Friday, 4 December 2009

Christmas cards

I try to make my own Christmas cards each year, and I always intend to be really organised and make them well in advance.

Um.

I did make a few before the end of November this year: this one, this one here, this and also this. (Thanks to Something Completely Different for getting me started!)

Then I remembered I had more than four friends and family....

So I had to pick a quick and simple design to have any chance at all of being ready! I went for a computer-generated sentiment, and a Christmas tree consisting of a punched green triangle, punched gold star, and scrap of brown card. I used all sorts of different green papers from my scrap box, including some experimental photos of fir trees, to provide a bit of interest and variety. Quick indeed, and indeed simple. I whipped up a batch of 30 only yesterday. Here are some of them:



Today I used an envelope, some old postage stamps, a Post Office receipt, a PaperArtsy rubber stamp, an Elle's Studio number card and some Sonburn Designs letter stickers to make this page:




There's a sample Christmas card tucked inside the envelope, with journaling written inside that. At least, there will be, I haven't written it yet!



Have you made your cards this year? Finished them yet?

15 comments:

Heather said...

Hi Mel. Those cards are so simple. I made some cards this year for the first time & got fed up at about 12 :( Will blog about them soon - better take some pics before I decide who the lucky recipients are going to be!!

elinjanne said...

Yes! My kind of cards. Simple and classy.

Ladkyis said...

I have made all mine and posted them - I made them last January from the cut up bits of the cards we received. I do it every year and have done for about 40 years. Now I feel old.

Gez said...

Fantastic cards Mel. They look clean & classy. Your page looks fabby hun. Well done.

Wishing you a lovely weekend. Hugs Gez.xx

Amy said...

No and no - except for one special one that needs to be sent honto pronto!
Very snazzy cards Mel :-)

JDMariani said...

Love how you set your page up in today's journal entry. My cards are done, but I still need to write a letter. The picture's been ordered and shouls hopefully arrive soon.
Rinda

Shona said...

My cards are made...envelopes addressed. You can see a picture of them on my blog I love the idea of using the post office receipt, I will have to remember that for next time.

JO SOWERBY said...

ooooh you make me smile everytime i read ur blogs, luv the simple but very effective cards. i'm making special ones for family this year only
jo xx

Sian said...

Lovely cards! I can't make cards to save my life but I do enjoy writing them. It's one of my favourite Christmas jobs.

Ruth said...

I'll be posting about card making later ~ I really dislike making cards, but I still make myself do it for the oldies in our family! I'm a saint, obviously!
Your cards are classy and I may have to pinch the idea!

scrappyjacky said...

Love the addition of the PO receipt....may pinch the idea.

Lizzie said...

Such a good design - clean, simple, quick and lovely! I used to make all my cards - about 50 a year. Last year I had made about 2 when I injured myself, so my mum got one... then the rest were shop-bought. This year I haven't even started!
Maybe you might license-out your design? Could I "borrow" your idea please?

I love the scrap page about the cards too. Great idea to put the story about them inside one of the actual cards!

Jennifer Rose said...

very nice simple cards :D i thought about mailing cards to people but it was going to cost a fortune :/

RachelB said...

Gorgeous cards Mel and I love the post office mark, that is so cute!

Liberty :) said...

they look great - I will be nicking this idea for next year! I'm not happy with any of my "mass produced" cards but sadly I made my list, make the cards then checked the list twice (;)) then found out I'd been naughty not nice, and had left 17 people off the list. BOOOOOOOO! So I'm now making up an emergency batch with limited supplies.