The first card of 2011…

…and it’s a Christmas card! Normally I don’t even think about Christmas cards until October or November. And thinking does not always lead to doing in Emma’s world. Hence the reason not a single, solitary card got mailed out this year.

This year, in order to meet my Crafting Goals of 2011, I am participating in blog challenges. The first (and only so far) I joined was a challenge over at Jingle Belles to make one Christmas card a week. This week’s challenge was to combine new and old.

Edited to add: I just joined a second Christmas card challenge over at Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge.  The theme for this week is everything goes, so this card works. Let’s hope future themes between the two are somewhat related!

Excuse the darkness of this photo, I have a new camera and haven’t quite figured out all the settings.

Anyway, my old is the retired Flaky Friends from Stampin’ Up. It was actually the very first Christmas set I ever bought, back in 2005. I loved it and haven’t been able to purge it yet. Another thing I hadn’t purged was my wild wasabi and baja breeze in colours. How happy was I when they were in the new colour package this past summer!? (They would be in the all that is old is once again new category, if there were such a thing.) My new would be the Candy Cane Christmas and the Candy Cane buttons (bought to use in a wreath card, I didn’t realize how big they were and I am left with 2 bags of them!) The embossing folder is Basic Grey. I have a hard time stepping away from using SU only, but it was a Christmas gift and I do prefer the largeness of the flakes.

This was a very simple card to make -I’m all about the easy. It’s 41/2 by 4 1/2 ( a faux pas on my part- it was supposed to be 5X5.)  The embossed image is sanded, but I don’t think you can tell with my quality photography! I used a little liquid applique on the Santa hat and glitter to define the snow.  Some linen thread and a button with 2 bows and I was done. Once I found a pair of scissors, of course. The state of my craft room is a whole other post!

Crafting Goals

I have been a Stampin’ Up demo since 2007. A very crappy SU demo, let me say. I have ran a grand total of ONE  monthly club (with 4-6 members , depending on the month), ONE open house and TWO workshops.  With the exception of last year’s monthly club, I have most often been the only one ordering my $400 a quarter to keep my demo status active. My goal this year is to create more, to share more and to host more workshops. Maybe I’ll even get that club going again. Or not.  I actually managed to sign up one of the 4 as a demo and I think at least 2 of the others would go to her! No worries though, I think I prefer the workshops.

So to meet my goal of crafting more I vow to:

1. Spend some time each day in my craft room, actually crafting, not just moving piles around pretending to clean. On my regular blog I said an hour a day for each day I am not work. That would equal 5 hours a week. It doesn’t seem like a lot to those crafty ones out there, but I would  exaggerating if I said I spent even 5 hours a month in the craft room in 2010.

2. Join in blog challenges…mojo monday, jingle belles, etc. I’m going to have to make a list!

3. Blog my projects. If I want to have this blog, I better have something to put on it!

4. Host more workshops.  Saleabration is coming up and I hope to have at least one workshop or open house during that time.

So there we go, a few vows made in hopes to reach my goal of crafting more.

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