Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

Hi everyone, I want to wish you a very happy new year! Thanks for visiting my little blog over the last 2.5 years. Thanks for your sweet comments and the inspiration you provide to me. I love how blogging has changed my life. I've gotten to know so many of you around the world. I've been lucky to actually meet several of you in real life, which has been a complete thrill.

Let me tell you the tale of my annual Christmas card that became this Happy New Year card instead. I struggled with the design this year and ran behind schedule. I stamped several "Merry Christmas" and "Feliz Navidad" cards, but then had to switch to making them "Happy New Year" cards instead, since they would not be sent out before Christmas. Several items were pre-determined: I was using this Simply Chartreuse and Plum Pudding paper from Papertrey Ink and the patterned paper from them as well. I also had some patterned paper from Stampin' Up. I loved this swirl background stamp from Hero Arts that I bought when I was in Seattle last month. I wanted to use baker's twine. I wanted the cards to be relatively flat, so they wouldn't cost extra postage. Normally, I'll make about 4 different designs for the card. This year, I had many more variations of the design! Come on, Anthonette, make up your mind!!!

Here's a photo collage of the variations of the design in making the 50 cards.

Next year, I'm going to order a pre-made photo card and then just embellish it slightly. I totally LOVED this card that Kim Hughes ordered from Snapfish and then embellished with baker's twine, buttons, and some cardstock leaves.

Have a good one!


Erum Tasneem said...

Happy new year Anthonette!!!

Jaime said...

These are awesome! Great job! Hope you have a wonderful New Year! :)

Savitri said...

OOOH, LOVE LOVE LOVE this card. It's not like the regular photo card ya know. The photo of Kalino is just beautiful!!!

Beate said...

I LOVE your card. The photo is just darling. The layout and colors wonderful.
Happy New Year!
Hugs and smiles

zakkalife said...

I love your cards. I never thought about embellishing a pre-made photo card before. I might have to steal your idea for next year too.

Anonymous said...

Perfect design and gorgeous kid!

Becky Carafa said...

Fabulous, fabulous design! Pretty cute subject too!