I am actually very proud of myself as I started making my Christmas cards a bit earlier than I normally do. I am completely done and they will be in the mail in the next day or so. It is always a relief to get this done.
I also spent most of my day and evening doing wrapping, wrapping, and more wrapping. Except for gifts to my husband and to local friends, all of the gifts we buy have to be shipped cross country. Needless to say, it is always a relief to see the boxes go on their way. They will be at the post office first thing in the morning... along with all of the others that are being shipped on the Post Office's infamous "Black Monday".
Now, back to this years Christmas cards. A couple of years ago I found a lovely pack of Christmas card "blanks". The blanks came in a box of 50 cards with 10 different designs that were themed together. They worked out perfect for me, especially after getting them 1/2 price at Hobby Lobby. I looked for them last year and only found a set from DCWV that I wasn't thrilled with. I used a few of the designs, but the box still sits mostly unused.
This year, I was in Hobby Lobby just after Thanksgiving and unexpectedly found a box of blanks by My Mind's Eye. I was so excited to find them. I instantly fell in love with the designs. The designs went perfectly with the stamps I had bought and planned to use this year.
I wonder if My Minds Eye makes these sets exclusively for HL? Some patterns are obviously pieces from their old line "festive signature Christmas".
This is my favorite card. The ornament is stamp in Brown Brilliance ink. The card is a patterned "blank", and the other printed paper is from Basic Grey.
These are two more cards I made. I love this stamp. I used Brilliance Olive ink, and colored the bird with a brown Tombow marker. The first card blank vintage looking sheet music and the second one are deer. I added striped paper at the lower edge.
I used a chandelier stamp that I had with this card that reminds me of old wallpaper. I made the chandelier sparkle with bling. The edge is a brown piece punched with a scallop punch, and some more striped paper.
I love this bird/nest stamp. It is a two part stamp by Memory Box. I just it was so sweet. I did several variations of this design.
Here are a couple of variations of cards that used the same Memory Box stamps. I like how the saying seemed to fit with the family of birds.
I really like the vintage feel of these. I printed some copies of a favorite image and added it to the cards. The first card uses a blank Cavallini label with a stamped sentiment. The second is a printed Cavallini label.
These two cards were done in pretty much the same manner. The first one just has glitter added to the snow covered branches.