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August 22, 2014

Take 5 Supplies and Create this Weekend!

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We put our Design Team to the challenge - create a project with just 5 items! We want to show you how beautiful, practical, and amazing a project can be with only 5 G45 supplies. What do you think? You should challenge yourself to only use 5 items to create with. See how far your imagination can take you! Nadya Lifa and Nichola Battilana will show you two amazing projects using 5 supplies! 

It's time to announce our blog winner! Our randomly chosen winner from our blog comments is...

-Katherine Buchanan: I just love your papers and other products! I would so love to win!

Congratulations, Katherine! Please email joanna@g45papers.com to claim your prize. Thanks to everyone who took part in this week's contest. Join us next week for more fun giveaways!


We are in love with this card. The color palette, Nadya's clever ideas with washi tape and our butterfly staples, and beautiful layering are just incredible. We can hardly believe she only used 5 G45 supplies! She even has a video tutorial so you can create your own.

"I love to make gifts for my husband, to give him greeting cards. But he, like all men does not favor a romantic style and the Shabby chic style, so I try to please him and make gifts in grunge style. My card about the relationship of people about how they feel, about love, full of power and romance. For decorative metal butterflies I used washi tape, that well rests on the metal and it is decorated beautifully. I also cut out a lot of decorative items from the paper shits from Typography Paper Pad. Graphic 45 paper always on the top! I love everything, that i create with this perfect paper, cause my ideas come true!" ~Nadya

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See Nadya's video Tutorial

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We are in love with the idea of covering our metal butterflies with washi tape. What a fun idea!

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5 Supply List:

Graphic 45 Typography 12x12 Pad
Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Key Holes

Graphic 45 Alphabet Sticker Staples

Graphic 45 Washi Tape

Graphic 45 Metal Butterflies
I used glue, tape, scissors, stationery knife, ruler, scor board.

If you follow Nichola's work, you know she is one incredible fussy cutter! Wow, her projects are filled with whimsical imagery often from her fussy cutting adventures. So, she used her 5 supplies to create something beautiful and functional - amazing! AND, there's a Snapguide tutorial. Fun, fun, fun.

"I simply can not sit and watch tv without doing something with my hands. I drag my tools and supplies to the couch and inevitably lose them between the cushions and under pillows. Even worse, my fussy cut bits fall into that abyss! So I’ve upcycled an unwanted tray into a fussy cutting buddy. It’s a simple recon, but results in something useful and pretty. Totally optional (but really very handy) is the addition of a scrabble tile holder set off to the side. It’s a simple solution to prevent my tools from rolling around the work surface while avoiding the creation of any additional corners or crevices for little bits to get stuck in.

I’ve used An Eerie Tale for my recon, but you can easily change up the Graphic 45 collection to suit your tastes. With coordinaing front and backs, picking two papers really gives you four paper options and makes mixing and matching pretty darned easy." ~Nichola

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Check out How to Upcycle a Fussy Cutting Tray by Nichola Battilana on Snapguide.  

5-Supply Fussy Cutting Tray Snapguide Tutorial

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Supply List:

An Eerie Tale  > Enchantment
An Eerie Tale  > Grand Illusion

Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Brads

Thrifted tray

Scrabble tile holder (optional)
Black acrylic paint
White tacky glue
Black inkpad

Take 5 supplies and create time to create this weekend! This challenge is perfect if the crafting mojo is down, but you are looking to get crafty. Have a creative weekend, G45ers!

Happy Creating,

Graphic 45

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Congrats Katherine!!!
Love it all today!!

Nadya's tutorial and card were amazing! and Nichola's craft tray is beautiful!~ such talented ladies!

Love that tray...and the purpose behind it....my husband says he is going to start standing in front of me with the shop vac when I try to fussy cut....LOL

beautiful tray! love the card, too!

Love the tray idea! Have been searching for a tray like this for several years, but no luck so far. Newly motivated to find one now. Thank you!

The Take 5 supplies ideas are super. I especially like the fussy cutting tray which is not only beautiful but functional & practical. Hey what a great combination.

LOVE both of these but Nichola's fussy cutting tray is AWESOME!! I have 12 of those trays just waiting to be decorated and I am going to get one now and do this with it!! WOO HOO!! LOVELOVELOVE IT!!! TFS!

I was looking through Typographic last night hoping for inspiration. I found it with Take 5 ♥ Love the tray also.

Love both projects!!!

Never thought of recovering a tray with beautiful paper. Although I am really not a crafter, this I must do. Thank you, Nichola Battilana!

And I don't know what it is about Nadya Lifa, but everything she creates is like magic to me. I don't even like grunge yet I am falling in love with her Typography card. Thank you so much for the inspiration and helping me see beauty, Nadya Lifa :-)

As I'm always looking for guy ideas, I really loved seeing how this card was made...very talented hands. Loved inserting that old Scrabble rack onto the tray...clever way to keep your tools to one side. Nicely done, ladies!

This is beautiful. I already have the tray, just need to put it all together. I am going to do this!!!

Wow. Awesome ideas every time. A project so simple even I could do it. So excited to be chosen as a winner! Yay yay yay!! Thanks G45!! Your papers and products ROCK!! So excited I can hardly type!

Love both projects! Love the papers used also. Very talented ladies!! Great idea for the tray! TFS!!

The grungy layered card is perfect for guys. Love the washi butterfly's. What a clever idea for the fussy cutting tray. Can't tell you how many bits I've lost in the abyss myself. Thanks for the inspiration

Well the end of the week didn't disappoint, more great inspirations. Congratulations to Katherine, hope she has a great time when the mailman arrives.

LOVE THIS TRAY!!!!! A project even I can do without having a panic attack beforehand! Thanks Nicola!!

Beautiful card and nice tutorial.

Great projects today!!! I especially like the grunge "Love Notes" card.

Nadya - your grunge card is beautiful and so creative. I love it.

Nichola - the tray is a fantastic idea. I am going to look for a try to build one for myself. Thanks for the inspiration.

Love the tray thank you for sharing

Fabulous projects. I love my projects to be useful and the tray is a great way to be able to carry whatever you're working on. Beautiful jobs ladies. And beautiful g45 goodies to work with. Thanks for sharing.

The card is incredible.

I'm not a fan of pink, but the card looks cute and the cutting tray comes in handy. Thanks always for sharing tutorials!

Such a great idea, so useful


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