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September 13, 2013

Matchbook Boxes For Holidays & More!


Hello G45ers,

The holidays aren't that far away and we're already dreaming of lovely holiday home decor ideas! Today we're going to share some amazing ideas for decorating with our fabulous 8x8 Matchbook Boxes! Today's festive crafts include a whimsical Steampunk Spells Matchbook Box by Miranda Edney and a fabulous 12 Days of Christmas Matchbook Box by Annette Green! There's even a fun tutorial that Annette created to show you how to make your own holiday-inspired altered box! Today's post is filled with so much holiday cheer! We're going to have so much fun!

Lets begin by announcing this week's blog prize winner! Chosen at random from this week's Facebook comments, the winner is...

-Mary Roccanti Meckling: "Ooh, another chance to win some great G45 products! I'm in...I'm in!!"

Congratulations, Mary! Please email us with your shipping address at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize! Here is the fun Place in Time prize that Mary won this week! We have a new contest every week here on the Graphic 45 blog. There's always a chance to win something wonderful! Stay tuned to our blog for another opportunity to win more wonderful Graphic 45 products!

Graphic 45 Place in time prize contest

And now it's craft time! We begin with this awe-inspiring altered 8x8 Matchbook Box by Miranda. This is such an incredible way to craft for Halloween with Steampunk Spells. Altered Matchbook Boxes are the perfect way to get creative with home decor! You can add so much holiday cheer to your home and have fun at the same time! Miranda added lots of fun fussy cut elements, cardstock embellishments and Metal Staples to this sweet creation. She definitely captured the fun spirit of Steampunk Spells! Here is what Miranda had to say about this breathtaking piece of home decor!


"I can’t say enough how much I LOVE this paper line! I was thrilled to be able to create this piece for CHA! It took me a few days , but I just love how it came out! I found this mask in my stash and thought it had to go with it! It is quite easy to cover these with paper, as long as you emboss the paper first. I did a ton of fussy cutting and adding “dimensionals” The inside part has a ton of layers. The hot air balloon was so easy to do, all you need is the shape to start with! I made the little train using chipboard with the stamped metal brads as the wheels. To form the tracks, I cut little pieces of chipboard and covered them with paper. The metal rails are all the ornate metal keys. I just cut the tops of the keys off to achieve the look i wanted. 32 keys in all hehe! Hope you like it!" -Miranda











Steampunk Spells- Steampunk Spells

Steampunk Spells- Fanciful Floral

Steampunk Spells- Nevermore

Steampunk Spells- Tick Tock

Steampunk Spells- Pumpkin Power

Steampunk Spells- Frightful Folly

Steampunk Spells- Beware

Steampunk Spells- Vintage Voyage

Steampunk Spells  Chipboard 1

Steampunk Spells Chipboard 2

Steampunk Spells Banners

Graphic 45 Metal Staples:

8x8 Matchbook Box

Ornate Metal Keys

Stamped Metal Brads

Ornate Metal Label Holder

Paper Mache Mask

Petaloo Flowers



And now we've got some fabulous inspiration featuring our new 12 Days of Christmas collection! This gorgeous creation features some fun techniques for creating a snowy effect in your holiday crafts. Want to know how it was made? Follow along with Annette's wonderful tutorial to create this enchanting 8x8 Matchbook Box! It's guaranteed to add stunning vintage-inspired charm to your holiday home decor! Take it away, Annette!

Even though I live in warm, sunny Florida I still wish for a snowy wintery season at times. The 8 x 8 matchbox made for a wonderful display for my snowy dreams. White frosted trees, snowflakes, sparkly baubles and tinsel with a white-wash of paint overall creates a perfect frosty scene to display in my home during the holidays.


12 Days of Christmas 8x8 Matchbook Box holiday tutorial Annette Green home decor




G45 8 x 8 inch Matchbox

G45 12 x 12 inch  12 Days of Christmas papers

G45 Ornate Metal Drawer Pull

White Gesso

Red Gesso

Glue Tinsel



Pearl Baubles

Snowflake Dies

Ornate Metal Box Feet

White Miniature Trees

Picket Fence Distress Paint

Perfect Pearls Spray




I began by painting the matchbox with White Gesso. You don’t have to paint the entire box, just the places where the paper won’t cover the box.



Cut “Ladies Dancing” paper 8 x 8 inches out of the center of the 12 x 12 sheet to line the inside of the box. Spread a thin coat of watered-down white acrylic paint across the surface, then spray with Perfect Pearls and let dry.



Use the outer frame from the paper you cut above and cut four pieces at 1 ½ x 8 ¼ inches. Miter the corners. Whitewash the paper and spray with Perfect Pearls.



Adhere papers to inner box and front of outer box. Also cut papers for sides and top of outer box and do the same white-wash treatment, then adhere. Adorn the frame of the box’s opening with a red/white strip cut from the Joyeux Noel sheet and miter the corners, then adhere.



Add tinsel around front of box and adorn the display with snowflake cuts, white trees, baubles and boxed feet. (The metal feet and the drawer pull were painted with gesso to coordinate with display colors.)



Light blue buttons with red twine clustered on top.



Large die-cut snowflake covered with Ladies Dancing paper and sprayed with Perfect Pearls, then layered with a snowflake rosette and vintage style button. Baubles dangle from thick wire suspended from the inner lid of the box.



Die-cut doily with layered snowflake rosette and vintage style button. Metal box foot painted with white gesso, then brushed with a light blue paint and sprayed with Perfect Pearls.



Light blue button cluster with red twine. Red velvet ribbon runs all around the box.



Metal label holder painted with red gesso, then rubbed away to distress. the word Joyeux was cut from a strip in the Joyeux Noel sheet and adhered behind the drawer pull’s opening.



Blue tinsel added around the perimeter was adhered with strong thick glue that dries clear. A hot-glue gun could also be used.



Small snowflake die-cuts are adhered in the background inside the box, popped up with foam tape to help them stand out more.




It's time for a very special Graphic 45 birthday announcement! We wanted to take a moment to wish a very happy birthday to the amazing Diane Schultz, CEO and Designer for Grpahic 45. Diane's birthday is tomorrow and we hope she has an incredible day! 


Baby diane-1

Destined to make a substantial mark on the world

The life path of people born on September 14th is to learn to be more sensitive to the needs or feelings of others. Once they have found a way of influencing others without giving offence, their destiny is to make a truly original and substantial mark on the world.

This statement couldn't be more true for our fearless leader, Diane Schultz.  As many of you know, Diane is the heart and soul behind Graphic 45.  When starting G45, Diane set out to bring a sophisticated and elegant product line to be used without any limitations, birthing our motto: "Unique Papercrafting."  All of us here would like to invite you to join us to wish Diane a Happy Birthday.  Happy birthday to a brilliant artist, a loving mother and 'Grammy', and a caring and compassionate friend!



In honor of Diane's birthday, Clare Charvill of our design team has created this very beautiful and special Typography birthday card! Wow, what a treasure!


Happy Birthday Diane Pic 1 - Clare Charvill, Graphic 45, Typography


Happy Birthday Diane Pic 2 - Clare Charvill G45 DT 2013


Happy Birthday Diane Pic 3 - Clare Charvill G45 DT 2013


Happy Birthday Diane Pic 4 - Clare Charvill G45 DT 2013




Alphabet Stickers from French Country and Bird Song 
Staples black trim
Petaloo Black Flower
Ginadesigns cog doily
Xyron glue dots and tape 
Spellbinders Labels 10
Black Card
Cream card 
Adirondak Red Pepper Ink
Vintage photo distress ink


Wasn't that fun, G45ers?! We just love birthdays! We will be bringing you lots of holiday inspiration and cheer as this festive season approaches. Huge thanks to Miranda, Annette and Clare for their splendid work today. We also want to thank all of you G45ers for joining us. It is always such a joy for us to share the inspiration with you on our blog! Come on back and see us tomorrow for more craft inspiration and prize winner announcements! We wish you all a very happy day!


With Love and Pretty Paper,


Your Friends at Graphic 45


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These match boxes are so much fun!!!! Very fun and exciting projects again today! Thanks g45!

wow two of my favorite people posting....and a fabulous amazing job they did....what beauties!!!

thanks for sharing, hugs
Peggy Lee

HUGE HAPPY BIRTHDAY Diane!!!!!! I hope your day is filled with joy and happiness!!!!

I loveeeeeeee all today's projects!! They are absolutely gorgeous!!

Love the Christmas one.

Happy Birthday Diane!!!!! blessings

Love today's projects!! Happy Birthday Diane!! Hope you have the best one ever!!

Happy Birthday Diane!
Love love looooove the match boxes!!!

Happy Birthday Diane!
Pretty projects today as always. Love Annette's shadowbox.

happy birthday. love the shadowbox.

Happy Birthday Diane!

Love the matchbook shadow boxes. Have a great weekend all.

Absolutely beautiful matchbook boxes by Miranda and Annette - you ladies are so amazing!! And a BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Diane, our fearless leader!! I hope you have an amazing day, dear lady!!!

Totally adorable projects, really like that paper! Happy Birthday Diane and congratulations Mary.
Love Graphic 45!

Happy Birthday Diane. Thank you for what you have done for our paper crafting! Don't know what we would do without Graphic45.

Happy Birthday Diane!

Happy Birthday, Diane!!! Love your work.

Adding my wishes for a very happy birthday to Diane! Love that baby picture, soooo cute!!! Judy D.

Happy Birthday Diane!! I hope your day is fabulous!! :)

Happy Birthday Diane I hope you have a day that is as fabulous as you are!!

I love your Christmas box Annette it is absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for the inspiration and the tutorial!

Happy Birthday, Diane...you have brought so much joy and loveliness into this world and you have blessed my life with your amazing artistic vision!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DIANE! Have an inspirational day! And I love Annette's Christmas box! Just gorgeous!

these boxes are amazing, and so beautiful!

Happy Birthday Diane. Thank you for sharing all these wonderful goodies with us! I hope your day is wonderful.

Happy Birthday Diane. We are so blessed to have you in this world. What a fantastic company and product line you have dreamed up. We love you!

Miranda Endy you so rock <3 Happy birthday Diane <3

The best of Birthday wishes to you, Diane with a huge thank you for brining us the best in paper crafting. Clare's dard to you is a wonderful tribute. Annette's box is inspirong me to make a box for each season and rotate the boxes each season.

What a great way to end another week of beautiful inspiring designs. Happy Birthday, Diane. May you enjoy a birthday filled with lots of love & laughter.

Happy Birthday! Fantastic projects today. I can always pick out a project by Miranda and yet she continues to grow and innovate. Great job!

Happy Birthday Diane! Best wishes for a wonder-filled year!

Sending birthday wishes and hugs Diane's way. You created a wonderful community with your G45 products! Thank you for your vision.

Gorgeous projects!! Love the hot-air balloon in the first one and the lovely snowy scene in the second.

Happy BD, Diane. Thanks for all the ways you inspire us.
<3 J

Dear Dianne...May all your dreams and wishes come true, today and always... thankyou for what you do :) HAPPY BIRTHDAY .. Karen Shady xx

Happy Birthday Diane, Thank You for bringing us these fabulous creations and inspirations xx

Happy Birthday, Diane! The beauty of your spirit infuses everything you do. May your whole year be blessed!

I love these matchbox projects!!! So beautiful...so much fun!!!

Wow! I love Matchbook Boxes.

Ohhh, the altered Christmas box is so lovely! I want to make one just like it!

Happy Birthday Diane!!! The altered matchboxes are wonderful!! Love the Steampunk Spells one!!

These projects are go great and creative.

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