Yesterday's post had to deal with my New Year's Resolution and to make a long post very short- It deals with my papercrafting goals this year. My main goal is to just make more time for myself to papercraft (hasn't been a problem the last few weeks- but I do return to work tomorrow :(
At any rate- my goal is to once again make all of my Christmas cards this year since my '08 cards ended up being photo cards!! I just didn't have the energy to make them all for this past Christmas and it was the first time in a while... so I actually have a blog goal of a Christmas Card post every Sunday... and today is Sunday so you know what that means! Yep- while everyone else has moved on from Christmas and into spring- my first post of the year is a Christmas card. I hope you'll forgive me- but if I don't start now I fear another non papercrafting holiday for me next year!! And as thanks for your understanding- I'm also posting a desk calendar I created for work that showcases the two January specials by Close To My Heart... you'll see what I mean as you scroll down.
First: here's my Christmas card for "Christmas Card Sunday... Week 1" - It's nothing spectacular but since I mail nearly all my cards it needs to be flat.
I used some scraps from my scrap basket which will be my goal for all of my Christmas cards this year!! We'll see how that goes.
Supplies: Cardstock: Cranberry, White Daisy
Patterned paper: Evensong Creative Basics (retired) Stamps: Holiday Joy and December Word Puzzle
Inks: New England Ivy, Cranberry
Coloring Medium: colored pencils
Last but not least is the above mentioned calendar. This little desk calendar is made of coasters and held together by 2 silver hinges. The back side is NOT finished off pretty as it won't be seen where I plan to use this- but I'll show you the picture as the back side holds the year's worth of calendars. The calendar set is the fun new Jan Stamp of the Month by Close To My Heart. The fun thing about this set is that the months, years and numbers are all seperate. There are 7 calendar stamps- Each one has the 1st of the month on a different day of the week. Each calendar goes through 31 days so for shortened months some people are covering the last day or two with tape, inking and then peeling the tape before stamping. However, I'm a no fuss kind of person and found that by simply looking through the stamp you could ink up only the numbers needed(the beauty of acrylics revealed!)- it really wasn't difficult and I stamped a year's worth of calendars in only a few minutes. The longest part was referring to my 2009 calendar to make sure I got the correct day of the week to start the month on. The paper and "You hold the key to my heart" are part of the January National Papercrafting Month by Close To My Heart. You can see the cool details here and if I get a chance I'll post a photo of the full stamp set this week!.
Supplies: All CTMH except the coasters:
Paper: Key To my Heart paper pack
Stamps: Key to my Heart Stamps, Moments(Jan. stamp of the month set)
Ink: chocolate, Black and Juniper
embellishments: Clear photo corners(not CTMH either), white crocheted flower (from Mini Medley White Daisy Collections), pewter designer brad.