Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Never Ever Not Even Once Before....

 If you have a calendar nearby, grab it and mark this down. 
 From now on, we shall celebrate annually the year that Lisa finished her Christmas cards in JULY!  
It's true. I kid you not.  I started a New Year's Resolution list of things to do that I'd never done before. The list contains 17 items and finish cards early was #4...Done!! 

There are 5 cards similar to this style...


Last year I was in complete panic- procrastination mode. You know the one where you're freaking out but continually maneuvering yourself in endless circles and complete a total of zilch!

One thing I do remember from all the frenzy was making cards that cost a pretty penny to send in the mail.  

This year I decided for a variety of simplicity and perhaps less "puff."

There are a set of 5 of this style. Each with different stocking paper designs.









        I created 5 of these designs as well....

This one, I think, is probably my favorite of this series.










And lastly...the little cardinal on a branch.
For those that prefer a more 'vintage' touch, there's this style.  
I created 2 sets of each of these.







This was created by grabbing scraps in my paper drawer and cutting out tags.  The house became an after thought in which case evolved the sentiment that I typed on the PC.
There's a total of 4 of this type.







Here's the card that got out of hand and reminded me to ease up on the 'poof' of layering. It would be nice if they fit in the envelopes.  :)
There's 4 like this that vary in background DP.  
I really like the chevron pattern.

And the final design I decided on was this layered tree made from scraps and simple torn white CS.   There are also 4 of this style.

There you have it ... Christmas completed in July!
I hope this gives you some ideas for your card plans.
Thank you so very much for your time and visit.
Hugs and Happy Crafting to you,
Lisa x

26 comments:

Jane said...

Oh wow Lisa your Christmas cards are fabulous and such gorgeous designs. I usually start mine in September but this may well inspire me to get going. I love that you made sets of designs. .wonderful work xx

Helen said...

Wow what a stunning collection of cards. You've made me want to crack on with mine :)

Dr Sonia S V said...

WOw so many beautiful cards Lisa...my fav are the vintage style ones!
Cheers
Dr Sonia

KimCreate said...

Absolutely fabulous! I love them all but esp. the one with the black noel die cut! Congrats to you for reaching your goal!

richardbreaks said...

Oh yeah, LOVING these. SO into that sled! Is that the PTI die set, or is this from your cutting machine?
They all look so fantastic.
Oh yeah, the first one is so wonderful. I may have to CASE you there, my friend.

Mary J said...

Well done you! And tehy are all marvellous! My faves are the stocking and the chevrons!

DesignerDiva said...

Hello my crazy talented friend, so you finished all your Christmas cards and I have not made any!!! Wanna make mine? Ha!
All as equally as fabulous as you and all will be as treasured as you too!
Merry Christmas
Hugs Laurie xx

Sarah said...

Wowsers!! Fab cards one and all!! xx

Chrissy said...

They are all fantastic Lisa and well done on getting them all done so early..I must get creative and get some done myself as Christmas just slipped past me last year..I'm inspired and love them all..

luv CHRISSYxx

Tammy said...

Each example is fabulous and full of Christmas merriment! But I think it is illegal to finish Christmas cards prior to December 24!

Ina said...

Wow Lisa - amazingly beautiful cards. Love them all and their simplicity and beauty.
Being a Scot I adored the Scottie Dog. Where did you get him from? Is he a stamp? (I did have one and ruined it with the wrong ink)I just love anything with Scottie Dogs and Thistles lol

Lisa said...

Hi Lisa,
You're one smart cookie, making all those lovely cards this early, using scraps and making sure they all fit in their envelopes... Very awesome! Every December I say, I'm going to do mine early, yet every December, I find myself doing the Christmas card dash ;) Your cards turned out beautiful.
Hugs,
Lisa

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

OMG, it really IS Christmas in July, at least at your house. Kudos to you for such a great accomplishment! And they are all FANTASTIC - completely adorable, in fact I like the non-vinage ones better :) so gorgeous! TFS and a hug too!

Linda

Lisa S. said...

Man am I impressed! You have got it together chica!!! I love each style and to think how many you made of each...whoa nelly. I love these and I'm with you about reducing the poof and the mailing cost. :) Thanks L2 for the amazing inspiration. Guess I'm going to turn on some Christmas carols and get going lol. xx

Regina Easter said...

okay you got my ADDY girlfriend to send me a card.......sooooooooooooo pretty

Kelly Neis said...

Lisa you are so impressive! All done AND these are gorgeous cards!! I love your styles and if you would like to work on mine, that would be great too! I am happy for you that you made your goal! The are all gorgeous!!
Hugs Kelly

Margaret said...

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! Who are you and what have you done with my partner in procrastination?!
These are absolutely fabulous and I just know that you made all of them for me so I won't have to rush at the last minute to get mine done, right?? But seriously, they are all so fabulous that I can't pick one favorite! I love the sled and cardinal, and the vintage cards are gorgeous! Of course, I'd be thrilled to receive any (or all) of them!! wink!wink!nudge!nudge!

butterfly said...

How is that possible?! Congratulations... and even more so on the fact that they are all gorgeous! The first one already had my jaw dropping - what fabulous bold banners and patterns against the krafy background - and then I adore the inky snowdrift ones. You're right, the sled is probably my favourite - so cool! Oh, the patchwork tree too... Brilliant work, Lisa... now you can put your feet up until December (hmmm...)!
Alison xx

Pia S said...

Really? Ready already? Oh wow! You're one of a kind, Lisa!
Fantastic designs, I do love your favorite one too! They're all special in their own way. And bonus points for not making them heavy weight either!

Anita Houston said...

If you keep up these gorgeous crafts and heavy laden pieced posts, I might have to just stop following you, because I am so JEALOUS!!! Not only do you make the most gorgeous and creative pieces, but you make so many in such a short amount of time. How do you do it? Gorgeous Christmas going on here!!!!

Tracy said...

sigh....I could never pick a favorite from these. Each and every one is perfect. I agree that flatter, excuse me, less poofy, is much better for mailing. I'm jealous. I don't have the first Christmas card made. Way to go Twang! Hugs!

lalkygirl said...

WOW Lisa ...WHAT A FABULOUS SELECTION OF CHRISTMAS PROJECTS....way to go girl ...KNOCKING NO 4 OFF YOUR LIST....I couldn't possibly pick a fave ,they are all just perfectly delightful...
tracey x

Dora said...

Wow wow Lisa your Christmas cards are all so so beautiful :) You are so creative, I love them all and wow you managed to finish them so early, well done you :) Thanks for your nice comment today. Wishing you a lovely Sunday xxx

Marie-Louise said...

Gosh Lisa somehow I missed these . Just fabulous all of them.

Karon said...

WOW - Lisa, these are just stunning cards. Not too puffy and perfect for the post. Love all the different designs and you must be so pleased with yourself in completing all these. TFS

Paper Profusion said...

Are you kiddin' me??? Now you've gone and put me in a jealous fit!!! These are BRILLIANT girl! I wish I could say well done with my hand on my heart but I can't cause I'm having a jealous hissy fit. I'll calm down in a while I'm sure!

Secretly, I LOVE them all!! Nicola x