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12/25/2017

The Dove of Peace

MERRY CHRISTMAS
 
 
Here's a prayer that your day will be or has been - just the most wonderful and happy day of 2017 for you. I wanted to post a Christmas card made just especially for all those who are so kind to visit here, share sweet comments about the cards & posts I do, and for those who often chat with me by email. Your support this past year has meant so much to me, and helped me get through some tough days. When I would feel down or blue, I'd get an email or a lovely card from one of you, and my spirits lifted. Many times it enabled me to face whatever the next day might be bringing. I know that many of my friends are also dealing with some tough Life's Issues...This thing called Life visits all of us at one time or another. My prayers go out to those of you who are facing these trials.
 
I think I've mentioned here that I seldom watch the news on television. It's depressing, always something unpleasant or hateful, and that's what inspired the card today. It's a very simple card, but expresses my Christmas wish for each of you AND the world we live in.
 
 
 
Background made using Silk acrylic - royal blue as a wash over watercolor paper. While wet, sprinkled Brusho Prussian Blue, Ultra Marine and a bit of white. Spritzed with Dylusions After Midnight spray to bloom the crystals. Let that dry just a bit, then spritzed a pearlized spray for some sheen, with just a little more water to make the colors spread all over the background. I wanted a deep royal blue, and this was exactly what I had envisioned behind this white dove.  
 
- Martha Stewart mega bird punch...5 layers of snippets layered to create some dimension. Added pearls for the eyes (wish I'd left that off!) and the flower center. Leaf twig colored with copics.
 
- Hero Arts Infinity Circles cut the blue background and the outer gold mat. An old Cuttlebug Dots embossing folder for the topper. Memory Box peace die cut from a snippet of mirror c/s that had Stickit backing on it.
 
I was watching Jersey Boys while I worked on this card. Franki Valli & the Four Seasons was the sound of my teenaged years; I really enjoyed the movie and those wonderful songs.
  
Blessings, Hugs AND Peace in your world -  ya'll come back when you have time. I expect all of us can do with a little time off during this holiday season. Thanks for popping in to visit.
 



27 comments:

  1. A beautiful card Mary and let's all hope for peace in 2018.
    Kath x

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  2. Wow, what a beautiful blue background to your white dove Mary and the sentiment is perfect and just what we all hope for, a peaceful world. Thank you so much for all the lovely comments you leave, I really appreciate them. x

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  3. Merry Christmas, dear friend! A beautiful card and sentiment! Here's hoping 2018 is an easier year.

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  4. How beautiful Mary! Lovely card. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

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  5. What a stunning card Mary - I pray you had an enjoyable day filled with Peace and Joy, despite your difficult year. I pray 2018 brings you strength and joy
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  6. Hi Mary, Lovely card.

    If only everyone on this planet would treat each other as they would wish to be treated, it would be a wonderful place.

    You take care. Sue

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  7. Hope you had a peaceful Christmas? Enjoyed reading your post and couldn't agree with you more about blog friends x. Stunning and the the most beautiful card. Love how you did the background and how you managed to get that deep colour. I've never thought to add the brusho's over a coloured wash and then to spray with a coloured mist...I will now! Thank you for the inspiration and here's to a Peaceful, Happy and Crafty 2018 x

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  8. Pretty card!! Praying for world peace for 2018. Thank you for visiting my blog and always leaving me sweet comments

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  9. A very eyecatching and lovely design.

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  10. A beautiful card Mary.
    Wishing you a Happy and Peaceful New Year.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob
    x

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  11. Beautiful card Mary! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  12. What a beautiful card and a lovely wish for 2018. I hope it comes true too!

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  13. This is such a clean and classy design, Mary! Love the gold sentiment on this as well as the peace dove on your rich, gorgeous blue background.

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  14. It's a so striking and creative card, Mary! The bright blue looks amazing with the white and well done for the dimension you given to the dove!
    Peace is really the most needed gift for the world! I don't watch TV, not only because I haven't time, but also because it depresses me!...
    Thanks for your lovely mail, you are a so kind friend! I have a little time for family and perhaps I could craft a bit in these days, and post some little cards I made for Christmas :)
    So glad that all is going well for you and hope you enjoy your days
    Big hugs

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  15. You expressed your wish so well with your truly beautiful card Mary, it is a wonderful sentiment to live by too! Hugs, Anne xx

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  16. The beautiful blue color is so pleasing to my eye and makes for one gorgeous and meaningful card too! I try to remain hopeful that one day we'll all live in peace, but the world grows more hateful and violent with each passing day unfortunately. Hope is all we have left! I removed the cable tv box for the tv in my craft room nearly 2 years ago because I couldn't take the constant daily news bulletins interrupting the daytime shows that I enjoyed watching. If it wasn't politics or nonsense news, it was repeated pharmaceutical ads that felt like brain washing, so I put a stop to it all and unplugged the tv. I pulled out my old CDs and began playing them again and I'm living a peaceful life again now :) I raise my glass in a toast to peace for one and all........some day.

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  17. Gorgeous creation Mary. The gorgeous blue background is a stunning backdrop to your peace dove. Yes, wouldn't it be wonderful to have a peaceful world for 2018? Well we can but hope and pray. Wishing you a happy and healthy 2018.

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  18. That royal blue background you created is outstanding, Mary! It looks like a very expensive silk fabric! A beautiful card and I agree with your thoughts on the subject! Peace out, baby! We've been aiming for that since we were in our 20s, haven't we??! Happy New Year Hugs, Darnell

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  19. Beautiful thoughts Mary and such a VERY beautiful card, yes we could all do with some peace in our lives, I hope 2018 will be peaceful for you and yours and the world.
    Faith
    x

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  20. Such a lovely card Mary and I wish you and yours a better 2018 xx

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  21. Beautiful card and stunning background. Wishing you a bright and blessed New Year. Hugs, Donna

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  22. Beautiful and so striking, Mary ... and a lovely post! Hope you had a blessed Christmas Day ... and that 2018 will be a year of joy for you! Hugs, Anita :)

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  23. Love that fabulous background you have created for that pretty little dove Mary! Sorry I haven't been around in a while . . . mum keeps me very busy! I hope to do better in 2018! All good intentions anyway! I hope you had a good Christmas and that 2018 will be a happy and - above all - healthy one! Love & Hugs. Hazel xx
    My Card Attic

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  24. This card is phenomenal! That beautiful dove pops agains the stunning blue background! Absolutely love it! And yes, the world definitely needs more peace!
    Wishing you all the best for 2018!

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  25. What a lovely Christmas sentiment and a wonderful card. Hope your Christmas was very special. I haven't had much time to comment or craft but hope to get back to some of that next week as I begin the New Year. Happy New Year to you. May 2018 bring lots of good things to you!

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  26. A stunning card, Mary, the dove really stands out against the vivid blue background. We saw the stage production of Jersey Boys in London a few years ago - fabulous show.
    Wishing you a Happy, Healthy and Creative 2018. xx

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  27. Lovely card and wonderful sentiment. I hope you and your family had a fantastic Christmas.

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