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October 29, 2013

Happy Times With Handmade Cards

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Hello G45ers,

Beautiful Autumn afternoons are the perfect time to make a cup of tea and settle in for some quality crafting time! This is the perfect time of year to send some joy in the mail by creating a beautiful handmade card. Today we're going to share some marvelous ideas for handmade cards. You'll see a bright and cheerful Mother Goose card by Anne Rostad. Then Clare Charvill will share her fun and festive 12 Days of Christmas Card and tutorial. Cards are so much fun to create and they are the perfect way to brighten the day of a friend or family member. Lets get inspired with these fabulous works of art!

We begin by saying a quick hello to all of our friends on the Graphic 45 Facebook page! If you want the latest news on Graphic 45 products, daily inspiration and a way to connect with your fellow G45ers and upload your Graphic 45 creations, then check out the Graphic 45 Facebook page! Here is a gorgeous card that Helen Philips recently uploaded to our Facebook page! This lovely card features our new 12 Days of Christmas collection. It definitely captures the spirit of the holiday season with its pretty paper layers, festive ribbon and fussy cut elements. We encourage you all to check out the Graphic 45 Facbeook page for fun and fabulous inspiration!

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Graphic 45 Helen Philips 12 Days of Christmas Card

And now it's time for some more card-making bliss! We begin with Anne's amazing Mother Goose card. This is just perfect for any occasion. Our Mother Goose collection is especially perfect for children's crafts and gifts! This card would be absolutely marvelous for a child's birthday or other special occasion. Anne had a lot of fun fussy cutting and layering the bright and beautiful papers of Mother Goose. Here she explains how she created this joyful card. Take it away, Anne!

Made this card from the new beautiful Mother Goose 12 x 12  collection from Graphic 45. Fussy cut out the images and used Zig pen on the edges and Claudine Hellmuth Multi Matte over to make them sturdy and durable. This card is 9 1/2 x 4 and for the base I used the last page in the 12 x 12 collection. Made this card for a little girl and there is place for a short version of the story inside so hope she will think it is fun to look at.


The top can fold out and closes with a magnet. Layered some of the images with 3D pop dots. Cut out 9 1/5 x 8. Score at 4. Glue on decor paper and the image and cut around the top image.







Inside of the flap and on the other side there is a tag and on the backside a message can be written.




Backside of the tag.







Mother Goose 12 x 12 papers, Score pal, black Zig pen, Claudine Hellmuth Multi matte, Kai embroidery scissor, Glossy Accent and Scotch quick dry glue


Wow, wasn't that fun?! Now it's time for some holiday inspiration with Clare! Here is her marvelous 12 Days of Christmas card that is sure to get you in the holiday spirit. This card has such a classic look and it's very fun and easy to create! Follow along with Clare's wonderful tutorial to create this timeless work of art for someone you love this holiday season. Take it away, Care!

This is quite minimalist card but I wanted it to showcase the beautiful poinsettias from the 12 Days of Christmas papers and Spellbinders dies we were sent in our last design team package.  This is a great way to make your paper collection go a long way. 

  12 Day of C Card Graphic 45 Clare Charvill tutorial holiday gift


Cor’Dinations Darks signature series G45

8 x 8 12 Days of Christmas - Pear Tree paper

12 x 12 12 Days of Christmas - Golden Rings paper (poinsettia’s)

12 x 12  12 Days of Christmas Turtle Dove paper (holly leaves)

Cream Card from the back of the 12 x 12 paper pad

12 Days of Christmas Cling 2

Spellbinders Decorative Labels 28

May Arts red ribbon

Gold Art Glitter

Xyron Adhesive dots and double sided tape

Vintage Photo Distress Ink

Glossy Accents


Here’s how I made it if you d like to make one yourself. 

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Take a green 12 x 12 paper from the Cor’dinations darks collection and cut a card base that measures 7” x 10”. Score at the 5” mark along the longer edge, fold and crease. Take the cream paper form the back of your 12 x 12 pad and cut a mat that measures 6 ¾” x  4 ¾”.  Ink the edges lightly, position and stick into place on the front of your card base.

Now take a piece of 8 x 8 Pear Tree paper, and with the lighter side facing you cut two strips from the bottom of the paper.  The first measures 6” x 1” and the second 6” x 1 ¼”.  Mat them on two pieces of the green Cor’dinations paper allowing 1/8” border around all edges.  Stick pieces together, position o your card with the wider piece at the top  (see picture) 

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Now for the sentiment.  Take the 12 Days of Christmas sentiment stamp, and stamp out on your cream card.  Take your chosen spellbinder dies, and using the smaller frame position over the sentiment and cut out.  Then cut out the larger die cut from green card. Mount the sentiment onto the backing mat using 3 dimensional dots or tape and then position and stick to your card

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Next, cut out the poinsettias from the corner of the 12 x 12 golden rings paper and the holly leaves from the corners of the 12 x 12 Turtle Dove paper. Pic 4.  Using a ball tool or similar turn over the pieces and curl the points of the leaves and flowers to lift them and give some dimension.  Then turn them back the right was and shape the centre of the poinsettias so that the petals lift.  Ink all the edges to remove the white core of the paper.

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Working on opposite corners of yur card put dimensional dots on the back of your poinsettias and holly sprays, position and stick down. 

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For the inside cut a cream mat 6 ¾” x 4 ¾”, ink the edges.  Mat a 6” x 2” piece of Pear Tree paper on green card, add another poinsettia shaped as shown above. Position and stick into place to finish off your card. Highlight the centre of the poinsettias with a little gold glitter, and the holly berries with glossy accents.  I hope you have loads of fun making your Christmas cards this year.

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One more quick announcement! We wanted to wish a very happy birthday to Arlene Cuevas today! Yes, today is Arlene's birthday and we hope that she has an incredible day. We are so happy to have Arlene's amazing talent on our Design Team. She is fabulous and we hope her day is filled with fun and lots of delicious cake. Happy Birthday, Arlene!

That's all for today, G45ers. We hope you had a lot of fun! There's a very special blog planned for you tomorrow so we hope you'll come back and see us. Huge thanks to Anne and Clare for their splendid crafts today. It is always such a joy for us to share the inspiration with all of you G45ers! Thank you so very much for stopping by our blog. We wish you all a very happy, crafty day!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45



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Happy Birthday to Arlene Cuevas today! LOVED both the cards...another example of extraordinary creativity by two great artists!! LOVE G45!!

Lovely cards today!

Fun Projects. I might do something for the Holidays soon. But I keep procrastinating.

Beautiful cards! I may have to make some cards using those collections :)

Wonderful cards today! G45 papers are gorgeous!

BEautiful cards. I especially love the last one. I love how the poinsettias look.

Amazing Christmas paper!! The cards are soooo beautiful!!! Very creative! Thanks for all the wonderful ideas!!! Happy crafting.

Would love to try my hand at making these.

Happy Birthday Arlene

Beatiful cards. The frist one is so unique.
I love the 12 days of Christmas paper and this card is so elegant.

Great ideas for cards today! Thanks for the inspiration!

Gorgeous cards and gorgeous papers. Love all your products and thanks for the tutorial!

lovely cards as always, thank you for the tutorials..

Happy Birthday Arlele! Lovely cards today. Thanks.

I just love this paper collection; what a beautiful card and keep those tutorials coming

Beautiful cards!

Love the twelve days of Christmas!

I better get going with my Christmas cards. Thanks for the inspiration.

What wonderful cards!! :))

Lovely cards!

Time to get serious about Christmas cards. Thanks for the ideas.


Happy Birthday, Arlele. Thank you for the inspiration you have given us. I really love the cards for today.

There are a fantastic projects!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ARLENE! You are such a talented lady. I hope you enjoy the day of your birth!!!

Love the cards! Thanks for the tutorial!!



I knew it was Ann's card as soon as I saw it. She dose such great work and I love following her work.

Happy Birthday Arlene! Beautiful cards today - I love the 12 days of Christmas papers.

Oh my gosh, amazing cards, I love them all

Happy Birthday Arlene!
Amazing cards today. Thanks for sharing.

Beautiful cards! Can't wait to try some!

Beautiful cards! Thanks for the tutorial, so fun to learn new techniques.


Happy Birthday to Arlene !
Awesome cards, that Mother Goose is too cute!! Those fussy cute flowers are gorgeous ... so love the Graphic 45 Inspiration !

Lovely cards. Beautiful papers as always! ; )

Clare and Anne, thank you both for sharing your lovely cards.
Anne, the simple yet unique card you created has inspired me to look outside the box for fun ways to make a card.
Clare, I appreciate the tasteful use of the papers & dies to make an elegant card.

The simple colors and addition of dimension will make those cards stand out among any collection!

Such Beautiful and inspiring cards. Love them all.

Brilliant inspiration. Happy birthday Arlene x

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