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December 19, 2013

Denise Johnson's Wonderful World of Holiday Tags!


Hello G45ers,

Christmas is just around the corner! If you're looking for some fun, last minute ideas for the holidays then you're in luck! Today's Graphic 45 blog is filled with festive fun for Christmas! This is a great day as we welcome Denise Johnson to her new role as our Special Project Designer! Denise's crafts are so lovely and today we're going to highlight her gorgeous style by sharing two of her fantastic ideas for handmade holiday tags! First you'll see a beautiful tag gift set with a stunning altered art box. Then we will share Denise's marvelous tag advent calendar and photo tutorial! Both of today's projects feature our 12 Days of Christmas collection! Get ready to feel merry and bright with today's enchanting holiday crafts by Denise!

Denise Johnson

Just a quick reminder about this week's amazing blog contest! We're giving away this beautiful prize pack! You could win a Sweet Sentiments 12x12 paper pad, Sticker sheet, Chipboard Die-Cut, Tags & Pockets, Small Matchbook Box, Ornate Metal Keys and Metal Butterflies! That's a $52 value! Just leave us a blog or Facebook comment this week for your chance to win! A random winner will be announced on this Friday's blog. Stay tuned to see if you've won!

Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments prize contest win

And now it's time for some incredible ideas by Denise! We are thrilled to welcome her aboard as one of our Special Project Designers. That means that she will be designing beautiful craft ideas and project sheets for Graphic 45 newsletters, trade shows and other special classes throughout the year! Denise is an amazing teacher and a very gifted artist. We are thrilled about her new and exciting role with Graphic 45. Lets explore some of Denise's amazing ideas for fun and festive holiday tags! Tags have so many uses and they're so easy to create. Lets begin with this great idea for a handmade holiday gift! Here is Denise's tag gift set, complete with a beautiful altered Small Matchbook Box! This project is so much fun and simple to create! Get inspired to create one for someone you love this holiday season! Here is what Denise had to say about it!

"For this project I utilized my leftovers from a previous project. Using scraps and just a few embellishments I was able to craft a set of 12 tags that fit just perfectly in the Graphic 45 Small Matchbook Box. I used standard shipping tags for 3 of the tags and also as my shape and size template for the rest of the handmade decorative paper tags. This was such a great way to use up my random scraps & bits I may just make this an ongoing habit!" -Denise


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Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas 8x8 Papercrafting Paper Pad

Graphic 45 Mother Goose 8x8 Papercrafting Paper Pad

Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas 6x6 Patterns & Solids

Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas Chipboard

Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas Tags & Pockets

Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas Cardstock Stickers

Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas Banners

Graphic 45 Matchbook Box (small)

Petaloo Flowers

Shipping tags

Snowflake brads

Christmas tree brad

Star brad

Book Label and 2 mini brads


Baker’s Twine


Next we have another delightful holiday creation by Denise! This is her amazing tag advent calendar featuring 12 Days of Christmas! It even comes with a fun photo tutorial! This is such a clever idea for crafting with tags! Denise definitely knows how to think outside the box! This lovely creation is so much fun and easy to create! Just follow along with Denise's simple photo instructions and get inspired to create your own advent calendar just in time for Christmas! Here is what Denise had to say about this gorgeous creation!


Family rituals handed down year after year...I LOVE tradition, and Christmas traditions are some of my very favorites. When we were kids, all through the month of December, every Sunday my sister and I would dive into the newspaper, searching for the TV Guide. With guide in hand we scoured the listings, highlighting all the Christmas movies playing that week. We’d tape the list next to the TV to refer to during the week. We couldn’t bear to miss a one. “The Year Without a Santa Claus” was our very, very favorite. Our “on demand” lifestyle takes away the need for this nostalgic activity today, (oh I still watch my favorite movies...I just pop in the dvd!) As the times change I find it even more important to hold tight to family tradition and memories. Every Christmas I create a traditions advent to be certain we don’t miss a thing. I was so thrilled this year when Graphic 45 released the 12 Days of Christmas collection...PERFECT for my advent creation!!



This advent/countdown altered canvas can be used in so many ways....


-tuck in your favorite family traditions for the holidays. pull one out and complete the special tradition for family fun time throughout December.


-plan 12 days of gift giving for that someone special


-share blessings, RAK’s or special memories.


-place Christmas storybook titles in each pocket. Randomly choose for Christmas bedtime stories.


-share 12 of your favorite Christmas cookie recipes


-create an extra special hostess gift- add sweet sentiments in each pocket for the recipient



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Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas 8x8 Papercrafting Paper Pad


Graphic 45 12 Days of Christmas Chipboard


Graphic 45 Staples Keys and Escutcheon


Graphic 45 Staples Alphabet Stickers


Petaloo Flowers


Foamcore Board


Canvas Fabric


Misc. Embellishments: vintage chandelier crystal, metal frames, metal photo corner, pearl brads, punched snowflakes, crown charm, paper doilies


Ribbon Scraps


Shipping Tags


Lace (for hanging)


Here is Denise's fun photo tutorial that shows you how you can create your own special advent calendar with 12 Days of Christmas! Have fun and enjoy!


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We had so much fun getting to share today's amazing holiday crafts with you. We are so happy to welcome Denise as our new Special Project Designer! We know she's going to do a fabulous job! We want to thank her for her inspiring holiday crafts today! We also want to thank all of you G45ers for spending some time with us today. Be sure to leave us a blog or Facebook comment for your chance to win that amazing Sweet Sentiments prize. We will announce a winner tomorrow. We'll also have more enchanting crafts to share with you. It's going to be so much fun. We hope you all enjoy your day!


Happy Papercrafting!


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Cute projects-and a lovely prize package I would love to win!

Sweet projects! Definitely going to try to do them - maybe even before Christmas!!

Welcome Denise! Love your Advent Calendar tags, and so many uses!

I love the Tags & the box project, I basically love all the Graphic 45 products!
Hope I get to win one of this days!! ♥
Thanks for sharing!!

cool cool cool!! Thanks for continuing to inspire...I'm down to the crunch and I need the inspiration (even if I'm now working on Christmas at this exact moment! TFS!!

Beautiful projects!

These are all beautiful projects. I love the tag collection ...it looks like a quick and easy project for those last minute gifts. Thanks for sharing.

yes yes yes I want it all!

Wow!!! these creations are to die for!!! stunning designs and so very inspirational. Thank you.
Hugs Suzi x

Wonderful way to use up scraps in the box of gift tags. I'm going to do this too!

Beautiful projects. Welcome Denise. I would so love to win the Sweet Sentiments prize pkg. I have so many project ideas to create with this gorgeous collection.

I LOVE tags, and I especially love the tags today...nice job....happy holidays!

A big welcome to Denise!! Your tags and your advent calendar are both really special! I need to steal your calendar idea for next year. I love it.

Love the Christmas tags and Advent project!

Very fun, and what a talented lady!

What a fantastic project. Thank you for sharing with us and thank you for a chance to win such a wonderful prize.

beautiful projects! love the idea of the box of tags....that could work for any occasion...thank you for sharing all your creativity.

Great projects by Denise! I look forward to seeing more of her beautiful work.

Love them all.

Love all the Tags, they are beautiful, and thanks for a chance to win the beautiful "Sweet Sentiments" collection. Someone is gonna have a very Merry Christmas.


I love the 12 Days of Christmas! Beautiful images - love them! Wishing you a happy day!


Barbara Diane

More Graphic 45 inspiration...love the advent countdown creation. Would be honored to be a winner of this weeks prize.

Both of these projects are fabulous!!!! I love how you made such wonderful tags with just your scraps!

Love the tags I so want to make them, now I just need the paper. Never have enough graphic 45 ;-)

Great projects using tags!! They're so versatile and fun and whip up in a snap! The advent calendar is awesome!!

Love the advent calendar w/tags. Something even I could create. Thank you for the ideas. Awesome projects today, as always.

Sigh! I am salivating over this prize! Sweet Sentiments has become my second favorite collection of all. (Secret Garden remains on top) I am dying to own that G45 pin! It is absolutely gorgeous! I would be happy with just the pin!!! LOL
Those tags and box are awesome and I LOVE the advent/countdown canvas!! Great idea!! TFS!

More beautiful work.
The 12 days of Christmas
tags are pretty and fun.
Love the tags and the
Carla from Utah

I have a weakness for tags. So today's projects are especially inspiring to me! Welcome Denise to G45!

Love the tags in the box.

I love it! The ideas suggested for the calender use are good! I would love to win the prize package :)

The tags are very beautiful. All the projects look fantastic.

I believe the advent board with a matchbox of tags all wrapped together would make a great gift for my sisters-in-law. They are not crafters, so would love to put together their own "traditions advent." Thank you Denise and Graphic 45 for the ideas and inspiration!

love those tags

Congratulations Denise! Love all of your creations and the projects featured today are fabulous thank you for sharing.

I've seen a few comments "welcoming" Denise Johnson but she is actually a 2013 design team member who has been promoted. You can find more of her fabulous creations here. http://junquesoiree.blogspot.com/

So beautiful. I love everything Denise does!

Beautiful paper, beautiful project! WOW!

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT! Absolutely gorgeous!

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