Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Rare Oddities Halloween Tri-Fold Brag Book and Tutorial

Graphic 45 outdid themselves with the Rare Oddities Collection. It has one of my all-time favorite patterns- paisley, along with skulls and potions and amazing colors! Since Halloween is fast approaching I felt the desire to make some fun pieces to get my home looking festively spooky.  Since I love to take pictures of my kids in their costumes but don’t take a lot, I created this tri-fold brag book that will hold just enough photos and can be stood up and displayed as a Halloween décor piece year after year, as well. I love double duty projects! I hope you check out the tutorial I put together for you and try one out for yourself. Change up the collection and it’s perfect for any occasion and is so quick to put together that they make great gifts, too!

Follow this link for written instructions!

Rare Oddities Halloween Brag book Mini Album for Graphic 45 with a tutorial

Halloween Rare Oddities Brag book Mini Album for Graphic 45 with a tutorial

Simple Halloween Brag book Mini Album for Graphic 45 with a tutorial

Brews and Potions
Articles of Antiquity
Charmed I’m Sure
Random Relics
Cabinet of Curiosity
Scoreboard/ bone folder
Web die cuts using my Silhouette

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Spooky Shadow Box Pumpkin with Graphic 45

Rare Oddities is a fussy cutters dream Halloween collection! As soon as I saw some craft pumpkins in my local big box craft store, I knew how I wanted to combine the two to make THE perfect Halloween décor piece for my home! I carved out a large ‘window’ to reveal the hollow inside, used my Art-C Groove tool to sand the rough edges down, painted the inside black and went to town adding all sorts of fussy cut elements to create a spooky 3D scene inside my pumpkin! Since Halloween is best suited to celebrate in the dark of night, I added some lights to highlight areas inside the pumpkin. I had so much fun making this project and the best part of my pumpkin carving adventure is that this pumpkin can be enjoyed for many Halloweens to come!

Tip #1: Want something not so dark and spooky- try a festive orange or white craft pumpkin.

Tip #2: Love the look but overwhelmed with the space to fill? Start by choosing larger fussy cut elements to create the main scene and fill in the rest with finer fussy cuts; or, fill in using ready-made embellishments to save time.


Graphic 45 Rare Oddities 8x8:
Rare Oddities
Graphic 45 Rare Oddities 12x12:
Rare OdditiesBrews & Potions
Ghostly Greetings
Cabinet of Curiosities
Charmed I’m Sure
Graphic 45 Rare Oddities 6x6 Paper Pad
Graphic 45 Rare Oddities Decorative Chipboard
Graphic 45 Time to Flourish 8x8: October Flourish
Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale 12x12: An Eerie Tale
Craft Pumpkin-black
Black Paint
Art-C Groove Tool with sander attachment
Mini string of lights
Foam adhesive
Glossy Accents
Tiny string of lights
String and metal tassel
Colorbox Ink in Photogenic
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