Tuesday, December 10, 2013

What Christmas Means

     Our theme for the latest challenge at Tuesday Throwdown this week is "What Christmas Means to You."  For me, it starts with the Nativity and the Glad Tidings brought by the angels that a savior had been born.   As a child, it meant lots of Christmas cards filling up the mail box from strange and wonderful places all over the country.  One of the things my mother would do was to pin up the US map and let us put pins in the names of the cities shown in the return addresses.  Bless her school-teacher heart -- I probably learned as much about geography and the names of the states from that little tradition as I did from the classes in school.  :-D

     We have the wonderful Meljen's Designs as our sponsor and they supplied the images used by the DT.  This one, "Cheery Lights Mailbox" was perfect for honoring both the glad tidings and the childhood memories.  :-D

     This is another of those CAS cards that just looks more complicated because of the fancy frame, a die cut from Cheery Lynn Designs.   I colored the image with ProMarkers, then added some sparkle to the snow and the star with glitter.  I wish it showed better in the photo.  I guess you'll just have to take my word that it's there.

     The bow is one of those I make by the dozens and the flower was in my stash.  I printed the sentiment and added it last.  I told you it really was CAS.  One colored image and a die cut frame, two tiny embellishments and nothing else.

A Creative Need -- Christmas CAS
A Creative Romance -- Sparkle at Christmas
Card Makin' Mamas -- Christmas/New Year
Cardz TV -- Winter Wonderland
Color My Heart -- Barn red
Colour Me Creative -- Holiday themed
Crafts Too Challenge You -- Natural world + flower
Crafty Calendar -- Cold & frosty
Crafty Hands -- Winter
Creative Corner -- Traditional Christmas
Digi Haven -- Christmas
DRS Designs -- Glitter it up
Hanna & Friends -- Christmas
Little Claire's -- Christmas
Pattie's Creations -- Christmas card
Quick Quotes -- Holiday card
Shelly's Images -- Welcome Winter
Stampin' for the Weekend -- Use some red
Stempelsonnen -- Merry Christmas
Wags 'n Whiskers -- Things with wings

      Another long list of Christmas or Winter themed challenges and I loved entering each one.  :-D

      Don't forget our DT Call at Tuesday Throwdown which runs until December 26.  We'd love to have you apply.  And come play in our challenge.  It's going to last for the rest of the month while the DT takes a well deserved break  You can enter up to 3 times.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie


Desire Fourie said...

This is so cheerful with a wonderful red and white colour combo.
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Donna Hanley said...

Connie, This card is so sweet. I really do like that CL die and it dressed up a CAS card in a nice way.
That was a wonderful idea you Mom had with the map and pins. That is a great way to teach children. Enjoy your day.

Shona Erlenborn said...

Love that sentiment which pairs perfectly with your image!

KT Fit Kitty said...

What a beautiful card - lovely image too! I saw it on my blog feed and had to stop by and tell you how much I love it. Wishing you a joyful day!

Anonymous said...

Wow! This is so beautiful! The diecut frame makes it so special. I loved reading about your Christmas tradition; they are what makes the Holidays so wonderful! Thanks for sharing with A Creative Need.

*Vicki* said...

This is fabulous NC!! I love this image and I love your story behind what Christmas means to you! :) HUGS

jimlynn said...

Connie, this is gorgeous!!! I love the way you framed out such a darling image. So beautiful!
How fun to have Christmas memories! Love how your mom pinned the places from where all the cards came from. Fantastic!

Anonymous said...

Love your card the image is so sweet love the little mailbox and bird on it the frame around it is just perfect and beautiful

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Anonymous said...

Love your card the image is so sweet love the little mailbox and bird on it the frame around it is just perfect and beautiful

i am now a follower

Anonymous said...

What a lovely card xx

Thanks for joining us at Craftyhands Challenge Blog.

Moira DT.

mum of two said...

What a fabulous creation! Thanks so much for playing with the Linky Party Girlz this week at Cardz TV Stamps. Hope to see you again soon :)

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Linda Simpson said...

Beautiful card Connie, I love the cute image and the die looks gorgeous.

Linda xxx

Doreen said...

This is gorgeous,love the design and fab image.xxx

Shelia said...

Oh wow!! What an awesome card that celebrates what Christmas means to you. Love the story of your childhood and the map. Your mom was one smart lady!! I really like that frame too. Gorgeous!!

Thanks for joining us at DRS Designs this week!

Carolina Girl (Cely) said...

What a wonderful childhood memory. Perhaps if my mom had done that I would had been better in geography. Love those Meljen images. Love your days gone by card style.

Shirley said...

A very tweet Christmas card Connie love the little bird.

Thank you for sharing with us at C2CU.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x

Sassy Raggedy said...

Connie, this is beautiful. That frame in red is awesome. I love all the red at this time of the year. Your image is just adorable...Beautiful card. Hugz, joann

Bernardine Cuttino said...

This is a sweet image and that frame is rockin. Just love those Cheery Lynn dies, gorgeous. Beautifully CAS, nicely crafted.
Happy Holidays.

Dawn said...

such a cute card love the image &the design!
Dawn xx

♥Gemma♥ said...

such a beautiful card and thank you for joining us at Little Claire's this month and good luck :)
hugs and xxx

Davi said...

Beautiful card NC!! Love the frame around the little imge, its really pretty :)

Amie Kiger (Kigz) said...

What an adorable image! Love the die cut frame, too. My favorite part of your heartfelt post is the story of your Christmas card memories. I hope my children carry the meaning of Christmas with them throughout their lives and have as wonderful memories as this one! :) Thanks so much for joining in on the fun at the Color Dare!

Glenda Atkins said...

Love how the image is framed and your colouring of the image is wonderful!

sarahstone said...

This is such a festive Christmas card. Thanks for playing this week at Color My Heart!


shulsart said...

Love the clean and simple look of this card. A wonderful image perfectly framed with the Dutch Doily Rectangle. Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs challenge.

Debbie's Time Out said...

Beautiful card. That border is perfect with that image. Thanks for joining the Cheery Lynn Challenge. Good Luck to you

Darlene said...

This is awesome Connie! I'm going to have to check into that CLD die ... beautiful! Thanks so much for joining our "December – Welcome Winter" challenge at Shelly's Images! Please come back and join us again real soon!!
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Crafting Vicky said...

wow what a fabulous die cut!!!! just love the frame that it created around this image!

Peanut said...

This really is so pretty. Love that frame and little birdy us too darn cute!
hugs, Asha - Sunny Summer Crafts

Zetti said...


Thanks for joining us at Hanna and Friends!

LG Andrea

Barb Craft said...

Beautiful card! I love the red border on it! Thank you for playing along with the Quick quotes Card Challenge!

kReN said...

Congrats on your win at A Creative Need. Just love that frame die!