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August 28, 2013

Happy Holiday Ideas With 12 Days of Christmas


Hello G45ers,

Get ready to be transported to a wonderful world of Christmas cheer and gorgeous holiday inspiration! Today's Graphic 45 blog is dedicated to our stunning new collection 12 Days of Christmas! You'll see three breathtaking crafts that are sure to warm your heart and inspire your imagination! We're going to share a marvelous card by Susan Lui. Then Anne Rostad will show you an elegant layout. Then we have a fabulously festive altered box and tag mini by Annette Green. Today's blog also features a fun video and tutorial! There's so much to discover on today's Graphic 45 blog. Lets deck the halls!  

We begin with this great video starring Charee Filimoehala! She's going to introduce you to this gorgeous new collection! 12 Day of Christmas offers so many brilliant designs and colors that are perfect for every holiday craft! Explore the incredible range or possibilities in this fun video!



Here we have a fabulous card creation by Susan. The gorgeous colors of 12 Days of Christmas really shine in this pretty work of art. Susan created some pretty paper layers and added fussy cut birds, holly and flowers to give this card amazing detail. She also added some festive ribbon and Graphic 45 Metal Staples to give this card even more vintage charm. Spread the holiday cheer with a pretty handmade card featuring 12 Days of Christmas!






Twelve Days of Christmas patterned papers:

-Twelve Days of Christmas

-Calling Birds

-Pear Tree

-Swans A Swimming

Staples Ornate Metal Brads

May Arts Ribbon


Next we have a breathtaking layout by Anne! This is the perfect LO to commemorate your most precious holiday memories. Fussy cutting and layering with 12 Days of Christmas definitely play a key role in this amazing LO! Here Anne takes you through the enchanting world of this dazzling holiday creation! Get inspired to create the perfect LO for your holiday season. Take it away, Anne!


Hi everyone! I had so fun making this 12 x 12 layout with the the gorgeous new The Twelve Days of Christmas  collection . So many beautiful images to cut out so it was hard to choose! Have to make some more lol. Did a lot of fussy cutting and distressed the edges with distress tool and white paint dabber. Also went over all the papers random with pan pastel. Glued on medium weight chipboard. The outside frames is layered 2 times with pop dots. The first layer i cut out the frame with the edge flower and the top frame is just the frame . All is covered with Claudine Hellmuth Multi Matte. Cut a key and glued it on the key hole so it looks like the hey is inside.




I used cheese cloth under the beautiful lady, frame and also in the corners.





Also had to cut out this beautiful swan smelling a flower.

In the corner there is a pearl spray and leaf trim that goes to the top and in the right corner.




Made a frame in the center. Fussy cut out a tag with flowers and and glued it on core`dinations signature light pink paper. Made a tag with Tim Holtz Pediments die on the top.It can be placed 3 different photos here and change them around.





Close up picture of the frame and lady with some pigeons watching it all.

Used hinges on 3 sides to make the tag slide in.






The Twelve Days of Christmas 12 x 12 papers, key and key hole from Graphic 45, score Pall,Medium weigh chipboard,Pan pastel raw umber tint and permanent red tint, Claudine Hellmuth Multi matte, Scotch quick dry glue, white paint dabber,cheese cloth, pop dots,pearl spay, leaf ribbon, and Tim Holtz pediment die.


Here we have another treasure featuring 12 Days of Christmas. Here is Annette's magnificent altered Small Matchbook Box with tag mini album! This incredible creation features some very clever uses of the Graphic 45 Metal Staples. We love how Annette used the Ornate Metal Keys as little legs for this pretty box. Inside you'll find her stunning tag mini album that commemorates the 12 Days of Christmas. This is the perfect idea for a special handmade gift or holiday home decor! Annette even included a fun tutorial on how to create your own tag mini album! Enjoy!














12-Days-of-Christmas-Matchbox-Graphic45-Annette-Green-gift, tag, mini, altered art





3 x 5 Graphic 45 matchbox

12 x 12 inch “12 Days of Christmas” paper collection

Signature Series cardstock (Dark Green)

Petaloo flowers

Metals Keys

Metal File Tabs

Vintage Photo Distress Ink





(Tutorial for assembly of the accordion album inside the matchbox)

1. Cut two strips of dark green Signature Series cardstock. One at 4 ¼” x 12 and another at 4 ¼” x 5. Score both every 2 ½” to create an accordion. (note: on the 12 inch piece, you will come up with a short panel at the end.) Adhere the two strips together, overlapping the pieces so you have 6 equal panels when folded on the scores.



2. Create a guide to snip off the two top corners of the folded accordion piece. Trace with a pencil.



3. Keeping the accordion piece folded up, snip the corners off with strong scissors.



4. Create another template measuring 2 ¼” x 4 “ and snip the top corners the same way as above. Lay this template over your papers to select and trace out the area you desire. Cut.



5. Ink edges of each cut-out paper with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Trim elements from the papers such as the number and the phrase that ties in with the image. Adhere to accordion pages, punch holes and add ribbon.



Are you in the holiday spirit now, G45ers? We hope you got some great ideas for your holiday crafting. We will have so much more holiday inspiration featuring 12 Days of Christmas this holiday season on the Graphic 45 blog. We want to thank Susan, Anne and Annette for their amazing work today. There's more fun and fabulous inspiration in store for you all on tomorrow's blog. We hope you'll stop by and see us! Thank you so much for joining us today, G45ers. We wish you all a very happy day!


With Love and Pretty Paper,


Your Friends at Graphic 45


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The ribbon on the JOY card is amazing, so beautiful. It compliments G45 papers so well.

These are just soooooo beautiful!!

Love the cheesecloth...it looks so light and airy and just perfect for the whole feel of the layout!
Thanks for the little tag album tutorial. I'll be making one of these for sure!

Wow! This is lovely!

So lovely....love this line !

Such fun, inspiring projects.


I love the ribbon-wrapped box in the video. Would love to know what's inside. If it's an album or cards. Cute line too.

Beautiful! The box and mini are just stunning. Thank You.

Love the paper, love the projects!!!

This collection is wonderful! I can't wait to get it and create some projects for Christmas. I love the tag book featured in today's blog.




Very cute! Merry Christmas!

these are all so beautiful...absolutely love the 12 Days of Christmas papers.

I never get tired of looking at your postings. Very talented people, they have an eye for crafts. Great job everybody.

Love the mini tag album in the box! Would make a great gift and card all in one. The designers have out done themselves today. Thanks

Just flippin fantastic! Always awesome G45 :)

..its that tine of year for school.. and now more time for creating.. what fun with G45!!

What great projects and so much inspiration. TFS

Wow! What a wonderful collection...I can't wait to get my hands on it! Your projects are amazing!

Such a fabulously inspiring day at the blog, thank you so much for that sweet tutorial as I will use that as it will look great in a mini album. I just adore the Christmas collection this year 12 days of Christmas and will use a lot of it not just this year but as long as I can buy it *smile*

Gorgeous projects today - all capturing the paper collection so well!

All of them are awesomely beautiful!

(Aren't those are doves, not pigeons?!
Not trying to be nit-picky.)

love todays projects. I love the little 12 days of Christmas tag!!

The depth of talent G45 brings out of its designers is unimaginable! Congratulations everyone - beautiful work!

I cannot say which project I like more than the next...each are top notch! Great job, G45!

Fabulous creations! The detail in the layout is amazing! Beautiful card and the mini will be used over and over again for other projects .. great day at the blog (as always) I save All Graphic 45 in my email by category etc to make the projects easier to find when I need some inspiration :)

Using the keys as feet for the matchbox is genius. I really love it!!!

The projects are so beautiful. I love Anne's layout!

HO HO HO! Christmas is on it's way! This is just the inspiration I need to get my projects out of my head and on to paper. P.S. Thanks for the chance to win such a great prize package!!!

These projects are so awesome!!!!!!
Love all of it......

Beautiful and creative. I especially love the keys for feet. Awesome.

Stunning collection!! Love the projects! Thanks for the tutorial!

what a cool idea!

that's a gorgeous collection! certainly makes me look forward to the holidays!

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

Love Annette's altered box and mini, can't wait to get the 12 Days of Christmas paper!

Yet more fantastic projects!!!

Beautiful collection for all those Christmas projects - can't wait to get it! Judy D.

Christmas in August...can't think of anything better! Thank you for getting us all into the holiday spirit so we can start creating early enough to get everything done! Love G45 paper collections!

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