Saturday, July 26, 2014

CCL Graphic 45 YouTube/Blog Hop


I'm so excited to be a part of Creating the Crafty Life's Graphic 45 YouTube/Blog Hop this month! 

If you are coming from Stephanie's YouTube channel, onestepupcreations, you're on the right track! If you just happened to come across my blog and would like to hop along, please start over at Misty's channel, ziggy13mity1 as she is our Hostess!

Hands down, Graphic 45's collections are my absolutely favorites to work with. I discovered them a few years ago when I was searching for some Wizard of Oz papers and boy did I find some! To this day, their now retired Magic of Oz collection is STILL my favorite of them all (so far). 

But there are many that run a very close 2nd and An Eerie Tale is one of them! Misty is carrying it in her store right now. Check it out at MB Treasurista.

What I love about this particular collection is that it's probably their most feminine Fall/Halloween collection yet. The colors and images are gorgeous and very versatile. For my project, I decided to alter one of two paper mache books I found at my local Goodwill store. I got them for just a couple of dollars and one of them went from this:



TO THIS! I love fairy tales and that was the focus of this piece. I started out by giving the book a good couple of coats of gesso and then some black paint. After that, the fun began! The book measures approximately 7.5"x 11.25". I gave the pages a coating of metallic gold ink and then embossed them for texture. Next, I covered the top pages with "Unsolved Mystery" and rubbed it with some ink in an eggplant color. The whole book was edged in black cotton lace from Hobby Lobby and some bling from AC Moore. The satin "bookmark" at the bottom was dyed with Ranger's Adirondak Color Wash sprays.


For the center, I made some of the flowers using "Magic Spell" and "Abracadabra". The orange blooms are from Michael's and the off white cherry blossoms came from Misty's store. The vines were cut from a Sizzix die and glittered with green Stickles. It's a a little hard to see, but there's a clock behind all those embellishments. It was inked and embossed in gold. 


I fussy cut several of the images from the collection to create the scene in the middle. The crowned little reader in the corner is not part of the collection. She is an illustration by Jessie Wilcox SmithYou've seen her work before. Her sweet images have shown up in a few G45 collections (Do you know which ones???) and her work is just beautiful. 



At the top, I attached a pretty cotton doily that I dyed using Ranger's Adirondak Color Wash sprays in Wild Plum, Sunset Orange, and Lettuce. I used my Sharpie pens to color the metal butterfly and applied some more Stickles. A crown sits on the left of one of the chipboard pieces from the collection. He's hard to see, but on the right, there is a little owl stickpin.


Love working with this paper! Be sure to visit the rest of the YouTube channels and blogs for a few chances to win some great prizes. 

Winners will be chosen randomly from one of the videos/blog plus there are some hidden prizes from the ladies too. Make sure to comment & subscribe/follow on all of the hop stops! Here is what's up for grabs for the grand prize:

Sponsored by MB's Treasurista

Check out the STORE!!!

To be eligible for the grand prize you must follow and comment on all the videos/blog posts!!!

The complete list of participants is below. Make sure to hop along in the order given. 


Johnna's up next. Be sure to visit  her YouTube channel, sdcowgirl61, next. And have fun hopping along!

Blessings!

Melissa




57 comments:

  1. beautiful love the book tfs hugs Letty

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  2. Hi Melissa, This is gorgeous. TFS Hugs & Blessings Lisa

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  3. What a treasure! I love the flowers you made! I cannot believe how you turned that find into such an incredibly fun piece, I love every inch of it. I agree with you about G45..just love it!

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  4. So amazing Melissa!!! I love Halloween and i think i'm going to be in love with this collection!!! TFS

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  5. Love it Melissa! Great Job!!!
    Laurie

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  6. This project is in creditable, I love the way the flowers pop off the page, beautiful work, thank you for sharing

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  7. Oh Melissa your project is sensational, you have really inspired me to have a go at making something like this so bless you. You are one very talented lady...
    Love and hugs ~ Lady Anne xxx

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  8. Wow, Wow, Wow!!!! You are awesome! I can't believe what you did with that ugly book. You are a true artist. Thanks for being in the hop. Hugs, Johnna

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    1. Johnna, your comment made me chuckle! Yes, the book was pretty hideous before it's makeover. Thanks for hopping by!

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  9. This is stunning. It made me think on the movie Hocus Pocus.

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  10. Holy Crow! I haven't seen these altered books 'til now! WOW!
    I will have to make one, maybe a Christmas one! I have a sister-in-law who goes all out for Christmas decorating and she would really love this type of craftiness!

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  11. I absolutely love this project so much. Love every little detail. Tfs hugs Carmen

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  12. Not sure my comment went through. Love this project.

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  13. I love this idea of an altered book! I haven't seen any projects like this and yours is stunning! :)

    I followed you and look forward to seeing you on CCL
    TFS

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  14. Es impresionante la forma de recortar los detalles, y me encanta cómo combinó los colores. Gracias por compartir su arte. Saludos desde España.

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    1. Gracias por tu comentario, Marisela!

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  15. Fabulous! I saw this throug G45 on Facebook and just HAD to come and have a better look! Absolutely gorgeous!

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  16. Beautiful book & what a great idea. You're a very talented lady!

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  17. This is absolutely amazing!! I am in awe!! When I grow up I want to be just like you! LOL TFS!

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  18. Such a beautiful creation... love the colors and papers you chose !
    Barbara's comment is too cute ... I've often felt that way about several of the Graphic 45 Designers :)

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    1. Thank you, Rea! I still have a lot to learn but I've learned so much from those G45 designers and so many others.

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  19. Wow! This is Beautiful I love all the details...

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  20. This Book is Beautiful & AWESOME!!!

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  21. You`ve just inspired me to do some thing similar for my cousins wedding, but maybe add some real paper on the top for some inspiring advice. Thank you! I`m new to this blog thing, so I hope I can keep up!

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  22. Wow. Oh Wow... I have never seen anything like this. Absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for sharing.

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  23. Hi there! Just came over from the YT Hop. You created a beautifully detailed project! ~~Yolanda (MyVintageViolet on YT)

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  24. What a gorgeous transformation. what beautiful work went into the book!

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  25. Wow, thank you that was such a beautiful piece. Just lovely

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