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August 07, 2013

"Outside the Box" Ideas With Steampunk Spells



Hello G45ers,

Get ready to think "outside the box" as we bring you some glorious ideas for Steampunk Spells altered art boxes! We want to welcome you all to this super fun day! There are so many ways to create exquisite and unique crafts with the Graphic 45 Matchbook Boxes. Today we are sharing three splendid ideas for Steampunk Spells altered art boxes that are sure to inspire you! We've got a gorgeous easel card and altered box by Arlene Cuevas! Then Maria Cole will share her multi-functional 12x12 altered Matchbook Box. Then we've got a stunning altered Small Matchbook Box by Denise Johnson! The bold colors and whimsical designs of Steampunk Spells are sure to enliven your day! So lets get to it!

We begin with this clever idea for a fun and inventive card or gift! This is Arlene's amazing Steampunk Spells easel card that also features a pretty altered box! This is just perfect for a personalized handmade gift! The bright and cheerful designs of Steampunk Spells add even more joy to this charming creation, while fussy cut elements and Graphic 45 Metal Staples add lots of sophistication! Want to know how it was made? Follow along with Arlene's fun video tutorial! Take it away, Arlene!

“One of my projects for this month was to create a card using the new Steampunk Spells papers. But I wanted to take a different approach to the standard “card.” Instead, I created this easel card, built on top of a functioning box with drawer to insert a gift or surprise.” - Arlene


Video Tutorial:


















Steampunk Spells papers

Steampunk Spells Chipboard

Steampunk Spells Stickers

Steampunk Spells Banners

Staples: Ornate Metal Keyhole, Ornate Metal Keys, Stamped Metal Brads, Metal Tag, Ornate Metal Label Holder, Antique Metal Door Pull

Prima Metal findings (sprockets)

Petaloo flowers

May Art Ribbon

Metal Lion door knocker (Sky Blue Pink)

Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares

Heavy Chipboard

Recollections Black Cardstock

Scor Tape

3M ATG Adhesive

Glossy Accents

E6000 glue

Hot glue


Next up is another clever altered box featuring Steampunk Spells! Behold this dazzling altered 12x12 Matchbook Box by Maria! This gorgeous work of art also doubles as a board game! This is a great example of what you can do when you let your imagination run wild! Beautiful paper layering, fussy cutting and Steampunk Spells cardstock embellishments take center stage in this wonderful creation! It is another great example of what is possible when you combine the Graphic 45 Matchbook Boxes with your favorite Graphic 45 papers and Staples! Here is what Maria had to say about this enchanting work of art!




"When I first flipped through my 12” x 12” pad of Steampunk Spells, I was blown away by the gorgeous colors, rich detail, and amazing designs. I got a kick out of reading the names of the characters from the Frightful Folly page—and that’s when inspiration hit! I immediately got the idea to make “Steampunk Spells: The Board Game” using my Steampunk Spells collection and one of Graphic 45’s 12x12 Altered Matchbook Boxes. The outside lid uses most of the imagery from the flagship Steampunk Spells sheet, along with a fully functional “wheel of terror”! Inside the box are a couple of antique bottles that I found a couple years ago as well as the game pieces, board, and cards Miss Ima Fraid, Madame Macabre, and Dr. Dreadful are able to stand upright thanks to my trusty ornate metal label holders! My game board starts out as a simple 6” x 6” album that unfolds into a larger 12” x 12” size. Players take turns spinning the wheel, collecting cards, and walking over Mr. Seymour Bones’s dead body. Whoever finds themselves in the center of the game board first wins a bottle of Graphic 45 Love Potion #45!" -Maria


















Graphic 45 Paper:

Steampunk Spells Steampunk Spells

Steampunk Spells Fanciful Floral

Steampunk Spells Clockworks

Steampunk Spells Vintage Voyage

Steampunk Spells Mechanical Marvels

Steampunk Spells Nevermore

Steampunk Spells Tick-Tock

Steampunk Spells Witching Hour

Steampunk Spells Pumpkin Power

Steampunk Spells Frightful Folly

Steampunk Spells Beware

Steampunk Spells Totally Wicked

Graphic 45 Embellishments:

Steampunk Spells Banners

Steampunk Spells Flowers

Steampunk Spells Stickers

Steampunk Spells Alphabet Stickers

Steampunk Spells Chipboard 1

Steampunk Spells Chipboard 2

12x12 Altered Matchbook Box

Geometric Metal Plate and Knob

Ornate Metal Key Holes

Ornate Metal Keys

Ornate Metal Label Holders

Ornate Button Brads 

Additional Products:

2’ burlap, 2’ orange, 6” twine May Arts ribbon

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Game Spinners

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Sprocket Gears

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Time Pieces

Yellow cardstock

Glass bottles


Next up is another wonderful "outside the box" idea! Here we have a gorgeous Small Matchbook Box by Denise that's all decked out in Steampunk Spells. This piece is just perfect for Halloween home decor or a festive gift! Denise built this incredible project by adding lots of pretty fussy cut elements, cardstock embellishments, flowers, branches and other fun trinkets. The box even opens up to reveal a Halloween treasure! You would be amazed at how much fun you can have with Steampunk Spells! There are so many options for one-of-a-kind crafts! When combined with the Graphic 45 Matchbook Boxes, the possibilities for fun and creativity are endless! Here is what Denise had to say about this dazzling project!




"This fun altered piece features a hidden drawer for mini albums or secret potions. The top lifts to reveal a spooky scene where you can hide treats or tricks. There’s even a mini spell book tucked in amongst the steampumpkin patch and flowers! A fun & enchanting addition to your Halloween decor." -Denise



















Graphic 45- Steampunk Spells 6 x 6 Patterns & Solids

Graphic 45- Steampunk Spells 8 x 8 Papercrafting Paper Pad

Graphic 45- Steampunk Spells 12 x 12 Papercrafting Paper Pad

Graphic 45- Steampunk Spells Chipboard 1 & 2

Graphic 45- Steampunk Spells Cardstock Stickers

Graphic 45- Steampunk Spells Cardstock Alphabet Stickers

Graphic 45- Steampunk Spells Cardstock Banners

Graphic 45- Staples Altered Art Small Matchbook Box

Graphic 45- Staples Metals- keys, escutcheon and label holder

Petaloo- Darjeeling Flowers (orange, yellow and blue)

Core’Dinations 12 x 12 Colorcore Cardstock (blue)

Distress Ink and Distressing Tool (Vintage Photo)

Misc. Items- thin black twine, dried tree branch, jump rings, flat back bling, mini glass vials, mini skeleton parts, spanish moss, small wooden spool, hot glue gun & glue, stiffening spray


We've got one more treat in store for you today, G45ers! Denise Johnson is being featured on today's Papercrafter's Library blog! Here is a sneak peek of her amazing new Typography craft that she made just for today's feature! Hop on over to the Papercrafter's Library blog to see the complete project and learn more about Denise's amazing crafts! You'll love her incredible style!


Papercrafter's Library Blog





We hope you all had a great time exploring today's beautiful Steampunk Spells creations! We hope you all get inspired to create your own unique treasure with this dazzling collection and Graphic 45 Matchbook boxes! Big thanks to Arlene, Maria and Denise for their gorgeous work today! We have more joy in store for you on tomorrow's blog as we bring you more stupendous inspiration from our design team! Thank you so much for visiting us today! We wish you all a very happy, crafty day!


With Love and Pretty Paper,


Your Friends at Graphic 45


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My steampunk spells papers are aready ordered! Can't wait to get creative! Great inspiration, thank you!

How do they come up with such awsome creations ..they are a real inspiration to us all . such wonderful ideas.

CK sent me. I am already a subscriber to your newsletter. Want the 'Mother Goose' collection, desperately. My first entry must have been on the wrong blog post. Love the 'Steampunk' projects, too.

Fabulous Boxes! I love the card on the top of the box. Very clever. Thanks for sharing all this lovely talented!

I have never been a fan of Steampunk, but this Stempunk Spells line is wonderful and so versatile. It 's enough to convert me. Today's projects are awesome! Thank you G45!

Amazing projects!! I love the Steampunk Spells collection!! The colors and graphics are fabulous and they have the most creative and talented DT!! Thank you for all of the fantastic inspiration day after day!!!

Bohemian Bazaar is just perfect for Summer projects of holidays at the beach, in the south of Europe, like us here in Portugal. Seems like you have been here before you got inspired! Such warm, vivid, friendly colors! Loved it all!

Doesn't get any better than this.I'll be referring back to this package frequently.thank you for the outstanding inspiration!

Wow! Fabulous projects today! Love that 'Steampunk Spells' collection.

This is a great project.


The most fantastic projects ever! So beautiful! Wishing you a happy day!


Barbara Diane

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