Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Christmas in July - July 22, 2014



This card uses one of the new photo-polymer stamp sets from Stampin' Up called What's My Type.  It has so many possibilities! This stamp will get lots of use!  The catalog shows an entire alphabet stamped with the shapes.
Here, I used it as a type of awning (I hope that's the impression you get). 
As I work with this set more often, I see endless possiblities - and have learned about getting the images lined up.  It takes only a little practice.  Once you get started, it's not as daunting as it seems.

The bottom piece of cardstock is the piece I tore from the card earlier this week - I couldn't just let it go to waste!
In the center snowflake are some more Christmas Red Stickles.



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Monday, July 21, 2014

Christmas in July - July 21, 2014



LOVE this card!  It features a small piece of the Candlelight Christmas DSP, a double bow from the Cherry Cobbler seam binding, and NOEL!

This NOEL is so much more informal that the earlier card this month - but cute!  So why do I have a bow in the center of the middle image, you ask?  Because my original plan didn't quite work the way I wanted it to... but I didn't hate the image.  SO, I added some Christmas Red stickles to the package dots... and because the center NOEL was a little to crowded, the bow seemed to add some way to break up the "crowdiness"....  Yes, a new word! 



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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Christmas in July - July 20, 2014


Today I'm featuring another of my Clearance Rack finds!  Coordinations cardstock.  I've looked at this cs for many years - it's been available a long time.  Since Gumball Green is a retired color, and supplies of this cardstock are either low or difficult to find, I took advantage of the sale.

This is just a first toying with the cardstock, I tore it to get the color difference and show the inner color, and got out a sanding block (also on the clearance rack) to distress the front.


The stamp set is from CTMH - and I added some Christmas Red stickles for a little sparkle.




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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Christmas in July - July 19, 2014



As I'm going through this project, it seems to me that my cards are increasingly simple.  This is something quite out of the norm for me.... I usually make quite elaborate cards - lots of details, lots of techniques.

It's not that I've run out of ideas... I realize now I could do this for another month and not worry about duplicating a card... No, I'm NOT doing that.  :)
I also believe it's because we traveled quite a bit during June/July this year.  Quick and simple so I could meet my self-imposed deadlines, and still enjoy traveling with my husband.  Last summer at this time he was traveling for business, and I had lots of time to myself, hence more elaborate cards, I believe.
All that said,  I really enjoy this simple little card - I've used the Jingle before... Love it!  This time I used my little bow maker for the double bow out of the Cherry Cobbler seam binding, and a strip of the Candlelight Christmas DSP.

If you are an avid Stampin' Up stamper, you'll notice something about the pattern on this paper - it turns out to coordinate with one of the embossing folders!
NICE!



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Friday, July 18, 2014

Christmas in July - July 18, 2014



The card for today features a die-cut Merry...  I received a Stampin' Up order of some bits and pieces of things I needed for projects, and I took advantage of lots of items on the Clearance Rack!  There is a set of 3 Thinlits dies;  Thankful, Merry, and Love.

One tip I'll pass along to you - make sure you use a small piece of waxed paper between your cardstock and the die.  It will make removing the cardstock MUCH easier!  :)  Yes, I did remember to do that when I cut "Merry".
I used a piece of DSP from the Candlelight Christmas stack, and used a hand-tied bow. 

I know I'll use this "Merry" quite often!  So pretty!




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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Christmas in July - July 17, 2014


 I've been working hard on the Christmas cards for this challenge even though I haven't written that much about each card.  Some have been simple and straight forward, but not this one! 

This really wasn't that difficult to make, it just uses a lot of different techniques and materials.


This is an Easel card, embossed with silver embossing powder over a Heartfelt Creations stamp I like to use... it's pretty and frilly.
I then die cut the center piece, and stamped and embossed a tree in green ink, and then the silver embossing powder on the top piece.
I used another die to cut the stopper piece from the bottom front edge to give it dimension as well.
I had a stamped Merry Christmas piece to place on the front, but placed it in the back instead.  I will add another embossed Merry Christmas stamp at the base in the front.

I have a battery powered candle behind the vellum.  This card will either be hand delivered, or sent in a box because of it.



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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Christmas in July - July 16, 2014


As I did yesterday, here is another piece from the Work of Art stamp set we received at the catalog reveal.  I stamped off each Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green except one - near the center of the card is fully inked.

This is one of my very favorite Merry Christmas stamps!  It's old, and long retired.  I removed it from the wood block and backed with the foam mount so I'm able to keep it with a set of other Christmas stamps.  So much easier to find that way!





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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Christmas in July - July 15, 2014


This card features a background I used in a card earlier in the spring, and during our new catalog event on June 14th.  Here I'm using Christmas colors - Cherry Cobbler, and Garden Green as the background.

I stamped the Jolly Bingo Bits pieces, punched them out with the 1 inch circle, then opposite colors of cardstock for the backing 1 1/4 inch scalloped circle mat.  I like to add Cranberry Stickles to the bingo pieces... and a rhinestone for the tree's star.




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Monday, July 14, 2014

Christmas in July - July 14, 2014







My card today is a very simple card.  I believe it took me less than 10 minutes to make, and I still can't decide if I want to add a bow to this, or just leave it as it is.

This card uses the flocked window sheet from Candlelight Christmas DSP.  I backed it with a piece of vanilla cardstock, and added a sentiment at the bottom.

In person, it looks fantastic just as it is.  I'll most likely take it to my card club and ask if they have any ideas.





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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Christmas in July - July 13, 2014



It's a Card in a Box!  I really love these, and actually forgot how much!

I have two dear friends that come and craft with me on weekends, but now that we're on summer vacation, it actually works better to meet up during the week.  We sit around for the afternoon and make cards or other projects we have going on.  I usually make a snack or food for lunch - because I like to try out new recipes I find on Pinterest, or that I see on Food Network - and they are my best sounding board if they are keepers or not.

SO, that being said, one of my friends brought her sister along to join us!  It was really great to meet Michelle, and I along with the other girls helped her make her first Card in a Box!  After going through all the directions, I decided to make a Christmas version.

Here it is.
 I'm still using the Be of Good Cheer paper, and broke out the Jolly Bingo Bits stamp set and my stickles.

Here I again used the 3 layer punches for the sentiment, but in addition to the Artisan Label, and word window, I added the 1 1/4 scallop circle punch.

These are really so much fun to make!  I couldn't find my transparency sheets, but the red seemed to work just fine.  The best part about these - they fit in a regular A2 envelope!!



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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Christmas in July - July 12, 2014



For today's card, I'm still using my favorite DSP - Be of Good Cheer and the hexagon punch for a simple card.
It's a 4-3-2-1 design, with Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon, a strip of Cherry Cobbler card stock I had from another card, and a 3 piece layered sentiment using the Artisan punch, large oval, and the word window punches.
I used a Pigma pen to add straight stitches along the edges of each hexagon.




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Friday, July 11, 2014

Christmas in July - July 11, 2014



I haven't used this stamp before.  It comes from the same set as the Santa image I used for yesterday's card (7-10-14).
I LOVE it!  I can't get over how beautiful this stamp is!  Looks like a wood cut.  

After inking the stamp with Cherry Cobbler ink, I used my blender pen to remove the red ink from the ivy leaves - then used my Garden Green marker to ink that part of the stamp.  I was worried a bit about color transfer, but it worked like a charm.  I added some Cranberry Stickles on the berries.

I had some other images to add to this card, but they just didn't look right.  Do I add ribbon?  Rhinestones? OR just leave it as it is.  I really love it just like this. 



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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Christmas in July - July 10, 2014


 I have fond memories as a child of Santa coming on Christmas Eve to Grandma's house to deliver our presents in person.  He came after we returned from our Christmas Eve program at church, and before my cousin's left for Midnight Mass... he timed it just SO well!  ;)

I'm sure this is one of the biggest reasons I love Christmas so much. 

I have a teacher friend who will receive this card, or another Santa card I'll make during the year.  This will be the third, I believe.  Her son got a hold of the first one I sent to them, and kept saying that Santa had written to him!
She told me he wouldn't relinquish it!  So, every year, I make sure to send a Santa card. 

I believe this picture comes from the mid-70s... just look at that hair on Mom!  Hi Mom! :D 
Santa would read "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to us, talk to the group of cousins, have a drink with the adults, and then pass out our presents.  I put a couple of these pics up on Facebook, and we (all the cousins) had an amazing conversation about all our memories.  Turns out one of my older cousins does the same thing for her grandchildren!
 AWESOME!




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