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.
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