Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Christmas and September Release Blog Hop

I have a friend who feels it his task on his Facebook Life to keep us all informed as to how many days it is until Christmas. He starts giving us this information very early in the year -- about March! There is even a website to help a person know exactly how many days and hours it is until Christmas. So as of today, September 1, 2015, it is only 116 days left until Christmas!  I subscribe to another blog  where the Design  Team designs 52 Christmas a year -- one each week. So clearly Christmas is on nearly everyone's mind for at least some of the year. If you are like me (and I do not know of very many folks who have been Christmas shopping already - but I have!) and shop for Christmas presents all year long.  The adult children and spouses are easy to shop for -- the grandchildren are not always so easy. 

And stampers must begin the process of getting cards ready long before the Christmas shopping season usually begins. Very often rubber stamp introduce new Christmas and fall stamps in September.  Why? It takes time to decide on what card or cards to make. It takes time to decide on the stamps to use.  And it takes time to actually make the cards.  And depending on how many cards you actually make, it may take a lot of time!

Therefore, Pat Huntoon has introduced a bunch of new stamps for Christmas and Halloween.   The Technique Junkie Design Team is helping to launch these new stamps.  You should have come here from Jerri Jones http://www.abushelandahug.blogspot.com.  I am certainher projext will be wonderful. .  Enjoy hopping along!

 I have four cards for you today -- I hope you enjoy them. 
The card above uses Draped Christmas -- isn't it elegant? http://techniquejunkies.com/draped-christmas/ and the lovely Joy stamp http://techniquejunkies.com/joy/ . I heat embossed both with silver embossing powder on dark blue card stock.  A silver ribbon and layered on silver card stock finishes it off.
The next card uses the same two stamps. But this time I used background paper and I heat embossed a teal embossing powder.  I used the same two stamps as above. I added some "bling" with rhinestones and teal pearls.

My third card uses the Partridge in a Pear Tree stamp http://techniquejunkies.com/partridge-in-a-pear-tree/ .   For my song paper I did a "Google" search for a png version of the song. When I found what I was looking for I printed it , layered it, stamped the image with a Memento ink on card stock vellum.. 
My last card for you today features a very traditional font for Merry Christmas http://techniquejunkies.com/merry-christmas/.  It was heat embossed with black powder and colored in with markers.

I used a piece of back ground paper with little Christmas lights and stamped the song image on top.  The song is O Holy Night   http://techniquejunkies.com/o-holy-night/.  It is all layered as you can see.

I hope you have had some wonderful inspiration from this blog hop.  I am curious -- how many hand stamped Christmas cards do you create and mail each year? I have blog candy here for this hop.  If some one makes and mails more than I do each year, I will draw the name of one person who creates  more cards than I do (I am not telling you now!) and mails them!  I will mail that person one Christmas card made from one of the new Technique Junkie Christmas stamps.   It may not be one of these four cards.  Please include your email address in this format (for protection)  stampingsally at your server dot com. Sending your email address this way helps to prevent the "harvesting of email address" from various blogs.

I want to send you on the way to the next blog to hop so that you can see the exciting work being done.

Sally Lynn MacDonald  http://www.sallylynnmacdonald.com
Judy Jackson http://judysstampart.blogspot.com/ - You are HERE
After you have finished hopping your next stop should be here: http://techniquejunkies.com/september-2015-releases/. Please remember that all September Releases (only) will be discounted with a 15% off through September 8th. The discount will show up in your shopping cart at checkout.
Have a great inky day -- and remember how many hand stamped Christmas cards do you make each year?  Reply in the comments, please.




Kathy S said...

Fabulous Cards Judy - you are so creative and love how you matched the song and the stamp by researching it. I also love the stamping on pattern paper - never think to do that. I enjoyed your cards today as always.

Beth Norman said...

Love all of your cards. The first one is so elegant. I love how you put the word Joy under the garland.The bow adds a nice touch. I only send out 30 cards, so I'm well behind you.

Jerri Jones said...

Wow you have been a busy bee. Your cards are STUNNING! Love Love them.

Shelly Schmidt said...

Your cards are just fabulous- as always! Love seeing you use the same image in 2 ways, and love the elegance your cards always have. I always aim to send out lots of cards, but the numbers have whittled down over the years...... Maybe 50 at most......