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February 27, 2014

3 Ways to Update your Home Decor with Graphic 45



Good morning G45ers,

Have you been in the mood to update some things, recently? It's the time of year where you've either had lots of snow days or the holidays have slowed down and you finally have time to re-imagine some of those spaces that have been on your to-do list. We have some great items to inspire your space! We have a jaw-dropping altered Botanical Tea coffee grinder from Miranda Edney. Then, a great set of Good ol' Sport altered blocks by Nichola Battilana. To close out the blog, we will share a great chalkboard using French Country by Olga Struk! You will run from your computer to do some sprucing!

First, here's a little reminder of the incredible contest going on this week...and they're some retired collections! That's truly the best part. How fun! All you need to do is comment here on the blog or on our Facebook to win. We'll announce the winner tomorrow, so comment today! Here's another peek at the goodies up for grabs...

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This next Botanical Tea project by Miranda is perfect for a centerpiece, for display, or decor for your next tea party. This is just an amazing piece of altered art. 

"I found this old timey coffee grinder in a thrift shop awhile back. I knew G45 paper was in order, but wasn’t sure which line. Then ….. BEHOLD…. Botanical Tea!  Swoon! I just can’t stop using this one! It very well may be….my favorite line to date! There , I said it :)

Anyways I crackle painted the top rounded bowl grinder. The rest was covered with paper! Add some spanish moss to the top and decorate your nest however you want! I had a start to finish on this, unfortunately the video file was 'corrupted.' If you have any questions , I’d be glad to help :)" -Miranda


Love the way Miranda let some of the coffee grinder still peek through, but covered with strips of paper. What a great shabby chic touch!





Supply List:

Botanical Tea-Botanical Tea
Botanical Tea-Flora
Botanical Tea-Fauna
Botanical Tea-Hello Friend
Graphic 45 Staples
Shabby Chic Door Pull
May Arts Ribbon
Spanish Moss
Resin Frame
Ginas Designs Chipboards
Prima Flowers

Nichola created some great Good ol' Sport altered blocks that would be perfect for a masculine study, a child's bedroom, or a game room! The possiblities are endless!

"Recently I joined a swap exchanging Artist Trading Blocks. These blocks of wood measure 2.5” x 3.5” x 1.5” and are embellished and traded just like ATC’s (artist trading cards). It’s great fun to create these tiny 3 dimentional works of art and I thought it would be a fabulous medium for the Good ol Sport collection. How great would these look in a masculine den or sports lovers room?

A few tips for making your own: The top finials and bottom stands are simply miscellaneous wooden pieces adhered  together. Old wooden knobs and pulls, chess pieces, crafting pieces pieced together until they look just right. Once painted or stained they look as though they are one piece. Add some age to the pieces by grunging them. Sand all of the edges and then staining them with dark brown, watered down acrylic paint. To protect the finished project, coat with a light sealant." ~ Nichola

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Love the distressed look of these great altered blocks. Amazing work!





Materials List:

 Good ol Sport
Number 1 Fan
Cheer On
Play Ball
Game Day
Big Score
Ornate Metal Keys

Wooden Block
Rusty bits and bobs
Wooden Egg Cup

Small Wooden Finial

Miscellaneous old wooden knobs, pulls and pieces
Acrylic paint

There are so many opportunities to find a way to emulate this French Country project by Olga! It only uses a few supplies with AMAZING results! Great for: the kitchen, the study, your mud room to remind the family of their to-dos, and a sweet idea for love notes throughout the house! What room do you need a chalkboard the most?




A new great idea for our Antique Metal Door Pull - a chalk holder! So smart!


What a clever and simple way to show off the chipboard button. Genius!



Chalkboard Memo board Supplies

• French Country French Country 6x6 Patterns & Solids Pad
• French Country Chipboard Die-Cuts #1
• Staples Antique Metal Door Pull

Is there going to be a project you try after seeing these today? Tell us below in the comments - we can't wait to see how you update your home with some fresh and handmade projects!

Happy Papercrafting,

Graphic 45



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Fantastic! What's even better is knowing which artist did it just from the pic!

these altered boxes are great, can not wait to have this collection in my hands, it is slated to be delivered Tomorrow

Amazing projects, as usual! I love your blog and all the wonderful things your DT comes up with.

Great ideas! Love the blocks. I'm working on some ideas for home decor with botanical tea. G45 this is a great release!

Love the vintage papers - have so many ideas for them.

Love the artists trading blocks. What a great idea for a vintage look room.

Oh My Gosh!!! All Three creations/pieces of art are Incredible!!! No favourite, every one is a Stand Out Winner!! I want to be able to do projects such as these, you must all be so proud! Add to that my fave collections in the giveaway?? Thank you :)))

Amazing!! All of these projects are beautiful in their own way. I have to say, my favorite is the altered coffee grinder - just so sweet and springy. Can it still grind coffee though???

All of the projects today are beautiful, love the coffee grinder how creative!!! Those blocks so cute for a boys room. The msg. area is unique. Thanks for sharing.

Love the new projects

Love them all, but especially Nichola's altered ATC blocks!

Fabulous projects - especially the chalkboard - what a great idea!

The spring chest is beautiful. Makes me believe that spring will get here eventually. The door hanger is cute. Love the way it can be changed for the occasions. All of the projects are great.

'Wonderful projects! I especially love the coffee grinder.

Another G45 Home Run! get it? And as always, Olga does not disappoint!

Beautiful projects! I really love all of the details in the centerpiece.

LOVE all the details on the coffee grinder. What a great conversation piece to have made from an old grinder! Love the paper used the "Bo tanical Tea" Beautiful work of Art.

What a lovely collection! All of your collections are so awesome!!

I'm always amazed at the creativity showcased on your blog! Thanks for the inspiration!

I cannot wait to see new mail from G45, you never know what you will see next. Never a let down that's for sure!

You guys have such great designers. I just love seeing all of the beautiful stuff the make with truly such wonderful paper. Keep up the great work everyone! I love seeing what you all create next!

Love the chalk boards.

I like altered stuffs and the chalkboard is such a great idea. Never knew we can use the chipboard buttons in such a manner.

I simply cannot WAIT for the new lines to be released! Especially Good Old Sport. I have photos of my grandfather playing football in 1928, and of my grandmother during the same time period. She was his biggest fan!
What a treat to have this new line to be able to create a home decor piece that I can display with pride!
And who wouldn't love to win those hard to find classic paper lines? You guys are so great to do this!❤️❤️❤️

Amazing great ideas today, and the chance to win some retired collection stuff -- does the day get any better!

The coffee grinder is a cute idea! Great projects to get us in the mood for creating!

Such creative minds out there in the crafting world. I love the projects using the "Good Ol Sport" collection. This would make a great decoration on a desk top or shelf.

The constant inspiration provided on your blog and on Facebook is amazing. It gives so many ideas on how to use these great G$% products - Thank You!

Opps humble apologies not G$% but G45!!! Senior moment happening there!

Great projects. Very creative and lots of inspiration. Thanks!

Why is it that I love EVERY Graphic 45 project that I see?

Incredible projects using gorgeous paper collections. You have a very talented design team. Well done G45. I hope I will be lucky enough to win your giveaway.

Every thing again today is just amazing, and I just want to make it all. Oh well I want that every day, so you see, I have a problem, cause there´s no way Ihave enough time in the week not to menation to be able to afford to make it all, but boy I would love to, and a girl can dream, can´t she`he he he.
I love it all and I really wish, I could make everything, but just to have all the papers sent here, would cost me a fortune, so unfortunately that´s not possible.
Stunning work as always ladies. I hope, you´re all getting the most fantastic week-end ahead here now and lots of new fun with this awesome paper.

Gorgeous projects today, I especially love the coffee grinder, I would never have thought to do that !!!! that is why you are the Design Team and I am just a mere 'mortal' haha. Gorgeous projects !!

Botanical tea has just become my new favorite, what a gorgeous project! Would love to win the "oldies but goodies" package!

I love your new paper collections. Can't wait to start creating with them. Thanks for all the inspiration.

This would certainly be a wonderful package to win. Lots of fun things can transpire from the great products you are giving away. Oh, to be picked... That would make my week so much brighter.

I would love to win this vintage collection. I missed it first time round because I have only become a fan of g45 in the last year. Please make my day and let me win.

Wow these pieces are just awesome

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