Thursday, December 13, 2012

Family Christmas Card

Good Morning.  I hope all of you are well.  How's the Christmas shopping going?  Me, I have been done for a few weeks now.  My DH on the other hand, well, let's say I know where he will be this weekend {smile}.
As I mentioned a Saturday or two ago, I make our Christmas cards.  Now, not everyone out there (yes, they do exist) appreciates hand-made Christmas cards.  So, those folks get store bought.  But, the family and close friends extended 'family', who appreciates at least my effort receives a hand-made card.  Now, with all the inspiration out there, I do make a few different versions.  But, I wanted to share the main card being sent through the USPS.  
here is the card:

For those who know me, I don't always follow the 'rules'.  The pattern paper I have used isn't holiday paper.  I saw it in the store, and a Christmas card was screaming to be made!  So, I purchased it.  The pattern paper is Happy Trails by Glitz.  
I just love the colors: deep red, a bit of white, the ocean blue, the stripes and of course the polka dots!  I have an infinity to polka dots.  (My secret obsession.
Here is a close-up of this fabulous digital download I purchased @ iralamija.  I just love her work.  (I have purchased a few different digital downloads from her, and I haven't had a problem.)  The Christmas tag is popped-up with foam tape.  I added a tiny torn piece of Washi tape.  I thought what a perfect match! the same blue, red, and blossoms.  I think that is why it was calling me at the craft store {smile}.
The card base is Cherry Cobbler card stock, from Stampin' Up!.  I layered the different pattern papers on.  I matted the floral paper with Pool Party card stock, from Stampin' Up!.  I just love this color of blue, and really wanted to make the red blossoms pop!.  I made multi-loop bows with Pool Party seam binding, from Stampin' Up!.  The rhinestone brad secures the bow to the card front.  (It's from a big box craft store.)  The tag is cut from Silver glimmer paper, from Stampin' Up!, I used the Tiny Tags die from Paper Trey Ink.  The sentiment is from an old Christmas stamp set Reindeer, by Inkadinkado.
I hope you get a chance to make a holiday card or two.  There are quite a few folks out there, who just LOVE them!  It shows us that you care enough to create!

Happy Crafting!  hugs, Sharon W.

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