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PENNY HANUSZAK, CONSULTANT, Independent Stamping Up Demonstrator, http://pennyhanuszak.stampinup.net


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Christmas In July Workshops

Everyone loves to get a jump on making their Christmas Cards and because of this I decided to hold a "Christmas in July" stamp-a-stack workshop to help get things rolling. I actually offered this class on July 10th at my home and again on July 13th in Vernon, BC. What fun we had. Each participant made 4 of 4 different card designs in a 31/2 hour class. Whew!!! That was a lot to accomplish. Want to see what we made: 

Here are the 4 Christmas Card Designs.
Each of the cards has it's own unique feel and utilizes a number of punches and stamp sets from the new 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalogue.  Here are the individual cards and a brief description.
Christmas Ornament Card:  Sahara Sand cardstock stamped with Christmas Collage, Baroque Motifs and mounted on Cherry Cobbler.  The new Lace Ribbon Border Punch adds a decorative design.  The ornament is from the Delightful Decorations Stamp set and punched out with the Ornament Punch. 

The Vernon class used River Rock cardstock in place of the Sahara Sand and the edges were sponged in Cherry Cobbler.  The combo really worked.

The second card design was inspired by a design on page 21 of the IB&C which features the Snow Much Fun Stamp Set from page 35 of the catalogue.  I love this new set and so did everyone in the class.   I've also provided the details for this card in my earlier post entitled Inspiration in Action Case Contest.

Here's a closeup view of the Snowmall layering and the inside of the card.  The layering makes the snowman look so fat and jolly and brings some life to the card too!

The third card featuring two adorable penquins in the snow is based on punch art using the Owl Builder Punch (118074) page 213 IB&C.   What fun this was.   To position all the little parts of this punch art like the eye balls and nose, we used a tip I found on one of the blogs (sorry if it's your blog please let me know so I can give you credit here) whereby you use a toothpick dipped in melted bees wax to pick up all the little pieces.  This worked like a charm and made it both easy to glue and position these small little pieces.   The card is layered on Whisper White cardstock.  A piece of Baja Breeze is embossed with the Northern Flurries Embossing Folder and the sentiment is from the "Sincere Salutations" stamp set. 

And finally, the fourth card which also uses one of my all time favourite seasonal stamps "Holiday Lineup" is designed to look like these happy little snowmen are all huddled outside a window on a cold frosty day.  Lots of colouring with markers here but the design is super simple to recreate and is all about stamp placement.

I still have some class sets left so if you are interested in making the stamp a stack or a class just featuring one of each of the 4 designs then give me a call, I'd be happy to arrange a date and time.


laurie said...

What a fun class..I love the cards...the penguins are adorable!

Lisa said...

Wow, all of these cards are so amazing! The top ornament card is so beautiful and elegant and I love the paper! Fabulous cards! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and entering my giveaway! I am now happily following you as well :)


Andrea Gideon said...

These are really adorable Penny. Love the one with the snowmen looking in. very cleaver.

Andrea Gideon said...

These are adorable Penny. I really like the one with the snowmen looking in. Very clever.

Tiffany said...

These are adorable! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower. I'm excited to return the favor. Can't wait to see what you make next!

Cely said...

I love SU! blogs! I signed up as a hobby demo just for the discount. Not many places to get quality supplies here in HI!

Thank you for following my blog and commenting on our Christmas in July hop! I'm now your newest follower!

Don't forget to check back in everyday this weekend for more projects and blog candy! And since you helped bring me to 100 followers, I'll be posting my blog candy for that after the hop on Monday!


Shari Winterstein said...

No wonder we haven't seen you for a while! These are ALL fabulous cards. Thanks for blessing my day and inspiring my art. :)

Jean Addis said...

Lovely, lovely! The ladies that took that class were certainly lucky. Thank you for following, and for your kind words. I will be following your marvelous blog.

paper bag create said...

GORGEOUS cards and it was lots of fun!! Love the cards! :)

Patty Mickle said...

Your cards are great Penny!! I am also to start Christmas classes and you have given me some great ideas. TFS!

Dale Morin said...

Love all your cards. It really is time to start our customers thinking about doing their holiday cards. Thanks for the inspiration!

Lisa Kmiec said...

Very nice cards Penny! I love the snowman card!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Sheila said...

Love the Christmas Collage card, love that you added to it with the Baroque Motifs - great job!

Anne Marie said...

Penny, I would have loved to have attended this awesome workshop! I love all of the fun cards you created, all so clever and unique. I just love your work, Penny! Thanks for the inspiration today! :)