October 23, 2011

My Quilted Christmas Cards

As I mentioned yesterday, this has been a popular layout of mine recently and an excellent way to use scraps of your favorite coordinating designer papers.   This assortment is from a Christmas pad I've had for a few years. (Greeting's of the Season by Hobby Lobby)  I like how it appears to have a linen texture, making the pieces look more like quilted fabric. 

My sister Judy asked me to create 40 Christmas cards she could send to her clients again this year.  Since I was mass producing, I needed a fairly simply design and something she could easily mail without extra bulk or postage expense.   Once I figured out the size I needed to cut the strips, the paper cutting process only took a few minutes.  I'll admit the stitching did take a wee bit longer.  ;)   Once I had the stitching done and threads clipped, I wrapped it all up with a light ivory crochet thread tied in a bow. (Red Heart size 3)

Card size is 5-1/2 x 4-1/4"  naturals white cardstock.  The designer paper strips are layered onto a solid dark green paper.  First, I put a small strip of adhesive down the center of the strips to hold in place, then stitched between them, clipped threads, then stitched around it all.  Make sense? ;) 

 The sentiment on the front is stamped in cherry cobbler ink.  It's an oldie from the Stampin' Up set titled Fun Phrases.  I didn't photograph the inside, but I used a beautiful sentiment from Penny Black ~ World Peace.  It reads:

May this
joyous Season
your home with love,
heart with hope,
our world with
p e a c e .

This is the second year in a row that I've done this as a gift for my sister's November birthday.  If you're interested, here are the cards I created for her last year. . . and the post telling you all about them.  

 If you want create your own Christmas cards, these are two designs that can be easily duplicated.  Remember, the stitching adds to the design, but it isn't necessary.   If you have any questions about either design, just email me!

I'm happy you stopped by and hope you're enjoying your Sunday! 

Quote for Today ~
There are two ways of spreading light:  to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
- Edith Wharton


Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

awesome cards! such a great way to use up scraps. I think I may have to stamp lift this idea! Ü

CreativeMish said...

Very pretty. I love the quilted look and I love all of the stitching that you add to your cards.

Marisa said...

Great card, Pam! Love the different DPs you used and the touch of twine is perfect.

LeAnne said...

Love this, great layout....and that IS an oldie sentiment, but hey, it works and it's perfect for this card!

QuiltNut Creations said...

absolutely love these

Marian Garcia, Studio M said...

OMG! This is beautiful. I have to try it out. Thanks Pam for stopping by and leaving thoughtful appreciations.

Have a warm day! xo, Marian