Thursday 8 December 2022

Remembering Dad

Today's card is in honour of my Dad.
I miss my parents so much and especially at this time of year as my Dad was Santa to many.

Personal Story
So, my Dad was every way.  He talked to everyone, was such a jolly man and had the belly to match!  He was Santa at our local Mall, for many private parties, family homes and schools.
My earliest memories of him as Santa was when he came to our school which he did every year.  I, of course, had no idea that it was my Dad until I was in Grade 4, I think.  My Dad had very distinctive, large hands.  He always wore white gloves as Santa, but for some reason that day, he took his glove off and I saw his hand.  Well it got me thinking.  
That afternoon when I went home from school, my Mom said I asked her,
"Was that Santa at my school my Dad?"
She looked at me with a bit of a sad look in her eyes and said, "yes".  I have to say that after that, I so appreciated all the happy, excited smiles my Dad gave to so many!  Kids and adults alike.
When I got older. I would go with him and help him get ready in his professional Santa suit.  I would add the rosy cheeks that would show under the white beard and mustache he would wear.
I still have his Santa was just something I couldn't part with.

Well is you are still with me after reading that, thank-you.

So, here's what I did to create my card.
  • I cut a piece of red cardstock and embossed it using a Houndstooth Embossing folder.  I thought it gave such great texture.
  • Next, I tore a strip of white cardstock on each side to add texture and glued that onto the embossed red.
  • I cut a strip of black cardstock, die cut the belt buckle with some gold and threaded the belt through the buckle.  I glued that over the red.
  • I die cut the buttons next and glued them into place.
  • I glued the finished panel onto an A2 card base.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Stamps- none
Inks- none
Paper- Scribes Nook- Waterloo, Ont.
Accessories and Tools- Houndstooth eb folder (Cuttlebug); Santa's Suit die (TE)


Pat said...

What a touching tribute to your Dad and a wonderful memory to cherish Karen. I love your Santa card and the embossed background really gives it the look of material, and a great gold buckle too. x

Denise Bryant said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful memory!
Love your fun Santa card!

Susan said...

Karen, what a wonderful memory of your Dad! Both of my parents are gone and I miss them every day. I love the way you made the Santa suit and added texture to the red sections.

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

What happy memories you have, of what sounds to me a wonderful father and friend to the Community. I love your Santa card.
Faith x

cuilliesocks said...

A lovely tribute to your Dad Karen and it's a wonderful card, Kate x

nancy littrell said...

Thank you for sharing your sweet personal Santa story about your sweet Dad Santa, Karen. It is definitely a time of year when we think of our loved ones who are no longer with us. Your sweet Santa card is a wonderful tribute to your Dad...Thank you so much for sharing. Happy Memories..Love and Hugs, Nancy

I Card Everyone said...

How amazing is that to know your dad was Santa to so many children?
I love these special stories we only share at Christmas, Karen - thank you, and for this jolly card, too!

kiwimeskreations said...

What wonderful memories of a dearly loved Father you have Karen.
A fabulous card you have created with those memories - the houndstooth embossing is perfect for the red layer

Jeanne H said...

A great card and story. Thanks!!

Bonnie said...

Wonderful memories of a special Dad, Karen. What a wonderful tribute to your Dad. I don't think we ever stop missing our loved ones during the holidays! Love this Santa suit Christmas card!

Darnell said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful memory of your father playing Santa Claus, Karen. It brought tears to my eyes. I never knew my father, so I crave heartwarming memories like this. You were very blessed - and very smart and observant. No wonder you make awesome cards! I love your rendition of the Santa suit card with the wonderful texture! Happy Holiday Hugs, Darnell

SueB said...

such a touching memory! I'm glad you're hanging onto the Santa suit... I don't think I'd have been able to part with it either!