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March 31, 2014

Let's Celebrate National Craft Month with 6 Brand New Projects!


Good morning G45ers,

It's our last day of National Craft Month, can you believe it? So, we are going to show off all the types of highlighted projects we have shared over the month. We are leaving you with a giant dose of inspiration: a card, a tag, an altered art project, a mini album, beautiful party favors, and a fantastic layout! You're going to get new projects from 6 designers! So, grab a cuppa tea or coffee and enjoy this feast for the eyes and craft-spiration to leave National Craft Month on a high note!

Before we jump into the inspiration, here is our National Craft Month Grand Giveaway!! Look at all those goodies - G45 Bird Song, G45 Sweet Sentiments, and great product from Clearsnap, Core'dinations Cardstock, Echo Park Paper, Petaloo International, Spellbinders, and Tombow! All you have to do win is comment here on the blog or on Facebook. That's it! The randomly chosen winner will be announced Friday here on the blog. What a great way to end this fabulous National Craft Month!


Card: Miranda shares a fun and clever card using By the Sea. Isn't this such a great idea? A fun way to encourage a friend or family member.

"So many ideas come to mind for altered projects with this amazing collection! But to start, I wanted to create a simple little 'Get Whale' card hehe! I just traced and cut out the shape of the whale ! Super easy! If you don’t trust your drawing , just google whale templates and print one out. I also wanted to create 'water' using a fun technique." -Miranda




Supply List

By the Sea-My Anchor
By the Sea-Gathering Seashells
By the Sea-Sand and Surf
By the Sea-Pier 45
By the Sea-Splash

Tag: Romy shares a gorgeous Bohemian Bazaar tag. Love how she creates the peek-a-boo lattice with the bright paper. So sparklingly beautiful!

Bohemian Bazaar banner tag

Bohemian Bazaar banner tag - detail

Supply list:

Bohemian Bazaar 8x8 Pads
Bohemian Bazaar Tags & Pockets
Regular Tag Album
Ornate Metal Keys
May Arts ribbons

Altered Art:Clare makes a warm and lovely project today using By the Sea. The fussy cut pieces framing the photo are the perfect touch. Love this! 

"This was such a fun project to put together. I wanted to use the picture of Harry having fun in the waves as the focal point in the box but changed it from a colour to Sepia print before I started. I used a picture frame box with a removable back, painted it with inky pool chalk acrylic and set it aside to dry. While it was drying I took one each of the 12 x 12 papers in the By the Sea collection and chose and cut out the images I wanted to use to give the three dimensional look I was after.

I used My Anchor paper for the back of the box, the borders from By the Sea and strips of Pier 45 around the inner sides. To give height to some of the pieces in the box I used stacks of ¼” square chipboard tiles and a whole load of foam dots.

There’s a glass front to the box that I’ll put in before hanging it on the wall." - Clare

By the Sea Altered Memory box Clare Charvill pic 1

By the Sea Altered Memory box Clare Charvill pic 2

By the Sea Altered Memory box Clare Charvill pic 3

By the Sea Altered Memory box Clare Charvill pic 4

Supply List

By the Sea 12 x 12 papers as follows:
My Anchor
Pier 45
By The Sea
Sand and Surf
Gathering Seashells (for the little sea horse)
Picture Frame Box
Paper Artsy Inky Pool chalk acrylic paint
Tacky Glue/ Glossy Accents
Chipboard Tiles
Foam Dots
Walnut Stain Ink

Mini Albums: Denise Hahn makes wonderful mini albums. This Botanical Tea album and altered Book Box is such a great tribute to her family and her time at Winter CHA 2014.

"My Mom is by far my biggest fan. Everything I make is amazing to her and she is always grabbing my projects and asking if she can have them. I figured I would make her something extra special. I mean if she is going to take it anyway, why not make it just for her right? So here I created this Mothers and Daughters Mini Book Box with pictures from our day at CHA with my daughter Marilyn." - Denise Hahn

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Supply List

 Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Flora 12x12
Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Love Notes 12x12
Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Chipboard and Stickers
Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Ornate Keyholes
Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Ornate Keys
Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Door Pull
Graphic 45 Artist Trading Tags Ivory
Graphic 45 Staples Book Box
Graphic 45 Metal Staples Butterflies
Graphic 45 Botanical Tea 6x6 Patterns and Solids
Petaloo Botanica Flowers Ivory
Petaloo Mixed Hydrangeas
Liquitex Basics Unbleached Titanium
Martha Stewart Glitter Paint Vintage
Colobox Pigment Ink Gold
Xyron Create a Sticker Max
Mega Runner ½ inch permanent
Hot Glue
wood spool
chandelier crystals
book paper
Buttons and trims
Glitter Star
Crepe Paper

Party Favors: Karen shares three precious ideas for candy favors with Secret Garden. Great for a spring or Easter party - or just for treats at Easter Egg Hunts!

"These cute Secret garden party favours are so fast and simple to make using the metal dies available now. They would be perfect for a little girls birthday party, or even a kitchen tea. They are sure to please, little girls, and big girls alike." - Karen

Lolly pop holder

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Products used: Secret garden 12 x 12 paper collection papers – Pretty Primrose,
Core’dinations ‘signature series’ cardstock – lights pack.

Other: My favourite things die, Butterfly punch, Stamping up stamp, button, string

Pillow Box

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Products used: Secret garden 12 x 12 paper collection papers – Beautiful blooms, Pretty primrose,
Core’dinations ‘signature series’ cardstock – lights pack.

Other: sizzix ‘Pillow box, and flourish die, Cheerie Lyn flourish die, ribbon, string

Bon Bon

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Products used: Secret garden cardstock sticker sheet, Core’dinations ‘signature series’ cardstock – lights pack.

Other: Sizzix bon bon die, string, flower, Martha Stewart leaf punch, ribbon 

Layout: Arlene shares this great Good ol' Sport layout and there are so many great elements on this wonderful project. Love the rosettes! 

“I am so excited about Good Ol’s Sport, I can’t stop using it! It’s such a fun, masculine collection and it’s perfect to scrap pages of my boys! This picture was taken at Candlestick park in San Francisco, during one of the last games the 49ers will ever play in this field. The Niners will have a new home in 2014 at Levi Stadium! I used a combination of the 12x12 paper pad, 8x8 paper pad and 6x6 Patterns and Solids to create this page. I also used a few pieces from the coordinating chipboard set, tags and pockets, banners and sticker sheet. Creating is a breeze with the assortment of product Graphic 45 offers, I love it!” ~ Arlene







 Product List:

Good Ol’ Sport 12x12 paper pad
Good Ol’ Sport 8x8 paper pad
Good Ol’ Sport 6x6 Patterns & Solids paper pad
Good Ol’ Sport Banners
Good Ol’ Sport Chipboard
Good Ol’ Sport Tags & Pockets
Good Ol’ Sport Alphabet Stickers
Staples: Ornate metal keyhole, Ornate metal key
Coordinations Signature Series Cardstock for Graphic 45 (darks)
MFT Dienamics (flowers)
Momenta metal corners
Ranger Distress Ink - Black Soot

Wow! Talk about eye candy! Thanks to all the designers for sharing their fantastic ideas over so many great craft techniques and styles. We hope you've had a great National Craft Month - we sure have! There have been over 20 tutorials shared, we can't wait to see your versions! Thanks for joining us, and don't forget to comment to win our grand giveaway!

Celebrating a Great National Craft Month,

Graphic 45

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Wow! Amazingly beautiful projects! :)

Such beautiful projects, I'm so speechless.


WOW! Love the new Bot garden mini album - such perfect fussy cutting gives incredible dimension to the overall effect.

people have such great ideas, love the ballerina

Brilliant prize this month - what a fab collection of goodies ... oh to win something like this!!! G45 is the greatest!!! Keep creating such lovely things to tempt us and inspire us! Carol Findon (UK)

What a fantastic display of inspiration! I love seeing these creations- I particularly loved the mini album my favourite love- and I loved Clare s Frame but they are all so talented- Thank you- I would LOVE to win this very generous give away- Thanks for the chance X

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