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Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Recipe Box

Hello friends and Happy Holidays! We are now in the rush of  the holiday season and looking for those last minute gifts to give to our family and friends. I wanted to share this super easy project: A recipe box to hold all of your family recipes made with the Twelve Days of Christmas collection from Graphic 45. I hope that it will give you inspiration to create your own to give out or even to keep one for yourself.

To create my little box I used chipboard as a base. I wanted the box to be of a specific size ( 5 1/2″ x 3″ x 2 1/2″) to be able to hold the Graphic 45 square tags. If you prefer you can easily make your own at any desired size.

I then decorated my box using papers and fuzzy cut images from the collection.

I also wanted to include 3D items to decorate my box. I made Poinsettias out of red cardstock paper and used die cut items like leaves to give my box more texture. I also used a set of mini Pinecones and Berries that I purchased at my local craft store.

The base of my box has a set of four Graphic 45 antique brass claw feet metal embellishments as I wanted to make sure that my box will stand in the kitchen counter.

For the actual recipe cards I used decorated Graphic 45 square tags. I love using tags they are so easy to decorate!

I labeled my tags with the numbers 1 thru 12. I wanted to include 12 recipes to make during Christmas.

I tied different ribbons on the top of the tags to make them more festive.

Here are some of the decorated tags.

Day One:

Day Two:

Day Four:

Day Six:

In the back of the tag I inserted my typed recipes. Do not worry if you don’t have heirloom family recipes.  I also used some of the ones that come in magazines or the ones you can get free at the supermarket. Those will look awesome too!

Giving out a handmade gift is so special. I truly believe that it is not what the gift cost but the attention and love that you put into it.

I hope that you have the most amazing holiday season! I will see you soon with more projects.

 

Materials:

Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas collection

Graphic 45 antique brass claw feet

Graphic 45 square tags

 

 

 

 

 

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Altered Frames Using the Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland Collection

Hello everyone, and Happy Holidays! It’s the end of November and the holidays are fast approaching! It is finally time to start getting the presents ready to give out to our families and friends. In this post I wanted to share a quick and very inexpensive project that is a great gift to give out during this upcoming holiday season: altered frames using the Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland collection.

The idea came about when I saw these chipboard frames at my local Michael’s store. And to my surprise they were only $1.00! I picked up a few to alter into a mixed media project.

Step One:

I painted my frames using regular craft paints. I picked black and gold colors as my base to make the images pop out more.

Step two:

I used gesso, stencils and other mixed media mediums to add dimension my frames.

Step three:

I used fuzzy cut images from the collection to decorate my frames. As you can see the Poinsettias are my absolute favorite image from this collection.

Step four:

I adhered all my images using foam tape to add extra dimension.

Step Five:

I added other elements like wood pieces, gold stems and die cut leaves to add extra interest.

And here is the finished product!

I loved the result so much that created two different ones to give out as presents. I still can not decide yet which one is my favorite. For the first one I added a peace wood sign.

And for the second, I used a Merry Christmas wood shape.

In no time I had both my frames ready to give out as presents and they cost barely nothing! Thank you so much for reading and I will see you soon with more projects.

Happy Holidays!

Materials:

Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland paper collection

Chipboard Frames (Michaels)

Gesso and mediums (Prima)

 

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DIY Halloween and Fall wax melts

I have been a candle collector enthusiast for the past two years and I am happy to see my collection growing. But lately I have been bitten by the vendor wax obsession. I did not know that wax melts were so popular until recently, while watching videos online. There is a great amount of online vendors that offer products with different scents, themes, shapes, colors and sizes, so now I scour those websites looking for the latest releases, the newest shapes or seasonal ones. Now wax melts can get pricey, especially when you add shipping costs to them so I have to come up with a DIY version using half burned candles that I have leftover from my collection.

The ones I made this month are for the current holidays: Halloween and Fall, but of course the theme can be changed.

This DIY was not only cost effective, but also helped me recycle candles that were just taking space in my storage shelves.

The first step is to grab all of your supplies: different candles, disposable baking molds, silicon molds ( I get them online from Ali Express), a pot, a wax cutter (a knife will do), wax paper (easy clean up), and decoration items like glitter and sprinkles. I use these items only for my wax making so I try to find cheap disposable ones. Most of them I get at the Dollar Tree for 99 cents.

The first step is to put water to boil, and carefully insert your candle to melt. I use a plastic knife to move the wax while it’s melting to mix it faster.

Then carefully without burning yourself, start filling your molds with the melted wax. You can mix different candles to create different colors. If you want to add decoration to your shapes place them in the mold prior to filling the wax.

Then let your melts harden by drying them overnight or by placing them in the freezer for about an hour.

They will pop right out of the mold when hardened.

To create chunks with different colors I use the baking molds. First I melt one layer of wax and let it dry completely. I then use my wax cutter (Ali Express) to cut squares from it.  I then melt another color wax and use that as my base. I melt it and while is about 50% dry I place the chunks inside, and then cover with a little more wax. These molds take a little bit longer to dry as they are bigger in size.

After drying I cut my mini wax loaf into square chunks. and use bakery bags to store them( I found them at Hobby Lobby).

So here are the finished products. I liked them so much, I made different shapes and used different packaging to gift them to my friends as a fall greeting. I plan adding a wax melter and some fall decor and make little baskets. You can definitely say I am in the holiday spirit.

Thank you for reading. I’ll see you in the next post!

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Tim Holtz inspired DIY Halloween decor

Hello again! I am hoping everybody is having fun decorating their houses for the upcoming holidays. I wanted to share some of the DIY’S that I made to decorate my craft room. As you can see in my previous post, (craft room Halloween decor)  most of them are inspired by Tim holtz, but made from cardboard, paper and just some of his ephemera packs to decorate. Lets face it, buying all thosee trinkets can get costly, so here are my DIY versions:

The first item I created was a decorational tray that is now sitting on top of my typewriter. It is inspired by the configuration boxes from Tim Holtz, but mine is made with cardboard from a cereal box. The first step was to make my little boxes in different sizes ( 4×4, 2×4, and 2×2 inches). Then I played with them until I found the configuration that I wanted. I covered them with black scrapbook paper as a base. The second step was attaching all my boxes together using regular Elmer’s glue, then adding trims of paper to make the boxes more sturdy and give it a more finished look.

      

Then comes the fun part: decorating the boxes using scrapbook paper and ephemera pieces from his collection.

    

I wanted to use trinkets to add a dimensional look to my tray. I was lucky enough to find some of these trinkets on sale at Hobby Lobby.

I backed some of the ephemera pieces with cardstock and used pop up dots to raise the images.

I also used moss to add a spooky touch.

This is the finished tray and I loved it. I had lots of fun creating it!

For my second DIY I found a wood display piece at Hobby Lobby on clearance. I then painted it black so I could reuse it on other projects. I used scrapbook paper, crinkle ribbon and some metal pieces to decorate it.

   

It now sits on top of my Ikea Kallax cubes.

And the last DIY for my craft room was a simple cube display box that I made using leftover ephemera pieces from another project.

I just used a cardboard box to make a 2×2 box that I decorated with scrapbook paper. On top of it I used a wood clip from the Target Dollar Spot and used a chipboard sticker from Me & My Big Ideas (Something Wicked collection) that I had leftover from another project.

These simple pieces were so easy and fun to make, but they bring such a festive look to my craft room. I am now planning to make Christmas decorations using the same ideas.

Thank you for reading! I will see you all in the next post. Have fun creating!

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