Friday, October 17, 2008

Countdown to Christmas

It seems a natural progression of events that I would end up being a card maker. Every year of my life the kitchen table at our house would be wallpapered with folded cards and cut out pretties ready to be assembled into Christmas cards. You see, for almost 60 years now, my parents have created and sent handmade Christmas greetings to family and friends.

During the years when I was raising my family and teaching school, it would be hit or miss whether or not I made my cards. Mostly not! But about 8 years ago, I finally joined in on this delightful family tradition. Most of those years, I picked a design and produced 60 or 70 cards all alike. Usually I was working right down to the wire during that most hectic of seasons.

Last year I decided to try something different to avoid some of the holiday stress. I began in September trying to create at least one Christmas card a day, each with its own unique design.
When December 1 arrived, my cards were complete and ready to go. What fun having my granddaughters help me decide who got which one!!

That worked so well for me that I have challenged myself to do the same thing this year. So here is Christmas card #26. I hope you like it!!

Stamps: Holly & Mistletoe and Hearts & Roses by Kitchen Sink Stamps

Inks: Real Red, Cranberry Crisp, Certainly Celery, Wild Wasabi, Old Olive, and Handsome Hunter by Stampin' Up

Papers: Baja Breeze, Cranberry Crisp, and US White by Stampin' Up
Figgy Pudding by BasicGrey

To create this Christmas spray, the rose was stamped first and masked. The greenery was then added.


  1. OH cool, cool, you have a blog! I can't believe you're a grandmother, sure don't look like it in your avatars. Anyway, so glad you started this!

  2. I'm glad I'm on your Christmas card list. AND, I will be thrilled with any one of your wonderful creations. Your blog is just fabulous and with your wonderful way with words, your attention to detail, and your creativity I can't think of you not having so much fun using this as a way to journal.

  3. Fabulous idea Lynn ... I will try and follow along with you .... and maybe... just maybe, I will have my cards to send out this year! ;)

  4. Totally fabulous! I love those KS stamps, even tho I have none! lol
    Gorgeous colors and layout!

  5. Love the Rose with the Holly!! Gorgeous Lynn

  6. What a GORgeous Christmas card! That red, red rose just pops!

  7. Great card and great family traditions.


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