Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas is About Giving

I think we can all agree that the old saying "It's Much Better to GIVE Than To Receive" is SO true.  Christmas is really all about the greatest gift that was ever given.......JESUS!  God loved us so much that He sent His only Son, a perfect sacrifice - completely free from sin - to come to earth through His birth in a manger, live among us (John 1:14), set an example, die on the cross as a sacrifice for our sinfulness, to be burried, rise again from the dead three days later, be seen by hundreds of witnesses, and then ascend into heaven to prepare a place for us in eternity.  What a wonderful gift!  Our pastor always says, "you can't outgive God", and that's SO true.  It's a blessing to give generously to others to show our love for them, just as God gave to us when He sent that gift of His precious Son.
 
I have seen so many wonderful challenges in the last several days that are all about "gifts and giving" and so, with the gift Jesus gave in my mind, I wanted to take part in these challenges and share with you all one of the (many) gifts I've prepared this Christmas.  This particular gift is for some friends of ours.  What's inside this box, you ask?  Well, it's none other than a box of the delicious truffles I made; and you can see that blog post right here:  Homemade Chocolate Truffles With Sea Salt.  They are super delicious, and I know that our friends will love them.  I know this because they bought two dozen of them at the Craft Boutique and told me that they ate them ALL!

This treat box has been in my stash for several years, and I finally put it to use.  It always feels good to use up some of your stash, doesn't it?  I simply added some die-cut snowflakes, a Making Memories poinsettia with a button and baker's twine, and tied it shut with a raffia bow.  The tag is my Design Team project for this week's challenge at Word Art Wednesday I would really LOVE IT if you would come by Word Art Wednesday and enter the challenge this week.  Our sponsors this week are Detailed 4U Collections AND we have a Stampin' Up demonstrator, Cynthia Millan, who is offering TWO Stampin' Up Stamp Sets to one lucky winner.
 
For the tag, I simply printed out this week's scripture/word art from Word Art Wednesday on cream Bazzill, which I inked green with Tim Holtz ink.  I adhered it to a tag from Freckled Fawn, added a piece of Making Memories patterned paper, embellished the tag with some Making Memories ribbon and Prima lace, and then tied it onto the treat box using a ripped strip of coodinating fabric.  Those truffles are tucked safely inside (and hidden away from my husband...LOL).
 
Here are the challenges I'm entering with this gift project:
 
http://www.craftspotbykimberly.blogspot.com/2012/12/monday-challenge-79-wrap-it-up.html - My Craft Spot by Kimberly - Challenge #79 - Wrap It Up/Share a Gift
 
http://www.simonsaysstampschallenge.blogspot.com/2012/12/simon-says-snowflakes.html - Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog - Simon Says Snowflakes - Mine are in the upper left-hand corner

http://pileitonchallenge.blogspot.com/2012/12/pile-it-on-49-pile-on-embellishments.html - Pile It On Challenge Blog - Challenge #49 - Pile On The Embellishments - That's FUN!
 
http://www.twistoffaithcards.blogspot.com/2012/12/15-inspired-by-carols.html - Twist of Faith Cards - Challenge #15 - Inspired by a Christmas Carol - I chose Silent Night, Holy Night since my gift and my post are all about the great gift ever given - Jesus Christ!

http://www.audsentimentschallengeblog.blogspot.com/2012/12/anything-goes-and-dt-call.html - Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
 
http://blog.ribboncarousel.com/2012/12/rcc75-holiday-spirit.html - Ribbon Carousel Challenges - Challenge #75 - Holiday Spirit - The ribbons I used include baker's twine, raffia, Making Memories ribbon, Prima lace, and a ripped fabric strip.
 
http://dreamvalleychallenges.blogspot.com/2012/12/challenge-47-christmas.html - Dream Valley Challenges - Challenge #47 - Christmas Projects
 
http://ribbongirls.blogspot.com/2012/12/december-challenge.html - Ribbon Girls Challenge Blog - December Challenge/Ho, Ho, Ho!  Christmas Theme
 
http://joannasheenchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/with-love-at-christmas.html - Joanna Sheen Challenge Blog - With Love At Christmas - I just LOVE Joanna Sheen's On-line Store!
 
http://theprettylittleribbonshop.blogspot.com/2012/12/december-challenge-17-its-christmas.html - The Pretty Little Ribbon Shop - Challenge #17 - December/It's Christmas - I love The Pretty Little Ribbon Shop and they have an amazing prize of baker's twine this week!!
 
Well, I can't thank you enough for stopping by today to say hello.  And since we're on the subject of giving gifts, I want you all to know how very thankful I am that God has given me so many wonderful friends in blogland.  I hope that I have GIVEN you as much love and support this year as you all have given to me.  I am grateful for your sweet comments, your frequent visits, and the best Christmas present you can give me is to stop by Word Art Wednesday and play along with us if you're not already doing so.  We have amazing prizes, and we would LOVE your sweet fellowship. Come and play with us!
 
Have a blessed day!
Karen
 

23 comments:

  1. Beautiful project. Thank you for joining us over at the Joanna Sheen Challenge Blog, Jayne x

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  2. Beautifully decorated box! And I told Cort she looks good in pink! ; ) Have a great day my friend!

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  3. Beautiful work on your gift box Karen - thanks for sharing you lovely creation. I am not sure I will try the Truffle recipe - I would end up eating them all myself! LOL I love sea salt!! - We are so blessed that God bought us back by the death of His son - Praise God - what a wonderful time of the year to remember Jesus came to earth to die so we could be set free from sin and death. Enjoy your week Karen - God Bless you! Gail

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  4. Your project is BEAUTIFUL Karen~wow!

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  5. Beautifully done, Karen! Thank you for sharing this with us at the Simon Says Stamp challenge this week! Your truffles sound delicious!

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  6. A really wonderful gift ,your tag and all the embellishments are lovely!

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  7. You can make even tags look amazing!! What a wonderful gift for your friends!!

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  8. Just beautiful! LOVE each and every amazing detail!!! So glad you joined us this week at My Craft Spot!!!

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  9. Karen, your eye for detail and fun embellishments is a real "treat" in and of itself; but it is always so encouraging to read your posts!! Lovely gift bag and tag...I can only imagine how yummy those treats are!

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  10. Such a lovely idea to give home-made treats at Christmas Karen and beautifully presented in your pretty box..

    Thanks so much sharing with us at Pretty Little Ribbons challenge this month.

    B x

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  11. Gifts made with love are the best kind... And who can say "no" to beautifully packed home-made truffles! Absolutely gorgeous and thoughtful gift idea, Karen! Why didn't I think of following you before? :-)

    Thanks for visiting me and leaving an encouraging comment. I'll be back!

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  12. Oh Karen this is stunning!!!!!!!!!!God Bless!

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  13. Hello - thanks for joining in with the Ribbon Girl challenge, and I wish you a blessed Christmas, hugs Mary G x

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  14. This is so pretty! Thanks for joining us at My Craft Spot.

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  15. A beautiful card! Thanks for joining our Christmas theme at Dream Valley. Susie x

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  16. This is gorgeous!! Your box is absolutely wonderful and I love all the little details - and that darling little shepherd!! And how perfect to tuck some of your homemade truffles inside! I'm sure the recipient will be delighted with this wonderful gift.

    Thanks so much for playing along with us at My Craft Spot!

    Kate
    Small Bits of Paper

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  17. Thank you for sharing your wonderful creation at Twist of Faith!
    hugs and blessings,
    Pauline

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  18. What a cute gift bag. The sentiment is perfect. Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments
    Hugs,
    julie

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  19. Gorgeous festive creation! Thank you for joining us at Dream Valley :-) Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

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  20. back again... lol... wow you entered so many into the challenge - excellent work - good luck on the draw
    thanks for joining us at Pile it on - hope to see you this week for our new challenge black/White +one :) Kimberly

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