Thursday, October 20, 2011

Framed Holiday Wishes

Framed-Holiday-Wishes

Hello everyone!  I hope you have been enjoying a wonderful week!  I must admit this week has been flying by for us... filled with phone calls, trips to unemployment and Social Security offices, reading volumes on health care plans, medicare part B coverage, what it means to be in the donut hole, financial advisors, and on and on!  My poor hubby has been working so hard to make the milestone of having our insurance covered into retirement but 11 months before that date... laid off!  It has been hard for him and it happened so suddenly that we are finding ourselves with only 10 days to figure out what medical insurance we can pick up for me, what medicare supplements are best for his coverage, and of course trying to figure out what we will actually have to live on!  We are falling into bed at night totally exhausted and then hitting it hard and heavy the next morning.  My creating time has been almost nil and my mojo is lost somewhere, so it's with that that I share this card.  Fortunately I had most of it ready before all this happened, or it might still not have been finished!  LOL!

Anyway... enough of that!  My card is made with this month's Our Daily Bread designs Elegant Oval Frames and the sentiment is from Christmas Door (a set I really really love!)  I stamped the frame with Garden Green and the sentiment with Real Red.  The base is Mark's Finest Papers Kraft, then the cream layer is Papertrey Vintage Cream embossed with a snowflake border from Cuttlebug.  My panels are cut from dp from BasicGrey Nordic Holiday pad, punched at the bottom with an EK Success punch, and then I stitched around each panel.  The ribbon is seam binding tied and I added a sweet little button with some hemp twine.  I hope you like this simple little card!  It's very doable for mass production (well, maybe not the sewing LOL)!

We continue to wade our way through the shock of being jobless, and all the decisions we need to make quickly.... and we really want to thank all of you who have been praying for us!  We feel those prayers and we know God has this all in His hands!  We're praying for wisdom and direction... and we know He is in control!!!  Soooo thankful for that assurance!!!

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Use any Sentiment (Winter Theme), Charisma Cardz -  Embossing (Heat or Dry),Just For Fun - non-cute - From the Sewing Box or the Bedroom(buttons), Shelly's Images - Anything Goes, Clear It Out! - Use Old Supplies - Trims (my ribbon, twine, CB, blling are all old), Top Tip Tuesday - Layer It, KB Cute Monday - Anything Goes, Lexi's Creations - Just a Sentiment, Make it Monday - always Anything Goes, Paper Playtime -  Sentiments PLUS Buttons and Bows, The Outlawz - Sentiment required - Everything Goes, Christmas Inspirations must be Christmas - Die Cuts or Punches, Stamptacular Sunday - Must use a stamp - Anything Goes


Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me know you were here!  Your comments really encourage me!!!

hugs,

38 comments:

Peggysuez said...

Its beautiful Grace. Praying the week ends on an up note. It is difficult sometimes, when faced with a shock like you have had, but that's my hope, nonetheless.

Sharon said...

That is a beautiful card! Every time I see a card that uses the sewing machine I wish I had more room for that. Sure would save on adhesive, huh?

I am so sorry to hear about all that you and your husband are going through and will keep you in my prayers!

Hugs...
Sharon
Diary of a Craft Room Transformation

Patti J said...

Oh, Grace, I don't know what to say. How awful, how frightening, and how stressful for you and your husband. You are certainly both in my thoughts and prayers, and I hope you will keep us posted on things. Your card is beautiful, as always - you are blessed with such a talent. Love you dear friend. Hugs and blessings...

CARLA PREDIGER said...

This is a wonderful card. Thanks for joining us at Christmas Inspirations challenges.
And.... remember. The difficult times make us stronger and that times don't last forever.

Sharon said...

This is beautiful!!! I have sent up a prayer for ya'll! Thank you for playing with us at Paper Playtime!!!! :)

Nana said...

Hermosa tarjetas haz realizado, te felicito.

chrissie said...

Beautiful card and I love the sentiment

xx

Basslady said...

love this card so much!

what a great choice of dp's!

GREAT style, hun!

sending you many hugs and kisses from germany,
silvi xoxo

MaxineD said...

Beautiful, beautiful card Grace. Oh I so feel for you, and can empathise as to how you feel with all your plans falling around your ears - be assured, God's plans for you are so much better. Praying for you.
Blessings
Maxine

Merlyn said...

Hi Grace.. I feel very sorry for what you and your hubby are facing..Do not worry..Our almighty GOD is with you..

Always remember the verse:
Be strong and courageous. For the LORD your GOD goes with you; He'll never leave you nor Forsake you. Deuteronomy31:6. My prayers for you.

This card is very nice..I like the snowflake embossing done at the border and the colourful background papers. The way you have tied the bow is very nice..

SandyC said...

Such a beautifukl card, My prayers and thoughts are with you. Thank you for joining us at charisma cardz xx

Suzanne said...

really nice classic card, thank you for joining us this week at stamptacular

Rene said...

This is beautiful! Love the stitching!
Thank you so much for joining us at MIM! To be in the running to win this week's prize, just leave a comment for another entry and mention you saw it on MIM. The more comments left, the greater your chances of winning!

Von said...

A lovely card :)
Thank you for sharing with us at Just For Fun
Von x

Sherry Kushibab said...

Grace, another beautiful card full of color and love....praying for you and your DH. This life has so many challenges and even when we think we have planned the right way - the road takes an unexpected turn. He is walking with you both as you meet these new challenges. ((Hugs))

Carla S. said...

Grace, your card is gorgeous! I'm glad you had a chance to finish it and share it! I continue to keep you and your DH in my prayers. I am sure it is mind-boggling to deal with all these decisions in such a short period of time (and after such careful planning during the work years). I pray that the path forward is revealed soon and things begin to settle down. Hugs to you...

Zoechaos said...

Very sorry to hear your news having been struggling after losing my job a while ago can imagine just how tired and concerned you both are.

Your Mojo may be a little shy just now your card is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing with us at Just for Fun XOXO Zoe

Michelle B. said...

Wow, your card is so beautiful. I love the papers, the work so well together. I LOVE all your details! Thanks for joining us at Stamptacular Sunday this week!

deesdesigns said...

Grace, you've done it again - this is just lovely. I appreciate that you let the sentiment be the focal point to your card. The papers and bow are just lovely. I'm so glad you shared your creativity with us at Aud Sentiments during our "Winter" challenge! Good Luck!!!

Julie said...

Beautiful design and papers. Thanks for joining us in our Winter challenge at Aud Sentiments
hugs,
Julie

RitaR said...

Grace .... I was so glad that you posted again today! I've had you and your husband on my heart and in my prayers since reading your earlier post about his sudden job loss!

The Lord will strengthen and comfort you through this, and then you and your husband will be used of the Lord to comfort others who go through similar jarring situations. I'm thinking of 2 Corinthians 1:3-7.

Continuing in prayer for you!

Caitiumom said...

i understand how stressful the world has become in our economy. i prayed for you while i was waiting for my husband tonight after i read your blog. It seems like God asks us now, Do you only trust Me in the good times? You say you trust Me, but do you? i know the last few years have been an adjustment, at least in my life that is true and many others. We/I have become so attached to the world and the pleasures of this world. I have had to realized how attached i was to the "life" here. How will we weather the persecution to come? I "cry" over the things that i want, that are all going to be burnt up someday. :) My husband retired a few years ago, i lost my insurance coverage. It is so expensive finding insurance coverage. I understand your concerns and fears. i have had to learn to trust that God will supply what I need, when I need it. So my prayer for you Grace, is that if God so knows the needs of the birds, you who are worth more than they, will not your Heavenly Father take care of you and that you will know the power of His Truth(Word), not the World wisdom. That you would focus on His promises to us.
Prayfully,
Lorrayne

Traci S. said...

Dear Grace,

Continuing to pray for your and your husband at 10am and 10pm. Hopefully, some of your guests will read this and join me. I lift you up whenever I think of you also. It will all come together. He is Good. He is Faithful. I know you know that with all of your heart. Just keep listening in the still times...with all of the busyness...take time to Be Still.
And, be patient with yourself, please.


This is a beautiful card. At first, I thought it was a needlepoint background! That would have taken so long. It really is a lovely card, and I love the shape the sentiment is on, as well as the sentiment.

He IS Able!
Traci S.

Traci M said...

Hi Grace!! This card is gorgeous...hard to believe there's not a smidge of mojo in there somewhere!! I am so sorry that you are all dealing with so many decisions to make in a short time! I pray for wisdom for both of you during this time!!

Magali said...

Lindo seu cartão, Obrigada por participar no Christmas Inspirations.

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

Absolutely beautiful Grace! Thanks for joining in our 'Anything Goes' challenge at Shelly's Images. Hope to see you again next week.

Darlene
Shelly's Images DT
MY BLOG

Loz said...

Such a beautiful card Grace.. Hopefully everything will be better soon..Popped in from Make-it-Monday for a look..Hugs Loz

Shirley said...

A gorgeous and very elegant Christmas card grace. Your papers and embellishment are perfectly colour co-ordinated. Just beautiful.
i saw your card on the make it monday challenge linky party and popped over to say hello.

Shirley

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Beautiful card Grace!! I just love the different combo of papers and your colors. The stitching, bow, and embossing really add to it's elegance!
hugs,
Chris

I thought I had left a comment here the other day but then again, I have been losing my mind lately. Sorry!

Deneen said...

Beautiful card! I love the sewing and how you embossed the bottom edge of the card. Thanks for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday!

Leanne said...

WOW this is gorgeous!

Thank you for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday!  Hope to see you again next week!

Remember, you can win an extra prize by leaving a tip on your post and writing TIP next to your name on your entry.

Hugs
Leanne xx

xxxtglxxx said...

Hi Grace :)

I hope things are getting sorted out for you - we just never know whats round the corner eh? :( For years I dreaded christmas, as my husband was always laid off at that time every couple of years, and it was such a kick in the guts.

You are doing the right thing, facing it all head-on and you will get to the end of it :)

Love your gorgeous card, really exceptional, and I love all the stitched panels.

Thanks so much for playing along at Charisma Cardz this week,

hugs

xxalisonxx

hazel said...

A beautiful card - I love it.
xxx Hazel.

Gemma said...

this is a gorgeous creation! Thanks for joining in our embossing challenge this week at Charisma! :) Gemma x

Shirley said...

It has a lovely quilt feel to it with those beautiful DP and embossed BG's. Beautiful!

Carol said...

A beautifully elegant card. Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments this time. Carol DT x

Wendy Colledge said...

Just LOVE it!!! Just gorgeous.Thank you for playing along in the challenge this week @ Lexi's Creations.

Shelly's Images said...

Hi Grace! I am so happy to visit your blog this morning to let you know that your project was chosen as our Bronze Medal award winner this week. Please visit the BLOG for all the details of your win and for your Bronze Medal badge to display at your blog.