Sunday, September 15, 2013

I've Bought a Christmas Present Already!!

I've bought a Christmas present already!  I'm so proud of myself.  I'm not one of those super-organized people who finished their Christmas shopping in August.  It's usually the week before Christmas when I purchase my last stocking stuffer.  But, in my defense, I organize and run a huge outreach at our church in early December, but the hard work extends from September to December and it is really busy for me in the fall.  Nevertheless, this gift kind of found me and it was too good to pass up!  Now I can gloat for like a week or two, before someone outdoes me!

I am having the second in a series of four Christmas Stamper's Dozens this week and I have been working to come up with more Christmas designs.  I knew I wanted to use the candy cane striped DSP in the Season of Style Paper Stacks (a great little bargain, btw!!)  And I was thinking that the new stamp set O Holy Night was made to be stamped using the Faux Chalkboard Technique.  I really like the way the card turned out:

  • Once again, the frame from Papaya Collage, works so well with chalkboard designs, by stamping it in VersaMark ink and heat embossing with with White Stampin' Emboss Powder.
  • The stamp, O Holy Night, doesn't quite fit inside the frame, so I stamped it on another piece of Basic Black cardstock and trimmed it down, but mounted it on dimensionals to place above the frame and it works quite well.  It will also be easier to do on the night of the Stamper's Dozen, because it eliminates the need to use the Stamp-a-ma-jig.
  • Some Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon, tied in a simple flat knot completes this fairly simple yet effective card!
I hope you will join us for this Stamper's Dozen class.  Then you too can gloat about your early Christmas preparations, because you will have already hand made 12 Christmas cards!  It's on Thursday, September 19 at 6:30 pm.  You can register here.  There are only a few spots left.  Make sure you let me know by Tuesday night.
Stamps:  Papaya Collage (w132055; c126612); O Holy Night (w131832; c131835)
Paper:  Season of Style Designer Series Paper Stack (132181); Basic Black (121045) cardstock
Ink:  VersaMark ink pad (102283); Whisper White Craft Ink Pad (101731) for sponging
Accessories:  White Stampin' Emboss Powder (109132); 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon in Cherry Cobbler (120992)
Tools:   Heat Tool (129053); Stamping Sponges (101610)

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