Friday, January 01, 2010

From Our Home to Yours: Holiday Greetings 2009

Fun and easy to put together
Happy New Year and my undying thanks for coming here and being part of Halfland's creation.

Long time readers here will know that Each year I design and fabricate our original holiday card in a limited edition of 100 for family and friends, many of whom I've met right here.

I thought I'd share about the making of this year's card on Jaime Zollar's Paper Forest site as it was entirely based on the most luxurious paper I've ever worked with. Thick as white whipped cream, and as flexible, without damaging, as if felted wool. I used no printing of any kind, no pieces to assemble, no moving parts, no hand-cutting, nor the usual 100's of hours these tricks required in past years.

Thick Italian Fabriano Medioevalis Stationery (and a good friend, Halflander, with a powerful laser cutter; Mark Fullerton at Precision Graphic Systems) bring this year's folk-style snowy village to life with its message left in crunchy footsteps.

If interested, this year's card story posted on the monster famous Paper Forest site
More photos, links, with captions posted on Flickr


  1. Ah,,,well I just knew I had ART in my hand,,,thank you!

  2. I have a huge collection of pop-up books. I'm so beyond in love with what you have created. I am in awe of your talents. And the phrase "thick as whipped cream" - sigh - conjures, conjures, conjures...

  3. I got yer card sometime late last week. First thought - cool...this nice artist woman is cre8tive! Thank You.

  4. love the card! very special. thanks Shelley :)

  5. Its awesome!

    HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and Halfland!!!

    Thanks you for all the inspiration through the years.


  6. Thanks, All! xoxox You're all just the best!

    Allison! Paul and I have a huge pop-up book collection too! LOVE IT!! DUDE! What city do you live in? Have you been to Rob Ives site?

  7. Shelley, thanks a lot for this beautiful card! Ours arrived at the day of New Year's Eve and it was quite a lovely surprise!

    It's a exquisite piece of art and I absolutely appreciate that I got one. Thanks again!

  8. Hey Shelley,

    Another brilliant fun design, seeing all these cards laid out side by side is so cool. Turning the village into a small town. The possibilities are endless. It was a true joy working on these with you.

    Best wishes for a great new year!

  9. Yay, Jessica! I'm so glad to know at least one made to a foreign country, and reasonably within the season! I was so relaxed about the the cards this year, I nearly missed the holidays entirely! HA!

    Mark, you are my secret xmas card weapon! It's heavenly working with you on these creative things. You and Angela got yours in the mail? I hope!

  10. The finest card in all the land!!

  11. Such a lovely card! I've done a similar thing before with my kiddos' drawings, only I was doing it with an exacto blade and it was only one card...I think it's time I found a friend who owns a laser cutting machine :).

    You always get me thinking, Shelley!

    Happy New Year to you and yours!

  12. Thank you so much, Amy!

    Guess what?!, you DO have a friend with a laser cutter!!

    Mark Fullerton at Precision Graphic Systems, a long time visitor here, is the absolute best vendor I've ever worked with! Prices are affordable, service is attentive and expert, etc.!

    I'm not sure, but if you have a project, it's totes worth asking him if he can fit it in!


  13. Shelley You ARe The BEST! I adore my card, and love what you do - all of it!
    Happiest of New Year greetings to you my dear!

  14. oh, thank you so much, dear Ulla! And to you the same!

  15. Thanks so much for the wonderful card! It looks like I've got... No 1 of 100!! A collector's item, no doubt :)

  16. WOW! So far after the holiday was the card delivered to Sweden?! mailed the 21st! Oh well, at least you knew I thought of you and your family, Richard.

    I'm tempted to start designing 2010's card now! HA!

    Thanks so much for letting me know!


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