Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Christmas in July - July 14, 2015

Here you can see the car moving from the deer (in the last card from July 11) towards the bear.

Many of the same techniques on these cards..Photopolymer stamps to line up the car with the tree on top so nicely!  Watercoloring for gradients in color of the car windows and Christmas tree... and the bear.  I didn't want to make him too dark.  He's probably a Polar Bear in Smoky Slate.

Quite a dirty Polar Bear... not white at all!  :)

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Christmas in July - July 13, 2015

This is another one of the long-retired Stampin' Up Christmas sets.  I really enjoy the nostalgic feel of this set.  The inside of the card features the dove that accompanies this set. 

I used quite a few techniques with this card - Watercoloring as per the week's theme, marker work for some fine detail, and Stickles.  I used the holly instead of diamond on this card for the trees.  It's a mix of Christmas green and Christmas red. 

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Baptism Card

I knew we had a family baptism coming for awhile, but nothing in the way of stamp sets caught my attention.  That is, except this one!

It's a stamp set called All God's Grace and it has lots of options for religious applications - baptism, christening, confirmation, and blessings of any and all kids.

 I wanted to keep the front very plain and simple because it's such an important occasion.  I did play with the cross a bit.  It's stamped in the background in Pacific Point, then I stamped the cross again and fussy cut it so the 2 blues would show.  I then stamped baptism in the center of the cross.  It uses dimensionals to give the cross some lift.

The inside of the card however, I used two of the sentiments.

The main colors on the card are Bashful Blue (ret.) and Pacific Point with the dove stamped in Crumb Cake.

I hope you enjoy my very simple, hopefully elegant card.

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Christmas in July - July 12, 2015

 This stamp set is long-retired from Stampin' Up.  It lent itself perfectly to some watercoloring since that seems to be the theme this week. 

Another of my favorite Christmas movies is Scrooge (1970) with Albert Finney.  It's one of the many adaptations of the Charles Dickens tale.

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Christmas in July - July 11, 2015

 Here is the second of three White Christmas stamp set cards.

I have to say something about the photopolymer stamps - I LOVE them!  I hear the consensus from friends I stamp with as well.  It's so easy to line up the images with the clear stamps!  SO easy!  They also have another benefit... they're so much more cost effective (cheaper)!

I again watercolored the images.  I like the control it gives, and if you look closely at the tree on top of the car, the shading ability is GREAT!

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Christmas in July - July 10, 2015

I love this stamp set.  It is so versatile, AND it's a Christmas tree - one of my very favorite things!

I left this card quite simple.  I usually emboss this one in silver.  Today, I added some rhinestones to the snowflakes on the tree.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Christmas in July - July 9

 There we go!  So much better!  I just put my itunes on Christmas Music.  It's actually raining here today.  It's actually been raining here for MONTHS, but I enjoy it.  It keeps my husband in a job he loves, and when I lived in south Texas, there just wasn't much rain.  I enjoy how it keeps everything in so many shades of green, and my flowering trees blooming!

That said,  I got caught in it today while I was out running some errands, and forgot how much I hate getting my feet wet!  :(    Oh well. 

I'm happier with Christmas music on anyway.

Today's card is a series of three I made which you'll see in the coming week.  It's a stamp set called White Christmas.  (My favorite Christmas movie!)

I stamped the images in Crumb Cake with the banner in Cherry Cobbler.  The snowmen are watercolored to help them stand out a bit.

I also added some Stickles (Diamond) because snow on the ground always sparkles!

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Christmas in July - July 8

 This is also one of my very favorite cards.  I've made many variations of it over the last few years of making Christmas Cards. 

Here I used some Stampin' Up Dies to cut the frame instead of the Spellbinders. 

I don't have much to say about this except that it's one of my favorites.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Christmas in July - July 7, 2015

 This is another one of those Christmas cards I just love!  We made these in my stamp club a few years ago, and I make them again and again each year.  Last year, I believe I made a set of 6.  This year, just one for today.

I'll tell you one trick I use.  I keep that strip I cut off to expose the Merry Christmas, and adhere it to the back of the front flap to cover the back of the brad.  Then no one knows it's a brad, and it has no way to fall off.  It's a heavy brad.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Christmas in July - July 6

This card is made entirely from Kitchen Sink stamps.
Kitchen Sink Stamps are different from usual stamps in that they are layered!  Instead of stamping one image, you stamp over the same image to build up depth of color and image.

The poinsettia you see here was 5 layered stamps, and the leaves were 4.
A few years ago I went to an event they sponsored in Houston.  One of the many things I learned was when stamping so many layers, always line up three points on the stamp.  It helps!

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Christmas in July - July 5, 2015

I've seen these snowman cards circulating the past few years.  The first one I received was from my niece.  It was SO cute!  She did a great job with it.
The next one I received was from my craft friend Melissa.  Hers was great too!

I thought it was time for me to finally dive into these snowman cards.  After looking through my stamp stash, I found my set of Kitchen Sink Invisible Snowman stamps.

 They were PERFECT!  I stamped the hat separately and fussy cut it, but the eyes, nose, and pipe are stamped right on the stacked snowman.

Stamp Recipe:  All inks Stampin' Up except the black.
Eyes:  Crumb Cake, Soft Suede
Nose:  Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Tangelo Twist
Pipe:  Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Tsukineko Tuxedo Black
Hat:  Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Basic Gray, and Tsukineko Tuxedo Black

January:  6 cards
February:  6 cards
March:  6 cards
April:  6 cards.
May:  5 cards
June:  6 cards
July:  6 cards
Total:  41 Christmas cards!**Plus the July cards!  Total at the end of the month.

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Christmas in July - July 4, 2015

Oh, I LOVE this card!  Was it as tedious as it looks?  Yes and no.. I CASE'D this one off Pinterest, and counted EACH rhinestone.  How many large, medium, and small in each color?  Lots!

 Why was it not so tedious?  At times, I enjoy working on things in high detail.  This certainly qualifies!  I go into zen mode, work towards small goals of each row of colored rhinestones and all of a sudden it's finished.
In the end it was all worth it!  It's a spectacular card in person. 

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Christmas in July - July 3, 2015

I'm calling this card "A Forest of Trees".  I actually received this stamp set as a gift, Thanks so much, Kathy!
I stamped the tree on Garden Green cs, and then used my aqua painter to add color.  They looked great wet, but when they dried, the color was much more muted.  I'm going to work with this technique again.

Each tree got an application of Stickles for ornaments, and fussy cut the trees.  These were originally going to be placed one to a card as a monthly set, but they seemed too small.  This grouping seemed to work the best.

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