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December 06, 2011

Timeless Holiday Home Decor Inspiration & Tutorial!

Hello There G45ers!

Thank you all so much for joining us today! The holiday season is happening right now and the crafty spirit is definitely in the air! This is such a fun time of year to really let your creativity shine! Today we're bringing you some amazing examples of holiday home decor from Sherry Cheever, Melanie Forbes and a great tutorial by Tara Orr! You'll see some gorgeous pieces that are perfect for holiday decorating or gifts for the ones you love! And the great thing about holiday home decor is that you can reuse each piece year after year! It's the gift that keeps on giving! So lets get started!

This first marvelous creation is by Sherry Cheever. It's a wonderful Christmas Emporium shaowbox that is full of stunning dimensions and festive cheer. This is a great example of a fairly easy piece that would look amazing year after year. Just cut out a beautiful image from Christmas Emporium and adhere it with some Scrapbook Adhesives 3-D Foam squares to help give depth and life to your shabowbox! Then decorate with some pretty flowers or other festive embellisments! It's so much fun and it looks simply gorgeous!


SherryCheeverShadowBoxFrameLAYERED SANTA



Graphic 45 Papers:  Christmas Emporium Collection  - Special Delivery, Christmas Emporium, Happy Holidays and Under the Mistletoe
Spellbinders™ Paper Arts:  Grand Calibur®, Nestabilities® S5-055 Layered Poinsettia and LF-161 Grand Labels One
May Arts:  Natural Jute and Red Sheer Ribbon
Scrapbook Adhesives:  3D Foam Squares and MyStik Permanent Tape Runner
Want2Scrap:  Chipboard Shapes – Pine Trees
Sookwang:  Scor-Tape 1-1/2”Ranger Industries:  Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Vintage Photo and Peeled Paint; Tim Holtz Distress Stickles in Peeled Paint; Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Antique Linen; Adirondack Alcohol Ink in Lemonade
Other:  Maya Road Crystal Star Trinket Pin; idea-ology Memo Pin and Mini Safety Pin; Tonic Paper Distressing Tool; Darcies Acrylic Shadowbox Frame Medium; Krylon 18KT Gold Leafing Pen; Buffalo Batt Iridescent Snow Flakes

Next up is this lovely piece of decor by Melanie Forbes. Melanie has such an amazing eye for detail and you can realy see it in this fabulous creation. It's a holiday paradise! Melanie really knows how to set the scene in all of her work. She wanted to give credit to Kelly Creates Blog post where she used G45 Christmas Emporium to create 5 cards.  This helped inspire Melanie to create the Christmas tree and wreath from the Tim Holtz rosette die. Here is what she had to say about this vibrant holiday work of art! She also gives some fun and helpful tips for you to enjoy.

 "I love creating mini scenes!! And it is so easy to do with G45’s latest range – I have been inspired by “Kelly Creates” cards and used her idea’s for the tree and Christmas Wreath. The little presents are mini dice and lid tops wrapped up. Look in florist supply shops for things such as the berries and crystal vine as well to help create a wonderful 3D scene to enjoy!" -Melanie Forbes

Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium Naughty or Nice house 1 Melanie Forbes

Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium Naughty or Nice house 2 Melanie Forbes

Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium Naughty or Nice house 3 Melanie Forbes

Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium Naughty or Nice house 7 Melanie Forbes

Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium Naughty or Nice house 8 Melanie Forbes

Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium - Joyous Noel, All I Want for Christmas, Christmas Emporium, Special Delivery, Under the Mistletoe, Merry & Bright, A Christmas Carol 
Colorbox Decades Ink – Dark Cashmere 
Twiddleybitz – Floating Frame FRA001, Funky Townhouse FTH001, Snowflakes SNOW001, Holly Branch Small Xmas036, Holly Branch Large XMAS037, Christmas Border corner XMAS044, Tweenybitz Snowflakes TWTB06.Florish with a Bling - Jasmine Burgandy swirl
Holly berries & Crystal vine – florist suppliesMica FlakesDimensional MagicViva Décor Precious Metal Colour Green 700Prima Window Décor Resin Crafty Notions Old Gold embossing enamel Bakers TwineUnknown Flowers

Next up is this super cool tutorial by Tara Orr. Tara is famous for sprucing up items she finds in thrift stores. This is another classic tutorial where you'll find out how to turn an ordinary basket into a lavish and unique piece of home decor! Upcycled art is perfect for the holiday season. It's a fun and beautiful way to create something special for someone you love! Or dress up your own home in this one-of-a-kind treasure! Take it away, Tara!

"It was a few weekends ago, while out with my mom at the local shopping centre, that I came across the neatest piece of home decor I'd seen in quite some time.  I love just browsing through each and every section of department stores - furniture, wall hangings, nic nacs - you name it! Its always when you aren't looking for a particular piece that you find the coolest of treasures.  Well, it was on this day that I spotted an amazing looking vase.  It was so bright and full of colour and had the neatest look to it.  When I went to take a closer peek I noticed that the entire thing was made from paper!  PAPER?!  I can TOTALLY do that myself I thought!  So, as soon as I returned home I began playing with my On The Boardwalk Papers to see if I could figure out how this piece was transformed.
Please join me below for a paper-rolling tutorial and how I transformed a simple flower basket into a super funky conversation piece.  You can use this tutorial to alter pretty much anything you fancy - as long as it has a flat surface with which to work. The tutorial is VERY simple but VERY time consuming!  Enjoy!!" -Tara Orr


You will need to cut several strips of patterned papers so that they measure 0.5 x 12 inches each.

Graphic 45 Basket Tutorial Tara Orr On The Boardwalk

Fold each piece of paper lenghthwise so that they are all now 0.25 x 12 inches each.
Graphic 45 Basket Tutorial Tara Orr On The Boardwalk

Begin rolling each strip of paper.  Be sure to hold each roll securely to prevent gaps and unwinding.
Graphic 45 Basket Tutorial Tara Orr On The Boardwalk

Half way done! Your paper roll should look something like this now.
Graphic 45 Basket Tutorial Tara Orr On The Boardwalk

Once you have finished rolling the entire strip of paper, add a small piece of strong, double sided tape to the end and secure.
Graphic 45 Basket Tutorial Tara Orr On The Boardwalk

Your completed paper roll.  You'll need LOTS of these (depending on how large your project is)
Graphic 45 Basket Tutorial Tara Orr On The Boardwalk

Apply a generous amount of tacky glue to the bottom of your paper roll.
Graphic 45 Basket Tutorial Tara Orr On The Boardwalk

Adhere the paper roll to your project - press firmly for a few seconds to ensure it holds.
Graphic 45 Basket Tutorial Tara Orr On The Boardwalk

You can randomly apply your papers or opt for a specific pattern like the one I've created with the different colours.
Graphic 45 Basket Tutorial Tara Orr On The Boardwalk

Once you have completely covered your project surface with paper rolls, seal and protect it with a generous layer of mod podge
Graphic 45 Basket Tutorial Tara Orr On The Boardwalk

This is what the basket looked like before I altered it with Graphic 45's On the Boardwalk papers.

Graphic 45 Basket Tutorial Tara Orr On The Boardwalk

 This is what the basket looks like altered with Graphic 45's On the Boardwalk papers.

Graphic 45 Basket Tutorial Tara Orr On The Boardwalk

12x12 Portable Paper Trimmer by Fiskars
Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal Products
Tacky Glue by Aleene's
Mod Podge (matte) by Plaid
Well, that's all for today, G45ers. Thank you all for joining us and big thanks to Sherry Cheever, Melanie Forbes and Tara Orr for their stunning work today. We hope you all enjoyed today's bit of holiday cheer and home decor ideas. We hope you'll come back and see us tomorrow for more fun craft inspiration. Don't forget to leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week for your chance to win this week's prize! We wish you all the happiest of Tuesdays.

Happy Holiday Papercrafting!

Team Graphic 45



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As ever, wonderful inspiration. Melanie's piece is incredible!

These are just stunning! Wish I didn't have to go to work today,I would be making some of these!!

Very cool ideas! Now if I just had the time to do all of them. Maybe next year for next Christmas.

Super cool ideas! I'm really loving that basket! TFS!

Very interesting basket!

Beautiful and creative as always! Really love Melanie's piece.

These projects make me want to get busy in my studio.

Really beautiful projects and a wonderful tutorial. Thanks for sharing it all.

Melanie's project is simply


Holly Jolly Christmas! The projects are all beautiful works of art, and the basket is amazing! Thanks for sharing and for the tutorial.


Great projects! Love seeing all the fun ways to create projects with the beautiful paper. This way you get to enjoy them and they aren't stashed away in an album and you don't have to hoard it!
Thanks for sharing! :)

Thanks for the closeups. They really help me to see all of the wonderful detail!

That is amazing. I love the dimention...

How adorable. I would love to make one just like it.

Thanks Graphic 45 for sharing the projects.. Just love Melanie's creation.. Its sooo beautiful and very inspiring.. Great work..

Beautiful projects!! You guys are awesome!

They are all masterpieces. Thanks for sharing them and thanks for the giveaway.

Debbie P

Anything made with Christmas Emporium looks unbelievable!!

How lovely!

Wow... great projects ladies! Thank you for all the inspiration.

Wow! Fantastic projects everyone!

Stunning! That altered basket is such a creative treasure, thank you for sharing your idea with us!

LOVE the 3D Santa in your frame Sherry...and the poinsettia is beautiful! Wow, Melanie, the tree and wreath are wonderful elements in your Christmas scene...a stunning project!! And what can I say about Tara's ingenius basket...simple, yet fabulous! Thanks for sharing, ladies :)

Wowsers! Three great projects! The flower on Sherry's frame is gorgeous, and I love the distressing she added to the Santa. Melanie's miniature is truly amazing...I love that she wrapped dice and lids as presents. The detail here is mind boggling! And Tara's basket is really, really cool. One question..does she have blisters on her fingers from rolling all that paper? LOL!

This turned out so pretty!! Thanks for the tutorial!

Great projects. Really like Sherry's shadow box. Love all the embellishments she added.Thanks everyone for all the inspiration!

Simply wonderful projects! Thanks to all!

Love how Sherry used Christmas Emporium, and the mini Christmas scene is so fun! The last tutorial is a very interesting finish for a basket, bowl, or box.

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