1. Advent Sunday - I'm a sucker for traditions, celebrations and feast days
2. André (our oldest furbaby) is 14 years old today. He was named after the saint of the day - Santandre (St Andrew). A special shout out to my friends in Scotland.
I also received some special candy from a very special person.... more on that later.
So, we're putting up the tree after Mass today, but first we will have a special lunch for André. Peanut and Richard Parker will take the tree down... we'll put it back up ... and so on until Jan 6th. It's another time-honoured Martins tradition!
But first let me show you a card I made for the Christmas Card Club. It's my turn to choose a theme and, in keeping with my personal tradition, I managed to confuse and confound everyone with not one but two themes. So sorry ladies!
And so, I hang my head in shame and introduce my card for these themes: "Silver Bells" and / or "All I Want For Christmas". I couldn't make my mind up about anything with this card... so I mixed up my stamps and came up with this.
|The background CS is a very pale silvery grey. For the little falling hearts|
I used a Fiskers punch and silver mirri. The corner die is by WIld Rose
Studio with lashings of Stardust Stickles. The greeting is from Seasons Of Love by
Waltzing Mouse Stamps, stamped with Versacolor Silver.
|The bells are from Chocolate Baroque's A Child I Born, stamped with VersaColor Silver|
and heat embossed with Stampendous Stardust Transparent. I coloured the
leaves with green Caran d'Ache pencils. And in keeping with the theme(s)
I tied 3 silver bells with some silver thread.
|On the inside I stamped a greeting from Clearly Besotted's Most Wonderful|
and added a little silver heart.
Here's a list of the über-talented ladies from the Christmas Card Club who, despite my best efforts to thwart their well laid plans, have managed to create spectacular works of art. Swing by their blog and you'll see what I mean!
Karen P ... Maureen ... Margaret ... Carol ... Lizzie ... Hazel ... Karen B ... Sue P ... Sylvie ...
Sue J ... Zoë ... Christine ... Mary ... Lorraine ... Rita ... Rachel ... Valery ... GranMargaret ... Kate
A few challenges for this card:
Completely Christmas #40: AG Christmas w/ Twist: Something Starting With S - silver, sparkle
My Perfect Life Festive 48: AG Christmas Week 47
ABC Christmas: X for X'mas Music - Silver Bells
Winter Wonderland: Dies and Punches - oval die and heart punch
Uniko Studio #16: AG
Christmas Card Challenges #53: AG Christmas
Crafting When We Can #83: CAS
A very special lady (with a true heart of gold!) sent me this blog candy! I am so honoured to have found her in blogland and to be following her delightful and wholesome crafty creations. She also has a very special name so close to my heart since ... forever. She is Snoopy of Snoopy's Homemade Fun.
That box she sent has the prettiest flowers, ribbons, stamp pads and a bunch of Copic markers!!! If that weren't enough.... she also sent a 12" cutting mat!
I am grateful beyond words... so much so, I'm still lovingly caressing and admiring the contents. Haven't used them yet... but I will. I just need a few more days basking in their glory!
THANK YOU, Snoopy. Unbeknownst to you, a life long wish has come true. When I was a child I wanted Snoopy to send me one of those letters he used to type on hid kennel. Almost 50 years later... I finally got that letter (and soooo much more) from "Snoopy". You see, along with the stuff are a couple of handwritten notes to treasure! Wishes do come true, folks. It's just a question of time... and faith! :)
Have a blessed Advent Sunday, friends. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. Thank you so much for stopping by today.
I'll leave you with the original version of "Silver Bells" sung by Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell in the movie "The Lemon Drop Kid". There are so many beautiful versions but there's something endearing about Bob Hope's rendition.
Beijinhos & abraços!