Marvelous Happy Haunting Crafts & Blog Prize Winner!
Happy Friday to you all! Welcome to our blog today! It's the last day of our week-long focus on our fabulous Halloween collection Happy Haunting. We've seen so many amazing creations this week and we've got more inspiration to bring you today! Gloria Stengel has created a fantastic Happy Haunting stamping tutorial video series. Plus we have a gorgeous card by Arlene Cuevas! We're also continuing our series of craft room tours from our design team. Today we'll be showing you the fabulous crafting space belonging to the amazing Tara Orr! She's got some fun tips for organizing and decorating your creative space! And as if that weren't enough, we've got a blog prize winner to announce! Today is packed full of fun to get you inspired for weekend crafting! So lets get the party started! First we wanted to share this great Nutcracker Sweet card we got in the mail yesterday. This came from one of the lucky winners of our Nutcracker Sweet sneak peek prize! We are sending out our sneak peek prizes of our new Graphic 45 Staples this week as well! We love getting beautiful cards in the mail! Big thanks to Jean Marmo for this little cutie!
And now it's prize time! Huge thanks to everyone who left us a blog or Facebook comment this week. We totally love hearing from our wonderful crafting community! This week's winner was chosen randomly from our Facebook comments. And the winner is...
-Dori Garbutt: "Love this paper! SOOO many ideas!"
Congratulations, Dori! Please email us with your shipping informtaion at email@example.com to claim your prize! This is the great Happy Haunting prize that Dori won! We have a new blog contest each week so there's always a chance to win something fabulous from Graphic 45!
And now it's time to take a magical journey to the craft room of Tara Orr. Tara is one of the amazing members of the Graphic 45 design team. Her work is out of this world and today you're going to get to see the epicenter of her inspiration! Check out these great photos of Tara's craft space in her lovely home in British Columbia, Canada. Tara even gives some great tips for making your own creative sanctuary! Take it away, Tara!
"This is my dining room converted to my scrap space...not an actual scrap ROOM (I wish)! Oh well! It does host my scrappy stuff and it is my sanctuary once the kiddos are all in bed. I have a vintage trunk full of lace, ribbons, crochet and paper doilies and I adore everything in it. Above the trunk is a shelving rack where each compartment holds about 7 paper pads where I can store my older collections that I still love but with which I am not currently working. I have SO much paper and I love it! Because I work for many manufacturers, I have lots of STUFF! I had jewels and flowers and papers and chipboard and embellies EVERYWHERE and the system I had (spread out in boxes on the floor) was not working for me. I need to see what I have or I simply will not use it. I decided to showcase all my fave embellishments (from chipboard pieces to rub ons, metal pieces, flowers, bling, lace, trinkets, buttons, etc) on pegboard. I also love the fact that the items are all off the ground now - giving me more room in my craft area. I have a little area that I store most of my punches and my photo printer where I print my photos off as I need them. The rest of my stuff is all stored in the drawers or put away for future use. Well, that is about it.... What you see is what you get. Its what I use on a daily basis. I store all my projects and layouts in rubbermaid containers (the big ones) and put them up in the attic (how horrible, I know - but I simply do not have the space in my room). I know that the kids will all enjoy them in years to come." -Tara Orr
Wow, thanks Tara for that fabulous tour! Now it's time for some amazing Happy Haunting crafts! First up is this incredible stamping tutorial video series by Gloria Stengel! Gloria is the queen of stamps. She deserves a crown for her stamping prowess. Today she's going to show you some wonderful stamping techniques for creating this lovely Happy Haunting postcard. Have fun and get inspired for Halloween crafting! Take it away, Gloria!
Graphic 45 Papers:
12x12 Happy Haunting: Pumpkin Time, Jeeper's Creeper's
8x8 Happy Haunting: Happy Haunting
Graphic 45 Stamps:
Happy Haunting: Cling Stamps 2, Cling Stamps 3
Lunch bag: craft supply
Twine: Orange, Black Divine Twine (Really Reasonable Ribbon)
Cardstock: American Crafts black; Copic white
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black: Clearsnap Colorbox Fluid Chalk Dragonfly Black, Ice Blue, Lime Pastel, Warm Violet; Copic markers; Sakura Gelly Roll Star Dust glitter pen
Part 1: Masking:
Part 2: Coloring:
Part 3: Making a Postcard:
Next we have another splendid Happy Haunting creation! This is a gorgeous card created by Arlene Cuevas. This adorable card really captures the sweet wholesomeness of Happy Haunting. Some nice fussy cutting, paper layering and sweet chipboards and embellishments make this card a true craft gem! Here is what Arlene had to say about the inspiration behind this precious creation.
“Halloween happens to be one of my favorite times of the year. My children bring the spirit of Halloween to life for me with their laughter and smiles. The new Happy Haunting is the PERFECT collection to capture those Halloween memories and create fun projects to bring the Halloween holiday to life! I created this 5 ½” x 5 ½” card using the Happy Haunting paper collection by Graphic 45. I am truly inspired by the graphics on this paper collection, which capture the laughter and smiles of children on Halloween!” -Arlene Cuevas