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March 13, 2014

Botanical Tea Altered Canvas + By the Sea Book Box = A Tremendous Thursday


Dearest G45ers,


Welcome to another wonderful day on the Graphic 45 blog! Denise Johnson and Olga Struk have incredible projects for you today. Denise shares a Botanical Tea altered canvas, and Olga has a beautiful altered By the Sea Book Box. Such incredible work is on the blog today, we can't wait to jump in!

Contest reminder! You still have today to comment here on our blog or Facebook page to win this great prize below packed with goodies from Clearsnap, Core'dinations Cardstock, Echo Park Paper, Petaloo, Spellbinders, and Tombow. Who wouldn't want to win this amazing prize? Comment today!


Also, remember that submissions for our Design Team are due tomorrow, March 14 at Midnight PST! Yes, that soon! Can you believe it?? Don't forget to send in your projects!


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Let's begin with an altered Botanical Tea canvas from Denise Johnson! She even shares a great technique that we know you will want to try - pleated ribbons! Enjoy all the great ideas and tutorials below. Denise always comes up with such clever ideas!





Great addition with the found twig and beautiful strips of paper. Amazing!





Great idea to distress your Metal Clothespins and G45 Staples on a mixed media project!



Denise provides a bonus tutorial for these pleated paper ribbons below! What a great idea!







Denise cleverly uses the Small Matchbook Box to make the nest at the top right of her project. Beautiful!


Supply List

Botanical Tea 12x12 paper-
Botanical Tea 6x6 paper
Botanical Tea- Chipboard
Botanical Tea- Flowers
Botanical Tea- Tags & Pockets
Botanical Tea- Cardstock Alphabet Stickers
Staples- Large Matchbook Box (I only used the drawer piece for this project)
Staples- Small Matchbook Box
Staples- Metal Ornate Door Knob
Staples- Metal Clothespins
Staples- Metal Butterfly
Staples- Ornate Metal Book Label
Staples- Ornate Metal Brads
Graphic 45 Stamps (A Lady's Diary, Botanical Tea), ink for stamping
Misc. Texture stamps
Handmade Botanical Tea Pleated Paper Ribbons
Handmade Botanical Tea Buttons
Petaloo Flowers
Tiny Type words (Cosmo Cricket)
Ephemera Tag (7 Gypsies)
Distress Ink & Tool
Paint & brush
Spanish Moss
Handmade birds nest
Vintage music paper
Vintage thread spools
Vintage game pieces
Vintage Buttons
Found Branch w/handmade paper blooms

As a bonus, we will share the Snapguide on how Denise made those amazing Botanical Tea pleated ribbons! Have you used Snapguide? It's an amazing tool for tutorials. We love it!

Denise Johnson Snapguide Tutorial

Denise Johnson's Pleated Ribbon Video Tutorial






 Botanical Tea 12x12 Papers
Paper Trimmer
Sewing Machine

Olga made this incredible By the Sea Book box below. Our thoughts are with Olga as she lives in Ukraine during a tumultous time. As one of our G45ers said on Facebook for Olga " If only everyone in the world was a crafter, what a happy place the world would be!" We couldn't agree more. Our thoughts with Olga, and great gratitude for sharing this wonderful project with us.


What a great idea to turn our ATC Book Box into a clock!



Love the ATC tag mini album inside - how wonderful!






ATC Book Box 4500845
Artist Trading Tags-Ivory 4500846
Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Brads 4500841
Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Keys 4500839
 Set Sail 4500901
Sand and Surf 4500906
Splash 4500902
Spellbinders- Ribbon Banners (http://www.spellbinderspaperarts.com/products/p-77-ribbon-

So many great projects to try! How did you like Denise' pleated ribbon technique? We can't wait to try it! Many thanks to Denise and Olga. Have a wonderful Thursday, and don't forget to take part in our contest!


Sharing Thoughts of Peace and Love,

Graphic 45



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The pleated paper ribbons are wonderful. Definitely something I will try for myself. Thanks.

Lovely projects.

Love both these amazing projects today. So many wonderful and inspiring ideas. Just love the Graphic 45 blog!!

Olga's By The Sea box and tags are awesome; prayers for Olga and her family as they live through tumultuous times.

Marvelous creations! LOVE them!!

Love the canvas and the Book box. "WOW", what an amazing prize pack, someone is going to be very Happy!

Beautiful projects. Thank you for the pleated ribbon tutorial. I also wish the best for Olga she's such an awesome talented designer. I agree if every person was a crafter there'd be peace all over. Thanks for the wonderful projects this week. Michelle t

Sweet sea project!! Just fabulous!

My prayers also for Olga. Peace.

Wow, this is awesome. It's amazing that each project seems to be more gorgeous than the last. I'd love to work with this group of elements.

The By the Sea project is amazing!

wonderful projects

Dang at hotel with terrible internet! Will have to watch later!

Absolutely gorgeous canvas and thank you so much for the wonderful tutorial! Love the book box too and the awesome ocean theme!

WOW!! Absolutely love these projects. Can't wait to try the pleated ribbon!

beautiful projects!

Great ideas today! Love the prize!

Absolutely love the clock.

Wonderful projects all week. Great inspiration from all.

Beautiful projects!

Lovely projects today! I am very happy to see the pleated ribbon tutorial and will have to try that if my machine will cooperate. I hope that Olga is safe and sound through all the turmoil.

I LOVE the canvas project it is beautiful and the pleated ribbon, what a fantastic idea. I love G45!!

fantastic tutorials; wonderful Mother's Day gift, or tribute for Mom. Love the By the Sea clock; thanks so much for the video to make the ribbon.

Great canvas and the By the Sea book box clock/mini is AMAZING! I am definitely snagging this idea and am going to be making one of my book boxes into a clock for my craft room!! I have all the fixin's and will be doing this later today! Thanks for the inspiration!!! Can't wait to get started on this awesome idea!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Really hoping to see my name at the top of the blog tomorrow!! Please let me be random! LOL

I like the ribbon tutorial, and Olga's little By The Sea box is just lovely.

Very cleaver.

Those products and projects are so amazing! I love your lines. :D

Lovely work. thanks for the chance to win these great prizes.

Such beautiful and creative projects. Thanks for sharing all this goodness with us.

Such lovely and innovative projects!

Thank you thank you thank you for your awesome blog chocked full of inspiration! Also, thank you for the chance to win! I would be so grateful to win such an awesome prize package!

I didn't even notice that you had used 2 papers. Couldn't see the birds nest until the video. I loved watching it all come together.

What a fabulous clock! Love it!

Great tutorial on the pleated paper ribbon!

Love Ms Olga's clock!! It is fabulous!!

Wow, both projects just took my breath away. So very inspirational. Just makes me want to get my stuff out right now and create. :D
I absolutely love G45!!

:) just :)

Great projects! I love both of them!
Thanks for sharing.

Wow oh Wow what a great projects! Thank you so much for sharing I am in awe

The projects for today are really amazing, love the canvas, and the book, is so stunning!

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