What? It’s Christmas Already?!

Hey there friends!  Wow, so my last post was Thanksgiving and I pretty much missed the entire month of December it seems like, right?!  It has been a very crazy month with lots of different things (including personal) going on so pardon me for going MIA!

I HAVE been working on some projects here and there and I would be happy to share those, but for right now, let’s focus on the Christmas projects that I’ve been working on getting ready for the up-coming Holiday next week! 

I have already sent out my Christmas cards, thank goodness, as I wasn’t even sure that was going to happen either!  I was very impressed with the new Taylored Expressions Create-in-Quads Mistletoe Layering Stencil and how quickly I was able to knock out 4 card panels at a time, which was a huge time saver to get my Christmas cards finished up!  There is actually a set of 4 designs here (like shown below), but I was in the middle of addressing the cards and forgot to photograph some before shoving into envelopes! LOL  This set was using the white cardstock with the green and red colors which turned out very pretty.  I also used the red glitter paste for the highlights on the berries.

And here is the other set of four cards that I made using the Toffee colored cardstock with green and white inks for the stenciling.  I’ve also splattered these with brown and white paint.  The sentiments were white heat embossed over some TE Chocolate Truffle cardstock and cut out with some MFT dies.  Before attaching to the pre-made white A2 card bases, I also wrapped some twine around some of the panels or added a bow with it. (I love the homespun look of the white mistletoe!)

These all turned out great because they were pretty much flat and fairly easy to mail off.  I think I was short just a few which is where I’m glad that I still have a few extra cards that I had made throughout this year and I have previously given out some “extra special” Christmas cards earlier in the year as well.  I think you may have already seen them from a previous post…I will have to take a look and see under my “Christmas” section!

If you’re looking for a last minute Christmas gift/tag, these wood slice things are so quick easy and fun to create!  I’ve had a huge box of these wood slices for a long time, so I pulled one out to make a project for the Inky Stamper December challenge on FB.  (I also believe that Chelsea sells some wood slices in her store!)  I had hubby drill out a hole for me at the top before decorating so as I knew where to put everything.

I’ve used the Inky Stamper Christmas Bauble stamp set for the stamping on the wood and colored in with pencils and gamsol.  I’ve added details with a glitter brush pen on the ornament and added some snowflakes with Nuvo White Crystal Drops.  I had to mask the frog to stamp the Santa hat on him.  I’ve used some silver twine for the hanging portion and then I glued a silver bow with some silver ribbon from my stash under the hole.

And lastly, I’ve also been working on some commissioned cards as well!  Last year, I had a request from someone to create a special Christmas card for his cleaning lady.  I had him pick out an image and asked about the colors…you may remember it as I had posted it last year.

a few months back, someone had asked me to re-create the same design for them with pretty much the exact design with the exception of the sentiment which I changed out for this person.  This one went to another country and I was concerned about the shipping costs, but it was not a problem.  The package had taken an unexpected journey because of the crazy mailing system going on at this time, but it arrived eventually and was in “perfect condition” as reported to me, so I was so thrilled with that and they seemed very pleased with it.

With the square size of the design (5″ x 5″), I’ve handmade the envelope for this one as well.  I found the exact papers used in the designs for these cards, but I don’t think I have any more left after completing this one.

Here’s how I’ve decorated the inside of the card and left blank as requested for their own personal use.

So now, I just want to take this time to say THANKS SO MUCH for hanging in there and stopping in today!  I don’t have too much time on my hands right now as I’m getting ready to make some Christmas treats and the Holidays will soon be over.  I hope you are all doing well and I wish each and every one of you a very safe, happy and healthy Holiday Season!

See you again in the New Year 2022 friends!!

16 thoughts on “What? It’s Christmas Already?!

  1. Such a fabulous collection of Christmas cards and ornament! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year Vicki!

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  2. Best Wishes for Christmas and the New Year to you and yours Vicki,hope you have a wonderful festive season. A beautiful selection of cards and a fun ornament

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  3. Gorgeous cards and ornament! I love those wood slices and have had them on my Gettin’ list for a while! I’m also in love with the TE stencil (I’ve seen one other set of cards made with it) and I think I need to add that to my Gettin’ list right away! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  4. I was beginning to fear you’d stopped blogging again after not hearing from you for so long! It’s great to see all these fun cards you’ve been making and I just love the ornament with the grinch! I hope things are well with you and your family and that you’re all ready to enjoy a wonderful Christmas season! Have the merriest Christmas of all and I look forward to seeing more from you in the new year!

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  5. Such beautiful cards! Feliz Navidad to you and your family. 🎄⛄🎅❄🎄 Warm hugs from San Antonio, Texas

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  6. WOW, fabulous sets of cards Vicki.I love the toffee colour set very much, but all of them are gorgeous..love your cute frog on the wood, he is awesome, great idea, and then we have the cleaning lady card, so fun and I bet appreciated..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

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  7. Gorgeous sets of cards, Vicki. Love the toffee coloured set most!
    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a healthy, happy and creative 2022!
    xxx Margreet

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  8. Fabulous collection of cards and the layering stencilling looks wonderful and loving the different looks to them x. Such a fun cleaning lay card too. Have a peaceful and safe time over the Christmas festivities Vicki x.

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  9. Oooohhh, Vicki, you’ve been busier than Santa’s elves. What a splendidly festive, beautiful selection of seasonal projects. Thank you for making our holiday seasons even more merrier and bright with these inspiring creations.

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

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  10. WOW! These card sets are amazing. The great advantage is that they can be made quickly and still remain so effective. I love this cute frog too, and the added cap looks so fun leaning on her eyes. I love it. The last card is beautiful and I’m not at all surprised you got this order. A unique card
    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year, Vicki!!

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  11. Gogeous selection of cards Vicki and love the cute frog on the wood slice-not sure why your posts are not showing on my reading lists anymore???Hope you had a good Christmas and best wishes for the New Year
    Carol x

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  12. What a nice selection of Christmas cards. Love the TE ones, especially with just a touch of sparkle. You do such great work on commissioned work, I am sure the buyer is more than pleased. The cleaning lady is just too cute.

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  13. Such awesome Christmas creations, Vicki! My favorite are the mistletoe designs in green and white! How beautiful!!

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