Kim Padan: Pro-Life Speaker

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Freshly Made Christmas

Hello Stamping Friends!  Happy Sunday!
Today I am posting not just one, but 12 cards!'s just  one design!  Every year, I sign up for the Splitcoaststampers "Christmas Card Challenge" with the intention of making 12 cards from February to November.  I usually do some in the spring, then slough off and fall behind, so that in October & November I am scrambling!  Well, this year, I had not even started before this weekend!  Technically, I have some card stock cut for cards I meant to create last year and never I hope to wrap those up this week.  The designs were too detailed for my last minute pace in 2011.  Good about procrastination! 

At the start of this month, the Paper Players posted a "Christmas in July" theme at least I started thinking about my Christmas cards!  This week's Freshly Made Sketches challenge caught my eye as being perfect for some  new stamps that arrived on my doorstep this week.  It's a fabulous Clean & Simple sketch!

So here is my card...nearly everything is from Stampin' Up!  The only exception are the gold self-adhesive gems.  I have had them for years, but I don't remember the brand; I got them at a big box store.  I started with a confetti white card base.  My circles are the same size (cut with my circles die in the Big Shot), making it a slight variation on the sketch.  I used my new Midnight Muse card stock and new Lacy Brocade embossing folder (in the Holiday Catalog.)  The images are from "First Christmas" and the sentiment is from "Greetings of the Season," both in the Holiday catalog August 1st.  I got them early with my pre-order!!  I heat embossed everything with ink, to add shine and dimension.  I sponged baja breeze around the main image, anmd popped it up with dimensionals.  The gold gems were the final touch.  Took a while to make 12 of these with all of the embossing...but I am pleased with the result.


  1. Very nice cards. It's great you're getting a head start on your cards!

  2. Lovely card(s) Kim! I've been eyeing that set up since I saw the catalogue! Love the added bling! Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

  3. Christmas already. It really is time. Like your card.

  4. What a great Christmas card this is ... love the blues and love the sparkly star!
    Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!!!

  5. Great card, Kim! Has to feel good having a nice batch like that all done and ready to go!

  6. Stunning card, congrats on getting 12 completed! Thanks for playing with us at Freshly Made Sketches.

  7. Beautiful Kim! Way to go! Thanks for playing with us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

  8. Your Christmas cards are really pretty, love the blues and sparkle!

  9. Wonderful card! I love your CAS design.

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