I needed one more thing to finish my Christmas decorating and I knew I could find it at Michaels Arts & Crafts store. As a matter of fact, my entire purchase was 65-cents Karen was my cashier and is one of my favorite employees at the store. I gave her a H.U.G. card and she thanked me and said “I like it!!”
Today I took all my Christmas cards and packages to the Post Office to mail. I was anticipating a very long wait in a very long line; however to my surprise, there were only three people ahead of me. The wait time went very quickly and I was soon being waited on by a sweet postal clerk. She had waited on me the week before and I thought at that time how pleasant she was. After I conducted my postal business, I gave her a H.U.G. card. She said it was so pretty and she would use it as a bookmark or something. And then she said, ‘But for today, it will go right here (she placed it beside her computer monitor), to bring me JOY’. I definitely loved her response!!
Today I went to Michael’s Arts and Crafts store. Two H.U.G. cards were passed out. For the first H.U.G. card, I was walking down a rather narrow aisle filled on both sides with large artificial flowers and Christmas foliage. There was an older lady ahead of me in the aisle and I had to wait while she struggled to bend over and pick up one of the flowers on a stem that had fallen to the floor. She picked it up and placed it back on the display. She exited the aisle and I went around her and then turned back toward her and gave her a smile. I walked closer to her with the H.U.G. card in my hand extended toward her. I told her that I just wanted to thank her for picking up that flower from the floor and since you can’t just walk up to someone and hug them for being kind, I wanted to give her a paper HUG. The lady took the card and got teary eyed. She said I could hug her and I did. She was still exclaiming over the card as I left her.
The second H.U.G. card was given to the cashier who checked me out. She couldn’t have been more pleasant or cheerful. I enjoyed my encounter with her so much, I gave her a H.U.G. card too. She gave me a huge smile and thanked me.
Today’s H.U.G. card was given to a cashier at the Goodwill store. When I gave her the card, she looked at it and said, “I like it…thank you.”
I gave away my December 1st H.U.G. card at the place where I purchase my gas. I was hoping one of the female cashiers would be on duty, but it was the guy. He is very nice, but I wasn’t sure how he would react to a H.U.G. card. I handed it to him and said, “Here is a holiday greeting for you!” He took the H.U.G. card from my hand and said ‘thank you’. That was it.
Following an Elizabeth Craft Designs video, I was able to create this lovely candle holder. The candle holder and the battery operated candle were purchased. The design on the candle holder was created using an Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel-Off Sticker, glitter, and colored with Copic Markers. It was easy and fun to do and I’m sure I will be using this on other projects in the future!!
With the holidays rapidly approaching, I’ve manged to make several gift card holders. These are fun and easy to make. I used a wonderful die to cut out the gift cards. All of the gift cards were either watercolored and/or sponge blended with Distress Inks or Markers. Glitter and the Wink of Stella Glitter pen add that special shimmer and shine!
- Strathmore 300 Series 140-pound cold press watercolor paper (die cut into gift card holder shape)
- Distress Ink used as watercolors and for sponging
- Distress Markers used as watercolors
- Simon Says Stamp: Gift Card Envelope Die
- Stampendous: Silent Night stamp
- Stampendous: Nativity Christmas stamp set
- Inkadinkado: Holiday Silhouette stamp set (link unavailable)
- Hero Arts: Pen & Ink Christmas Tree stamp
- Elizabeth Craft Designs: Christmas Ornaments and Lamps (965) – Peel-Off Stickers
- Elizabeth Craft Designs: Poinsettia (0380) – Peel-Off Stickers
- Zig Clear Glitter Wink of Stella Brush
I’ve just completed the first two Christmas cards for the upcoming holiday season!! Both cards feature Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel-Off Stickers. The stickers provide an outline of an image ready for coloring. The ornaments for both cards were watercolored with Distress Markers. I mixed Perfect Pearls into my paint water to give the ornaments a pearly shimmer.
- Strathmore 300 Series 140-pound cold press watercolor paper
- Distress Watercolor Cardstock
- Distress Markers used as watercolors
- Ranger: Perfect Pearls
- Elizabeth Craft Designs: Christmas Ornaments (0439)
- Elizabeth Craft Designs: Christmas Ornaments and Lamps (965)
- Lawn Fawn: Winter Penguin stamp set (Happy Holidays sentiment)
- Momenta: Christmas 0005335 (Happy Holiday sentiment) – link unavailable