Headstart on the holidays

I know, July is over, so we can’t be talking about “Christmas in July”, but these cards were made in July, so does that count? And what’s more, they’re made with stamp sets or colors that will be retired <gasp!> on August 10th, so if you see something you “need”, you’ll need to order quickly!

These were the 4 cards from my Christmas Card Crank #1 (16 cards in 2 hours), and we had a great time. Yes, listening to Christmas music from the iPod did help us get in the spirit :-) If you want to join the fun for Christmas Card Crank #2, you can visit the online signup page at http://christmascrank2.eventbrite.com

This first card uses the Punch Pals stamp set (nope, it’s not retiring–breathe deeply) and the cute penguins are dragging their tree along the watercolor paper. The NEW scallop punch is featured, and if you love the colors you’ll want to order the Wild Wasabi cardstock and ribbon before they’re gone.

The next card has a cute DSP (designer series paper) pocket on it–very simple. I’ll have to post a later tutorial on how to make the pocket. The stamp set is Snowflake Spot and it’s about to go away .

This card uses the Print Pattern background, which in my opinion is a MUST HAVE stamp. It’s so versatile! And the Circle of Friendship set is used for the circle words. The ‘s’, ‘n’, and ‘w’ are heat embossed in clear powder on the cardstocks to get the cool shade effect.

And the last card here (how did that finger get in there?!) uses the retiring Snow Flurries stamp set–it’s only $10.95 and so useful! The ‘j’ and ‘y’ are stamped from the Outline Alphabet–one of my new favorites, and it’s here for another catalog round. But the colors here (Soft Sky and Bayou Blue) are going to be gone after August 10th.

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