Now, we have advanced a year. I remember that this year, I was determined that I would try making all my Christmas cards from my own design. This would not be so difficult to do since at that time I was only making eleven cards for my mother, mother-inlaw, my children, and my children's in-laws. I did case one card I saw in a cardmaking magazine, because I just absolute loved it, and posted it to my blog already. You'll find it posted August 14, 2011, entitled The Last of Chrismtas 2010! In case you want to take a peek, this is the link: http://chatterboxcreations-1.blogspot.com/2012/04/the-last-of-christmas-2010.html. I found some chipboard Christmas embellishments at WalMart that year when their Christmas stock was first put on the shelves, and I will make note. . .I have never seen that WalMart has had this type of chipboard embellishment again, which I find somewhat disappointing. With these little gems, I was able to fashion eight different cards, with totally different Christmas themes. Here is a peek at three that I have never published. . .throwbacks to 2010!
This one used a variety of paper patterns. The sentiment, Believe, was die-cut from the bottom trim on the Christmas paper used for the main body of the card. I tied little bells to the bridge of the red-checked ribbon bow, and triple layered the sentiment with plain and scalloped circles using my Spellbinders dies.
This one was almost entirely the WalMart chipboard embellishments with two layers of coordinating patterned paper and two layers of satin ribbon layered on top of each other. I added the little red rhinestone to the tree's topper. I thought this card was an easy card, but pleasing when finished.
This one is my final entry from the WalMart chipboard embellishment group. With this one, I just found some Christmas papers that I thought coordinated well with the little chipboard Christmas tree. I added a sentiment with a scalloped mat layer in a color complimentary to the striped paper, and add blue grosgrain stitched ribbon to match the blue in the presents under the tree. The bow looked a little bare, so I popped on a white plastic snowflake from my Christmas embellishment stash.
My final entry on this post is a card I challenged myself to make from this particular collection of Christmas papers. I've had these papers in my stash for two years and had never felt the least inclination to use them. As a matter of fact, I had asked myself more than once why I bought them! The difficulty is that all the colors in every sheet in the collection are non-traditional Christmas colors made up of pinks, golds, yellows, blues and aquas, and a whole gaggle of non-Christmas greens. I used three different patterns from the collection and found this little felt, padded snowman's head that I thought went nicely with the paper colors. I even made the card sentiment by fussy-cutting words found on a fourth piece of the collection papers.