Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas Emporium: Graphic45

May Arts & Graphic45 are teaming up again- and you know that means fun, inspiration, and giveaways! :) I've got 2 projects to share today, the first is this ornament using 'A Christmas Carol' paper. This was inspired by a sheet music ornament made by Camie, of The Paper Muse. (If you live anywhere near Sumner, WA you should stop in for inspiration & to pick up your favorite May Arts ribbon and Graphic45 products!)
To create this, I fan folded the sheet & inserted crepe paper in the folds. (make sure you run your adhesive the entire length, or the ones that aren't attached fall out during the cutting part- don't ask me how I know this.)
 The crepe paper was a little too white, so I distressed it with ink.
 I then cut through all the layers.
 You can see I ended up cutting those lines deeper & gently started to spread it apart.
 I hot glued it (hard to see here) to a punched piece of cardstock. (you can always click on the pics for an enlarged view!)
For the center I cut several pieces of silver metallic string & hot glued them to a small punched circle.
Then I frayed them out a bit!
I added a bit more that I didn't fray, topped with a silver star & a chipboard element from Christmas Emporium Tags 1.
 A piece of 5/8" black satin pleats for the hanger, fluff to your liking & you're done!
My next project is a gift card type of holder. I used 'Under the Mistletoe' paper. I was wrapping tickets, so I measured the insert & added some room on each side- it ended up 7" wide. I scored at 4" & 8.25". (I hope that makes sense! Overall it is 7"x4.25")
I lightly tacked ivory velvet ric-rac & sheer box pleats to the underside of the flap & machine sewed them in place. I then machine sewed around the whole outside. Another chipboard element from A Christmas Emporium Tags 1 is threaded with ivory solid/wrinkle ribbon.
Because I didn't want the project torn apart while the recipient was fishing around for the gift, I added this ribbon pull.
A piece of satin/grosgrain double band ribbon machine stitched to hold the gift in place makes an easy & beautiful pull!
Here's a list of all the designers participating from Graphic45 & May Arts:

Monday, December 12th

Jane Tregenza - www.janetregenza.blogspot.com
JackandCat Curio - jackandcatcurio.blogspot.com
Candy Rosenberg - http://candyscraps.typepad.com/scraps/
Latrice Murphy - http://www.latricemurphy.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, December 13th

Laura Denison - www.followingthepapertrail.blogspot.com
Charlene Driggs - http://www.paperandinkplayground.com/
Melaine Forbes - www.melanie-forbes.blogspot.com
Jen Shears  <--------------------that's me! :)

Wednesday, December 14th
Yuka Hino - http://nsnlso.blogspot.com/
Jenifer Cowles - http://scrapbooking-n-more.com/default.aspx
Gloria Stengel - www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com
Jingle - http://www.justjingle.blogspot.com/

Thursday, December 15th


Sherry Cheever - http://sherrycheever.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/
Britta Swiderski - http://brittaswiderski.com/
Hilde Janbroers - http://hildejanbroers.blogspot.com/
Karen Baker - http://thebalddragonfly.blogspot.com/

Friday, December 16th


Kimberly Jones - http://serendipityvintagestudio.blogspot.com/
Nancy Wethington - http://art-from-the-heart.typepad.com
Peggy Cain - http://www.createwithbubbe.blogspot.com/
Nicole Eccles - www.NicoleEccles.blogspot.com
Vera Yates www.lingshappyplace.blogspot.com/

Thank you to Graphic45 for the beautiful products to use! I hope you've been inspired!
Now make sure to leave a comment here- and then head to the other designers & leave comments there to increase your chance at winning some goodies!!! :D

I'll add this to Jay Gee's Challenge too- they both fit the inspiration!!! :)
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125 comments:

  1. Great use of the G45 paper, luv the wreath and am now inspired to create a gift card holder. Thank you

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  2. Oh my word, can tell you how much I love that ornament? It is so beautiful, so striking, so vintage and everything wonderful in between. Love both the projects you've shared today!!!!

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  3. Both of your projects are so clever and beautiful!

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  4. Love the ornament and the gift card holder. TFS!

    Sheron N

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  5. Wow, very nice. So many neat ideas on this blog hop. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Great cardholder and ornaments. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Loved looking at your projects for today. My favorite is the ornament. It was very pretty and vintage. E.Valencia

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  8. what a fun ornament...so clever...love it..

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  9. The velvet and pleats on the ticket holder really make it look much more special then the holders I make. Maybe I'll go back and see if I can add something like that to some of mine.

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  10. beautiful stuff!!! I feel the urge to go craft!

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  11. Love your projects.
    cstephenson at q dot com

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  12. Great projects, love these G45 papers.

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  13. Very neat projects, Jen! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Great projects! Loved that little ornament, and the ticket holder in the mini is such a great idea! Thanks!

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  15. Love the ornament I can't wait to try it out.

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  16. Great ideas, Jen, and I love that ornament! Thanks for sharing some great ideas with us today!

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  17. 2 Great Designs. I love ornaments and this one is really pretty. Thanks for the step by step.

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  18. Wow! Fabulous projects! Thanks for the detailed photo tutorials!! So helpful!

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  19. Your projects are so clever! Thanks for sharing!

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  20. I just love the idea! Super cute!!

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  21. That large bow is beautiful. I love the shabby antique look. I just may give it a try.

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  22. Loving the projects on this hop! TFS

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  23. Such gorgeous projects. I think I'll make a few of those gift card holders for next year's gifts. Thanks for sharing!

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  24. Gorgeous flowers, beautiful project, bravo!

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  25. Great Inspiring Ideas, can't wait to start crafting.

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  26. Love both of these

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  27. Beautiful projects Jen! You always add such lovely details to your creations! Love the sparkly string!

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  28. Two very interesting products. I think the second is especially kewl.

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  29. Great projects. Thanks so much for sharing how you did that wreath!

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  30. I really, really like how you used the ribbon pull in the gift card to hold the ticket, very creative and beautiful.

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  31. Beautiful projects! Great use of the product!

    Carol B
    ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. I just love the vintage feel of both these projects!

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  33. Wow, love these, and the ticket holder is great.... Gotta pull out my Graphic 45 paper I've got....

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  34. So pretty...love the way you used crepe and musical notes papers. cute!

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  35. I loved the ticket holder. That would be wonderful to receive.
    Mo Rogers

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  36. great projects! thanks for sharing your ideas!

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  37. Loving your project. Thank you

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  38. Fantastic projects, especially in love with your ornament!

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  39. I love that wreath and plan to make some myself. The card is also beautiful. Happy Holidays!

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  40. Great ideas but just LOVED the flower you made. Great way to use my favorite text paper to decorate my tree. Mary Werner

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  41. Just love the little gift holder! Thanks!

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  42. Both your projects are fantastic but I especially love the ornament. Thanks for the tutorial on how to make it.

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  43. I love both of your ideas. Thanks for sharing

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  44. I'm blog hopping and it's all stupendous!! Your project are great!!

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  45. nice projects!
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  46. I love love love this ornament, I will be making a bunch for the tree this year. your projects are so nice, thanks for the inspiration.

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  47. Very clever way of holding the tickets...too cute!!!!

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  48. I am so in love with your gorgeous star and what a great technique. Ingenious gift card holder teamie...love it!!

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  49. What a great two for one! Love the ornament and use of ribbon on the card holder.

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  50. Oh, great projects!

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  51. Love your ornament! Thank you for the great tutorial as well... :-)

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  52. Both of these are fabulous projects, but that ornament just knocks my socks off!

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  53. I love your idea for you ornament and folder. I really love working with paper and ribbons. My tree has home made all over it every year. Thanks for sharing.

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  54. Love your projects. Lots of work, France

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  55. Don't really use ribbons with any of my crafts; I will now... LOL. I like the gift card holder.

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  56. Your ornament is so pretty, that paper was a great choice. Great gift card holder too.

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  57. Very clever use of the paper...love the book too...

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  58. great project thanks for sharing
    -jamie
    babyblueangel_30@yahoo.com

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  59. Great idea! Love it!

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  60. Love both of the projects ther Graphic 45 and May arts ribbon are just beautiful together. TFS
    Debbie
    http://craftywizard.blogspot.com
    debbie_craine at hot mail dot com

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  61. I love the look of the paper ornament. Nice work!

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  62. Your little ornament is so vintage looking. Gorgeous!
    I like your pretty card holder. It makes it nice to present GC, money or tickets in a such pretty holder.
    Thanks for sharing! :)

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  63. Wonderful projects. Thank you!

    Sara T

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  64. Two stunning projects Jen. Love the idea for the little wreath ornament, and the gift holder is perfect.... Hugs x

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  65. Love the ornament. I can see using this for a package decoration, sort of a bow replacement! Thanks

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  66. cool projects!! thanks for sharing! we will definitely be making that ornament!

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  67. LOVE the ornament and the card holder.

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  68. Thos two project are very unique and beautiful! Love it.

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  69. That flower is stunning - gotta make one or 50 of them!!!

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  70. Fabulous projects, but I really love the ornament! Easy to make but stunning! Can't wait to make some of them!

    JamieH

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  71. Great projects, but that vintage ornament stole the show!! LOVE the papers and that silver metallic string!! FAB FAB FAB:)

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  72. Two fun projects...looking forward to trying them out!

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  73. Wonderful projects and thanks for the tutorial ;)

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  74. i love the fluffy wreath/flower! thank you for sharing. rush88888 at gmail dot com

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  75. Thanks for the tutorial of the ornament. And the inspiration for the card holder.

    Love Marianne

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  76. Thank you for so much inspiration. Loved that paper flower.

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  77. Wow, these are just beautiful!! LOVE the graphic 45 mixed with the ribbon!

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  78. that ornament is spectacular! what a great idea.

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  79. Love both projects. Thanks for sharing!

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  80. Love this and I have all the stuff to make it! I'm new in this papercrafting world and am loving every minute.

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  81. I love that ornament, so pretty!! I may make one for my kiddos teachers this year! Thank you for sharing!!

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  82. Hi Jen,Love both of your ideas and will attempt to make both.

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  83. Love the ornament and git card holder!

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  84. Awesome job. Love your work.. TFS
    rj

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  85. Fantastic project. Love the little flower technique. I'll be using that for sure!

    Mary

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  86. Oh what a darling star!!!! and the gift holder is sooooooo CUTE!!!! I will have to look into doing some of these for Christmas..

    Thank you for sharing your talents with me...

    May you have a WONDERFUL HOLIDAY SEASON!!!

    Karen
    armmymommy05.yahoo.com@gmail.com

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  87. Both projects are great, love how you frayed the metallic ribbon for the ornament and the gift holder is also wonderful.

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  88. Jaime Gildemeister (gildemonster@ameritech.net)December 14, 2011 at 7:33 AM

    I love both of these projects! I will for sure have to make the ornament!

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  89. Just stunning and loved your instructions for doing the gift card holder. Thank you for sharing your talent with all of us on the blog hop!

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  90. I love your ticket holder, great idea, the ribbon pull. The ornament is so pretty I may have to make a few of those.
    thank you.
    sdenimandlace1@aol.com

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  91. Love both of your projects! The ornament is very cute.

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  92. You are such a talented gal! I love looking at your projects!

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  93. Love this gift card holder and we ALL use them now. I need 2 for gifts going out tomorrow. Great Timing!!!

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  94. Gorgeous project and thanks for the detail on the creation!

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  95. Love this idea! Your projects are just beautiful!

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  96. These are gorgeous! I love the flower!

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  97. Wow, love both of your projects, gorgeous and very creative!
    Crafty Holiday Hugs,
    Pendra
    pendrasplace.blogspot.com

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  98. I keep coming back to these flowers and imagining ways to make them and use them.

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  99. I really like both projects. I need to make a few gift card holders. Thanks for sharing!

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  100. I absolutely without a doubt just love your flower! It's fantastic! I am definately going to try and emulate this to some degree. Great job. The card holder is fantastic as well, but that flower is a knockout! Thanks for sharing :)

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  101. Love the ornament - the pictures make it easy to follow - thanks!

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  102. excellent use of both G45's great papers and May Arts ribbons - thanks for sharing the how to's.

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  103. The flower is full & luscious! Great project.

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  104. What wonder projects! I will have to try the gift card holder. janiceaeschliman.blogspot.com

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  105. Just Beautiful! You are so talented! I can't wait to try this!

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  106. Let's try this again...
    Love your work my talented friend! You make it look so easy breezy!
    Love the ornament! What flare!

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  107. Love the ornament.
    IT IS A UNIQUE AND BEAUTIFUL PROJECT

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  108. Both projects are beautiful Jen and thanks for the wonderful tutorial. So glad you linked these up to Jay Gee's :)

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  109. I don't know which I liked the best, the wreath or the ticket holder. You did a fabulous job on both!

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  110. Beautiful projects Jen! I liked them both!

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  111. Both projects are beautiful. Thanks for sharing the tip on the crepe paper in the rosette. Have a Merry Christmas.

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  112. Love Love Love both of these projects...seriously. Thanks for the tutorial as well...great job :)

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  113. Gorgeous ornament, Jen! And love how you created the gift card holder!

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