Last year, I found that I used Stampin’ Up!’s Hallowe’en themed Designer Series Paper for a lot of non-Hallowe’en projects – and this year looks to be similar! (and yes, using an apostrophe in that word is something I can’t shake. It just feels like a horrible error if I leave it out). The Happy Haunting paper from the Holiday Catalogue definitely has some specific Hallowe’en images – I’ll share some with you during this week, but thought I’d kick off this week by a non-Hallowe’en card with this paper. This past weekend, I did an in home card making party with Sue and her friends. She won the Silent Auction package that I donated to Tansley United Church a while back, so had a free class for 6 people plus a voucher for merchandise. We made this quick and easy holiday card using the Sleigh Ride Edgelits and the star paper from the Happy Haunting Designer Series Package. I love the effect of the starry sky behind the village! The stars are not so large that they overwhelm the silhouettes either – I tried a version with the Lucky Stars Embossing Folder and found the stars seemed too big for the cut outs for my taste. The other neat thing about this Designer Series Paper is that it has a vanilla base rather than a white base. Add in a sentiment from the coordinating Jingle All the Way set (get the edgelits and stamps at a discount in the bundle)  in Basic Gray ink and you’re done!

If you’re looking to get some Christmas cards done, there’s plenty of opportunity to make your own. November’s Monthly Card Class (Weds 4 Nov) will have one holiday card and one masculine card in the mix (you make 4 different cards during class); November’s Christmas Card Class (Thurs 19 Nov) will feature 4 holiday cards made using the Winter Wonderland Vellum Stack and Iced Rhinestones embellishments – your class fee includes full packages of each and you will use some during class and take the remainders home with you; finally, the Christmas Stamp a Stack (Sat 28 Nov 10 am or 1 pm) to create 10 cards (5 different patterns) to really get a whole bunch of cards done in time for the holiday mailing deadlines. See the YamStamps Events Page for more details and to register. Please note the registration deadlines – especially for the Christmas Card Class. Please contact me if you have any questions or need assistance registering. Don’t forget – if you’re really interested in one of these classes but can’t make that date, get a group of friends together and I will bring the class to you!

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