Christmas Card making in July

I’ve just been to a brilliant Christmas Card Making in July evening and I just had to share with you.

We do like our Christmas in July over here. And given that in Australia we’re in the middle of Winter during July it’s really easy to get into the Christmas theme.

A couple of years ago my friend Marla held a terrific. Christmas Card making in July event which you can read about here. And this year it was even more fun.

Marla, with help from good friend Jackie (The Embossing Queen) made up a ‘kit’ for each of us full of really interesting goodies and the challenge was to make 10 different Christmas cards in the evening. As well as stop for dinner, socialise and have fun, or die in the attempt.

Marla and Jackie made a selection of sample cards that you could make using the kit. But of course if you wanted to do your own thing you were free to do so. The goal was that you didn’t stop until you had made 10 cards.

And the fun thing was there was a mix of different techniques for each of the cards. So you didn’t just have a factory production line where you churned out a bunch of cards that were just a variation on a single theme. There were simple and quick cards mixed in with more challenging interesting cards. You can see what I mean in the pics.

Marla cruised the room helping those of us who were a bit challenged or confused by what we had to do so that everyone came away feeling very proud of what they had accomplished.

I have to admit that I failed in the challenge to complete 10 cards; only managing 6 for the evening. I think a contributing factor was that I started off by picking two of the more technically challenging cards to do first. I should probably have got a couple of the more straightforward ones under my belt first. But I was pleased with what I had done and it also gave me the opportunity to try some new techniques, such as making the shaker card,  which I really enjoyed.

And then there was the food!

We all brought something to contribute towards dinner and what a banquet we had. Dinner was served in breaks through the evening. So we had a break for soup, then got stuck back into the paper and glue tape, before taking another break for the main course and then finally a later break for the cheese and desserts.

And you probably don’t need me to tell you, we had a ball. As well as feeling a little smirk of pride on being so ahead of the game for next Christmas.

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5 Responses to Christmas Card making in July

  1. Embossing Queen July 8, 2011 at 8:01 am #

    I had a great night as well Karen. I started a little earlier than you and still only completed 6 cards, so you did really well. I would encourage your readers to get together with a few friends and have a go at this as well. They don’t necessarily need to have a kit organized as we did, they just need to bring along a few things each and work together on some cards. If nothing else it is a good social fet together!

  2. Marla July 8, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    Was a fun gathering! I think everyone had a great time, and yes, one person managed to complete the 10 card challenge. Hopefully everyone feels a little inspired to finish the rest of the cards at home!

  3. karooch July 8, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

    Well that’s certainly my intention Marla. . . if the Demon Procrastination doesn’t get in the way.

  4. Antoinette July 9, 2011 at 8:34 am #

    Ooooo, I’m so jealous!! Would have loved to be there and get in the Christmas mood (well, not really need to get in the mood as I’m always thinking Christmas, lol) But I do am a ‘let’s get together and all of us create something’ kind of girl, so this definitely appeals to me.
    Hats off to you Karen, 6 completed cards is a lot! I’ll just be bold and say that I’m looking forward to receiving one of your creations later this year :D

  5. karooch July 11, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    It’s a given Antoinette. It would have been great for you to be there too. You would have had a blast. But the drive home would have been a bit rugged. :)