to use the beautiful Secret Garden Cling Stamps! Follow Clare on her step-by-step tutorial to create this happy card for someone you love! It's so much fun!

"I kept the detail on this card as simple as I could choosing the yellow papers from the Secret Garden patterns and solids 6 x 6 pad for the base and teamed them up with bright daisies cut from the 12 x 12 Beautiful Blooms paper and an art deco themed die." -Clare

Clare Charvill, Graphic 45, card, tutorial, Secret Garden, gift

G45 July  DT Project 1 Pic 6 Clare Charvill

G45 July  DT Project 1 Pic 5 Clare Charvill


6 x 6 Secret Garden Patterns and Solids

12 x 12 Beautiful Blooms – Secret Garden Collection

Cling Stamps Sets 1, 2 & 3

Tacky Glue

Art Glitter

3D Foam Dots

Glossy Accents

Sizzix Die – Ironwork Frame Ref No 657556

Vintage photo Distress Ink

Black Memento Ink

Black card



Start with a card blank 5 ¾” square and cut out the pieces pictured below to work with:

  G45 July DT project 1 Pic 0 Clare Charvill

These are the elements:

Plain yellow Matte 5 ½” square from Secret Garden patterns and solids

Frame cut from Sizzix die

Using the frames that come with the die cut one black and one yellow matte using the larger frame and one yellow matte using the next smallest die

One black card strip ½” wide that fits the length of the smaller black matte 

Two daisy sprays from 12 x 12 

Yellow matte 2” x 1 ¼”


To Assemble

Mount the yellow matte onto the card black using double-sided tape/tacky glue

Then take the black frame and stick  into position on the yellow matte

G45 July DT project 1 Pic 01 Clare Charvill

Stick the black centre cut from the frame back into place and then take the other frame pieces . 

G45 July DT project 1 Pic 1 Clare Charvill

Now take the 1/2'” black strip, score and fold in half lengthways and then use as a hinge to join the larger long yellow matte to the black one of the same size (Black one to the front) to form the flap section for your card.

G45 July DT project 1 Pic 2 Clare Charvill

Then take the script stamp and using brown ink stamp on the lower part of the smaller yellow matte you have left. Then stick it onto the black front of your flap.

Now stick the flap section onto your card.

Take a plain piece of yellow paper and the key hole stamp, black ink and stamp out one key hole. Cut out.  Stick in place with tacky glue, and add two sparkly brads top and bottom or use a little tacky glue covered with glitter to give the effect of fasteners.  Stamp out a butterfly using the same ink, cut out and stick to the top left of the card.  Use a little tacky glue and glitter to highlight the body.  

  G45 July DT project 1 Pic 3 Clare Charvill

Now work on the 2” x 1 ¾” yellow matte , black ink and stamp the daisy sentiment onto it. Put some foam tape on the back of the piece and position on your card.

  G45 July DT project 1 Pic 4 Clare Charvill

Ink the edges of the daisy cut outs, stick one in place  (to the left) as per the picture, and then put foam dots on the second and position over the first before sticking into place.  Highlight the centres of the daisies with different coloured glitter.

  G45 July  DT Project 1 Pic 5 Clare Charvill

I finished the inside of the card off with a cream matte cut from the same pattern and solids paper pad and stamped two butterflies on it with black ink. 

I hope you try out this card – it’s really quite easy to make.

Thank you all so much for joining us for this special Secret Garden celebration here on the Graphic 45 blog. We hope you had fun exploring these fabulous ideas for handmade gifts. We want to thank Maria and Clare for their stunning creations today. We hope you will all come back and see us tomorrow for more blissful ideas and inspiration. We wish you all a very happy, crafty day!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45


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I definitely need to make one of those for all of my pictures from my garden!! I have tons of daisies in my garden!!


Beautiful paper collection and beautiful projects. Thanks for a chance to win!

That is such a beautiful prize. I love it. LOVE it! Please, pretty please, may I win this? Thank you for the chance. Pretty items made with it too, esp. the gift bag.

Wow fabulous projects made with fabulous papers

Beautiful projects. Love those daisies.

such a gorgeous collection, it would be hard to make a bad project--these are all gorgeous! TFS and for a chance to win!

beautiful cards...love the patterns

Oh So Inspiring _ I love seeing these beautiful creations- Thank you Designers!
Thanks G45 for the chance to win this great prize- Love it!

What wonderful projects today! Secret Garden is such a versatile collection, and absolutely beautiful.

Beautiful projects and beautiful paper! Currently working on a mini using Secret Garden... lots of FUN! Thanks for the chance.

I love ♥ , love♥ The Secret Garden ♥
The projects are beautiful!!

I love your secret garden!

As the dog days of summer wane this is a great reminder of all the beauty and fun. Thanks so much

Wonderful projects! And the secret garden is so beautiful collection!

Beautiful projects using the Secret Garden goodies. Love the details and the step by step photos...thanks!

Loving the projects thanks for sharing

Such gorgeous projects with my absolute FAVORITE collection ever! Would love to win this prize pack since I am running low on Secret Garden products! I use them for MANY projects!!!! Thanks for the great tutorials and the chance to win!

Wonderful creations to start Monday off just right! Thanks for the chance to win the Secret Garden package!

Great ideas and I love "secret garden". Of course, if I could I'd have every single line that they put out. lol Your blog always has such amazing projects. Thanks for sharing with us less talented ones.

Beautiful projects ladies. This really is a lovely collection. I have enjoyed using the 8x8 and 6x6 papers but would love to win the rest of the collection. Thanks for the chance to win.

Cheri- John 3:16

Colors are so soft. It's gorgeous! Would love to have it in my collection to craft with.

One can never have too much "Secret Garden" goodies! It is by far my favorite paper collection.

adorable little gift!!

So lovely :) Love Secret Garden. Beautiful paper and projects.

Such gorgeous cards and gifts! Graphic 45 makes everything beautiful.

What super projects, love the colors & the details. Thank you so much for creating and sharing them.
alsmouse ~C8> Ratty Hugs

I would love 2 win this prize pack!!! The Secret Garden is the only collection I have yet to craft with - it's so charming!

Awesome projects! This collection is soo pretty and I just love the colors! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

I love this paper! Is beautiful!!! . Thank you for the chance to win!

Love it.....Love it...Love it...Love it...Love it....

Oooh, pick me!!! What I could create with this beautiful prize pack! The projects are so inspiring as usual.

These projects are beautiful, very delicate, I love this collection is perfect! This award has to be mine, I need this collection in my hands!

so loving these papers and yet more inspirational ideas from the team today. Aleays a pleasure to pop by

I would love to win anything from Graphic 45! I love everything that you have!!!

How beautiful! Would love this set to finish my heritage album I started for my Grandma. She won't be here to see it though, she doesn't have long left. But what a tribute!

All time favorite collection! <3

I love the Secret Garden was my favorite book growing up . ANd you have just wowed it in this kit .Thanks for all the wonderful tutorials you share with us :)

I love this collection, the colors are beautiful.

What a beautiful prize to win! My snailmail friend is waiting on my next project and this would be great.. I adore Graphic45 & the design team!

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