Tuesday, 18 December 2012

christmas card | 2012

I love sending Christmas cards almost as much as I love getting them. Usually I also love making them and most years I go old school and make them by hand with glue and glitter and actual pretty papers.

I had big plans for our Christmas cards this year. I had the coolest photo shoot planned for the husband and I, and when the snow arrived I was quite giddy to get it done. But alas, the husband wasn't as gung ho as I was, and the one day where we was actually at home during the daylight hours, I was so stressed out with getting a bunch of other stuff done that we missed the slot. I was totally bummed. I suspect he wasn't. Ha!

So, this left me with one other option - this since I had waited so long to start those damn cards that handmade was out of the question unless I wanted to give up a week's worth of sleep to make them - and that was to go digital.

So digital, not a huge problem for me, really. I quickly designed a postcard style card with a big graphic greeting on the front, and a more personal note on the back. I wanted something retro looking but still very graphic and clean. I also needed something that was easy to alter as I needed versions in three languages (Swedish, English, and Italian). I also wanted several Swedish versions.

Here is one Swedish version, with a line from a traditional Swedish Christmas song.

with the back

And here is the English version with a traditional sentiment

with the back

(Supplies: Sleigh Ride kit by Crate Paper from AC Digitals)

I printed the front and the back on seperate sheets of paper and then attached them to eachother, thus giving me a super thick card. I also decided to go large and made them 14,85cm x 21cm (half of an A4 sheet).

I love how they turned out. Granted, they aren't traditional at all, but then again I don't mind stepping out of the box for the sake of good looks.

I would love to see your cards, if you want to share them!

Sunday, 18 December 2011

christmas cards | 2011

Seeing as all the cards are posted, and hopefully will arrive at the beginning of the coming week, I thought I'd post them here. Now, I always have plans to make the cards by hand. About half of the times I run out of time and have to quickly whip something up in Photoshop. I have this idea that Christmas cards should be handmade and so when I don't get to do that I can't help but feel a little bit like a failure. But there are only so many hours in the day, and I'm letting it go.

So I had originally designed something entirely different, but in the end felt it wasn't representative of us. So one night this week I promptly decided to remake them. Said and done, and in four hours I had designed three different cards, printed, cut, mounted (on cardstock), and adressed them all. I was kind of chuffed about that.

Alrighty, here they are:

(Do you see me huddling on the floor in the reflection of the ornament? Hee!)

I used the Be Merry Photocards for the second and third card (just changed out the papers on the second one with papers from the Frostbite Paper Pack). For the first one I used wordard from the Be Merry Photocards and paper from the Be Merry Paper Pack. You can find all of these in my shop at JessicaSprague.com

Monday, 14 November 2011

new in store | be merry cards and ornament

I said last week that there would be more from the Be Merry line, and I wasn't lying. This week I have to new products for you guys!

It's about time to start thinking about your Christmas cards this year. If you are going the photocard route, then I have good news for you!

Be Merry

The Be Merry Photocard Pack contains four quick cards with the pretty papers of the Be Merry Paper Pack and custom wordart sentiments. The pack also contains a bonus template for each card design.

If you are into handmade Christmas decor and ornaments then this project is perfect for you. The beautiful paper ornament is easy to make and is very decorative.

Be Merry

The Be Merry Christmas Ornament contains two printable files with beautiful papers from the Be Merry Paper Pack and a printable tutorial with photographs to guide you through the process of making the ornament.

If you go to my Facebook page you will find, in the fan exclusive section, a coupon code to to get the ornament project for free! Please note that you need to be a fan to access the code.

Be Merry Cards Pack and Christmas Ornament Project are both available at JessicaSprague.com today. Both are 25% off today only!


Christmas Ornament project by Camille Robinson

Christmas card by Lauren Madsen

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

It's a frosty OBW!

For One Buck Wednesday at JessicaSprague.com today I have a frosty little pack for you. It's a pack of holiday photo cards that are created especially to make holiday wishes easy and managable.

Frostbite Photo Card Set
(click on the image to go directly to the product in the shop)

The cards come in layered .psd files so that you can easily add your photo. They all feature papers from the Frostbite Paper Pack.
You can snatch it up today for $1. Tomorrow it will be at regular price.

Look what Mindy did with one of the cards in the set. What a gorgeous photo!

There are lots of other goodies up for OBW this week so stop by the home page at JessicaSprague.com and check them out!

Sunday, 20 December 2009

God Jul - Merry Christmas

With only four more days until Christmas Eve and so many things to do; two more days of work, baking, the last of the wrapping, and a couple of visits with friends, I am not quite sure I will be able to stop by here again before Christmas. So with that I want to wish everyone a very merry Christmas! I hope you will have a lovely time with lots of love and warmth and good times with those you love!

God Jul - Merry Christmas - Buon Natale!


Thursday, 10 December 2009

Christmas card 2009

If your name is Nina, you live in Milan, and you are my sister, don't read this post for a couple of days! LOL!

I sent our Christmas cards out the other day. Surprisingly early for being me actually. But I did make it easy on myself this year after deciding to keep to one design for all of them, and only making cards for parents and siblings. A slight cop out, I know, but it was simply the only way to get them done at all. A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do, right?

I got a stack of beautiful papers from My Mind's Eye with designs by Jen Wilson which I am really pleased with. Those, combined with snowflake embossed paper from KI and Co (which I've had for a few years), were all I needed to get things going. I used a patterned vellum to make ribbon and stamped the greeting with metallic ink.





It doesn't show up on the photos but Jen's papers sparkle all pretty.