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Oh my gosh!
I canít believe you did all that-love the organization!!
I have thought of offering to teach card making at my Momís senior living but Iím not sure I am up to being that organized
Good job!!

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ar719 11-18-2019 02:57 PM

Oh my gosh!
I canít believe you did all that-love the organization!!
I have thought of offering to teach card making at my Momís senior living but Iím not sure I am up to being that organized
Good job!!

md2dkh3 11-18-2019 07:02 AM

I love these and I bet they were a big hit! I hope the participants appreciated all your pre-work.

KeyKid 11-17-2019 04:40 PM

My inspiration came from HERE. The blog seems to be removed but you can still see the image. A friend, who helped with the session that day, gave me a quart-sized bag full of vintage Christmas carol booklets a couple of years ago. They looked to be provided for advertising for an insurance company. They would be perfect for this card.

I cut the music into 3x3" squares and then trimmed them to be 3/4" wide. At first, I was going to have participants cut the fishtail into the bottom end, but, when I realized the time crunch and all, I cut the fishtails also. Because I'm also a little (maybe a lot) OCD, I wrote on the back of the music strips at the top, numbers 1 2 3 4 so that the carol and music would be in order. We used Elmer's Extra Strength glue sticks to apply to just the top inch or so of the music strips. Again, I did ALL stamping at home. Front sentiment is from Verve Stamps (no longer in business) Beyond Measure stamp set. Inside sentiment, Wishing you a Christmas season full of peace, goodwill, and joy! is from Divinity Designs (aka Our Daily Bread Designs) Christmas Mini Set. I stamped a snowflake on the back.

Back to the front! The card base was Kraft cardstock. The front panel is a speckled off-white I get at a little independent paper shop. I had the bakers twine cut to length in the kits and said at least 4 times to complete the front panel, including the twine, before you stick the panel to the card front. (One guy tied the twine around the entire card because he put the panel on first.) I applied the double-stick tape to the back of navy paper with white speckles (same paper shop) and sized the star and cut a bunch with my Silhouette. The star punches that I had were either too small or too large. I liked having the star die cut over the 2 flat rings of twine but under the bow.

I had sample cards at each table. It was interesting to see all the variations of cards that came from the kit! Members were able to complete the cards and add their own written message inside.

KeyKid 11-17-2019 04:18 PM

I was asked by a former co-worker, who is now the president of our local Kiwanis group, if I would do a 2-card workshop at their lunchtime meeting so that they could send Christmas cards to deployed service personnel. I said yes, thinking that I was going to work with a subset of the group. When I realized the group also includes older men, and both cards needed to be created within about 30 minutes, I did a LOT of the pre-making of these cards. I was told to made 20 kits for each card.

To make the cards easier for assembly, I did ALL the stamping at home. People were divided among 4 tables with some starting and stopping at different times. For ALL die cuts, I first put THIS double-sided tape on the back of cardstock before I did the die cuts. That made all of the die cuts stickers so that I didn't have to have liquid adhesive available. Thank you, Jennifer McGuire!

Here's the first. My inspiration came from HERE.

There is a scrapbooking/papercrafting store in the next town that is jam packed full of stuff. I went there looking for a buffalo plaid paper. She had some that was a larger scale in the manly/outdoors section. I continued looking and found this scale in her Christmas supply. It is by Photoplay Paper. I bought the Stitched Alpine Snowflake dies directly from Poppystamps a couple of months ago. I think they were on clearance because they are no longer on their website. I stamped Merry Christmas from a discontinued Stampin' Up Christmas Greetings wood mount set. The banner die is from MFT Blueprints 27 die set. This card was on a white base, black layer cut the same size as the card base, smaller white panel, smaller plaid panel. Inside sentiment: May Christmas and the New Year bring you every happiness, is from Stampendous Christmas Wishes stamp set. To keep anyone from setting up the front of the card upside down and on the back of the card base, I stamped the large holly sprig from Christmas Wishes on the bottom of the back. (Ask me if I've ever done this!) We finished off the front snowflake with a "pearl rhinestone" sticker from Hobby Lobby.

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