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)