Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Blessings

Hello, sweet friends! Well, it's hard to believe Christmas is upon us, and I hope you are all ready to take a deep breath in and a big sigh out. In all the hustle and bustle, may we all remember the true meaning of Christmas!

Here's a card I made last year that I never posted on my blog. I really enjoyed making it for the Color Challenge on Splitcoaststampers. The focal image is James with his snowman pal, and it was such fun coloring this adorable pair (how I love snowmen - just not in real life - haha!). I added a simple sentiment, as they are clearly wishing someone special a beautiful Christmas. After die cutting with a square, I matted it with red. I used a background for the red and white stripes and matted it as well. I wrapped some red jute around the striped background piece, popped the focal image, and adhered it all to a white card base. A simple but sweet card with this cute little pair of snow buddies!

Lili of the Valley, James with Snowman, Cover-A-Card Stripes, Impression Obsession, A Muse sentiment, designed by Cheryl Scrivens, CherylQuilts

It's been such a joy to share with you this year, and I look forward to sharing more in 2016. I truly thank you, dear friends, for your prayers and thoughts as I have struggled through my health issues this year. God always has reasons for everything that He allows in our lives, and I can tell you that I have been so blessed by how God has worked both in my body but also in my heart. I believe God is answering our prayers, and I can definitely say that I am starting to feel a little better - praise God. Thank you for your continued prayers, as I pray for you as well!

How many of us have enjoyed watching "A Charlie Brown Christmas" over the years? I am always touched by the part where in desperation Charlie Brown asks whether anybody knows what Christmas is all about. Then Linus stands all alone on the stage and says:

"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field,
keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them,
and the glory of the Lord shone round about them;
and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, 'Fear not,
for behold, I bring you tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior,
which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you:
You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel
a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and goodwill towards men.'

"...That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown."

Linus read the Scripture passage from Luke 2:8-14. And that's what Christmas is all about - even today! 

Blessings and loving wishes for a beautiful and joyous Christmas,

Stamps:  James - Snowman (Lili of the Valley), Cover-A-Card Thin Stripes (Impression Obsession), Beautiful Christmas (A Muse)
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), White and Poppy Red (PTI)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Black (Versafine), Lipstick Red (Colorbox Chalk)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Squares dies (Spellbinders), Perfect Layers tool, red jute (May Arts), dimensionals
Card Size:  4¾”


Tracy said...

I can hear Linus speaking those words in my head with his sweet little voice. Classic Christmas from a time when the world wasn't so jaded. :-( Your card is precious my friend. James is my favorite LOTV character. I think I even have a newer stamp with him that hasn't been inked yet. little time. Have a very Merry Christmas my dear friend. May the Lord bless you and yours.

Stacy Morgan said...

Even my sweet friend... Your card is adorable, and what a sweet image. yes snowman are the best, our real one is almost melted though. hee hee Thankful that you are starting to feel better! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas sweet friend.

Conniecrafter said...

So good to hear you are feeling better all the time, praying that God will continue that in the coming year and you will be feeling better than ever very soon!! (((Hugs)))

Angelica Schmidt said...

Thank you for sharing this Bible verse what Christmas is all about Jesus birthday! So glad that you are feeling a little better I'll continue to pray for you sweet friend! The snowman is really cute even the real ones!
Merry Christmas to you and your family! Hugs

Pretty Paper Junkie said...

Thank you for the Christmas cheer you have given us with the ever so cute card. They look like they are friends for life. Merry Christmas, Cheryl.

Caly Person said...

This card is beautiful, Cheryl! I love it. Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!

Davi said...

Sweet card Cheryl, love the darling image! I love Linus response. How blessed we are to know our Savior! Merry Merry Christmas :)

Helen Gullett said...

What wonderful card for the color challenge! Merry Christmas to you, Cheryl!

Cheryl said...

Beautiful thoughts, sweet friend. :) So thankful that I met you during this year, and I look forward to many visits with you in 2016, Lord willing. Have a wonderful new year!

Karen Dunbrook said...

Christmas blessing to you my special friend! It has been such a busy but happy time. I am off for 2 wks and have had time to bake, make soup and cook too. I enjoy that when I have the time.
Love your sweet and special like you are to me. I hope you have enjoyed a wonderful day. We certainly did.

Misti said...

Cheryl, such an adorable card! I love those red stripes!! Merry Christmas to you, sweet friend!

Robin Clendenning said...

This is so sweet Cheryl! I love the little teddy and snowman and their beautiful aqua and red accessories!!
Merry Christmas sweet friend!

Lisa Kaye said...

oh my goodness Cheryl! I must have that stamp with the teddy bear and snowman! That is the cutest stamp I have ever seen! Wonderful job on the card design, and coloring

SewPaperPaint said...

What a super happy and cheery card! Hope you and your family had a very Merry Christmas hugs autumn

Susan Lankford said...

Love your darling card...your message is beautiful and very inspiring!

Leslie Miller said...

Shame on you for not sharing this before. I love, love, LOVE it! And it has a Teddy bear. I know how you love Teddy bears, too. The striped paper is the perfect frame and your coloring is absolutely fantastic on this! What a beautiful message you shared, too, Cheryl. I hope you had a lovely Christmas!

JD/ Jill said...

Your sweet Card is just perfectly made!
Hope you had a very nice Christmas and a Very Happy New Year my friend! Thank you for all your encouraging words and your friendship!

Unknown said...

What could be more sweet than a teddy bear and snowman? Love this image and your use of color. I just want to reach out and touch them both and mounting this on those stripes is just perfect!!!! Cheryl, I pray for you to have a healthier New Year!!! May God heap blessings upon you in 2016!!!

Traci M said...

Cheryl, this is the sweetest card!! You've colored it up the fuzzy bear and the striped background!! I am so sorry to read of your illness struggles, and will remember to pray for you! I am always blessed to hear of the ways God works through our struggles and trials...and your encouraging words are a balm to so many!! I hope you continue to improve and feel better day by day! Gentle hugs, Traci

Monika/Buzsy said...

Happy New Year Cheryl! Wishing you His Blessings in the year of 2016. May he bring you good health and happiness every day! What a sweet card. Love the cute image. Amazing coloring. The simple red twine is perfect. Looking forward to seeing more of your wonderful creations!

Melanie Ann MacKenzie said...

Oh Cheryl.... that is absolutely the best line in the whole Charlie Brown show!

ChristineCreations said...

You coloured this just beautifully Cheryl! I love the warmth of the colours together and the pinstripe background really sets it off! Happy 2016!

Becky said...

Happy New Year! Beautiful card.

Shari Winterstein said...

This card is so adorable. I decorate with manger scenes, snow people and teddy bears! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are being blessed beyond belief already in 2016. I'm so happy that the Lord brought you into my life this past year! Blessings and joy in creating!

Greta said...

I really hope 2016 brings you improved health, Cheryl! This is one of my favorite Christmas cards--you are so talented!

Lisa Lara said...

This is just such a sweet Christmas card Cheryl. I just love that striped paper and your coloring. Praying for you to enjoy each day!

Marisa said...

Precious image and fabulously coloured. Adore that striped paper too!