If you know me, you know I am a pushy person. This comes from years of working as an air traffic controller, then more years married to an even bigger control freak than myself. Anyway, I saw the five cards that we were supposed to be able to make at home after the workshop, and I immediately started grousing - they all required equipment or materials that I did not have at home. Chris pointed out that the five cards to do at home were supposed to inspire us to make similar cards with what we had, and not the exact ones, but I persisted. Chris was very nice, and gave me the stamps to pre-stamp my images, and she let me diecut the shapes I needed to finish the cards, but that was not enough for me. I wanted the special lace and ribbons and fancy paper she used. We had some fierce words, which we never do, but the bottom line is that I paid extra and got the extra trimmings. It was a fair conclusion, in my mind. However, it occurred to me that after making such a stink about getting the extras to make the other five cards, I had better actually do them, or I was never going to hear the end of it, not from Chris or any of the nice ladies who watched me make an ass of myself.
Here is the first of the do-at-home cards that I did:
Chris coughed up the lace and the ribbon. This is pretty much exactly what she designed, except I think my bow is a little large. I did want her to know that I could do a variant, that I wasn't a total idiot incapable of following directions with my own materials, so I also made this one, using the Reese paper set (all the sets have identically sized tags, but in colors to match the set)
As I pointed out to Chris, I didn't have the nice lace, so I punched a lace-like border from a brown paper sack and gathered it. I had gold organdy for a bow, but somehow the bow and lace alone didn't look quite festive enough for a Christmas card, so I pulled a gold star from my stash. I made the star a while back - it is a punched cardstock star covered with a gold foil candy wrapper. After the gold ribbon and the gold star, I grabbed a Stardust pen and glittered up the lace bits and also some of the circles in the paper (too bad glitter doesn't show in a scan).
This was fun! I will have to try it with the other 4 cards waiting to be made.
Challenges? Sure, why not!
Mark's Finest Papers - use lace
Alphabet challenge - 3 embellishments (lace, star, bow)
Crafts 4 Eternity - Christmas
Crafty Catz - metal and lace
Phindy's Place - make your own embellishments
Paper Cutz - star
Sew many challenges - border punch