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February 06, 2014

Discover Color With Couture & Good Ol' Sport


Hello G45ers,

Get ready for a joyful dose of color and inspiration as we share some gorgeous craft ideas featuring our collections Couture and Good Ol' Sport! Today's projects highlight the incredible saturated color pallet of these dazzling new collections. We're going to share a fabulous altered hat and tie rack by Annette Green that features Good Ol' Sport! Then we will share an adorable handmade Couture purse and fun tutorial by Maria Cole! Both of these projects are amazing ideas for heartfelt handmade gifts or stylish home decor! They're sure to bring some cheer to your day!

Just a quick reminder about this week's blog contest! You could win a Secret Garden 12x12 paper pad, Stickers, Alphabet Stickers, Sweet Sentiments 8x8 paper pad, Tags & Pockets, Chipboard Die-Cut, Ornate Metal Key Holes and Metal Butterfly Staples! That's a $61 value! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment for your chance to win. A random winner will be announced on this tomorrow's blog! Stay tuned!


We begin with this incredible altered hat and tie rack by Annette. This amazing creation features our masculine new collection, Good Ol' Sport. This is a great idea for a handmade Valentine's Day gift! There are so many ways to create endearing works of art with Good Ol' Sport! Let the richly saturated colors and fun-loving images inspire you to create the perfect gift for someone you love! You can find inexpensive items like this one at many thrift stores and consignment shops. It's easy to give ordinary objects new life with Good Ol' Sport!





Graphic 45 12 x 12 Good Ol’ Sport paper collection:

    Big Score        #4500854

    Number 1 Fan        #4500861

Graphic 45 Staples Ornate Metal Drawer Pulls (2)


Wood plaque

Black acrylic paint

3 decorative knobs, craft store

Mod Podge for gluing and sealing

E6000 glue for adhering metal pieces


Next up is Maria's amazing Couture purse and tutorial! The vibrant colors of Couture come to life in this perfectly stylish creation! This elegant craft would also make a wonderful handmade gift for someone special in your life! Want to know how it was made? Follow along with Maria's fabulous tutorial to create this special treasure for yourself or someone you love! Take it away, Maria!

"This little purse is an extra project I made for the CHA Mega Show. I used Graphic 45’s fabulous Couture 6” x 6” patterns and solids to make this fun little purse! It can easily fit a lipstick tube or necklace inside. I don’t reach for my patterns and solids pads as much as I should, so I wanted to use them for this project. Stripes are perhaps my favorite pattern, and I love how the 6” x 6” pad has a deep coral stripe pattern! I used this as the base for my purse, then decorated with a little fussycutting and matching Graphic 45 flowers." -Maria







12” x 12” Graphic 45 Couture Chic

6” x 6” Graphic 45 Patterns & Solids Pad

Graphic 45 Couture Flowers

Graphic 45 Couture Chipboard 1

Graphic 45 Couture Chipboard 2

Tim Holtz Idea-Ology ball & chain

Old earring




Step 1. From your 6x6 pad, take out (2) pieces of red stripe paper. From these papers, cut out (2) 4” circles and score each one 1” from the bottom and fold.


Step 2. Take a black pattern paper and cut off a 3” x 6” piece. Use your Scor-pal to score the top, bottom, and sides at 1.25”.


 Step 3. Flip black pattern piece over. Make cuts along the folds on the top and bottom of the paper. Fold paper to create a rectangular box.


Step 4. Glue one side of the box to the back of one of the red stripe circles. Repeat for the other side. Let your glue dry, then pinch and adhere just the top of the circles together.


Step 5.  Take a solid red paper out and cut (2) 3” x 3” pieces. Punch a large circle into each piece.  Cut off the top inch on both pieces of paper to create “handles”. Adhere handles to the top of the front and back of your purse.


Step 6. Fussy cut the following image from your 12” x 12” Chic paper. Then grab some Couture flowers, an old earring, and chipboard pieces.


Step 7. Adhere chipboard, flowers, and fussy cut image to the front of your purse.


Step 8. Adhere chipboard to the back. Take an 11” long piece of chain and string through purse. Optional: Take one of your scraps and wrap around your chain.



We hope you all had a lot of fun on today's extra special Graphic 45 blog. We want to thank Annette and Maria for their spectacular work today. Don't forget to leave us a blog or Facebook comment today for your chance to win that amazing Sweet Sentiments and Secret Garden prize pack. We will announce a winner on tomorrow's blog, along with more gorgeous craft inspiration. We hope you all have a fantastic day, G45ers! Thank you so much for stopping by our blog!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Love the embellished coat rack and all the vintage touches; great gift.

I love it all!!

Love both these projects! Well done.

Nothing better than G45!! LOVE IT!!

The little purse is very cute. Would make a great gift container.

I love buying stuff at Goodwill and then reworking it with paper and embellishments. Great plaque! I'm also making paper purses as table centerpieces for my daughter-in-laws baby shower and the one shared today is lovely.

I absolutely LOVE this paper! Gorgeous projects too :)

Love that purse! Thanks for the great idea!

Amazing projects!

What a pretty little purse! Simply cool.

I would LOVE to win the Secret Garden package, this paper is sooooo sweet and as a gardener, the secret garden is so appropriate....just LOVE IT!!!

Love the Good Ol' Sport papers, can hardly wait until they are available here.

Good ideas!

That purse is so cute! And I really love the good old sport collection. That tie rack is handy and can be used for anything and think the papers go great with it. The artists on the G45 team are so talented. Michelle t

I don't know which project I like best! Yes, perhaps the purse, so gorgeous. But then that incredible tie rack. Awesome

Incredible tutorial today as always.

I would be the "Happiest Girl in the whole
USA" if I could win some secret garden from Graphic 45!! Thanks for the opportunity.

Fabulous projects! I need a new hat rack and this is a perfect idea!!!

Love the projects, the hat rack is super, thank you so much for sharing and the chance to win.

great projects! love the tutorial, thanks for sharing

Wonderful projects! Vibrant colours and novel ideas! Thanks for the opportunity to win! Hugs, Linda

What great ideas!! My great grandson's mom would love to have that hat rack for his room and my little granddaughters would love the little purse. One is 17, the other is 8. The oldest keeps the projects I have made for her on display in her room (how fulfilling!) and the little one keeps everything I make for her, as well. Every now and then, I have to make a decorated box for her to keep her cards in (she says she needs one about every other week) and her other little gifts of paper from me are sprinkled around her home where she can see them. My daughter, her mama, is very tolerant of her desire to keep them around her where she says they remind her that I love her... aaaah!

These are some really great projects! Can't wait to do one or two of them!

Love the projects!

Wow! I love the little purse. This will be ideal for a little girl's birthday card.

Fabulous projects. The little purse is just too cute for words.

GREAT projects! I love the tie rack especially.

My daughter will love receiving a Valentine's Day card in her new Couture purse! Thank you so much for the inspiration and for the chance to win the prize package! How exciting!

Beautiful projects. So many ideas for these wonderful papers. I will be ordering Good Ol' Sport soon.

Love today's projects...especially the little purse. How cute is that!

I know what I will be doing today. I love the projects from today. Can't wait to see more.

Great projects.

Love the plaque and the purse would be a "purse"ct way to give a gift to a friend!! LOVELOVELOVE it!! TFS!

The sports paper collection totally reflects an era gone by!

Cannot wait to make cards with this collection!

Great ideas! Thanks for the wonderful projects.

I love, love, love the projects today. The tie rack would make a great father's day gift. I am a collector of purses so I think this purse is a knock out!!! Thanks for the creative inspiration today. I would love to win the prizes so thanks for the opportunity graphic45.

Adore the rack, can imagine doing something similar - oh wait, that's right I did - 1st altered g45 piece I ever did. It's in a box all wrapped up in bubble.
A really good, concise tutorial, such a novel idea! Tfs....

Just beautiful - I can't peel my eyes off most of these projects.

Cute purse!!!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Omgosh! What fantastic projects!!!Thanks for the inspiration.

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