November 1, 2008

The JOY of Christmas cards

Posted in Cards tagged , , at 3:38 pm by bejewelledcreations

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

 

This is the first year that I will be making my own Christmas Cards! Previous years I’ve bought the box sets of cards with a few good designs but ultimately, the majority of  the designs in the pack are pretty old-fashioned. These are the cards that you leave to the last and send to those very distant relatives… (sorry!) I usually dread writing Christmas cards; it feels very much like a chore and I don’t really feel the spirit of Christmas whilst doing it.

HOWEVER!

This year is different! (HURRAY!) I’m thrilled to be able to make my own cards this year! Thanks to Stampin’ Up!, I have all the tools and supplies I need to get creative and send hand-made cards to the people I love and care about. 

I’ve started early so that I feel organised, and I can guarantee that there aren’t going to be any of those ‘cringe-worthy-cards-that-get-used-up-last-because-they’re-so-awful!’  LOL. My friend Kim organised a night at the local town hall’s kitchen where a group of our mutual friends met for a craft night. I took along my Christmas card supplies and made around 8 cards. I felt very organised! (YAYNESS!) This is a sample of those cards and some others that I’ve made with a few basic items.

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

 

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

 

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

 

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

 

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

To make these cards, I’ve used a combination of the following products:

Season of Joy Stamp set   $51.95

Wild Wasabi and Purely Pomegranate ink pads $9.95 each

Wild Wasabi, Purely Pomegranate, River Rock and Garden Green Cardstock $10.50 per pack of each colour

Whisper White cardstock $13.50 per pack

Holiday Harmony Designer Series Paper $11.95 from Spring Mini catalogue

2way Glue pen $6.50

Dazzling Diamonds Glitter $8.50

VersaMark ink pad $13.95

White Gel pen $7.50

Double Stitched Ribbon Wild Wasabi and Purely pomegranate $16.95 each

(On some cards I did use Clear embossing powder with the Heat Tool, but you don’t need to do this. VersaMark ink would still be pretty enough.)

The designs are very easy to replicate using different colours and I plan on making multiple cards of some of these designs for my Christmas cards. It’s a much more pleasant way to do my Christmas cards and I’ll enjoy sending them off this time.

If you’d like to purchase any products listed so that you can make your own Christmas cards, please don’t hesitate to contact me! I hope I’ve inspired you to get creative and enjoy some card-making this Holiday Season. I know that I can’t wait until our next Crafty Mum’s get togther so that I can add to my stash of Chrissy cards!!!

 

:o)