Christmas in…

Stampin' Up, Lovely as a Tree….July August.  Every year I start making Christmas cards in July or August.  Every year I forget to send them.  I have enough Christmas cards for the next 50 years, I think.  When I was little, Mom kept a record of who we got cards from and who we sent cards to.  After two years of not receiving cards from someone, she dropped that person from her list.  I’ve been dropped from almost everyone’s list.  It’s sad, actually, because I really do think of everyone during the holidays, and I’m so grateful for their cards.  But I’m just so busy between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I forget to mail my cards.  This year I almost sent them at New Year’s, but I forgot then, too.  Maybe I should do like I’m going to do with family birthdays from now on and send them when I make them.  How surprised would my friends be to get a Christmas card in September?  (Probably as surprised as Susan was when she got a birthday card in March for her August birthday.)

This card uses some items from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog as well as some oldies.  Lovely as a Tree will never retire, I think!  I don’t use it much, because I have so many new ones.  But it makes a lovely Christmas card.  I stamped the evergreen image over and over in Island Indigo, then stamped the line of bare trees in Smoky Slate.  I sponged a little ink over the trees so it would look like a misty early morning.  Not that I’d know.  I rarely see early morning – misty or no.

Other little touches – the Whisper White organza ribbon (love it!) and Frosted Finishes embellishments (from the Holiday catalog).  So pretty – and the photos (even the professional ones in the catalog) don’t do them justice.  They’re gorgeous!

The sentiment is from Joyful Christmas (Holiday catalog).  I embossed it with silver powder on vellum card stock.  It needed a little border, so I used my blender pen with some Illuminate ink to paint a border, then embossed again in silver.  (Yes, you can use a versamarker, but I didn’t.  Partly because we don’t sell the Versamarker any more, but mostly because mine was dry.)  I meant to take the new chalk marker and add some snow to the trees, but I forgot.

So there’s my first Christmas card for this year.  I’m definitely sending it soon.  Maybe to my aunt.  Or cousins.  They still send me cards, even though I’ve been totally unfaithful.  And – added touch – the envelope liner!  This is so easy with the new framelits and the Winter Frost specialty designer series paper or paper stack.

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy.  Have a wonderful day!

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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7 Responses to Christmas in…

  1. Stephanie McKinnon says:

    Buffy, could we be related? Funny, I’m exactly the same at Christmas. I always have good intentions, but never get around to mailing the cards. My list of cards received seems to be getting shorter and shorter, too. Let’s make a pact to send cards this year. I’ll remind you and you remind me!

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  2. Susan Horr says:

    This card is beautiful and I would be honored to get it around Christmas, March or even August. One thing you have taught me, it is ok to send a card any time, year round, even if it is not the appropriate month!

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  3. Diane Oliver says:

    Hi Buffy, Your card is fabulous.
    I was trying to leave a comment on the LLama blog but it won’t go through??? Keep kicking me out and not sure why. Just wanted everyone to know I didn’t fall off the earth. Here was message and perhaps you could pass it along since I’ll be gone again! hugs. I will try to view the HOP from the hotel. Spent 3 weeks with my grandkids, then my annual golf week with gal pals. then I was out of state for work, and now today I have to go to GA for a full week of training required by Volkswagen… OMG. All I want to do is retire!

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  4. trish ricktrish says:

    Hey Buffy- you sound just like us– I have a friend who started sending Christmas cards and a newsletter in September and that year her mailbox was FULL from the responses because people had more time to respond instead of waiting till the busiest time of year(sigh)- you have inspired me here and it has been my goal also to do this- my 22 year young great niece will be coming to live with us indefinitely in over a week now and my plan is to do this together!! am also hoping to inspire/encourage her to make some with me for her to sell for some “pin money” . So good always to hear from you dear Sister!! Many hugs- Trish Kindberg Date: Sun, 4 Aug 2013 01:46:01 +0000 To: ricktrishk@msn.com

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  5. Glad I’m not the only one! Diane, I’ll pass along the message. I know you had a great time with the grands! Susan, expect a Christmas card soon. Maybe I’ll find my Santa Monkey card! Trish, have fun stamping with your niece! That age is great for ideas!

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