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Hello!  Another drought between postings...and two more funerals. 

People have been telling me that these types of events seem to come in threes; even one is too many, though.  These deaths are family impacts.  The first was a dear Aunt who lost a valiant battle with breast cancer and the second was my brother-in-law who was killed in a car accident.  Both losses so very significant to their families and friends.  I ache for my cousins and their children.  I ache for my sister, her children and grandson.  I pray for them in their grief that they may find the strength to move forward and reach again for joy.  

Today's post continues presentation of the projects from my annual Christmas Card class.  The first three cards used traditional images in darker colors and hints of shimmer.  This card is all about the shimmer and shine.

Merry_Christmas

The Rich Razzleberry card front is trimmed to 4 7/8" long and then punched with the Scallop Edge punch.  Brushed Gold and Shimmery White cardstock are layered on top of the Rich Razzleberry cardstock.  A Whisper White 5/8" Satin ribbon is knotted on the front to allow two bright ornaments to hang from the ribbon.

The first ornament is made by stamping the "Merry Christmas" image from the Holiday Best stamp set with Rich Razzleberry on Rich Razzleberry cardstock and on Whisper White cardstock.  The Rich Razzleberry image is punched out with the Ornament punch.  "Merry Christmas" is cut out of the Whisper White cardstock and mounted on the ornament with a Stampin' Dimensional.  A piece of 4" gold elastic cord was wrapped around the neck of the ornament and tied in a knot on the back of the ornament; the ends trimmed close to the knot.  A 5" piece of gold elastic cord was looped over the ribbon and then placed on the ornament (which is face down on the card front) so that the ends of the cord are approximately 2/3 of the way down the center of the ornament.  A Stampin' Dimensional is placed over the gathered ends.  Another Stampin' Dimensional is placed about 1/2" above the first near the neck of the ornament.  Two more Stampin' Dimensionals are placed on the wide part of the ornament to the right and left of the gold cord.  Remove the adhesive covers from the Stampin' Dimensionals, flip the ornament over, and press the ornament in place on the left side of the card front. 

The second ornament uses the small snowflake stamp from the Serene Snowflakes stamp set stamped in Versamark, dusted with White Stampin' Emboss powder, and heat embossed onto Brushed Gold cardstock.  The cardstock is then punched with the Ornament punch.  The process for securing the ornament to the card front is the same as for the Rich Razzleberry ornament; however, this time a 6" piece of gold elastic cord is looped over the ribbon.

A piece of 2" x 4 1/4" piece of Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper is adhered with SNAIL to the inside of the card and aligned with the bottom edge and right and left sides.  The corners are rounded with the 3/16" corner rounder.  A 3 3/4" x 4 1/8" piece of Whisper White cardstock is placed on the inside of the card (not shown) so that the 3 3/4" edge is centered between the right and left sides approximately 1/8" below the fold line. 

The lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White envelope was stamped with the "Merry Christmas" image using Rich Razzleberry ink. 

Merry_Christmas_Envelope

People ask me why I go to the trouble to make Christmas cards every year instead of going to the Dollar Store to pick up a box of 100 for $1.  I reply that when I send a Christmas card that I've made myself, I'm sending a gift to everyone on my Christmas Card List.  I hear back from my friends and family that they treasure the cards that I've sent them and save them to display with their Christmas decorations in the years that follow.  I have handmade cards that I have saved and display that I've received from friends and family (especially from my Mother).  When I look at them, I think of the love and care that went into making that card just for me and my family.  That's the best gift of all!

Robertssiggy 

Stamps:  Holiday Best, Serene Snowflakes; Inks:  Rich Razzleberry Classic, Versamark; Cardstock:  Brushed Gold, Rich Razzleberry, Shimmery White, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Christmas Cocoa Specialty; Embellishments:  Gold Elastic Cord, Whisper White 5/8" Satin ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Snips, Paper Cutter/Scorer, Ornament punch, sponge, Scallop Edge punch, Heat Tool, White Stampin' Emboss powder, 3/16" corner rounder; Other:  Medium Whisper White envelope

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Adriana B

First ((big hugs)) to you and your family. You are right, even one like this is a lot to accept.
Your card is gorgeous and I love that you stamped the envelope as well. I also agree with you about handmaking the cards - my family and friends love them (loved them even I was starting out). I've heard them called a "hug in an envelope" and I completely agree.

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