It recently dawned on me that Christmas isn't too far away now - I know, scary isn't it !
Anyway, with panic setting in I realised that I have fallen woefully behind with my plans to get at least a couple of Christmas cards made each week all through the year - to avoid the crazy frantic rush in October/November. I decided batch making is the way forward, using designs that don't take hours to complete each one and are easy to duplicate.
I do have a large stash of Christmas stamps, embossing folders and dies - in fact I realised (with a little embarrassment) that if I made just one card using each of my Christmas stamps I would have sufficient to send a card to everyone on my list, how naughty am I ? I'll work my way through my stash as best I can and am sticking to my resolve to not buy any new stamps this year - it's not easy though as there are some lovely new images around ... Ah well, got to stay strong Ha Ha !
A little earlier this year my crafting pal Lynn, managed to buy two sets of the gorgeous Stampin'Up! snowflake embossing folder and snowflake dies - been there, done that myself ! Purely to help her out (of course) I bought the duplicates from her. I used the embossing folder on today's project to create the lovely subtle snowflake effect on the base card.
The tiny village image was stamped using a Sweet Poppy stamp, coloured with my ProMarkers and then diecut using the matching die. I think this image is so pretty and it was easy to colour. The sweet little sentiment is from a set of See D's stamps - remember these from years ago ? Each set of stamps was sold in a CD case, they were made from purple rubber and are (I think) one of the first self-cling products (please correct me if I'm wrong on this). This Christmas set was in my stash and had never seen ink. I thought the tiny sentiment was the perfect size for my design and made me feel good to ink an unused stamp.
Here's a pic of the full batch of six I made this time, although I am so pleased with the finished design I shall definitely go on and make another batch of them to add to my stock of cards for this Christmas.