homemade cards for me and you

I have a brilliant beyond brilliant idea (Parent Trap anyone?).  Actually, my friend Luann had a brilliant beyond brilliant idea.  A few weeks ago she said to me, “you should sell every card you make.”  I’m not sure if this is what she meant or not, but what I interpretted that to mean was that for every card that I make, I should make a second version of that card to sell.

What a perfect idea.  Cards take a decent amount of time to design, but once you design them, making them is simple.  Not only that, but I spend so long designing cards and it’s a shame that I have to let go of the design so quickly.  So I’ve decided to give this a shot.  For every card I make, I will make a second one.  My goal is to sell each one in my new Etsy shop venture (which I hope to be opening officially this month).  I’ve got 16 cards ready to go already.

I wanted to share a few cards that I’ve made with you recently in the meantime while I’m still pulling all of my ideas together.

Zoha’s Going Away Card

Card For Zoha 01

Card For Zoha 02

Card For Zoha 03favorite part: All of the bright colors
most complicated part: Cutting out those letters with an exacto knife, especially the inside of the ‘o’ and the ‘a’

Watercolor Cards

Watercolor Cards 03
Watercolor Cards 02
Watercolor Cards 01

favorite part: The simplicity of the card
most complicated part: Getting a wide enough range of shades of color

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What a crazy idea for a new venture, right?  I’m excited.  Let’s do this.

cards and updates

September Update

There are so many things that I want to share with you all in life. I think this is what happens when you don’t blog for a week.  I’ll make you a list, it will be easier that way.

1. I’ve finally decided to start an Etsy shop.  For now I can tell you that I will be selling (premade) homemade greeting cards, inspirational postcards, and 2015 calendars and we’ll see what other fun ideas I come up wtih along the way.  In order to stay up to date on upcoming Chrystina Noel ventures, sign up for the mailing list at the bottom of this post.  I will be sending monthly emails once the shop opens.

2. Check out this duo dip recipe post and how to plan a birthday party infographic I worked to create with Plum Deluxe.  The posts turned out pretty awesome and I hope to work with them again in the future.  Thanks to Johanna and Madison for having such awesome recipes to share with me.

3. In case you haven’t been exploring recently, I updated the cards and parties archives.  They’re quite pretty (and organized!), you should check them out.

4. My cousin Joe sent me this link for parmesean, herb, and garlic monkey bread.  Random, but come on, it’s parmesean, herb, and garlic monkey bread, how was I not supposed to share that?  I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ll report back when I do.

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And a few more bonuses if you’re a blogger…

5. I will be starting a linkup on Fridays for #1down1up.  If you’re a blogger, definitely consider playing along.  Posts go up at 8:00am on Fridays.

6. I took a really awesome e-course called The Badass Babes where I got to work with Sarah of xoSarah to work on my blog and figure out what direction in life I want to take little old Chrystina Noel.  I was in session number 1, and registration has begun for session number 3.  Learn more here and ask me anything.  She has two options, (option #1) the course plus year long access to her blog club or  (option #2) the course plus 8-week long access to her blog club.  And yes, those are affiliate links.  You will learn all about that in her course.

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a music card for krissie

Card for Krissie 01

I had the pleasure of meeting Krissie on an airplane almost three years ago at this point.  She is a music junkie and it is awesome.  She always knows what bands are up and coming and she can give you a million recommendations based on your own personal style.  We met on an airplane, I offered her a raunchy romance novel to read, and the rest is history.

Her birthday was recently and I set out to make her an awesome birthday card.  I knew that I wanted to use the mix tape stationery I had on hand to make her a music card.  I made the first card, and I hated it.

Card for Krissie 02

It looked so flimsy and incomplete and blank.  I actually made it to the point that I had written the entire message in the card and was about to put it in the envelope when I realized that this card really just wasn’t going to cut it and I started completely over.  Take two:

Card for Krissie 03
I rewrote the message inside of the new card and went from there.  Overall, I felt like I wasn’t focusing on the mix tapes enough and that they had to be mounted in order to show their true awesomeness.  And I got an awesome thank you text message when she saw the mixtapes, so that was designing time well spent.

That’s just proof to show that the right card doesn’t always happen the first time.  Luckily for me, it happened the second time.

I’ve been thinking about making a “how to make a great homemade card” e-course to share the skills I’ve learned along the way.  I have a little bit more time this month, so I’ll be excited to see if I can make it happen.  Here’s to new exciting things in life.  First I just have to finish that book I’ve been writing.

another greeting card set

I had the pleasure of singing in my second Baton Rouge Chorus summer production this past month.  Along with the awesome chorus concert came another silent auction and another set of Chrystina Noel greeting cards.  In usual Chrystina greeting card design fashion, I designed the greeting cards at midnight the night before.  The brainstorm looked a little bit like this.

Another Greeting Card Set

My mother and I sat at the table trying to figure out what little pictures I could draw correspond to cards that people might actually want.  Moms are always good for reality checking you.  For example, people send cards for things like birthdays and thank yous – not for harmonizing or shining.

Here were the ones that won the game:

Another Greeting Card Set (1)Another Greeting Card Set (2) Another Greeting Card Set (3) Another Greeting Card Set (4) Another Greeting Card Set (5) Another Greeting Card Set (6)
What other occasions would you send a card for?  Remember.  Keep the pictures simple.