It's another bright and happy day here at Graphic 45! We are so glad you've stopped by to see the latest in craft inspiration. We've got so many fantastic crafts to share with you today! We're celebrating the many ways you can create gorgeous projects with our collection Olde Curiosity Shoppe. You'll see magnificent works of art by Sharon Ong, Denise Hahn and Clare Charvill! Plus we've got helpful tips, a fun tutorial and videos! Wow! So much fun! So lets just get right to it! First up is this remarkable 5x5 altered art box by Sharon Ong. This box is so beautiful! Sharon even included some great tips on how she created this inspiring piece! With a collection as beautiful as Olde Curiosity Shoppe there is no limit to your creativity! Take it away, Sharon!
The Graphic 45 5X5 altered art box is perfect as a little container for tags with quotations, or in my case bible verses to remember. Here's what I did with mine:
Instead of using the album that comes with the box, I used it to make a pocket to hold tags. (the album paper is nice and sturdy so its great for building with!).
My favourite part of this project is actually the sides of the box. I used the Olde Curiosity Shoppe "Genuine Article" papers to paper the sides and painted over them with a thin layer of teal coloured paint, then stained it with distress ink. I like how it makes the paper look 'mouldy'. :)
Next up is this unique and elegant Olde Curiosity Shoppe thread spool necklace by Denise Hahn. This is such a clever idea and so much fun to create! Plus it's a great way to recycle your old thread spools! Turn them into one-of-a-kind accessories like this one! Here is what Denise had to say about this lovely necklace!
"I have been making these necklaces for a while now, but was inspired by Graphic 45’s Old Curiosity Shoppe’s butterflies and Staples Metal Butterflies. I decided to combine them with some fun ribbon from May Arts to make this attention getting wearable piece of art." -Denise Hahn
Next up is this enchanting altered box and mini album by Clare Charvill. Clare is an expert when it comes to creating incredible works of altered art and mini albums! Let this stunning piece capture your heart and imagination! Want to know how it was made? Clare has even included a detailed tutorial and videos that show you how to create one of your very own! So lets have some fun with the amazingly talented Clare Charvill! Take it away, Clare!
1. Take a wooden box and paint it inside and out with black acrylic paint. Leave until completely dry and cover with a coat of matte varnish. I used Claudine Helmuth Matte Medium
2. Measure front, back and sides of your box and cut paper 1/4 " smaller than actual size of each panel to allow for a black border. Ink all edges cover with tacky glue and stick each piece to the corresponding side of the box, making sure all edges are firmly stuck down. I used the back cover of the 12 x 12 paper pad. The diamonds were just the right size for the project.
3. Cut two border pieces out of black card stock using the Sizzix Swirly Back decorative strip and, centring each piece up with the front and back of the box and the bottom edge, stick down firmly to box. Then cut out the "eyes" element from the 12 x 12 Parlor Wall paper and stick to the centre front of box.
4. Take 4 polystyrene balls (bought from local craft store) with black acrylic paint and leave to dry thoroughly. Stick on to each of the bottom corners of the box with tacky glue/glossy accents. I stuck each one on a cocktail stick to make it easy to paint and dry them.
5. Cut out a selection of words from the 12 x 12 Optical Oddities paper, ink the edges of each one with black soot distress ink. Crumple up and then stick them so they overlap around the bottom edge of the border strips on the box.
6. Measure the inside front back and sides of box and cut paper pieces for each that are 1/4" smaller than the actual size of the sides. Ink all paper edges. Paper used was 12 x 12 Parlor Wall. Also cut out peacock element and ink edges. Cut two strips of black ribbon from the G45 Staples range and stick each piece to the inside of the lid and side of box. Then stick the paper pieces to the inside of the box and the peacock element to the inside of the lid.
To decorate the lid:
7. Cut out the dragonfly and two butterfly's from the 12 x 12 Genuine Article and Butterfly Specifics papers. Ink all edges. Take three paper coated florist wires, roll around a wooden spoon to curl and stick one to each of the two butterflies and dragonfly cut outs. I cut a tiny oblong shaped piece of paper from the same sheet as the butterflies, add some glue to the back of the butterflies, position the wire in the glue and stick the little oblong piece of paper over the top. Hold for a few seconds until stuck. Paint a cotton reel black and when dry, group the three wire ends together, push down into the centre of the cotton reel. Squeeze some glue into the hole and leave to dry.
8. Cut out two words from the 12 x 12 Optical Oddities sheet and the frame around the butterfly's on the Parlor Wall paper ink edges and stick down on the top of the box.
Add a metal embellishment to frame one word. Stick cotton reel in place with some tacky glue and leave to dry.
9. Cut out the key from 12 x 12 Parlor Wall paper, ink edges and cover in glossy accents. Leave to dry. Make a small label from Genuine Article 1 x 12 paper, punch hole and stick a hole re enforcer to either side. Take two pieces of thread, fold in half, attach tot he key and tag and then wrap around the cotton reel, sticking down with glossy accents.
To finish box, paint small wooden knob black and stick to centre front of box lid.
There are four videos, and here's the link to the first, how to make the basic album. The other three will be on my you tube channel shortly and follow on from the first.
We hope you all had a ton of fun today and got some great ideas! We want to thank you all for stopping by and seeing us! Huge thanks to Sharon Ong, Denise Hahn and Clare Charvill for their amazing work today! We hope you'll join us tomorrow for more incredible craft inspiration from our wonderful design team! Have a glorious day!