Good Monday morning, my friends! Before we take a look at my Vintage Christmas Goodies, I’d like to take a moment and update you on recent events in my life. On November 4th, my husband Dale began to have a burning sensation in his chest whenever he exerted himself. He was seen by our family PA and told he needed an immediate cardio workup. The tests revealed a major blockage in a critical artery to the heart. When the cardiac team took him into the cath lab, they found that the main artery to his heart was 99% blocked, and three other major arteries were 98% blocked. On Thursday, November 7th, he underwent a successful quadruple bypass surgery.
Prior to this, I had felt strongly impressed to schedule a bunch of blog posts for the first two weeks of November, and worked hard to get projects completed, photographed, edited and blog posts written. When this happened, I knew why! Those of you who follow my Kathy by Design Facebook page probably saw my update there. But I just wanted to fill the rest of you in so that you know what was going on. We are now home from the hospital and Dale is recovering beautifully! It’s a miracle…no damage to the heart muscle, and he’s taking daily walks to build up his stamina. I am so blessed! To those of you who prayed and sent me messages of encouragement , I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You’ll never know how much it meant to me. This is a long recovery process, so if my posts are a little less predictable, or my projects are a little less detailed over the next several weeks, you will know why.
Creating With Vintage Christmas: CD #6
I love the Creating with Vintage Christmas CD from Crafty Secrets. This amazing collection contains over 175 vintage Christmas designs, papers, images and templates. I shared the Christmas banner I made with images and papers from this CD with you earlier this month. Well, I barely scratched the surface, and had to go back to find more wonderful ideas and images to share with you today.
Let’s begin with this fun Vintage Christmas Card. One of the things I love about this CD is the variety of printables you’ll find there. The Santa on this card is one of the printable gift tags from the CD. There are 4 different designs, each beautiful in its own special way. This Santa gift tag makes for a perfect focal on a card. I began with a 5″ x 7″ kraft card base, covered it with a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ rectangle of the Santa collage paper, also printed from the CD. I cut an oval doily into pieces, spritzed it with Crushed Shells Glimmer mist and glued it down onto the Santa collage paper. I ran a 1 1/2″ wide piece of crushed silk ribbon between the two doily halves, and added a bow.
The Santa gift tag was distressed, inked and popped up on foam tape, and the card was nearly done! I used the border paper from the CD to make the snowflake rosette, and added a printable ticket to finish things off. Three little Christmas stick pins were added behind the rosette. Quick and easy….just what I need right now!
The interior is decorated with more paper from the CD, another border piece and a poem I wrote. This card came together so quickly, I had time to tackle another project. Don’t you love when that happens?
I used another of the printable tags to create a little money/gift card ornament.
I simply cut out the printable tag, backed it with more paper from the collection and then stitched around it on three sides, forming a pocket on the right hand side. It’s sized exactly right for a gift card, tickets to a show, a wrapped Ghiradelli chocolate packet or cash. You can even hang it from the tree. It came together so quickly….I had time to make one more little item for this trio of Vintage Christmas Goodies:
This sweet little pyramid box will make a great gift container, or you can print a bunch of them and use them as place cards on your holiday table. They would also be mighty sweet displayed on a mantle or side table. I just added a little ribbon, twine and more jingle bells. The pyramid is a template…you just print it on your home printer, cut it out, fold on the lines and assemble. It literally takes less than 5 minutes to do that. Then you can dress it up as I did, or use it as is. It’s adorable either way.
With everything we’ve just been through, my time to prepare for the holidays has been shortened by a couple of weeks. Having beautiful images, papers, templates and tags like the ones I’ve shared with you here today will make it so much easier for me to decorate for the holidays. I hope you’ll check out the Christmas items in the Crafty Secrets online store. Sandy has so many great tools to help you make your season merry and bright!
I have a feeling that this Christmas will hold special meaning for each member of our family. The bonds between us are closer than ever before, and we are more aware than ever of the precious gift of Life. Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed my trio of Vintage Christmas goodies with Crafty Secrets. Be sure to leave me a comment if you have a moment. Your comments make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.
Until next time…