Wednesday’s Card: My 2012 Holiday Photo Card

Christmas Photo Card
Christmas Photo Card
Christmas Photo Card
Christmas Photo Card

Hi All!

I treat my holiday cards like gifts – my way of giving a little something to everyone on my list. So, I try to do something a little different and special. I know a few weeks ago I mentioned that I was going to use this holiday set, but I just couldn’t work the tree into my design. The card is a little on the whimsical side and the tree is kind of sophisticated. I was disappointed because I really loved that tree. But, I like this design because it’s easier and has a matching die – bonus!

I try to make my holiday card as simple as possible because I make about 80 of them. This card is actually very easy to make – all the steps are quick – no heat embossing or distressing or ribbon tying. In fact, it’s so quick that I had to slow down my usual video speed! It’s a standard card size of 4.25″x5.5″, so you can make two out of 8.5″x11″ cardstock.

Today is my daughter’s birthday AND my husband’s birthday! I was actually due to give birth on October 21st, but the doctor said that if she was late, he would work on Sunday, 10/24/04, to have her delivered on my husband’s birthday. And, of course, she was late and I was induced on that day. What a great doctor I have! The gift that keeps on giving. 🙂

Enjoy and have a great day!


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  1. Jeanette Duke says:

    Darlene, this card design is brilliant! It’s one of the cutest cards I have seen in a long while!!
    I think I will use your design for our family pic and for a few select friends who will appreciate the work that goes in it!! You are up there with the best card designers!! Don’t stop–what would we do!!!Lol!!!

  2. Lovely holiday card, Darlene and a perfect way to showcase a special photo!

  3. Your girls are so beautiful, love this card and it is great to have a new way to close these cards and as always you are such an inspiration. 80 cards, you are ambitious.

  4. Michelle E says:

    Pretty card! Great picture of your girls too!

  5. Awww – Love this card and your girls are so cute!

  6. OMG – what a darling card and your girls are the cutest! Fabulous design!

  7. Thank you for sharing! I loved your photo card from last year and had it saved as idea sparks for-ev-er! Beautiful girls too 🙂

  8. Another gorgeous card and design. I am always in awe of your creativity and talent. Thank you so much for my weekly inspiration!

  9. Jane Harrah says:

    OOOh OOOH OOOh I love this card! Thank you for sharing and I will be casing!

  10. I love this idea and the way you presented it. Gorgeous girls by the way. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Just love this card Darlene! You keep coming up with such wonderful ideas for me to copy!!!! And your Faber Castell posts are awesome as well!

  12. Great idea for the tie in the back. I will have to remember that.

  13. Gorgeous girls and this card is a perfect showcase for them. Happy birthday to your husband and daughter. This is a great card. Very well designed.

  14. Jenae Bethers says:

    Love your card! Love the wraparound closure! Thanks so much for sharing! Your daughters are beautiful!

  15. Fabulous gatefold card! Love the idea of the heart/string.

  16. Great simple card!! Love it, was just thinking about gatefold cards, maybe next year…thanks for sharing this!!

  17. what kind of die cut machine do you have. there are several and i want a good one at a decent price that might be interchangable with other accessories.

  18. What a wonderful card! And your daughters are both adorable…I’m sure all the recipients of your card will be wowed!

  19. Oh Darlene, your daughters are indeed beautiful, it’s like we are watching them grow up before our very eyes. I remember watching that video of one of them doing something on stage with those long ribbons, she was wonderful.
    Thanks for the idea, I also include a picture of my family here for my family in Mexico.
    This card serves as a frame too.

  20. Your girls are beautiful, love there smiles. Love this card and your little heart with the twine closes this card with such style.

  21. JoAnne in Wa. says:

    Thanks for sharing. Such a beautiful card and beautiful girls. Loooove it!

  22. Wow – what a beautiful card and even more beautiful girls. Love everything about this card. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful cards. I visit you blog often to watch and rewatch your videos.

    Happy birthday to your hubby and daughter. My daughter’s were the 16th and 18th and mine was the 15th. I couldn’t have planned that if I tried! So October is a very special month for my family too. (My anniversary is the 10th)

    Thank you again for sharing. You are so very talented.

  23. Awesome card Darlene! So smart to use that punch, really like the effect! Gonna make this card too in the future, perfect for one of my cousin’s birthday’s! Always make special cards for them.

  24. Just perfect thanks so much for the great idea. I was waiting to choose what kind of card to send for christmas. I always add a photo of our girls. THANK you. Lisa

  25. Aww! I love it and the girls are getting bigger! I love that there is no wastage of cardstock!! Love the design…thanks for sharing. Happy birthday to your daughter and husband. My little girl was the 17th and I was the 3rd! Hope they have a wonderful day!


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