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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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These tags are among the most beautiful I have yet to see! What a wonderful kit!!

lovely projects by the team today, be proud G45 great showcasing by them

This collection for Christmas 2013 is a reminder of my childhood, when we used to sing the song during holiday celebrations. I would love to send a tag to each of my family members and friends who share that memory.

Gorgeous tags, gorgeous collection!!!

Oh i's love to win and be able to make someof these BEAUTIFUL projects! I love Grapic 45, they have their own dedicated spot in my new crafting room :)

What beautiful tags! Of course, all your papers are beautiful.

beautiful projects!
New Christmas papers are amazing! I love them! <3

G45 and Christmas - Awesome!!

wow, gorgeous tags. this collection is great for the upcoming Christmas season and many more.

Thank you sooooo much for this chance to win this.Wonderfull Inspiring tag albums.

I'm fixin' to be starting on my Christmas projects so the timing is perfect. Thanks for the chance to win your glorious papers!

I love the Christmas theme. It would be so great to work with. Thanks for the opportunity.

You really do have the most beautiful Paper and the most talented people on your staff. The tags are simply the prettiest I have seen.

sorry missed spelled my name on my comment!


I've been drooling over the 12 Days of Christmas collection and all these projects for the last few weeks! I've bought just a couple of the papers and would love to win a bunch!

This collection is selling out everywhere. I hope I get a chance to have a set before they're gone! It's so beautiful! And I have so many ideas...

All the tags are so beautiful. Great job.

Thanks for the change to win this wonderful package.
Is it too early to say, Happy Holidays!!

Honestly, Graphic 45 is BLOWING THE OTHER COMPANIES out of the water with these great designs. Cudos to your design team. These collections scream creative ideas!

Love the tags!!! Love the collection!!! Love the Twelve Days of Christmas!!!

I think it should be the
12 Months of Christmas!!!!!!!!!!

I am just beginning to get back into paper crafts and love Graphic 45, but have not kits as of yet. Would love to win this one as Christmas is almost here :)

What beautiful tags! Of course, with Graphic 45 it's a no brainer. lol Seriously, your things are just amazing! Wish I had an unlimited budget to buy everything.

Love, love, love this beautiful collection!! The tags are really lovely, too! Would love to have it all!!!

What a lovely way to showcase the 12 Days of Christmas. I never think to use tags this way.

I love your gorgeous Christmas collection! It reminds me of the times when I was just a kid. Christmas is my favorite holiday and your collection makes Christmas just that much more special for me and those I share it with.

Amazing collection!!! Love them

I would love to win this!!!! Have been waiting with baited breathe for our local scrap booking store to get this line in.

Love this paper. please enter me for the Drawing. thanks

I love the Twelve Days of Christmas. Can't wait to play with it. Thanks for the chance to win!

I just love everything about your designs...I look for the papers where ever I go...thanks for the inspiration..

Love the vintage feel! Need to get hands on some because y'all have inspired me!

These are some of the prettiest tags I've seen. Very creative ideas.

These are wonderful tags!! I plan to make tags that friends can hang on the tree now and in the future as my Christmas card/gift this year. I'm getting some great ideas and hope I can win this weeks collection to help me along with my plans. Thanks G45!!

These are so beautiful - I would LOVE that prize! Thank-you for chance. Nicola x

wow what a beautiful paper line thanks for the chance

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Graphic 45, Halloween and Christmas; I love Christmas and I love, love, SUPER, SUPER, love your new papers. A chance to win is just like Christmas morning.

LOVE this set soooooo much!! The vintage look is just so enthralling.
<3 J

Every thing is absolutely beautiful. Would love to add this to my graphic 45 collection

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