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January 14, 2014

DIY Handmade Ideas For Pretty Pastels


Hello G45ers,

Winter may be in full swing but we're keeping warm with today's bright and cheerful Graphic 45 blog! We're going to show you some gorgeous ideas for pretty pastel crafts! The Graphic 45 pastel color pallet is guaranteed to warm your heart! Today we're going to share an amazing Sweet Sentiments carousel by Alberto Juarez. Then Susan Lui will show you how to create an adorable altered cheeseboard that features our Secret Garden collection! She has made a fun and easy tutorial that you're sure to love! Lets get out of the cold and into the sunshine with Sweet Sentiments and Secret Garden!

We begin by giving a quick shout out 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, then check out the Graphic 45 Facebook page! Here is a gorgeous Couture altered box, filled with beautiful handmade tags and cards by Tati Scrap. She recently uploaded this stylish work of art to our Facebook page and we absolutely love it!  We encourage you all to check out the Graphic 45 Facbeook page for fun and fabulous inspiration!

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Graphic 45 Couture altered box, card, tag, Tati Scrap Facebook


And now it's time for some pretty pastel inspiration! Lets begin with this incredible Sweet Sentiments carousel by Alberto. The beautiful pastel colors in Sweet Sentiments are instantly heartwarming and inspiring! You can really let your imagination take flight! Alberto's gorgeous creation definitely captures the whimsical spirit of Sweet Sentiments! This amazing carousel is also accompanied by two pretty altered boxes! The coordinating Chipboard Die-Cuts and Tags & Pockets only add to the elegance of these darling creations! Just imagine what an amazing handmade gift this would be! Get inspired to create your own exquisite creation with Sweet Sentiments!










Sweet Sentiments 12x12 paper pad

Sweet Sentiments Chipboard

Sweet Sentiments Tags & Pockets


Next we have a fun and beautiful piece of altered art by Susan Lui! This dazzling altered cheeseboard is just perfect for a handmade gift idea or stylish piece of home decor! Susan used our joyful collection, Secret Garden, to create this adorable work of art! Follow along with her fun and easy tutorial to create this darling craft for yourself or someone you love! Let the joy of the Graphic 45 color pallet lift your spirits and enliven your imagination! Take it away, Susan!

"I altered this cheeseboard and incorporated a photograph, turning it into a lovely little piece of home décor. What’s great about this project is I used just two pieces of 12x12 Graphic 45 Secret Garden patterned paper and some embellishments to create it and you can finish the altered art in under 60 minutes. Great for a quick yet pretty gift. Sound good? Read on for the tutorial." -Susan

Secret-Garden-Altered-Cheeseboard-Graphic-45-Susan-Lui-gift, altered art, dog, tutorial





1. What you’ll need:

Wooden cheeseboard

Graphic 45 Secret Garden collection – Secret Garden, Beautiful Blooms

Graphic 45 Secret Garden Chipboard 1

Some flowers and leaves



2. Cover your wooden cheeseboard with the Secret Garden patterned paper.


3.  Cut out some flowers from the patterned papers and attach to the cheeseboard as shown. Silhouette cut a photograph and adhere to the bottom of the cheeseboard.


3. Glue a sprig of flowers on to the left of the cheeseboard. Cut out the fence from the patterned paper and adhere using 3D foam dots. Place the photograph so it looks like the subject is standing behind the fence.


4.  Attach more flowers and the Secret Garden chipboard button to the bottom left of the cheeseboard. I tied some twine to the chipboard button. Cut out some birds and butterflies from the patterned papers and adhere to the cheeseboard. Done!



Here's one more special treat for you, G45ers! We wanted to share some more fun photos from our incredible adventures at CHA Winter in Anaheim, California! Here are our amazing raffle winners from yesterday's giveaway! So many happy faces! Treasured Memories was our big winner today.

Graphic 45 CHA Winter 2014

Here is Sunday's big raffle winner- Big Mouth Scrappers! Love these stylish ladies!

Graphic 45 CHA Winter 2014

We celebrated By the Sea yesterday at Booth 433!

Graphic 45 CHA Winter 2014 By the Sea

Graphic 45 CHA Winter 2014 By the Sea


That's all for today, G45ers! We hope today's blog helped warm your heart! We've got more fun and inspiration in store for you on tomorrow's blog. We hope you'll come back and see us. Big thanks to Alberto and Susan for their magnificent creations today. We had so much for sharing their amazing crafts with all of you! We want to wish you all a very happy, crafty day!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45


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I'm already making that carousel in my head. So cute

Oh so pretty. What a fan idea with the cheeseboard!

Beautiful artwork! Love the CHA photos!


I love the Sweet Sentiments collection - so perfect for fussy cutting! Thank you for the great tutorial! Wishing you a happy day!


Barbara Diane

Love Sweet Sentiments. Making some cards with it.

The inspiration today is fabulous. I especially like the altered box. And I enjoy seeing pictures from CHA and your booth.

Beautiful projects. Wonderful fun photos from CHA!!

Amazing projects!!!

Love the cheese board! Glad you are having fun at CHA!!

The carousel is outstanding. Beautiful details and colors.

Beautiful collection thank you so much for sharing these intricate creations

Awesome projects today! Thanks so much for sharing those pictures of CHA! hope I can go one day to see your amazing booth!

So many wonderful ideas, I'm now looking for a wooden butter pat to decorate. Hugs Suzi x

Todays' altered Couture box would be a perfect addition to a redecorated powder room for guest soaps and gift tags.

The altered box, carousel and cheeseboard are gorgeous. The g45 blog is always so inspiring. Thanks for sharing the pictures of CHA. Have a great day.

Beautiful gazebo-style project. The paddle is very cute. Love the dogs.

Love the carousel! Great projects all around!

Fantastic projects, as always!

Love the new lines and the cute CHA photos!

Love the cheeseboard and the CHA pics are awesome!! Do you think Alberto would be my craft husband! He is absolutely gorgeous and his creations are delicious!!! I love everything he makes!!! TFS!

Happy crafty day back at ya! Such great inspiration on our blog today! Thanks!

Wow I do not even know where to begin...... The new papers are AMAZING! I love the look of all of them. These projects are so very wonderful! They make me want to spend forever in my craft room~ Thank you to all the talented people who shared there great projects.

Wonderful projects today... love the altered couture box!

Beautiful projects and it looks like a lot of fun is going on at CHA! Wish I were there!

What lovely projects-can't wait to get at those new papers!

Love the projects today, especially the album by Alberto-beautiful.

Alberto & Susan, wonderful projects. I love all of the inspiration with beautiful graphic 45 papers. Thank you so much for creating and sharing them.

Great altered projects - especially love the box with cards and rags! Fun CHA pics!

..hoping for a couture kit... I want to start scrappin right away..

So excited about By the Sea. Love the project in this blog - fab! Thanks, Graphic 45!

That carousel is fabulous! Instructions/template PLEASE!!!

The Sweet Sentiments carousel is too cute!

Oh so cute, pretty and fun projects! Love the Carousel ! All the displays were so amazing ( as usual)... love how the talent is showcased . Fantastic job ladies !

Great creations!!! Love the little doggies on the cheeseboard...OMG...too darn cute!!!

Such lovelies today! I would love to win your gorgeous collection!

So many beautiful projects! I wish I could be there in person to see them all up close.

You know, I don't really think it's possible to make an unattractive project with G45 papers. :)

Great projects again today - so inspirational! Amazing!

Gorgeous projects! Would love to win your wonderful collection!

The carousel is beautiful. I wish mother was still here. I'd have made that for her. She would have been so thrilled.

haha, the altered cheeseboard is so cute!

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