Monday, November 26, 2012

Christmas Cards & Inspiration!

Project designs ©Sharon M. Reinhart 2012
I would like to invite you to head over to Cardmaker Magazine's most recent newsletter. I am sharing some Christmas card designs as well as how to take inspiration from one design to create other items such as party favors, packaging, ornaments, etc. The newsletter is a free resource that if you sign up will go directly to your inbox every three weeks. Hope you like it!
Creatively Yours,

Friday, November 23, 2012

Christmas Angel Ornament

Thought I would stray from cards for this post and share an angel ornament. These ornaments are a breeze to make and great for use as ornaments, gift package decor or even as a beautiful accent on a bottle of wine or sparkling juice.
To begin, purchase the felt ornaments from Michaels (3 for 1.50). Then create an accordion rosette, for this rosette the Tim Holtz die was used. Layer a plastic glittered snowflake on top and then finish with a word accent in the center. Dec. 25th was punched from printed cardstock and layered in the center of the plastic snowflake. To cover the glued area on the back, punch a 1 1/2-inch cardstock circle and adhere to the back. To assemble most of these pieces together I found the use of a hot glue gun made for a quick fix. This ornament could also double as a card by temporarily attaching to a card front. Hope you like it!
Creatively Yours,

Monday, November 12, 2012

Christmas Card Inspiration!

Project design ©Sharon M. Reinhart

As promised, here is my card inspired by the Festive Decor Piece shown on the left and posted on November 1st. Instead of re-inventing the wheel I chose elements from the original canvas piece for use on my card. The die-cut letters on the card were inspired by the wooden JOY element (covered with printed cardstock) on the canvas. I used the tea bag fold medallion to represent the O in the word Joy and layered it onto a die-cut shape. The corner motif was accented further with the same glitter glue used on the brads in the center of the tea-bag folded medallions. The final element is the stamped word. So if you find yourself scrambling for design ideas for cards, take a look at some of the other pieces you have made and use elements of it on your cards. My next CardMaker newsletter which goes live on November 26th is all about Christmas Cards and Decor and encouraging you to get more mileage from you designs by using elements of one design to create something else.  I hope you will head to CardMaker magazine and sign up for the free newsletter. The current issue is by Kimber McGray and its all about adding texture to your cards. Check back soon for more holiday creations!
Creatively Yours,

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Festive Decor!

Project design ©Sharon M. Reinhart 2012
Where does time go! Sorry for my absence. Life was a bit topsy turvy for awhile. Hopefully we are back on track. Onwards and upwards! Also, to all, whose lives have been affected by the horrific storm - Sandy, my thoughts and prayers are with you!
To bring some cheer to the day I thought I would share this festive canvas decor. Initially the wooden JOY piece was going to be an ornament or piece that could be hung on the wall and then I decided to incorporate a small canvas into the picture. These canvases are perfect for this type of decor, it is one of those Can Do Art childrens canvas that has a pre-printed picture on it. Once its painted or paper has been adhered you don't even know. The wooden word has been covered with an Echo Park paper (I don't believe it is still available.) There are however a variety of music score papers out right now that would work wonderfully, some are on cream backgrounds but you could easily change that with the use of sprays or light washes of watercolor or thinned acrylic paint. Yes, that is a tea bag folded medallion in the center created using the basic circle technique. If you would like to learn more about paper folding check out the free previews for my Fabulous Paper Folds online class! Add a stamped word, a bit of ribbon and some pretty corner die-cut pieces placed together (Heartfelt Creations/Spellbinders) and you are done. If you are looking for card inspiration I challenge you to use this piece somewhat like a card sketch or inspiration piece and create a card.  I will work on this challenge as well, be sure to check out my next post to see what I have come up with. Enjoy!
Creatively yours,