Merry Tuesday (x3)

When it comes to stores putting out Christmas decorations in August and September I am vehemently opposed, but as crafters we need a little extra time to make our projects so they will be on time for Christmas.  It was only October 3rd when I saw this monstrosity at Lowe's.  <shake my head>  Told DH NO!!!! That's just wrong in any season! Although, it might be a fun gift for my father in law.  lol  He loves fishing...

Big Bass Santa
 Now that we are in October, you will likely see Christmas cards from me a couple of times a week, at least, as I work to get all my cards made.  Today I'm super inspired by the Merry Monday challenges and have 3 cards to show you.  :)


First is this card I made for last week's Merry Monday Challenge: Rainbow Christmas.  I used the Stitched Alphabet Upper stamp set from Whimsy stamps and colored each letter in using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  Next I took my Wink of Stella glitter pen and smoothed them out.  Sorry the camera didn't pick up the sparkles.  I'm having a "throw your camera out the window in frustration" type of day. 

If you look closely at the top of my card you will also see a sneak peek of the soon to be released Stamp of Approval: Holiday Magic collection.  I just love the little star banners that come in the Scenery: Holiday Trimmings set from Winnie & Walter.  <3

Stamps: Scenery: Holiday Trimmings (Winnie & Walter for SOA); Stitched Alphabet Upper (Whimsy Stamps)
Ink: 32, 22, 52, 50, 40 (Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers); Onyx Black (Versafine); Golden Glitz, Silvery Shimmer (Delicata)
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White Thick, Red Foil (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories: Merry & Bright Die (Essentials by Ellen); Clear Embossing Powder (SU); MISTI; Black & White Twine (Doodlebug)

If you check out the challenge blog you will see I was completely inspired by Kristie's card.  She was working on this card when we were together last week at a StampNation Design Team retreat.  I should have paid more attention to what she was doing, because then I would have known she embossed her image to get it a bright white.  Anyway, I was in my stamp room yesterday and decided to pull out my Heartfelt Holiday stamp set and make 2 cards.  One with Crumb Cake cardstock and the other with white.  

As I was trying to stamp the hearts inside the mugs on the Kraft card I made a little boo-boo.  To cover it up I decided to try out the tiny heart in the Little Bits die collection from Neat & Tangled (also in the SOA: Holiday Magic Collection)  They fit perfectly!  How cool is that?  Whenever I cut out those little bits I save the extras, and since the gold hearts were also sitting on my table I decided to add them to the card. Hopefully my card isn't too much of a CASE of Kristie.  It's difficult to make the same images look different when you are working in the same color pallet.  

Stamps: Heartfelt Holiday (Wplus9); Lovely Snowflake (CAS*ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Crumb Cake, Real Red (Stampin' Up!); White (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper: Crumb Cake, Gold Glimmer Paper, Red Foil Paper, Whisper White (SU)
Accessories: Little Bits (Neat & Tangled for SOA); Stitched Square Frames (My Favorite Things)


Kristie Goulet said...

I love your rainbow card, Heather and your coffee cards are awesome too!!! I love the stitched squares you used. Thanks for playing along!! xoxo

Jenelle said...

Very sweet cards! I love the cute little coffee cups and stitched squares!

francesca said...

beautiful cards!
I'm doing my first GIVEAWAY over at my blog! Be sure to check it out!! :)

Birgit said...

Haha! I had to laugh at the giant fish Christmas decoration... REALLY??? Anyway, I'm here for your sweet cards and not Lowe's poor taste in Christmas decor.
Love all your cards, the coffee themed ones are simply done and as sweet as can be! The Merry card is festive and joyful in those fun colors!!

Susangail Powell said...

Love those coffee cards Heather!! They're both fantastic!

Lesley said...

I agree with you; early decorating in stores is crazy! Love all of your work here! Isn't it fun to create Christmas cards. Your coffee cards have the perfect cozy feel! Thank you for joining us at Merry Monday!

Wendy said...

Love both of your beautiful coffee cup cards, Heather! That color combo is perfect for the holidays as is your card! Thanks for playing along with us this week over at Merry Monday! :)

Deanne @ Three Trees said...

LOL now that is an expensive fish!! LOVE, love, love your coffee cards - the colours are so pretty! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Merry Monday.

Deanne :)