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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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Love the train! All designs are great. Love the idea of using boxes.

These projects are truly amazing! I adore the Steampunk Spells paper. Wonderful inspiration!

Love, love, love these projects. Can't wait to use my steampunk spells

Amazing and inspiring ideas !!

Love all of the stuff made with the steampunk paper. I love all Graphic 45 stuff. But I do have to say that Steampunk is my Fav. Thanks Dianna

Wow... These are so cool. I really love the shadow box's. Wowee. So neat.

Another fantastic giveaway! Love this line! Can't wait until you guys come up with Steampunk Western!!

Love the house box. Thanks for sharing.

love them all..Steampunk style is my favorite...thanks for the ideas.

Absolutely amazing. What wouldn't give to be that inventive . Of course, having Steampunk Spells would sure boost the imagination.

Wow! Outstanding works of art today! The creativity is exceptional! Love them!

Great creations with some junk, just as Edison quoted! And with the perfect paper collection at that... TFS :)

Beautiful! My order is lost, so I would love to win and actually touch the paper. Thanks

I am just stunned by these peoples creativity! All the projects are amazing and the minute details take my breath away. I wish I had an ounce of their creativity, amazing!

wow great projects.. I would love to win this great prize. thanks for the chance to win.

MY GOODNESS! Just look at those creations!!!

It is almost unbelievable to see these types of art and realize the amount of creative spirits we have in this world..this is wonderful

Fantastic projects!

Love, love this collection! The projects are GREAT. Thanks for the chance to win Steampunk Spells.

Amazing projects this morning!! Miranda, Denise, and Rhea you ladies rocked Steampunk Spells!!

Wow what stunning pieces of art absolutely amazing

These projects are fantastic!! Can't wait to try one!

Who, but only a G45 designer imagine such work of art. .so beautiful...thanks for sharing....

Cannot wait to get my hands on some Steampunk Spells!!

The "train" is great. It can be moved and changed around as desired. The roller skate was clever. I'm going to try these projects (add to them a long list of things to do). Great use of this paper collection

WOW! You have some talented designers. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Apothecary.

Awesome projects from Denise and Rhea, thanks for sharing !!
Awesome project on a skate thanks for jump starting my mojo
Thanks for chance to win this awesome giveaway

These papers are just amazing and what has been done with them is out of this world. Just wish I was so clever. Would love to win the prize.

AMAZING!!!!! Every project is just amazing!!!

Awesome projects as usual ....

How cool is that?! Love all the projects - wish I had that kind of imagination!

I started out thinking I really loved the magic potion train car, then I really loved the roller skate project and now I really love the eclectic house project. How do these people do it??! I don't think I have that much creativity in me which allows me to so thoroughly enjoy others talents. Stunning work.

I love the inspiration! So many great ideas.

Three great projects! I absolutely LOVE Rhea's apothecary, and Miranda's train is wonderful. Would love to win this package. Thank you, G45!

These projects are just amazing and full of inspiration!!!

Steampunk is one of my favorite collections.

These papers are beautiful. I love the projects you are creating !! So sad most of your papers is not available in Germany. Greetings, Lisa

I love Halloween I would love to win this line.

I just got this collection and want to make something for my granddaughter. Thanks for the wonderful ideas.

Steampunkalicious! I am creating an altered peice of art myself and ran out of 'steam'! All of these projects give me inspiration to carry on, move forward and complete my project! Thanks for always posting such interesting and gorgeous peices of work.

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