“Holiday Style” homework

Almost exactly one year ago, I attended my very first interactive Online Card Class: Holiday Style. I had done three classes prior to this one but all of them were already in independent mode. You can probably imagine how excited I was to finally attend an interactive class!

I was determined to do “homework” on all days of class but, unfortunately, I was unable to do so because my crafting supplies were very limited back then. For instance, on Day 9 the theme was Soft & Subtle Cards but I had no vellum or watercolours to make such cards. I did, however, make the following four cards for this class.

For Day 1 Simple Cards I made this Penguin card:

For this card, I used Lawn Fawn Winter Penguin, Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Border and the Lawn Fawn 6×6 paper pad Let’s Bokeh in the Snow.

For Day 3 Classic & Elegant Cards, I tried glitter for the first time :-).

From pattern paper, I die-cut a circle shape, covered it in Versamark ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. The sentiment is from the stamp set “Ornament Greetings” by Stampendous which I heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I also heat embossed the borders of the card base with gold embossing powder.

For Day 5 Cute & Whimsical Cards I made two cards. The first is the “Holiday Picture”-card:

For this card, I used Science of Love, Trim the Tree, Hats Off to You and the coordinating die for Say Cheese (all by Lawn Fawn). With some masking, I made the picture look as though two birds are in front of the Christmas tree. I used COPIC markers to colour the images; the gold was done with a gold gel pen. To make the photo look a bit withered I added some Antique Linen Distress Ink to the edges of the photo.

The second whimsical card is the “Holiday Elephants”-card:

For this, I used Lawn Fawn’s Winter Gifts, the coordinating die Tag You’re It and the mini stamp set Love You Tons. I made the card look as though it is a present with the gift tag as the focal point. To underline the gift-giving act, I wanted one of the elephants to carry a present.

I originally posted the photos on my old Pinterest page and linked it to the OCC Holiday Style site.

I hope you enjoyed this card! Have a nice day!


Gift Bags as “Thank You”

I like to give away gift bags as a thank you because they are easy to personalise and you can fill them with whatever you want. I used to make them like this but I am more fond of smaller sized gift bags, so I invested in the Goodie Bag by Lawn Fawn.

I absolutely love the Goodie Bag! It is easy to assemble and to decorate. I have used the Goodie Bag for some occassions now and I want to share two of my favourite designs here: the autumn-themed and Captain America-themed bags.

The autumn-themed bag was a gift for the hostesses of the Thanksgiving Dinners that I am invited to every year. I live in Austria and even though we have something similar to Thanksgiving (we call it “Erntedankfest“), it is very religious it does not include large dinners with friends and family. In 2007, two friends of mine decided to bring Thanksgiving to Austria and we celebrate it every year since. These two always organise the whole thing and make sure that everything runs smoothly on that day. So, as a thank you I made them each a goodie bag and filled it with my favourite tea and chocolate.

To make one Goodie Bag, two die cuts are needed and both fit perfectly on a 6×12 inch sheet of paper. I ran the die through my die-cut machine. The die makes most of the work for you – it not only cuts the bag but it also adds the score lines to fold the bag in shape. In terms of decorations, I used the stamp set Happy Harvest by Lawn Fawn.

The Captain America-themed bag was a gift for the hostess of the annual “Game of Thrones“-dinner within the circle of our friends. To make the dinner fun, everyone is supposed to dress up like their favourite character. Since I do not watch or read Game of Thrones (cough), I had no idea about anything Game-of-Thrones-related. Another friend, then, suggested that I should start my own house and be Lady Rogers as in Captain America’s Steve Rogers as I am a big fan of Captain America and Chris Evans.
To show off the emblem of the Rogers House, I decorated the goodie bag to look like Captain America’s shield. For this, I used the Lawn Fawn Stitched Circle Stackables and the Lawn Fawn Puffy Star Stackables and die-cut them in red, blue and white cardstock. I adhered everything together with tape runner and voilà, I had a Captain America goodie bag.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Have a nice day!

Edit: I have started reading the first book of Game of Thrones – and I like it. What I do not like is that there are so many names to remember…

Birthday Cake

A birthday stamp set that can be used all year round is Lawn Fawn’s Bake Me a Cake. With this stamp set you can, well, make cakes of different sizes – one-, two-, three-tiered or as many tiers as you like – for different occassions. You can be as creative as you like.

Birthday Cake

For this card, I opted for a three-tiered cake with candles on top. For the colouring, I used Copic Markers (E31 and E34). The frosting of the cake is coloured with white gel pen. I added Wink of Stella to give it a little sparkle (I know that it is not clearly visible on this photo. Sorry!). I fuzzy cut the image (because there are no coordinating dies available) and adhered it with foam tape onto a scalloped oval (this die is from Sizzix).

The card’s background is made with Lawn Fawn’s alphabet stamp set Claire’s ABCs. I inked “happy” in one colour (Memento Grape Jelly) and “birthday” in another (Memento Lilac Posies). I cut a stripe from coloured card stock to go across the card like a ribbon and adhered the scalloped oval with the image on top of it.

Since this card is very easy to make, I made a couple of these in different colours to have ready when a friend’s or colleague’s birthday is coming up.

I hope you enjoyed this. Have a nice day!

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