Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Cards- Exploding Boxes,and Never-ending Cards

Hope everyone had lovely holidays!  Ours was relaxed, once the Nutcracker performances that my daughter was in were over!  Today we visited with my hubby's sister and her kids, and exchanged gifts between the kids.  At the ages our kids are, we pretty much do gift cards anymore.  I decided to do some fun cards for them to put their gift cards in.  One niece also has a birthday in late November, and we were late with her card, so I went ahead and did two for her.  I made exploding boxes for the two nieces' Christmas gift card, a never-ending card for the nephew (age 8) for his gift card, and also a never-ending card for the November birthday niece.  What's a never-ending card?  Oh, they are SO cool!  This is another one that my BFF Kendra told me about.  Here is a video that tells you all about it.  Basically, you fold and turn, and fold and turn, several different ways until you are back to the beginning- thus, it never ends!  They are really not complicated to make at all, but like the exploding box, it can be time-consuming to embellish them.

Here is Maggie's birthday card:

I didn't take pics of every view that you get when you fold the card each way, it was too hard to hold the card open for each shot!

Here's the never-ending card for the nephew:

I thought he would enjoy playing with one of these cards instead of an exploding box (he's 8).  He seemed to like it!

And finally, here are the exploding boxes for the girls:

It was so good to see all of them today!  They only live an hour away, but with their busy schedule, combined with our busy schedule, we just don't see each other as much as we should.

My vacation has only a few more days in it :( and I am going to try to make the most of them!  I want to do some work on my shop, as well as a few more projects around the house.  Hopefully I can get at least most of the stuff done that I want to!  Guess we will see...I always tend to plan more than I can actually accomplish!


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