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August 02, 2012

Fun & Pretty Altered Art Featuring Happy Haunting!


Hello G45ers,

Welcome to another fine day of gorgeous crafts here at the Graphic 45 blog! We hope you are all enjoying your day! We are so happy that you've stopped by to see the latest craft creations from our design team! We promise you wont be disappointed! We've got lots of incredible goodies to share with you all today! Gloria Stengel is going to take you on a video tour of her newly remodeled crafting studio! Plus we have two super fun and gorgeous tutorials from Clare Charvill. Her beautiful creations feature Happy Haunting, our adorable new Halloween collection! You'll get to see some amazing works of altered art with step-by-step instructions on how to they were made! Inspiration is abundant on today's blog! So let the fun begin! 

First up we've got this great video from Gloria Stengel. Here at Graphic 45 we've been really excited about getting ideas for crafting spaces and studios. A few of our design team members have already taken you on a tour of their crafting rooms. Well it's Gloria Stengel's turn! Gloria recently got new hardwood floors for her studio. It was very exciting and a perfect excuse to get organized. You'll see some great before and after photos of her new crafting space. Get inspired with her fun ideas for decorating and organizing! Think about how you could brighten up your own crafting space as you watch this great video!

And now it's time to craft! Here we have a super fun and easy tutorial by Clare Charvill. She created an adorable coaster set from our Happy Haunting collection! Clare takes you on a creative journey in this fabulous tutorial! Take it away, Clare!

Here's my simple Happy Haunting project, a coaster set for a children's halloween party.  This project is low cost and can be made in under an hour. I used a wooden coaster set that I picked up from a local shop for £1.00, two pieces of 12 x 12 Happy Hauntings paper, Decoupatch Glossy Glue, black acrylic paint  , Black Diamond Stickles, Vintage Photo Distress Ink, my paper trimmer and my pair small Tonic Studios scissors for cutting out the characters. 

Happy Haunting Altered Art

And here's how I put everything together.
First I painted the coasters and coaster holder in black acrylic paint

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Then I spread a thin layer of Black Diamond Stickles over the top side of each coaster, and all around the edges of the coaster holder and set aside to dry

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From the Trick of Treat 12 x 12 paper I cut out 6 characters from the left hand side of the paper (keeeping the remaining piece for later), and inked the cut edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

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I stuck a character onto each coaster with Decoupatch Glossy Glue, and then coated each one in the glossy glue to seal it.

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Next I moved onto the coaster holder and cut 4 strips of paper from the 12 x 12 Pumpkin Time, each 2.75" x 15/8" and 7 2.75" squares from the 12 x 12 Trick or Treat paper. 

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Then I cut out the side slots on two of them and stuck all four around the sides of the holder, and one of the squares into the bottom with the Decoupatch Glossy Glue, and left it to dry completely.

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Last of all I gave the coasters, and coaster holder another two coats of glossy glue to seal them completely, so they could be wiped after being used. 

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Now they're ready to party !!!

Wasn't that fun, G45ers?! Well the Happy Haunting celebration continues with this next amazing creation from Clare! It's another fabulous work of altered art that you're sure to love! Behold this spooktacular Happy Haunting altered cabinet and tutorial! This is another glorious idea for creating unique Halloween home decor. Join Clare as she shows you exactly how this magnificent creation was made! Take it away, Clare!

Happy Haunting Altered Art

I picked up a blank wooden key cabinet from a little shop in Falmouth, and thought It would make a spooky cabinet to hang our keys in. I unscrewed the key hooks and painted it with black acrylic paint.

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While it was drying I cut a black window frame out of 300gsm card with a Memory Box Grand Madison window die.

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Then I made a false front for the cabinet out of a piece of 2mm chipboard, laid the window die cut over the top and cut the centre out of the chipboard so that the window frame just fitted over it. I painted the chipboard with black acrylic paint, covered it with 8 x 8 Fright Night paper, cutting out the paper from the centre and stuck down the window frame.  I also covered the back and sides of the cabinet in the same paper.

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For the window scene I took a piece of 210gsm card, my ink brush, splodge away ink blending mat and scattered straw, spiced marmalade and rusty hinge distress inks and picking up the ink from the mat on the brush inked the card.

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Using the Stampendous Crowscape cling stamp I stamped the image onto the inked card with black Adirondak ink, and then cut out a piece to fit behind the window frame, stuck it into the recess on the front of the cabinet with tacky glue and then stuck the false cabinet front over the top with more tacky glue 
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I used Jeepers Creepers 12 x 12 paper inside the box and made a second false front for the inside of the door from the paper, cut out the centre and stuck a second black window frame down with tacky glue. I stamped a second image on the orange inked card using the crowscape stamp and black ink as before, and stuck that in place with tacky glue. I used the bell jar stamp from the Prima Printery collection for the ornament. Once stamped I cut it out and stuck it to the back of the window frame before sticking the completed frame onto the inside of the cabinet door. I used a chequered border cut from the 8 x 8 Happy Hauntings paper to cover the hook rail, and two strips of Fright Night paper above that.  Then I screwed the key hooks back in place. 

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The black card stock candleabra and spider cut from the Sizzix Bigz die Candlelight Fright, and railings cut from the Alterations on the edge Iron railings die finish off the inside of the cabinet. I put a little black diamond stickles on the top of each candle, and covered the railing with a thin layer of black enamel accents by Ranger rubbed on with my finger.  Very messy !!!!!!  I used the bottom of the crowscape stamp on a leftover piece of inked card to make the scalloped façade across the top of the cabinet and stuck it on with tacky glue.

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I used embroidery thread to make the key ties and hung few of the new staples ornate keys and a couple of my own on the key hooks.   The numbers on the large tag were cut from Tim Holtz Inside Out Decorative Strip and the word "Fright"  is a stamp from the My Minds Eye Haunted collection. 

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To finish the front of the cabinet I cut two thin checked border strips from the 12 x 12 Fright Night paper, stuck them in place and then mounted the letters from the alphabet sticker sheet on black card stock before sticking them in place too, I also added one of the new staples ornate key holes and a new metal door pull which I turned upside down and filled with a few sunflowers and pumpkin cut from the 12 x 12 Jolly Jack o Lantern paper and a clock from the sticker sheet.

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8 x 8 Fright Night paper
8 x 8 Happy Hauntings paper
12 x 12 Jeepers Creepers paper 
12 x 12 Jolly Jack o Lantern paper  
Happy Hauntings Alphabet Sticker sheet 
Happy Hauntings Sticker sheet 
Staples Ornate Keys 
Staples Metal Door Pull 
Wooden key cabinet 
black acrylic paint 
tacky glue 
Distress Inks Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty hinge
Black Adirondak Ink
Inkylicious Ink Dusters
Splodge ink blending Mat - Clarity Stamps 
Stampendous Crowscape Stamp - Ali-Craft Ltd 
Black Diamond Stickles 
Ranger Black Enamel Accents
300gsm black card
Memory Box Grand Madison Window die
2mm chipboard
210gsm glossy card
Prima Printery stamp collection 
Sizzix Bigz die Candlelight Fright die 
Alterations on the edge Iron railings
Tim Holtz Inside Out Decorative Strip
My Minds Eye Haunted Stamp collection
DMC Embroidery Thread

That's all for today, G45ers! There is still time to leave us a blog or Facebook comment today for your chance to win this week's wonderful blog prize! We will be announcing our random winner on tomorrow's blog. We hope you'll join us! Huge thanks to Gloria Stengel and Clare Charville for making today's blog so magical! We will be back tomorrow with more fabulous craft inspiration! Have a great day!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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love these projects and this paper line is perfect for my favorite holiday

Absolutely stunning projects!!! The DT always inspires me with everything they create.

Great projects...the coasters are an amazing idea!

These are BOTH FABULOUS!!!! I love love love love this collection!!!!

Great projects, the coasters are such a fun idea. Really enjoyed the studio tour!

As always from Clare, the work is sensational and the tutorials are clear, and comprehensive! Fantastic how the images pop from those glistening black coasters - brilliant! Thanks so much for all the inspiration your papers and your DT always provide!
Alison x

Wonderful projects, I can't wait to craft this week-end!!

These projects are brilliant! (I think I need to get a second job so I can stock up on these magnificent Graphic 45 collections.)

So amazing. Seems every day I want everything. LOL I need to win the lottery.

Everyday is a new idea I love it!

Great projects! And I feel like I could totally do the coasters too!

Everyday is like Christmas morning when I look at G45 postings! Can't wait to see what is next ~

Fun projects today--love Happy Haunting papers

The coasters are adorable!

Wow this project is so much fun. I love the papers and how it all comes together!

Oh my goodness these are gorgeous!!!!!

OMG, those are gorgeous! Awesome tutorials for some alterations of my own. Thank you for sharing!

These are awesome projects! I can't wait for Halloween now!

Wonderful work, I love Halloween, the happy Hauntings Collection is one of my new favorites.

I NEED this beautiful paper!

This is really neat! I love how you take one thing and turn it into something else. It lets people know that anything can become something different. I look forward to reading you blog everyday! Great work, Great mines!

I like the key holder. I would like to do this with the Christmas paper.

Amazing use of the Happy Haunting papers! Love each and every project posted!!

Spooktacular projects from Clare! and I loved seeing Gloria's craft space up close and personal. She's given me a couple of new storage solutions for my craft room!

As always, awesome projects by Clare!! And so fun to see Gloria's studio - I can only dream, my crafting space is so tiny! Thanks for sharing. Judy D.

That little cabinet rocks! Lov'n you guys more every day. Thanks for being a bright spot in the morning.

great video ... I feel that organizing my stuff is just another fun avenue of my crafting.

Great project, and I love the step by step instructions we could use any of the papers to make it.

Awesome! I love how she spread the Stickles out to make the coasters and tray sparkly.

BOO-tiful key cabinet... love it! Thanks for the wonderful how-to make one :)

Gloria has more supplies than my local Michael's store! It was fun to see her reorganized craft room. Also, thanks for the tutorials because I'm always wondering, "how'd they do that?"

The coasters are a fantastic idea! And the altered wardrobe is amazing!

Yippee!! Finally a great idea for what to do with that set of coasters I've been saving/hoarding! Love it!!!

All of this is so wonderful!!

Great projects today. Love Happy Haunting. The craft room visit was so exciting. What a great room and storage. Glad to see I'm not the onoly who has their projects all over the space when working. Great visit to your room. Thanks for sharing,.

These are darling!

Love the key house project.

Love these!

More amazing projects I'm on a G45 High...Need a job just to pay for craft goodies !!!

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