Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Post Christmas Fugue

I hope your Christmas was peace-filled, calm, and bright...full of love and hope and joy and good gifts to help you create in the New Year!

Well, I tried to stamp today and came up blank, wanting nothing more than to flee my craft desk for a cup of coffee and a good book by the fire.

Hope springs eternal, however, and maybe tomorrow will be better. But fortunately, I have some birthday cards to share until the post-Christmas fugue has played itself out.

This fun little card in blues and greens takes advantage of the Hero Arts Infinity Dies I bought courtesy of a gift card from my friend Liz. LOVE faux postage, and this little die will make that so much easier. I paired it with PTI's Balloons and Banners, Simple Alphabet, and Keep It Simple Happy Birthday.

These $1 stamps aren't as improbable as I thought (couldn't find a cent symbol in my stamp stash). USPS is raising rates next year. Go buy a bunch of forever stamps before the price increase!

I like how the spiky font of the sentiment echoes the spiky edges of the faux postage. Sometimes, very rarely, but sometimes, we have just the right sentiment in just the right font. How splendid that is!

The book I'm reading right now is Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness. It's the second in a trilogy about vampires and witches, and it's delightful. I spent most of last semester reading work-related texts, and it's been so much fun to dive into fantasy fiction and escape into a work with a magical book at its center. Because books are magical. Truly.

Mercy, grace, peace, and love,


  1. Fabulous birthday card. Love the colors and the design.

  2. This is gorgeous! Must take a look at my postage stamp punch - never could think how to use it. Thanks for the inspiration, Jo x

  3. Gorgeous card. There is a TV series based on the first book, unfortunately it doesn't have an American distributor yet. I hope somebody picks it up.

  4. Oh I LOVE this!! It is so clever!!

  5. Great card Susan, love those little postage dies they look so cool with the balloons stamped on them. Haven't been around for a while, I use my iPad and Feedly and it became impossible to use on the iPad. Apparently I need to get a newer version. Finally set up on my laptop and using that instead. I know what you mean about Christmas fudge but mine hit before Christmas and I didn't get a card sent out, felt so overwhelmed just had to shut the door and walk away. All the best for the New Year Hugs Aileen

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