Sunday, July 1, 2012

CCAYR July DT Card

The challenge at Christmas Cards All Year Round this month is Christmas Flowers/Holly.  I chose to use my favorite Christmas flower, the Poinsettia. The flowers can be in your images, paper, embellishments, etc.   

The DP is from my stash as are the flowers and the sentiment is computer generated.  I've used one of the LOTV Die Cut Designs as I haven't colored in ages but did add some Stickles for a little bling...  These are wonderfully colored images if you are in a hurry to make a card, just not in the mood to color, or you want to give someone that special handmade "just for you" feeling.  

The prize this month is donated by Platypus Creek Stamping and Craft
and is a cling stamp set from Sunshine Designs.

The set is called Christmas Pots and contains four individual cling mounted rubber stamps.

If you have the time, grab a cuppa or a cold one and bear with me till the end of this long post.  I found the following  information on the internet regarding the Poinsettia, along with a great story that I hope you find interesting.  If you want to read more here is the site:

"A ancient legend connected the poinsettia with Jesus' birth. A young brother and sister had nothing to offer to baby Jesus at Christmas. They took the long way to church hoping to find something along the way. Desperately, they picked up some green leafy weeds and brought them into the church."

"The story differs after the children entered the church. In some accounts, the children lay the weeds at the feet of the baby Jesus, in other accounts before the Blessed Virgin Mary. In either case, the weed suddenly erupts into sparkling red blooms that overshadow all the baby Jesus' other gifts, and the children rejoice."

"The poinsettia with its star shaped foliage pattern has been connected with the Star of Bethlehem shining at the birth of Jesus (Matthew 2:1-21). The poinsettia's blood red leaves symbolize the blood sacrificed for love of God. Scriptural events connected with the poinsetta include the deaths of the Holy Innocents, babies killed by King Herod madly in search of Jesus (Matthew 2:13-18) as well as the Jesus' death and crucifixion (all four gospels)."

"Centuries after American Joel Roberts Poinsett rediscovered a plant known to Mexicans for generations, people all over the world continue to enjoy the fiery poinsettia during the holiday season, though they may not know its Christian meaning or colorful history."

I'm so glad to be back to creating for the CCAYR Design Team.  I've really missed being around and visiting everyone.  I'm taking it slow and am back a month earlier than I had planned to be but still will not be posting a whole lot this  month.  I hope you will take the time to stop by the CCAYR Blog and see all the wonderful creations by the DT and our three new DT members.  The rules have changed and I think you'll really be excited about the changes and excited to play along with us each month.

Thank you to all of you that have sent cards or email messages, phoned, and left comments on my blog.  I appreciate the well wishes and support more than you will ever know and love you all dearly.  I will be around to visit as time permits. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon.

"Love & Hugs" Carol (Granny)


sue w. said...

Hi Carol, I love your card. The image is sooo sweet and the wonderful poinsettia looks fabulous. Wonderful story too.
Hugs Sue W.

Chrissy said...

So lovely to see 'Craftin Granny' pop up on my reader...Gorgeous card Carol, love the image and beautiful Poinsettias.. a beautiful story too..have missed you.


Inkypinkydelights said...

Welcome back Carol! Love your card, you take care, Judy x

craftieodmae said...

glad you are doing a little better and still not smoking, it's hard, almost 2 years for me but you can do it!!!! As you said, one day at a time, most importantly is get healthly!!!! Your card is gorgeous!

The Other Patti Sue said...

Hang in there GF! Sounds like your're doing great! Love your beautiful creation and it's so nice to see you!

Gail said...

Great card & story!
Nice to think about Christmas (winter) when it's been so hot here!
Glad you're feeling better, was nice to see you in 'Reading List!'
Going to check out the rest of the DT creations at CCAYR!

Pat said...

Hi Carol,

Beautiful card, as always, love your cute image and the Poinsettias, always love to have them around at Christmas. I am so pleased to see you posting and to hear that you are feeling much better, I have really missed you. Take care of yourself.

Pat xx

pooky said...

Welcome back Carol!!! Your card is gorgeous:)
Take care of yourself and take it slow.....told ya we would wait for you:)

Mary Lou said...

Awh sweet Carol~~so good to see you creating once again. Slow is OK and I am PROUD of you for Tossing the Habit--I do know that it takes strength and mindset. YGG!!!! Pretty card and those die cuts are the nicest and easiest to work with.
Glad you are back

Linda Palmer said...

Beautiful card, beautiful coloring, beautiful flowers and papers. Love it!

Allisa said...

Gorgeous card. Glad to be on the DT with you at CCAYR!

Carole said...

Gorgeous card Carol and I'm so glad to see you feeling well enough to drop in and share a card. BRAVO my friend ... big hugs ... Carole

Ciska said...

Welcome back Carol, we've missed you! Lovely card as always :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Carol, I am so pleased to see you up and about again! You have been missed and worried about. Just take it slowly we all are patient to wait to see your beautiful creations coming back gradually! :D I love this card and the story you so diligently researched and shared!
Hugs and be well, and welcome back!
Beth P

Helen Dooley said...

Im sorry you have been sick. Im glad youre doing a bit better,keep that up. Quit smoking? Good for you, not easy. Wishing you the best all the way around.
Love your card, really cute, And congrats on the new DT,

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card Carol! You are the best Christmas card cardmaker for me. Love the image and flowers. Your layout on this one is exquisite. I am so glad you are feeling better my friend. I really missed you but please rest enough for a full recovery.
Hugs, Amelia x

Inkypinkydelights said...

Thanks for stopping by my Blog today Carol with such a lovely much appreciared comment. Hope you are feeling better, Judy x

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Wow Carol!! Your Christmas card is so elegant!!Love the flowers and the image is so cutely colored!!

Plastic cards said...

This is looking so nice. Gorgeous card. In how much time a best card should be designed?