Sunday, December 9, 2018

Have you started your Holiday Cards?

Some people start their holiday preparations right on December 1. Some people start right after Thanks-giving (which is earlier in Canada then in the U.S.). Me? I usually start feeling the pinch mid-December and then I start rushing through it all.

I do have a small handful of cards in my stash, though, because I sprinkle a few holiday cards into my workshops throughout the year.

Our last workshop of 2018 was in November. It was our holiday card kickoff! Each participant was given a bag of ephemera (made by me from die cuts) and some holiday card samples that I posted earlier. The participants dug in to their own stash of holiday papers and embellishments to bring their own ideas to life with my initial inspiration cards, the die cuts, and my stash of stamps. (I provided measurements for my cards in case they wanted to make the exact sample.)

Here's what they came up with! I hope you will find some inspiration in these layouts! (Click on ANY of these images to see them LARGER.)

(Another for Lara, separately. She had not glued it down yet.)

Hope your holiday preparations are joyful and as stress-free as possible!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

2018 Holiday Cards Workshop

It's time to buckle down on making Holiday and Christmas cards! I've got 3 layout designs ready for my last workshop of 2018. I'm hoping to make a couple more, but it will depend how much time I have. 2018 is going out with a bang with a record number of family and friends signed up! I think there will be lots of chatter, laughter, and creativity!

I started out using a card sketch: My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge #360

This is how mine turned out:

This one uses one panel of patterned paper. An all-over pattern would be easier to use than this snowman one, but I wanted to use up some of my snowman paper.

The next one uses only scraps of patterned paper. This one is great to use up paper that comes in a pad, as I did here. I used 12x12 paper and cut it down, but even small 6x6 pads or 4x6 stacks would work for this card.

There's a lot of glitter on this card because there was some in every patterned paper I chose. So, I made the tree out of glitter using a die cut and then used gold metallic and red mirror card to decorate it. Atop the tree is a shiny, gold, sequin star.

The last layout I did is the simplest. For that reason alone, I love it. It's an easy way to use up holiday paper! I think I will make more of this one.

I hope my workshop crew likes the layouts and become inspired to create!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

DIY Pivot Wheel (Reveal Wheel) Cards

I designed two DIY pivot wheel Christmas cards for my creative crew in our latest class. They very much liked these interactive cards. They are a bit fussy to make, but worth it in the end! (If you want the no-fuss version and you have a die cutting machine, you can buy the Reveal Wheel set from Lawn Fawn.)

The first one is a little house on a hill. This is a colour changing style pivot wheel. The mix of colours behind the snowflakes changes as you turn the wheel. We used the ink smooshing technique to colour our wheels using my Nuvo Embellishment Mousses.

Because of the smooshing technique, everyone's snowflakes turned out a little different! I coloured my house with my Copic markers, but my creative crew used a variety of mediums and coloured however they wanted. So, all the cards are just a little different! Here's how the class ones turned out, with my sample in for reference.

The second card was a real hit! We made Santa Claus fly across the snowy night sky!
First, all you see is a snowy sky. This snow was made with my homemade stencil that we sponged white pigment ink through. The stencil is just a piece of acetate with holes punched in it in two sizes (using my We R Memory Keepers Cropadile Big Bite).

As you turn the wheel, Santa appears!

On mine, Santa pops out the thumb notch a wee bit, where you turn the wheel. All I had to do to fix it was place a tree over that spot. Works like a charm! I think everyone quite enjoyed this holiday card kick-off class. I think the next class will need to be a down to business, regular holiday card making class so we'll have a good start to the stash by the end of the year of classes. We'll see.

Have you tried a pivot wheel card before? What's your favourite kind of reveal?

Monday, September 3, 2018

Wedding Card using a Card Sketch

This past July, a family friend got married. Since I was all over using my scraps and card sketches, I chose one to make a simple wedding card from.

This is Reverse Confetti sketch #20 with some measurements added by Kristie Marcotte:

I used it to make this:
I used papers I got from a 6x6 pad in the goody bag from ScrapFest Kitchener (Ontario, Canada). I also used flowers I had stamped for another project. I put a thin coat of Moonstone Nuvo Glimmer paste on them to make them all sparkly.
Since the background paper was a little busy, I black embossed the sentiment on a vellum strip to soften the pattern behind the word.

To be honest, this colour scheme gives me a bit of an 80`s vibe! 80`s things are coming back - especially in fashion right now. Not to worry - the Bride and Groom are both old enough to remember the 80`s!

I put a self-composed poem inside, printed on my computer. I hope they liked it! It`s a simple one, but still pretty, if I say so myself.