Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Nativity Cards...Addicted to Stamps and More #173~Holiday

Hello and Happy December 1st...already!

I'm joining my fabulous DT over at Addicted to Stamps and More #173, for a challenge most apt for this time of year: Holiday

This past weekend, we enjoyed fabulous time with my mom and, of course, my niece and nephew. My husband treated the two of them, along with my brother, to an afternoon at West Edmonton Mall's waterpark: a five acre site comprised of a zillion water slides (or so it seems!), a huge wave pool and a series of smaller attractions, for those who love water. That latter statement certainly applies to my niece and nephew who, along with Uncle A and Daddy, enjoyed five hours of fun, frolic and splashing. Aunty C and Bacia...well, we are not water babies so we spent part of the time shopping, part of the time watching the antics of the little ones (and big ones, as it turns out!). Everyone slept very well Saturday night after the full-on, full-tilt, no-holds-barred energy excursion! Our trip also gave me opportunity to deliver the Christmas cards I made for my mom; some she'll mail to family and friends, while others will go to residents in the seniors' home where she volunteers.

Today, I'm sharing one, of a series, of Nativity-themed cards that headed her way, using stamps and dies from PTI. This is hardly an original design, but I did my best to infuse it with a few of my own touches and ended up making three (I'm not good at mass producing...) because I liked the results (so much prettier in real life). The background and starry sky are teal, with navy ink sponged on the sky for some 'depth,' and the Bethlehem silhouette is popped up...


The trio


accompanied by a few more versions, also made as triplets. Why, oh why, didn't I keep a couple to send myself! Oh well...back to the drawing board, which is a-okay because I love making Christmas cards.



Mom seemed pleased and that, ultimately, is what counts.

I'm looking forward to seeing your Holiday-themed cards in the gallery; I know you have some! For added incentive, the winner for this challenge will win a $15 gift certificate from


I'm thrilled to have a few of Kylie's stamps (and soon, dies...butterfly dies, to be precise!) in my collection; they are nothing short of fantastic!

My card is also off to:
Uniko Challenge #27~Christmas (optional twist of CAS)

Hope my card brought a little "Christmas" to your day...thank you for visiting!

Hugs, 






33 comments:

  1. Oh, wow, I adore every version of your Bethlehem design! You might know that I cannot resist a nice city scape so I am swooning over this darling one. But I also love, love, love the one with the palm trees!

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  2. Seriously FABULOUS! LOVE that Teal!!!

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  3. Love all the different variations of your Bethlehem cards. The pop of red with the palm trees is gorgeous. No wonder your mom was pleased.

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  4. OOOO OOOO OOOO! I love the one with the RED palm trees, Carol! The waterpark sounds like fun. Merry Christmas. :)

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  5. whooaa
    they are all ADORABLE
    love the set and the colors
    very clever made and I love them Carol
    gread DIES you have ( a bit jealous LOL)

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  6. Love them all Carol...they are super...you will just have to make some more for yourself!.......water park? is it indoors? or is it not frozen at this time of year? can't get my head around that one only that shopping sounds afar better pursuit! Hugs xx

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  7. Beautiful cards, Carol! The happy excursion you shared sounds like an absolute blast! I might be one of the adults frolicking in the water if there were such a park in my neck of the woods. I was thinking as I read about the adventure that I'll bet everyone slept really well that night. And then you said that. Hee, hee! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I'll bet your mom loves this set of cards; I know I do! That nativity you've created in all it's variations is delightful!! Perfect for Christmas! And it sounds like you and the little/big kids had a ball playing Saturday. You'll all have to take a holiday at the Wisconsin Dells...plenty of waterparks for some people to enjoy, and at least a day of you and me time! The kids would love it! Bev

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  9. These are such a stunning set of Christmas designs Carol!! I really love the blue and gold looking ones! That is an awesome die!! It has been wonderful being on this DT and getting to know you! HUGS

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  10. There's nothing like a Nativity themed card, and I really love how you designed these beauties, Carol! Great idea to create different color combos, too! I'll bet your mom loves them so much!
    Sounds like you had a great weekend visit with your family :)

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  11. Nothing warms my heart more than to see a Christmas card with the nativity on it boldly declaring the true meaning of Christmas. Great creations!!

    I LOVE that West Ed wave pool/water park!!! Oh my!! We have done it twice with the kids and this still a kid mama was last one standing both times - yes!! I am a big water baby and my nick name is Otter :) Have never even shopped at the Mall as water wins every time LOL!.

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  12. WOW, these are spectacular Carol!! The water park sounds like alots of fun! It's raining here, but I won't complain as we need it!

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  13. Oh so gorgeous, c... was mom over the moon about them? Surely the recipients will be. LOve them...
    =]

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  14. Carol...you are a rock star in my book! I am in love with each one of your cards, so amazing!

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  15. WOW Carol...these are amazing, stunning, gorgeous...I can definitely see why your mom loved them! Awesome 'clean lines' perfectly paired with bold colors! Fabulous!!!

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  16. I love your nativity card. I try to make a religious card for my father in law each year and he would love these. Thank you for your comments on my blog and for your prayers for my grandson. Family is very important and I'm glad you could spend some time with yours. Happy almost weekend!

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  17. oh my word! I absolutely LOVE that you made these in various colours. Cannot pick a favourte..they're all super gorg!
    hugs Asha

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  18. What lovely cards, Carol! You're making me wish I had these dies & sentiments!

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  19. I think the whole series is just fabulous - all the diecut details are lovely. Thanks so much for playing along with our Christmas challenge at Uniko this month!

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  20. These are BEAUTIFUL!!
    Happy Friday!

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  21. These are all wonderful. Love the basic design and how you changed the sentiment, main image and colors. Water park in Canada in December? I am reading this right? It must be indoors--(I hope)

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  22. This is a beautiful set!!! You were busy! =)
    Lilian ATSM DT teamie
    The Leaf Studio

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  23. WOW!! These are amazing!! I bought this stamp set too, but have not used it and now your beautiful things have inspired me so much!! I adore each and everything you have done here!! ((Hugs))

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  24. OMgosh!!! You have done that set proud with this gorgeous sets of cards , you have inspired me to keep going with that set , I love these! The red looks great and I would not have though of that!
    Sounds like a wonderful day! Im thinking water part????? hmmm

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  25. These are stunning!!! I love everything on here and the design is perfect!

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  26. Beautiful, one and all! I need to make my ornaments using this set for our supper this Saturday..... 11 ornaments shouldn't take that long, right? ;)

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  27. So lovely, Carol ... I do love cards that reflect the true meaning of Christmas, so your wonderful images of the nativity for me are just perfect! Hugs, Anita :)

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  28. Another stunning set of Christmas cards -I especially like the teal background!

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  29. It sounds like a fun weekend, Carol. I love your nativity cards. I'm with you on the multiples thing but sometimes you like a design so well it's easy.

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  30. Sorry for the late visit, Carol. I love these, it's so nice to see nativity cards, and teal is my favourite shade so loving them even more! xx

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  31. A delightful display of festive creations, each beautifully made. I love all the colours but I think the teal has to be my favourite! Thanks so much for sharing and joining in on the Uniko Challenge. My apologies for stopping by so late to comment. Hugs Bev x

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