I can't remember the last time I sent a Christmas card - it was possibly as long as 20 years ago. I always start with good intentions. Most years I buy a box or two of cards (convinced that not having to look for the cards I bought last year will 'save me time' and 'let me get on with it') and then....nothing.
But this year is going to be different. I'm determined. So I've been busily making cards and here's what I've got so far. I've had a great time making them - AND - (how proud am I) - today I posted some!
The 'mini' cards. Cut on the Imagine, embellished with small pieces of card embossed in the Cuttlebug - and of course a bit of glitter, some ribbon and a few gems.
The 'Noel Banner' cards turned out really well I thought. The banners and flags were print and cut on the Imagine. Background papers made by embossing plain card in the Cuttlebug and then
The 'Green' cards are simple - but I like them. All of the elements for the cards (including the patterned papers) were cut/print on the Imagine (except the ribbon and rhinestones!).
The 'Red and White' cards - the two square cards have no Imagine cut elements on them!! The backgrounds are white vellum embossed in the Cuttlebug then layered on pieces of red card. The ornaments were made using an Anna Griffin stamp - heat embossed with white powder on red card - then carefully cut out. The snowman card was cut on the Imagine (the base card and the snowman layer). The snowman was glittered all over and a couple of rhinestone buttons added. The 'Let it Snow' was heat embossed clear powder on white card, then cut using a Spellbinders die, and finally inked with the Fired Brick Distress Ink (with the die still in place).
These Cool Yule cards were made to send back to my family in Canada. All started with white card and the Union Jack 'Special Touch' mask - some stamped with snowflakes, one filled in with Mica Flakes and one heat embossed with ultra thick metallic powders. The sentiments were cut on the Imagine and then glittered (naturally!)
A few fun Santa and Elf cards (yep print and cut on the Imagine) These always make me smile.
....and this little family of birds for my sister. The sentiment is 'Being together at Christmas is the best gift at all' and I made it for her as I'm heading there next week for the holidays!
And finally some 'Believe in the Magic of Christmas' cards - featuring the big guy at work. The first uses a Special Touch mask and a flying santa stamp. The second is Coredinations card embossed in the Cuttlebug and lightly sanded. The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed with clear powder. The final tag card was cut on the Imagine (the base card, and the Santa silhouette layer). A bit of Distress Ink for the sky and some glitter around the edges finished it off.