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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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WOW!!!! These projects are so beautiful! I don't feel like I ordered enough paper. Maybe 2 full sets of each would make me feel better about using them....not that I have any room for more paper, but that's not going to stop me. LOL

The Christmas card is beautiful! Thanks for the reminder that it's time to get busy, busy, busy!

Everything is so beautiful here ! The colors in this year's Christmas collection are so cheerful !

More super projects from Graphic 45!
Just lovely!
Love all your papers, especially the Raining Cats and Dogs!

fantastic projects....

Love the traditional red and green in Twas the Night Before Christmas. Great projects.

I love Christmas projects, and these are wonderful. Thank you!

I absolutely love all of your projects and the Raining Cats and Dogs Collection is one of my all time favs! I would be thrilled if I won this collection- thanks for the opportunity!!

Beautiful Projects as Usual ;)
Would LOVE to W I N the Raining Cats & Dogs Giveaway!!!!
T H A N K S Graphic 45!!! :)

I wish I had unlimited time to try all of the wonderful ideas you post on this blog.

Gorgeous! This is truly a piece of Art!

Beautiful projects!


I love the card and will have to try making it!

What a beautiful mini album in a box. I am inspired to make one. Love the card and envelope to match. The Graphic 45 papers coordinate so well and I love all the images that I can cut out and embellish with. Thanks G45.

Beautiful Christmas projects. Thank you for sharing.

Изумительно-щедрый выигрыш!

Darling pop-up card and great tutorial pics. G45 rocks.

Beautiful box with mini - so pretty. The card is gorgeous.

Beautiful projects!

This Christmas collection is just delightful. I think I'll have to grab some for myself :)

Ginger's Mini Album in a box is just so beautiful! Can't wait to try this one. Thanks for the video Ginger.

Annette's pop-up card is so bright and beautiful. It made me smile! Thanks for the instructions Annette. I will be making your card!

I so love "Raining Cats and Dogs". One of my favorite releases (I guess they are all my favorites, but this line speaks to my heart). I would love making an album and putting in the hundreds of pictures of all of our pets; those who I believe are in Heaven waiting for us, and, our current dogs Buddy our Silky Terrier, and Bella Rose, my Coton de Tulear.

Thanks for giving all of us crafter's a chance to win!

6 weeks??? Now that is scary! It's going to be a Graphic 45 Christmas around here. I've made many awesome gifts using the beautiful collections through the year. If I were to win this fabulous giveaway, it would make my Christmas complete. Todays Christmas projects are stunning!

Love both the treasure box and the card. Very festive!!!!!!!!!

I love all the project ideas. I need to get started on my Christmas cards. Only 6 weeks, yikes! The G45 paper makes it so much fun! I would LOVE to win some things, anything!


Six Weeks????????? You're scaring me! I need more time. Every year, I say I am going to start earlier but never do. I guess I think September is early enough ... might have to rethink that.

GREAT giveaway and I would love to be the new owner. I lust after everything G45. Y'all ROCK.

Lovely projects!!! I especially like the card.

I'm happy to report that I've finished my Christmas cards, tags and gift holders using both Twas the Night Before Christmas and 12 Days of Christmas G45 collections! I'm so proud of myself, LOL. The G45 Christmas papers are PERFECT!

Today's projects are gorgeous, and I love the stepped-out details. Raining Cats and Dogs a favorite.

Amazing giveaway and great tutorial.

these 2 craftings are so wonderful! Thank you for the tutes!!! It's the small details that make them spectacular.

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