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4/14/2014

Christmas Card Club - Lights

Good morning. This post should have been published yesterday, so let me get the apology for being a day late out of the way first! There's a wonderfully talented group of ladies who make Christmas cards all year long. I'm honored to be a part of this group where our lovely Asha selected the theme for this week as Lights. My original idea was to use a very pretty Memory Box candle die that I have. While looking through the dies for the candle set, I saw the die used in this card, and thought to make a card which I feel truly represents The Light  -- at Christmas, every day and for all time.

 
- Nativity Silhouette (4x4) by Cottage Cutz - blue lightweight glitter paper
 
- S/Binders Decorative Labels 8, gold lightweight glitter paper (which looks beige in the photo)
 
- Memory Box Parker Upper & Lower Alphabets sets*
 
- Bazzill navy blue texture top fold card base
 
The nativity die was a bit fiddly because I did not use wax paper or the metal shim and this particular paper is from a 6x6 DCWV pack of glitter paper. It has a sort of 'backing' on it, not thick at all, and I didn't think it would be a problem. When I used the S/B die, I did use the metal shim, gave a couple of passes, and the tiny bits came out quite nicely.
 
*These letters are a little too large for this card, so I will be looking for an alpha set that is a tad smaller. Appreciate any die suggestions you may have.
 
The weather has been quite nice in our area recently which we've enjoyed. We've also had some family medical appointments and been doing some 'house things' that seem to take up time. I hope you'll forgive me if I'm not posting frequently, but I'm still around-- just doing some things other than making cards or blogging. I expect it's probably much the same at your house too, if Springtime has arrived. I'll be here when I can, and when I can get MoJo working too. Maybe it's Spring Fever???
 
In the meantime I appreciate your visit today, and hope that your Monday will be productive, wonderful, relaxing, or whatever you may need it to be just at the moment. Hugs.

35 comments:

Planetsusie said...

Love this Mary - I never thought of Starlight! This pic certainly does represent the Light at Christmas. What a great card.

Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

Christine Harrop said...

Blogger is playing up again! Your card is not showing up in my blog list for some reason. Anyway I'm here now to see this beautiful card with the wonderful message!! I never seem to have success in die cutting glitter card, it always seems to come out "shiny " and lost the glittery-ness. Hope you are well. Hugs Christine xx

Rita said...

Beautiful card Mary. I love it. Hugs Rita xxx

Donna Ellis said...

how pretty, and oh-so-sparkly! Beautiful card, with perfect colors, Mary! I have not started my Christmas cards and it is already April! Yikes! xo

Pippa said...

Love the card but I do see what you mean about the letters being a tad too big. Can't offer any suggestions about dies as I am more of a stamper myself! x

Sarah said...

Very twinkly Mary, a lovely die to have in your collection too. Another to add to your Christmas pile!! xx

Sue said...

Gorgeous card for the challenge Mary! really sparkly huggles Sue xx

Redanne said...

It is a beautiful card and I love your very pretty colour choices. That scene is wonderful. Sorry I cannot suggest any smaller alpha letters. Hugs, Anne x

Patricia said...

Love your beautiful card, great image and design
Hugs

Patricia x

Clevercrafter said...

A beautiful card for this fortnights theme Mary.
Lorraine

Faith A said...

LOVE your card, yep! that is certainly the right sort of light.

Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog, it's OK and getting better, Sounds like you are taking time for yourself too, good on you, enjoy yourself

Kathleen said...

Fabulous card Mary and you are right it does say it all. Love the dies and all the sparkle.
Thank you for the Anniversary wishes the other day.

Kath x

Benzi said...

That's a beautiful scene and the gold, glitter paper is fabulous. Aren't the alphabet sets wonderful so you can just spell out what you want?
We were in south GA over the weekend. It was beauitul weather. I didn't want to come home. Although, our weather has been great, too. So, tomorrow in the 50's after getting to 80 last week and a frost is coming, too. Probably the last one of the year. I sure hope so.

Darnell J Knauss said...

A stunning card, Mary! I did notice you were not posting as often. I won't be on much myself for the next several days with spring cleaning, company, and Easter, so Happy Easter to you, if I don't see you again before then!! Hugs, Darnell

Irish Cherokee said...

Definitely spring fever. The bug has bitten many a soul.

Glitter paper is a challenge. I like how it came out for you though. It really shows the glitter. Great Christmas card.

Karen Petitt said...

Very pretty and sparkly! Karen x

Pat said...

A lovely card Mary and looks great with the gold and blue glitter paper. The S/B die is very pretty, it is one I have too and I love it. There are a lot of bloggers who have gone quiet at the moment, and as you say there are lots of things to catch up on now that the Spring has finally decided to make an appearance, and all of those things we have left for the better weather can now finally be tackled. Glad all is ok with you. x

scrappymo! said...

Oh Mary...I just love that nativity die...it is gorgeous. I do not have any suggestions for the alphas though...sorry!

Your card is wonderful and you are right...that truley is the "light of the world"!

My hip and back are much better now...that pain made me decide to get myself back on a healthier look at life...so it is off to aquafit 3 times a week and healthier recipes for supper. Heading out tomorrow with a friend to the local pool to pick up a monthly pass and then we are hitting the fruit and veg specialty store.

Think I will start pinning some healthy low cal meals!

Sheila H said...

The dies are so pretty - I've never seen that Nativity one. And your papers are perfect. Great design and composition. Take care - blog when you can :)

Sandy said...

Beautiful card Mary - have you considered having the sentiment on the inside instead of the outside.
Raining like the dickens up here!
Sandy xx

Marilyn said...

Beautiful card!!

McCrafty's Cards said...

This is absolutely beautiful Mary!!
Kevin xx

Bonnie said...

What a wonderful Nativity die! Lovin' all that sparkle! I think we're all enjoying the warmer weather. The pollen has been wicked here, but we've had heavy rain this morning and it looks like it's washed most of it off. Hope that's the end of it!

Brenda said...

Beautiful card Momma Mary! I am so loving that die of the Blessed Family scene. Your SB is gorgeous too, I love the glitter papers you used and yes, this card truly represents "the lights" all year long! I wish I knew of some small alpha dies, but I don't know of any. I'm not posting as much right now either. One reason is that it is spring and another reason is Easter. We do what we can, but life does get in the way of our crafty time at times and spring is certainly one of those times. We have had nice weather too so it was out in the yard for some clean up from the long hard winter. But I guess that old man winter isn't quite done with all of us yet, we have snow in the forecast tonight. Nothing earth shattering but could be slippy tomorrow morning! *sigh* Hugs

Nicecrane Designs said...

Woooooo what a incredible die Mary..........love your creativity.

Mrs A. said...

Well worth the wait Mary. Love how you have used the glitter paper for the die cutting. Just looked on the Sizzix site but they don't do the alphabet strip that I have anymore. Hugs Mrs A.

Mrs A. said...

Hi Mary,
just looked on Ebay and put in Sizzix alphabet dies and loads came back.
Hugs Mrs A.

Susan (rainy) said...

Oh that nativity is spectacular! Such a pretty card, Mary, with all its glitter and light.

Asha said...

HE certainly is the Light of Christmas! This card is perfect on all levels... the ONLY reason we have Christmas. Thank you so much for this beautiful card, Rita. Certainly worth the wait.
hug, Asha

Lisa said...

Oh wow, this is so beautiful!! I love the Nativity scene and the amazing sparkle!! This is fabulous :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

dutchess said...

oh Mary this is just beautiful.....sorry I am late with the commenting but Rich had to go into hospital Monday and its been a worrying time....all just starting to settle down again ...loving the card xxxx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

This is fabulous! It is so glittery and shimmery. The card itself reflects light.

Petra Swart said...

WOW, Mary, great dies you have used on this card and I love the colours!! Lovely!!
Hugz

rachel said...

super card Mary - great use of dies - wonderful! Big hugs rachel xx

Carol said...

Sorry I'm so late with my commenting! A super card Mary, what a gorgeous die. Carol x