When I am not cross-stitching or crocheting, you can usually find me doing something with my stamps and paper. Paper has always been one of my favorite items to do crafts with. It pretty much leaves everything to your own imagination, because paper is versatile and so easily available in all shapes and colors.
I’ve made my own cards for as long as I can remember. Whenever there was a birthday or other occasion coming up in our family, my Mom would say: San, you make a card. You always have such nice ideas and it adds a nice personal touch to our gift.
So, San would make a card.
And that has somewhat stuck with me. One of my New Year’s resolutions last year was to not buy one single (overpriced) card at the store in 2010, but make every card by hand… and to my surprise, I was able to stick to this resolution. I didn’t exactly know how it was going to play out – if I was going to make one card at a time when an occasion came up, or if I would work up batches of cards in advance (to answer that question: I did both!), but it totally worked out. Here’s a little glimpse into my latest “batch creation” of cards:
Years ago, I also started creating menu cards for our Family Christmas Dinners. It’s become somewhat of a little tradition and even if I am not able to celebrate Christmas with my family back in Germany (like last year), I usually come up with a little something that my Mom can easily download and print out. There is always, always a little bit of my crafty goodness on our Christmas dinner table.
Having said that, it’s really high time for me to start rolling out the Christmas cards for this year. After all, it’s November already and Christmas will be here before we know it. The list of people that will get a Christmas card from me this year will probably be very long. After all, I am planning to do the Christmas Card Exchange here on my blog again. Stay tuned for the details.