After training, I ventured to Mary Perry's to hang out for a few hours and work on my Christmas cards....finally. It was so nice to see Mary, Joan, and Karla again and just hang out and laugh. Amazingly, I was productive too. I only had an idea in my head when I arrived. I was really pleased with the results, so I went ahead and made 40 cards. I probably should have gone with 50 or 60, but I will try to remember to plan for more next year.
I used the same stamps and twine I am using for gift wrapping, and I printed my own patterned paper from a design I purchased on etsy.com. I used the new Tim Holtz distress ink colors issued for Christmas and a Tim Holtz silver paint dauber also. Thanks, Mary, for letting me borrow your Tim Holtz label die cut too. Sensing a theme? Gotta love the Tim Holtz products. Here is a picture of this year's card it is a pocket, so the 4x6 photo can be removed and kept after the card is discarded. I love the family photo. Grandpa David took it. We posed in the ravine behind our house on Thanksgiving day before heading to Joell's for dinner. I wanted to get some pictures before the leaves were covered with snow or blackened by frost. I just loved the gorgeous fall colors in the background.
Here are a couple of pictures documenting how I display the cards we receive. I got this awesome plastic clothespin and string kit at the antique store in town 2 years ago. It was already open, so I didn't feel bad about actually using it. I just think it is the cutest.