Sunday, December 12, 2010

'Tis the Season

The first Christmas card of the year arrived December 3rd. My cousin, his wife, and 2 kids wished us a Merry Christmas. The next day, 2 others arrived, one of which announced that a friend of mine is pregnant. The announcement came in a clever photo on the Christmas card and with a separate note. I love this season. I love the carols, the pop songs, the colors, the lights, the snow (when I can get it), the joy, the spirit, and I love that this is the season to catch up with old friends and family and tell each other what's going on in our lives. Granted, we have facebook for the constant updates, secret stalking, or public exclamations, but this is the season we say "I think of you, and I'm glad you're in my life." This is when we make it personal. And that is joyous.
Being the paper crafter, closet designer, and lover of all-things-art that I am, I enjoy creating regardless of the time of year. But this pre-Christmas Season, I have gone a little into a moderate overdrive. Over the past 3 months, I have created 3 wedding albums as Christmas presents, done some non-Christmas things, and created 3 Christmas cards. It's been fun. I loved working on them all. My own card was copied from Minted.com and ordered for cheaper, but as I did not sell it to anyone, I am under the impression that it was perfectly legal. The other 2, I designed myself; they are shown here.

This was made for my in-laws. Paula called me up today, hoping
I would make something with this picture, so I whipped this up.

My sister moved this year, so she wanted to include their new address and
a picture of their house on the Christmas card. She also wanted 4 more photos:
one of the new dog, one of the old one, one of the family, and one of her son.
Her house is beautiful! And I love the phrase she chose--it's fitting!

If you are interested in having either of these Christmas cards as your own holiday card, please feel free to contact me. I'm happy to put something together for you.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Double Happiness

I've done it again, hopefully better this time. This design was inspired by my colleagues, who are disproportionately Chinese, and by my interest in all things Asian--both Eastern and Southern. Yu-Hui, one of these wonderful colleagues, kindly wrote "double happiness" for me, which I scanned, uploaded, and played with in Photoshop. Though my language is pretty solidly English, I've noticed that other cultures and languages aren't often represented by the many American card companies. I've also noticed that people in the States come from everywhere. So it seems appropriately fitting to have at least some options for different cultural heritages.

And while Minted.com is not taking votes at the moment,
moment, they are taking critiques. So please critique
away, and when the time comes, vote!