Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks of Happy Haunting!
Happy Monday! We want to welcome you all to this very special day at the Graphic 45 blog. We have lots of fabulous treats in store for you today. We're giving you sneak peeks of our incredible new collection Happy Haunting! This highly anticipated collection is simply stunning and sure to inspire you! All this week we're giving you the chance to win this entire collection before it's even available in stores! Just leave us a blog and/or Facebook comment any time this week. We will be announcing 4 winners each day! That's right, G45ers, 4 winners every day! So be sure to leave your comments! Our first 4 winners will be chosen at random and announced on tomorrow's blog. Wow! Also today we're saying a very fond farewell to one of our 2011 design team members, Melanie Forbes. We'll take you on a journey through some of Melanie's best work on our 2011 team. This is going to be such a big day! So lets get to it! First up is our sneak peek. Ladies and gentleman, we happily bring you Happy Haunting!
It's a bewitching land of enchantment and delight with the newest Halloween-inspired collection from Graphic 45. Introducing Happy Haunting, a dazzling and vibrant collection that will have you grinning like a jack-o-lantern! Journey into a wonderfully whimsical world with 12 gorgeous double-sided papers that are rich with highly saturated color and delectable designs. Inspired by a wholesome and playful era of Halloween's vintage past, the Happy Haunting collection will include marvelous 12x12 and 8x8 paper pads, coordinating chipboard die-cuts, stickers and stamp sets. The jovial full moon lights the way for costumed children, clever black cats, lighthearted witches and other kindly characters. With a stunning color pallet of hypnotic purple, candy corn orange, midnight blue, beguiling black and garden green, Happy Haunting has everything you need to give your Halloween crafts classic charm and fun-loving spirit. Take your creativity to spooktacular new heights with Happy Haunting by Graphic 45!
"Trick or Treat"
We hope that got your creative gears turning, G45ers. We will have more Happy Haunting sneak peeks in store for you tomorrow! We can't wait to reveal more from this amazing new collection! Now it's time for us to say a fond farewell to one of our amazing 2011 design team members, Melanie Forbes. Melanie's work has been so incredible this year and it has been our pleasure to have her on our team. She puts so much love and artistic passion into everything she creates. We adore her fabulous crafts and also her enthusiasm to share her crafting wisdom in her fun tutorials. Today we're going to share some of our favorite works of art by Melanie. You'll see her incredible style and crafting expertize shine through each and every one of today's featured projects. We also highly recommend that you check out Melanie's amazing blog. She will continue creating lovely and lavish crafts and her blog is the place to find all of her latest and greatest creations.
First up is this gorgeous Once Upon a Springtime altered birdcage. This project is so lovely and full of such lush detail. The roof in particular is just amazing and authentic! You can see a fun tutorial that Melanie created for this project here! It's well worth checking out!
Once Upon a Springtime
Flight of Fancy #4500290
Primrose Cottage #4500289
Bird cage large BCLG01
Row of Mushrooms MUSH003
Swirly Flower elements BAS022
Small cluster of Mushrooms MUSH002
Fern & Flourish border BOR0020
Stamping up border punch
Tim Holtz aridondack
dabber Sandal, Copper, Willow
Generic cream rose, leaf ribbon, eggs, moss, beaded ribbon
Allison Ellis glitter - gold
Next up is one of Melanie's famous layouts. This is a great example of her incredible talent for layering beautiful embellishments. She really knows how to combine open spaces with more busy sections in her LOs to create a beautiful sense of movement. This piece is so full of joy!
On the Boardwalk: On the Boardwalk #4500191 x 1 sheet
High Style Holiday #4500196 x 1 sheet
Le Cirque: Le Cirque #450030 x 1 sheet
Manifique #4500306 x 1 sheet
Curtain Call: Applause #4500322 only need one tag from this sheet per person.
Graphic 45 Staples: 1 x Envelope tag per person #4500233
3 x Small & 3 x Medium paper flower per person #4500230
6 inch lace – Trim #4500232
1 x small chipboard button #4500231
2 x stickers (butterfly and tag ) #4500234
Maya Road Kraft Doilies (2 large and 1 small)
Flourish with a Bling – Jack metallic Black (epoxy black vine)
Twiddleybitz name plate scroll NP001 *
Twiddleybitz Vintage Key VTG005 x 1 (four in a pack) *
Twiddleybitz Nero Wrought Iron Mantle x 2 (2 in pack – total of 2 required for LO) NERO 009 *
20cm black twine
Next up is this dazzling Steampunk Debutante altered clock. Another one of Melanie's many talents is her knack for creating awe-inspiring works of altered art. This is a perfect example of her eye for color and her love for vibrant embellishments. It totally captures the fun spirit of Steampunk!
Butterfly multi pack BUT007
Steampunk Gears corner SPK004
Steampunk Blossum SPK009
Steampunk Debutante: Mechanical Mind #4500268
Steampunk Debutante #4500260
Time Flies #4500266
Staples – metal flowers #4500
Staples – sticker #4500
Creative Colour sprays – copper
Crafty Notions Jewel enamels – light copper CCE21 & Black
Lumiere Paint – halo blue gold
This is another exquisite layout by Melanie. The timeless elegance of this piece is so striking. Here Melanie went all out with the Graphic 45 Metal Staples. She also did an amazing job of utilizing paper distressing to give this piece a classic look. It's simply gorgeous!
Renaissance Faire – Masterpiece, Bonafide, Triumphant
Graphic 45 Staples – envelopes, metal flowers, Ornate metal door knob, Metal Buttons, Metal hinge
Imaginarium Designs – Cogs & swirl/flourish chipboard
Craft Queen – inch ribbon
Posh Pendants – black/white cameo
Tim Holtz – Ideaology key, grungeboard hinge, metal tag, hitch fastener. Wild honey distress stain. Tassle, black alcohol ink. Chain
7Gypsy – looking glass
Here we have another one of Melanie's marvelous pieces of altered art. This is a super fun art supplies cabinet. You can see how beautifully she decorated this cabinet inside and out. After all, we all need places to store our crafting supplies. Why not create something like this to give your crafting space the pizazz it deserves!
Communique – Pen in Hand, Communique, A Fine Specimen, Postage
Staples – Metal Flowers
Colorbox G45 Decades – Photogenic
Tim Holtz corner and door knobs
7Gyspy door knob
Imaginarium Designs letter chipboard.
German Scraps – Distress stain rusty hinge & Smooch
Melanie really knows how to decorate for the holidays. Here is one of her incredible pieces of home decor, an altered frame that's covered in Christmas Emporium. There are so many sweet elements in this piece. It's like stepping into a holiday wonderland! There are even adorable little wrapped presents under the paper tree! Melanie really went all out in creating this marvelous piece!
Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium - Joyous Noel, All I Want for Christmas, Christmas Emporium, Special Delivery, Under the Mistletoe, Merry & Bright, A Christmas Carol
Colorbox Decades Ink – Dark Cashmere
Twiddleybitz – Floating Frame FRA001, Funky Townhouse FTH001, Snowflakes SNOW001, Holly Branch Small Xmas036, Holly Branch Large XMAS037, Christmas Border corner XMAS044, Tweenybitz Snowflakes TWTB06.
Florish with a Bling - Jasmine Burgandy swirl
Holly berries & Crystal vine – florist supplies
Viva Décor Precious Metal Colour Green 700
Prima Window Décor Resin
Crafty Notions Old Gold embossing enamel
And last but not least is this blissful LO that features Tropical Travelogue. Using the Graphic 45 Metal Hinges, Melanie created a little door in this LO that opens to reveal another fun photo and a section for journaling! This is such a perfect example of preserving memories with love and style. This LO truly is "pure magic"!
Tropical Travellogue – Seaside holiday, Oceania, Botannica, Jungle Fever, Exotic Destination, Cardstock stickers
Staples – Alphabet stickers, Metal hinges
Coredinations Colorcore Signature Series – Bon Voyage
Colorbox Decades Graphic 45 – Photogenic
Twiddleybitz Nero Wrought Iron Mantle Chipboard
3D Foam Mount tape
Want 2 Scrap self adhesive pearls
We want to thank Melanie Forbes for all of her stunning work on our 2011 design team. We have loved having her on our team. We know that she will continue to create awe-inspiring works of art that will continue to inspire crafters all over the world. Her dazzling talents and fun-loving spirit has been so instrumental to our 2011 design team. Thank you so much, Melanie! You are a super star!
And big thanks to all of you G45ers for joining us today. We had a lot of fun getting to show you today's Happy Haunting sneak peeks and Melanie's amazing work. Please come back and see us tomorrow as we bring you more Happy Haunting sneak peeks and announce our first 4 prize pack winners! It's going to be a great day! Have a marvelous Monday!
Your Friends at Graphic 45