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December 11, 2013

The Twelve Days of Gift Tutorials: Day 11


Hello G45ers,

The joy and splendor of the holiday season comes to life on today's fun-filled Graphic 45 blog! We're going to be sharing another gorgeous holiday card by Gloria Stengel that features our 12 Days of Christmas collection. Then we've got a dazzling handmade top hat card by Miranda Edney that comes with a fabulous video tutorial! We're making it our mission to bring you lots of breathtaking ideas for inexpensive handmade gifts and cards for the holidays! We want to welcome you all to the 11th day of our Twelve Days of Gift Tutorials event! Get ready to enjoy cozy and festive fun that's sure to inspire your day!

Just a quick reminder about the incredible 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! Be sure to leave a comment for your chance to win! A random winner will be announced on our blog this Friday, December 13th! Stay tuned to see if you've won!


We begin today's fabulous inspiration with this amazing 12 Days of Christmas card that celebrates the eleven pipers piping! There are so many beautiful characters in our 12 Days of Christmas collection that are just perfect for fussy cutting! You can see how Gloria added the fussy cut piper to this marvelous card to add dimension and charm to her wonderful creation. The saturated reds and golds of 12 Days of Christmas really stand out in this lovely card. Get inspired to create your own handmade holiday cards by following Gloria's helpful tips! Take it away, Gloria!

Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas card gift tutorial Gloria Stengel holiday


I confess that this is my favorite card of the series. I am not sure if it is all the red, the piper (I was a flutist once upon a time), or the "Ben Franklin" coat, but I just love how this one turned out!  I fussy cut the piper from the Drummers Drumming paper and attached him to the paper with foam squares. I used a series of circles to create interest and contrast. I fussy cut the banner to look like an old sign or scroll.


I used a cardstock button and a Christmas charm to add more circle shapes to the card.


This card has some dimension, but it is not as "hefty" as most of my cards. I think this one is simple, but visually pleasing and it makes this one my favorite!


I decorated the inside of the card a chipboard element and a fancy brad, plus a strip of paper.


Graphic 45 The Twelve Days of Christmas papers:

Joyeux Noel

Golden Rings

My True Love

Drummers Drumming

Graphic 45 The Twelve Days of Christmas Cardstock Stickers

Graphic 45 The Twelve Days of Christmas Chipboard

Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Original ColorMates Light Totally Tan,  Deep Berry Red

Brad: Prima

String: craft supply

Trinket and brad: Tim Holtz Idea-ology

Die cut template: Spellbinders Standard Circles Large and Small; My Favorite Things Fishtail Flag Stax and Layers

Ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Chalk Chestnut Roan

Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Scotch 3M ATG tape runner; Beacon Fabri-trac; Aleene's Tacky Glue

And now it's time for a magnificent 12 Days of Christmas gift tutorial by Miranda! She's going to show you how to create this amazing top hat card! This project is so much fun! It can double as both a card and a festive piece of holiday home decor! We especially love this wonderful creation because it stars a very special and beloved little guy, Charee's toddler son, Richard! This is a perfect example of how you can personalize your cards and gifts to give them extra special sentimentality. Wow, this is such an adorable creation! Take it away, Miranda!

"For my day 11 gift idea, I made something for the one and only Charee! Featuring the star of Graphic 45, baby Richard! I always adore the photos I see of him, so I knew he would make the perfect little drummer on top of this hat/card! I have him sitting in the birds nest up top, drumstick in hand! The bottom of the hat opens up for the card. Check out the video for a overview and tutorial." -Miranda

Video Tutorial:











12 Days of Christmas-12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas-My True Love

12 Days of Christmas-Drummers Drumming

12 Days of Christmas-Golden Rings

Chipboards 1

Graphic 45 Staples

Ornate Metal Keys

Ornate Metal Keyholes

Spanish Moss

Laces and Trims

Ginas Designs Chippies

*Starring Baby Richard!!!


That's all for today, G45ers. We hope you got a heaping dose of holiday inspiration on today's magical blog! Tomorrow we'll be bringing you more gorgeous ideas and tutorials for the holidays. We hope you'll come back and visit us. Big thanks to Gloria and Miranda for their amazing creations! We also want to thank all of you G45ers for taking the time to stop by our blog today. It is always such a joy for us to share the inspiration with you. We hope you enjoy your day!


With Love and Holiday Cheer,


Your Friends at Graphic 45




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Love this!

Always perfect! <3

Great projects as allways.

That top hat is so cute!!!

These are wonderful. The prize that can be won, well I guess I would just as soon have all the projects that were done. Thanks for sharing.

Wow! Love the hat. It is totally awesome.

Amazing! What a hat! Thanks for sharing.

Great! Never thought of the snowman hat card idea before.

The hat card is AWESOME!!!!

The top hat is Fabulous!!!! I love it, i want to make one, thanks for the ideas and good luck everyone on the wonderful prize pack :)

LOVE the Joy charm on Gloria's card! So appropriate!
The top hat is DIVINE!!! No two ways about it! I am definitely going to give this a try! LOVELOVELOVE it!!! TFS!

Always ... I mean ALWAYS a pleasure to visit your blog everyday and be FILLED with such inspiration. These projects are AMAZING!

Amazing projects!!

JUst when I thought your cards couldn't get any cuter you show me this hat card. Wowzer this is awesome!!!!

wow..such a beautiful hat! I love all the details and embellishment decorating the hat....stunning!

Love the card, and the Top Hat, thanks for sharing

The old sign and the beautiful metal charm are perfect on this card. Gloria is insanely talented!

Gloria's card is wonderful! like the way she is using the papers to create beautiful cards.
Next the top hat is the tops! what a fabulous idea.
thanks to both of you for sharing your talents.
stamping sue

So inspiring

Very nice card again Gloria! The background stripes are perfect.

The hat is fantastic! So cute with the photo and the goose :)

Awesome hat and the card is a terrific work of art also!!

Each day more inspiring than the last. The twelve days of Christmas has been a blast.

Eleven Pipers piping is the perfect card for a gentlemen. All of the 12 days of Christmas projects have been exceptional.

This 12 Days line is fabulous. Love the 11 Pipers and the snowman hat. Thanks for sharing the creativity!!

Loving the 12 days of cards - whatever will we do on 13th?!

Wow. Love the hat!! Such awesome creativity on this G45 blog. Love it!! Inspiring.

love the projects but have to admit the hat is my favorite.

That's a very elaborate card. It might be a bit difficult to mail, but would be wonderful to hand to someone as a Christmas card. Great job.

love, love the hat! thanks for the tut!

Miranda, I just can't get over your snowman's hat! So adorable and creative!! And of course, Gloria's card is just beautiful as all the rest!


"Hat's Off" to Miranda - awesome work! Thank you thank you thank you Graphic 45 for the chance to win this most generous prize package! So looking forward to Friday the 13th!!!

Glorious cards today. That top hat has to be one of the most creative and fun projects ever. Fabulous tutorial for the top hat. Love it and the week + of all the fabulous projects.

Baby Richard is a cutie, no doubt!

Best part of the day....having my morning cup of coffee while checking out your daily blog post! The inspiration is through the roof. Today's projects are beautiful!

is this collection available right now? i need this asap. best one yet and i love them all!

LOVE the hat card!

Awesome projects as always.

Love the projects today. Love Glorias card tutorials and Miranda's ornament is so cute!

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