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August 12, 2013

Steampunk Spells Altered Art From The Heart


Hello G45ers,

There is a fun quote by Thomas A. Edison that says, "To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk." This great quote definitely applies to creating gorgeous altered art! After all, the essence of altered art is taking something old and ordinary and turning it into a beautiful treasure! Imagination is key in any art-form and today we're going to give you some amazing example of "outside the box" ideas for gorgeous altered art featuring our whimsical new collection Steampunk Spells! You'll see a stunning train by Miranda Edney. Then Denise Hahn will share her fun and inventive altered roller skate! Then you'll see a gorgeous apothecary creation by Rhea Freitag! All of today's ideas make perfect home decor or gift ideas! Get ready to be wowed, G45ers!

To celebrate today's Steampunk Spells inspiration we are giving away this wonderful prize pack this week! You could win a Steampunk Spells 8x8 and 6x6 paper pad, Stickers, Chipboard Die-Cuts 1, cardstock Tags & Pockets, Banners and Antique Metal Door Pull Staples! That's a $44 value! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week for your chance to win! A random winner will be chosen and announced on this Friday's blog so stay tuned!

Graphic 45 Streampunk Spells prize contest

We begin today's altered art adventure with this wonderfully fun train that Miranda created by altering some ordinary wooden blocks! This piece is definitely a celebration of inventiveness and the fine art of fussy cutting! Every section of this amazing train has its own unique personality. We also love how Miranda added lots of pretty Graphic 45 Metal Staples to give even more vintage charm and sophistication to this stunning work of art! Here is what she had to say about it!

"I have to say that Steampunk Spells is officially my fave G45 paper line thus far (as if  I could choose lol). I have just loved working with it! I knew i wanted to make a train as soon as I got this paper in my hands! And it was so easy ya’ll. I just got some little wooden blocks and covered them all with the papers, then went to town decorating! Tons of fussy cutting. The imagery in this line is just spectacular! I pulled in elements from the paper line itself, like light bulbs , bottles, and gears. I had some tiny gears that fit the ones from Fanciful Floral perfectly. You can barely tell they are there. I used a ton of the coordinating chipboards too. I had a blast making it! All of the “carts” are attached with a chain and a closure, so they can be taken apart and moved easily." -Miranda

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Steampunk Spells-Steampunk Spells

Steampunk Spells- Fanciful Floral

Steampunk Spells- Vintage Voyage

Steampunk Spells- Mechanical Marvels

Steampunk Spells- Tick Tock

Steampunk Spells- Patterns & Solids

Steampunk Spells Banners

Steampunk Spells Chipboard 1

Steampunk Spells Chipboard 2

Graphic 45 Staples:

Ornate Metal Key Hole

Ornate Metal Keys

Antique Metal Door Pull

Metal Tags

Metal Clothespins

Assorted Metal Gears

Tim Holtz Corked Vials

Tim Holtz Muse Tokens

Petaloo Flowers


Light Bulbs

                                                                            Resin Bird by Prima

Next up is this amazing altered roller skate by Denise! She combined the Graphic 45 Small Matchbook Box, pretty Steampunk Spells papers and fun embellishments to create this dazzling treasure! Curiosity and imagination are in full display in this fabulous work of art! Just imagine how fun this would look as a piece of festive home decor or as a handmade gift! When you let your imagination take flight, there is no limit to what you can create! Here is what Denise had to say about this splendid craft.  


"As an avid roller skater and derby girl, of course I am drawn to vintage roller skates! Little metal ones like these are inexpensive, fairly easy to come by, and scream Steampunk. A little tip for cutting fussy cutting out our fabulous Steampunk Lady- you will notice the wing to her left is cut off on the printed paper. No problem-just trim it wing like, then trim down the opposite wing to match!" -Denise


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Steampunk Spells #4500680

Frightful Folly #4500689 (from the 8x8pad)

Beware #4500690

Steampunk Spells Flowers

Steampunk Spells Stickers

Steampunk Spells Banners

Steampunk Spells Chipboard 1

Steampunk Spells Chipboard 2

Steampunk Spells Alphabet Stickers

Graphic 45 Metals Staples 3X5 Matchbook Box

Graphic 45 Metals Staples Metal Keyholes and Keys

Petaloo Darjeeling Flowers

Petaloo Color Me Crazy Chipboard Gears

Want2Scrap Bling

Ink: Clearsnap Pigment Lava

Embossing Powder: Clearsnap Copper

Adhesive- Xyron Mega Runner

Sakura 3-D Crystal Lacquer

Aileen's Tacky Glue

Other: bamboo skewers, vintage bottle


Last but certainly not least is this gorgeous Steampunk Spells apothecary by Rhea. This enchanting creation definitely captures the fun-loving spirit of Steampunk Spells. Sweet shadowboxes and printers trays are just perfect for fun creations like this! You can take all sorts of tiny treasures and use them to decorate your project! Bringing altered art to life is so much fun when you're crafting with your favorite Graphic 45 paper collection! Here are some great tips on how Rhea created this brilliant altered treasure! Follow her on a guided video tour of this enchanting work of art. Take it away, Rhea!

"This project evolved from the scraps I had lying on my work room table.  I was looking at the Cardstock sticker sheet, when I realized that the small words would fit perfectly on some teeny tiny bottles I had on hand.  Before I knew it I was altering bottles like crazy and searching for curious items to add to my apothecary.  Inside the bottles I used all kids of fun things like sand, glitter and embossing powder. Once I had a bunch of bottles altered I was on the hunt for something to contain my project.  I decided upon a white house shaped shadow box that I had picked up at a garage sale for a dollar.  With a coat of black gesso and some scraps of Steampunk Spells paper I was well on my way.  To add interest to the project I rooted through all my tiny drawers of junk in order to find lots of bits to add to this eclectic project.  I just love how it turned out!  This is probably one of my favorite projects to date.   I hope that you too will now look at the scraps of paper lying on your work table in a different way, I know I will." -Rhea

Video Tour:



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Graphic 45 Products used:

Steampunk Spells 8x8

Steampunk Spells 12 x12

Steampunk Spells 6x6 Pattern and Solids

Steampunk Spells Card Stock Stickers

Steampunk Spells Cardstock Alphabet Stickers

Steampunk Spells Cardstock Banners

Some of the other Items Used:

Small Bottles

Matte Medium

Bits of junk from my stash

Alcohol Inks (used to dye the corks)

Distress Stain and Ink in Broken China and Black Soot

Mica Flakes

We hope you all got some great ideas and inspiration on today's blog! We encourage you all to find some old objects in your home that are just begging to be brought back to life with Graphic 45 papers and Staples! We want to thank Miranda, Denise and Rhea for their gorgeous work today! Don't forget to leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week for your chance to win that fun Steampunk Spells prize pack! We have another fun-filled day of inspiration planned for you on tomorrow's blog. We hope you'll stop by and see us! Have a fabulous day, G45ers!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45


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This is absolutely amazing! All the gorgeous layers and little bottles of whimsy... My heart races every time I see this gorgeous collection!

Wonderful and intricate designs! All fit the paper line perfectly.

Awesome projects! iPods of inspiration

Wow wow wow! These are all gorgeous!! LOVING that train!! Totally pinning that!!!!


I check your blog every morning to see the new creations and today's are so fun! I love the flowers in this collection - so beautiful! Wishing you a happy day!


Barbara Diane

What creative and gorgeous projects!

This SO gives a new meaning to a "pile of junk". Kudos to all the artists!!

Stunning projects. Great ideas.

Love todays project!! Wonderful!!!!

Today is my favorite day of all time!!! Steampunk Heaven. Love every project to pieces. I couldn't pick a favorite they are all so amazing!!!! Super bunch of talented Designers.

These are all awesome!

ACK!! AMAZING PROJECTS!!!! I'm absolutely in awe of these fabulous projects!

Love, Love, Love Steampunk....and the projects are over the top as usual! Just marvelous!!

So wonderfull creations.

Love the shadow box--so dark and scary!

Wow such amazing ideas, all the details are so cool!

This paper collection is my all-time favourite! I love all the projects and the apothecary is simply amazing!

Wow, great collection here... this would be perfect for making my Halloween goodies...

This is my favorite G45 line (I think I've said that before). What great imaginations your designers have. Love it all. Tfs. ♥

It is a charming collection!

I absolutely love this collection. The projects are so inspiring!!

Fantastic creations on todays blog! I LOVE Steampunk Spells .. it is my favorite collection! Thank you so much for all the inspirations.

Beautiful projects!!! Soooo much inspiration!!!

These projects are beyond amazing! AWESOME!!!!!!! G45's Steampunk Spells lends itself to some wonderful pages and altered items! thanks so much for sharing these grea ideas.

Wow! I never cease to be amazed at the incredible imagination and creativity I see here. It is inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

I adore all these projects. I'm a big fan of Halloween and this collection is fabulous. Bring it on..............


I love all these projects. The Steampunk Spells collection is so cool.

looking forward to another great week spending it with G45

Very cool!!! What a great train! Also a wonderful use of the vintage roller skate. I also love the shadow box- so many fun things to looks at.

WOW!! those roller skate boxes are the bomb!! I would love to win this weeks prize and try to make one of these myself.

These projects are so inspiring. Time to play!

Thank you for sharing all these incredible creations. My mind is whirling with all the possibilities. Fingers crossed and spells whispered that my name is chosen as a winner.

Wow! They are all so detailed !

OMG! I'm just blown away at the talent. All the projects are so cool.

Absolutely amazing! Fabulous collection!

Nice! Steampunk Spells brings out the creative fun in everyone.

Today's projects are absolutely wonderful! I love the attention to detail.

Wow, wow! You girls rocked these altered art pieces! Such stunning projects!

Fun projects, fun paper, fun contests, what more could we ask for?

What awesome projects!!

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