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August 22, 2011

Joyous Noel: Christmas Emporium Crafts from Our Design Team

Good Day Crafters!

Welcome to our happy blog! It's a new week of wonder here at Graphic 45! Our new collections are making their way to stores all over the world and we know you are all excited to get your hands on them. Today we are featuring some beautiful Christmas Emporium crafts from Robin Shakoor and Sherry Cheever of our design team. We hope today's creations will help conjure some ideas for your holiday crafting. And since it's Monday, we have a new blog contest to introduce! Since we're starting off this week with holiday-themed crafts, we want to know what holiday inspires you the most when it comes to crafting. Is Christmas your favorite holiday to create? Or do you enjoy making spooky Halloween projects? Maybe you're more of a Mother's Day crafter, or even Easter. There's lots of inspiring holidays to choose from. Pick one and tell us about it on our blog or Facebook page. Share your favorite crafting holiday and you could win this fabulous prize pack! A Proper Gentleman 12x12 paper pad, Geometric Door Plate and Knob Staples, Fiskars Everywhere Punch Cartridge, Clear Snap Color Catcher, and a beautiful cling stamp by Hampton Art! A winner will be chosen at random and announced here on the blog on Friday, August 26th!


These first two marvelous Christmas Emporium layouts were made by Robin Shakoor, a superbly brilliant crafter. These beautiful LOs will instantly get you in the holiday spirit, even though Christmas is several months away. Here is what Robin had to say about the inspiration for this first adorable LO called "Twinkle."

"The “Christmas Emporium” collection definitely brings out the spirit of Christmas.  I created this 8 ½ x 11 layout using this amazing holiday photo.  The tree was cut from “Christmas Emporium” and placed in the lower, right corner of the page.  The lettering is from Imaginarium Designs and is the perfect size for this page.   I finished my layout using beautiful flower tags topped with stockings which were cut from “Christmas Emporium.”  You will love this collection and you will find it your “go to” for all of your Christmas projects. Enjoy!" -Robin Shakoor


Patterned Paper:  Graphic 45 “Christmas Emporium” collectionCardstock:  CoredinationsInk/Paint:  Ranger, Making MemoriesChipboard:  Imaginarium Designs Gem:  PrimaAdhesives:  Scotch, Beacon, Creative Memories Die Cut Tags:  Graphic 45 “Christmas Emporium” collection Sanding Block:  CoredinationsPhoto:  Tom Clare



Patterned Paper:  Christmas Emporium Cardstock:  BazzillInk:  Distress Ink (Ranger), Cranberry Pigment Ink (American Crafts) Embellishments:   Pins (Jenni Bowlin), Button (Craft Supply), Ribbon (My Mind’s Eye), Stickles (Ranger), Glimmer Mist (Ranger), Pearls (Kaisercraft), Letters (My Mind’s Eye)Dies:  Heirloom Ornaments (Spellbinders), Punch (Martha Stewart Crafts)
Adhesives:  ATG 700 (Scotch), Foam Squares (Ranger). Scor-Tape (Scor-Pal), 450 Quick Dry (Helmar’s)

Next we have a gorgeous piece of holiday home decor by the absolutely fabulous Sherry Cheever. This festive wall hanging would look stunning in any home, and it would also make a superb holiday gift! Sherry used our beautiful Christmas Emporium papers and Chipboard Tags to create this heart-warming work of art. After all, it's never too early to start planning your holiday crafts!





We want to thank Robin Shakoor and Sherry Cheever for their stunning projects today. Even though Christmas is a ways away, we hope today's crafts got everyone's creative gears turning. We will be back here tomorrow with more wonderful crafts to share with you. And don't forget that our wedding layout craft challenge is happening right now! Post your Graphic 45 wedding layouts on our Facebook page for your chance to win! We also look forward to reading your comments for this week's blog contest! Have a beautiful Monday, Crafters!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45


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Beautiful creations using beautiful papers and accessories. Makes me want Christmas Emporium even tho I have a ton of Christmas that I haven't used. Guess I'll be good and be satisfied with OZ and ABC for now. Thanks again for your great design team!

What a beautiful collection! I do love Christmas as a crafting holiday as it allows you to be so creative with gifts and cards and to really show people you care with something hand crafted :)

Love the collection! I also love to make craft projects for Christmas to give as one of kind gifts.

can't wait, can't wait! Hoping to see the collection shortly in our scrapbooking store!

Your Inspirations have my mind awhirl... time to start those Christmas gifts... going to make some holiday frames... this year...

Oh My!!! These projects are awesome - can't wait til Emporium gets down here to Oz! Christmas is my favourite holiday to craft for - so many avenues to explore and the colours!! Love traditional Christmas colours... Oh My!!! Oh My!!! Hugs x

I enjoy all holidays, but especially Christmas!! I love to give and receive home made gifts from the heart!!

Christmas is my favorite crafty holiday.

I look forward to Christmas than any holiday to scrap more because of the gift giving than anything else! I usually make altered items for freinds and family that bring to mind Christmas's past, whether 5 years or 50 years past.

Beautiful LO's!! Christimas is truly a great holiday for me. Not only do I love the decorations and crafting time but it's a heartwarming time for me and for my family. I can't wait to start the Christmas magic!!!

Holidays are a fabulous time and I love to create things at each holiday but Christmas is my favorite!

I love creating Christmas cards so I guess Christmas is my favorite crafting holiday.

I do love this collection, from the few glimpses I've had of it! Christmas would probably be my favorite holiday to craft, with Halloween a close second.

Great projects that the ladies made! I love fall, so Thanksgiving and Halloween are my favorite holidays to craft.

i love to make Christmas projects and am looking forward to your new holiday collection!

The holiday that inspires me most to get creative is Christmas. I love that time of year, and it always seems to inspire me to get crafty with projects to put throughout the house to share with others. Thanks for the chance at the awesome giftaway!

These layouts are perfect...love the santa with the santa...have to scrap lift today. Thank you!

i make cards for all the holidays, scrap Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving and all other occasions possible. there is no such thing as too much paper

this Christmas collection is awesome ! Not arrived yet in France...

The scrapbook pages are so adorable! I love the gorgeous paper you chose Robin! Sherry, your home decor project is amazing as usual. Thanks for the opportunity to win a prize.

beautiful layouts. i love making all sorts of spooky creations for halloween. haunted house boxes that hold minis, coffin shaped minis, bats, skulls etc. the alice and oz papers are my faves for halloween crafting. thanks.

Beautiful projects! My favorite scrapping holidays are Halloween and Christmas! Although I scrap and make cards for them all! TFS

I hope to see this paper soon! Beautiful! Your design team and your beautiful paper collection--what a great combination you've got!

I have to say Christmas inspires me most! I love to make jar gifts and embelish them! I have also made and given away handmade ornaments...always a hit!

I love to make my Christmas-minialbum. One page for every year!
Thanks for the inspiration!!

It would be a wonderful gift to win this giveaway. Friday is my last day of work before a 2 week much deserved vacation. I love all your products! Thanks for the chance!

Wonderful work! There is always SUCH inspiration from your amazing team! I can't wait (hoping!) to see lots of Halloween spooooookyness! Decor for halloween is ALWAYS so fun! I just got some amazing Graphic 45 OZ papers and they are the PERFECT paper for a piece I've had in mind!

I gotta say Christmas, I LOVE to dress up for halloween, but not craft, not really, no time with making a costume and outfitting everyone at work! But Christmas? cards and gifts and tags and just about anything else I can thing of...I've even made soap leaves! and homemade marshmallows and cocoa squares on a stick for hot chocolate! I love crafting for Christmas!


Favorite holiday for crafting: Halloween!!!

I do most of my crafting of cards for Christmas. I pick one design, and make a bunch of them!! I try to keep them somewhat simple, but I don't always succeed.

My favorite holiday to craft for is halloween. My favorite holiday is coincidentally (not) Halloween. FUN!

I like to make cards for all occasions, but Easter might be my favorite. I don't do bunnies and chicks usually---I do REAL Easter cards. Have you ever done Easter papers (Christian papers)? I'd love it.

I think for me it's halloween. I do enjoy christmas, but sometimes I find it difficult becuase it always seems the same. not sure why halloween is differnet

This Christmas collection is beautiful.

Those projects are just incredibly beautiful! Sherry outdid herself with that wall hanging!

My absolute favorite crafting holiday is Halloween. You can go from cute to spooky with crafting. It is the one holiday where anything goes. I just love it!

Since everyone is making 'Christmas cards/ projects' in July I think we should start 'Halloween in August' to get a head start ;)

I love the Christmas Emporium collection and can't wait to start playing with it. My favorite crafting holiday would definitely have to be Christmas. It's such a magical time of year!

Such fab inspiration by the dt! TFS! Christmas is my fave crafty season!

Fabulous projects today! My favorite crafting holiday would definately be Christmas, but Halloween is a close second! Thanks for the chance to win!

Christmas is my favorite and halloween comes next! Love scrapping and crafting for Christmas and I love doing altered items for Halloween! Thank you for the chance to win that awesome prize pack!

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