Christmas Eve

Good afternoon, and the Big Day is nearly here. So whatever you've not finished, I hope you can stop, take a breath, calm down and enjoy a little calming time to really enjoy tomorrow. My wish for all my lovely visitors is that you have loved ones to share the day with & that you have the health to enjoy a peaceful & happy day. I'm truly thankful that my family & I are able to do that. It's what Christmas really means to me. It's lovely to have tiny ones about to enjoy the magic of Santa and the presents. Watch their eyes widen as they see the tree Christmas morning, with all the packages. I do remember that thrill with our daughter when she was small. Yet growing older brings its own pleasures too. We are just the four of us together and will be missing our best friend - who is DD's godfather. He is someone DH met when he was stationed at Pensacola, Fla in his navy days prior to his tours in Viet Nam. Our friend is a staunch New Englander, so it was really odd that the 2 guys hit it off. He's had some health problems recently and just not up to a trip at the moment. However, I'm thankful that at least the 4 of us can enjoy being together. That is always my special Blessing.

I unsealed DH's card to take a photo this morning, and here it is:


Still haven't located the pictures I took the night before we left, of which this card was one. Tried to take a photo outside where the light was better, and too windy. So the background is on DD's counter.

- SWilson Bevel die cut the kraft card base. Red glitter paper placed behind the cutout and some 'jewels' added.

- Tattered lace Peace die cut from the same red glitter paper. (took me 2 tries to get this as I did it on the wrong side of the paper first time! You have to look to be sure the die is positioned on the proper side of the paper that you want to show- especially if it is a sentiment!). Happy to report that after a couple rolls through the machine, the die released very nicely, even though this is one of the thicker glitter papers. Had a bit of concern about that at first.

- image  colored with copics, some WoS added, die cut with a S/B scalloped circle. Bottom portion of the card seemed to 'need something' and this was an image that was colored earlier. DH always likes to have something done with copics on his cards. Debated on adding a die sentiment of "husband" with the red glitter, and decided to leave as you see it. I think he'll like it.

Thought you might enjoy seeing what SIL did to amuse himself this morning.

Thanks for all the prayers & good wishes for DH. Thankfully he is improving some every day. He will be seeing our own doctors when we get back home. Don't know if the 12 hours of sitting on the drive to come south had anything to do with his problem. He felt well enough to go out yesterday with DD & me to go to some of the stores (oh the crowds). There are quite a few Michael's stores in the area, so whenever one is close, I have to check it out. Stock is pretty well picked over & nothing interesting. Yesterday after a quick stroll through one, walking to the exit - I spied a few Stampendous Christmas stamps - 70% off - on a counter end cap. I managed to get three that are normally $14.99/$15.99, paying about $4.00 for each.

Hope you're having a grand day whatever you may be doing. Thanks for joining me, and in case I don't get on the computer tomorrow, a Big Merry Christmas to all of you. If you don't celebrate the day as such, then Happy Holidays as well! Big Hugs.

PS: As I've been typing this post, we've watched dolphins playing out in the water in front of the house. So graceful & what a thrill.


  1. That must be quite a sight to watch and your card is delightful.
    Glsd to hear that hubby is improving. Merry Christmas Mary.
    Hugs Mrs A.

  2. Beautiful card Mary have a lovely Christmas
    lorraine x

  3. Beautiful card Mary. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. Hugs Rita xxx

  4. Merry Christmas, Mary! Your hubby's card is beautiful! He will love it! I am happy he has been improving! Sounds like you are having a lovely time!

  5. Glad to hear that hubby is feeling much better. Have a wonderful Christmas Mary and a very happy New Year! Huge festive hugs, Anne xx

  6. Oh, what a gorgeous card, Mary!! The cut-out is amazing!! I love the pretty peace die and the beautiful wreath!! Your hubby will love this!! It's stunning!! I'm glad he is feeling better. Oh, how awesome to be watching the dolphins playing in the water...I'm jealous!! I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and happy holiday season, and that 2015 brings you much love, many blessings and endless happiness!! Hugs my friend,

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  7. Really lovely card and I did smile at you secretly opening it to take a photo. Glad to hear that he is improving.
    Fabulous to sit and watch the Dolphins.
    It is my Hubby's birthday Christmas Day and I didn't take a photo of his card that I made but I will be doing first thing in the morning.
    Have a fabulous Christmas, enjoy the weather and the company and don't eat too much lol.

    Kath x

  8. So glad to hear your husband is feeling better, I'm sure he is going to love the super card. Enjoy yourselves tomorrow, Happy Christmas
    Jean x

  9. lovely news about hubby Mary....and good to know you will all be having a lovely time over Christmas....enjoy, hugs Xxxxxx

  10. Mary, I see you have used your Sue Wilson die beautifully along with your peace die. Your card is gorgeous. You make me jealous talking about seeing the Dolphins at our old house we looked over the North sea and I would watch the Dolphins playing from my lounge. Glad to hear your DH is doing better, have a wonderful day with your family. Merry Christmas. Hazel x

  11. That's a great card for the hubs! I love all those gems placed inside the die cut panel! So glad he's doing better and I wish you all a very merry Christmas!!

  12. Your card is ultra beautiful, Mary. The details are exquisite as always. Merry Christmas!

  13. This card is gorgeous Momma Mary! I love the decorative window with the glitter paper, and I love, love, love that peace die cut out! So elegant!! You Copic colored wreath is amazing as well. I think hubby will love this card! Oh boy, I can see SIL is having a good time with his toy! I have ridden, not driven a jet ski before and certainly not in the ocean!! We were on the International Coastal Highway water. That was calm and I only road with someone I trusted. lol Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas Momma Mary!!! Hugs, Brenda

  14. This is gorgeous Mary and the fretwork die and that lovely ornate 'Peace' and that beautifully coloured image make this a real 'wow' card. How wonderful to see dolphins just outside and your SIL looks as though he is enjoying life on the water. Glad DH is somewhat better and that you got some bargain stamps. I wish we had a Michael's shop here. x

  15. What a pretty card! Love all the red and gold! Glad Joe is doing better. I'm glad he can enjoy all the Christmas festivities. Small groups are so much more peaceful and special in their own way. Enjoy and be merry!

  16. Brilliant card and love this style and colours used. Thanks for being a wonderful friend and may it grow in the new coming year..xx
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  17. That is one stunning card - love all the sir cutting on it!
    Glad to hear that DH is on the mend.
    Blessings, and prayers for a comfortable journey home!

  18. Beautiful card and still keeping you sweet hubby in my prayers.

  19. I'm sure he loved this card, it's beautiful.

    Weren't you lucky to spy out the stamps, bet you came out of the shop with a huge smile.

    Hope your ride home is comfortable for hubby.

  20. Super design Mary!

    Wishing you and yours all the best for the new year!
    Hugs Jacee
    Simply Paper Card Design

  21. Hi Mary

    I have loved reading your totally different way of life, and it sounds fab. I love to read what you get up to on the other side of the pond. I hope the OH will be back fighting fit soon. Your doge look adorable in their Christmas outfits, Bless them.

    I wish you a very happy and healthy and prosperous 2015.

    Hope to talk again soon

    Tina XX