I am SOOOO glad to be back at my desk writing again. Even better, once I finish catching you up on what I’ve been doing the last couple of weeks, I’m actually going to be able to get some crafting done! Imagine that you have brand new products from a pre-order of Stampin’ Up!’s next Mini Catalog and you haven’t been able to touch them. Yikes! But that time is about over.
Finishing Up My Christmas Cards
You might remember one of my posts from last month where I showed off a card I was going to be making in multiples. For more about that, click HERE. Well, I finally did get all of those cards done. I ran out of the Real Red Braided Trim before I finished them all. But I have a good-sized stash of the Linen Braided Trim. That worked well especially with the Crumb Cake Cardstock that I used as a card base. I used my Brother Scan ‘n Cut machine to cut out all those sprigs of holly on the front of the cards. That made life easier. But about half way through adding 21 Red Rhinestones to each of the 16 cards, I was rethinking my decision to do that instead of stamping on the little holly berries. The Stamparatus would have made that a breeze!
The Holly Slimline Cards Weren’t the Only Assembly Line Project!
And then there was the set of cards I decided to make using the November 2020 Paper Pumpkin Kit, Jolly Gingerbread.
That kit was designed for making 15 gift card holders and envelopes in which to put them. But I wanted cards – and lots of them! So I ordered two kits and set out to make 30 cards. My first stumbling block was that the cards I designed required a layer of Cinnamon Cider Cardstock. Ever since we moved into our smallish apartment, I have avoided buying full packs of cardstock – I have nowhere to store them! Black, white, vanilla, red, green, crumb cake – sure I have full packs and more of those. But not all 50 colors! And not Cinnamon Cider. So I had to break down and order some, though I counted carefully how much I’d need and ordered assortment packs of the 2020-2022 In Color Cardstock. Now I have plenty of Just Jade for St. Patrick’s Day and Magenta Madness for Valentines. Ooooh, Bumblebee for spring… But I digress.
My original designs, which I showed off in my last post, had ribbons on them. But, while I loved the idea of the ribbons, it turned out that I did not have enough of the ribbon, either. After not too much thinking, I decided to forget about the ribbon. That turned out to be a great idea as that ribbon, especially the green ribbon, made bumps in those cards that were not going to play nice in the U.S. Postal Service machines. So, when it came time to start sending them out, I was glad not to have them.
Then There Were the Cards That I Forgot!
Do you remember my post about all the fun cards I made with the Tag Buffet Project Kit? Would you believe that, with all the last minute rush to get my cards in the mail, I forgot about them? What? The reason was that, once I counted all the card’s I’d made with the above two operations as well as those that I’ve made one by one since the summer, I had more than the 90 cards that I needed to send out? So, for the first time in years, I wasn’t in a panic 10 days before Christmas trying to make a bunch more cards and hating every minute of it. Well, maybe not hate. But not having that much fun. So the Tag Buffet Kit cards are now officially the first Christmas cards I’ve made for Christmas 2021!
The Bottom Line
As I always say, have fun making any cards you’re making. But, in my case, I’m adding on a new mantra: Keep track of what I make! I’ll have to add that to my mantra of keeping track of what I buy from Stampin’ Up! I’ve been doing much better at not ordering duplicates the past few years. But not always. I already have two rolls of the same ribbon from the upcoming Mini Catalog. So now everything’s marked.
Have fun getting ready for Christmas!