It's been a bit of a crazy year here, with serious illnesses on both sides of our family. I have to confess that today was the first day that I have actually mailed Christmas cards. . . Yes, you heard that right. And my sweet husband said, "Don't sweat it. Sending cards is the least of our worries right now." Since I still had stamps out on my desk, and I had plenty of pretty papers that will most likely work their way down in my stash as new ones come out, I thought I would stamp a few more quickly last night--the easy-to-make, easy-to-mail kind. (I have made too many of those cards that cost an arm and a leg to mail this year--one trip to the post office told me that!)
Since this is my last post before Christmas, I wanted to take the liberty to share a few things from my heart. In spite of all of the health issues and related pressures, I am supremely thankful for the Baby Jesus, born to die so that we might live eternally. I know in my heart that I will see loved ones again. While that fact doesn't erase the grief of watching people you love in pain, it definitely takes away the sting of hopelessness. Why? Because there IS a Savior, and because God IS good. There is always hope because of God's Supreme gift at Christmas.
So, about the cards: I used the same PTI stamps that I had out on my desk from the last post, Peaceful Pinecones and Beautiful Blessings: Holiday. Inks were Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, Kraft, Dark Chocolate, Pure Poppy, and Scarlet Jewel. I used three different Spellbinders dies for my focal images, Romantic Rectangles for the card just above, and Decorative Labels Twenty-Eight and 5 x 7 Matting Basics B for the two other cards in the top picture. Papers are from an Authentique 6 x 6 Christmas paper pad.
Well, that's it for today. I truly appreciate your visiting my blog this year, and I wish you and your loved one the merriest of Christmases!