Sunday, 5 January 2014

Christmas Card Club #1: Anything Goes

Happy Sunday, my friends. Today, our RC Church is celebrating the Feast of Epiphany. Technically it's tomorrow, January 6th, but in Portugal we celebrate it on the Sunday closest to it between 2nd and 8th of the month.

Here, Epiphany is known as Dia dos Reis (Day of Kings) when the Magi (The Three Kings) visited Baby Jesus bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  We celebrate it by eating Bolo Rei (King Cake), a rich bread-like cake filled with fruits and nuts. It's a day of feasting with family and friends. So, what better day to kick off the first Christmas Card Challenge for 2014 with a theme chosen by Sylvie.

Here's my card, depicting the journey of the Three Kings.

I was inspired by the carol "We Three Kings".  The papers are by Kaiser Craft Vintage Christmas and I chose traditional colours for this card. The image is from Chocolate Baroque's "Following Yonder Star" stamp set.

All I did was heat emboss the image in black. Then I did some light inking with TH's Antique Lace for the sand and Faded Jeans for the night sky. On the stars I adhered some tiny gold bling.  

The sentiment inside is from Chocolate Baroque's Warm Christmas Greetings, stamped with Versafine Black Onyx.

I'm taking my card to the following challenges:

Christmas Card Challenges #6: No Colouring
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round: AG
CHNC January: AG
Crafty Calendar Challenge: Let's Celebrate - Epiphany
Jingle Belles: Something Old, Something New - Old: Kaiser Craft Papers; New: Stamp arrived yesterday!
Word Art Wednesday #113: AG Inspirational
Make It Monday #173: AG
The Glory Of Christmas: Three Kings

Epiphany also marks the end of Christmastide and tomorrow we take down the festive decorations. This year we've had a some help in that department. Our little elf has decided to get a head start on things. This is what our tree (what's left of it) looked like yesterday afternoon:

Santa flat out (how did he get there?!), broken baubles, tinsel & lights all over the place AND a black pig!  Wonder who's behind this hot mess?!

The angel had taken a 90º nose drive. She's made of porcelain and is hanging on to dear life! 

By the evening we kissed and made up. Here is hubby engaged in a reconciliatory cheek to cheek with the culprit, Peanut. How can this 7kg (15.5 lb) shortcake cause such chaos?!  I didn't bother putting the tree back in order...not on the last day. Needless to say, it will be the subject of Peanut's First Christmas....for many years to come. 

Rosie waiting in line for the next dance!

Have a blessed day my friends. I hope you will be showered with gifts of good health, peace and love all year long.



  1. Hi that stamp.....they are like hens teeth to get hold of I keep seeing a few on ebay but never the ones I like! the backing papers all goes so well together xxxxx

  2. Super card Asha. The delicate colouring is very effective. At least Peanut waited until it was almost time to take down the tree. perhaps he thought you needed some help with it! Hugs |Christine xx

  3. Gorgeous stamp Asha and A Happy New Year to you all. Bless Peanut lol Ollie kept sniffing round the tree then giving us a sly look but he didn't touch it thank goodness lots of huggles Sue xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  4. This is a beautiful silhouette image, and I love how you inked the sandy ground too! Elegant card!

  5. Your creation is so lovely and serene sweetie. Naughty Peanut but as you say you have to forgive he is so cute. Had to smile though as the state of the tree brought back memories of my past babies tricks.


  6. A very elegant card Asha I like the silhouette image, Naughty peanut he he
    Kevin xx

  7. Gorgeous! What a cheeky doggie! Lol! Hugs xxx

  8. I love your card Asha - very classy and what a lovely stamp! This is a wonderful first card for the CCC 2014!

    As for your tree -- ooer it looks as if it is been hit by a Tornado not a Peanut!!! Mind you he does look very cute and the other one would like a cuddle as well methinks!!! Look at that little face - ahhhhh!

    Hope 2014 is better for you all, lots of hugs and love

    Sue Pxxx

  9. What a lovely image ... the embossing adds such great contrast with your inked background ... so very glad you joined us as we celebrate the old & the new at Jingle Belles.

  10. I love this Christmas song, and started singing it when I saw your card. Thanks so much for sharing it in our challenge. I hope you have a blessed week and that you will join us again soon. Thanks for being such a blessing and encouragement to all of us.
    Word Art Wednesday

  11. I love the card, great papers and love the silhouette. My decorations will be coming down tomorrow too. Love the photo at the end - Rosie is probably saying he did it, where is my cuddle:-) Have a great day.

  12. That's gorgeous Asha. So glad your angel/fairy didn't get broken - I doubt you would have been so forgiven then, well I wouldn't of lol! My wee beastie would have ripped that snowman apart - he has a 'bad thing' for soft decorations and they regularly only last 15 minutes before he rips them apart and then tries to eat the filling - what is it about these little guys attitude lol?! Keep well my lovely friend xx

  13. Such a beautiful card. Nice and simple. Love those papers and the layout is perfect for that image. Thanks for playing with CHNC@

  14. Gorgeous card Asha. I am sure Peanut is very sorry for the mess. I saw this on MIM..Loz

  15. Love the image on your l card and I bet it looks awesome in real life embossed .Love the back ground shading too . Thanks for sharing family fun tit bit and glorious photos as well on Make it Monday .

  16. I saw you on MIM - Beautiful card wonderful meaning and great stitchingcard I have a piece in there also.I would
    Love to have you visit.
    This is so sweet.
    DIANA L.

  17. Love the photos! And the image looks so good heat embossed, enjoy your day x

  18. Dankeschön ffüt den lieben Kommentar, finde ihre Arbeiten wunderschön glg Gertrude

  19. Love all your photos. Beautiful card for Sylvie's CCC challenge. Thanks for sharing your beautiful card for CCAYR January anything goes challenge - hope to see you again soon, Hazel, CCAYR design team – and thanks for entering this for my CHNC challenge extra for January. It would also be perfect for The Glory of Christmas first challenge in 2014 - would love to see it there too x

  20. Lovely card & a lovely celebration too. Hope you had a lovely Christmas and 2014 has got off to a good start? Happy New Year Asha :) Hugs Bev x

  21. Peanut looks so sheepish lol. Love the tales of Peanut Asha. :) Your card is fabulous and love how the image turned out. It's so pretty!!! Hope your 2014 is a great one, hugs.

  22. Thank you, Asha, for adding your beautiful card for the Glory of Christmas challenge, Hazel, DT - hope to see you again soon. x

  23. Asha your card is stunning and love your story about Peanut is adorable x

  24. Super card Asha, hope you enjoyed your celebration. Lol at the Christmas tree, Peanut is adorable. Carol x

  25. Thank you so much for joining us this week for our Word Art Wednesday challenge. It's a delight to have you there sharing your lovely inspiration. We welcome you to join us every week. Diane Noble (DT-WAW)

  26. Hi Asha
    Fabulous card .... For our 1st Challenge....
    Hugs Sylvie xxx

  27. Beautiful card, the sponging and stitching add so much dimension! I enjoyed your pictures too. Visiting from MIM. Donna

  28. Peanut is just full of beans! lol! I love that you got pictures of all the mess he's made :) Love the crisp embossing on your card, and the perfect bit of sponged inks to create a scene - gorgeous!

  29. what a lovely holiday card, i especially love the gorgeous but subtle inking effects... and the stitching really sets off each panel! thanks for joining our "old and new" fun at JINGLE BELLES! :)

  30. Good to see you had fun and also good to see a traditional card highlighting the real Christmas story. Happy New Year. Zx

  31. Lovely card. Thanks for sharing your creation with us at Make it Monday.

    Rocio -DT

  32. Hi Asha, I'm late getting round to visit on this challenge that I missed the deadline! Loved reading your post about the customs in your part of the world. It was so interesting to learn how similar customs differ in the way each culture celebrates the same occasion. Loved your card and I especially liked the theme of this one. It's not easy to find good religious themed stamps and you used this one so very beautifully. Loved the rhinestones highlight your stars, and really thought your way of smudging the colors to emulate the sand was inspired. Just a lovely, lovely card. Happy New Year and TFS. Thanks again for the beautiful card you sent us. We were so humbled that you thought of us with such a thoughtful gesture.

  33. Oh dear! Our cats used to climb our tree but I didn't know dogs did that, too!! I'm glad the angel survived!!

    Gorgeous card!! I love all the embossing and that wonderful sentiment inside!!

  34. Beautiful card - love the distress ink with the silhouette image. Had to laugh at your poor Christmas tree too!

    Thanks for joining us at The Glory of Christmas Challenge.

    Helen x (GDT)

  35. So beautiful and the stitching is such a nice touch. So glad you joined us for our Anything Christmas challenge at CCAY!

  36. What a lovely traditional celebration card, perfect for our challenge. Thanks for sharing with us this month at Crafty Calendar Challenge.
    Kim xXx

  37. Thanks for joining at the Glory of Christmas Challenge,
    your card is wonderful, you are one of the TOP 3.
    Look at our blog for the button.


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