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May 22, 2012

A Craft Celebration of Olde Curiosity Shoppe!

Hello Fabulous G45ers!

It's another bright and happy day here at Graphic 45! We are so glad you've stopped by to see the latest in craft inspiration. We've got so many fantastic crafts to share with you today! We're celebrating the many ways you can create gorgeous projects with our collection Olde Curiosity Shoppe. You'll see magnificent works of art by Sharon Ong, Denise Hahn and Clare Charvill! Plus we've got helpful tips, a fun tutorial and videos! Wow! So much fun! So lets just get right to it! First up is this remarkable 5x5 altered art box by Sharon Ong. This box is so beautiful! Sharon even included some great tips on how she created this inspiring piece! With a collection as beautiful as Olde Curiosity Shoppe there is no limit to your creativity! Take it away, Sharon!

The Graphic 45 5X5 altered art box is perfect as a little container for tags with quotations, or in my case bible verses to remember.  Here's what I did with mine:

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Altered Art

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Altered Art

Instead of using the album that comes with the box, I used it to make a pocket to hold tags.  (the album paper is nice and sturdy so its great for building with!).

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Altered Art

My favourite part of this project is actually the sides of the box.  I used the Olde Curiosity Shoppe "Genuine Article" papers to paper the sides and painted over them with a thin layer of teal coloured paint, then stained it with distress ink. I like how it makes the paper look 'mouldy'. :)

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Altered Art


Papers:  Mercurial Masterpiece, Parlor Wall, Optical Oddities, Butterfly Specifics, Apothecary, Genuine Article, Bazaar of Wonders,
  5x5 Kraftboard Altered Art Box w/Album
 Metal Flower Staples
  Metal Hinge Staples
 Metal Button Staples
  Metal Clothespins
 Stamped Metal Brads
  Olde Curiosity Shoppe Chipboard Die-cuts 2
Other Supplies:
 Marks Filmstrip Washi Tape

  Making Memories paint - lagoon
 Ranger Distress Ink - Vintage Photo, black soot
 Bazzill kraft cardstock
 twine - my own

Next up is this unique and elegant Olde Curiosity Shoppe thread spool necklace by Denise Hahn. This is such a clever idea and so much fun to create! Plus it's a great way to recycle your old thread spools! Turn them into one-of-a-kind accessories like this one! Here is what Denise had to say about this lovely necklace!  

"I have been making these necklaces for a while now, but was inspired by Graphic 45’s Old Curiosity Shoppe’s butterflies and Staples Metal Butterflies. I decided to combine them with some fun ribbon from May Arts to make this attention getting wearable piece of art." -Denise Hahn

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Necklace - 1

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Necklace - 2

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Necklace - 3

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Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Necklace - 5

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Necklace - 6

Check out Denise's Video Tutorial.



Graphic 45 Paper Old Curiosity Shoppe
Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Stickers
Graphic 45 Staples Butterfly
May Arts Ribbon
Want2Scrap Say it in pearls
Vintage Wooden Spool
Colorbox Chalk Black
Decoupage Medium
Thick Gauge wire (I use rebar wire)
Wire cutters and flat nose pliers
Clearsnap Rollograph with word words stamp
Colorbox Archival Ink Pad Black
Pre-made rosary chain
vintage rhinestone piece
Metal key

Next up is this enchanting altered box and mini album by Clare Charvill. Clare is an expert when it comes to creating incredible works of altered art and mini albums! Let this stunning piece capture your heart and imagination! Want to know how it was made? Clare has even included a detailed tutorial and videos that show you how to create one of your very own! So lets have some fun with the amazingly talented Clare Charvill! Take it away, Clare! 

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Altered Art

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Altered Art

PiOlde Curiosity Shoppe Altered Art

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Altered Art

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Altered Art
Graphic 45 Supplies  
Papers from the 12 x 12 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Collection 
Back Cover - diamonds
12 x 12 Parlour Wall 
12 x 12 Genuine Article for the dragonfly 
Staples Ribbon Black
Miscellaneous supplies
Wooden Box
Polystyrene balls
wooden knob for closure 
3 covered florist wires 
Alterations Metal Embellishment  on lid 
Wooden Cotton Reel
Back Soot Distress Ink
The Instructions

1.  Take a wooden box and paint it inside and out with black acrylic paint.  Leave until completely dry and cover with a coat of matte varnish.  I used Claudine Helmuth Matte Medium

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2.  Measure front, back and sides of your box and  cut paper  1/4 " smaller than actual size of each panel to allow for a black border.  Ink all edges cover with tacky glue and stick each piece to the corresponding side of the box, making sure all edges are firmly stuck down.  I used the back cover of the 12 x 12 paper pad. The diamonds were just the right size for the project.

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3.  Cut two border pieces out of black card stock using the Sizzix  Swirly  Back decorative strip and, centring each piece up with the front and back of the box and the bottom edge, stick down firmly to box. Then  cut out the  "eyes" element  from the 12 x 12 Parlor Wall paper and stick to the centre front of box.  

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4. Take 4 polystyrene balls (bought from local craft store) with black acrylic paint and leave to dry thoroughly. Stick on to each of the bottom corners of the box with tacky glue/glossy accents. I stuck each one on a cocktail stick to make it easy to paint and dry them.

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5.  Cut out a selection of words from the 12 x 12 Optical Oddities paper, ink the edges of each one with black soot distress ink. Crumple up and then stick them so they overlap around the bottom edge of the border strips on the box.

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6.  Measure the inside front back and sides of box and cut paper pieces for each that are 1/4" smaller than the actual size of the sides. Ink all paper edges.  Paper used was 12 x 12 Parlor Wall.  Also cut out peacock element and ink edges.  Cut two strips of black ribbon from the G45 Staples range and stick each piece to the inside of the lid and side of box. Then stick the paper pieces to the inside of the box and the peacock element to the inside of the lid. 

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To decorate the lid: 
7.  Cut out the dragonfly and two butterfly's from the 12 x 12 Genuine Article and Butterfly Specifics papers. Ink all edges.  Take three paper coated florist wires, roll around a wooden spoon to curl and stick one to each of the two butterflies and dragonfly cut outs.  I cut a tiny oblong shaped piece of paper from the same sheet as the butterflies, add some glue to the back of the butterflies, position the wire in the glue and stick the little oblong piece of paper over the top.  Hold for a few seconds until stuck.  Paint a cotton reel black and when dry, group the three wire ends together, push down into the centre of the cotton reel.  Squeeze some glue into the hole and leave to dry.  

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8.  Cut out two words from the 12 x 12 Optical Oddities sheet and the frame around the butterfly's on the  Parlor Wall paper ink edges and stick down on the top of the box. 
Add a metal embellishment to frame one word.  Stick cotton reel in place with some tacky glue and leave to dry. 

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9.  Cut out the key from 12 x 12 Parlor Wall paper, ink edges and cover in glossy accents.  Leave to dry.  Make a small label from Genuine Article 1 x 12 paper, punch hole and stick a hole re enforcer to either side. Take two pieces of thread, fold in half, attach tot he key and tag and then wrap around the cotton reel, sticking down with glossy accents. 

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To finish box, paint small wooden knob black and stick to centre front of box lid.
The album

There are four videos, and here's the link to the first, how to make the basic album. The other three will be on my you tube channel shortly and follow on from the first. 


We hope you all had a ton of fun today and got some great ideas! We want to thank you all for stopping by and seeing us! Huge thanks to Sharon Ong, Denise Hahn and Clare Charvill for their amazing work today! We hope you'll join us tomorrow for more incredible craft inspiration from our wonderful design team! Have a glorious day!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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outstanding fabulous...oh my my local scrapbooking store has this line, off to get it all and create. thanks for sharing...

Wonderful projects and great tutorials.

I am constantly inspired by the art shown on your blog, it's amazing! I only got into paper crafting back in October when I made a few simple mini albums for family members, but now I'm hooked. G45 papers instantly spark an idea of what to make with it, & the paper will be the showcase. When I look at other paper lines I have to have the project in mind first, then the paper is added to it, almost as an after-thought. I really enjoy using your products & can't wait to use the two new lines, they are the perfect new addition.

Wow! You guys continually blow us away!

Amazing treasures! I can't seem to get my mind-set to say it's OK to cut into these papers, lol! They are indeed treasures in themselves.

More awesome projects!!! I need more Graphic 45 supplies, and time to CASE all these wonderful ideas!!!!

Love the necklace

Loved the projects and tips today. I never thought an old thread spool combined with odd pieces of ribbon could be turned into something so beautiful. Such wonderfully creative minds--I wish I could get mine to work that way!

Just beautiful!

Great projects as usual!!! Of course you can't beat the Olde Curiosity Shoppe Papers!!!!!!!!!!! My favorite!!!

Wowwwwwwwwww! These are all STUNNING!!! So many beautiful details!!!

Wow. That box took my breathe away. Loved everything.

fabulous creations!! As usual!! That mini album...i believe i first saw that 'stack the deck' with Laura Denison?!! I love her technique and Claire Charvill did a great job!!!

WOW! Are there some great talent -- this is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

Your design team is just amazing! Great projects!

Wow amazing work by everyone, you never disappoint us!

My mother would love to have a few of these tassels hanging around her house. Thanks for another wonderful idea. They are beautiful and so inventive. What a great use for old thread spools...guess I'll have to get to work.

Bravo!!! beautiful!

The butterfly necklace is just amazing. The details to all the of the projects are beautiful.

All I can say is WOW! :)

You have creative designers working with your Graphic 45 papers!!

Wearable art necklace... absolutely fascinating!

Fabulous projects. The necklace has so much detail. The box's are amazing!!! Awesome Tuesday!!

Love all the projects shown today..

Stunning, gorgeous. inspirational and fabulous! Each one is so unique. Loved the tutorial on creating the box. The necklace was amazing and the boxes great. Thanks for sharing. I get so much inspiration from the DT projects.

Great projects again today

wow - the projects that are posted are truely amazing. there is some great talent using your products. keep them coming.


Fun and inspiring projects! This line is so versatile!!

Gorgeous projects combined with amazing paper=perfection!!!

This has got to be one of the most inspirational collections I've seen yet. I don't think I would know what to use first, it's truly inspiring art!!!

Love all of these creations!!

Thank you so much for new ideas. So inspiring.

*swoon*!! That box is fabulous!!

These are so stunning!!! My absolute fave is Denise's masterpiece - I can not believe you can stamp on metal! All of it is so gorgeous and creative, tfs!!

What great decorative items Can't wait to try them!

Amazing projects.

That box! Wow. Wow. Wow.

Love the box and the contents!

The butterflies and dragonfly attached to wire on top of the box is just too darn cool! I want this line of paper very badly!

These pieces are truly inspiring!! Thank you.

As always, stunning projects!

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