Merry Christmas Eve!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas is nearly here!  I hope that you're all getting to relax and enjoy the company of loved ones.  At our house, the baking is complete; the house is almost clean; the Christmas lights are gleaming; the gifts have all been wrapped; Adina is sleeping; Ezekiel is watching Nim's Island; we're all, anxiously, anticipating the snow that's said to arrive tonight; and I'm coming your way with another two-in-one challenge and a wish for the most spectacular Christmas, of celebrating our Savior's birth, that your family has ever known.

As I said above, I combined two challenges, again, to bring you this next card.  Moxie Fab World's Tuesday Trigger: Black & White With the Possibility of Green...

and Everything But the Kitchen Sink's Sketch Challenge #5...

were joined to create this.

This card was started by machine stitching a white-threaded, straight stitch around the edges of a leftover piece of fabric, from an old, kitchen, bench cushion I have, onto a white, cardstock, card base.  I, then, layered a strip of black cardstock, punched, along the right edge, with Stampin' Up's Scallop Edge punch; clear embossed in the scallops (I lightened the photograph, so you all could see the embossing better.); and embellished with white, cardstock circles, punched with Stampin' Up's 1/2" Circle punch and secured with two, wavy, white-threaded, machine-stitched lines.  I hate that, in the picture, there appears to be some of the top of the card base showing in the upper, left corner.  It wasn't that way in real life.  I'm not sure if that's the other side of the fold or the black cardstock being pulled away from the card face slightly or what.  Anyway, I, then, stamped the heart image, in Jet Black, StazOn, solvent ink, on white cardstock; glittered it; filled the center with the "Praying for you" sentiment, stamped in Green Galore ink; hand cut it out; and adhered it, on the fabric and overhanging the right side of the card, with mini glue dots.  A little, black button, laced with a sheer, white ribbon, tied in a bow, fills in the heart's white space perfectly and adds a little bit more dimension and love.

This card was made for another one of Jennifer's...

kiddos.  Her name is Sami.

According to Jennifer's blog, Sami, age 18, was diagnosed, at 2-months-old, with cystic fibrosis.  Her parents, immediately, learned how to care for her, at home, with daily medicines and physical therapy.  Throughout her young life, she required frequent hospitalizations but was able to attend school and activities.  However, as Sami got older, she had more frequent lung infections, causing permanent damage.  She soon developed diabetes and life-threatening allergies to some of the antibiotic therapies, causing her to need to be homeschooled for high school.  In November of 2009, Sami was released from the hospital, after a double lung transplant, to the Ronald McDonald house, to continue therapy and rehabilitation.  With God's will and Sami's determination, she hopes to have a normal life.

When BJ gets off work, we'll be heading to Heartland for their Christmas Eve service and home for dinner afterward.  I cannot tell you how excited we are to get to be a part of our own church's Christmas Eve celebrations this year.  (Usually, we're out of town celebrating, with BJ's or my side of the family, on Christmas Eve; but it just didn't work, this year, with everyone's schedules, to celebrate until Saturday.)  Not to mention, a friend of mine is dancing in them; and I, always, love to watch her dance.  Yea!

Merry Christmas Eve!

10 comments:

Linda Beeson said...

Oh how I love what you did with both challenges! Love those colors.

Tenia Nelson said...

Very pretty card!! I gotta check out Cards for Kids....how awesome!!! Happy Holidays!!!

-t

Sue Lelli said...

Very pretty! LOVE the heart and the stitching!

Courtney Baker said...

How fun! Thanks so much for playing with us!

Virginia L. said...

Fantastic sketch card! Lovely and pretty!

Winter said...

So pretty! I love the heart! Cards for kids is awesome! My daughters friend has Cystic Fibrosis, she is now 12 and is actually in the hospital right now and really sick! These cards really mean alot to them! Thanks so much for playing with us in the challenge and have a very Blessed Christmas! :)

Kelley Eubanks said...

Your card is very pretty!! Thanks so much for playing along with our challenge! :)

lynn said...

perfect card for a great cause, jinny!

Laura Davis said...

Darling!
Laura

Cath said...

Hey Jinny! What a sweet approach to this week's Tuesday Trigger! Thanks for playing along! :)