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Signed and Sealed for Festive Friday challenge FF0123

Happy Friday.

It's time for another INSPO list at FestiveFriday.

The theme for our challenge this week is National Letter Writing Day.  I don't know about you, but I really miss those days. As I have lived away from my home town for the great majority of my life, I remember those days of writing to my friends and family and then having to wait the week or so it would take the letter to get there.  The time for them to write back.  Then the time for the post-people on either side of the pond to deliver it.  But, oh!  The sheer excitement of seeing an aeropostale or airpost sticker on an envelope!  Sitting down, usually with a cup of tea, slitting open the envelope trying hard not to cut your finger, and then slowly unfolding the pieces of paper with handwriting that had become so familiar.  Knowing that the last person to touch those pages was the hands of your loved one.   sorry, emails just don't have the same effect:-)

Anyway, I totally digressed!  For this challenge I pulled out some oldies but goodies from The Greetery, Signed and Sealed and Bittersweet Bouquet.  I also used Pretty Postmarks and Postal Frames.  BTW - in case you are interested - there is currently a sale on at The Greetery - 15% off!

Here's a sneak peek:

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Don't forget - when playing with our challenge - you don't have to follow the theme - you just have to choose three things from the INSPO list to incorporate on your project.  We really would LOVE to see what YOU create from the INSPO list.

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Postmark, Envelope, Script, Hello Sentiment

So many wonderful words to choose from and this theme couldn't have been better as an excuse to use some of my favorite sets.  I used all fall colors for this card.  I stamped and die-cut the elements and then put the card together. 

Here's my card:


I just love that postal frame die - and as for those little stamps.... well, I'm obsessed :-)  As always, the design team have some fabulous inspiration for you.  I hope you will check out their projects and then come and join us.

On a personal note:

For those of you in the US, I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  For us, it was a nice quiet day spent relaxing and doing things we enjoy.  Today it's time to take down the Fall decorations and put up the Christmas ones.  I've gotten so used to decorating our house, that it has been interesting decorating a new space.  When we moved, we gave a lot of our decorations away to the charity shops.  We had been using many of them for several years and they were more suited to a larger space.  So, this season, we have had to buy a few things and it's fun having new things to find homes for.  I can't wait to see the apartment dressed for Christmas.  Mind you, I am finding it difficult to get my head around the fact that it is almost December!!!!  Where has this year gone!

I'll be back tomorrow with another card.  In the meantime, my grateful thanks to all of you who visit my blog and spend a little time with me in the blogosphere.  I've said it before, but I will say it again, it is your support - and only that - that keeps me doing this :-)  Warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift today.



Card recipe:

  • Cardstock:  recollections Vanilla.  Cajun Craze - SU
  • Stamps:  Pretty Postmarks.  Bittersweet Bouquet.  Signed & Sealed - all with matching dies
  • Inks:  Stamp Market, Catherine Pooler


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Diane Evans

What an amazing card JayDee. You captured the Challenge for sure


Love this card with the postage background. I’ve always enjoyed seeing your home decorations at Christmas time and hoping you’ll post your new decor.

Doris D.

Gorgeous card. I love all the fall colors. Christmas decorating is going on here. Hope we get to see your home all decorated. Always loved that!

Marina . . . . from far Africa!!!

Hi Jaydee!!! I usually write a comment on Mondays, but your memories of the postal service made me write this one. Yesterday I participated in a Christmas Charity Bazar . . . my neighbor was a Sister and she hand makes Nativities. I have already bought some from her, so I wanted to buy something else. I bought some candles with dried flowers AND some cards made with the foil cover of butter. Me, too, I love writing so I will send this week some of my Christmas cards. Wish you luck with your decorations. I will decorate so the appartement will be ready for the 1st of December.

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert

Beautiful card. I love those postage stamps and the faux wax seal-so many fabulous details and colors!

Ann Schach

Beautiful, Jaydee! These colors are breathtaking. The stamps, the envelopes, the wax seal...are all so perfect for the challenge. Who wouldn't love receiving this stunning card!

Melanie H.

Wonderful card, such pretty fall colors! Even though I do love getting email from family and friends, I too miss the fun of getting a real letter in the mail!


I especially loved reading your post today Jaydee! This challenge set me down memory lane too - letter writing is something of a lost art and you are so right, an email is simply not the same! I was so hoping you would use this set too - you have made some of the most beautiful cards with it and this is no exception. I love the rich autumn colours - just beautiful!

Beth McCullough

I've loved writing and receiving letters since I was a child. When my grandparents passed away, I was given every letter I ever sent to them. It was fun reading them and going down memory lane. Your card is a beauty!! Love all the beautiful details. Blessings, Beth :)

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