Saturday, November 16, 2013

My Kind of Homework!

Happy Saturday!

I've had a wonderful week off from work and am enjoying my last day home with lots of crafting. With the weather being gloomy and rainy today, I'm grateful for this hobby! Although my house would be a whole lot cleaner if I didn't love making cards so much! 

The online card class, Holiday Card Workshop, has been so inspiring so far! Amazing creativity and talent from the teachers and guest designers!

On day #2, Jennifer shared a card using wood paper and Copics. It was a one layer but it looked like it had lots of dimension because of the way she colored her image. I wanted to try it too, so I took on the challenge.


On;one Card Class Day #2 Card #1

It's not your typical Christmas card but we have a single, male friend who it will be perfect for. 

I used an unknown cloud die-set, and the trees are from the Hero Arts, Reindeer stamp and die set. There were no dimensional adhesives used on this card. It is totally flat.


My next card was also created for day #2. Stephanie Klauck shared some beautiful, sparkly snowflake cards with acetate windows. Here's my take.

Sparkle Christmas

I need to remember to use acetate more often! The snowflake die-cuts are both by Simon Says Stamp - Kate and Eliza.


Day #3 was all about clean and simple cards and that day's post was filled with more inspiration. I've been working on my homework for that lesson today. 

Shari Carroll is always amazing! She shared two fun cards and I've CASEd one of them here - love the cute design!

Let It Snow

I used the adorable Lawn Fawn set called, Let it Snow. I didn't have any patterned paper I liked for the bottom of the card, so I stamped the red paper using a stars stamp from the Holiday Borders set by Simon Says Stamp.


Yikes, this is gettin' to be a long post - sorry! Only one more card. This one is also for day #3. Cristina Kowalczyk shared an absolutely beautiful CAS card! I wanted to give it a try using masking, a stencil and ink. Here's how it turned out.
 
Happy Holidays

I was going to leave it a one layer, but I smudge a portion of the card base, (I do that ALL THE TIME!) so I cut out my tree and gave it a bit of dimension. Definitely still CAS enough.

I do love how the plaid turned out! I used the new, Peppermint Stripe Stencil by Simon Says Stamp. I inked the masked portion of the tree area, then turned the stencil over and inked again, with a slightly different color. I used Evergreen Bough and Peacock Feathers Distress Inks. 

The "ornaments" on the tree were created using a tiny dot stamp from the Lots of Dots set by SSS and silver embossing powder. The Hero Arts sentiment was also silver embossed.

Okay, that's it. Thanks for sticking with me through a longer than normal post. I really wanted to share my cards here but didn't get time to put them into two different posts.

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend! :)











30 comments:

Virginia L. said...

Love all of your beautiful samples from the class, Barb! I especially like the stripey stamping on the tree! The added silver embossing is lovely! What a great card inspired by Cristina! Glad to hear that you are enjoying the class!

Michelle said...

An amazing collection of beautiful cards, Barb! I am especially in love with that first wooden card. Your colouring has added such richness and depth. I'm mesmerised!

Susanne Vargas said...

Dear Barb, you never have to apologize for a long post filled with gorgeous cards and inspiration! It's hard to believe that the wooden card is flat! Your coloring is amazing!

Lynn said...

Oh my gosh. I keep looking at each one thinking I love the next one more. All kinds of amazing creations Barb!

Greta said...

You are certainly making good use of the class--think you've earned an A! I really adore that last card--gonna try something like that. So glad someone else has to rescue projects with ink where it doesn't belong!

Sue Butler said...

Hello Barb
Fantastic effect on your first card, this has to be my favourite out if them all. But they are all lovely.
Smiles:)
Sue

Lin said...

So glad you've enjoyed your week off, Barb. Creating is good for the soul! Lots of great ideas for cards - love them all!

Laura B. said...

Amazing cards! Love all of them! That wood veneer is sooo cool looking! Love how you interpreted Cristina's technique, too! Awesome job!

Deborah Montgomery said...

You've been a busy girl!! Love them all...you're awesome :)

Dawn Turley said...

You have been very busy with your homework Barb. Love all you've done. Your plaid tree is inspiring as well. I can't wait till my peppermint stripe stencil arrives... lots to ideas racing round the brain. Enjoy the weekend.

joy said...

Fabulous cards, Barb! I can tell you have had a lot of fun this week.

Heather Maria said...

Wow Barb, wonderful cards! It looks like you've had great fun on your week off! I always love seeing your cards so do worry about having a long post - the more the merrier as far as I'm concerned:)

CinnamonSally said...

You have made some amazing cards Barb, like me you have been really inspired by all the clever ladies on the online course!

Rosemary said...

what a fantastic set of cards, barb... I think my favorite is the last one... that plaid tree is just so cute!

Kelly Szafron said...

Beautiful cards! Your plaid Christmas tree stood out for me in the OCC gallery.

Coralynn Murray said...

Wonderful job on all the cards!

Sharon Underwood said...

Love all your cards, but wow, you did a fantastic job on that plaid stamping for a tree!

judkajudi said...

Wow! You are dong amazing cards!! Love them all, but the striped tree really impresses me ... And you are right, acetate adds so much to our hand made cards. Glad you had some great time off and used some of it to share with us!! Housework is so over-rated!!

Barb Ghig said...

I love that you showed us all of your cards in one post! Every one is unique and absolutely gorgeous, Barb!

I really LOVE your plaid stamping on your last card so much...so clever, and the color combo is stunning!

I think you deserve an A+ on this week's homework, Barb! What a great way to spend your time off from work, too! Thanks for all the fabulous eye candy!!!

Trinh said...

Wow, these are all fabulous! I love the dimension on that first card and the plaid tree looks great.

alexandra s.m. said...

Oh wow Barb! So much inspiration packed in one post! Thank You!!

Robin K. said...

Oh my goodness Barb! Your "homework" definitely beats housework any day! I love all of them but am definitely in awe of the first one! The depth you achieved is awesome! Glad you had some crafty time off:)

Cris said...

Love all of them Barb! But the first one with the wood is amazing with the shading, and the last one with the stencil tree, Wow!!!! Love it!

michii said...

Love your plaid tree! All great homework assignments!

Brenda said...

Goodness Barb, you are busy, busy, busy.....making beautiful cards! Each and everyone of them! Love that wood paper!

Tammy J said...

Your cards are gorgeous. I especially love the last tree. It turned out beautiful. TFS

Mariana Grigsby said...

Wow! Your cards are amazing! I specially love the one using the wood paper! I am sure you are enjoying the Holiday Card Workshop!

Maureen Morton said...

Leave those dust bunnies and keep crafting - you are making some knock-out beauties, Barb! These are just fantastic. Especially love the striped tree and how you turned the stencil - remarkable! So glad you are having fun with the class and that you enjoyed your little vacation.

Martha said...

WOW, Barb, what a FABULOUS group of cards! You are such a good student...doing all your homework!
I love how you used the wood paper.

maria f. said...

Perfect timing...a week off and an online class! Great cards. I am in awe of the wooden one. I cannot believe it is flat!