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12/24/2017

Christmas Rose

Good Evening, and here it is: Christmas Eve. We have some eucalyptus and basalm candles burning, so it certainly smells like Christmas inside. Many long years ago (maybe 40+) DH had one of the then popular ceramic Christmas trees made for me, by a friend of his. This was before we got into ceramics. Surprisingly with all our moving around, the tree is still intact, all the little lights still work, so that's turned on tonight. And best of all, Mr has had 3 good days where he wasn't feeling punk. Yesterday we had a big family celebration at the daughter of Brother #2. Two of his sons were missing, but with the grands, great grands - there were enough people there, to make a lot of noise! Very festive and lots of delicious food too. Tomorrow I'll be doing some food here for DH & me, and think Bro #2 will join us. Brother #1 will be at one of his daughter's - so that's another milestone holiday for each of them to have gotten through alone - but thankfully, not truly alone!

So I've been working on a special card for the Mr. Had gotten aWplus9 Christmas Rose stamp and colored it up. Disaster. It's not an easy stamp to color, even though I thought it would be. First stamped in Memento Toffee Crunch, as I wanted a sort of 'no line' look with pastel colors. (I had looked up Christmas Rose on google to see the color ranges). Worked 2 nights, and it went from bad to worse. My coloring was ok...BUT...the pastel colors looked really washed out. Decided to check youtube to see if somebody had used this image (I knew Jennifer McGuire had, which is where I saw it..but of course I couldn't find that one!) Luckily I found Floral Highlighting with Kelly. Loved what she did so much, I cased it! Now mine doesn't look quite as good as Kelly's turned out, but I was rather pleased with it (so big thanks to Kelly! I'll edit this post later to share my first efforts...)

 
 
I didn't use exactly the same copic colors or Distress Ink colors as in the video, and also used a DOX one, but basically I CASED what Kelly did, with immense gratitude. I was getting a little panicky about having a nice card done. I think Mr. will enjoy having it. He always prefers the cards where I've done copic coloring rather than just the die cut ones. I thought about doing some gold spatters, but caution won the day.
 
So Merry Christmas to ALL of you, and big thanks to so many of you who thought of us with the lovely Christmas cards you've sent us. I hope I've shared all of them...and that you've had time to take a peak and enjoy them with us.
 
God Bless, and I hope each of you has those you love best with you tomorrow, and will be able to enjoy the day with splendid health. Family, Love and Health...and remembering the most precious Gift given us so long ago. Hugs
 


19 comments:

  1. You have made a fabulous card Mary and your colouring is just wonderful, I'm sure your hubby will LOVE it! The background is just perfect to make the flowers pop out!
    Merry Christmas to you both!!

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  2. Hi Mary, Happy Christmas.

    The card for your hubby is lovely.

    I hope you, your hubby and brother have a lovely day. Sue

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  3. Gorgeous card!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

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  4. This turned out just beautiful and I think you've colored it to perfection! I'm sure the mister is going to enjoy it! Merry Christmas to you and yours - may it be a joyful occasion in spite of the hardships we've all dealt with this year! Celebrate!!

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  5. This is a beautiful stamp Mary and love your fabulous colouring of it, and watched the video which does give some great tips from Kelly. I think your DH will have totally loved this and I am so pleased that ne is feeling so much better and that you have been celebrating with the family. I hope that the rest of your Christmas is good and wish you all the best for 2018, and am looking forward to seeing lots more of your wonderful creations in the coming year. x

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  6. Merry Christmas to you both. I'm so glad to hear hubby is feeling better and I hope it lasts. Glad to hear your brothers are doing so well this holiday. Enjoy the day and hugs to you. The card you made for him is just lovely. Great coloring and perfect touches with the white.

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  7. How very gorgeous is that card and your coloring of it is fantastic. Merry Christmas to you and all of your family.

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  8. Just love your card. It is gorgeous. Love the colors you choose. Hope you will have gorgeous holidays. Wish you and yours all the best in 2018.

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  9. Wow! This is so elegant, Mary! I'm sure Joe loves it!

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  10. Your card turned out lovely! Youtube is a great place to find help and inspiration. Hope you're having a wonderful Christmas and wishing you a Happy New Year.

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  11. What a stunning card Mary - it's absolutely beautiful!! I do hope you have had a wonderful Christmas, and glad to Mr is feeling a tad better.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  12. This turned out gorgeous, very impressed by your coloring here. Mr must have applauded your work here.
    I hope you're having an enjoyable Christmas time.

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  13. Your coloring is outstanding on this one, Mary! WOW, what an impact. How I love the red surrounded by all the white- so beautifully done! Your focal really pops on this one.

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  14. I'm glad you kept at this, Mary, because I think it is one of the most stunning cards you've ever done! I'll bet Joe loved it! I'm so glad to hear he has had a few good days - long may they continue!! Hugs, Darnell

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  15. I was just going through my emails and found this card I thought I had commented on, old age doesn't come alone LOL.
    This is another that is so VERY Beautiful Mary, I love the addition of the white pen, really SUPER work. Hope all is well.
    Faith
    x

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  16. This came out fabulously, Mary! I bet he was impressed and loved it!

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  17. Mary this is a beautiful card, love the colours.

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  18. Beautiful, Mary! Happy New Year!

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  19. Gorgeous card Mary! Sorry, I took a few weeks off from blogging and just saw this as I was reading your latest post with a link to this. You did an amazing job of no line watercolour. This is a real WOW! card! xx

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