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December 03, 2013

The Twelve Days of Gift Tutorials: Day 3


Hello G45ers,

It's time to bring some festive fun and creativity to your day with The Twelve Days of Gift Tutorials here on the Graphic 45 blog! Today we're sharing more glorious ideas for handmade gifts and cards. You'll see another splendid card by Gloria Stengel that features our collection 12 Days of Christmas. Then Annette Green will share a dazzling handmade wine bag that's guaranteed to inspire you! There's even a fun and easy tutorial in which Annette will show you how to create your own handmade wine bag for someone you love! Yes, the holiday season is here and we couldn't be more excited! Lets get festive!

Don't forget about the incredible contest that we're having in honor of this magical 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 create a dazzling handmade holiday! Be sure to leave a comment for your chance to win! A random winner will be announced on our blog on Friday, December 13th! Stay tuned to see if you've won!



We begin by saying a happy hello to all of our friends on the Graphic 45 Facebook page! If you want the latest news on Graphic 45 products, daily inspiration and a way to connect with your fellow G45ers and upload your Graphic 45 creations, then check out the Graphic 45 Facebook page! Here is a breathtaking Couture gift card holder tag that Maggi Harding recently uploaded to our Facebook page. She definitely captured the exquisite style and opulence of this fabulous new collection! We just love this gorgeous creation! We encourage you all to check out the Graphic 45 Facbeook page for fun and fabulous inspiration!

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Couture Maggi Harding card tag Graphic 45

Now it's time for some festive holiday inspiration! Here is Gloria's gorgeous 12 Days of Christmas card that celebrates the 3rd day of Christmas. This card highlights some of the gorgeous pinks and greens in our marvelous 12 Days of Christmas collection. There are so many ways you can create one-of-a-kind cards and gifts with this timeless paper collection. Here Gloria explains some tips for how she created this splendid work of art! Get inspired to create your own handmade cards this holiday season with 12 Days of Christmas! Take it away, Gloria!

Gloria Stengel 12 Days of Christmas Graphic 45 card tutorial gift


It was pretty hard not to break out the French Country papers and pair it up with 12 Days of Christmas! I mean, French hens need a French rooster, right?! But, I stayed within the confines of my assignments and ONLY used the Christmas paper. Check out the little hen and her chicks!



I created "fluffy" bows with three colors of ribbon and glued them to the top of the card.  I love making these bows. I added a button, some string, and a "sugared" berry as the finishing touch.



I added a tiny flower and more berries, plus a die cut leaf to the bottom corner of the card. I also used glitter glue to "jazz up" the number three in the title.




I decorated the inside of the card with a postage image sticker and a strip from the Joyeux Noel paper.


Graphic 45 The Twelve Days of Christmas papers:

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Joyeux Noel

Calling Birds

Swans a Swimming

Graphic 45 The Twelve Days of Christmas Cardstock Stickers

Cardstock: Core'dinations ColorCore Signature Series Graphic 45 Tuscan Sunset, Signature Series Graphic 45 Lights Precious Pink; WorldWin Papers ColorMates Treasures Textured Pitch Black

Ribbon: May Arts

String, button, floral: craft supply

Glitter glue: Ranger Stickles Star Dust

Die template: Spellbinders Little Leaf Sets

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

Wow, wasn't that beautiful, G45ers?! Now that we have our card inspiration, it's time to get some ideas for stunning handmade gifts! Behold, Annette's amazing handmade holiday wine bag featuring 12 Days of Christmas! This is such a fun and easy way to add festive charm to a variety of small gifts! Turn that ordinary gift into something extraordinary with this fabulous tutorial by Annette! You're going to love it! Here Annette explains her inspiration behind this joyful craft creation!

"I find you can never go wrong with a favorite beverage for a holiday gift. Whether it’s a delightful wine, a fine bottle of liquor or a flavored coffee syrup, an altered wine bag is sure to make the gift extra special. By taking a plain kraft wine bag and adding sturdy cardstock and lovely paper, the bag is suddenly transformed into more of a wine box. And pretty enough to keep on display during the holidays. Or better yet, re-gift the bag and pass on the love. Fill it with cookies or a freshly baked loaf of your tastiest bread. This bag came together quickly using remnant ribbons, a few buttons, several sheets of Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas paper, and some quick die cut shapes." -Annette


















12 x 12 Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas paper:

   Calling Birds

   Christmas Rose

   Holly and Ivy

6 x 6 Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Patterns & Solids

  Blue check

  Red dot

  Red pattern

  Green check

  Green pattern

12 x 12 Core-dinations Signature Series cardstock for Graphic 45 (Lights)

  Vintage Rose

  Blue Lagoon

  Precious Pink

12 x 12 Core-dinations Signature Series cardstock for Graphic 45 (Darks)

  Antique Moss 

Spellbinders Fancy Tags 2 die

Other: Buttons, various ribbons, tall kraft bag with handles, and Martha Stewart border punch.






1. Cut two panels of Vintage Rose Signature Series cardstock 5 x 12 inches each. Cut two panels of Blue Lagoon 3 x 12 inches each. Cut two pieces of “Calling Birds” paper 4 ¾ x 10 inches each. Cut two pieces of “Christmas Rose” paper 2 ¾ x 10 inches each. Ink edges with coordinating inks if desired. You will eventually adhere these together, but not until a later step.




2. Cut from 6 x 6 Patterns & Solids:


   4 pieces from red dot print 1 x 4 ¾ inches each. Border punch two of the strips


   4 pieces from blue check print 1 x 2 ¾ inches each. Border punch two of the strips.


   Ink edges with coordinating ink if desired.




3. Using clear tape on the back side of the paper, join the pieces as shown. Do this to all four panels.




4. Adhere desired ribbons, folding over the ends to the back side and taping them flat to secure them. This gives a nice clean edge.




5. Use Scor-Tape to adhere the Vintage Rose cardstock pieces to the kraft bag. Then you can add your assembled unit over this.




6. Do the same with the Blue Lagoon cardstock pieces and the assembled unit for each.




7. You can also create a sturdy base for your bag by cutting a piece of Blue Lagoon cardstock 3 x 5 inches, and a piece of “Christmas Rose” paper 2 ¾ x 4 ¾ inches, if you desire.




8. You can then embellish your bag with die cut holly leaves, an ornate label or gift tag, ribbons, buttons and handmade paper bows.



We hope today's blog helped add some holiday cheer to your day! We want to thank you all so much for stopping by. There's more inspiration, tutorials and fun in store for you all week-long! Big thanks to Gloria and Annette for their amazing work today! We hope you will all stop by again and see us very soon. It was such a pleasure to share today's breathtaking crafts with you. Enjoy your day, G45ers!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45



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The card and beverage bag are fantastic, will finally have to cut my stash of 12 Days of Christmas paper.

HI !
Love the details in a gift bag, so pretty!
aLLWAYS a inspiraration for all of us with so beautifull papers!

I love, love, love all the nostalgic papers!! Brings back so many Christmas memories.

I love these papers for Christmas, I need to make some of those gift bags!!

Wow! Now that is a gorgeous gift bag... I would have a hard time giving it away!

Esp love the 3 French Hens card. Crazy abt chickens!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

I love the gift bag. I've made a few on my own, but have never seen one as beautiful or ornate as this one!

Beautiful card and
the gift bag is so
Carla from Utah

After using the gift bag, you could take the panels off, attach a ribbon and make a Holiday decoration to hang on the wall.

Oh my how extremely beautiful. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity and may I just say those projects are so very beautiful That tutorial will certainly come in handy believe me. Any wrapping ideas are great for this Holiday season.

Just stunning. Thanks again for the awesome inspiration!!

Happy days are certainly here in the crafting world. Thank you Graphic 45 for the awesome artists and the super chance to win the prize package. I would feel so blessed to win!

I've only recently come to know Annette's work and I feel she is a truly talented designer. She helped me with some questions I had regarding cameras. This is just such a wonderful bag. Hope I get one!!!


very beautiful! The bag is a gift itself...I have to try this. I hope there is enough G45 12 Days of Christmas for everything I want to try! lol

I like how the Twelve Days of Christmas collection brings in other colors besides the typical Christmas green and red. Beautiful projects today! G 45 has the best DT!

how beautiful-loving that bag!!!!!

I love the gift bags. Thanks for a chance to win such great products.

Beautiful projects!! The '12 days of' card series the DT is making is very fun to see each day how they've used the DP to make such gorgeous cards.

So wunderful idea! I will use it! Thank you very match!

Thank you Graphic45, you are the best! Love the cards. The bag is so neat.

Beautiful projects. I love Graphic 45!

Gorgeous projects. Great inspiration.

Love this bag, and all the projects.

Graphic 45 and Petaloo: WOW what a marriage.

Lovin the gift bag!!!!!!!!!!!

Will definitely be making the bag this Christmas...the papers are so gorgeous!

I love Gloria's bows, they are so classy! And the decorated bag is fabulous.

Beautiful work by all!! Thank you for sharing!

All these projects and tutorials, my head is spinning! Love it!

Beautiful projects - thanks for the inspiration

fabulous projects! Love how the paper mixes and matches so wonderfully...

Beautiful projects! Thanks for the tutorials.

Oh my word!! how delicious are these Christmas projects and the fab tutorial. Girls you are amazing. Hugs Suzi x

Just love it all

That gift bag is fantastic. I'm sure I woul want to hang on it as a decoration!

Love the step by step instructions! Lovely projects...

just lovely!

Love, love, love this tutorial! You make what seems to be a difficult project seem so easy. I'll make some of these for sure, but I'm not going to let on that it's easy. I like it when my friends think I can do anything! LOL

I really appreciate the card ideas for this line.

Great gift bags and all the projects are so great I just want to work on them all the time-- unfortunately I can't. Women should be provided full-time household staff and then we could do all the projects we enjoy--Oh to have that perfect world.

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