Monday, November 15, 2010


Embossed trees

Stamped and sticker cards

Punch outs

Scraps used to make gift tags
I have been making Christmas cards bit by bit.  Since I am just learning how to do this, I have experimented with a lot of different designs and techniques.  I'm sure it would be more efficient to pick a design and make a whole bunch to send out, but I am not there yet.  So now some people will get nice handmade cards and some will get kind of crap cards.  In either case, everyone who gets a card from me will know it's handmade, for what that is worth.  It is a good thing I do not send out that many cards.  I like making the little gift tags and  using stamps and coloring them in, but I really like using chalk to blend a background.  The card with the ice skaters is my favorite.
My card making friend's mother, who is 92 years old, made 80 Christmas cards to send out.  She also has made all the birthday cards for friends and family that will need for 2011.  She has to get all that done during the summer so she can play golf in Florida all winter long and otherwise manage her social life.  I remember my grandmother being on top of card sending responsibilities like that.  She did not make her cards, but she went to the dime store the first of every month and bought the cards she would need, addressed and stamped them, and then sent them at the appropriate time.
I, on the other hand, am notoriously bad about sending out cards.  I manage with the Christmas cards (usually), but fail miserably with keeping on top of birthdays.  Even with FaceBook and my Google calendar reminding me, the birthdays slip by me more often than not.  It is some kind of mental block--almost like I resent the universe making me responsible for card sending duties.  Then I feel bad for being thoughtless.
How about you?  Are you a frequent flyer at the Hallmark store?


  1. I'm terrible with cards. I keep forgetting I have grand kids on major holidays. I would enjoy making cards, I think, and that might help me get interested in sending them out. However, like you, I wouldn't want to make a bunch that are the same. That wouldn't be interesting at all and it's why I'll never be rich. Once I learn how to do something, I don't want to do it any more.

  2. Good grief, ninty two, 80 cards AND a social life. Mercy do I feel inadequate. Think I need to step up the pace.


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