Friday, July 31, 2015

Christmas in July - July 31, 2015

MADE it finally!  July 31st.  Another month of Christmas cards done.. 
I do so love this technique.  I call it Triple-Double stamping.  It's a double layered stamp, on a triple layered card.
Please enjoy... it's one of my very favorites.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Christmas in July - July 30, 2015

There is one NEW product on this card!  I used the Washi Tape Label Punch for the sentiment.  
It's true that in my Christmas in July stamping of 31 cards in 31 days I dig into my Christmas stamp stash - which by this time you must know is quite extensive... but I used one new punch on this card.

The embossed background is the poinsettia background, and I also used another favorite stamp set "Watercolor Winter".  Love that stamp set!

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Christmas in July - July 29, 2015

 Yes, I used the Composer's Dream stamp on the background of a LOT of my Christmas cards this year.  I associate Christmas strongly with music....  movie musicals, all the great albums my parents keep in their back living room.... 
This stamp starts off with "O Holy Night"  how can you not sing it in your head for a bit after you read the beginning of the stamp?  I do it every single time. 

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Christmas in July - July 28, 2015

 Silhouettes of any kind remind me of a book series I read as a child...  "The Boxcar Children".  I always get that nostalgic feeling when I see them.
This verse is one of the pieces we had to memorize for our Christmas Eve program.  The younger children had little sentence verses to say, but when you got to be older, you got to say the narration pieces.  I looked forward to those for YEARS.  This is one of the verses I received one year in the program.  It has wonderful memories for me.
Please enjoy.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Christmas in July - July 27, 2015

In person, this card does not look like a Union Jack!  It's funny how the photo really gives that impression!

The music stamp is called Composer's Dream - the rest of the stamps are SU!
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas!

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Christmas in July - July 26, 2015

 Here's another example of a 'simple' card with lots of great details.
I really love the sentiment and wanted to highlight it.  Lots of works all crowded together with meanings of the Christmas season, with Christmas showing right through.
I'm using more of the Be of Good Cheer (ret.) DSP I love so very much.
I also added some red/green flowers and foliage to the side.
Simple, but very nice in person!

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Christmas in July - July 25, 2015

Hello Santa!
July 25 it is, and this is one of my very favorite Santa images.  I've seen this before in a coloring book from years ago of "A Night Before Christmas".

He is a CTMH stamp I've had for quite awhile and will always use.  It's such a great image! 
I used lots of techniques on this card.  Water color, marker work, and Stickles!  Santa has to have some sparkle!

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Christmas in July - July 24, 2015

 This has to be one of my very favorite cards!  I've made this before.  It uses my favorite DSP Be of Good Cheer (ret.) and has so many fun images!
This card isn't difficult at all to make, it just looks like it!  I tell people that the card really are easy - but I understand it surely doesn't look that way for all the details!

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Christmas in July - July 23, 2015

 I added some fun embellishments to this card.  I didn't add too much (as per usual) because I wanted to keep the card clean, but the make-your-own brad and Washi tape added to the card nicely.

 On both the card front and inside, I used some 'over' stamping to give the trees some more interest.
I really like the verse that fits so perfectly over the tree.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Christmas in July - July 22, 2015

This card has some of my absolute favorite Christmas pieces on it.
I'm using retired DSP - Be of Good Cheer.  I went crazy over it the year it was out, and when I found it on the Stampin' Up! clearance rack, I ordered MANY packs of this paper.  To me, it's the perfect Christmas themed paper I've seen.
 I also added some images from Jolly Bingo Bits, my favorite Merry Christmas stamp, and a bow using the Bow Builder punch.  FUN!!! :)

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Christmas in July - July 21, 2015

 I've always loved this stamp set.  It has so many options.  Using with the embossing folder also adds so much detail to what looks like a very simple set.

I am usually pretty lucky in lining up stamps.  This one above with the green mistletoe and bow is always a little stressful.  I just try to keep my wits, and use the 'courage of my convictions' to get it stamped.
Here's an inside view. 
Sending Christmas Wishes your way!

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Christmas in July - July 20, 2015

After taking a look at this HUGE polka dot embossing folder, it sure seemed that the dots fit the finger-tip sponges I have!
I did learn one thing going through the process of making this card - instead of trying to 'go round in circles' which leaves a very messy looking circle *as you can see,  I then placed the sponge dauber on the polka dot and twisted it.  That worked MUCH better!!  You can see some of them are perfectly formed green circles.  I didn't figure this out until I got to the green.

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