What a week! I went to a Christmas party with my Bible study class, had to cancel our Stephen Ministry party because of "a light dusting of snow" that became five beautiful inches, and threw an open house for people to come laugh at Treezilla. The open house required some pretty massive cleaning on my part, but the house looks amazing now, and all my shopping and wrapping and shipping are finished.
All that's left is to finish addressing and sending Christmas cards.
On the Christmas card issue...my son was watching me work on them this morning, and he noticed that I was sending both store-bought and hand-made cards. "Why not do all of one or the other?" he asked. "Well, I don't make enough to send to everyone on the list, so I fill in with store-bought," I replied.
"If I were you, I'd just do store-bought. It'd be easier. I mean, how do you decide who gets which?"
He has a point. It feels like Christmas cards are the most complicated of holiday projects; I end up sending about 120-130 each year. That's a lot of Madonna and Child stamps.
We've also received WAY fewer cards this year...a trend that has been going on for a while now. That makes me sad.
Whatever. I like making Christmas cards too much to quit anytime soon, and what's the point of making them if you don't send them?
I knew you'd understand.
Today's card isn't a Christmas card; it's birthday...with bling.
Papertrey's Beautiful Blooms II has this stylized flower with a large center that is great for the Mega Mixed Messages set. I fussy cut the flower and put it up on dimensionals after stamping the leaves.
Sadly, the design looked so...boring.
Bling to the rescue.
The asymmetry is very deliberate and adds interest to the design. And sparkle. Love the sparkle.
Once again, and I cannot emphasize this enough, bling.
Bling, bling, blingity, bling, bling.
That is all.
So, please share how many Christmas cards you send, if you send them at all. Also, do you automate the process and send printed photo cards?
Hope, peace, joy, and love,
stamps: Papertrey Beautiful Blooms II, Mega Mixed Messages
ink: can't remember exactly, but probably Archival tiger lily, Hero Arts green hills and cup o' joe
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: rhinestones, dimensionals, Cutter-Bee scissors