Saturday, December 20, 2008

Dirty Dozen Challenge - Holiday Wrap!

What a fun challenge Jami issued to all the Dirty Dozen current and almuni girls....

This month it was A Christmas/Hanukah/or Winter Card inspired by a childhood holiday memory or favorite thing about the season. Tell us about the memory or inspiration in your gallery description

Required Element: Wrapping paper. Use a piece of holiday wrapping paper on your card in some way.

Restricted Element: No snowflake stamps, papers or embellishments.

Well, as soon as I saw the challenge I knew exactly what I would do. In fact when I first saw this All That Glitters set from Flourishes, I HAD to have it because of this very Christmas memory!

Setting up the Christmas tree was something we really looked forward to as kids. My mom had sets upon sets of old-fashioned ornaments. But one in particular was very special. It was a glass bird, just like in the Flourishes set, with a feathery tail and it had a springy grabber to attach to the tree. It was silver and blue and my brother and I would fight over who would get to put it up each year....I considered it *mine* (LOL) and I'd sneak into the ornaments and make sure I got to put it on the tree each year. It was so beautiful and there was something so special about it to me, I wish mom still had it, but sadly one year it broke.

So this card is a reminder of that Christmas tradition for me.

I embossed my little bird in silver onto watercolor paper and then used the Zig Painty to color in other parts of the bird in silver as well. Then I watercolored the rest. I put him onto some tree branches stamped in White Craft mixed with a little green ink, and added silver Zig painty to highlight it as well, and trimmed it out.

I found the wrapping paper a few weeks ago and thought it was perfect...silvery and blue and tree branches....and no snow! I cut it out with the Top Note and also added silvery branches with an Encore pad on the main card base.

If only I could find another bird like that for my tree!

My Blog Candy Alert HERE, and here's what I'm grateful for today: My marriage - it's a precious and wonderful thing, and I don't take it for granted. My husband is such a good man. He's so good to me. We have so much fun together, we laugh together, and he's so supportive of me. He's walked through really difficult times right beside me with compassion and love. He is my stability when life gets rocky, and he can fix anything, find anything, cook and he's learning how to stamp too (here's his gallery!) . I am beyond blessed that God has given me him. 14 years sweetie!

Recipe: Stamps: Flourishes - All That Glitters, Rejoice Ink: VersaMark, Silver Encore, Bordering Blue, White Craft Paper: Bordering Blue, Silver Metallic, Watercolor, Wrapping Paper Accessories: Big Shot, Top Note, White Taffeta Ribbon, Silver Cording, Oval Punch, Zig Painty, K & Co gems, Dimensionals, Scallop Edge Punch.


Pastor Terry said...

Thanks Sweetie!

Amy Sheffer said...

Christine, your card is as beautiful as the memory you've shared - WOW!! I totally forgot about the DD/DDA challenge this month!

Lori Craig said...

Wow! This is stunning! Love the shimmery and blue... Love your story, too! Have a wonderful weekend, Christine! :)

JoAnn Beachler said...

Your card is beautiful. I enjoyed your Christmas story also. TFS

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Rose Ann said...

So stunning and beautiful, Christine!! You've really nailed the challenge!! (I have not been over to check out all of the cards there yet, but I will).

Jerri Kay said...

Oh my gosh Christine, this card is so lovely, absolutely lovely! Thanks for providing the link to Terry's gallery, his cards are fabulous!