Holiday Greeting Cards: CRAzy Captioning Style, 12/04/11 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #69)

‘Tis the holiday season for sending out greeting cards to friends and family.  And my friend Irene mentioning that gave me the inspiration for today’s Fun Day Sunday activity:

Holiday Cards, CRAzy Captioning Style

As before, I will start us off with six Richard Armitage character holiday cards–with added holiday graphics–and a sample holiday greeting.   Thanks to my gal pals over on FB who voted about which RA roles to draw upon for inspiration.  But, the actual images chosen by me have been a secret until now.  So I hope you enjoy the graphics that I created.  Then you can comment and suggest alternative holiday greetings to these sample holiday card graphics, if you wish.

And let me say what a treat it is for me to combine two fun activities–admiring Richard Armitage’s  character portrayals and the December Holidays.

And as we all prepare to celebrate our own holiday times with family and friends, I’m sure that we all send Mr. Armitage our warmest wishes for his own holidays.

Enjoy and Holiday Cheers!  Grati  ;->

P.S.  As I made the composite images, I listened  to and watched this festive video “Richard Armitage – All I want For Christmas”  created by utubeacct2008 (song sung by Mariah Carey).  So, I thought you would enjoy the video as well to start us off:

12/04/11–Holiday Greeting Cards:  CRAzy Captioning Style

Image A:  Sir Guy of Gisborne of the BBC’s “Robin Hood” (2006 – 2009)



Image B:  John Thornton of the BBC’s “North & South” (2004)



Image C:  Lucas North of the BBC’s “Spooks” (2008 – 2010)



Image D:  Harry Kennedy kissing the Vicar (played by Dawn French) of the BBC’s “The Vicar of Dibley”  (two part Christmas Special 2006)



Image E:  John Porter of Sky1 TV’s “Chris Ryan’s Strike Back” (series 1 in 2010)




Image F:  Collage of various other RA roles
Heinz Kruger in “Captain America:  The First Avengers” (2011); Dr. Alex Track in “The Golden Hour” (2005); Claude Monet in “The Impressionists” (2006); and Ricky Deeming in “George Gently” (2007)

Abbreviated References

(1)      All Richard Armitage role screencaps are courtesy of RANet (, unless otherwise indicated.  Such as, the Thorin screencap image (“The Hobbit”, 2012 and 2013) on the Holiday Card’s title graphic was made by Dhana.

(2)     I have put Richard Armitage’s years of performance in these shows in parentheses for each holiday card label.  If you would like to purchase these or other program titles of Mr. Armitage’s artistic projects–several dvds are on my wish list for my hubby to give me–you can do so through the RANet web site which has now become an Amazon affiliate.  And RANet ( will return the commissions earned to one of Mr. Armitage’s chosen charities.  Here is that RANet Amazon link for both the US and the UK

(3)     You may also donate to one of Richard Armitage’s chosen charities directly by  visiting the Just Giving  link that is also found on the RANet site as well as in my resources list to the right of your screen

(4)     Holiday graphic clips are from MSOffice.  I composited the images using MS Powerpoint and Adobe Photoshop.  These photo manipulations that I created are all intended to be in good fun and for personal use only, no copyright infringement intended.  Please do not repost these images elsewhere.

About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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15 Responses to Holiday Greeting Cards: CRAzy Captioning Style, 12/04/11 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #69)

  1. Image A: For completeness’ sake on the image references, Lady Marian was portrayed by Lucy Griffiths.


  2. bccmee says:

    These are fun festive greeting cards! :) You certainly have the creative Christmas spirit!

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    • Hi Bccmee!
      Thanks for your very kind note! I’m honored by your compliment–considering you are one of the most creative persons on the planet that I know. And I do love the holidays!
      Cheers! Grati ;->

      P.S. Readers, for something truly creative, be sure to check out Bccmee’s blog each day for her 12 Days of Guyness mediated image activities. You’ll be glad you did. Bccmee’s blog link is in my blogroll to the right. And here also is her blog link again for your convenience:


  3. Phylly3 says:

    These are great! I wish we could all exchange these cards! I would like to hang them up on my wall! I can especially relate to Lucas running to get his shopping done! LOL

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    • Hi Phylly3,

      Thanks for your nice note! I appreciate it!

      You and others are welcome to download the holiday greeting images (A through F) I created–for your personal use. I’ve noted that some people have already done so–per my blog stats. Just click on the image, and that opens a new window and you can save my composited jpeg image file from there to your computer.

      I simply ask that these images not be reposted onto other web sites. Rather, just make a link back here to my blog–because I have the image crediting reference info included here.

      Thanks for visiting and commenting! Holiday Cheers! Grati ;->


  4. fitzg says:

    The 22 shopping days – that had me on the floor in hysterics! Excellent cards, Gratia. :D

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    • Hi Fitzg,
      Thanks for your nice note. Yes, even “virile sex god” heartthrobs–that’s his “proper” name, I think, in the British mags, ha!–such as Richard Armitage, might need a little holiday shopping help now and then.

      Cheers! Grati ;->

      P.S. Ooh! There’s an idea for a personal assistant position amongst Richard Armitage’s staff. That is, if he has a staff. Ha! I would be first in line to apply. I’m reasonable, not cheap, as salaries go. I’m frugal, so I’ll pinch your shillings for you. And, I make great cornish pastys, almond bark candies, and hot mulled cider spiked with rum. So Richard, what’s your pleasure? Ha!


  5. fitzg says:

    CORNISH PASTIES!!! :) Is it dinner time yet? Please say yes.

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    • GratianaDS90 says:

      Hi Fitzg,
      It’s now past dinner time in the Midwest. Ha! I actually made pasty’s a few weeks ago–I spell it that way because the other way makes me think of strategic tassels and not food. Ha!

      My Dad’s side is English–that side of the family came over back in the early 1800’s. He always told the story of the Cornish miners taking the meat pies–pasty’s–down into the mine with them. Whether or not that was true, we still enjoyed this family favorite.

      We make our pasty’s with diced meat and potatoes, and finely diced onions and rutabega. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and add slabs of butter. Wrap the concoction into a pastry shell–half moon style, and bake on parchment baking paper for 1 hour at 350 degrees F.

      Hungry men eat a whole half moon pasty. Ladies like myself eat half a half moon. It’s yummy reheated the next day, too. Oh and if I were making Richard Pasty’s, then I would put him to work doing the fine chopping on the rutabega–my hubby does this for me in our home. Rutabega’s are a very hard turnip and takes someone strong to chop them up. We typically, put half a small rutabega finely diced into the pasty’s, then more largely dice the rest and cook it up in a saucepan. to have on the side. Yummm.

      Cheers! Grati ;->


  6. April says:

    Bravo for these great and wonderful card Gratiana ! :-)

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  7. DarkJackal says:

    These cards made me laugh quite a bit!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Hi DarkJackal,
      Thanks for you nice note! I had fun making the cards.
      Holiday Cheers! Grati ;->
      P.S. By the way, I LOOOOOOVE your Thorin Pencil drawing! It is exquisite! I posted it here on my blog a while back and directed people over to your site. You’re very talented.


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