You probably read the title to this post and thought "why are we saving a reindeer"?  

    I wanted to create a card for the Dragonfly Journey's Challenge #80 which centers around "Christmas critters".

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    I envisioned a cute reindeer, antlers tangled in bells, surrounded by gum drops with a silly greeting.  I began cutting, stamping, coloring, tangling bells and assembling.

    But then "it" happened.  

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    Let's just say that good intentions don't always produce good results.  

    I stamped the greeting too far from the reindeer. My card was 'off balance'.  I was aggravated.  

    I threw the card in the trash can and walked out of my stamp room mumbling.   

    Then "it" happened.

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    Bob the Builder said to me "why were you huffing and puffing in your stamp studio?  What happened? Oh, let me guess. You made something you didn't like."  

    Nearly 26 years of marriage has made him a good judge of my emotions.  

    He asked me where the card was. I walked to the studio and pointed to the trash can.  

    That's when he promptly said these words – "There's nothing wrong with this card. So what if the greeting is stamped too far to the right.  Stamping is an art, not a science.  Oh no, we must save the reindeer!"

    I couldn't help but giggle.  Partly because he was serious and partly because I realized that a greeting stamped a little off center isn't a big deal.  

    I pulled it out of the trash and studied it again.  There's nothing wrong with it not being perfect.   

    If you have a few imperfect Christmas cards I'll encourage you to send them anyways. Your family and friends won't care. Heck, they probably won't even notice!  The fact that you handmade your card is what they will be impressed by, not the small things you notice.  

    Yes! I saved the reindeer and put my pride aside.   

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