Homemade Christmas cards are so much fun! My friend, who shall be known as Cake Queen, and I had a fun day making Christmas cards last week. I gathered all my gear into my scrapping bag and went to her house in the morning and we spent about 5 hours making Christmas cards and talking and I also worked on a new round bolster pillow for her which meant I also had to lug the sewing machine over. I am so glad that the new rolling bag that I ordered from Cake Queen’s thirty-one party is in now. It will make the lugging much easier.
I wanted to use buttons this year for my Christmas cards so I took three jars of buttons along with paper and markers and other miscellaneous necessities. I saw this idea to use buttons somewhere, but I just can’t remember where. Maybe I pinned it on Pinterest. I just can’t remember. Anyway, I love collecting buttons and have a whole bunch. Some of them I have bought over the years and others I have taken off of old clothes before I threw them away or cut them up for scraps. I thought it would be a good way to use some of them.
On the way to Cake Queen’s house I had a lightbulb moment and decided that I wanted to use ribbon also. I didn’t bring that, of course. When I got there, Cake Queen was desperately looking for the fabric that she wanted me to use for the pillow because it was not where it was supposed to be. Isn’t that always the way it is? In the process of looking for some ribbon for me, we found the fabric. Yay! We also found the Christmas cards that she worked so hard on last year. That led to great confusion for her. She couldn’t figure out why they hadn’t been sent out. We didn’t find the ribbon I was looking for, but I did find a different one to try. Finally, we can get to work. Controlled chaos set to Christmas music ensued.
The beginning of the one card I made using the ribbon we found is in the bottom two pictures. I decided that I didn’t like it and went back to drawing the lines. The idea is that the buttons are ornaments hanging down on the front of the card. I used sticky dots to glue the buttons on and drew the strings and tops with fine point Sharpie markers. I love my Sharpies! The cards are plain white card stock (8 1/2 x 11) cut in half and then folded in half. I wrote a standard greeting in each one by hand, but you could also use a stamp, and signed our family names in green. Michael’s has 4.3 in. x 5.75 in. (also called A2) envelopes that are the perfect size for these cards.
Here are some of the finished cards, including one Hanukkah card for my Jewish friends.
My photography skills don’t do them justice. You can trust me when I say that they are really cute! Now I just have to address the envelopes and mail them. Maybe tomorrow…
Spending a relaxing day with a good friend, sharing ideas and helping each other out, venting a little and laughing a lot is a great way to start off the holiday season! Thanks, Cake Queen!