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November 13, 2014

It's 6 Weeks Until Christmas!

Night before christmas mini

We did not mean to shock you with this blog title, G45ers - we cannot believe it ourselves! In honor of 6 weeks until Christmas, we are sharing fabulous handmade ideas for the holidays! We have two glorious projects from Ginger Ropp and Annette Green that will have you singing "A Holly, Jolly Christmas!" 

Don't forget the amazing blog giveaway we have this week! You could win this $71 set of Raining Cats & Dogs! Just comment here on the blog or on Facebook to win. We'll announce the winner tomorrow, Friday, November 14.


First, we have an amazing 'Twas the Night Before Christmas mini album from the mini-master, Ginger! We adore her minis and you will love her mini album video tour below.

Night before christmas box front


Ginger's YouTube Tour

Night before christmas box front

Night before christmas box front

Night before christmas box front

Night before christmas box front

Supply List

Twas the Night Before Christmas 8x8 Paper Pad
Twas the Night Before Christmas Pockets and Tags
Twas the Night Before Christmas Chipboard Elements
Twas the Night Before Christmas Cardstock Stickers
Twas the Night Before Christmas 6x6 Patterns and Solids
Graphic 45 Book Box
Graphic 45 Staples Shabby Chic Drawer Pulls
May Arts Wide Red Silk Ribbon
Petaloo Flowers
Paper Doily from my Stah
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Walnut Stain
Tim Holtz Jump Ring Brads
Tim Holtz Mini Metal Photo Corners
Red Bling from my stah
Small Red Rose buds from my stash
Arti-Cake Christmas Santa Charm
Handmade Stick Pin

Now, enjoy this 'Twas the Night Before Christmas pop-up card tutorial from Annette! It's the perfect time to start on Christmas cards, and this is just a stunning idea!




'Twas the Night Before Christmas Pop-up Card Tutorial

The Sizzix die creates a flat card...


...which can be propped up to create a stand-up card.



Cut these pieces from Twas The Night Before Christmas with the dies in the Sizzix set.


Adhere the Happy Holly-Day piece to the inside portion of the card. Notice the half-circle tab for propping up the card later.


Close the card flat and adhere the Twas The Night Before Christmas piece to the top portion. (I’ve inked the edges of all the papers with a brown ink)


Fussy cut a few holly leaves from Happy Holly-Day, ink edges. Adhere a 6” piece of red metallic ribbon to the same length of green ribbon.


Adhere the ribbon unit to the Jolly Old Elf die-cut piece as shown.


Add lots of foam tape to the back for a solid secure layer when adhered.


Peel and stick the foam tape and adhere this unit to the card front.


Slice across the die-cut border piece (Bundle of Toys)


After inking the edges, adhere both halves to the card above and below the ribbon unit.


Cut a few strips of desired paper for the card’s inside. Use your favorite border punch for interest.


Stamp the image onto smooth ivory cardstock with any red ink. Carefully color in elements as desired.


A Gelli-Roll pen is a fun tool for adding small touches of sparkle and sheen. Color in the number 25 and around the frame.


Cut out the stamped image closely and adhere to card front with foam tape to pop it up.


Stamp the Happy Christmas sentiment with green ink onto ivory cardstock and cut out closely. Use the Gelli-Roll pen again to accent areas.


Adhere stamped cardstock to Antique Moss cardstock and cut closely around it. Adhere this unit to card base with foam tape.


Cut a 6” length of red metallic ribbon and tie into a small bow, then adhere to card as shown.


Adhere the fussy cut holly leaves, layered with foam tape to the card front as desired. For added dimension and interest, it’s fun to add a clear dimensional glue like Glossy Accents to the holly berries. This will appear clear once dry.


Adhere three small chipboard circles to the card front.


See how the glue dries shiny and clear?


The bit of sheen from the Gelli-Roll pen coordinates with the metallic ribbon nicely.


The card is finished!


And looks so pretty when propped up.


Don’t forget to make an envelope for your card. I used the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board.


Supply List


Graphic 45:

12 x 12 Twas The Night Before Christmas papers

1 sheet of 8 x 8 “Bundle of Toys” (to make envelope)

Twas the Night Before Christmas Chipboard 1

Twas the Night Before Christmas stamp set 2 by Hampton Art



Core-dinations Signature Series Cardstock for Graphic 45 (Venetian Lace & Antique Moss)

Sizzix card die: Regal Stand-ups

May Arts 1”  wide green ribbon (HN-1-16)

May Arts ¼” wide metallic red ribbon (397-14-14)

Gelli-Roll Pen

Antique Linen marker

Glossy Accents clear glue

Frayed Burlap ink pad


6 weeks - we can't wait! Here at Graphic 45, we definitely have OCD - Obsessive Christmas Disorder. Enjoy and happy holiday crafting!


Your Pals in Paper,


Graphic 45


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What a Beautiful card!

It's Raining Cats and Dogs here in Orange Park Flordia.

Great projects from these two fine ladies. Keep up the great work!!

Beautiful work from design team - great explanation on how to embellish the die-cut card.


Oh I just can't wait to try this card layout. I absolutely love it and truly am having a wonderful time with my holiday creations thanks to these blog inspirations. Thank you!

Awesome mini and pop up card!

Fabulous Christmas projects!

Love both projects! So creative and inspiring!

You always have such great inspiration and tutorials - thanks!

To receive a card like this would make anyone's day!

LOVE the card, and I'm not a cardmaker! Can't wait to try this with a lot of the newest G45 collections.

Beautiful Christmas inspiration! Thank you.

Oh how "purrfect" it would be to win this. I simply love Raining Cats and Dogs!!!

Love that beautiful card and matching envelope. Who wouldn't want to receive this in the mail??

would love to win. I simple love all of Graphic 45 paper!

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

Awesome projects.

Your raining cats and dogs is one of my favorite collections. I am a dog and cat lover and so are so many others in my family. I want to stock up on that collection for sure... I love making cards and mini albums for Christmas presents for my family..

Love pop-up cards and this one is so pretty. thanks for the explicit directions. I'll be using them.

I have been loving this collection from afar! I would love to win this giveaway. Thank you for giving us all a chance to win. You have some amazing designers this year. They never fail to come up with amazing designs on each and every blog post.

Wonderful projects!

what a wonderful project and to win the graphic 45 paper collection what a treat.

I really like the album! What a fabulous card, too. Thank you for the tutorials! And thanks for the chance to win the super awesome spectacular prize pack. :D

Wow. Really love that card!

How fun!! The album is stunning and that card us incredible!! Adding these to my must make list!! TFS!

These are such pretty projects. I love the card!
Puts you in the mood for the holidays, just in time for the cold weather.

Lovely card and
a wonderful box!
Thanks for the
great ideas.
Carla from Utah

Great Christmas projects today, and thanks for the tutorials!

Fabulous projects today!!!

Ginger this is so delicate to me.What a life long treasure you've created.Absolutely festive an adoreable.Love it so.

Awesome Christmas projects!!!!

I'm in love with everything "Ginger And G45"!! Her tutorials are so easy to understand, awesome of her to share.

What a FANTASTIC tutorial. Thanks!

I'll be honest, Christmas isn't my favourite time if year. But great ideas & tutorials here today. Can't express how happy I would be to have Raining Cats & Dogs! :)

Absolutely gorgeous ideas! Thanks for sharing such beauty with us!

Cannot believe that Christmas is so close. Time to get crafting. Thanks again for the wonderful inspiration.

I've had such fun explaining that phrase, "Raining Cats and Dogs," to my grandkids. Kids are so literal...lots of shared laughter. I can just see a mini featuring photos of my grandkids. Loved both of today's projects!! Thanks!

Ginger's mini albums are always great

the card and envelope are great. so many ideas, so little time.

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