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Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Art With Heart - October Hauntings and Holidays

It is such an exciting month at Eileen Hull's Art With Heart, we have been given the opportunity to use fabulous cardstock from none other than Graphic 45 for our October Challenge - Hauntings and Holidays!  Personally, I am in card heaven, the G45 papers/cardstock are absolutely stunning (and they smell wonderful too...).
Those of you who have followed me for a while know how much I enjoy working in 3D and I wanted to show the versatility of one of Eileen's fabulous dies (Candy Box) by turning it into an Apothecary dresser/cabinet.  Apologies, this is a very picture heavy post, you might want to grab a drink!
Above, you can see the finished cabinet, I will take you through some very brief steps on how I created it.
I cut six Candy Boxes and then some mat/mount board pieces for the cabinet sides, back and shelves.

I painted all of the pieces, inside and out with the gorgeous DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Paint in Carbon Black.

All of the pieces were then glued together.  I left it overnight to dry.  The cabinet measures approx 8.1/2" wide by 12" tall fully finished.
I used the fabulous Rare Oddities cardstock from Graphic 45 - the hardest part was deciding what side of the cardstock to use!
I covered each of the drawer elements, the whole of the sides and back of the cabinet and each of the shelves with the G45 papers.  I thought you might like to see some close-ups of the different areas of the cabinet.
Starting at the top of the cabinet, I fussy cut some of the papers to provide the 'bookshelf' background, the three faux books on the left, the birdcage, the label '31' on the bottle and the 'Toe of Frog' bottle on the right.  The beautiful top 'Rare Oddities' has also been cut from a sheet of the cardstock.  I cut out a couple of bats and placed them in the domed glass and added a fussy cut 'bats' to the front.
A close up of the items on the top shelf.
On the lower shelf I used some of the cardstock to create a handmade book (on the left), a bottle filled with snake venom, a dome with two skulls inside and a very large spider.  To the right you can see a bottle of Witches Brew, a dome covered in Tim Holtz Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint and coloured with Alcohol Ink.  The dome contains another skull.  The small bottle at the front contains some blue beads and the domed skull to the rear has been cut from the Rare Oddities cardstock.

Behind the embellishments, for the back of the cabinet, I took a strip of the patterned cardstock, fussy cut a number of the elements from the cardstock and decoupaged these up to create some relief to the cabinet.

A close-up of the book I created (using a real book from a charity shop, cut to size) with elements of the cardstock attached to the front.
A close-up of the bottom shelf to show some of the relief at the back of the cabinet.
A close-up of the finished drawers, I used elements from the cardstock to create the labels where were placed inside some Tim Holtz Idea-ology drawer pulls.
A final view from the side.

If you have got this far, thanks for staying with me, I really LOVED making this cabinet, Eileen's dies and the G45 papers made it so easy.  I will be back again soon with another G45 project.

I hope you will join in Eileen's 'Hauntings and Holidays' Challenge, there is always a fabulous prize on offer, together with lots of inspiration from my teamies throughout the month, see HERE for more details.

Unusually for me, I have found a few fantastic challenges that I can enter with my apothecary cabinet and these are:



Anything But Cute Challenge #6 where the theme is 31 days of Halloween where we must use the number 31 somewhere on our entry.  31 features twice on my project on the top shelf bottle and one on the main shelf, also on a bottle.

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #17 is Word Search.  The words I have chosen which are incorporated in my entry are: Bat, Skull and Orange - there are several bats and skulls and the shelves are covered with orange patterned cardstock.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge where the theme is Autumn is in the Air.  I am entering my Halloween themed project.

Thanks so much for looking, I hope to see you again soon!

Hugs, Anne xx

62 comments:

  1. WOW!!!
    This ia amazing Anne - what a fabulous creation.
    Toni xx

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  2. Wow Anne! This is fabulous! The papers are great but it is your skill in using them that makes this project so wonderful! It was great to see you at Port Sunlight on Saturday. ..what is about that show that makes me spend so much? ? Hugs, Chrisx

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  3. Oh my goodness me Anne! This is completely AWEsome! With capital AWE! Lol. You never cease to amaze and inspire. You are one of the most talented people I know. {{Hugs}} xx

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  4. Fantastic piece Anne, you are the queen of 3D . I love all the details you added like the snake venum and the little books and the book you used from a charity shop, I love touches like that. The little domes are gorgeous too with the skull inside. Gorgeous piece, beautifully made. Tracy x

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  5. Anne....this is just totally amazing and awe inspiring! You have gone over the top to create such a wonderful Halloween piece! I so appreciate the fact that it is done completely from scratch… Meaning you have totally created it from chipboard and paper and so forth. Such a creative venture! Hats off to you!!

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  6. This is gorgeous and would love to make it!!

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  7. Anne, I'm afraid I've got to go have surgery on my jaw, because when it hit the floor, it cracked into pieces! Wow! WoW, WOW! I am in love with this 3D masterpiece! I have been scrolling up and down and back again, and again, to drink in every single magnificent detail! I cannot decide which is my favorite--your painstaking layering (done perfectly, I might add!) or those awful, ghastly jars, domes and bottles! This is pinned for future jaw dropping experiences--I visit my Halloween pins all the time, because I LURVVE Halloween! Oh, and you did a wonderful job of following my challenge theme, adding # 31 three times!!!!

    Thank you for joining our 31 Days of Halloween challenge at Anything But Cute. Hugs! Sara Emily DT

    PS I have a big fat head, too, after reading your lovely comment on my box! This is going to require a lot of medical attention!

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  8. Oh my good ness Anne- this is totally over the top and the way you used the Graphis 45 papers is just perfect! Love all the little creepy details too...amazing!

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  9. Anne, your cabinet is truly amazing, love all those extra special touches and all the fun fussy cut pieces. BRAVO!!!!

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  10. A fantastic piece, Anne!

    So imaginative and inspiring! Wow!

    Claudia x

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  11. Oh, Oh , Ah, Ah, You definitely captured my heart with this make. And this was all done with the candy box and Graphic 45 papers! Looking again I see you have used other things. Anne, I would love to tell you dear heart that you have out done yourself but alas I cannot. So many of your 3D makes are fabulous so how in the world could I pick one over the other!!!! Well you know I am a member of your Halloween Fan Club - I still remember the coffin you made for your son-in-law!!!!
    More! More!
    sandy xx

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  12. Well, let me just say that you will be a winner in ALL of those challenges, Annie! Other than that, my normal vocabulary is failing me when it comes to accurately describing how utterly extraordinary this work of art is! I simply bow before thee!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

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  13. This is completely and utterly Fan-Tas-Tic Anne!! And it was a pleasure to stay thru all the reading and image oggling! Made with precision perfection as always - it looks superb and no-one has more creativity than you with Eileen's dies. G45 papers are such lovely quality and I know what you mean about the smell. This is a fantastic size too so can really hold lots of fabby bits and bobs, just love when makes can be used. Love all your gorgeous details and spooky elements. Nicola x

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  14. Absolutely amazing Anne and I know how much you love Halloween so you must have adored every minute making this. A super showstopping project which I could easily see on a Graphic 45 trade stand. The details are incredible and the way you have brought their papers to life is wonderful. A winner for sure with the challenges entered.
    Julie x

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  15. WOW! This is wonderful Anne, an outstanding design full of some many interesting details.
    Hugs, Sue xx

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  16. oh my - you are an absolute genius Anne - I absolutely adore this - what more can I say - its brilliant!!!! Hugs rachel xx

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  17. Anne I just love this project and your mini book is awesome! I was wanting to create the same thing but then I wouldn't have seen the poor skeleton! Brilliant...

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  18. This is awesome!!! I LOVE the drawers...love the books! The whole laboratory feel is wonderful too!

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  19. Clapping over here Anne! I love your altered Apothecary cabinet and the the haunted details! The mini book of magic is so clever and you have worked those G-45 papers wonderfully! Love this much and much! Hugs!

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  20. This apothecary cabinet is AWESOME! I love the patterned papers you chose to cover the cabinet. Those tiny books and jars really add dimension to your project. Even the little drawer labels are fantastic. Bravo for a job well done!

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  21. Wow, Anne! Your mastery of both 3D projects and of making such fabulous use of gorgeous paper is unparalleled!! This project is absolutely stunning, and I will be printing off as inspiration! xx Lynn

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  22. Oh my Anne! What an amazing project! I love all the drawers and doo dads! Perfect combination!

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  23. Hi Anne, I'm still not feeling quite ready to return to blogland, but this dropped into my emails from Eileen's blog & I had to stop by and stay how totally speechless I was when I saw it...absolutely stunning! Hugs Carole Z xxx

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  24. Quite simply stunning Anne!!! As ever your attention to detail in shaping the cabinet, picking out and cutting the little elements and those incredibly clever additions is extraordinary and the finished project is jaw-droppingly amazing. You've done it again!!! Jenny x

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  25. Gosh Anne this is amazing. There is so much to take in with lots going on and to make it from scratch is incredible. X

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  26. What can I say ...... this is amazing! Your 3D projects are always so full of detail and this one is just crammed with fabulous stuff!! I love all the bottles and jars. xx

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  27. Lost for words Anne, you know how much I love working in 3D and G45 also. I have recently bought the Rare Oddities collection (unfortunately still in the stroking mood) but your make has forced me to re-think and use it. Thanks for sharing such a fabulous piece of artwork.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
    ShirlsCards.

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  28. Anne, what can I say about this? it is truly wonderful. I love all the little details you have added to your initial shape which is in itself a work of art. Only you could have had the imagination you display to have used the papers to their full advantage. This truly is wonderful. I love Halloween and I love this.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  29. WoW ! Anne you have created so many wonderful pieces of art but this has to be my new favourite, ( think I may have said this previously lol. ) Fantastic use of Eileen's Candy Box die and I love how you have included so much detail in your Apothecary Cabinet with those amazing Graphic 45 papers. Anne Redfern + Eileen Hull + Graphic 45 = stunning 3D project.
    Hugs Lottie xx

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  30. Hi Anne, loving the die and such a perfect use for it. Thanks for sharing such a brilliant project. Happy crafting, Angela x

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  31. this is just UNBELIEVABLY marvelous Anne! what perfect papers you use on your creatively designed cabinet - I just keep looking up at all the fun pieces you added to the shelves - what a wonderful Halloween decoration you created here!! Julia xx

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  32. There are not enough adjectives to describe how wonderful your little cabinet is. So many yummy details for the eye to take in! You rock!!!

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  33. Anne, that is absolutely spectacular, what an amazing cabinet! So many incredible details and your paper choices are spot on perfect, love that G45 collection. Thanks so much for sharing it with us, it is indeed a work of heart! Deb xo

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  34. Wowzers Anne! So many creepy and juicy details abound in this wonderful display! Where to even begin! Genius idea to use the candy box die in a unique way and your G45 paper coverage has reached full potential with a Bang dearie! I love those little bottles and the use of the 31 multiple times! Awesome sauce! The purple edging lends such a haunted feel to this amazeballs design. Isn't the chalky finish paint a fun texture! Fantabulous!

    Thanks so much for joining in with our "31 Days of Halloween" at Anything But Cute! Hugz. ~Niki DT

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  35. Anne I'm speechless!!! This is absolutely wonderful! Great us of Graphic 45 paper!!! Stunning work! Thanks for sharing with us this week on Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog! Barbarayaya

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  36. Not sure what to say about this one Anne. Absolutely fabulous doesn't really do it justice. It's amazing what you can do with a few sheets of paper - I love the style, the shape, all the intricate details. Brilliant!! Elaine xx

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  37. No need for a drink - I was spellbound! Glorious work with the G45 papers, and what a fabulous cabinet you built for them. I've been trawling for the Candy Box die on ebay for an age... now even more determined to get hold of it!! Such amazing details - the tiny book, the brilliant labelled bottles and domed display jars - just wonderful.
    Alison xx

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  38. Yowzers!! Wow, I can only imagine the hours and the effort that went into this, this is just incredible and you have the patience of a saint!! Every little item has been executed to superb detail. I just want to play with it xx

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  39. Fantastic project, great detail and interest. Love it.

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  40. Did you hear an almighty thud? No, it wasn't me falling down the stairs as I did a few days ago, it was me falling of my bed as I viewed your creation. Anne, did you not sleep for a month as you worked on this?!!! The detailing is astonishing, in fact I can barely absorb all the glorious detail. I have never used Graphic 45 products but Anne, they were made for you because the papers along with all the bottles, bell jar and that fabulous handmade book, it is making me giddy with delight!
    Anne, you certainly retain your title of Queen of Halloween for another year :)
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  41. Easy! You said this was 'easy'! Nothing this AWESOME can possibly be 'easy'! There is so much detail it's amazing! I had to keep looking at it - it's the coolest thing ever! I've said it before, and I will say it again, 'you are so clever and such a talented lady'! xxx

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  42. Each time I think you have surpassed the previous wonder that you shared, you do it yet again. I think this one has to be the most labor intensive one done yet! All those tiny box drawers, each covered in that super G45 paper. (G45 & Authentique are my FAV papers of all). All the tiny embellishments must have been so tedious (yet I know it's fun for you) to create, and are so detailed in their complexity. This is one that should be an heirloom treasure in your family! Just amazing and so wonderful. TFS & Hugs

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  43. This is a fabulous Halloween Project!! It's amazing. Thanks so much for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

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  44. This is such a gorgeous piece! Love all the details you have added, and the little drawers - bet you will get a lot of use out of this. Thanks for joining us this week for the Autumn challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge!

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  45. Blimey, this is such a masterpiece! Absolutely adore it.
    When I looked at the Mixed Media Monthly challenge pictures, to decide who to comment on.. well, this was definitely the one I had to go to first! And so very glad I did :-)

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  46. Fabulous. I love Graphic 45 papers and you have made such a wonderful 3D project with this collection. I love all the details you added to the shelves and your l;ittle book is terrific. Thanks for joining us at Anything But Cute.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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  47. Anne this is outstanding! You made a requisite Halloween box and I am sure that Sandy is just drooling all over the computer looking at this. lol Beautifully done to every detail.
    Hugs Kelly

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  48. This is totally amazing and awesome inspiring! Many thanks for sharing !

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  49. I'll say it again Anne, this is absolutely fabulous!!! You did a perfect job of showcasing the beautiful G45 paper. =)

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  50. Oh Anne that has to have been one of the best 15/ 20/ it may even have been 30 mins possibly longer ( I couldn't help but scroll up and down again and again ) I have spent reading and viewing a blog post. I was in complete awe from start to finish at your incredible talent at 3D crafting , your impeccable attention to detail and professional finish, your use of those fantastic graphic 45 papers and Eileens Candy box die, your seemless patience and not forgetting your passion for halloween and all things spooky ( I even see a spider !! ) . An absolute Masterpiece ! The only drink I will be having is one to celebrate your outstanding talent ! hugs xx

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  51. WOW - stunning - love all the elements AWESOME - thank you for the tutorial too x Have a lovely weekend

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  52. You are a wizard and I am convinced you should be a designer for G45 - my very favorite papers.
    sandy xx

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  53. Oops, really sorry I am so late with commenting.... this is amazing, what a wonderful project! Fantastic spookiness! You are the queen of Halloween projects! Thanks so much for adding it to our challenge at Mixed Media Monthly!

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  54. Anne This is just Stunning! Fabulous job!

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  55. Well, this is one amazing Halloween cabinet! I have to get that Graphics 45 collection!!! Just I have one question: where is the volume 3?? You have those little books in the display but volume 3 is missing or is it hiding somewhere???
    Thank you so much for joining our 31 Days of Halloween challenge at Anything But Cute!
    Samra DT
    Paper Talk with Samra

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    1. Well spotted Samra! I could say that someone borrowed it for sinister reasons, but in truth, sadly it got messed up when I cut into the papers and the perfectionist in me would not allow me to 'patch it up' and use it! Anne xx

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  56. OH MY GOSH!!! I'm a wee bit speechless!! This is flat out amazing. What a magnificent Halloween creation. So thrilled that you linked up your project with us at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge. xo

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  57. *THUD* - excuse me while i pick my jaw up from the floor! there aren't many words for this creation other than DROP DEAD AMAZING! Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

    -Rachel
    rwkrafts.com

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  58. Squealing with delight this is my fave item so far.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
    ShirlsCards.

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  59. I loved this when I first saw it and I loved seeing it again. I pinned. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/415386765611743272/

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  60. I love this!! Do you have a template or dimensions to cut out the pieces? I would love to make something like this.

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    1. Hi Kim, I cannot find another way to get in touch with you but I don't have a plan for how I created this, I just winged it! Once the candy boxes are constructed and housed together, it is just a question of 'building' the cabinet up around it, you could really use any shape that fits the style you want. Hope that helps! Anne xx

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