Hello. My name is Jenny and I am a freak who insists on making handmade Christmas cards every year. You're probably thinking that doesn't sounds that terrible. That is until you hear how many cards I actually make.by.hand.
We're talking in the ballpark of 150+ cards.
Go ahead, call me a freak. I have earned that name.
It all started innocently back in 2003. I thought to myself, "I'll make my own Christmas cards this year. Won't that be fun and save me a TON of $$". Flash forward to 2011 and I am still making my own Christmas cards, because I can't seem to stop. And I'm afraid if I sent out store bought cards, everyone on my Christmas list would call me a fake, or worse.
Why is the number of cards I make so high, you ask? Well, because my husband is a fire captain, and every year we receive cards from almost everyone in the fire department. So it's really all my husband's fault.
And because I need to make 150+ cards, I have to get started on them in the Summer, when most people haven't even begun to think about Christmas.
Anyways, I came up with my design for our Christmas card this weekend. One for family and friends, which is a little more detailed. And then one for the fire department, which is a little easier to mass produce. I have to confess that they both are SUPER CUTE! But I can't show them to you yet, because I don't want to ruin the surprise in case anyone on my Christmas card list also reads my blog. So instead I will show you a few of my cards from Christmases past.
|The card that started it all. The base and photo were computer generated.|
|2003 Family & Friend Card. The snowman was made from a technique called quilling.|
|The snowman was stamped and the glitter square frame was heat embossed. The Joy was a die-cut.|
|This card consisted entirely of stamps. A lot of stamping went into this card!|
|The snowman was stamped and then colored in with markers. The red strip was embossed.|
|The snow flake and dot border were stamped, as was the Joy. A tiny jewel was placed in the center of the snowflake.|
|2010 Christmas card. The reindeer, snowflake border and greeting were all stamped. And a bit of red glitter was placed on Rudolph's red nose.|
My apologies if this post now has you now thinking about Christmas. In August!