Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Handcrafted Quilt and Christmas Cards

 My birthday fell on Thanksgiving this year, so when I got home from the cabin, I was delighted to find treasures in my mailbox! First, a good friend, Tina, sent me an embroidered apron seen above (don't worry, she did not do the embroidery!). I already have it packed to take it to Florida with me for Christmas! She also made the card below with a hexagonal overall pattern die from Papertrey Ink. I had to order that die as I love quilts and die and hexagons! You might begin to see a pattern develop in the birthday cards my friends made for me!...lots of die cutting, quilt patterns, etc.
 Joyce made the following lovely card, which included a quilted overall pattern, die cut, pearls and glitter, more favorites!
 My friend, Laura, took my paper quilting class and she is a star student!!! Laura has come up with some beautiful patterns and she made me some cards in addition to my birthday card....what better gift to give a fellow card maker than IDEAS! Laura is also so good to share ideas! The card below features an embossing folder that I happened to order from her SU! business.
 Laura also came up with some wonderful quilt patterns by folding paper:

 Kathy's card reminds me of Tina's with the hexagon but using diamonds. A quilt look with a die cut and coloring with Copics. I think all these friends KNOW what I like! Oh and I have already shared the card from Yunetta with the embossing powder applied to the overall pattern on my last post. It was one of the best groups of birthday cards I have ever received! Thanks so much!
 It just wasn't in me to make a lot of handmade Christmas cards this year, so I was going to use the photo greeting card below. I was not happy with the photo in the opening, though, so I ended up die cutting the Spellbinders bird and fern and placing the family photo inside. Even the simplest die cuts add up when you are doing over forty of them, however. I used adhesive backed holographic Mylar and that helped.
 I did make a few of the following cards for my stamping friends. I used Impression Obsession die to create the mitten card, greenery, snowflake and jute bow. It is full card sized (actually larger than an A2). I cut the mitten on the fold for the card base and then cut an additional mitten out of velvet paper for the front.
 Laura sent me this darling gingerbread men card. She used a shimmery silver paper to create a baking pan for the men, which looks so much cuter in person. Love, love love it!
 Even my Christmas cards took on a similar look in color and feel this year....Patty doing this beautiful ornament card....
 And Miriam this hand colored Santa hat card with all the layers....
 Yunetta used a Spellbinders die for her reindeer card which has an interesting cut to the card and coordinated papers.

I feel very blessed to have such good friends that are willing to share such lovely cards with me. I know how much effort and work go into each of them and I appreciate every last one of them!

Hope you and yours has a lovely Holiday Season! See you again in the new year! Thanks for visiting!

1 comment:

Jan Castle said...

Wonderful Christmas Cards Holly!!! You have wonderful friends and are a wonderful friend as well!!! Enjoy the blessing of Christmas and have a Happy New Year!
Love ya,