When I'm short on inspiration for a card I pick a technique or style I've been wanting to try and start from there.
January may not be my most creative time of year, but I had an idea and this kitty close-up is the result.
I have been known to participate in "Christmas in July" before, but I'm pretty sure this is the first time I've made a Christmas card in January.
It turns out that the dragon card for my mum wasn't actually the last Christmas card that I had to make this year, there was one more left to do.
The last Christmas card of 2022 is an individual card for my mum. I'd run out of cute rodents so I coloured up this cute dragon with a wooden Christmas star instead.
My final set of Christmas cards this year. A foiling failure forced me to adapt and it ended up being my favourite set as well.
While I was thinking about the design for my next set of Christmas cards, I used the last of the cross stitch die cuts and stitched a traditional Christmas candle.
I enjoyed making the last cross stitch card and so I decided to take a break from all the cutting and gluing and stitch a snowman.
In the spirit of cutting down on waste, I used the leftover cut-out pieces from the last set of cards to make some more.
I was pondering designs for another set of Christmas cards and settled on the idea of a star on a stained-glass-style background. Once I'd created the design, the cards came together quickly.
I fancied a bit of a change from making the block Christmas tree cards — though I do have a plan for one other set using that basic design — so I dug through my stash of dies and found my, as yet unused, little cross stitch die.
Another attempt at foiled cards. The distressed look wasn't what I was aiming for but I worked with it and ended up with two more cards for the Christmas card stash.
More Christmas cards made using my block Christmas tree design, but this time I turned it into a stencil and got out the shiny pink foil.
After making the last two pairs of cards I was left with all the blocks that had been cut out to make those trees. Rather than waste them, I decided to turn them into some more cards for this year's stash.
The second pair of my block Christmas tree cards. I'm using the same design but I still want to vary the cards, so this time I went for a more glittery approach.