Thursday, November 20, 2014

Cheerful Christmas

Heeeyyyy!  Check it!  I'm back, and it hasn't been a full month.  It hasn't even been a week!  

Ahhh....I'm feeling like there's a light at the end of the tunnel.  'Cept I haven't come to reality yet that Christmas is right around the corner....ugh!  If I avoid it, will it go away?  Don't get me wrong - I love Christmas - the meaning of it, the time spent with family and the Christmas music.  I DON'T like the commercialization of it.  I do like to give - I just don't like the overspending that some feel they must do.  I'm too frugal.  I appreciate those heartfelt (and handmade) gifts.  Like the scarf my mom has been knitting for me - one that I picked the pattern out for - a not so easy pattern.  It's taken her a long time to do it - like the better half of a year! (she has Parkinson's, so some days I think it's difficult for her) - but all of that makes it mean so much more to me.  It's a gift that I won't ever part with.  THAT is what I think Christmas is about.  

Alright - I'll jump off that bandwagon.....and let's talk about Cheerful Christmas!  I used the larger image for the card above.  I really wanted that Nordic feel, so stuck with that white and red combo.  I heat embossed the image so that it would really pop.  Love it!  FYI - I did mark the centers (horizontal and vertical) of my cardstock panel first so I could line up my stamp perfectly.  If you do this really lightly with a pencil, you can erase the marks easily and will never know they were there.  I put the panel on a Soft Sky card base, stamped the sentiment on white and added some buttons from the Nordic Noel suite.  

And that was that!

Next up - 
This time of year I create (and personally sell) a TON of pillow boxes.  They are great for all kinds of small gifts - jewelry, money, gift cards, cocoa get the jist!  Plus, I just like to make em'!  They are stinking cute and I usually come up with some adorable ones.....and I kinda like this one!

For this one - I stamped the I Love Lace background stamp over the entire pillow box (cut with my Silhouette) using versamark.  Then, wrapped a piece of burlap ribbon around it along with some Real Red and White ribbon then tied those up tight with some linen thread, added a jingle bell.  Lastly, I stamped the image on Real Read and heat embossed with White EP, die cut it and added it to the front with dimensionals.  Easy, and cute!  Ready to gift with something fun inside....a small hand cream maybe?

Well.....will I make it back tomorrow?  Let's cross our fingers and hope so!  Gotta group of 7 year old boys coming over for a sleepover tomorrow.  Here's the funny - keep in mind we live on a farm, and are outdoor people.....
Tonight, we went to Aubrie's preschool program.  We were approached by one of the boys' dad.  He said, "Jen, Mike has told me that he needs to bring his b-b gun over tomorrow night."  I had quite a chuckle....I'm not sure what the boys have been discussing at school...but I'd love to have heard the conversation!  I told the father that his son could just borrow one of our b-b guns!

Good night folks....let's hope for tomorrow!

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