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September 16, 2013

Deck The Halls With Holiday Tags


Hello G45ers,

Welcome to our fancy holiday tag party here on the Graphic 45 blog! Today we're getting festive with some gorgeous tag ideas featuring our new collection 12 Days of Christmas. Sure, the holidays are a few months away, but it's never too early to start planning ahead! We love the holidays here at Graphic 45! They offer so much inspiration for creativity! Today we're going to deck the halls with some fabulous tag inspiration from Romy Veul, Maria Cole and Clare Charvill! You'll see three stunning tags, each one very different but also very beautiful! Get inspired by the wide variety of ways to create exquisite tags for your holiday season!

In honor of today's holiday crafts we're having a special 12 Days of Christmas blog contest this week! You could win a 12 Days of Christmas 12x12 paper pad, Stickers, Alphabet Stickers, Chipboard Die-Cuts 1 & 2, cardstock Banners, Tags & Pockets, Flowers and 6x6 Patterns & Solids paper pad! That's a $60 value! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week for your chance to win. One random winner will be chosen from this week's comments and announced on this Friday's blog!

Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas Prize contest

We just can't say enough about tags. They're so much fun to make and they have so many uses. Holiday tags are a great way to mark the occasion. You can give them as cards or use them as gift toppers. You can string lots of tags together on some ribbon to create a festive banner. You can also gather the family around the table for some fun tag-making for the holidays! Our new 12 Days of Christmas collection offers endless possibilities for stunning tags! The vivid colors and elegant designs are sure to capture your imagination. Today's tags also feature our Regular and Large Tag Album Staples which are just perfect for tag-making!


Here we have a gorgeous 12 Days of Christmas tag by Romy. This splendid creation features elegant paper layers, fussy cut elements and a great use of the Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Label Holder. This sweet creation is just perfect for adding festive cheer to your holiday celebration! Here is what Romy had to say about it.

"When I make cards or tags, I usually take one element as my starting point. For this tag that was the beautiful Ornate Metal Label Holder. It was the perfect way to highlight the text ‘Christmas’ which is printed on the’My True Love’ paper. I then started layering and fussy cutting and arranged all the papers and fussy cut elements around the label holder." -Romy

12 days of Christmas tag, Romy Veul, Graphic 45, holiday, gift,

12 Days of Christmas tag - detail


Patterned papers: 12 Days of Christmas, Joyeux Noel, Christmas Rose, Golden Rings, My True Love, Holly and Ivy

Regular Tag Album

Ornate Metal Label Holder 

May Arts ribbon

Here is another gorgeous tag creation. This one was made by Maria and it highlights all the gorgeous natural elements in 12 Days of Christmas. Beautiful fussy cutting, pretty ribbons and flowing embellishments give this tag such a radiant look. This is such a wonderful way to get in the holiday spirit! Here is what Maria had to say about this darling craft.

"First of all, can I just say how gorgeous The Twelve Days of Christmas is? I am a total lover of all things shabby and vintage, and this paper line from Graphic 45 combines both to make the prettiest holiday paper I’ve ever seen! One of my favorite things about this new Christmas line is the use of the color pink! I wanted to bring out those pretty light rose hues along with a more traditional Christmas color, olive green. One of my favorite images from this line is the one of the lady dancing, so I made her the focal point of my tag. To change things up, instead of using a single tag from my Graphic 45 regular tag album, I used two and adhered them together. This way, my tag had that lovely scallop shape on both ends—which is perfect for adding some pretty ribbon and trinkets!" -Maria






Graphic 45 Paper:

The Twelve Days of Christmas Joyeux Noel

The Twelve Days of Christmas My True Love

The Twelve Days of Christmas Ladies Dancing

The Twelve Days of Christmas Swans a Swimming

The Twelve Days of Christmas Calling Birds

The Twelve Days of Christmas The Twelve Days of Christmas 

Graphic 45 Embellishments:

Ornate Metal Keys

Regular Tag Album

Additional Products:

May Arts pink, olive, and pink/silver ribbon

Petaloo Darjeeling petites – Teastaine

Petaloo Dahlias – Teastaine

Idea-ology Baubles


Here we have a stunning tag that Clare created with 12 Days of Christmas and the Graphic 45 Large Tag Album Staples. This amazing tag has such a classic look. Pretty paper layers, inked borders and a few fussy cut elements combine to make a joyful holiday statement. Here Clare gives some fun and helpful tips on how she created this colorful tag. You can get inspired to create your own tag treasure with our new 12 Days of Christmas collection! Take it away, Clare!

The papers in this collection are truly gorgeous and wonderful to work with and  the images are just crying out to be cut out and layered J I decided to make my tag for CHA around the second day of Christmas as I just adore the two turtle doves.

Clare Charvill CHA 2 12 Days of Christmas large tag Pic 1

I started off my tag by inking all the edges with Walnut Stain ink and covering it with Swans a Swimming checked paper.  Then I took two of the cut a parts from Holly and Ivy, cut the border and 1” from the bottom of one, raised them up on foam tape and layered them onto the tag, angling the top one slightly to the left.

Clare Charvill CHA 2 12 Days of Christmas large tag Pic 2

Clare Charvill CHA 2 12 Days of Christmas large tag Pic 3

Then came the fun bit.  From the Turtle Doves paper I cut out 2 square elements from the corners and words from the border. I used a 1” punch to cut out the 2nd element.  All of these were added to the journaling spot on the tag. 

Then I cut out the pears, layered them up and stuck them to the top of the tag.  Lastly I cut out the doves, shaped their wings, added a little white Art glitter and stuck them in place with some foam tape.

Clare Charvill CHA 2 12 Days of Christmas large tag Pic 4

Clare Charvill CHA 2 12 Days of Christmas large tag Pic 5

To hang the tag I used an ornate metal label holder and some red May Arts twine.


Large Tag

12 x 12 Swans a Swimming

12 x 12 Holly and Ivy

12 x 12 Turtle Doves

Ornate Metal label holder

Other Supplies

May Arts red Twine

Foam Tape

Glossy Accents

                                                                        Walnut Stain Distress Ink

We hope you all had a lot of fun exploring today's fabulous tag creations. You can see what a wide variety of crafts you can create with 12 Days of Christmas. There are so many possibilities for festive holiday crafts! Huge thanks to Romy, Maria and Clare for their beautiful work today. We hope you will all come back and see us very soon. We've got more fun and inspiration planned for all of you G45ers! We hope you'll find some time this weekend to get creative with your favorite Graphic 45 collection! Have a fantastic day and a happy weekend!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Stunning tags!! This collection is so beautiful!! Love the colors!!

Tis the season to pull out the supplies and get an early start on holiday projects. Thanks for the inspiration and opportunity to win an awesome collection.

beautiful tags - would love love love to be the winner this week!!

These tas are so pretty and would look so pretty hanging on the Christmas tree. I love Graphic 45 paper and accessories. Thanks for a chance to win.

There are so many inspiring creations on this weeks blog!
Many thanks Kerstin

Lovely, Lovely, Lovely.....

Stunning tags and the papers are amazing as always. I would love to work with them and try to put my own spin on the tags. Xx

I would so love to win this collection! On Saturday my friends and I drove an hour to go to a craft store that was unpacking the Christmas collection. The paper pads, stickers and die cuts did not even make it to the display...crafters grabbed them. I did not get any of the pads or die cuts! Winning this collection would totally make up for Saturday!

Thanks for the chance!

Oh my word i have to have this collection. Its amazing. Beautiful work by the DT , fantastic tags !

The 12 Days of Christmas collection is just the best. Today's projects are beautiful!

Thank you for all the christmas tag ideas, would love to win the prize package and try all the tags shown.

HO HO HO! It is time to start gearing my brain towards Christmas. These tags are great inspiration for just that. Thanks for the chance to win a most awesome prize package to begin my holiday treasures!

All of this inspiration has me dying to get into my own craft room to make my own Christmas tags. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the chance to win.

Graphic 45 have excelled themselves once again with this collection, by far THE best Christmas collection available in 2013!!! I can't get enough of their collections. Diane and the team ROCK!!!!

Amazing projects!! Love it?

What beautiful Christmas products, and I love the tags the designers created! Thanks for the chance to win...I'd be thrilled!!

Love the Twelve Days of Christmas papers, can'twait to get my hands on them. The tags are so inspiring, thank you!

very beautiful Christmas tags. Di

Fabulous work on the tags! The 12 Days of Christmas has always been one of my favorites.
I can't wait to work with the new collection!

Beautiful projects. Thanks for the chance
to win such a fabulous "Twelve Days of
Christmas" prize pack.

I just LOVE these tags!

I love love love this line! 12 Days of Christmas is one of my favorite Christmas songs. Good choice in themes for Christmas this year.

Oh, these are verrrry nice! Love them all!

Graphic 45 projects are always amazing - how can they not be with such amazing projects. :)

These are beautiful tags! Thanks for the inspiration.

Beautiful tags. I love anything to do with Christmas!

What a divine prize, would love it :) I think tags are my favorite, so much beauty in a little package.

They are all beautiful creations using "12 Days of Christmas". I just love the Victorian era and the old world graphics and colors of this collection are just gorgeous. It would be so awesome to win this collection and create some lovely projects for Christmas.

Gorgeous!! I've love to win!

this would solve "what am I going to do for Christmas cards " dilemma that's for sure and in such a beautiful way!! love it!

Moved to Salem, OR a year ago. Do you guys have a place in Portland I can walk into and drool over stuff in person? Just wondering. The 12 Days Collection is awesome btw :-)

Absolutely beautiful

I love making tags. Todays post is so inspiring.

I love love love to win this

Just got Typography, which is an outstanding collection! I'd love to have this beautiful collection next!

Stunning tags and great use of a very versatile Christmas collection xx

Yay for the winter season! I just love the Christmas collection. Beautiful tags!

Love this collection .Please pick me I have to start my Christmas cards soon !

I love these tags. They are gorgeous. I would love to win this line because it is so beautiful. I love all your lines, except that I have a hard time crafting with them because I don't want to cut them up!

Very Pretty collection.....I WANT IT!!!

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