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October 12, 2012

Open The Box Of Inspiration With Graphic 45 Altered Art Boxes!

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Happy Haunting Matchbook Box - 05-imp

Hello G45ers,

Happy Friday and welcome to the fabulous Graphic 45 blog! We are thrilled that you are all joining us today! We have some gorgeous inspiration to help brighten your day! Today we're bringing you some splendid ideas for beautiful altered art boxes. You'll see an amazing altered 12x12 Matchbook Box by Denise Hahn that features Happy Haunting. There's also a beautiful Bird Song altered box by Alberto Juarez! These creations are just wonderful and we're sure they'll inspire you for some fun weekend crafting! Plus we've got a winner for this week's blog contest! This day is going to be incredible. So lets start off with something everyone loves, prizes! This week we chose a random winner from the comments left on our blog. They will receive the fabulous Little Darlings prize pack! And the winner is...

-Dallas Diston: "Gorgeous albums from gorgeous papers !!!"

Congratulations, Dallas! Please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize! We will have a new blog contest on Monday and another opportunity to win some fabulous Graphic 45 goodies! Big thanks to everyone who left us blog and Facebook comments this week! We loved reading them!

We had a fun experience yesterday here at the Graphic 45 office when we received an adorable package from our friends at the store Scrapper's Playground in North Babylon, New York! They sent us this adorable Happy Haunting pumpkin! Isn't this sweet?! Thanks so much, Scrapper's Playground! Our office Halloween decor just got even more festive!

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And now it's time for some serious altered art inspiration! First up is this gorgeous Happy Haunting altered 12x12 Matchbook Box by Denise Hahn. This is a splendid use of the new Graphic 45 12x12 Matchbook Box! You can see all of the superb multi-layered details that give this piece such wonderful dimension. It even lights up! It's a true Halloween dream! Here is what Denise had to say about the inspiration behind this spooktacular work of art! She even gives helpful tips for creating one of your very own!


"I couldn't wait to get my hands on the new Matchbook Boxes. I LOVE making shadow boxes and these take a lot of the work out of creating the base. To make it extra spooky I added 6 little flicker battery operated tea lights. I attached them on the inside with some velcro strips for easy removal to turn them on and off. I decided I wanted to use this one on my front door instead of a Halloween wreath, so at the last minute I added "Welcome" (you can see the addition using G45 Die Cut Alphabet in the second photo). I wanted to incorporate some of the new G45 Staples Metal Door pulls and used them as decorative corners. A great tip for adding color to your box; I used the new Stephanie Barnard Sprays from Clearsnap in Tangerine. Just a little spritz then I smeared with my hand, 2 sprays covered a whole side, so a little went a long way. I can not believe how great this worked and how rich the color came out!" -Denise Hahn

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Graphic 45 Happy Hauntings in:
Bewitched 4500530
Fright Night 4500531
Graphic 45 Die Cut Alphabet
Ink: Catseye in Blackbird and Stephanie Barnard Spray Tangerine
Darice Feltys Bats 
Glitter Cardstock
Momenta Metal Corners
May Arts Gingham Ribbon
Black Organza
Flower Maiko Inc.
Glitter Gypsum- Moskatels
Glitter- ArtGlitter

Next we have a beautiful Bird Song altered art box by Alberto Juarez. This box contains a special surprise, an even smaller altered art box! That's right, it's a box within a box! Just imagine how delightful it would be to give this as a gift! You can see how perfectly the Bird Song papers blend together in this enchanting piece. Plus you can see a fabulous use of the new Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Key Hole Staples! Altered Art boxes are so much fun to make and have so many great uses! Here is what Alberto had to say about this fantastic work of art!

"This project is a double gift box. One is a wooden box decorated on the outside and inside. The other is a small box in which you can put a small gift like a jewel or something very special. This is a good idea when you want to turn a small but special gift into something bigger and colorful." -Alberto Juarez

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That's all for today, G45ers! We hope you all had a great time exploring today's crafts! Big thanks to Denise Hahn and Alberto Juarez for their beautiful work today! We will have more splendid crafts and a new blog contest to share with you on Monday! We hope you all have a fantastic day and a great weekend. We also hope you find some quiet time to enjoy some weekend crafting!

Hugs and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Every time I look on this blog I see the most incredible projects. The talent of the artists is astronomical and supply ENDLESS inspiration. Thank you. :)

Wow..ridiculously gorgeous works of art!! Well done!!

Wow! I love these samples and now I am thinking about lighting things up with those tea lights. What a great idea!

That is a great idea using the box as a wreath, very clever! The projects are wonderful.

Another batch of goodies!!

Love the boxes today those are sick (the good kind). Making boxes has to be my favorite thing to do. These turned out really great. I can't wait to finish the two I'm working on right now, Ladies Diary and Bird Song. I seem to go back and forth between the two this week. I would love to get my hands on some matchboxes though.

Beautiful work ...I enjoy coming here and seeing all this tallent.

more gorgeousness!

Great altered boxes! Clever idea to use on door instead of wreath. Thank You for the inspiration.

Holyyyyyyyyyy smokes!! These are absolutely STUNNING!!!!

Love the boxes and the pumpkin is just to cute. TFS

fantastic creations!! Hard to come up with words to describe all the goodness!

WOW what beautiful creations. I just love, love G45 and all the wonderful goodness they have made available to all these creative artists. Their talent brings these papers to life. There are just not enough words to describe how talented everyone is. Cyndie

I could so easily turn into an "Altered Box" collector! These are beautiful!!

just fabulous

Wonderful boxes.

An outstanding Friday! I love Denise's thought about using the box on her front door instead of a wreath. And it's a beauty! And what another great idea from Alberto...a box in a box. Such a clever fellow who does beautiful work!

Thanks for sharing and have a Wonderful Friday!

Really nice projects.

These are incredible. Enough said.

Wowzer Projects!!

Stunning projects. The G45 designers once again has given us some amazing inspiration.

Awesome projects! I'm never disappointed when I visit this blog!

Beautiful projects! I love that pumpkin I think you should ask for a tutorial!

Just love the altered boxes, can't wait to try and make one.

Oh my, the pumpkin is fabulous. I haven't done a diorama since I was a kid but todays blog is inspiring.

So much beauty on one page. What talented artists! Truly inspiring.

I adore the Bird Song box! I'm always excited when you have projects showcasing that stunning collection. Thank you :)

It's been a very sad day for me & mine today so to see graphic 45 wonders has helped lots - thank you so much. Amazing ideas x

The altered items on the Graphic 45 blog always blow me away! These are all gorgeous little masterpieces!

These projects are fabulous! I love your paper line and can't wait to see more wonderful projects.

Wow, wow and WOW !!

Love the pumpkin! What a fun idea!

My email blog comes through right after midnight. I go to bed with visions of G45 in my head!

OMG! These projects are amazing! I'm in love with Graphic 45.

I love all the G45 papers. It amazes me at all the different things that have been made with it. Truely beautiful!

Amazing projects. I wish I had all that product at my fingertips right now.


lovely projects today!!
ava g

Stunningly beautiful!

Lots of fun ideas here. I have never seen a pumpkin decorated like that. Most of the time people incorporate carvings in their work so seeing something that is mainly about the outside of a largely untouched fruit is new.

The bird song altered box is also interesting. I would appreciate a gift like that and can only imagine that anyone who received this one would treasure it.

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