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November 21, 2012

'Tis The Season To Be Crafty With G45 Tutorials!

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Hello G45ers,

Welcome to our very happy blog on this fine day! We have some stunning inspiration planned for you that's sure to get you in the holiday spirit! We absolutely adore this festive time of year! There is so much excitement! While everyone is busy making plans, looking for the perfect gift, planning the perfect meal and making the holidays the best they can be, remember to take some time for yourself by doing some relaxing holiday crafting! Handmade holiday crafts can also make such beautiful gifts! Today we're going to share two stunning holiday crafts and tutorials that you're sure to love! There's a dazzling Nutcracker Sweet mini book and tutorial by Denise Hahn and an amazing advent calendar and tutorial by Clare Charvill! Both of these crafts are so amazing and so much fun to create! Also Nicole Eccles is being featured on today's Paper Crafter's Library blog! You'll see a sneak peek of her fabulous holiday creation and a link to where you can view it in its entirety along with another great tutorial! Get ready to add some serious holiday bliss to your day with Graphic 45!

This first incredible craft was created by Denise Hahn. It's a gorgeous bound book featuring our vibrant holiday collection Nutcracker Sweet! This is such a fantastic idea! Just imagine what a great gift this would make! It's also perfect for storing your favorite holiday memories! Follow Denise's fun and informative tutorial to create one of your very own! This book is a true holiday gem that everyone will love! Take it away, Denise!

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This next superb craft creation was made by Clare Charvill. It's a gorgeous advent calendar featuring the Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium and Nutcracker Sweet collections. Advent calendars are so much fun! They are a joy to create and definitely a joy to use in the days leading up to Christmas! They also make wonderful gifts! Get inspired by Clare's stunning creation and follow along with this great tutorial to create one of your very own! Take it away, Clare!

I wanted to make an advent calendar for Beckie my son's girlfriend who absolutely adored all things
Christmasy and chocolate and combine Christmas Past with Christmas Present.  I chose papers from the Christmas Emporium and Nutcracker Sweet collections to make the calendar that she'll be able to treasure and use each year. 


I bought an mdf flat packed advent calendar and set about painting all the pieces red using Dylusions postbox red ink spray. When I'd finished I stuck all the pieces together with pva glue. It took ages :-) I used Christmas March and Claras Dream 8 x 8 papers to cover some of the boxes, edging each one with my vintage photo distress ink pen to cover the cut edge before sticking them to each box. Then I put all the boxes in their slots and stuck on the numbers. 





I made two scenes from the papers to sit in the centre area of the calendar.  The first, a window scene was made up by cutting out the curtain from 8 x 8 Nutcracker Sweet paper, two window frames cut out with the memory box grand madison die, trimmed and stuck together, the sleigh and reindeer scene  from 12 x 12 Believe paper and the children from the 12 x 12 Christmas Emporium paper, and a brick wall made from 210gsm card, embossed with a brick wall texture fade and inked with distress inks. Once assembled I stuck the scene into the corner of the calendar with 1" double sided tape.



The second scene is made up of the large St Nick from the 12 x 12 Christmas Emporium paper, decorated with stickles and glossy accents, the children and fireplace from the happy holidays 12 x 12 paper, a chipboard frame from ABC primer chipboard pieces, (fireplace), black card, some of the smaller elements from both papers and the clock from 8 x 8 Holiday Magic.  






To finish the scene I cut out the holly sprigs from 12 x 12 Christmas Emporium paper, folded and snipped them so they curved as I stuck them to the top of the calendar, and then added the Christmas tree and toys cut out from the 12 x 12 Christmas Emporium paper and the Nutcracker from 8 x 8 Nutcracker Sweet paper. 


To finish off the top of the advent calendar I added a ribbon bow, antique metal door pull and geometric metal door plate


All that's left to do is fill it up each drawer with chocolates wrapped in red and gold tissue paper. 
Happy paper crafting every one :-) 

Graphic 45 
Christmas Emporium papers 
Other Supplies 
MDF Advent calendar
Dylusions postbox red ink spray 
Tacky glue 
small piece of black 210gsm card 
Red satin ribbon
May Arts green leaf ribbon 
Brick Wall Texture fade 
Memory Box Grand Madison die 
Candy Cane & frosted lace Stickles 
Glossy Accents 
Art Glitter various colours on tree 

Here is a super sweet sneak peek of a wonderful holiday creation by Nicole Eccles! She is being featured on today's Paper Crafter's Library blog! Hop on over their their blog to view this full project and a super fun tutorial! You are going to love it!


Image 22 Nicole Eccles _ Graphic Nutcracker Sweet Toy Truck Gift Box

That's all for today, G45ers! We hop you had a fantastic time exploring today's festive holiday crafts! We want to thank Denise Hahn, Clare Charvill and Nicole Eccles for their remarkable work today! We had so much fun getting to share their fabulous projects today! We will have a very special Thanksgiving blog post tomorrow so we hope you'll come back and see us! We wish you all a warm and happy Wednesday!

Happy Holiday Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Thank goodness these blogs are available to me on other days. These projects are spectacular but I need more time to devour everything. Absolutely love the chunky, gorgeous book. And the advent calendar is just wonderful. I'll need to poke around when there is more time. Thank you for the post and for my future enjoyment.

Beautiful projects. Love it!

Very wonderful projects!

These are absolutely amazing...I'm always so inspired by you guys!

unbelievable! I am amazed, these two projects are so beautiful!

this book would be great present for a frilly little girl who is in to girly pursuits.
Leave off some of the ribbon and a little boy could add his cars and trucks. Great project.

Amazingly inspirational projects today!! Thank you so much for the tutorials.

love love love these projects...the creativity of others never ceases to amaze me

Love these projects!!

I simply love love the advent calendar. What a wonderful way to combine several paper collections together to make a one of a kind work of art. That is something I'm going to keep my eye out for. Idaho Amy

Loving these. Keep the good inspiration coming...

Both of these projects are beautiful.

WOW! Amazing and gorgeous projects!!!

Great projects . . . Thanks for sharing!

I'm going to try this method of binding a mini album. Thanks for the tutorial.

These are absolutely beautiful projects!

Love these projects. They are gorgeous !

Amazing details, looks so fun, thank you for sharing !

Absolutely love Denise Hahn's Christmas book. And the tutorial is fantastic. Thanks!

Lovely! As always :)


These are absolutely beautiful projects, might have to make the Advent Calendar.

Such beautiful creations, I'm loving that book....the key on the front is a great touch! ~Kathy

Inspiringis right! Oh what wonderful detail in both these projects

Fabulous projects! Great tutorials! Which brings up the Susan Lui cookbook instructions that were inaccessible online. Is the link fixed?

The G45 team always comes up with the most amazing altered items. Today's creations really got me smitten! Such fabulous work!

Thank you so much, i love the mini-album!!!!

So many lovely projects, so little time!

I am amazed ast the talent here today. Love the projects.

another day of fun inspiring crafts the details are great thanks

Amazing and gorgeous projects -love them!!

Cool idea for the book. Great use of ribbon: pretty and useful!

BTW, your son's girlfriend will love the calendar. :)

Thank you!

Great inspiration. Thanks so much for the detailed instructions.

My granddaughter will love making the book as she is a ballerina. Thanks so much for the great projects.

What a great tutorial from Denise! I love making books, and this binding is fantastic! Thank you so much!

Love the mini. If I can only master the spine! Just a matter of reading and rereading instructions.

These projects are stunning! I love the advent calendar. The mini is fabulous. I am putting it at the top of my "have to do" list. Thanks for the great tutorial.

Fantastic projects as usual. Thanks for sharing. Hope everyone at G45 has a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving.

A Graphic 45 nos proporciona projetos maravilhosos. É uma maravilhosa fonte de criatividade para as scrappers de todo o mundo. Pela que as suas coleções cheguem em número tão escassos nas lojas do Brasil e muito especialmente no Rio de Janeiro.....

Wow wow wow!!!! These are all amazing!! I love this time of year!!!

Thanks for these gorgeous creations, and thanks also for the tutorial on the mini, especially how the spine is done.

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