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Winter Wonderland Layouts & Cards

Posted by Graphic 45 08/25/2017 28 Comment(s) Layouts,Cards,

Hello, G45ers!

We are beginnning to ship our latest collections to a store near you today so keep a look out for Winter Wonderland and Penny's Paper Doll Family to show up in the next couple weeks. In celebration of that, we have a Winter Wonderland double feature brought you by Maggi Harding. Maggi shares a layout and card to get that creative inspiration flowing while you wait to get Graphic 45's latest holiday release in hand. We love Maggie's attention to detail and clever design sense. Check out the white paint effect on her pine cone embellishments and her custom chipboard pieces in these two exciting projects below. Before we jump in, it is time to announce this week's randomly chosen blog prize winner. 

And the lucky winner is Georgia Jones! She commented on the blog to say, "I don't use a planner but I have just started a new journal. I have been filling it with bits and pieces from my embellishment stash but never thought of cutting up my G45 paper. So smart! Something to do while I watch CSI reruns. Thank you so much." Congratulations Georgia. Please contact to claim your prize. 


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This week’s prize package included a  Midnight Masquerade 12x12 Patterns & Solids Paper Pads, 8x8 Paper Pad, Decorative Chipboard, Tags & Pockets, Ephemera Cards, and Staples - Ivory Square Tags, a $52 value.


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Winter Wonderland Layout

By Maggi Harding


“I love this year's Christmas collection with its traditional reds and greens, so perfect for this layout of my great niece and nephew.  I wanted this great photo to be the focal point so it is centered on a large punched doily with two floral clusters, simple but effective.  



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Tip:  You can make really pretty floral clusters by first fussy cutting flowers from design paper and then layering dimensional flowers over the fussy cut ones.  


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In this case, I used a pine cone and berries branch along with a single bloom.  I dry brushed a little white paint on the pine cones and flower to add a touch of Winter.  Then, to add a festive look, I highlighted some of the flower petals and berries on the design paper with red Stickles.


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Graphic 45 Supplies:


Winter Wonderland 12 x 12 Collection:

  • Winter Wonderland
  • Yule Post
  • Nordic Greetings
  • Woodland Whimsy


Other Supplies:

  • Bazzill Cardstock -  French Vanilla
  • Petaloo Botanica Anemones
  • Petaloo Pine Cones and Berries
  • Martha Stewart Cherish Punch Around the Page punch set
  • WRMK Lucky 8 Frilly Lace Punch
  • Stickles - Christmas Red
  • Creative Embellishments Merry Christmas words
  • Stampendous Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel
  • White paint


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Easel Card Winter Wonderland

By Maggi Harding

A simple card, like this one,  can make a powerful statement.  I made an easel card, but instead of the normal rectangle/square shape, I die-cut the easel portion to make it stand out and give it some edge.  When we are designing for shows we often receive first run papers literally hot off the press and we don't get any embellishments like chipboard, tags, etc to go with it.  


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Tip:  Make your own embellishments!  I punched a 1" circle from chipboard and then punched a 1" circle from design paper.   I glued them together and then using a button from another G45 collection, I marked the button holes and punched with my WRMK Big Bite.  Presto, now I have a button embellie!  


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Tip:   To give my project a little dimension without going overboard,  I fussy cut some poinsettias from design paper and layered them over the die-cut bird image, popping them up with foam dots.  That added a nice touch without making my card too bulky to mail." ~Maggi Harding

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Graphic 45 Supplies:


Winter Wonderland 12 x 12 Collection:

  • Winter Wonderland
  • Nordic Greetings
  • Woodland Whimsy


Other Supplies:

  • Bazzill Cardstock - Red Rocks, French Vanilla
  • May Arts Seam Binding Ribbon
  • Cheery Lynn Dies - French Flair Pierce And Cut Tool, Horizon French Flair Boutique Stacker Frames 
  • EK Success 1" circle punch
  • Martha Stewart holly punch


Well that wraps up another day and another week of G45 creative inspiration. Thanks for being a part of it and thanks to Maggi, the other Brand/Grand Ambassadors, and special project designers for constantly impressing us with their terrific work. We are so excited to see what other holiday projects people create with this release. We'd love to hear your ideas in the comments below, and remember, Winter Wonderland is coming! See you back here next week with even more beautiful projects. 


Happy Papercrafting!

28 Comment(s)

Arianna Barbara:
08/25/2017, 09:57:56 AM

Wow! Awesome projects!!! Congrats to Georgia!!!

08/25/2017, 09:58:31 AM

Congrats Georgia!

Mathilde S.:
08/25/2017, 10:06:10 AM

Great tips Maggi,always love your projects!

Deborah Cox:
08/25/2017, 10:26:35 AM

Love these projects Maggi, I'm so in love with Winter Wonderland!

Debby Lewis:
08/25/2017, 11:25:47 AM,

Beautiful layout and card. It puts in the mood to try and make my own Christmas cards.

08/25/2017, 11:37:30 AM

Beautiful card and layout!

Carol Peterhans:
08/25/2017, 12:45:14 PM

I am going to make the beautiful Christmas card for my husband. I know he will live it....he saves all of the cards I make for him!

Carol Peterhans:
08/25/2017, 12:47:15 PM

I should use spell previous comment should read that my husband will LOVE the card I make for

08/25/2017, 12:52:37 PM


Cynthia Millner:
08/25/2017, 01:16:27 PM

I just love these . . . beautiful collection to work with.

Michele Lewis:
08/25/2017, 01:40:16 PM

I just can't wait for this Winter Wonderland collection to come out! I have been making plans in my mind to make Christmas Cards and Tags for Christmas this year. I just couldn't decide on the paper I wanted to use. THIS has definitely made up my mind, that Winter Wonderland will be my choice! Thank you Maggie for the beautiful cards and all your wonderful tips and ideas.

Martie Rollin:
08/25/2017, 02:03:59 PM

I am so enjoying the images from your latest holiday paper collection! Lovely projects!

Mrs. Nugent:
08/25/2017, 02:09:01 PM


Judy Bausch:
08/25/2017, 02:36:31 PM

Lovely projects - keep up the good work!

Glenda Buster:
08/25/2017, 03:55:11 PM

Lovely! These projects and Winter Wonderland are making me yearn for cold weather and the holidays.

Sue LD:
08/25/2017, 05:02:36 PM

Very pretty. Love the bird.

Rosann Barnes:
08/25/2017, 05:46:33 PM

Maggi's cards are so beautiful... Winter Wonderland is "Wonderful " !!

08/25/2017, 07:00:26 PM

Wow, very nice blending of the Graphic 45 traditional holiday colors and patterns in a classic looking modern card.

08/25/2017, 08:36:33 PM

Maggi, I love your beautiful card. Thanks for your great tips. The Winter Wonderland would be so fun to work with.

08/25/2017, 11:01:22 PM

I can't wait for my local store to get the Winter Wonderland collection in! I work with many different papers and techniques, but G45 is my absolute favorite. All of them capture a world that is a fantastical view of the past--the way we would all like to remember it, even if its true history is, shall we say, not exactly the same. Love traditional colors as well. Thanks for this lovely collection!

Kim Persinger:
08/26/2017, 10:40:25 AM

Beautiful Christmas collection. I am excited to see the projects that your design teams do with it

Cali Crafter:
08/26/2017, 11:27:07 AM

Such beautiful holiday inspired projects.

Janet Ingraham:
08/26/2017, 07:37:36 PM

Winterwonderland is sooo lovely. I love seeing all the fantastic creations on this web but I appreciated seeing a wonderful card simply made. Thank you

08/28/2017, 05:30:56 PM

I'm so in love with collection and birds are my favorite.

08/28/2017, 08:40:33 PM

Wow! G45 Has always done Christmas right But this year is amazing as always looking forward to seeing and making these beautiful card and great ideas. thank you for all the inspiration from your creative team.

gigi steele:
08/29/2017, 06:15:43 AM

Always excited to play with a new paper collection.

Theresa Bush:
08/29/2017, 02:31:19 PM

Wow! Such great projects with the Winter Wonderland paper. Beautiful. Grays Georgia on your great prize.

Karen Dabney:
08/30/2017, 04:50:34 PM

Such a gorgeous Chrimas collection.

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