A Season of Hope


I have one gift left to buy so I sat down for a few to tinker around with some stamps.  I’m happy to be back to share a new card and I’m even happier that it’s a Christmas Card – I’m not even close to having enough but each one that gets done is a triumph.  I love this Impression Obsession image, it’s absolutely lovely and it’s a fabulous size.  I colored it about a week ago and it’s been waiting to land on something.

Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Impression-Obsession – Chair; Printworks – Sentiment
Paper:  Me and My Big Ideas – Christmas; The Paper Company – Red, Bazzill – Green, 140lb Watercolor Paper
Inks:  Versamark
Accessories:  Black Embossing Powder, MS Border Punch, Fiskars Border Punch. Distress Ink Reinkers, Ribbon,  Pearls

Don ‘t forget, you can enter your name for my blog candy until Monday, December 22 at 9:00am CST.    Be sure to tell me about your favorite Christmas tradition on this post HERE.

  • Karen WallaceDecember 21, 2008 - 6:12 am

    Just goregous as always, love all the punches and papers and color combos. Wonderful!!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara RiefnerDecember 21, 2008 - 6:23 am

    Your cards are lovely. I am new to your blog, but everything you do is amazing!!! I always look forward to new posts.


  • jami {sgtStamper}December 21, 2008 - 6:34 am

    Such a lovely image, and beautiful bow…but I really want to know is how you made that fabulous frame!?!?! Wow…so cool!!!
    hugs, JamiReplyCancel

  • SitaDecember 21, 2008 - 6:38 am

    This is such a beautiful card!! I love all the details, especially the way you used the border punch to make your frame!!ReplyCancel

  • BarbDecember 21, 2008 - 7:11 am

    Becca, as always a beautiful card, and I can see why you love this image so much. It speaks volumes to me- from the wreath that symbolizes eternity with our Lord to the chair in someone’s home. You can just visualize all the joyful decorating going on in that home :). In case I don’t get a chance to get online between now and Christmas day, I wanted to wish you and your family a very happy and blessed Christmas this year.


  • Kerry HDecember 21, 2008 - 7:17 am

    Love the card. Especially the frame around the chair. Would you share the details on how you did it with us?ReplyCancel

  • denise (peanutbee)December 21, 2008 - 8:22 am

    Love the image and the frame around it is gorgeous! Is that the MS border punch or the Fiskars border punch?ReplyCancel

  • Merrily SchulzDecember 21, 2008 - 8:53 am

    this is fabulous, I can’t wait to get some of that paper. You give us such neat ideas and that makes me love stamping more everyday. I can’t wait to get to your blog. They are always GREAT!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Bev J.December 21, 2008 - 8:55 am

    Haven’t seen that image before and I really like it. Your card is really pretty. tfsReplyCancel

  • DianeDecember 21, 2008 - 8:57 am

    Great card, beautifully done as always.

    Blessings to you and yours.

  • Karen ArthurDecember 21, 2008 - 9:29 am

    I just LOVE this card. It is so pretty and the border frame sets it off beautifully. As always, I look forward to your works of art.ReplyCancel

  • KimDecember 21, 2008 - 9:35 am

    Becca this is a beautiful card! It’s so stunning!!!! Very pretty!
    Hugs~ kimReplyCancel

  • Beth NormanDecember 21, 2008 - 10:17 am

    What a bright and cheery card. I didn’t get any Christmas cards made to give away this year. All the cards I made were for an order my sister put in with me. Have a nice holiday season, Becca.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy H.December 21, 2008 - 10:58 am

    This is so gorgeous!! I love the image and your layout! TFSReplyCancel

  • Linda EDecember 21, 2008 - 11:27 am

    Another beauty, Becca!ReplyCancel

  • Dawn DowneyDecember 21, 2008 - 1:14 pm

    Love this card and all the details you add. I really love the pearls that you are so fond of. Since I am fairly new to this blog can someone tell me where to get the pearls?


  • Christine BrownlowDecember 21, 2008 - 3:59 pm

    Hi Becca your card is beautiful, just like all the others you create. Thank you for sharing your beautiful works of art with us, it is like getting a present every day . I love checking in to see what you have made and I’m thrilled every day. Can I say a big thank you to you, and wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a joyous and peaceful New Year. Love Christine. xReplyCancel

  • ConniecrafterDecember 21, 2008 - 4:12 pm

    Beautiful framing of your pretty image, sophisicated counrty feel, if there is such a thing :)ReplyCancel

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  • JanineDecember 21, 2008 - 4:27 pm

    Just gorgeous Becca!! I have been so busy getting my house ready for my family’s arrival.. Got all my groceries now, ready to bake my pies in a few days… Playing cards with my boys and husband tonight. Nice bit of family time.
    Take care

  • Diane LapointeDecember 21, 2008 - 4:34 pm

    Such a beauty! Love that MS punch,it looks so elegant!ReplyCancel

  • Pam SCS "craftea19"December 21, 2008 - 5:26 pm

    Becca I love border punch on this one. I want to wish you a wonderful blessed Christmas and New Year. Thanks for sharing all of your beautiful designs this past year.ReplyCancel

  • BettyDecember 21, 2008 - 6:11 pm

    Becca, this is wonderful. Love your coloring and the fiskar border frame you created is fabulous. Great card!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa KindDecember 21, 2008 - 6:25 pm

    I love Impression Obsessions stamps and this one is gorgeous! Love your card!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy HaffnerDecember 21, 2008 - 6:39 pm

    Becca this is gorgeous, Happy Holidays to you.ReplyCancel

  • Terri DobbsDecember 22, 2008 - 12:00 am

    Our favorite traditon was to open one gift a week before Christmas. This was always a new Christmas outfit to wear to the Christmas program. The kids knew it was clothes but they were still excited to be able to open a gift. We always traveled on the holidays, so we opened gifts early, cooked homemade pizza and made cookies and punch. We knew we would have plenty of turkey and ham so the pizza was a favorite choice for all of us.

    Your site has so much inspiration keep up the great work and congratulations!


  • Laurie in MNDecember 22, 2008 - 1:14 am

    You are so right about the stamp having the right size image.

    I like the words, “a season of hope”.

    I also like your card and coloring.ReplyCancel

  • Gwen HurstDecember 22, 2008 - 2:37 am

    I like helping ma’ dear (my grandma) in the kitchen with all of her favorite recipes-red velvet cake, sweet potatoe pies made with fresh Alabama sweet potatoes, coconut cake with pineapple between the layers, pecan pies and meanwhile the hen was boiling for the dressing, she would be singing ole time spirituals that I was raised singing with her on Sunday at church-not to mention every other day of the week. Wow, how I miss Ma dea.

    Merry Christmas to the most God-fearing woman I ever knew, MaDea.ReplyCancel

  • BonnieDecember 22, 2008 - 7:13 am

    I added my name but did not include a tradition.
    Christmas could not be complete until I am able to go to a Christmas Service at our church….Christmas Eve is so special.
    Celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ…to praise Him for the love and Hope that He has given to the world.
    What a wonderful country we live in to be able to go freely without any fear. God has certainly blessed us.
    Merry Christmas to everyone and Blessing for all the best in 2009

  • diniDecember 22, 2008 - 7:32 am

    Hey, I just got this stamp too. I have a recent obsession with chair stamps, why is that?ReplyCancel

  • MichelleHDecember 22, 2008 - 8:33 am

    Beautiful card. Terrific use of the border punches.ReplyCancel

  • DonnaDecember 22, 2008 - 3:12 pm


    Love this card…I cannot find the stamp on the I-O website. Can you give the info on the stamp, like the number? clear? in set? or wood? Thanks!


  • TracyDecember 23, 2008 - 2:08 pm

    This card is just stunning. I really need to get some MS border punches!ReplyCancel

  • KristineBDecember 26, 2008 - 5:01 pm

    Love your edging on this!! Soo beautiful :)ReplyCancel

  • SueBDecember 27, 2008 - 9:59 am

    Oooh, Becca, what a beautiful edging idea for the main image! I’ve gotta try it – thanx for the inspiration (as usual)!ReplyCancel

  • Jerri KayDecember 30, 2008 - 9:29 pm

    A beautiful card Becca, I love the cut, embossed edging to the panel, the candy stripe paper, and the DP! A fabulous design!ReplyCancel

  • JenniferJanuary 2, 2009 - 11:15 pm

    Another beautiful card Becca!!! Love the frame!ReplyCancel

  • SueSeptember 9, 2009 - 12:44 pm

    Wow!! – just beautiful!! – hopefully you can share how you did the corners with the punches that meet so perfectly with the border punchReplyCancel

  • Eunice HamiltonSeptember 11, 2009 - 9:27 am