More Christmas Cards

I’m having trouble getting in the mood to make. Christmas cards this year, because it’s nice and warm here if Florida! Not that I’m complaining!! I’m basically just using Graphic 45 papers this year, although I have to admit 99% of the flowers a made using Heartfelt Creations stamps and dies.

That being said, this is one of my more recent cards using “Joy to the World” by G-45.

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First Santa Card (ever, for me)!

This is my favorite card so far this Christmas Season. It’s also my very first Santa themed card. This is a retired paper pad from Graphic 45, and unfortunately I could only find one 8” x 8” paper pad.

This involved a lot of “cut and paste” in an attempt to conserve paper. Luckily, I know how to make flowers and bows, so they covered up where some of the paper joins are.

Cute little striped ribbon, purchased locally, it’s wired to help it hold its shape!

So I made 6 little “wild roses” – the white ones, 2 red rosebuds, and then the full rose – all from Heartfelt Creations Classic Rose dies. Didn’t even bother to stamp them, but I did gloss them up a bit.

Plenty of room to add a Heartfelt message for your recipient.

This is the inside of the card – the paper pad has two entire sheets of these little “stamps”, and the stamp was found at a local craft store several years ago.

Thanks for stopping by….it’s almost the weekend, so I’ve gotta get back to the craft desk!

Thoughts on Christmas Cards

Can you believe it’s already mid-September? How did that happen?!! I don’t know about other people, but I need a head start on Christmas, especially if I’m going to make it “hand made”.

One thing that seems to have fallen out of favor in the past 20 years or so, is Christmas Cards. It used to be that everyone sent Christmas Cards, and it was a scandal if they arrived late. Then people started to feel like, “better late than never!” and shortly after that people started sending the family brag letter along with the Christmas Card – the more creative of them would also put photos on the page, with cute little captions, like (and this was one of my favorites) “Future CEO of Crayola” showing a picture of their child creating yet another masterpiece. Mass produced, of course. Now it seems like you are lucky to get an electronic Christmas message, if old friends and distant family could be bothered to do even that.

It’s my personal philosophy that this should be the year of the card. The CoVid-19 Pandemic has forcibly separated friends and family, and many people have been pushed out of their old jobs, or forced into working from home, so depression is at an all time high. What better way to cheer someone than with a thoughtfully made, beautiful Christmas Card?

One additional blessing of the Christmas Card, is the economy. I know supplies cost much more than they used to, and I know postage is certainly expensive, but compare the cost of $5 postage and the priceless contents of a lovingly made, and usually quite unique and individualized Christmas Card with the cost of ordering some generic T-shirt or whatever from an on-line merchant — you’ve saved money, satisfied your creative urges, and cheered the heart of the recipient, probably much more than that T-shirt would. (Unless it’s a teenager, then all bets are off, lol!!)

Today I’m sharing with you two of my first of several Christmas Cards. I’ve used Graphic 45 paper (Joy to the World), and some hand crafted poinsettias (Heartfelt Creations), glossed them up with gold foil and glitter, and here you are.

I cheated on this one, these poinsettias were left over from some I made last year!
These flowers are supposed to look like new Magnolias.

I hope you are all inspired to at least go to Hallmark this year, buy a card or two if you don’t feel up to making it yourself, and write a personal note to the ones you love. Get started now, time really flies this time of year!

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Merry Christmas Card

Merry Christmas everybody! This is my final card of the season, I have a lot of company coming this week, and really must clean off my desk!

This is an easel card, using a retired Heartfelt Creations paper collection – I am really upset with myself for not buying more of it before they retired it! I just love the cardinals, especially since our yard is full of them!

There are a couple of photos here to show more detail, enjoy!

This is the “absolute” front of my card
Here is the card shown with the easel
Inside view
Flower Detail
Sentiment detail

Christmas Cards

I decided to make my own Christmas cards this year, and they turned out so darn cute, I just had to share. I used Heartfelt Creations Holly Jolly paper, their poinsettia die and stamp, and the tag die as well.

Here are the first ones:

Then I decided to do a couple of folios, and I really enjoyed these!!

Look! There’s even a little gift card holder!! So cute! Gotta admit, got my idea from Kathy Clement, one of the queens of scrapbooking!!

Go make your own, and have fun!

Enjoy!