Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Graphic 45 and Fiskars Join Forces!!

Happy Tuesday!!  Today is an exciting day, it's day 2 of a great teaming!  Graphic 45 and Fiskars have joined forces to bring you some out of this world inspiration all week long!!! 
With the chance to win a Gargantuan prize pack filled with gobs of goodies from both Graphic 45 and Fiskars.  You don't want to miss out!
Make sure to stop by both their facebook pages and leave a comment.
All you need to do is write "Graphic 45+Fiskars=______." Fill in the blank with your own words.
Graphic 45 Facebook
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And don't forget to stop by both blogs all week long for tons more inspiration!

It really doesn't get any better than this!! 
So on that note, let's head off for a little crafty fun..

off to Paris to experience the delight of the circus! 
Created using Graphic 45's brand new Altered art boxes.  These boxes are super easy to create with. 
Great for so many altered art projects, and even with a little mini book for those extra special memories! 

To create the top of the circus tent I made a large paper rosette.  Then instead of glueing it flat, I let it create a cone shape and glued the ends flat to the front of the box.  Using bamboo skewers I created posts that appear to be holding the whole thing up!  At the top, a  metal brad has been inked blue using colorbox pigment inks, then sprayed with a layer of clear coat for protection. 

For the front I wanted the look of a layered stage.  Using left over tape rolls cut in half, some chipboard and a small round gift box cut in half, it was actually fairly easy to create.  using the precut holes already in the front of the box to help support and build off of.

Once decorated with all the paper layers on the inside, I found the box didn't close tight.  So I added a bent metal tag closure.  Using G45's metal tags and hinges.

The first thing you see when you open to the inside is a Paris scene.  This flap on the altered box is not created with a window.  This is something I added by cutting with my razor knife from the top layer, and extending by tracing the open area of the frame used. 

Once completely opened you get the full circus experience!!

Clowns dance about on high wires.  Another metal tag makes the perfect platform.  Decorated wonderfully with a punched border from Fiskars Postage Stamp  Border Punch.  An elephant stands on a ball, while a trainer stands ready with his chair and whip inside of another circus ring. 

Love these stamped metal lion heads.  Super light weight, paintable or let them rust for a more vintage look. 

This fun nook was created when I made my stage.  This is actually the back side of the tape roll decorated.  So fun!
Graphic 45 Papers:
Fashionista: Vintage Cherries, Tres Chic
Hampton Art: Graphic 45 Le Cirque 3, Flourishes and Bloom Clear Stamps
Colorbox Graphic 45 Decades Inks: Triumphant Red, Photogenic
Fiskars: Postage Stamp Border Punch, Fiskars Non Stick 5” Scissors
Clearsnap: Siren Smooch
Imaginarium Designs: Chipboard letters, Paris, and fence
B Line Designs: Large Elephant Cling Stamp
Lost Coast Designs: Dressed Animal Cling stamps
Ranger: Frayed Burlap Distress Ink, Rock Candy Distress Stickles, Fired Brick Distress Stickles, Platinum Stickles
May Arts: Black Lace Trim
Scrapbook Adhesives: 3D Foam Squares, My Stick repositionable Adhesive
Tombow: Color Glue Stick
Other: Metal Frame, Metal Star, Stamped Metal Lion Head, Flat and Metallic Acrylic Paints, Wood Skewers, Leftover Cardboard Tape Roll, Chipboard round gift box, Chipboard, Misc. Circus stamp found junking,
Artists Colored Pencils, toothpicks, Wooden Bead, Clipart( Cemerony.etsy.com)

Whew, that's it for today!!  Hope you don't have input overload... 
Thanks so much for stopping by, and leave a comment to let me know what you think!
Always grand hearing from you!
Enjoy the rest of the hop this week!
Nicki Chicky


Becky Dunham said...

This is phenomenal Nicole! I think it would take me a year to do something like this and I know it didn't take you that long. So creative! I could look at it for hours and probably still notice something new the next time. Great work!

DistinctiveLMNts said...

OMG! Oh my gosh! Wowza! (mouth open , jaw dropped) that is flippin' amazin'.

Nancy Wethington said...

Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant!

Nina Bakke said...

My God you are talented! I wish I was you! ;o)
Thanks for sharing, I imagine i will do my best to copy for my children!

Regina aka Mrs. Ham said...

An absolutely stunning circus theme project.

Gitte said...

Wow your work is absolutly beautiful.

Melanie said...

I love the circus box. Fantastic!

jacirascrap said...

Seu projeto é realmente impressionante!!!

Kathy said...

You are so very very talented - love all your creations. Have a very Merr Christmas and keep on creating.