Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas Craftiness

Back in November I was browsing around the WeddingBee boards and I saw a thread for a holiday card swap.  Awesome!  Who doesn’t like to get stuff in the mail?  The only question was whether I’d be able to create three homemade Christmas cards to send to my swap buddies.  I somewhat doubted my creativity.  Thanks to some coloured cardstock and ribbon from Michaels I did manage to come up with something:IMGP2818

I had already purchased the flower punches ages ago for a wedding related project.  Thanks to my trusty compass from my university days I created a round wreath to glue on the front.  I finished the wreath off with a bit of ribbon.  I had some leftover silver letters from my “Will you be my bridesmaid?” cards to finish off the embellishments.IMGP2821

I then printed off one of my favourite Christmas time recipes – Tiger Cake – for the inside of the card.  My mom makes at least one of these vanilla and chocolate layered and swirled Bundt cakes every Christmas and oh, how I love it!

To finish the card off I created a wrap around address label in Microsoft PowerPoint using clipart from  Yup, honestly it was super easy to create this in PowerPoint.  The latest edition lets you change the colour of graphics, remove the white space background and it gives you a lot more control over graphics than before.  The fonts are from fonts for peasPea Picky Panda and Pea Valerie.Address Labels

So there we go.  That was my Christmas card design!  I still managed to clutz up a bit here and there (like accidently trimming off too much of one end of the card trying to make it fit in an envelope) but I’m pretty happy with how they turned out.

I think this taught me a bit of a lesson in preparation for making our invitations next year.  I think the invitation design in my head is very complicated!!  I’m going to have to simplify it a bit or else I will go crazy making up 40+ invites (and it will take forever).  I also love the wrap around labels so I think we’ll probably do something similar!

What did you get up to this weekend?


Unknown said...

1. Card swap = cool idea
2. Great looking card!
3. Love the wrap around label idea
4. If you need a sounding board on the invite ideas, let me know, I've done invites for myself and about 3 other friends
5. Must get latest version of software, sounds cool!

Jennifer said...

Awww thats so pretty! I already sent mine out! I havent gotten any cards yet, but I have been frantically checking my mailbox everyday when I get home :D

Danielle said...

Aww, it's pretty! I love the wrap around label!