Sunday, 3 November 2013

CCC Challenge: The Nativity

Good morning.  Another two weeks have passed and it is time for another Christmas card for our little club. This time it was my turn to choose and I chose a religious theme. I think we sometimes forget when we are having so much fun - or getting so stressed!  - what Christmas is all about.  I remember my mum, a number of years ago, over hearing somebody in a card shop saying  "They are even bringing religion into Christmas now."  I think that says it all.

My Card

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I always forget to photograph the inside. The vertical strip is the words of Silent Night, like the front.of the card.

My card is 6 x6 inches made from white card stock. The pearlescent backing papers are Twinkle Paper Pack from Craftwork Cards. The digi image is The Nativity  by Lil Diva Stamps at Stitchy BearDigi Outlet. Coloured with Promarkers and die cut with SB Labels 1 and Decorative Labels 1. The sentiment stamp is from Little Claire Designs, die cut with SB Lacy Circles, and the snowflakes are SB Create A Flake 5. The ribbon and lace are from my stash and I dipped the ribbon in coffee to colour it. The pearls are Hobby House.  The multi pearl in the middle of the ribbon was cream and I coloured it with Promarkers. The elements are all raised with foam tape.

I didn't intend for my card to be monochrome but somewhere along the line it just happened.  These little shepherds are so adorable. It really does bring to mind the innocence of children. I forgot to take the picture and when I eventually did it was getting dark. I'll try again in the morning to see if it comes up better if I remember!

We are having some really wild weather at the moment.  The wind is really high so let's hope it doesn't cause any damage. I really do not like wind because it can cause such havoc.  I hope you all have a good Sunday.



  1. Hi Christine, firstly I love this adorable nativity Christmas card, to me the true meaning of Christmas being brought up a strict catholic...
    secondly, I don't expect people to comment all the time, we do have a real life and I know how busy that can get, so don't

  2. Morning Christine,
    A lovely image and beautifully coloured.

  3. Gorgeous card Christine such a lovely image beautifully coloured


  4. What a lovely card, Christine! This must be the sweetest little Nativity scene ever!!! I'll be posting my mine after mass...can't get a decent shot of my card in this weather! Have a blessed day and thank you for a beautiful challenge theme.
    hugs, Asha

  5. Hi Christine
    Fabulous cutie card.....

  6. Morning Christine,
    Such a beautiful card, yes people do often forget the true meaning of Christmas its got so commercialized now, so sad.

    I love everything on your card, the sentiment, the image the papers and I would not have thought you had put the ribbon in coffee it looks so good, I would have expected it to streak or something but its lovely. Beautiful card.

    Its bitterly cold here but the sun is out at the moment lol!

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  7. Your card is stunning Christine. I adore the sweet image and your soft colouring is so beautiful. The papers and details you have added are gorgeous too.
    hugs Sue xx

  8. Wat een schitterende kaart Christine mooie kleur kaart en prachtige stempel
    Fijne zondag
    Groetjes Gerrie

  9. Beautiful card Christine. I do love that stamp. Have a Good Day. Hugs Rita xxx

  10. Beautiful card,love the gorgeous image and

  11. This is so beautiful Christine - the image is really cute and the monochrome look is sooo effective. I love all the die cuts and embellishments on here as well. Please please please enter it into this week's challenge at OSAAT - I would love to see it on there.

    Big hugs to you both Sue Pxxx

    PS I think we have the same wind here! I thought we would end up with a tree in the garden last night. We have some BIG pottery tubs on the patio and some of them had blown over! (Thankfully they weren't damaged).

  12. Oh Christine this is a really gorgeous card! the image is the cutest and I love the effect you have created. We had thunder, hailstones and wind last night it wasn't nice at all. Stay safe huggles Sue xxxxxxxxxxx

  13. Hi christine
    Sorry only half of my message came up? Love the challenge ... Thanks for all your help.... Your card is gorgeous....
    Hugs Sylvie xxx

  14. Hi Christine - me again, so glad you have entered the challenge at OSAAT this week, such a beautiful creation.

    Big hugs to you Sue Pxxx OSAAT DT

  15. Fantastic card Christine. I love the traditional cards.

  16. Hi Christine
    Wonderful card and you are so right that folk sometimes forget about what's behind the festivities. I'm not a religious bod but its a shame that its so commercialised. Same as Easter. Kids think its all about bunnies and chocolate. . . . .everyone should know, chocolate is not just for Easter lol!
    Washing is bobbing about in the breeze and sunshine as apart from a small shower, its been lovely here today.
    Ang x

  17. Hi Christine,
    what a stunner of a card. Love everything about it. Fab digi image, and such a great idea to colour your pearls.
    Will be sending your dies back soon promise. lol.
    Have a wonderful rest of the weekend.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  18. Hi Christine, this is such a lovely card and the sweetest Nativity scene; so are so right about in all the joy and stress people forget what Christmas is all about, this is gorgeous, Carole Z X

  19. Oh wow this is gorgeous !! Hugs xx

  20. I love this card, and I think your monochrome colors are perfect for this sweet little image. I'm looking for this challenge, as I totally agree, we need to remember exactly why this holiday is celebrated. In our world today, it seems to have been lost in commercialism. Saw the challenge at Hazel's, trying to find the link to submit something. You did a fab job on your card, and hope you didn't have any wind damage. TFS & Hugs (and thanks for theme too!)

  21. Gorgeous card Christine...I totally agree with you about Christmas....the first 5 letters in the word Christmas is the most important don't you think.... Hugs May x x x

  22. A gorgeous Christmas card Christine. The image is adorable and I love the colour scheme and all the pretty details
    Lorraine x

  23. Fabulous card Christine, love the sweet image, fab papers and all your embellishments. Great theme, I enjoyed doing it. Carol x

  24. The monochrome really helps this card say what it has to say. Every inch of it has such wondrous detail.This is just so adorable and I really like the soft muted colors you have used. We all appreciate you posting this beautiful art with us. PLEASE come back.
    Abundant Blessings,
    Carole Robb Bisson
    Word Art Wednesday

  25. Beautiful card Christine, I love a religious card for Christmas and the soft muted colours are perfect.

  26. Hi Christine great challenge.....enjoyed doing it and loveyour beautifulcard....hugs

  27. This is absolutely LOVELY, Christine. Your card is so sweet and I thank you so much for sharing it with us in this week's challenge. Have a blessed week and thanks again for stopping by!
    Word Art Wednesday

    P.S. I have BLOG CANDY!

  28. What a lovely image and the card you created has such a lovely "feel" to it. So calming and serene. Your colouring is just amazing too. Thanks for joining us this week at One Stitch at a Time. Good luck.
    Lynn, DT Member, OSAAT

  29. Wonderful card Christine. Love the monochromatic look to it!
    The snowflakes are so gorgeous with a bit of a shimmer to them!

    My Mum will be so glad you chose this theme as she does not consider it a Christmas card unless it has at least an angel on it!

    Will post my card after DH goes to bed...we are both shattered and going to put our feet up for a few hours and watch some British TV...Vera, I think.

    We were up at Silly oclock and off to America. I got so many fabby bargains there and at the big Christmas open house yesterday at my local scrapbook store. I may just have to do a shopping haul post! teeeheee

  30. Good morning sweetie, this is just gorgeous :0)) Hugs Pops x x x

  31. Oh Christine, I'm so delighted that you have entered this gorgoeus Christmas card in our challenge this week else I might not have seen it which would have been very sad. Your monochrome colouring, embellishments, lovely digi and backing papers - complete with the carol 'Silent Night' have made this one very special Christmas card that reflects the True meaning of Christmas and certainly one that I shall carry in my mind this coming Christmas. Good luck in our challenge this week. Ingrid xx (OSAAT Team)

  32. Wow Christine! This is absolutely gorgeous! I love the vintage feel this color palate gives Christmas cards. Thanks for joining us at Inky Impressions for our Traditional Christmas challenge. Be sure to pop by the blog Wednesday to see if you won and to join us for our next fun challenge!

  33. Beautiful card Christine, love the colouring and image.
    I really despair at Christmas so many people totally forget what the whole thing is about.
    Looking forward to meeting you on Friday.
    Happy crafting

    Patricia xxx

  34. Hi Christine!
    This is such a gorgeous christmas card! Loving the nativity image it's lovely!
    I agree Christmas is not the same. Supposed to be about , Jesus, friends, family, love, fun and spending time together now it's all about money.
    It really does make me frustrated at times lol.
    Hugs xx

  35. Hi Christine your card is stunning! Such pretty papers and the way you have decorated the inside is fab!!



  36. I like the colours on your card. Makes me think of the inside of the stable. Thank you for joining in at Crafty Hazelnuts extra this month. Hugs Mrs a. (GDT)

  37. Hello again Christine, just popping back to say, Thank you for taking part in A Gem of A Challenge this week
    Sue xx

  38. Such a beautiful card, Christine - love the sepia tones and the wonderful image - thanks for a lovely CCC challenge - and thanks for sharing for CHNC challenge extra for November - hope to see you again soon. x

  39. A beautiful card! Lovely coloured and a supercute image.Thanks for joining us at I Love ProMarkers. Hope to see you back soon. Hugs, Lisbeth

  40. Wow Christine! You have been busy lately and you made such beautiful cards!!
    I love them all but especially this one. So gorgeaous with the real Christmas scene. Every year I am building up the whole scene in our livingroom with selfmade puppets, a stable which we bought in Austria and the tree ofcourse. I am busy for more than 2 days and in a few weeks it's happening again. So nice now for the grandchildren (and for us ofcourse!).
    Have a nice day,
    Lia xx

  41. This is such a beautiful card Christine - I am sure whoever is lucky enough to receive it will be delighted!! I love the muted colours...and the various methods you've used to tone the embellishments - coffee dipped ribbon is now on my list of things to try!! Thank you for sharing at One Stitch At A Time and good luck in the challenge.

    Victoria (OSAAT DT)

  42. A gorgeous little image. All the little elements add up to a fab card Christine.
    Love Lea x

  43. What a beautiful card! I really like all the die cuts and the colors you chose. You are so right, too often we forget the whole meaning of Christmas. Thanks for sharing with us at Word Art Wednesday.

  44. You do make beautiful Christmas cards - this is perfect!!

  45. A very beautiful and lush Christmas card, love the unusual colour scheme.
    Sorry mine is so late Christine, but I wanted to create a scene with my brayer and it took me ages because of my back x

  46. Gorgeous card, love the colors. Thanks for using a SBDO digi and for joining us this week at OSAAT! Hope you'll join us tomorrow for a new challenge. Best, CG

  47. Beautiful card. Thanks for playing at OSAAT this week.
    DT Nataliya


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