Your thoughts are currently on Halloween. I know that you're watching the leaves turn outside your kitchen window, you're running around gathering this and that for your kids' costumes, you're embracing the return of hearty soups and stews to your meal-planning repertoire, and you're thinking it's time to winterize: your car, your garden, and your house with all that caulking.
You're dreaming of cinnamon and apples and scarecrows and corn mazes. Candy corn, pumpkins, chrysanthemums, and football.
But when you're a paper crafter with holiday gift-giving just around the corner, AND if you 're a paper crafter who wants to have an enjoyable and therefore less hectic holiday, the work really begins now.
Which is why I've got some trendy inspiration for you from the frighteningly festive pages of our November/December issue. If you're a subscriber, I hope you've received yours in your mailbox by now. If not, it's waiting for you on the newsstands of your favorite grocery, book store, LSS, or craft store, and it's chock full of ideas for the holidays!
All Creatures Great & Small Card by Kim Kesti, p. 63
Moxie Fab Alert: This gnome-ish Santa reaching down to the bitty mouse is fairly heartwarming, no?
Gingerbread House Card by Beatriz Jennings, p. 43
Moxie Fab Alert: Gingerbread men are everywhere these days, so are houses, but when you combine these motifs with this funky product from Sassafras Lass, moxie fabulessness ensues!
Vintage Santa Ornament by Melissa Phillips, p. 30
Moxie Fab Alert: This vintage Santa image is paired perfectly with the oval frame, the tender roses, and that beautiful green bow. Not only would this look great on my own tree, but it would also make a thoughtful gift!
Moxie Fab Alert: This super cute treat container has a trendy home-spun, almost "primitive" look to it. And you know me, I love punny!
'Tis the Season Card by Angie Hagist
Moxie Fab Alert: These graphic treee images on the book print background are about as trendy as it gets right now! 'Tis the season for these, that's fo sho!
So even though it might feel like you're bobbing for apples right now, your holiday paper crafting projects are waiting to get started. Me? I'm a bit of a procrastinator and typically won't start my handmade holiday projects until sometime in November...as in after Thanksgiving. That doesn't mean a girl can't dream about taking a Martha Stewart approach to her planning, though. Besides, I'm the fomenting type. I like to see what ideas are out there, let them swim around in my brain for a while, then, when the moment's right, I'll sit down and make it happen.
How 'bout you? When do you usually start your holiday projects? Or are they already done? Are you a last-minuter, like me? If so, how does that impact your celebration? I'd love to hear all about your approach to projects of this nature. If anything, I might learn that I'm not alone in my process--and I'm sure we can all benefit from the processes of one another.
PS Some exciting news! On Monday and Tuesday of next week, we're having an online sale! 30% off your entire purchase in all three of our online stores--Scrap and Paper Corner, Quilter's Village, and Sewing District! Just use this code at the checkout: COLU-1492-1DAY. There's bound to be some killer deals...just in time for Christmas! :)
PPS This is the last weekend to put on the finishing touches of your Gradient is Radiant challenge projects! Get the details and link 'em up by Monday at midnight MDT!