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November 13, 2013

Give Gratitude With Cards & Banners


Hello G45ers,

It's always a good time to give thanks and gratitude. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we're reflecting on what we're grateful for this year. It is nice to have a special holiday that helps us remember to stay thankful. Well today we're celebrating giving thanks with two wonderful craft projects! You'll see a beautiful friendship card by Clare Charvill that features our Typography collection. Then Denise Johnson is going to share a family-friendly tutorial for creating a beautiful gratitude banner. Get ready to feel the love with today's super fun Graphic 45 blog!

First we wanted to remind you all about this week's blog contest! We're giving away this festive 12 Days of Christmas prize that features a 12 Days of Christmas 8x8 paper pad, 6x6 Patterns & Solids paper pad, Chipboard Die-Cut, Stickers, Stamp set, Large Tag Album Staples and Ornate Metal Keys! That's a $60 value! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week for your chance to win. We will announce one randomly chosen winner on Friday's blog so stay tuned!

Graphic 45 contest prize 12 Days of Christmas

We begin with this lovely Typography friendship card by Clare. Handmade cards are a great way to send love and gratitude to a friend or family member. You can have so much fun personalizing your cards with your favorite Graphic 45 papers and Staples. We just love the fabulous dimension of this sweet tri-fold card. Layering your Typography papers, Chipboard Die-Cuts and cardstock Tags & Pockets helps add even more beauty and joy to your creations! Here is what Clare had to say about this vibrant work of art!

Having looked at the cut-a parts in this gorgeous paper collection I decided they would fit really nicely onto a tri fold shutter card.  I hadn’t made one of those before so it made the project even more fun.  From the collection I started with the Dear Friend tag from the Tag and Pocket set and picking out the colours chose the rest of the papers I wanted to use.  Then I cut out the black quotes from the Journey paper and started to work out the measurements for the card.

Typography Card for a friend Clare Charvill Graphic 45

Once I had those, I set about cutting and folding the base of the card using black 250gsm card. 

  Typography Card for a friend Clare Charvill Pic 4

When I’d covered the card with the base papers I started to decorate each one with the different embellishments I’d chosen.

  Typography Card for a friend Clare Charvill Pic 2

To finish I cut the Dear Friend tag down to fit behind the chipboard piece and added some card and paper tails and flowers so it resembled a rosette.  

Typography Card for a friend Clare Charvill Pic 5


8 x 8 Typography Paper pad

Typography Tags and Pockets

Typography Chipboard

Typography Cling Stamp Set 1

Mother Goose 6 x 6 paper pad – yellow & green solid paper

Sizzix Fancy Label & Flowers set 658956

Petaloo Ribbon

Xyron Double sided tape

Want2Scrap black gems

Black Card

Vintage Photo Distress Ink

                                                                                    Tacky Glue

Wasn't that pretty, G45ers?! And not it's time for some family crafts! During this festive season, it's a great opportunity to gather the family around the table for a fun and creative craft project! Here is a dazzling idea for a decorative banner that the whole family can create together! Denise combined lots of different Graphic 45 collections in this festive piece of home decor. This is also a great idea for a Thanksgiving Day craft project that all of your guests can enjoy! Take a look at Denise's marvelous video and tutorial to find out how you can make this fun and easy project this holiday season! It's the perfect way to commemorate what you're grateful for this year! Take it away, Denise!


On Thanksgiving Day I plan to have a little craft table set up with all the supplies at hand. I will ask my guests to please take a moment to craft a pennant...they can go to town and create a masterpiece or (for the grinchier types), simply jot down their gratitude thought on a tag and I will (or have the attending kids) decorate their pennant. I love to save these creations (this one will fold up quite nicely for storage!!),

and use again and again over the years...my returning guests just love seeing their creations and reminiscing about our evolving thoughts of gratitude (and hairstyles ;o)


This Family Friendly project can serve multiple purposes during the busy holiday season:

-Create & use to decorate the Thanksgiving table or adorn the mantel

-Bring the whole family together for family fun time

-Corral the children on hectic Thanksgiving Day with a fun craft project

-Get the entire extended family to explore their creativity and share special thoughts of gratitude

-Add photos or take photos throughout your Thanksgiving festivities, adhere coordinating photos to each pennant to create an everlasting/ever-growing keepsake and tradition.


Video Tutorial:
















Preparing is super simple...

1. precut a selection of pennants

2. prep thankful journal tags

3. cut photo mats. (I cut 2.5x2.5 mats so I can print Intstagram pics to place on each pennant)

4. include a nice supply of border strips and random embellishments (great way to clean out your craft bit junk drawer!)

5. toss in some gluesticks and scissors

Thats it!!




Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas 12x12 Papercrafting Paper

Graphic 45 Mother Goose 12x12 Papercrafting Paper

Graphic 45 Bohemian Bazaar 12x12 Papercrafting Paper

Graphic 45 Typography 12x12 Papercrafting Paper & Chipboard Elements

Graphic 45 French Country 12x12 Papercraftiing Paper

Graphic 45 Place in Time 8x8 Papercrafting Pad, Chipboard

Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas 6x6 Patterns & Solids Papercrafting Pad

Graphic 45 Staples Metal Keys

Petaloo Flowers

Handmade and stamped journaling tags

Misc. bits for embellishing: buttons, metal frames, burlap & jute scraps, cork flowers

Long ribbon or jute to string pennants & hang banner










That's all for today, G45ers! We hope you had a lot of fun! It is always such a joy for us to get to share such beautiful inspiration with you on our blog. Big thanks to Clare and Denise for their superb projects today! We've got more fun and inspiration planned for you on tomorrow's blog. We hope you'll stop by and see us. Thank you all so much for joining us today. Enjoy the rest of your day!


With Gratitude and Pretty Paper,


Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Love everything today!!! Super fun projects I can't wait to try them myself. Love G45, Your Awesome!!!!

Terrific things today! Really love them all :) x

Always a treat to see what's on the blog every day, and I'm never disappointed.... :)

Wonderful card! I love the banner making suggestion.

Great ideas today, folks! Might have to have a go at that Tri shutter cards. Typography is perfect for it!

wow!Love the stamps especially!!!!!!!

Oooh, I like the gratitude pennant project. Such a great momento of a gathering. Thank you.

Beautiful projects today. I love the gratitude project .. a fabulous idea!

Fantastic projects. The banner is a great idea. That would be fun to do this year at Thanksgiving. We have LOTS of women in our family that scrapbook. They'd have so much fun with it.

We will be welcoming a new family member through a new marriage this Thanksgiving, and she is from another country, so the I am Thankful for tag cards would be a wonderful thing to do on Thanksgiving. Thanks for the idea.

love the card and banner! thank you for the videos

Great projects! I think I want to try making a carf like that....Off to watch the videos!

What a fun banner!

love the banner. DId one for my son for his 21 birthday.

Great projects ...as always. I noticed the use of cupcake pans to hold the small findings and small
embellishments to be used . That is a fabulous idea! Thanks.

love the card and the banner! Love the banner idea for having friends and family share what they are thankful for.

Beautiful projects! What a great idea for a family craft night!

love the idea to have craft table set up for family on holidays,,thanks

The banner could become a very thoughing keepsake.

Here in the Netherlands wedon't have thanksgiving but I love that card and beautiful banner!
Love to make banners too!
Greetings Maia

love the banners!

..great ideas and the perfect papers for the holiday pictures...

I love Clare's work. I find lots of inspiration and "how to"s. Love to win and try some.

I'm just beginning my Christmas cards and would love to win the Graphic 45 Christmas package this week! Thanks for the chance and the great inspiration!

Great projects today. I have to get Typography collection because I love all of the friend quotes and sentiments!!! TFS!

Wonderful projects, Clare & Denise. I love the inspiration with beautiful Graphic 45 papers

Love the banner idea and the card is over the top. Thank you for the chance to win.

What a lovely card and wonderful banner!

Clare's tri-fold card is beautiful! The thanksgiving pennant banner is a sweet idea too and could easily be adapted to capture memories of Christmas day.

Clare's card is so lovely! And Banners - I absolutely love banners! I make them for birthdays, welcome homes, all holidays, and of course - just for fun! Graphic 45 papers are my mainstay for them.

Love this banner idea. Thanks for sharing!!

Wow! Love both of the projects for today! I love making tri-fold shutter cards and this paper works perfect for that! And I love the banner! I think the larger pennant pieces could easily be adapted and made into a scrapbook page. Love G45 papers!!!

Love today's projects - tri-fold shutter cards are so much fun, reminds me of the first one I ever made, people were wow'ed! And the family thanksgiving banner project is such an awesome idea - wonder if I could pull it off w/my family, where several are creative, but some are grinchy!!

Oh my word! Fabulous projects!! I am so going to try to make a card similar to the one shown. Would be great to win the 12 Days package and make a card using it!! Thanks for the chance!

Clare's projects always bring a smile and inspire me onto greater and better crafting. This banner idea is terrific! Next time I'm a holiday hostess, this project will come to mind. Thank you!

Love the card/ Thanks for sharing

I especially love Denise's Thanksgiving Day Pennant. Very creative!

I love love love the banner!! I might just have to make one of those myself!! Love the paper that was used!! Hope to win this awesome prize package!!

Marvelous creations! LOVE the card and the banner!! WOW!!

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