Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Christmas card

Hello, hello, hello there,

I hope everyone had a very happy Christmas. We had a lovely time visiting my parents, the kids got to go to the beach a couple of times, Mum (me) got to go to the movies for the first time in three years! and do some shopping. I bought myself a new border punch that I have been wanting to get my hands on (Apron Lace from Fyskars). It's nice to be home though and aside from some decluttering (every surface in our house seems to attract some) and preparing for a BBQ tonight I couldn't resist posting. Actually I have a few things I'd like to post but given that Christmas is rapidly disappearing I thought I had better post my "official" Christmas card for 2009.

I played around with Tree Trimmings, for a few weeks trying to find a layout that I liked. I'd seen some great cards but wanted to come up with something that was easy to reproduce but looked good and was mostly mine in design. I can't remember what triggered it but I was seized by an idea and then was able to make up a prototype very quickly - hooray!! In fact I prepped up the pieces for 20+ cards and took them with me on holiday in November and then just assembled two cards a day till I was done.

I wanted to do a traditional colour version and a non traditional version, the blue/olive mix was mostly DSP inspired, the Ski Slope DSP available then used those together as did the (long retired) Holiday Thyme DSP I used on those cards. Enough blather - the design pretty simple, the base of the card is stamped with stars/snowflakes, over that is a Old Olive panel scalloped down one edge. Then the image panel goes over that. DSP at the bottom, the greeting and a bauble raised on dimensionals. A strip of ribbon goes over to blend the join.
Thanks for visiting through this first year of blogging - its been a great fun and I love to hear your comments.
Have a Happy New Year,
Recipe: Trad colours (All SU unless otherwise noted)
Stamps: Sleigh Full of Toys (R), Tree Trimming, Sincere Salutations
Cardstock: Real Red, Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red, Chocolate Chip, White Craft
Accessories: Ski Slope DSP (R), Scallop Edge punch, wide Real Red and Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, Silver brad, dimensionals, Double sided tape, SNAIL adhesive
Recipe: Non-Trad colours (All SU unless otherwise noted)
Stamps: Sleigh Full of Toys (R), Tree Trimmings, Sincere Salutations
Cardstock:Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink: Bashful Blue, Old Olive
Accessories: Holiday Thyme DSP (R), Scalloped Edge punch, 1" Double stitched Bashful Blue grosgrain ribbon, narrow Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, silver brad, dimensionals, double sided tape, SNAIL adhesive


  1. Kim, these are fabulous Christmas cards. You've inspired me. Thank you.

  2. these are gorgeous Kim..Happy New Year and best wishes for 2010.. Bec xx


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