Sunday, August 28, 2011

August Christmas Continues...

 Every year I stockpile gifts for Christmas as the year progresses.  I keep a cupboard and a dresser just for these gifts so I know where they are come time to wrap and give.  However each year I find myself wanting to do more handmade gifts and every year I run out of time.  So this year I decided August would be my month to make some things ahead and have them ready.  I picked August because I missed July.  ;o)
 Here I am making very simple fabric postcards.  I love to mail things that surprise people when they get them and these postcards just might be the surprise. 
I bought this fabric and knew it would make great postcards.  The sizes are just slightly under the required 4" x 6" postal requirements but I knew how to work that.  I already had a stash of these very sturdy Strathmore watercolor postcard blanks so they became my base.  Then I cut Warm and Natural batting to fit the blanks.  I sewed the three pieces together and it looked too plain.  So I took a green stamp pad and rubbed the edges with the ink.  Now I like the look and consider these done.  Of course I am making more than the three I show in the photo. 
I hope this gives some of you inspiration and some easy ideas for your holiday gift giving. 
Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes.  I have had a wonderful month of celebrating.
Happy week to all and I do pray the weather is kind to each of you...

23 comments:

  1. I love them. Wish I could find that fabric.
    Hugs,
    Suz

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  2. Great idea with the warm-and natural batting ,love them, Sherry.
    Hugs,
    Dorthe

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  3. Pretty! You're an inspiration! I always get a wild hair to make Christmas cards in the Fall, but I'm lucky if I get a family photo taken to include it in our card. What fun!

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  4. you are SO wise......for stockpiling gifts, and for creating new ones early!! you go girl......your post cards are fab-u-lous!! xox

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  5. Love your Christmas in August. You are getting a good start. The scary thing is that before we know it the Holidays will be here!

    Stay cool...

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  6. Your cards are lovely.I like to send cards for no reason too- just to surprise people.I have started Christmas bead dolls too..mad aren't we!?

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  7. Wow, these are beautiful. Love them.
    Where do you get all these ideas and great things? I want to live near you. Unfortunately here in Miami, there are not alot of crafters. These type of things are not found here.
    Thanks for sharing. Love to go to your blog and see all the wonderful things you have to offer.

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  8. Wow..these are super gorgeous..I love the vintagey old world style look...your creative ideas are awesome as always!! these are such beauties...beautiful!!Another dazzling series of creation!
    PS; i always seem to get in the x-mas mood in August!
    Victoria

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  9. These are gorgeous Sherry...and what an accomplishment to get them done NOW -- your word for the year!!! Great job!!!

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  10. oh these are all so pretty! your friends will love receiving them in the mail. I wish that I had a jump start on Christmas the way you do...might have to just try that! :)

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  11. Your cards are wonderful! I used to sit down on a hot summer day to create handmade Christmas cards full of cold and snow. Seems I missed this year.
    But speaking of cards, I found a lovely ray-of-sunshine-and-lemons card in my mailbox. Thank you so much! It makes me smile every time I look at it. And you know what? The timing was just perfect---it arrived the day before my birthday! How about that!

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  12. How beautiful these are! And; you're amazing for getting these done so far in advance! xxoo

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  13. Hello, I tried emailing you yesterday about the adorable red shoes, but the email came back to me not being deliverable. Is there any other email to be able to send you my info.
    Thanks, ANA

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  14. Our Celeste is just the most loving, generous & thoughtful gal ever. Happy Birthday to you, may God bless you! What beautiful treasures she has given to you.

    Love your postcard idea ... you gals are all soooo creative. What one wouldn't do to receive this beauty card gift.

    Have a beautiful eve ~
    TTFN ~
    Marydon

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  15. Gorgeous fabric, love them. You have the best ideas, so super creative.
    xxx
    Marlene

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  16. WOWZA!!! These are gorgeous!

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  17. What a fantastic idea! Love the idea of fabric cards. Very clever. I bet if you listed them for sale they would go fast. Happy belated Birthday! So glad you had a good month. Can you believe that September is upon us?? How time flies. I am also thinking ahead. I am making things for the holidays so I am not swamped when the time comes and will be ready Eddie..lol
    Have a great week!
    xxoo
    Janet
    Janet's Creative Pillows

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  18. What a wonderful idea for the holidays! I think any recipient will love them. They're so festive! Thanks for sharing your inspiration...and the reminder for me to get cracking on my holiday gifts!
    xoxo
    Donna

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  19. Your creations are fabulous. Oh I just love this idea. You are so inspiring with this and how wonderful to get started early on gift ideas. I always say I am going to start early and be done, and each year I run out of time. But I keep trying!! LOL

    Thank you for stopping by for tea today sweet friend.
    Have a wonderful midweek.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

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  20. Sherry, Your an inspiration to us all! Wonderful idea !
    hugs Lynn

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  21. christmas already? i am barely working on the stuff for autumn. good for you on getting a good head start!

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  22. These are so beautiful Sherry. The batting adds just the right amount of softness and makes me think of snow; a perfect foil for the beautiful Christmas images.
    I should think having a cupboard filled with special gifts would be just as satisfying as a cupboard full of canning and preserving - it seems putting by isn't just for the kitchen!

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  23. Dear Sherry,
    I Just arrived at you blog. Oh my, do I love your art and creative mind! I'll be watching this blog closely, thank you for giving us so much of your time and mind. You make so wonderful and lovely works! I enjoyed the visit on your site. Many thanks for your beautiful inspirations!!
    Many warm Hugs from Marina from Germany
    I invited you gently to visit my creative Website: Bettyscardsandpaperdesign.com

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