Tuesday, November 14, 2017

My Apologies

 I'm sorry. I know some of you hate to see Christmas stuff this early but if you make soap for gifts you are busy making holiday stuff weeks before.

 Everyone loves my gingerbread men but this year they are giving me fits. I even broke the mold trying to pry the blankety blank little fellas out. Now I have to wait until the replacement mold shows up to get the job done. It had been too warm and humid and that doesn't work with this type of soap.

 Then there are cards to make for the end of the month holiday giveaway. I wanted to use this adorable Penny Black stamp that I bought last year but I had a terrible time trying to figure out how to make it work.

 I was up until 4am one night trying to put together a combination that I liked.

 Okay... this works for me but I was out of background paper and a trip to both Michael's and AC Moore proved futile.

 What I had to do was make my own snowy backdrop using distress ink and a spray bottle. It wasn't as awful as I thought it would be but it does add a lot of time to the project while you wait for it to dry.

I also couldn't find much of anything in the way of any new holiday cardstock. I like these little 6x6 inch books of it but no one seemed to have any of it either. I was either too early or too late.

In spite of everything, using what I had leftover from last year, I came up with a bunch of cuties. This just might turn out to be fun after all.


  1. It is great that you have the time to make your Christmas gifts. I admire your creative talent with your cardmaking to be able to come up with alternative ideas when the first ones aren't quite what you were looking for. Sometimes we end up with better results from 'happy accidents'. Your 'Let it Snow' cards look excellent, especially the effects for the sky. I wouldn't know where to start to create such images.

  2. I love seeing all of your craftiness, but I'm sorry it was giving you fits! I thought the gingerbread men were cookies at first ...

  3. Nice job stamping and coloring the snowmen!!!
    I like it when I am pleasantly surprised about a project I'm in a funk about starting!
    Nice work!

  4. Oh my gosh ..........no one would ever know they were not exactly what you had in mind in the beginning. They are ADORABLE!!!!

  5. Those cards are so darn cute. I still don't know how you find the time to do it ALL!!!

  6. You are so industrious. Those cards are just the cutest and so are the soaps. When you have anything homemade for Christmas,(except cookies!), you have to start well before Thanksgiving or you would never get it all done. Well, done my friend.

  7. Oh my gosh. The gingerbread men will be worth it. Perhaps gingerbread ladies would have been more cooperative.
    I LOVE the cards. I need your help with art the next time the barn asks me to make a sign. I stink! Must practice

  8. You are so talented. Those are darling!!

  9. Love your latest soaps; those ginger-guys are really cute!