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Round Robins – merry, happy, dated or not

This was much more of a struggle than it should have been and I am heartily sick of them now.  I designed them, created them, then updated my program and it seemed to cause me no end of trouble.  I would arrange a page, all looking fine, then I would save it as a PDF, open the PDF only to find there were bits missing – a wing here, an inked circle there… Drove me crazy.  I think I finally worked out the “rules” and then it was better, but still.

I ended up making just two versions – a HAPPY CHRISTMAS version, for those who use happy and a MERRY CHRISTMAS version for those.  There are six WITH 2014 and six WITHOUT a date.  You can either use a mix of dated and not dated this year or print as many dated ones as you need then tuck the un-dated ones into your Christmas wrap box for next year!

I printed them on canvas paper

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and on matt photo paper

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The difference in the reds is more due to the angle and the light than the paper.  Here you can see the paper-piecing version and the printed version side by side

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I figure they work for gift tags (just write your message on the back) or as simple card toppers (maybe just add a nice mat behind the circle or ink the edges more and pop-dot it) as well as an ornament style hanging circle.  Now I am off to locate an oven-cleaner.  Has to be my least favourite job ever, and I have high hopes for a steam-cleaner rather than stinky chemical one.  Wish me luck…


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Christmas card and ornament printables

Every year I make a set of printables for Christmas (sometimes more than one!) and usually I make cards for DD to hand out at school and her youth club.  They are designed around a little detachable paper ornament.  This year I went with trees (again) as they are so easy.

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There are two sets – one with the text and one without – it says We wish you a Merry Christmas up one side and down the other, with And a Happy New Year! across the bottom.  I seem to be having a Senior Moment and see I named them 2014.  DOH!  Wishing my life away, it seems.  The font is very readable when printed but less so in the sample photo above.  You’ll see that in a minute.

The ornament part can simply be cut as a single layer, punch a hole and add a hanging thread, OR you can back them with a second copy OR you can back them with plain cardstock.  To tart them up, you can squeeze out a bit of glue and drag or tap the edges into it like so:

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then dump out a little bit of glitter and while the glue is still wet, tap the edges thru that.

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I printed it on quite heavy paper, like 230 GSM, so the back-to-back pieces create quite a thick edge.

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I suppose you could use Stickles but I find this method a little easier.

Punch a tiny hole and add the string and you are done. Sorry this isn’t as crisp a photo as it could be but you can see the font in any case.

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If you prefer just cut one, edge it with maybe a dark or lime green chisel tip marker to define the edges, cover the printed star with a star-shaped brad, cut the little strip of printed paper and add a few punched circles for a bit more interest to make a  card.

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That is simple enough that the kids could do it, maybe adding a star-shaped gem rather than the brad.

Have fun with them and do let me know if you make them.  I’m happy for you to make and sell them for charity – I’ve gotten that question often so I’ll just say YES here so you don”t have to ask!