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December 01, 2013

The Twelve Days of Gift Tutorials: Day 1


Hello G45ers,

Welcome to a very special holiday crafting event here at the Graphic 45 blog! We are hosting twelve days of incredible holiday inspiration, cards, gift tutorials, prizes and more! We're giving you everything you need to create the perfect handmade holiday! Everyday from now until December 12th we will be bringing you a stunning 12 Days of Christmas card created by Gloria Stengel. Then we will share a beautiful and fun handmade gift tutorial from a member of our design team! You'll see a huge variety of gorgeous gifts that are also great for crafting on a budget. Today we're going to share a magnificent advent calendar tutorial by Alberto Juarez that you're sure to love. Let the Twelve Days of Gift Tutorials begin!

Behold, the fantastic contest we're having in honor of this amazing holiday blog event! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment for your chance to win this fabulous grand prize that includes our 12 Days of Christmas collection as well as fabulous products from Core'dinations, Xyron, Petallo and Scor-Pal! This amazing prize is worth over $135 and its got everything you need to craft a perfect holiday season!  A random winner will be announced on our blog on Friday, December 13th! Stay tuned to see if you've won!


What would the Twelve Days of Christmas be without a beautiful card to commemorate each day?  Here is Gloria's fabulous and festive card for the 1st Day of Christmas. Get inspired to create some special cards  for everyone on your wish list with Graphic 45 and 12 Days of Christmas!

"Each card in the series depicts one of the 12 Days of Christmas, inspired by the iconic English Christmas carol of the same name. Nothing says vintage Christmas quite like a 230-year old carol. The new paper is filled with vintage Christmas images sure to thaw the heart of even the most hard-hearted Scrooge! When I received my box of paper from Graphic 45, I fell instantly in love with this paper line. I love vintage Christmas and traditional colors. This paper collection is perfect!


The soft green and gold of pears inspired this card. The vintage images capture the imagination. Plus, nothing says Christmas like a pop of red!



I used sharp scissors to fussy cut the partridge and the pear from the Turtle Doves paper.  I wanted to give the images more dimension, so I not only popped them from the paper with foam squares, but I added die cut leaves, a wire stem, and a pearl to the pear. I also hand cut the title to look like an old sign.



The card contains a lot of layers, like most of my cards, requiring extra postage. However, since this card can also be home decor, I think some extra funds to mail it is not too much to ask!



I also decorated the inside of the card. I created another dimensional pear and added a sticker and a strip from the Joyeux Noel paper." -Gloria

Supplies needed:
Graphic 45 The Twelve Days of Christmas papers:
The Twelve Days of Christmas, Turtle Doves, Pear Tree, Swans a Swimming, Joyeux Noel
Graphic 45 The Twelve Days of Christmas Cardstock Stickers
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Treasures Textured Pitch Black, Original ColorMates Light Totally Tan
Flower: Petaloo
Ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Chalk Chestnut Roan
Die template: Spellbinders Little Leaf SetsRibbon: May Arts


And now it's time for a fun and fabulous holiday gift tutorial by Alberto! He created this gorgeous advent calendar using an inexpensive wooden frame, 12 Days of Christmas papers and lots of pretty ribbon. This is a great project that the whole family can enjoy. You can fill your little paper baskets with candies and other fun treats to celebrate each day leading up to Christmas. This amazing creation also makes a perfect gift! Have fun creating Alberto's vibrant 12 Days of Christmas calendar with your family this season!

Alberto Juarez 12 Days of Christmas gift tutorial holiday advent calendar





12 days of christmas 8x8 pad


May Art Ribbon

12 days of christmas flowers

Antique metal door pull

Wood Frame





Click on the link below to download the beautiful calendar numbers to add to your advent calendar. They're perfectly vintage-inspired just like Graphic 45!


Download AdventCalendarNumbers





We hope you all had a great time on today's very special blog. We've got 11 more days of amazing holiday cards and gift tutorials on the way! Be sure to leave us a blog or Facebook comment during this incredible event for your chance to win that huge holiday grand prize! We want to thank Gloria and Alberto for their splendid work today. Big thanks to all of you for joining us! Have a wonderful day and we hope to see you again very soon.

Happy Holiday Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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I love the 12 days of Christmas paper line, it is so beautiful and easy to come up with lots of ideas.

Thank you for the chance to win :)

Thank you for all the tutorials for this gorgeous paper!

great work!

je suis toujours aussi fan c'est magnifique à bientôt nate

Stunning, as is all Graphic 45!! You truly inspire me!!

I have the paper - been needed a little push to get started on it1

What a lovely card and I love those advent baskets - great start to advent.

I love this!

What a festive pack to win at this special time of year, Merry Christmas all.

beautiful - love the little basket - thanks for the tutorial

Thanks for the tutorial!

Beautiful card and love the little baskets too. This is a wonderful idea to have the 12 days of Christmas lots of inspiration and love the paper too. Thanks for sharing and the tut also.

I just love the 12 days of Christmas paper having fun crafting with it, and always cant wait to see what others are doing with it !

I love seeing the tutorials using the papers in different ways. The papers are
beautiful, but always wondering where to cut...what to save...the tutorials really help. thank you..

Love the Christmas collection! I used it for my Advent calendar! ♡♡♡♡

I love The lil baskets! SO cute!!

The 12 Days Collection inspires me to try card making!

The card is beautiful and I love the little advent baskets. Pinned both :)

WOW!!! Love this one...Thanks for the inspiration.

Love the card and advent calendar! Thanks for the chance to win!

Love the great idea for using the score pal! I love when I can use a tool for so many projects!

Beautiful work...of course beautiful paper really helps! But the card is just lovely and the little baskets are SO pretty!! TFS

Wow what a sensational advent treat!

Gorgeous projects. Love them. Thanks for the chance.

wow love the baskets

Love the card, and the little baskets are adorable!

ANother fabulous inspirational Monday!

Thank you for the great tutorial!!

Soooooo gorgeous!! LOVING those little basket!!! Pinning!!!!

thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Love the little baskets! Great projects as always.

I Love Christmas and need all the ideas I can get my hands on. With 6 kids, their other half and 10 grand kids, this will be such a big help for me to keep to my idea of a hand made Christmas. Looking forward to every day!!

Fabulous projects! Love Ms Gloria's card and Alberto's advent calendar is amazing .. thank you for another inspirational day! Good luck to everyone this is a great prize.

Loved the tags created by your design team. Just bought the 12 Days Of Christmas paper to make some Christmas tags. Thanks for all your great ideas.

Gorgeous card and I love those sweet little baskets too!!!

These projects are absolutely gorgeous. I can't wait to try making the baskets. I can't to see what other surprises await us.

I just love Alberto's tutorial it is so cute I adore the 12days of christmas papers and would love to win this prize thanks for sharing

Beautiful card by Gloria! I love it! I can't wait to see the other cards and projects you'll be posting!

On the first day of Christmas G45 gave to me great ideas for holiday cheer! Thanks

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