Friday, October 23, 2009

Christmas Series Gift Card Holder

One of the things I have reverted to doing for Christmas is giving out gift cards. This has become extremely handy with my brothers, who have become extremely hard to shop for now that they have long passed the Hotwheels cars phase. Now the hard part is figuring out which store to get their gift cards from, but the fun part is making their gift card holders.

On Tuesday, October 27, I will be hosting a Gift Card Holder class. In this class we'll learn how to make two different types of gift card holders. Below is the first gift card holder we will make - the Criss Cross Card. I cased this card from Splitcoast Stampers' Beate Johns Criss Cross Card Tutorial.

Here are some details of my version of the Criss Cross Card:
  • The base card is Real Red, while the Designer Series Paper is Christmas Cocoa Specialty (116770) that is found in the Holiday Mini.
  • The belly band is Old Olive cardstock. Merry Christmas is stamped in Chocolate Chip ink. The stamp is from Christmas Greetings (115448) and the ribbon is Sleigh Bells from the Holiday Mini (116795).
  • The medallion on the belly band is stamp in Craft Whisper White ink on Soft Suede Cardstock with the snowflake from Patterned Pines, which is a Level 1 Hostess Stamp Set in the Holiday Mini. (Contact me if you want to learn how you can earn this stamp set for free.)
  • The inside card (see below) is where the gift card "sits." The base is Old Olive with a piece of Very Vanilla attached on top. I used Soft Suede to stamp the snowflakes (which is also from Patterned Pines). The picture may not show it very well, but there are little snowflakes stamped in Frost White Shimmer Paint (116854) sprinkled throughout the big snowflakes. Shimmer paint comes in three different colors and can be found in the holiday mini. I love it because I always seem to get messy when I use it.

On an unrelated note, the gift card in the picture above is from Flying Star or Satellite Coffee, my favorite coffee place here in Albuquerque. If you have never visited either of these establishments, I highly recommend you check it out. Right now, I am hooked on their chai.


Friday, October 09, 2009

Introducing Carmelita's Christmas Stampin' Series

It's October already! Christmas is just around the corner, and I'm super excited about it. For some reason, I'm overly excited about Christmas and have already started planning Christmas cards, presents, and parties. I have also planned my Stampin' UP! Christmas Stampin' Series, which is a series of classes starting October 13 that will focus on different projects you can make using paper and stamps (with some help with the Big Shot every now and then).

Here's the current Christmas Series schedule:

October 13: $5 Awesome Stamp Class - Photo Cards
6:30 PM Fee $5 (pay when you come). RSVP deadline has passed, but I have room for one more person in the class. Send me an email if you are interested in attending.
We will explore the Holiday Photo Card Kit and make two photo cards using this kit and Christmas stamps. Also, I will be offering the kit 20% off if you order during the class.

October 27: $5 Awesome Stamp Class - Gift Card Holders
6:30 PM Fee is $5 (pay when you come). Please RSVP by October 23.
We'll learn how to make two types of gift card holders.

November 10: $5 Awesome Stamp Class-Gift Tags

6:30 PM Fee $5 (Pay when you come). Please RSVP by November 8.
We will be making three gift tags.

November 14: Christmas Stamp-a-Stack
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Fee:$20 (pay when you come). Please RSVP by November 7.
Come make 20 Christmas cards for $20. There will be four designs, and you will make five of each design. Everything is already cut and ready for you to stamp and assemble.

December 4: Christmas Open House
6:00 PM FREE!
Come to this free Christmas Open House! Bring a friend and come make a Christmas Card and eat Christmas Food! This will also be a great time to order any last minute Christmas Gifts. This open house will conclude the Christmas Stampin' Series

If you would like to attend any of these classes, shoot me an email or check out my website. Also, watch my blog for samples from all these classes.


P.S. That cute little graphic at the top of this post was made with My Digital Studio.