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April 11, 2012

Clever Altered Art Using Olde Curiosity Shoppe!

Hello G45ers!

Welcome to our blog and happy Wednesday to you all! We hope you're enjoying your week so far. We have really had fun reading all of your comments this week on our blog and Facebook page! Just remember that we've got a great blog contest happening this week! All you need to do to enter the contest is leave us a blog or Facebook comment! We will be choosing one random winner from this week's comments and announcing them on Friday right here on our blog! Here's the wonderful prize you can win this week! Today we've got some incredible crafts that are sure to brighten your day! We're featuring stunning altered art creations by Melanie Forbes, Sherry Cheever and Nancy Wethington! All of today's crafts feature our fabulous new collection Olde Curiosity Shoppe. So lets get started on the Graphic 45 daily dose of inspiration! Here we go!


We adore altered at at Graphic 45! It's such a fun and creative way to bring new life to an object. Whether its something old that you've had for years or a new item that could use a little dressing up, altered art is always such a joy to make! Just look at this first incredible piece by Melanie Forbes. She took a plain plywood house and turned it into an enchanting world using Olde Curiosity Shoppe. There are so many fun and eclectic elements to this wonderful piece! It just goes to show you that some pretty paper, cute embellishments and creative panache can go a long way! Check it out!

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Altered Art

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Altered Art

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe House 11 MARCH 12 Melanie Forbes

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Altered Art

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Altered Art

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Altered Art

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Olde Curiosity Shoppe
Olde Curiosity Shoppe, Counting Down, Exquisite Motif, Optical Oddities Race for Time, Apothecary, Bazaar of Wonders, Genuine Article, Butterfly Specifics, Stickers, When Pigs Fly.
Staples – Metal Flowers
Twiddleybitz – Door, Lamp Post
Plywood House – Reject Shop
Black Gesso
Green Moss – florist supplies
Prima Birdcage & Nest with aqua eggs
Tim Holtz – keys
Moonface made from clay in mould
Unknown Shoe
Magnifiying glass
Corset made from clay in mould
Glass bottles

Next up is this amazing Olde Curiosity Shoppe Chunky Tag by Sherry Cheever. Here you can see some fabulous uses of the Graphic 45 Metal Staples. This piece has such a fresh and playful look to it. The warm and vibrant colors of Olde Curiosity Shoppe really stand out. A piece of altered art like this would be perfect as home decor or as a terrific handmade gift for someone you love!






Graphic 45 Papers: Olde Curiosity Shoppe Collection:  Genuine Article, Exquisite Motif, Stickers, Tag 2
Graphic 45 Staples:  Metal Flowers, Buttons and Brads; Door Knob
Spellbinders Paper Arts:  Grand Calibur, LF-005 Grand Peony Creations, S4-328 Foliage
Imaginarium Designs:  Long Swirly Flourish
Ranger Industries:  Distress Ink in Antique Linen and Vintage Photo; Distress Stain in Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo; Glue n’ Seal; Glossy Accents; Mini Mister; Blue and Green Patina Perfect Pearls, Perfect Medium and Brush; Peeled Paint Distress Stickles
Scrapbook Adhesives:  3D Foam Squares
Other:  Black Acrylic Paint; Hot Glue Gun; E-6000 Adhesive; Hobby Wood Trim; Sanding Tools; 1” Wood Spool; Miniature Bottles; Printers Chipboard; Dremel; idea-ology GrungePaper and Memo Pins

This is an incredible curio cabinet by Nancy Wethington that also features Olde Curiosity Shoppe. Projects like these are so much fun to make! Each little window can be its own world with its own distinct theme. You can see the wonderful attention to detail that Nancy demonstrated in this piece. It absolutely captures the spirit of Olde Curiosity Shoppe! This is the perfect kind of project for a rainy day or a cozy weekend when you just want to stay in and get crafty! Here is what Nancy had to say about this dazzling piece!

"I found this curio cabinet at a garage sale. My friend Missy originally found it at Good Will and salvaged it by adding some crackle paint.  When I saw this, I immediately thought of Olde Curiosity Shoppe and saw each of these 4" x 2.5" as windows to the shoppe." -Nancy Wethington

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Altered Art

Here is a wonderful video tutorial that Nancy made for this project! There are some great tips to help you create one of your very own! Check it out!



Partner Products: Core'dinations black cardstock; Hampton Arts Cling Old Curiosity Shoppe Cling Stamps 1, 2 and 3; May Arts ribbon
Other supplies: miscellanous: wood truck; key; metal tag; mini Almanac; birds nest; bird house; egg; flower pots; moss; frame; spool; chipboard numbers; eyeglass; domino.  Tim Holtz Distress Inks and light bulb. Kaiser Craft wood die cuts

We hope you've enjoyed today's wonderful works of altered art! Big thanks to Melanie Forbes, Sherry Cheever and Nancy Wethington for their fabulous work today. There are more craft wonders in store for you all tomorrow so we hope you'll come back and see us. Don't forget to leave a comment on our blog or Facebook page for your chance to win this week's prize! We wish you all a terrific day!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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I love the memory boxes. The last one with all of the legs is a cute idea. See the pigs fly. Haven't used that paper yet.

Really great work!

These boxes and trays are so clever, they make me want to make one, with the "Olde Curosity Shoppe" DP. It would be so fun.

I am SO in love with the Olde Curiosity Shoppe Collection! Today's projects are spectacular and so fun..make me want to alter everything in my craftroom!

LOVE this line! The projects are gorgeous- LURVE the house tray!

Wow-zers!! These are all stunning!!

LOve all the beautiful projects everyone has done

I'm in awe of all the talent. Beautiful projects.

What great projects! There are so many things to look at. I think the name for this line is so appropriate!

All the projects are fabulous; you have great talent on your design team. The chunky tag speaks the loudest to me and it certainly would work well as a gift to someone special.

Wonderful!!! I love it. I bcan't wait to try that myself.

So inspiring! You helped me decide on the perfect Mother's Day gifts. Time to start crafting!

Fab projects and this paper line is just great!!! Best wishes Karen x

Such wonderful projects, thank you so much for sharing them and the chance to win.

These altered projects are amazing. So much detail. Maybi I'll take a closer look at the wood section of the craft store for possible alterations.

Wonderful creations! And the collection is perfect for how it was used! Love this one!

Great projects; I just love this paper line. So glad to see Nancy's work here still!

Lovely! The collection really lends itself to the trays!

Love all the ideas seems todays.. its always a pleasure to start my day seeing the G45 blog.. Its like getting all the morning boost needed to make it a craftful day :)

Inspiration! Inspiration! Inspiration! So many beautiful papers and ideas and so little time!! I LOVE ALL of your papers and the Wonderful Creativeness of your Design Team--and am so grateful for a chance to win a collection! I'm going to have to hit the garage sales and wood department of my craft stores now. Can't wait to try my first Altered Art project! Thank You!!

judy jo

Beautiful projects again. Your design team is so talented and provide so much inspiration!

These are very talented people. Lots of inspiration.

These are all so cool, I love this paper collection, can't wait to get my hands on it. You could help by letting me win! Love all this G45 stuff. So different and up lifting, in this serious world we live in. Brings in some light and excitment in a good way! Thanks

WOW talk about inspirational overload! Today's projects are just amazing and I love all the creative ideas that the DT put together! TFS

I love the Olde Curiosity Shoppe collection and these projects are just fantastic!

I never thought about doing altered art until I found this blog and all of the wonderful projects that are shared. The Olde Curiosity Shoppe line just begs to be used for this too. All of these projects are amazing....I never fail to be amazed at what the design team comes up with!

Every time I see a project posted, it takes my breath away! I just adore all of G45 papers and goodies! So stunning!

Absolutely beautiful and fun!

I can't decide if I like Curiosity Shop or Apothocary Shop best....but after seeing these projects, I think Curiosity Shop is winning..LOL.. Great projects!

fantastic projects !

I love all the projects. What great talent. Your papers just keep getting better. Thank you.

Debbie P

Great works of art!! Such clever ideas... I love them all!

My, my, my ... you ladies are so amazing. These projects are A-W-E-S-O-M-E !! Love the details!!! I want some of everthing you used ... LOL !!!
Oh and Nancy... One of the most DELIGHTFUL tutorials... loved the details, loved the music !!

That's such a cool collection! Just awesome!! I'd like to make the first one. So cool.

beautiful projects :)

These are really good. I like the flying pig.

I love this line is so perfect. I'm a graphic45coholic!!!!!!!!

Wow, absolutely love all of these projects, still hard to decide which paper collection is my favorite, Olde Curiosity Shoppe or Steampunk Debutante.

What Beautiful projects. This paper line is fantastic I can't wait for it to be in New Zealand so I can get my hands on it.

Awesome projects! Thanks to Nancy for the fabulous video on the altered cabinet. LOVE it! ❤

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