Affectionately Yours with Tangerine Tango & Copper

Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Pootles – Affectionately Yours with Tangerine Tango & Copper

Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Pootles - Affectionately Yours with Tangerine Tango & Copper

Merry Christmas Everyone!

It’s Christmas Eve and we are starting our annual traditions in our house. I’ll come to those in a minute but I wanted to share today’s card first.

My children are very much part of my crafting life when I hit a stumbling block. Sometimes I let them run their hands across my cardstock racks to choose colours for me, or other times I’ll call out for one of them to suggest an embellishment to finish off a project. This year I’ve shared some of their projects along the way, and today I called upon little Oliver to choose my colour.

I’d already put together the copper background, piece of DSP and the strip of washi tape, but I wasn’t sure which colour to go with it. He chose the Tangerine Tango and I think he got it right!

I pulled the whole thing together by wrapping Copper Thread around the butterfly and put a swirl of PootleLoops behind it.

We both loved it and hope you do too!

Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Pootles - Affectionately Yours with Tangerine Tango & Copper Profile

But onto our traditions. As a family with small young children, we learned years ago that trying to eat a long main meal on Christmas Day when there were brand new gifts in the room next door was not something that a small boy enjoys. My children are great eaters but the draw of new gifts was too overwhelming and they ended up really fidgety and didn’t enjoy the meal.

And other than last year, Chris had worked some or all of Christmas Day for about 7 years on the trot with his job, so that added to logistical problems as to when to cook and eat…

So about 8 years ago we decided to have our main meal on Christmas Eve instead. It was quirky timing because Chris was working a full 12 hour day shift on Christmas Day and we just decided we’d have a go at the meal on Christmas Eve and we’ve done it ever since. The boys know that Christmas isn’t just a day. It’s only one day for gifts, but we celebrate for many more days than that and starting our festivities early is a sign for them that it’s OK to start getting excited!

We try to get out in the afternoon too and always settle down with hot chocolate and a movie. It’s the small traditions that you create and make when children are young that they will remember forever.

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone, I shall be back here on Boxing Day, 26th.

S xx


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  1. Hi Sam
    We do/did it similar – and completely different. We are a German family that lives in Scotland for 22 years now. We do lots of things like our neighbours, but not Christmas. Our “gift giving time” is Christmas Eve. So we had the same problem when our children were small: opening presents in the late afternoon and than ‘having to eat’ when you are so excited and just want to enjoy the new gifts? So we did some kind of buffet style food when the children were young and everything was much more informal. Now they are adults. We will have a Raclette tonight and the traditional/untraditional big meal tomorrow at lunch time. As our son and I don’t like turkey, and my husband and our daughter love it and have eaten it at several Christmas parties from work, we have fillet steak.
    I wish you and all the men in your house a lovely Christmas and all the best for 2017!

  2. Christine Reid says:

    Lovely refreshing card after all the Christmas colours! Have a joy filled Christmas and every blessing in the New Year.

  3. Dagmar Mosler says:

    The card is so beautiful! Oliver made a good choice!
    Wish you a great Christmas with lots of joy, lots of love, Daggi

  4. The card is lovely, good choice Oliver X. When we were small we would have presents from Santa at the foot of our beds which we could explore and examine until lunch time but then after dinner and the queens speech we would have more presents from our extended family around the tree, this made the day and the excitement last longer and also could share with all the grandparents. My brother and sister in law carried on the tradition with their family and now their daughters carry on this tradition with their children! Have a lovely wonderful Christmas break and look forward to seeing your creations in a few days xx

  5. Anne Lumsden says:

    Beautiful card Sam. Your talent is coming through to your sons.
    Now our children are all grown up and have “in Laws” we alternate Christmas and Boxing day for our family time. This year it is Boxing day so we will cook the turkey today and enjoy, and tomorrow have again, albeit cold but with all the trimmings. I am not allowed to alter the stuffings in any way, LOL. Wishing you and yours a happy Christmas and a wonderful new year. Thank you for all you do to inspire your followers. it is much appreciated. xx

  6. Lovely card! Tangerine was perfect.
    We have split pea soup for supper Christmas Eve every year. Then we drive the neighborhood to look at lights. With just 3 of us, adult son, hubby and I, we have a relaxed Christmas Day beginning with breakfast then gifts. Steak this year for supper and thankfully it’s to be a sunny day so hubby will tend the grill as I get the rest ready.
    Have a very Merry Christmas. We are praying that Wueen Elizabeth and her husband feel better soon!

  7. Have a wonderful Christmas Sam! Tangerine Tango was a good choice, looks great with the copper!

  8. Have a Happy, Wonderful Christmas to you, your family and all the lovely crafters out there…..looking forward to the New Year and everything it brings. Health and happiness to one and all. x

  9. Merry Christmas from Michigan, USA. I really enjoy your blog and videos. TFS

  10. Julia Dawn Mason says:

    Oliver had a great choice! I wish your family a Very Merry Christmas!

  11. Sam I adore your card. Thx for sharing not only your creativity but your life as well. Merry Merry Christmas & may God bless your New Year too!

  12. Lovely card. Tell your son the cardstock is perfect. Do have a Merry Christmas. Enjoy your Christmas eve celebration.

  13. Merry Christmas from the frosty (literally every plant is covered in frost) San Luis Valley in Colorado USA. 30 degrees colder than where I live. Really like the card, Sam and Oliver. Some years ago I began cooking the Thanksgiving turkey carcass and freezing the broth to make turkey soup to have Christmas Eve before going to Christmas Eve services. My daughter-in-law does the honors including the baby lima beans she picks out.

  14. Cheryl McAskill says:

    Oliver is going to be your handy helper in the future! Great choice of color! I would not have thought of it, but it is gorgeous! Will have to try this one in the future!
    Those Traditions are so important to have…it is the thoughts of those times later in our lives that really press Christmas into our hearts!
    It makes us smile when the miles are far between family members.
    Merry Christmas Sam to you and your Family!

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