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…until Christmas!

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What makes me happy?  Graphic Design.  It makes me genuinely happy! It is what I do when I need to focus closely, be creative, and shut out the world for a moment.  I create with this medium often and yet, seldom share it.  I should though, more often.

These took many hours to create; balancing colors and lines, matching fonts, and interlocking pieces.  Studying and then creating some more.  It looks majestically simple yet was quite complex to create.

I created these tags, floating on inspiration, from a very, very vintage piece of Christmas past.  Something about the bubbly wording makes me feel just a little more facetiously festive!  It is tempting the anticipating heart in the sweetest of ways. Telling them to wait…patiently.

WAIT.

Enjoy the moment.

You don’t really know what is in store for you!

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Copyright The Merry Makery Free for personal use!

(Print on 8.5″ x 11″ card stock.  Right click to save.  Created to be vibrant but use low color.  This is saved as a CMYK so it will print slightly different than shown here in RGB.  Test the page.  For personal use only.  Copyright Cherie Bergstrom/The Merry Makery.)

 

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IKEA LED light up cookies!

It was a few weeks back, the weekend hadn’t been kind to us here.  I flipped through my social media for a few minutes and noticed the IKEA cookie contest.  Exhausted, I laid down for a nap.  As I woke, I was dreaming of sugar cookie trees shimmering with lights on top.

I grabbed some coffee and continued with the holiday cleaning while it occurred to me that I needed to visit Ikea for a few items for the home.  I remembered the contest, I remembered the dream, and BAM…an idea for cookies was born!  In the midst of adversity, I found some form of joy…in cookies!

I wanted to tell everyone about this idea for festive holiday cookies because it was just so darn cute and so easy.  Everyone should be able to have these cookies greeting their loved ones for the holidays.  I had to keep it on the hush though until after I submitted my entry.  That was the hardest part for me since I LOVE to share.

A trip to IKEA was made to grab two very important things from their store;  one was the most recent 3D cookie cutter set and the other was a string of their battery operated LED lights.  I already had all of the other items I needed from them at home.

Here is the crazy thing, I ALMOST didn’t make the cookies.  Life got in the way and my thoughts talked me out of it.  You know we can all be so hard on ourselves at times.  On the cut off day of the contest though, I got some gumption together and decided to try all the same.

Here is the final product!
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#IKEACOOKIECONTEST @IKEAUSA