Ahhh...the tastes of the season. Cookies and fudge; eggnog and wassail; cranberries and nut roll. But, let's not forget about...TACOS! Yes, tacos feature prominently in our Christmas Eve feast. It all stems back to when I was a little girl.
In the German tradition, family presents are opened on Christmas Eve. And growing up on Southern California, homemade tacos were high everyone's favorites list. I'd like to think Gramma made them for their fast, no fuss, but making tacos was a lot harder 'back in the day'. Tortillas were fried by hand, not prepackaged for convenience. (And if they came packaged then, it would have been a travesty to buy them!) My grandmother, mom, and aunt would fry no less than 4 dozen taco shells since my dad was known to eat 12-15 tacos all by himself (and that was exercising restraint!. And what's a taco feast without homemade chile rellanos? Hand battered and friend, full of oozy gooey Monteray Jack cheese - my mouth is watering right now.
Then came the clean up. All that chopping, grating, and frying made quite a mess. It was all my sister and I could do as we waited in wild anticipation for the presents under the tree. Of course, it wouldn't have been Christmas Eve if my mom and gramma weren't hurrying to finish knitting our slippers or sewing new dresses.
The ghosts and memories of Christmas...it's why we keep traditions alive. It's the love found in those memories that hold us together. What are your special holiday traditions?
The card today features the Tasty Trucks stamp set which is available for FREE in the new Sale-a-bration catalog, starting January 4th. I thought it paired wonderfully with the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper. I hand water colored the the truck and background using Stampin' Up's new Watercolor Pencils. And The Lad told me, "Hey, that's really good", which as you know, is the highest compliment coming from him.
If you're new to Stampin' Up!, you may be wondering what Sale-a-Bration is all about. It's the most wondeful time of the Stampin' Up! year. For every $50 spent, you can choose 1 Free item from the Sale-a-Bration catalog. So, if you spent $150, you get 3 FREE items! There's no limit to how many you can earn.
And that's not all. If you decide to purchase the Starter Kit and join my team of Stamping Bees, you get to choose TWO free stamp sets - an added value of $104!!!
Cutting and Measurements:
Base: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored and folded at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Crushed Curry, 5 x 3 3/4
Layer 2: Festive Birthday designer series apaer, 4 7/8"x 3 5/8"
Layer 3: Crushed Curry 3 1/8" x 2 7/8"
Layer 4: Watercolor paper 3" x 2 3/4"
Inks: Black Archival
Tools and other accessories: Aqua Painter, Watercolor pencils, Fast Fuse, Melon Mambo and Crushed Curry Stampin' Write Markers
Putting it All Together
1. Stamp image in Black Archival ink on Watercolor Paper
3. Use Aqua Painter to pick up color from Watercolor pencils. I used Stampin' Write markers for the details on the awning and to outline the windosws.
4. Adhere Layers 1 & 2 to Base with Fast Fuse. Offset and Adhere Layers 3 &4 to base.