I saw a sneak peek of Stampin' Up's Holiday Catalog that will be available in August and almost hyperventilated and passed out over this baby!! OH! MY! WORD! I have always been a sucker for Christmas stamps but these were amazing and I won't even go into the details of my racing pulse from the variety of DSP...
Just a reminder: I started doing Flashback Fridays to try to reduce my mountainous collection of supplies and had decided that I was not going to buy more Christmas paper until I used up what I had. Do you see my dilemma? Here I am viewing all of this beautiful Christmas paper goodness, and my stash (and my resolve) is taunting me with my prior resolution. So I did the only sensible thing I could do. I started making Christmas cards... in June...
As crazy as this seemed to me, apparently there are people out there who are organized and actually make their Christmas cards year round. Whoda thought??? They even manage to get their cards completed before the day before Christmas (amazing and shocking, I know!). One of these organized types is the crew at Merry Monday. They have a new sketch challenge every week for Christmas/Holiday cards. Now, even though I am a procrastinator, I am also a saver/hoarder, so I have been saving all of their sketches for the time when I finally deemed it necessary to make my cards (you know, around December 20th...) and being a little bit anal, I had to start with sketch number one for my card. All of those organized people (like Sherry) are on week 24 already!
So here is sketch #1 from Merry Monday
and here's my card, complete with retired DSP!
I pulled out my pastels to color the image. I think it works better for the aged look than the markers. I also did some ink distressing with soft suede. I've also decided that I'm going to have to start using way more paper on my cards! This design really didn't make a dent in my supply. There's always gift bows... Is it too early to start making those?
So there you have it! My first Christmas card of the year! I'm hoping no one will revoke my membership in the Proud to be a Procrastinator Club. After all, I did wait over a year to use this paper!! Have a great weekend and happy crafting!
Card Recipe: Cardstock-very vanilla, real red, Merry Moments DSP (ret), Ink-crumb cake, chocolate chip, soft suede (distressing), pastels, Stamp Set- Bells and Boughs, Accessories-labels framelits, snow burst embossing folder,