Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Christmas in February

I know it sounds insane, but bear with me a moment! We've all had some time to recover from the Christmas chaos, right? And even though much of the country is still locked in a deep freeze, and the LAST think you want to think about is winter holidays (come on Spring, for heaven's sake!), if you create beautiful hand-crafted cards (and you send out about 90 of them, like I did last year), you really need to make a few every month. Otherwise, you'll be running around in a panic at the last minute trying to get them finished, signed, addressed and mailed. Where's the fun in THAT? Creativity is supposed to be a fun, relaxing activity, is it not?

Therefore, I give myself the month of January off to recuperate, and am ready to face the task again in February. The Christmas Card Club meets monthly from February until November. That gives us ten months to get the cards finished, and plenty of time to write personal notes and sign them, address the envelopes (I've taken to printing the labels now to save time), and get them in the mail at the beginning of December.

If you can't make it to our Christmas Card Club, why don't you have your own "club" once a month? Just figure out how many cards you need, divide it by ten, and make that many cards every month! Put it on your calendar. Make a date with yourself! You could even invite a friend or two for a fun few hours of crafty time. And just think of how you'll feel when you have that stack of beautiful cards all ready to go without stressing about it?

This card uses the Best of Snow stamp set (available through March 31st), but you could use any of the holiday stamps sets that are still available to order, even though they aren't in the current catalogs.

STAMPS: Best of Snow, Teeny Tiny Wishes
CARDSTOCK: Whisper White, Real Red, Old Olive, Gold Foil Sheets, Old Olive DSP Stack (retired)
INK: StazOn Jet Black, Real Red and Old Olive Stampin' Write Markers
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Window Frames Collection Framelits, Banners Framelits Dies, Decorative Dots folder, Rhinestones Basic Jewels

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