Monday, October 24, 2011

Holiday Greetings...

 Special cards really make holiday greetings more meaningful and creating something for the holidays doesn't take a lot of time and can be a fun project to take on with kids and friends. Scrapbook paper and a vintage bird cut-out (above, left) makes a festive pop-up card, while a tree cut-out (above, right) and buttons is a fresh take on a "pear tree"... don't forget a big bowl of embellishments like glitter and beads and markers and, of course, pinking shears.

 Creating your own holiday cards is a great example of using what you have: make something spectacular out of "making do." That is a constant theme in my crafting work and my holiday cards are no exception. Many people send pet pictures for cards, so why not get creative with the idea like I did in 2009 with my Yorkie, Oscar? We did a simple sitting with some props and used a photo manipulation program to create this simple but effective card. Our personal greeting (right) was fashioned by merging two two old cards together and adhering to card stock. Jenny and I are still trying to decide what to do for this year's cards. No matter what theme we choose, we will do it ourselves and together, and we'll have lots of fun doing it!
What is your favorite card creation for the holiday or other special occasions?


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  1. I love your poinsettia card. For one type of favorite of mine, my friend and her husband sent out holiday newsletters, with her version on one side and his (humorous and conflicting) version on the other.
    Terra Hangen author "Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts: Stories to Warm Your Heart and Tips to Simplify Your Holiday."

  2. I love making cards, although I am not very good at it. My daughter on the other hand, makes cards that look like they came off the Hallmark rack ;-) I like to make my own Christmas cards and doing lots of layering. I am a more visual person, so I need an object of inspiration before I can get started. I've also make cards using scrap fabric (I've posted them on my own blog )
    For whatever occasion, I love making my own cards!

  3. Matthew, that Yorkshire pudding card is hilarious! I don't make cards, but I have a friend who designs her own Christmas cards each year. She is an artist and draws a Scottie themed card (we all have Scotties) and gives to her close friends. It is always a treat to see what she comes up with each year.


  4. I love to make my own photo Christmas cards.

  5. OMGoodness, that card with Oscar {Yorkshire Pudding} is the cutest thing I have ever seen!!! It has put a tremendously huge smile on my face!!!

    :D *see*

    LOL I love his little expression...sort of "What in the heck are you doing to me *this* time, Daddy?"

    All of your card ideas are lovely, but I am such a dog lover that Oscar's card is my very fave.

    Have a fantastic week!



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