Christmas cards and when to send them

Handwritten so the words work both looking at the half tree and once fully extended......and yes, I need a lot more practise in calligraphy, but I'm still happy :)

Handwritten so the words work both looking at the half tree and once fully extended……and yes, I need a lot more practise in calligraphy, but I’m still happy :)

 

Many choose to send wishes for the season by email these days. Quick and easy – and sometimes some stunning and lovely wee animations are filling your inbox. I still find it’s lovely to receive cards too though, so I take the time to send cards also….well, you can’t expect to receive without sending I feel.

 

What to write….I find it a bit tricky to muse away without sounding a bit too sentimental, so while there’s something about giving and receiving a hand written note and the personal touch of putting pen to paper, I like to make some of the cards instead, and through that wishing the merriest of Christmas to everyone.

 

You could argue it’s an undertaking, but it gives me an excuse to sit and create with friends over a glass of gloegg in the middle of a busy time…….just don’t leave it too late, and don’t get bugged down in details – I’m quite certain the most silly card attempt brought the best of giggles to a friend in New Zealand.

 

 

Baubles made from cutting a few circles out, laying them on top of each other, holding them firmly and cutting with a super sharp pair of scissors before mixing them up to create something like these. So simple.

Cut a few circles, hold them firmly on top of each other and cut them up with a  pair of scarp scissors before mixing them to create fun baubles. Simple and effective.

Circles can also be used for a cone motif. Add a contrast on the flip-side for effect.

Circles can also be used for a cone motif. Add a contrast on the flip-side for effect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some ideas - like the window or snow can create a lot of cards.

Some ideas – like the window or snow can create a lot of cards.

You can also borrow inspiration and add a little something yourself - here the bird was someone else's, and I added the purple ribbon.

You can also make a found design your own – here the bird was someone else’s, and I added the purple ribbon.

Or you can just play with whatever ideas comes to mind.

Or you can just play with whatever ideas comes to mind

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some old fairly boring paper can come in handy if you want the simplest of card making.

Some old fairly boring paper can come in handy if you want the simplest of card making.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Postal dates 2014: 3-5 December for Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. 8-9 Cypres, Poland, Canada, 12-13 USA and Western Europe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have fun, don’t take it too seriously, enjoy coming up with ideas to use up scraps and – when you’ve had enough, go buy some charity cards for the rest.