Saturday, January 5, 2013

Is it Still Christmas????

Yeah -  didn't we just finish with Christmas??  What's a Christmas card doing here on my new post????
WELL -  I've decided to join in on a couple of Christmas challenges so I'll have all my cards made by the time Christmas rolls around again this year!

My creative stamping friend, Stephanie and her friend Lauren, run a fun blog called Jingle Belles - a monthly Christmas Card challenge blog - and the January Challenge is to use some new stuff.  I used some new inks - Memento Espresso Truffle and Grape Jelly.  The dark paper and berries on the wreath on my card are really a dark purple - I think my camera made them look more navy than purple  :(  

And I'm also joining in with the Monthly Christmas Challenges on Split Coast.  The January challenge is to use non-traditional colors -  I think Purple and Espresso fit that bill!!  I'm going to make 4 cards each month with this challenge. So I'll have more than enough to send out come December!
I bought this Papertrey Stamp set, Wreath for All Seasons,  quite some time ago - and never got it inky so I was glad to get the opportunity to get it out and use it.  They stamp beautifully!

Three goals I have for Christmas cards are to make them CAS and flat -  so I can make multiples easily and don't need extra postage, and, of course, they also need to look very impressive!!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Wreath for All Seasons
Paper: Vintage Cfream, Royal Velvet - PTI
Ink: Memento Espresso Truffle, Grape Jelly


Pauline said...

Brilliant Christmas cards Julia, I got behind with mine myself this year, so I'm going to take a leaf out of your book, and get festive!

Sharli Schaitberger said...

Beautiful!!! You are very smart to get started! I sent very few hand-made cards this year and they were mostly a few I had in my card basket. Leftovers. So, I too may join in this clever idea!

SmilynStef said...

Look at you rockin' the mailable holiday cards ... that purple is so fantastic ... love that wreath ... so glad you're starting 2013 with us at jingle belles.

lauren bergold said...

well, purple and espresso may CURRENTLY be "non traditional" colors, but when everyone sees the GORGEOUS xmas cards you made with them, i predict they will become the "hot new thing" everyone wants to try! (i already do!) thanks for sharing your fun goodies and fab card with us at JINGLE BELLES, we think you'll loooooooooooove a stress-free december as much as we do!!! ♥

Vickie Z said...

Gorgeous wreath and it looks wonderful in those colors!!

Barbara said...

Well thank you for letting me/ us blog readers to the Jingle Belles blog. Maybe this will help me acually use my XMas stamps(LOL)...oh maybe send a handmade card! I am going to try:) Your card is perfect.

dpkennedy said...

I love this simple wreath. Very pretty Julia!