Thursday, November 12, 2015

November Christmas Cards: Baby Jesus & Holly Branches

 I am skipping town for Thanksgiving week and heading for the sunshine state!  Thus I have been working hard at getting things done early so I can enjoy my trip.  One of the things I had to get done was to finish my Christmas cards.

If your a regular reader of my blog you would know that I play the Splitcoaststampers Christmas Card Challenge.  We make Christmas cards all year long so that we won't be stressed out during the busy holiday season.  I make five cards a month and I end up with about fifty five cards at the end of the year.  We don't make cards during the month of I AM DONE FOR THE YEAR!  Oh, how good that feels!

I make a tall card, 4x8, in order that I can fit a photo card and Christmas letter inside.  This is the card I designed this month.  It was inspired by this card HERE.

I used two different retired Stampin' Up sets to create this card:  "Baby Jesus is Born" and "Celebrate the Season".  The latter is currently available for bids on my Ebay Store HERE.

I stamped the holly and berries onto white card stock and then hand drew the stems.   The main image was stamped onto a separate piece of card stock, colored with Copics, then fussy cut.  I put the main image up on dimensional.  Nesties were used to cut the circular shapes.  The sentiment was stamped directly onto the main image panel.

And here are all five cards!  It's such a relief to know I am done making cards for the year.  Of course, I still have to design my family photo collage, order prints, write a Christmas letter, and then address and mail them all!  But hey!  The hardest part is over and I have a full month to get the rest done!

I really, really, don't like making Christmas cards all year long.  It's the hardest thing to do, especially in the summertime or in January when the season just ended and the last thing you want to think about is Christmas.  But it is so worth it.  I think often of not making hand made cards anymore, or not sending cards at all.  But we really don't have a lot of contact with extended family members or old friends anymore, and this is one small way we can still keep in touch and let them know what's going on in our lives.  So I keep doing it!

What about you?  Do you still send out Christmas cards or are you just doing the generic Facebook Christmas greeting now?  It seems I receive less and less Christmas cards every year because most people just say "Merry Christmas" over Facebook.  I prefer a more personal greeting.  Even though I write a Christmas letter, I always add a hand-written note at the bottom to personalize it.

Have a great day!  Amy

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  1. What a great idea! You are so talented! Enjoy your thanksgiving getaway!

  2. Your cards look great and you are so organised to get them all done over the year! :)

    We go to take a photo with Santa and turn that into cards every year, although I do take the time to write a few handwritten thoughts inside. Like you, I like the personal touch!

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