Monday, December 27, 2010

christmas cards

Did you catch this adorable folk art card from Betsy Veldman last year (link here)?  It's stamped with the PTI Christmas Friends set and I just fell in love.  I made it into our 2010 card by adding my favorite sentiment from this year's Big & Bold Holiday Wishes set. (And, oh my,  I always keep one 'mess-up' - it looks like I photographed my oops card!)
I LOVE Betsy's design but tweaked it to make it easier for mass production.  Instead of ribbon & bows, I used diecut felt ric-rac and a diecut snowflake.  The turtle doves image went on a separate pieces of cardstock, just in case of stamping mistakes :).  I added texture by running it through a canvas impression plate, then inked the edges since I was not about to sew (did that last year and won't ever do it again).  
I cut Pine's Rustic Snowflake paper into strips that could piece together as unique cards, even with a production line of 55.
 Man, do I love seeing them all lined up!  It was a labor of love - especially when interrupted with a surprise move on December 3rd.  (We had our house on the market but never expected to sell so quickly.  Luckily, the timing was right to get us into our perfect home for Christmas!)
 This message and the fonts from Inside & Out: Holiday just blew me away.  It's exactly what I wanted to say.  These cards were a lot of fun to make... and I've already got some cute papers stashed away for next year's creations!

xoxo,
Christy

SUPPLIES:
stamps - PTI Christmas Friends, Big & Bold Wishes, Big & Bold Holiday Wishes, Inside & Out: Holiday, Peace Be Still, Rustic Snowflakes ('Handmade by' snowflake image on back of card)
paper - PTI rustic cream, Rustic Snowflakes patterened paper
ink - PTI pure poppy, ocean tides; Versamagic sage; Distress Ink antique linen
accents - PTI pure poppy, ocean tides, spring moss felt
tools- PTI Rickrack die, Mat Stack 4 die, Canvas impression plate; Cuttlebug; Marvy heart punch (orange) 

7 comments:

Stephanie said...

Christy......I am totally in awe right now. Talk about impressive!!! You thought of every little detail and your cards are just breath taking! Gorgeous job. I bet everyone will be saving this one. Just beautiful!

Sue Ann said...

FANTASTIC Christy ....... LOVE IT ALL!!!!

Karen C. said...

What a labour of love Christy. The group picture of all your cards is so impressive and the choice of pattern papers is just so festive. Happy Holidays to you and enjoy your new home!1

Amy said...

Beautiful cards!! I all the patterns and colors together! The addition of the rick rack was the perfect embellie!

It's now been 2 years since I've made my own Christmas cards.....I really don't miss it as I'm not much of an assembly line kinda card maker and now that Sam's Club has 100 picture cards with envies the day after Thanksgiving weekend for $15, who can pass that up?

Anika said...

These are gorgeous! You must have some energy that I don't have being pregnant with twins! Way to go!

And congrats on 2 boys! My grandpa thinks mine are boys - which my husband loves to hear! But we won't be finding out until they are born.

Debbie Gaydos said...

WOW!! I am amazed! These are beautiful... and the amount of work that went into them, oh my! You did an awesome job, almost has me thinking I could make cards next year, lol!

Anna (doctorfoodie) said...

These are beautiful!! They do look fabulous all lined up like that. Great job!!!