Cards of Christmas Past – Part 1

If you are like me, you are gearing up for the holidays in full force. I have baked cookies, made candy, mailed out holiday cards, created collars for Good Boy Nueve and Princess Sixx, and sewed up a crate cover.  What’s missing from this picture? Stamping!  I have not had a spare minute to stamp. And now that I have some free time, my basement stamping area is freezing. Yep! Like most of the nation, we are in the deep freeze here in SE Iowa. SO, I decided it would be fun to take a look at some of my favorite Cards of Christmas Past – Part 1! Let’s get started, shall we?

2009 – 2011

Today’s post is like opening up a time capsule. In 2009, I started blogging.  Oh my, how the styles have changed! Some of these cards are trendy, while others transcend time.  While I have no idea what the measurements for these cards were, or in some cases even what stamp set was used, looking back at the past still has value. Some layouts are classics, as are some of the color combinations. Some of you who have followed my blog for years, may recognize some of these creations.  Enjoy!

Cards of Christmas Past

Do you recognize this background created with Lovely As a Tree?

Cards of Christmas Past

A clean and classic design! I still love the use of Doves on holiday cards.

Cards of Christmas Past

This card was SO sparkly in real life!

Cards of Christmas Past

Remember this trend?

Cards of Christmas Past

I remember thinking this was SO country-cute back in the day!

Cards of Christmas Past

Remember when creating flowers from ribbon was all the rage? Of course, my signature pearls made their appearance.

Cards of Christmas Past

I loved this designer series paper! And look…more pearls!

Cards of Christmas Past

A punch art balloon, coupled with pearls, and oh, yes…a non-mailable rosette! What was I thinking!

Cards of Christmas Past

A classic layout!

Cards Of Christmas Past

Another classic! I love birds for holiday cards!

Cards of Christmas Past

Woo hoo! More pearls…and a bulky rosette! But what a wonderful layout for showcasing designer papers!

Cards of Christmas Past

A card that was never mailed! It was created by Brody. Check out the original post HERE.

Cards of Christmas Past

I was really into emboss resist. And those fabulous little snowflakes! I think I still have the old die that created them.

Cards of Christmas Past

I added it all on this card! Ruched ribbon, fussy-cutting, tinsel, an array of pearls, and some amazing designer series paper!

Cards of Christmas Past

To this very day, I still love gold and black together.

Join me again tomorrow, as I look back at more cards of Christmas Past!

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  1. Ann,

    You are a very creative lady. I haven’t followed you too long but I do recognize the trends and a few stamps that I have. It’s been enough years that I may use Santa in his sleigh again next year. Your work has always been elegant. Thanks for reminiscing, it’s always fun to look back.

  2. My dear Ann: I confess! I have not prepared the candy!!! But, I have been busy, busy, busy!! I had two charity events and I glad I attended with some articles. I want to wish ALL of you a beautiful Christmas. May God bless you today and always.

  3. You are magnificent!

  4. You have been one very busy lady!!!
    I loved seeing your past creations. I have several of the stamps you used.
    I also loved hearing from Brody & Muffy. Would still like to see a sidebar on your posts with pictures of all your “kids”, including those who have passed.
    Boxers are beautiful dogs. You’re a good Momma (Nueve told me)
    Have a very Merry Christmas and a blessed new year!

  5. Beautiful cards, Ann. So intricate and creative. I recognized a couple. Fun to see!!

    Happy Holidays!

  6. This was such fun to look back! Some trends have stayed in the past and some have cycled around again. Thanks for sharing, Ann! Merry Christmas!

  7. I’m totally enjoying looking at your past cards. No matter when cards are made, they’re little works of art!
    Merry Christmas to you, your family, and your precious dogs…

  8. I enjoyed this SO MUCH! And, I’m the proud owner of one of the ribbon roses cards.
    There is just no end of your talents! Sewing too!

  9. Love looking at your past creations. On a snowy day like this I am checking out all things crafting.

  10. Loved the older post by Brody, absolute adorable. All the older cards were all so pretty. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas and a Happy, healthy & safe 2023

  11. That was so much fun looking at your past creations. But what was more fun was reading your comments about the style and trend changes. I remember so much of these elements, and still have some some like the Christmas lodge. i just can’t part with it.

    You mentioned making collars for your babies – what do they look like?
    Merry Christmas Ann – we are artic cold in Texas today too and its snowing outside. Merry Christmas Ann.

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