Christmas in August

Christmas in August

I like to get an early start on my Christmas cards. This doesn’t mean I actually get an early start; I just would like to. I actually have a fairly large stack of cards ready for this year, because I didn’t mail last year’s out. Things got hectic and it was mid-January before I realized I hadn’t sent my cards. I thought about sending them in June or July, but I don’t think most people would understand. They’d probably think I was trying to rush the season. Amelia and I were shopping the other day, and one of the stores was packed with Christmas stuff. It’s a little soon, I think. I mean, it’s not even Labor Day yet, and Christmas is over four months away.

One of the challenges at the virtual pj party last month was to create a Christmas card. We had no new holiday products yet, so we had to use either the pre-released Carols of Christmas or something that has carried over. Well, what better set to use than the much carried over Lovely as a Tree, right? Seriously, that set has been around since before I became a demonstrator – and that will be 15 years in October. No other set has lasted that long.

Lovely as a Tree, Teen Tiny Wishes, Stampin' Up!

I used Watercolor Paper for the stamped layer. I stamped the evergreen from Lovely as a Tree multiple times in Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin’ Ink. I used a small circular motion when I stamped (about 5 times), then re-inked the stamp and repeated. It gives the look of a nice, full forest.

After I finished stamping, I used an Aqua Painter with some Fresh Fig Classic ink and filled in around the trees to give the image of a night sky. After mounting the stamped layer to Basic Black Cardstock, I stamped Merry Christmas from Teeny Tiny Wishes in VersaMark, then embossed with Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

It seemed a little stark to me, so I die-cut some Tranquil Tide trees from the Card Front Builder Thinlits, then layered everything to a Fresh Fig card. Just to break up the horizontal movement of the card, I added a strip of Washi Tape from the Basics Pack 1.

I’m hoping to play in my stamp room soon. I haven’t had much time to work with my new Holiday Catalog preorder, but that’s ok, because I’ve been having fun with the granddaughter. This morning, Miss Amelia arrived at 10:30, and we headed to the office so she could drive her jeep. She was thrilled to find out that our Office Administrator, Lisa the Magnificent, had brought her daughter Claire to work today. They had such fun, and I had a blast listening to them talk. My favorite comment of the day: They were both sitting in a huge chair in one of the rooms in the office, and Claire decided Amelia should take her shoes off. Amelia was wearing sneakers without socks, and if you’ve ever had kids wear sneakers without socks, you know where this is headed. Claire said, “Amelia, I think you should take your shoes off. I don’t care if your feet stink; I have a brother.” (Ivan is only a year old, but he’s all boy! And, apparently, he’s all boy with stinky feet. Which is kind of an oxymoron, because they all have stinky feet.)

The girls had a really fun time driving Amelia’s jeep. Claire did very well; Amelia ran into Lisa’s car twice.

In case you want to send a comment telling me how dangerous this is, don’t panic; they weren’t moving at this point. Amelia and Claire were both sitting when the jeep was in motion.

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

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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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