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June 26, 2014

Introducing Graphic 45 Ambassador: Jim Hankins


Welcome to the blog this fine Thursday, G45ers! Today, we are welcoming a loved designer to our Ambassador Team - the amazing Gentleman Crafter, Jim Hankins! Are you a fan of The Gentleman Crafter? We have been from the very beginning, and are so excited to welcome him to this team of Ambassadors. We will share three amazing projects by the incredible Gentleman Crafter. Each project by this wonderful designer is so dignified, unique, and outstanding. Jim just recently taught workshops with Graphic 45 and we will share those photos with you as well. What a great day celebrating such a talented designer!

Before we share Jim's projects, don't forget the giveaway this week! What do you want to create with these goodies? Just comment here on our blog or on our Facebook page


You may be wondering "What is a G45 Ambassador?" It's a designer we have specifically invited to represent Graphic 45, since they are already teaching so many wonderful classes and workshops with Graphic 45 products all over the world. You will see familiar faces in this group of designers and teachers. This program is invite-only and we asked some amazing crafters for this team. We are so excited to welcome these designers to this brand new program with Graphic 45!


We love this photo of Jim, The Gentleman Crafter! Get to know this wonderful designer better today with us. Welcome Jim to the Ambassador Team!


Full of Southern charm, Jim Hankins is truly a Gentleman Crafter!  Known for creating intricate 3-D art projects and his use of innovative mixed media techniques, Jim has designed projects for Graphic 45 and for Tim Holtz and Dyan Reaveley of Ranger Industries.


An avid blogger, YouTube instructor and educator at large, Jim loves traveling the country, teaching classes online and in person and reaching out to fellow crafters to share his love of techniques and album construction.

Jim Hankins' Blog

Jim always comes up with the most creative and original ideas. We cannot wait for you to read this description of this magnificent project. What an inspiration!

The Victorian Bathing Box-Or the Bathing Machine

"I love the history of this Bathing Machine. It shows just how much times have changed. The Bathing Box or the Bathing Machine with only one door would be backed into the sea and need to be turned around. It was considered essential that the machine blocked any view of the bather from the shore. Some machines were equipped with a canvas tent lowered from the seaside door, sometimes capable of being lowered to the water, giving the bather greater privacy…

…so that the bather descending from the machine by a few steps is concealed from the public view,whereby the most refined female is enabled to enjoy the advantages of the sea with the strictest delicacy. (From Wikipedia)

The By the Sea Victorian Bathing Box has been updated with the beautiful papers of Graphic 45’s By the Sea Collection. Ready to be wheeled by the sea or ….into your living room. Pull on the door knob and out pops the 6 x 8 mini ready for summertime vacation memories."

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Supply List:

Graphic 45 12 x 12 By The Sea Paper Collection
Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Door Pull
Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Brads
Idea-ology Hitch Fasteners
Idea-ology Ring Binder
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Bigz XL Window and Window Box Die
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Bigz Die- Pediments
Wooden Dowel
Glossy Accents

This is such a handsome creation and filled with layering, dimension, and detail that is congruent through all of Jim's memorable projects!

The Typography Wallet-

"The Quote Wallet redone in Graphic 45’s AMAZING Typography paper collection. The wallet is a wonderful place for little pictures, ephemera and your fun memories in all the flip pockets. The pockets are held in place by a Grungepaper belt."





Supply List:

Graphic 45 Typography 12 x 12 Paper Pad
Decorative Punch
Metal Rimmed Key Tags
Assorted embellishments for cover
Glossy Accents

Here's another project that will make you think, "Wow! How did he think of that?" Enjoy this Pyramid Couture mini album!

The Pyramid Gifted Mini-

"This little mini in a box is my go to when I need a fast little gift. The pyramidal shape of the box not only lends itself to the mini in the bottom for memories, quotes, etc. but for a sweet treat to be placed on top of the mini making it a complete gift."

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Supply List:

Graphic 45 12 x 12 Couture Collection
Graphic 45 Couture Chipboard Pieces

Jim recently taught a fun and fabulous class at Creative Cards & Crafts in Villa Park, IL with Come Away with Me! They look like they had the best time.




What a wonderful day of projects from Jim, The Gentleman Crafter! Did you have a favorite? Are you excited to see more from Jim in the coming year? Welcome him to our Ambassador Team in the comments below. Thanks to Jim for this wonderful day of projects!

Happy Papercrafting,

Graphic 45


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Jim never stops amazing me. Everyday is an adventure with this extremely talented man.

WOUW such great news to hear, that we can keep on seing his amazing projects here, and I can´t wait to see more of his stunning creations here. He´s truly an amazing crafter, that´s for sure. I just LOVE his work.

Love Jim's work and with all my favorite papers!! Beautiful!

Stunning works!!!

Great to see Jim back with G45! Amazing artist and wonderful man. Always puts his own twist on things. Love the Victorian Bathing Box.

Amazing projects, Jim, and Welcome to the G45 Ambassadors, you are extremely inspirational !!

Jim is always over the top with his extraordinary creations! Glad to see is an Ambassador for G45!

really nice work Jim .

WOW! LOVE Jim's creative talent! He inspires me!! You couldn't have picked a better Ambassador for G45!!!!

These are so cool and nice. It is so inspirational :-D

One thing I've noticed about Gentleman Jim's creations is that they are all so much fun. Thanks Jim, for so many hours of enjoyment. As soon as I learn how to take a decent picture, I'd love to show off my copies :-)

I love Gentleman Jim's creations!! This bath house is fantastic!! And a pullout from inside. To die for!!

Jim's talent is unbelievable! His attention to all the little details are the marks of a truly talented individual. His Victorian Bathing Machine is gorgeous! He is a perfect addition to G45's Ambassador Team and the perfect talent to showcase all the incredible papers!

Really cool projects, very creative. Can't wait to see more. Michelle t

Jims bathing box is so cool. I loved reading about its history. And when you open the door...out comes a memory album! Very nice!

Glad to see Jim is back. I think it's cool there's a guy among the scrapper gals.!

Jim and G45 are the best combo. Thanks for your inspiration! !!! Melaine S

so glad Gentleman Jim is part of the team! love all 3 creations, especially the Victorian Bathing Box; such a creative talent, Jim!

I follow Jim's blog, he is very talented. Lucky G45 for snatching him up!

I love the gift box! What a talent Jim has!
The Eerie Tale prize this week is amazing.

These are amazing projects, like everything Tim does. Looking forward to the tutorials.

Love the gift box!

Love Jim! I have been able to take a class from him! The projects are awesome...He deserves this opportunity!

Jim is my favorite designer of all, I've followed his work since he started and he never ceises to amaze me. I love the victorian bathing house, the best. More awesome projects from a funny, kind, talented, down to earth guy. Graphic 45 is my favorite paper that Jim crafts with. Congratulations Ambassador JIM!!!!!


What beautiful projects! And the giveaway is so wonderful - I want these papers for my own so badly! Thank you for sharing and the opportunity! Wishing you a happy day!


Barbara Diane

Jim is Great!!!

Congratulations to Gentleman Jim! He's amazing and does amazing things with Graphic 45! Kudos to you for recognizing his genius.

Eerie Tales is a fabulous collection that I'd use year round to create cards and useful gifts!

Jim will be an excellent Ambassador for G45 ~ congratulations Jim!

And I would love to win your latest giveaway ~ what gorgeous-ness!

I have been a fan of Jim from the beginning and love both him and his work. Would love to win the Eerie Tales to make some of his projects.

I have been a fan of Jim's since he started and always can't get enough. would really enjoy to win your give away.

Oh I just love them allllllll.

These are absolutely gorgeous. What creativity.

Congratulations to Jim and Graphic 45 for the perfect match of talents. Jim is an exceptional designer and if you follow his blog you know he is a lot of fun!! Graphic 45 is certainly assembling the best of the best for their Ambassadors!!

I couldn't think of a better person to represent Graphic 45 than Jim. His talent is beyond compare.
Congrats Jim, have a great time.

Awesome projects. I have watched the Gentleman Crafter on You Tube. such great tutorials and info.

Jim is AMAZING! Been a big fan of his work for some time and am so glad to see him back on G45!

Very nice, Jim...I LOVE the bathing box...they always seemed so mysterious to me when I saw them in pictures....and I love the paper! Perfect for your project!

Jim's projects are always winners!

I stumbled upon Jim's Blog a while back and instantly fell in love with his amazing talent and creations. Congrats to Jim on his Ambassador appointment with Graphic 45. Thanks so much for a chance to win these amazing products from Graphic 45.

I have never heard of Jim Hankins, but am thrilled to "meet" him now through his work! What terrific, jaw-dropping ideas he has!! I'd LOVE to win An Eerie Tale prize pack since I have none of it as of yet...my mind just yearns to create a fall-themed project like a child's playhouse for tiny bears. My fingers are crossed!!

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