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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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Another great card, and what a cool gift box - thanks for the great ideas!!

Great project ideas... love the mixture of the metals inspiration !

Love the box and what more can I say about the gift package, except it's wonderful, I love it, I would love to win it.

Oh to win - All these georgous samples to work with. I just love this line and the so creative team you have.
thanks for sharing

Beautiful projects. How can you go wrong with Graphic 45 papers?! They're sooooo pretty.

The candle box is a great idea, and the card is awesome! Thanks for the inspiration.

So many beautiful projects, so little time. I'm keeping everything in mind to get an early start on next holiday season the beginning of 2014.

More beautiful projects!!!

I absolutely love this paper...it is so gorgeous. And I appreciate the quick and easy cards up on the blog now...thanks!!!

Wow-your designers raise gift packaging to a whole new level. I wouldn't need a gift-the package is pretty enough to display all year long.

What a great idea! I will have to get crafty and try this out!

Another beautiful card and delicious tutorial. My Christmas gifts are going to be so wonderful this year. Thank you.
Hugs Suzi x

I love the way the box opens - so easy to get the candle in and out! And beautifully decorated, too!

Beautiful projects! I love the candle box idea. I think I'll try making a couple for Christmas gifts.

Wonderful projects using wonderful papers. Your blog is always full of great projects and ideas.

Such beautiful creations today! Love the candle gift box. It is so lovely. Thank you for the great tutorials! I just love your blog. It continues to provide wonderful inspiration!

Wonderful looking
box that holds the
Carla from Utah

Love the tutorial, thanks for sharing.

Great prize and great projects!!!!!

I always love Gloria's cards, nice candle box as well.

Such wonderful inspiration!

Wow! awesome projects and video. Thank you so much for the inspiration and a chance to win!

Graphic 45, you have the Best designers! I'm really digging the "B" side of the 12 Days collection. All the plaids are an adventure to use.

I am definitely CASEing that exploding candle box! My daughters-in-law will love them as will several friends. Thank you so much for all of the inspiration.

These are such beautiful projects!!

I love your projects!

Love love love Clare's exploding candle gift box! What a great idea! Gloria's card once again amazes me. Love the real ribbon stacked on the fussy cut ribbon! Now I'm off to check out Paperhaus - that magazine cover just makes me happy to my toes!

I absolutely love the projects made with Graphic45!!! I love love the quality of the paper. The 12 days of Christmas is a grand idea! TFS

Another beautiful card ♥

Love this time of year. All the beautiful gifts we can make!

Wow Graphic 45! Another fabulous giveaway and beautiful projects to inspire us. Keeping hope alive and fingers crossed to be your luck winner.

The candle box is terrific. Just love this paper collection.

Love the gift box! What a beautiful collection!

I truly love these "12 Days of Christmas" tutorials. I have learned so much from Graphic 45 and your talented designers thru your tutorials and sharing. Thank you so much for the sincere interest you take in "us" your paper crafters. Merry Christmas to you all.

Wow! Everyone continues to amaze me with their projects!

What a great exploding candle box and I am loving the cards each day!

wow...these projects are amazing...that box is just stunning!

These are such beautiful Christmas projects, thanks for sharing.

Gloria's card is stunning as her projects always are, warm and colourful and just love the metal trinket! Thank you for sponsoring the PaperHaus bog hop!

Really beautiful projects. How great it'd be to win all those gorgeous products!

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