I'm not sure about you, but my family really created a complete and total mess celebrating what turned out to be a very merry Christmas this year. It all started with the holiday cards. I was up late a few nights creating these guys because everything came to head all at once it seemed -- preschool nativity game, christmas truffles and Christmas Eve prep.
The night before Christmas Eve, I finished getting the house cleaned and the table set.
We finally put up window cling nativity scene we received as a gift from preschool.
The house was all set. The next day, complete and total destruction began with two simple books and a pink car.
It continued through the night.
And of course, began again in the wee hours of Christmas morning.
After the destruction was complete, I was finally able to break in both of the best gifts I got this Christmas. First with my new Garmin (this thing is SO cool). And it was a pretty awesome run on Christmas morning I might add.
And then with my brand-new Hello Kitty toaster.
As I mentioned in a Facebook status update, it looked like Al's Toy Barn blew up inside our house on Monday. It was not a pretty sight. But my husband and I banded together, purging the old to make way for the new.
I was just so happy I was able to finish our holiday greeting cards through it all!
Sugar and Spice Holiday Cards
The first thing I did was get our holiday Christmas pictures taken and had a bunch of wallet-sized pictures printed. The next thing I did was scavenge through my envelope bin to see if I had a surplus of any envelopes I could use for this project. And I did. I had more than enough red #10 envelopes (it's a total time and wallet saver to pick up envelopes in the masses when clearanced or on sale).
I went to Hobby Lobby during a 50% off scrapbook paper sale and picked out some colors that I thought would look nice. And since practically all of the scrapbook merchandise was on sale, I bought anything that I though was cute that might work later -- ribbon, gingerbread men, buttons. I return whatever I don't use or keep it if I got an exceptionally good price.
Brown textured card stock
Patterned holiday paper
Green textured card stock
Red heart buttons
White card stock
Foam gingerbread men
I ended up reusing patterned paper I used about 5 years ago for our Christmas cards -- I had just the perfect amount left -- and some green textured card stock I used on that same Christmas card. I also picked some red buttons from Hobby Lobby and gingerbread foam sticky men I got on sale at Michaels.
I started by cutting the base to my card in brown. Since my envelope was 9 1/4" x 4 1/4" I cut the base of the card at 9" x 4". I proceeded to cut my second layer (patterned paper) at 8 1/2" x 3 1/2" and adhere it to the base using double-sided tape.
I cut the base for my picture on green textured card stock at 4 x 3" and attached the two together using double-sided tape.
I could have very easily attached the buttons to each corner using glue, but I thought the button holes would have looked kind of lonely with no thread in them. So I took on the time-consuming task of sewing two buttons to each picture. I started by holding the button over the area where I wanted it to lay. I poked the needle through each hole to create pre-existing holes.
I cut two strands (of six strands each) of brown floss about 3 to 4" in length. Then I threaded the needle with one set of six strands.
Coming up from the bottom, I pulled the needle through the first hole.
I looped the needle over the top of the button and pulled it down through the second hole.
I flipped over the card and tied a knot on the back.
I sewed the buttons on an a bit of an angle.
Then, using double-sided tape, I adhered the picture to the base of the card.
Next, I created a message in Microsoft Word and printed it out on white smooth card stock and cut it 4" x 3".
I taped it on the bottom and added a little gingerbread man in the bottom corner to keep the sugar and spice theme going.
The card was finished!
The hardest (or most time-consuming part) of this particular project was sewing on the buttons. I did them all on a Sunday night while watching the finale to Next Iron Chef. My fingers were pretty sore the next day (I really could have used a thimble), but the result was so worth it!