Saturday, August 27, 2016

Freshly Made Christmas Card

Last night I was listening to our local weather track tornadoes near our home.  As it grew closer, it also grew in strength. You can believe I was praying for the safety of everyone in the area. I also gathered a few items to take to the basement with me if I needed to take cover. My husband was a mile away working on the roof of a daughter's new house he's helping to build. He and the roofers waited until the storm was on top of them before they quit. I was making frequent phone calls giving him the latest update on location and timing. In the end the only touchdown of the tornado was 9 miles from where he was working. What a relief when it was over! Thankfully no one was injured! For me, tornado weather is like drinking a pot of coffee. I had so much adrenaline in my system I needed to start cleaning and organizing my craft room to burn off the excess energy. I began finding old papers tucked away and naturally got side-tracked into crafting ideas.

Here's a card I designed using some of the long retired papers I found that screamed, "USE IT UP"-a theme I try to regularly incorporate in my crafting! The fun sketch from Freshly Made Sketch #251 was the perfect design. I was in the mood for something clean and simple!

The pink papers are from CTMH 2004 B&T Bubblegum (dots) and Orchid (stripes) packs of papers. The tree is cut from the recently retired CTMH Penelope paper pack, using the Christmas Cheer Cricut cartridge. Because it's rather whimsical, I gold-embossed the Merry Christmas script using the retired CTMH stamp "Merry, Merry Holiday."

Thank you for stopping by! May God bless you as you create projects that will bless others! (And may He keep you safe in times of storms!)

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:

ABC Christmas Challenge - Q for Quick layout
Crafting By Designs - get ready for Christmas
Crafty Gals Corner #86 - emboss it (mine has dry embossed background and gold heat embossed sentiment)
Crimbo Crackers #114 - anything goes
Holly Jolly Christmas #79 - Non-traditional colors
Pile It On #115 - Die Cut embellishments (tree)


Mandy LaCroix said...

Fabulous card and perfect for our Quick Layout challenge! Bravo!
Thanks for sharing it over at the ABC Christmas Challenge!

Becca-expressions said...

We moved away from tornado country a year ago. I do NOT miss it!! We never experienced a touchdown near us, but I vividly remember the day sirens went off back to back for three hours straight. I thought it was all one, long warning until the next day when I learned there were about ten different tornado threats over us. Frightening!

I'm so glad everyone near you (and dear to you) is okay. I get the need to do something to work off the adrenaline. Your card is lovely and whoever gets it should hear the story behind it.

Adventures in Paperland said...

Wow, I love this card! Thanks so much for joining us at ABC Christmas Challenge. Lisa DT

Karren said...

Beautiful, bright and cheerful Christmas card! Love your mix of patterned papers and your tree looks fabulous. Thanks so much for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches.

Rita W said...

That sounds scary! I'm glad everyone was okay. I love nontraditional colors for Christmas cards, so the pink is just awesome! Thanks for playing with us at Freshly Made Sketches.

Amy Cohen said...

Wonderfully creative!! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Gals Corner this week.

Grudniowe Handmade said...

Great idea :))

Hazel said...

Thanks for entering both of my CHNC challenges with your lovely crafting - hope to see you again soon. x

Lynn (aka Lynnpenguin) said...

Lovely card. Great colours and I love the embossed background. Thanks for joining us at Holly Jolly this week for our "Non-Traditional Colours" challenge. Hope to see you again. Good luck.
Lynn, Holly Jolly DT