Brrrr! I think the weather here in Spokane knew that we were doing Christmas in July this month, because today was overcast and chilly. Made me think of Oregon winter! This month the Practical Scrappers team searched our stashes for Holiday goodies. You should be arriving here awed by Jennifer's crafty goodness.
So I just got a bunch of new Christmas stamps at Convention in June...and it's almost the end of July and they were still uninked, so I figured it wasn't toooooo much of a stretch to include them in my stash. I snatched up Merry, Merry Holiday from the pile...then realized that it was a perfect fit for the RetroSketches challenge this week. Sweet! I was going to holiday-scrap-paper it up, but then I saw the gorgeous White Christmas Photo Challenge over at Festive Friday, so I grabbed my White Scrap Bin and the Woodgrain embossing folder I won at Convention instead. I embossed the wreath in White Detail powder onto some Vellum from my scrap bins. Then I embossed the wreath details over top of the white embossing using some super old Mirror Platinum powder (I'm talking like I bought it in 2004, so that ought to make up for fudging and using one of my new-but-one-month-old goodies, right?). I used my Slate mini pigment pad to stamp and emboss the sentiment. All the paper for my card came from my scrap bins. I always feel virtuous when I actually use the scrap bins, like every time a card is made from scrap paper, an angel gets her wings (or something...). Most of the time I'm good about putting the scraps in the bin when I'm done crafting but too lazy to get up and grab a piece of scrap from across the room when the wall of cardstock is just right there behind where I sit.
I added some metal flower brads that I got from the $1 bin at the scrapbook expo back in April, and gobs of mini white Bitty Pearls left over from a CTMH promotion from a few years back. That is a bit of the new grey skinny stripe ribbon in that double bow with some skinny organdy from who-knows-where, but I've had it a month! Unopened! The glitter snowflake is a sticker leftover from a pack I got a Target last Christmas. I had three left over from the project, so they've been just hanging out waiting to find a loving home here on this card. So I made 3 of them (of course). And now I have no more of those cute grey flower brads. Curses! Them's the breaks of actually using up the pretties...guess I'll just need to get a few more embellies in August, right? Back me up here, Stampin' Friends!
To continue the holiday fun, head over to Marcia's Blog or hit up Practical Scrappers for the full list of hoppers.