Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Perfect Tree

Flourishes Monthly Christmas Challenge starts tomorrow July 1st.. Come join us for the chance to win..

The Perfect Tree

Words by Ray Boltz, Music by Steve Millikan and Ray Boltz

The ornaments are ready
The place has been prepared
Strings of lights and holly
Are draped across the chair
The family’s all together
I know where they must be
Everyone is searching
For the perfect tree

The perfect tree
Grew very long ago
And it was not decked with silver
Or with ornaments of gold
But hanging from its branches
Was a gift for you and me
Jesus laid His life down
On the perfect tree

Mother wants a straight one
The children want it tall
Dad just hopes that somehow
He can get it down the hall
Soon they’ll gather round it
As proud as they can be
But when they’re looking at it
I wonder if they see

CHORUS (repeat)

With all the celebrations
Sometimes the truth is lost
That every step this baby took
Brought Him closer to the cross


This week over at Flourishes Stacy is once again hosting the Monthly
Christmas challenge.  This month it is to be inspired by your 
favorite Christmas/Holiday song.  I chose The Perfect Tree by Ray Boltz.
Back home a family lost their daughter to cancer.. That Christmas
the father sang this song in a Christmas concert.  There was not a 
dry eye in the house.  I think it reflects the true meaning of Christmas
for me.  

For this card I used Flourishes stamp sets:  Forest of Trees
and Christmas Wreath for the sentiment. I watercolored the background
using Flourishes European Watercolor Paper. The ribbons are
both also from the Flourishes..Checked Ribbon and May Arts Silk.

Come play along in our Monthly Flourishes Christmas Challenge.
For all the details on this 
challenge head over to the Flourishes Forum on Splitcoaststampers.
 This month's contest begins tomorrow July 1st.  The winner will get a Flourishes 
Christmas Stamp Set of their choice. 
Hope you make time to play with us this month!


  1. Such a beautiful background for your silhouetted trees.

  2. just reading the lyrics brought a tear to my eye! Our Lord is so worthy to be praised!!!
    Thank you for sharing this Dawn!

    Your card is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!
    take care
    hugs & blessings!

  3. This card is just stunning. The stamp is gorgeous. The ribbon is so beautiful, the color combo is lovely.
    I wish you very nice day!
    P.S: I love commenting! Please make it easier by turning off word verification :) Why not try comment moderation instead?

  4. Such a beauty, I adore your blog, and what a fabulous verse.
    hugs chris xx

  5. What a beautiful verse Dawn! Your card is so beautiful too. I love the watercolour technique and the blue bow with the black one....PERFECT! What a way to start my first day of summer with the kids! Thank-you for inspiring...AGAIN!!!!!

  6. This is stunning, I love the design of the letters on the Merry Christmas.

  7. Gorgeous! Fantastic shading Dawn! Love love love it!

  8. Oh this is just a stunning card Dawn! I love the colors and the feeling of peace it conveys!

  9. Your cards take my breath away! Love the watercoloured background and the combination of ribbons!!

  10. Love those trees. Reminds me of skiing at Whistler. Fabulous song too!

    Thrilled the Warrior series is a hit! Beware, you'll be reading them yourself :D Let me know who his favorite character is. They also have a website in case you are interested. Believe it is, but don't quote me. Just google it. Some fun trivia questions (wait until he has read quite a few books, some games etc. and you can sign up for e-mail updates on new books etc.)

  11. Dawn, I love that you are adding so much inspiration in words to your already inspirational cards!
    I cannot believe I have never heard this song before, it is beautiful and so meaningful!!
    Your card is absolutely gorgeous!! I have been eyeing that stamp set for awhile now, I think you just sold me on it.
    May I ask, what color ink did you use for your sky? It is such a pretty blue!
    Have a great day, Dawn, hugs!

  12. Beautiful, I love everything about it.
    Lynne xxx

  13. Just beautiful Dawn! The sky is amazing...and what a beautiful song to be inspired by!

  14. Dawn, I have not heard that song before. Thank you for introducing me to it. It's beautiful as is your card.

  15. Wowwwwww, totally breath taking! Love that satin bow with the gingham!

  16. Ohhh wowww Dawn,What a BEAUTIFUL card.

    Hugs Riet.xx

  17. Dawn your work is always so GORGEOUS!!

  18. Another simply gorgeous card!! You are just so talented!!

  19. Gorgeous! I love that this is not traditional colors! Very dramatic - really stunning.

  20. Such a stunning card, Dawn! The blues are gorgeous! That was a new song for me...I'll have to keep my ears open for it.

  21. Beautiful card! LOVE your ribbon treatment! :)

  22. Breathtakingly beautiful Dawn!! Love your colors and design!!

  23. This is incredibly gorgeous!!!

  24. Dawn oh my word your stamping on this card looks AMAZING!! I LOVE your ribbon and bow treatment just GORGEOUS!!!!!

  25. Hi Dawn! Wow, this is so gorgeous!! It's been so long since I've watercolored. Love that effect and your bow treatment and COLORS just pop! So beautiful and peaceful. =)

  26. Ooooh, this is so beautiful, Dawn! I love the peaceful scene you created. Fabulously done!

  27. Dawn looks like the turquoise colors worked out perfectly for you!! This is just beautiful!! I love everything about your card!!
    Jodi =)

  28. Beautiful, gorgeous I love it and love the song you chose!


Thank you so much for sharing your comments with me. I really appreciate it.. Have a great stamping day..