What? Christmas twice a year? Once in December and again in July? OK! If you are anything like me than Christmas thoughts cross your mind all year long! As a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator with the new Holiday Catalog fast approaching, it is certainly on the brain lately. I am getting excited about sharing some festive card making techniques in the coming classes that I offer.
This card was for the same swap I did the Halloween card also. When I signed up for the swaps there were plenty of current items available to use. Come July 11th when the cards were due there were literally few to none applicable stamps or designer papers available. Stampin' Up! delegated a separate holiday catalog this year that the products were not available in time to use with the swap cards :(
The holiday catalog will be available on line and to purchase from August 1st. There are some great holiday cards and tags to get incentive and inspiration displayed in the catalog!!! If you would like a holiday catalog sent to you please email me your request.
I am posting this card today to show, once again, that when you don't feel that you have the "right" product you will surprise yourself with what you are able to create. I had thoughts of pulling out of the swap because of the lack of product that fit the guidelines. Instead I dug deep and was able to come up with both a Halloween card and Christmas card (under duress!). I will be posting a lot a lot of holiday card ideas with new product over the next few months!!! It is a time of year that generates a desire to give from the heart, and there is nothing quite like a homemade card to fit the bill <3
To start the Holiday spirit of giving ~ it is time for another raffle. Please leave a comment of what your favorite tradition is for the holidays. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas or New Years. I will pick a random winner from those who leave a comment to receive a holiday stamp set of their choice (up to $25.00). Winner will be drawn on Saturday, August 3rd