Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Jesus Is The Reason

Well. . . .Santa, if you can hear me, I would REALLY like a new (better) camera for Christmas.  I'm grateful for the little camera I have, but I want a "real" camera that can capture the fine details.  A good photo makes a BIG difference.  There, I said it - Can you hear me, Santa?

I want to mention a few new challenge blogs I've found this week.  First, I would like to talk about Scrapbookers Anonymous.  This challenge blog encourages you to use up items from your stash.  Heaven knows we all have WAY too much of that, and being encouraged to utilize what we have is always a good thing.  You can learn more about this fun challenge blog by clicking on this link:
Their current challenge calls for three things - Holiday, a Tag, and Glitter.  What a fun combination.  Obviously, my card celebrates the true reason for the Christmas Holiday - it's ALL about Jesus.  I have a red tag under my image, and I glittered my star (as well as using glittery background paper from my old stash, and I also used a digital image I had been saving and needed to use).  Here is the link for that challenge:

The next challenge I'd like to mention is Stamp, Scrap, and Doodle Saturdays - they have a fun Holiday Card challenge going on right now.  It's the perfect time to enter this fun challenge since we're all working on our Holiday cards.  You can enter this challenge by clicking on the following link.  You won't want to miss out on this one.
http://ssdschallenge.blogspot.com/2011/12/holiday-card.html - Holiday Card

The challenge for December over at Pile It On is a "Bling It Up" challenge.  My star is VERY blingy, even though my mediocre camera doesn't really capture the bling.  You can read about this challenge by clicking here:  http://pileitonchallenge.blogspot.com/2011/12/pile-it-on-49-december-month-long.html - December "Bling it Up"

Sparkles Forum Challenge has a challenge called "The One You Love At Christmas", and I am not at all ashamed to say that the One I love at Christmas (and always) is my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  So, this image of our Lord in the manger is being entered in this challenge:
http://sparklesforumchallenges.blogspot.com/2011/12/ch-26-one-you-love-at-christmas.html - The One You Love at Christmas

Last, but by NO MEANS least, is the super exciting challenge going on over at www.lollipopcrafts.blogspot.com where they are hosting a color challenge.  You need to use Dark Red, Chocolate Brown, and Cream.  I used dark red on my tag and accents, chocolate brown in my background paper, ribbon and accents, and cream on my image mat, vintage sheet music and accents.  I always love trying to make a project meet requirements for several challenges.  You can read all about, and even enter, this fun challenge by clicking on the following link:
http://lollipopcrafts.blogspot.com/2011/12/challenge-60-color-challenge.html - #60 - A Color Challenge

Before I go, I want to give credit to Freshly Brewed Designs for the image I used.  I won this image in a challenge quite a while back, and it just wouldn't be right to not tell you about their amazing images.  You can check them out at:  www.freshbreweddesigns.com  So, thank you, Heather, for this image.

I am so excited about these three challenge blogs.  I hope you will check them out, and enter the challenges.  The more, the merrier.  Right?

Have a great day.



  1. Oh I love your card Karen. It's beautifully done! Coming your way from the Scrapbookers Anonymous challenge. I love their challenges! Your photo is fine, but I still hope you get a new camera! Thanks for the links to the other sites. I'll have to check them out.

  2. A beautiful creation, as always Karen ;)


  3. Hello Karen. How beautiful. Gorgeous papers, love the design and the red really makes your image stand out perfectly. Hope you are keeping well, and I will keep my fingers crossed that Santa brings you your wish for a new camera. Happy crafting.
    With love, Sandra xxx

  4. Beautiful card Karen. I hope you get your new camera. Lee xx

  5. Lovely card Karen! I really like the tag behind the main focus. It draws the eye there. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Scrapbookers Anonymous!

  6. Beautiful card, love the color combinations. Truly elegant. Thank you for all the information on challenge blogs. I haven't done a challenge in so long, I think I forgot how. Maybe after the holidays. Keep up the good work, I really enjoy your blog. You are an inspiration to me always....

  7. Stunning card!

    Thank you for sharing with us at Sparkles for our "One you love at Christmas" challenge

    Hope you will join us again, good luck in the draw x

  8. Lovely layout - I hope Santa heard you well!! Thanks so much for playing along with Scrapbookers Anonymous!!!!

  9. A lovely sparkly card, beautiful sentiment too. Thanks for your encouragement. Hazel x

  10. Hi Karen,
    Lovely card celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. A true tribute to Christmas and the real reason to celebrate.
    Thanks for the shout out to our challenge and for linking up at Lollipop Crafts!

  11. Hi Karen! Thank you so much for your sweet comments! I am "following" your blog because you are in my favorites list on my computer. : ) So I will be checking in on a regular basis! I love your cute little card too!!!

  12. I love that pop of red behind your image panel. My fingers are crossed that Santa has you on his good list this year! So glad you shared with us at Pile It On!

    One Happy Stamper
    Pile It On! DT

  13. Hi!
    Your card is beautiful! Love all the different colors. Have a great day!

    Food for Thought

  14. such a lovely and colorful card. it's wonderful. That red tag just pops off there. love it!!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Scrapbookers Anonymous. I hope you come back and play many more challenges. Stretching the stash is always fun. =)

  15. A very lovely card. Let's hope Santa hears your wish for a new camera - I know what a difference it makes to your photos. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Sparkles Forum. I hope to see you there again soon.


  16. Beautiful card, thanks for joining us at Scrapbookers Anonymous.xxx

  17. What a gorgeous card!... I love this... Thank you so much for playing along with US over at Scrapbookers ANonymous... hugs..xoxo

  18. very nice !! great idea - thanks so much for playing with lollipopcrafts - hugs joanna

  19. Super card!
    Thanks for playing along with us at Pile It On :)

  20. a great card- love the colours you used thanks for playing at SA

  21. Beautiful card! I love what you did with the tag and the overall vintage look. Thanks for joining in the fun at Scrapbookers Anonymous!!!

  22. That's one amazing roll call! Lovely card and my DD would agree with your sentiment. Thanks fro joining in at Scrapbookers Anonymous