Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!


Here
it is Christmas Eve and if it isn’t done by now, it ain’t gonna be! So
relax and enjoy what’s left of the evening. ANd if that includes a
little stamping, I’m not one to object! I did a little myself today.

We’ve
been to church (twice) and had a really interesting service this
evening, I will say. A new organist who missed the doxology (I told her
she wouldn’t be the first one to do that!) and my children: William, as
he likes to be known now, singing at the top of his lungs in the choir,
so loudly that people sitting in the back pews were turning around to
see where the big voice was coming from, and Laurel, who was an
acolyte, up front and yawning so wide over and over that I thought her
head was going to split in half and the top half was going to fall down
her back. Of such things are memories made.

Of course, once she
got home, she couldn’t fall asleep…I’ve just given her and Emily some
melatonin to help the drop off! Only when they are totally zonked will
the presents come out of the closet downstairs and make their way under
the tree. I still have a few to wrap and stockings to stuff…yawn…I
think I will be able to fall asleep quite easily!

William
has been bouncing around, much like Tigger, and it’s a blessing to have
him in bed at last. It’s also a blessing to have gotten some little
gifts made for the ladies in our choir and our worship team AND to have
sent out my Christmas cards at last. Family and friends went out
Thursday and Friday and customers, downline and a few RAK’s went out
yesterday. I made 42 copies of one card on Friday night. Yikes!

Now,
I know you guys…you want everything! And I’m SO nice, that even
though, by the time I got around to taking pictures, the sun was
allllll gone, I decided I would just have to take them using my natural
light bulb on my stamping desk and fiddle with them in Photoshop. They
aren’t as nice as pictures taken by daylight, but they will have to do.

This
was my first effort. I like it, but I rejected it because there is just
too much work here to make 40 some cards. Onward and upward…er…I
guess that would be downward for you!

Here
is my second effort. I liked this quite a lot, but I still wanted to
simplify things a bit, I wanted stitched grosgrain ribbon and I wanted
to get away from the green sky. So I went on to this:

I
liked changing the card so the fold was at the top, I liked the layout
and the ribbon, but I thought this was just too dark and I didn’t like
the cranberry. So I went on and got my final edition:

The
white gel pen star was not added until I got to this edition. I stamped
the trees once with Buckaroo Blue and then overstamped with Whisper
White. It gives it a nice dimension. This is what I sent to most of my
customers, though some of them got extras of some other cards I made
earlier. My friends and family got cards I had already made; either
retired samples from previous years or extras from classes or swaps.

Today
the kids and I went to buy a few more presents and after we came back I
got busy making gifts. I had made a candle at my local stamp and scrap
store and had stopped and bought similar candles at the Dollar Tree. So
this afternoon I made five of these to give to ladies in our choir and
on our worship team:

I
don’t usually give out gifts at church, but the ladies who have stepped
forward to be worship leaders and to give me the chance to get off the
altar for a change and back on the organ and in the choir deserved
something. And the ladies in the choir, of which I am now the defacto
leader, deserved something too. I hoped they like them. Just small
enough to make them feel like they aren’t obligated to give me anything
in return, but nice enough to feel like they got something worthwhile
and from the heart, I hope.

And since I whipped these out so fast (dang, I’m GOOOD!) I had enough time to whip up some gift bags and tags too:

It
was good to get some more use out of those Holiday Mini sets, including
Quick Cards, which I decided I will keep because it made making these
tags sooo easy. The back of the tag is done in Old Olive and the front
in Real Red, then you just cut it out and fold it. Super easy. A quick
wheeling on a white lunch sack and I had a great gift package.

Well,
my husband tells me that I don’t need to make a big dinner tomorrow, so
I think, after we get the present opening out of the way, that I’ll
clean up my stamp room and start cards for Thursday’s class, as well as
trying to actually use all those Winter mini sets and Sellabration sets
I bought, but haven’t even had a chance to play with yet! But before I
go tonight, I’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

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