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Sunday, December 18, 2011
Happy Sunday Everyone!! I hope you are having a great weekend!!  Mine is busy but I have not been feeling too well so I am trying to keep my spirits up and keep going for our girls.  They get so excited for all the holiday happenings and traditions!!

Anywho...I want to write a brief post for the Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge this week.  This is the last challenge for the year.  The team will be taking a break for the holidays and will return on January 8.

This week's hostess is the ever so sweet and talented Miesje!!

Miesje has chosen one of my fave verses for the holidays:
"Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, good will toward men" (Luke 2:14)

What do you think of when you think of Christmas? Is it the presents or the tree, the lights, or Christmas decorations?  Each and every one of these are symbols for the holiday...not the true meaning but what people long ago used as reminders of that blessed Christmas in the stable.  

The evergreen or tree reminds us of everlasting life.  The Lights representing the Light of the world.  The presents representing God's Gift to us and those given by the wisemen.  Even the colors red and green representing His Blood shed for us and the everlasting life He has given to us if we believe in Him.

What is Christmas without the humble birth of our dear Lord and Savior a long time ago.  What gift to send His one and only Son for us!!  How many kings have been born?  How many royal men have been born in a humble manger as our Savior was?  How many humble or royal births do we celebrate internationally and all around the world yearly?  Jesus, though spiritual and God's Son was born to save us from our Sins.  The greatest gift of Christmas is not only His birth but what He came to do for us.  Born as a Son of God and Man, He came to die that we all may have eternal life if we believe in Him and what He has done for us.  This Christmas message is what gives us Peace and Joy not only at Christmas but all year long!!  Glory to God!!!

Miesje has challenged us to create 
A Christmas card or project that is Christian, including a Christian image and/or sentiment  about the TRUE meaning of Christmas.

For my creation, I decided to make a gift box that I created with Origami.  The tag uses the verse "Glory to God in the Highest..." and the ornament from the Ornaments 2 set at Our Daily Bread Designs cut out with the Spellbinders Holiday Tags.  The candy cane is made with beads and a pipecleaner.  

If you don't have a box in the house and you need to have a small box to package a gift for someone, these origami are a fun, quick, and inexpensive way to create one.  Some may know how to create one of these boxes, but for those who don't, I plan to create a tutorial in mid to the end of January.  All it takes is some adhesive and 2 pieces of 12x12 designer paper!!

This week's Sponsor for the challenge is Our Daily Bread Designs who is offering one random participant a $15 gift certificate toward stamps at their store.


Speaking of  Our Daily Bread designs...did you know that they are having a BIG SALE!  Many sets are 30% off and they are giving "Daily Dough Dollars"!  Customers can  order daily and for every $50 you spend you will receive a coupon code for  $10 in Daily Dough Dollars, redeemable from January 1 - March 15.  The sale runs through December 25th!

Be sure to check out  Miesje's devotional on the SSIC Blog, as I know you'll be blessed!

For more inspiration please visit my DT Sisters:
Kris,  Linda,  MiesjeRebecca,
Lisa, Grace, Peggysue, and Marilynn,  

To join the challenge, please link your entry here.


Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - Anything goes for ChristmasOne Stop Craft - Christmas SparkleSecret Crafter - New Year/CelebrationSweet Stampin - Sparkle and BlingCard Crafters Circle – CelebrationRaise The Bar – ChristmasStampin For The Weekend - ChristmasArtistic Stampers - ChristmasBling It On - Christmas Christmas Cards All Year Round - Anything GoesFreshly Brewed Monthly Challenge - ChristmasHeidi's Hobbystuggu - ChristmasSparkles Forum - Anything BUT a Christmas Card (not a card...a box)The Squirrel & the Fox -  ChristmasOne Stitch At A Time - Anything GoesDi's Digis Designs  ChristmasStamp, Scrap and Doodle -  Bells (bauble bells attached to tag)Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Tag ItFairy Tale - Gift / Gift Packaging

This may be my last for the week unless the busyness and schedule changes and I am able to create something or blog.  Between some real estate happenings and the so many things I need to do as well as prepare for the holidays, it just seems there is no time.  If I am not able to post, I want to wish everyone a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS.  May the Peace and Joy of that Christmas long ago be yours at Christmas and throughout the New Year!!!!



Grace said...

Beautiful origami box Chris and the tag says it all! Hope this coming week is full of good things, good news, and happy memories for you all! Been praying real hard!!! TTYS!

Becky said...

Good morning Chris, what a gorgeous origami box you created, love the tag and candy cane with that luscious ribbon. Can not wait for the tutorial. Praying for you and your family and sending you HUGS :).

Unknown said...

A very Merry and Blessed Christmas to you and your family. Your Real Estate happenings are still in my prayers. You have created a gorgeous box, the lid decorating is fantastic!

Dawnll said...

During this time sometimes it is hard to remember the true meaning of Christmas.
Thanks for the lovely post.
Your box is beautiful sweetie.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year

Karen W said...

Beautiful Chris, I just added mine, great challenge!!!

Angella D. Crockett said...

Hello, Chris darlin'! What a beautiful, festive the embellished bow...yummy! Love and hugs, Angie

Ani said...

The box is wrapped up so beautifully!

Unknown said...

Hi Chris, love your Christmas box!! It will look so pretty under the Christmas tree!! I want to take the opportunity dear Chris, to wish you and your family a wonderfull Christmas and a blessed, happy and healthy Newyear! Hugs, Frea

Linda said...

Chris, This little box is just beautiful.. Hope you get feeling better soon.. Have a Merry Christmas!! Hugs, Linda

Maria Matter said...

such a beautiful little box Chris!
I hope you feel better this week hun!
Wishing you & yours a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
many hugs & blessings!!

Miesje said...

Chris, your tag and box is beautiful. I love it! I really loved what you shared too - so important to have the focus where it belongs. Have a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Linda said...

Very pretty box Chris! Thanks for joining us at SSDS this week.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Hugs and Blessings!

Rufus said...

Pretty Box! Merry Christmas to you and yours and a Very Happy 2012! (good grief, can you believe it's 2012?!)

Melodie said...

Wow, it looks so great, really wonderful.

Pauline said...

Such a beautiful creation for a gift presentation! Thank you for sharing with us at Card Crafter's Circle!
hugs and blessings,

shaz earl said...

Fabulous box!

Thank you for joining us at Sparkles for our "Anything but a Christmas card" Challenge

Hope you will join us again soon, good luck in the draw

Shaz x

Hazel said...

Wonderful crafting - another beautiful entry for my CHNC challenge 51 x

downrightcrafty said...

What a lovely creation thank you so much for sharing your lovely work with us at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge
Hugs and Merry Xmas
Kate xx

Hels Sheridan said...

oooh I would love to receive a special parcel like that... looks very inviting! Thanks for playing along with The Artistic Stamper challenge... Merry Christmas x

Jennifer said...

Love your gift! It is just begging to be opened! Thanks for joining us at Card Crafter's Circle! Hugs.

MariLynn said...

What a pretty box. I just love making these origami boxes. I started making them about 9 years ago. I had a box making party for my daughter. She and all her friends came over and made boxes and stamped and decorated them. Then they beaded some bracelets to put in the boxes. I love the little candy cane on the top of the box. I hope you get feeling better. I loved reading your thoughts today. Thank you so much for the wonderful encouraging comments you leave on my posts!!! Hugs!!!

Tracey T said...

A lovely - and useful - project, Chris! Thank you for playing at Sweet Stampin' and Merry Christmas! Tracey x

Anne-Marie said...

It wouldn't really matter what was inside, if I received a beautiful little box like this...ha! Thanks for entering it at Card Crafter's Circle!

Bianca said...

What a wonderfull little giftbox! I love this little red berrys! Thank you for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge! xx Bianca

Riet said...

What a beautiful box Chris.

Hugs Riet.xx

Lisa Minckler said...

Oh I do hope you feel better soon! Your box is just gorgeous!! Love the embellishments you've incorporated as well. :)

Thank you SO much for joining us at The Squirrel & The Fox for our "Christmas" challenge.
Good luck to you...
Lisa xx

Sandra H said...

This is just so beautiful:) Sandra H

Josephine said...

This is so beautiful!

Thanks for joining us at One Stitch at a Time this week, and good luck.

Amy Johnson said...

Such a beautiful tag and box!

Shirley N said...

Gorgeous packaging Chris, you did a beautiful job with your gift box! I hope you feel better soon so you can enjoy the holidays. Merry Christmas to you and your family! Hugs!

Joanne said...

Beautiful, beautiful box! Wonderful colors and a lovely tag. Wish this was sitting under my tree! Thanks so much for joining us at CCCC. Play along again soon! Aloha, Joanne.

Nicki Olsen said...

Beautiful Mom!! I love the colors!! The red is perfect with that tag and so are all the details!!
I love you!!

Anonymous said...

A very nice gift box, great papers, lovely colors.
Thank you for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge.

Joan Ervin said...

WOW!! This is sooo gorgeous, Chris...I love the beautiful colors and that big, fabulous bow!!!

Jenée said...

Absolutely stunning box. It is a gift unto itself. Lovely topper, and I really like the paper you used. So festive. Thank you for entering it at Card Crafter's Circle.

Bianca said...

Your gift box is fantastic! I relay love the colors and the little berries. So beautiful.
Thank you for playing along with us at Fairy tale challenges!

Cathy said...

Gorgeous gift box. Thank you for joining in the Sweet Stampin'challenge this time.
Cathy xx

wifeycookie said...

Wow, Chris! This is definitely a keeper! Fantastic job! :) Thank you for sharing this with us this fortnight at CCCC for our Tag You're It challenge! Happy Holidays!

Jenny (CCCC-DT)

Anonymous said...

I love the box!! Gorgeous!! I love everything!!
I hope too see a million more!! When are you putting your next card up???.... Because they are gorgeous!!

Anonymous said...

Another beautiful creation Chris!! Merry Christmas!!

coldwaters2 said...

WOW Chris this is stunning what a fabulous gift box the colours, that bow and berries look so beautiful, I would like to wish you and your family and very Happy Christmas and New Year.
Lorraine x

Cheryl said...

This is absolutely gorgeous!

Wishing you and your family a joyous Christmas!

Lesley said...

Beautiful work! Thanks for taking part in the Sparkles 'Anything But A Christmas Card' challenge xx

happyscrapper said...

Beautiful box and tag. Thank you so much for joining us at CCCC for our 2nd challenge. Good luck and hope you come back next time.
Christine Dt at CCCC

Annette Bowes said...

Gorgeous box and tag Chris! Hope you are feeling much better. Wishing you and your family a magical Christmas Day and a fun, healthy 2012, take careX:)

Linda Anderson said...

WOW, this really is a stunning box!! I wouldn't mind even a lump of coal for Christmas if it was wrapped up in a stunning creation like this! Happy New Year and thanks for joining us at the Freshly Brewed Christmas challenge.


Kelly Schelske said...

Oh my goodness Chris, this is absolutely gorgeous!

Thank you so much for playing along with us at Di's Digis!!

Good luck,


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