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Another Successful Christmas Card Weekend

December 4, 2016

For about the last ten years my daughter and a few of her friends have driven up to our mountain home for a weekend away from husbands and children.  It’s a time to make their annual Christmas cards.  Hundreds of them.  One made 85 cards, another made 100 and the third made about 125–without her family’s Christmas photo yet!

I was dismissed from jury duty and arrived home around 3 p.m. on Friday just in time to greet my guests.  I was (and am still) an alternate juror but am not a part of the deliberations so I got to leave the courthouse.  Guests and I waited until 4:30 to toast the weekend with our signature cocktail.  I knew I couldn’t get called back in to court at that hour.

White Chocolate Peppermint Martini

Christmas Card weekend signature White Chocolate Peppermint Martini.


White Chocolate Peppermint Martini

Andrea, Jen, Blythe cheer the weekend. 4:30 p.m.


Christy arrived about 6:45 p.m.The three on the left were having a second cocktail when Christy finally arrived about 1.5 hours after our first sips.

Composure lostYes, we lost it temporarily.

Meanwhile, back in the stampin’ studio, the gals got their card pieces cut and die-cut where necessary

Work table

Jen's black/white cards with red accentsJen’s black and white photos really stand out on her black/white cards with red accents.

Andrea's cards: crumb cake/not quite navy, red glimmerAndrea’s cards, above and below.

Adding the two color photos to the inside


My one project, while helping the gals with supplies and tips, was making a card for my 12 year old grandson’s Christmas gift.

A whimsical reindeer card for Austin

An invitation for a day in San Francisco togetherAustin plays the French Horn in his middle school band.  This choice of instrument was due to the times we spent from when he was an infant until now, listening to the Peter and the Wolf music and reading the book.  What a great time we’ll have in San Francisco listening to a live orchestra!

Time to say farewell to the Christmas Card WeekendSadly, it’s mid-day on Sunday and the gals are heading back to their real lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.  The stampin’ studio is behind those two dormer windows on the left by the way.

Tomorrow it’s back to stamping for the holidays and preparing ideas to share from the upcoming 2017 Occasion Catalog, stamp sets and embellishments.  And Sale-a-Bration goodies.  It’s definitely going to be fun.



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