Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Christmas Kickstart Challenge #25 - The Christmas Story

Hello friends.  I'm playing along with the current Christmas Kickstart Challenge where this time they want our card to tell The Christmas Story.



I have an oldie but a goodie stamp from Morning Star Stamp Company that is in the format of a birth announcement that I absolutely LOVE to use to tell The Christmas Story...take a look:




Isn't it just beautifully worded?!  I embossed it on vellum to use as an overlay over my image of the Wise Men which was embossed in clear on white cardstock and then I blended Salty Oceans and Blueprint Sketch Distress Inks over it.  I chose the image of the Wise Men over the Nativity scene because I love the symbolism of them following the star that was the wondrous HOPE and PROMISE of God's LOVE for ALL of us.  Here is a closer up so you can see the wording better:



The Wise Men image is from a SU! set called Wise Men from Afar and I die cut both that layer and the vellum overlay with a die from Penny Black's Stitched Square & Circles.  I also cut another of the circle dies that I made into a frame by using another plain smaller circle die and then layered over the top of the two layers before mounting to a square layer (and a black layer and a white card base).

I didn't want to totally leave out the Nativity scene in my card, so I added it to the inside...



I die cut the Nativity scene from Penny Black's Manger die and added a small silver Stitched Circle (from the same Penny Black set as above) behind it.  My sentiments are from an older SU! set called Christmas Blessings.

This challenge is still open for a few more days, so check it out right HERE.  Not sure how much I'll be posting before Christmas, so let me take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a most blessed and happy Christmas surrounded by family and friends, and most of all God's LOVE!   

Thanks for stopping by today ... I love it when you do!


15 comments:

  1. Gorgeous card! I love that sentiment and your beautiful design.

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  2. Think my earlier message vanished! Your card is stunning, Marcia. What a gorgeous 'birth announcement' stamp - love it, and your inside is fabulous too. Thanks so much for playing again at The Christmas Kickstart Challenge, Jo x

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  3. Marcia, so beautiful and elegant. You just enabled me with the Penny Black Stitched Circle. Lol... Thank you so much for the adorable Christmas card. Your card was my first. I'm just getting mine in the mail today... Hugs and Merry Christmas, my friend.

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  4. Pure perfection, Marcia... Merry Christmas, to you!! xx
    =]

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  5. Wow, what a gorgeous and perfect Christmas card with the true meaning of Christmas. I just love the birth announcement stamp. Is that stamp still available. I would love to have it.
    Merry Christmas. Hugs, JoAnn

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    1. Thanks for enabling me. Ha! I found the stamp and have ordered it.

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    2. Sorry I didn't see this earlier JoAnn, but glad you were able to find the stamp! Love to enable others!! Haha!! :0)

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  6. What a wonderful Christmas card, Marcia! I love the birth announcement and the subtle Wise Men in the background! The inside is as wonderful as the outside! I think you have a winner here, my friend! Thank you for the beautiful Christmas card. I LOVE it!

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  7. It's beautifully worded and beautifully designed...inside and out!

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  8. Oh wow, I've never seen that birth announcement idea before! Such a wonderful stamp, and it's beautifully embossed. Those wise men make a perfect backdrop and your beautiful layers present it so well! I love the inside too, to reflect the front of the card. Such a beautiful card, Marcia!

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  9. What a beautiful design Marcia! love the sentiment on the vellum over the wise men and so pretty inside as well! A wonderful story of Christmas card!

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  10. Wow Marcia, this is stunning! I've never seen that birth announcement before and I just love it! The vellum softens up that beautiful image of the wise mend behind. Framed perfectly and just so perfect for the wonderful reason we celebrate this season we call Christmas. Beautifully done my friend!

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  11. What a wonderful CHRISTmas card using the birth announcement format. Love this so much!! What a wonderful idea putting the wisemen behind the words, too. Love how you decorated the inside, also. Truly a special card.
    Thanks for joining us for "The Christmas Story" at Christmas Kickstart!!

    <3
    Janis
    Guest Elf

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  12. Oh it's wonderful! The true meaning of Christmas!

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  13. Beautiful Marcia! Your design is very sweet! I love the delicate way you framed the message. Really beautiful!!

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Thanks so much for stopping by...your comments really do make my day!