It has been a couple of busy weeks for us and will probably continue for a while. As you know, we left the cottage and we are now in Nashville. Then Rob left for a week for a conference in Austin. I spent the week putting our belongings away and setting up my stamp room. Last weekend was my grandson’s (Jackson’s) second birthday. My son and his family live in Montgomery, Alabama so we went there to celebrate. This week my other grandson, Nolan, has no school so he has been spending his time with me (which has been a lot of fun). Then this coming weekend is Nolan’s fifth birthday. I did manage to make a couple of cards in between all of that.
I made this card using the stamp set called Cottage Wreaths. This stamp set is in the July – December Mini Catalog and there is a set of coordinating dies called Country Wreaths. If you use the bundle item number when ordering you can save 10%. I first stamped the wreath in Evening Evergreen Ink and cut it out using the coordinating die. Then I used the Dots & Spots die to cut out the berries and the bow in Real Red card stock. I used the Split Textures dies set to cut out a 3.75″ x 5″ piece of Basic White card stock. This is one of my favorite background dies because it adds so much interest to your card. I layered everything on top of a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Soft Succulent card stock and an Evening Evergreen card base. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Real Red ink.
I know it is only September but Christmas is not that far away. You need to start thinking about your Christmas cards. I have yet to design the card I will send this year but one of my favorite holiday stamp sets is called Christmas Season. This stamp set has many two-step stamps included with it. A two-step stamp is when two or more stamps are used to make one image. For example, the pinecones are made using one stamp for the outside of the pinecones and one for the inside. This stamp set has coordinating dies called Seasonal Labels (although I did not use them on this card). The dies cut out many of the shapes in the stamp set and also include some very nice dies to make labels with.
To make this card, I first stamped the pinecones using Crumb Cake and Soft Suede ink in the center of a 3.5″ x 4.75″ piece of Basic White card stock. Then I stamped the leaves in Evening Evergreen ink and the pine needles in Soft Succulent ink. Next, I stamped the berries in Cherry Cobbler ink. The sentiment is from the stamp set called Spruced Up. I stamped the word “Merry” in Cherry Cobbler ink and the word “Christmas” in Evening Evergreen ink onto a .5″ x 4.75″ piece of Basic White cardstock. I backed both of these onto Cherry Cobbler card stock. The Designer Series Paper I used is called Tiding Of Christmas (retired).
Take this post as a reminder to start thinking about your Christmas cards. You will need the time to decide what products to use, order them, design them and finally, make them.