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October 15, 2012

Two Must-Try Ideas For Unique Happy Haunting Crafts!

3 Nicole Eccles- August- G45 Happy Haunting Trick or Treat Bag

Hello G45ers,

Welcome to another incredible week of inspiration here at Graphic 45! We hope you are all enjoying your Monday! The rain has officially arrived here in Portland, Oregon where the Graphic 45 offices are located. We are now settling in for the long, rainy season. Thank goodness for crafting! It really helps bring some sunshine to the dark autumn and winter months! Today we're going to share some fantastic Happy Haunting crafts that are sure to brighten your day! There is a wonderfully cheerful card by Tara Orr and an adorable treat bag and tutorial by Nicole Eccles! Both of these projects are so lovely. They really display a diverse range of crafts that you can create using Happy Haunting. We also have a brand new blog contest this week! Yes, today is going to be a super day! So lets begin with this week's blog contest!

Behold, this week's marvelous blog prize! You have the chance to win a fantastic Happy Haunting 8x8 paper pad, both coordinating chipboard die-cuts, Chipboard Button Staples, Metal Key Hole Staples and Happy Haunting Cling Stamps! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week for your chance to win! We will choose one random winner from this week's comments and announce them on our blog this Friday, October 19th! Hooray!

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This first amazing creation was made by Tara Orr. She combined Happy Haunting and Nutcracker Sweet to create a splendid all-occasions card. This card definitely has some beautiful autumn colors but it is not really holiday specific. A card like this is just the thing to being a smile to the face of a friend of loved one. Tara did an amazing job of layering and distressing lots of papers to create some amazing depth. She also added some adorable chipboards, flowers and other fun embellishments to give this card even more cheer. This is such a fun idea and definitely worth trying! Here is what Tara had to say about this unique work of art.

"I decided to create a project from the Happy Haunting collection that was not Hallowe'en inspired to show how versatile these beautiful papers are.  I used some of the delicate chipboard leaves from Imaginarium Designs and accented some coordinating flowers as well. Lots of layers add to the shabby chic look that I adore so much" -Tara Orr



Happy Haunting Sticker Sheet
ZVA Creative pearls and flowers

Next we have these fabulous Happy Haunting treat bags by Nicole Eccles! This is such a clever and fun technique for transferring images onto fabric that has so many uses! These sweet bags are perfect for little Halloween gifts. Use them for candy or other little treats. They'd also be perfect as a Halloween party favor bag! The possibilities are endless! Follow Nicole's great tutorial to create one of your very own! Here is what Nicole had to say about these wonderfully fun treat bags!

"This is a quick and easy little technique for creating unique Halloween Treat bags.  It is also a great way to use up those left over little strips of paper too! The small canvas bags can be found at any of your local craft stores and come in a variety of sizes.  This technique is also great for transferring those original photos, or magazine images to fabric. Once you get started you won’t want to stop, creating transfer images for clothes, hats or purses.  Just make sure if your item gets dirty, to hand wash only!!!" -Nicole Eccles

4 Nicole Eccles- August- G45 Happy Haunting Trick or Treat Bag

3 Nicole Eccles- August- G45 Happy Haunting Trick or Treat Bag

5 Nicole Eccles- August- G45 Happy Haunting Trick or Treat Bag

6 Nicole Eccles- August- G45 Happy Haunting Trick or Treat Bag

Graphic 45 Papers:
May Arts: Ribbon and Ric Rac
Other: Gel Medium, Paint Brush, Canvas Bag, Halloween treats and décor

Halloween Treat Bag Tutorial

1 Nicole Eccles- August- G45 Happy Haunting Trick or Treat Bag Supplies
2 Nicole Eccles- August- G45 Happy Haunting Trick Or Treat Bag Tutorial
Step 1. To get started choose your image you wish to transfer and paint a heavy coating of Gel Medium directly over the image

Step 2. Place the image face down onto the canvas bag, rubbing firmly into place.  Allow a few hours to dry, or speed up the process with a blow dryer.

Step 3 & 4 Once dry, use a small mister bottle or your hand to sprinkle water along the back of the surface and allow to soak in. 

Step 5 Once the water has soaked in, use your fingers rubbing in a small circular motion to gently remove to top layers paper, slowly revealing your image

Repeat a small addition of water and rubbing to desired effect.  But don’t rub too hard, you can rub right through your transfer image. For protection seal with a thin layer of Gel Medium. 

We hope you all had a great time on today's blog. We are so glad you stopped by to see us! We have more fantastic crafts in store for you all week long so please come back and see us again. Huge thanks to Tara Orr and Nicole Eccles for their gorgeous projects today. We hope you all have a delightful Monday. Enjoy all the beauty of this festive season!

Happy Halloween Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45



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wow what a great idea for treat bags and that card is beautiful,

Love love love the Sugar Plum card and thanks for the transfer tutorial. Gotta get my G45 groove on now!

gorgeous, love the card and the treat bags.

What a fun project!

as usual, beautiful projects with beautiful materials.

Adding these to the very long MUST DO list!!!! Thanks for sharing.

Amazing ideas!

These are such unique and fabulous projects. Both totally different but both equally creative. Love the use of the papers from both.
x catherine

Love the treat bag! I've seen this technique before but not applied to a bag. Gives me some ideas for my bland canvas totes!!!

Beautiful projects. I love that big old moon face and the bag is just

Amazing!! I just loveeeeeeeeee those treat bags!!!!

Lovely projects! Happy Haunting makes it fun!

Love the treat bag- great tutorial!

Love the versatility of this line.

Love todays projects...the bags are amazing.

Both projects are very creative. I love the way Tara layered her card and Nicole's image transfer. Beautiful!

I love this transfer idea using the gel medium. The treat bags turned out so cute. I plan on making these for my daughters. Thanks for the great ideas!

Love the technique for the treat bags, I am going to try it. Another Monday morning of amazing inspiration. TFS

What a great idea to transfer my favorite papers :-)

Great idea!. I love this collection!. It's wonderful!


Creative and inspiring projects. I will have to try the fabric transfer.

Wow, that treat bag is way cool. I never thought of doing anything like that before. Opens up a whole new world of ideas for sure. :)

As always great ideas and great projects!!

Love the card Tara made. Super cute and a great way to show how versatile the line is. Oh and side note I am a native of the amazingly gorgeous north west, who is now stuck in the Las Vegas desert. I so miss the rain and the awesome colors of the leaves in the fall.

When I first saw Tara's card I thought of Christmas. Love how she combined 2 paper collections. The treat bags are fabulous. I have printed the directions off and am going to try this technique. Wish me luck!

very cool! going to have to try that for sure :)

just gotta try that transfer---
-whoo Hoo Thanks G45

These are the cutest ever....I love all that purple...Very pretty.

Love the transfer. Must try!!!!! Love all the layers on the card. really brought this card to the forefront for me.

Beautiful projects! I want to try the transfer process but wonder if the words on the paper appear backwards once transferred.

As always the designers have made fabulous projects. Of course I love all the G45 products so anything made with them looks wonderful to me.

What great projects! Using your beautiful paper on totebags is awesome.

I love transfer projects.. it's like magic. Kinda when we use to demonstrate embossing powder... just magic.

This is awesome inspiration the card is gorgeous n those treat bags I just have to try thanxx G45 for a chance to win the prize pack as well. You rock !!!

Great projects!

Very cute idea for the bags.

Love the transfer technique and can't wait to try it! Thanks for the tutorial

I love the transfer idea esp. with these products. Just terrific!

Love all your beautiful papers.

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