Thursday, December 4, 2014

Deck the Halls...

     Today I'm sharing my second card as a member of the Outlawz Twisted Thursday challenge.  While we always have a theme of "Anything Goes" we also have a twist if you want to use it and this week the Twist is "Christmas Magic."  Christmas magic happens for me when I get the tree up and start the decorating process.  I usually have Christmas music going so I can sing along with all the Christmas Carols I learned as a child.

     Speaking of which, I want to share one of those funny stories from childhood.  When I was very young and was first learning the carol "Deck the Halls,"  I'd never heard the word "deck" before.  When I inquired of my mother as to it's meaning, she explained that it had to do with decorating for Christmas.  That left me wondering why anyone would decorate just their hallways!?!  Throughout my childhood, I then assumed that "Deck" was an abbreviation of  "Deckorate" and misspelled that word many times before I learned that it was properly spelled without the 'K' - lol.

     OK, back to the challenge.  Anne's Digital Art (Anne Fenton) is the sponsor this month and I used her beautiful Christmas Ornaments image.

     The image is colored with ProMarkers, then die cut with a QuicKutz die and matted with another simple circle die from Spellbinders.  Once I got those layered together, I decided that the image was a bit lacking in 'magic' so I brushed glue and sprinkled loose glitter onto the ornaments.

     The sentiment is computer printed and die cut, and I inked the edges with distress ink.  The ribbon is from my stash (hoarded for Christmas use only) and the little red pearls are also a hoarded item.  I only have a few more in that deep red color and I hate using them!  I know, I know, why did I buy them if I wasn't going to use them?  :-D

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     After 3 years of drought we've had here in central California, we got rain yesterday -- nearly an inch.  Both south and north of where I live, there's been flash flooding and fears of slides because of the horrible fires last summer which stripped the vegetation and left the earth ripe for mudslides.  It's still raining in many areas of California today but we're clear and bright here where I live.  Our drought is nowhere near over -- we would have to have more than 27 inches of rain over the full winter and spring season to refill the ground water but at least it's a start.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie


  1. Very nice, festive card, Connie. Fun touch with the glitter on the ornaments. Even more than your card, I loved hearing your story. It is just precious. Have a great day.

  2. Gorgeous! Love all the sparkle. Thanks for sharing your fabulous project and joining our challenge at Fitztown Challenge Blog. Hope to see you again and good luck!
    FCB CT Coordinator

  3. You sure "decked" the halls with this card Connie!!! SO pretty and love the frame around that pretty image. Cute story about your childhood!
    Yikes - I sure hope you don't get 27 more inches of rain - at least not all at once anyway.

  4. Nice card, love all the details. Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  5. A beautiful card design, love the sparkle!
    Thanks so much for playing in my Monday Morning Challenge!!

  6. Beautiful Christmas card Connie, I do love the baubles and gorgeous red bow.
    Linda xxx

  7. Beautiful, NC, so festive, love all the glitter and gorgeous colours, hugs xxx

  8. Beautiful, love those ornaments! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous for this challenge!

  9. Well your card is sure "decked" out for Christmas! I love the image you used and it looks so pretty on the Spellbinder die cut! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapy Land Challenge #7!

  10. The ornaments are so pretty with all of the sparkle NC!! Love the red ribbons too!! HUGS :)

  11. Beautifully done NC! Love the added glitter on the ornaments. Thanks for sharing it with us for the Scrapy Land Challenge.

  12. Your ornaments and your whole card are just beautiful!
    Thanks for joining us this week at Just Us Girls!

  13. This is beautiful. I like your different treatment with the ribbon and that velvety bow is lovely. Great sparkle on the bauble too.
    Hugs & smiles,

  14. Very pretty NC, love the way you did the ornaments!

  15. Hi Connie, Your card is beautiful and your ornaments are so festive. Thanks for joining us at the Craft-Dee BowZ challenge this month. Also, Craft-Dee BowZ is having our December Blog Hop. We’d love it if you can join in the hop. Leave comments on the DT posts to be eligible for the prize.

  16. Hey Connie, I loved that story when you were little. I always look forward to them. Beautiful card and I am so sorry I am so far behind in posting. Hugs, joann

  17. What a lovely card! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  18. Love your beautiful and sparkly ornaments. Great card.

  19. Love your use of repeating circles. Well done. Thank you for sharing with Fairytale Stampers - Myrna (GD)

  20. Cute childhood story, and love the glittery ornaments on your card! Thanks for joining us at Just Us Girls!

  21. Your ornaments are really pretty, Miss Connie! I especially like the shading - they look almost like snow globe baubles! I am also partial to your white christmas header LOL - great video in your side bar. Now for my other hat: Thanks for playing in the Scrapy Land Challenge using die cuts! I hope to see more of your pretty projects in the next challenge, too! hugs and blessings, de {Creative Smiles}

  22. The best baubles I have seen Love their shimmer .Beautiful card . Thanks for sharing on Christmas Card Challenge Blog

  23. Lovely card, you can feel christmas spirit :) thank you for taking part in ScrapyLand challenge

  24. Beautiful Christmas ornaments, Connie! Thanks for joining us at Christmas Card Challenges.

  25. Deacon those halls with sparkle and glitter, so festive going for the holiday spirit. Fab composition and palette. Simply a beautiful card

  26. Wonderful Project!

    Thanks for joining us at the Digi Sketch challenge and I hope you come back soon!



  27. Beautiful card, love it! Thanks for joining us at
    Claire xx

    Thanks for joining us last week at PIO!!
    Have a GREAT day!

  29. Hi their!!! Just thought I would stop by. I seen your name on the challenge. You did such a wonderful job on your ornaments, they are so beautiful.Thank so much for joining us at Scapy Land challenge.
    Fabulous ideas and inspiration.
    Hugz from Wisconsin, Patricia
    rubber stamping is my game blog

  30. I love how you colored the ornaments. So pretty! I live in no. San Diego county and we have had loads of rain, but not nearly enough to make up for the drought. I hope it rains all winter...but that we don't have floods. ;) Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  31. Beautiful card and amazing coloring. Thank you so much for participating in the Treasured Times Challenge.

  32. Hi, Connie! Congrats for winning A Top Three over at the Scrapy Land challenge! hugs, de

  33. Beautiful ornaments Connie - I love all the added detail and wonderful coloring! Thanks for joining us at Get Creative and good luck!
    Lynne, Get Creative DT

  34. Absolutely gorgeous! thanks for sharing at Jellypark Challenges :o)


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