Merry Christmas! I have lots to share today, including my family Christmas card, holiday wishes… and a fun Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia. (More on this awesome event below – you will love it.)
This is the card that my family sent out for Christmas – 200+ in total. Yes, it takes me a lot of time. But, it is very important to me and something I enjoy doing for my family and friends. I love handmade greetings and am willing to do whatever it takes (panic, getting the family to help, working on them at basketball games and car rides, etc.) to get them done every year. Everyone is different – but to me it is worth the time and effort. Some people bake. Some people wrap fancy gifts. I make cards. 🙂
A month or so ago, my friend Kristina asked me about my Christmas card plans. I told her I hadn’t started but knew I wanted to create a foiled frame around our family photo. Being the darling that she is, she created a fabulous piece for me to use! (You can find something similar HERE or by searching on Etsy.)
After printing the background on white cardstock with a laser printer, I added gold and silver DecoFoil and ran it through my Minc Machine. The results are amazing. (The video shows the big Minc Machine, but I recommend the Mini.)
I always like to include a family photo on our Christmas cards. I am in love with this photo taken by my dear friend Cathy Blackstone – she is the best! (Boy, it is nice to have talented friends.) I also used the Simon Says Stamp Blessed Die to cut gold foil cardstock backed with Stick It… and added the die cut to the photo.
(By the way – please forgive the poor photos. Foil cards are hard to capture!)
Here are some links that may be helpful:
ADVENT CALENDAR EXTRAVAGANZA
Today’s post is part of The Advent Calendar Extravaganza – a fun and unique online event being conducted by Taheerah Atchia. This “hop with a twist” features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are over 60 special guests.
Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you “open the door.” There are also prizes along the way from some great sponsors. Head to Taheerah’s blog HERE to play.
I have two giveaways today!
First, as part of the Advent Calendar Extravaganza, today’s prize is generously supplied by Simon Says Stamp. Simply leave a comment on this post to enter – then head back to Taheerah’s blog and leave a comment there, too, to double your chances! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 7:00amEST on 12/31/15 to leave all your comments.
Next – since I love Simon Says Stamp so very much – I am personally giving a $25 gift certificate to SSS to one lucky winner commenting here. For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 12/31/15 telling me if you make holiday cards to send out to family and friends. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)
I pray everyone is having a wonderful Christmas – or whatever your sweet family celebrates – full of laughter, good food, and wonderful memories. And for those who are battling challenges or missing loved ones, I am thinking of you. I know the holidays can be tough for many. Hugs hugs hugs.
Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk.)