The little things that make me happy here on Bliss Road~~Emily Keaton

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

My First Christmas Card of the Season

Well, somebody flipped the switch and suddenly it's beginning to feel a lot like autumn around here! Ever since last Friday, it's been considerably cooler, with overnight temperatures dipping into the 40s. Sunday afternoon's project was taking out all five of our window air-conditioning units, which were doing some unintentional air conditioning each night--letting that 40-degree air just pour right in! We've broken out the jeans and jackets, added blankets to the beds, and started burning my Macintosh-scented candles. Yup, I'm all ready for the first day of autumn on Friday!

All of which reminded me that I don't have any Christmas cards made yet! Flourishes has a wonderful monthly Christmas card challenge that runs year round. It's designed to help everyone get a head start on making their holiday cards. Each month, I check out the challenge and think, "Wow! That's a great one! I really need make time to play along this month." And each month I never quite get around to it. Well, crunch time is coming down the pike, so I made this month's Christmas Spirit Challenge a priority and got 'er done today. The challenge is to make a card inspired by this photo.
I loved the reds, whites, and snowflakes in this photo, so I ran with those in my creation.
I used three different Flourishes stamp sets to create this card: Warm Winter Wishes (the snowflakes), Country Charm Labels, and O Christmas Tree (sentiment).

My layered flower is something I made myself today. It's a {recycled} dryer sheet flower! I found the idea for it, along with instructions, HERE. So easy to make (although allow plenty of time for drying). I know I'll be making more again soon! And--HIP HIP HOORAY!--because I recycled a used dryer sheet to make the embellie on this card, I am entering it in Lynn's Recycling Challenge over at Do More With Less.

Well, thanks for dropping by for my little slice of bliss today!
Emily

Stamps: Flourishes Warm Winter Wishes, Country Charm Labels, and O Christmas Tree
Paper: red and white CS
Ink: Versafine red satin, ColorBox frost white
Accessories: MS snowflake border punch, SU real red dotted grosgrain ribbon, foam tape, white EP, heat tool, recycled dryer sheet, Smooch Spritz, glitter glue, red metallic brad
Techniques: embossing, handmade flower

21 comments:

wearestampers said...

Congrats on getting your first Christmas cards done! It's very pretty, and LOVE the dryer sheet flowers! Thanks for sharing the link, they look like pretty sheer ribbon!
Pam

~amy~ said...

simply gorgeous...dryer sheet bloom? I LOVE it!!!!

Erin said...

Just lovely Emily! The glitter on the flower edges is a great detail

Debbie Carriere said...

Beautiful!! Love the reds and punched borders! Dryer sheet flower, that is really cool!

onecraftymama said...

Now as a fellow mom I know you & I both are probably swimming in used dryer sheets ;) I'm going to have to check that out :)
Looks like you've got a good start on your Christmas cards...I'm starting to feel like I should get going on those. Soon.

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Recycled dryer sheets? Are you serious? Considering i did like 20 loads of laundry yesterday at work I'd have no trouble with that project.... must click "here" and read more. Love the label on this card.

lisa arana said...

How really freakin' cool!!! That flower is amazing and so is your card. It really has the feel of the inspiration photo.

Bonnie said...

Great Christmas card! I guess we all need to get busy on them. It will be here before we know it!

Marisa said...

I"m not ready for cold weather yet as summer just arrived a month ago LOL! Love the red and white combo and the flower is amazing! Great card :)

ChristineCreations said...

So pretty Emily! It has a country feel combining the snowflakes (so cute!) and I love how the Country Charm Labels go so beautifully with it!

Emily Leiphart said...

Emily, this holiday card is gorgeous! I love all the red and white. I can't believe that flower was made using an old dryer sheet - it's stunning! I love the glittery edges.

lynn said...

beautiful, emily! this is one flower i haven't tried yet-tfs! so glad you could play along:)

Sue Lelli said...

Send some cool weather to TEXAS, Emily! PLEASE! LOVE this BEAUTIFUL card and those flowers are so FAB! THX for the link!

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

I saw this on SCS last night and I just love it, Em! That flower is fabulous. :)

Anita said...

wow, Emily this is so stunning. I love the crisp look of the red and white together and that flower is gorgeous. Thanks for the link to the tutorial - I'm going to have to give those a try!

yyam said...

Oh my! This is beautiful Emily! Love the richness of the red! And how awesome is that bloom! :)

Thanks for playing along with my guest Lynn's recycling challenge! :)

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Beautiful card Emily! Great take on the inspiration photo! Love the snowflake trim and the fancy flower!

Benzi said...

Beautiful card, Emily, and I love your dryer sheet flower...gotta try that one. Thanks for the link.

Don't you just love burning those candles on these cool (almost Fall) days? But, I'm thinking of what's to come and all that snow you had last year. :-)

Shelly Schmidt said...

Gorgeous card- fabulous flower!!! Love the trim too.

Colleen Dietrich said...

Terrific creation for Flourishes Christmas challenge! I recognize those little snowflakes from a certain set a certain friend sent to you. ;-) Yay! I like the touches of glitter all around your recycled flowers.

Crafty Math Chick said...

This is beautiful! I never would have guessed those snowflakes are from all different sets! I love the look of the traditional red & white together. Fantastic! Congrats on starting your holiday cards so early! :)
~Meredith