Sunday, 17 July 2011

It's Christmas at last!

I’m so behind with blogging but finally have my Christmas in July projects photographed and ready to show you. Please scroll down for a bonus project!

This year I decided not to try to be trendy with non-traditional colour schemes and stick to my favourites: greens and reds. There’s a reason these colours are the most popular for Christmas and that’s because they work. And, of course, plenty of opportunities for me to use Old Olive!

I also decided to try using "work stations", where the guests move around to different tables to create each project. I have been told by demonstrators in America that this isn't popular with customers but decided to risk it as we needed the Big Shot at one table and would have to be next to the wall for the embossing project so we could use the heat gun next to the one and only socket in the hall we use!

Anyway, I thought it worked really well and we didn't overrun for once, which was a bonus. Feedback from the afternoon session was that they preferred it as it was more relaxed, so I'd love to hear what the morning crowd thought. 

As for the projects, I'm starting with this card because I haven’t shown you a Top Note Die sample for a while, so am running behind on my target.

This was made by cutting strips of Jolly Holiday paper and pasting them onto a piece of backing that comes in Designer Series Paper packs. We then ran it through the Big Shot using the Top Note Die – a big favourite at the moment!

This was stuck to the card front and a piece of Old Olive grosgrain ribbon wrapped all the way round the card and double backed twice to create this funky loop.

“Joy at Christmas” was stamped twice – once in Cherry Cobbler on Very Vanilla and once in Old Olive (yay!) on Old Olive. The Old Olive cardstock was punched out using the Scallop Circle punch and the centre of the Vanilla cardstock was punched out using the 1 3/8” circle punch and popped up on the Olive.

Finally, a touch of bling! Yes, bling! A rhinestone on the end of the “y” gives it the finishing touch.

Oh, forgot to mention – and photograph – the inside, which has a Very Vanilla panel and a strip of Jolly Holiday paper for a further festive touch.

Stamps: Perfect Punches
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Very Vanilla
Paper: Jolly Holiday
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive
Accessories: Top Note Die, Big Shot, 5/8” Grosgrain Ribbon – Old Olive, Basic Rhinestones, 1 3/8” circle punch, Scallop Circle Punch

And here’s a bonus card... I couldn’t go without posting this beautiful creation from one of my customers.  Emily bought some glass glitter at a workshop recently and, as I don’t have any, I’d asked her to tell me what it was like and how she was getting on with it. She very kindly made me this gorgeous card to show me - look carefully and you'll see that the flower centres are created from glass glitter. You’ll look at this card and think it’s lovely, with all the carefully cut-out flowers from Vintage Vogue – but when I tell you that Emily is only 10 years old, I just know you’ll be REALLY impressed! So, forget about commenting on my card, but please leave a comment for Emily!

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  1. love the Christmas card and the flower card is soooo pretty well done to Emily. Will keep checking for anymore demos as would love to come and see the products in "real life"

    Sylvia x

  2. Stunning card. Well done Emily.

  3. Beautiful card Emily, well done.

  4. Love the Christmas Card, but Emily's takes the biscuit this time. A really lovely card she should be very proud of herself.

  5. The demo I learned from here in California had the cards set up at different tables, and it worked great! I'm loving your Christmas cards!

  6. I posted that before I finished reading! I was very surprised that the card maker is only 10. Wow. Nice work, Emily!

  7. 10 years old? An outstanding job! Well done Emily!


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