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November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Wishes & Crafts From Graphic 45!

Gloria Stengel Place in Time Tag

Hello G45ers,

Thank you so much for taking time out of your Thanksgiving holiday to pay us a visit here at the Graphic 45 blog! We want to welcome you to today's blog which is so full of joy and gratitude! We cherish this splendid holiday when friends and family come together to mutually appreciate the gifts in their lives. This is such a lovely holiday that we look forward to every year! The Graphic 45 family has prepared a special message just for you on this wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

To Our Wonderful G45ers,

We are so thankful this time of year. For our amazing followers who make each and every day a joy! Thank you for sharing your beautiful creations, your kind words, and for making what we do so much fun. Enjoy this day wherever you are. May we all remember all we have to be grateful for!

Happy Thanksgiving,
Diane, Aimee, Charee, and the G45 family


We have some spectacular creations to share with all of you! Today's marvelous crafts were created by the super talented Gloria Stengel! These are such beautiful ideas for Thanksgiving or Autumn. There is a gorgeous and fun decorative bag that's a cinch to create! There's also a breathtaking Autumn tag that's just perfect for the Thanksgiving holiday! First up is this lovely decorative bag and tutorial that Gloria has created! This is a wonderfully fun way to add some pizazz to an ordinary brown bag! Decorative bags like this have so many great uses! Here Gloria explains the inspiration behind this sweet handmade treasure!

"During the fall and winter holiday season it is nice to have some quick and easy gift packaging on hand. I keep a stack of inexpensive brown paper bags, with handles, in my stash for easy gift giving. These bags cost just a few dollars for a bundle of 12 and are easy to decorate in any theme or style. The size is perfect for holding candles, food treats, and other holiday gifts. To decorate your bag, follow the steps below." -Gloria Stengel



1. Measure your bag. I measured the front and the sides of my bag since I wanted to cover all surfaces. My bag is 5 1/4 inches wide, 8 1/2 inches tall (not including the handles), and 3 1/4 inches deep.

2. Trim four pieces of paper to slightly smaller than the bag measurements. Ink the edges. Attach the paper to all four sides of the bag.


4. Trim a contrasting paper to 2 3/4 x 5 inches to make a band on the front of your bag.

5. Decorate a tag to match your bag. I used a Graphic 45 packaging tag decorated with images from the NEW Place in Time collection, paper leaves, and ribbons. Spray the paper leaves with spray mists to alter the color.


7. To make the bow, create three bows in different colors and widths of ribbon. Use fabric glue to attach them together. Add a decorative pinecone and attach the bow to your tag.

8. Use a bit of twine to attach the tag to the handle of your bag.

Your gift bag decor can be as simple or as elaborate as you wish. With Graphic 45 papers, your options are unlimited!


Supply List:

Graphic 45 Papers:

Place in Time: November Cut-Aparts, August Cut-Aparts, Sentiments

Times Nouveau: Bee's Knees, Copacetic, Hey You

Tag: Graphic 45 Button Staples packaging

Bag: Michael's Crafts

Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon

Leaves: Recollections

Pinecone: Michael's Crafts

Spray Mist: Ranger Adirondack Color Wash Cranberry

Ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Fluid Chalk Chestnut Roan

Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares, Heidi Swapp Scrappy Glue, Beacon Fabri-tac

Next up is another gorgeous Autumn-inspired creation by Gloria Stengel. This is her wonderful fall tag created with our new collection Place in Time! You can see how perfect Place in Time is for creating seasonal or holiday crafts! All the beautiful fall colors come alive in this sweet tag! Gloria added sweet embellishments and ribbons to make this tag even more festive! It is fun and easy to create a marvelous seasonal creation with Graphic 45! Here is what Gloria had to say about the inspiration behind this beautiful tag!

"I love the various cut-outs in the Place in Time Collection. There are so many to choose from, meaning you can stretch the paper collection over a number of projects. The cut-outs also coordinate with other Graphic 45 collections! I created this large tag which can be used for table decoration or, you could add a name tag and use it as a place card. I plan to use it to decorate the table in my entryway." -Gloria Stengel

Gloria Stengel Place in Time Tag

Gloria Stengel Place in Time Tag

Gloria Stengel Place in Time Tag



Graphic 45 papers:

Place in Time: November

Botanicabella: Summer Sonata

Graphic 45 Staples:

Packaging tag from Metal Door Knob Staples

Ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink Rose Chestnut Roan

Die cuts: My Favorite Things Fishtail Flag Stax; Spellbinders Asian Accents border

Flowers, Leaves, other Floral: Petaloo, Craft Store

Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon

Tools: Bow Easy

Adhesive: Scotch 3M tape; Heidi Swapp Scrappy Glue; Beacon Fabri-tac, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares

Just a reminder, G45ers, today is the last day to leave us a blog or Facebook comment for your chance to win this incredible Bird Song prize pack! We will be choosing one random winner from this week's comments and announcing them on tomorrow's blog! So be sure to leave us a comment for your chance to win! Hooray!

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That's all for today, G45ers. We hope you enjoyed today's fabulously festive creations by Gloria Stengel! We want to thank Gloria for her amazing work today! We hope you'll all stop by and see us tomorrow for more craft inspiration and fun! We wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving! 

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Wonderful projects! Thanks, Gloria. Happy Thanksgiving to the entire Graphic 45 family, a fabulous group of wonderfully talented people.

Beautiful projects! Happy Thanksgiving to all Friends in America!

Love the bags, must try this. Happy Turkey Day to all of you.

Beautiful creations! Thank you all and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Beautiful Thanksgiving projects with even more beautiful papers. Love it!!

Wonderful projects today. Happy Thanksgiving!

the gift bag idea is so clover and easy, looks great and I especially love the tag; both show the range of uses for the Place in Time Papers

Wowwwwwwwwwwww!! These are gorgeous!!!! Happy Thanksgiving!!

I love the gift bag. What a wonderful idea! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Hugs, Mary

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone at G45. I am thankful for all your beautiful papers and especially Bird Song which is my very favorite. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed all day....

I am grateful for G45. What a wonderful product line and company. Thank a you for the inspiration you provide all year long. Great ideas on the gift bags Gloria! Happy Thanksgiving all.

Hooray, I love the gift bag. Such a great idea. Looks beautiful too!

Happy Thanksgiving G45 and fellow crafters!

Beautiful bag and tags. Really captures the spirit of Thanksgiving. Warms the heart...

Have a great day!

Happy Thanksgiving to all at G45 and to all you papercrafters out there. Graphic 45 makes the prettiest papers. Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful prize.

..one word... Inspire.. your beautiful papers/ collections do this for us all..

Beautiful projects, like always :)

We don't have Thanksgiving in UK but that won't stop me saying a sincere Thank YOU to G45!! Your papers changed the way I craft. How does a piece of paper do that?? I honestly couldn't tell you but if it weren't for olde curiosity, I wouldn't have made my first "inspired by paper" project.
Thank you to Gloria for these today :)

Beautiful! Happy Thanksgiving.

The bags yesterday and today are just wonderful. I have been so inspired to make some myself. Thank you so much.

The bags are so pretty. They would be a good way to use up all the scraps that I keep saving. Thanks


Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Thanks you for all of you!!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Let us be thankful for everything we have. A big 'Thank you' to everyone at G45 for creating beautiful products and providing creative ideas for us to remember all the memories we are thankful for.

Very beautiful !! Thanks

Wow! What a great project! I love this collection.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!! Superb projects!!

Monica Scraps2treasure

I have just fallen for that tag!! Beautiful!! Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Love the tags! It's gorgeous! Happy Thanksgiving to all! Thank you Graphic 45 for all of your generousity and beautiful inspiring creations and having such an amazing DT!

Beautiful projects! I love the gift bag! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Love the fall colours!

HAppy Thanksgiving everyone ! Beautiful projects as always!

All crafters are blessed to have Graphic 45 available to assist them create!

Happy Thanksgiving To You all .. This Is Gorgeous Projects Something So Beautiful To Admire On This Thankful Day .. Have A Blessed One Ladies .

Happy Thanksgiving G45 and G45 Community... Have a Blessed Day !

Awesome gift ideas, gone to make one now !!

Beautiful projects today. I love the tag - gorgeous colors and sumptuous embellishments. The gift bag, though, is a great idea! Much better than the dollar store ones I have used for a quick gift in the past! No more!

happy thanksgiving andthank you for great projects again your pal in the uk

Looove these! Such a wonderful way to say thank you!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Super, all these projects and what a creative minds. Gives me lots of incentives. Now to get hold of the scrappapers to make them.

Happy Thanksgiving! and thank you for sharing with us today. Always a beautiful treat stopping by here.

wonderful love the bag to use for someone very special and thanks for the tip on placing 3 different ribbons love it

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