Denise Johnson's Wonderful World of Holiday Tags!
Christmas is just around the corner! If you're looking for some fun, last minute ideas for the holidays then you're in luck! Today's Graphic 45 blog is filled with festive fun for Christmas! This is a great day as we welcome Denise Johnson to her new role as our Special Project Designer! Denise's crafts are so lovely and today we're going to highlight her gorgeous style by sharing two of her fantastic ideas for handmade holiday tags! First you'll see a beautiful tag gift set with a stunning altered art box. Then we will share Denise's marvelous tag advent calendar and photo tutorial! Both of today's projects feature our 12 Days of Christmas collection! Get ready to feel merry and bright with today's enchanting holiday crafts by Denise!
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And now it's time for some incredible ideas by Denise! We are thrilled to welcome her aboard as one of our Special Project Designers. That means that she will be designing beautiful craft ideas and project sheets for Graphic 45 newsletters, trade shows and other special classes throughout the year! Denise is an amazing teacher and a very gifted artist. We are thrilled about her new and exciting role with Graphic 45. Lets explore some of Denise's amazing ideas for fun and festive holiday tags! Tags have so many uses and they're so easy to create. Lets begin with this great idea for a handmade holiday gift! Here is Denise's tag gift set, complete with a beautiful altered Small Matchbook Box! This project is so much fun and simple to create! Get inspired to create one for someone you love this holiday season! Here is what Denise had to say about it!
"For this project I utilized my leftovers from a previous project. Using scraps and just a few embellishments I was able to craft a set of 12 tags that fit just perfectly in the Graphic 45 Small Matchbook Box. I used standard shipping tags for 3 of the tags and also as my shape and size template for the rest of the handmade decorative paper tags. This was such a great way to use up my random scraps & bits I may just make this an ongoing habit!" -Denise
Graphic 45 Matchbook Box (small)
Christmas tree brad
Book Label and 2 mini brads
Next we have another delightful holiday creation by Denise! This is her amazing tag advent calendar featuring 12 Days of Christmas! It even comes with a fun photo tutorial! This is such a clever idea for crafting with tags! Denise definitely knows how to think outside the box! This lovely creation is so much fun and easy to create! Just follow along with Denise's simple photo instructions and get inspired to create your own advent calendar just in time for Christmas! Here is what Denise had to say about this gorgeous creation!
Family rituals handed down year after year...I LOVE tradition, and Christmas traditions are some of my very favorites. When we were kids, all through the month of December, every Sunday my sister and I would dive into the newspaper, searching for the TV Guide. With guide in hand we scoured the listings, highlighting all the Christmas movies playing that week. We’d tape the list next to the TV to refer to during the week. We couldn’t bear to miss a one. “The Year Without a Santa Claus” was our very, very favorite. Our “on demand” lifestyle takes away the need for this nostalgic activity today, (oh I still watch my favorite movies...I just pop in the dvd!) As the times change I find it even more important to hold tight to family tradition and memories. Every Christmas I create a traditions advent to be certain we don’t miss a thing. I was so thrilled this year when Graphic 45 released the 12 Days of Christmas collection...PERFECT for my advent creation!!
This advent/countdown altered canvas can be used in so many ways....
-tuck in your favorite family traditions for the holidays. pull one out and complete the special tradition for family fun time throughout December.
-plan 12 days of gift giving for that someone special
-share blessings, RAK’s or special memories.
-place Christmas storybook titles in each pocket. Randomly choose for Christmas bedtime stories.
-share 12 of your favorite Christmas cookie recipes
-create an extra special hostess gift- add sweet sentiments in each pocket for the recipient
Graphic 45 Staples Keys and Escutcheon
Misc. Embellishments: vintage chandelier crystal, metal frames, metal photo corner, pearl brads, punched snowflakes, crown charm, paper doilies
Lace (for hanging)
Here is Denise's fun photo tutorial that shows you how you can create your own special advent calendar with 12 Days of Christmas! Have fun and enjoy!
We had so much fun getting to share today's amazing holiday crafts with you. We are so happy to welcome Denise as our new Special Project Designer! We know she's going to do a fabulous job! We want to thank her for her inspiring holiday crafts today! We also want to thank all of you G45ers for spending some time with us today. Be sure to leave us a blog or Facebook comment for your chance to win that amazing Sweet Sentiments prize. We will announce a winner tomorrow. We'll also have more enchanting crafts to share with you. It's going to be so much fun. We hope you all enjoy your day!
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