Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Very Vintage

Hey there, stampers!  Thanks for coming back for a visit today!

I know it is only mid-November, but in the words of the song "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!"
I made a run to the mall today to pick up a Christmas gift for one of my daughters because Macy's was having a big sale.  I seldom go to the mall (too busy stamping!) and I was so very surprised to find that Christmas is in full swing at Macy's.  The decorations are up, the shelves are packed, and of course Christmas music was wafting through the store.  I hate to admit it, but it made me feel a bit panicky for a moment when I thought about all the shopping I still have to accomplish, which I'm sure was part of their evil plan.  Buy now, and buy even more later!  I have found that if I shop too early, then I always end up going back for more when I really don't need to do that.  So now I wait and do most of the shopping in December. Do you fall into any holiday traps?  I think the best way to avoid over-consumption is to make a list of what people want and then stick to it!  I don't know how it happened, but we are blessed with daughters who don't have a lot of wants.  They encourage me not to go overboard on gifts and I really appreciate that.  Almost everyone I know doesn't need more "stuff,"  unless we're talking about stampin' stuff... you can never have too much of that!

OK... enough chatter... let's get to the card

The inspiration for this card was found in the magazine that demonstrators receive from Stampin'Up! every couple of months, called Stampin' Success.   I love receiving it because there are so many great stamping ideas in each issue.  The vintage-y card they showed in the magazine featured the very old-fashioned Santa from the Santa's List stamp set (page 31 of the holiday catalog).  Since I don't own that set, I decided to substitute the ornaments from Christmas Collectibles (page 35 of the holiday catalog).  I stamped them in Always Artichoke and Cherry Cobbler.  The sentiment is from the fabulous sentiment set called Christmas Messages ( page 34 of the holiday catalog).  I stamped it in Always Artichoke as well.  The stamp is from the Postage Due stamp set, page 103 of the annual catalog.  I punched it out with the Postage Stamp punch, page 180 of the annual catalog and then popped it up with a dimensional. I used the Post Card background stamp on page 102 of the annual catalog.  I stamped on Very Vanilla with Crumb Cake and sponged the edges quite heavily so that my card would look like I found it in a musty old trunk in the attic.  If I'd thought of it, I would have used the spots from Gorgeous Grunge ( page 109) to age the card even more.

I must run now!  I'm preparing for my Festive Flurry Ornament class on Sunday, November 17th at 1:30
I wish you'd join me!
Happy Stamping,

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