Today I finished up designing our Christmas cards. I made a Christmas papercutting design to fit the front of a standard card size. It’s a Christmas tree inside a snow globe shape with snow coming down. I realized as I was designing it that here I was making a snowy Christmas card, and this is our first year in California, with no snow to be had! This is the first time the kids will have had a Christmas that wasn’t white. I grew up in Southern CA, so we never had a white Christmas either – and although I don’t miss it most of the time, it is really pretty in Denver around Christmas time.
Tomorrow I can start cutting out a whole bunch of them with the Cameo, and getting them ready to send!
I also used the Cameo to make some paper flowers for a wreath today. I went to Big Lots and picked up a cheap $7 wreath. ( along with a bunch of garlands and lights!) My mom had gone for a walk a little while ago and brought me home all of these really neat pine cones – I don’t know what type of pine tree they are from, but they look like little wood roses. I have had them on my desk since then, waiting to add to a wreath.
The air here is damp, so everything wooden has a layer of pretty lichen on it. I love the texture it gives them! I hot glued them all over the wreath.
Next I made some paper flowers for it. I cut some assorted sizes of flower shapes out of a pretty piece of card stock from my stash. It has a pattern of blue roses overlaid with a sewing pattern on one side, and white polka dots on green on the other side.
Then I colored the edges with some Distress Ink. I picked some up at my local scrapbooking store last week, and I’ve been waiting for something to try it out on.
I stacked the flower shapes in threes, and glued them in the center. Then I curled all the edges of the petals with my fingers, so they would have some dimension. I added some glitter to them and glued some buttons in the centers.
Then I glued them to my wreath. I also put a bow, some sparkly leaves, and some twine on – I just added things until it looked awesome.
Yay! It’s so pretty! Nate put up a billion Christmas lights all around the house, but we have a bunch more decorating to do tomorrow, as well as sending the cards out.