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February 11, 2014

Will You Be My Valentine?


Good Morning, G45ers!

It's a beautiful day to celebrate love on our blog today in preparation for Valentine's Day. We have a brilliant piece of altered art by Alberto Juarez Diaz. Next, we will share an altered Matchbook Box by Clare Charvill. Then, we will share a stunning Valentine's Day wreath by Rhea Freitag using Sweet Sentiments. It will be an inspiring and gorgeous day here at Graphic 45!

We begin by saying a happy hello to all of our friends on the Graphic 45 Facebook page! If you want the latest news on Graphic 45 products, daily inspiration and a way to connect with your fellow G45ers and upload your Graphic 45 creations, then check out the Graphic 45 Facebook page! This beautiful Sweet Sentiments party and home decor by Yulia Busygina was uploaded to our Facebook page and we just had to share. It's so detailed and beautiful, and great for this February 14!

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Today's blog is filled with projects using Sweet Sentiments. What projects have you made with this paper collection?



Now we have Alberto's amazing Sweet Sentiments altered piece. It is a perfect inspiration for your special Valentine! Alberto's detail and fussy cutting makes this project sing!





Supply List

Sweet Sentiments paper:

Sweet Sentiments

Be my valentine

Heart song

Spring has sprung

 Sweet Sentiments chipboard

Shabby chic ornate metal keys

 Ingvild Bolme Chalk Edger Attic Dust, White

Prima marketing basic flowers
Tim Holtz Sizzix Die Vintage Cabinet

Now, we have a special treat in store from Clare. Let's see what she has to say about this brilliant project:

"This is such a pretty collection to design with.  I adore the vintage Valentine images and the subtle beige and pink pastel shades of the papers that work so well together.

I used a Staples 8 x 8 Matchbook box , painted it with pink and antique gold chalk acrylic paint, and then used 12 x 12 papers to decorate the flat surfaces inside and out.  Then I added the cherubs and flowers fussy from the papers along with a metal drawer pull and ornate metal keys and a sheet of acetate to finish.


The easel card is made from craft card, decorated with coordinating papers, layered cut parts and flowers to match the box.   A truly prety Valentine gift. "- Clare  


CHA 2014 Sweet Sentiments Altered Matchbook Box Pic 5


CHA 2014 Sweet Sentiments Altered Matchbook Box Pic 1

CHA 2014 Sweet Sentiments Altered Matchbook Box Pic 2


CHA 2014 Sweet Sentiments Altered Matchbook Box Pic 3


CHA 2014 Sweet Sentiments Altered Matchbook Box Pic 4


Supplies Used

8 x 8 Matchbook Box

12 x 12 Sweet Sentiments

12 x 12 Perfect Petals

12 x 12 Be my Valentine

12 x 12 Heart Song

12 x 12 Spring has Sprung

12 x 12 Violet Bouquet

Graphic 45 Cor’Dinations  12 x 12 paper (lights)

Graphic 45 Metal Staples

Sweet Sentiments Chipboard pieces


Other Supplies Used

Pink Acrylic Paint

Antique Gold Acrylic Paint

Foam Tape

Glossy Accents

Scor Tape

Tattered Rose Distress Ink

Claudine Helmuth Mat Medium

To close out this fun day, we have a beautiful Valentine's Day wreath by Rhea using Sweet Sentiments with beautiful touches of ribbon and flowers. She framed a beautiful image with the paper hearts, and it creates stunning home decor for February! Here's what Rhea has to say about this beauty:

"This project started out with a wooden wreath base I picked up at a local garage sale. I am always on
the hunt for things with flat surfaces which can be easily altered or adorned with paper. With the heart
motif, it was destined to be altered with Sweet Sentiments. To create a nice base I painted on a layer of
gesso and once it was dry, I aged it with Distress Stain in Tea Dye. The paper was added in layers that
were stitched together on a sewing machine. I am not a seamstress by any means, but I do like to add
thread as a design element from time to time. Another trick used in this project was to age my ribbons
from May Arts. The ribbon was pink and white to start out. I thought it was a bit too stark, so I simply
wet the ribbon and then added some distress stain. I love how the aged look really pulls it all together!" - Rhea






Supply List:

Sweet Sentiments 12x12 paper
May Arts Ribbon
Petaloo Flowers
Distress Ink and Stain in Tea Dye
Wooden Heart Wreath Base

Will you be our Valentine, G45ers? After today, how could you refuse with these beautiful projects! We hope you have a wonderful rest of your day. Thanks for stopping by! Join us tomorrow for more inspiration.


Your Pals in Paper,

Graphic 45


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Beautiful Valentine wreath.

These are great!!

Very lovely--wouldn't mind getting a Valentine like this!

The wreath is so beautiful . .. and who wouldn't love to receive that valentine. Sweet sentiments papers is lovely .

All today's projects are wonderful. I love the wreath!

Love, love, love this wreath!!

I love all the projects!

Fabulous inspiration for Valentine's Day! TFS

Love the paper!


Beautiful valentine creations! I love the hearts in a circle! Wishing you a happy day!


Barbara Diane

I just love Claire's wreath. Perfect for Valentines's Day

Love the wreath, I need to save it for next years decoration.

The projects are beautiful but they really make me miss my Valentine who has been gone for over 10 years. wish he was still here so I could make something like these for him.

Beautiful Valentines!!!

Cute projects! Good job Rhea!

Beautiful valentine projects. Thanks for sharing.

I am just loving this collection :) What beautiful projects that would look wonderful in the home!

WOW! Such lovely valentines!!

The attention to detail in these projects are so inspirational. I love the matchbox. Lovely. That wreath is stunning too, and I love the distressed accents. Beautiful. Michelle t

We should just call this "Valentine's Week" in Graphic 45 Land!!! What beautiful projects with such beautiful paper to work with! Thanks for the chance to win the prize package too!

Love all of these gorgeous creations!! I have a top secret project using Sweet Sentiments that I am working on right now. If it comes out like I want it to I will share!! Thank you for all the inspiration!

Awesome creations. So beautiful and creative. It is always so fun to see what the DT has been up to.

Such Gorgeous Valentine's Day Projects!

The Sweet Sentiments is so beautiful. All the projects were great. Can't go wrong with a spring look.

Wow! Love the wreath and the match box. Happy Valentine's Day to all. Thank you.

I love all these projects and the Sweet Sentiments Collection is just adorable!

Great projects! I would love to win the "Sea" Collection, thanks for the chance!

Love that wreath!!!

More gorgeous Valentines!

OMG I love love love all the projects from today. I would take any one of them!!!!!! Can't wait to get a hold of this paper line.

Gorgeous and truly inspiring projects! This collection is a must have!

Valentine's Day brings out the best in all of us! Every project is beautiful...love this paper collection. Happy Hearts Day!

Such inspirational projects. Hope I am lucky!

These projects are all lovely! I especially love the wreath.

What a lucky find the wreath was... Wonderful detail & fussy cutting on today's projects. Tfs :)

Love..love...love the inspiring and creative projects today!!

totally sweet; love the hearts all around the last project!!!

Love all the projects! Totally need to make the wreath.

Sweet Sentiments is one of my favorite collections! And all the projects are beautiful.

Such beautiful projects!

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