♪♫ It's the most wonderful time of the year!
There'll be much mistletoe-ing and hearts will be glowing
When loved ones are near...
(Exactly when did "mistletoe" become a verb, anyway?)
You guessed it, folks. At Drunken Stampers, we're spiking the eggnog just in time to bring you a little Christmas in July!
Personally, I would find this entire idea far less unsettling if I hadn't seen actual Christmas decorations on display when I went to the craft store last week. I mean, really? But that's beside the point. Smart people who make holiday cards actually do begin now, if they haven't already, and by December they're sitting sweet on a stack of gorgeous, glittery, tinsel-festooned Christmas/Hanukkah/Solstice/Kwanzaa/Ramadan/
Boxing Day/Twelfth Night masterpieces, already addressed in pristine calligraphic handwriting and sealed with gold foil ornament stickers.
I am not that smart.
In fact, this is likely the only holiday card to be produced by Yours Truly until the second Saturday after Thanksgiving, when it dawns on me that— holy crap!— there's a Big Holiday a'Coming. At that point I'll run around in circles waving my arms and screaming "WHERE'S THE FREAKING DOUBLE-SIDED TAPE?!" until I finally discover that I sat on it and it's now stuck to my butt, along with a half-dozen rhinestones and enough cat fur to knit a cardigan for Andre the Giant.
On that fateful day, much paper will be sacrificed on the alter of overly-rushed crafting. Ink will be smeared, glue will be spilled, the house will look like it got sucked through a wormhole, spun around twice and spit out on the other side of the galaxy. And there's a high probability that the cards produced will be so irredeemably awful that no self-respecting preschooler would claim them.
May you never have to actually witness this horror. It would kill Christmas for you entirely.
But, returning to the present moment, it's still five glorious months until Ralphie dons his pink bunny suit and the leg lamp gets broken, and I have, ironically, taken an almost Zen-like approach with my sample for the Christmas in July Challenge. The message is the same one I always try to pass along during my frenzied December Craftmania sessions, but somehow it feels more authentic knowing that I didn't trash the house while trying to say it. Simply put: May Peace Prevail on Earth.
Come on over to the Drunken Stampers Lounge and show us your holiday spirit!
Merry... nope, can't do it. Have a very happy day!
- White cardstock inked with several blue and gray shades of Distress Ink.
- Deer stamped with Black Archival Ink.
- Stars and "Peace" stamped with Distress Embossing Ink and embossed with gold metallic powder.
- Funky holographic white fluffy glitter was used to make the snow.