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December 25, 2012

Deck The Halls With Christmas Cheer From Graphic 45!


Hello G45ers,

We want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Thank you all so much for taking the time to visit us on this wonderful day! Wow, we do love the holidays! Christmas is such a beautiful time of togetherness and joy. Today we wantd to bring you some absolutely incredible crafts to help celebrate this incredible holiday. You'll see a marvelous Nutcracker Sweet tag by Gloria Stengel, an amazing Nutcracker Sweet petite four altered box by Clare Charvill and a marvelous Nutcracker Sweet altered iPod box by Denise Hahn! It's a Christmas cornacopia of inspiration! But first we have a very special message for all of you from our family here at Graphic 45!

Seasons Greetings to all of you this Christmas Day! We are enjoying being together as a family, and wish you the same joy. We have so enjoyed celebrating the holidays with you and seeing your beautiful handmade treasures. Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

With Warmest Wishes,
Diane, Aimee, Charee, and the G45 Family


This first festive creation was made by Gloria Stengel. It's a gorgeous tag featuring Nutcracker Sweet! Holiday tags are so much fun to create! Let this magnificent creation inspire you to create a fun holiday tag that you'll cherrish for years to come! Here is what Gloria had to say about this fabulous work of art!

"Christmas is my favorite holiday and I collect a lot of supplies in order to make Christmas tags, cards, and other projects. Nutcracker Sweet is a beautiful collection, filled with both traditional and non-traditional colors. I had a blast cutting out the nutcracker and making him pop, literally off the tag! To create a more realistic feel, I added glossy accents to his boots, belt, and hat! He really shines! To "jazz" up the metal doorplate I painted it with several coats of gesso, and while the gesso was wet, I sprinkled the metal with several types of glitter." Gloria Stengel







Graphic 45 Papers: Nutcracker Sweet

Enchanted Journey

Holiday Magic

Christmas March

Nutcracker Sweet

Endearing Sentiments 

Graphic 45 Staples:

Metal: Doorplate

Graphic 45 packaging tag

Clearsnap Colorbox: Creamy Brown Fluid Chalk Ink

May Arts: ribbon

Adhesive: Glossy Accents, Glue Dots, foam squares, tape runner, white glue, Liquitex matte gel medium

                                                Other: bells, floral picks, dove, brads, gesso, glitter, wire

Next up is this amazing Christmas Petite Four Box by Clare Charvill! This is an incredible idea for holiday home decor or gifts! You can have so much fun letting your imagination run wild with Graphic 45 papers and embellishments! It is so easy to find quaint and inexpensive little boxes like this one that you can upcycle with Graphic 45! Get inspired with Clare's amazing tips for how she created this exquisite holiday treasure! Take it away, Clare!
I'm a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to Christmas and love the reds and greens of the season. For this project I took an MDF box, painted it with red acrylic paint and then covered it with matte medium.  While the medium was drying I sprinkled a little gold Art Glitter over the painted surfaces to give a hint of Christmas sparkle :-) 
The lid is covered with Enchanted Journey paper, which I distressed with Vintage Photo ink.  I also distressed all the red acrylic paint with vintage photo ink to give an aged look to the box before decorating it.



To decorate the lid I combined one of the story cards from the reverse side of the Enchanted Journey paper , two chipboard frames, chipboard pieces, stickers and metal brads with two poinsettias. 



The flowers were cut out from Enchanted Journey paper and inked with peeled paint and barn door distress inks.  I used candy cane stickles in the centre of the flowers to finish them off.   I used glossy accents and gold Art Glitter to finish off the detail on the story card.



The sides of the box are covered in Clara's Dream and Land of Sweets papers, a red ribbon and ticket stickers and then covered the inside with Christmas March. The box is sealed with matte medium.
I can't wait to fill it with my home made marzipan fruits and brandy truffles.  
Misc Supplies
MDF Box with lid
Red Acrylic paint
Claudine Helmuth Matte Medium
Gold Art Glitter
Tacky Glue
Glossy Accents
Red Ribbon 
Graphic 45 Supplies 

Next up is another splendid Nutcracker Sweet creation! This is a magnificent altered iPod box by Denise Hahn! Don't throw away the boxes for your electronic devises! Upcycle them with Graphic 45! This dreamy creation is full of so much beauty and cheer! Here Denise explains her inspiration behind this stunning project! Follow her fun and easy instructions and get inspired to create one of your own! Take it away, Denise!

"Coming up with inspiration to alter items is easy for me. When I am working on a projects I keep a little bowl on my desk that I put little scraps and bits of things in that I think I might use. Inevitably at the end of the projects I have a color coordinated little bowl of goodies. Then it's just a matter of finding the right "thing" to alter.  I have to say I am little attached to my Apple boxes. My iPad, my MacBook my iPhone. I am so attached to these items I can't even throw away their boxes. They always have unique design elements to them that are super conducive to altering! My only problem is that Apple makes their boxes out of some super secret plastic style cardboard that does not like ink, gesso or acrylic paint. With that said, if you want to color your box (mine is actually a cream colored base) prime it with Krylon Fusio  for Plastic first, that's the only thing that seemed to stick. What other little treasured boxes do you keep? Why not alter one with all of your leftover bits and pieces from you last project?" -Denise Hahn

Spray paint box and let dry
Cut to size scrap paper to cover outside and inside
Run through Xyron sticker maker and adhere to box
Cut an 8inch by 1.5 strip to accordion fold
Hot glue accordion fold to top of box-add and embellishment (I used the metal crown) to hold into place
Arrange your little leftovers into your box, fussy cut some G45 images and hot glue into place
Embellish outside - I hot glued some pearls onto the front
Attach candle base (make sure no candle wax residue on the holder) with hot glue
Wrap some ribbon around the base and add a Graphic 45 Chipboard Tag or cut out your own from Card stock


Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet Altered iPhone box - 1.2-imp

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet Altered iPhone box - 1-imp

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet Altered iPhone box - 2-imp

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet Altered iPhone box - 3-imp

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet Altered iPhone box - 4-imp

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet Altered iPhone box - 6-imp

Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet Altered iPhone box - 7-imp

  Denise Hahn Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet Altered iPhone box - 5-imp

iphone box
Scraps of Nutcracker Sweet or any other Graphic 45 Paper scraps you can't bear to throw away
Krylon Fusion for Plastic
Bits and baubles from your stash
Hot Glue
Xyron Sticker Maker with permanent Adhesive
Candle holder from Thrift store
Left over trim

 We hope you all had a great time today! We want to once again wish you all a very Merry Christmas! We enjoyed getting to bring you these sweet treasures on this gorgeous holiday. We want to thank Gloria Stengel, Clare Charvill and Denise Hahn for their fantastic work today. We wish you all a warm and happy holiday! Join us tomorrow for more incredible crafts and fun!

Merry Christmas!

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Gorgeous work from the DT members thank you so much for all the inspiration!!! Have a very blessed Christmas xox Amy

WOW! Gorgeous! I love the attention to detail. Thank you so much for sharing and Merry Christmas!!

These are marvelous!

this is so cute! merry merry to you!

Fabulous! Have a Holly Jolly Christmas.

Thank you all so much for all the talented and wonderful Graphic 45 ideas you have shared with us this year. I appreciated it very much. Keep up the great work you do. Have a fabulous, relaxing family Christmas and enjoy the fruits of your labour. Best Wishes in 2013.

Beautiful inspiration for this Christmas morning/afternoon! Today will be a crafting day for me following breakfast out with my local family. A great day so far and I know it will only get better as I work with G45 papers!

Hope y'all are having a wonderful Christmas with that new baby!

I gave my mom her G45 Magic of Oz Easel Album and she really liked it. Christmas has been a great one. Wonderful fun projects today. Merry Christmas Everyone at Graphic 45!!!

OMG The projects are so beautiful.

Beautiful projects!! LOVING the ballerina!!! Merry Christmas!!!!

Gorgeous works! Love Nutcracker Sweet paper collection. Merry Christmas :D

Merry Christmas to all the talented people at G45! Keep on inspiring us in 2013.

Thanks fr the Christmas inspiration!

Sweet and inspiring projects! TFS!

Now we can get started on next year's projects! The tag and boxes are so cool.

Beautiful projects and oh so creative. The idea of using ipod and iphone boxes etc. is fantastic...nothing wasted here.

Firstly, do you guys & gals ever have a day off?? Or am i stupid; perhaps this is all done in advance??
Anyhow, lovely projects. Happy Christmas to you all!! :)

Absolutely fantastic projects, truly beautiful.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Denise's shadow box is phenomenal. I also save packaging....crafting gives you new eyes with which to see potential treasures!

Love the detail!

Fun and Fabulous!

Deck the Halls features twenty great items to weave for the holiday season - to decorate your house, to delight your children, to give to your friends. I think this collection is the best.

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