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May 06, 2014

Show Love this Mother's Day


"All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother."~Abraham Lincoln

This upcoming Sunday is Mother's Day, so we have some great ideas to wow this weekend. Nichola Battilana shares a really meaningful gift she made for her grandmother. Arlene Cuevas makes a beautiful Botanical Tea card that reminds us that it's always time to celebrate our mothers "just because." 

We love our G45ers, and you make absolutely beautiful things! We are highlighting a project today from our Facebook page. Amy En Jeroen Voorthuis made this absolutely gorgeous Botanical Tea card. Don't you love it?


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Nichola not only shares a beautiful gift, but a meaningful one for her grandmother. This is not only a stunning project, but one that your mother can use for a long time to keep passing on the love. Make one yourself with her fantastic tutorial.

"My grandmother is quite spritely for her 80+ years. She’s a jet setter, a facebooker, and can cut a rug like no one’s business. She also still writes letters. She sits with pen and paper and writes to her friends and family, even when she’s vacationing across the great big sea. So I thought that it would be rather nice to surprise her with a pretty box filled with handmade cards, envelopes and stamps in celebration of Mother’s Day." - Nichola








Botanical Tea Stationery Set Tutorial

The Graphic 45 staples Book Box is perfect for this project as standard A2 sized envelopes fit well inside.


Begin by painting all of the corners and edges with acrylic paint.


Cut a strip 6.9” tall from a 12” sheet of Sweet Chamomile. From this, cut two pieces that are approximately 4.9” wide. These two panels will fit on the front and back, the remaining piece will fit on the spine of the box.



Next, line the inside of the box with Herbal Infusion.


Cover the the remaining surfaces with Botanical Tea. I used strips that were 2.1” for the inside and 2.2” for the exterior.



To soften and age the look of the box I applied a wash of acrylic paint with a dry brush and splattered a bit of tea on it to distress it.


Now to begin embellishing! Cut leaves, flowers and butterflies from Botanical Tea, Spring Duet, Sweet Chamomile and/or Flora and begin layering with design elements from Love Notes and Hello Friend.



Keep fiddling and arranging and layering until you are happy with the results. I’ve used a piece from Botanical Tea Chipboard 1 as a focal point, to act as a frame for a photo of my gran.



On the spine I added another tag and some Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Keys. I’ve also further distressed the outside by sanding the edges and corners.




Inside, add a handy pocket from Botanical Tea Tags & Pockets. I’ve tucked in a few pretty pieces from Hello Friend.




I’ve filled the box with a bundle of simple cards created with Sweet Sentiments with envelopes to fit. Some lightly embellished Artist Trading Tags are affixed with Small Square Glassine Envelopes and filled with stamps for various destinations.

And that’s it! Everything my granny will need to keep in touch with her friends back home as she sits and suns by the pool ;)





Botanical Tea:

 Sweet Chamomile

 Herbal Infusion

 Botanical Tea

 Spring Duet


 Love Notes

 Hello Friend

 Botanical Tea Tags & Pockets

 Botanical Tea Chipboard 1

 Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Keys

 Book Box

 Artist Trading Tags

 Sweet Sentiments

 Small Square Glassine Envelopes

 white ribbon

 jute twine

 faux pearl

 white acrylic paint



Arlene makes amazing cards, and this one would just be perfect to give this Mother's Day.  Her layering and embellishments create a standout card.





Arlene's projects are always packed with dimension and beauty!






Product List:


Botanical Tea 8x8 paper pad

Botanical Tea 6x6 Patterns and Solids

Botanical Tea Chipboard

Botanical Tea Tags and Pockets

Staples: Shabby Chic Ornate key

Paper doily - Owl & Thistle

Paper Trey ink Kraft Card stock

Ranger Distress Ink - Walnut Stain

Petaloo Flowers

Recollections pearl bling


3M ATG Adhesive

Glossy Accents


Are your wheels turning? Do you know what you're going to make now for your darling mother? Many thanks to Nichola and Arlene for their projects today.


Celebrating Mothers,


Graphic 45

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these two projects are truly beautiful!

These projects are so beautiful!

These are stunning projects!

What a beautiful gift! Very lovely. The cards shown today are wonderful too. Michelle t

Seeing some fussy cut flowers and those blue butterflies from Botanical Tea always makes me happy.

I wish I knew someone that still writes letters, the stationery box is beautiful.

Love this box, and the tea party paper line!

Oh boy these are sooo beautiful both projects. Sometimes I´m really sad, that none of my kids ever has wanted to do anything creative, cause wouldn´t it just be love to get such a wonderful box there made for you with love??? I would´ve loved to try that, but I´m afraid, it´ll enver happen.

really stunning projects today!!!!

Graphic 45 projects are always so beautiful - my favorite company!

I love all the détails of the projects. I always discover very talented people. Thanks for sharing,

Oh my! These projects are so beautiful! outstanding tutorial!

My goodness!!! Such beautiful work!!

I love this paper collection. I can't wait to get my hands on it this week. It is coming by mail and it just can't get here soon enough.

Such a lovely paper collection! Graphic 45 always has the BEST papers out there!
Your designers know exactly what we like.

Great ideas for Mother's Day . Love the box and makes a great gift.

Amazing projects!!

Love the box, it is so beautiful. I love working with Graphic 45 papers. The collections are so lovely that your work is half done when you use the papers.

very pretty

What fantastic projects! Graphic 45 are my favourite papers - the colours are just so rich and beautiful. Just bought some By The Sea and can't wait to use them.

Oh my goodness...so beautiful and befitting for Mothers!

I just love your paper and can't get enough of all the beautiful projects everyone dose with it. Can't wait to see more.

Lovely, just lovely!!!

Beautiful projects. I so love your Botanical Tea line! I think if I was allowed, I'd wallpaper my whole house with the papers.

These projects melt my heart! We should just call this Mother's Week and celebrate every day! Thanks G45!

Love the cards

Beautiful paper.

Love, love, love the stationary box, see one in my future!! I think I need to buy tons more Botanical Tea!!!

We had our Mothers Day a few weeks back but these cards, especially with "Just Because" would be great for any time. The stationery set & box is beautiful & what a character Grandmother is! Not sure how long I can keep resolution not to buy more pprs till I've used what I have.... :))


Beautiful projects!!!

Gorgeous projects and wonderful inspiration today!

what gorgeous creations, my favourite collection
best wishes

All stunning projects. Love the stationary set.

Always beautiful creations! LOVE G45!!

Great directions! I will have to try and duplicate if I can!! LOVE IT!!

Once I stopped crying, ( I lost my Mom 15 years age) I am so touched by the beauty if the cards, the box and your story. My mom would love these papers as I am sure your mom with love them. Thank you so much for sharing this very personal project with us it is absolutely stunning.

It was suppose to be "the beauty of the cards" and your mom "will"
love them

These are beautiful! The box of cards is such a great gift idea!

beautiful , love the idea of the box with the cards

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