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April 01, 2015

Welcome Springtime with Beautiful Altered Art


No April Foolin', we have gorgeous ideas for you today in the blog! You'll be in a spring fever by the time you leave from all the beauty. Jim, the Gentleman Crafter, and Donna Espiritu share two gorgeous ideas using Once Upon a SpringtimeIt will be a day full of fun!

First, we have this stunning Spring Lantern by the incredible Jim, The Gentleman Crafter!

"An ode to Spring...Butterflies flitter and fairies front with the frog in this Spring Fairy Lantern Illuminated by a hidden Fairy light…" ~Jim

Once Upon a Springtime Lantern by Jim Hankins #graphic45

Both of these projects use the beautiful Deluxe Collector's Edition Once Upon a Springtime!



Love this fussy cutting inside the Once Upon a Springtime Lantern by Jim Hankins #graphic45

Once Upon a Springtime Lantern by Jim Hankins #graphic45

The gorgeous roof on this Once Upon a Springtime Lantern by Jim Hankins #graphic45

A stunning scene in this Once Upon a Springtime Lantern by Jim Hankins #graphic45

Supply List

Graphic 45 Once Upon A Springtime Paper Collection
Graphic 45 Feet
Acrylic Sheets
Heavy Weight Chipboard
Foam Ball
Paddle Wire
Tooth Picks
Wood Finial
Green Craft Paint

Now, how about this gorgeous altered birdhouse by Donna? We love her use of ribbon and fussy cut imagery. Truly beautiful!

"Cute hanging birdhouse, perfect for Spring decor." ~Donna

Beautiful Once Upon a Springtime Birdhouse by Donna #graphic45

Love these gorgeous birdhouses by Donna using Once Upon a Springtime #graphic45

Supply List

Graphic 45 Once upon spring time 12x12 papers
Petaloo flowers - faux dried minis grey blue/purple/green
Kelleigh Ratzlaff birdhouse template
Connie Crystal suncatcher
Blue satin, white trime, paper twine, flowers from my stash
A piece of corrugated cardboard
Distress ink
Martha stewart border punch

Don't forget that you could win a $60 prize pack of Time to Flourish this week! Enter here:

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Thanks for joining us for April Fools Day! We hope no one gets you too badly today with their pranks. Have a great one!

Happy Papercrafting,

The G45 Family

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So beautiful!!!

Fab projects - Once Upon a Springtime is such a pretty collection xx

beautiful Spring work.

Beautiful....think Jim's lantern is magical

Oh they are beautiful projects

Love them both!

Fabulous projects and one of my favorite collections, going to be ordering more of it. Hugs and Happy April 1st.

OH! These are both so amazing! LOVE the scene that Jim has set in the lantern and the birdhouses are delightful! Such amazing designers!

Such wonderful and inspirational artists - no fooling! Thank you so much for the chance to win such an outstanding Graphic 45 prize package!

¡WOW! Beautiful. Congratulations.

Springing into Springtime with such delightful items. Thanks for the inspiration and that's NO FOOLING.

Jim, this is awesome and I love the wonderful touch of Spring!! Need it about now and this so uplifting!

These are two awesome projects using G45 Once Upon A Springtime. Would try my hand at making that lantern

The adorable little bird houses are so cute and the lantern project is phenomenal! Just so pretty.

Spring is in the air with both these projects...beautiful paper collection. Nice use of wire springs to animate those butterflies, Jim! Well done!

Wow,gorgeous projects.

So ready for Spring! Beautiful projects!

Such beautiful projects.

I'm always amazed at what comes from Jim's ultra creative mind. The fairy lantern is incredible.

As always, Jim's Spring Lantern is beautiful! I love the tiny book! Donna's birdhouses are just delightful!

HELLO SPRING!! Beautiful projects!!

very timely - it finally feels like Spring here in NY!

Jim's lantern is amazing. Such a beautiful design.

Donna's birdhouses were so cute and such nice fussy cutting.

Absolutely beautiful!

Beautiful creations, thanks for the inspiration.

Both projects are stunning! Spring is definitely in the air!

What beautiful creations!

Stunning projects!

These projects are stunning!!! I love the lantern and the sweet bird house!

Yes, I agree with Karen, another two stunning projects. You are all very gifted...and patient!

Oh, that lantern is magical! I should have known it was Jim's work right off the bat. I love the wings on the frog's back...so whimsical. And the birdhouse is absolutely darling! You're right...I'm inspired!

Oh these are gorgeous. The lantern is absolutely stunning and the birdhouse is so cute and inspiring!

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