[I've found myself looking for more tangible ways to express my love to my family and friends, especially for this Christmas season. I am determined right now to begin fashioning what I'm calling my Handmade Christmas. My goal is to make all of my gifts this year. If you'll follow along with me, I might share an idea or two that you hadn't thought of, and I look forward to some comments with wonderful handmade Christmas present ideas from you, too. Hopefully we'll all be ready to celebrate together when we have a cozy little stash of homemade gifts waiting under our trees for our loved ones in December.]
On the first day of handmade Christmas, my true love gave to me, a partridge in a pear tree! But as there's a shortage of partridges around here (as well as pear trees), I'll settle for a stamped bird on a handmade Christmas card. Since I started stamping three years ago I haven't bought a store bought card for anything. I love creating the design, choosing the colors, and even making and remaking the card until it looks just right. For Christmas, I try to keep my ideas very basic, because I just don't want to spend hours and hours stamping cards for my whole Christmas list. Here are some of my ideas for this year, created for my yearly Christmas Card Stamping Class, so that there will be plenty of ideas for everyone.
…the traditional red and green above, and the more elegant cream and gold with organdy ribbon below.
more red and green, with a bit of a vintage olive twist, and another favorite color combo, red white and black, below.
I love navy and light blue and white, too. The middle card was my card two years ago, and is still one of my simple favorites.
Here's the card I would love to do for this year, along with the simplified version that I will most likely end up with. That's okay, often simpler is better, in card-making and in life.
All of the stamps and paper shown were purchased from Stampin' Up! (email me if you need a source) and most can be done by even the newest stamper. Most designs are mine, but several are from my wonderful stamping club…thank you Bridget, Marni, Rebecca, Tandra, Alora, Jeanne, Gigi, Cindy & Tina for your inspiration and your beautiful designs! If you've never stamped, your necessities to purchase are: extra smooth (but not glossy) white or cream cardstock for stamping on, a paper trimmer, a few inkpads and coordinating cardstock colors, and a few image stamps and a few sentiment (word) stamps. I also like to add ribbon and rhinestones to lots of my designs. I generally start with the main image I want to use and a color scheme, and start experimenting until I like what I have. If you have any questions about specific cards, send me an email @ firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll help you as much as I can.
I so enjoy making my own cards, especially for Christmas. Come back for the second day of (handmade) Christmas soon…