All Done!

First of all, Happy Holidays to everyone out there in the blogosphere!

After all the drawing, printing, folding, cutting, and pasting, I am happy to say that my Christmas cards are finished. Whew!

They are a little different this year. They are a modified pop-up and more like a fold-up.

step 1

Step 1: Fill coffee mug. Use up entire red ink cartridge. Punch out trees. Refill coffee mug. 

step 2

Step 2: Glue front cover. See that diabolical glue stick? It sucked at sticking. Repeat Step 2.

You all know how I’ve been dreaming of a white Christmas. Well, the only snow I’ve seen recently has been in the mountains or on my blog! Thank you WordPress. I decided to make that my theme. Snow.

Over Thanksgiving break, my family and I headed up to the mountains. We skied at Keystone and had a photo taken at the top of the run.

step 3

Step 3: Drawing. I used some artistic license and added Roxy to the drawing. Nope. She didn’t go skiing with us.

The activity is skiing and snowboarding! I think that half my cards include that subject. Not one person guessed it.

step 4

Step 4: Freakin’ folding, folding, and more folding. I think I listened to 10 movies while I worked on this project.

step 5

Step Five: Cutting out the inside of the card. “Snip snip here, snip snip there and a couple of diddle dees…” Okay, so after a while, I got reeeeally slap happy.


Step 6: Still cutting… Creating the mountains was pretty dang fun until I made about 70 of them. 20 to go.

step 6

Step 7: Assemblage: I glued all the pieces together and then prayed that they wouldn’t fall apart after tossing them in the mail.

step 7

Step 8: Added a tree and snowflakes to each card because, hey, it’s only time. Lots of time! Assembly line and littered floor.

I kinda lost it at one point after I had been working for nine hours straight. I yelled, “Why can’t I be like an ordinary person?” I was watching Miracle. As if on cue, Olympic Hockey Coach Herb Brooks said, “No one ever became extraordinary by being ordinary.” That really freaked me out and I went back to work. Talk about ironic!
cover of card

After 36 hours of drawing,printing, folding, cutting, and pasting…


Card inside 12


…my family’s 2012 Christmas card is done.

I would like to thank everyone who left a comment guessing what our family was up to this year’s Christmas card. There were a lot of Wild Guesses, but this is the Wild Ride so you never know… I loved reading the responses and now I have a lot of ideas for future cards. Thank you for that!

Now for the winners. Be sure to click on their links and say hello!

Linda Seccaspina was the only one who got it right with guessing snowboarding!

El Guapo guessed that we were all together enjoying a family activity. It was a loophole, but true.

Leanne Shirtliffe guessed that I was laughing. I always laugh when I get my picture taken so my smile doesn’t look like a snarl.

I had planned to give out 5 cards, so that left two more to send out. I decided to throw the names of everyone who entered into a hat.

Cecile at Tryingtobeconscious was the first one I picked and lives the farthest away in Switzerland!

The second one was Catherine Johnson. Canada was well represented as Linda, Leanne and Catherine all live in the Great White North! El Guapo will be only one who get the card in the next three or four days. Please email me your addresses and I will send out your cards –

Thanks again for guessing. I would have felt bad if no one wanted one!

Happy Holidays everyone. Time to dance!

Susie Lindau

See that stack of stuffed envelopes on the counter? I am a happy Wild Rider. 

What is your favorite holiday tradition?

From one contest to another – I am entering my holiday card in the GoJulesGo and TheByronicMan sheet giveaway! 

121 thoughts on “All Done!

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    • You were really close Heather! I was surprised that more didn’t guess skiing or snowboarding, but there were so many activities to choose from.
      A beef rib roast sounds wonderful!
      I wish I could send my cards to everyone. Have the happiest of holidays!


    • Thank you so much Renee! I would say, “next time,” but after all the work you put into it, I am sure you are glad there won’t be a next time!
      I rarely get them done this early. That extra week really helped!
      I wish you and your family the happiest of holidays!


  2. WOW! The cards, your home and YOU are stunning. I’m sure it feels wonderful to be heading out to the mailbox. I think you should have your own’re multi-talented and Roxy could be your little sidekick helping with projects.
    There are so many things to love about the holidays, but my favorite thing to do is watch my children open their gifts…maybe it’s just seeing them happy that I really enjoy!
    We have a patient that comes into our office who is in her 90’s. She hand draws a card each year, takes them to a printer and sends them off. Two years ago she shared one with me, probably because I was gushing over her talent like a crazy person, and I framed it. Now it’s a decoration!


    • Wow! Thank you so much!
      Roxy would love that. She is such a big ham.
      I agree about the children. I am really looking forward to having them come home this Christmas!
      That is so cool that you framed her card. I bet she really appreciated that. Danny used to have an aunt who hand painted her cards every year. I miss them now… :)
      Happy Holidays to you!


  3. Well my dear friend- the first blog I met you with was all about helicopter skiing if I do believe. I knew it was snowboarding and skiing because it is just a natural part of your life and part of you like your feet so that was a done deal I never mentioned.

    I am surprised I did not see some sort of tennis racket in there though..:)
    Love you much and Happy Holidays to you and your family.
    Being in Canada now everyone says Merry Christmas and not Happy Holidays – so I will say that too.:)

    Ps- are you not a sweet thing for putting our links in..:) Thank you.


    • But of course Linda! You were my very first blogging friend, so I was thrilled when you guessed the activity! I did blog about heli-skiing. :) I am ready to win another trip!
      Merry Christmas to your and your family and lots of (((hugs)))!


    • Thanks so much Jules! I was an illustrator back in the day… :)
      Hey I had to go big or go home to enter in your contest!

      I really do have a Christmas mole. Really! Courtney made a pink one with a tutu to hang on our tree! When I unbox the ornaments, I will tweet you the photo. Hahaha!


      • Yeah, I’m in everyone’s spam folders these days. Might have been because I put 3 x’s instead of someone’s name in a comment, which means, well you know. Then I wrote a post about marijuana which really probably got me in the naughty pile. Will you speak to Santa about it if you see him?

        Merry Christmas to you! Yeah, feeling the sprinkles. Speaking of, there’s a blizzard in the mountains in Oregon. Bet some is headed your way.


        • I can see it brewing in the mountains. We got the warm before the storm. I pray it makes it to Boulder!
          Here is a link to get you out of spam jail. This is from a Happiness Engineer that helped me break out.
          “Comments on are processed through that so I’d recommend contacting them at:

          They have an option there for “I think Akismet is catching my comments by mistake”


  4. Woo hoo thank you, Susie! Why did I think it was a skiing one last year. It seems so obvious.
    You are so talented. Thank you!!!


  5. Yay! I’m so happy you picked me, Susie! Your cards look fab and I hope I’ll have the will to do something so cool for my family and friends one day.

    Just one thing, my name is Cécile, not Camille. Both French names but I’m very proud of the accent on the é ;-)

    Should I send you my address? As I’m about to move to NZ, I’t’s probably safer to send it over there. Can’t wait to get the card, Thanks!


    • I am so sorry! I knew that! I typoed it late last night! Major ooooops! Corrected it. It always amazes me how many times I can check something over and still miss something major like that!
      I am so glad that you won!
      Thank you so much!


  6. Reading your instructions I’m glad you had your priorities right…, the coffee mug always comes first! Looks like you had a bit of fun doing this. Love hand-made cards. I used to paint all of our cards (until it got to be too many). Yours looks great, Susie. I’d love to have one.
    Do you have enough snow yet…, or are you still dancin’?


    • Thank you so much Paul!
      That is so cool that you used to paint them. That must have taken a lot of time!
      The mountain resorts have gotten between a foot and a half and two feet of snow. We are supposed to get a few inches this afternoon. Finally!
      I am always dancing! OoooO! OoooO!


  7. Woot! Susie, those are awesome cards, and you are a fabulous artist; I’m truly impressed by your multitude of talents! Love the snazzy photo of you, too! ~ Julie :) xox


  8. You crafty devil. If I were a tad weaker I’d submit to the subliminal message to craft my way through the holidays. But no, I’ll send cards sent to me by people I give money to.


    • I may have misunderstood you. I thought you guessed firefighting and then said that you thought the card I showed looked like snowboarding which it was. It was from three years ago.
      Did I mess up?


        • I know. It is so sad. I went to Danny’s company Holiday Party and not one person brought it up. I thought the president would at least say a prayer or mention it.. I have to say it was the strangest party I have ever been to! We dressed up in “bad prom attire” which was fun, but in light of what happened today, everything felt off.


  9. Ha! I was late for the guessing challenge :( but it’s all good. Congrats on finishing an great Martha Stewart-Michaels looking Christmas card. It looks great and you look very happy bustin out your I-finished-the-Xmas-card dance moves! Woo-hoo!


  10. My, Susie, your card making is really impressive! What an enormous job.. I’m sorry to have missed your earlier post. But I’m going to take a leaf from this and maybe start my own tradition of making New Year cards.


    • New Year’s cards is a great idea! Thank you so much Alarna! I have made cards that didn’t quite make the Christmas cut off and became New Year’s cards! Sometimes they take longer than I think… :)


  11. Love it! Okay, I have this thing that I think you totally need. It’s called a Xyron and it adds adhesive to the back of anything. It’s manual, so you can use it anywhere. There are other cartridges you can use to add magnets, or even laminate. It’s awesome.

    I’m in awe of your cards! They are truly magnificent.


  12. Well, most of us thought you would be doing something original this year… not the old skiing/snowboarding thing again (especially since you have no snow)… Oh well, there’s always next year… sniff, sniff… yes I am a poor loser. Your card is truly lovely and quite an accomplishment. Thanks for the step by step. Take a much deserved rest and enjoy the holidays.

    p.s. thanks for the glam shot at the end!


  13. Susie- Check your year on the intro of the Christmas card- which is amazing, by the way. You typed in “1012”. I know you’re ahead of your time, but that’s pushing it.
    That’s better than ANY Christmas card the rest of us are going to pay too much money for. Amazing.


  14. I WANT A CARD! Beautiful! You asked about my favorite holiday tradition? It would have to be falling asleep on the couch after stuffing myself at our Christmas dinner. The noisy kids don’t even disturb me! ;) It’s A Wonderful Life is only 5 days away (counting today!


  15. I agree with Paul! I wish I were as creative as you are. but, I guess I am in a different way. I’ll be working on my cards this afternoon. Merry Christmas and enjoy the time with your family!


    • I am sure that you are creative too Clay! You have to be when you are a teacher. :)
      Sounds like a great afternoon activity. The holidays wouldn’t be the same without them!
      Merry Christmas to you and your family too! Thank you!


  16. Woohoo!!!
    though just to see the cards and the effort you put into them is a great prize!

    Happiest of Holidays to you and the entire Lindau clan! (Of course that includes Roxy!)


  17. Do your friends all hate you because you’re so damn good at everything?! ;-) (Just read your photo tips before reading this post!)

    Seriously, though, the finished cards are stunning. I’m sorry your family wasn’t singing, because I really, really wanted one. Hope you do another card contest next year ….


    • Happy Holidays Sam! Thank you so much!
      I would say that getting my picture on the gravatar was the hardest part! First you need a WordPress blog site or you can use your Facebook or Twitter account. Upload a picture to your gravatar and it should work!


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