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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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Cute little purse...perfect for my grandgirls!! Thanks for the tutorial on how to create this project. Happy Hearts Day! Sure would be a Valentine treat to have my name chosen for this product prize!

Love the creations today! I can see a scarf rack coming up!

Great projects today, as usual! Love the sporty hat rack, and the purse is adorable. I'm always amazed at the versatility of the Graphic 45 papers. Seems if you can imagine it, you can create it!

Wonderful creations, can't wait to give them a go!

wow this projects are really amazing, but my favorite is the purse is so elegant!

All your beautiful projects make me want more Graphic 45 paper!

Love the purse!!!

that purse is amazing

Would love to win these papers, they are my favourite. I've been wanting these for sometime now. All the stores in my area are sold out - which is not
surprising. Thank you for the chance to win them.

This is so inspiring!

Stunning, Stunning, projects, fabulous creations with the best paper collections - ever !!

Loving the new collection - great to have something for the guys! Thanks for all your great inspiration.

Fabulous and useful projects today!

Wonderful inspiration! My favorite is the hat and tie rack.

OH MY GOODNESS! absolutely amazing projects. The purse is a stunner.

Fabulous projects! I loved Annettes's hat rack the first time I saw it. Can't wait to get that collection. I have it on order. Maria's purse is darling! Another of my favorite paper collections. You girls rock!

Oh so cute!

These projects are a winner in my book. Thank you for all you do.

another day of wonderful projects

I just cannot get me little brain wrapped wound how amazing your work is! WOW! Thank you for sharing your talent so that I can aspire to greater heights!

Two really great projects. Love the paper purse and the way they used the peacock paper. When I first saw that sheet, I started thinking of ways to really enjoy it.
I could really enjoy this week's prize package in so many ways.

Wow! I love that cute little purse. I so have to make one. Thank you for all the awesome ideas.

Cute projects.
The tie rack is
nicely done and
the purse is so
Carla from Utah

I am in love with that little purse, so cute!

The hat rack turned out awesome and the purse is so adorable. Thank you for the opportunity to win the fantastic prize.

I love it all. I WANT IT ALL! So much stuff. So little Money! :O(

Beautiful, clever creations. So pretty.

Beautifully detailed projects today! Thanks for the inspiration.

I love both projects today. That purse is so cute. I want to try that, and the tutorial is great. Thanks for sharing.

Great projects and I can't wait for my LSS to get Good ol' Sport. Love that line!

Thank you for posting lovely projects for Free

That Couture purse is perfect for a lovely Valentine's chocolate gift. And the Good O'l Sport creation I would hang on my wall.
I would totally jump for joy, I want to win the prize pack this week I am in love with Sweet Sentiments and Secret Garden. :D

Unique projects! Mahalo for the purse tute.

As usual you´ve shared some amazing projects here, they´re so gorgeous and beautiful. I just love these papers here, soooo beautiful.

So cute!!!! All are fantastic!

From Russia with LOVE!

Love the beautiful and creative projects today!! Love these gorgeous papers!!

Love the peg board. Didn't think this paper was for me until I saw this. My nephew would love it.

Oh my goodness, that purse is too cute! I love it! Thanks for all the wonderful inspiration. I think Graphic 45 papers bring out the best in each of us.

WOW !!!! Fantastic projects. Love the purse... Thank you for the inspirations and the opportunity for winning.

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