Merry Christmas for CASE this Sketch
Live and love with all your heart

Happy Holidays for As You See It

Hi Everyone.

Happy Tuesday.

I have a quick post for you tonight.  I saw this fun sketch across as as you see it


Screen Shot 2014-11-04 at 2.57.25 PM

As I had been using my Simon Says Stamp November card kit materials, I continued that streak for this card, especially as I had some of the DSP left over from last night's card sitting on my desk!

I started with my Stampn' Up! Chalk Talk framelits to create a place for my sentiment and stamped it with the sentiment and the stripes from the SSS card kit.  I backed that with some cardstock that I ran through my Big Shot with the my Stampin' Up! Tiny Triangles embossing folder.  I really like the texture that it adds to the card stock and, of course, had to run that through my Lil Inkers Rectangle dies.   Am I hooked on these do you think???!!!! :-)   I cut a piece of DSP from the card kit and added that to the bottom of the card.   

All I needed to finish off the card was the element that sits on the top of the tag to  fit with the sketch.  I wasn't sure what to do and then saw the little hearts contained in the card kit.  Perfect!   

Here's my card:

Happy Holidays
I know the design team would appreciate it if you popped along to check out their fabulous inspiration cards - and played along with their challenges, too.

On a personal note:

As many of you have told me that you are enjoying seeing our travel shots... I thought I would show a little about where we went next.   For those of you that aren't interested in travel shots... stick around, because I have some VERY cool hand made cards to share with you from World War I.

This was an action packed day, so I will break it out across two different posts.  On our anniversary - 10/9 we visited Lunenburg and Mahone Bay in Nova Scotia.  Lunenburg is a very pretty town with a really cultural group of residents.  We managed to spend some time speaking with the volunteer tour guides at St John's Anglican Church,  They had retired there a few years ago and were talking about some of the concerts that they would be listening to over the next couple of months and also about some of the educational classes they were taking, which were being taught by ex-Oxford and Cambridge dons!  Pretty impressive for a tiny little town!

St John's ended up being a very interesting side-trip.  The was massively damaged during 2001 after a fire.  Thousands of photographs were sent in from visitors from around the world and local artisans worked to re-build the church based on those photographs and used as much of the material as could be recovered.  The windows in the church were beautiful.

Window1 (1 of 1)

But... it was the ceiling of the chancel that really captured my attention.

Chancel (1 of 1)
 After visiting the church, we went downstairs to the crypt where part of it had been set aside as a museum.  It was there that we found these amazing artifacts that had been donated to the church by the family of a serviceman who had lost his life in World War I.  His family had donated these beautifully preserved cards that had been sent home from the front.  

We spent quite a while looking at these beautifully made cards and thinking about what they had gone through to get back to the tiny town of Lunenburg.  It was very moving.

  Christmas (1 of 1)

Christmas2 (1 of 1)
  Wife (1 of 1)

  Husband (1 of 1)

  A kiss (1 of 1)

and finally....

Great war (1 of 1)

 I really spent a lot of time thinking about this soldier and how he had managed to find these beautiful postcards in Belgium and got them home to Lunenburg and how they had nearly 100 years.  it also struck me how beautiful the stitching is and how heartfelt the simple sentiments are.  I hope you enjoyed them :-)

On our way out of the church I saw this little guy:

  Church mouse (1 of 1)

 Each week a child from Sunday School is chosen to take home the Church Mouse and look after him for the week.  Made me smile :-)

I'll be back with another card - and more travel shots - on Thursday.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.



Card recipe:

  • Card stock, DSP, stamps and accessories:  Simon Says Stamp November Card kit
  • Tools:  Stitched Rectangle frame die - Lil Inker.  Tiny Triangles Embossing Folder - Stampin' Up!