January 6, 2011

Epiphany....Three Kings Day!

Welcome to the El Dia De Los Reyes Magos Blog Hop! If you came here from Patti/Martha http://pattisscrapingtime.blogspot.com/ then, you are right on schedule.  If you started here, be sure to go to Gaby at http://www.gabycreates.com/ after you finish here to be sure you find all the words.

Well, I see some different stories online about the Epiphany or in Germany they call it Heilige Drei Koenige. As Gaby explained the custom of her family on this day and about presents rather than Christmas, I thought that I would share the customs of this day in Germany.

Children dress up as the Three Kings and go from house to house caroling on the Epiphany in Germany on the 6th of January. The children are known as Sternsinger which translates to Star singers. They take a pole with them that has a star on top. They also take blessed chalk with them to write the initials of the Three Kings— K.M.B. for Kaspar, Melchior, and Balthasar with the year over the house door to protect the household from danger and keep evil spirits out.

I can say living abroad it is a bit confusing when you keep having the door bell rung and you have no idea what is going on. I thought they were pranking the house. The children are going around and looking for sweets like the custom of Halloween in the states. They have the added joy of writing on the house.  They write the first two digits of the year "+K+M+B" and the last two digits of the year. The initials are of the three kings. 

The children do not receive presents on this day and observe Christmas for three days in Germany. They are learning more about Santa Claus as the world seems to be shrinking with the internet and other media. They do know of Weihnachtsmann (Father Christmas). Mostly they celebrate the Christkindt translated to Christ child. The Christkindt brings presents on the 24th of December in the afternoon during the customary family afternoon walk.

While touring Europe, we visited Koeln and the Cathedral there has the remains of the three kings. It is in a golden chest within the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe. The following pictures were taken by me during our visit. We also enjoyed the Christmas market surrounding the Cathedral. It truly is magnificient. You can read more about it http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrine_of_the_Three_Kings

The pictures and video does not even get close to the awe of the shrine nor that of the Cathedral.



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Dorcas http://4craftyangels.blogspot.com

Sandra http://365daysofcricut.blogspot.com

Dalis http://www.stampergirl.com

Madison http://funkycards.blogspot.com

Donna http://donnamundinger-popsicletoes.blogspot.com

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Erika www.cricutlove1.blogspot.com

Melin www.cookingwithcricut.com

Patty T http://mynameisscrappy.blogspot.com

Jess http://www.kinderstampo.com

Ivette http://allaboutmeandmyscrapbook.blogspot.com

Maria Elena http://www.mariaelenaworld.blogspot.com/

Terri S http://scrappinwiththebug.blogspot.com

Karla http://kalittlescrapcorner.blogspot.com/

Elsa http://www.cricutlvr.blogspot.com/

Jessica http://www.thatzuneek.blogspot.com/

Cristina http://www.craftingwithcristina.com/

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For blog candy, I am doing a drawing for the Cricut Solutions cartridge Christmas Village. I used this cartridge in my layout. To enter for a chance to win, please leave a comment on this post and become a follower of this blog.



Here is my layout that I created using Hannah Montana, Christmas Village and Winter Frolic.





Most of it was using the Christmas Village cartridge but, I used the frame from Hannah Montana and the title comes from Winter Frolic.  This could be used to place a family picture for Christmas, or the Three Kings Day.  I am going to place a picture that I took in Germany of the Three Kings Shrine. 

As you can see below, the cuts on the Christmas Village were designed to be propped up.  I used the hide contour to remove the base piece.  Also, I used a small rectangle from George & Basic Shapes or you could use one of the other Gypsy cartridges to weld together with the image to eliminate the cut line. 


After you weld them, it will show in red what will cut.  As you can see the little rectangles at the base are in gray while the rest of the outline is in red.  Only the red of the camel and king will cut.  Also, I placed the manger on the mat to cut out the same color as the camel.


The word 'THREE' will cut out the same color as the king.  I also hid the crown as I wanted that to cut in another color.

I originally layed out the title to be between the star and the photo mat.  However, when I was putting it all together it was too much right next to the photo.  As soon as I add the picture, I will make the final determination where I will place the title.  For now, it looked better on the lower left of the layout. 



I also used the Chomas Creations Glitter mini gel pens and holder on the camel. You can order a set from http://amychomas.blogspot.com/ She also has a really cool engraving kit. I really love how easy it is to use. I also have a video in my archives using it on another project.


Instead of cutting out the details on the camel, I used the gel pens.  I did this by using my hide contour to hide all lines except those for the blanket.  Then, I went back doing the reverse only cutting out the outside lines. 




As you can see I just swapped the housing between the two steps.


To finish the detail on the camel, I used the gel pen and colored in the lines.


The title comes from the Winter Frolic cartridge.


The frame for the photo is from the Hannah Montana cartridge.



I wanted to thank Gaby for including me in the blog hop and I hope that you found it as informative as I have.  I did not know about the customs of the Three Kings Day that Gaby and some countries celebrate.  I had only learned about Germany's custom while living in Europe.  Traditionally in the States growing up our family kept our Christmas tree and decorations up until the 7th after the Three Kings Day. 

Be sure to go to Erika at www.cricutlove1.blogspot.com and all the wonderful blogs on this hop! There is a lot of blog candy and wonderful projects.

141 comments:

Alina said...

great creations!

JustYolie said...

I love how the different pattern paper goes so well together! Great job!

Debc06 said...

Love your layout I am a follower.
Debbie
http://craftywizard.blogspot.com/

Reneeleeak said...

Wow, I love to hear about all the different traditions that each part of the world has. It's very interesting.
Your layout is so nice. Thanks for the tutorial on how you made it.
reneeleeak at yahoo dot com

CricutLvr!! said...

Thanks for including this video. Your l.o. is beautiful. Love how you used the different papers and silohuettes for the kings!!
Already a follower!!

GabyCreates.com said...

Aside from all the work on your LO and how-to I too love and got goosebumps hearing about the tradition in Germany but your pictures!!! WOW
Thanks for being part of this hop with me!!!!
Gaby

creative patti said...

What a Great Layout! I love it!

SnowflakeDreams1 said...

Awsome video and card. Thank you for sharing.

Melin said...

Beautiful layout! I love the colors that you used. I just became one of your newest followers. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your great work! Thank you for sharing your information on the traditions and customs of the other parts of the world! Many blessings....Melin...CookingWithCricut.com

Cindylu2u said...

Fabulous LO, would love to see the cathedral one day!!

Parcha said...

Love the photo mat!!!
Thanks

Nicolle Kramer said...

Thanx for sharing traditions in Germany...and your LO is awesome....and thanx for the chance to win:)

nicolle at nicollelovesscrapbooking dot com

Celeste said...

Oh my your layout is fabulous... I love it...Thank you for the chance to win...

Scrappin with the bug said...

What a great layout. Love reading about other traditions/ cultures. Thanks for sharing. I love the "tutorial" of the markers. Great Idea. I love it.

Lesley from WI said...

What a wonderful hop. Love reading about other traditions and learning. Loved the video and seeing the shrine...very cool! Great LO. Love the paper, designs and colors!!

GiGi said...

I love the colors you used in your layout! SO PRETTY! Thanks for the great blog candy!
booger1 at tds.net

Scrappymama Elaine said...

great layout! I am a follower too!

kathlee said...

I am a follower however I seemed to have lost you in my LONG list of blogs!So happy to re-connect as I now have a Gypsy! I'll be back! Great layout and that video and the explanation of German customs was FASCINATING. Thank you so much for sharing!
kathlee154@gmail.com
http://kathleessnippitsncricuts.blogspot.com

Erika Valdez said...

Beautiful layout!! Thank you for sharing the german tradition of this wonderful celebration it is soo great to learn different traditions from around the world!

Maria Elena said...

What a great card and all details about your video, tutorial, Thanks for share with us !

Feliz Dia de Los Reyes Magos ;-)
http://www.mariaelenaworld.blogspot.com/

Jessica said...

Very Nice project. TFS

Jess B.
thatzuneek@gmail.com

Scrapper69 said...

WOW! LOVE your Layout and the story behind the 3 Kings! I also became a follower and I wanted to Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog yesterday under the My Pink Stamper Submission! I appreciate all comments and it was nice to see yours there!
Have a wonderful day! :o)
Theresa

DonnaMundinger said...

Lovely layout and great idea using the pens for the camel's blanket instead of cutting. Enjoyed the German tradition too! xxD

CorinaT said...

I love your blog. The instructions are clear, for newbies like myself. The blog hop is great.

Kathy's-Krafts said...

What a wonderful layout, and great explanation on it.

Tanya said...

Great layout! Thanks for sharing the video too:)

Tanya
phenis2031 at yahoo dot com

DORCAS said...

This is a very pretty layout! Thanks for sharing the information on how to! It's always nice to have that handy when you are doing a layout! Gets the guessing work out! Thanks again!!

joni said...

Wow! This is really beautiful! I need to take Gypsy lessons from you! I'm amazed at all the attention to detail you did! Really Pretty! I'm a follower and will be back to check out the rest of your blog! TFS!
hugs,
joni

arcocha at yahoo dot com

BunnyFreak said...

I just got this cart. Thanks for all the detailed shots on how to get the outlines.

Gloria said...

just wonderful!! thanks for sharing!
gloria
esquivel865@yahoo.com

Carol said...

Beautiful! I love the colors TFS and for the video

Raul said...

Nitza dice: Gracias por compartir todo esto. Dios te bendiga. Esta precioso.

Sandy from Ukiah said...

What a beautiful layout.

Brenda said...

You are right. The video is great but it doesn't do the cathedral justice. Growing up in Wiesbaden, Germany I went to this cathedral many times and it is gorgeous all year long, but especially during easter and the christmas holidays. Thanks for sharing, a little homesick now...beautiful layout also

Burffrau @ aol dot com

Bobbi said...

What a pretty layout. I love the frame on there. I think I am going to have to have a closer lok at the Hannah Montana cart. TFS

scrap-n-away said...

Love the layout and would love to have the cartridge. I haven't been able to find it in the stores where I live. TFS

Sandy from Ukiah said...

What a beautiful layout... and love all the history and directions you gave on this..

Elaine said...

Very pretty layout!

Thank you for sharing your story, video and how you made the cuts, and for the chance to win the cartridge:)

I am a new follower

elainer@cinci.rr.com
ExpressionsByElaine.blogspot.com

Raechel said...

Great layout! Thanks for visiting my blog and inviting me to yours! I am new follower!!!
TFS~Raechel
http://raechelscards.blogspot.com/

raechelscards @ gmail dot com

Cherylann's "Outta-My-Mind " said...

Very nice layout I am already a follower of your wonderful inspiring blog
Cherylann (prinkles)
prinkles@woh.rr.com

Marijo said...

Awesome layout. I must admit that I knew nothing about this tradition. Great work! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving me a comment. I just signed up as a follower and will bookmark your blog.
I am another Wisconsin girl - come from the Hartland area outside of Milwaukee - now living in sunny Arizona.
Looking forward to seeing what else you have on your blog. Thanks for the opportunity to win too!
Marjio aka Scraptastic Grammy
mjs1199 at cox dot net

SandraMc said...

Love your layout and the video. Thanks for sharing!
mcclusks at bellsouth dot net

Peggy said...

Great project. Thanks for the "how to". Love the info about how Three Kings Day is celbrated in Germany. I am celebrating around the world today without leaving home. :-) {Hugs} Peggy
Stampnmore at aol dot com

Joana said...

Great project! Love your layout :)
Thank you for sharing.

Kim said...

I Love how your LO turned out! I really appreciated the tutorial!!
I'm a follower
~Kim
http://crazyaboutscrapin.blogspot.com
kfordyce6638 at gmail dot com

craft dreams said...

What a wonderful story of the celebration in Germany. I want the children to come to my house !!! :) Your project is adorable. Martha C.
mcaballerobrito@hotmail.com

Ro said...

it was interesting hearing about how different cultures celebrate this day. Thanks for the info.

I adore how your LO turned out. TFS!

Ro
littlemissfattypants at yahoo dot com

Summer said...

Great LO, I love that you used the Hannah cart for this.

Peggy said...

I love the layout. TFS {Hugs} Peggy
Stampnmore at aol dot com

Cricut Matriarch said...

Very nice! The pictures you took are beautiful!!

TFS
Cricutmatriarch@yahoo.com

Libby Beach said...

Aww, thank you so much for posting this video and the traditions followed overseas! I loved reading about them and got goosebumps when I saw the golden casket the three kings are in :) I really really hope I get to see it in person someday :)

MeganLynn said...

Love your layout, I just love all the colors you combined!!!! Thanks for the chance at a great giveaway I would love to have that cartridge!!!!

LadybugCarrie said...

Great layout! Thanks for sharing!

MackieMade Paper Creations & Other Fun Stuff said...

WOW is all I can say! This page is awesome. I just got the gypsy and I'm definitely becoming one of your followers! I know I will learn some great stuff from you! Also, thanks for the comments and visiting my page!

Manhattan Mandie said...

I'm a follower :) I love, LOVE your layout! The details are beautiful!!! And thanks for sharing the German tradition with us also. It's so cool to learn about different culture's versions of the same holiday!!!

DtsArt said...

Thank you for offering such wonder blog candy and for visiting my blog!
http://www.dtsart.com/contact.htm
I am now following your blog.

KARLA UREA said...

I love love your Layout, wao all the details and I love the story of the celebration in Germany!!!
Love
Karla Urea

Patti Ross said...

What a great layout. I enjoyed the story of the celebration in Germany, since that is part of my heritage.

patti Ross
www.pattilynncreation.blogspot.com
rossfam@wildblue.net

KSD Creations said...

The layout is wonderful and I thank you for adding to the international flavor of this blog hop (and the day).

Denise said...

Your layout is beautiful!! That is so funny that you thought the kids were pranking you! I wish we had a tradition like that. No one really goes caroling anymore, at least around here.

Thanks for the chance to win this awesome blog candy. I am a new follower :)

Trisha said...

Fabulous layout and thanks for sharing your project and the German customs. I am a follower. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

AJoy said...

Great job! Loved the combined cutting and drawing with the Cricut!

April
nginerd at gmail dot com

Wende said...

Beautiful lay Out. Thanks for the chance to win.
passionatelypaper@gmail.com

Smiley21 said...

Lots of wonderful projects!
http://bugalooscraproom.blogspot.com/

Ledia..... said...

Great projects!!!!!!!!!!

feliz dia de reyes!!!!!!!!

Penny said...

As usual, your projects are fantastic. Thank you for a great hop.

AngelaR said...

WoW that is an awsome blog candy! I love your layout! I am now following your blog, I like your blog, you have a lot of neat ideas!
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Jess said...

what a great layout!!!!

Ive_Boricua_Girl said...

Waooo this has been a great hop, full of information.. amazing...

Your layout is super cute..

Ivette

LaLa said...

Your layout is really cute! I'm a follower of yours now!
~Lauren
queen_lade@yahoo.com

VinDeeLoo said...

I am really enjoying reading about everyone's traditions. It is very sad that we Protestants don't do anything to honor this day.

VinDeeLoo
vndlewis at rocketmail dot com

Heather said...

I LOVE your LO! IT's fabulous!!
ra6352 (at) gmail (dot) com

SCRAPGIRL : PATTY TANUZ said...

wowowowow love the layouttt and i saw the videooo i listen like shoots?? hehehe great page!! Kisses from México Amigaaa :)

scrappinmomma said...

Love your layout.

http://ikolinda-scrappinmomma.blogspot.com

Jen said...

Wow what a wonderful layout! Great job and thanks for sharing.. hugs,jen
jennyscards.blogspot.com

Barbara said...

What a wonderful layout! Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

barbara614@insigtbb.com

WAM Family said...

Great Blog!!! The Layout is fantastic. TFS Cologne Cathedral is so beautiful and a great lovely sight.

Kathryn

wamfamily at surewest dot net

Torrie said...

I love your layout...the colors you used worked just perfect together!!! I am deffently going to start following you, I love your work!!!

Kristi Kaye said...

Love it. Great Job :)

kristi_Kaye at sbcglobal dot net

Nadia's World said...

Awesome job! Thanks for sharing your stories from overseas!!

Nicole
niclax13@gmail.com

Becky Dunham said...

Great layout - never would have thought to combine Hannah Montana with Christmas, but it looks great! Thanks for telling us the German tradition - I don't think I had ever heard of 3 Kings Day but my hubby's grandmother (she is 100) is German and I can't wait to ask her if she did this when she was a child. rdunham at q dot com

Anna said...

Great layout!!! Loving all this wonderful information. I had no idea about this. I love how you used your gypsy also. I just don't know if I will ever learn how to use it and my expression.
Thanks for the chance to win.
http: // mamawann. blogspot. com/
annadowdy at gmail dot com

Scrap'n Yamma said...

Your layout is very nice! Thank you for sharing! gikinney1@gmail.com

Sweet Magnolia Rose said...

Great Job

TeacherMom said...

You have done it once again!!! Great layout!! :) Thanks for the cool information on how the season is celebrated in Germany. I am really enjoying learning about customs and traditions around the world. I find it very interesting!!! Thanks also for the chance at a COOL cartridge. I have wanted this one since I made the haunted house on HH!!! Love the 3-D stuff. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.
gaudet5 at rogers dot com

Kenna Kard Korner said...

I love your work!! Amazing!!
mrs.crowley_88@hotmail.com

Dalis said...

wow thanks for the video and the German version of celebrating 3 Kings... just love it!

-- dalis
alidalis AT comcast DOT net

Alex said...

wow ! this is great !!!


the condes at gmail dot com

McVic said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and inviting me to your blog for this hop! Ive had a lot of fun- Im now a follower-
thank you
kacee
mcvicwif@yahoo.com

Yuveria said...

thats a cute LO. thanks for the chance to win some candy :)
yuveia@yahoo.com

Janet said...

Thank you for the grest video and sharing the tradition in Germany. YUour layout is wonderful and the gypsy lesson!

Tere said...

Thank you so much for so many and well explained pictures.
I'm one of your new followers

PinkaDottie Sue said...

Your project is very beautiful!! Awesome celebration!
Susan
lavenderangel@centurytel.net

CyndiU said...

WOW, great layout, thanks for the great tutorial also.
cureta2 at yahoo dot com

scrapaholicjen said...

Great layout and Iloved reading the interesting info - I'm learning so much!
qtme2003 at yahoo dot ca

Kim VanSheppy said...

Great layout - I mostly do cards but I'd like to do more scrapbooking. Thanks for sharing.

stefeni said...

That is funny about "playing pranks". And what a fun tradition. Love your layout and your blog.

spunkycrayon at yahoo dot com

silvia said...

Fabulous page!!!

Jean-Marie said...

Your layout came out great! I also really enjoyed the video....very much!

BUZZY BEE DESIGNS & GRAPHICS said...

Thanks for including this video.
Rebecca Minor
Buzzybeedesigns(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

A-NON-E-MOUSE said...

great layout.

mchipman said...

nice design. love the layout

zendalina said...

great blog hop - learning so much that I didn't know!

cowchipper said...

great ideas on this hop. thanks for sharing with us!

Darrell said...

like it. nice work

JB said...

thanks for sharing. love it

Theresa said...

Gorgeous card..thanks also for sharing the images of the Cathedral. It's so interesting seeing and learning how different cultures celebrate.

craftaholic said...

Thank you for sharing all the very nice Info!! Love the LO!!

ilovetonkinese2athotmaildotcom
http://ibecircled.blogspot.com
Rexann

Stacy said...

So interesting to learn other traditions from around the world. Hopping along...Stacy H-W Http://scrapwithstacy.blogspot.com

Mom of 2 Monsters said...

Love your layout. Thanks for the tuts on the gypsy. TFS.

kiwie_70@yahoo.com

youiesmom said...

Thanks for the video. I'm a follower. Your layout is great!

Babe
youiesmom@att.net

mum of two said...

You did such a wonderful job. I always learn more about my Gypsy Girl every time I visit your blog. Thanks for sharing your expertise :)

michelle

Vicki said...

Love the layout. Thanks for sharing. I'm already a follower.

vwilson577 at yahoo.com

Carlene said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and telling me about this blog hop!

I am your newest follower and happy to be one! What a fantastic blog! I love love love your tutorial and the layout! xoxo

Christine Riley said...

What an adorable layout and all the info! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I'm now a follower of yours, your work is beautiful!
hugs, Christine

lisa said...

new follower,
love the layout, and your use of the markers for the cricut.
Find the learning of a tradition i had now idea about, to be so informative.

Celeste B. said...

How amazing!!!! The video is stunning - I'm sure up close it was breath-taking!!! I love the LO too! It's always fun learning about different customs! I love it! :) TFS

Kat's Blog said...

Great layout and color. TFS



http://katskreativegreetings.blogspot.com/

Lisa W said...

I love your layout. Thanks for letting us know about a different version of this tradition.

Sandy said...

Just lovely! I love learning about different holidays and traditions!

*Star said...

Awesome LO!
Tfs and have a great day. :)

starspaperpassion.blogspot.com

Lisa J said...

Your LO is so vibrant! I love it! You did alot of gypsy work on that one! I need to learn more about mine someday!

TFS!

{{HUGS}}
tjsgal at gmail dot com

Denise G said...

Love your wisemen layout. Super cute.

http://cricutmyway.blogspot.com/

GreenScrap said...

I love you layout!! I have some great pictures of my daughter picking up the grass but I was so dumb that I put it under the tree instead of under the bed. Is the same for me but is not the tradition. Thanks for going to my blog to invite to the blog. TFS!! Take Care!!
Jennie @ http://earthyscrap.blogspot.com/

JerseyJenn said...

Such a pretty layout! This hop has been so interesting!

crazy about cards said...

Love your project and thanks for inviting and visiting my blog!
love your blog!

sucor said...

What a terrific layout. I enjoy learning about different traditions! Great video. Thanks for sharing.

Michelle said...

This makes me want to get a gypsy even more!!! thanks for the offer too!!

Lynn B. said...

Thanks for inviting me to your hop. I'm already a follower.

Pam said...

Your layout is fabulous.

Pam said...

I love your layout.

Barbf said...

Beautiful layout. Great colors

Lisa said...

Thanks for checking out my blog. I would love to have you as a follower to. I love your blog. The pink backgoud is right up my alley. Love the layout to. lisasgreetingcards1.blogspot.com Thanks for the chance to win.!!!!!

Jennifer said...

I love your layout!!! :) And I enjoyed reading about the different customs in Europe! Yours is the first hop on the blog where I've seen the word Epiphany! That's what I always knew it as when I was growing up (my birthday is the same day!) and we always left our tree up until the 7th, too.

Thank you so much for sharing and for the chance to win (a great prize!),

Jennifer
partridgelu at yahoo dot com

Maureen Reiss said...

Great LO!! Love the frame!! Soooo pretty!!
Thanks for the chance to win

kim said...

I love learning about traditions from around the world. Great video and a fantastic layout!- kandrewsny@yahoo.com

Minta's Creations said...

Love you layout and your video...
I'm already a follower..
Minta

mintab@gmail.com

http://mintascreations.blogspot.com/

Maria said...

Very pretty layout, I love the frame!

LouLouBean said...

Beautiful!!

LouLouBean said...

Also, thanks for checking out my blog! I am just starting with my Cricut and can't wait to do more projects!! Your blog is wonderful!!

Josie0602 said...

Wow...fabulous layout!

jtg0398 at sbcglobal dot net

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