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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Happy Tuesday all!! I am so sorry for taking so long to post any of my creations.  This week has been both a joyful and stressful week.  Just this past Monday, my dear hubby found out he was laid off from his job.  After just moving here 8 months ago, it is very frightening.  Since I don't have a job either, it really adds to the stress.  Thankfully we know that is in control!!!  He knows our needs and we can go to Him in prayer.  I know He will provide if we Wait on Him.  With this news, this meant that we not only had to prepare for the Holiday Tour at Our House on Sunday but also to begin putting applications out.

The tour was fun and a real success!!  I hope to share photos of a few of our decorations in our new home tomorrow or Thursday.

Today I would like to share a card that I made for the Shining the Light challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs which is to use the letters from the word NOEL. 

 For my creation I used: N- Navy and Nestabilities, O-Oval, E-Embossing, L- Layers 

The image is stamped in craft or pigment ink and then embossed with Kaleidoscope embossing powder.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs- Away in a Manger
Dies: Spellbinders Oval (Petite scalloped and classic). A2 Dots
Accessories: May Arts Ribbon White, Navy ink, Kaleidoscope embossing powder

For more inspiration for this challenge, please visit my dt sisters:

To see all the creations in one place or join the challenge, click here.  You have until December 16th to join us.    You do not have to use an ODBD stamp to join in, but we would love to see them if you have them.  Plus....your card will only be featured in the top 3 if you use ODBD stamps.  Anyone, however, has a chance to win the $15 certificate toward ODBD stamps.
We would love to see your creations.

I hope this creation, has somehow inspired you.

Thanks for stopping by!! I treasure all my viewers/blogging friends and their comments.

Have a blessed Day!!!

hugs and blessings,

verse of the day that pertains to my life today:
Psalm 46:10  Be Still and Know that I am God.

How amazing and wonderful that I can know that He is there to see me through the day and meet my needs.

challenges I am entering my creation in:
A & T Emerald Faeries Challenge #38 Christmas Clear It Out!  Challenge - Christmas  Deep Ocean Challenge  #40 Christmas LEJ Designs #33 Sentimental Top Tip Tuesday #91 Christmas Twisted Tuesday -  Challenge: Multiples of Something Twist: Use Stitching (multiple people and notes) Use It Tuesdays -  All About Christmas (hoarded ribbon---boohoo now I need to find more!)Craft Your Passion Stitching Crafty Boots  Christmas Cupcake Craft - Merry Christmas Forever Friends -  Christmas Cards Hooked on Craft  Christmas  Lollipop Crafts Happy Holidays The Crazy Challenge  Christmas Time Victorine Originals  Non-Traditional Christmas Christmas Card Challenges Die Cuts Dream Valley Challenges -Christmas PanPastel UK Challenge Song/Carol Title- GloriaRobyn`s Fetish - Christmas CardsThe Ribbon Girls  Christmas ProjectsLittle Claire's ChristmasMy time to craft - W - #199 None Traditional Christmas Colors  Word Art Wednesday- giving 


Audrey Hiltke said...

Pure and devine - I love this look. I just start humming when I see this card - beautiful!! Blessings!

Saints Rule! said...

This is beautiful Chris! Black and white together just seems so elegant... classy... absolutely breathtaking! I love the bits of embossing peeking out... the layers of images... just a wonderfully crafted card! Hugs and blessings... praying for you always!


kathi17 said...

Your card is beautiful as always Chris.

I'm so sorry about your husband being laid off, but I know He is watching over you. I always liked the saying "when the Lord closes a door, he opens a window" or something like that, I never can remember the exact words, but it's a wonderful sentiment.

Last year and the year before when my husband was laid off, we found out that our son and family needed emergency baby sitters just as he was laid off, so at least he didn't have to miss any work when we went out to help them, and we got to spend time with the grandchildren.

Cards By Jan said...

Wow Chris!! What a gorgeous/elegant way to display the manger scene!! I so love that frame....your card is tops!!

Sandra H said...

Hi Chris, Hopefully things will even out for you pretty soon, your card is adorable with that wonderful frame its stunning ......take care x

Grace said...

Gorgeous card Chris! I love the glittery embossing and the dark blue is so striking!

You know we're praying for you my friend! It was this time last year we were in the same position, and God had even better things in store for us... and I know He does for you as well! Stay strong and prayed up!!!

luv ya,

Paper Profusion said...

What a classic and classy card Chris. This is very beautiful. I hope that good things happen for you very soon. Nicola x

Nicki Olsen said...

Wow Mom!! I love the spellbinders frame, colors, image, and sewing with the pretty bow!!Love you!!

Danni said...

Beautiful card! I'm so sorry to hear that your husband was laid off. Thinking of you!

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear about your news with hubby! Times are so hard this time of year!! Wishing you blessings to come your way soon! :)

Your creation is amazing as always my friend! HUGS

Karen Letchworth said...

It's always SO evident when I see your cards that you are creating with your heart. I can just see your love for the Lord shine through your work, and it blesses me to see it. Thank you SO much for coming by to share with us again this week at Word Art Wednesday. This is our first week ever to hit over 100 entries, and I thank you for being a part of it. Thank you so much for sharing your love for the Lord through your art and for sharing it with us. You are such a blessing.
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Rufus said...

A very pretty card. I just wanted to tell you that I'm sorry your husband was laid off...but that I know that things will work out for you, probably better!

Eileen said...

Beautiful card... Thank you for joining in the PanPastel Challenge .
So sorry to hear about your husband's job. I send warm and special wishes to you and your family. I do hope 2013 will be a very happy year for you ... always scary just before a NEW adventure begins! Take care. Eileen xx

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Gorgeous creation!

Thank you for sharing with us at My Time To Craft this week & Emerald Faeries, good luck!
Hugs Shell xx

Dee's Craft Room said...

Beautiful monochrome card, really lovely design. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.

Merry Christmas.


Sonia said...

Hi Chris
Totally Gorgeous Creation!
Great JOB!.
Thanks for joining us at Lollipop Crafts. Good Luck!
-Sony LC-DT

Danielle said...

Beautiful card and love the stamped image, it's perfect for this one.
Thanks for joining us at Use it Tuesday this week!

Anonymous said...

I totally love this! The blue/white combo is stunning! Lots of texture in this. Just a gorgeous card all around. Thanks for joining our Christmas/Hanukkah challenge at Use it Tuesday this week.
Tammy DT

Bonnie Irvine said...

This is a beautiful card. I love the contrast between the light and dark and the image is lovely. That bow is a wonderful detail. Thanks for joining our Stitching challenge at Craft Your Passion. I hope we see you again soon.

Sandy Trefger said...

This is beautiful! I love that bow!
Thanks for sharing it with us at the Clear it Out December Christmas challenge!
visit my blog @ sandy's crafty creations

Amy Johnson said...

Such a beautiful card and what a unique image. Love it!

Glenda Atkins said...

Gorgeous card Chris, so much to like about it from the wonderful framing, stitching and bow to the lovely musical image. I just love it all! Thanks for joining us at LEJ Designs!

Unknown said...

wow what a fabulous creation...thanks for sharing it with us at FF this week good luck in the draw a worthy entry hugs sassyx DT

Jac’s Playground said...

Stunning a really beautiful card, thanks for joining us at the Emerald Faeries Challenge this fortnight.

crafty-stamper said...

Beautiful card and image,fabulous frame and glorious bow thanks for joining us at Twisted Tuesday
Carol DT x

Sharon said...

This is gorgeous Chris. The blue and white is stunning and the image and bow, not to mention the layout, are beautiful.
Thank you for sharing this with us at Dream Valley.
Hugs Sharon. x

Greta said...

Beautiful card, Chris. Praying you soon know God's plan for you & that you have peace in the midst of the stress.

Conniecrafter said...

sorry to hear about your husbands lay off.... hope it won't be for long.
Lovely card like the stitching framing it too!

Diane Louise J said...

You've made a beautiful card Chris... thanks for joining the Forever Friends 'Christmas Card' Challenge. Good luck in the draw and hope you will join us for our next challenge. Merry Christmas, Hugs Diane x

Elizabeth said...

Chris, I am so sorry your husband was laid off! Praying for God to sustain and provide for you both!

Kathy said...

Beautiful card, Chris! The black and cream are so elegant together. Keeping you in my prayers...can't wait to see what God has planned for you...blessings! Kathy

Anonymous said...

Wow momma!! I love this!! Its gorgeous!! Love the stunning image!!
I love the blue!! Love all the details!! Love you!

Rosemary said...

beautiful simplicity, chris... the navy blue and white combo is so pretty!!

Jan Marie said...

Prayers continue dear Chris! May He strengthen and sustain you during this time of growth! Do not be anxious, because He is near, not far away and aloof, but near and present and no less in sovereign control of every single molecule in the universe than this time last week. . .He is God, and there is no other! Now. . .to your masterpiece. WOW. . .Love, love, love the monochromatic look, the details including the stitching and layers and that incredible bow!! Amazing!! Hugs, dear sister!

Shari said...

Glorious! Love the image and all the layers, the stitching is beautiful! Thanks for playing along at TT!

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RiNNE said...

This is just so elegant and beautiful! I love love love it! Thanks for joining us at CCC!

Unknown said...

Sad to read your news and really hope that something good turnes up soon for you both. Happy thouhg to see your very nice card wich is so very elegant and so well made that it is stunning. Really love the stiching and the black and white colors really nice. Thanks for joining the fun at Robyns fetisch challenge blog this week! lota of love from Sweden.

Miss Emerald said...

Beautiful monochrome Christmas card! Thanks for sharring with us at The Crazy Challenge.

Unknown said...

This is such an adorable and beautiful christmas card! Love the details! Thanks for joining my challenge over at Cupcake Craft Challenge this week! Good luck! Hugs and sunshine!

Gale said...

Gorgeous card, Chris. I love everything about it. Thanks for sharing with us at Twisted Tuesday and good luck in the challenge. Hugs, Gale

Anonymous said...

Truly beautiful.The contrasting colour way works wonderfully with this stamp.Love the dotty die cut detail,it gives a lacy feel.Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion.Hope to see you again next week :D
Lisa x

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Tina Theis of Ivory Moon Designs said...

beautiful card ... I love the stitched edge
Thanks for joining us at the LEJ Designs Challenge Blog

Tina xxx

pat said...

GORGEOUS!! thanks for sharing with us over at CCC.


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Unknown said...

Beautiful card and I love the design. Thanks for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday.

I will remember you and your husband in my prayers. Merry Christmas!

Bettina L. said...

Beautiful christmas card. Love the design with the layers, stitching and gorgeous bow. Thanks for playing at Top Tip Tuesday and good luck. Hope to see you back tuesday for this years last challenge. Bettina xx

Melina said...

this is beautiful, I love the die cut background. thanks for playing at Twisted Tuesdays :)

tiffany said...

wow- this is a gorgeous creation!! Great to have you joining in the challenge at Twisted Tuesday! =) Tiffany

Patty Gorka said...

WOW, your sewing is amazing, what a beautiful card! Thank you for playing along this week at Twisted Tuesday Challenges!

Wattage said...

Very stylish card! Thanks for joining the challenge at Forever Friends, Lisa (DT) x

Heather B said...

Beautiful card!! I'm so sorry to hear about the stress of your husbands job. I'm sure something wonderful will come up soon! Thanks for playing with us at Use It Tuesday, especially at this busy time of year.

Jules said...

Just beautiful, I love the colour that you've chosen for your card. Thank you for joining us at The Emerald Faeries. Good Luck xoxoxo

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Anonymous said...

Wow Mamma!! I love the Navy Blue Away in A Manger image!! With the white it is gorgeous!! Love it!! The bow makes the perfect touch!!

Wendy Swenne said...

This is gorgeous.

Thanks so much for sharing your art with us on WAW.

Have blessed day.


Sharron aka Sharrahug said...

Beautifully done, Chris!!!
Thanks so much for joining us at Clear It Out challenges.
Happy Huggies & Sweet Blessings ~


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