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! :)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Holiday Card Workshop-Continued Day #1


I'm back today with a couple more cards for our Day #1 assignment of the online card class, Holiday Card Workshop. They are trying out a new schedule with lessons only being posted every-other-day. I love this new set up! Gives me much more time to create and the ability to make more than just one card per lesson. It's so much more relaxing and enjoyable!

For my first card today, I took Kristina's design and made it my own. Love the red, white and pink with the kraft!

The ornament stamp is from Hero Arts and the sentiments (inside and out) are from Simon Says Stamp. I stamped the ornament twice, using Memento Luxe Inks, in Love Letter and Angel Pink, using a bit of masking on the inside.

My second card is a take on Jennifer's fab card! She calls this a folded banner card. It has a zig-zag fold and it was so fun to make!

I love this fun Christmas set from last year by Hero Arts! It comes with a set of matching dies. The kraft card base was stamped with Hero Arts Tiny Flakes Background cling stamp, using Color Box Frost White Ink. I also added some matching enamel dots - love!

And here is the inside.

I didn't take a photo of the card all the way open, but it's really fun because the sentiments line up so it looks like one, long banner.

I'm really enjoying class and looking forward to tomorrow's lesson with a couple of days to play again!

Thank you for stopping by! Hope you're enjoying your week so far! 


Monday, November 11, 2013

Holiday Card Workshop-Day #1

Hi There!

Today is Veterans Day in the U.S. People sometimes confuse the meaning of this day with Memorial Day, so here is an explanation of the difference between the two:
---Memorial Day is to honor all who have died during a war in which the United States was involved.

---Veterans Day is to honor all who have served, or are serving, in the US military.

A huge thank you to all those who have served, both past and present, and to their families who also sacrifice so much! 

So, I am taking the newest online card class, Holiday Card Workshop. 

Today is the first day of class and we are to focus on the insides of our cards.

I received some new goodies from Simon Says Stamp the other day and decided to use them for my homework. I LOVE their Peppermint Stripe Stencil!!

I used Barn Door Distress Ink with the stencil, then stamped the rows of snowflakes using Hero Arts, Soft Pool Shadow Ink and one of the stamps from the Holiday Borders set. The sentiment is from the Merry Christmas die, which I cut twice, and layered, to match my colors.

And here is a look at the inside.

The pocket was made with vellum and I just added the border along three sides using the same ink and the Peppermint Stripe Stencil again.

I've got this week off from work, so I am one, happy stamper! :)
Thanks for stopping by today! ♥