Tuesday, December 8, 2015

A Joyous Christmas To You

Today is a bitter-sweet day for me.  You see, 30 years ago today I gave birth to identical twin boys.  Our sweet little Nicholas Keith (2 lbs.) and Benjamin Robert (2 lbs. 3 oz.).  They were perfect, beautiful gifts from God.  When they were born, their souls were already with the Lord.  But we got to hold them and love on them for several hours as we said our sad goodbyes; knowing that we would see them in Heaven again some glorious day.  Well, here we are 30 years later.  The pain is still very real as I recall their big brown eyes, dark hair, and tiny feet and hands.  God is SO good!  The very miracle of life is such a precious gift.  I will never forget, and I will always be grateful for the seven months I got to carry them in my tummy and feel them move.  Oh, how I miss them.
I created this card based on this week's tutorial over on the Papertrey Ink Blog that shows you how to use small felt die-cut embellishments on your cards.  I used one of their many sweet die-cut sets to create this card.  I used some Simple Stories patterned paper, vintage sheet music, machine stitching, half of a vintage cream doily, a Tim Holtz ephemera image, and some trims; including PTI's sweet Ivory Button Twine and some Gold Metallic String.  I strategically placed my felt holly and berries here and there as accents and placed some tiny gems in their centers.

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink Blog - Challenge #234 - Embellishing With Felt - I used PTI holly and berries die-cut and their sweet Ivory Button Twine.  LOVE this sweet store, and all the great inspiration on their blog each month.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenges - "Let It Snow" as Simon Says - It's always fun to remember the snow, even when we don't live an area of the country that gets any!

I'm so very blessed that you've stopped by today.  Let me just say this in closing.  Be grateful for the children God has placed in  your life, and thank God for them every day.  Tell them every day that you love and value them.  Hold them close.  Let them be little, and let them make mistakes.  They need you to guide them in the way of the Lord.  Life is so very short, and so very precious.

My cup runneth over,


  1. BEAUTIFUL creation, Karen! I love the composition and the use of all elements! The holly felt holly leaves are such nice touches....awesome work! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Let it Snow” Challenge!

  2. my love and prayers are with you Karen. I don't know what it is like to go through something like this, but do know that I am very sorry for the pain and sorrow you have experienced.

    your card is lovely, as always. thank you for sharing while your heart is sad.

  3. Your card is gorgeous! I'm sorry for your loss. Children are so precious. Know that your boys are always with you in your hearts and I'm sure that they watch over you.

  4. {{{{{hugs}}}}} Karen - those boys will be waiting for you in eternity, but you will always miss them in this life.
    Beautiful card, and I love all those wee felt accents.

  5. What a gift to have been able to hold and love on your little angels on earth, if even for a few hours. I can't imagine the pain and sadness, but praise God for the hope of heaven! Your card is a beautiful tribute to your little loved ones.

  6. Your card is beautiful...I love all the detail! And I am also sending prayers. I can only guess at the pain you go through missing those 2 sweet boys, but you are so right, that you will see them again one day. God IS good! :0)

  7. Warm hugs, Karen. I pray for continued peace and comfort to you and your husband. God is so good and always works for our good when we love and trust Him, so thankful we can trust Him with the things we cannot understand. Hugs, Autumn

  8. Ooh! So pretty and so vintage! :)

  9. Adorable, les petits pois et la dentelle, c'est trop chou, biz

  10. Hi Karen, I am so very sorry for your loss! I do not know that kind of pain . I am sure you find great comfort knowing they are in heaven ,what a blessing that you have your faith. Hugs
    Your card is simple beautiful ,I love the music and felt holly!
    May your Christmas be filled with joy and peace !


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