Well, I can truthfully say that, when it comes to sending out Christmas cards, I am definitely ready for Christmas. They all went in the mail yesterday, and everyone should receive theirs before the new year (hey, it's progress from last year!). But I did take pictures of them so you can see what I did to make my last-minute rush a little bit of fun for me!
For the second batch of last minute cards, I was determined to get rid of all of those darling Winter Wishes Stitched Felt pieces that I bought. Yes, I bought not one but TWO packs of those once I saw how other demonstrators were using them in their cards. What I'd really wanted most of all were the wreaths so that I could include one of those "door" cards for the ladies taking my class last week. They really liked the cards, as did I, along with a card that used one of the snowflakes. But there were still wreaths and snowflakes left, along with the little pair of very warm looking mittens and gorgeous holly leaves and berries. For these cards, I decided to go with some designs I'd seen online that I'd really liked.
The first card used up the last of my wreaths, and I got the design from Linda Throgmorton's Etsy shop. This is SO quick and simple and you can use any Designer Series Paper you have left lying around and it won't clash with the wreath at all.
I got the idea for this layout from a post by Christine Crutcher, though her card had just a bit more work to it that I was willing to put in for these last minute cards. I did use her idea to use some of the light plaid paper from the Frostwood Lodge Designer Series Paper set, but I added in some of the Cherry Cobbler Plaid as a background to make the lighter plaid "pop" a bit. I was getting to the end of my last roll of Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon, so I opted to tie the ribbon along the short side of the card rather than the long – good thing because I had 8 inches left when these cards were done!
Finally I had the Holly Stitched Felt left. But I didn't need 8 cards (or so I thought! – more later). So I put two of the pieces of Holly together to make this card using a layout that I found in a Zibbet Store called Whimsy Art. I tied these cards together with the last of my Cherry Cobbler Quilted Satin Ribbon (remember, I was out of the Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding!).
Once I finished with these, I was really wishing it was two or three weeks earlier, because I would have ordered up more of those Stitched Felt pieces and made lots more cards with them! So now I'm really going to pay attention to what I'm buying from the Occasions Mini Catalog to make sure I don't wait until the last minute to make my Mother's Day cards for a May 5th craft fair! (Oh, no! I can't believe I'm already thinking about May 2012! Let's get New Year's Day, Valentine's Day, St. Patty's Day and Easter out of the way first!!!)
Whatever you're doing this Christmas weekend, I hope you're having a lot of fun with it!
I'd used most of the snowflake