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Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Happy Tuesday morning!!! I hope everyone had a great weekend! I know our family did although we received a lot of not so good news.

A very close friend of ours worked nights at the hospital on Saturday night, on his way home (one mile from his home) he fell asleep. He went off the road and hit a tree. As a result, from the impact, he shattered the vertebrate in his back. Thank God he is not paralyzed and can move his arms and legs. What a blessing! He did have to go through 6 hours of surgery to put a rod in his back and is in a great deal of pain.My heart and thoughts are with Marcus and Florence (and their to little girls) right now.It really makes you thankful for good health that so many of us take for granted. My brother in law also lost his job. During these tough economic times my heart goes out to my sister and the family. What news for them to get the day before leaving on vacation!!! They had it scheduled months ago. I am so glad they did go and I hope they have a great time!

Each week we awarding a special Badge Award to one person for their outstanding sketch submission. If you would like to be considered for this award, please make sure your card link is posted to Mr. Linky by Sunday of each week. This is our way of let you know how wonderfully talented you are and how much we appreciate you sharing your craft with us. This week we are proud to say the“MIDNIGHT MADNESS MASTERPIECE” Gold Star AwWell anywho.....on to some brighter is Midnight Madness. Today we have a new sketch!!!This is your last week to get in the drawing for Jeni’s Challenge Candy and the Simon Says Stamp $50 voucher. So keep those entries coming :) You have till Midnight EST 8-29-09 to get your MMSC15 entries in for last weeks sketch. One winner will be drawn for our weekly BONUS GIFT give away from SUNSHINE’S STAMPS Wednesday, so check back for that. If you miss the deadline, you are still welcome to link up to Mr Linky, but any entries after the "LAST CALL" will not be in the drawing.ard goes to.....
#106. Jacque

The New Royal Award!!!!

We are just thrilled with all our players each week and The Midnight Madness Team is having a ball visiting and commenting on so many of your entries. The Team would like to acknowledge five of our players for sticking with us since the beginning. The first 3 names have played with our sketches from the very first one we put out. The last two names only missed the very first sketch. I guess it took them a week to find us LOL . We would like to give these five ladies this “Royal Loyal Award” for being such troopers. We have enjoyed your work these last 15 weeks!! Thank you and thank you to all our players from the bottom of our hearts for making this journey such a fun one.

9. Liz Williams

18. Darlene (akronstamperdpk)

63. Lovely Linda

below have entered all but the very first one :)
1. Loz

19. Julia

Weekly Bonus Prize

This weeks bonus prize is sponsored by Michelle Perkett. Michelle Perkett is an artist who believes that the world can always use more happiness, innocence, color and inspiration. Each of her enchanted and inspirational fairies, mermaids, goddesses and angels share these wonderful things with the world.

Thank you so much Michelle for being our sponsor this week and your very GENEROUS prize give away of your........



And now for our sketch!!!!!!!!!!

Sketch this week is from Jeni. Thank you Jeni :)

My take on the sketch:

While many of the dt used Michelle's gorgeous digitals, I decided to use on of my Sweet n Sassy images to add to the variety of the dt examples. This is my very first Christmas card. I love this poinsettia wreath!! I knew I wanted to use it but I must admit I struggled with this card trying to make the sketch. Did you ever have a card that just doesn't feel quite right to you? Well this one is it for me. It is not one of my faves. I am still loving this Christmas Poinsettia set from Sweet N Sassy. It is so much fun to color! I watercolored mine. The dp is from SU retired holiday line from last year. It is such gorgeous paper! I added some K&Co. glitter to the borders for some added sparkle. While it is hard to see in this picture, I did add little Hero Arts Pearls to the wreath.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Sweet n Sassy Christmas Poinsettia
Paper: SU Holiday Treasures, K&Co Green Glitter Paper, Bazzill Bitter Chocolate
Accessories: EK Success Moracco Lace, Spellbinders, Prima Dandies, brown grosgrain ribbon, rhinestone flourishes, Hero arts pearls

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope this inspires you to create and maybe even create using this sketch. Should you create a card or project with this sketch, please leave a direct to Mr. Linky here. If you upload your creation to SC please use the keyword MMSC16.

For some gorgeous takes on this sketch, you really must hop on over to my fellow dt sisters. There are a lot of magnificent creations there!

Carolyn - Creative Card Corner
Charlotte - Designs From Within
Denise - kc242 Designs by Denise
Jane - The Paper Affair
Jeni - Jeni's Custom Cards
Jessica - solocosmo
Kimmie - kimmie kaye's designs
Michelle - Daydreams by Michelle
Phyllis - SparklePlenty1000
Priscilla - "priscillastyles"
Shawne - Paper Art from Studio 313
Sonya - The Pink Paper Penguin
Sue - McMahon Five Designs
Melissa- Keepsakes by Melissa

Thanks for stopping by!!! Since it is early, I can browse all the blogs I missed yesterday!! Woo hoo!! Have a great day!!! Tomorrow I will be back with Flutter By Wednesday and an Inky Impressions Challenge!


Patti J said...

Wow Chris - so sorry to hear about your friend and your brother in law. I'm not sure why bad things happen to good people...hopefully, with the wonderful support system they have through friends and family, their 'bad' times will be short, and their upcoming good times will be better than ever before. Your card is beautiful! Isn't it fun making that very first holiday card? Lol...Blessings dear friend...

Cheryl said...

OMG,so sorry to hear about your friend and long as they are all ok and hope that recovery is quick for all!!! Your card is beautiful,I just love poinsettias and this is beautifully put together!!
Hugs xx

Spyder said...

I love that poinsettia wreath too, just right for a lovely Christmas Card. Really lovely card. I've left a little something on my blog for you.

Tina said...

Chris, this is so lovely! What wonderfule detail and color.

Stef H said...

that is the 2d piece of bad news i've read on blogs this morning. i'm sooo sorry!

your card is gorgeous. never expected the wreath but it's perfect! and the 4 seasons images are to die for!

hope your day is fabulous!


Silke Ledlow said...

Chris - this is a beautiful take on the Sketch!!! Hugs ~S~

jdmommy - Anne Harmon said...

Chris, what awful news!! I hope your friend is free of pain soon. I know what he's going through, and it is terrible. How disastrous for your sister and BIL! I'm glad they followed through on their vacation plans.

Your cards are gorgeous as usual, and that new set of seasons is amazing!! Thanks for sharing the good AND the bad. You and they are in my prayers!

designsfromwithinbycharlotte said...

Chris, my thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and friends family too. What news all in one shot. At least they all have each other and a strong support group to help them through this rough time.
I think your card is just so pretty and you did a great job with the sketch. Poinsettias are such lovely flowers and remind me of such a great time of year. I would love to have this one in my garden...just beautiful!

Holly Young said...

Chris, I think this is a really beautiful card. Your watercoloring on the wreath is just gorgeous. I really like the papers you chose to use too, and the way you did the ribbon is really cool!
I'll keep your friend in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

You always do such a beautiful job with your creations!! I love how you took the sketch to make it Christmas!! I love your interpretation of this!! Nicely done!! TFS! HUGS

Cathy said...

Chris, I am so sorry to hear about your friend and your brother in law. My heart goes out to you and your friends and family and know that there are friends out here praying for you and them. My thoughts are with you.

I love your interpretation of the sketch and you have made a beautiful piece of art. Hang in there and remember that I care. Hugs, Cathy

Lori said...

Sorry to hear of the bad news. It is so good that your sis & family are going on vaca still, hope they don't worry to much. Your card is very nice, the wreath is especially gorgeous!

Rachel said...

WoW! this is sooo beautiful Chris!

Carolyn said...

Oh my gosh, Chris! I am so sorry to hear about your friend. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. Thank God that no one was killed!! Prayers to your brother-in-law and their family too. Times are so tough right now. Hoping for better times ahead!

Your card this week is just beautiful! I love pointsettias too. That border punch is so pretty. I keep seeing it on cards, but I have not seen it in any stores yet. What brand is it? I just love it. Your cards are always gorgeous, and I always look forward to seeing each new one that you post! Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

Hugs and Prayers,

Jane, at Thepaperaffair said...

Well one could never tell you struggled with this card, I like it alot-enought for both of us!!! Happy first Holiday card!!

Sorry about all your bad news. Hope the families can gather some strenght.


Riet said...

What a beautiful card Chris,i love the image and colours.
So gorgeous papers.

Hugs Riet.x

Grace said...

Chris you know I love every card you make! Your sewing just has me drooling!

I'm so sorry you had so much bad news this weekend! That was a terrible accident! I thank the Lord he made it through alive and able to move! I am living testimony to the healing power the Lord gives, even when in a terrible accident where I was not "supposed" to survive (humanly speaking)! I will pray for his speedy recovery!

I'm also sorry to hear about your BIL losing his job. These are such difficult days! I hope they can still manage to have a relaxing time on vacation, and will pray the Lord provides something for him. God is able!

It was sooo good meeting you on Sat. and I hope we can do it again when we have more time! Hugs!

Michelle's Daydreams said...

Chris I just love your Christmas Wreath! It's really, really pretty. :) The pointsettias are perfectly colored.

Carol L said...

I love the Holiday Treasures dsp and I'll probably cry once I use what I have left! Your card is so pretty with those punched borders and unique ribbon treatment!

Jodi said...

Very pretty card and I am so sorry to hear about your BIL. Hope that he will find something soon!
Jodi =)

Denise Marzec said...

Wow, this is gorgeous!! Pretty wreath and I love the way you did the three ribbon tabs behind the prima. I just made something with this sketch....but I'm not lovin' it..will have to look at it again in the a.m., LOL!

Lisa Foster said...

This is such a beautiful card, Chris!!! Fun sketch too!
I'm so sorry about your friend's accident and BIL's job. I can totally relate, since both of those things have happened to me in this past year (except I was not injured as badly) I will put them both in my prayers. God WILL take care of them, as he has me. Hugs, Lisa

Cheryl said...

Hi Chris,I'm back have an award on my blog for you!!!
Hugs xx

Connie M. said...

This is just so beautiful, Chris! Love your wreath, and that DP...I think I have some of that left...I just loved it last year!! Hmmm I will have to dig it out...thanks for the inspiration (as always!) :)

Michelle said...

Chris - so sorry to hear about your friend and brother. Both going through difficult times in totally different ways. My prayers are with both of them and their families!

Your card is so pretty! I'm a huge fan of poinsettia's - might be due to the fact that my parents got married in December and they consider this their flower. I like your sketch too - you always have the coolest layers and details on your cards!

Yvonne Hagane said...

Wow, your cards are just stunning, stunning, stunning!!
Love all the details and colors.
Amazing work!

Emma said...

Hi Chris
So sorry to her about your friend and brother in thoughts are with all.
Your card is gorgeous...stunning!!
Emma x

Priscilla said...

Hey Chris what a wonderful post and of course great card. Thank you for posting such a great post regarding our sponsor. Your work is always top notch :)You seem to do it week after week and produce such wonderful cards. Thank you so much for being on the Midnight Madness Team. It would not be the same without you :)

cabio's craft corner said...

The layered of Poinsettias to assemble the wreath is a clever idea. Very pretty winter card!

Darlene said...

This is just gorgeous Chris! LOVE all the little extras you put into this creation. I also love the fact that it's Christmas but it doesn't SCREAM IN YOUR FACE Christmas ... such a soft, pretty holiday card! Your creations alway inspire me!! Keep 'em coming!

Carol Hurlock said...

Chris, sorry to hear of such bad news for your friends and family. Praying for a quick recovery for both instances of circumstance.

This poinsettia wreath is just lovely and your coloring superb. The rhinestone accent is striking. This is one of those classy and sophisticated pieces of artwork that is a pleasure to behold.



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