Friday, June 15, 2012

Flashback Friday- Christmas already?

Don't panic!  I am not going to start counting the days til Christmas. I don't want to know that information just yet either! So why in the world would a perfectly happy procrastinator like myself make Christmas cards in June?  Well... the answer has absolutely nothing to do with me trying to better prepare myself for the upcoming holidays, nor does it have anything to do with me being in a cheery Christmas mood.  I am making Christmas cards for purely selfish reasons.  I WANT NEW PAPER!!!!!!!

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,


  1. oh my goodness, I love how you write, you had me chuckling...and of course I'll have to check out that new paper from Stampin' Up as I had heard a new book was out, love your card!

  2. Great card and how brave of you to start with sketch #1. You could always do the current weeks sketch and then do one of the old ones, then you would be done twice as fast and in time to buy more paper.

  3. Jennifer showed me the catalog via skype and I nearly passed out too! Selfish reasons or not, get crackin' woman...USE THAT PAPER UP!!!
    Your card is so festive and kudos to you for one down and what, 100 to go? :D

  4. SO FUNNY!!! I'm still sitting here smiling - and can relate so well to this! I hoard all my paper too. Then when I see something I want to make using it, I'll grab a different color/pattern and use it instead!!! It's just so hard to slice up that good stuff! LOL!
    And yes, I've seen the goodies in the Holiday catty too...and am in LOVE!! Good idea to use up all that old so you can buy new! Makes sense to me!

    Love this pretty card and that DP is awesome too. Perfect fit using that image for the sketch. Love it - and you have one less Christmas card to make now!


  5. As always a fun post to read and great card idea =) Love that sketch, thanks for sharing the links, too. Looking forward to seeing you work your way through the sketches / hoard !


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