:::Seasons Greetings:::

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We will be taking a break for the next two weeks to enjoy the holiday and have a little rest.  We hope you have a wonderful holiday season with your family and loved ones. Thank you for all your lovely contributions and support the past several months.

We will return on Sunday, January 6, 2008 with a new gothic challenge.

Until then – stay safe and may the true spirit of the season be with each of you!

:::Joy of Christmas/Children Sampler:::

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We had many joyful entries this past week showing children and Christmas spirit! Thank you for submitting your creations!

:::Joy of Christmas/Children:::

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 This weeks theme is the “Joy of Christmas/Children”…our hostess Barbara Hurst made this precious gothic arch using beautiful stamping techniques. What comes to your mind with this theme? Children under the Christmas tree opening gifts? visiting Santa? singing Christmas carols? Whatever your vision may be we wish to see it hear at Gothic arches this week.

About our hostess:

I had the pleasure of picking this week’s theme and hope you enjoy doing it as much as I did. I live in the desert west of the US. I have been stamping for 6 years, actively for the past 2 years. I have had many passions over the years and find rubber stamping and making backgrounds enjoyable because of the wonderful stampers across the world.

I think that is what keeps my passion for stamping fresh, by seeing and learning from everyone else. Thanks to all of you who give me such inspiration each and everyday. I hope that everyone has a Wonderful Holiday and New Year. Cheers, too many more stamping opportunities in the New Year.

To see more of her gorgeous work you can visit Barbara’s blog here:
http://sun-catcher.blogspot.com

:::Sparkling Wings Sampler:::

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:::Sparkling Wings:::

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This weeks theme is “Sparkling Wings”…our hostess Nancy Dooren created this fabulous arch with the most gorgeous effect of sparkle on the wings. What comes to your artistic mind when “sparkling wings” is mentioned…sweet little fairies?….angels from heaven above?…snow glistening on the wings of a child?….whatever it may be – we wish to see it here in gothic arch form!

A bit about our hostess:
I´am Nancy Dooren. I live in Enschede, The Netherlands,with my hubbie Wilfred and cat Sylvester. I´am a dental assistant for 16 years now. I love to stamp, my Trollbeads/Pandora bracelet and reading books!

In Dutch…
Mijn naam is Nancy Dooren. Ik woon in Enschede samen met mijn man Wilfred en kater Sylvester. Ik ben 16 jaar tandartsassistente. Ik mag me graag bezighouden met mijn hobby´s: stempelen, Trollbeads/Pandora en lezen!

Nancy has a wonderful blog called Vintage Stamper where you can see more of her creations.

:::Winter Sampler:::

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We had some beautiful winter entries this week. Thank you for submitting your gorgeous arches!

:::Winter:::

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Winter always reminds me of snow, winter coats and birds flying south. So I combined these items to make my winter themed arch. I used Distress crackle paint to make the background. This gave the piece a feeling of cracked ice.

Winter has always been a magical time for me. I have so many memories of waking up on winter mornings with snow on the ground. Oh what a great joy if school was cancelled for the day. I would get to go outside to play in the beautiful white snow drifts. I remember being so cold that my fingers and toes were numb but not caring. It sure would have been nice to have a muff for my hands on those cold days.

Now I get to enjoy those snow days with my daughter. It is so great to see her excitement as she plays in the snow.

See my blog at www.paperflowers1.blogspot.com for more information on how I made this piece.

What do you think of when the term “winter” is used? Snow gently falling? Children building snowmen? Old fashioned ladies bundled in their coats with fur muffs? Whatever comes to your mind we would love to see if here in gothic arch form.

Our hostess is Cora Harkins who made this gorgeous arch for this weeks challenge. Cora has a beautiful blog (which happens to have some winter images freebies today) where you can see more of her artwork!

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Visit Cora’s blog: Paper Flowers
 

A bit about our hostess…
Bio: I am married with one daughter. I work full time as a salesperson and stamping is my artistic outlet. My degree is in costume and set design. Though I do not design professionally, I try to bring that training into my art work. I love antique lace, buttons and ephemera. You can often see me lurking at area flea markets trying to find new treasures. I teach classes and sell my cards locally.
I have been stamping and card making for over 15 years. One of my first projects was my wedding invitations. Lucky for me we had a small wedding.
My other hobbies are knitting, sewing, felting and papermaking.