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Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Happy Tuesday Friends!!  I hope everyone is nice and warm, especially in those areas that have become more like winter.  Boy did the temperature drop over the weekend!! I am so not ready for the cold...nor for all the preparations of Christmas!! With my injury this past spring and my recuperation, I am so behind!!  This is probably a great year to focus on the true meaning of Christmas and to put less on all the busyness we seem to put on ourselves.

Today I am popping in to share another Christmas card I made with the Our Daily Bread Designs His Birth, Cardinal Ornament, Sparkling Stars dies, Circle Ornament dies and Winter Collection 2014  as well as the Spellbinders Scalloped Circles and Labels 4 die.

I made this card incorporating the Shining the Light challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs which is to use four letters from the word "Blessings" for your recipe.  I was able to use all nine!!

B-Birds, Black, L-Layers, E-embossing, S-Stitching, S-Stars, I-ink, N-Noel, G-Gold, S-Silver, sparkle, sentiment 

Our Daily Bread Designs, Cardinal Ornament, His Birth, Sparkling Star Dies, Circle Ornaments dies, designer-Chris Olsen

As I was creating this card, the Song Joy to the World:

Verse 1
Joy to the world! the Lord is come;
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare him room,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.
Verse 2
Joy to the world! the Saviour reigns;
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.
Verse 3
No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.
Verse 4
He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.
What a joy and a gift that all nature should sing the glories of His birth!!!  God's gift of His Son and GRACE is the greatest gift ever!!  I pray that we all remember the true meaning of Christmas as we celebrate this season!

 I hope you have enjoyed my take on the inspiration.  Thanks for stopping by!! I hope you enjoy my creation!! For more inspiration for this challenge, please visit my dt sisters: Cheryl ScrivensDJ RantsDiana NyugenRobin ClendenningLinda Carson, and Elizabeth Whisson.

To see all the challenge in one place, click here.  You have until November 30 to  join in. We would love to see your creations!!




CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Chris, what a stunning card! I just love this cardinal ornament, and it is beautiful with the matting and "Noel" insert! Absolutely wonderful idea to use the "shiny" ODBD paper with the black accent for such a striking and dramatic feel to this card! Wow! It really shines, and what a great layout! I love it all, and I really love "Joy to the World" and will enjoy thinking about that carol today! Yes, there is nothing like life events to truly remind us of what is really important. And I know that Christmas will have even greater meaning this year for you all...and hopefully all of us! Hugs, sweet friend!

Becky said...

wow! This is gorgeous Chris. Love the embossing of that gorgeous paper and awesome coloring of those birds.
This is one of my favorite hymns.

Robin Clendenning said...

Oh Chris, LOVE your cardinal ornament!!! If you didn't already know, you will know now, cardinals are my very favorite birds! I love the male and female coloring you did here. It is perfect! Beautiful card and beautiful paper...don't you just love that Winter pack?? Gorgeous my dear friend and love the verses to the song on your post!

Diana Nguyen said...

Love how bold and bright this card is! And I think we should sing verses 2 and 3 more often! Thank you for sharing all the lyrics.

DJ Rants said...

Wow Chris, this is really pretty!! I love how you've combined the verse and the beautiful birds with these wonderful star dies, gorgeous card!!

Sandra H said...

So beautiful!!

Linda Carson said...

Now you're just showing off by using "all" the Blessings!! Whoever receives this beauty will be blessed for sure! Love the coloring, the golden sparkle and black stars! Lovely as usual....!!

Conniecrafter said...

Wow great job using all the letters, lovely coloring of the birds... sorry to hear you haven't fully healed yet, it is very good to be able to focus our time more on the Lord this time of year :)

nwilliams6 said...

The embossing and gold on this are so pretty and I love the birds. I have always loved your work - your cards are always BEAUTIFUL!!! Hugz

Alshandra said...

Chris, this is a gorgeous card! I love the background and your cardinal is beautiful! Love how it stands out.


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