Posts Tagged ‘Christmas cards


100 Happy Days Redux: Day 67

My little Christmas card collection is growing! Every year, I get fewer and fewer cards. It’s just not a thing anymore. And I have to admit that I Continue reading ‘100 Happy Days Redux: Day 67’


It’s that time of year again…Christmas cards!

You may remember that I blogged last year around this time about the Christmas cards I make every year.  Well, a year later and here I go again…

This was last year’s card. I took the photograph of the cherub at Continue reading ‘It’s that time of year again…Christmas cards!’


Christmas Cards (a.k.a. how I stress myself out every year)

Less than a month now before Christmas Day…it feels like time is going by so fast. Only 1 more week of classes, then 2 final exams, then a short break before I start teaching again. Somewhere in there, I’ve got to do my Christmas shopping and get my cards out into the postal vortex.

Back in 2006, I got it into my head that it would be fun to make my own Christmas cards. I had a cute idea in mind, and I already did scrapbooking so paper crafts weren’t unfamiliar to me. That’s my cat Sir Spotacus the Lazy lounging by the fireplace. It was such an appropriate photo that I just built the card around it.

Then in 2007, I had to do it again. I had just come back from a Third World Eye Care project in Vietnam where I had taken over 700 photos. I wanted to show off a bit of that photography just like the year before. Well, that and I had gotten a lot of positive feedback about the cat card. I took the photo in a Buddhist temple in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). I ramped up the card design a little bit with the use of rubber stamping, but still kept it fairly simple so the photo would be the focus point.

In 2008, I decided to get super creative. This is also where I started stressing myself out. I found out about mizuhiki knots; it’s a Japanese craft where you use paper cord to create intricate knots. I chose a relatively simple design that signified friendship. Yeah, not so simple looking huh? I handmade about 45 of those knots on top of making the card itself. Sometimes I think that I’ll never learn how to simplify my life…

Last year I became more intrigued with rubber stamping after seeing a demonstration at a craft show. Yup, I just had to make my card making ordeal more complicated. This involved 2 different stamps, multiple markers and stamp pads and little sticky “pearls”. I guess I should point out that I make roughly 40 to 45 cards each year. It sometimes makes me long for the days when I was happy to buy UNICEF cards every Christmas.

This year…and no, I’m not going to put up a photo and ruin the surprise…I did a mix of old and new tricks. There’s a bit of photography, a bit of rubber stamping and a little something new. I also made them more than a month ago instead of waiting until the last week of November like usual. The hard part is waiting extra long to see what people think. Hopefully it will live a little while on mantles and shelves before it gets chucked into the recycling bin.

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