Welcome to the blog this lovely Wednesday, G45ers! Today, we are sharing brilliant altered boxes using only 5 supplies! Many of you may know that we put our designers to the challenge to use few supplies to create a beautiful project. My goodness, the beautiful creations they have made! Today, we will share two altered boxes from the brilliant Solange Marques and Rhea Freitag. So, grab your coffee or tea and prepare to be inspired! Also, stay until the end. We have an extra special feature today on the Paper Crafter's Library blog.
First, we have this amazing back-to-school gift idea for teachers using Typography by the amazing Solange. Take it away, Solange!
"In this challenge we use only 5 G45 products. I've used 2 papers, washi tape, chipboard and pocket.
I made a back to school project, a chalkboard eraser box that can be a great idea to a gift for the teachers. I prepared a tutorial of this Project." ~Solange
Next, we have a beautiful 5-supply creation from Rhea using An Eerie Tale. It's perfect for this autumn season!
"I thought this five ingredient challenge was fantastic! Since I tend to make complicated things a lot of the time, this freed me up to explore my simple side. The box was found at a garage sale for a whopping fifty cents. It was really the liner of the box that dictated my paper choice and I thought the Enchanted paper was a perfect match. I have to say, Ireally love this print! The backside of the paper was used to trim out the top of the open box. The mitered corners give it a finished look. I replaced the old label pull that was on the box with one from the Graphic 45 Staples line. Since I was limited to only five items I sought out another sticker from the sticker sheet to frame it out. This made for a perfect container for some of my adhesive collection. Cheers!" ~Rhea
Today, we have an extra special treat for you over on the Paper Crafter's Library Blog. Go check out a beautiful creation by Donna Espiritu full of color and charm and beauty. Hop on over to get to the inspiration!
Thank you for joining us today! It's always so exciting to be reminded you don't need many supplies to make a beautiful creation. Does this inspire you to try the 5-supply challenge? The possibilities are endless!
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's our super Design Team! Today, Lori Williams and Andrew Roberts put the fun back in altered art with amazing plains, trains, and automobiles made with Graphic 45. You are going to love these projects and Lori even provides a tutorials for her train!
Before we jump in, we just wanted to remind you that we love when you share Graphic 45 projects on our Facebook Page! Today, we are sharing Kathy Clement's amazing Pumpkin Time card with a Place in Time! This is just the perfect Fall card and we adore it. Don't delay, share on our Facebook page today!
First, Lori shares her brilliant set of Good ol' Sport vintage plane, train, and automobile. We adore this project! Perfect for a little boy room or just for your vintage-loving family members and friends.
"This was a really fun project to create. I have an eight year old little boy so I think you can guess what has happened to the models I created. I picked up these wooden models at the local craft store for a buck a piece and I turned them into one of a kind model toys.
I have to laugh everytime I see my title for the models...Planes, Trains and Automobiles. I can only think of the movie with Steve Martin and John Candy from years back. It is one hilarious movie and one of my favorites so I loved being able to create something that actually was inspired from the title. So pull out your papers, sandpaper and glue and create your own models...hey and watch the movie while you’re at it for extra entertainment." ~Lori
Next, we have another kind of transportation - a memory wagon from Andrew! This is a brilliant project using Mother Goose to store those special treasures and photos.
"The inspiration for this project was to create a different way of keeping special items that have personal and sentimental meaning. I thought old style wagon would look great in my craft studio and it gave me the opportunity to make the small crates that are on my wagon. " ~Andrew
We love how our Design Team members inspire us to make our imagination fly! There are no bounds to where your imagination can take you. Altered art does not only have to be just beautiful, but fun and functional too. Thanks to Lori and Andrew for sharing their creativity today!
Do you have an occasion that calls for a handmade card coming up soon? There are always moments that a personalized card is the perfect, most thoughtful surprise. Today, we have two wonderful ideas from the amazing Ginny Nemchak and Donna Espiritu using two different collections. It's a magical Monday for cards!
But first, let's find out who won last week's Petaloo Blog Hop Contest! Our randomly chosen winner is...
-Joyce Boylan: The projects are awesome today - love them all!
Congratulations, Joyce! You won the prize pack worh $55 below. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize. Thanks to all who hopped along with us - wasn't it wonderful?
First for cardmaking Monday, we have this beautifully layered card from the wonderful Ginny. We love the flowers and ribbon touches on this beautiful card. And all you need is love and a dog (or cat)! Raining Cats & Dogs makes this card the perfect surprise for your favorite pet lover.
Donna makes a stunning card with the most fun sentiment perfect for Halloween or autumn. "You Bewitch Me" is the perfect wish for your loved one. And what gorgeous floral embellishments!
"I love how this card turned out, the colors of in the collection jived so well even if it's not really a Halloween-themed card. I really like the blend of textures courtesy of the embossed background and the dimension of the layered flowers." ~Donna
Today, we are absolutely thrilled to celebrate the birthday of our fearless leader, Diane Schultz! Diane is the mastermind behind Graphic 45 and started this company with her unique vintage style and beautiful imagery. We are so thankful to have such a kind, talented, beautiful, incredible leader, and we must celebrate her day! Jim, the Gentleman Crafter, surprised Diane with a beautiful creation in honor of her birthday. You will fall in love with this great idea from Jim.
Diane's daughters and son, Aimee, Charee, and Jeff Filimoehala, who also make up the incredible Graphic 45 family had some beautiful wishes for their amazing mom:
"Happy birthday to truly the most talented artist! You are an inspiration and have been as long as I can remember. It's amazing to see how many lives your talent has touched." ~Aimee
"Happy birthday to a dear friend, a creative genius, beautiful woman (inside and out) and most importantly amazing mother and Grammy! Let's celebrate with another year of incredible memories! Love you! Love, Charee and Richard" ~Charee
"I'm so fortunate to have such an amazingly talented, kind and loving mother. Happy Birthday Boss!" ~Jeff
Now, to share Jim, The Gentleman Crafter's amazing project! Stay until the end to see Diane with her incredible creation from Jim. We love this Time to Celebrate birthday jack-in-the-box! The genius mind of Jim. He thinks of everything! And has such a generous spirit.
"A great way to surprise someone for their birthday...The Time to Celebrate Jack-in-the-box...Release the canvas tab from the front and stand back for some action packed fun! Up pops a birthday cake in honor of that special person’s big day!" ~Jim
Diane with her beautiful, thoughtful birthday gift from the amazing Jim!
We cannot believe the last day of the Petaloo International and Graphic 45 Blog Hop is here! What a fun week it has been. Today, we have FOUR amazing projects that will leave you with heaps of inspiration to last you through the weekend! Andrew Roberts, Katie Zoey Ho, Keri Sallee, and Nadya Lifa show off their talents with amazing projects for Halloween. We are so in love with Petaloo's products, and so glad we got to join our friends for this grand blog hop. Make sure to go tell Petaloo "THANKS!" for a great week (their blog link is at the end of this post). Let's jump in to the blog hop fun!
You still have the weekend to enter to win this great prize pack of Petaloo flowers and trim and An Eerie Tale goodies worth $55! All you have to do is comment here on the blog and on Petaloo's blog. We will announce the winner here on the blog on Monday, September 15. Enjoy!
Andrew shows off his amazing altered art and layering skills on these fun lanterns topped brilliantly with Petaloo flowers!
"Halloween is not a big time of celebration here in Australia, so it was fun to be able to create a project for this time of year. I love using Steampunk Spells and An Eerie Tale is fast becoming a favorite. I was inspired to create a project that could be used in different locations as part of holiday decor.
Tip:Dont be afraid to cut specific sections and images from the papers to help define the theme of your project." ~Andrew
Love the different colors on both of these amazing lanterns!
Katie shares the most beautiful altered birdcage using An Eerie Tale and Petaloo flowers. Wow!
"Whimsical birdcage with vines of pumpkins especially grown for all sorts of concoctions… Low and behold!!! Beware of that tiny magical bird that sits proudly insides the cage… He’s the master of wishing spells and brews spells for anyone who wish for it... Beware of what you wish for, your wish may be granted in the wrong way…
This birdcage stands at ~7” tall and took me a day to re-paint, colour and seal the cage before I could embellish. Everything has to be taken in caution as I could only work within such a small area. What’s inside the base of the cage houses the various ingredients (mainly pumpkins!!) the magical bird will need to brew wishing spells..." ~Katie
Last but certainly not least, Nadya creates the most magical altered shoe. A fairy tale truly came alive in this whimsical project! She even has a tutorial so you can make your own. Amazing!
"Would you like to go in the attic of a witch? I wonder what she will prepare for autumn decoration to Halloween? Maybe a love potion or a bottles with fears ? And maybe a box with the predictions? However, there is hardly to witch to find a beautiful box for predictions and she will make something incredible !!! She (not without magic) will make a vase for the prediction from old shoe. I'm sure this shoe will be popular and all the magicians and wizards want to create it for Halloween!!! Want a recipe for shoe with the predictions? I have it!"~ Nadya
We have had the best week with Petaloo. We just love our good friends at this wonderful company - share on our Facebook page if you make beautiful Graphic 45 projects with Petaloo flowers! As you can see, they perfectly match our papers. Many thanks to all the talented designers who shared projects this week. We are so glad you joined us, everyone! See you next week with the winner announcement and more inspiration!