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September 09, 2011

G45 Halloween Rejuvenation Challenge!

Hello Clever Crafters,

Happy Friday and thank you for joining us today! We have some very special treats in store for you today. We have a winner for this week's blog contest and brand new and exciting craft challenge to announce! Two exciting announcements in one blog!  Firstly, we want to thank everyone who left us comments for this week's blog contest. We'd asked you to tell us one of your favorite memories from summer and it was an absolute joy to read what everyone wrote. Here in Portland, OR, where the Graphic 45 offices are, we are just now starting to get some of that nice hot summer weather. So it was a real treat to read all about everyone's summer adventures!   Our randomly chosen winner for this week's blog contest is...Sonya Lemacks Everding. Here is what she had to say about her favorite memory from this summer.

"My favorite summer memory was going to my Mom's is Florida with my grandaughter Suzi. We stayed for a couple weeks and had a scrapping extravaganza making cards for the troops overseas for the OWH (Operation Write Home). It was so much fun, bonding, doing something good for someone else."

That sounds great, Sonya! Please email us with your shipping address at info@g45papers.com so that we can send you your prize. Congratulations and enjoy!

Halloween shadowbox 013

Halloween Rejuventation Challenge

Just in time for the weekend, we're announcing our Halloween Rejuvenaiton Challenge! Fall and Halloween are definitely on the way and we thought it would be fun to have an altered art challenge that's inspired by this colorful season. We're asking you to take an old object and bring it back to life with Graphic 45! We've all got stuff around the house that could use a little dressing up. Maybe it's something you found at a garage sale, thrift store, or even an old item that's been sitting in the basement since forever. We want you to create a beautiful Halloween or Fall-themed altered art project from any old, random objects you might have using Graphic 45 products. It's the perfect craft challenge to jump-start your holiday crafting!

The submission deadline is September 25th.  Email submissions to charee@g45papers.com.  On September 26th all of the submissions will be uploaded to our Facebook photos and you will get to vote for your favorite submission by "Like"-ing it! Voting is from September 26th to 7am on Septmeber 30th. The TWO projects with the most likes winWinners will be announced on Friday morning at 8am on our Facebook and on our blog.

The prize? You could win our entire Christmas Emporium collection! A 12x12 and 8x8 Paper Pad, both coordinating chipboard die-cuts and one of each cling stamp! That's a $76 value! Wow! We can't wait to see what you create!


Here are some fun ideas from our design team to get you inspired for this new craft challenge! This first creation is by the wonderful Nicole Eccles. She transformed a drawer organizer and an old purse handle into a fantastic piece of Halloween home decor using some Le Romantique and Botanicabella! Super sweet!

Repurposed Halloween Shadowbox

Here is an adorable altered bottle by Gloria Stengel using The Magic of Oz! Don't just throw away those empty Starbucks bottles! Turn them into Halloween treasures like Gloria did!

"I used an empty Starbucks Frappuccino bottle, and re-purposed it to be used as a table decoration. It can hold candy or other items for a party or to give as a little gift to your favorite Trick-or-Treater. You could decorate a group of these to use as party favors, or use them to decorate a table in your entryway for Halloween! I used a black Copic marker to color the lid black before I added the lid topper. This entire project took about 20 minutes to create, including coloring the image!" -Gloria Stengel




Glass bottle with lid: Starbucks
Graphic45 paper: Emerald City
Chipboard: Graphic45 Chipboard Tags 1
Stamps: Graphic45 Magic of Oz 3, Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collections Odds and Ends
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers, Clearsnap Colorbox Chalk Gray Whale
Twine: Craft supply
Cardstock: Bazzill Raven, Kraft
Spellbinders die templates: S4-190 Labels Four, S4-309 Labels Four SM, S4-304 Eyelet Circles
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG and foam tape, liquid glue, Glue Dots adhesive craft dots

Next we have this amazing Magic of Oz altered frame by Nancy Wethington! We've all seen old frames at garage sales and thrift stores. They are a golden opportunity to create something magnificent! Check out this wonderful altered art treasure by Nancy! So inspiring!

"I purchased 4 of these frames for $2 at a neighborhood garage sale and turned one into a Magic of Oz frame." -Nancy Wethington

Garage Sale 1

"The frame was first base coated with Barn Red acrylic paint.  After that dried, a coat of Crackle Medium was applied.  I let that dry completely before adding the last coat of Maple Sugar Tan.  I like the crackle effect this method gives.  The Maple Sugar crackles to show the Barn Red peeking out from underneath. I covered the "Magic of Oz" words with the "There's no place like home" tag and then added the cut-out scarecrow, the popped up flowers as well as both the good and bad witch.  The Imaginarium house was inked with Distress Stain and the edges were colored with Colorbox/Graphic 45 Photogenic Ink.  Of course, a compass was a must as was the Ruby Slippers Stickles added to Dorothy's shoes." -Nancy Wethington

Garage Sale 2
Graphic 45 Papers: Magic of Oz 8x8 paper pad (The Magic of Oz & Journey to Oz);
Magic of Oz Chipboard Die-Cuts 1
Partner Products: Imaginarium Chipboard House; ColorBox Graphic 45 Decades Photogenic Ink;
3D Foam Squares

Other supplies used:
Miscellaneous compass; Hug Snug seam binding ribbon;
Ruby Slippers Stickles; Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint (Barn Red & Maple Sugar Tan);
Folk Art Crackle Medium; Vintage Photo Distress Stain; Beacon 3-in-1 adhesive
That's all for today, Crafters. We hope you are all excited about this great challenge! We certainly are! We wish you a fantastic Friday and terrific weekend! Enjoy what remains of summer!

Happy Altered Art Papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45


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They are all such great projects!!! I can't wait to get started on my Halloween projects!!

Love all the projects! So many great ideas to give me lots of inspiration! Thank you!

fabulous projects !

Great works! I love the shadow box....so amazing!

so inspiring! and i can't wait to enter the new contest! thanks for hosting a creative challenge - so much fun!

What a fun contest! Pulling out my paper to start planning...

Fabulous inspiration!
Kindest regards,
Jennifer Ferrell

Beautiful Projects! I have something in mind and this challenge is just perfect! Thank you for the inspiration.


Oooooh ...another great challenge and another fabulous prize!!! I'm getting started and look forward to seeing all the entries!! The inspiration pieces are beautiful as usual!! You never cease to amaze and delight us!!

Inspiration is my reason to blog hop and of course to sit at home and order all the lovely products from my LSS. Such fun to get a phone call...your order is in!! Then I visit and pick up even more treasures.

Fantastic!! Loove the amazing projects from the DT.

Simply stunning work ladies. Love each piece, left me drooling.......

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