Sunday, December 27, 2009

Holiday cards 2009 ~

Hey all!  I hope you had a very Merry Christmas, if Christmas is your thing!  If you celebrate something else, then I hope that was wonderful as well.  We just finished off our Christmas festivities this morning.  We only have my stepdaughter every other weekend, so we never have Christmas on the actual day.  Hopefully, as the little monster gets older and understands about Santa and such more, she'll come to spend more time with us.  Anyhow, we had a fun time and now she's off buying clothes and spending her gift cards with her father while I'm here at home with the little one napping. 
I thought I'd jump in today and show the rest of my holiday cards.  I wanted something elegant and easy to mass produce for most of the family/friends that are on my list.  It turned out that because of the little knot, I had to spend an extra twenty cents on postage.  Oh well!  At least I was smart and checked it out at the post office first!! 
Each of my holiday cards were stamped with the same sentiment inside.  It's from this cute little stamp company I saw at the Stamp/Scrap Expo, Bugawumps.  It says,
"Peppermint sticks that twist and turn,
Yuletide logs that brightly burn.
Soft downy jackets
And warm woolen mittens,
May your holidays be filled with
Family, friends and traditions!"

The sentiment is clear embossed on both styles.  You can't tell in the photo but most of the lines of the deer head are highlighted with a Sakura Clearstar pen.  I used the pen to draw the ornament hangers too.  It's very pretty IRL. 
This next one was for my closer family members that I was able to see on Christmas.  It was inspired by a challenge on the CARDS blog to use felt.  I've never cut felt on my 'bug; it worked okay.  If I were to give any advice, I would say to try to cut your felt to a small enough size so you can turn the piece and run it through the 'bug a couple of times.  All I had to do was use some snips, but it would've been nice to not have to do that part. 

 This last one was colored long ago for the first Embellish magazine color challenge.  I never ended up making it into a card, so I used this as a special card for my grandfather.  He loves my little guy so incredibly much.  Zane is my grandfather's first great-grandchild, so he's extra special!

Like I said above, each card had the above sentiment stamped inside and our family picture.
  I find that is still a little too mass produced for me, so everyone got a quick little handwritten hello.  That's all I've got for you today!  Before I leave you, check out my sidebar for some blog candy that I've happened upon.  I hope to be bitten by the crafting bug sometime this week!  :o) lyss
CARDS 1 & 2
STAMPS: Basic Grey Winterland; PTI Signature Christmas
INK: Ranger Distress Ink Broken China, Fired Brick & Peeled Paint; VersaMark; SU Chocolate Chip
PAPER: PTI Rustic Cream, Scarlet Jewel & Soft Stone; SU Riding Hood Red; DP Basic Grey Dasher
OTHER: Sakura Clearstar gel pen; Filigree Clear embossing powder; dimensionals; PTI Scarlet Jewel & Vintage Cream twill
STAMPS: PTI Holiday Button Bits & Signature Christmas
INK: Ranger Distress Ink Pine Needles; PTI Pure Poppy
PAPER: PTI Rustic White
OTHER: PTI Rustic twine, Pure Poppy buttons & satin ribbon; dimensionals; felt
STAMPS: PTI Polka Dot Basics II; Whiff of Joy Charlie with Snowball
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black; VersaMark; PTI Fresh Snow
PAPER: PTI Dark Chocolate, Kraft, Pure Poppy, Spring Rain & SS White
OTHER: Martha Stewart Snowflake punches; dimensionals & glue dots; PTI Pure Poppy buttons; Cuttlebug Snowflake embossing folder; Stardust Stickles


Leigh Ann Baird said...

Your cards are beautiful! I love the reindeer one! The card with the little dude on it--he looks like Zane. I'm sure you know that, but that's the first thing I thought when I saw the card. Great work as usual!

Anonymous said...

Great cards, as always. Hope you have had a very happy holiday season.

domino, XX

Mary G. said...

GREAT collection of cards! I really LOVE that first reindeer card, and the inside sentiment is so sweet!!

Happy New Year and only 2 days until "your month" as Ms. January!!! said...

Your reindeer card is definitely elegant - simple, yet perfect (and kudos for paying extra to add the ribbon!). Great group of cards and what a smile from your son on the family pic!! Happy New Year!

Alyssa B said...

What great reindeer cards!I love that set, i'll haev to keep my eye out for it!