I got mine started. My goal this year is to use up my older Christmas pp's that I'm really tired of scrapping with. I've kept my design simple since I'm using some pretty busy pp's. Haven't uploaded them, so I can't post them for you. But you can look in the gallery under cards, then click on themes, then holidays, and then Christmas. Loads of inspiration there!
I don't remember who hosted it, but last year I did a card "challenge" - it was meant to help you get your cards done on time. The hostess put out mini-schedules and dates, i.e. plan your card design, organize your supplies, etc.
I haven't actually started my cards yet, but I am hosting a holiday card swap with my local group, which is a tactic for me to HAVE to do them
Last year I tried to minimize the products I used. If I made one card with a piece of pp, I used the rest of that paper and made more cards with it, etc. they'd be similar, but not identical. I'm bad at using scraps, so this also helped me not get stuck with any!
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I a;ready made ONE. LOL. And actually, there was nothing christmassy about the papers I used. I plan on doing a couple of different main designs, and then just variations on the theme. I think it takes the stress out of it if you do it throughout the year instead of trying to do them all in November or December. Good Luck!
Yes I've started already. Actually, I made several in July but if I don't start that early, I procrastinate. I at least like to have the design of my cards ready and then the coming months it's just duplicating. I typically use up my stash from the previous year and then buy new stuff when it's discounted or when my LSS has a weekend sale or.... eh what the heck.. I splurge. I can't help it.
Good for you guys. I made Christmas cards years back. It was alot of work.. so good thing to start early. I am not much of a card maker tho. I will make a few here and there to use up my scraps from my kits. I usually buy my Christmas cards.
I made something like 8 yesterday since I was bored and wanted to scrap and try and use up some of my scraps and some Christmas stickers I had. I used my own design with them being made from cardstock with a strip of printed paper on them and a few stickers. Now I've just got to find at least 8 people to send them to. I'll make individualized ones for my immediate family, my DD, her 3 girls, and my sister.
I've gotten about 5 done is all. I really saved a lot of stuff from some of the packages last year and I'm using it on my cards. Also, I'm stealing the sayings from the inside of the store-bought cards. I cut them out and just paste them in my cards. Looks good and saves a lot of time.
I need to start my cards too! I think I will come up with a design that I like and then go and buy the paper....I am forcing myself to use stamps that I already have. I DO NOT NEED STAMPS, I DO NOT NEED STAMPS, I DO NOT NEED STAMPS....
I started mine...made like....5. I love to buy cards though, they can be so pretty, and sparkly, and shimmery. And I work at a Hallmark store, so I just cant resist. I just got a ton of Grandparents Day, Boss's Day, and Sweetest Day cards. My next payday I'm gonna get a bunch of Halloween Cards. I can't resist! But I want to make cards to sell at craft shows.
ugh, lol,,,,,,,DH and I have a mixed marriage (He's Christian, I'm Jewish) so I usually do a very universal Happy Holidays card, often blue and silver because those are colors that go with both holidays,,,,,and then a more specific Christmas card to his family and a Chanukah card to my Jewish side of the family,,,
Chanukah this year is the 12th of December, so I had better get crackin!!!!!!!! I'd like them out by early December,,,,
I am SO not a card maker, so the simpler the better!!!!!!
i don't know if i'll make mine this year or not, but this thread reminded me of a funny story. back 5 or 6 years ago, before i was married--i met some former co-workers for lunch. one of the guys was still single, and so was i, and there had been some rumors that he and i might have dated at one time (we didn't). anyway, we were taking lots of snapshots that day and when i got the pics developed there was a really good picture of him and me, and another former co-worker's little boy. just the 3 of us in this big group hug. so w/out the former co-worker knowing it before hand, i used that picture on my Christmas cards that year. on the front of the card was that picture and the phrase, "from our family to yours" then the inside said, "Merry Christmas!"
that was one of the funniest things i ever did. he got a big kick out of it too, as did everyone else that year. though rumors started again about the two of us being an item. haha.
thanks for letting me share that story. it still cracks me up.
I got Sheetload of Cards (http://sheetload.blogspot.com/) and use their monthly issue for different designs. You can get 5 or 6 cards (if not more) from each set of papers that you commit for just one, and they're assembly-line easy. And who cares if everyone gets the same design? You can mix it up with different papers/colors/stamped images/sentiments to make them all personal, if you want.