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August 17, 2012

Marvelous Happy Haunting Crafts & Blog Prize Winner!


Hello G45ers,

Happy Friday to you all! Welcome to our blog today! It's the last day of our week-long focus on our fabulous Halloween collection Happy Haunting. We've seen so many amazing creations this week and we've got more inspiration to bring you today! Gloria Stengel has created a fantastic Happy Haunting stamping tutorial video series. Plus we have a gorgeous card by Arlene Cuevas! We're also continuing our series of craft room tours from our design team. Today we'll be showing you the fabulous crafting space belonging to the amazing Tara Orr! She's got some fun tips for organizing and decorating your creative space! And as if that weren't enough, we've got a blog prize winner to announce! Today is packed full of fun to get you inspired for weekend crafting! So lets get the party started! First we wanted to share this great Nutcracker Sweet card we got in the mail yesterday. This came from one of the lucky winners of our Nutcracker Sweet sneak peek prize! We are sending out our sneak peek prizes of our new Graphic 45 Staples this week as well! We love getting beautiful cards in the mail! Big thanks to Jean Marmo for this little cutie!


And now it's prize time! Huge thanks to everyone who left us a blog or Facebook comment this week. We totally love hearing from our wonderful crafting community! This week's winner was chosen randomly from our Facebook comments. And the winner is...

-Dori Garbutt: "Love this paper! SOOO many ideas!"

Congratulations, Dori! Please email us with your shipping informtaion at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize! This is the great Happy Haunting prize that Dori won! We have a new blog contest each week so there's always a chance to win something fabulous from Graphic 45!


And now it's time to take a magical journey to the craft room of Tara Orr. Tara is one of the amazing members of the Graphic 45 design team. Her work is out of this world and today you're going to get to see the epicenter of her inspiration! Check out these great photos of Tara's craft space in her lovely home in British Columbia, Canada. Tara even gives some great tips for making your own creative sanctuary! Take it away, Tara!

"This is my dining room converted to my scrap space...not an actual scrap ROOM (I wish)! Oh well! It does host my scrappy stuff and it is my sanctuary once the kiddos are all in bed.  I have a vintage trunk full of lace, ribbons, crochet and paper doilies and I adore everything in it.  Above the trunk is a shelving rack where each compartment holds about 7 paper pads where I can store my older collections that I still love but with which I am not currently working.  I have SO much paper and I love it! Because I work for many manufacturers, I have lots of STUFF!  I had jewels and flowers and papers and chipboard and embellies EVERYWHERE and the system I had (spread out in boxes on the floor) was not working for me.  I need to see what I have or I simply will not use it.  I decided to showcase all my fave embellishments (from chipboard pieces to rub ons, metal pieces, flowers, bling, lace, trinkets, buttons, etc) on pegboard.  I also love the fact that the items are all off the ground now - giving me more room in my craft area. I have a little area that I store most of my punches and my photo printer where I print my photos off as I need them.  The rest of my stuff is all stored in the drawers or put away for future use. Well, that is about it.... What you see is what you get.  Its what I use on a daily basis. I store all my projects and layouts in rubbermaid containers (the big ones) and put them up in the attic (how horrible, I know - but I simply do not have the space in my room).  I know that the kids will all enjoy them in years to come." -Tara Orr









Wow, thanks Tara for that fabulous tour! Now it's time for some amazing Happy Haunting crafts! First up is this incredible stamping tutorial video series by Gloria Stengel! Gloria is the queen of stamps. She deserves a crown for her stamping prowess. Today she's going to show you some wonderful stamping  techniques for creating this lovely Happy Haunting postcard. Have fun and get inspired for Halloween crafting! Take it away, Gloria!

Happy Haunting Stamp Tutorial Gloria Stengel

Happy Haunting Stamp Tutorial Gloria Stengel

Happy Haunting Stamp Tutorial Gloria Stengel


Graphic 45 Papers:
12x12 Happy Haunting: Pumpkin Time, Jeeper's Creeper's
8x8 Happy Haunting: Happy Haunting
Graphic 45 Stamps:
Happy Haunting: Cling Stamps 2, Cling Stamps 3
Lunch bag: craft supply
Twine: Orange, Black Divine Twine (Really Reasonable Ribbon)
Cardstock: American Crafts black; Copic white
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black: Clearsnap Colorbox Fluid Chalk Dragonfly Black, Ice Blue, Lime Pastel, Warm Violet; Copic markers; Sakura Gelly Roll Star Dust glitter pen

Part 1: Masking:


Part 2: Coloring:


Part 3: Making a Postcard:


Next we have another splendid Happy Haunting creation! This is a gorgeous card created by Arlene Cuevas. This adorable card really captures the sweet wholesomeness of Happy Haunting. Some nice fussy cutting, paper layering and sweet chipboards and embellishments make this card a true craft gem! Here is what Arlene had to say about the inspiration behind this precious creation.

“Halloween happens to be one of my favorite times of the year. My children bring the spirit of Halloween to life for me with their laughter and smiles. The new Happy Haunting is the PERFECT collection to capture those Halloween memories and create fun projects to bring the Halloween holiday to life! I created this 5 ½” x 5 ½” card using the Happy Haunting paper collection by Graphic 45. I am truly inspired by the graphics on this paper collection, which capture the laughter and smiles of children on Halloween!” -Arlene Cuevas







Graphic 45 Co’ordinations cardstock
Black Doily – Owl & Thistle
Cuttle Bug Swiss Dots embossing folder
Ranger Distress Ink – Black Soot
Paper Trey Ink – Black cardstock
I Am Roses daisies
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst Spray – Wake Me Up Before you Go Gold

We hope you all had fun today! Big thanks to Tara Orr, Gloria Stengel and Arlene Cuevas for their fabulous work today. We will be bringing you a whole new week of smiles and inspiration on Monday! We hope you'll come back and see us! Have a great weekend, G45ers!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45




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I wish my craft room was that organized .

Beautiful cards!

I had to wipe some drool up off my screen....I'm loving the haunting's card, super cute! That paper looks' super fun to play with! TFS

Both, Tara and Gloria have inspired me. Tara, to clean up and ORGANIZE my craft room. Gloria to get going and make some halloween themed cards. Thanks ladies, I needed that!

I want to come live in her craft room!! Gorgeous!

Always inspiring on so many levels. Thank you so much.

Congrats to Dori and love love love the projects today!! And Tara's ROOM is AMAZING!!! LOVING the peg board!!!!

Always inspiring !!! Thank you so much!
I love Graphic 45 papers!!!

Arlene's card is gorgeous. It has given me so much inspiration for another G45 project I'm working on. Thanks!

Congrats to the winner. Todays projects are so cute. Love the card. Thanks for sharing

Loved Gloria's postcard tutorial. Introduced new technique and reinforced some old ones that I have not done in awhile. Arlene's card is fabulous, too. Happy Haunting rocks!

That's not a craft room, it's a shop! Wow what a selection of product. Love the card.

Went to bed watching GS's pumpkin postcard videos last night. Great tip on masking. I'm "getting" into stamping more. Love the card by AC great ideas TFS. -Idaho Amy

i've won this collection and i cannot wait to get it....i love these projects, and the layouts, i think i'll 'lift'...these are fabulous...i love, love them. great job, great collection!

Absolutely gorgeous projects! I especially like all of Arlene's fabulous layers on her card!

I've been drooling over your Halloween images--I hope that my computer doesn't short out... :)

I Love Tara's room! It is so well organized . I have a craft room and can not find what I want half the time!
But I do have a cat who likes to re- organize it. That is my story and I'm sticking to it!

Tara love your craft space...especially the fact that you have wine bottles in it! LOL! You go girl! These projects are just mind blowing! TFS!

Love the cards.

Love all of the fun Halloween projects

Great video....you sounded great...look forward to many more!

Fun Happy Haunting projects all week...lots of inspiration...Thanks ladies !

What inspiration today from these 2 wonderfully talented artists. Love the projects and video.

love all of the projects today. tara your room is so clean and organized...oh how I wish! I love the little holder you have your punches in.

Gloria is a natural with the tutorial! I love anything Arlene does! Wish my crafting space looked like Tara's...

Love the cards! Time to start putting out the Halloween projects. Thanks all.

Fantastic to have a peek at Tara's craft space, and yet more great work with the Halloween papers... what an amazing week with G45 - thank you!
Alison x

Gloria did such a great Job!!

All just too delicious!! I am so looking forward to working with this paper! Wish I had some of the staples, too!

Halloween! One of my favorite days of the year...so naturally love these papers!!!

Hi Tara, I love your organized craft space. Mine is organised, but a total mess compared to yours. My biggest problem I think.... I have too much stuff! And because my craft room is out the back in a converted garage, I can be messy and no one see's it. Thanks for sharing, and inspiring!

The best week ever on G45-thank you for all the incredible Halloween inspiration.You have made my month!

I have been out of town but I wanted to say THANK YOU for the again for the Nutcraker papers and for sharing my card!

I can't stop looking at Tara's craft room.
I'm going to add a pegboard to mine
for sure now.

Great pictures and super helpful video. Thanks so much for doing it! Looking forward to many more.

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