Christmas Tags & Cards

It’s almost March already? How on Earth did that happen? πŸ˜€

I still hope everyone of you had a wonderful Christmas and a great start of 2019 – it’s been supremely busy here and the cozy Christmas/ New Year slump has finally worn off, albeit not without two (!) nasty cases of the lurgy – one at the beginning of January and one at the beginning of February. It’s the gift that keeps on giving πŸ˜‰

Needless to say, I haven’t gotten ’round to doing much more than staying alive, working and really barely anything else. I was considering just not posting any of my many Christmas/ Holiday cards since it’s already March, but then again it’s my blog and I can post whatever I like, so here goes – grab a cup of tea and get comfortable! πŸ˜€

So just to separate tags from cards, let’s get started with a little gallery:
(if you click on a picture, it’llΒ display a larger version of the image)

The tags with the cool blending technique were a total CASE of Cathy Zielske’s awesome idea, to be seen here. I love Cathy and all that she does!

(The dies are ‘Avery Elle Tags a Lot’ and ‘Simon Says Stamp CHRISTMAS TREES’; the stamps are by Lora Bailora, bastisrike and Kelly Purkey)

Now onto a roundup of a great number of cards that I made for Christmas. It was a lot as you’ll see in a moment, and a few of these were produced several times, to be sent off or hand-delivered to the 54 (!) recipients that there were in 2018.

Let’s start with the cards featuring a tree motif:

A few deets on some of them: The first four are inspired by the incredible Laura Bassen and her beautiful use of the Christmas Trees Wafer Dies by Simon Says Stamp: see here.

As you can see, I started out copying her idea, just using the papers and stamps I had on hand. I then switched up the design and incorporated other elements like the splatters and staples as well as a tiny star (taken from the Home & Hearth Die Set by Julie Ebersole for Ellenhutson.com).

With card #5 above, I again started out by copying this awesome idea of Julia alias der kleine klecks, the second card however shows another use of the tree detail with different ingredients thrown in the mix. I adore the stamp there, it’s from the Scrapbook Werkstatt advent calendar my sweet boyfriend had gotten me. Spring Moss makes for a great card base and a Home & Hearth star was added for good measure. I love this one!

BTW the beautiful banner on card #6 is by Concord & 9th – so cool to really show off busy background paper! (Saw that idea somewhere on Barbara’s blog.)

Next up: Polar bears!

These adorable little critters on card #1-4 are from a stamp set by Lora Bailora, colored in simply with colored pencils and cut out with my trusty SU! paper snips. This was the first time ever that I’d tried out a blending tool and for that, I’d say those starry backgrounds aren’t half bad πŸ™‚

For these cards, I had no plan whatsoever and just kept pushing things around and adding things until I liked it. The cute polar bear Post-It note is by Paper Poetry and the background stamps on this card are from an old set by the Girls Paperie.

The last pic here is a card design that is a total CASE from this genius creation by Kay Miller, which I – as suggested in the post – stamped with my MISTI in order to mass-produce this mail-friendly one-layer wonder to send out to dear colleagues this holiday season.

Moving on to another design I made multiples of:

A slight variation of this wonderful creation made by Angeline Yong Jeet Leen, who so ingeniously used the Piestra Tile from Memory Box that I just *had* to have it. (I know you understand πŸ˜€ )

The paper used here is gorgeous Rustic White by Papertrey Ink, the washi is from Crate Paper and the silver splatters (sparkly IRL) are Mr. Huey’s. Feel free to ask about other supplies that I’ve not mentioned specifically.

These weren’t as mail-friendly as expected because the Garn&Mehr bows did make for a bulky card in the end. Oh well πŸ˜‰

These two here have a bit of an old & new theme going on:

For the first one, I wanted to use my new supplies including the “Ho Ho Ho” embossing folder as well as the “Frohe Weihnachten” (Merry Christmas) die, both by Mundart Stempel from Switzerland.

The second one is certainly one of my favorites from the whole bunch, it uses an image and a greeting from a free Christmas postcard I snatched up at a store downtown a few years back. I had to fussy-cut it and the red parts all have a cool glossy finish, which makes it really stand out. The background was stamped with that same Girls Paperie set I love to use, some silver splatters for some extra glam and the Sweet Blush card base really make the red pop. I’m smitten! ❀

And drumroll… last but not least: Some jolly Santas! Recycled ones, at that!

These were cut out from wrapping paper I had saved from some years ago – I thought these Santas were just too cute to toss! So they were fussy cut, added to some cardstock and popped up with foam tape. I love the “Santa’s on his way” sentiment (Santa’s Flight by Julie Ebersole for Ellenhutson.com) combined with the winking Santa.

And of course that very last card is a nod to one of our favorite shows: RuPaul’s Drag Race. If you know it, that’s the very pose RuPaul always strikes before the final runway on each episode, always announcing “And may the best woman… win!”. So when I realized that, I was sooo excited πŸ˜€ It was clear that this Santa plus a matching witty sentiment would *have* to be on the Christmas Card for the boyfriend this year. *grin*

So there you have it! πŸ˜€

Sorry if some of the pics are less than stellar – it was nearly impossible to get any good shots before these were mailed off due to the utter lack of light in December.

I hope you like the cards, I’d love to hear from you πŸ™‚

See you soon!
Nina

Nachlese Xmas 2012

Hey peeps,

a Happy New Year to everyone of you!

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In case you were wondering – I’m still alive and well, it’s just that the holidays, a vacation and that whole being-self-employed thing can take up quite a lot of time. Also, in December I have posted some things in forums as opposed to my blog which added to my blogging hiatus.

So, without further ado, I’d like to show you some of the Christmas cards I made – hope you’re not too tired of looking at Christmas-related stuff πŸ™‚

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This year’s go-to card design – very flat and mailable, yet with trendy elements like sewing, washi tape and glitter splatters.

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IMG_6088-002A little emerald green and woodgrain plus gold…

IMG_6094-002Some fun winter scenery courtesy of this lovely card made by the very talented Julie Ebersole.

IMG_6104-002Cute snowman (a brand-new Tim Holtz blueprint stamp) on diagonal stripes…

IMG_6247-001A little bird bringing winter wishes to dear friends…

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IMG_6081-002Some more sewing and stamping…

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IMG_6250-002Unfortunately, this lovely number apparently didn’t make it to its destination…

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IMG_6242-001And that would have been the card for my (celebrity superstar ;)) friend Dana, if the Swiss post would have bothered to deliver it to her… *insert grumpy face*

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I did hop onto the bandwagon of December Dailies in 2012 and since mine is not even halfway finished, here’s a sneak peek of the cover πŸ™‚

What do you think? Any favourites among these?

Thanks for looking and see you soon!

I wish I was someone better

Hey there!
How’ve you been? I hope you’re off to a great start for the New Year!
I’m back at home after the Christmas celebrations – did you have a great time, too?
My Christmas was lovely, I had so much fun seeing my family and some friends.

I wanted to share with you a selection of this year’s Xmas cards (41 altogether).
There’ll be some cards you have already seen, but without further ado – here are my 15 favourites from Christmas 2009:

(#1) Below you’ll find a poll, so pick your favourite – I’d love to see what you thought of them! This card was already featured in this post from October 2009.

(#2) This is a card you already know as well, see this post.

(#3) That one was created for Dawn’s 19th Color Challenge as can be seen here.

(#4) And finally the last card you will recognize from a post on my blog, made for the Moxie Fab Challenge “Christmas in the Old Country”.

(#5) This little round card has its “bigger brother” over here at Kristina’s blog, Holiday Card Series Day 6. I love love LOVE this tree. So adorable.

(#6) The inspiring example here was this card from Kelly Marie aka Lawn Fawn Cards. Love the simplicity and effectiveness of using all the different patterns. Plus this card is flat enough for mailing!

(#7) Another one from Kristina Werner’s Holiday Card Series – this time from Day 22. The colour scheme is pretty untraditional, PTI’s Saddle Stitch Ribbon in Lemon Tart is a perfect match!

(#8) If this one looks familiar to you, it might be that you’ve seen Day 21 of the Holiday Card Series from Kristina Werner.

(#9) This one’s a looser interpretation of Day 14 of the Holiday Card Series. If you like, here’s a detail picture.

(#10) The background of this card was embossed with glittery clear embossing powder (shortly before my heat gun died…), unfortunately you can’t really see that in the picture. It’s also a pretty straight forward CASE of Day 23 from Kristinas HCS.

(#11) That one is based upon this non-holiday card by Kelly Rasmussen. Just changed the butterflies to snowflakes and voilΓ !

(#12) This card isn’t based on anything, really. I needed some cards that were flat enough for the snail mail and this is my very favourite one, I think. It’s very sparkly IRL (see the sparkle in this picture?) and I wrote the sentiment myself πŸ™‚

(#13) This was one of my absolute faves from Kristina’s HCS – Day 12. Love the stripes, the buttons, the snowflakes, the sentiment, the colours – everything, really.

(#14) I’m not sure where I got the inspiration for this card from, might have been several cards from the HCS as well… I also wanted to break out my silver embossing powder! All in all I think this one turned out pretty masculine, I kinda like the look πŸ™‚

(#15) Last but most certainly not least, one of my top 3 this Christmas – based on Day 4 of the Holiday Card Series from Kristina. Here and here are close-ups of this card.

Now it’s up to you, which one do you like best?


Which card is your favourite?
#1 – Rhinestone Tree
#2 – Gingham Ruffles
#3 – Dawn\’s Colours
#4 – Old Country
#5 – Round Tree
#6 – Circles
#7 – Frohes Fest
#8 – Dots and Snowflakes
#9 – Jingle Bells
#10 – Wood Snowman
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Which card is your favourite? (continued)
#11 – Colourful Snowflakes
#12 – Glittery Tree
#13 – Stripey Panel
#14 – Silvery Gifts
#15 – Circle Snowman
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I know there are two polls, but please vote only once. Thank you πŸ™‚
If you have any questions about the materials I used, I’ll be happy to answer them!
Thanks for looking!
See you you soon!

P.S.: The title of this post refers to this song by Blood Red Shoes.