Saturday, November 14, 2009

My Art - Christmas cards - holly

Wanted to really highlight the wonderful flocked decorative paper on this card and the holly embossing folder (CB) did just what I needed it to do!! It was hard to cover up any of it!! Used decorative scissors on the white rectangle and tucked it below the flocked paper. Could have cut both edges and placed it over the edge of the flocked paper instead. Used my distress tool on the edges of the greeting and the green layer and mounted them to the front of the card using 3Dfoam tape. The saying went so perfectly with the flocked paper and the embossing!!

A friend of mine had given me several 12x12 sheets - some green and some red so I also made some with green cardstock and a red layer behind the greeting.

Love that paper!!

A great way to wind up the class! Everyone went home with a good variety of cards! A great way to send their holiday greetings to all those that are special to them!!


My Art - Christmas cards - snowflakes

This card features snowflake sequins!! I made these in green, red, blue and pink!! The three rectangles were put through the snowflake embossing folder (CB) and then glued to the card front (4.25x11). I then wrapped the fiber around the card and tied a double knot. I mounted the sequin over a fiber snowflake and then to the little square with a silver brad. Mounted this element to the card front with 3D foam tape to allow room for the fiber below. Added some dots around the edge of the square with a white marker/gel pen.

Another quick and easy!!


My Art - Christmas cards - a forest of trees

I love the trees on this card!! Each card has 7 trees made from Basic Grey decorative paper called Wassail. LOVE IT!!! I made the trees using the same method I described earlier by marking triangles on the back of the 12x12 cardstock. It is double sided cardstock so there was a wide variety for each person to make this forest of trees their own!! I stamped the greeting on a white rectangle and each person was able to customize their snowbanks!! The snowbanks were trimmed to the size of the card front and then the ribbon added. Then, the forest was created and glued in place and the snowbank glued on over the top of the bottoms. There are three different heights of trees - 4", 3.5" and 2.5". Love the graphic look of this card!!


My Art - Christmas cards - dove

You can see that this design is versatile!! It was a good thing because somehow I managed to include both landscape and portrait greeting inserts with these kits! No idea how that happened!! So we had some cards created in each format. Good thing one of my participants was working ahead and had a keen eye. She spotted my mistake and we were able to warn the others to watch for the change in format.
I stamped the top of the card with a swirly leaf stamp (SU). This was a wheel which I unmounted and use with an acrylic mount. Makes it easy to use with regular stamp pads!! The ribbon covers the edge of the design. The embossed dove is layered onto the coordinating square and mounted to the card front with 3D foam tape. I let everyone stamp on their own greeting (SU). I used pearlized cardstock for the dove to give this card a bit of elegance. Another design which could be made in batches!!

My Art - Christmas cards - sparkly tree

This was my first card for my large Christmas class the first weekend of November!! I started with this stunning green, red and silver handmade paper from India (100% cotton). I cut the 12x12 sheet into triangles by marking off 4" for the height of the tree and then 3" for the width of the tree on the back of the paper. Then I drew lines to join the marks which gave me over 20 trees per sheet of paper!! I gave each one a little brown tree trunk and glued it to an embossed (Swiss Dot) red layer which had been trimmed to evenly fit on the white card front. Added a silver star punchie and a stamped greeting which I attached with two silver brads. I ripped the edges of the white greeting but I could have used decorative scissors instead. Worked out really well!! A fairly easy card if you are wanting to make a batch of them for your holiday greetings this year!!

It is time to be thinking about getting those done. I brought music and everyone enjoyed the morning making their cards!! It is great to have some time to make all the cards in one sitting and they are ready to be signed, addressed and sent along their way.

Check out the new postage stamps for this season! Went on sale at the beginning of November! Buy them soon!!


My Art - Pocket calendars

These are pocket calendars I upcycled!! Purchased them at a local dollar store and created new covers for them! It is a quick and easy way to make personalized gifts for everyone on your list and they certainly will think of you every time they dig it out to check their availability for a project or a lunch!! Everyone should have one in their briefcase or purse and it really does help to keep you from double booking!!

Make a few for your friends!!


My Art - snowflake ornament

Here is another ornament I made with the Sizzix snowflake die! The coaster snowflake is layered with a plastic one and then a silver punchie!! I added another punchie to the other side to finish it off nicely!! Added a bit of crochet thread to hang it! Made a few of these - can be used on the tree, on a special gift or in a window!!