Saturday, November 12, 2011

Holiday Card Boot Camp Days 4 & 5

Wow, so much inspiration! So many cool techniques and "toys"....    Must. Use. What. I. Have. On. Hand.....  (yea, right!).

For the most part, I've stayed true to wanting to use what I have and not buy exactly what the pros are using/what's on the class supply list. I did make a trip to Michael's, A.C. Moore, and my local scrapbooking supply store, PhotoScraps, this week to get a few "must HAVE's", such as the Tim Holtz Distress Inks in the limited edition Holiday colors and the Martha Steward Dove punch. Just had to have them!

I believe the dove card is probably going to be the one I "mass produce" for the majority of people this year. It's elegantly simple and doesn't take a lot of time to put together, but is still handmade and gorgeous (If I do say so myself!)  It was originally designed as a card into which a holiday letter could be fit, but I doubt I'll do that...most likely it will look just as it does in the photo below.

Hope you're enjoying viewing my work as much as I'm having fun creating it!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Holiday Card Boot Camp - Day 3!

This is a technique I've done before but use way too infrequently - dry embossing. This time, the space around the embossed snowflakes is heat embossed and the snowflakes themselves are sanded & inked, making them "pop".  The bird in the circle window is actually a cupcake topper I found at World Market - there are also stars, reindeer, and something else in the package.  I love finding items not typically meant for paper crafting and incorporating them into my projects!

This is probably my favorite card so far. Today is day 4 so I'll be using those ideas as I create tonight...about to go watch the videos...wonder what treat is awaiting?!?!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Holiday Boot Camp Day 2

I am not a big photo card maker, so instead of using a photograph, I took a holiday-themed napkin, decoupaged it to cardstock, and took it from there.  It's pretty close to the sample, but enough different that it's my own. It was also really easy to make and didn't take a ton of time - I think this may be a staple for my cards this year, for some special people on my card list.

I haven't sent cards the past two years, so if I manage to get at least 40-50 in the mail this year I'll be really happy. Putting work into making my own ups the odds substantially, I think :)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Holiday Card Boot Camp: Day 1

Card made following Kristina's tutorial....

I'm rather happy with how it turned out! :)

card making boot camp day 1

Just watched the how-to videos for the Holiday card boot camp day 1 and I am really inspired to make more of my Holiday cards this year.  The past few Christmas Seasons have been full of melancholy for me as I muddled through my separation and divorce and our family dynamic changed drastically as Tori graduated from high school and moved on to  college/other adventures.

Now, I am feeling a new energy and a renewed sense of the value of self.  Let the Holiday Season begin, 2011 - I am ready for you!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Starting new things left & right!

I'm starting an amazing creative endeavor tomorrow - an online card making class!  Taught by the amazingly talented Jennifer McGuire & Kristina Werner, it will help me grow my artistic side to new levels, and I am so excited!  I made a few cards today as thank-you's to some new folks I met, to tell them I appreciate the time they've taken with me to help me figure out what I want in a career and a work day.  It felt wonderful to be creative and work with color and design.

Look out world - I'm ready for BIG things!!!