Wednesday, January 18, 2012

It's Never to Early! Merry Stockings

  So I know some of you are going to be thinking, "This lady is crazy.  Christmas is just barely behind us.  What is she doing making Christmas cards now!??"  Well, let me tell you...last year I made 10 Christmas cards a month throughout the whole year and then when the holidays rolled around I was one step ahead.  All I had to do was try (really really hard) to get a decent photo of the boys and then address my cards.  No hemming and hawing over the design, no waiting for an order of supplies to arrive, no beating the deadline to get them mailed in time.  I had enough to send out to my family, friends, customers and to use for teacher gifts.  It was awesome! So this year I'm doing it again because I liked being all ready this past Christmas.  This card is my first installment for the Christmas Card Challenge 2012 over on Splitcoaststampers.

 I got the layout from the current challenge at Create with Connie and Mary which ends today.  I decided on these colors after seeing an advertisement over Christmas that used them and I thought it was neat combination so I wrote them down.  They are fun Christmas colors don't you think?  You could change the stocking to a heart and use it for Valentine's day too!

  This is a great layout for using up some scraps with your punches.  I got rid of a lot of Very Vanilla and Old Olive pieces with this one.  The base is Real Red with a layer of Very Vanilla that has the edge cut with the new Edgelits scallops and then embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.

  I wrapped a length of Real Red stain ribbon around the Very Vanilla layer and then added a Blushing Bride Glimmer Brad. 

  I stamped the stocking from Snow Much Fun in Stazon and then punched it out with my 1 1/4" circle punch.  I colored the stockings with Old Olive, Real Red, Regal Rose and Blushing Bride and layered them with a 1 3/8" circle punched from Old Olive.  I alternated the colors of the stockings and adhered them to the base.

  And last but not least I stamped "make merry" from the retired set Berry Christmas in Stazon in the bottom right corner.

  10 down 90 to go!  Take some time throughout 2012 to make some of your Christmas cards so you can enjoy not being rushed in December.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Snow Much Fun, Berry Christmas

Ink: Stazon, Markers: Old Olive, Real Red, Regal Rose, Blushing Bride

Paper: Real Red, Very Vanilla, Old Olive

Accessories: satin ribbon, glimmer brad, circle punches, Perfect Polka Dots e.f., Edgelits scallop die


  1. You will for sure be more ready for the card frenzy next December than I will be! Good for you, Amanda! Love your card - those stockings make me think of growing up....thanks for sharing!

  2. What a totally cute Christmas card! I think you are on to something by making a few cards each month to get ready for the Holidays! And I do love the colors, too! Thanks for playing the challenge at Create with Connie and Mary!

  3. If you are crazy then so am I! I try to do all my cards in January and then I tuck them away till the 1st December. The joy of getting them out all addressed and ready is sooooo much better than that horrible weight over you through the beginning of december. I am even having a christmas card workshop on the 31st Jan for my stampin up ladies.
    Happy making.

  4. What a cute Christmas card and how GREAT to get started early! Thanks for playing along this week in the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!

  5. Great card! Thinking ahead is always good. Thanks for playing the Create with Connie & Mary Thursday challenge this week!

  6. I think you are right about starting your Christmas cards. I started mine early last year also and wasn't stressed at all. I love the little stocking image! Thanks for joining us this week at CCMC!


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