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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

It's Never Too Early...

... to make your Christmas cards!

During my daily blog stalking, I came across
this post from Amy where she talked about starting her Christmas cards early. Christmas 2010 was the first time I have made my own Christmas cards and to take the pressure off I decided to follow her example.

So... here is my first Christmas card for 2011!!


Amy also mentioned a new challenge blog called Jingle Belles - perfect timing! The challenge this week is to use 'something old, something new'. Believe it or not, the two stamps I used are new Hero Arts stamps that I just inked for the first time on this card! The something old is that little angel charm, which I have had for ages and just re-found the other day. The patterned paper is also old - the first patterned paper I ever bought - it's from SU.

There is also another new Christmas challenge blog I just discovered - Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge. The theme here is Anything Goes so I am entering this card there as well.

Have a great day!

Jay Gee

23 comments:

Laurel said...

So cute, love that reindeer!

Marianne@RuffHaven said...

You're right ! It's never too early.
I have that stamp and I don't think I have used it yet. This card is simply adorable. I love the charm and the twine wrapped several times around the card. clever.

Joy said...

Great card Judith, I still think your either mad or just plain organised...either way I love the card, hugs!

Jess said...

What a fantastic idea!! The only problem is I can't bear to look at my Christmas stamps at the moment, I used them so much last month ;) Maybe in a couple of months I'll be able to bring them out again!

I almost forgot - love this card, simple and striking!

Lynn said...

Gorgeous card....I am off to take a peak at the jingle bell challenge...I must get my cards done earlier this year!,,

Hazel said...

This is a super classy card - thanks for joining in the first challenge on my Christmas challenge blog. I've successfully added your link for you x

Michele said...

Good for you! You are a much better woman than I! LOL! Beautiful card!

SmilynStef said...

What gorgeous papers ... love that sweet little charm too ... and a woot woot! for inking up new rubber ... I must admit, I have a few stamps that have yet to see ink too ... thank so very much for joining our Jingle Belles fun.

Danielle said...

I love the idea of starting cards early, like NOW. I feel so behind this past Christmas I hardly got any done. I am going to try to make a few every month to stay on top of it.

Thanks for commenting on my blog! I'm so glad you did because I love your blog, I just got sucked into reading old posts for about an hour! lol

Dana said...

Very clever idea to begin early! And I love that you are using old PP (the first you ever bought? WOW!)and the nifty angle charm. Love the vintage feel of this one.

lauren bergold said...

we're so thrilled you've found JINGLE BELLES, thanks for joining in the fun! what a ♥BEAUTIFUL♥ card this is: i ♥♥♥ that reindeer...and the paper...and the charm dangling from twine is totally inspired... ok, it turns out a list is slightly impractical since i love EVERYTHING about this card!!! :)

~amy~ said...

Such an awesome card...love that reindeer...I'm ready to take December off by keeping up with the Jingle Belles:)

Lisa - papergrace said...

I have that reindeer, too!! Why have I never used him? Or her? It's beautiful!! I also adore that HA background. Great. Now I want that, too. Crud. I'm supposed to just comment, not want to go shopping. :/

ANYWAY!! I love your card. Everything about it! The twine, the earthy colors, the beautiful "simplicity". Gorgeous.

Karen B. said...

Oh, this is just fantastic! Love how the charm balances with the reindeer, and kudos to you for starting early! Perhaps I can too make up for lost time, since I never got around to sending out holiday cards this year.

Laurie said...

Gorgeous card Judith! I love that you are starting early! Maybe I should do the same! 5-10 cards a month and that cuts down on alot of the work that would noramlly be last minute...or not at all in my case! (Shutterfly cards for me this year! LOL!)

Lorraine said...

I'm hoping these challenges will help me to use some of the things I've been hoarding. This one sure helped. Love that little charm. It's so..... charming (sorry, couldn't resist). This should be a great year of challenges.

Sue Kohler said...

what a fabulous way of kicking off your 2011 chrissy card stash!! the charm is a real winner! :)

Dawn said...

This is gorgeous! I love the colors you used and pretty much everything else too!

Rosemary said...

What a beautiful and classically elegant card! This is going to be so fun doing these challenges and being inspired by each other.

Jeanne said...

So pretty! Love the deer and sentiment!!

Simone said...

This is so cute! Lol! I guess its never too early to start Christmas cards! I've noticed they already have Easter stuff in the shops over here!

Kelly said...

You will be really happy to have those cards done early! I will start making some too as soon as I scrapbook some Christmas LO's first. I use the scrap for cards. Can't bring myself to cut up the nice 12x12 sheets until I get some LO's done. You go, girl!

Cazro said...

I love this card, it just leaped out to me, (no pun intended) I have the stamp, so thanks for the inspiration. Caz