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April 11, 2014

Out-of-the-Box Ideas with Botanical Tea


TGIF G45ers!

Have we got a fantastic Friday blog for you today! Clare Charvill shares a great set of Botanical Tea Easter eggs with a tutorial. Then, Denise Johnson shares an easy and beautiful Botanical Tea card. It's going to be a fantastic start to a crafty weekend.

But first, who won our contest? Our randomly chosen winner from our blog comments is....

-Wendy Wakefield: I totally know what Denise is saying. I tend to hoard all of my Graphic 45 papers. I would so love to win this week's prize package and maybe just dive in and make something beautiful - just maybe!! :0)

Congratulations, Wendy! Please email [email protected] to claim your prize. Many thanks to all who took part, there will be another contest next week, so stay tuned!


Clare shares a wonderful idea filled with fun memories for her. You're going to love it!

"Egg rolling was an annual tradition when I was at school. We used to take our decorated eggs in on the last day before the Easter Holidays and then have a class outing to the top of the largest hill in our local park and have our annual egg rolling competition. It was great fun. I thought I’d revive the tradition this year and decorate some eggs using the Botanical Tea stamps." - Clare

Botanical Tea Decorated Eggs Clare Charvill Pic 10

Botanical Tea Decorated Eggs Clare Charvill Pic 11

Botanical Tea Egg Tutorial

Botanical Tea Decorated Eggs Clare Charvill Pic 1

First hard boil or blow your eggs. (It’s the hard boiled ones that we used for rolling) and dry them off with a heat gun.

Botanical Tea Decorated Eggs Clare Charvill Pic 2

Then put two or three coats of paint on each egg, drying each layer as you go with your heat gun. I used chalk acrylic paint on mine.

Botanical Tea Decorated Eggs Clare Charvill Pic 3

Botanical Tea Decorated Eggs Clare Charvill Pic 5

Stamp your choosen images on two ply paper tissues or napkins with memento ink. Cut out each image and peel away the bottom layer of tissue/napkin ready to add your images to your eggs.

Botanical Tea Decorated Eggs Clare Charvill Pic 6

Use matte medium or pva solution to coat your eggs where you want to add you image and carefully position and stick down your tissue/napkin image. Use a paintbrush to ease out any creases as best you can. Dry off with your heat gun again.

Botanical Tea Decorated Eggs Clare Charvill Pic 9

To finish off your eggs use light coloured marker pens to add a hint of colour to your stamped images.

Botanical Tea Decorated Eggs Clare Charvill Pic 10
The basket for the eggs was made from a 4 x 4” square of chipboard for the base and four 4” x 1 ¾” sides all covered in woven ½” strips of green 6 x 6 Botanical Tea patterns and solids paper. I chose co coordinating paper from the same pad for the die cut doilies and edging and scrumpled up white tissue paper to sit the eggs on. I added a few chocolate eggs in there too. The corners of the basket were tied together with May Arts green silk ribbon.

Supply List

Botanical Tea 6 x 6 Patterns and Solids
Botanical Tea Cling Stamps
Acrylic Paint
Matte Medium
May Arts Ribbon
Martha Stewart Edge Punch
Sizzix Doily Die
Vintage Photo Ink
Memento Ink
Tacky Glue
 Chipboard off cuts

Denise Johnson's card contains a tutorial for not only the card, but we also have a tutorial on how she custom dyed her ribbons to match her Botanical Tea card. How amazing is that idea!



See Denise Johnson's Botanical Tea Card Tutorial



See Denise Johnson's Custom Dyed Ribbon Tutorial


 Botanical Tea Paper
Botanical Tea Chipboard Accents
Botanical Tea Stickers
Botanical Tea Custom made ribbons and buttons
Staples Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Brad
Staples ATC Tag (Ivory)

So many amazing projects to try this weekend. Thanks for the great tutorials, Clare and Denise! We hope you have a creative weekend, G45ers!

Happy Papercrafting,

Graphic 45

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Congrats to Wendy!!
I love the eggs!!!

Congrats WSendy!! Love the projects today. Inspiring.

Big congrats to Wendy for winning this weeks gorgeous prize. Please enjoy it hun.
And I absolutely love todays tut´s here too especially the eegs, which I remember we made as kids too, so this was really a trip down Memory LAne for me.

Congratulations to Wendy for winning this week's prize package!! Enjoy your goodies!!
LOVE the custom dyed items!! I will definitely be doing this in the very near future! It opens a whole new world of possibilities! Thanks for the inspiration.
The eggs are delightful and beautiful. Maybe I will have to get a dozen eggs and give this a try!
See you tomorrow!

I love the Easter Eggs! Clare does such wonderful tutorials. I am going to try this.

Great blog today. My granddaughter and I are on our way to the craft store for supplies to custom dye our ribbons and lace. Oh fun!

the eggs are awesome...thank you for the tutorial!

Loved Denise's tutorial on dying embellishments...very interesting to see how many colors were combined to reach the perfect match. Thanks!

Thank you to Denise and Clare for some inspiring tutorials, love the results. Barbara

Such awesome ideas! I can't wait to try them with the Botanical Tea paper I just bought!

Love those eggs! So pretty.

Love the eggs & to get tissue on without crinkles is not easy! Congrats to Wendy, what a great bundle heading yr way! :))

I am so grateful for winning the beautiful prize package. Thanks for all of the congrats! I also have tons (okay, may half a ton) of white and cream colored trims as well as lots of alcohol inks. I know what my weekend is going to entail!! Thank you very much Graphic 45! YOU ROCK!

Love the eggs!

I love the basket and eggs and the stamps and all of it! How awesome and such a nice gift it would be.

Congratulations Wendy! Enjoy all the goodies!

Hearty Congratulations to Wendy, you lucky girlie !! enjoy your delicious goodies !!
Fabulous, fabulous projects today, as always Graphic 45 'delivers' xx

Congratulations to the winner. X

I love the eggs they are fabulous, I just got my by the sea and botanical garden packs ordered from create and craft yesterday, so they should be here any day x

Love the eggs. I was wondering how they got the prints on the eggs. Now i know. It´s so easy....

Congrats to Wendy, enjoy yourself...I love love the eggs. Thanks for the tutorials...Yall rock :)

love the eggs. Will have to try that. Looks like fun!

Great tutorial on the Easter eggs. And the dying with alcohol inks is so very creative. Thanks for such great inspiration. Graphic 45 DT rocks!!!

Congrats Wendy - I like your comment!! Great ideas on today's blog. Always so creative.

I'll be dying ribbon, string & paper today to match my Graphic 45 papers. The results look beautiful.

Thank you,Denise, for the dye tutorial. I recently dyed some polyester lace with alcohol ink and rubbing alcohol in a small dip container. The colors came out so vibrant, in only a few minutes. I used rubber gloves to squeeze out the excess dye, and hung to dry. They dried within half an hour.

Uf! maravilhoso!

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