Thursday, September 13, 2012

Hard at work

I LOVE that the new Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog came out in August this year. It gives me an extra month to get my stuff together and get working on my holiday cards. I'm not one to brag . . . well, actually, I am. It is September 13th and I have FIFTY (50!) Christmas cards completed already (okay, bragging complete). Since there are so many stamp sets out there and so many different designs, I've shifted from making 100+ of the same design to making 10-12 of a bunch of different cards. In the past, I've had the intention of writing down who gets what card so that I can safely send similar, if not duplicate, cards out from year to year. Of course, I've always been frantically finishing my cards in years past in the second (or third!) week of December so you can imagine where my good intentions ended up. So now I'll be periodically showing you some of my Christmas cards for this year - just don't get mad if you already 'saw' the one you get later this year!
Today's card started out as an idea in my head and then as I was browsing some websites, I came across one that almost matched the image in my head, so I'm going to give a shout out to Stampinnerd's blog for having a great mind that thought like me :-)
I've been trying to figure out how to use the absolutely gorgeous Champagne glitter paper (just those words sound beautiful to me) on a Christmas card so I decided to go with a vintage type feel with neutrals and a muted red (Riding Hood red). I used a shape from the Apothecary Accents framelits collection for the Believe sentiment, and then traced around the outside of the framelit on the glitter paper to make the mat. A little extra work, yes, but oh so beautiful!!!!!

Card Supplies: (All supplies from Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted)
Stamps: Snowflake Soiree
Cardstock: Riding hood red, Very vanilla, Champagne glitter paper
Ink: Crumb cake, Soft suede
Other Stuff: Apothecary accents framelits, dimensionals, Riding hood red pleated satin ribbon (retired), Champagne shimmer paint mist

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