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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Reason for the Season

Can you Wait???
Thoughts:  As many of my stampers know, I keep almost EVERY scrap.  They believe sometimes that I am nuts,(Karen ;), upline-Donna;))
So what card can I make them from a bunch of scraps?  Something with all these tiny pieces that I love so much!
A peek-a-boo nativity!!!
  I have had the idea to make an itty nativity as soon as these peek-a-boo frames came out...
Here at my house we keep our nativity above our mantle, so I wanted to recreate a piece of my home to share:
The card base is naturals white cs,a layer of chocolate chip and a layer of cherry cobbler which has been embossed with our Stripes EF.  My mantle is a piece of chocolate chip card stock, that I scored with our new Simply Scored Tool(everyone needs this tool!!)I just scored it roughly half way in 3 1/8" lines to make a ledge:
I used a piece of natural whites punched with our double scallop ribbon punch scored in half to look like a doily,because I have a doily under my nativity,mine is a little more intricate than this one but no way to recreate that! I will have to find a picture of my mantle and throw it in here later...
Anyway, I used our new peek-a-boo die and the big shot to create my stable.  I used kraft cs and stamped it with our Woodgrain SS. I used 2 pieces from the edge of another frame to create the roof. I wanted this to pop a little.With my simply scored I created the chocolate chip background to give some dimension.  This piece was 2 1/2"x3", and scored at 1/4"and then another 1/8" from each side on the 2 1/2" side. I then folded this in a u shape from both sides and put a cut poppdot under each area folded area and then attach my stable to this. Now on to my Holy Family...

 And of course every nativity needs an angel watching over:
 Many little scraps were used in the creating of this nativity, but I assure you none where harmed;)
Joseph: daffodil delight cherry from our cupcake punch,a circle 'topping'from the same punch in very vanilla cs,sponged with pink pirhouette and facial features drawn with markers,the praying hands are the top of the candle from this punch as well.  The jewelry tag punch and 2-halves of the itty bitty shaped flowers act as the arms.  The staff is the candle from this punch in silver cs( I used my paper snips to trim and make look like a staff)
Baby Jesus: The crib is made from a jewelry punch and the 'plus' flower(fold in half and glue to crib front) in our itty bitty punches(the crib legs) in soft suede, the hay from our snowflake punch in more mustard cs, the halo is daffodil delight and the eyes from our Owl Punch, the head is the cupcake punch circle,sponged with pink pirouette and facial features done with markers.  The bunting is marina mist and a stocking piece from our Stocking Punch(see I use this punch in ALL my projects!LOL)
Mary: The halo is made from the eye of the owl punch in daffodil delight cs, hte body and arms are made in marina mist and similar to Josephs.  The head and hands are made in very vanilla and the circle jimmie and candle flame from the cupcake punch also.
And lastly our angel: She is made with some naturals white CS that I had embossed with our snowflakes ef. She is made similarly to Mary and Joseph.  Her Wings are 2 small hearts from our Owl Punch.
Add your Holy Family into the stable with pop dots! :)
Lastly, I embossed a rectangular piece of naturals white cs with our Cherry Cobbler embossing powder and marker-ed in with marina mist the open areas.  I layered this on chocolate chip and attached to corner of card.
I love all these muted tones,not too bright! I need my halo to be the brightest thing here;)))  I will share this with SUO challenges

  I think it was so worth the wait!!

Until Next Thought,


  1. This is absolutely stunning in its detail! And thanks so much for sharing all that detail with us. Wow, I love every bit of it. I think that those who doubt your ability to use all those scraps should be satisfied now! Thanks for sharing it with the SUO Challenges group, too!

  2. I am in awe of the detail and brilliance of your card! Even the sentiment is absolutely perfect. Thank you so much for sharing this at SUO Challenges!

  3. WOW!! Words cannot adequately describe my reaction when I saw this. What amazing work! So glad you joined us at SUO Challenges this week...thanks for sharing this!

  4. Fantastic! The nativity is amazing!! I save a lot of scraps too, but don't seem to use as many as you have! I think you've inspired me to really dig into my scraps box over the holiday vacation!!

  5. This is just awesome. Looks like a work of art!

  6. Wow~ this is awesome! I love the theme of the nativity and the sentiment you paired it with. I also am incredibly impressed with your holy family and angel. I like the way you use the peekaboo frame as the manger. Absolutely stunning! tfs

  7. Wow! I would never have the patience to do this. You did a wonderful job! Your attention to detail is super! Merry Christmas!

  8. Love Love Love LOVE this!
    Hope you had a very Blessed Christmas and that your New year has been peace-filled and joyful so far.
    God Bless, ~Cynthia <><

  9. again... WOW! you are now my stamping idol! I will now link to this post on my blog for all my friends and customers to see. it is amazing!

  10. forgot to mention that I hope you framed this to use an annual decoration at your house every Christmas season. What a perfect gift and keepsake for someone.

  11. WOW! That's not just a card, it's amazing art work. You're so creative and talented.


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