Sunday, September 9, 2012

Christmas Greetings . . . in September?!

Hey sweet friends! I've been thinking a lot about Christmas Cards lately . . . probably because so many of my blogging buddies have already made so many! I, on the other hand, have not! Hehehe! I tell ya, I can't start getting into the "spirit" of the holiday season until AFTER I've spent some quality time at the beach! So . . . fortunately, we are going on vacay this next week . . . to the beach, of course! So, when I get back, I'll be in serious Christmas mode . . . ooooh, right after I make some Halloween cards for the grandkiddos! LOL!

Ahhhhhh . . . well, I've been neglecting my sweet Lili of the Valley stamps lately and decided it was high time I remedied that! I pulled out one of my new LOTV stamps and went to town. And, guess what? This makes Christmas Card # 4! I'm quite tickled with this one . . .
Isn't this the sweetest image? It's called "Ice Skating" and is available HERE at Lili of the Valley. Here's a side view . . .
I actually didn't have any "brass"-looking Christmas charms, so I took a silver one and colored it with a brown Copic marker . . . VOILA! Oh . . . I did the same thing with the metal filigree corner . . . and the beads inside! Clever, I know!

My card "recipe" . . . 
Image stamped on Cryogen metallic white cardstock
Crumb Cake & Real Red cardstock: Stampin' Up
DPs: "25 Days of Christmas" by Simple Stories (Love this! Very vintage-y!)
Lace, metal filigree corner, & roses: Wild Orchid Crafts
Bells, charm, raffia, black twine, & beads: My stash
Green "sprigs": Tim Holtz dies
Liquid Applique (for the fur trim)
Martha Stewart coarse glitter (for the ice)
Copics & Prismacolor pencils

Here's a peek at the inside . . .
Those sentiment stamps are from my stash . . . very festive, don'tcha think? And here's one last view . . . the "artsy" angle, of course!
And that's it for me . . . oooh, I almost forgot . . . I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

OK . . . now, I'm ready to sign off and watch some TV with my sweet hubby. (College football! Seriously, what ELSE would we want to watch on a Saturday night?! hehee!) Thanks so much for visiting . . . and, as always, for your sweet comments. Hugs to you all!
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