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I couldn't resist

I don't know what is wrong with me. Last year, I managed to turn my house into a miniature Christmas card-making factory with nearly every flat surface in the house covered with my holiday cards in various stages of completion.

Ever since I put those homemade Christmas cards in the mail last December, I have told myself that there was no way I was going to do that again. I was going to stick to store bought cards like a normal person.

I decided that I didn't need to rubber stamp 200 ornaments onto little sheets of paper, make holes for 150 eyelets, push 50 miniature brads through heavy cardstock or artfully bend 50 short pieces of wire to look like elegant ornament hangers.

But then something happened. I was flipping through a special holiday edition of a magazine just a few weeks ago and I came across a really cute Christmas card. I took one look at it and those four magical words came to mind, "I could do that."

That was all it took. The next day I was standing in line at Craft Warehouse purchasing 25 sheets of white cardstock to make 50 handmade Christmas cards to mail out to friends and relatives this year.

I kept telling myself that this year I was going to keep my cards simple - no brads, no eyelets and definately no punching any holes in paper.

To save money on my needed supplies I even took to the internet. You see, the card that had inspired my insanity included a colorful red ribbon tied around its front. Anyone who knows anything about fabric knows that ribbon is not necessarily the least expensive accessory, especially when you need a lot of it.

Anyway, I turned to my old friend Ebay and I was able to get 100 yards of red ribbon shipped right to my door for under $8.

And with that I was on my way to getting my card-making project started. I got to work cutting out each individual element on the card, including pre-cutting my lengths of ribbon. Then it was time to actually put the cards together. With no intricate details this year, other than a neatly tied little bow on the front, the cards really were easy to make.

I started my cards on Nov. 14 and worked on them while my husband watched Sunday football. I finished them this past Sunday. That was it, no need for a miniature factory or anything.

Now all that's left is signing them and putting them in the mail. If I could only come up with a way to duplicate a postage stamp that the post office would honor, I'd have it made.

. Elena Olmstead can be contacted at (509) 837-4500, or e-mail her at


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