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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.

12 days of Christmas_ step x step_pillow box_ karen shady_step 2

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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Love, love, LoVE the pillow boxes and candy wrappers...nice gift too!

Gloria's fussy cutting is wonderful! Love today's card! The pillow box idea is awesome! I have a stash of them and am going to make up a bunch of these to put in our stockings this year! Thanks for all the inspiration!

So Clever love it!

Beautiful and so creative projects!! With Graphic 45...there's no limit to the possibilities.

Love both the card and the pillow box. What wonderful projects. Thank you for sharing with us and for a chance to win such a terrific prize. Cheers.

Amazing projects. I love it!!

love love love this paper collection! Fantastic projects!

Another fun card from Gloria, and the pillow box/stocking stuffers are oh-so-cute!

Each design in the 12 days series is more enchanting than the last. Keep up the good work.

Once again, two inspiring projects. Thanks for sharing.

Oops, I think I like today's card the best!
The pillow boxes are just the right size for a little treat.

Joy, Joy, Joy everywhere! These are just beautiful! WOW!!

Love fussy cutting and Graphic 45. Great projects! So much fun. Thanks for the inspiration!

Love the acetate pillow boxes, the card, and the choccies. All beautiful!

The card is beautiful but the mini chocolate wrappers are just the cutest.Thanks for the chance to win. I will be one of the twelve maids a waiting.

what a great way to pack some sweets. Love the hersey's.

So sweet!

I love the altered pillow box - what a fun idea!

I love graphic 45. Thanks for the neat projects and Merry Christmas!

Fussy cutting one element from the center of a 12 X 12 piece of gorgeous paper is just painful for me.

Great projects - I love ideas to use up bits of paper.

All the projects are gorgeous.... but how could they not be with using the gorgeous G45 papers!!

stunning stuff...love the papers and the wrapped chocolates are just lovely.. very special

Always great ideas!Love this Twelve Days of Christmas collection.

Love it all. Would make great use of all the products. Merry Christmas!

I just love the entire line of 12 days of Christmas. I haven't seen one project that I don't love. Thank you!

What a lovely idea. Super cute and easy for those last minute gifts. Thanks for sharing

Very cute & very clever!

Absolutely gorgeous paper collection! I just covered some Hershey Nuggets with paper but don't have this collection. Wish I did. : ) Love Graphic 45!

Gorgeous projects with your paper line , I so want (need) this collection!

Beautiful card and a great ideas with the pillow box gift idea-love it!!

What an awesome idea! Papers are gorgeous too! Thank you so much for the chance to win and the fun tutorial!

Wow! What an incredible collection of beautiful papers & fun, creative goodies!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win! Thanks for the great tutorial...love the candy holders!!!

I can't wait to try these. Such a fun idea.

Wow the G45 design team members always knock it out of the park with tons of inspiration and these projects hit a home run. I love the fact they are easy and simple. These papers are so beautiful I love all the design elements you can fussy cut. Thank you so much for all the inspiration and the opportunity to have the awesome G45 goodness. Hugs

I think this is my favorite of the cards so far. Beautiful!

Would love to win 12 Days of Christmas collection and all the goodies. IT IS BEAUTIUL!!!

I like the wrapping candy in 12 Days of Christmas! Good idea for using small pcs!!

I didn't think that you could make candy sweeter but you have showed me that it is possible. Such a fun and cute idea. Thanks

Lovely projects! Thanks for the tutorials!

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