Very helpful information/tips, Stacy. I agree about the spreadsheet being so very important during the month. Thanks so much to those who set that up.
I see that getting the work area cleaned up and having basic tools handy is about the most important preparation for everyone.
I like the way you do a week's worth of cards at once. I may have to do something like that this year. I usually try to do each one as it comes along, but if some are out of my comfort zone or I can't think of a way to interpret the challenge, I'll skip it and come back later.
I have a small group of stamps that look fine without color, and I'll have those handy. My biggest problem is often the sentiment, since most of mine are Scripture or Christian based which MDA doesn't allow, being a state organization.
Thanks everyone for the prep tips.