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constructing Christmas

I’ve been busy drawing, cutting, pasting and folding this year’s Christmas card. I think I’ve listened to almost every corny holiday movie between the Lifetime and Hallmark channel.

Every year has its challenges. In the past, I sent out my cards after more than sixty hours of work and they boomeranged back for more postage! Last year I had to add extra postage for weight. This year I thought I had it handled, but the post office was closed, so I couldn’t check the weight. I was about to throw them in the mailbox, then I decided to take them home just in case.

homemade Christmas cards

Some of my older cards. The newer ones are popups.

Good thing! I found a major quality control problem. This Santa’s elf has been overworked and hasn’t ever made a cent. There are four illustrations in this card and after I stuffed all the envelopes and glued them shut, I noticed one of the extra cards had duplicated illustrations. Danny and I were on the left and the right. What was I thinking? Another had Kelly and Courtney on both sides.  GAH!!!! I had to open every card and check each one. Six cards were screwed up! Thank God I caught the error. They would have been super weird.

I’m blaming all of it on the Lifetime and Hallmark channels.

I would love to send you one of my homemade cards. Want to win one? Leave a comment and my husband, Danny, will pick names from a hat. On Friday, I’ll announce the winners and will link up their blogs.

Merry Merry! 

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Do you send holiday cards?

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117 thoughts on “Leave a Comment and Win!

  1. I am very impressed. I’ve gone the other direction in recent years, to no cards at all. I used to have a large list and write notes in each one. But I just can’t find the time anymore!

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  2. God Bless your determination and drive, Susie! I am one of the lucky ones that has received a creation of yours and they truly are works of art and sweat and joy.

    I do send cards but they are simple photo cards of my kiddos. Every once in a while if I am NOT feeling like a most rotund Christmas peanut butter ball, I send out a family pic. 🙂

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    • Thanks so much Maria!
      I thought I simplified them this year and they still took a week! 🙂
      I think it’s so great to have those family portraits. My family has always been off the hook.I’ll have to set up the self-timer this Christmas!

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  3. Amazing cards, Susie. But it sounds like quite the project. I use Picaboo and print some of my photos. This year was a tropical theme from some of our dive trips. including Bonaire and Belize.

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    • Christmas elves UNITE!! I think I’ll blog about how abnormal I really am. It would be so much easier if I didn’t live my life in hyperdrive, but then I wouldn’t be me!
      Thanks so much Jessica!
      Merry Christmas!

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  4. As someone who once got to have and hold one of your craft museum-worthy cards, I know what a labor they are for you to produce. It’s an impressive effort. As for me, I bought a box of 12 on small business Saturday but I have yet to send one. At this snail slow rate, I’m thinking I’ll get around to sending them for July 4th.

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    • You always make me laugh. Thanks so much! Last year’s card didn’t come off the way I planned, but I LOVED dancing on 2013’s grave! You know me and dancing.
      I didn’t realize this was a HUGE mailing day. I sat in two lines at the post office! I’m sure your friends and family will appreciate your cards whenever they get them. 🙂

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  5. Wow – you go all out! That’s amazing – most years (this year included) I don’t even manage to get out the Christmas cards I bought with the specific purpose of mailing out. Kudos to you!

    Happy Holidays!

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  6. I enjoy sending Holiday cards with a brief personal message. I don’t enjoy cards I receive that have a novelette enclosed detailing every bit of useless, boring information about the whole Famn Damily.
    Sorry if I identified anyone out there, but it’s probably my biggest pet peeve.
    What are everyone’s thoughts?
    I know I’m ugly, but am I insensitive too?
    Let me know… -Jim H.

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    • Hahaha! I’m with you on that, if the cards truly only brag about GPA etc. A while back, I wanted to write a fake one for my family with insane accolades. I thought it would be hysterical, but I risked insulting everyone who wrote brag letters.
      Mine is a brag illustration!
      Thanks for entering, Jim!

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    • Oh, thank you, Anneli! You are so nice to say that and made my day!
      I work pretty hard on them. I was bracing myself for all the work a few weeks ago. My dad who’s an artist and hanging in there at 88 years-old. said, “Everyone always looks forward to your cards.” That was all I needed. That’s when I started illustrating my blog posts!

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  7. Your cards do indeed look special! Wow. On my blog, I have The Great Christmas Card Exchange going. This is my second year, kind of. It’s a great way to stay in touch with other bloggers on Christmas. I love your idea of handmade cards, but fear I’m just too lazy to do it. 😉

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  8. Sure… blame a hapless TV Channel. It wouldn’t be, perhaps, that you have to be the most active multi-tasker in the United States, nay, The World! Hope your present for the DJ is under control this year.

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  9. I always used to send out Christmas cards, but I’d hardly get any in return, so that discouraged me. So this year, I decided to not send out any cards. Not sure if that was the right move, but it did save me some work.

    Happy Holidays! 🙂

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    • Thank you! It all started when I was first married 26 years ago. It has evolved from a simple illustration to a pop up card! I … just… can’t…. stop… myself!!!!
      I’m so glad you entered!

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    • Ha! I was bummed at first since they take so long to make, but I use glue stick. It usually takes a few days to get it to really adhere to the point of tearing. I just pulled them apart and reglued them! 🙂
      Thanks for entering!

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  10. Going to pieces again this year, I see. Those are gorgeous, but could the eggnog/ warm rum punch mandated in winter mountains (with snowy views outside the windows) be partly responsible? (Noooo! Don’t blame the Christmas music and movies – they’ll say those are obviously hazardous and ban them for our own safety…no, you cannot have sharp scissors….)

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  11. That’s all amazing. I love sending out (and receiving) christmas cards but mine are letters… or something like it. But if my name comes out of the hat I’ll send you one back! 🙂

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  13. First time in years I’ve made or sent cards….this year….YES! I think you’ve inspired me…no…you have inspired me. Happy Holiday wishes to you and yours, Susie…and the rest of your Lindau crew.
    Raye

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  14. I’m lucky if I remember to get cards on time to mail them, or remember everyone I want to get a card for. And, here you are making them by hand….lol Great stuff Susie! 🙂

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  15. I’ll be honest- I haven’t done Christmas cards in years (honestly, can’t remember the last time we sent them out) but I have respect for the folks who still send them. And even more mad props for the folks who make their own cards, rather than just purchase a box or two. You’re cool. I’d love to be on your Christmas card list.

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    • Maybe you will be! Danny will draw names tomorrow! It is a tremendous amount of work. I gave up my annual Christmas party, but the card tradition is alive and well!
      Thanks so much for entering!

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    • My Christmas cards have become New Year’s cards! I did my best, but they were too time-consuming. The year they bounced back, I know some didn’t get them until after. Tis the season!

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