Some years I make all my Christmas cards; some years I make just some of them. My worst year was the one when I made all the cards, wrote them and then forgot to post them until they were discovered in a pile, after Christmas. As a general rule I would rather give and receive fewer than more cards, but I realise that not everybody feels the same.
So, this week is card-writing week. I must get the ones to other countries sent out soon – knowing that they are hanging over me bothers me enough to cause me stress, and yet not quite enough to make me do them right now. I was touched recently when two of my German cousins told me how much they loved getting my handmade cards – it hadn’t really occured to me that people would even notice; I make them because I enjoy it.
These ones are made with a couple of rubber stamps, waterproof ink, watercolours and a glitter pen. I like the simplicity of the design, and the way that changing the paint and glitter colour can give a really different effect.
I ordered photo cards from shutterfly, and they came today. But they’re washed-out looking. So I called, and they’re reprinting then. At least I can start addressing the envelopes from the first batch! Tomorrow. Or something like that. (normally I love Shutterfly’s product & service; this is an anomaly)
I feel the same way about getting the cards out, it bothers me until I do. I always wish I had them ready to go on Dec 1st, but each year I find myself sitting like now on Dec 10th still needing to get the UK cards in the mail! My errand for tomorrow is to go to the post office for the stamps so I can get them all posted. I like your stamped cards. I keep wanting to do that but never get round it, I have all the stamps though!
very cute cards! i’m sure the recipients will adore them
I love that you make your cards, I think that is a really lovely thing to do at Christmas time. I just started writing mine today – I try and do a few every night until they are done. Sometimes it feels such a chore, but I really do enjoy doing it, and it’s so much nicer to receive a card at Christmas than an email.
They are lovely! Well done, I think they look very professional! DD’
s school fundraiser this year was some cards & calendars featuring a photo of her and some artwork – they’ll be my Xmas cards (and everything else lol) this year. xx
A very wonderful friend once made me the most beautiful christmas card of a hand drawn angel. After christmas I put it in a pile to put away. After an hour or so I realised it had disapeared. The boyfriend of the time had chucked it in the bin. I retrieved the card and binned the boyfriend! I still have the card it is framed in my bedroom. I love handmade cards, your recipients are very lucky.
Ooh, how clever you are! You’re not alone in putting it off though…
Delightful! They are so pretty. Well done you!
This year, being a bit apathetic about cards, I decided to make my own. I chose my favourite photo of my own from this year, well my favourite photo that seemed appropriate, and got it made via a website. When they came in the mail, I felt good about having done so. It feels better than what I normally do which is buy the cheapest cards I can find, scrawl a few messages, get bored and give up.
Maybe there are nicer ways to do it – and seeing what you’ve done inspires me.
Your cards are simply beautiful. I think you have the right attitude about the whole thing, and they’ll get sent out when they get sent out. After all, you can’t rush creativity!
I mean to make our christmas cards every year. Every year I end up buying a pack from the supermarket as I need to get them in the post *today* or they’ll miss the deadline. I admire your getting to it ness! and also the cards are lovely.
These are so stylish! Anna is classy lady!!
I love getting snailmail! and your cards are so stylish, cute, beautiful it all has been named above lucky recepients. And totally understand that you rather wright fewer than more- it becomes a bit of a duty task rather than a personal thought.
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I love your cards.
What great cards!
Hi princesspea! I just found your blog and I’m really enjoying it.
I was wondering if one day you could write a blog post describing how you make these cards? They are very beautiful and I would love to make something similar, but I don’t know the first thing about paper crafts. Or maybe there is a how-to site or book you could recommend? Thanks for sharing your cards =)