Christmas Sweaters

Nothing's as mean as giving a little child
something useful for Christmas.
     ~ Kin Hubbard


Claire Keay Boy in Oversized Sweater


This new Jellypark digital stamp makes me think of my very gracious brother with a giggle. His birthday falls right around Christmas, so for years and years I bought him a shirt for his birthday and a coordinating sweater for Christmas. Poor guy must have felt like he was getting socks every year. He never complained, but, I mean, really, can you imagine anything worse than wearing clothes picked out by your kid sister?


Jellypark Boy in Oversized Sweater



Hee Hee! I know how I can make it up to him. Maybe this year I'll get my bro a Christmas sweater with embroidered cats on it. I know he likes cats.

Ugly Chrismtas Sweater


To avoid any family discord, I should tell you that was NOT a picture of my brother. Can you imagine? He's so much more handsome, but, you know, he might just be crazy enough to wear a sweater like that on a dare.

Okay, besides just wanting to humiliate my brother (you're welcome, Greg), I made this card for this week's Jellypark Friends Friday Challenge. The fun ladies over there invited me to hang out with them this month, and I'm having such a blast! This week we're making cards to say thank you. And, you know, who wouldn't want to write a thank you card for such a lovely gift. 


Here are all the toys I played with to make this tribute to my brother's sweater marathons.

Jellypark Boy in Oversized Sweater Markers


 I'd love to hear your crazy Christmas gift stories. What's the worst present you either gave or received? Oh, I know there are some good chuckles out there.

Claire Keay Sweater



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Sweet Comments


  2. OHHH! I LOOOOOOOOOVE that image with the little kid and that sweater! SOOOOO FUN! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

  3. you know I am so lovin’ your card! it is such a treat having you join us at Jellypark Friends. you are always a delight to have around to inspire us! :)

  4. This is so cute! Love your digi stamp and the picture you used in leu of your brother is a crack up. Where do you purchase your Oct afternoon stamps and paper? So frustrating trying to get my local scrappy store to carry this line on time and they rarely if ever get the stamps in. I’ve searched on line for the sidewalk stamps and am having a hard time finding them. thanks!

    • Well, Holly, I’m afraid I won’t be much help to you unless you live in Central Texas. My local scrapbook store in Waco (Crop, Paper Scissors) carries them, and when I’m in Austin, I can often pick them up at Archivers. I did hear from the LSS that October Afternoon is slow on their shipping, so I do have to be patient.

  5. Stunning card Linda, I love the colours & the stitching :)
    Have a great weekend!

  6. This is FABULOUS! That photo is hilarious! Wow, I’ve got to get that JellyPark image…
    As for funny gift stories…my mom sent me a box once, and called me every day until it arrived, saying, it’s really a gift for your husband, so be sure he’s watching when you open it! I was suspicious, but excited. So, when I opened it, my Grandmother’s Mink Shawl popped out at me, which was horrifying because it’s one of those with all the little heads hanging down the back. I’m not terribly anti-fur, but I am anti-bad taste! So, apparently, my fear & surprise was my mom’s gift to my husband! LOL! I love them both very much!
    Again, wonderful card!

    • Oh my goodness . . . I Love that story. It so sounds like something my family would do, only, get this . . . we’d write a poem to go with it. Yep, my sister and I like to write poems to go with the gifts. Crazy, huh.

  7. What a darling image and you’ve colored it to perfection! xx wendy

  8. HaHa, Hilarious card! LOVE the story behind it too!

  9. This is soooo fun! I love the paper piecing.


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