Monday, December 31, 2012

Spotlight on Graphic 45 "A Proper Gentleman"

How do you as a crafter who does mostly feminine crafts create something masculine?

That was the challenge I had this month when I opened my box from Angela Holts Designs, Design team that is being sponsored by the Awesome Graphic 45 the whole month of Jan.

How many of us has seen this gorgeous collection from Graphic 45 and shied away from it because you were not quite sure how to do a masculine project? 



I’ve always loved this line “A Proper Gentleman” but until this month, never worked with it.  I tell you I racked my brain, trying to come up with something awesome, something masculine that showed off this paper to its full glory. Not just me but the other ladies on the team have also come up with some awesome knock your socks off projects, using Graphic 45’s “A Proper Gentleman” I hope my team and I can inspire you to create something masculine that you will be proud of.

My First Project is this Desk Caddy:



In addition to the paper line “A Proper Gentleman” from Graphic 45, I also used Graphic 45’s 12x12 Matchbook box for the bottom drawer and a cigar box for the top.  
My next step was what can I trim it with that will coordinate with the paper and still have that masculine feel.  Burlap! Now why didn’t I think of this before? Along with some of the other images from the paper line and some scrabble tiles, I think it came together well. What do you think? Here are more photos 





This whole month will be Graphic 45! Be sure to come back on Jan 7th for the start of our first Angela Holts Designs Blog Hop:
to see the rest of the coordinating projects I make with this paper line, to go with my Desk Caddy.  Along with a few feminine projects using another Graphic 45 Paper Line I adore.


Hope to see you there...

aka Dare's Designz


  1. Virginia...this is amazing and I love how you combined both boxes! A great masculine project!!

  2. This is such an awesome project. I am hoping to have a go at it in the future.

  3. Virginia... This is amazing. Love all of the added detail! great job!

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