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Apr 24, 2017 5:00:00 AM

Sneak Peek Alert Day 1: Master Detective

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Hello, G45ers!

We are so excited to reveal our latest Graphic 45 releases this week! Thank for joining us as we start to unravel the mystery of what we have been working on for our Spring collection. Today, we're going to cover our Sneak Peek schedule, provide a first look at our latest collection-Master Detective, and give you all the clues about Sneak Peek Win It Before You Can Buy It giveaways! Tomorrow, we will continue to follow the trail of the Master Detective, and Wednesday & Thursday will bring details of our latest Deluxe Collector's Edition, French Country. It is one of the most requested from our vaults, and we are as excited as you to head back to the rustic French Country. I detect that you are ready for the details, so pick up your magnifying glass and examine our latest. 

 

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Enter the mysterious world of Sherlock Holmes, the Master Detective—our latest collection is inspired by clever clues, sinister secrets, and dastardly deeds.  This collection includes 8 double-sided papers, 12x12 and 8x8 paper pads, a 12x12 Patterns & Solids pad (new 16-page size), coordinating chipboard, cardstock tags & pockets, journaling & ephemera cards, and decorative cardstock stickers.  Get out your magnifying glass and let's figure out whodunnit?  

 

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Master Detective 12x12 Paper Pad

 

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Master Detective 8x8 Paper Pad


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Master Detective

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Beautiful Mystery

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Get a Clue

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Whodunnit

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Web of Lies

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Sinister Secrets 

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Dastardly Deeds 

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It's Elementary

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I'm Dying to See You - Jewelry Box
 

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It's Elementary - Stacked Hat Boxes

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We hope you enjoyed this first look at the Master Detective in action and we are so glad you joined us today. In honor of this week of Sneak Peeks, we will be giving away three Win It Before You Can Buy It prizes per day with winners announced right here on the blog. Entering is elementary, dear G45ers. Please comment below, on Facebook, and Instagram Sneak Peek posts. Each $30 prize pack consists of product from the collection being featured in the preview. Winners will be announced the following day so remember to join us again tomorrow to find out "whodunnit" and to get more sneak peeks of the latest Graphic 45 collections.

Happy Papercrafting!

ChareeSignatureBlog

 

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Apr 21, 2017 5:00:00 AM

Upcycle Week: Pam's Embroidery Hoop & Marina's Book Box

Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Book Box & Butterfly Jar Graphic 45 Marina Blaukitchen

Hello, G45ers!

Thanks for joining us as we continue to celebrate the creative repurposing of found items during our Graphic 45 Upcycle Week. Today, we are so happy to feature projects from design team members, Pam Bray and Marina Blaukitchen. Both incorporate Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook, a collection that lends itself perfectly to Spring and the sense renewal it can bring. First up, we have a lovely wall decoration featuring an embroidering hoop that Pam rescued during one of her regular treasure hunts at local yard sales and flea markets. After that, Marina joins us with a tutorial that incorporates a book box and a mason jar to create a gorgeous and unique display piece that is perfect for storing those little odds and ends crafters always end up with. We hope these projects inspire you to create your own by using similar or totally different found items. Remember to share them with the #UpcycleG45 hashtag, and please share your own upcycling ideas in the comments below. Keep scrolling and brace yourself for inspiration from two naturally exquisite projects along with valuable tips from these talented women. 

 

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Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Embroidery Hoop by Pam Bray

 

“I love going junking, going to yard sales, flea markets…you name it I love searching for unique and interesting pieces that I can upcycle! Last summer I found a box of unique embroidery hoops. When we were asked to upcycle a project this month, I grabbed one of the hoops along with Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook Collection to create a unique wall piece. I hope that as we are entering Spring/Summer, you make sure to grab some fun items that you can use your Graphic 45 papers on too.” ~Pam Bray

Check out How to Upcycled a Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook Hoop by Pam Bray on Snapguide.

 

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Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook Happiness Upcycled Embroidery Hoop by Pam Bray - Photo 3_4683

Tips:

  1. Save the packaging from your products to upcycle.
  2. Save the foam board packaging; these are fabulous to emboss or glitter the heads of brads to make them unique.
  3. Save the negative packaging from your packaging; you will be able to trace around the image to create matching pieces to go with each collection.
  4. Wrap washi tape around frames, hoops or other narrow wood pieces to create interest.
  5. Adding small chipboard pieces to top of pattern paper prior to adding them to your projects will give added depth.
  6. Add lace to insides of frames, hoops or other narrow wood pieces to create interest.

 


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Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook Happiness Upcycled Embroidery Hoop by Pam Bray - Photo 3_4683


Graphic 45 Supplies:

Nature Sketchbook 8 x 8 Paper Pad
Nature Sketchbook 12 x 12 Pattern Pad 
Nature Sketchbook Chipboard

Nature Sketchbook Die Cut Cardstock Flowers
Nature Sketchbook Journaling Chipboard
Graphic 45 Washi Tape

2 Graphic 45 Staples Packaging

  
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Upcycle Book Box Nature Sketchbook Tutorial by Marina Blaukitchen 

 

"Giving a new life to a book-box and to a jar-I used the fabulous Nature Sketchbook Collection to celebrate Spring. I made some compartments into the box to store little metal pieces and staples. Then I decorated the cover and the spine. I also upcycled a glass jar that incorporates a light that is recharged with the sun and put in some moss and fussy cut some figures." ~Marina Blaukitchen

 

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Check out How to Upcycle a Book-Box by Marina Blaukitchen on Snapguide.

 

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Upcycle Book Box Nature Sketchbook Tutorial by Marina Blaukitchen Product by Graphic 45 photo 10

Tips:

Butterflies seem to fly when you swing the jar thanks to small acetate strips. Cut some acetate stripes, fold one end and glue it on a base, then glue a butterfly on the other end.

 

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Upcycle Book Box Nature Sketchbook Tutorial by Marina Blaukitchen Product by Graphic 45 photo 10

 

Graphic 45 Supplies:

Nature Sketchbook Plant of Kingdom (2 sheets)
Nature Sketchbook Diary of a Botanist
Nature Sketchbook 8x8 pad
Nature Sketchbook Journaling Chipboard

 

(3 %2Freused again on april 3%2F2%2F not claimed) Off to the Races  ATC Book Box  Metal Prize $40 Graphic 45

 

The winner of this week's $40+ prize package that includes an Off to the Races 8x8 paper pad, 6x6 Patterns and Solids pad, Decorative Chipboard, Ephemera Cards, ATC Black Book Box, and Shabby Chic Drawer Pulls is... Glenda Buster! 

Glenda Buster: "Love the idea of upcycling rather than throwing away and having to run out and buy more. Vintage Hollywood is perfect for the camera project! Thanks for the great tips on making the shaker tags. Love, love, love Graphic 45 and I haven't been able to work any of the Off to the Races Collection into my craft budget yet."

Congratulations, Glenda! Please email info@g45papers.com to claim your prize pack.

 

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We are so thankful to Pam and Marina for sharing these pieces with us today, and, of course, thankful to you for joining us. We hope that these Nature Sketchbook crafts have renewed the creative flame within each G45er reading this today. Remember to share your ideas and projects with us in the comments below and on Facebook and Instagram with the #UpcycleG45 and #Graphic45 hashtags. Finally, we hope you will join us on Monday for an exciting week of sneak peeks right here on the Graphic 45 blog.

Happy Papercrafting!

ChareeSignatureBlog

 

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Apr 20, 2017 5:00:00 AM

Upcycle Week: Learn how to store your photos & twine in style!

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Hello, G45ers!   

 Pull out your pretty papers, scissors, and glue and let's start creating!  This post features two upcycled projects by our Design Team members.  First, Kathy Clement gifts us a gorgeous Mixed Media Box filled with tags and photo mats all decorated with the new Vintage Hollywood collection. Plus, Kathy shares her genius tips on how you can create your own masterpiece.  Second, Marina BlauKitchen shares a fantastic and simple way to repurpose a matchbox into a cord, twine or ribbon dispenser.  So let's dive in and enjoy what can be crafted with Graphic 45 and a bit of leftover packaging.  

 

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Born to Be a Star Box by Kathy Clement

"My mom loved old black and white movies, and I can remember lazy Saturday afternoons spent watching them together.  It was a special treat to eat lunch from TV trays in the living room while watching Tarzan and Jane, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, or  Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn transport us far from our little house on top of the hill.  The Vintage Hollywood collection brought back all those happy memories for me.  I wanted to pay tribute to that incredible era of movie making by creating an “off the page” project complete with a movie reel and filmstrip elements.  I hope you enjoy this homage to the glitz and glam of Vintage Hollywood." ~Kathy Clement 

 

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Tip #1

Turn trash into treasure!  For this off the page project, I combined an empty ribbon spool and G45 Staples packaging tags with a square mixed media kraft box, a shabby chic ornate door plate, ATC policy envelopes and Vintage Hollywood papers.  The end result is a glamorous photo storage box.

  

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Tip #2

I love to use black chalk paint to alter surfaces.  It is a drier paint, so it is less likely to warp paper, it goes on smoothly, and dries quickly.  You don’t have to sand before painting, which is another big plus.  I used it to paint my kraft mixed media box, the empty ribbon spool and my packaging tags. I also ran a black edge around each side of the kraft photo mount squares from the box.  It provides a nice, crisp border for your photos.

 

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Tip #3


Turn ATC Policy Envelopes into interactive elements!  Cut a strip of cardstock to measure 2.5” long x 1” tall.  Score down the middle at ½”.  Crease with a bone folder.  Glue one flap to the back of your ATC Policy envelope and the other to the bottom edge of your photo mount.  Then use 3D foam adhesive (or waste chipboard) to add an image to the envelope front.  You can add secret journaling, small souvenirs, or photos to the ATC pocket and mount large photos behind.

 

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 Tip #4

To create the movie reel “ribbon” I cut 1.5” widths of the film strip ribbon on the reverse side of the signature page.  Mist the paper lightly with water and gently wrap around a pencil.  The paper will curl, and while damp, can be easily twisted and glued onto your project.  

 

 

 

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   Tip #5 

To create the “bun” feet for the box, I glued together two 1” diameter wooden bingo chips.  Then I wrapped them with Staples black/gold washi tape and hot glued onto the box base.



Tip #6

Use a felt applicator and Red Pepper and Terra Cotta Alcohol Inks to alter the Staples Metal Doorplate.  Then tap black chalk paint around the raised edges to provide contrast.

 

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Graphic 45 Supplies: 

 

Other Supplies:

  • Empty Ribbon Spool
  • Black Chalk Paint
  • Petaloo Red Anemones, Black Botanical Blooms
  • Gold Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon
  • 1” diameter Bingo Chips for Bun feet (you will need 8)
  • Metal stars
  • Red Pepper, Terra Cotta Alcohol Ink to alter door plate
  • Tarnished Brass Distress Paint
  • Black Cardstock, Glue, Double Sided Tape, Glue Gun, Foam Dimensionals





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Upcycle Cord Dispenser Box Cityscapes Tutorial by Marina Blaukitchen

 

"I love to recycle and give new life to an object that could have ended up in the trash. In this case, a small box containing Christmas chocolates has become a very practical cord dispenser for when packaging gifts." ~Marina Blaukitchen

 

Check out How to Upcycle Cord Dispenser Box Cityscapes Graphic 45 by Marina Blaukitchen on Snapguide.

 

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Tip:

Do not throw anything away that makes you think that maybe you can turn it into something nice, unique and different.  You may not do it immediately but surely the moment arises when that little box has its utility.  Study the structure of the piece, and think how you can make the most of it and how you can paste the paper and other elements to make it perfect

 

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Graphic 45 Supplies:

City Scapes
City Scapes Street of Dreams
City Scapes Chipboard 1

Other Supplies:

A matchbox type box
Cord
One eyelet
One brad
Some ribbon

 

 

(3 %2Freused again on april 3%2F2%2F not claimed) Off to the Races  ATC Book Box  Metal Prize $40 Graphic 45

 

This week we are giving out a $40+ prize package that includes an Off to the Races 8x8 paper pad, 6x6 Patterns and Solids pad, Decorative Chipboard, Ephemera Cards, ATC Black Book Box, and Shabby Chic Drawer Pulls.  Wow!  To enter to win, just leave a comment here on our blog and/or Facebook page.  The winner will be announced here on the blog on Friday, April 21st, 2017.

Thank you for following along on our creative journey.  We love to see what people are creating, to keep the great ideas going full circle.  Be sure to share your ideas below in the comments and photos of your work on Instagram and Facebook using the #Graphic45 hashtag.  In the words of Albert Einstein, "Creativity is contagious, pass it on."

  

Happy Papercrafting!

ChareeSignatureBlog

 

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Apr 19, 2017 5:00:00 AM

Upcycle Week: "Believe in Yourself" & Start Creating with Portrait of a Lady

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Hello, G45ers!

Today we are highlighting a fast fan favorite collection Portrait of a Lady.  Not only is this collection filled with beautiful imagery, a striking color pallet, but it is also filled with positive sentiments great for fueling your creative projects.  We have two Upcycle projects to share with you in this post.  Beginning with an inspirational shadow box by Magda Cortez, perfect for any creative space, office, or home centered around believing in yourself.  Magda shares a video tutorial filled with stamping techniques, handmade flowers and turning packaging into a treasure.  Following we have Katelyn Grosart's fabulous taffy box transformation into a gorgeous and thoughtful keepsake box.  With Mother's Day and Wedding season around the corner, it is a great time to get crafty and start making those handmade gifts. So let's jump right into these stunning gem and start your creative engines.  

 

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Believe in Yourself By Magda Cortez

 

"Hi all.. You know I love to upcycle things and today I’m going to show you what I did with some of the Graphic 45 Packages and with an old box lid.. Also I use the button I got at CHA 2017 from the Graphic 45 booth.. it is beautiful and I have so many memories about so I was thinking to put it in a special place and that’s when my idea come! Using the old lid of a box and transform it in to a shadow box to keep my beautiful button! Also I use one of the packages from the Ornate Metal Keys and I die cut some tags from the packages of the Mixed Media Albums.. Did you know G45 has stamps and a collection of  Dye Inks? I got so much fun using some stamps on vellum and over the designer paper…All the steps are in the YouTube Tutorial I hope you like it!  XOXO" ~ Magda Cortez

 

Believe in Yourself -YouTube Tutorial  

 

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Believe in Yourself Shadow Box- Portrait of a Lady- By Magda Cortez- Product of Graphic 45- Photo 03 of 10- with Tutorial

Try stamping on vellum paper for a fun effect. 


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Stamped flowers with a pearl center are the perfect and affordable embellishment.  


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Believe in Yourself Shadow Box- Portrait of a Lady- By Magda Cortez- Product of Graphic 45- Photo 03 of 10- with Tutorial

Look at all the layers and dimension, if only you could see this beauty in person. 


Believe in Yourself Shadow Box- Portrait of a Lady- By Magda Cortez- Product of Graphic 45- Photo 03 of 10- with Tutorial

 

Graphic 45 Supplies:

Ornate Metal Keys Package
Mixed media Album Package
CHA 2017 Button

Nature Sketchbook Stamp SetSecret Garden Stamp Set
Once Upon a Time Spring Stamp Set
Portrait of a Lady – Patterns & Solids
Portrait of a Lady – Decorative Chipboard
Washi Tape
Ornate Metal Keys

Other Supplies:

Old Box Lid
Antiquing Dye Ink – Colorbox (Antique Moss and Triumphant Red)
Stampendous – Color Fragments and Vintage Glitter
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Mists (Edelweiss Moss Green and Silouette Silver)
Seam Binding, Pearls and Metallic Twine from my stash.

 

 

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 A True Lady Gift Box by Katelyn Grosart

 

"Upcycling has become a big trend now and it allows you to transform an old piece you may throw out into something beautiful. With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I decided to create a beautiful gift box for your mom or that special woman in your life, out of an old taffy box and used the Portrait of a Lady collection as well as some Staples. I hope you enjoy all the photos and are inspired to choose a piece to upcycle at home." ~Katelyn Grosart 

 

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Tip:

To add some extra interest to the front of your box, combine a label holder, a sticker, a chipboard piece and some fussy cut images to create a beautiful front to your box.


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A True Lady Gift Box  Portrait of A Lady  By Katelyn Grosart  Product by Graphic 45  Photo 3

 

Tip:

If your box is tight when closing and opening it, adhere washi tape in the corners to help prevent ruining the corners of the patterned paper.

Washi-Tape

Graphic 45 Washi Tape Set

 

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Tip:

Add claw feet to the bottom of the box to give it some extra character.


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Graphic 45 Supplies:

Portrait of a Lady 12x12 papers: Isabella, Josephine, Elizabeth, Alexandra, Victoria, and Blanche
Portrait of a Lady Journaling Chipboard and Cardstock Stickers
Ornate Metal Label Holder
Washi Tape
Antique Brass Claw Feet

 

Other Supplies:

Ranger Ink: Walnut Stain Distress Ink and Blending Tool/Foam
Trim: White Flower Lace
Liquid Glue
Sookwang Tape
Foam Squares and Glue Dots
Paper Trimmer, Scissors, and Edge Distressor

 

 

(3 %2Freused again on april 3%2F2%2F not claimed) Off to the Races  ATC Book Box  Metal Prize $40 Graphic 45

 

This week we are giving out a $40+ prize package that includes an Off to the Races 8x8 paper pad, 6x6 Patterns and Solids pad, Decorative Chipboard, Ephemera Cards, ATC Black Book Box, and Shabby Chic Drawer Pulls.  Wow!  To enter to win, just leave a comment here on our blog and/or Facebook page.  The winner will be announced here on the blog on Friday, April 21st, 2017.  Thank you for joining us for another solid day of beauty and craft inspiration!  We sure to join us again tomorrow for two more gorgeous projects.  

 

Happy Papercrafting!

ChareeSignatureBlog

 

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Apr 18, 2017 5:00:00 AM

Upcycle Week: Give Matchboxes and Egg Cartons New Life with these Great Ideas

Graphic 45 Upcycle Egg Carton Lena Astafeva Olde Curiosity Shoppe

Hello G45ers!  

Today we have a special blog post for you.  We are celebrating our fearless leader, the director of operations, and my very favorite sister's birthday. Happy birthday Aimee!  We will also be sharing two fantastic projects.  Think twice before throwing away a matchbox or egg carton. You can turn garbage into a stunning gift that would make anyone smile!  In this post, Joanne Bain shows us the possibilities of upcycling a matchbox, using our Nature Sketchbook collection!  Following Joanne, we have Lena Astafeva's gorgeous Olde Curiosity Shoppe egg carton.  Both projects would make excellent gifts or great storage for your desk or craft space.  Join in the fun and share your birthday greetings and repurpose ideas in the comments.  

 

Aimee Filimoehala Birthday Graphic 45 Cake

"Happy, happy birthday Aimee, you are one of the hardest working, smartest, loving women I know.  Thank you for always sharing your light and showing me the way.  I love you." ~Charee 

"Happy Birthday to my beautiful daughter Aimee!
I’m so grateful to be your Mother. You’ve got the brains, confidence and courage to do whatever you set your mind to (and have since you were a toddler). You bring fun and laughter to our family and to Graphic 45. May the next year of your life’s journey be filled with joy and adventure!
I love you Meemers!" ~Mom aka Diane Schultz 

 

(3 %2Freused again on april 3%2F2%2F not claimed) Off to the Races  ATC Book Box  Metal Prize $40 Graphic 45

 

This week we are giving out a $40+ prize package that includes an Off to the Races 8x8 paper pad, 6x6 Patterns and Solids pad, Decorative Chipboard, Ephemera Cards, ATC Black Book Box, and Shabby Chic Drawer Pulls.  Wow!  To enter to win, just leave a comment here on our blog and/or Facebook page.  The winner will be announced here on the blog on Friday, April 21st, 2017.  

 

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 Upcycled Matchbox by Joanne Bain 

 

"For my Earth Day project I decided to upcycle a large matchbox which would normally end up in the bin and turn it into a small gift box. It would be a perfect place for some yummy sweets or maybe a gift card for that special family member or friend." ~Joanne Bain


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Bee Yourself. Use our Metal Label Holder to make sentiments pop.  

 

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Ornate Metal Label Holder


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Both twine and string add nice finishing touches on projects.  


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Graphic 45 Supplies:

Nature's Sketchbook Collection
Season Splendor 12x12 Patterned Paper
Mother Earth 12x12 Patterned Paper
Verdant Woodlands 12x12 Patterned Paper
Nature’s Sketchbook 12x12 Patterned Paper
Metal Door Plates & Knobs
Ornate Metal Label Holder

 

 

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Upcycled Egg Box by Lena Astafeva 

 

"There are so many things always left, which we don’t need anymore. We should look back, think over and turn an old thing into a new one." ~Lena Astafeva 

 

Check out How to Eggs Box by Elena Astafeva on Snapguide.

How to decorate an Egg Box


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Tip: Egg cartons make excellent embellishment storage containers. 


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Graphic 45 DIY Craft Paper Rolls are the perfect weight to add this added ruffle detail. 

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DIY Craft Paper-Bicycles & Polka Dots


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Layered fussy cuts are a great addition to any project.


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Graphic 45 Supplies:

Nature Sketchbook 8x8 Pad
Nature Sketchbook 12x12 Pad
Nature Sketchbook 12x12 Patterns & Solids Pad
DCE Olde Curiosity Shoppe
DIY Craft Paper-Curiosity Collage & Butterflies

 Other Supplies:

Eggs box
Petaloo flowers

 

That wraps it up for today!  Thank you, Joanne and Lena, for two gorgeous examples of upcycling, a step by step tutorial, and a whirlwind of creativity. Be sure to share in the comments what you repurpose at home. We love learning new crafting ideas and techniques! Have fun creating and have a cupcake in Aimee's honor today.  

 

Happy Papercrafting!

ChareeSignatureBlog

 

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