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August 15, 2013

Homespun Ideas For Home Decor & Cards


Hello G45ers,

Welcome to our celebration of gorgeous homespun crafts featuring our marvelous French Country collection! Today we're going to share some beautiful and unique ideas that are sure to inspire you! You'll see a stunning altered frame by Annette Green, along with a fun video tour. Then Romy Veul will share a magnificent French Country birthday card and tutorial! You'll see a splendid variety of ideas for crafting with this elegant collection! It's going to be a wonderful day!

Don't forget that today's is the last day to enter to win this week's blog prize! We are giving away a Steampunk Spells 8x8 and 6x6 paper pad, Stickers, Chipboard Die-Cuts 1, cardstock Tags & Pockets, Banners and Antique Metal Door Pull Staples! That's a $44 value! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment this today for your chance to win! A random winner will be chosen and announced on tomorrow's blog so stay tuned!

Steampunk Spells contest Grpahic 45

We begin with Annette's amazing French Country frame. This breathtaking piece of home decor also includes a notepad, schedule organizer, pencil cup and more! It's a fantastic way to add color and style to any room while also helping you stay organized! This is the perfect craft creation for a teen or college student! It's also a great ideas for a gift for back to school time! Here Annette explains her inspiration behind this fabulous piece! Enjoy her wonderful video tour where she details all the unique and beautiful features of this magnificent creation!

"With a teenage daughter in the house, home decor items for her room have gotten much more sophisticated. She recently updated her bedroom from the childhood pinks and purples to warm browns and tans with accents of red and black, so French Country was the perfect fit. And since she’s getting ready to go back to school soon, I thought this frame would serve nicely as a decorative yet functional piece to hang on her wall by her desk." -Annette

Video Tour:













Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Door Plate & Knob

Graphic 45 Antique Metal Keyhole

Graphic 45 Antique Metal Door Pull

French Country Chipboard 1 and 2

French Country Cardstock Flowers

French Country Cardstock Stickers

French Country 12 x 12 Paper Collection

French Country 6 x 6 Patterns & Solids  


Wooden box, spools and letter J

Cork tile, 6 x 6

Mini chalkboard




Next we have another gorgeous French Country creation. Behold Romy's lovely birthday card and fun tutorial! This sweet card displays lavish paper layers, fussy cut elements and cute embellishments! It's fun and easy to make and it's the perfect way to show that you care! Handmade cards are great for any occasion! Brighten the day of someone you love by creating a dazzling French Country card! The elegant designs and vivid colors are just perfect for pretty cards! Follow along with Romy's step-by-step tutorial to create this card for someone you love! Take it away, Romy!


French Country card Birthday Romy Veul Graphic 45




Graphic 45 French Country 8x8 Pads

1 sheet Graphic 45 French Country Bon Appetit

1 sheet Graphic 45 French Country

Graphic 45 French Country Tags & Pockets

Graphic 45 Place in Time 8x8 Pads

Graphic 45 Stamped Metal Brads




Tim Holtz Distress Ink ‘Walnut Stain’


Paper trimmer

Tim Holtz Postage Stamp Frame Die

Martha Stewart Doily Lace Punch



1. Use the Tim Holtz Postage Stamp Die to make the background from the black sheet out of the French Country 8x8” pad.

Happy Birthday  - step 1

2. Cut two rectangles from two different red papers from the French Country 8x8” pad. Cut them a little smaller than the postage stamp background and attach them to the card base. Ink the edges of the papers to make them stand out more.

Happy Birthday - step 2

3. Punch alongside the edges of a green sheet of paper from the 8x8” paper pad. Attach these borders on the left and right side of the card. Also cut out the Bonjour card from the “Bon Appetit” sheet and glue it down in the middle of the card.

Happy Birthday - step 3

4. Take one of the die-cuts from the “French Country Tags & Pocket” package. Ink the edges of the die-cut and attach it to the card using foamtape.

Happy Birthday - step 4

5. Cut out two sunflowers from the “French Country” sheet. Use foamtape to attach them on the left side of the card.

Happy Birthday - step 5

6. Cut out two more sunflowers from the “Sunflower” sheet out of the French Country 8x8” pad. Attach them on top of the other sunflowers with foamtape. Attach a “Staples Stamped Brad” to the centers of both sunflowers.

Happy Birthday - step 6

7. Further decorate the card with a piece of twine and two fussy cut butterflies. Also adhere pearls in the centers of the butterflies. To finish off the card, cut out a sentiment from the Place in Time 8x8” pad and glue it down on the right side of the card.

Happy Birthday - step 7

Wasn't that fun, G45ers? We wanted to make one quick announcement about a very special Graphic 45 event! We are so excited to be heading to Belgium October 25th-27th for the Scraptastic Event!  Diane and Charee will be teaching five beautiful, technique-driven workshops for this amazing event! If you are in Belgium or plan on traveling there and you want to attend this event you can sign up now!  


Also link to our FB page:


Scraptastic Graphic 45 Event

Charee and Diane


We had so much fun getting to share today's amazing French Country projects with you! We hope you got inspired to create your own special French Country treasures! Big thanks to Annette and Romy for their beautiful work today! Don't foget to leave us a blog or Facebook comment today for your chance to win this week's blog prize! We will announce a winner tomorrow along with more breathtaking craft inspiration! We wish you all a very happy day! Thank you so much for joining us!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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OMG, this is a wonderful, inspiring project!! I want to make one as a memo board for my family now!!!
Thanks for sharing this!!!

Love these projects and what I wouldn't give to attend scraptastic!

Love, love, LOVE the sunflower card! Thanks for the how-to.

Love todays projects the card is beautiful and I will be making it. I love g45!!

Love the card.

Love the projects! who would not be excited to get that card! Thanks for sharing your ideas!

Always marvelous creations! LOVE these projects, French Country, and G45!!

Everyday I comment on your blog and I hope you'll pick me. I'm a super huge fan and I love all your papers. Thanks so much for the great projects DT they are lovely. -Amy

Wow!! LOVING the Inspiration!! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing and have a Fabulous Week!! ;)

I just love this blog!!!

Love the message board!

Wow....the wall decor is just stunning...so many inspiring ideas there! And the card is really beautiful, too. Great day!

Thanks for the tutorial on the lovely birthday card! I am actually going to try and make one. Your blog never fails to inspire me.

Wonderful projects! When ever I have a project to do I always go to my Graphic 45 drawer! Thank you so much for the chance to win some goodies!

Wow, that frame is very creative! Maybe I can translate it to Secret Garden or Ladies Diary.

French Country feels like a sunny day. Wonderful projects. Thanks for the inspiration.

..wonderful projects.. hoping to get chosen so I can make one..

Love the frame and the card, so beautiful and creative.

Great projects

I thought my board was cute till I saw yours. Going to have to add more detail to mine.

just wonderful ways to learn to work with the papers and elements from these pics I love your site so much.. only one out there that teaches you really good methods and most creative ideas on the planet.

wonderful projects!

What a great Idea!

Love that message board! Great idea for the next season upon us... literally around the corner! TFS :)

Love todays projects :) as always very inspiring!

I think French Country is favorite Graphic45 paper. Love the colors used for it. All of today's projects are great. Thank you!

I'm new to G45 and I loving this site. That note board is amazing and I will be searching out that paper. Your Steampunk line is amazing as well and I could see projects filling my craft room. I did see the train and other projects as well. You have an amazing team. Thanks for a chance at winning this prize.

Beautiful projects, and great tutorial from Romy.

Wonderful projects! Your blog is my first stop every morning! TFS

Just look at the memo board! Love it. And the birthday card is so sweet!

As usual, everyone made fantastic projects. Romy's birthday card was so cute! Thanks for the tutorial. The office organizer would look great in my scraproom. Hint hint...

As I read the comments, I see everyone is just as addicted to Graphic 45 as me. Nice to know I'm among such great folks! Thanks for the chance to win such an awesome prize package! Happy Thursday!

I love the projects today. Very nice use of the French Country paper.

Beautiful projects! I love French Country, can't get enough of it.

What lovely projects and a fabulous gift package! I love the photo with the G45 door knob and plate.....my favorite embellishment.


Ideas, ideas! Graphic 45, glue, a little this, little that . . . Walla! Gifts all around, keep the ideas coming; in the coming months there are several occasions where gifts will be needed.

It just gets better and better. Graphic 45 had the most beautiful and unusual papers and embellishment of any brand. You will never be disappointed when you buy their products. Thank you Graphic 45.

Yous are the most talented people. i admired the work that you come up with. Juat keep the good work up

awesome projects! would love to win the prize pack and make my own versions!

What great pieces. Just LOVE all the things Annette fit into her organizer :)

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