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December 05, 2013

The Twelve Days of Gift Tutorials: Day 5


Hello G45ers,

Are you looking for the most beautiful ideas for handmade gifts and cards this holiday season? Then you've come to the right place! Today we're going to share yet another breathtaking card by Gloria Stengel featuring our 12 Days of Christmas collection. Then we've got a magnificent gift tutorial by Clare Charvill in which she's going to show you how to make a gorgeous candle gift box! Welcome to day 5 of the Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Gift Tutorials! You'll find the most enchanting gift tutorials that are inexpensive and fun to create! Let the holiday bliss begin!

We wanted to remind all of you G45ers about the incredible contest that we're having in honor of this splendid 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!


The 5th day of Christmas celebrates the 5 golden rings. Here is Gloria's gorgeous card that captures all the festive beauty of this special day. Of course the Golden Rings paper from 12 Days of Christmas is just perfect for this amazing card. A few pretty paper layers, lovely ribbon and Graphic 45 Metal Key Holes help make this card a true vintage-inspired treasure! Follow along with Gloria's helpful tips and create your own handmade holiday card for someone you love with 12 Days of Christmas!

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

Christmas projects are the perfect time to mix you metals! The sparkle and shine of the holiday season is perfect for glitter gold and silver, but also the more vintage metals as I have shown here.


I created visual interest by fussing cutting the large ring and ribbon image from the Golden Rings paper. Then I created a loopy bow out of real ribbon and glued it onto the paper bow.


I paired one of the Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Keyhole Staples with a fancy brad and a Christmas charm to add vintage sparkle to the card.


I decorated the inside of the card with a postage image sticker and a strip from the Joyeux Noel paper. I added a bit of pop by fussing cutting another ring from the Golden Rings paper and attaching it to the inside of the card with a foam square.



Graphic 45 The Twelve Days of Christmas papers:

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Joyeux Noel

Pear Tree

Golden Rings

Graphic 45 The Twelve Days of Christmas Cardstock Stickers

Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Keyhole Staples

Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Original ColorMates Light Totally Tan, Elan Metallics Antique Gold, ColorMates Caramel

Ribbon: May Arts

Lace: Really Reasonable Ribbon

Brad: K and Company

Trinket and brad: Tim Holtz Idea-ology

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 another magical tutorial to help you create the perfect handmade holiday gift! Here we have Clare's marvelous candle gift box! Candles make amazing holiday gifts. They're especially wonderful for the long nights of winter. But you can add so much personality and charm to any candle by creating a beautiful handmade gift box to accompany it! Get inspired by Clare's wonderful video tutorial! Have fun creating this gorgeous gift for friends and family this holiday season with our 12 Days of Christmas collection. Take it away, Clare!

"My gift today is an exploding candle gift box .  I used two sheets of the 12 x 12 Golden Rings paper for this 5th Day of Christmas gift idea and co ordinated it with the plaid side of Swans a Swimming to get the finished effect. The theme is carried onto the candle with five golden rings too. The box is made from chipboard, sections, joined together, painted and then decorated in yellows and greens.  I used the festive flower sprays from the corners of the Golden rings paper and some gorgeous green ribbon to give the gift a truly festive feel. Follow along with the video tutorial if you’d like to make one yourself.   Have a wonderful Christmas everyone." -Clare

Video Tutorial:




5th Day of Christmas Candle in a box gift Clare Charvill Graphic 45 video tutorial

5th Day of Christmas Candle in a box gift Clare Charvill Dec 13 Pic 2

5th Day of Christmas Candle in a box gift Clare Charvill Dec 13 Pic 4

5th Day of Christmas Candle in a box gift Clare Charvill Dec 13 Pic 5

5th Day of Christmas Candle in a box gift Clare Charvill Dec 13 Pic 6 



2mm chipboard

Paper Artsy Holly Chalk Acrylic paint

Masking tape

12 x 12 Golden Rings x 2

12 x 12 Swans a Swimming x 1

May Arts Ribbon

Walnut Stain Distress Ink

Tacky Glue, Score Tape & Red Line tape

Candle from the Pound Shop

Indigoblu Mega Flakes – Copper Kettle

Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Snowflake Rosette

We've got one more special holiday treat for you all today!  Our friends at PaperHaus Magazine are also hosting a magnificent holiday event called the Winter Frolic 12 Days Of Christmas Blog Hop! They are celebrating the release of the Winter Issue of PaperHaus Magazine but also inspiring you each day with wonderful holiday projects, giveaways and inspiration! The PaperHaus Winter Frolic 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop will run from December 1st to December 12th! Be sure to stop each day and leave a comment each day to win some fabulous prizes by their lovely sponsors! Don't forget to check out the Winter Issue for additional inspiration, holiday cheer and some amazing projects from the PaperHaus contributing team! Here is a list of today's wonderful companies who are participating in this festive event!



PaperHaus Cover Winter

We had so much fun bringing you today's amazing crafts! There's more festive fun and inspiration in store for you on tomorrow's blog! We hope you'll visit us and join in the holiday cheer! Big thanks to Gloria and Clare for their amazing work today. Don't forget to leave us a blog or Facebook comment for your chance to win that amazing prize pack! We'll see you again tomorrow for another day of inspiration with the Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Gift Tutorials! Enjoy your day, G45ers!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45




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What great projects going to try my hand at some of these today. We are supposed to have some lovely icky weather the next few days guess i'll be getting more of my cards made. Thanks so much.

Loving the use of the G45 Staples to enhance the vintage feel of those gorgeous papers!

Hi there.I am loving your blog posts....and I am so in love with my 12 Days of Christmas papers....I have already made 3 little houses.....love love love.....

I love the metal keyholes!! Fabulous addition that makes the card pop!!

Love all the beautiful instructions. Prize package would make all of these.
Ty for your awesome blog.

Love the card and the gift box.

I love the metal embellishments, and the idea with the bow was quite neat!

Candle box eh? Good idea.

I'm loving the twelve days of Christmas. It's all so great. It would be a great gift under my tree.

Who knew how much extra fun '12 Days...' could provide. Thank you!

I would so love to make these beautiful items in the tutorials, thank you for a chance to win the goods!

So pretty. I just bought some of your paper last night for my Christmas cards!

Beautiful creations! LOVE them ALL!

I just love that ll box!!!

These projects are stunning. I think I would hoard this paper instead of using it.

Thank you so much G45 for another beautiful giveaway! Love all the projects, great inspiration! Good Luck to all!

Oh....Gloria's card made me weak in the knees! And the candle gift tutorial is amazing. I'm so loving this series! Thank you again!

Great projects. Thank you.

Great card..and I love that box. Thanks Clare, you are so good with your tutorials.

Awesome prize package! G45 you never disappoint! Love the holiday blogs!

Metal embellishments are 'key' to adding character to so many projects. Gift packs keep getting better and better. Thanks.

love the Christmas inspiration here on this site......thanks for sharing

I love G45's Christmas collection. Timeless and beautiful!

Another great idea! thanks for sharing.

Loved today's projects especially the gift box. Great idea!

Love the paper and embellishments! The candle box is such a great ideal! Love the tutorials! Beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

The card is beautiful, but the candle in the box is absolutely fantastic!

Love all these tutorials. This is just great!

I love exploding boxes and this is such a cute idea!

Great projects! The prize package is fabulous! I don't think I have enough time in the day to look through everything BUT I will sure try! LOL

Stunning projects! So pretty and detailed! Love that box holding the candle, so creative!

As always the projects are amazing. Love the fantastic prize package!! With all the SNOW we are supposed to get in TEXAS this winter, I have a feeling I will be spending a lot of extra time in my craft room. Thank you for the project ideas and the chance to win.

Love the candle box! What a great gift!

Great holiday inspiration!

I am loving the 12 days' card collection of creativity, wonderful inapiration
A fantastic box creation, love the colors & the details.

enjoying all the creative projects; and especially love the tutorials. very nice explosion box.

Beautiful projects!!!

Love all the projects and the paper is beautiful as always!!

That box is amazing!! I love it!!!!!

what wonderful and inspiring projects; I definitely want to borrow that gift box idea-so creative!

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