Friday, December 22, 2017

Don't Forget the Peacemakers

Just a quick reminder today to remember the people who help make your holidays what they are - your UPS drivers, postal workers, Instacart shoppers and your cleaning people. I call them peacemakers because they buy me time to do the things that bring me peace, not drive me crazy.

I have a wonderful cleaning lady who sings while she cleans, and she is a big part of why I enjoy being in my home the most. When you work from home, and spend so much time at home, you really appreciate an organized, clean and peaceful home. And because I have long workdays and teach on weekends, I just don't have time (or the desire) to do what she does for me. It helps me be good at the things I need to be good at to have that off my plate.

So I made up a quick gift card holder for her for her Christmas present - and I have to confess - the reason it's a quick gift card holder is that exactly zero of my creativity lies in creating 3D objects out of paper. My brain just doesn't work that way.

Lately I have been creating a ton of smaller cards - the 4 Bar size of the Stampin' Up! Notecards and envelopes. Smaller spaces have always been easier for me. And I noticed that that size is not much bigger than the gift card, so I just used Tear & Tape on three of the inside sides to create a pocket. I didn't even have to cut that! WINNING.

The front is stamped with this beautiful stamp set (don't worry - it will be back in stock soon - just bookmark the link) from Concord & 9th. Then I made a loop of Petal Palette DSP to wrap around the gift card, stuck the gift card to it with a glue dot, put more Tear & Tape on the top to hold the loop closed, and stuck a mini bow on it.

To stamp the scene, I inked up the tree image in Marina Mist. Then I selectively added Lemon Lime Twist with the MISTI marbling technique. Finally, I added Night of Navy the same way - just inked the whole stamp and removed some with my Absorber for some final depth.

LOVE the tiny deer in this set. I stamped him and the sentiment in Versafine. Then I tore some masking paper and brushed light snowdrifts and a shadow under the deer in Soft Pool ink with Stencil Brushes.

Christmas Cottage Stamp Set
[ C&9 | ELH | SSS | SBC ]
Christmas Cottage Dies
[ C&9 | ELH | SSS ]
Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes...
[ SUP ]
Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin' Pad...
[ SUP ]
Marina Mist Classic Stampin' Pad...
[ SUP ]
Night Of Navy Classic Stampin' Pad...
[ SUP ]
Claritystamps Clarity Stencil Brushes...
AF146 Soft Pool Ink Pad | Hero Arts
[ HA | ELH | SSS | BMS | SBC ]
Tear & Tape Adhesive (138995)
[ SUP ]
Mini Gift Bows by Stampin' Up!
[ SUP ]
Mini Glue Dots by Stampin' Up!
[ SUP ]
Tsukineko VersaFine SMALL ONYX BLACK...
[ SSS | ART ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSW | SBC | ELH | SSS ]
Absorber - Synthetic Cleaning Cloth
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
Bone Folder by Stampin' Up!
[ SUP ]
Avery Self-Adhesive Removable Laser...

And now I'm ready for a clean house for the holidays!

Who are your peacemakers?



  1. BRILLIANT! WHY are gc holders SO DARN HARD to make? I have SO many dies to make them easy, but let’s be real!!!!!! I stick em in a card! 😂

  2. That would also be a very beautiful card! So peaceful looking!

  3. I love your term for the people who service us. I even tip my Trash collectors, I sure wouldn't want to do that job. Your card is very calming.

  4. What a beautiful and serene scene you've created Lydia! Love it!


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