Monday 14 January 2013

We Three Kings of Orient are one Christmas carol that always reminds me of yet another one of my 'sillies' - but first here's the card I made:
Been sifting through Christmas cards here and keeping some to 'up cycle' - and then I saw over at Shaz's blog how she'd die cut an image from a Christmas card rather than just cutting it into a square or oblong as I generally do. Her result is beautiful - do go and see what I mean!

And, I wanted to make a card for this week's Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge which is 'Rudolph is resting', so no Rudolph images.

I used:

- 6" x 6" square cream card stock

- deep blue card from the snippets folder

- vellum with the words 'We Three Kings of Orient are' printed all over - which reminded me of the little tale further down this post. Attached the vellum to more cream card stock by using part of a double sided adhesive sheet - the wording shows up better when the light catches it properly

- sentiment from Personal Impressions 'Many Greetings' clear stamp set, stamped in Memento's 'Paris Dusk'

- a single gold Josy Rose nail head star

Resisted the urge to add anything else as I wanted the real message of Christmas in this card to be the focus.

Right, and here's my tale - 100% true, but I bet I'm not the only child ever to have wondered about this one.

As a child we had a routine (this was pre-dishwasher days of course!) whereby Mum cooked the evening meal and Dad and I did the washing up between us while she sat down with a well earned cup of tea - he washed and I dried. And we sang - oh how we sang - every show tune and song imaginable!

As soon as there was a whiff of Christmas in the air I would be hopping up and down begging for us to begin singing Christmas carols as we did the dishes - 'Good King Wenceslas' was my very favourite as Dad sang the part of the king and I sang piped out the part of the page.

I must have only been about six or seven years old  when I stopped Dad in the midst of 'We Three Kings' and said it puzzled me. Why did we sing about three kings when there were only two of them I wanted to know?

Dad could see I was really very confused and had been waiting for the right time to ask - so he stopped putting dishes away and gently asked me just why I thought there were only two kings.

'Well Daddy' said little Miss Clever 'it goes like this.........We three kings, Ovori and Tar......but that's only two of them so where's the third one?'.  Absolutely true - and one of those tales that Dad delighted in telling my boyfriends when I was older!



  1. Di I love the way you have 'upcycled' your card. What a good idea. I must look through my box and see what is suitable. I keep bits every year but very few actually get used!
    I laughed at your take to. So many songs that we learned as children are stuck in our minds in quite the wrong way, but it was perfectly logical wasn't it?
    Kate x

  2. Gorgeous card Honey.
    Very funny story too! I have a similar one in that I always thought the song went "Those curtains are cheapest" as it in later life I found it said "The first cut is the deepest".
    I know you are now singing this in your head now!!

  3. Your story did make me smile, Di - as Kate says, so logical to a child! When I first heard Psalm 23 I thought it was: He maketh me to lie down and eat parsnips (instead of in green pastures). Your card is great - lovely to see the real meaning of Christmas - thanks for entering my CHNC challenge 107 - you could also enter this into my new CHNC challenge extra for January - I'd love to see it there too. X

  4. Great piece of upcycling Di. And I love your festive tale.

    Sarn xxx

  5. Morning Di, your upcycled card is fabulous - the blue 'frame' is perfect for the nativity scene. Enjoyed your tale of misunderstanding enormously :) I know I've misheard lyrics on many an occasion but the EM is the expert there - he's produced a few howlers in his time but I'll spare his blushes :)) Hope you are having a happy Monday. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

  6. Oh I like this, the layout really concentrates attention on the image. As you say 'the true meaning of Christmas.'

    Loved your story! I reckon Dads are born with a special mental filing cabinet where they file embarrassing stories to tell boyfriends! Bless!

    love Mags B x

  7. I'm lovin' these recycled cards and what bloggers are doing with them. You did Shaz proud! Gotta try this. Loved your story too,so cute. TFS...both a story & a beautiful card.

  8. That's a great upcycled card Di, I have the cards from last year in a pile can't decide whether to keep them and reuse or just recycle them! Loved the little tale, my brothers would go round singing this when I was little:

    We three kings of orient are
    One on a motorbike
    One in a car
    One on a scooter
    Pipping his hooter
    Following yonder star

    No wonder I never made the choir at school!!!


  9. Hehehehe! That's as good as Olive the other reindeer! But what a wonderful family memory! And a beautiful upcycled card!

  10. lol......Love to read your stories they are so fulfilling! your card is stunning nice to recycle l have kept some of mine from Christmas so you'll probably see lots from me too! x

  11. Well, no shock there then, as the Platters would sing 'Only You'!
    I saw Shaz's card and I also thought what a great idea, in my memory box for future use, so another thing I will forget!!
    Good job done here though, great card and the little star is a fab
    Glad you have got touch.
    Yes it was a wonky square nesty, I always forget to mention something and this time it was the die. Not often I use it on the front of a card as it never seems to fit the image, but I have used it loads on the inside of a card to write on.
    Glad you have got, you know what sorted and I too got a spare draw, which is now in use as I have split my LOTV die cuts from the stamps.
    Keep warm, keep happy, keep smiling and keep on blogging.

    Kath x

  12. Hi Di,

    Oh, I love your little story. How adorable!

    The card is very nice too!


    PS The Feedjit says I'm from Mesa, Arizona...... I find that funny, and confusing.

  13. Hi Di, ah smiled indeed and thought how very kind to pop and link me over to your card..

    And yes you did great job as well! I have made two more actually but not blogging much at mo will post them in days to come (I have come down with tooth infection).. and they look lovely too enjoying it immensely..and chuckled at your mix up yup have had a few.
    One I can remember mine was commenting someone's preceding headline instead of receding hairline ,... a faux pas in every sense, love Shaz in oz.x

    PS Bernie's card left yesterday.. on way to dentist :D

  14. Your story made me smile. I remember my Dad worked what I thought was a tootleten shift - but was really 2 til 10pm!
    Nice card as always.


Thank you so much if you take the time to comment!

This is a public blog. Those leaving a comment on any post on this blog or entering a piece of artwork into a linky do so in the knowledge that their name and blog link are visible to all who visit this blog and in so doing have published their own personal details and consented to my use of that personal information should they be selected as a winner or to accredit work.