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3x3 Craft Challenge: ATC Tags, Envelopes, & Stickers

Posted by Graphic 45 03/02/2018 17 Comment(s) Cards,Tutorials,Videos,Tags,

Hello, G45ers!

 We have an action packed blog post here for you!  So buckle up and get ready for a new edition of our 3x3 Craft Challenge.  These challenges super fun to follow, we assign three Brand Ambassadors three Graphic 45 product to use and ask that they each create a project.  So in return we get to see three amazing projects using the same materials, it is pretty genius!  This month our Brand Ambassadors were assigned to use our - Artist Trading Tags, Policy Envelopes and Stickers.  Our challengers are: Magda CortezLena Astafeva, and Pam Bray.  Let's go ahead and get this creative ride going.  


But wait, we have a few announcements.  First up, we have a new Graphic 45 - Official Community Page on Facebook.  To kick it off we will be hosting a Facebook Live Workshop on the page with Olga Heldwein tomorrow March 3rd, 2018 at 10 am PST.  Olga will be doing a step by step mixed media box tutorial.  We are looking forward to learning new tips and techniques while we play along at home.  Second, we have this week’s blog contest winner!  



The winner of this week’s blog contest is… Glenda Buster.  Glenda commented on the Window Frame with Secret Journal blog.  This is what Glenda had to say, "Beautiful window shadow box and Journal Love, love the step-by-step instructions." Thank you everyone who commented on all our social media site, we love hearing from you!  Glenda, please email to claim your prize.  


This week’s prize package included a Sun Kissed 12x12 Collection Pack, Chipboard, Ephemera Cards, and a Mixed Media Album,  a $45+ value.



Mini Birthday Album

By Magda Cortez


“Hi All… Today I’m going to share my 3x3 Craft Challenge!

As you know sometimes we like to play and we have challenges this time our challenge was 3 Graphic 45 products  --ATC Tags, Policy Envelopes and Stickers.. And I come up with this cute and easy idea we can use as a little gift for a special friend!


Mini Tag Album Video Tutorial by Magda Cortez


Its so easy.. I made a YouTube video and you can see how I did this tiny mini album.


I use this time the Raining Cats & Dogs Deluxe Paper Collection is so beautiful and I’m sure this Cat Lovers Tag Mini Album will be perfect for my cat lover friend!


To put together the envelopes I made a little pocket in the center and that way we can insert another tag..


Tip: You can use this tiny mini album as an envelope for gift cards or money holder and adding some pictures we personalize our gift!!



This is another idea how we can decorate our Tag Mini Album! It’s so easy and is a great handmade gift for that special person!


Tip: Stickers always are the perfect embellishment to give the special touch!



I hope you like the challenge! Thanks for your sweet comments and see you in the next!


Magda Cortez


Graphic 45 Supplies:

Staples - Policy Envelopes-ATC Red

Staples - Artist Trading Tags-Black

Olde Curiosity Shoppe - Deluxe Collector's Edition


Artist Trading Tags - Black

ATC Black Policy Envelopes

ATC Red Policy Envelopes

Raining Cats & Dogs - Deluxe Collector’s Edition

Olde Curiosity Shoppe - Deluxe Collector’s Edition



ATC Tags & Envelopes
By Lena Astafeva


“I’ve decorated small envelopes. Used Policy Envelopes-ATC Black, Artist Trading Tags-Black and stickers Graphic 45. It’s a pleasant surprise for the main gift. I have also included a step by step Snapguide tutorial below.” ~Lena



Graphic 45 Supplies:

Staples - Policy Envelopes-ATC Black

Staples - Artist Trading Tags-Black

Vintage Hollywood 8x8 Pad



Check out How to Envelopes by Elena Astafeva on Snapguide.

Hot to Decorate ATC Policy Envelopes for Gifts Step by Step Tutorial




Celebrate Gift Set Craft Basket

By Pam Bray

“I love making gift card sets for my family and friends when celebrating a special occasion. What better way to Celebrate but to sprinkle a bit of Fairie Dust and create a fun-filled gift set using Graphic 45 Fairie Dust along with Graphic 45 Staples, Envelopes, Tags and Stickers!” Pam


Tip: Wrap twine and ribbon around packaging to keep closed and to create a beautiful element to packages, envelopes, etc.


Graphic 45 Supplies:

Staples - Policy Envelopes-Regular Black

Staples - Celebrate-ATC Kraft Tags

Fairie Dust 12x12 Collection Pack

Other Supplies:

  • May Arts Ribbon
  • 5 x 7 White Card Stock
  • Adhesive
  • Pop Dots





  1. Adhere mats to the front of the envelope.

  2. Decorate Tag with pattern paper and border stickers. Adhere to front of the envelope.

  3. Decorate “Celebrate” tag, adhere to front of the envelope.

  4. Fussy cut 2 fairy images from pattern paper. Add to front of envelope with pop dots.

  5. Add “Make A Wish” Sticker over the tag. Add ribbon.

  6. Add border sticker to the top of the envelope along with a smaller sticker with a pop dot. Tie twine around flap and envelop. Tie bow next to pop dot sticker to hold envelope closed.


  7. Create a 3 ½” x 5” gift card holder to match gift envelope. Add a gift card to pocket and place inside.


Yes!  That is how you do a Friday, jam-packed full of fast-moving action, complete with a video, a Snapguide tutorial, and step by step directions.  Thanks to our amazing designers for sharing their process and creative talents, and to you for taking the ride with us!  We hope you are ready to head out on your own creative adventure and try our some of these new techniques.  If you are looking to get your hands on some Graphic 45 goodies be sure to stop into your local G45 retailer or hop on over to our online shop.  Have a great weekend and as always... 


Happy Papercrafting!

17 Comment(s)

Anne McIntosh:
03/02/2018, 12:35:16 PM

WOWZERS! I'm overwhelmed with talent! All three of these ladies did a wonderful job with the challenge. It's hard to pick my favorite, so I won't. All three of them are my favorites! What a great Friday!

Sue MacFall:
03/02/2018, 12:58:01 PM

You spoil us with all these wonderful projects to inspire us. What great crafters these ladies are, thank you all.

Regina Harrison:
03/02/2018, 01:00:46 PM

Nice projects to get me motivated for crafting this weekend:)

Sandy Trefger:
03/02/2018, 01:30:31 PM,

Oh wow! Love all three of these different projects using the same basic Graphic 45 products! So fun! I love the 3x3 challenges for the Brand Ambassadors!

Michele Lewis:
03/02/2018, 02:24:16 PM

These three creations are all as original and beautiful as there creators! This would be an awesome project to share with your child or grandchild too!! So quick and easy, but so lovely! Thank you ladies!

03/02/2018, 03:29:26 PM,

wow wonderful project, all of them are so beautiful and therefor difficult to choose. But since we need to give an opinion on witch one, I choose Magda Cortez, because I love her idea for the gift card holder.

03/02/2018, 03:36:13 PM

I LOVE all the variety in using the same basic elements with different collections! The final projects are beautiful and the artists videos enable those of us less creative to surprise ourselves. Thank you Graphic 45 for your wonderful papers and designs!

Janet Ingraham:
03/02/2018, 04:59:09 PM

All so awesome!!!

Arianna Barbara:
03/03/2018, 04:02:00 AM

Wonderful projects! Great artists!!! Congrats to Glenda!!!

Jan Ross:
03/03/2018, 09:17:22 AM

So inspiring - and all three projects are innovative and would be a treasure to anyone to receive. Thanks for your great ideas and tutorials

03/03/2018, 04:56:17 PM

I just love all the imagination that is shown here!!! It's so very inspiring!

Shannon Dario:
03/05/2018, 09:54:18 AM

Love little ideas for quick gifts and these are so pretty!

Sharon Gullikson:
03/05/2018, 10:21:40 AM

The mini album with kitties on it is just so cute. It give me ideas for my own pet album that I am in the middle of making. I have never made an album before, so any and all ideas help me. Thanks.

Mala pather:
03/05/2018, 09:15:07 PM

I have just made 3 x 3 cards and envelope sets-they were nothing like the ones here! Every time I think I have found my favourite graphic 45 range a new range is out!!! Love this range.

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