Monday, 25 July 2011

Last week was certainly...

...Christmas in July.

WARNING: Lots of photos so you might want to grab a cuppa before you go any further LOL

In addition to various challenge sites setting Christmassy themes, the folk at Catch the Bug had a week long challenge and a blog hop - and the folk at Wild Orchid Crafts joined forces with Lili of the Valley to have their own Christmas event. On top of this I won two lovely prizes which made it feel even more as if Christmas had arrived early.

However, if that wasn't enough...last week was also Dawn Bareham's monthly 'all-day' card workshop and if you haven't already guessed, the theme was Christmas in July - go figure LOL

As always, Dawn had some lovely creations lined up for us and we started with...
...a box...but look what is inside...
...a 'Snowman' book-style card.
The first two pages have phrases from the song 'Walking in the Air'.
They also have framed openings leading the eye through to...
...the decoupage scene on the back page. Although there was quite a bit of work to this card & box it was actually quite simple...but oh how lovely the finished item is. This is where it becomes difficult to even consider giving these cards away.

The next card was a triangular card made from scratch.
Now I am not, and never will be a great fan of the process of hand-cutting decoupage but this was the second card of the day and the second one where I had to cut out the decoupage bits...
...but I have to say it was worth it. My photos probably don't show the detail well enough but the Teddy & parcels at the foot of the tree do look rather effective.

Dawn's workshops always involve learning something. Sometimes it is a crafting technique or as with this time - the construction of different style/shaped cards.

The third card was based on a easel card but not only was it on it's side... was also scored into 3 sections instead of the normal two.
When stood-up the card gives the effect of a bay window.

The final card was fiddly - not because of it's make up but because despite a brand new blade in the Cricut the doily design just did not want to cut so we all ended up cutting the design by hand.
This card is a rocker as the main part of the card is a shaped circle folded in half.
The decorative panel is mounted onto the rocker and all the edges of the red & green CS were inked gold.
The sentiment on the front was printed onto a tag and heat embossed with gold.
The card was finished off with a simple printed panel on the inside.

It was a fabulous day as usual and very busy. However, these workshops are always fun and it is great spending time with 'like-minded' folk and at the end of it coming away with four lovely cards............................


Sandra said...

Well with it being only 5 month till Christmas today, looks like your well on your way with these lovely projects

She said...

What lovely favourite is 'The Snowman' love it! Glad you enjoyed your workshop, it's great spending time with like minded people, isn't it? Love S xxx

Claire said...

Wow.. I have to say the Snowman card book is my fave... but then I just love the film.. I also like the easel arch... the one that looks like a bay window.. how cute would Tilda and Edwin look on one of them..
Lovely cards once again
hugs Claire
( oh I had a coffee ready... and drank half !!)

Bubbles said...

If I could live Christmas every day of the year, I'm sure I would! Hubby won't let me have a Christmas room in the house (where the tree is up and it's decorated all through the year - lovely!). The cards are gorgeous... Snowman and the rocker card have to be my faves... the deep colours in the rocker card are just luscious!

Kerryanne English said...

Sounds like a fabulous day Toni and all beautiful projects.
I too love the snowman card.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Claireliz said...

Oh how I wish I was as organised as you, lovely Christmas projects there.

Anonymous said...

Toni, you have gone christmas crazy lol. Gorgeous creations my friend and looks like you had a lot of fun too hehe.
hope you are well my friend.
If you get time, please pop by my Dezinaworld blog today as i have a free collage sheet for everyone. I hope you will like it. Have a great day !

Vicky said...

Hi sweetie absolutely gorgeous creations the book is my fave its stunning shug.

Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

Linda said...

WOW Girl you have been busy.. these are all just gorgeous!! very lovely work as always..Looks like you had a wonderful time.
hugs, Linda

Virginia said...

Absolutely gorgeous, particularly like the 'bay window' style one!