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August 21, 2013

Happy Greetings With Handmade Cards


Hello G45ers,

Remember that wonderful feeling of elation when you come home to find a wonderful card or letter in the mail from a friend or family member? Cards are so much fun to receive and they can really make your day! Why not share the love by creating a pretty handmade card for someone you love! Graphic 45 papers and Staples offer so many unique options for creating the perfect handmade treasure! Today we're going to explore three fantastic ideas for all-occasions cards. You'll see a bright and happy Bohemian Bazaar card by Romy Veul. Then Denise Hahn will share a whimsical 12 Days of Christmas Card. We also have a delightfully versatile tag card featuring Mother Goose by Denise Johnson! With so many amazing cards, you're sure to find the perfect creation to inspire you. Are you ready for some fun, G45ers? Lets get to it!

We begin with this cheerful Bohemian Bazaar card by Romy. There are so many incredible designs and bright colors in this fun collection. It's just perfect for cards! Romy created pretty paper layers and added some fun fussy cut elements and pretty Chipboards to give this card beautiful dimension. This happy creation is sure to plant a smile on the face of someone you love! Here is what Romy had to say about it.

"I really love the Bohemian Bazaar collection, because of its bright colours and festive patterns. I had so much fun making a bright and happy card with these papers." -Romy

Bohemian Bazaar card, Romy Veul, Graphic 45, gift

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Patterned papers: Bohemian Bazaar, Opulent Sunset

Bohemian Bazaar 8x8 Pads

Bohemian Bazaar Chipboard 1

Next up is this enchanting 12 Days of Christmas card by Denise Hahn. This gorgeous new collection offers so many gorgeous options for cardmaking. This elegant card does have a pretty Christmas look but it's also perfect for any occasion. Here Denise gives some wonderful tips on how she created this exquisite card. Follow along to create your own 12 Days of Christmas treasure! Take it away, Denise

I can’t help it, I am a lover of pink and baby blue for Christmas! You can imagine my joy when I saw the latest Christmas collection from G45, 12 Days of Christmas. I immediately fell in love with Christmas Rose. I usually like to have the paper in hand to pick out my favorites, but the second I scrolled to this print when it was previewed on the blog- it was love at first sight! Here are some tips for creating a card like this one


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I created a spine to tie the ribbon on, that way the card opens easliy. Do this by scoring ½ inch in from your center fold-then run adhesive in the middle to secure. Punch holes and run your ribbon.


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I accordion folded some crepe paper then I ran tacky glue under the cut out. Lay the crepe over the glue-then flip it over and “pull and push” to create the wavy ruffle look. The tacky glue gives you working time. After it dries-use your finger to add glue to crepe edge and sprinkle on glitter.


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Use coordinating color scraps to make the snowflakes- I use my Xyron Create A Sticker- Place snowflake right side down and run through. Sprinkle with glitter. When duplicating embellishments I always use an odd number, so 3 flakes for this card.


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Since Graphic 45 papers are double sided I almost always do this border punch technique on card edges- that way the reverse coordinating backside peeks through.


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Christmas Rose #4500724

Holly and Ivy #4500730

Graphic 45 Core’dinations matching Cardstocks

Ribbon- May Arts

Ink- Clearsnap Donna Salazar Mixed Media Inx Schoolhouse

Glitter- Stampendous Ultra Fine Blue

Xyron Mega Runner ½ inch permanent Adhesive and Xyron 2.5 inch Sticker Maker

Border Punch- Fiskars

Snowflake Punch- Martha Stewart

Crepe Paper


Next we have a very clever card idea from Denise Johnson! This sweet Mother Goose card was made using the Graphic 45 Large Tag Album Staples and it has a wonderfully versatile design. It's a card and a tag in one! Just look at those fun colors and charming designs from Mother Goose. Pretty paper layers mingle with fussy cut elements, pretty ribbon and magnificent Graphic 45 Staples! This fantastic creation has a lot of great uses as Denise explains in this fun description.


"Create this clever slider card using Mother Goose Papercrafting Paper for almost any occasion. I added a fussy cut baby image, however, you can add any image or cut design to adapt to any theme. The beautiful color palette infused in this collection is so versatile, mix and match the patterns to your hearts content! The design of this card is pretty AND functional! Perfect for: party invites- maps and RSVP inserts can easily be tucked inside. Announcements- photos and greetings safely make the journey to your recipients" -Denise Johnson


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Graphic 45- Mother Goose 12 x 12 Papercrafting Paper

Graphic 45- Staples Alphabet Stickers

Graphic 45- Staples Ornate Metal Label Holder  

Graphic 45- Large Tag Album (one tag)

May Arts Ribbon

Mini Brads

Mini Paper Clip

Mini ABC letters (Carolee’s Creations)

Distress Ink and Tool

Medium Circle Punch

Standard Hole Punch

3-D Foam Adhesive

Printed Greeting, photo, invitation, etc.



We've got one more very special treat for you G45ers today! Miranda Edney of our Design Team is being featured on today's Papercrafters Library blog! Here is a sneak peek of the beautiful Steampunk Spells project that she created for today's fun feature! Hop on over to the Papercrafters Library blog to see this amazing creation in its entirety and learn more about Miranda's incredible style! You're going to love it!





We hope today's blog gave you all some fantastic inspiration for creating your own handmade card for someone you love. We all have people in our lives who could use a happy reminder that they are loved and appreciated. A handmade card with your favorite Graphic 45 collection would be the perfect way to show that you care! Big thanks to Romy, Denise Hahn and Denise Johnson for their incredible work today. We want to thank you all for joining us. Please stop by and see us tomorrow for more joyful inspiration and fun! Enjoy your day, G45ers!


Happy Papercrafting!


Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Thank you for the wealth of inspiration today. I love the use of crepe paper on the Christmas card!

Super cute cards, I just love making cards too. Bummer I clicked on the link to see the steampunk spells project and it isn't anywhere to be found on the blog page. Wonder if it is a sign I'm getting old when I can't figure out computers anymore. lol Hope she posts it on your ning site or fb.

Great projects today. Wasn't able to see the steampunk spells project but then I noticed they hadn't posted todays blog yet :) so will check back later

I'm definitely going to use the crepe paper idea. I love the colours of this card and indeed all of the cards

Very impressive.......Love them

As always, just beautiful creations from some very talented designers! LOVE G45!!


What great cards! I get so inspired that I just want to make them all - at the same time! :<) Your collections are so beautiful! Wishing you a happy day!


Barbara Diane

thank you for the great inspiration!

denise Hahn's card is exquisite, and the Mother Goose tag/card is also well done!

I love all the projects. The baby shower invite is really cute. I have a baby shower coming up in October and that would be perfect for the invitations. Hope the paper is out by then.

lovely designs ladies, great showcasing by all and denise hahn's work is lovely

Wow these are great projects ladies. Have to say my fav is the Christmas one.

Very cute cards!! Loving all the projects and I thank you for inspiring me everyday!!

Beautiful cards today... Fav today is the Christmas one!

mmmm! Such wonderful projects! Thanks for sharing all this "wonderfulness" with us.

Gorgeous cards today!! And that invitation tag from Denise is sooo adorable! I checked out Miranda's project and it's amazing, as usual!! Beautiful work, ladies!!

Love all of todays creations .. and WOW Miranda's project is amazing .. Love G45 and their wonderful team :)

sweet projects!

What fantastic projects! I would love to try making all three!

Thanks for the inspiration. :)

I would most definitely love to open my mailbox and open any three of these cards!! Fantastic work designers!

Such lovely inspiration :) Love seeing what you have in store for us each day.

Beautiful card!

Such generosity to offer us these creative ideas plus giveaways; Graphic 45, you are the best. I am so inspired by today's information & send a big Thank You.

Once again beautiful projects. The Christmas card is stunning.

O my what great cards! Thank you for sharing.

Crepe paper, who would have thought? Love all these projects, especially the Christmas card!

Very nice! I'm inspired. I'm going to my craftroom....NOW!

Beautiful cards!! Graphic 45 has the most fabulous paper collections
!!! I love Miranda's Steampunk Spells printers tray!!


Thank you @-}--

Really nice cards!! At first I thought that the Bohemian was kind of colorful but it is really nice for cards! What was I thinking... I actually once heard someone say they did not like Graphic 45. How could that be? Thank goodness I only heard that once.

What great cards! I love the bold colors of Bohemian Bazaar! They really make you take notice of whatever project you use them on!
The Christmas card is awesome! Love the way you made the spine for the ribbon.
Mother Goose is a collection that I see myself buying many sets of. I have so many ideas for this collection! I am going to decorate my granddaughter's room using this collection! Thanks for all the inspiration and I will see you tomorrow!

Wonderful cards made with beautiful paper!

Love the ladies dancing card with the crepe paper ruffle. Just beautiful.


I love when you feature greeting cards. these are exquisite.

Everything is so lovely, thanks for sharing with us.

Lovely cards!

Great projects. Love the Christmas card with the pink "crepe" which I thought was ribbon on the Facebook page.

The cards are gorgeous! Bohemian Bazaar has to be my favorite among all the goods and greats Graphic 45 has to offer.

I love the dimension on the 12 Days of Christmas card....the crepe paper looks lovely!
Bohemian Bazaar is definitely one of my all-time favorite G45 collections. All of that color just makes me happy!!

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