Flurry of Wishes
I absolutely adore this holiday season. As a Christian, I celebrate Christmas, but I love the lights and colors and music and sounds of all the different “holy days.” It’s just such a beautiful time of year, and it seems like this year, everything is simpler. My Christmas cards will be a simple design. Presents are much simpler. Our tree is only four feet tall, and doesn’t have a lot of ornaments. (Ok, that’s mostly because an adorable little toddler tried to take something off and accidentally pulled it over and broke some of the more fragile ornaments. But that’s ok. I’m just glad she wasn’t hurt and that she’s enjoying the tree! Ornaments can be replaced. Except for the one with her handprint when she was four months old, but I won’t put that on the tree until she and the cat are older.) I actually told my parents and children I didn’t want or need anything this year. I just want to be with them. I think that’s why I love this season. It’s about family and love and being together.
Yesterday was our monthly craft day at Spring Arbor. Christy designed three cards for the ladies to make (and some of us made them as well!). They were beautiful. Two were traditional “red and green” cards – and they were lovely, but I absolutely loved this non-traditional one.
Don’t you LOVE the Sweet Sugarplum with the embossed white snowflakes? Just so you know, sometimes we use retired or non-Stampin’ Up! products with the ladies, and I think this Sweet Sugarplum card stock is actually the retired Orchid Opulence – which I never really got “into.” But it looks very like Sweet Sugarplum, which I love. Funny how your tastes change over the years. The ladies stamped the large Flurry of Wishes snowflake, then punched smaller snowflakes that Christy had pre-embossed with the Snow Flurry Punch. This is a perfect card, because you can leave the sentiment off or add another sentiment if you don’t celebrate Christmas. This one was my favorite of the three, although I did love the other two as well. (The card I helped with used the Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder – which I didn’t buy. But now that it’s carrying over, it’s going on my next order. Thanks, Christy!)
You can see a glimpse of one of the other two cards. It was a little gift in the center of the Confetti embossed layer. (Another TIEF I didn’t buy and am now wanting. Darn that Christy.) And how cute is the bow on top of the present?
Last night, we took Amelia to the “Festival of Lights” at a park in Northern Virginia. It was several miles of gorgeous Christmas scenes all in lights. Because it has to be viewed at night, it was after her bedtime before we got there. Shortly before we arrived, she decided she had had enough of that car seat and wanted out – which you just can’t do unless you want someone calling Social Services. She did finally calm down – and she LOVED the light show! We had barely left the park before she fell asleep. Of course, she woke up when we got home and wanted to play. I think we all got to sleep after 11 p.m. – and she was up again at 5. (And that’s why my blog is launching in the afternoon instead of at 6 a.m. I just couldn’t summon the energy to post it in the wee hours.)
Hope your day is another magical one! Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy.