Thursday, October 24, 2013

Easy Christmas #1

Have you looked at the calendar lately?  Whew!  It's almost the end of October so the countdown to Christmas is ramping up already!   Along with my regular classes, I have a Christmas card make-a-thon coming up next month.  That means checking Pinterest, Stampin' Connection, blogs and lots of card ideas floating around in my head.  Totally overwhelming most of the time!  But that means I have ideas to share with you, right?  And that's always a good thing.  Here's my first card for the Christmas line-up...


Stamps:  Christmas Collectibles and Joyful Christmas
Ink:  Real Red, Old Olive, and Gold Encore
Paper:  Whisper White, Real Red cardstock, and Season of Style Designer Series Paper
Accessories:   Christmas Ornament Punch, 1/8" Real Red Taffeta Ribbon, Glue Dots, and Dimensionals

This was a quick and easy card to make.  Since it's one of the card choices for the card make-a-thon I'm hosting in November, it needs to be easily duplicated in multiples.   The most time consuming part of it was making the bows, and that can always be done ahead of time whenever there's some free time (whatever that is!!).
I like the skinny strip of  Real Red cardstock the gives the ornaments something to hang from in a manner of speaking.  I tried using Old Olive cardstock, but didn't like it as well. 
I also made a decision not to emboss the gold ornament to keep it quick and easy to make.  Granted there are several additions and embellishments that could be added to make it more stunning like more layers, embossing, rhinestones, etc., but I liked the clean look of this without a lot of other distractions.
That's it for the first quick and easy Christmas card idea I have for you.  Check back tomorrow for the next one in the series.  If you're interested in purchasing packets of 10 cards already cut and ready to stamp and put together, contact me and I'll be happy to give you the information.  Happy stamping today!      Sharon

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