Do you hear Christmas Carols playing? I haven’t, but I surely have seen a lot of holiday decor, cards, toys, etc. I really don’t like to see holiday products as soon as school starts, but its’ gotten to be almost that bad!

As for paper crafting, I am pretty much done with Halloween and Thanksgiving/Fall. I will be showing you many of the cards I’ve made over the next few weeks, but now I’m heading on to Christmas. I’m not sure how many of you will be sending Christmas cards this year; I’m not even sure if I will be! But I know I’ll be at least giving many cards, and I’m already having a lot of fun creating for the “happiest time of year”. (Yes, I know that’s a misnomer at times, too!)

Today I have 2 cards to show you, which are the first cards I have finished for my Christmas workshop this year. I’ve scaled back some, and won’t be holding the “all day” workshop, but I found some wonderful greenery dies, and just had to have a class to show you how to create with them. I’m calling this workshop “A Pinecone Christmas”. The pinecone dies and much of the greenery are from one of my favorite companies, “The Greetery”. I think you’ll love them, and they are so much fun to create with! I’ll be showing you how to put the pine cones together, and I’ll also have some pre-made for you, to save time. You’ll be getting a lot of die cuts in your kits, too, so there’s opportunity to “make the cards yours” and move things around if you’d like

The workshop is Saturday, Nov. 12, 10:00 – 1:00 at Theresa’s office, 104 Hughes Road, in Grass Valley, CA. Seating is limited for this workshop, as I want to be able to give each of you personal attention. Let me know if you want to join us (or buy a kit, if you can’t attend.) As always, class is $35.00 and you can Paypal me or mail me a check. Your payment is your reserved seat. And here are the first two cards!

Here are the pinecones! One large and one smaller. I sponged the edges of the pieces, for some depth, and then added a bit of Stickles for holiday bling! The greenery was diecut on watercolor paper, and I used my watercolor paints to paint them. Obviously, using this method you can get a lot of variation in the colors.

Some of the greenery on this card is cut from matte silver foil (from Anna Griffin) and some of it is cut from a greyish green cardstock (from Papertrey Ink). I liked layering the greenery for a very full bunch.

Thanks for stopping by! Friday, I’ll be posting a “mob” of those adorable pumpkin easel cards, if you’d like to send one to someone special in a couple of weeks! Happy crafting! Janice

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