one of my favorite things about ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ this year and last is that since we've gone fortnightly instead of weekly, it means i get two shots at every single prompt. which is awesome, because i get to try out ALL my ideas! admittedly not all of them come out quite as fabulously as i envision, but i genuinely do believe it's better to "go big" and perhaps fail, than to play it safe all the time. case in point: i had this great idea about red-on-white handstitching for my second "red white and jul" card. i even found some leftover cross-stitch-able ribbon that my aunt had given me, which made it super-simple to make said stitching immediately into an attachable border strip-- big win, right?! wellllllllllllllllllllllllllllll... ok, truthfully... i'm not in love with this card; but on the other hand it's bright and festive and it's one more for the stash of cards that's already getting me closer to a stress-free december! gotta love *THAT* right?! :)
retro sketch #47 (happy almost anniversary, retro sketchers!!!) was still sitting on my work table, so i just grabbed it and went to town!
if you'd like to "go to town" in the creative sense, i should mention that both stephanie AND all of our fellow ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ have been sooooooooo totally rockin' the scandinavian style... you should definitely pop over and grab a little inspiration for yourself! ♥