Merry Christmas to all of my friends here and I’m honored to be a little part of your life with you in some way…I hope you know that!
**This is a pre-scheduled post to wish you all a special happy day. I’m away spending time with my family right now, so sit back with your favorite beverage for a time out and I hope you enjoy today’s long post.**
Just wanted to share BATCHES of the cards and creations that I’ve made for the Holidays this year. I know that I make lots of creations, but for the purposes of mailing cards, I try to keep these particular cards as “mail friendly” as possible, so these are more simple in style for me, but really enjoyed making them and just had fun:
I tend to do bulk cards in a set of 4-6 so that I don’t get “bored” with it or run out of a certain supply or something! LOL! So this first set of 6 cards is using the gorgeous Stampin’ Up! stamp set “Winter Woods”. I stamped up the scene background and then covered the entire panel with double stick adhesive and then covered it with dazzling diamonds glitter. (The deer I added is from a favorite Newton’s Nook stamp set called Serene Silhouettes.) The white heat embossed greeting is from the Stampin’ Up! stamp set “Itty Bitty Christmas”. (I think this set was probably my favorite to do!)
I just *had* to get these penguins in there somewhere! LOL! These set of cards are actually all just a bit different, but I colored up the penguins from the “Pablo the Penguin” free stamp set included with the Making Cards Magazine for December and cut them out in different ways and then mounted them onto cards. Some of them use some of the free papers that were also included with the issue. So this is another set of 6 cards that were mailed out. Love those cute penguins with the different hats! LOL!
Here’s another set of cards that I’ve made to send out, but because these were even more simple than the ones above with very little stamping involved, I made 8 of these. (So if you’re counting, I’ve made 20 total so far…not including some other special cards I’ve mailed out to people along the way.) – I absolutely fell in love with this die set from STAMPlorations called “Two Reindeer” and was so excited to see that I had won a gift certificate from their blog and this was something that I knew I would be getting right away! This was cut from gold cardstock and mounted over a piece of various different Stampin’ Up! pattern paper from my stash…it’s always nice to be able to use up more of my hoarded paper stash! The sentiment is again from the Stampin’ Up! “Itty Bitty Christmas” stamp set.
Now I didn’t want to leave out a couple of cards that I made especially for my boys. They know their mom likes to stamp, but they know I have to add in a bit of my goofy humor with them as well! 🙂 So of course I had to pull out this fun Simon Says Stamp “Gnome for the Holidays” card kit (sold out) to make them! I think I ended up using ALL of the wobblers in the kit too! I told my son that this is me wobbling with the presents about to drop everything and my hubby is trying to save everything! LOL!
Here’s a little wobbler action for you too…
And of course I had to make another card for my other son too…
I absolutely feel in love with all of those cute gnomes that came out everywhere this year for crafting…so I still have more that I didn’t get a chance to use, but thought this would be perfect for my son with this trendy style design…of course using a wobbler too! And I do love him GNOME matter what! 🙂
For some reason, I thought the wobbler action on this one was more fun! LOL! Not sure if it’s because of the weight/size or what…but cool to see the difference.
And whilst in the middle of making up all of these cards to mail out, I also had fun playing with the Christmas Advent Calendar that I had purchased a while back. Because it’s an “Advent Calendar” you start with December 1st and open each day. So each day to open was pretty cool because there was a new surprise stamp inside! So I took each day’s stamp and made a tag for each one clear up until today’s last window to open: (obviously previously opened and made to finish! LOL!)
I will show by the week. So this is week 1 with the first 5 days opened. The stamp that I received for each day is noticeably featured in each tag.
And these are the tags made for week 2. The angel tag was made with Deco Foil in the background.
These are week 3 tags made. The purple colored tag on the left bottom is actually a shaker. The window sheet was glaring in the camera.
This is week 4 of the tags. Hubby picked out the candy canes as his favorite of all of them. Mine was the stockings tag.
And here is the final last week of the tags from the Advent Calendar. Really cool to have all of these tags on hand for gifts! I needed them! 🙂
And of course I wasn’t done with the Advent Calendar box itself because I thought I could “recycle” the little window flaps on the box because they had some cute images on them for each day…so I cut them off with my scissors after I opened that day and kept them:
So I thought it would be fun to use them to create a card! They had numbers on them, but I have covered them up in certain ways so that they’re not showing. The cover die was cut out from the same colored cardstock for the background too.
Whew! Now to get finished up with my wrapping and “merry making” before the big day! I hope you are or have enjoyed yourself a wonderfully HAPPY Christmas day no matter how you’re celebrating it! Thank you for spending some of your time here on my blog today!
I’ll be seeing you soon my friends!
13 thoughts on “Merry Christmas Friends!”
Merry Christmas to you Vicki and your family. Hugs.
First of all Merry Christmas. Enjoy your day. Second, love all of your cards that you posted – simple I think not. You know I LOVE the penguins but I tell you the gnomes are really winning over my heart. Gnomes is on my list to purchase in January. Love the light show and music – and thank you for the “blog” gift of sharing.
Wow!! what a wonderful array of dazzling and cute!! : ) Wonderful post Vicki thank you so much for sharing!! The penguin on your second set just stole my heart! Great job friend!!
So much to admire in this post. Costs can be plenty increased if not within the max weight limit, so I’ve tried to keep them flat and light weight too and I believe only 1 of my posted cards was over the limit this year, so really pleased with myself. I haven’t been good at making cards in batches, like you, but it’s my goal to make two of each Christmas card designs next year, possibly with a twist. Those gnome cards are so fun and perfect for loved ones. I also love the golden reindeer on plaid and striped backgrounds. And I love your favorite tags and would like to put in a vote for the ugly sweater one as well. Enjoy the rest of the festive season.
Gorgeous creations, Vicki.
I love seeing all of your beautiful creations and I feel special knowing I’m the recipient of one of those pretty cards! You always make the most beautiful crafty things and this post proves that! I hope your Christmas was wonderful and that your blessings were many! Thanks for sharing what you do, I’m always so inspired whenever I visit your blog. Season’s greetings!
Such a fun filled post with so many fabulous cards, like your glittered background, always like penguins, darling reindeer cards, cute gnomes! Hope your Christmas was wonderful and many blessings in the New Year!
Fabulous cards and tags Vicki really love the fist one with all the sparkle
Beautiful creations Vicki!! I love all of the sparkle on the first set and what a fabulous gold reindeer! And all of your gift tags are sooo cute!
Vicki, I was SO excited to be on the receiving end of one of these gorgeous cards. Each design is gorgeous! Love them all!!!
WOW, you were a busy girl leading up to the holidays. What wonderful cards all and such a nice variety. I’m in love with the gnomes too and yours are darling. Lucky recipients!!
What an awesome array of Christmas cheer!! Beautiful, beautiful work, Vicki!! Thank you for your constant inspiration!!
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