Monday, December 10, 2007

Aaaaahhhh... Simplicity

I was really struggling with a true papercrafter's dilemma last week. Let me preface it by saying that every year I work like a madwoman to get my Christmas cards made and mailed. I make, on average, about 130 cards. It takes a lot of time, as you can well imagine. In the process, I get stressed out and don't do some of the other "holiday" things that make the season fun and special. That brings me to my dilemma: do I make all those cards again this year, or do I do something simpler and enjoy the Christmas season with my family (no-brainer, huh?)? Here was my compromise: I made about 15 cards for my family and close friends (those are the people who I really want to make something for anyway), and I ordered photo cards for the rest of the list!! I also went with a simpler card that was easier to mass produce, and I'm really happy with how it turned out! I knew I wanted to use my Snowflake Serenade set from Papertrey Ink, and I was inspired by Jen del Muro's card here, so this is what I came up with:


Can you hear me breathing a sigh of relief? Can you see the non-stressed look on my face? :)

Have a great day -- take time to enjoy the season! Thanks for visiting -- I really do appreciate it! :)

Stamps: Snowflake Serenade (Papertrey Ink) Ink: Soft Sky, Blue Bayou Cardstock: Crafters Select White (PTI), Soft Sky & Blue Bayou (SU!) Other: Cuttlebug & Snowflakes embossing folder (Provo Craft) silver cord, rhinestone, sponge, dimensionals

11 comments:

Cathy I. said...

beautiful! Smart idea on making only those special ones!! Congrats on the publication too. Did you receive your copy or some sort of notification? I submitted a whole bunch and am so anxious to know if I made it in...it seems some people heard and others found out by looking at the magazine!
Keep up the great work!!

Debbie said...

Wonderful card and great idea! I went with a collage of pictures instead of making 65 cards. I always think I am going to start early and well it never happens!!
Thanks for all the things you share on your blog. They are always wonderful and inspiring!!
Have a fantastic day!

jen del muro said...

this is so pretty! i just love how that cb embossing folder pairs so well with this set!!

carol said...

Hi Christina, This card is 'simply' beautiful!
I love all the stuff you make, and visit you each day to see what new goodies you are sharing!!

Happy Holidays to you and your family :)

Carol x

Keri Lee Sereika said...

It is beautiful! And I think you have most certainly made the right decision!!! Enjoy the holiday season...don't stress over it! :D

My Paper World said...

Very pretty! and great colours!

Tricia said...

Your card is gorgeous!! Soooo elegant. I need to get mine mailed instead of playing on the computer!! LOL

Dawn Easton said...

Beautiful card Christina! It's lovely!

nancy morgan said...

What a beautiful card...love those colors and the simple yet eleganct elements...very nice!! Any decision that allows us less stress and more time with family is a GREAT choice in my book = )!

Christi said...

Gorgeous!!! I love it!

Shel9999 said...

Gorgeous!! Love those colors!!