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All images, Creative Candy Pink Star Twinkle Sticker, Note Card by A Muse Art Stamps; Palette Hybrid Ink in Bordeaux; Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Alabaster; Marvy Super Jumbo Oval Punch and Mega Scallop Oval Punches; Sakura Quickie Glue Pen; Prisma Glitter, Ultrafine Multi Clear Iridescent

I was literally rolling over a conversation with a friend of mine this a.m. about "trends" and style in paper crafting.  Her comment was, " . . .  Not *everyone* is looking for trendy these days!  And by the way, why does even CHRISTMAS have to be DISTRESSED???"

What cracked me is that I have noticed reports in industry trade publications  on several occasions, that indicate simplicity, and clean design being on the rise.  And, yet, I have one heck of a time getting submissions accepted where I emphasize this–I have a phenomenal rejection rate!  I wonder if I could get a gold star for that?  LOL!  Anyhoo, on my last batch of submissions, I decided to sponge, to distress, and to see what would happen.

My conclusion?  I remain perplexed.  Not one accepted.  ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!

So, I’ll send ‘em on over to another publication, and see if I get any nibbles there.  It would give me *great* encouragement, at this point!  Now, don’t misunderstand me:  in this biz, you really have to be able to separate your emotional attachment to your work, otherwise, the rejections will really kill ya’, and trust me, they’re gonna outweigh the acceptances by a loooooong shot.  (and, I am STILL rolling, btw!)

In the meantime, hope you enjoy this fun and easily mass-produced holiday card design–Swanky Tree is one of my all time favorite A Muse holiday images, and I decided pink would be fun for this design, and in keeping with the retro feel.

The border image was stamped first right side up, and then, just cuz I like to, I inverted the stamp so I could align the dots on the peaks there, and stamp it again to make a fun variation on that scallop border image.  I like it!

I sponged white chalk ink along the edge of the scalloped oval to give it a "frosted" effect, and then traced the edges quickly with the glue pen, and applied the glitter.  Last, but certainly not least, a tiny pink star crystal sticker tops off the tree, nice and sweet!

This is one of those fun 5 minute quickie designs (hey, now:  keep your mind outta’ the gutter! chortle!) that should enable even the most last-minute Lucy to get her season’s greetings finished and out the door in time for the holidays!

On other matters, I have pulled back a bit from posting here, due to some issues of time management and balance; I was neglecting my professional work, and my family pointed out I was so absorbed in blogging, that they were really missing me . . . After seeing several well-known industry professionals actually cease blogging altogether due to similar realizations, I told myself I needed to pull back a bit, find a reasonable balance.  I’ll be trying to update about 3x weekly in an effort to find that balance, and genuinely hope readers will still wanna visit!

On a happy note, I wish you all a beautimous Monday!

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