My Christmas Card Drawings Revealed

In three days Christmas will arrive whether we are ready or not. Three days! I’m psyching up for my last lap around Boulder for holiday gifts. I need to bake my annual cinnamon rolls and make a list to hit the grocery store. The good news? The illustrated Christmas cards are done and in the mail. YES! I’m always relieved when this tradition is complete.

I sketched my family skiing and boarding on the slopes, but I didn’t get into it. Then I drew Danny hanging an ornament on the tree. When I cracked up laughing, the decision was made.

As most of you know, I’ve created popup cards for the last few years. My internal conversation over whether to cut and paste this year, turned into a raging argument. I really wanted to make it a booklet, but I didn’t have time. After printing out a few boring black and white cards to give to friends at a holiday lunch, I settled on a compromise.

I added a tinge of color to the last illustration and ran the cards through the printer a couple more times to add borders.

Ted Strutz guessed what my family is doing and won one a Christmas card! Way to go Ted! He blogs flash fiction for the Friday Fictioneers on Ted Book and slice of life photography on Ted Book Daily Pics. Be sure to check out his blog.

Yep. We are decorating the Christmas tree, but it’s a little on the wild side.

So here’s the scary part. The big reveal…

2016 Christmas Card


Happy accidents during Christmas


2016 Christmas Card reveal - illustration

It’s all about happy accidents.

We all experience them throughout the holidays. We run into old friends at celebrations or make new ones while looking for dog coats at Petsmart. We may think of the perfect gift while searching for something completely different. It seems like good stuff happens when we are putting out that positive vibe.

It’s all about recognizing the beauty around us and keeping the meaning of the season in our hearts. Keep counting your blessings!

The #Blessed Projects were a happy accident.

I needed something to pull me out of a funk one day, so I made a list of my blessing. The blues faded like the fog in Scrooge’s cemetery. I had to share the idea and the #Blessed Projects were born. If you need something to uplift you, look no further. Click on the link above. There are many to choose from. Make sure to check out Being Thankful, by Words from Anneli. I failed to link her fantastic #Blessed Project when I posted. Another happy accident since she is featured here today.

Another illustrated card is finished. Onto that last-minute Christmas shopping, oh, yeah, and then wrapping everything. *yawn* I still have three days…

Have you experienced any happy accidents lately? Are you feeling blessed or stressed?

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    1. Ha! Thanks, Frank! I keep looking at the drawings and think of changes I could make and yet, I’m so glad they’re done. Next year, I’ll go back to a popup… maybe…
      Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  1. Dang, I love your cards! That alone is a great gift to your family. Beautiful! And I was right, no stick figures. Where is my prize? Merry Christmas Susie!!


  2. Thanks for the Christmas smiles – and those all year long
    (You card with sketched tones and a bit of color reminds me of some older classic Christmas cards – I have some from WW II that are oddly so similar in style. Archives are fun sometimes…hope you have a really big house/kids have moved their stuff so your archives have room)
    Jingle on (and off also for cinnamon rolls stuff)


    1. Thanks so much, Phil! I’ve got plenty of space, but could use a dumpster. Ha! I think I know what you mean about the card. They used to colorize photographs back in the day. Thanks!
      Danny just left to grocery shop. Can you believe it? What a great guy. I’m almost done with wrapping then it’s off to those cinnamon rolls.
      Merry Christmas to you!

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  3. A fine card, I can’t wait to see it! It will go on display every Christmas with three other special things I have been sent by bloggers. Merry Christmas Courtney, K Slash or Smash (I can’t remember), Danny, Roxy and Susie! Still looking forward to returning to Boulder someday.


    1. Thanks so much, Ted and congratulations again! Thanks for participating in the contest. I will send your holiday wishes to the family!
      I’m looking forward to your visit too! Hopefully sooner than later. Ha!
      Merry Christmas, my friend!


  4. Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude I LOVE this card Happy Accidents rock! I love that you’re so talented in more than one way, I love how you share that and really enjoy you posting it up. I especially loved that Blessed Project thanks for putting it out there as I too had to get out of a funk and it helped me turn the corner a bit. I’ll be sure to check out Ted and Anneli. Hope you have a great Christmas!!! Happy Festivus 🙂


    1. Thank you so much!
      Happy Festivus to you, Guat! Thanks for taking the wild ride with me this year. We’re a lot alike in trying to put a positive spin on the left turns life sends us. I LOVE that! I’m so glad you participated in the #Blessed Project. I’ll definitely host it again next year.
      Hope to see you in Cali soon!

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  5. You are crazy talented lady. I admire anyone who can draw. Or write. Or sing. Or dance. Or play violin. Or . . . well you get it. I wanna be you when I grow up.

    Happy holidays! Keep up the wild fun in 2017. (I finished my wrapping today.)

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt


    1. Woohoo! I had the wrapping done early and actually went out for lunch on Christmas Eve. No lie!!!
      Thanks so much, Patricia! That creative drive can be dangerous. No one wants to be me. I went waaaaay overboard this year and didn’t have any time for myself for weeks (almost two months). Next year, I plan to simplify and can’t wait to get back into yoga in January. I don’t think my instructor will recognize me!
      Happy Holidays to you! I’ll keep it wild, for sure!!! You too, girl!


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