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Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Hello, Friends!!  I hope this post finds you all well!!

Today I am popping in to share a fun card I created for the ODBD Shining the Light Inspiration Challenge!!  I had so much fun creating and coloring this scene!!  I love cardinals!!! With each passing day, I look forward to the songs, decorations, and celebration of His birth(but not winter!!)!!

Our Daily Bread Designs, Cardinal Ornament, Circle Ornament die, Matting Circles DieLeafy Edged Border die, Elegant Ovals, Vintage Labels, Created by Chris Olsen

ODBD Stamps Used: Cardinal Ornament
                   ODBD Dies Used: Leafy Edged Border, Vintage Labels, Circle Ornaments, Matting Circles, Elegant Ovals

The word "noel" means Christmas Carol. Every year, people sing songs like “The First Noel” at Christmas, and many wonder what a “noel” is. In French, joyeux noel means “Merry Christmas.” Our modern English word comes from the Middle Englishnowel, which Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defined as “a shout of joy or Christmas song.” The roots of the word are the French noel (“Christmas season”), which may come from the Old French nael. This, in turn, is derived from the Latin natalis, meaning “birth.” Since Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ, it was natural for people to refer to the celebration as the “nativity” or the “birth.”

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

The ODBD Shining the Light challenge is to be inspired by the photos or quote.

Here is the inspiration photo.

Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all deeps, fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy wind fulfilling his word!! Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars!  Beasts and all livestock, creeping things and flying birds! Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and rulers of the earth!! Young men and maidens together, old men and children. 

Psalm 148:7-12

We hope you are able to join us!!  You have until Sept. 27 at 8 pm EST to add your creation to the linky.  For more details or to add your creation, please click here.

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

Robin, Diana, Paula and Julie.

Thanks for stopping by and for your comments!!  I so treasure them all!!



Diana Nguyen said...

Beautiful card - both rich and elegant! I always love it when you add some sewing to your card.

wannabcre8tive said...

A very beautiful card. I love the design and the stitching.

Robin Clendenning said...

Ooh, I so love your gold trim on this! It looks so rich like gold leaf or something, just beautiful Chris! I love your pair of cardinals too! I think they are so beautifully colored and are a splendid pair!
Your sewing is just perfect too!

Julie Gearinger said...

Gorgeous!! Love the bright cardinals along with the gold accents- so elegant!! You are such an inspiration, my friend!! Hugs and God Bless!

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Chris, what a beautiful card, and I love cardinals too (and my mom loved them lots). I love this ornament image and the beautiful coloring. How pretty with the touch of "gold" with the black matting. And you texture and stitching are just the best! Yes, what a precious time of year as Christmas will be here in nearly three months - and it will be a time of joyous celebration as we remember the birth of Christ! Hugs, sweet friend!

Unknown said...

Love your lesson in NOEL! Love that you made a Christmas card for this challenge too! The gold is so nice with the bold black framing and lovely coloring you have done!

Susan.... said...

It's beautiful Chris ! Love the image and use of the dies to set it off..
Susan x


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