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Wednesday’s Card: My 2012 Holiday Photo Card

Holiday Card

Holiday Card

Holiday Card

Holiday Card

Hi All!

I treat my holiday cards like gifts – my way of giving a little something to everyone on my list. So, I try to do something a little different and special. I know a few weeks ago I mentioned that I was going to use this holiday set, but I just couldn’t work the tree into my design. The card is a little on the whimsical side and the tree is kind of sophisticated. I was disappointed because I really loved that tree. But, I like this design because it’s easier and has a matching die – bonus!

I try to make my holiday card as simple as possible because I make about 80 of them. This card is actually very easy to make – all the steps are quick – no heat embossing or distressing or ribbon tying. In fact, it’s so quick that I had to slow down my usual video speed! It’s a standard card size of 4.25″x5.5″, so you can make two out of 8.5″x11″ cardstock.

Today is my daughter’s birthday AND my husband’s birthday! I was actually due to give birth on October 21st, but the doctor said that if she was late, he would work on Sunday, 10/24/04, to have her delivered on my husband’s birthday. And, of course, she was late and I was induced on that day. What a great doctor I have! The gift that keeps on giving. 🙂

Enjoy and have a great day!









  1. wrote on October 24th, 2012 at 10:08 am


    Aww! I love it and the girls are getting bigger! I love that there is no wastage of cardstock!! Love the design…thanks for sharing. Happy birthday to your daughter and husband. My little girl was the 17th and I was the 3rd! Hope they have a wonderful day!

  2. wrote on October 24th, 2012 at 10:37 am


    Just perfect thanks so much for the great idea. I was waiting to choose what kind of card to send for christmas. I always add a photo of our girls. THANK you. Lisa

  3. wrote on October 24th, 2012 at 10:53 am


    Awesome card Darlene! So smart to use that punch, really like the effect! Gonna make this card too in the future, perfect for one of my cousin’s birthday’s! Always make special cards for them.

  4. wrote on October 24th, 2012 at 12:13 pm


    Wow – what a beautiful card and even more beautiful girls. Love everything about this card. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful cards. I visit you blog often to watch and rewatch your videos.

    Happy birthday to your hubby and daughter. My daughter’s were the 16th and 18th and mine was the 15th. I couldn’t have planned that if I tried! So October is a very special month for my family too. (My anniversary is the 10th)

    Thank you again for sharing. You are so very talented.

  5. wrote on October 24th, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    JoAnne in Wa.

    Thanks for sharing. Such a beautiful card and beautiful girls. Loooove it!

  6. wrote on October 24th, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Carol B

    Your girls are beautiful, love there smiles. Love this card and your little heart with the twine closes this card with such style.

  7. wrote on October 24th, 2012 at 12:50 pm


    Oh Darlene, your daughters are indeed beautiful, it’s like we are watching them grow up before our very eyes. I remember watching that video of one of them doing something on stage with those long ribbons, she was wonderful.
    Thanks for the idea, I also include a picture of my family here for my family in Mexico.
    This card serves as a frame too.

  8. wrote on October 24th, 2012 at 12:58 pm


    What a wonderful card! And your daughters are both adorable…I’m sure all the recipients of your card will be wowed!

  9. wrote on October 24th, 2012 at 12:58 pm


    what kind of die cut machine do you have. there are several and i want a good one at a decent price that might be interchangable with other accessories.

  10. wrote on October 24th, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Pam Z

    Great simple card!! Love it, was just thinking about gatefold cards, maybe next year…thanks for sharing this!!

  11. wrote on October 24th, 2012 at 2:14 pm


    Fabulous gatefold card! Love the idea of the heart/string.

  12. wrote on October 24th, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Jenae Bethers

    Love your card! Love the wraparound closure! Thanks so much for sharing! Your daughters are beautiful!

  13. wrote on October 24th, 2012 at 2:46 pm


    Gorgeous girls and this card is a perfect showcase for them. Happy birthday to your husband and daughter. This is a great card. Very well designed.

  14. wrote on October 24th, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Maureen J.

    Great idea for the tie in the back. I will have to remember that.

  15. wrote on October 24th, 2012 at 4:47 pm


    Just love this card Darlene! You keep coming up with such wonderful ideas for me to copy!!!! And your Faber Castell posts are awesome as well!

  16. wrote on October 24th, 2012 at 5:50 pm


    I love this idea and the way you presented it. Gorgeous girls by the way. Thanks for sharing.

  17. wrote on October 24th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Jane Harrah

    OOOh OOOH OOOh I love this card! Thank you for sharing and I will be casing!

  18. wrote on October 24th, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Embossing Queen

    Another gorgeous card and design. I am always in awe of your creativity and talent. Thank you so much for my weekly inspiration!

  19. wrote on October 24th, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Melissa Shea

    Thank you for sharing! I loved your photo card from last year and had it saved as idea sparks for-ev-er! Beautiful girls too 🙂

  20. wrote on October 24th, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    kathy b

    OMG – what a darling card and your girls are the cutest! Fabulous design!

  21. wrote on October 25th, 2012 at 9:38 am


    Awww – Love this card and your girls are so cute!

  22. wrote on October 25th, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Michelle E

    Pretty card! Great picture of your girls too!

  23. wrote on October 26th, 2012 at 2:23 pm


    Your girls are so beautiful, love this card and it is great to have a new way to close these cards and as always you are such an inspiration. 80 cards, you are ambitious.

  24. wrote on October 27th, 2012 at 9:27 am


    Lovely holiday card, Darlene and a perfect way to showcase a special photo!

  25. wrote on September 11th, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Jeanette Duke

    Darlene, this card design is brilliant! It’s one of the cutest cards I have seen in a long while!!
    I think I will use your design for our family pic and for a few select friends who will appreciate the work that goes in it!! You are up there with the best card designers!! Don’t stop–what would we do!!!Lol!!!

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