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1/18/2015

Christmas Card Club - Challenge #2 - The Real Reason for the Season

Happy Sunshine Sunday. We've had 3 glorious days of beautiful sunshine with temperatures hovering near 60F. So thankful to have this kind of lovely weather after all the gloomy gray days last week.

Today is 2015's Challenge #2 at our Christmas Card Club. Our challenge theme of The Real Reason for the Season, was chosen by our dear Christine.  We had received a very pretty Nativity card some years ago. When I saw this week's theme, I knew exactly the card to recycle for this challenge. The card had quite a glossy finish, so was a bit hard to photograph. Each photo had reflective glare under the lights. Here goes with the best of the lot:



- S/Binders Majestic Labels 25 die cut the aperture from the white card base.

- Sizzix EF (657981) Holiday Frame was inked with Delicata Gold and embossed. (the gold doesn't show in the photo, but is quite pretty IRL).

- trimmed motif from a recycled card front, used 1/8" Scor-tape to adhere to card base. Fussy cut the star from the motif and glued on the outer portion of the card base.

- MB Blooming Poinsettia Die (small one) to create the flowers. (a portion of the recycled card's sentiment showed. In order to get the main motif visible in the aperture, only the top half of the sentiment was displayed. Die cut 5 sets of poinsettias from a white snippet, colored with copics to compliment the red & gold image. Placed the flowers to obscure the visible bits of the sentiment).

Left the poinsettias flat, keeping in mind extra postage required for next year's mailing. A seasonal sentiment will only be placed on the inside verse.

Hope you will check out the other Christmas Card Club members' ideas on this theme. Each member's blog is listed on the right hand side bar.

Thanks for joining me today, and have a super wonderful Sunday. Big Hugs to all.

It's also Week 160 over at the Snippets Playground, and this card does have some snippets, so off I go to see Little Parsnip! C'mon with me, won't you???

45 comments:

Sue said...

I love this Mary it's gorgeous!! it's been really cold today and snow keeps fluttering hope it just flutters and doesn't decide to lay LOL huggles Sue xxx

Patricia said...

Hello Mary, glad you have sunshine and warm temps.
We have had a beautiful sunny day BUT very, very cold.
I love your beautiful card, perfect for the challenge.
Great colours and beautiful image.
Hugs

Patricia x

Carol said...

A beautiful majestic card Mary, love the recycled image and gorgeous poinsettias.We've had some lovely bright days here too but they certainly haven't been warm! Carol x

dutchess said...

Hi Mary this is fabulous....I always like to recycle but you have made a spectacular card....those poinsettia really add dimension I just love it......bright and cheerful perfect Christmas card xxxxxx

Gail said...

Turned out great!
We too are having above seasonal temperatures!

Pippa said...

Fantastic card Mary. Love the way you have used the flowers to hide unwanted parts of the original design. x

Rita said...

Beautiful card Mary. Very suitable for the challenge too. Thank you for all your support and Good Wishes. Hugs Rita xxx

Sue said...

Lovely card.

Wish we had your weather. We have had sunshine today, but temps below zero.

Hope you are having a nice weekend. Sue

rachel said...

this is a wonderful make Mary - I love it - gorgeous use of the dies and those poinsettias look fab. Thanks for your kind words lovely lady! Big hugs rachel x

Lisa said...

Oh wow, Mary, this is so elegant and beautiful!! I love the gold Nativity!! The flowers are gorgeous!! What a stunning card - I love everything about it!! Have a wonderful weekend my friend!! Hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Sarah said...

Gorgeous card Mary, those poinsettias make a beautiful "window box" for that lovely upcycled image!! xx

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

Hi Mary ... what a pretty card creation! I am your newest follower and thanks for visiting my blog. Your kind words are very appreciated. Good to meet new folks and just a little more about my travels ... born in the Pittsburgh, PA area (go Steelers!), graduated high school in Sumter, SC and of course now reside in Akron, OH. Obviously an East Coast girl! Keep up the good work and please come visit again!

Christine Harrop said...

Such a lovely card Mary, and perfect for the challenge. I knew you would appreciate this particular challenge and thank you for participating. I don't recycle enough - even though i have quite a stash of cards that I have liked enough not to throw away. Maybe this year is when I will make use of them. Hugs Christine xx

Carol L said...

THis is just beautiful Mary, and way to recycle an older card! I love the poinsettia border and white embossed background! There's beautiful contrast with the gold image, and the north star looks perfect!

Donna Hanley said...

Just a beautiful card and it is the reason for the season. Enjoy your Sunny Sunday. No sun hear. Suppose to get rain, but none so far.

mamapez5 said...

This is just what a Christmas card ought to look like! Lovely bright red and gold, perfect image, and clever use of the poinsettias to hide the unwanted bits. Love it! Kate x

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful card the manager scene is wonderful. It's great that you are working on Christmas cards already! Cheers, Shirleyxx

Pat said...

This is a glorious card Mary, that red really pops and the poinsettias are beautiful with the gold nativity scene. x

Gibmiss said...

Hi Mary
Fabulous card... Stunning....
Hugs Sylvie xxx

Redanne said...

Your card is beautiful Mary, I love the beautiful Poinsettias. It is cold here and we have our first snow - all 2 inches of it... Hugs, Anne xx

Rainey's Craft Room said...

A lovely card Mary and those poinsettias really are a glorious finishing touch.
Lorraine

Kathleen said...

Really fabulous recycled card, love the poinsettia 's.

Kath x

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Mary I wanted to thank you so much for the wonderful comment that you left for me on my blog it meant so much to me. Mary this is beautiful, the nativity scene looks fantastic in gold with the red background, the flowers look amazing a superb make.
hugs
lorraine x

cuilliesocks said...

Hello Mary, your card is very elegant and how wonderful that it's recycled too. Such rich colours and your blooms are gorgeous. Perfect for the challenge.
It's minus 10 in some areas of the Highlands, take care Hugs Kate x

scrappymo! said...

Great upcycle Mary! Your image is perfectly framed and I love the MB poinsettias grounding the frame!

Liz said...

A beautiful card! The red poinsettias looks striking against the white background. I love the design. xx

jimlynn said...

Another WOW card for sure!!! So beautiful and I love all the poinsettias at the bottom. WOW! Great recycling!
Lynn

Shona Erlenborn said...

What a great way to recycle! Love how you covered up and balanced out the card with the gorgeous poinsettias. Great design!

Patti J said...

Beautifully done, Mary! Love this!

Sheila H said...

Your card just glows, Mary. I love the poinsettias. And the embossing really pops. You are a true artist at recycling cards! We're having a few nice days here in Georgia - cold, but sunny with slightly above average temperatures.

Maxine D said...

What a wonderful, classy re-cycle Mary - love the way the eye goes straight to the nativity.
Blessings
Maxine

Hazel said...

A great recycle Mary, you have put the different bits of the challenge together besutifully. So glad you have got sunshine, very cold here with a very hard frost. Hazel x

Di said...

Beautiful card Mary - I love how you upcycled that gorgeous image and the poinsettias are such a lovely touch!

Hugs

Di xx

Cathy said...

Beautiful card Mary, great job upcycling too! Cathy x

nwilliams6 said...

Wow Mary. This is so elegant and pretty. Lots of elegant gold and those flowers are awesome and really great. If you keep making cards like this (which I think you should), you may want to start saving all your change for the postage - LOL (I can say that because I have to every year). Hugz

Marilyn said...

WOW!!! Beautiful card

Brenda said...

Wow! I love this card Momma Mary and would have never thought that you recycled an old Christmas card to get this beautiful card! I love your embossing and you can see a touch of the gold at the bottom, so I can image how beautiful it is in real life! Love, love those poinsettia's, they covered up the unwanted sentiment beautifully! I just ordered and got a small poinsettia die from Simon Says and can't wait to use it. Yours look so real! This is a fabulous card for sure! Hugs, Brenda

Faith A said...

Stunning work Mary, it makes a real statement.

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Very nicely done! I'm impressed with your ability to recycle store bought cards so well. I love that row of pointsettias to cover up the greeting that was showing through.

Jacee said...

Lovely design Mary, poinsettia look fabulous!
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Bonnie said...

What a beautiful image, Mary! I love the gold and the bank of beautiful poinsettias beneath it!

Petra Swart said...

What a lovely card, Mary!!! That is such a beautiful image and I love the star at the top!!! (yeah for recycling, hey!!!) The poinsettias at the bottom are stunning!! When you look closely you can see the gold on the embossed frame - beautiful!!!!
Have a great day!!!
Hugz

Tina Campbell said...

Beautiful card Mary I can see why you recycled it (I'm all for recycling :) You really did a fantastic job covering what you didn't want show. Send some of those warm temps up here to PA please :) Have a fantastic day :)

Elizabeth said...

Gorgeous card, Mary. Love the poinsettias. By the way, it's freezing here :) Elizabeth xx

UTs Hobby Time said...

Elegant Christmas card. Love the poinsettia flower.