Christmas Traditions

Seems like quite awhile since we've had time to visit together! 
 I'm glad you were able to pop by today. 
 We are definitely nearing Christmas...and you can sure tell by the busy schedule we all seem to be keeping.  There are Christmas concerts, Christmas dinners/parties with friends, and then there's the shopping, gift wrapping, Christmas baking...and of course some last minute card making!  LOL

This week over at Twist of Faith, we are thinking about Christmas Traditions.  I have to say that my favorite tradition that we have as a family is attending our church's Christmas Eve service.  For me...that is the most magical night of the year.  It sets the focus on the reason for the season as we put our attention on our Lord and Saviour!  There's something so special about that candlelight service and the songs, and sharing that takes place.  It reminds us all of the gift we are really celebrating!  

That being said, I did not choose to create a card around that tradition.  Instead, I chose to create a card around "going home" for Christmas.  I am lucky, my parents live in the same area we do.  I get to see them on a regular basis...but there's still something special about going home for Christmas.  Going home brings back memories of Christmas morning when I was a brother and I waking mom and dad up by reading the Christmas story to them at the door of their bedroom...but not before 7:00am!  LOL  Unwrapping the gifts under the tree, rummaging through the stockings, and then heading over to Grandma and Grandpas house where you were greeted by the smell of the most delicious meal.  It's funny how going home brings back all those memories.  Those memories bring back happy times, but are also a little bit melancholy as things are different...Grandmas and Grandpas have passed away, aunts and uncles as well...but I can't imagine what Christmas in Heaven must be like for them!

Well...when I spotted the image "Sarah's Christmas" in the Robyn's Fetish store, I knew that I wanted to create with it!  Robyn's Fetish is our sponsor for the week and they have graciously agreed to provide one lucky winner with 5 digital stamps of their choice!  Splendid!

Here's a look at my holiday card...

  This young girl just reminded me of someone on her way home to family and friends with her packages and wreath.  I've colored up the digi with my Stamp 'n Up chalks.  I wanted to give the card an aged and vintage feel, so I've again inked everything around the edges with a brown ink.  I've added some laser cut snowflakes which I've spread some Diamond Stickles on to give them some shimmer.  I've also used some Christmas die cuts that I purchased and was hoarding in my craft room!  The finishing touch was to add some Ric rack type ribbon and a bow with a button....I was hoping this would give the card that little bit of coziness that would make it feel like home.  I loved the die cut sentiment "At Christmas, all roads lead home"!  And isn't that so true in the spiritual realm as well...Christmas should get us thinking about our Heavenly Father...the sacrifice He chose to make for us...and even that Heavenly home that awaits for us when our time will come to leave this world.

And now, I can hardly wait to read about some of the Christmas traditions you have...and to see where your creativity with them will lead in your card making!  Be sure to link up with us at Twist of Faith this week...and don't forget to check out the other DT creations and their Christmas traditions. 

Until next time...

This card has been entered in the following challenges...
Crafty Sentiments Designs..."Christmas" 
Scrap Creations..."Holidays"
LEJ Designs..."Festive Fun"
Loves Rubberstamps Challenge Blog..."Anything Goes Christmas"
Songbird Challenge Blog..."Merry Christmas Everybody"
Sweet Stamps..."Simple Christmas"
Tuesday Throwdown..."What Christmas Means to You"
Use it Tuesday..."Winter/Holidays" (used Christmas die cuts from my hoarding stash)
The Cheerful Stamp Pad..."Signs of Christmas"
C is for Challenge..."Traditional Christmas"
Craftin Desert Diva's..."Christmas"
Craft Your Passion..."Let it Snow"
Crafty Boots Challenges..."Christmas"
Get Inky..."Christmas"
My Craft Creations..."Anything Goes"
Parade Your Crafts..."Christmas Projects"
Scrapping Everyday Miracles..."Christmas"
Without Words..."Nearest and Dearest"
Chalk Ah Lot Cafe..."Chalk Christmas"
Robyn's Fetish..."Must have a Bow"
That Craft Place..."Christmas"
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas..."For Someone Special"
Card Crafters Circle..."Celebrations"
Card Makin Mamas..."Merry Christmas"
Creative Corner Challenges..."Traditional Christmas"
Delicious Doodles..."Christmas/New Years"
Digi Haven..."Merry Christmas"
Digitally Sweet Challenges..."Vintage Christmas"
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge Blog..."Christmas"

Update:  This card has placed in the following challenges...

Chalk Ah Lot Cafe

Powdered chalks by Stamp N Plus


Denise Goeldner said...

Such a lovely card beautifully done, glad to be part of your Team as GD
~ Denise DT for Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog

Dee's Craft Room said...

Fab Christmas card, great design with lovely traditional elements. Thank you for joining in the Christmas fun with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


Karen said...

What a beautiful Christmas card! Love it! Thanks for linking up your project at Craftin Desert Divas! :)


NanaConnie said...

Beautiful, Tacey! Loving the collage design and the paper you chose are marvelous. Thanks so much for playing along in our "What Does Christmas Mean to You" challenge at Tuesday Throwdown this time and good luck in the draw.
NanaConnie DT

Helen Gullett said...

What a beautiful card, Tracey! Love the girl so much! Thanks for sharing it with us at SEM this month! Hope to see you again next month challenge :)

Shirley-Anne said...

Wonderful creation , beautiful image .Thanks for sharing on Card Crafters Circle

Mrs Beez said...

This is such a pretty card with so many beautiful details. Love those little snowflakes. I enjoyed reading about your happy Christmas memories. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Boots Challenges this time.

SarahGeorge said...

Beautiful card and beautiful memories too :) It's so good to hear you share with us your sweet memories :).

Lisa Winnard - TheCraftarageStudio said...

What a beautiful vintage Christmas card. I love the image in the frame with the traditional background papers. And the extra embellishments are lovely.
Lisa - Digitally Sweet GDT

chrissy xx said...

Such a nostalgic Christmas Card! LOve your colours and design.
Thank you sooo much for sharing with us over at Digi Haven.

Aunty Sue said...

Fab christmas card and thanks for sharing with us at Craft

designermc said...

I love the vintage feel of your card. Great job. Thanks for sharing at Creative Corner.

Papercrafting Princess said...

It definitely makes you think of Home at Christmas! Cute details

Jane said...

Very pretty, thanks for joining us at Without Words

Laurence said...

Cute card, thanks for sharing it with us at Robyn's Fetish Challenge.

Laurence DT

Amanda said...

Lovely looking vintage card! Thankyou for sharing with us at That Craft Place. Good Luck and hope to see you again soon.

blsd2scrp said...

beautiful card! thanks for joining us over at Scrapping Everyday Miracles! We hope you will create more for our January challenge as well!

Kym's Crafty Cards said...

What a lovely card you have made here which fits perfectly the Delicious Doodles Challenge this week of “Christmas/New Years”. Thank you for entering and best wishes in the draw. Kym (Delicious Doodles Challenge Blog Design Team Member)

Unknown said...

What a beautiful vintage feeling card. Thanks so much for sharing with us at SEM

Hazel said...

Thanks for sharing this lovely card for Cheerful Stamp Pad challenge 75: signs of Christmas - Hazel, DT and also for entering CHNC challenge 154 - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for December - I'd love to see it there too. x

Sue - said...

Beautiful Christmas card. Thank you for joining us at Digitally Sweet

Migdalia said...

Thank you so much for joining us at Craftin Desert Divas Linky Party.
Have a wonderful day,
♥ Crafting With Creative M ♥
♥ 2 Creative Chicks Challenge Blog ♥

Roxie said...

Very cute card, nice vintage image.
Thanks for playing along in the challenge!

Peanut said...

Gorgeous card, fabulous colours and very festive, Tracey! Thanks for joining our Christmas challenge.
Asha - Tuesday Throwdown DT
Sunny Summer Crafts

Unknown said...

Beautiful vintage card! I love the way you used the chalks to color her! Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us at Loves Rubber Stamps Challenges and look forward to seeing more of your lovely creations again soon. Have a beautiful week! Laura

Olivia said...

Lovely job. Thanks for joining us at Loves Rubberstamps.

Bonnie Irvine said...

You have managed to create both the vintage feel and the coziness that you were after. The image is very sweet and the embellies you have chosen suit it so well. Thanks for joining our Let It Snow challenge this week at Craft Your Passion. I hope we see you again soon.

Cindy Groh said...

Wow! That is awesome that you colored her in with chalks. I love the way it turned out. Be sure to stop by the Chalk Ah Lot blog to find out who the Christmas with chalk challenge winner is;) Thanks for joining us at Chalk Ah Lot.

Aunty Sue said...

such a lovely card and thanks for sharing with us at crafty sentiments

crafty-stamper said...

A beautiful vintage image and papers love the colouring definitely a nostalgic card --thanks for joining us at Lej designs
Carol DT x

Jackie said...

This really is lovely, I think the details are all fabulous! Thank you for joining us this week at the Crafty Sentiments Designs Challenge! I hope you play along with us again soon!

Jackie, Crafty Sentiments Designs DT

Audrey Ernst (hippieaud) said...

Gorgeous creation, love the vintage feel. Thanks so much for playing again this week at Crafty Sentiments!!

Shazza said...

lovely card, thanks for joining us this week at Crafty Sentiments and good luck

Anonymous said...

I have this image too! Great vintage looking card! Thanks for playing in our final challenge at Use It Tuesday! Best wishes always! Tammy DT

Tracy said...

Beautiful, I love the traditional christmas feel to it. Thank you for joining us at Songbird Challenges x

Nolene Burnett said...

Beautiful card. Thank you for joining us at Scrapping Everyday Miracles.

Unknown said...

This is such a lovely X-mas card, love the vintage elements. I would like to thank you for entering my ‘C… is for challenge’ blog and I wish you good luck in the draw.
Anna xxx

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Beautiful card. Thank you for joining us in the Challenge at the Parade Your Crafts Blog

Vicki Romaine said...

Love all the elements of this card. Thanks for joining us at The Cheerful Stamp Pad.

Curly said...

Wow superb colouring and layout, absolutely stunning creation :)

Thank you so much for joining us at
Without Words Challenge I hope you will try to join us again next Month :)
Have a lovely day
Crafty hugs
Bridget :)

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