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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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Gorgeous projects! I really love that banner, thanks for sharing.

Cute banner!

Today I'm Thankful for all the projects you continue to inspire us with..Thank You!

OMG I love the step out card until I saw the banner!!! Super great job on both.

Such a fabulous banner and wonderful giveaway. Thank you for all of the inspiration - I think I'll go make something!

Love it all, especially the banner. So original for Thanksgiving. Time to start on a Christmas banner myself and that prize package could make it terrific.

Awesome trifold card and an amazing banner! May have to do that banner idea for Thanksgiving !!

Love the new projects. I just love the graphic 45 line all together.

I like the banners
here and all the
work is lovely.
Carla from Utah

Create a banner is a wonderful idea, I will have to keep this idea and try it at Christmas, unable to do this Thanksgiving as not having it at my home

I love the Thankful banner!!!!

I love the Typography Tri fold shutter card. I will have to try that!.

So beautiful! LOVING that banner!!!

another fantastic day-the banner has my mojo cooking.

This is a great idea having guests making a banner♥ Also love the card!

Both projects are brilliant! Clare, as soon as I saw the card, I knew it had to be yours! Great work ladies!

What a marvelous idea! I am new to Graphic 45, but I love the quality of the paper and the inspiration it provides!

Very nice projects today!

I really like your I am thankful for banner idea and plan on using it.
Thanks for the idea.

I love the tri-fold shutter card. I will have to try to make one. The banner idea is so neat. That idea would be so much fun at a family gathering. Thanks for sharing. I always get great ideas on the g45 blog.

Oh my what wonderful inspiration! Clare, a fantastic job on your first Tri fold. Love the typography line. Denise, the thankful banner is a wonderful idea. Thanks so much for all the steps to set it up. Using the muffin tin to hold all the embellies is an excellent idea.

Love both projects. Great giveaway too! thanks as always for sharing.

I love the card, and the banner would spruce up Thanksgiving! Thanks for the inspiration.

I am inspired!

fabulous Christmas set Its a gotta have

Great ideas once again, love the banner and that tri-fold card is fabulous. I have been making Tri-fold cards but they don't look as good as this one, so maybe i need more practice another reason for me to win this weeks prize *smile*

I've never been lucky when it comes to winning anything but, I sure got lucky when I discovered Graphic 45. My true winnings come in the form of your designers sharing their great tutorials that have taught me how to create wonderful pieces of art. Thank you!

I keep being 'taunted' with this fabulous prize ha ha !!, I so wish that I could win !!
Today's creations are gorgeous, as always with Graphic 45's DT, so inspiring xx

Love both of the
Projects...... I am thankful for giveaways;)

Wonderful and inspiring projects!!

I love the banner and tags! Beautiful!

Great inspiration wit such beautiful collections, and the Twelve Days of Christmas is definitely at the top of my favs list, so so gorgeous. And now eagerly awaiting Couture arrival.

Such beautiful projects. Love G45 papers and have a collate ion of them, but they are so beautiful, I almost hate to cut them!

wonderful inspiration! :)

12 days of Christmas - 12 days of fun, fun, fun!! What beautiful products - every crafters dream!!

Beautiful projects! Thanks for sharing!

This set is perfect for my Christmas card making. I would love to grace my friends' mailbox with a 12 Days card.

Yubba Dubba Do ... I would absolutely positively LOVE to win this week's giveaway. Everything g45 is 'da bomb!!!!

Amazing creations! I LOVE the banner idea for Thanksgiving!
Thanks for the inspiration!

Fabulous creations!! Thanks so much for the chance to win!!

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