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September 16, 2011

Happy Holidays: G45 Christmas Cards & a Tutorial

Hello Beautiful Crafters,

A very happy Friday to you all! We're running the gamut on holiday themes this week! Today we've got some stunning Deluxe Edition Christmas Past and Christmas Emporium crafts by Gloria Stengel and  an inspiring tutorial by Sherry Cheever.

Before we get to the crafts we wanted to let you know that we're going to be attending Archiver's Scrapfest all weekend! Aimee, Diane, Charee and a few special guest helpers will be there! We are super excited! Be sure to stop by our booth for a gorgeous Magic of Oz make n' take! For more information check out all the details here! See you there! 


We also wanted to announce this week's blog prize winner! We asked you to leave us a comment about what you love most about blogs. Big thanks to everyone who left their feedback this week! Our randomly chosen winner is...SuZeQ. Here is what she had to say about what inspires her on blogs:

"Wow - what's not to love about blogs. I've made some great friends, learned tons, enjoyed the tutorials, visited places I'll never be able to visit, get my inspiration and am always able to go to my happy place when I visit blogs. Thank you for asking" -SuZeQ

Thanks SuZeQ! Please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com! Congratulations!

Well lets get to the crafts! These first two stunning Christmas Past and Christmas Emporium cards were created by Gloria Stengel. Behold the beauty and cheer of the holiday season with these marvelously festive creations!



Techniques: Use Clearsnap inks and die templates to stencil. Add pearls to the snowflake for added dimension.


Cardstock: Bazzill Pomegranate, Walnut Cream; Neenah Classic Natural White, Stampin' Up! Whisper WhiteDesigner paper: Graphic45 Christmas Past (Let it Snow, Deck the Halls)
Stamps: Graphic45/Hampton Art Christmas Emporium IC0127, IC0128
Ink: Copic Markers, Clearsnap Colorbox Chalk Ice Blue, Memento Tuxedo BlackEmbellishments: Ribbon unknown, Flower from Making Memories, Pin from Maya Road, Pearls from Queen and Company (Snowflake)
Tools: Bow Easy, Spellbinders Paper Arts die templates (S4-116 Standard Circles Small, S4-114 Standard Circles Large, S4-286 2010 Snowflake Pendant), Grand Calibur machine
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG, Glue Dots




Cardstock: Bazzill Raven, Kraft, Walnut Cream; Neenah Classic Natural WhiteDesigner paper: Graphic45 Christmas Past Holiday Spirit
Stamps: Graphic45/Hampton Christmas Emporium IC0126, IC0127
 Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black 
Embellishments: Rhinestones from Want2Scrap, Eyelet unknown, Twine from May Arts
Tools: Spellbinders Paper Arts die templates (S4-169 Small Labels, S4-168 Large Labels), Grand Calibur machine, Edge punch from Martha Stewart
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG and foam tape

Next we have an amazing tutorial by Sherry Cheever. You'll learn how to create this gorgeous piece of holiday home decor from one of our altered art experts! Take an ordinary picture frame and turn it into a Christmas treasure! Take it away, Sherry!

SherryCheever Complete Frame

SherryCheever Flower on Frame


Graphic 45:  Christmas Emporium 
Paints/Inks:  Ranger Claudine Hellmuth Studio Charcoal Black Semi-Gloss Acrylic Paint, Peeled Paint Distress Stain, Lemonade Alcohol Ink, Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Ink 
Embellishments:  Corsage Pins;  idea-ology GrungePaper; Black Cardstock
Tools:  Spellbinders S5-055 Layered Poinsettia, Grand Calibur; Ranger Ultra-Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE), Melting Pot, Craft Sheet and Matte Accents


The base of the project is a plain 2x3 wood frame that has been sanded down to remove the clear finish.

SherryCheever Plain Frame

The entire frame was then painted black.


Score-Tape was added to the front of the frame in order to attach the Graphic 45 paper.

SherryCheeverFrontofFrame with Score-Tape

The Score-Tape hangs over the sides and needed to be trimmed down with a matte knife.  Turn the frame over and using the edge of the frame as a guide, trim off the excess.

SherryCheever Trim Tape from Side

Place the paper you are covering the front of the frame with face side down and place the frame on the back of the paper, leaving an excess over the sides.

SherryCheever Placing Frame on Paper

When the frame is flipped over it will looks like below.  

SherryCheever Frame with Paper on Top

Remove the excess paper by sanding off at the edges.

SherryCheever Sanding Frame

Once all the edges have been sanded, it will look like this.

SherryCheever Covered and Sanded Frame

The sanded edges were then sponged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. 

To measure the inside panel, the glass from the frame was used as a guide.

SherryCheever Measuring Inside Panel

The inside image was sponged with Antique Linen Distress Ink, mounted on black cardstock and then mounted on the other side (matching the frame) to the above paper.

The poinsettia was die cut, shaped and assembled, with corsage pins placed in the middle.  The corsage pins were colored with Lemonade Alcohol Ink.

SherryCheever FlowerReadyToBe dipped into UTEE

The UTEE was melted in the Melting Pot.

SherryCheever MeltingUTEE

The poinsettia was then dipped into the UTEE, using the corsage pins to hold the poinsettia.


The UTEE needs to be drained from the flower.  This was done by holding the poinsettia by the corsage pins over the melting pot until all the UTEE had drained back into the melting pot.

SherryCheeverDraining UTEE from Flower

The poinsettia was then placed in a piece of foam to dry completely and cool.


Before embellishing the frame with the poinsettia, the pins were snipped off at the back.


Removing the pins is helpful to make the poinsettia lay flat on the frame. 

Assemble the embellishments on the frame with a hot glue gun.

SherryCheever Complete Frame

Well, that's all the goodies for today. Thank you all for joining us and extra special thanks to Gloria Stengel and Sherry Cheever for their stunning crafts! Next week is going to be very fun and exciting so we hope you'll stop by and see us on Monday. We hope you all have a restful weekend.

Happy Papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45



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This was very interesting! Never would have come up with this method. Thank you.

This was a great tutorial - thank you for the clear and concise instructions. Can hardly wait to get started creating!

Fabulous!! Love everything!! Those flowers rock.

all are just beautiful, loving that flower and how it's made

Love love love everything!!

Love it, the picture frame!!! TFS!! Hugs.. Maggy :)

Oh my gosh... Awesome cards and frame. I think I'm going to have to try the UTE technique. I've seen it used before but that poinsettia is just beautiful!


Gorgeous projects

All kinds of amazing here today!! Thanks for the great tutorial too! Sherry is always an inspiration!

Well!!! I'm inspired with those beautiful creations!! I love the picture frame tutorial. Sanding the edges is a great tip. And that Utee flower is something I've been wanting to try. Those Christmas Emporium papers are right by my work desk begging to be used!! I love them so much i was waiting for a worthy project. Now I have it!! Thanks!!!

Beautiful cards and frame and fab tutorial! Thank you!

The coloring on those children is amazing!! Beautiful!!

Very very nice!

Great cards and I LOVE that frame with the UTEE flower!

thanks for showing the how to on the frame

Great Tutorial° thanks for all the tips... love the handemade flower! Beautiful.

Oh! I am not sure which of these to tell you I liked the best, because they were all fabulous!

Beautiful boxes! And I love the way the flower turned out!

All, beautiful work!!! Those flowers rock!!!

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