This week I am doing a class with Online Card Classes, this is the site run by Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner together. This class is brand new and relevant to this time of the year so I thought I would try it and see if I like their format. Plus they have so much available on their youtube channels for free, I wondered if there would be anything new to see in the class! Anyway the new class is called “Clean and Simple Holiday Cards” here is the outline…

Monday, November 12, Day 1 – Inking
Tuesday, November 13, Day 2 – Die Cutting
Wednesday, November 14, Day 3 – Coloring
Thursday, November 15, Day 4 – Foiling & Glitter
Friday, November 16, Day 5 – Heat Embossing
Wednesday, November 21, Wrap-Up Day – Giveaway Winners, etc.

There will be over 20 videos of various lengths focusing on those techniques and ideas for Xmas cards. As well as Jennifer and Kristina, there will be “guest” artists:

Cathy Zielske
Channin Pelletier
Chari Moss
Debby Hughes
Gina Krupsky
Jeff Lindberg
Julie Ebersole
Kathy Racoosin
Laura Bassen
Laurie Willison
May Sukyong Park
Michelle Short
Shari Carroll
Yana Smakula

PDF and video downloads, lifetime access etc etc.

So day one was Monday and it was focused on “inking” and I learned nothing new at all 🙁 Let me just say that this is not meant as a negative by any means, this is not an “advanced” class, it is targeted at all levels of cardmakers who want to make some CAS holiday cards and have some crafty fun.  Yesterday was die cutting, and again I know a lot about die cutting lol so…. but then after about 4 videos, there was one that I thought was pretty cool, and the cards were really nice too. I’m thinking I might use this technique to make some cards for my mother as I offered to make her some since she is not able to get out and buy her own xmas cards this year, due to on-going health problems. Of course when I made this suggestion to her I had no idea what I was going to make her lol so this has been very helpful.

Oh and I like that there is a student gallery, a forum to ask questions and giveaways at the end of it, and a 10% for Simonsaysstamp.com which I have already used lol
The giveaways are these and are randomly selected:

$100 to Gina K Designs!
THREE free Online Card Classes of your choice!
TWO winners will get a A MISTI stamping tool from My Sweet Petunia!
FIVE winners will get a $20 gift certificate to Altenew.
$50 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp
$50 gift certificate to Ellen Hutson

I would really like to win the three free classes (Tim has some classes there also!)  or that $100 Gina K voucher would be fab!  Looking forward to finding out what else is coming up this week!

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