Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A 2010 start on Christmas Cards

Well I am back today with a Christmas card that I made using scraps. I made a total of 10, each slightly different based on scraps I had on hand.

The Happy Holiday sentiment with ribbon is what I put inside each of the cards.

Stamps: PTI Signature Christmas;PTI Holiday Treats
Paper: Scraps
Ink: PTI Ocean Tides, Versamark
Accessories: Super Jumbo (yellow) Marvy Snowflake punch; 1 3/4" circle punch; PTI Ocean Tides Vintage Buttons; PTI Ocean Tides Saddle Stitch Ribbon

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas Recipe Book

When it's time to prepare for Christmas I always have to pull out all of my recipes to figure out what ingredients I need to buy. I was getting tired of having to search for each of the recipes. So I decided to put together a Christmas Recipe book that has all our family favourites. That way from year to year the recipes are all together and I don't have to spend time searching for each one. I have organized the recipe book into meals and by days, Christmas Eve, Christmas Breakfast, Christmas Lunch, Christmas Dinner, Desserts, etc.

The pages are simple, since I will only being using the book once a year. I created presents out of the pages, and recipe cards. There are still blank pages to add any new recipes my family think are Christmas worthy.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Cards

I am one of those type of people who are always ready for the holidays a month in advance. I love being organized, knowing that everything is ready to go, and then I don't have to stress and do things last my DH (it is four days before xmas eve, and he still hasn't bought my gifts) All my shopping is done, the gifts are wrapped, packages have been mailed, and the cards are already in the mail. My only problem is I can't post any of the gift ideas or cards until Christmas time. And of course I haven't been up to anything else but Christmas things. Hence the reason my blog has been so quiet. During the year I am always so busy with work; however at Christmas time I have two weeks off which allows me to relax and spend time scrapbooking. So I actually have had my Christmas cards done for a year now. During last years Christmas Holidays I put together some accordian fold Christmas cards. Back during the summer I posted a sneak peak at one of them. I am back today to give you a look at a few others. The first accordian card I did from scratch. Even the letter panels I stamped from nothing. I then decided to use Christmas paper packages that had letters included. It helped move along the process. I ended up making a total of 12 different accoridan cards. Three were quite long, but then I decided to cut it down to around 6 panels per card.

Below is the card I sent to my Grandparents. **Funny grandmother thought they were gift tags and almost started to cut the card apart.** Sorry for the first blurry picture. I didn't notice it till after I had already mailed the card. Each panel uses some Christmas DSP that I got from Walmart (was a huge package for around $13..bought it last year). I then used a gold pen to outline the panels. Each panel has a letter that spelt my various messages. Merry Christmas, Let it snow, Joyeux Noel (French), and Khristos Razhdayetsya (Ukrainian). Each panel also has eyelets at the top, threaded with various Christmas colours of ribbon. The panels are also embellished with Christmas brads and snowflakes.

Here is the Ukrainian card I posted last summer. Instead of putting ribbon on every panel I used some square pictures that were a part of the Christmas DSP paper I purchased.

And for those in my family who are not religious I made Let it Snow cards. Here is one example of many I made. The word snow is versamarked, stamped in Bashful Blue ink (SU) and then embossed. I used a snowflake as the letter O.
Well lets see how many Christmas cards I get done this Holiday for next year...LOL

Here is a little sneak peak at some notebooks I made.