Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Day After

Twas the day after Christmas, and all through the house,
Every creature was hurting, even the mous.
The toys were all broken, their batteries dead;
Santa passed out, with some ice on his head.
And I in my t-shirt, new Reeboks and jeans,
Went into the kitchen and started to clean.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the sink to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the curtains, and threw up the sash.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a little white truck, with an oversized mirror.
The driver was smiling, so lively and grand;
The patch on his jacket said "US Postman."
With a handful of bills, he grinned like a fox
Then quickly he stuffed the into our mailbox.
Bill after bill, after bill, they still came.
Whistling and shouting he called them by name:
"Now Dillard's, now Broadway's, now Penny's and Sears
Here's Levitz's and Target's an Merveyn's - all here!
To the tip of your limit, every store, every mall,
Now chargeaway-chargeaway-chargeaway all!"
He whooped and he whistled as he finished his work.
He filled up the box, and then turned with a jerk.
He sprang to his truck and he drove down the road,
Driving much faster with just half a load.
Then I heard him exclaim with great holiday cheer,
"Enjoy what you got, you'll be paying all year!"
~author unknown

I know, I know, another clean and simple Artful Delight post! However, when I sat down to make these I realized I used up most of the holiday patterned paper from the kit for my holiday cards (which I guess I will save for next year because I didn't get them signed or put in the mail)! Plus, I wanted to showcase the winter side of the December Artful Delight Card Kit. And third, I love that most of the card kits include versatile stamps and many sheets of solid cardstock so that if you aren't into a lot of embellishments, you STILL get your money's worth from the kit. 

You could easily paper piece these creatures for a more detailed card, that would be totally cute. These cards feature creatures that were colored lightly with colored pencils. It's a technique that I haven't tried, or tried in a long while, and although the results probably weren't what I was thinking, I think they are still fun.

I hope you had a very Merry Christmas!


  1. Adorable! Hope you had a Merry Christmas!

  2. I love the simplicity of these cards and how you stacked the animals on each other.

  3. What cuties - they look great stacked and the coloring on colored cs really works.
    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and don't have to worry about the mail delivery today ;>)

  4. what an awesome poem..thanks for sharing.. totally cracked me up.... Love your cards...PS are so fun..

  5. I am in total awe that you used all the paper, way to go.

  6. These cards are perfect! Love the simplicity and the way you stacked the images on the second card.

  7. Fantastic poem!!! Thank you for sharing!

  8. I'm still giggling from that poem! :) Love your adorable cards, Karen!

  9. I love all the stacked animals. Hope you had a glorious christmas!

  10. Ha...I paid bills yesterday...not very fun!! I love these two sweet one layer wonders. I hope you and the boys had a fabulous Christmas Karen.

  11. funny!! that is why i don't use credit cards :)

    hope you had a wonderful christmas and your cards are too cute!!!

  12. cute cards. love the texture on the second card. Happy holidays.

  13. I hate bills after Christmas, it is like punishment. LOL Both of your cards are so sweet Karen, I do hope you had a wonderful holiday Karen!

  14. tee hee! DH and I both had a laugh at the poem! TFS!

  15. Chuckle,chuckle!! Cute poem, cute cards! Hope you enjoyed a very Merry Christams ;)

  16. Hope you had a great Christmas!!!

    I love the little bird on top of the penguin on the first card! LOL

  17. These are so fun, especially live the second and how the coloring looks on the textured paper!

  18. Ha, ha! I enjoyed the poem. Your cards are cute and i love how you colored on the cardstock.

  19. hahahahaha!!!
    Thank You for making me laugh and i think your card is adorable!

  20. Ha! Now ain't that the truth!
    Love your cutie-pie cards - the colouring on textured cardstock adds a really cool dimension!
    Hope you had a Happy Holidays! :)

  21. Love that poem! It's like back to reality.

    I love your stacked critters, so cute!

  22. Adorable cards, Karen! Thank you for sharing that really funny poem. I will definitely be sharing that on my blog as well. What a shame the author is unknown.

    Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year!!

  23. That's a cute poem and even cuter cards! Hope your holiday was merry!

  24. So so cute! Love the blue 'stack' of critters!

  25. Lol! Funny poem! Live the pencil colored critters- and it must feel great to have your cards for next year already done! ;)
    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Have a safe & happy new year!!!

  26. Both cards are adorable! Love the animals and how you stacked them! :)

  27. These animals are cute! Fun cards. I love that poem- never heard of it before. Have enjoyed all your poetry and literary excerpts this year!

  28. Love the poem! And how wonderful to be ahead on your cards for next year!

  29. Totally cute! Love the CAS!

    Happy 2013!

  30. these made me smile BIG!!! too cute! thanks so much for the inspirations in the past year and i am looking forward to seeing more of your work! Happy New Year to you and yours! =)

  31. Catching up on blogland, these cards are what made me come over to say hi. I wondered how you got that "scratched" look. Now I know. See, that's what I mean when I say I love seeing your work and your techniques :)

  32. Thanks for posting that poem. It's so funny!