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April 23, 2012

Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks of Happy Haunting!


Hello G45ers,

Happy Monday! We want to welcome you all to this very special day at the Graphic 45 blog. We have lots of fabulous treats in store for you today. We're giving you sneak peeks of our incredible new collection Happy Haunting! This highly anticipated collection is simply stunning and sure to inspire you! All this week we're giving you the chance to win this entire collection before it's even available in stores! Just leave us a blog and/or Facebook comment any time this week. We will be announcing 4 winners each day! That's right, G45ers, 4 winners every day! So be sure to leave your comments! Our first 4 winners will be chosen at random and announced on tomorrow's blog. Wow! Also today we're saying a very fond farewell to one of our 2011 design team members, Melanie Forbes. We'll take you on a journey through some of Melanie's best work on our 2011 team. This is going to be such a big day! So lets get to it! First up is our sneak peek. Ladies and gentleman, we happily bring you Happy Haunting!

It's a bewitching land of enchantment and delight with the newest Halloween-inspired collection from Graphic 45. Introducing Happy Haunting, a dazzling and vibrant collection that will have you grinning like a jack-o-lantern! Journey into a wonderfully whimsical world with 12 gorgeous double-sided papers that are rich with highly saturated color and delectable designs. Inspired by a wholesome and playful era of Halloween's vintage past, the Happy Haunting collection will include marvelous 12x12 and 8x8 paper pads, coordinating chipboard die-cuts, stickers and stamp sets. The jovial full moon lights the way for costumed children, clever black cats, lighthearted witches and other kindly characters. With a stunning color pallet of hypnotic purple, candy corn orange, midnight blue, beguiling black and garden green, Happy Haunting has everything you need to give your Halloween crafts classic charm and fun-loving spirit. Take your creativity to spooktacular new heights with Happy Haunting by Graphic 45!

"Happy Haunting"




"Trick or Treat"



"Enchanted Garden"



"Pumpkin Time"



"Halloween Greetings"



"Midnight Magic"



We hope that got your creative gears turning, G45ers. We will have more Happy Haunting sneak peeks in store for you tomorrow! We can't wait to reveal more from this amazing new collection! Now it's time for us to say a fond farewell to one of our amazing 2011 design team members, Melanie Forbes. Melanie's work has been so incredible this year and it has been our pleasure to have her on our team. She puts so much love and artistic passion into everything she creates. We adore her fabulous crafts and also her enthusiasm to share her crafting wisdom in her fun tutorials. Today we're going to share some of our favorite works of art by Melanie. You'll see her incredible style and crafting expertize shine through each and every one of today's featured projects. We also highly recommend that you check out Melanie's amazing blog. She will continue creating lovely and lavish crafts and her blog is the place to find all of her latest and greatest creations. 


First up is this gorgeous Once Upon a Springtime altered birdcage. This project is so lovely and full of such lush detail. The roof in particular is just amazing and authentic! You can see a fun tutorial that Melanie created for this project here! It's well worth checking out!




Once Upon a Springtime
Flight of Fancy #4500290
Primrose Cottage #4500289
Bird cage large BCLG01
Row of Mushrooms MUSH003
Swirly Flower elements BAS022
Small cluster of Mushrooms MUSH002
Fern & Flourish border BOR0020
Stamping up border punch
Tim Holtz aridondack
dabber Sandal, Copper, Willow
Generic cream rose, leaf ribbon, eggs, moss, beaded ribbon
Allison Ellis glitter - gold

Next up is one of Melanie's famous layouts. This is a great example of her incredible talent for layering beautiful embellishments. She really knows how to combine open spaces with more busy sections in her LOs to create a beautiful sense of movement. This piece is so full of joy!




On the Boardwalk: On the Boardwalk #4500191 x 1 sheet
High Style Holiday #4500196 x 1 sheet
Le Cirque: Le Cirque #450030 x 1 sheet
Manifique #4500306 x 1 sheet
Curtain Call: Applause #4500322  only need one tag from this sheet per person.
Graphic 45 Staples: 1 x Envelope tag per person #4500233
3 x Small & 3 x Medium paper flower per person  #4500230
6 inch lace – Trim #4500232
1 x small chipboard button #4500231
2 x stickers (butterfly and tag ) #4500234
Maya Road Kraft Doilies (2 large and 1 small)
Flourish with a Bling – Jack metallic Black  (epoxy black vine)
Twiddleybitz name plate scroll NP001 *
Twiddleybitz Vintage Key VTG005 x 1 (four in a pack) *
Twiddleybitz Nero Wrought Iron Mantle x 2 (2 in pack – total of 2 required for LO) NERO 009 *
20cm black twine

Next up is this dazzling Steampunk Debutante altered clock. Another one of Melanie's many talents is her knack for creating awe-inspiring works of altered art. This is a perfect example of her eye for color and her love for vibrant embellishments. It totally captures the fun spirit of Steampunk!




Butterfly multi pack BUT007
Steampunk Gears corner SPK004
Steampunk Blossum SPK009
Graphic 45
Steampunk Debutante: Mechanical Mind #4500268
Steampunk Debutante #4500260
Time Flies #4500266
Staples – metal flowers #4500
Staples – sticker #4500
Prima blossoms
Creative Colour sprays – copper
Crafty Notions Jewel enamels – light copper CCE21 & Black
Lumiere Paint – halo blue gold
Black ink
Peacock feather

This is another exquisite layout by Melanie. The timeless elegance of this piece is so striking. Here Melanie went all out with the Graphic 45 Metal Staples. She also did an amazing job of utilizing paper distressing to give this piece a classic look. It's simply gorgeous!





Renaissance Faire – Masterpiece, Bonafide, Triumphant
Graphic 45 Staples – envelopes, metal flowers, Ornate metal door knob, Metal Buttons, Metal hinge
Imaginarium Designs – Cogs & swirl/flourish chipboard
Craft Queen – inch ribbon
Posh Pendants – black/white cameo
Tim Holtz – Ideaology key, grungeboard hinge, metal tag, hitch fastener. Wild honey distress stain. Tassle, black alcohol ink. Chain
Kraft cardstock
7Gypsy – looking glass

Here we have another one of Melanie's marvelous pieces of altered art. This is a super fun art supplies cabinet. You can see how beautifully she decorated this cabinet inside and out. After all, we all need places to store our crafting supplies. Why not create something like this to give your crafting space the pizazz it deserves!





Communique – Pen in Hand, Communique, A Fine Specimen, Postage
Staples – Metal Flowers
Colorbox G45 Decades – Photogenic
Black Gesso
Mod Podge
Tim Holtz corner and door knobs
7Gyspy door knob
Imaginarium Designs letter chipboard.
Various props.
German Scraps – Distress stain rusty hinge & Smooch

Melanie really knows how to decorate for the holidays. Here is one of her incredible pieces of home decor, an altered frame that's covered in Christmas Emporium. There are so many sweet elements in this piece. It's like stepping into a holiday wonderland! There are even adorable little wrapped presents under the paper tree! Melanie really went all out in creating this marvelous piece!

Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium Naughty or Nice house 1 Melanie Forbes

Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium Naughty or Nice house 8 Melanie Forbes

Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium Naughty or Nice house 2 Melanie Forbes


Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium - Joyous Noel, All I Want for Christmas, Christmas Emporium, Special Delivery, Under the Mistletoe, Merry & Bright, A Christmas Carol
Colorbox Decades Ink – Dark Cashmere
Twiddleybitz – Floating Frame FRA001, Funky Townhouse FTH001, Snowflakes SNOW001, Holly Branch Small Xmas036, Holly Branch Large XMAS037, Christmas Border corner XMAS044, Tweenybitz Snowflakes TWTB06.
Florish with a Bling - Jasmine Burgandy swirl
Holly berries & Crystal vine – florist supplies
Mica Flakes
Dimensional Magic
Viva Décor Precious Metal Colour Green 700
Prima Window Décor Resin
Crafty Notions Old Gold embossing enamel
Bakers Twine
Unknown Flowers

And last but not least is this blissful LO that features Tropical Travelogue. Using the Graphic 45 Metal Hinges, Melanie created a little door in this LO that opens to reveal another fun photo and a section for journaling! This is such a perfect example of preserving memories with love and style. This LO truly is "pure magic"!

Graphic 45 Tropical Travellogue Pure Magic dolphin layout Melanie Forbes1

Graphic 45 Tropical Travellogue Pure Magic dolphin layout Melanie Forbes 2

Graphic 45 Tropical Travellogue Pure Magic dolphin layout Melanie Forbes 3


Tropical TravellogueSeaside holiday, Oceania, Botannica, Jungle Fever, Exotic Destination, Cardstock stickers
Staples – Alphabet stickers, Metal hinges
Coredinations Colorcore Signature Series – Bon Voyage
Colorbox Decades Graphic 45 – Photogenic
Twiddleybitz Nero Wrought Iron Mantle Chipboard
3D Foam Mount tape
Want 2 Scrap self adhesive pearls

We want to thank Melanie Forbes for all of her stunning work on our 2011 design team. We have loved having her on our team. We know that she will continue to create awe-inspiring works of art that will continue to inspire crafters all over the world. Her dazzling talents and fun-loving spirit has been so instrumental to our 2011 design team. Thank you so much, Melanie! You are a super star!

And big thanks to all of you G45ers for joining us today. We had a lot of fun getting to show you today's Happy Haunting sneak peeks and Melanie's amazing work. Please come back and see us tomorrow as we bring you more Happy Haunting sneak peeks and announce our first 4 prize pack winners! It's going to be a great day! Have a marvelous Monday!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Wow - the new collection really does have me grinning like a jack-o-lantern! Love the sunflower paper (and so many others). Melanie - your work is beautiful! Thanks for being an inspiration this last year!

I love this collection!! My favorite is the page that is orange, black and white. So vintage. You always put together collections that strike my vintage flair!

OMG!! Halloween is my very favorite holiday and now you have made the perfect paper for it!! I can't wait to get my hands on this awesome collection.

Absolutely LOVE it! Thanks for the sneak peak :)

Love the bewitching new papers and can think of so many uses for the beautiful gate paper - will have to buy many sheets of that one.

The new collection is amazing and a must have!

Thank you for sharing all the projects - Melanie's work is beautiful and awe-inspiring and I know she will be missed.


This paper is great. I just love it.

What a gorgeous collection! All of these layouts and projects are very inspiring, thanks so much for sharing them. Thanks for a chance to win this beautiful collection!

Thjs is a great collection! I can't wait to use it for all the Halloween pictures of my grandkids.

The projects today are truly mind-blowing! Very original! Love this new Paper collection, Halloween is my fav. decoration holiday!

Love Happy Haunting! I can't wait for it to come out. Thank you Melanie for sharing this past year!

Such a Stunning collection!!! Can't wait to see the collection in person!!!

I just love the new paper. Can't wait to make a new mini album & cards for Halloween. So vintage!! You guys are brilliant!!

WOW! I love these papers-at first I thought the sunflowers would be my favorite, but, no the jack o'lanterns, then the greetings, then the gate--can't decide. But love them all and the rich beautiful colors. My creative mind is hard at work!

I love your new Happy Haunting Line!! I can't wait to get my hands on it to make a Halloween book!!!

Oh my... my jaw dropped! I LOVE anything Halloween - this is so very exciting!!! (Can you do Valentine's Day next?!) Can't wait to have this collection in my hands.

The new papers are amazing!

this collection is so beautiful!! it is fun and whimsical just like halloween!!!

I LOVE the New Paper!!
My Favourites are the Sunflower and the Pumpkin! :-)
Cant wait for them to hit the shops!!
Inky Hugs,
Michelle xx

Melanie's work is fantastic! Thanks for the review. I'm excited about the new Halloween collection. The ideas are already flowing - mini books, cards, frames. Looking forward to more sneak peaks.

I agree that Valentine's would be awesome! Glad to see paper and designs that reflect the happier side of the Halloween fare.

"Enchanted Garden" is a great design! I love sunflowers=)

Ok, I think I just died and went to scrapbook heaven!!! My two favorite things Graphic 45 and Halloween! What good get any better!!!!!

I have to have the new collection! It's amazing!

I just love you new Halloween collection. It is so vintage and reminds me so much of my childhood. Can't wait to get it!

Awesome collection! Can't wait to see more!

Fabulous projects! Wonderfully inspiring!

I love Halloween, it's my favorite holiday of the year. Looking forward to seeing this collection in the stores.

Omg i adore the new Halloween papers, but then G45 reLly says it all. When can i get some, quick????

This is so exciting! LOVE this new line Happy Haunting! Yet another beautiful set from you G45! THANKYOU!

I can not WAIT to get my hands on the new halloween papers!!!

Melanie did amazing work I love her bridcage....

Love the clock faces, the fences, the sunflowers, love it all! Can't wait till this comes out.

OMG I just love this new collection!!! My sister is obsessed with witches so I have already put an album together in my mind using these delicious papers- OOOOhhhh I cant wait to get hold of them. Love it XXXXXX

Love Love Love the new Happy Hauntings paper!!! It's so adorable, my head is spinning with ideas!!!!
The projects today are fantastic. I am always in awe of these "artists". That is the only word I can come up with!!! They are truly inspiring!

Seriously! This is one of your cutest collections yet ... and I'm not that much of a halloween fan! But I've GOT to have this collection ... thanks for the chance to win it!!!

Awesome designs!! Halloween is a festival not widely celebrated here in Australia - but my kids will be donning costumes again this year even if its only so I have an excuse to get these wonderful papers!!

Halloween is by far my favorite Holliday!!! I have been waiting so patiently since the sneak peak for the sneak peak came out on Friday!!! I am dying to get my hands on this to work with!!! I have so many ideas I can hardly contain them!!! Thank you for once again being a leader in the industry!!! On the other hand good luck to Melaine and all you future adventures!!!

Je ne reçois plus les news, au secours

Vintage Halloween is one of my all-time favorite things, and this collection captures it perfectly! I can't wait to get my hands on it and see what happens! Halloween magic!

ABSOLUTELY LOVE Happy Haunting ...
ALL of it...I'm so excited, I have not been to bed yet, was headed to bed it's after 6 a.m., so I decided to check the blog before going to bed... OMG too excited now, might as well stay up !So colorful, love the color names, especially midnight blue, hypnotic purple...FUN! FUN! FUN! TRICK OR TREAT !!!

The Halloween designs are fabulous!!
I love them all and the fence page lots of ideas for that one. Great designs.

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