Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Coldwater, Michigan -

Sunday, January 1, 2017

no time like the presents adventure

We ended the year last night in our traditional way, with good friends we've known more than three decades, sharing an awesome meal, fond memories, a laughter-filled game and a toast to the new year.  We started this new year (after working on cleaning up the kitchen), sitting on the back deck with sunshine on our faces and coffee in hand, watching the birds at the feeders. Although that's not really a new adventure for us, it's never one we've been able to enjoy in January!  Tom did a mental review of the refrigerator contents and decided on an omelette for lunch (it was delicious) and then offered to finish the kitchen clean-up; yes, I may be one of the luckiest women on earth!  You can just imagine how excited I was to see a Jingle Belles prompt, knowing I'd have a bit of time to play along right away, and he just smiled when I told him I would be creating a Christmas card on New Year's Day.  The first prompt for 2017 is "no time like the presents" - images of presents or upcycled gift wrap:

stamp set - Wishing You (retired); ink - Real Red, Versamark; Stampin' Emboss powder - silver; card stock - Whisper White; punch - Decorative Label; baker's twine - white/silver

My first thought was to pull out my Santa's Sleigh bundle, since I haven't yet used the presents in that set, but then I went looking for leftover or rescued gift wrap and found the cute tissue Jason used to wrap his dad's gift.  This stack of presents seemed more appropriately sized, and after I picked up the last piece of baker's twine left on my desk from my November Paper Pumpkin kit, they just needed to be silver.

Wishing a happy new year to all; there is never a better time than the present to enjoy whatever adventures await you!


Vicki said...

Absolutely perfect card. Cute as can be and full of memories for you.

Seems to fit the bill of the challenge to a T!

Sounds like a wonderful day!

Happy New Year!


lauren bergold said...

ooooooooooh! how cool is it that our very first JINGLE BELLES card of 2017 is *YOURS* lovely kathe?! that has made my morning! as has the gorgeous card itself, with those perfect presents AND the fab recycled tissue paper! (& that's a GREAT sentiment, i'm a bit sad it's retired, actually!) HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR to you! i'm so happy you'll be JINGLING along with us again this year! <3 <3 <3

SmilynStef said...

Love your holiday design ... and love that the final piece of twine found the perfect home ... so glad you're joining us at jingle belles for 2017

~amy~ said...

Sounds like you had a great holiday!
That tissue is your card!

Lorraine said...

Happy New Year! What a great card. Love how you tied in the twine with the beautiful silver packages!