Christmas Cards!



I'm just a BIT late in posting this, but I wanted to share a variety of the Christmas cards I made this year! Yes, I made all of my Christmas cards. No, I didn't think it would zap so much time making almost 50 homemade UNIQUE Christmas cards. Yes, I am a noob. No, I won't make the same mistakes I did last year. Yes, I WILL DO IT AGAIN NEXT YEAR because it's still super duper fun!

Come on! On to the cards!


The First Round

Can you tell I kinda had a blue theme going on?
Anyway, I was VERY  happy with the navy, white, gold combo I had going. BUT I was also really excited to use a new stamp that I got so hence all of the "Merry" cards. 

In hindsight, I should have made at least 20 of those navy cards. Here's what it took!
Navy Cardstock (I used the Recollections brand from Michael's)
White Cardstock (ditto)
A Festive Holiday Paper Pack from Michael's that I cannot for the life of me find a link to.
THAT IS IT. 
I used my Cricut Explore to crank out a few Christmas trees. Then I ran those through my embosser for a little bit of texture on the card. Then a nice slice of the gold/navy Festive Paper for the top and bottom and voila! 
I love the simple, classic look of those so much. Don't be surprised to get one of those from me next year because I am very sure they will be making a return visit.

 The Second Round

Like I said, I was VERY excited to bust out a new stamp! My mother-in-law ordered some Stampin' Up for me and I was itching to get it going! 

Here's what I used for my Merry cards:
White, Turquoise, Gray and Gold patterned paper
I, again, used my Cricut Explore to cut out those gorgeous little ovals to stamp on. The first set of ovals was a bit too big, but they ended up making great gift tags! 
After that, you can see I pretty much just winged it with composition and patterns and embossing and all of that. I LOVED making tons of variations with this one! 

The Third Round 

So I'm noticing my theme for why I made the cards I did was because I had things I wanted to use! I didn't stop to think how easy it would be to mass produce these cards. 
Live and learn, man.

Here's what I used on the Red cards:
Chalkboard-style Holiday Paper from Michaels (I swear, I can find NOTHING on there today)
I again used my Cricut Explore to cut out the trees, the banners, and even to write "Merry Christmas" on the banners (my handwriting is nowhere NEAR that level, y'all)
Later renditions of this card resulted in me adjusting the hexagon lines farther to the right of the card, which I liked a bit better. 
And of course, I had to throw in one more of the simple white on colored cardstock (top left) which was just making me so happy this year! 







Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.

9 comments:

  1. These are awesome, Lisa! I want to try to be crafty (for the first time) once we get settled into a new place and have a little more room for crafting stuff. I LOVE these xo

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    1. Yay! Please let me know when you do!

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  2. really wonderful! and yes we often don't imgine the time handmade gifts or card can take so for this year i do plan to send a few again but i'ms tarting my list already so i can have the time to make each oen with teh time it requires without rushing^^

    i hope you will have as much fun next time

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    1. Thanks! Yes, I need to start my list too!

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  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE my Christmas card <3 you are so crafty & talented! xo

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  4. These are GORGEOUS! I love homemade Christmas cards. It's nice to get cards in the first place but it's even nicer when you know the person has put a lot of time into making them look nice.

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    1. Oh thank you so much! I had a blast!

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  5. Your cards look amazing, Lisa! I love the way they turned out and I'm sure you had some very happy recipients <3

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