Why, hello! So nice of you to drop by, especially so close to Christmas! Everyone is so caught up in preparations at this time of year, that it's hard to just enjoy the season!
My Christmas this year will be very different from my usual celebrations. You see, since my girls all got married around the same time, we tried to coordinate a "home" year, where they all come home for Christmas, and an "away" year, where they spend their holiday with their in-laws. I say "tried to coordinate", because it really hasn't worked out the way it was planned from the beginning. There was always someone missing. Now that they are beginning their families, it is even harder. Of course, we are always welcome to go to their homes, but this year, my DH, who's been retired for two years, found himself a retail job that requires him to work both Christmas Eve and Boxing Day. So no travelling for us this year.
For the first time in as long as I can remember, I will not be spending Christmas with anyone but my hubby! I felt mighty sorry for myself for a week or two, but I started looking at it as an opportunity to focus on some different aspects of Christmas. We are usually so busy with preparations, that Christmas comes and goes without any time for solitude and reflection. I have all my gifts shipped already, and just have a few stocking stuffers for DH to get and I will be done. I don't have to cook a turkey. We will have Christmas dinner at our church with other members of our congregation who don't have any family with them either. One dish is all I will have to prepare!
I will have lots of crafting time and time to organize my business. I am really looking forward to being more intentional about what I do in the new year. I am looking forward to creating projects for you to read about and using all the new products in the Spring Mini catalogue.
But for now, one last seasonal card. Many people from the community came and offered their talents to make our "One Night in Bethlehem" a success, and I wanted to create some classy cards to thank them for their efforts and generosity. I came up with this design:
It uses a Stampin' Up product which has been around for a long while, but which I seldom see used on papercrafting blogs I read. It is a specialty paper called Brushed Gold, and it really is very beautiful. I don't know why I haven't used it more often. I brought it out of obscurity to use because I wanted to enter Dynamic Duos challenge this week:
MOJO Monday #272 and The Paper Player's Challenge #126
It's rare that you can find three challenges that work together so well. Mojo Monday's sketch by Carole Burrage is clean and simple as is Ann Schach's CAS Challenge using a snowflake for The Paper Players.
Of course, my repeating design was a snowflake from the Hostess Set, Four Seasons. It was stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed with Gold Stampin' Emboss powder. It is the perfect size to punch out using the 1" Circle punch. And that fit perfectly on the Postage Stamp punch, used on some Brushed Gold card stock. On a panel of Basic Black, I also embossed in gold the Thank You sentiment from the Lacy and Lovely stamp set. I mounted all this on a panel of Brushed Gold and tied a bow around it using 5/8" Organza Ribbon in Whisper White. This, in turn, was mounted on the card base of Basic Black.
Simple, but elegant. Hope you like it! Please leave me a comment to let me know what you think! I love to read all your messages. Let me know how your holiday celebrations have changed over the years.
Stamps: Four Seasons Hostess set (w12683; c126832); Lacy and Lovely (w122885; c122887)
Paper: Basic Black (121045) and Brushed Gold (102935) card stock
Ink: VersaMark (102283)
Accessories: 5/8" Organza Ribbon (114319) in Whisper White; Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder (109129)
Tools: 1" Circle Punch (119868); Postage Stamp Punch (122344); Heat Tool (129053)