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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 you so much for the tutorial i love it and plan to make it thant you

Your blog always inspires me to create something and today's tutorials are fantastic!!! Gorgeous projects perfect for crafting for the holidays!!

Oh my goodness! These projects are all so beautiful! I love Denise's book and Clare's Advent calendar is so fabulous! Love Nicole's gift box truck too! You always have so much inspiration here!

Both projects are so beautiful!

I went to Paper Crafters Library and I love the truck!!!

As always, stunning projects! Thanks for the tutorial for the little book, definitely want to make one of those!

The book is stunning. I love the way she used the trim on the edges of the pages.

Such wonderful projects... Don't have enough paper to case all. Beautiful

Great projects all around. Love the book and how you put it together. And the advent calendar. And the truck - great for my brother-in-law. This Santa's helper has to have more awake hours in the day to get everything done that she wants to! thanks as always for sharing.

Totally amazing projects...I'm in love with the advent scene -WOW!
I've never seen the flat pack advent calendars though so I'll have to get looking some more.

These projects are absolutely stupendous, thank you so much for the tutorials, they are so helpful. I don't know where you come up with the inspiration, but thank you for sharing with us.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

AWESOME projects today! Love them both and such a wonderful tutorial.

I hope it's not too late to comment on today's post for a chance to win this week's prize pack. I can't believe I missed it but so glad I came as these Christmas projects are wonderful! I especially like the advent calendar, what a perfect design for the MDF structure.

Denise, i am adding your tutorial to my bucket list. Thanks for sharing the deets and photo's to make it happen. Love the tips...
ava g

Wonderful projects! Thanks for the tutorial :)

all are absolutely beauuuutiful . Thanks for the tutorial

Wow! Today's projects are amazing! So much work and detail! LOVE!

Absolutely fab projects. Going to make the mini albim and just love the advent calendar

Just super! Love these projects!

How are you living today?I like your blog for a long time!I think that is a good blog,i hope to see more about yours!thank you!

The callender is stunning love the window in the middle

What a great idea that gift box truck, totaly stealing that one!

What a presence of mind you have...

These projects are so wonderful . Thank you G45 for giving us so much inspiration .

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