Hope House Home for Boys

The cards that I sell here in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico benefit the dental program for the boys at Hope House in the nearby village of Ixlahuacan. There are close to 30 boys at the home and many of them come to the home having received no dental treatment. If you live here at Lakeside and would like to order a quality, hand crafted card for a special occasion and help me contribute to this worthy cause, please e-mail me at bettyinchapala@yahoo.com Card price is 50 pesos; the entire sales price is donated to Hope House.

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Season's Greetings


Wow! Can you believe that it is January 30 already? And do you know what that means?????? Only ten months left to get those Christmas cards done!! lol

Here is this week's sketch from Merry Monday.....
I like the fact that Lesley makes these sketches clean and simple -- so that cards can be easily produced and mailed. Of course, if you like lots of layers and fancy stuff, use double or triple mats and embellish to your heart's content. (Is that okay, Lesley? -- geez, I hope so!)

This card was made with my red, black, creme and white paper pack, Magic of the Season. The stamp is from Layers of Color, Reindeer Waltz, and the ribbon is from Hobby Lobby.

I stamped the reindeer and then cut out a portion so that his head and legs were outside the Fancy Tags die cut from Spellbinders. I don't always have the best of luck with that technique but it worked pretty well this time.

We're getting a little rain here today in Chapala -- the first one since the rainy season ended in September. I've also been bird watching -- the hummers are swarming all around our yard and we're still having those gorgeous orioles visiting the sugar water feeders.





I think the first photo is a black-vented oriole and the second is a hooded oriole. We've seen several types with slightly different coloring, but all beautiful!!

Bye for now,
Betty

13 comments:

Patti P. said...

Betty, love seeing your beautiful bird pictures! Tfs.
Your card is gorgeous and love the design. I am already behind as I had planned on making some Christmas cards each month, lol. oh well, hope for next month.
hugs....

Payne Holler Cards said...

so glad you share your pics with us! really enjoy them! and love your Christmas card...reminded me I didnt keep my goal already - I told myself I was going to do 10 Christmas cards a month...well guess I have to do 20 in February now LOL
maybe we could start a monthly Christmas challenge..just to DO them - I need some accountability (-:

The Other Patti Sue said...

I'm with Patti P... love seeing your bird pictures,flower pictures and pictures of your surroundings! Your card is beautiful!

Patti J said...

I really enjoy Lesley's sketches, as well! May have to miss this one, but I'll catch the next one! Great card, Betty, as always, and the birds are so 'tweet'! Thanks for sharing!

LeAnne said...

Well of course I love the card---your reindeer is lovely! But the orioles are SO fascinating!!! And to have two different types makes it even more fun! LUCKY!!!

Lesley said...

Wow, those birds are amazing to look at! Thank you for sharing your photos Betty! The reindeer looks terrific cut around the tag, I have never tried that!
Lesley

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

I have had the occasional Baltimore Oriel stop by for a visit, but I could sure stand a steady dose of these beauties!

As for your card, it is another masterpiece, but i am going to avoid Christmas for s long as I can.

Selma said...

Very pretty card Betty. Love seeing pictures of your birds. Way too cold here for any birds. We still have lots of snow.

Colleen said...

Betty,
Such a unique idea to cut the reindeer around your fancy label. Great sketch and yes I'm behind too!
Love the bird pictures keep them coming.

Notes by Nina said...

Wonderful card, I love the deer. Thank you for sharing your fabulous bird pictures.

Shelia said...

very pretty card. I like how you cut part of the reindeer out on this.

Kym Weber said...

Very pretty Christmas card! Wonderful color combination! Fabulous image!

Stunning photos of the birds! They're so beautiful! Thanks for sharing and wishing to be down by you to have wonderful views like that! Spectacular!

Christy Q said...

What a gorgeous frame and the cutting looks fantastic. Your birds are beautiful as well!