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September 18, 2012

Turn Over A New Leaf With Easy Happy Haunting Crafts!


Hello G45ers,

Welcome back to our week-long Halloween celebration! It's Tuesday and we want to wish you a very happy day! We are very excited that you are joining us for another day of gorgeous Halloween inspiration! There's no doubt about it, Autumn is headed our way! The leaves have begun to change and the temperature is starting to cool down. This is one of the most fun and creative times of the year. There are lots of wonderful holidays ahead and so many opportunities for creating festive crafts! We obviously love Halloween here at Graphic 45. Today we're bringing you some fantastic craft inspiration from Jim, The Gentleman Crafter and Kristin Wilson of our design team. You'll see some amazing ideas that are sure to get you excited for Halloween crafting! So grab a handful of candy corn, sit back, relax and enjoy today's dose of craft inspiration!

First up is this amazing Happy Haunting top hat by Jim, The Gentleman Crafter. Like any classic Halloween craft, this one opens to reveal a special surprise! This wonderful piece of home decor is just what you need to turn your home into a Halloween hot spot! Conjure up all the joy and imagination of the season with this fabulous and fun creation! There's even a wonderful video in which Jim takes you on a tour of this glorious hat! Learn some great tips for creating one of your own! Here is what Jim, The Gentleman Crafter had to say about this amazing top hat!

"I love top hats and thought Halloween was the perfect time to pull one out.  This fast and easy top hat project consists of a large round box and lid and a piece of chipboard!  A fun table top Halloween decoration that has a secret....pull the hat off the base and a round mini is inside waiting for pictures of all your little trick or treaters!" -Jim, The Gentleman Crafter


Happy Haunting Home Decor Graphic 45

Happy Haunting Home Decor Graphic 45

Happy Haunting Home Decor Graphic 45

Happy Haunting Home Decor Graphic 45

Happy Haunting Home Decor Graphic 45

Happy Haunting Home Decor Graphic 45

Happy Haunting Home Decor Graphic 45

Happy Haunting Home Decor Graphic 45

Graphic 45 Happy Haunting Paper Collection
Round Paper Mache Box
Orange and Black Cardstock
Medium Weight Chipboard
Martha Stewart Spiderweb Corner Punch

Halloween is such a creative time! It is a wonderful excuse to really let your imagination run wild! For example, here we have a super cute card by Kristin Wilson that features Happy Haunting! It is always a great time to send a handmade card to a friend or loved one! There are so many fun options with our Happy Haunting collection! Try making a beautiful card like this one and bring some Halloween cheer to someone you love! Here is a fun tip from Kristin on how to recreate this sweet card!

"Tip: When making multiple cuts in the center of your card try using a punch and start in the center then do each side." -Kristin Wilson


Graphic 45: Happy Hauntings Collection
Stampin Up!: Cardstock, Punch
May Arts: Ribbon
Craft Store: Pop Dots

We hope you all enjoyed today's fun and festive Happy Haunting crafts! Huge thanks to Jim, The Gentleman Crafter and Kristin Wilson for their beautiful work today! We will have more fabulous crafts on tomorrow's blog! It's going to be great fun and we hope you'll join us! Don't forget to leave us a blog or Facebook comment any time this week for your chance to win the amazing Happy Haunting blog prize! We will be announcing one randomly chosen winner on our blog this Friday! Also we wanted to remind you all that the deadline for our September Craft Challenge is fast approaching. Here is all the details you need to enter this super fun challenge and maybe win a spectacular Graphic 45 prize pack!

We wish you all a very happy day!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45


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The hat with surprise album inside is amazing! Thank you Jim for sharing this awesome creation with us.

The Gentleman Crafter scores again! Jim's hat is just amazing!

That hat is adorable!

Amazing--I say that a lot when I look at Jim, the Gentleman Crafter's work! Too, too clever! I love the windows on Kristin's card as well: with the little girls peeking out--so cute!

Wonderful work, Jim's Top Hat Mini is fabulous, always such amazingly creative works of art.

Wowwwwwwwwwwww!! These are both wonderful! I loveeeeeeeee Jim's hat!! So unique and amazing!!! And Kristin's card is just ADORABLE!!!!

Your design team has done it again. The top hat decor piece with the versatile mini inside is very clever. What a great idea to have the windows on the card. Thanks.

Holy cow Jim, you are amazing!!!

That is supper cute. Thank u soooo much for sharing. Your paper is my favorite.

The Gentleman Crafter does it again. What an asset to the design team. Fantastic project. Way to go, Jim!!!

Jim love the hat! and what a great idea to use an upside down box!
Kristin love your card too.....all we need now is some cool autumn weather here in Southern California!

Such awesome crafts again today. Love the hat and the card. There are so many super cute images to cut out in this line to make embellishments with.

OMG I love this!!

These are WONDERFUL!! Thank you Jim and Kristin

Empty "carcass" of a container. Love it. :) BEAUTIFUL hat box and album! And the card is very cute!

I usually have a "jaw dropping" experience when Jim's projects are presented and today did not disappoint. Wow!! Kristin's card is so fun--love the slot so not one, but three beauties can reside within. Great. And, there is that wonderful moon again. Yes!

Love the top hat!

Wonderful hat. Fitting for you. I would love to have just a part of your mind to be able to think up these ideals. Great job again.

Sometimes I think, "Is there anything NEW out there"...and then I see Jim's work. wow. Unbelievable! And I adore Kristin's card with the peekaboo windows...very cute!


Jim is so creative. He does such a great job at creating beautiful projects.

Both projects are wonderful, but the mini album top hat is just so awesomely creative!!

OMG!! You have the best DT and the most amazing projects. Every day there is something new and better than the day before. today i no exception. What great projects. Love the top hat and it's surprisel

Fantastic....LOVE Jim's work and Kristin's card is perfect!


Kristin's card is adorable! I'm going to adapt it for Christmas and put my granddaughters picture in the windows. Jim is bringing so many new concepts to our craft. Each one is a jolt to the imagination and a sight to behold! The hat is an amazing example Genius resides in this man.

Wonderful Halloween projects - love that hat!! Judy D.

Jim your work is spectacular and I always long to make a comment but the captcha on your blog always defeat me. After the 5th attempt I give up. So today i want to say your work bowls me over, art, craft and decorative with a touch of whimsy.

Oh Jim I Love the hat!! Super Halloween projects!!!

Wow terrific project Jim! you did it again! you are so inspiring..

Lovin these projects...the card is super cute and really how many things can one of Jim's projects do, it sits, it stands, it can lay down on a table, it can be a hat it can be a mini album...just great

Wow, wow, wow, Jim you are Incredible! This is so you, what a great project.
Kristen your card is so cute, I love how the kids are poking out the windows.

WOW! the hat is stunning. Jim is awesome!

LOVE this...Always WONDERFUL Thank You Jim. Di

The hat is AMAZING!!!!!

The card is really cute! Only Jim would think of a tophat for Halloween...how fabulous!!!!!!!!

Oh My Word This Is Amazing I So Love It !!!!!!!Awesome ...... :-) Such Stunning Inspiration ...

awesome project! Jim's hat is too cool!

Jim thanks for sharing your Hat! I am definitely going to try this - could also be used for Christmas or maybe with Halloween in Wonderland. I love your ideas.

Jim's Hat is absolutely marvelous. I love the card!

That had is so cool that it looks like the mad hatter is going to pop out at any time!

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