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December 08, 2013

The Twelve Days of Gift Tutorials: Day 8


Hello G45ers,

The countdown to Christmas continues with more fabulous gift tutorials, cards and handmade holiday fun on today's Graphic 45 blog! We've got some amazing ideas for beautiful and inexpensive presents for the people you love! Today we'll be sharing a delightful card by Gloria Stengel featuring our 12 Days of Christmas collection. Then Karen Shady will share a marvelous tutorial where you'll learn how to create an elegant treat box with custom decorated candies! There is so much enchantment to behold on today's festive blog! Lets have some fun, G45ers!

We wanted to remind all of you G45ers 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 on Friday, December 13th! Stay tuned to see if you've won!


Here we have a gorgeous card that Gloria created to celebrate the 8th day of Christmas. This sweet card includes a cute pocket with three mini tags. This lovely card definitely captures the rustic charm of the 8 maids a-milking, while the greens and reds from 12 Days of Christmas add lots of holiday cheer. Here are some tips from Gloria on how she created this wonderful card! We encourage all of you G45ers to have some fun creating your own handmade holiday cards with 12 Days of Christmas!

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

I fussy cut the milk maid from the Swans a Swimming paper and attached her to the card with foam adhesive. I wanted to make sure to include her cow, so I decorated a library pocket with a cow image cut from Pear Tree paper.


The pocket holds some little tags that I cut from various paper; each tag contains a sentiment.


My milk maid needed a bit of sparkle, so I gave her a sparkly flower!


I decorated the inside of the card a sticker and a strip of paper.


Graphic 45 The Twelve Days of Christmas papers:

Joyeux Noel

Holly and Ivy

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Pear Tree

Swans a Swimming

Graphic 45 The Twelve Days of Christmas Cardstock Stickers

Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Original ColorMates Light Totally Tan, Smooth Medium Spring Green, Deep Spring Green

Twine, ribbon: May Arts

Flowers: Petaloo

Pearls: Couture Creations

Eyelets: We R Memory Keepers

Library card pocket: Simple Stories

Die cut templates: My Favorite Things Sentiment Strips

Ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Chalk Chestnut Roan, Rose Coral, Dark Moss, Lime Pastel, Maroon

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


Now it's time for a fun-filled holiday gift tutorial that Karen created! This is her gorgeous altered pillow box with artfully decorated candies. This is a great gift for friends and family. It also makes a perfect stocking stuffer! Enjoy Karen's step-by-step tutorial to create this vintage-inspired treasure! It's so quick and easy! It's also a great way to upcycle old boxes! Take it away, Karen!

These little pillow boxes are really fast, and fun to make. You can purchase the little acetate pillow boxes, pre made from a department store, as I have, or, there are cutting dies available so you are able to make your own if you wish.

12 days of Christmas_ step x step_pillow box_ main image karen shady Graphic 45 tutotial holiday gift 12 Days of Christmas


12 days of Christmas Collection, 12 x 12Calling Birds’ paper, 8 x 8 pad, Chipboard die cuts 1, Banners




Step 1: (above) Glue a small doily to the front of the box, then wrap a piece of ribbon around it, and secure with glue at the front (this will be covered so you won’t see the glue)

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Step 2: Glue the chipboard die cut to the centre of the doily, add a bow to the bottom.

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Step 3: Fussy cut the rose image from the Calling birds paper.

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Step 4: Fussy cut the bird image also TIP: I have cut a second image of both the roses, and the bird, and adhered them together, using foam tape, to give a 3D appearance, but this isn’t essential.

12 days of Christmas_ step x step_pillow box_ karen shady_step 4

Step 5: Arrange fussy cut elements as show below.

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Step 6: I have used some individually wrapped Hersey chocolates, but you can use any chocolates, or candy you wish, as long as it is wrapped.

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Step 7: Trim rectangles to size using your chosen papers from the collection, I have used the 8 x 8 Paper pad for this step. Wrap paper around the chocolates, adhere together on the bottom.

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Step 8: Take 6 coordinating circles from the Banners sheet, apply a coat of Dimensional magic, or similar, and allow to dry.

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Step 9: trim strips from the Joyeus Noel paper, and adhere around the centre of each chocolate. Apply Banner circle’s once the dimensional magic is dry, and your pillow boxes are all ready to give to the special people in your life this Christmas.

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We hope today's blog helped bring some holiday joy to your day! There's more fun and fabulous tutorials in store for you on tomorrow's Graphic 45 blog! We hope you'll stop by and see us for another great day of craft inspiration! Big thanks to Gloria and Karen for their amazing creations! We also want to thank all of you G45ers for taking the time to visit us today. We wish you a very happy, crafty day!

Happy Holiday Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45




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two great projects. I'm a die heart stamper who loves to make cards so I really like the card that Gloria created. It's wonderful and full of lots of details including that pocket.
the clear pillow box with paper covered chcolates by Karen is so creative and anyone would like to receive it.
stamping sue

I am just loving all these cute and easy projects! A chance at a prize is always exciting too.

I love how you are showing us how to use each of the 12 days!!

Wonderful projects! Very inspiring!

I would love to win one of the prizes, I love graphic 45

LOVE all these great creations! So very inspiring!! Happy Holly Days!!

great ideas here.....love the candy cover..... thanks for sharing

I love all the inspiration on the 12 Days of Christmas! G45 rocks!

Great idea!!! Thanks for sharing!

Fantastis ideas and just beautiful!!!

I'm new to Graphic 45 but loving all the projects. So creative and inspiring.

Love it!!!!! Thank you G45!

Love the pillow box. Thanks for all the inspiration.

Love the lady with the bucket. It is always great to get a little tutorial on how things are made. Love it!

Thanks for all the great products and continued inspiration!

A lot of great fussy cutting. Both projects are wonderful. Love the pillow boxes. Something to remember for a favor at a party.


I love to fussy cut and your paper collections are perfection for this! Beautiful! Wishing you a happy day!


Barbara Diane

8maids a milking is my favorite card!

Love the card and the decorated pillow box with the candies. Love the paper collection. Thanks for sharing.

Everything I see here is mouthwatering and beautiful and everything wonderful!!

Wow! Love the cards, love the pillow boxes, love the candy wrappers- I just love all of these things! Such wonderful paper makes the creative juices flow!!!

So inspired to attempt elaborate fussy cutting; the possibilities are endless with these papers!

Oh wow, THis is such a cute idea for candy bags!

This is a month when we put these great ideas to use with the children at home and nothing to do. Let's get crafting!

Love it. Thanks for sharing:) would love to win all these great products<3

Stunning work, beautiful card and amazing gift project. I've just uploaded a chocolate project to you Facebook page. My first ever Graphic45 creation, but not the last. I'm loving your products.
Suzi x

Really love the papers so pretty.

I've been singing this song every day since you started this...LOL! Great projects today!

Beautiful card and I love the tutorial!

Such brilliant ideas

What a great idea with the candies!! I loveeeeeeee this!!!

So fun! Thanks for
the instructions.
Carla from Utah

Amazing projects!

I'm thinking of doing pillow boxes for my work companions, so this couldn't have come at a better time!

Awesome projects!

Beautiful card and I ADORE that pillow box with the beautifully wrapped chocolates! in the lovely pillow box.

Brain overload!! Thanks so much and Jappy Holidays!

I have been following your sight. Love your work! I have been trying to incorporating more of the fussy cutting and mixed media in my work. The 12 days of Christmas ideas are great!

Such a cute idea. Makes normal choccies look very special indeed! Thanks

Love this Twelve Days of Christmas holder it just beautiful!

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