Thursday, November 4, 2010

IO Challenge- Holiday Family Traditions

I hope people aren't worried because the latest IO Challenge is to focus on holiday family traditions, and I posted a picture of a margarita. I promise that we don't spend the whole holiday drinking tequila!

I have so many traditions I could have represented in card form such as:
  • Going to see my mom each year in the living Nativity. (She is always one of the wise men since they have the warmest costumes.)
  • Opening one present each on Christmas Eve.
  • Watching repeated showings of "A Christmas Story" on TBS during their 24 hour marathon.
  • Fresh squeezed orange juice for Christmas breakfast (my grandfather started this one).
  • My mom making the infamous "green salad" that has been passed down generations (I wouldn't mind this tradition going away since Jello should not be made into a salad).

So, with all those nice traditions, why did I choose a margarita card? Of course there is a story behind that. One year my mom suggested that she, my brother, and I should each contribute something new to the holiday dinner. My mom and I poured over cookbooks and online recipes to figure out what we wanted to make. My brother, on the other hand, went out and bought some Patron Silver to make us each a "Christmas margarita." I believe it was his attempt to get out of cooking. I have absolutely no idea what my mom and I prepared that year. However, every year since I have counted on my brother to make me a really nice holiday margarita.

For my card, I used the margarita stamp from the CL157 Leigh Hannan Holiday set. However, you can get the stamp by itself. It is called Holiday Margarita (F2001). I stamped the image in black Memento ink onto white cardstock that I had cut from a Nestabilities Labels 8 die. I edged the paper with some green Distress Ink and an Inksentials blender tool and colored the image with an assortment of colored pencils and Copic markers. To rim the glass, I added some Glossy Accents to the rim and sprinkled it with real salt and some glitter. Here is a close up:

Finally, I spritzed the margarita piece with some Sparkle Shimmer Spritz to give it a holiday feel. You can see the shimmer a bit in this picture:

For the bottom of the card, I used the Cover a Card Thick and Thin (CC008) stripes in red ink. I thought it looked a bit like peppermint stripes.

Need some holiday inspiration? Daniela, Deborah, Dina, Jeanne, Jenny, Julie, and Kathy all made cards to share their holiday traditions with you.

Want to play along? You have until 9pm EST Friday to share your IO holiday tradition card. All of the information can be found here. You could win a $25 Impression Obsession gift certificate!


Katarina said...

Sounds like a fun tradition! Very pretty card!

Daniela Dobson said...

This is wonderful!!! Love your traditions. At first I thought it was patterned paper...I have that stamp too!

Jane said...

what a fantastic little card to get me into the holiday mood!

Shirley said...

I loved hearing your traditions and I say a little of everything makes it wonderful and beautiful, just like your card!!

Unknown said...

May have to start me a new tradition. Love how you can't remember what you made-- how many holiday margaritas did you have? lol.

Jenny Gropp said...

Love the tradition and the card! The sprits shimmer adds a great finish!