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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.

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.

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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that would be a nice gift for me to get! hehe

I love this gift idea. Very pretty and simple. :) Thanks!

Great projects as always! Thanks!

The 'Twelve Days Of Christmas' is such a beautiful collection of papers. So pleased to see so many creative and inspiring projects. I hope to win this and make some of my own!

Beautiful card and box here today again. I´ve always loved to recycle as mush as I can, and this little box has really been broughtto a glorious life here again, and it´s soooo beautiful.

Of so clever...love the candy wraps!!!

The lil pillow box and treats is so sweet :)

Lovely papers, lovely projects!!! thanks for sharing.

NICE!! BEautiful!! Awesome!

Friday the 13th may be the luckiest day in the life of some crafter, with the wonderful, amazing Giveaway from Graphic 45. I hope to be the grateful recipient so I can make beautiful gifts with it. The 12 Days of Christmas is one of my favorite collections. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Graphic 45, for your generous prize package.

Once again you have some fabulous inspirational items to share with us. I just love the little gift and the chocolate bar wrappers. Thank you for the tuts...

Ohh!!! Gloria! So fabulous!! This win would be the best as Scor Tape is fantastic and G45 papers & the Candy pillow box is gorgeous Karen!!! Such gorgeous goodies with this 12 days of Christmas goodness! Wow!! Merry Christmas!!!

Beautiful projects! Very inspiring!
Hugs, Kerstin

Ohhhhhhhhhhhh!!! I like it!!! ^_^

thanks again for a lovely day

Love this holiday paper. thanks for the opportunity to win some for myself

ooohhh--love that card! That sparkly flower adds just the right touch--and those little gifts---great idea!

oh my goodness! What a cute card and projects! Love Graphic 45 papers!

Wow beautiful projects.

This is a marvelous idea and such a beautiful yet simple gift that you could use for so many.

Happy Holidays to all! Thank you for another great giveaway, love the projects as always!

Very cool tutorial ! I think the candy wrappers will add a beautiful touch to everyone's holiday.

GReat idea - I'm afraid I wouldn't want to open the chocolates. They are so pretty.

How can these projects not be beautiful with such beautiful paper!

The box of goodies looks great. Very simple, but elegant. Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

I love all the projects that have been posted. I want to make them all.

The candy cover are so neat, and the different layouts are wonderful.

What an over-the-top generous giveaway. G45, you ROCK. Thanks for all the beautiful products and inspirational projects you always share.

What a sweet, sweet project! Love the Twelve Days of Christmas collection. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial and the chance to win your generous giveaway.

I love these cards!!! How do you fussy cut the images?

Love the little candies!

love the fussy cut out image, so pretty to adorn the card and the gift box!

What cute and easy projects!

I really love the theme cards. Such a great idea for Christmas cards for family and friends. Here's hoping my name gets picked. What a great Christmas present that would be.

This is wonderful, great inspiration :)

Oh I love the lil chocolate bars wrapped in those vintage looking papers! How sweet! Just got to try this! Thanks for sharing! Love it! ;-)

What a great use for the paper scraps! One wouldn't want to waste any!

Unbelievable, the projects and cards that are shared everyday are collectors items...thanks for sharing.

wonderful projects!!!!

Love all the Twelve Days of Gifting tutorials....beautiful creations and wonderful ideas to share. Thank you for the chance to be in your prize drawing.
Happy Holidays!

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