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September 24, 2013

Graphic 45, Petaloo & Xyron Blog Hop: Day 2


Hello G45ers,

Get ready to fall in love with Autumn-themed crafts as we continue our fun blog hop with Petaloo and Xyron! We're starting off the festive season with lots of grand inspiration for home decor and gift ideas! Today we will share more gorgeous crafts that combine Graphic 45 with Petaloo and Xyron products! It's a match made in craft heaven! We've got breathtaking creations from Rhea Freitag, Denise Johnson and Annette Green of our design team! There's also a fabulous tutorial that Annette created that you're sure to love! So lets get this party started!

Just a reminder about this week's amazing blog contest in celebration of the blog hop! You could win a Steampunk Spells 12x12 paper pad, cardstock Banners, Flowers, Tags & Pockets, Chipboard Die-Cuts, Stickers, Happy Haunting 8x8 paper pad, Ornate Metal Key Holes, a beautiful array of Petaloo flowers and embellishments, and fabulous Xyron adhesive tools! This prize pack is out of this world! Just leave us a blog comment this week for your chance to win! We're also offering prizes on the Graphic 45 Facebook page this week! We will announce this week's winner on Monday, September 30th. Stay tuned to see if you've won!


Petaloo and Xyron are also offering wonderful inspiration and prize giveaways on their blogs this week! Be sure to hop on over to their blogs for fabulous ideas and fun. Be sure to leave them a blog comment while you're there for your chance to win their incredible prizes!





We begin today's inspiration with this unique and beautiful Steampunk Spells box by Rhea. This vintage-inspired treasure is just perfect for bringing charm and sophistication to your fall home decor! You can see how fabulously the Steampunk Spells papers blend with Graphic 45 Metal Staples, Petaloo flowers and Xyron tools. Here Rhea explains how she came up with this gorgeous idea and some of the fun techniques she used to create it. It's just marvelous!

"When it comes to fall décor, I like to layer my pieces.  I create assemblage in every way, even in my decorating style.  Therefore, for this challenge, I chose to make a small piece that I could add to any fall display. In order to cast a warm glow on this small industrial box, I used a lot of copper gilders paste, both on the metal pieces as well as on the paper and edges of the box.  Another way that I added texture was by embossing the Graphic 45 Butterfly with gears. I really like to move quick with my crafting, and since I love assemblage work this is often a challenge.  While using the Xyron Mega Runner, I absolutely fell in love.  I was able to get adhesive right where I wanted it, close to the edge, all while having zero wait time for glue to dry." -Rhea

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Steampunk Spells 12 x 12

Steampunk Spells 6x6 Pattern and Solids

Staples: Keyholes and Key

Staples: Butterfly

Staples: Matchbook Box - Small

Xyron Mega Runner

Distress Ink and Stain: Black Soot

Gilders paste, copper

E6000 adhesive

Petaloo Flowers and Gears

Brass Feet

Ornate Plate and Filigree

Typewriter key

Black Acrylic Paint

Here we have a gorgeous Autumn daily keepsake by Denise. She combined lots of different Graphic 45 collections including Typography, Place in Time, French Country, 12 Days of Christmas and Bird Song to create a one-of-a-kind treasure. This is the perfect way to cherish the colorful days of fall! Here Denise explains how she created this joyful and festive craft to celebrate the season!

"I enjoyed creating this project so much! The Graphic 45 papers are a perfect match for my Autumn decor, Petaloo flowers complete and enhance the feeling of Fall with rich color and texture and the vast variety of Xyron adhesives hold all the different elements in place with ease! You can create this Fall Daily Keepsake to help commemorate and track all your festive, Fall season events and daily happenings AND, (bonus!),  this piece serves as a beautiful, decorative home accent piece as well! The accordion feature allows for an eye-catching display along the mantel, across the center of a table for a one-of-a-kind tablescape or simply fold & set in a basket in the entryway. My plan is to use my keepsake to adorn my mantle, where I will be certain to see it everyday and will remember to add my daily thought, photo, poem, quote, memorabilia, etc. Each page of the accordion book has a pocket feature containing pre-made daily cards, journal inserts or clips.At the end of the season I will have a spectacular keepsake, with layers of memories of my family’s Fall adventures. I put together a quick video, showing each page, in order. I also have full shots of both sides of the accordion fully expanded. I hope you enjoy! Happy Fall!" -Denise










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Graphic 45 Papercrafting Paper from the following collections-

Typography, French Country, 12 Days of Christmas, Steampunk Spells,

Place in Time, Bird Song

Graphic 45 Typography-Chipboard Elements, Cardstock Stickers,

Cardstock Alphabet, Cardstock Tags and Pockets

Graphic 45 French Country- Cardstock Stickers, Cardstock Alphabet

Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells- Cardstock Flowers

Graphic 45 Staples- Alphabet Stickers, Metal Keys, Metal Escutcheon,

Ornate Metal Book Label, Metal Clothespins

Petaloo- Flowers and Ribbon

Xyron- Adhesives

Gina's Designs- Winter Shape Set (bare branch tree)

7 Gypsies- 97% Sticker Set, Damask Flocked Paper

Misc. Supplies- burlap, muslin, old ochre Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, background &

journal line stamps, inks, small leaf punch, large circle punch, bulldog

clip, brads, buttons, baker's twine, file folders, mini manilla envelopes,

vintage bingo card, jute, blank accordion book


Here is another breathtaking craft that's just perfect for fall! It's time to get cozy with this gorgeous centerpiece by Annette! This is the perfect display for Thanksgiving, Halloween or any special occasion this season. You're going to love the fabulous and fun tutorial that Annette has created for this gorgeous project! Enjoy getting in the Autumn spirit with Graphic 45, Petaloo and Xyron! Take it away, Annette!


“Fall is absolutely my favorite time of year not only for the cooler temperatures, but for the warm wonderful colors. The Steampunk Spells collection served perfectly for a Fall themed home decor project. The 6 x 6 Patterns & Solids were ideal for this 3-dimensional candle centerpiece because when die-cutting a leaf that you will see from both sides, for example, you won’t have completely different patterns showing one each side. Instead, the paper has a distinct pattern on one side and a solid coordinating color on the other.” -Annette


















Steampunk SpellsFanciful Floral” 12 x 12 paper

Steampunk Spells 6 x 6 Patterns & Solids paper

Steampunk Spells double-sided cardstock “Flowers”

Place in Time Chipboard Tags 2

Petaloo Dahlias, Autumn

Petaloo Dahlias, Teastaine

Petaloo Crochet Lace F Trim

Xyron High Tack Adhesive Dots

Xyron High Tack Double-sided Tape

Spellbinders “Fall Foliage” Shapeabilities dies


Waxed Twine



Glass jars

Wooden plate stand


Fall picks

1. Start with a wooden plate stand from the craft store.



2. Paint two coats of red acrylic paint. You don’t have to worry about the plate’s center because you will cover it with paper.



3. The inner flat portion of the plate stand measures 8 ½ inches. Cut a 8 ½ inch circle from Steampunk Spells Fanciful Floral 12 x 12 paper (using the back side). I traced a paper plate that was the perfect size. Using Xyron’s High Tack adhesive dots, attach Petaloo flowers around the perimeter. I found that two dots per flower provided the most secure hold.



4. Spray Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls spray over the project and let dry.



5. This bit of shimmer antiqued the piece nicely.



6. Chose three clear jars of various heights and add burlap to them using Xyron’s High Tack Double Sided Tape.



7. You can double the burlap for a tall jar or simply purchase a wider roll of burlap.



8. Adhere Petaloo Crochet Lace Trim around burlap and adorn the jars with layers of both Steampunk Spells double-sided cardstock flowers, die-cut leaves, and Petaloo leaves. Add buttons and waxed twine for added texture and dimension.



9. Assemble the centerpiece with more leaves, fall picks, chipboard tags from Place in Time collection, and ribbon. Do not adhere the jars to the base so you can remove and replace melted candles easily when necessary.



(Important Tip: be mindful of the positioning of paper leaves and flowers that may overhang your candle’s flame so as to avoid a fire hazard.)


Wasn't that fun, G45ers?! We have more inspiration from Graphic 45, Petaloo and Xyron all week long! Be sure to stop by tomorrow to see more gorgeous ideas from our design team! Don't forget to hop on over to the blogs for Petaloo and Xyron to see their incredible crafts today! Leave a comment while you're there for your chance to win their fabulous prize giveaway this week. Big thanks to Rhea, Denise and Annette for their superb work today. We sure enjoyed getting to share today's crafts with all of you. We wish you all a fabulous day. Thank you again for stopping by!


With Love and Pretty Paper,


Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Amazing projects, absolutely gorgeous!

Such impressive Fall projects!!!! Fabulous team up this week!

Oh my, such incredible talent, and the prettiest collection of paper & embellies!!! I would love to make the candle set, Annette it is amazing!! You ladies are so talented!!! Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful collection!

Love all!! Thanks for the inspiration

Wonderful projects! Thanks for sharing!

OH Mother Goose! Such amazing projects today! I especially love the cake plate! What a great way to display a cake for fall get togethers!!
This prize package is A W E S O M E and I would love to be a lucky winner! Fingers crossed!

Love the box!!! Candle center pieces are superb!

Love all the cute fall projects, lots of inspiration overhere!!

I loved the accordion album - what a great project to display on a mantel!

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