Friday, December 19, 2014

Merry Christmas

Merry and Blessed Christmas everyone. It's that busy time of year for many of us, and amid all the cooking, shopping, wrapping, running...I want to offer a gentle reminder of the true meaning of Christmas. It's not about the presents, meals, who is coming or going where... No, Christmas is about the joy and love that God showered on his children. He sent his one and only Son into the world to be our Savior. I'm trying to keep my focus on the manger and am finding that the more I do, the easier it is to accomplish those things that I need/want to do.

Not sure if I'll be able to post again until after Christmas, but wanted to spend a bit of time in the old craft room. I've got two cards for four challenges today. First is a birthday card for another of the granddaughters, and will be going off to CAS(E) This Sketch and the City Crafter Challenge. Good friend and fellow BABE, Darnell is GD there, so I really wanted to play along at CCC. Plus there's an awesome color palette! And wow!, a great sketch from Leigh Penner at CTS!!! Definitely had to play!



Here's my card:


I wish I had better light...the reds look like two different colors! They are so close irl, and no matter what I did, the 'birthday' showed lighter...ah well... Started with a Michaels base, some MME enamel dots, scrap of gray, a scrap of paper from Geri G. (thanks!), some AC twine, a ME border die, a MB 'happy' die, and an RC birthday stamp masked off with VersaFine red ink. Hope Anna likes it!

Next up is a card for the Lawnscaping Challenge, whose theme this week is "Merry Christmas." And this will also make an appearance at the Curtain Call with the theme "candy cane." See what you think:




A pretty easy Christmas card:


Started with a Michaels base, and used some scraps of red, white, and stripes. The stamp is from LF, and I masked off the "J" and used a rub-on candy cane from Heide Grace in its place. Some old holly leaves from I don't know where, and three Queen & Co. Twinkle Goosebump blings for the berries. EZ. And with that, I won't keep you here any longer. Merry Christmas Everyone. 

24 comments:

Lynn said...

Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family Bev! Love your cards as always.

Susanne Vargas said...

A very merry Christmas to you, too! So happy that you had time to play and make two fabulous cards!

Jen Mitchell said...

Merry Christmas to you! I always enjoy my visits here!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Two fantastic cards, Bevie! Thank you so much for joining up with City Crafter with your sweet birthday card! And I love how you did the rub-on candy-cane "J" for your candy cane card with holly. Well done!! Merry Merry Christmas and all the best to you in 2015 for health and lots of creative time!! Love ya, Darnell

Ros Crawford said...

I'm so glad you played along ... Your card is fantastic!! Thanks so much sharing your talent here at CCCB!!

Brenda said...

Merry Christmas to you too Bev! You are so right, I would love to see more focus on what the true meaning of Christmas is. I love, love your cards. The birthday one is fabulous and I think your granddaughter will love it. I also love your take on the inspiration photo of the candy cane wreath! So awesome is that card too! Hugs, Brenda

Vicki Dutcher said...

Super fun use of the colors and a great couple of cards~

Merry Christmas!

Lindsey said...

Bev, these are seriously fantastic! I love every little bit of these, especially how you used a candy cane rub-on for the "J"...such a good idea! Have a wonderful Christmas!

Stella said...

A gorgeous birthday card; you nailed our colors. I love the modern design.
Thanks so much for joining us at CCCB!

Patti said...

Sweet cards! and a wonderful reminder that the gift Jesus wants most from us is US! : ) our hearts focused on Him.

Have a blessed celebration, friend.

(((Hugs)))
Patti

Samantha Casey said...

Adorable card! I love the clean and simple designs with sweet detail added! Thanks for joining the Lawnscaping Challenge!
-Samantha

Kim S said...

Amen!!

Audrey said...

Such pretty CAS cards! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Lawnscaping Challenges! :)

Tamara said...

Love both cards!!
️Thanks for playing with us at Lawnscaping.
Merry christmas :)
xx Tamara

Kylie said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family, sweet Bev! Your friendship and encouragement has meant the world to me this year. I very much appreciate you! Your cards are always such a visual feast. I love seeing the different styles you turn your hand to and how you manage to nail every single one. You're a very clever and talented lady, Bev! Merry Christmas xx

Anita in France said...

You've used the colours from CCC so perfectly, Bev ... the wavy DP is fabulous cut in the wavy shape! Fun candy cane J ... perfect with those splendid stripes! Wishing you and all of yours His blessings and peace at Christmas and always! Hugs and Bisous, Bisous, dear friend, Anita :)

jenn shurkus said...

perfect birthday card! :) thank you for playing a long with us at lawnscaping!

Bobby said...

I love both cards, Bev, but the holly one caught my eye at Curtain Call. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Geri said...

You've crafted up a winner for the CC challenge! The curves of the label die that you used look great with the 'happy' font and create an awesome contrast with a Courier type 'birthday' font!

Great blings too! And, you're very welcome for the paper! Nice to see it in action!

Wishing you a happy day celebrating the birth of our Savior!

Hannelie said...

Why did I miss this post in my reader!
Luckily I found your beautiful card in the CAS(E) this sketch gallery Bev!
I hope you had a merry Christmas... and I want to thank you for joining us this week!

cm said...

Belated Merry Christmas and HAPPY NEW YEAR, dear friend! Both cards here have planted a smile on my face! Your grand-daughter will adore her card, as do I. Your second card: jolly, jolly, jolly!
Hugs~c

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Just spotted your card at Case this Sketch and had to pop across as it's so beautiful. Really stylish and eyecatching die cutting. x

Leigh Penner said...

Oh, this is so lovely! Wonderful take on the sketch!

Chrissy Larson said...

Wow, Bev, gorgeous cards! They both totally make me smile!