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October 29, 2012

How To Add Pizazz To Your Halloween Crafts With Graphic 45!


Hello G45ers,

Happy Monday everybody and welcome to another grand week here at the Graphic 45 blog! Things are getting so exciting as Halloween is just around the corner! This is such a fun time of year! There's costumes, candy, festive decorations and lots of great reasons to get crafting! Today we're going to share a very special tutorial by Arlene Cuevas! She's created a gorgeous Happy Haunting altered art box that's just perfect for housing Halloween treats! This tutorial is so much fun and it's just the thing to get you in the spirit of this jubilant holiday! Plus it's Arlene Cuevas's birthday! Hooray! So get ready to party in Graphic 45 style with today's heaping dose of inspiration!

We also have a new blog contest this week and it's a really good one! We're giving you the chance to win this amazing Happy Haunting prize pack that contains an altered photo album created by the one and only Diane Schultz! This prize pack also includes a Happy Haunting 12x12 paper pad, both coordinating chipboard die-cuts, Happy Haunting Cling Stamp 1 and Ornate Metal Key Hole Staples. This prize pack is out of this world! All you need to do to enter to win this fabulous prize is leave us a blog or Facebook comment any time this week. We will be choosing one random winner from this week's blog or Facebook comments and announcing them on our blog this Friday, November 2nd. Yay!

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Today's gorgeous Happy Haunting creation was made by a very special birthday girl, Arlene Cuevas. We are so lucky to have Arlene's unique and beautiful talent on our design team. We love each and every one of her Graphic 45 creations! Her style overflows with beauty and impeccable technique. We hope her birthday is filled with love, delicious cake and happiness! Happy Birthday, Arlene! You are terrific!

In honor of Arlene's birthday we thought we'd share this wonderful Happy Haunting altered Matchbook Box that she created! Arlene used the new Graphic 45 Small Matchbook Box and Happy Haunting papers to create this adorable treasure. It is just perfect for storing Halloween treats! Follow along with Arlene's fun and informative tutorial to create one of your very own! It's guaranteed to get you in the joyful spirit of Halloween! Take it away, Arlene!

Video Tutorial: http://youtu.be/ePl-NyxWvrw







Happy Haunting Altered Treat Box Tutorial

By Arlene Cuevas

Hi there! I had so much fun creating this little altered Happy Haunting treat box, I thought I’d share some of the steps while it was coming together. Let’s start off with altering the Small Matchbook Box. Here we go!


Happy Haunting Stickers
Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Spray - Toto's Tornado Black & Midnight Rendez Vous Raven
I Am Roses Flowers
Memory Box Mini Iron Gate die
Memory Box Spider Web die
Cheery Lynn Designs - Pine Branches die
PaperTrey Ink Black cardstock
Martha Stewart bat stickers
Ranger Distress Ink - Black Soot
3M dimensionals
E6000 glue
Glossy Accents

To ensure the box that slides out of the matchbook box continues to slide smoothly in and out, I decided to stain the box in lieu of painting it. Any stains will do, but I used my Lindy’s Stamp Gang starburst sprays.

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Spray the stain generously to both the match box insert as well a the outer “shadow” box.

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Here’s what the completed stained box looks like when complete.

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Select your papers and embellishments. You may not use all of them, but it’s good to have them within reach in case you need that extra something while you’re pulling the altered box together.

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Measure the width and length of the inner part of the box so you know what measurements to use to trim the design paper. 

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Use a pair of needle nose precision scissors to fussy-cut images from the paper collection to embellish your box.

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Here’s a peek at the completed “inside” of my treat box.

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Measure the width and length of the outer trim of the matchbook box. This will tell you what size strips you’ll need to embellish the front of the box.

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Here you can see 2 strips that I’ve cut to cover the front of the box. I’ll also be cutting strips to cover the longer length of the box. It’s okay that the strips will overlap on the corners of the box. Once the box is embellished, you won’t even notice!

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I use Ranger Distress Ink in Black Soot to finish off the edges of the strips before adhering down to the box.

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Use ScorTape or a strong adhesive to adhere the strips to the box. I used ScorTape on my box.

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Here’s a peek at the completed “front” of my altered treat box. As you can see, the multiple embellishments will cover the corners, so even if you layers strips that cross over each other in the corners, no one will ever know!

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What’s a treat box without treats?! I like to finish off the treats to match the box. I took some treat size Hershey’s bars, and measured them to determine what size pieces of design paper I needed to wrap the bars.

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I cut pieces of design paper and finished off the edges with Ranger Distress Ink in Black Soot. I wrapped the candy bars with the design paper and used ScorTape to adhere. Then I embellished the wrapped candy bars with the “ticket” chip pieces from Happy Haunting Chipboard tags set #2.  Here’s what the finished treats look like…

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Here’s a picture of the completed elements for this project…

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Hope you give one of these altered treat boxes a go. They are quite fun to make and not so difficult to create with a little imagination!

That's all for today, G45ers! We hope you all had a great time exploring today's wonderful craft inspiration. We want to thank the lovely birthday girl, Arlene Cuevas, for her exquisite work today. Once again we wish her a marvelous birthday! Don't forget, G45ers, the only way to enter this week's blog contest is to leave us a blog or Facebook comment! Share your thoughts and maybe win a terrific prize! We wish you all a very happy day. Come back and see us tomorrow for more delightful craft inspiration from your pals at Graphic 45!

Happy Papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45


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Wauwwwww...soooo cute!!!! I love it, I am inspired!! Greetings from Holland, Esther

I love when you post tutorials like this one. It really helps to see the layering of all the papers to make one beautiful project. Happy Birthday, Arlene!

This is such a wonderful collection to me. I have always loved Halloween! Thank you for the chance to win! Your designs are always so inspiring! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Would love to win this! Thanks!

Happy Birthday Arlene!!! Hope you have a fun day. Where do all of you come up with such neat Ideas? Love this. And would love to win Halloween pack. i am a Halloween junkie!

Happy Birthday and thank you so much for sharing this project.

Love this halloween line !

This is a really cute project.

I never ceased to be amazed at the creativity of all the projects!! Absolutely amazing!!

This is beautiful. I'm going to try it. My scrapbook store carries some of your papers, but not complete collections. I will adapt to what I was able to get from the Happy Haunting collection. Thanks for posting.

Happy Birthday Arlene! Your treat box is so cute. Thanks for the tutorial!

Love the Holloween projects!

Happy Birthday Arlene! Love the treat box. Thanks for the tutorial.

Super treat box. And, wrapping the candy bars makes them to much more "halloween-ey". Nice job!

What a great treat box! I can think of lots of different holidays to use this with other papers - G45 papers, of course!

Booooteful! I love this idea. Happy Halloween!!

What a fun project.

Happy BIRTHDAY!!! I love love love love this altered box!! So GORGEOUS!!!!

This altered box is so pretty, I hope I can win this awesome prize package

Great projects!!

Happy Birthday to Arlene! Her project is wonderful. TFS

That is so cute! I am already thinking how to change it to make wedding shower favories. Thanks you

Awesome prize pack! Thanks so much!

Thank you for the tutorial. I LOVE the treat box.

Also, Happy Birthday Arlene!

Happy Birthday, Arlene! Love the altered box! The prize pack is amazing.

Awesom!!! So many great .

Sorry. forgot the idea.

Birthday wishes to Arlene. Thanks for sharing a great tutorial.

Oh wow, what fabulous projects... thank you for the tutorial!

awesome! I love it!

Great projects! Hope Halloween goes through here on the East Coast. We're riding out the megastorm. Thanks for some cheer G45!


Looove this box!
G45 rocks!

I think this collection is the best yet and this project showcases them perfectly! Well done its absolutely amazeballs :)

Beautiful job with the altered box...LOVE this collection of Happy Haunting! LOVE those little boxes too 8-)

The treat box is adorable!Happy Bday!

Thank you for the tutorial. The box was beautiful and I am stealing the candy wrapper idea for future use.

Happy Birthday Arlene! Box is awesome!

Wow! This is gorgeous!!!!! Thanks for the tutorial! I would LOVE having this!!!

Happy Birthday! What a fantastic altered box! I love Halloween!! Wow what a great prize, an album made by Diane!! Good luck everyone!!

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