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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's projects are amazing. He never ceases to amaze.

Wow! Jim just "keeps on giving"! such wonderful creative talent.

Have been a fan of Gentleman Jim's work for a long time. The wallet is so amazing. I love the pyramid gift box with mini too - it is so creative.

I LOVE Jim's work! So creative!

Love, love, love Jim! He is sooo talented. It will be fun seeing what projects he makes this year.

Geeze - amazing as always! When the heck are you going to get to Florida? We LOVE you here!

Congratulations to Jim! Graphics45 picked a great Ambassador. All of his project rock!!!

Love all of Jim's projects...he is a paper magician!

Really love all of these. Would love to have instructions for each of them. It's great to see these projects, but even better to do your own take on them.

Jim, our "local boy made good" is amazing. I think I love everything he has done and especially if it's with Graphic 45 paper!

WoW! You have amazing sense of style. Congratulations Jim!

Great to see Jim back here again. I love all his projects. What would I create 1st if I won the prize pack? I don't know... can I just love it, and hold it and pet it?(LOL).

OMG I love the bathing box! It's a great project! And I also love the pyramid box.. i will be making these soon!

I love Jim's work, so excited you guys picked him as an ambassador! More fun projects to look at!

I have enjoyed Jim's three dimensional pieces for quite a while. He and Graphic 45 are a marriage made in heaven for sure. Eerie Tale is a great collection, I especially love the color theme.

I'm so happy to have Jim as an Ambassador! What a fantastic talented guy that I'm proud to have gotten to know through both G45 and Ranger. His work is always an engineered masterpiece. A true inspiration!

I always love whatever Jim creates, nobody could be more worthy of an ambassador title!

Oh wow how cool is this, welcome Jim. Love your work, and your video's. Can't wait for the gentleman to inspire us!

Jim is always making something amazing. Congrats on becoming an ambassador for G45. They made a great choice. All of the above projects are beautiful.

Beautiful projects! Jim's projects are always amazing!

Jim is FABULOUS! What a great Ambassador for Graphic45. Jim's imagination and Graphic45 products will be a winner for everyone. Thank you for an opportunity to win a prize from G45. Look forward to seeing the Ambassadors throughout the year.... Yumm!

I am intrigued by how everything opens and functions and yet it is all beautiful. well done.

These projects are so Jim! I am proud to call him a friend.....his work is awesome always!

Jim's works are awesome as usual. He wears the ambassador title well!

Oh to try the pyramid box as a first adventure with Jim's style!

I love the wallet project although they are all works of art. love Eerie Tale cant wait to see what they do with it.
hope I win some :)

Jim is my favourite papercrafter, genius inventor of chipboard and paper wonders, and all round nice guy! I can't think of anyone better to be an ambassador for G45 - thank you!
I'd love to win some Graphic 45 goodness so that I could make one of Jim's clever minis.

I'm so excited to see Gentleman Jim's beautiful work featured here and to see that he's now an Ambassador for Graphic 45. I have been watching his work now for about a year, and all of his creations feature Graphic 45 papers and products. Congratulations, Jim! Way to go! Graphic 45 couldn't have chosen anyone better to stand up and represent.
Graphic 45 has some of the BEST collections ever, and I adore them all!

Amazing doesn't begin to cover it! Wonderful projects, beautifully executed! I've been lucky enough to take a lass from Jim, and it was indeed a wonderful experience! He is truly a Gentleman Crafter!

I am a follower of the Gentleman Crafter and am so happy he is picked by Graphic 45...a perfect marriage of wonderful product and artist!!
I would love the Halloweeen papers and goodies featured. Fall is my fave time of year and I would do scrapbook layouts and want to do a shadowbox for Halloween too. Thanks!

It was our honor to host Jim a couple weeks ago at Creative Cards and Crafts in Villa Park, Illinois and am proud to say we have already booked him to return in October on the 17th and 18th 2014. Our customers absolutely loved him and what a better time of year to do some Haunted House visits! His teaching style allowed all to grow and master his beautiful style and design. Looking forward to seeing you soon!


Such great inspiration! I'd love to make an album with this beautiful collection!!!

Like your new Ambassador positions! sounds like a great idea & Jim looks awfully well-qualified.

Such wonderful creations!
I'd like to use the giveaway
for cards!
Carla from Utah

Amazing projects Jim! Thanks for sharing! Would love to win this awesome package and make a mini album for my mom!

I've been a fan of Jim's since Tim Holtz introduced him on his blog~ he's FANTASTIC!

Another amazing artist! Such fun projects and so much inspiration!

Работы Джима очень оригинальны! Как и все работы из Графики 45. Очень хочется сделать из этой розыгрышной коллекции что-то в стиле мистический романтический гранж. Пусть мне повезет!!!

What absolutely wonderful creations! I'm also beginning to think about what the great prize collection could make--like maybe coordinate with my old Renaissance Faire papers?? It would surely be great to have them!

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