September 2015It seems like I start my Christmas cards around the same time each year, in spite of my good intentions to make them 'all year round'. Lol! This year i am enjoying the Dove of Peace stamp set from the new Occasions catalogue. It is fun to stamp and emboss, then colour with my Stampin' Write! markers. You could also experiment with sponging colour on this pretty bird. I might try that before Christmas. I have a couple of other ideas I want to try out too so will post them when I make them up.
Here's one of the coloured in series:
Here are some more ideas I played with:
October 2014Now that the swap cards have all reached their homes, here are some close ups of the little house cards I made for it using the Holiday Homes stamps and framelits:
September 2014While I may have dropped making Christmas cards for a few months, I am back in the groove with making and have a few to show you now:
Here are eight cards I made for a swap, using the Holiday Homes stamps and framelits. I will do close ups on my main page once all the cards have been given out to the swap group :) They were fun to make as each little house had a bit of character of its own once i had finished playing with it!
February 2014I was feeling crafty last night so went ahead and got a jump start on February's cards. I've had the Snowman set from Stampin' Up! (not available anymore!) for a few months and haven't ever used it, so last night I built a snowman card. I made a matching envelope for him too. He looked as cheerful as I thought he would! Lol!
There is a possibility that this stamp set MIGHT be in the new catalogue. Stampin' Up! sometimes carries over stamps from special catalogues. I hope he is. He is too much fun to play with.
The three cards have made have all followed a basic template - a circle cut or image for the card front. Don't they all look different? I had a few card bases cut in Baja Breeze as well so even the colours have been pretty similar, but they still look different form each other. You can always find a formula that works for you and change it up to match your season or occasion. It saves a lot of thinking time I find.
Now I have time to think about another card for February. Be back later!
Do you feel rushed at Christmas time? Me too! Do you get all these great craft ideas and run out of time to create your projects? That's me as well! Do you make a list and check it twice and throw it out? I do too! How do we fix this? Well, my solution is that I have decided to make Christmas craft projects all year 'round! I am going to take my time and really enjoy making my cards and hoem decor. Well, that is the plan.
The thing abotu goals is I usually make them too ambitious. Then I fail. So I thought about that and decided I would try to make it easy enough to achieve but still make a difference at the end of the year.
The first goal I made was to decide I would make at least two cards a month and only do more if I get a chance. That way I should have 24 special cards ready to go at the end of the year. That would make a difference.
I also have been staring at an unfinished Advent Calendar Project for a loooooong time. I decided to put that on my lost of 'to dos'.
I want to make some special present tags too. That shoudl work, if i make a few when I don't have time to make a whole entire card.
And that was enough for me to put on my list for now! I will add more things if i get these goals crossed off my list before Christmas.
For January, I made the card goal! I made two entire cards with decorated envelopes. Here they are for you to see I kept my word:
The first card is made with a felt shape, retired Stampin' Up! fabric, glitter glue and sequins. I used a retired sentiment. The scallops were cut with the scallop edged border punch (119882) and cut the circle out with the Circles Collection dies (130911). The white gel pen came in handy for the stitching. (105021). The cardstock is retired Baja Breeze and Pink Pirhouette.
The second card is made with Perfect Plum ink and cardstock and Night of Navy ink. I silver embossed the retired image on Pink Pirhouette. I added a few white sequins and silver leaf charms i had in my stash. The radiating circle is done with a stencil. I just taped it to my card, then sponged it with Perfect Plum, then shifted the stencil and sponged again with Night of Navy. Then I made the envelope and stamped it before I forgot to.
So there we are. Two Christmas cards for January, all done!
What are you going to do this year to make Christmas easier on you in November/December? I'd love to know what plans you have :)