Sunday, June 20, 2010

Christmas - June - merry and bright

I just loved this colour combination when I was putting together cardstock collections in Cleveland!! I was digging through my embellishment drawer looking for stars when I came across these bright green confetti circles!! Done!! They were a perfect match for the green cardstock so I created this little accent piece which I colour printed. It features three little ribbons, a line and the "merry & bright" greeting. Took a few tries to get the colours to match the cardstock perfectly. I love it!! My own little digital stamp!! I glued the "ornaments" - two red punchies and the green confetti - in place, rounded the corners on the element, the layer and the card front and assembled it all with a scrap strip I added because it was sitting on my desk!! I added some paper piercing to the layer and the strip!! These are great textured cardstocks which did not need to much else to make this card work!!

So a few more Christmas cards to add to the collection I have started with several of the cards I have created from the Christmas card challenges I have taken on!! I am a bit behind but am hoping to catch up over the month of July which so far has very little "to do" in it!!

Enjoy your summer!! Do something special for yourself - coffee on the deck, a few more cards, a day of inspiration in nature at the lake or local park. You create your life so take the time to make it special for yourself!!


Christmas - June - snowy scene

I love the serene quality of the card!! The central element was created by layering an image from a paper napkin onto a sheet of white handmade paper!! The image was trimmed, layered onto the green and the ribbon was added. To make adding ribbon to cards easier I have taken to just layering the ribbon flat across the card and tying another small piece to the front using a single knot. It gives pretty much the look of a double knot without the difficulty of estimating where to cut the ribbon once the knots are tied. So give this technique a try if you find adding ribbon to cards challenging!!
Layered onto the off white card front creates a wonderfully elegant Christmas card!!


Christmas - June - Vintage santa

A vintage Santa!! I colour printed two different vintage Santas and layered them onto coordinating cardstock using 3D foam tape. To the left you can see the one I layered onto red . The holly leaves were cut off of a garland I picked up last year after the holidays. Along with the red sequins they add some bling to this card. The card front was embossed with a holly leaf design which ties all the elements together!!
Some of the girls used glitter glue to adhere the sequins and ended up with some very nice little glittery centers to the holly "berries". Told you, this is a creative group!!
A quick and easy card!! Nice to have a few of those when you are making multiples of cards for any occasion!!


Christmas - June - snowman

A wonderful little snowman!! This is a digital stamp I downloaded from My Grafico. You can find the set here. They have a LOT of wonderful images and some freebies. Check them out!!
I layered coordinating decorative paper on my card front - my first card using coordinating designer paper!! I shopped for cardstock that matched on my trip to Cleveland this year so it came together very well. It is so quick and easy to laser print digital images - great time saving for a class!! I colour printed the greeting which I tried to pop out like I have seen on many cards lately. Unfortunately, the end under the image let go and my greeting no longer popped so I recommended yesterday to put a small piece of dimensional tape in the center back of the greeting which retains the pop very well. I have a really creative bunch so there was a lot of variety in the look of the cards created with this card kit!! Love it when that happens and people add their own creativity to their cards!!


Christmas - June - Winter scene

Christmas in June! For those who want to be prepare for the holiday season I offer a class of Christmas cards in June!! Many this time around have opted for just kits which they will make up over the summer - at the cottage or when there is some down time to just enjoy being creative!!
This card features a 4.25" x 4" white cardstock layer embossed with the Cuttlebug winter village embossing folder. I added a ribbon to the lower edge using double sided tape and a large snowflake with a silver brad. Layered it on the card front ensuring the colour printed greeting was visible!! Added iridescent glitter glue - like Stickles - to the rooftops and snowflake!! Works so well!!
We did this one first in class so the glitter glue would be dry before it was time to pack up our cards and head home. I made these in navy, red, purple and green for some variety!!