Christmas All Year! November
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Posted: 11/7/2013 10:09:53 AM
Yikes! Time is flying and it will only fly faster in December!

Sorry for the delay in starting this thread. Our house is under deconstruction! I'll post about it a little on this week's chat thread.

Now is the time to finish up as many Christmas cards as possible, and do it with less stress than the week before Christmas !

I can't decide which prompt to go with so I'll give you two choices! As always, you can use a prompt or go it on your own!

Prompt #1 : Use a sketch.
I see a sketch challenge popping up again on the stamping forum. How about creating a Christmas card/s from a sketch/es? You can use any sketch you want. If possible, link up the sketches with your cards.

Prompt #2 : Pinterest Inspiration.
If you have all kinds of Christmas ideas pinned but you forget to go back and look at your board ... make something inspired by something you've pinned! If you don't use Pinterst, choose something you've bookmarked here on twopeas, or from one of those Christmas magazines you've been saving Haha! How did I know?!

Most of all, have fun!

If you have enough cards to go around ... as Daria suggested, she's going to make sure all of her cards have insides and envelopes that fit!

May I suggest printing out your address labels now?! Every time I do it I fight with Word and the mailing label functions, and getting the addresses to fit the labels. Save yourself the frustration in December when you are already frazzled and get it over with now! I guess because I only do it once a year, I go through the learning curve every time!! If you have an address book/label printing method you love, please share it here!

Ok, go make some cards!


Cindi



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Posted: 11/7/2013 11:38:04 AM
Thanks for the thread and inspiration. It is a good idea to go back and look at old pins we may have forgotten about. It's like finding them again the first time...


~~Heidi~~



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Posted: 11/7/2013 3:31:04 PM
Address labels? No wonder I'm up all night the night before I take my cards to the post office. No address labels here.

Every year, I leave the inserts, decisions about who gets which card, and addressing envelopes to the last minute. This is complicated by the fact that I use Word to note down which card everyone gets so that I don't repeat something similar the following year. I put a thumbnail of the card on the Christmas card list and also on each person's individual Word document. It takes a long time. That's why I'm hoping to finish all of that this month.

Does anyone else agonize over which card to send to each person? It's especially hard this year because I have more cards to choose from.

I'll also post the 8 cards I made at the Stamp on Over Christmas Marathon Class, but I'll do that when they stop offering that particular class on November 13.

I'm so glad we started this in January!

Daria

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Posted: 11/10/2013 11:17:59 AM
I finished making the envelopes, and I've made quite a few inserts. I have a lot more inserts to make.

Daria

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Posted: 11/12/2013 9:29:08 PM
Yes, I agonize over who to send my cards to. None of my cards are alike, so it takes awhile!

I will do one card this month since I have made enough for this year. I too am going to look at my pinterest. I haven't gone through it in awhile.

Thanks for the prompt!

Stampwilly

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Posted: 11/13/2013 7:48:52 AM
I haven't even begun Christmas cards and I have so many to make. I'm currently involved in a big tag swap, so there's my christmas focus right now. Next up will be cards though, and I'm like April, I agonize over who gets which one. No two are alike, ever!


AJ ~ Wife of Rob, Mama to Bo, Daphne, Trixie and Dalilah


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Posted: 11/14/2013 1:08:44 PM
I now have 48 cards all ready to go for Christmas. I thank you so much for your Christmas All Year Challenge!

Nora

My Submission for November

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Posted: 11/14/2013 3:52:52 PM
What a terrific card, Nora!

Kinda wish we had started a Nov. card challenge for combining Thanksgiving & Hannukah. 'Sok. We can do that next time--800 or 8000 years from now. Both 2Ps & all of us will still be around.



Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 11/14/2013 11:50:14 PM
Love your card, Nora!

Here are the cards we made at the Stamp on Over Christmas Marathon. It was another Marathon to get these ready for the gallery. I didn't post any of the inserts. It's just too hard to scan these with all the dimensional embellishments that they have. I searched for the supplies we used, but I couldn't find all of the stamps. Also, I wonder what those little faux metallic dots we used were.

Here are my cards.

Cindi, thank you so much for challenging us to make our holiday cards throughout the year. It's wonderful to have made so many. I'm still working on the inserts.

Daria

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Posted: 11/15/2013 5:41:25 PM
Nora and Daria, your cards are wonderful! I love them all. Great job, ladies. I have enough cards so I made just one more. I made this one for a challenge. The colors black and white are not typical for Christmas, but I think it is striking looking.

Stampwilly

Black and White Christmas

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Posted: 11/16/2013 1:57:51 PM
I haven't had a chance to count my cards yet, but I bet I have nearly enough.

I may take this opportunity to start on gift tags.

PS, I agonize a little bit, but practicality rules also. If I am able to hand deliver a card, you are likely to get a bulky one with embellishments.


~~Heidi~~



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Posted: 11/16/2013 2:45:08 PM

If I am able to hand deliver a card, you are likely to get a bulky one with embellishments.


I hear that!

Daria

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Posted: 11/16/2013 3:43:36 PM
I have to say all of the cards you guys shared are absolutely stunning.

I am a procrastinator and don't want to see anything to do with Christmas until at least December….but I should have been following this thread all along, lol.

What I did last year was colour up a sheet of digital images and then (gasp) colour copy the images I coloured and put them on my cards.
I am realistic and know most discard the cards after the holidays, so I made it easy on myself.

Every other year I would make a different card for each person, and then agonize over who gets which card.
So last year and this year I made it less stressful on myself.
I also thought I would save all my time consuming cards on my crafty friends who understand and appreciate art.

On a side note, my SIL has completed her Christmas cards for the next 5 yrs, lol.
She just loves making Christmas cards

Off to at least think of the cards I will be sending out this year
Tracy



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Posted: 11/19/2013 11:53:33 AM
Joyful Christmas Card 1

Joyful Christmas 2

I have been making Christmas cards this morning from a few Pinterest pins. I love this new stamp set from Stampin up. I'm not a demo either. I have also been playing with this set on vellum and it's my favorite.

eta I also agonize over who gets what cards. I always want to give the special ones to someone who will appreciate them.

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Posted: 11/23/2013 9:51:39 AM
Wren, I love that you got totally different looks with that one stamp. Terrific cards!

Daria

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Posted: 11/24/2013 11:04:06 AM
Enjoying the cards shared for this month & this repeating challenge.

Although I don't send Christmas cards much, I do like creating projects to share with friends & family. Lately, I've enjoyed doing Envelope Art (aka Mail Art). Beary Christmas is a recent example. It allowed me to send my friend a Holiday greeting without doing a card inside. Only thing I wish I had done on the envelope is stamping a 'sentiment', but 'sok. That's something I'll put on my 'remember to' list next time I do this.


Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 11/24/2013 5:07:29 PM
Thank you Daria. I have really enjoyed this stamp. I have played with some non traditional Christmas colors and have loved the look. I normally do very traditional Christmas cards. I had to order some new white embossing powder today. My children dumped it in the floor and when I tried to seep it up there was enough junk in it that I figured it would never be white again.

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Posted: 11/25/2013 7:29:06 AM
I'm back with my favorite Christmas image of all time and the simplest layout. I hope you'll take a minute to look. Thanks again for the Christmas all year prompting, it's really saved me this year!

The EYES have it!


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Posted: 11/27/2013 9:15:44 AM
I'm squeaking another card into November. Actually 12, I decided to mass produce this one. I've never done more than 2 or 3 cards alike before and even those were each unique in some way.

Christmas Ornament


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Posted: 11/27/2013 9:58:47 AM
Love the card, Marshia! I also enjoyed seeing your two photographs comparing flash and light box.

Daria

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Posted: 11/27/2013 8:03:47 PM
I have finished all the inserts for my cards. Now I just need to decide who gets what--the hardest part.

Daria

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Posted: 11/30/2013 4:53:14 PM
One last Christmas Card for the month of November on the last day of November!

This has been such a fun ongoing challenge!

Nora

My Submission

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Posted: 12/1/2013 10:58:41 PM
Beautiful cards and envelope Mail Art! I'm so glad you've played along all year!

I'm with most of you ... I think too long about who gets which card. In the past I used to be more of a mass producer. I'd design one card and make large multiples (60-80)! The good part was that I didn't have to worry about who got what and I definitely didn't repeat with the same stamp the next year. I feel your pain Marshia, haha! I've often regretted how many steps it took to make the card when I had to do it over and over!

Thanks so much for all of your November posts. You are so creative! I finally left comments tonight.

I produced nothing in November!

I think last month I said I'd share what was going on here at my house over in the chatty thread, and then never got around to doing it. So here we go ... feel free to skip and I'll see you in the December post!

Just before Halloween we had all of the carpet and tile torn out of the public areas of our house. We shoved all of our furniture, wall art/clocks/etc and knick knacks in to our den (off the master bdr), one bedroom and the garage. The house was pretty much clear. We taped all of the kitchen cabinets to try to keep out the dust. What a mess! We lived with concrete floor (and a big echo, haha!) for a month while we painted every wall before the new floors went down.

This project was waaaayyy over due! The carpet was nasty and ceramic tile worn under the kitchen table and chips and cracks elsewhere. The walls were all the original builder beige (which, yes, I did pick that years ago because it was neutral and there was no way I could have picked a color at that point. We had the house built 23 years ago.)

I am not good at decision making. I agonized over the paint colors and the new flooring. Hey, I'm used to working in a 4 1/2 by 5 1/4 format! It's hard enough to pick a cs color for a mat, but picking a color for the living room/dining room/entrance with high ceilings therefor LOTS of wall was awful! I bought 20 paint samples before I picked one, and then I wanted to cry when we started painting it! My poor husband didn't know what to do. Keep painting, stop? Finally he painted one wall and let me sleep on it. It's growing on me and I like it much better than those first few rolls of paint. Phew! And I'm gonna like it for a long, long time because it will be a long, long time before I ever want to paint it again!

Our new engineered hardwood floor was finally finished the day before Thanksgiving. Hallelujah!

So, that's why I've been MIA from twopeas! We're not done yet ... we are installing new baseboards ourselves and still working on painting all of the trim and interior doors ... if we're still married once we're done it will be a minor miracle! Now I know why it took us so long to finally bite the bullet and do it.

In case you're interested ... here's what I picked:

Engineered hardwood floors, Mannington Honey Grove oak, in the entrance, living room, dining room, kitchen, family room and halls.

Porcelain tile that looks like slate in a full bath, 1/2 bath and laundry room. That was easy to pick once the wood was picked. I knew I wanted slate, brought only one sample home, and I love it!

My laundry room and one bath are painted Sea Salt. I love it. It looks
light green sometimes, blue sometimes and sometimes can look even gray but I think it always looks good with the slate tiles and existing bathroom fixtures. I could have easily picked it for more of the house but dh for some reason was adamant "no blue" and he thought it looked blue. Humph! Anyway, picked that first, and quickly because I liked it and I could get away with it because he almost never goes near the laundry room! So what to do with the rest of the house?

Somehow we got looking at greens, khaki's and golds. We finally settled on Svelte Sage for the kitchen/breakfast nook/family room which is all open. One hall and the 1/2 bath are Grassland, one shade up from Svelte Sage on the paint chip. For some reason the samples I was painting all seemed kind of militant! My neighbor called grassland "battleship gray", then there was the Khaki ... and I think an Oyster Bay that was kind of gray. Why? I don't know!

Ok, so it took so long to pick the kitchen/family room side of the house that we finally just bought that paint, and started painting. Then my husband went out of town for a week and I had to pick the color for the dining room and living room before he got back. I had a deadline! The 40% off sale at Sherwin Williams was ending and we were getting sick of concrete slab floors! Ok, so no blue, already have green/sage, now what? I wanted something kind of neutral but definitely didn't want beige/off white again ... greige seems all the rage, but it didn't do much in our house. It's hard to pick beige/grays ... they all looked like mud to me even though I love them in other peoples' houses. How do they find the good ones?!

Under extreme duress, just after dh got home I was off to Sherwin Williams to buy the last color. I went with Blonde. I don't know what made me do it, except I was under pressure, couldn't find anything else I really liked, husband liked it, neighbor liked it, it looked pretty good with my grandmother's persian rug I'm keeping ... When we finally started painting it, I took one look and said "that looks gross". Exact words. Again, my poor husband! He said "what?" And I repeated, "that looks gross!" Then I got, "you mean you picked a color you don't even like?" Well, I picked a color I thought I least disliked, and he liked it... and my neighbor liked it. So, yeah, exactly, why did I pick that color?! Then I about had a melt down. My SIL texted and said she hired a photographer for the family reunion (the week before Thanksgiving) after I just decided there was something wrong with my hair cut too! Bad hair day, bad paint! I really did want to cry! I know, plenty of people have way more to cry about than hair and paint and I feel really guilty about that, but I couldn't help it!

Anyway, we finished painting the walls, went to a family reunion, floors came in and we were bringing the furniture back in as I was cooking for Thanksgiving. Phew!

There is still plenty to do, but next week I'm definitely taking some "me time" to do some Christmas crafting and more card making!

If you made it through all of that ... thank you so much for "listening"! I apologize for being so long-winded. And though I sound whiny, I really am grateful, for family, new floors and a husband that puts up with me and helps paint.

I'll post December's thread tomorrow! Hurray, we're getting ready for Christmas!

BTW, Sherwin Williams Blonde is a kind of gold/tan/yellow. Can't describe it. It looks different at different times of the day and on different walls. I like it better in the dark, haha, when I can't see it so much! Well, actually, it looks better now with furniture in the room.






Cindi



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Posted: 12/2/2013 1:25:26 AM
Cindy, your place sounds lovely to me. My place desperately needs painting and new or refinished floors. I can't even imagine moving all the furniture and what all (especially the craft room) to do it all. And you're redoing the floorboard yourself! My hat is off to you and your husband.

Daria

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Posted: 12/2/2013 2:26:37 AM
Oh indeed you must have a fabulous husband to work with you on such a massive project. It took me a 1 1/2 years to get my partial remodel completed...it was so difficult to be in boxes that long! How wonderful that you got things wrapped up before the holidays! Your stories of selecting colors brings back lots of memories. Hope you love your changes as much as I do. Thanks for sharing your story!


...Jan

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Posted: 12/2/2013 3:03:06 AM
I know it's the 1st of December. I did get my cards done in November.

My first one I did find on Pinterest. I did not save the pin since I couldn't find a direct link. I loved it so much because it was elegant. I did change a few things from the original CASE- Elegant Christmas

Next one I sketched out. Does that count? It's a very simple design. I love it very much- Hollie Hobbie Hollie Hobbie is stamped and so is the sentiment.

I only made two cards this year. Shhhh, I buy the rest! I am sorry my photo's are not the best. I am saving up for a new camera. I am not the world's best photographer.


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Posted: 12/2/2013 4:55:28 PM
Pretty cards, Lyla. Thanks for sharing!

Stampwilly

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Posted: 12/2/2013 8:54:22 PM
Lyla, when it comes to Christmas Cards, everything counts! Your elegant card is gorgeous, and the Hollie Hobby card is darling. Thank you for sharing these.

Daria

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Posted: 12/3/2013 12:53:01 AM
Lyla, of course your cards count! I love the snowflakes. Great idea to take a pretty piece of paper and embellish it. Holly Hobby brings back memories! Cute stamp!

As far as the remodel is concerned ... we're not that good! We didn't do the bedrooms as we needed somewhere to stash everything else. That means the craft room still needs paint and has an icky old carpet. We'll save that for another day, haha, probably another decade! Can't imagine clearing that room, yikes!

Thanks Jan, I will try to remember my husband is fabulous when we're priming and painting baseboards together!


Cindi


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