December 24, 2011

Sending Holiday Cheer!

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Dark Chocolate, Pure Poppy), Stampin' Up! (Garden Green)
Stamps:  WPlus9 Design Studio (Poinsettia Patterns)
Ink:  Stampin' Up! (Chocolate Chip)
Tools:  Papertrey Ink (Photo Finishers die, Sheet Music impression plate), Martha Stewart (holly punch)
Accessories:  Ranger (Candy Cane Stickles)

Hi friends!

I just wanted to pop in before the day gets away from me and share the Christmas card that I sent to family and friends.  Most of them have come to expect a photo of our kids, but I wanted to add a handmade touch to the traditional photo card this year.

I kept the design fairly simple so it would be easy to mass produce.  I debossed a Dark Chocolate card base with the music score impression plate to give it a subtle texture.

I ordered PTI's Photo Finishers dies a long time ago anticipating being able to use them with the coordinating stamps, but since those didn't arrive I used a sentiment from WPlus9's Poinsettia Patterns.  Don't my kiddos look full of holiday cheer?

I considered leaving it at that, but then decided to add a simple embellishment in the form of punched holly leaves with red Stickles for berries.  Much better.

To those of you celebrating Christmas this weekend, I want to wish you a wonderful holiday filled with the joy of being with family and friends.  I hope Santa is good to you this year!

Much love to you, friends, and Merry Christmas!

17 comments:

Joan B said...

Your children are adorable. A very pretty photo card and you made the best of a bad situation by substituting a great sentiment.

Noelle said...

What a darling photo card, Christina!! I love how simple this is, yet still handmade!! I hope you have a very merry Christmas :)

Anneke XOXO said...

Merry Christmas to you to. Love all your creations. Your kids are so lovely on this picturen, you may be very proud!

LeAnne said...

Sweet as can be!
Merry Christmas! Thanks for your card, too!

Marisa said...

They are precious, Christina :) Great card. Wishing you a blessed Christmas (((hugs))). Glad the PTI fiasco seems to be solved!

Lynn said...

Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family Christina! Such a gorgeous card highlighting two very beautiful little ones! Hope Santa is good to all of you!

Maureen said...

Christina! This is just the most adorable picture!!! oh my! you and your husband make gorgeous people!! LOL They are full on with cheer! What a gorgeous keepsake for the recipients :) Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas :) hugs!

Diane Jaquay said...

Oh MY, they are so cute, Christina!! I hope that you and your family have a most blessed holiday! And thank you so much for the very special card you sent me, I was so thrilled to receive it in the mail yesterday :)

xiumaiyuki said...

Your kids are so adorable, Christina!!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Fabulous... you know I ordered the dies and stamps with the intention of making my cards, and funny, that didn't happen! But I've used the dies and stamps for other projects... so I'm confident you'll get use out of the dies...

Nance Leedy said...

Merry Christmas Christina! What an *adorable* pic of your children--such delight on their faces! A perfectly festive card and I love the little touch of holly...happiest of holidays to you and your family! ((hugs))

The Paper Parade said...

This card turned out wonderfully! The kids look so adorable, and the card is just enough (but not at all too much) to show them off :) Hope you had an awesome Christmas!

Lindsay said...

Oh my gracious Christina! Your kiddos are too cute! LOVE this card! I hope you had a WONDERFUL Christmas, and thank you so much for the lovely handmade card you sent me! You are such a sweetie!

Sara Mac said...

What precious little children you have! They are adorable. Hope you had a great Christmas.

Andrea M said...

Beautiful kids girly! What a great pic! Lovely card! Hope you had an amazing Christmas!

Jinny Newlin said...

This is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I just LOVE it to pieces! And gracious, you've really got some cuties, girl ;)!

Lisa Petrella said...

Awwww...your kiddos are SOOOO CUTE!!!! And your holiday cards turned out AWESOME!!! I LOVE the holly leaves and berries----perfect detail!!!

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