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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)

12 days of Christmas_ step x step_pillow box_ karen shady step 1

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.

12 days of Christmas_ step x step_pillow box_ karen shady_step 7


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

12 days of Christmas_ step x step_pillow box_ karen shady_step 8

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.

12 days of Christmas_ step x step_pillow box_ karen shady_step 9

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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This is the next best thing to hanging out with you guys, you share your talent and inspire me to craft. :) Beautiful!

Love the projects and the maids a milking. Colors and paper just pop out at you. Love it.

This is just fantastic so many good ideas! I really like the candy box project that is a cool gift!
Thanks so much

ooooh love that card and the little chocs are such a good idea! :o)

Very pretty! Love the little box. And covering the candies is a great little something for someone. TFS Jess

So cute!

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Great gift holder. Continuing the beautiful projects.

very cool projects! love the pillow box

You have so many beautiful projects!
These papers are just gorgeous!!!
All I buy now are graphic 45 papers! nothing comes up to the quality and prints that you make for us!!!
I hope i have the chance to win this fabulous gift.

Lovely card and that little gift box is so cute!

Wonderful card - another great project. Thank you.

I hope I win this time.

Love the clear pillow box and with the lovely embellishment.
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Lovely card, great pillow box, and love how the little chocolates were decorated.

What an awesome array of projects since day 1~ I really like the way the candy was jazzed up with the wrappers and the pillow box was all decorated out. Love the inspiration!

I love all the tutorials and the beautiful paper that Graphic 45 offers . . . Oh, how I would love to win!

I don't know how you guys do it! Amazing!

yammie! great tutorial

I love it all. Where to start?

Such a wonderful prize for anyone it would be an honor to be the winner

I like it!!!

The candy wrappers are out of this world delightful!! What a great idea to make for coworkers, teachers and all those grandkids, nieces and nephews! Affordable little treats that will bring out the smiles! I am definitely going to make some of these this holiday season! Graphic 45 papers make these so special!

I love the card and the pillow box is wonderful!

So-o-o Gorgeous! Love love love them!

What a lovely goody box!!

Great ideas for gifts! Love both projects

Love the beautiful card and the treat pillow box was really cute.

love it so creative

Love the gift ideas. Thanks for the chance to win

Very cute. Great idea!

love the little candy wrappers!

Graphic 45 is still my all time favorite papers to work with. Love the inspiration and tutorials that you send my way. What a great giveaway!

Best christmas ideas ever. Magical memories of holidays past.

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