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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 new papers and the coat rack is an amazing piece of art that is usable. The purse is adorable also. Thanks for giving someone a chance to win

I absolutely love it ALL. Thanks so much, g45!

What a lovely project! Love the papers:)

I would absolutely love to win this generous and beautiful prize pack! What a way to celebrate the start of the new year- making a sweet little mini album! Love this paper collection! Thank you :)

Beyond clever!

Thank you so much for once again giving us such inspiration with these fabulous projects plus a chance to win such an amazing prize!

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