Cool. What a word. It can mean cool as in cold, chilly, not-very-warm, or it can mean as in “cool, man”, that’s good, awesome, great, words to that effect.
I think I mean cool as in great, today!
I sent this cool birthday card to my friend Astrid H, all the way over in Australia. And I managed to send it in enough time for it to actually reach her for her birthday, which was good! I have been a rubbish friend, and not been good at sending either birthday or Christmas cards, and definitely not in time for the big days. But Astrid is brilliant and always sends cards in plenty of time, so I really needed to up my game this year. I went for the option that “done” is better than “perfect”, so I didn’t go all out with a really elaborate, fancy card, I got the LOTV diecuts which I knew would appeal to Astrid, and used some Stampin’ Up! stamps to finish it off and just get it sent 🙂
Once again, I managed to stamp the envelope (always easier if you have the envelope to hand when making the card – I often don’t!):
And I stamped the inside as well:
I was pleased to have the card made and sent in time – it arrived before Astrid’s birthday which was great news, and I think she appreciated it. Astrid was a great SU customer before she moved home to Australia, and she has now signed up as a Demonstrator herself over there, which is brilliant! I think she is enjoying it, and her hubby Peter is a big support and is even getting into making cards himself. You will see the odd “guest post” from Peter on her blog, which is fab! You can see it at azanadesign.com. My hubby *does not* do crafting! 😉
I am doing a pretty good job of persuading some of the girls at work to give Stampin’ Up! a try, and have sold 2 or 3 of the shaker card kits this week – just waiting on a final decision on 1. And one of the other mums is going to join me in creating a Hello December album for Christmas this year, which is very exciting! I have brought in my album from last year to show her how simple and effective it is. She seemed a bit dubious, though keen, and when I asked her if she was able to “put photos in a photo album” and “write”, she looked confused and said “yes” like it is is obvious. Which, of course, it is! But that’s the beauty of the Project Life system, it doesn’t have to be *any* more complicated than that! I really hope that she enjoys making her album – then we will move onto working on her holiday album which she mentioned she would also like to do.
Some days I would be very happy not to come to work, though, and just spend all day playing with my “toys” and creating – I have loads of ideas in my head in the daytime, then can often not think of them when I get a chance to create! Isn’t that always the way? I am trying hard to write them down when they occur to me, which ought to help.
It is very exciting to really be getting into Christmas creating, even though it is only October, as it’s such a great time of year to hang out in the warm and be crafty. I am loving sitting at the dining table listening to my audiobooks, or in the living room watching a bit of TV while stamping and sticking and making things. I have been working on my swaps for OnStage in November, which at least ensures they should be done in plenty of time, but I won’t be sharing those until after the event, so as not to spoil the reaction when I share them in person. I need to get my Christmas cards photographed and uploaded so I can share them here with you soon. I am loving the Sleigh Ride edgelits and coordinating Jingle All the Way stamps and am using them lots at the moment. They are very “cool” (in both senses of the word)!
Here’s a last look at the card I made for Astrid. Have a great day and I will decide what to share with you for tomorrow! Don’t forget that if you want any of this week’s deals you need to get your order in today in order to get the discounted prices – tomorrow there will be a new set of deals.
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Stamp Set: Amazing Birthday.
Colour: Perfect Plum.
Accessories: LOTV die-cuts.