Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Retro Christmas

I started this post near the end of November with the intention of linking it with the latest Rudolph post, but then there was a shiny thing and I got distracted....

I figured out my problem...  I guess I should explain that a little better in that I figured out one of the many, many, many problems I have. This one won't solve world hunger or even my own hunger, but at least I "get it" a little better. "It" being why I can't make Christmas cards this year.

This has been a year-long problem and I don't get what is blocking me. Many people say that it's the heat and yeah Christmas and 92 F don't really go together even here in Southern Arizona but it isn't like I'm sitting out in a splash of sunshine trying to make cards. My craft room is the coldest room in the house and it has long since been woolen undies, mittens and hot cocoa weather in there.

This weekend it hit me that it was over abundance of holiday crap craft stuff that makes me stop in my tracks when it comes to making Christmas cards. I have drawers and boxes and bins of stamps, a good 3 pounds of holiday DSP, enough holiday embellishments to open a booth at the fair, a garbage bag full of ribbon, an insane amount of holiday punches and dies and so many wonderful complicated ideas swirling around in my head it is no reason I put it all away and go back to reading my book.

So, anyway, I pulled out limited supplies and made these cards. So yeah, sometimes less IS more. And other times more is not enough. Happy Christmas card making!
The Fine Print: Stamps by Stampin' Up, papers and random embellishments from my copious stash (which isn't so copious now that I took a bunch of it to share at a holiday card making crop). 

10 comments:

Bonnie said...

Love these cards that take me back to my childhood! Although my mom never dressed quite that good to cook supper! I agree that our many supplies can make things more complicated. And every time I "share" some of that bounty, I seem to think I need to add more. Merry Christmas, PJ!

Sandy said...

I agree, too much stuff can get in the way. I used to like the SCS limited supply challenge, where they literally said "you can only use this stuff" and gave you a list. Once you know that, you can focus on the card.

Fikreta said...

love your cards!
so gorgeous!
Happy holidays!🎄🎅⛄

hugs , Fiki

SARN said...

Fabulous retro cards here PJ.

I like your solution to the problem of overwhelming amounts of craft stash - pulling out just a little bit and making the most of it . . . VERY sensible.

Sensible? PJ? Just WHO are you, and WHAT have you done with the REAL Princess Judy Palmer? Hmmm?

Christmas hugs reaching across the pond to you!

Sarn xxx

Linda Droege said...

MY problem isn't "too much stuff" to pick from to create--it's that I spend WAY too much time reading brilliant blog posts like yours!! Yeah, there are a bunch of people getting New Years cards instead of Christmas cards this year. We'll pretend I planned it that way...
Merry Christmas with my thanks for your unfailing sense of humor and your unerring design aesthetic, and Thanks for all the inspiration.

Craftychris said...

Love these cool Christmas cards! Have a merry Christmas and lots of fun! It's Christmas Eve and I may be a little squiffy! Slightly too much alcoholic! Hugs xxxxxxx

Barb said...

Great cards Judy. Those ladies have a real 1950's look to them. Wishing you and your Hubby a very Happy Christmas and all good things for 2018. I look forward to visiting you again in the new year. Barbxx

Carole said...

Love these retro cards! x

Georgiana said...

I think you are right...sometimes too much to choose from makes it harder to decide (that is why I avoid the cereal aisle). Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

Angela Bode said...

Your retro Christmas cards are adorable! I do love this lady. SHe is very much like a Prickley Pear stamp I have. Bummer I didn't pull her out and use her this year. :( Oh, well maybe I will get it out and create during the year. My problem is I just couldn't find extra time to create many Christmas cards in 2017. And then Dec. 1 my world got shaken by an accident so everything came to a screeching halt! It's nice to be able to visit you today!