Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Star Christmas Card

Edited on 12/22: I added the 3rd paragraph.....something I almost forgot to share.

Ohhh, only 3 more days till Christmas? Are you ready? I just got thru making some Chinese Pretzels for gifts and my son is eyeballing them.

Do you have young children or grandchildren? As a child, I gotta say, Christmas was quite boring. When we had our sons (3 of 'em) I had to make it EXCITING and FUN. Soooooo, I'd give them a "Treasure Hunt." Each son would be given a note at the same time. One note might say, "Look under mom's pillow." Another "Look in the dryer." The other, "Look under the dinner table." They'd scramble around only to find more notes (about 8) telling them to look different places. Oh how fun to see their joy and excitement. FINALLY, they'd find a gift and ripped off the wrapping to find something that was on their wish list. Oh, those were Kodak moments to see them jumping for joy.

One year, they "thought" they opened all of their presents and I told them gently, "Sorry boys, no Treasure Hunt this year," and they were fine. We ate breakfast, THEN, I asked them, "Are you ready for a Treasure Hunt?" They froze for a moment looking at me and each other, and happily replied, "YAH!!! YAH!!! YAH!!!!" And the hunt began. This particular year was exceptionally exciting because I told them they had to open the gift they found "at the same time." The reason is, they wanted a Playstation system that year. One opened the system, another the controls, and the third opened a game. WOW, TALK ABOUT JOY AND EXCITEMENT. I'll always treasure those happy moments.

I also did this for Easter. If you try this, please be sure not to hide a note or the gift near anything breakable. Yikes.

Here's a card I made from one of the embossed stars that Jeri sent me. OMG, I didn't see her for years and she found me while blog hopping. How cool is that? I was so surprised when I got an email from her. She wanted me to help her create something with it. Oh boy, I tried a few times buy my mojo was malfunctioning probably from holiday overload. LOL Anyhoo, here's what came up with....finally. I love the distressed effect so I thought I'd do it to the star and green background. If you zoom in, you'll see that I embossed the green CS with a pine embossing folder from the "Bird & Reindeer" set by Sizzix.

The images and sentiment are by Pink Cat Studio colored with Copics and Stickles applied to the round "Merry Christmas" sentiment. The stripe DP is by Making Memories. Embellies are a must so I added a peppermint candy by Darice to the center of the sentiment at the top, a candy cane by Dress It Up to the little girl at the bottom, and pearls (for buttons) by Kaiser Craft.

Jeri, thanks for the stars! Hey, did you know we are related (calabash) in two different ways?


Thanks for stopping by.



OMG homemade chinese pretzels - brings back memories - have you tried making it with green onions? Love your Christmas stories, Karen.

Colleen said...

What a creative have a tresure hunt to locate Chrismtas gifts. I should try that one of these years. :) You did a great job in coming up with a card with the star that "Jeri" sent to you. The little girl from Pink Cat Studio is so cute. Love her outfit! BTW, what are Chinese pretzels? I am Chinese, but I don't think I have ever had one of those. I am slowly getting for Christmas. Our house is finally decorated. Check out my blog either today or tomorrow for some fun Hawaiian ornaments our tree. Big hugs!

Lynn said...

The pepperminty theme of the card is precious. Love that giant embossed star. Hope your Christmas and New Year are fun-filled!

Cyndi said...

super cuter xmas card! love the image!

Shirley N said...

She's a star and so adorable! Cute card, love your peppermint papers too! Merry Christmas to you and your family Karen!

Sue said...

What a fabby card, i just adore that sweet lil image

Merry christmas to you and yours and all the best for 2012