Getting Christmas Started

To be honest, I don't start my Christmas card classes too early (though I always used to start my personal ones as early as September, I like to get lots of lovely autumnal thank you cards in first.
This year I've had to juggle dates a little so I introduced my first Christmas cards of the year at Coffee and Card sessions. The cards at these events have to be simple enough for beginners but have enough stamping to keep my regular ladies happy.
On this first card we used the Stamparatus to ensure that the sky background stamp, from Bokeh Dots, was stamped deeply and evenly enough. The other images are from retired sets (Hearts Come Home Bundle) because they lent themselves so well to the card. The sky is in blueberry bushel the other images are Memento black. The sentiment, stamped in silver is part of the Merry Christmas To All stamp set.

The idea of a row of trucks all carrying Christmas trees amused me slightly hence the next card.

All stamps on this card are from Hostess sets.  Hostess sets are available to purchase at special prices and are exclusive when you place an order of £150 or above. They are always such great value! The sentiment is from the Greatest Part of Christmas set, the fun images are part of Holiday Haul. I had a lot of fun playing with all the permutations from this set. There are 17 stamps to cover love (Valentines), birthdays and gift giving, autumn (including thanksgiving pumpkins) and Christmas.
I must add that the Coffee and Card event on this particular day got a little crazy. Usually between 2 - 9 people attend but on that day there were 15 as you can see in the photos below! People were turning up like buses and I was running out of spaces for them to sit as the coffee shop itself was very busy that day.

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However, despite the wait to share stamps, I think most of them enjoyed themselves.
Have you started your Christmas cards yet? It's a great feeling to craft away indoors all snug and warm as the weather gets colder. Good for the mind and soul!
Have a super crafty weekend,

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