ETA: The wreath is hung on the mirror using a suction cup with a hook on it.  It’s not perfect but it’s better than having string or cord hanging down from the mirror.

A quick card to show you today plus a couple of fuzzy pictures of some decorating.

This is the last in the group of PTI button bits cards I’ve been making for Christmas.  After this card, it’s on to some basic mass-produced cards. (I only have 1  card left to make which is exciting!)

Today’s card is a sweet little santa claus with a big button for a belly.  I CASEd the layout from SCS including the little jingle bell/twine embellishment.  If you are stressing about all you have left to do for Christmas at this point, don’t even try to come up with an original layout.  Give yourself a maximum of 10 minutes to pick something you like from SCS and use that card as your starting point.  If it’s a clean and simple card, try to make multiples to save yourself some stress.

This was not a “multiple” card.  With the fussy cutting for the head, the glitter on the beard/hat etc. and the machine stitching around the paper, it’s not the best card for mass production.  If you want to see a good card for mass production, come back in a day or so and I’ll show you the simplified card I made based on a card from Anna Wight’s blog (or visit her blog and see the sweet snowflake card she CASEd…see!  Even the famous card-makers know when to take a trick or two from a fellow crafter!)

Moving on from the card, I have a couple of pictures to show you of some of the decorations we put up in our living room.  We keep things fairly simple for Christmas – we don’t have children so we put up what time and energy allows (bearing in mind that everything you put up must come down in the new year!)

I apologize for the fuzziness of the pictures – I just got an IPod Touch for my birthday last week and I was playing with the camera rather than actually deliberately capturing the decorations.  One of the pictures features our beagle, Jack and it was too cute to delete.

The above photo is the corner fireplace in the living room.  The green on the walls is not minty IRL (it’s Asparagus by Behr)  I have white lights in the garland but they were not lit up in the picture.  The santa, sleigh and reindeer on the left are from Wicker Emporium and the lamp is always in that spot.

This is Jack.  In this photo he is an illegal beagle as he is not really allowed to sit on the leather furniture in our living room.  He was upset about the decorations (he does not do well with change) so I took pity on him and let him cuddle with me for a little bit.  He also doesn’t like cameras so getting a half decent picture of him is like trying to meet Mr. Snuffleupagus if you’re not Big Bird. (was that a vague reference?)

Back soon with a simple card and that will wrap up my 2011 craft projects.  I won’t be blogging much over Christmas as I’ll be spending time with family rather than puttering in my craft room.