Wishing You a Blessed and Merry Christmas!


ANITAVANHAL-3 This card was created using another Firecracker Designs by Pamela stamp set called “Christmas Ornaments 2008.”  I love Christmas ornaments, and had a great time creating this…I used a technique I hadn’t tried before…using Heat and Stick powder and glitter.


The image was stamped using Versamark, then heat embossed with Heat and Stick Powder (Stampin’ Up!).  It is very important to apply the glitter immediately to the embossed image in order for it to stick, so I had the jars of glitter open and ready…poured the glitter over the Heat and Stick powder, and then heated a bit again.  I was amazed…the glitter really does stick and does not rub off!  And no glue or adhesive mess either!  I cut out the ornaments, punched out the “holes” with my Crop-a-Dile, and tied silver cord in the holes.  The paper is Basic Grey, and the glitter is from Stampin’ Up!.


This Christmas is a bit unusual for us…none of our children were able to come home for Image0282 Christmas.  It’s just Chris and I, and the dog and cat.  I was determined to not let this fact bother me…with no holiday preparations to make, and not having to wrap last minute gifts since they would be ordered online to save on shipping and postage, I was left without the stresses that usually come with the holidays.  That left me with time to reflect on Christmases past, and the wonderful times we’ve had with our family.  It also left me with time to reflect on the holiday itself, and why we celebrate it… it’s about the birth of Jesus Christ, but it’s also about the death of the promised Savior.  Without the death, the birth of the King would have just been another birth.  We enjoy the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ, and that is the best gift of all.  May you all know and enjoy that gift as well…have a blessed and merry Christmas!



Have a blessed and happy Christmas.


  1. Beautiful card, Anita! I hope you had a merry, if quiet, Christmas! With our three boys still home, ours was anything but quiet, but it was merry! Happy New Year!!

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