Well, I knew it was coming. It always follows November. So why to I always get a huge shock when I have to flip the calendar? And say to myself – Oh snap! It’s December already!? Yup, every year, I go along thinking I have lots of time. I even pat myself on the back when I get holiday parcels mailed early, or some gifts purchased. (that’s 2 pats for me, by the way! I’ve done both those things already!) But seriously; I still have to make my Christmas cards & send them out. I still have gifts to buy and wrap. And of course, there’s the daily grind that goes along with all of these ‘extra’ things to do.
I’M WORKING ON IT!
Really, what more can I say? I’m working on it! I do have my list of gifts still to buy. Christmas dinner is at our house this year, so I have decorating and shopping to do for that. And the dreaded ‘deep house clean’; do you do that too? I mean not just a regular clean, but a remove everything, clean and then put it all back after purging some of it kind of clean? *ugh* One of these years, I’ll do what I always say I want to do – hire house cleaners to do it for me! That’s not cheating, right? Anyway – I am working on my Christmas cards right now, so I thought I’d show you the ‘work in progress’. How are your holiday cards coming along? (don’t tell me you’ve already mailed them!)
So, mass producing cards isn’t my favourite thing to do. In fact, I try to avoid it like the plague. However, when push comes to shove, I just have to do several of the same design, at Christmas. Then I’ll do several more of a different design, and so forth. This way, a few people will receive the same design, but not everyone. And my sanity is spared (no comments, please).
MY FAVORITE THINGS SECRET SANTA
I shared a card for last week’s Paper Craft Crew challenge, using just a snippet of the Santa peeking from behind the tree. You can see that post HERE, if you missed it. But for my sending cards, I wanted to use more of the images, plus the dies – they’re just too cute!! So in the photo above, you can see that I pulled out some pieces of white cardstock, and stamp 3 of each of the images I want to include on the cards. Since I know I’ll be die cutting each image, this is a great way to use up my scraps!
Each image is stamped in Nocturne ink, and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Next, I pulled out all of my markers – Zig, Spectrum Noir and Stampin’ Up! – and went to town! I chose the colours I liked best, whether the marker is alcohol based or not (most of them are), and since the images are heat embossed, I didn’t have to worry about the outline smudging or running. After the colouring is done, I add highlights with my white gel pen.
Next, I die cut each image – gave my arthritic shoulder a work out!
I love the Magnetic platform for my Big Shot; it means that I can die cut a lot of images at once, and the dies don’t slip around. The photo above of the die cuts is a bit closer, so you can see more of the details in each of the images.
Well, the next step I’ll be working on is putting together the images in a scene, on card bases. I’ll share once I’m done, before I put them into their envelopes and send them off! Then, I’ll be working on the next couple of designs, and getting those done.
But you know, I’m also working ahead! I already have this Wednesday’s Paper Craft Crew challenge card done. Also, this Friday you’re going to love our Stamp ‘N Scrap Blog Hop! Be sure to come back for that! Of course, there’s also completing projects for during the holidays when we’ll all be taking some time off; Christmas eve, day, and Boxing Day. Hopefully I’ll get enough done ahead of time that I can have some ‘down time’ for myself, to spend with family and friends.
Thanks for visiting with me today! I hope that you’re planning on some ‘down time’ for yourself as well; even if it’s just to visit me here, and see what I’ve been able to accomplish! *wink* Take care, my friend! See you tomorrow.
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