Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Twist of Faith #67 - Traditional Christmas


Today we have a new challenge at Twist of Faith!  Our challenge encourages you to make a card with this twist: add a scripture, positive quote/verse, or uplifting quote.  We hope our cards will be an encouragement to the recipients and to those who visit our blogs.

This weeks new challenge:

 "What does "Traditional Christmas" mean to you?  Is it a family tradition that you still keep after many, many years?  Is it an ornament that is on the tree every year?  Maybe making cookies with the kids using your grandmother's cookie cutters?  Or is it going Christmas Caroling with your friends?  This week we are asking you to make a card that represents that your Traditional Christmas is or what it means.  We'd also love to hear about your tradition when you write your post on your blog.  Who knows - your tradition might become one of ours!  And don't forget that your card must include a scripture, uplifting quote/sentiment, or positive verse in order to be considered for our random prize."

Our sponsor this week is Robyn's Fetish! I used their fun image, Christmas Scene 1. As I made my card, I tried to incorporate symbols of Christmas traditions that we've had in our family.

I flipped the image horizontally in Photoshop and fussy cut it to put on a glittery ornament, which represents the way we always decorated our homes. The image I chose represents the way each generation from my parents to my children as parents have tried to keep the emphasis on Christ as the center of Christmas.

My card uses music paper as a background. When I was a child, we always had Christmas programs at church. We would sing carols and re-enact the story of Christ's birth. When I became a teacher, I led the same type of Christmas programs, either in our church or our Christian school. Now our grandchildren are putting on programs for us at their own Christian school. I made this card to give the "other grandma" that I'll see tomorrow night when we sit together to watch the younger children sing carols and the older ones put on a play. They have amazing teachers who bring out their talents. The plays now are definitely modern, but have a message about the true gift of Christmas- Jesus, God's Son, who came not only as a baby, but as one who came to show us how to live and then to die as the perfect, sinless, sacrifice, paying for our sins.

Another tradition I've always had is to give handmade gifts to family or friends. When my kids were young, I would sew clothes or toys for them. So I used the sewing machine to stitch along the edges, not in my comfort zone with paper. I also chose that gingham ribbon to represent the homespun idea.

The front sentiment I printed from Doodle Pantry's "Holiday Greetings."  I don't remember the inside sentiment because it was a part of a group I printed ahead:

Thinking about our families' traditions have certainly given me a nostalgic walk down memory lane! I hope you'll share your own with our Twist of Faith challenge.

I'm also sharing this card with the following challenges:
52 Christmas Card Throwdown - use a previous challenge - #18 Christmas Ornaments
A Creative Romance- Sparkle at Christmas
Creative Corner - Traditional Christmas
Cupcake Inspirations #240 - I used the colors - red, green, golden
Great Impressions December Challenge - Glitter (and/or sequins)
Paper Crafting Journey - It's Christmas Time
Robyn's Fetish Challenge #189 - Must have a bow
That Craft Place - Christmas
The Ribbon Girls - Ho, Ho, Ho Christmas
Word Art Wednesday #109- anything goes with Scripture or encouraging verse


Denise Goeldner said...

Such a lovely creation, love all the glitter, happy to be part of the TEam as GD, thanks
~ Denise DT for Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog

Carole Robb Bisson said...

That card is such an original piece of art. Very wonderful background for the image. Sweet inside. Thank you for entering your wonderful paper art project with us at Word Art Wednesday.
Carole Robb Bisson

Paula Jennings said...

absolutely stunning card!

Sherry said...

Beautiful I So Love This Image .. One Of My Favorites . :-)
Good Luck and Thanxx For Joining Us At Robyn's Fetish Challenge This Week
Sherry @ Robyn's Fetish DT

Mynnette said...

A beautiful card--inside and out! LOVE the glittery green behind your image! Thanks for joining us at 52CCT! :) Mynn xx

PS: We've got a blog hop with 5 prizes going on at House of Cards--I hope you join us!!! :)

SarahGeorge said...

So beautifully done Vickie. I like the way you've put together your memories and the making of this beautiful card. Lovely!

Carolyn L. said...

Such a sweet card. Love the little bit of glitz! Thanks for joining us at Great Impressions.

Debbie said...

Beautiful card, Vickie!!
Thanks for sharing your heart, too! Without Christ, there would be no CHRISTmas!!

Papercrafting Princess said...

Absolutely gorgeous Vicki! What a great design!

Sparkly Engineer said...

This is a lovely traditional card and I really like your twist. It keeps everyone focused on the true spirit of Christmas.

Mary Anne, Great Impressions DT

Tracey Fehr said...

Vickie...the card is fantastic...but I loved how you incorporated the meanings to each of the elements! Fantastic blog post!

Tina said...

this is beautiful...thanks for sharing at cupcake inspirations

sweetie dt

Deborah Frings said...

I love the sparkle on the ornament and the lovely image. Thanks so much for playing along with 52CCT this week!

Danielle Vincent said...

I had so much fun reading through this post Vickie. This is a lovely card. I like how you put the family on the glittery ornament. Thanks for joining us at 52CCT.