Monday, June 13, 2011

June Christmas Cards

Wow, two posts in one day after not a single one in May!  End of the school year is always rough and I don't have much time to stamp until the kids are gone and the grades are done.  Summer is finally here, so now I have some time to get some stamping done. 

Over the weekend we stayed up at my FIL's cabin in Lake Arrowhead.  I always bring along a stamping project when we go up there, and this time was no different.  After finishing my May set of Christmas cards, I wanted to get June's cards out of the way.  I'm out of precut/predesigned cards that were leftovers from past stamp camps, so I needed something new.  I had seen this card by Jill Franchett, which was based on a card she saw in Stampin' Success, a monthly magazine we demonstrator types get each month.  I grabbed my Peaceful Season stamp set (thank you, Jeanne) along with supplies to make the card.  I had pre-cut the border using the Tasteful Trim die before heading up to Arrowhead.  I purposely didn't take a image of Jill's card with me as I wanted to make it my own.  I wanted to isolate the sentiment, so I'd brought my Creative Memories circle and oval cutters with me (LOVE them).  While working on the card Saturday night, I felt it was missing something - I really wanted some texture behind the sentiment and I thought some DSP would look great below the border.  Since I'd brought neither along with me, those elements had to wait until I got home.  Meanwhile, I had plenty of holly leaves to stamp and cut out as I made six of these in all.  Once home, I experimented with three different embossing folders to give my card some texture before settling on the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder (actually, our youngest chose it as she thought it gave my card the most 'Christmasy' feel).  So, here's what I came up for my June allotment of holiday cards.



I'm hoping to get two more sets of cards finished up over the next month before we take our summer trip - the cards for July and August (and maybe even September's).  That would take the pressure off until after school has started back up again.  I hope you liked my cards - have a wonderful week!

6 comments:

Heidi Baks said...

This is really a wow! I don't know how many of these I would have made... with the fussy cutting!

Adriana Benitez said...

WOW - gorgeous, gorgeous card! So many wonderful details...

Yapha said...

Gorgeous cards! I love the cut out leaves and the bling!

Holly/Rubber Redneck said...

Wow these are beautiful! You all really want me to get that die don't you? lol

Sara Mattson-Blume said...

Pretty. I love the textured white detail--so very nice.

Mickey Roberts said...

Love the embossed white in the background. It gives the card a very elegant feel.