Friday, December 16, 2016

Christmas Cards 2016 - Blessings!

Good morning! I was starting to think I would NEVER get them done, but the other day I finally sat down determined to get some Christmas cards put together before it was too late! Took a couple tries to come up with a design I liked, but once I had it - these cards came together SUPER quickly! I started mid-afternoon, and was completely done with 86 cards by dinnertime the next day - and still managed to get some housework done, homeschool the kiddos, talk on the phone with a few people, get a good nights sleep (HA!), and even watch a movie with the kids AND my hubby later! All in all, I would say there is about 4-5 hours solid work put into these - not counting addressing and signing of course, but I'm pleased with coming up with a design that didn't require TOO many steps!

(((All the product links for these are at the bottom if you are curious about the stamps or die I used - I also linked up a few of the pattern paper pads that I used - although there are tons more that were no longer current.)))

One of the biggest bonuses to these cards is that they enabled me to make a HUGE dent in my pattern paper stash! I seem to collect 6x6 pattern paper pads, and Christmas ones in particular never get finished. I always hate to get rid of them, but by the next year I don't use them as much because they are current and able to be purchased. So I used a bunch of it on these cards - and the fun thing is that even though I used one design for these cards, EVERY single one is DIFFERENT than any other, thanks to the pattern paper! Double win!

Here is a closer look at just a few of them - there was no way I was including pictures of all 86 of them! Haha!

This right here is just a portion of the pile - I stamped the image and sentiment using my MISTI which helped make short work of that job. I then die cut a border along the bottom, and attached that panel with a small amount of tape to my pattern paper - just to hold it in place - then machine stitched the tops to hold them together, but let them hang a bit free for some interest - AND to keep from going through too much adhesive on these.

Finished off by attaching to my cardbases - and here is another look at some of those:

Also linking this up with this week's Simon Says Monday Challenge - Let There Be Snow:

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  1. I love this design you came up with and all the pretty papers you were able to use!

  2. I love this design you came up with and all the pretty papers you were able to use!

  3. Heather, you are the Queen of simple yet fabulous card designs!!! These are fantastic! I love that image from Altenew---definitely on my wish list---and what a great use of your holiday patterned paper stash! Awesome work!

  4. These are amazing Heather, love the wavy scallop border on each card. =)
    I can't believe how much you got done and still managed to make all 86 cards!