Monday, 5 September 2011

The Most Wonderful (and Busiest) Time of the Year


Ah yes, it is that time of year ... back to school, then Halloween, then Thanksgiving, then Christmas ... and then there’s the new year and Valentine’s Day is not too far behind. It’s the time of year when the holidays seem to pile up on each other and our “To Do” List seems to keep growing. But don’t put card making or handmade gifts to the wayside. Here are some reasons why:

It’s relaxing.  Take time for yourself to enjoy your hobby and check things off of your list of things to do at the same time. A fun gift to create are little treat boxes with the Matchbox Bigz XL Big Shot die (#114890), some labels, and the It’s a Wrap Holidays stamp set (#122770 - wood/#122772 - clear). Stamp the labels, wrap them around mini candy bars and put them into the Matchbox and they are ready to give. Embellish the Matchbox for an added touch. And don’t forget to enjoy some chocolate while you are stamping for some added relaxation.

 


It’s personal.  You can create cards and gifts that reflect your personality or that are personalized for the recipient. Handmade, stamped cards and gifts are the things that the recipient will hang onto long after the holidays are over. There is just something about the thoughtfulness of a handmade card or gift that makes it that much more special. The new Stampin’ Card Keeper (#124107) makes a great gift filled with some handmade cards, and also makes a great way to keep organized during the holidays.

 
It’s festive.  Start a family tradition. Create wreaths for the different seasons or holidays as family and let each member of the family create and add a personal element. You can even incorporate Simply Adorned charms (#116799) into your project and family members can create different inserts to change with the seasons.
 
Whether you use the ideas I've listed, or use the photos from Convention as inspiration, I hope you'll make the time to create a special card or gift for the loved ones in your life.  Imagine how thrilled they'll be to not only receive it, but to know that YOU made it (just for them!) ~ that's priceless!
So pull out your catalogs, plan your projects, order your supplies, and then you will be ready for what the holiday season brings you. If you would like personal design assistance for your holiday projects, please contact me and I would be more than happy to help. 

HAPPY STAMPING!

1 comment:

Rosemary Morgan said...

Great pics. I found your blog through SC and following you.
http://rosemarysstampinhaven.blogspot.com/