Sunday, January 30, 2011

Another Christmas Card....only 38 or so to go!

Hello all!
I'm trying to make up for slacking already on my New Year's Resolution. Well, it wasn't exactly a resolution, more of a loose goal. I hate New Year's Resolutions because they never seem to work out and then you get frustrated with yourself. Anyway, my goal for the year was to make, on average, one Christmas Card a week. Doesn't sound too hard does it? Yeah, well, factor in a 4 year old, a 6 month old, strep throat, a full time job, etc., etc. and so far this is only the second card I've done and January is pretty much over! Oh well, I'm making a little bit of progress!!
Anyway, I made this cute little card using an adorable Phindy Image. I just love this snowman and his cute little friends. The best part about this image is that it takes no time to color! You have to love that when you have a clingy baby!!
Oh, and here's my exciting part.....last year (sounds funny to be saying that but technically December was last year) I ran into a bit of a dilemma. I had made my Christmas cards to be the A1 size. That's the general size I make and the easiest for me to get envelopes for. Well, then I had my kids Christmas pictures printed and guess what, yup, they were bigger than the envelopes! Sooooooooooo, I scrambled to find bigger envelopes. Then the cards were too small for the envelopes - it was a mess! So, this year I decided I would make all of my Christmas cards bigger to solve that problem. Then I realized that I would have to buy bigger envelopes and guess what, they cost more! I'm on a tight little budget and that was going to eat up basically my entire crafting budget - not good! Well, I went shopping for the after Christmas Sales and saw that you could get REALLY cheap Christmas Cards especially if you're not picky about what they look like. I bought 3 boxes of really ugly religious Christmas Cards for a quarter a box. Each box has 24 cards in it. I gave the cards to the ladies I work for (they make their own envelopes, I'm too lazy for that!) and kept the envelopes. Now I have 72 envelopes that cost me basically a penny each! That's a bargain!!!
So, here's the card that I made using the sketch from Phindy's Place Challenge Blog. I think it's a pretty cool sketch. I used ribbon (the brown thick one) that my friend Lynda gave me. She got BOXES of ribbons and lace that were being thrown away at work and she shared some with me, isn't she sweet?? The papers were all from a scrapbooking kit my brother's girlfriend got me for Christmas (I just love her and the awesome presents she gives me). I added little rhinestones in the center of the flowers. I had bought them at Walmart a few weeks ago and wasn't sure what I'd do with them but I had to have them, now I'm glad I do, they add a nice little sparkle.
This card is for the following challenges:
Kaboodle Doodles Challenge Blog: Bling It Up!
Tip Top Tuesday: Fabulous Flowers! - There is a fabulous tutorial on making your own flowers on their blog. Now, I did not use their tutorial for this project but I'm thinking I'm going to have to give it a try one of these days!
Stamp Something: Winter Somethings


  1. WOW - Fantastic card Katie.... and whoo hoo.... You used some of that ribbon! It's great to have inherited such an awesome stash... LOL
    You did an awesome job with this sketch! LOVE Your card!
    Thanks for playing with us at Phindy's again this week. Such a faithful participant! =)

  2. I love these colors, blue and green with the touch of brown is just so pretty. Two Christmas cards so far is pretty good, you are off to a good start for the year already. The flowers with the rhinestone centers look great, too. Wonderful take on the sketch.

  3. I think 2 Christmas cards already done in January is fantastic!! This one is super fab!!
    Thanks for playing at Kaboodle Doodles and good luck!

  4. Wow only 38 to go! Not too many then! Great card, love that image! Thanks for joining us this week at Kaboodle Doodles. Jill

  5. Katie this is lovely! Really nice colours and not the expected Christmas ones either. Well done for getting started on your Christmas cards:)

    Thank you for joining us againand taking the Phindy’s Place Challenge, do hope you’ll join us again this Friday! Also thank you for taking the Top Tip Tuesday Challenge.

  6. Hi Katie. Lovely card and a great interpretation of the sketch. Well done at making such a good start on your Christmas cards! Thanks for joining us at Phindy's Place.
    Tine :)

  7. This is gorgeous Katie, and great find on the envelopes. WOOHOO for a bigger envelope at a cheaper price.

  8. Very pretty! Thanks for joining us at Stamp Something!

  9. This is lovely, Katie. I really like that you did not use traditional Christmas colors. Your frosty blues and greens are so much prettier!
    Thank you for joining us at Phindy's Place this week!

  10. This is a really sweet image!! Thanks so much for joining with us at Stamp Something this week!!HUGS

  11. What a nice card you've made with my sketch! Wonderful colours and a very nice digi... :-)
    Thanks for joining us at the Phindy's Place challenge and hope to see you back...
    xxx Anne-Marije