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December 20, 2013

Announcing the Steampunk Soiree!


Hello G45ers,

Oh joy, it's Friday! We've got some glorious inspiration to share with you today! We're teaming up with our friends at Epic Paper Arts to support their incredible Steampunk Soiree event that's happening in Washington D.C. in August 2014! Today we'll be sharing some gorgeous Steampunk Spells crafts that are sure to get you excited about this fantastic event! Plus we're welcoming back a great friend as the new Graphic 45 Special Project Designer! You all may remember Jim, The Gentleman Crafter, from the 2012 Graphic 45 Design Team. Well he's back and we're thrilled about his new and wonderful role here at Graphic 45! Today we're celebrating all things Steampunk, including fabulous creations from Kathryn Krieger, Kathy Orta and Jim, The Gentleman Crafter! This is going to be a great day!

Lets begin by announcing this week's blog prize winner! We chose today's winner at random from comments left on our Facebook page. And the winner is...

-Mitz Zee: "great give-a-way... so many ideas of what to do with it.."

Congratulations, Mitz Zee! Please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize! This is the gorgeous Sweet Sentiments prize that Mitz Zee won today. We have a wonderful new prize giveaway every week here on the Graphic 45 blog. Stay tuned for more inspiration and chances to win fabulous prizes!


Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments prize contest giveaway winner announcement

We are so excited to tell you about the amazing Steampunk Soiree event that's happening in August of 2014! We're teaming up with Epic Paper Arts and some brilliant designers to support this fantastic event! If you love Steampunk then you wont want to miss this! Read all about the Steampunk Soiree and visit the Epic Paper Arts website to sign up!

About Epic Arts:

Epic Paper Arts is a new mixed media and paper crafting company dedicated to presenting the highest quality retreats, classes and events. They are partnering with the finest artists and educators, hosting at luxurious venues in world class cities and introducing creative products from innovative manufacturers like Graphic 45.

Join them August 2014 for Steampunk Soiree, a three day, three night, all-inclusive retreat at the beautiful Hyatt Dulles near Washington, DC. Steampunk Soiree tickets include hotel accommodations, all meals, four classes taught by three top instructors and lots more! Teachers for Steampunk 2014 are Jim Hankins, Kathryn Krieger and Kathy Orta.

The highlight of this event will be the Steampunk fashion show and costume party with over a thousand dollars of prizes awarded for most popular costumes and accessories. Click here for further details and to register for Steampunk Soiree 2014.



Steampunk Soiree

This first Steampunk Spells project was created by the amazing Kathryn Krieger. You may remember Kathryn as being a Graphic 45 Featured Artist a couple of years ago. Well she's still inspiring people with her amazing crafts! Read about Kathryn's fabulous style and check out the beautiful Steampunk Spells keepsake chest that she created for the Steampunk Soiree! It's absolutely marvelous!


About Kathryn Krieger:

A professional scrapbooker, mixed media paper artist and brilliant educator, Kathryn Krieger creates unique works of art and practical tutorials to inspire paper crafters and memory keepers. Known for her fun and entertaining teaching style, her educational videos have been viewed millions of times by crafters all over the world. Kathryn brings crafters together online for community building and education. She hosts regular live web broadcasts and maintains a lively message board where crafters can connect with each other and share their works of art. You can see Kathryn's work on her website.

Here is Kathryn's gorgeous Steampunk Spells chest! Made entirely from paper and chipboard, this chest holds 48 4"x6" photos easily and looks wonderful just sitting on a shelf. Once it’s unlatched, it opens to reveal two different albums inside. The first album is an adorable little hardback book in a front pocket, sized perfectly for holding your favorite photos. The second album holds a series of 5”x7” cards for larger photos or standard photos with room for embellishments. Detailed instructions for this project are available for purchase from Kathryn on her website.



Kathryn Steampunk Spells Soiree chest box Graphic 45

Next we're going to share a gorgeous gift box created by Kathy Orta! This is such a fun and functional craft and it definitely highlights the amazing versatility of Steampunk Spells! This beautiful box opens to reveal a gift card holder and mini album! This is such a gorgeous idea for a fun handmade gift! Take a look at Kathy's lovely video tour and get inspired to create your own special treasure with Steampunk Spells!


About Kathy Orta:

Known as the "Paper Phenomenon" for her amazing projects and innovative paper-crafting techniques, Kathy Orta is a published author, experienced educator and creative inspiration. A love for paper crafting and home decor started her on a journey of creating unique scrapbooks and paper crafts. Kathy has created many 3-D projects, home decor pieces, custom mini albums and more than 100 educational videos. You can see Kathy's work on her website.



Kathy Orta Graphic 45 Steampunk Spell Soiree gift box gift card holder mini album

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Next we're going to share an awe-inspiring Steampunk Spells clock created by Jim, The Gentleman Crafter. Jim is such a talented artist and we are thrilled to welcome him on board as a new Special Projects Designer for Graphic 45. As you can see in this extraordinary work of art, Jim has an incredible knack for creating crafts that are "outside the box." His imagination is out of this world and he is also exceptionally skilled at using clever techniques to create his breathtaking crafts. We are so excited to see what the future holds with Jim back on our team! Behold, this remarkable clock that Jim created for the Steampunk Soiree event!


About Jim:

Full of Southern charm, Jim Hankins is truly a Gentleman Crafter!  He dazzles and entertains weekly on his live Takeout Tuesday web classes. Known for creating intricate 3-D art projects and his use of innovative mixed media techniques, Jim has designed projects for Graphic 45, Tim Holtz and Dyan Reaveley of Ranger Industries. An avid blogger, YouTube instructor and educator at large, Jim loves traveling the country, teaching classes online and in person and reaching out to fellow crafters to share his love of techniques and construction. You can see Jim's work on his website: The Gentleman Crafter

"The Steampunk Spells Clock was designed after an old mantle clock. I've steamed it up a bit and added a few gears!  It keeps time beautifully and when you need a little amusement, crank the shaft on the right side and watch the gears turn "Clockwise" inside the body of the clock..." -Jim


Graphic 45 Jim the Gentleman Crafter Steampunk Spells clock altered art





Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Paper Collection
Graphic 45 Metal Staples- Antique Metal Door Pull
Medium Weight Chipboard
Black Acrylic Paint
Clock Works (Craft Store)
Tim Holtz Metal Foundation Feet
1/4-Inch Wooden Dowel
Rubber Bands
Wooden Wheels
Viva Inka Gold Metalic Rub-Silver
Glossy Accents
We hope you all had a marvelous time exploring today's very special crafts from the upcoming Steampunk Soiree! Big thanks to Kathryn, Kathy and Jim for their amazing crafts today! We are also so excited to welcome Jim back to our team! We really enjoyed getting to share this amazing event with all of you, G45ers! We encourage you to check out the Epic Paper Arts website for more information about attending the Steampunk Soiree! We have another fabulous week of fun planned for you on the Graphic 45 blog. We hope you'll come back and see us very soon. Have a great day and a relaxing weekend!
With Love and Pretty Paper,
Your Friends at Graphic 45



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I love The Gentleman Crafter! So happy he's part of Graphic 45's special projects!

What a fantastic, wonderous world of steampunk was created by three of the most creative steampunk artists. I love all the projects. I watched them all on YouTube and am just blown away. tfs Love Ya'

I love Steampunk themes- you've really outdone yourselves.

So glad to see Gentleman Jim back! He has a truly unique style! Great projects from 3 awesome crafters!

Very interesting projects for today. Congratulations to whomever won the product pack...Merry early Christmas!

That was a fun lot of projects. I love that collection.

Increibles proyectos

JIM is BACK!!! You have no idea how thrilled I am to see his breathtaking, innovative creations AND with Steampunk - Oh my, I must go lie down....
Her 'em...my apologies, forgot myself there for a moment.... ALL the projects are fantastic & more so as they involve one of my top Steampunk collections (I say that as if I have them but actually only have about 5, secretly stashed away). Best blog since the last time! :)

Way to go Jim! A bunch of great artist with some great stock to work with

Amazing...just amazing

Wish I lived closer to DC!!! What a great time it will be!!!

Love, love, love! Amazingly original and did I say, love, love, love??? :-)

Jim is the Steampunk master-cannot wait to see all the fabulous new creations!

absolutely adore the steampunk collection :)

love the work of Kathy Orta, so beautifull and now teaming upwith Kateryn and Jim is awesome.

stunning projects! And using one of my favorite G45 lines!

over the top amazing talent!

How exciting!!!!

I love anything Steampunk and these projects with that amazing collection are just awesome.

The imagery and the stylized approach to all things Steampunk just takes my breath away! The creations of the design team are true masterpieces. Nice to have Jim back on board the Graphic 45 creative train. The DC trip looks like it would be so much fun....oh well dare to dream....thank you for your ability in helping us to see new vistas of possibilities!!!!

I can not wait...I will be there!! WOO HOO

Beautiful steampunk projects on the blog!! And I am soooo thrilled to see The Gentleman Crafter back on the team!! Jim, your Steampunk Spells creation is absolutely incredible!! Look forward to seeing more projects from you!!

Beautiful, awesome. Unique...

Sounds like great fun.

I love these projects! Would really love to make the spell recipe box it is fantastic!

Stunning projects! I am huge fans of Kathy, Jim and Kathryn! They are so creative and can never wait to see what their creative minds come up with next!!! Wish I could attend the Steampunk Soiree!

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