I apologize for not having posted on a regular basis the past few weeks. Work has been super crazy. It's been worse than a normal December in retail. I was actually glad that my husband was travelling last week so I didn't have to worry about dinners and that sort of stuff. Working 9-10 hour days, I basically came home and collapsed. I'm hoping things will calm down and just be the normal crazy. That's so sad to say isn't it?
We had our normal club last night. It was all about Christmas. We did 2 Christmas cards and 2 different Christmas tags. With the tags, they made 4 of each one. I always think a single tag doesn't equal a card, so I make the tags worth while.
Now, I think all the metallics going on, it makes a very elegant, but simple Christmas card. My upline gave me a sampler of the Year of Cheer Speciality paper and it worked out perfectly! They chose which design they wanted on their card. A lot of times I design a card, but they can choose their own dsp accent piece or stamped sentiment. It makes the card more of their own taste rather than all my taste.
For the Merry Christmas, I used a gold stamp pad that was retired from Stampin' Up. I was sad to see that and the silver go. But, if you have the gold embossing powder, that would work great too. As I'm typing this, a thought came to mind. The copper embossing powder would be awesome too! It would totally bring out the copper piece of washi tape.
I just want to give you a warning on the champagne foil sheets. I cut a circle out using my Big Shot. Looking at the cut piece, there was all kind of marks on the front. What?!? After a minute, I realized that the acryllic plates I use with my Big Shot was leaving impressions on the foil sheets. My plates are very well loved. So, I suggest one of two things:
- Put another piece of cardstock between the acryllic plate and framelit.
- Keep a set of acryllic plates (or just a single plate) to use just for the top of any kind of foil sheets.
When you are putting photographs through the Big Shot, keep this tip in mind. I actually discovered this same problem when I was working on my girls baby books several years ago. Some photos came out looking really worn. Now I do have a set of clean plates to use just for these reasons.
Well, I have to work early tomorrow, so it's time for bed. Busy day tomorrow. After work, I have to help my daughter move out of her dorm. Alyssa's done with exams and is coming home for Christmas! One more to go after her.
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Until next time...Stampin' Always
Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper