Thursday, October 2, 2014

Christmas Nativity

Hello Blogger Friends and thanks for taking the time to visit the Charmed Life Blog. We have had some beautiful as well as sunny days here in Pittsburgh the past few weeks.
Our flower gardens are still flourishing as well as our tomatoes. I canned 9 jars of tomato sauce in the last few days. It takes 30 medium size tomatoes to yield 4 - 16 oz. jars. It's a bit of work but this winter I will be glad that I made the effort.
We have more tomatoes coming but not enough for another batch. So I may go to the farmers market tomorrow night and pick up some to can another 4 jars. I am getting into it I tell you.
I already made pear butter (jam) and strawberry jam. I will give this to family and friends at Christmas. Homemade food gifts are always appreciated at Christmas or anytime really.
Now onto my card for today. I mentioned the other day that I needed to get a move on my Christmas cards since it is already October. So I am showing one today.
This is the sample I made for CC496 on Splitcoaststampers. Karen was our hostess and she chose Cherry Cobbler, Soft Sky and Island Indigo for her color trio. Our dessert option this week is to make a Christmas card. I am behind on mine so this was perfect for me.
cherry cobbler, soft sky and island indigo
I decided to use this Nativity Border die that I purchased recently from Taylored Expressions. To create my scene I first sponged my background with the Spellbinders Impressabilities diamonds and stars. I sponged on soft sky cardstock with island indigo ink.

The angel is the first stamp I ever purchased but there is no name on it. I stamped in Versamark and island indigo and then embossed with clear embossing powder. I fussy cut her to give more dimension. The “peace” word is a die from PaperTrey Ink.

My card is a 5 ¾” square and the card base is where I used the cherry cobbler. Well, that's it for me for today. So until next time......God Bless.
Card Details:
Stamps: Angel (unknown) 
Paper: cherry cobbler, island indigo, soft sky 
Paper Size: 5 3/4" Square 
Ink: versamark, island indigo 
Accessories: Taylored Expressions nativity border die, PaperTrey Ink holiday words die, Spellbinders Impressabilities “diamond and stars”, Stampendous embossing powder

I am also entering:
1. WordArt Wednesday has an anything goes.
2.  ABC Challenge has a "U for Unique".
3.  Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge is anything goes.
4.  Sparkles Monthly Challenge has a things with wings.
5.  Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge is anything goes.


  1. This is really beautiful, Mary, and I do love that l angel. The colors are super, too.
    There is nothing like making soup from home canned much better than the ones from the store. My mom used to give me some to use and they were delicious. I wish I had a place to plant tomatoes. I have too much shade.

  2. Beautiful card. Thank you for sharing your lovely crafting for my CHNC challenge extra for October - hope to see you again soon x

  3. Beautiful image from your new die. Happy Cardmaking day!

  4. Oh, this is gorgeous! Very elegant!

  5. This card is so beautiful. The Angel being popped up looks so real. Thank you for posting your art with us this week during our 152nd challenge at Word Art Wednesday. Hoping you have a fun day, full of creativity, with buckets of blessings as you work, and play.
    Carole Robb Bisson

  6. Mary - lovely nativity scene. Thank you for joining us at Holly Jolly this week. Judy DT

  7. Lovely card. Thank you for joining us at the ABC Challenge for our 'U is for Unique' challenge xx

  8. Een leuke kerstkaart met de kerststal. Ook de niet-traditionele kleuren vind ik heel mooi uitkomen.
    Bedankt voor je deelname bij CHCC Extra.

    Groetjes, Renate

  9. Thank you so much for joining us at Sparkles Monthly Challenges for our 'Things with wings' challenge.
    Happy crafting.
    Hugs Helen P (DT) xx



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