This year has been one of my favourite for Christmas Cards because I chose a stamp which I really love! Having fabulous seasonal catalogs filled with celebration stamp sets, coordinating cardstock and bling is a JOY. There are lots of fabulous ideas to explore in the first pages of the catalog then all the product you need to create your own in the second half.
The image I chose is “Love & Joy” (p.34 of the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog) and all the card makings came from the catalog, too. I decided to use textured cardstock in Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler then added in patterned paper from the “Season of Style” Designer Series Paper Stack (p.22 Holiday Catalog) with the gorgeously cute Old Olive “Simply Styled Embellishments” for some added ‘pop’. The image is embossed with my (retired) Vanilla scented embossing powder, there are some embossed polka dots on one of the layers, and extra ‘fun’ in the Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine (p.173 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog).
I offered a bit of fun to my Facebook group and asked them if they would like to be involved in a Christmas Card Sharing. We created several groups of 6 participants and each person had to send a Christmas Card to the other members in the group. You were allowed to put your name down in more than one group, which was because I wanted to send out a lot of cards. What I loved about this process was the JOY and Fun people had when they shared Christmas JOY. And, of course, the absolute pleasure they received when Happy Mail began arriving in their letterboxes! The “Christmas Card JOY” Event was a huge success!
I had my name down in two groups and knew that one or two people in one of the groups had already seen the Old Olive Christmas Card design I had ready for 2013 so I did another version in Cherry Cobbler. I used the same Designer Series Paper and embellished with “Delicate Details Lace Tape” (p.171 Annual Catalog) and “Frosted Finishes Embellishments” (p.28 Holiday Catalog). This card was so much fun to create! I love the vibrancy of the Cherry Cobbler!
I sometimes wonder if I make cards simply so I can decorate the envelopes! This was the very simple yet so effective envelope embellishment I used, this year. Being that my favourite word is “JOY“, I couldn’t help myself but to use it as a banner on my “Crumb Cake Envelopes” (p.162 Annual Catalog). I am so glad I kept that retired stamp set!
We had just over a week to get our cards made/bought and written on to then have them posted. There were a handful of people ‘playing’ who live overseas so we needed to get organised quickly in order to have the cards arrive in time for Christmas. I worked out that there were 27 people participating which meant that 150 Christmas Cards, filled with JOYful & Loving Energy, flying through the Postal Services of the world, sending out ripples of JOY and love … Amazing!
Within a couple of days of the Christmas Card JOY Event beginning, I had Christmas Mail! So. Much. Fun! These are some of the comments people are sharing about receiving Christmas Cards …
Thank you all for my Christmas cards!!!! I am loved!! They are filled with holiday cheer and magical love!!!xxx
Thank you for all the wonderful Christmas cards. They all have become part of my Christmas tree decoration.
Because of the LOVE they hold. It’s intangible. But it makes such a difference! Thank you.