Everywhere we go”…stores are putting up their Christmas displays. I’m not a big fan of this practice. I would prefer to celebrate the holidays in the order in which they appear on the calendar…Halloween/All St.’s Day, Thanksgiving, then Christmas. But I also realize that if I didn’t do my Christmas card class early in the month of November, most people wouldn’t be able to attend and they wouldn’t have their cards ready to go out in the mail over Thanksgiving weekend. That’s when I usually do my Christmas decorating and card writing.
Now some people have given up on the tradition of holiday card writing and I say…Shame on them! There is nothing more special than getting a card from a loved one, even if it has been a year since you last connected.
I know I haven’t been around for a while. It has been a very busy time for me these last few months. In September, I visited my daughter and grand-daughter in Virginia Beach for two weeks. A few weeks after returning, my sister and brother-in-law visited and we did a road trip for two weeks to California mainly to visit Yosemite National Park, but we made a ton of other stops along the way. And finally, On Stage Live in Orlando this pas week.
I hosted my annual Christmas Card Stamp-a-stack this past November 3rd a few days before heading out to On Stage Live in Orlando, Florida and I am just now able to share them with you. Many of the sets I used were from the Annual Catalog so they are repeats from last year. Two were special offers and are no longer available. (Sorry…not sorry! 🙂 And one is brand new from this year’s Holiday Catalog…the reindeer card…which was CASED from the catalog.
Hope you enjoy them. I will have more to share very soon. Until then…
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Here is what I’ve been up to lately. I really like the Animal Outing stamp set. The images in it are adorable. It can be used for either an adult or child’s card. I decided to take things one step further and paired Animal Outing with some of the images from Tropical Chic and I’m liking the result.
We made this first card at my monthly club this past Saturday and I think it was a hit. Rhino image is so cute. I stamped it in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and just colored it with one of the Basic Gray Stampin’ Blend markers. I used a blender pen and Lemon Lime Twist for the frog on the branch.
We haven’t made this next card at club yet. This is the one where I combined the two stamp sets. I stamped the giraffe images in Soft Suede. It was something someone suggested I try. It did not run when I colored with the Stampin’ Blends which is nice to know.
I colored the giraffe with the dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blend and then went over the spots on each with a blender pen and crushed curry ink to make them a little darker. The smaller giraffe is the mirror image of the original image that I stamped on a piece of window sheet first. Unfortunately, the thinlits don’t have a mirror image die, so it had to be fussy cut. The words were fussy cut as well.
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I’m a little past the time I wanted to have this done this month. Sorry about that. The important thing is, it is done! I’ve been wanting to make one of these for a long time and I’ve finally gotten around to it. I’ve framed some pictures from little less than a year ago. They are of my grand daughter (and daughter) who was almost 4-weeks old at the time. She is wearing the ice cream cone snuggie I crocheted for her before she was born. She will soon be a year old; she just recently hit the 10 month mark and is moved to Virginia Beach and I miss miss miss her. No worries though, plane tickets were purchased before she was even out of state and I will be there for her first birthday! I can’t wait!
Murphy must have been sitting in my stamp room with me while I was doing this video because I had a few difficulties during the production process. First, I ran out of battery power while filming and then…almost at the end…not quite finished…I ran out of disk space on my camera so you don’t get to see the last few seconds of my adding pearls to the flower decorations. But that isn’t all that went wrong…if something can go wrong, it will… You will have to watch the video to see for yourself.
Anyway, I hope you like my project today. I’m pleased with how they’ve both turned out. Below the video there is a template for creating the frame. It’s easy so be careful…something just might not go right while you are making it! 🙂
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