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May 30, 2011

The Gears of Inspiration: Steampunk Crafts by Jack & Cat Curio, Sherry Cheever, and Melanie Forbes

Hello Crafters!

Happy Monday to all of you! We hope that whatever you're up to today, that you're enjoying the day. We've been having that funny mix of clouds, rain, and occasional sun. Some days it's hard to believe it's spring! But that makes the warm, sunny days all the more sweeter. And speaking of spring, we're giving away a Once Upon a Springtime 12x12 paper pad as well as some other gorgeous craft goodies as part of this week's blog contest! If the weather isn't going to abide, at least we can have spring in our hearts. This week we're just asking you to leave us a blog comment telling us about something fun you've done this spring. Maybe you've had a nice walk in the park on a sunny day, or perhaps you're working on a beautiful garden. Let us know how you've been enjoying this wonderful season and you could win this terrific prize pack. A Once Upon a Springtime 12x12 Paper Pad, Metal Hinge Staples, Once Upon a Springtime Cling Stamps, and three beautiful chipboards by Imaginarium Designs! You can leave your comment any day this week and we will choose a random winner and announce them on Friday, June 3rd. Hooray!


You are in for such a treat today, crafters. Our Design Team has whipped up some spectacular Steampunk Debutant crafts that are out of this world! We've even got amazing tutorials by Sherry Cheever and Melanie Forbes! The thing that I love about today's crafts is that they all feature altered art with Steampunk Debutant. Altered art is always so much fun to create, especially with a decadent collection like Steampunk Debutant with all its rich colors and whimsical designs. So lets check out these amazingly inspiring creations! This first piece was created by the fantastic Jack & Cat Curio. This beautiful Steampunk altered tin has so many lavish details and a perfect rustic look. It's just another example of Jack & Cat's stunningly unique artistic vision. Take it away, Jack & Cat!

"We call it….”layering the strange”…. bring enough odd objects together, cover them, distress them, and disguise them. You will unify them into a grand piece of eye candy. Such is the case with this piece… we gathered a mint tin, ceiling mount, brass charms, and our favorite “Steampunk Debutante” imagery." -Jack & Cat Curio


Altoid tin, ceiling mount

Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante Collection: Ephemera Extraordinaire, Mechanical Mind, Time Flies, Nouveau Artistry

Ink: Ranger Distress Wild Honey, Walnut Stain, Black Soot, Distress Embossing Ink

Golden Light Molding Paste, Modern Masters Metal Effects Iron Paint and Rust Solution, Claudine Hellmuth Blank Canvas, KAISER Colour Sea Breeze, Golden Glaze Patina Green, Zing! Gold Embossing Powder, Adirondack Metallics Acrylic Paint Dabbers Gold, Judikins Fluxe

Leaky Shed Studios Gear and Cogs, Leaky Shed Studios Ornate Corners, Graphic 45 Staples Metal Flowers, Graphic 45 Metal Staples Buttons, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Sprocket Gears, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Timepieces Watch Faces, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Adornments—Regal, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Long Fasteners, Objects and Elements Oval Hobnail Copper Bezel, Resin Black Frame, vintage rhinestones, netting material, vintage dictionary pages, brass crown, brass keyhole

Glue: Claudine Hellmuth Multi Medium, Hot Glue, Super Glue gel,

Tools: Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzix Bigz Dies Tattered Florals

Steampunk altered tin.1

Steampunk altered tin.3

Next up is a beautiful Steampunk Debutant altered frame by Sherry Cheever. Overflowing with gorgeous flowers, butterflies, clock gears, and luscious colors, this altered picture frame is beautifully balanced and breathtaking. Want to know how it was made? Sherry has prepared a video tutorial that shows you her techniques! Amazing! Here's what Sherry had to say about this lovely creation.

"The frame was painted black and then covered with Steampunk Debutante paper. The paper was glued down with Multi-Medium matte and the excess was removed by sanding away at the edges. Vintage Photo Distress Ink was then sponged on the edges of the frame. The middle image was centered and the wings were painted with Black Soot Distress Stickles. An extra hat and dress were cut out, the edges sponged with Vintage Photo and raised over the image with foam mounting tape. The hat was also painted with Black Soot Distress Stickles.

Craft Foil was die cut with Sprightly Sprockets and then covered with Black Soot Alcohol Inks with a drop of Copper Mixative added.

The flowers were made by die cutting/embossing Steampunk Debutante paper with Rose Creations and Carnation Creations. The flowers were shaped with a petal roller and a foam pad. All the leaves were die cut with the Foliage Die Template and then colored different hues of greens.

The butterfly in the top right corner was glued to a piece of Clearly for Art, heated with a heat tool and the wings were shaped with the Clearly for Art was still warm." -Sherry Cheever


Paper: Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante; Tim Holtz idea-ology GrungePaper

Spellbinders: S4-328 Foliage; S5-048 Sprightly Sprockets; S5-050 Rose Creations; S5-049 Carnation Creations; F-012 Premium Craft Foils – Precious Metals; Grand Calibur

Ink/Paint: Ranger Peeled Paint Distress Stain, Lettuce and Meadow Color Wash, Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Adirondack Copper Mixative and Pitch Black Alcohol Inks and Blending Solution; Black Acrylic Paint

Embellishments: Tim Holtz idea-ology Memo Pins; 7 Gypsies Brads; Maya Road Vintage Pearls and Brown and Turquoise Leaf Trinket Pins; Ranger Black Soot Distress Stickles

Tools: Ranger Ink Applicators w/Felt (alcohol inks) and w/Foam, Non-Stick Craft Sheet, Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi-Medium Matte; Studio 490 Art Parts Clearly for Art; Black Craft Wire; Sanding Tools; Imaginisce Petal Roller; $1 Wood Frame from Michaels; Foam Mounting Tape; Foam Pad




Check out Sherry Cheever's video tutorial all about this amazing altered Steampunk picture frame!


Next up is this amazing Steampunk Debutnat alered clock by Melanie Forbes. This is a perfect example of Melanie's delicate and beautiful artisitc sensability. The multi-colored clock gears look so amazing in this altered clock, especially when combined with the gorgeous flowers and that amazing peacock feather. This is such a great example of taking a simple object and turning it into something magical! Lynette has even prepared a step-by-step tutorial on how this amzing clock was created! Get ready to be inspired!

Butterfly multi pack BUT007
Steampunk Gears corner SPK004
Steampunk Blossum SPK009
Graphic 45
Steampunk Debutante: Mechanical Mind, Steampunk Debutante, Time Flies. Staples: Metal Flowers, Stickers
Prima blossoms
Creative Colour sprays – copper
Crafty Notions Jewel enamels – light copper CCE21 & Black
Lumiere Paint – halo blue gold
Black ink
Peacock feather






Steampunk Debutant Altered Clock Tutorial:

1. Cover backing piece with “Mechanical mind” paper. Middle cut out piece is reversed and placed on centre backing piece.

2. Top mdf piece is covered with Steampunk Debutante – all edges inked and sandpapered.

3. Cogs are coloured in using either crafty notions spray, enamels or black gesso

4. Assemble clock as per instructions

5. Attach inked black steampunk gears and blossom to either side of clock and glue flowers and butterflies into place.

Big thanks to our amazingly talented Design Team members: Jack & Cat Curio, Sherry Cheever, and Melanie Forbes. Their work is always so inspiring and it was a pleasure to be able to feature all of their amazing work in one blog post! We look foward to reading all of your blog comments this week. We hope today's crafts helped to brighten your spring day.

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Team Graphic 45


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Wonderful projects! Hmm, spring? We have had such minimal spring weather this year and I would have to say that last Monday (our holiday here in BC, Victoria Day) ended up a beautiful day so we hung out and did "garden work"... it was so nice to finally not get cold and wet, actually enjoy being out there weeding, cutting, clipping and I finally got to go and buy a hanging basket for the front of the house, there's never "not" a hanging basket at our house :)

This spring has been rather wet here in Montana! On the 21st I went to check out our campsite and on the 22nd the road washed out - along with a lot of the rest of the state. So this spring I have just been trying to stay dry!

I had a relaxing time at the park, enjoying the evening breeze with my family :) What a great giveaway!!

Spending family time at the park, and working on my pond/garden :) Thanks for the giveaway!

I wish i could win this....will give it to my sis and we could scrap together!

Here in Chicago the weather has been uncertain about what it wants to do so this weekend my teenage boys and grand daughters came by to help put in a vegetable garden. It really was a very hot humid day, nobody complained, and my grand daughter Kaylee who is 5 started a mud pie fight with my 17 year old son...then everybody was in on it...we all had a blast, rinsed off with the hose and went to get ice cream after everyone was cleaned up. I hope our garden isn't too late to plant, but if we had any sooner the frost would have killed our plants.


These projects are amazing. I love the altered altoid tin. It's unbelievable the talent these women have.

I have been able to do some dog-sitting in other people's homes while they are traveling. Great cuddle and play time for me, while earning a little extra $$.

I just love the projects and the candy is aweomes too, I love to watch the take pictures of the birds, in my yard and of the flowers coming up and blooming.
Thank you for the chance to win some candy.

Michele H

Most of my time this spring has been spent planning my daughter's wedding. It was very DIY from the invitations to the programs, flowers etc. She just got married on May 15th. As soon as I get the photographer's pictures to add to the pictures taken by friends and family, I will begin her wedding album using the Romantique line (my absolute favorite!). I used papers from the Once Upon a Springtime for her Engagement Party layouts and they came out so pretty! I bought those papers individually, but would LOVE to have a whole pad for all of the other projects I have in mind for that line!!
I am also using several of your other lines in my heritage album as well! I cannot wait to see the "Oz" line in my local store!!

What amazing projects and what a fabulous giveaway! I sooo want to win! :)

This Spring, my fiance and i did something very BIG... we bought a house!!! :)

Amazing creations...Great giveaway-Thanks for the chance to win. I would love to win the Once Upon A Springtime paper. I can think of all sorts of ways to use it.

How absolutely gorgeous!!!! I love the clock...oh never mind!! I LOVE ALL OF IT!!! Crazy gorgeous!!!! Thanks for sharing your talent !!! Just phenominal!!!!!!

Great projects, ladies! I played several rounds of golf in great weather and am looking forward to some more fun evenings with the ladies' league before the heat and humidity set in!

All the projects on today's post are great. really like the frame and altered clock.
Now for spring: what I like to do is go visit my brother in VA. that's what spring means to me.
stamping sue

This spring we put in a vegetable garden, and I am excited for the plants to start bearing!

Wow, stunning & gorgeous projects; the DT is sooo talented! I enjoyed snuggling up in my chair and reading "My Sister's Keeper" and other good books. I went for some scrap classes with my galfriends too. I would be really happy if I could win those goodies, especially the lovely "Once upon a springtime" stack.(: thanks for the chance to win!!:D

I cleaned out my garden and began planting veggies flowers (one can never have enough) and herbes.

Loving the projects your DT came up with. They are just awesome!

I went to my first mixed media art retreat this past weekend. It was great, so many different teachers. I learn't alot of new techniqes like ice resin. Now I can make some embellishments for my work. Of course with using graphic 45 paper.

I love coming here to see the fabulous creations!!! We had a very low key weekend - to the cemetery with flags and flowers, home to BBQ a pork steak for DH and I, and a bit of reading!!! OH...and cardmaking! lol...

Wow! Such amazing projects! This spring is special for us as my DH's Grandmother turns 100 years young - and she's throwing a big party for herself!! Bless her heart! Thanks for the chance to win!

I love your papers etc, although they are not easy to come by in Glasgow, Scotland, UK! This Spring I have spent alot of time making some of the beautiful creations Laura Denison shows us on her UStream channel. I am going to try her fairy house, which funnily enough uses the G45 springtime pad!!

Great projects from all the talented designers. It is Autumn here in Australia so we will need to wait a little while before we can enjoy the warmth and beauty of Spring. Thanks for the opportunity to win such a fabulous prize.

Beautifully done everyone!

Love all three of your new projects. The colors on Lynette's piece are especially beautiful! Keep 'em coming!


Nothing could be finer than to sit on the patio with a good book!

amazing projects! i love to create the clock myself. thank you for sharing Mel!

It's very warm here so I am enjoying my grand kids coming over to play in the pool!!!

And btw I abslutely love all of the projects from the Design Team!!! Hugs!!

We're in California and the weather has been so odd lately it's been hard to plan activities these past weekends, but reguardless of the weather, we always find someway to bring our boys out to enjoy mother nature and we've been enjoying this spring time by finding even the simplest ways to have fun. This past week's adventure was to the Japanese Tea Garden. It's still a tad cold so only some fish have been out, but we still love to walk along the trail and have lunch on the grassy hills. Still, it's a perfect way to spend the day.

My spring fever arrived much too early this year and I really pushed the season by getting my garden boxes planted before the end of April. Thankfully, the days were warm enough and my little seedlings did not suffer from the cold. Now the days are sooo much warmer here in central Ohio and my vegetable garden is growing like crazy. Perhaps I will chronicle the season in a scrapbook. I could sure make a sweet mini album out of an Altoids akin to the beautiful piece of artwork posted today.

This spring I've done some spring cleaning in my scraproom. I reorganized everything and completely changed my storage solution. This has reinvigorated my desire to start scrapbooking again finally!

love the steampunk projects!
in the beginning of spring we went to france on the opal coast and we take long walks and eat a lot of fish food...

i am enjoying the spring, well more summer with my kids. I also am being creative with my paper crafts. Love the art the ladies made, simply wonderful.

We had exactly one week of Spring in NY and now it's as hot as it is in August! Despite the weather, I enjoyed going to the track to watch my children race for their school teams! Thanks for the chance.

This Spring I enjoyed getting my flower beds planted and picking out new Lily bulbs to plant. Taking my Yorkie Trixie for walks and loving the Spring weather that has finally arrived! Love all the layouts with Graphic 45 paper and thanks for the chance to win some!

Awesome projects!!!!!

It's been abnormally rainy and cold in this part of the country. So, my "spring thing" was along the lines of if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. So, on one of the warmer days I took a walk of our neighborhood in the rain; checking out all of the fabulous blooming trees and flowers.

Gorgeous projects! I've been playing with paper....my favorite past time in any season! Also planted some vinca this weekend.

This spring we hosted Easter at our house for the family for the first time. It went very well and we had a great time. Success! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

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