I can finally see again. Sort of. My right eye is being really lazy right now, so, basically, when both eyes are open, my left eye is doing all the work. No wonder it’s so tired! Anyway – after super duper drops Monday evening, they finally “de-dilated” Tuesday night. I tried to do some stamping, but it was really hard to focus, so I just rested my eyes most of the day. And put drops in. And more drops. Holy cow…I have one kind that I use twice a day, one that I use four times a day, one that I use whenever I want, and one more at night. It’s a full time job just putting drops in my eyes, but they do feel really good and ease the dryness a lot. It really messes up the eye makeup, though! Hopefully after the next appointment, I’ll have a prescription for something so I can see much better with both eyes. I’ve had a really hard time playing the piano, so it’s kind of good to know it’s not my skills as much as my eyesight. (I guess that’s good news!) I think it’s going to be “fixable” without surgery, at least in the short term. Any time I hear “laser” and “eyes” in the same sentence, I cringe.
So, that’s my excuse for not posting yesterday. And – while I absolutely love Christmas, it’s been really hard to get into the mood this year. Maybe it’s because I started working on Christmas cards – which still haven’t been mailed – in August. But although I tried to do something with the Holiday mini sets, I kept gravitating to spring. So – take a peek at this one.
Stamps: Thank You Kindly; Ink: Poppy Parade; Paper: Attic Boutique designer series paper*; Poppy Parade, Very Vanilla, Regal Rose card stock; Other: Vanilla shimmer smooch spritz, Adorning Accents embossing folders*, Hearts framelits*, Regal Rose taffeta ribbon, basic jewels – pearls, stampin’ dimensionals, Big Shot, Paper Doily sizzlet* (*available in the Occasions Mini Catalog, Jan. 4, 2012; all other items available in the 2011-12 Stampin’ Up!® Idea Book & Catalog)
This uses the new doily sizzlet as well as new embossing folders and frames. I die cut a doily from the designer paper, then layered it over Poppy Parade card stock to cut the hearts. I think I’m going to like the paper doily die. I hesitated, because it’s so detailed, and you have to poke out some of the tinier pieces. But it’s really worth the time it takes. And with the designer paper, if you just roll the doily around after it’s die cut, most of the little “chads” come right out. There are some things the sizzlets won’t cut – like aluminum cans. Technically, sizzlets are only designed to cut card stock and designer paper. I have cut aluminum with them, but not with the detailed designs like this one.
Quick reminder – the Holiday mini catalog sales period will be ending Jan. 3, so if there’s anything you want, be sure to order it now. I learned yesterday that the Stocking builder punch (above) will not carry over to the new catalog, so it will be gone Jan. 3 (or while supplies last). Don’t miss out on that one – especially if you have the stamp set that coordinates with it. It makes very cute Christmas stockings, but it also makes darling baby booties and even stick horses. If you look at the image on the side of the punch, you can see how the stocking turned upside down looks like a stick horse head. And the “heels” make perfect little ears. You can add it to an online order with Clearance Rack and “regular” catalog merchandise, or call or e-mail me with your order. Whether you order online or in person, if you spend $150, you’ll get hostess/online rewards!
Have a wonderful day. Thanks for stopping in!