Sunday, November 10, 2013

Be Merry

Hi Stampers!

I just HAD to stamp something today.  I had promised myself yesterday that I'd have a lie-in and just stay in my PJs all day, watch TV, cuddle with my dogs, and just be lazy.  That lasted til about maybe 10 a.m., when my good friend Debbie texted me.  We ended up out at Tanger Outlet and then the casino for lunch (and yes, a little bit of gambling!).  That was actually a GOOD thing, though.  It was a gorgeous fall day, the temperature was just right, and she took the wind-ey, country way through Finleyville and Castle Shannon - always a pleasant drive and one I haven't been on in quite some time.

I'm really not one of those people who can just lay around doing NOTHING, contrary to what my family thinks.  If I'm too idle, my brain tends to get into a little bit of a worry loop; then I find myself just pondering and stewing over things, getting worked up, anxious, and often times just a little bit down in the dumps.  On the outside, I hope I mostly seem laid-back - but on the inside, there's always a furor going on in my head.  I do have a few friends who know how to "read" me, but for the most part, I really, really try to stay calm on the surface.  So, it's really MUCH better if I get outside, or do something around the house, or (my favorite activity) get creative and design a card or a craft or two.  Took me 50 years to get wise to myself ;)  So "Be Merry" was the thing to do today!

Anyway . . .

Here's another one of Stampin' Up's single stamps, which you'll only find online, Be Merry (134767, $8.95).

I used some of the retired Mocha Morning Specialty DSP here.  It added a "luxe" touch to the background.  This stamp, it says, coordinates with our Chalk Talk Framelits - to be honest, I feel it kind of cut off the design - but it still ended up looking nice.  I traced around the Framelit in Cherry Cobbler to make a background for my tag, which I stamped in Stazon Black on Always Artichoke.  I chose to leave off the "to/from" part of the stamp when I inked it up, though.

Are you wondering where I got those red Rhinestones?  Here's a little trick for you - you can color our Basic Rhinestones with a Sharpie to get any color you want!  Neat, huh?!

I used the Stampin' Distress tool to rough up the edges of my tag & background, and finished it off with a little bow using my favorite vintage ribbon, Crochet Trim in Victoria 5/8".

This card would be a bit bulky to mail, but certainly nice to include with a hostess gift when you're out and about visiting this Christmas season.

Here's what the Be Merry stamp looks like in its entirety:

Be Merry clear mount single stamp, 134767, $8.95

Did YOU stamp anything today?  I'm trying to get in the mood for the holidays, but I'm really stubborn and SO do NOT like to do much Christmas decorating or shopping until AFTER Thanksgiving.  It's just too soon!

Happy stampin'!

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