Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Hosanna on High

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
Luke 2:10-11 KJV
 
Our sponsor this week at Twist of Faith is Clear Dollar Stamps! Our random prize winner will receive a $15 voucher for use at the Clear Dollar Stamps store. Our theme for you this week is

RELIGIOUS CHRISTMAS
 
We would like you to make a Christmas card using a religious image -- that means, NO Santas, NO snowmen, NO stockings or gifts -- and even though those are quite cute and festive and acceptable during this holiday time, we want you to concentrate on the images and symbols that depict that first Christmas and the religious aspect of this holiday.
 
For my card, I am using Clear Dollar Stamps angels set. This wonderful set provides you with several angel images and several sentiments to mix and match for a vast variety of cards. (You can see another image from the set if you visit the Twist of Faith blog as one of my team mates has used another image from this set.) I've colored it up with Copic markers and then I used light blue Pearl Ex powders to color around the image, giving the background a soft shimer (sadly that does not show up in the photo). I also used a Sakura sparkle jelly pen to color the "lace" on the dress and the halo (again, the sparkle doesn't show well in the photo). I then cut the image using a Spellbinder oval die.
 
The card base is white with a layer of  black. On top of the black, I've added a piece of DP from the Teresa Collins "Christmas Cottage" 6x6" pad. Under the oval image, I've placed a shape that I cut from the same pad using a Spellbinder Labels Fourteen die. The ribbon is burgundy velvet. The little pinecone and "berries" sprig is from Michael's Crafts. The sentiment is also matted with black card. Again, this is one of those cards that doesn't photograph to show off its fullest beauty. It is really quite stunning.
 
In just a little over a week, we American will be celebrating Thanksgiving by sharing meals with family and friends -- then literally over night we will be thrown into the Christmas season as stores open early to try to entice many of us to buy, buy, buy. It is, for me, one of the negative aspects of the season. I often feel like the Charlie Brown Christmas story (for those of you who have never seen this little movie, it is a classic example of the commercialism vs. religious -- sweetly done). For me, some of the most beautiful memories of Christmas are from Christmas Eve when we gathered as a family, singing, remembering, laughing and then trooping off to a crowded church for Midnight Mass. There was always something beautiful and magical about sharing the Christmas story with so many friends -- then hugging each other and wishing each other a "Merry Christmas" as we left.
 
There are an awful lot of Christmas presents that I cannot remember. However, I will never forget "for unto you a child is born . . .  a Saviour which is Christ the Lord."

Challenges:
http://stampingwithdragon.blogspot.com.au/ - No red or green
http://www.southerngirlschallenge.blogspot.com.au/ - Christmas
http://avadareschallengeblog.blogspot.ca/ - Christmas
http://glitternsparklechallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/ - Things with Wings
http://robynsfetishchallengeblog.blogspot.com/ - Anything Goes
http://kraftyhandschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ - Christmas

 

14 comments:

  1. Gorgeous card. I love that ribbon and bow. Thanks for sharing it at Avadares Challenge Blog.
    Blessing hugs,
    Teresa

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  2. Doesn't that little bit of black make this beauty "pop"? Your angel looks lovely in her gorgeously coloured robe, Jenee....love that you used the shimmery Pearl Ex powders....I'd forgotten I have some of that, and you've used it beautifully. Where do I start about that luscious bow and sprig? A very classy and elegant creation, my friend.

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  3. Jenee, this is gorgeous! Love the way you colored the image and framed her out. The background paper just "sings" and the pine cones and ribbon are fantastic! Love it all.
    Lynn

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  4. Great card! Thanks for joining us at Kraftyhands - hope you'll join us again next month!
    Mandy x (Kraftyhands DT)

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  5. Beautiful card and lovely embellishments. Thank you for joining in our challenge this month at Kraftyhands and hope you can join us next month.

    Linda xxx
    Kraftyhands DT

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  6. Lovely image! Thank you for joining us at Glitter n Sparkle this week!
    Claire xx
    Glitter n Sparkle DT

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  7. Very beautiful card! thanks for playing with SGC this week.

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  8. Beautiful card!!! I love the musical BG paper!!

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  9. What a fantastic card i love the image and the backing papers . Reminds us what christmas is really about. Thanks for joining us at glitternsparkle . Hugs Trisha x

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  10. great card love that image thanks for joining us at glitter n sparkle and good luck emma xx

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  11. lovely card
    thank you for taking part in the challenge at robyns fetish this week
    hugs
    Debbi x

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  12. Awesome card! Thanks for joining us at Southern Girls Challenges!!

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  13. Jenee such a sweet card...thank you for joining us at Avadares Challenge Blog.

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