Wednesday, August 29, 2007

'Tis (Almost) the Season. Sort of. do I say this without sealing my reputation as a total nutcase Christmas freak? Guess I'll just throw it out there and see what happens. It's August (but pretty close to the end of August, right? That's gotta count for something!). It's still in the 90's here in Texas. Halloween is still in the distant future. And what have I spent my time doing this week? Blogging. But that's not the point. When I haven't been blogging, I've been....making Christmas cards. Yeah, there. I've said it. Any problems with that? Got something to say? Did you call me crazy? Huh? Did ya'? Hey! Yeah, you! The one snickering and rolling your eyeballs! You wanna piece of me? Do ya'? Bring it, Baby!

Whew. Sorry. Breathing in. Deep breaths. I'm good. Thanks. Trying to get over that whole "Blogland has declared me the Village Idiot" feeling I'm getting here. I don't care what all the world's spies tell you, people. Paranoia is NOT your friend. Trust me on that. And really and truly...does it matter if the entire community you've come to embrace as your own thinks of you as a lunatic who sits in a corner playing with your Bubble Blowing Santa while listening to Jingle Bells on a red and green Dr. Seuss discman? Nah...friends don't mind you being crazy. It makes them look that much more sane. That's my theory. And I think it's a good one. Don't disillusion me. I mean it. D.O.N.'T.

Anywho, I made a decision this year that I was going to make our Christmas cards. How hard can it be, eh? Well, actually, as it turns out...pretty flippin' hard! For me, at least. This one, pictured below, is my first attempt. The ribbon I used is sheer so it doesn't show up very well. And "inking" is not my forte', as I've come to realize.
And the card below is my second attempt. Hmmm. I think my first one is looking better and better now. I've actually completed four cards total and I just have to say...thank goodness I've started in August. At the rate I'm going, I might finish them by Thanksgiving. Of 2010. I'm bound to get faster, though, right? I mean, I know I'll get the hang of this before too much longer. Surely, I will.

But, alas...I've spent too much time blogging already this morning (I went blog surfing before I posted) so, unless I want to whittle our card list down to just 4, I'd better get crackin' on some more paper Christmas cheer. (I'm almost in tears at the thought. Who knew this would be such a challenge for me? Oh. I'm the only one who didn't know it, is that what you're saying? Fine. I'll show you. Keep making snarky comments and I'll add you to the card list. Think about that. Odds are good, it won't be pretty. Your children will suffer. Your dog will howl. Your friends will laugh. Yeah. Ugly comments now could cost you big later. Except for you Aunt Sandi. Your fate is already sealed. You're gettin' a card. Moving now won't help you. Your boys will give me your forwarding address so you may as well brace yourself. Oh, and those same boys will be checking to make sure you display said card prominently throughout the entire holiday season. Ahhhh...'tis good to have cousins you get along with, know what I mean?)


  1. OHHHH, I WANT ONE! I better get one, too. I know darned well our name and address are on the envelop of one those cards...don't make me come over there!
    Aunt Sandi

  2. Well, I like them Kari!! Especially the first one! And anyway, it's not that long till Christmas! And I know what you mean about feeling paranoid in Blogland-someone last night left several very sarcastic comments on my blog!! But, I'm not going to mention it on my blog, or even delete them!! They're not going to get to me!!!!

  3. Kari,
    They are so pretty! I don't think that you are crazy at all in fact I admire you getting this done. I'll probably wait till the second week of December and then run out to Target and find something that looks good, that is if I remember at all. By the way people think I'm crazy because I listen to Abba songs--go figure! :-)

  4. Me again!! Ah thanks Kari, I needed a pep-talk after those comments left on my blog! Can you believe someone went right back to the start of it, just to leave snarky coments!!!
    Guess what-your Aunt is sending me some grits! Now, I have no idea what they are, but I can't wait to find out lol!!! Now get back to your Christmas card making (only joking-carry on blog browsing like me...)

  5. Ha! I had a feeling you were a 'crafty' person. :)

    Great cards. Much better than anything I would come up with. I tried one year and every card looked the same and only had a stamped image on it - none of the layering stuff. Every year since I have purchased cards (fits in better with my lazy personality).


    Well, I don't know if this will heelllp, but I used to make cards for my class, when I was in grade school (yup, the entire class!), and I learned pretty quick that churning out look-alike cards was a lot more difficult than doing each one different~ personalized for the individual!

    And the class liked it better if each card was different, too, so s'all good.~

  7. The cards look great, and I say do what makes you happy! :)

  8. I don't think you are crazy at all! Just SMART! When I am in the middle of sending out cards around December 20th I'll wish that I had started in August!

  9. P.s. Your cards are gorgeous!

  10. I love your cards,I always make home made gift tags with the pinking shears and last years Xmas cards,I get the kids to help it's usually a fun thing to do.
    I have started xmas shopping too,but will probably still be running around at the last minute.
    Thanks for visiting me.

  11. Kari - What did I ever do for laughs before I found your blog! You are such a funny person and if it counts for anything I think your cards are great and I especially love the first one. Full marks for starting early too! And if these are your first attempts you should be extra proud - I nearly died when I found some of my early cards some years later!

  12. Cool cards! Wow! What do I do to annoy you? ha. I want on the list. Wait ... then I would have to make cards and send them out TOO ... and that never happens, although I have about 6k in rubber stamps and inks and etc. etc. etc. Where do people find the time? Not a scrapper, me. Just a wanna be!

  13. I think those look FANTASTIC!!! Every year I say I want to make my cards, but I wait too long to get started. You pretty much have to start now to get them all done!

  14. They are really great! Truly! I know how hard it is as I used to make my own to...that was BG, before Grace.
    I never get time to do them anymore but I am thinking about taking one of her drawings and making them into cards...we will see if I get off my very ample tushie and actually do it!

    I am proud of you for getting yours started! NOT crazy at all. They take awhile...especially when they are as pretty as yours!

    Have fun...wish we lived closer and could make a day of it...card making, beating imaginary spiders,
    singing carols, all the holiday spirit inducing things.


  15. Looks really good. Looks like you went back and got that Believe stamp, very pretty. I really need to get on all my tag making. But I have been too tired. I can't wait to see more!!

  16. Your cards are just incredible! Great job. And good for you already doing them!


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