Thursday, December 22, 2011

Making Candy


Hi everyone!

Those post-project blues seem light years away at this point...though they did last for about two days. Boy, do I wish I had those two days back now.

I loved loved loved all the tips for curing them...and I think I discovered another one...


Making candy. Not the edible kind.

This year, I was making sugarplums, peppermint twists, gumdrops and gingerbread for the annual Jack Christmas card...


I had to make 200 peppermint twists! I used a circle punch and found that super-nifty peppermint paper...that part was easy.


It was the wrapping of each peppermint in cellophane that truly proves I need to be committed to a mental health institution.


I can't help myself.

So after one week of 4 hours of sleep per night and 48 cards handmade cards later, I have survived another year.

THE FRONT:


THE INSIDE:


And the sense of accomplishment is great when I see them all standing up like soldiers charged with their very important duty...


Of spreading good cheer and a smile to those who receive them.

I love the whole tradition of making the annual Christmas card and I keep all the past years cards locked up in a fire-proof box. In the event of a fire, they are right up there with the family photo memory sticks!

I'll be taking a blogging break for the next week or so to enjoy time with friends and family.

I wish you all the most beautiful and blessed of holidays...filled with peace in your heart, joy of spirit and enthusiasm for 2012!

See you in January...

33 comments:

Mary Corbet said...

Susan! You are amazing!! My dad would call you a "bulldog" - that's not an insult! It just means you're tenacious and when you set about to get something done, you get it done! Congratulations on the cards - and better yet, thanks for the laugh! I think the card is hilarious!

I hope you and your family have a very Happy Christmas!

Mary

Gerry Krueger said...

Your card is a "hoot".. Enjoy your blogging break and the angel wings arrived....thanks!!! Ger

Linda H said...

GREAT card Susan! What an accomplishment! Have a wonderfullll Christmas! Enjoy the break! Love and Hugs to you and your family.

Laurie said...

This is a very cute card! So professional looking!

Allison Ann Aller said...

You are as gifted in the paper arts as you are with your needle!
Handsome Jack looks ready to race into his 16th year in high style.

Merry Christmas to you all!!!

Sheila said...

You are so funny! What a great card!

Have a wonderful holiday, Susan!
Wishing you and your family all the best in 2012!

Ati. said...

Super card Susan! You have a splendid model :)
Merry Christmas and a happy new year for you and your family!

Momma Bear said...

oh Honey! far from sugarplums indeed!
I admire so your ability to come up with a wonderful christmas card every year! those are wonderful!

to my own girlie, who has been doing well in her driving endeavors (she hasn't given me a heart-attack yet!)I said she would have to raise 1/2 the $ for any car she would buy!

Happy Holidays with your family!
Flora

Wanda Art. said...

Hi Susan,
your card is Beautiful !!!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2012, for you and family,
many hugz,
Wanda

Marty52 said...

Such a great card and a super cute guy, Ms. Susan. Hope you have a Happy Happy Christmas filled with family and lots of other good things. :)

MosaicMagpie said...

Great card! Have a Merry Christmas!
Deb

Rachel said...

Happy Christmas and New Year - Enjoy your break!

Wendy said...

Susan these cards are awesome! How wonderful that he has you to help out....the card just made me smile...the outside candies are just wonderful and would add cheer to anyone's day! Have a very Merry and Blessed Christmas this year....and may the coming New Year be filled with lots of love, peace, joy and family! Hugs.

flyingbeader said...

What a great card! I use to make all mine, but then just got lazy.....

anyway, have a nice break.

Ingrid Mida said...

These hand made cards are a treasure and a real accomplishment!! Enjoy your break Susan. Best wishes for 2012.

coral-seas said...

Making candy? Making memories!

Have a wonder filled, wonderful Christmas with your two men and the rest of your family. 2011 has been a fantastical year, let us hope that 2012 will be even more fantasmagorical.

In the mean time have a wonderful, wonderfilled, splendid Christmas.

See you in the New Year.

Elmsley Rose said...

The most Merry Christmas to you and your family as well, dear Lady.

Catherine said...

Wow! Those are awesome cards! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas! I'm looking forward to seeing what you will create in the New year!

Elizabeth said...

What an amazing card!! The pictures of Jack are fabulous and your sugarplums are to die for!!!!
I didn't even attempt cards this year- bad me!! Still working on gifts though!! I can only do
so much!!

Have a wonderful holiday with your wonderful family.
See you in 2012~~!!!! Big hugs!!

black bear cabin said...

that card is awesome...and i love the expression on Jacks face inside the card! what fun...the family will love them! :) Happy Christmas to you and your family....hugs~

Nouli said...

Χαρούμενα Χριστούγεννα και Ευτυχές το Νέο Έτος για σένα και την οικογένειά σου!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for you and your family!

Sweetpea said...

That expression on Jack's face says it all, Susan...BRILLIANT...makes my heart glad!

Best wishes of the season to you & yours,
and I look forward to seeing you on the other side of this year, my friend....more moons, more projects, onward we go!!

Miriam said...

A Merry and Blessed Christmas to you and your family, Susan.

Love the card. Well done on getting them all finished. I would have gone crazy after just one night of only 4 hours sleep!!

kaiteM said...

what a wonderful card, and i hope you have a very rich Festivous time with your family and friends over this next week.

kaiteM said...

what a wonderful card, and i hope you have a very rich Festivous time with your family and friends over this next week.

Wendy said...

That is the most AWESOME card Susan!
I SO LOVE your creativity and patience and love.
Thank you so much for sharing yourself and your art with us all.

And may you and yours have a Wonderful Holiday Season as well.
=-)

Mary Ann said...

Fabulous card:) Have a Very Merry Christmas!!!

Cathy K said...

Great card!! Jack is so cute (but don't tell him an old lady said that! ). Merry Christmas to you and your entire family. Hugs, Cat

Nicki Lee said...

Merry Christmas & Best Wishes for a wonderful and even more creative 2012! Thanks for sharing the card - it's great!

Claudine brodeuse de perles said...

Très bon Noël ! Bisous et à bientôt

a2susan said...

Now that's a true smile on Jack's face (unlike the school photo), which radiates pure joy. Thank you for sharing so much of the joy in your life with us, it has been a wonderful experience for those of us who read your blog.

Blessings to you and your family this holiday season.

Marsha said...

That is a GREAT card.

Chris Daly said...

What a great Christmas card Susan! Wishing Happy Holidays to you and the boys.

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