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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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Lovely projects again today - I especially like the candle box

Another awesome project. What a great idea. Just love it. :)

I am LOVING all this inspiration..Now I just need the gift of time to get it all finished!!!! Thank you for sharing all of the tutorials! Deb P

Such amazing creativity as always from your fabulous DT, and what a fabulous prize package you're offering both here and over at Paperhaus - definitely going to make somebody's Christmas very merry! Thank you for the chance.
Alison x

Another gorgeous project for the day. I look forward to them and would hate to see the "Twelve Days of Christmas" projects come to an end.

Wonderful and beautiful projects!! Love your papers :-)

I love the candle box and can think of so many other uses for a box like that. TFS

Beautiful projects.

Wonderful, of course! What inspiration I find here :) The Paperhaus issue is the bomb

Beautiful projects! Thanks for chance to win! Love G45 papers!!

Love, Love, Love the exploding candle box.

What stunning projects, great gift ideas, keep them coming.

Love the candle exploding box. Heading downstairs to make one! All I need os the candle. Graphic 45 has the best projects!

More wonderful ideas today! Keep them coming. Loving every piece.

I Love The Candle Box And The Metal Embellishments.

Five Golden Rings is my favorite verse of the old song. Love the card for this day.
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

so cool! thanks for the tut!

I really love that first card-think it is fun that it has the lock on it; very pretty

It is such a joy to watch Graphic 45 grow to such enormous proportions over the years. Merry Christmas

I like your mixture of different papers. It looks very traditional and pretty.

I love the Twelve Days of Christmas paper! I need :) it now!! What an awesome giveaway!!!

Back again to say thank-you for participating in the PaperHaus bloghop! You are so generous and your prizes always so beautiful. Wishing you all the very best now and throughout the holiday season! :)

what a lovely idea to give a candle this way, something plain delivered elegantly

Love, love, love the candle box! The cards are amazing too, but I was blown away with the box. So cool!

What a wonderful candle box....love the warm colors on the card!
...and don't get me started on that fabulous prize!

Wonderful inspiration as always...thanks for the chance to win.

so inspiring projects!

Such a fabulous day 5 for the hop and the beautiful collection, love this prize, one can only wish, hope, dream for all this fantabulous prize pack today! I adore this collection, I do believe it is amy all time favorite G45 Christmas collection, they get better and better every year. And love love the new COUTURE, the reds, teals, golds, diamonds, roses, peacock feathers and more. Just got my 2nd order (already) of it today, yuuumm! Still might need more, :)

Love the card and the explosion box with the candle! Pure genius!

Another day of fabulous inspiration. Thanks G45.

Love the exploding box! Would've great for wine, too! Thank you, Graphic 45, for charm & creativity during an overly commercialized holiday!

Am definitely borrowing the exploding box idea! What a gorgeous way to present Christmas gifts! Love the designs & creativity as always!

lovely tutorial for the candle box, although Clare forgot to mention where to score the line on the sides of the box, to separate the sides from the bottom which would be helpful.

lovely pieces, esp. the box for the candle!

these are great ideas.

I'm really going to try to make the box. It should be cool for a whine bottle.

Beatiful card! Wow, I love that candle box. tfs

Oh my gosh, each day something better than the day before. Wonderful, amazing and inspirations projects. Almost makes me wish I had more gifts to give.

Love te candle box and the card, Awesome as always!

Love those projects. They're very beautiful. Thanks for the chance.

All of the 12 Days cards are beautiful, as are all the gift ideas. The exploding candle box is delightful and an inspiration for other gifts besides candles!

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