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February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day from Graphic 45


Happy Valentine's Day, G45ers!

We hope your Love Day is going splendidly so far. What a fun day to celebrate this fun holiday with homemade treasures by Rhea Freitag, Susan Lui, and Arlene Cuevas. It is a day packed full of beautiful projects.

First, let's announce this week's blog contest winner. Todays' winner was chosen at random from our Facebook comments. And the winner is.....

-Desiree Jimenez: LOVE the collection. Thanks for the opportunity of entering.

Congratulations, Desiree! Please email your shipping information to info@g45papers.com to claim your goodies. This is the By the Sea prize pack you won. Stay tuned for another chance to win next week on the blog!

By the Sea contest Graphic 45 win giveaway

 Let's kick off this Valentine's Day celebration. First, we have the most exquisite altered Sweet Sentiments altered shadowbox from Rhea. She even provides a tutorial for this beautiful project. Perfect for your home decor or a gift! 







Now, enjoy the step-by-step tutorial from Rhea to create your own Sweet Sentiments shadowbox!

"I was inspired to make this project from rooting through my little collection of 'alterables.' I have a
stash of items I pick up on sale or at garage sales or estate sales. When I don’t know what I want to
make, I will simply start moving things around and inevitably something will call out to me."

I started out by creating my background and using a glue stick to adhere my paper.


Next I got busy altering my elements. I used basic distress techniques like roughing up and inking
the edges. I also embellished my resin birds with several layers of mixed media products. I just kept
layering until I was happy with the results. These types of touches always make a project stand out.


Here you can see I was experimenting with my layout. It did not end up exactly like this, which often
happens, but I do like to plan out my major embellishments by auditioning.


To add interest to the frame of the shadowbox, I used the sticker border and studded the corners with


It may be hard to see, but on the bottom squares, I popped up my images by using some foam I had on
hand. This added a bit of dimension and depth.


I started to layer in my embellishments with a heavy duty glue. I tend to use E6000 For this task.

A few of the new Shabby Chic Ornate Keys were added. These were so hard to use up, but they were
just perfect for the project.


For the final touch, flower embellishments were added. Again, I played around a bit before adhering to
ensure the correct choice. Once again, my flowers changed from my original shot.


Another great element I added at the end was a metal clothespin. To make it look nice and shabby I
pounced a bit of white acrylic paint on it, let it dry a bit, and then scratched some of the paint off.
I hope you are now inspired to make your own little shadowbox! Cheers!"

Supply List:
Sweet Sentiments 8x8 paper
Sweet Sentiments Cardstock Stickers
Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Brads
Shabby Chic Ornate Keys
Metal Clothespin
Petaloo Flowers
7 gypsies Solo Shadowbox Tray
Distress Ink in Tea Dye
Xyron Glue Stick
Resin Embellishments by Prima
Perfect Pearls
Burnt Umber paint

Next, we have a gorgeous Sweet Sentiments ATC from Susan. She adds so much great dimension and texture to this Ivory Artist Trading Tag, a new Graphic 45 Staple!

"I turned the ATC tag upside down and hung a heart-shaped pendant which I’d personalized with an image from Sweet Sentiments. For the ATC itself, I fussy cut some Valentine images and layered them with 3D foam dots to create a highly dimensional Valentines tag. Ribbons and strings of pearls complete this sweet little tag." - Susan







Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments - Be My Valentine, 8x8 Paper Pad
Graphic 45 ATC Tag

Finally, we have the most beautiful Sweet Sentiments "Love" banner from Arlene. Isn't this the perfect Feb 14 decoration? She also uses the fun new Ivory Artist Trading Tag. A great project to leave up all year round. Adore this! Arlene also shares a great video tour of this fun project.


Arlene's Youtube Love Banner Tour





Product List

Sweet Sentiments 8x8 Paper Pad

Sweet Sentiments Stickers

Sweet Sentiments Tags & Pockets

Sweet Sentiments Chipboard

Staples: Artist Trading Tags - Ivory

Coordinations G45 Signature Series Card Stock

Tim Holtz Mini Rosette die

MFT Mini Delicate Doilies Die-namics

I Am Roses Flowers

WeR Memory Keepers Large eyelets (white)

White seam binding

Making Memories Vintage Garment pins

Crystal Charms


Jim, the Gentleman Crafter, also has a special G45 Couture treat on his blog today for Valentine's Day. Make sure to head on over to see the beauty he has in store!



Jim, The Gentleman Crafter's Blog Link


We hope you have a WONDERFUL Valentine's Day full of sweet treats and lots of love. Many thanks to Rhea, Susan, and Arlene for their amazing projects. Join us Monday for more fun!


With Love and Pretty Paper,


Graphic 45



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Happy Valentine's Day to everyone at G45!

I am in awe of Rhea's shadowbox! Just so gorgeous! I definitely think I am going to have to branch out from card making!

Such beautiful art!!!

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!!!

Beautiful! Happy Valentine's Day! Michelle t

I love these projects! Rhea's shadowbox is fabulous. Susan & Arlene's projects are so gorgeous. Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day ♥♥♥ Beautiful Valentine projects♥

Happy Valentina's day!

Love to you all on Valentine's Day!

Sweet projects made from a sweet collection, love them all! Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

So pretty! Happy Valentines Day to all.

What delicious creations today!! LOVE the shadowbox and tutorial!!! TFS!

Gorgeous creations. Sending a Happy Valentine's Day to all of you at G45.

Beautiful end to week :)

Man, just fantastic!

Wow… sweetest thing ever… wonderful piece as always…

The Shadow box is gorgeous! Now I need to order the supplies.

All the projects are so romantic and pretty. Great tutorial on the shadow box and I love the banner and the sweet lacy heart is beautiful!
Thank you for sharing all these pretty way to share some Valentine love.
Happy Valentine's Day! :)

Beautiful projects!! Love the shadow box from Rhea!! Always so inspired here at G45 blog!!

I am really enjoying all the projects making use of this new tag. Very interesting to hand the tag with a dangle charm on the bottom. Love it! Happy Hearts Day!

Beautiful shadow box and Gentlemen Jim's BOX and card are outstanding and over the top!!

Just gorgeous , I tell you gorgeous... the G45 Designers are just so talented... you keep wowing me !!!
Happy Valentine's Day !

Beautiful valentines projects! Congrats to the winner- so super lucky!

What a lovely display for valentines day. I especially loved the banner.

I am in love with the Sweet Sentiments paper. But then isn't that the point?!

I love all the wonderful projects today!!! Thank you all for sharing, Happy Valentines DAy Everyone!

Such beautiful projects. Love the shadow box idea. The Sweet Sentiments papers are so lovely and make gorgeous projects. Again, Arlene makes a beautiful project and shares the "how tos" so gracefully.

WAUw sooo many gorgeous projects here today again. I´m totally stunned with the beauty in the shadowbox, but also that banner is abasolutely stunning. You ladies and Gent is soooooo talented, that you always blow me totally away with your awesome projects here every day.

Congratulations to Deisree, you lucky, lucky person.
These projects are stunning,, the imagination of the designers is amazing, I am always inspired, but they are so lucky to be working with the best papers in the World !!

Amazing projects!!! Love the Altered shadowbox!!! Love all of the resin angels!! So pretty!

Such lovely projects.

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