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Secret Garden Mixed Media Box

Posted by Graphic 45 04/25/2018 46 Comment(s)

Hello, G45ers!

 Welcome to the Graphic 45 blog!  Today, we have a beautiful handmade gift starring our Secret Garden - Deluxe Collector’s Edition and our Mixed Media 5x5 Box by Brand Ambassador, Lena Astafeva.  Lena shares this stunning box she made for a friend.  Enjoy each beautiful photo of this fussy cutters dream, and be sure to leave a comment below to be entered to win this week's contest. 


Weekly Blog Contest

Just leave a comment here on the blog, Instagram, and/or  Facebook to be entered to win! This week’s prize package a Decades Dye Inkpad Package, a $45 value. The Winner will be announced on the blog Friday, April 27th.  


The Decades Inkpad Package includes:

  • Antique Moss - Green

  • Bon Voyage - Blue

  • Dark Cashmere - Brown

  • French Lilac - Purple

  • Photogenic - Black

  • Precious Pink - Pink

  • Robin’s Egg - Light Blue

  • Triumphant Red - Red

  • Venetian Lace - Pale Yellow

Decades inkpads feature dye-based inks that create a vintage look.  They are the perfect ink for distress and mixed media projects. Featuring signature Graphic 45 colors that coordinate with our paper collections!


Secret Garden Box

By Lena Astafeva


“I’ve made Secret Garden Box. I used Secret Garden - Deluxe Collector's Edition. I love this collection and book “Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This magic box I made as a gift to my friend. She is very fond of the book "The Secret Garden" and the collection of paper Graphic 45. She does have all the fabrics Secret Garden by Wilmington Prints. I used Staples - Mixed Media 5x5 Box-Kraft.”  ~Lena




Graphic 45 Supplies:

Secret Garden - Deluxe Collector's Edition

Other Supplies:

  • chipboards Просто небо
  • flower
  • metal elements


We hope you have enjoyed this beautiful box as much as we have.   Thank you for stopping by our daily blog, and thanks to Lena for contributing this stunning gift.  We hope you have the urge to pull out your G45 stash and start creating.  Until next time... 

Happy Papercrafting!

46 Comment(s)

Michele Lewis:
04/25/2018, 10:39:13 AM

Elena, I love the box you have's gorgeous! Thank you for sharing!

della jenkins:
04/25/2018, 10:42:18 AM

love the papers and the box made from it

Mary Morel:
04/25/2018, 10:43:10 AM

This is just an amazing project! Elena, bravo!

Regina Harrison:
04/25/2018, 10:43:24 AM

This is so pretty. The Secret Garden collection works so well for all kinds of projects:)

Kathleen Wage:
04/25/2018, 10:44:35 AM

Just gorgeous! Would make a perfect birthday present :)

Becca Yahrling:
04/25/2018, 10:48:20 AM

How fun! And beautiful! I thought it was going to be a keepsake box so I was pleasantly surprised that it's a shadow box. I love it! I love making shadow boxes and this one is so unique that I have to try it.

Carrie Zimmerman:
04/25/2018, 10:58:41 AM

Soft and beautiful, what a great gift, wish I was the recipant....

04/25/2018, 11:15:20 AM

So beautiful! It's like a tiny secret world in there, just like the garden. Love that little watering can!

04/25/2018, 11:56:42 AM

One of my favourite paper collections-perfect for this delightful project. Love it!

Sue D:
04/25/2018, 12:09:01 PM

Love this Secret Garden box!

Margie Malone:
04/25/2018, 12:15:24 PM

I love what you have done with the box. It's great. Want to make one for me? HaHaHa!!

Cindy Matsumoto:
04/25/2018, 12:18:38 PM

WOW...this is so lovely! Thank you for sharing!

Sara Johnson:
04/25/2018, 12:21:39 PM

Any recipient would be thrilled to receive this lovely box, fantastic job Elena. I think I would have a hard time letting go of it if I had made it, haha.I'm currently working on a 3 foot X 4 foot mixed media photo collage using the Sun Kissed Collection for my mom for Mothers Day. So excited to see the final results.

04/25/2018, 12:22:09 PM

Such a lovely design - I love the gate in the cover

04/25/2018, 12:34:10 PM

Beautiful and inspiring!

Susan Vogt:
04/25/2018, 12:38:01 PM

Love this box with Secret Garden from G45. Thanks for the inspiration.

Suzanne H.:
04/25/2018, 01:00:36 PM

Oh, the possibilities....

Diane F:
04/25/2018, 01:03:03 PM

Beautiful project today. That little watering can is too cute!

Rebecca Rosas:
04/25/2018, 01:09:37 PM

Delightful little box from Lena! I'm wondering if Lena or her friend is left-handed?

Priscilla Hughs:
04/25/2018, 01:20:17 PM

Secret Garden was my favorite book too..I don’t have the paper tho. Lovely gift for your friend!

Laurie Gibson:
04/25/2018, 01:29:59 PM

I love this idea for these little boxes! So cute! And thanks for the chance to win the inks!

Jan G.:
04/25/2018, 01:30:15 PM

How lovely to receive such a beautiful present. Love the box and how delicate all the fussy cutting looks.

Martie Rollin:
04/25/2018, 01:30:37 PM

Beautiful color combination! Lovely project. Wonderful prize package!!

04/25/2018, 03:05:28 PM

What a pretty box-love the idea of a door. Such a beautiful paper collection.

Suzy Q:
04/25/2018, 03:37:48 PM

How adorable this is! Thanks for sharing! And WOW ...such an awesome prize package G45!

Judy Phillips:
04/25/2018, 04:17:18 PM

What a fabulous project! Your ambassadors are all so talented! Thank you so much!

Kirsty Vittetoe:

Great colors! Fabulous paper collection!!! Love this fun and beautiful creation!

Sharon Clabaugh:
04/25/2018, 04:59:51 PM

Love the Secret Garden box. So cute.

Glenda Buster:
04/25/2018, 05:45:14 PM

Lena, love the details and beauty of your box diorama! The colors from the Secret Garden are so soft and soothing. I didn’t realize there was a book “Secret Garden”. The box and the book would make a lovely gift!

04/25/2018, 05:47:36 PM,

Beautiful paper. Love the project.

Katie Baird:
04/25/2018, 08:11:23 PM

I adore this project! Lena used two of my favorites, the mixed media boxes and the Secret Garden DCE!

Laura callies:
04/25/2018, 09:30:23 PM

Oh wow. I just love the interactive door, and then the elements inside are amazing too!

Jill McAuley:
04/25/2018, 09:34:24 PM

I love the element of wonder added by opening through the door...such a beautiful palette of colors too!

04/25/2018, 09:36:14 PM,


Marla G.:
04/25/2018, 10:47:09 PM

Love the gate idea! Would also love the chance to win ink pads that would match all of my G45 papers!

Robyn Marshall:
04/26/2018, 02:42:16 AM

Love it!!! I would love to make this for my niece. Thanks for sharing!!!

Arianna Barbara:
04/26/2018, 03:27:52 AM

Oh my godness!!! I'm totally in love for this box!!! It's a dream!!! <3

Dorothy McCarthy:
04/26/2018, 05:21:25 AM,

Simply stunning!!

Myrna G:
04/26/2018, 05:30:15 AM

How appropriate just for Mother’s Day. My mother would had love it, she was so dainty that would describe her in many way. Thanks for sharing

Sabrina Gow:
04/26/2018, 10:04:34 AM

So beautiful! Great work Elena! Thank you for sharing!

Debbie Siddle:
04/26/2018, 12:37:23 PM

Sweet shadow boxes x

Cathy P:
04/26/2018, 02:54:49 PM

Absolutely beautiful! Such a wonderful and sweet gift for your friend! I’m sure it will be treasured!

Anne McIntosh:
04/26/2018, 03:33:43 PM

Another beautiful creation by Elena! She is a master of fussy cutting and creating unusual things. thank you!

Diane Howard:
04/26/2018, 08:24:21 PM

Such colors, these inks look amazing. Can’t wait to try!

Libeeti Frenkel:
04/26/2018, 10:28:30 PM

Beautiful project. love it.

Cindy Filley:
05/03/2018, 10:06:49 AM

I loved the Graphic 45 products and even more, the beautiful 3D projects. This little box is so cute. Just love it!

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