Christmas Cards from Friends: Day One

Christmas is in the air.  OK, maybe that’s rain and heat in the air.  While my friends up North are locked inside with tons of snow and ice, it has rained non-stop in Atlanta with temperatures in the 70’s.  I know I don’t have room to complain about these temperatures, but there’s hardly a hint of the weather I find on all the gorgeous Christmas cards I’ve been receiving.  I want to share some of them with you today – these cards are from friends, customers, fellow-demonstrators and blog readers.  I am one lucky guy!

I am IN LOVE with this Christmas card I received from Ellen – the colors, the texture, the vellum embossed flower.  I love the colors she chose and how she cropped this sentiment with the Apothecary Accents framelit.

I love that Julie layers this card with a window sheet and adds the rhinestones on the centers of the snowflakes with a callback above the “i” in “believe”.

The Crumb Cake base on Alise’s card pairs perfectly with this very natural sketch of a very real man.

The layout of Linda’s card couldn’t be simpler, but it also couldn’t be more effective.  I love that the Designer Series Paper Pops out from behind the central panel and behind the candy cane.  the addition of the glimmer leaves is perfect.

Justin has a real talent for layering a variety of textures and colors.  I really like way the doily pops out from behind the tag.  A quick-and-easy card that’s very effective.

20131222-192420.jpgWith all its shiny silver (silver foil paper, DSP, embossed deer, brads and embellishment), Diane’s gatefold card is absolutely stunning.

Lisa’s circle flip card includes an extended panel with perfectly textured fronts.  While her angel is not a Stampin’ Up! image, it’s adorable here.

Grace embraces monochromatic red-and-white to make this fun ornament card.  She sponges the edges and the surface of her embossed cardstock to complete the look.

The blues in Lisa’s snowball card are gorgeous.  Her water colored image is not from Stampin’ Up!, but boy is he cute!

I hope these cards have inspired you as much as they have inspired me.  Thanks to all the artists who shared them with me.

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13 thoughts on “Christmas Cards from Friends: Day One

  1. To have all the wonderful cards filling up your mailbox daily must be such a burden. LOL Rushing home from work would be the highlight of my day if I had that problem. Everyone of these cards are unique in their special way. Keep up the fantastic work everyone. Merry Christmas to all.

  2. Wow Brian , what BEAUITIFUL cards Yes you are lucky ,
    Have a wonderful Christmas , to you and yours !!!
    Hugs and love frenchie,
    Ps Brian did I tell you I did real good on my craft show ! I sold just about every thing,
    So happy , and mabe 2 possibles. Customers ….. :0)

  3. every one of these give me so much inspiration! I loveeee the vellum of the first one and the snowflakes and the chalkboard “believe” of the second. Each one is so unique! Love them all!

  4. I agree 100% with Lisa – I too would be rushing home from work to see what works of art I find in my mailbox! You are one lucky guy Brian! Hey, if you don’t like your 70 degree weather I’ll send you some of the ice storm we are having. The ice has been forming since Saturday late afternoon and I cannot even believe we still have electricity. As I sit here ice is still forming. It is an amazingly beautiful sight out there yet too treacherous to attempt leaving the house. Thanks for sharing the cards Brian, I’m very impressed with the talent of your followers!

  5. Works of art — all! I may have to copy some of the ideas. Thank you so much for sharing! I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year. With love, Nancy B

  6. Oh, what a lovely collection of wonderful Christmas cards, how thrilling to get them every day, I love each one of them. Thank you so much for sharing them Brian, I wish for you a Wonderful Christmas and a fabulous and healthy 2014.
    Thank you for all you do throughout the year, we are all so very lucky to have someone like you to delight us and teach us, to encourage us to be creative and share our love for this fantastic craft.
    Many blessing, my dear.

  7. Brian, I tried to e-mail you, but the server did not work. Soooooo…I will thank you here for sharing my card! It made my day, no, my week!!! And, I am so glad you got over the flu and are back in the groove again. Wishing you a Merry Christmas…I hope you can celebrate with family and friends.

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