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A fresh start!

Just popping to give some updates since I have not posted in quite a while.  I hope to make more regular posts now and I think I might be able to make it happen.  I ended a job on Friday and will start a new one on Monday, however this new job will allow me a bit more flexibility and time to dedicate to  “CardsbyCheryl”.  I’ve never had a job that allowed me to work from home, and I’m excited to try it now.  I really am looking forward to being able to spend more time in the craft room as well.

OK…so here’s a peek at some of the holiday cards I have been working on.  I have about 45 cards to send and I am only through about 20.  I was really hoping to make each one unique but I got pretty bogged down with work and the next thing I knew…it was already December, so I am bit behind.  For the other card makers out there – when do you start planning and creating your December holiday cards?  Would love to hear from you and here’s a quick little poll if you don’t mind answering…  I need to get better at planning ahead so that I don’t get so far behind.

When do you start planning & designing your holiday cards?

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Burning the midnight oil…

Spent a few more hours after dinner last night with hubby working on Christmas cards.  I love that he likes to contribute!  🙂  This one came out nice and is one of my favorites but I still have to mount it onto a card base.  I’m not a fan of mass producing cards that are all the same, so you can understand why it is taking us so long to come up with 50 cards.  Thirty three down, 17 to go!

 

The Poinsettia

This pretty poinsettia stamp from PowerPoppy stamps is a new one to my collection this holiday season and this was my very first attempt at coloring it with my alcohol markers.  As I was coloring it I got to wondering about how the Poinsettia became to be such an icon of Christmas decor, and so I did a little research.  Turns out the poinsettia originated in Mexico and was first introduced into the states in 1828 by Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett and that is when it became known as the Poinsettia.  But how did the Poinsettia get associated with Christmas?  Well, there are a couple of stories that I found, but I like this one the best:

A Mexican legend tells of a girl who could only offer weeds as a gift to Jesus on Christmas Eve. When she brought the weeds into a church, they blossomed into the beautiful red plants we know as poinsettias, known as Flores de Noche Buena in Mexico (Spanish for “flowers of the holy night”).

And, another fun fact about the poinsettia – it is in fact NOT a poisonous plant, but please do me a favor and do not test that theory!

This card is for sale in my Etsy shop – and, like all of my cards, it is a one of a kind.  It comes with a matching craft paper envelope.

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