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Not Your Average Christmas Card – AECP Final Challenge

Not Your Average Christmas Card – AECP Final Challenge

Howdy! Here we are, at the very end of my Altenew Educator Certification Project (AECP). I am so happy to say that I have completed all my classes for my Altenew Educator Program and it feels wonderful!

I held my very first virtual class on Saturday, the 18th of September and I loved every minute of it.

Participants of my Workshop, September 18, 2021.

First, let me reflect on my AECP journey a little bit. I started this program in the beginning of this year, January 5th to be exact. To me it seems like it’s been way longer than that, probably because a lot of things have happened until then and now. (If you would like to see my very first challenge, please click HERE) I was so exited and I have to admit a little bit overwhelmed with the program at first, but Altenew team made the journey so smooth. A big shout out goes to Virginia Lu and Erum Tasneem and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them personally. These two amazing ladies were there to answer every question and to point you to the right direction. They really made sure you are not lost in the process. One thing that was truly helpful is a Facebook Group specifically made for our group, a wonderful place to interact with other people from the same program, share ideas, experiences and your work. I learned a lot through this program and I met a lot of wonderful people, some of which I can call my friends. But there is one thing in particular that I will forever be grateful to Altenew and AECP- it helped me find and refine my own style, and learn more about what kind of card maker I want to be.

Last, but not least, a big “THANK YOU” goes to my participants for taking the interest in my workshop and for taking the time to play along:

Eva, Evette, Rachael, Sharon and Vickie.

It was a great pleasure to have you all in my class!

So, for my final challenge I did something absolutely different and unexpected. And this is how the idea came to be:

In our card making industry we dedicate a month of July for holiday cards and it is commonly known as “Christmas in July”, and I knew I was going to make some holiday cards but the design will have to be completely unorthodox and unexpected. I originally wanted for my last challenge to be called “Christmas in July” and when I presented my idea to Virginia and Erum they were a little bit puzzled and once I had my design approved, Virginia came up with a brilliant name “Not Your Average Christmas Card” and the rest is history.

This is the list of supplies I used in my class:

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Additional Supplies:

And here is what my participants made.

Eva Bussom

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Evette Griffore Jacobson

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Rachael Shedeed

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Vickie Davis

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Sharon Smith

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Thank you everyone for your support during this program. We have reached our final destination of this fantastic program and if you are interested in finding out more about this program and would like to sign up for it, please feel free to reach out if you have any questions. I would be more than happy to assist you with your journey.

I will catch you soon with a new post. Stay safe and be well.



  • Eva Marie Bussom
    Posted September 20, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    Lana, it was such an incredible honor to be a part of your final. I also want to welcome you as a Certified Educator!

    • Post Author
      Posted September 20, 2021 at 10:59 pm

      Thank you Eva, so much! Thank you for all your support and help throughout this journey. I am not officially an educator, but thank you! It has been a fun experience, that is for sure!

  • Virginia L.
    Posted September 22, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    This post is definitely NOT your average post, Lana! You have done an awesome job in bringing everything together. It was so lovely to work with you. I so enjoy fine-tuning the super fun and creative ideas with you. The class was a smashing success obviously. Everyone had a great time trying out your stamping ideas and the “accidental” mistake” was Godsend! I look forward to see your future ideas and see what it will take you. You have so much to offer and you have a way of making everyone feeling happy and confident. Bravo on a job well done, Lana! Way to go!!

    • Post Author
      Posted September 22, 2021 at 4:25 pm

      Virginia thank you so much for your kind words and most of all thank you for trusting that I could pull this off. I really enjoyed the class and looking forward to more classes in the future. I would love to do this with Altenew and show more people different ways to look at their stamps. Thank you for all your support, it has been a wonderful journey.

  • Rachael
    Posted September 24, 2021 at 2:57 am

    This was a brilliant take on thinking outside the box! Or the shoebox as it were! I enjoyed your class so much and it has really got me thinking about using my stamps in an unorthodox way! I am really looking forward to what the future holds for you!

    • Post Author
      Posted September 24, 2021 at 3:42 am

      Thank you Rachael! And thank you so much for taking the time to join my class. I really enjoyed getting to know you and I hope to see you in one of the classes again soon. Let us hope that is going to be plenty of them…

  • Vickie Davis
    Posted September 25, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    Loved, loved, loved your class! You made everyone welcome and were so friendly & helpful. I have even made another card using your ideas.

  • Natasha Davies
    Posted September 27, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Lana, these are incredible!!! Huge congratulations to you, my friend!!! 🤩👏 And now fellow educator!!! 🥰🥳

    • Post Author
      Posted September 27, 2021 at 10:15 pm

      Thank you so much dear Natasha and thank you for taking the time to visit me! Looking forward to new adventures!

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