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Crafty Cowgirl- DIY Online Christmas Cards & Social Posts in 8 Easy Steps

Crafty Cowgirl- DIY Online Christmas Cards & Social Posts in 8 Easy Steps

It's official, the long hot days of summer have arrived (at least in Tucson) so, what better time than now to start thinking about Christmas?   Just the mention of it makes me think of crisp chilly evenings with the promise of snow.  Ahh, I'm cooler already (of course having the a/c on fierce helps too).

As long as its too hot to play outside why not do a little early Christmas computer work?  In this Crafty Cowgirl post we are going to put together eChristmas cards which are a fun and economical alternative to boxed cards.  With the help of some free online tools you can easily make personalized cards that can be printed, emailed or even turned into social posts.  And the best part, you can get your computerized kids to do it.

For this demo I am using Canva on a desktop.  I will list this and other useful links at the end of the post and I should mention, these are not paid links, we receive no compensation for posting them.

 First Step find some Christmas images you like.  Go through your last year's Christmas photos and find some cute family shots,cookies or even your tree. Get at least 10 so you have enough to play with.  If you want something a bit less personal there are several royality-free image sites to choose from.

I am going to use this nifty shot I took at Steam Pump Ranch to create an social post. And yes, I do carry around decorations and yes, I do get strange looks taking pictures of Christmas stuff.

Now, let's skidaddle on over to Canva. Cowboy boot western Christmas stocking with bandana ribbon picture at Steam Pump Ranch Oro Valley AZ
You will need to create an account to login. Canva has both a free and paid version.  The free is just fine for most personal uses plus they have plenty of graphics and backgrounds to jazz up your photo.

1. Once you are logged in you will see a left-hand navigation. Scroll to the bottom and click on "Get Design Inspiration"- this will open to a screen with many more design options.

2. I wanted an Instagram post - Canva already knows which is the best size to use. - Clever Canva!

 

 


 3. After clicking on your choice of projects, the fun begins. Because I was using my own picture, clicked on "Uploads" and then "Upload your own images" .  When my picture was finished uploading it appeared as a thumbnail.  I double clicked on the thumbnail and the image opened in an editable canvas.  I dragged the corners to make the image larger.

4. Now, click on "Background" and find something that compliments your image.

5. Further up the sidebar is "Elements" click on that and choose a box style you like.  It will show up on your image.  
But it's blocking half my picture! Oh my! That will never do - so we'll fix it in step 6.

 

 


6.  Up in the right hand corner is the transparency button.  Click on that until your text box is as clear as you wish. Now drag it to a location you are happy with. Only two steps to go.  


That was easy. Right?



Ok. Now we need to give it some voice.  A message.  Something to share the joy. But where or where should we get that?

Have no fear dear crafters.  





 North Pole West has hand picked an assortment of 50  really wonderful, funny and inspirational Christmas to  make your Holidays crafting easier.
 I picked one from Max Lucado,  I loved the quote and it  seemed to work with the image as well.






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. Click on the "Text" sidebar option.  For this project I picked "add sub heading" because I wanted the text bolder since my Glass Antiqua font choice was a bit slender. A text box will show up (see below) - type or copy paste your message in the box and drag it into the pretty area you made for it. 

text box for Christmas card

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.  Choose how you would like to share your creation.  I downloaded since I want to send it to my iphone for an Instagram post.




And that is all you need to do.  Good job! It's iced eggnog time.


Useful Links

Canva - Amazingly simple graphic design

Pixlr - Free online easy to use image editor.

North Pole West Christmas Quotes

How to email a picture to an iphone

I love editing on the desktop. Why settle for a tiny screen and skimpy apps when you can have the editing world at your fingertips? The problem is it can be a hassle to get your beautifully edited images onto the iphone.  Here's one simple way.  Compose an email, attach your image and email it to your phone number using your cell phones mms address. When you get the message open it and save the image to your photo library.  Now you can send it out when ever you like or post on Instagram.  
Example - if your carrier is AT&T and your phone number is 111-222-3333 send email to: 111-222-3333@mms.att.net
Here are addys for the major carriers:

 

Sprint - xxxxxxxxxx@pm.sprint.com

T-Mobile - xxxxxxxxxx@tmomail.net

Verizon Wireless - xxxxxxxxxx@vzwpix.com

AT&T - xxxxxxxxxx@mms.att.net



 

  • And just in case you were wondering how hot is is in Tucson.  Here is this week's forecast.
    The good news is, Monsoon is on the way.  If you've never seen one or it's sibling the Haboob check out the KOLD website or their Facebook page after July 4th when the storms start to really flair up.

         

 

 

 


 


 

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Old West Words

Old West Words

vintage cowboy reading old west words dictionary
 When it comes to colorful speech, the cowboy is a master at mixing simple images from nature with their own brand of slang.  This hybrid language is an American classic and probably one of the reasons the cowboy is so warmly regarded as a true western original.
Part of the fun of this language is learning how to speak it for yourself and since some of you may not have an authentic old time Rosetta Stone Cowboy close by, we have assembled a fun dictionary to help you along. 
Here are just a few of the great words you'll find in our Cowboy Lingo Dictionary (no hat required).

Adam’s Ale:  water
Air in Lungs:  cussin'
All Horns and Rattles:  fit of temper
Bad medicine: bad news
Bait: food 
Barking at a Knot:  trying the impossible
Chuck Wagon Chicken:  bacon
Corral Dust:  Lies and tall tales
Cottonwood Blossom:  a man lynched from the limb of a tree
Desert Canary:  a burro
Flannelmouth: a talkative person
Happifying : making happy
Hindsite First : backwards
Idaho Brain Storm – dust storm
Kansas Sheep Dip –Whiskey
Lammy – a blanket 
Off One’s Feed – no appetite
Roastineer – unhusked corn roasted over an open fire
Tear Squeezer:  a sad story

We will always be adding words to our vocabulary so check back often. Next project - updating our western phrases page, I'll post the announcement when it is completed. Until then we leave you with a Will Rogers classic :
“There are three kinds of men. The ones that learn by readin’. The few who learn by observation.
The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.”

 

 As Always,
Happy Trails to Christmas

Spike



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Happy Wild West Mother's Day

Happy Wild West Mother's Day

vintage western cowgirl Mother's Day with flowers, cowgirl boot and bandana

 

Happy Mother's Day - We hope all you Mom's enjoy your big day! Blessings to all.  

Mamma Spike

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Look What's New for 2017

Look What's New for 2017

New western home products and site updates.
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Western Party Decor

Western Party Decor

cowboy cook by chuckwagon holds red bandana placemat and table runner western party decorations from North Pole West cowboy Christmas store

Planning a western themed party?
Our new red bandana pattern placemats and table runners will help set the stage for your Yee Haw country western event.
Adorable for :
Western Weddings
Company Picnics
Birthday Parties
BBQ
Holiday Gatherings
School Party

red bandana placemat and table runner for country western partiesAnd don't forget to add the ribbon for that extra splash of western color- plus, they are so much fun to decorate with!

We have several styles of bandana ribbon, frayed denim, country checkered and even a dressy burlap ribbon. 
You can find these, as well as other fun western decor in our new Home Decor section.

And if you need some real western recipes, just mosey on over to our Chuckwagon and grab a handful.cowboy country western bandana ribbon, denim ribbon and red checkered ribbonred bandana print table runner for cowboy country western parties and weddings

Party On! 

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Cowboy Christmas Ornament Super Sale Update

Cowboy Christmas Ornament Super Sale Update

 

Cowgirl holds sign for cowboy country western Christmas ornament sale

Just a quick update to let you know we have added items to our Cowboy Country Western Ornament Super Sale. We are busy clearing the shelves, hooks and pegs for the 2017 inventory. 

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Christmas Hours 2016

Christmas Hours 2016

country western cowboy Christmas reindeer

 

North Pole west will be on Christmas break 12 noon Friday December the 23rd returning Tuesday the 27th. 
We wish all of You a Joyous Christmas. 

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Shipping -
We have chosen to remove the Express shipping options from our shopping cart from 12/21/16 until after Christmas as we are not 100% confident that even with Express, an order placed beyond this point, will arrive before Christmas .

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Cowboy Christmas Ornaments & Decorations Super Sale plus Christmas Shipping Update

Cowboy Christmas Ornaments & Decorations Super Sale plus Christmas Shipping Update

cowgirl with white cowboy hat holds Sale sign for North Pole West Cowboy Christmas StoreJust a quick post to let you know our pre-inventory  Super Sale is now going on.
 Look for great deals - some ornaments under $1.00.  The items in the sale section will change - so check back often.

Also, these are the Christmas deliver by dates for USPS - 

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Reminder for Returning North Pole West Guests

Reminder for Returning North Pole West Guests


Cowboy and cowgirl read important message from North Pole WestTo all our returning guests.  
Welcome back!  And thank You for visiting again.

 

This is just a quick reminder that we changed our shopping cart host company in the spring of 2016.

If you signed up for an account with us on the old site you will have to create a new account, should you wish one. This is optional.

As a security measure were not able to transfer any of the past customer information including wish lists.  We are sorry for any confusion this may cause with your Holiday shopping but we take online safety seriously.

 

 

Great and Happy Thanksgiving wish to You & Yours!

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The Great DIY Cowboy Christmas Tree Project - Completed

The Great DIY Cowboy Christmas Tree Project - Completed

cowboy Christmas tree diy project Merry Christmas Ya'll  & cowboy boot ornaments
We're all done!  We made the garlands, icicles and a tree skirt.  Our decorations they are unique and surely, Yee Haw western plus the tree is decorated and it's not even Thanksgiving yet-  ok, it's pretty close- like tomorrow. Yikes!
One of the great things about using the slender tree as a specialty tree is you really get a lot of splash for the effort you put in so if you're short on time this might be an option to consider.  

cowgirl craft image from North Pole West
         

On to decorating




Since the skirt and lights were already on the next thing I did was drape the garland - it sets the flow of the tree and it is a bit heavy for the tips so I'll have it peek out from behind the ornaments. The back of my tree is not seen so I did not waste any of our pretty garland on it but rather kept the garland close to the front.  
A brief interlude about garland - Many "experts" steadfastly pronounce that the garland goes on first, right after the lights.   I say pish posh!  Each tree is different.  If you are using a lot of ribbon garland that will be tucked into many branches then yes, do it first.  If the garland is going to hang from the outer branch tips, like a Victorian beaded garland, wait until you have decorated with ornaments (do this carefully) - then put icicles on last.  

Because I did not want to over-light the tree I added glass ball ornaments in the back and towards the center bark, to reflect the light we did have.  I did not use too many of these either - I needed to photograph the tree and they are not the main attraction here.
Then I moved on to the star ornaments because they would be tucked in the branches the cowboy boot and ya'll ornaments which are closer to the tips so they can be seen, the same is true for the icicles. Last but not least the star.

And that's all there is to it. All done.  It's eggnog time because...It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  YEE HAW!!!
DIY Cowboy Christmas tree project from North Pole West
DIY Cowboy Christmas tree project from North Pole West
P.S. The star, large boot and wagon are on the North Pole West website.
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