Thursday, December 23, 2010

Another Christmas card & progress

My blues have lifted some and thanks Lorie & Becky for your kind words on my last post. I find as I age that pre-Christmas has become a nostalgic time for me, some years more than others. This year has brought family changes once again with my daughter Sue & family moving to Mississippi and not being able to spend special time with them. You would think I would be used to their being far away, but I was spoiled having them close by for 3 years. On a happy note Rebecca lives with us now so she could finish high school here. She and her boyfriend decorated our tree and it looks lovely. She will be leaving in the morning to spend Christmas with her father's family but will be home Christmas night. Hopefully, my son Mark will be with us for part of the day and we may even get a short visit from his son if all goes well.

This card was made from Stampin'Up Cherry Cobbler card stock embossed with the Textured Impressions Petals-A-Plenty folder. The bells are from Bells & Boughs stamp set. I used markers and the 'huffing' method to stamp them then accented in Stickles glitter. The inside is stamped with "welcome Christmas into your heart" from the set Heard from the Heart...a simple yet meaningful sentiment.

I pray that all of you will welcome Christmas into your heart and remember the true meaning of Christmas. Too often we get caught up with all that is expected of us by others and not what God wants us to do. Christmas is afterall the birthday of  our Lord, Jesus Christ. May you have the peace that only He can give.

Hugs and blessings,


Lorie said...

Your card is lovely Barb! I'm glad you are feeling a bit better and have some people around you. Many HUGS to you!

Grace said...

Hi Barb! So good to see you today in blogland! Love your Christmas cards I see here and below! This is one of my favorite embossing folders! I know your loved ones were thrilled to get a hand made card from you!!!

I hope you can enjoy this Christmas season no matter who can be home and who can't.... I know I struggle with that too... but as we reflect on the true meaning of Christmas all the other things seem to pale by comparison! Life is a series of changes.... we're on a journey and it's not always one of our choosing, but God remains faithful and gives us the grace we need for each day! Thank you Lord for the gift of your Son, who cleansed me and saved me! May your celebration be meaningful and filled with wonderful memories!!!

Becky said...

Beautiful card Barbara, love the embossing.
I know what it is like to not have your family near. All of mine are in VA. & TN. my son is in the military so I spend it with my fabulous neighbors :).
Have a blessed Christmas my sister, sending you
Hugs & smooches :)

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Oh how pretty Barbara!! Love that embossing folder.

I am so sorry your family is away and not able to visit. Praying for you!! Merry Christmas to you and your family! May the joy and peace of Christmas remain with you through out the new year.