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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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The tags are great and the paper is so beautiful.

Beautiful tags! Christmas is off to a wonderful start, thanks to Graphic45. Who knew a tag could turn into such a lovely gift?! Thanks for these holiday inspirations........I'm off to create.

It is already "14 weeks of Christmas"! Going to have to get this beautiful paper.

Those are really gorgeous--though I can't believe it is already time to think about Christmas! The year has surely gone by fast!!! TFS!

this are so lovely and beautiful tags!

Awesome collection. Creative tags!! Would so love to win this collection.

Just love this paper line. Killing me that I am on a spending freeze. Want this line, thanks for the chance to win.

always love the g45 papers but esp the Christmas collections

It would be phenomenal to win this package deal! These are beautiful papers and embellies. Thanks so much as usual for a great giveaway.

I so love making tags and these are beautiful beyond words! One can never ever go wrong when using Graphic 45 papers and the Twelve Days of Christmas is just gorgeous.

Another outstanding collection and amazing projects!!
Love U ever G45 folks: it's a great pleasure of mind and eyes to craft with your papers!
Hugs and Creativity

Truly amazing!

These tags are magnificent. The great care in sculpting the fussy-cut elements, makes them look truly three dimensional.
I can hardly wait to get my hands on some of these papers. The only problem - which side should I use. (I know. Buy a second sheet, or more. But the problem remains, since both sides are still so wonderful!)

These tags are simply divine!!

Just love the 12 days of Christmas paper. The tags are just beautiful.

These tags are beautiful. Would love to win the Christmas collection.

Beautiful, fun, and so perfect for the holidays. Amazing fussy cut work and I love the layers you can create. This is one of your best collections yet.

Oh my!!! fantastic display of talent and showcasing these beautiful products. xox

I really love this paper line! Thanks for a chance to win!

Wow! It's beautiful.

Oh what beautiful gift tags. This paper range is a must in my collection. It is gorgeous. Well done as always G45

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, except for me creating with the "Twelve Days of Christmas" prize pack! Can't blame me for dreaming! ;)

Oh - pick me ... the Twelve Days of Christmas paper is so gorgeous ...the tags would make great decorations for my tree .

What creativity! Would LOVE to be chosen to receive this amazing package!

Вот сижу и снова разглядываю-замечательные тэги!

Beautiful tags! Love this collection!

I found great die cutting supplies at fotobella.com!!

I just love tags and the inspiration these give me. I plan on making tags for a Christmas luncheon I attend each year.

Such beautiful projects - again. Thanks for the chance to win that gorgeous collection!

I love the 12 days of Christmas collection and all of the projects that i've seen that were made with this collection. The DT is great and have made some truly gorgeous projects! They are truly inspiring!!

These tags are beautiful!! I'd love to have them for my Christmas presents!! Thank You for the chance to win!

love tags; love this project!!

these are such cute tags. I'd like to win the set of Christmas papers.

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