Waterfall Christmas Cards - Thu, Dec 19th, 2013

Waterfall Christmas Card

Christmas is an amazing time of year. It is an opportunity for families to come together and celebrate. A time to reach out to those people in our lives that we don't always have an opportunity to share with throughout the year. It is also a time to touch the lives of those around us in a distinct and meaningful way. I often hear many lament the commercialization of the holiday, as Christmas decorations line the shelves sometimes even before the end of summer. But for me...Christmas is about the spirit in which you celebrate the holiday.

Don't get me wrong, I love giving gifts (even more so than receiving them). I spend all year considering the perfect present that I want the special people in my life to receive. As I have gotten older, I find that the personal gifts, those not necessarily from a store, are more meaningful than anything else.

My parents usually begin asking what  I want for Christmas early on, and for many years I would say that I would be happy with whatever I received. Until one year there was something that I really wanted. It wasn't the latest gadget or gizmo, it was the trendiest new clothes or another book to fill my shelf. What I really wanted was something that I remembered even from my childhood. A crocheted afghan from my mom. It had been years since she had made one. She used to make them as gifts for graduations and weddings and holidays. I used to see my dad curled up on the recliner with one growing up. However, I knew that this was a big request, as my mom's hands were becoming riddled with arthritis, and there were many things that she was unable to do as a result. 

On Christmas morning we had our traditional Christmas breakfast and headed into the living room to open our gifts. The happy sounds of the kids as they ripped through the wrapping could be heard throughout the house. I received so many wonderful things from my family, yet when everything had been opened, I looked around hoping for one last package that wasn't there. The following year came and went, and before we knew it, the holidays were upon us once again. Christmas music and movies occupied our time throughout the morning. Then as we were once again opening presents, my dad comes into the room with one more. I wasn't sure what it was, as I had realized the year before, that my request was probably not possible, and had not put it on my list for this year. However, as I tore open the packaging and opened up the box, under the tissue paper...was the beautiful handmade afghan that had taken my mom two years to complete. My eyes instantly teared up as I pulled it out of the box and held it tightly.

As we take stock of the lights and tinsel around us this Christmas, take a moment to think about the true meaning of Christmas. It isn't stockings filled with gifts and candy, or a new TV under the tree. It's the moments that we create with each other that will truly be remembered. Sometimes all it takes is a note or message or a handmade Christmas card to brighten someone's day and let them know that you are thinking of them.

Today's project is one that I love making. It is a fun and interactive waterfall card that can be personalized in so many ways. Let me share with you how to create one of your own. No matter how you embellish it, remember to add your heartfelt, handwritten thoughts to the back of the card before dropping it in the mail to those on your Christmas list. 

Little B LLC Product:

  • Holiday Stocking mini sticker embellishment
  • Winter Snowmen mini sticker embellishment
  • Holiday Peppermints mini sticker embellishment
  • Santa Hats mini sticker embellishment
  • Holiday Presents mini sticker embellishments
  • 25mm Red with white Polka Dot decorative tape
  • 8mm Basic Red decorative tape

Additional Supplies:

  • Ruler
  • Bone folder
  • Paper trimmer
  • Craft knife
  • Slot punch
  • Circle punch
  • Paper piercer
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive
  • Cardstock - red, white
  • White mini brads

Directions:

  1. Cut one 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 white cardstock and one 5 1/4 x 4 red cardstock, mat together
  2. Cut a 1 1/4 x 4 1/14 white cardstock strip and embellish with decorative tape
  3. Place the decorative strip so that the bottom is approximately 1 1/2 inches from the bottom of the card
  4. Pierce a hole both sides and attach strip to card with two white mini brads
  5. Cut a a 2 x 9 inch strip of red cardstock and starting at the end of the strip score at 2, 2 3/4, 3 1/2 and 4 1/4" mark
  6. Adhere the longest section of this strip to the underside of the 1 1/4 x 4 1/4 strip. (Tip: It is very important not to attach the scored side of the 9" strip)
  7. Cut two 4" white squares, embellish with red decorative tape, and attach one to each of the scored sections
  8. Punch four red circles and attach to the center of each square
  9. Punch a slit at the bottom of the scored section and thread decorative tape through. Create notches with scissors to create a pull tab
  10. Embellish card with mini sticker embellishments

 

So as the festivities begin, remember, it's not the price of the gift or its popularity. It's that you simply took the time and effort to reach out to those closest to you with something personal and heartfelt as a way to share your love and appreciation for them. Even a handwritten message on the back of a crafted Christmas card can go a long way to making the perfect Christmas gift for someone you love. 

Make it meaningful!

Shane

"Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!"
― Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

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