Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Twas the night before christmas

I love this poem, and when my son was little we had a family tradition that on Christmas eve afternoon we would cuddle up on the sofa and watch disney's the santa clause and then as my son was tucked into bed, I would read twas the night before christmas to him. It was amazing how he quite happily would snuggle down and go to sleep at a reasonable time, saying he was going to wake when he heard Santa on the roof.

Unfortunately those christmas eve's are long gone , though I still enjoy watching the Santa clause and reading the poem, why do children grow up and loose the magic, only to regain a little when they become parents. I managed to keep Santa alive until my son went to secondary school, but decided that that was the time to ask if he thougght Santa was real, my heart swelled when he did , but that only made it harder as I thought I should dispel the myth before his new school peers did and gave them extra tormenting and bullying ammunition, as there is nothing as hurtful as fellow children if one child stands out as vulnerable.

I now have a 16 year old son who would quite happily be like scruge some days and announced to me that he didn't really see the point in messing about putting up a tree and decorating the house, and wasn't really bothered about Christmas presents either.I really don't know where he gets it from, and it so winds him up that I keep putting christmas carol cd's on etc. I'm sure as christmas gets closer he will change as half the tiime I think it's his little way of rebelling, after all he can't do it in many other ways as being mobility challenged he can't just take off, and he likes bright colours too much, can't stand alcohol and detests the smell that lingers on anyone thaty smokes. His only other rebellious streak seems to be the amount he swears, for which I reprimand him at every verse end, to which I get stop nagging, it's just how we talk at school, and after hearing his peers it really is, they are all foul mouthed. Gosh I sound so old fashioned and I should be thankful that is his only vice.

Oops sorry ranting and waffling again, just tell me to shut up and get on with the craft bit. This card I've done for my step brother(well one of them) and his partner and family, well toddlers really. I was going to make cards for the little ones too but ,one is autistic and the other is being tested for the same and their mum lets them do anything and in the past brthday cards have lasted meer minutes before being destroyed by the wee ones, and I don't have the heart to spend alot of time letting that happen to something that takes a while to make, selfish I know. Maybe they will be better as they get older, or their mum might decide that they need boundaries, who knows only time will tell. I know autism has such wide boundary lines but after nursing all levels I can't help thinking that their mum will suffer in the long run by letting them run riot at this stage.

My card as it's for the little ones too I put a santa image on the front, nice big and bold colours. The sentiment is from LOTV and I love it and have used it quite alot so far this year. I used 2 different star papers and a paper with script on it to give a vintage feel. The sentiment I embossed in moonglow copper obsidian powder to tie in with the script. The base santa is sat on was a die cut Susie Sugar at die cut dreams sent me in one of her mini candies.

I coloured the image which was from in sakura glaze pens and promarkers.

I would like to enter this card for the following challenges:-

Crafts 4 eternity-stars and sketch
Stamping with the dragon-fantasy( I know Santa is real to many, but naughty boys and girls say he's not and that he's a fantasy  so hope he is allowed)
Polka doodles-twas the night before christmas
Crazy for challenges-use script
Die cut dreams christmas challenge-use a die cut
CES-vintage christmas
Cutie sunday-santa


Saskia said...

Beautiful card! Great to see your work at Polka Doodles Challenge! Thanks for joining us and good luck!

Sweet greetings, Saskia :)

pinky said...

What a lovely Santa. Beautiful little card. Isn't it sad when the kids grow out of Christmas:( all we can hope for is reliving it with grandchildren lol. Thanks for playing along at C4E this week Julye.

Niki Estes said...

What a pretty card! I love the Santa image!

downrightcrafty said...

What a lovely creation and imaginative image I still wish he was real :) thanks for joining us at Stampin with the Dragon
Hugs Kate xx

Kianel said...

great card!
thanks for your visit on my blog!
love from France, kianel.

michele said...

Fabulous card Thanks for joining us at C4E this week hugs x

Sammibug said...

Beautiful card! I still believe in Santa! Thanks for joining us in our fantasy challenge at Stamping With The Dragon!

chrissy xx said...

Awwww! LOve it. I always listen out for Santa!! Thank you sooo much for joining us at Die cut Dreams Christmas Club.

Lori said...

Such a jolly Santa, thanks for joining us at the DCD Christmas Club this week, we're happy to have you!

Valerie said...

Super cute!

Vintage Milly said...

Hello there, what a jolly image,coloured beautifully, thank you for joining in our challenge at Polkadoodles, hope to see you next time,
keep watching that movie - one of my faves,

sara said...

Lovely card fab Santa image thanks for joining us at DCD Christmas club
hugs Sara x

Audrey said...

Adorable. I love the layout. Thanks for joining us at Polka Doodles.

Tracy said...

Fab Entry, thanks for joining Polkadoodles challenge, Good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Karen said...

Very nice, thanks for joining us at DCD Christmas Club.

Andie's Space said...

Hi Julye,
It's a symptom of te time that I wonder if each Xmas will be the last that my oldest son staops believing in Santa. He's only 7, but peer pressure will tell soon I fear. This is a gorgeous card, what a lovely image of Santa. Thanks for joining us at C4E.
Andie xx

Enfys said...

What a cheerful and colourful Christmas card, this image looks vintage which I love. Just tell your son he isn't to say anything that will destroy your belief in Santa :)

Emma said...

A gorgeous card, love the image.
Thanks for joining us at CES Challenges & good luck.
Hugs Emma x

Colette said...

Lovely card, thanks for joining us at Polkadoodles this week, Good luck!
Colette xx

Vicky said...

Fabulous card, love the image.
Thank you for joining us at CES Challenges this week, hope to see you again, good luck.

Hugs Vicky xx

CraftyC said...

A beautiful card.Thanks for joining us this week at the CES Challenge!

Nadine said...


wow, ein Traum.
Da stimmt einfach alles.
Vielen Lieben Dank fürs Mitmachen bei Cutie Sunday.

Liebe Grüße Nadine

Marushy said...

wow a wonderfull card.

Thank you for joining us at Cutie Sunday


Bella´s Bastelecke said...

A gorgeous card! Love those colors you used. The paper is awesome!! And the image is so cute.
Thanks for joining us at Cutie Sunday....


FauxPainter - Dee Paramour said...

A beautiful card. Thanks for taking part in the Polka Doodles challenge.

Claire Phillips said...

Thanks for playing along at Polkadoodles in our Night befor Christmas challenge...lovely project! Cheers Claire x

Tip Top said...

My two saw Santa last weekend and they were enthralled!! Long may it last!

Beautiful! Thanks for entering the Polkadoodle Challenge - hope you can join us again next week!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card. Thanks for playing with us at Stamping With The Dragon.


Love crafts forever said...

Very pretty card. Thanks for playing with us at Stamping With The Dragon.

Tammy said...

Wonderful Santa, awesome coloring.Thanks for joining the challenge at Stamping with the Dragon.

Fliss said...

Lovely card Julye. Thanks for joining in with the Polka Doodle challenge and hope to see you again.

Jenny said...

Such a fantastic festive card! Thanks so very much for sharing your creation with us at Polka Doodles.

Dragons Lair Designs said...

Lovely card thank you for joining us here at the Stampin with the Dragon Challenge Blog.

Hugs Janette
Stamping Dragon Designs

dragonllew said...

Great card thanks for joining us at Stampin with the Dragon.
Jenny x