Month: July 2019

Christmas in July – Day 16

Hi Everyone

I’m posting my Day 16 Christmas in July card a little earlier as I want to enter it into this week’s Color Throwdown Challenge which has a palette of pink, gold. black and white. I chose a fun Bubble Tree die by Poppystamps which I cut three times from different card.

Although I was originally planning to just make one card, I used the rest of the die cuts to create two more cards – I thought I’d add them to the donate pile for this year’s Caring Hearts card drive.

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Christmas in July – Day 15


Hi Everyone

It’s Christmas in July Day 15 and I finally got to play with my gorgeous festive dies! I chose a fun snowflake die from Simon Says Stamp and a embossing plate from Ellen Hutson for my take on the latest Freshly Made Sketches challenge. I was originally intending to simply add the snowflake die to the centre of the card, but decided to make a shaker at the last minute!

The sentiment is by Hero Arts.

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LucieG Wood Stamp Challenge Part 2

38 wood-mounted stamps

15 general cards

15 Christmas cards

30 days of colouring

12 brands

1 happy stamper


Hi everyone!

When Kathy Racoosin announced her latest Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge, I decided that I would play along with my own challenge again. Last time, I challenged myself  to only use my wood-mounted stamps, and you can read my thoughts about that here.

I had been wanting to do Christmas in July for a while and decided that I would only use wood-mounted stamps again, but as the challenge crossed into July, that gave me the opportunity to use my Christmas stamps, which have been most neglected!

I was really looking forward to the challenge, but my biggest mistake was that I didn’t come back and read my post from the last challenge! I didn’t build in any time for creating cards with different techniques, especially die cutting, and I started to get a bit bored with finding images to colour everyday. Plus a lot of my Christmas stamps are solid images which don’t need to be coloured, so although I really wanted to use them, I couldn’t because I wanted to complete the colouring challenge.

Overall, I really enjoyed the 30 day challenge and all my thoughts still remain the same. Focussing on my own challenge with existing supplies made me very happy! I am much more confident with my wood stamps now and my storage system means that I can choose and pull out one I want to use very quickly, far quicker than choosing a clear stamp actually (I need to get back to adding my stamps to Evernote).

However, I HOPE I remember to read these wrap-up post next time a colouring challenge comes around, as my advice to my future self remains the same – build in ‘rest days’ for other techniques, especially die cutting!

Thanks to everyone who followed along and shared kind comments with me – I really appreciate all of you!

Have a great day!


PS After this, I went on a die-cutting frenzy! Expect to see a LOT of die-cut cards in the next week!

Christmas in July – Day 14

Happy Sunday!

Christmas in July Day 14 and the final Day of the 30 day colouring challenge!

For today’s card, I used one of my favourite festive stamps – the wonderful Stampendous Kitty Claws. I LOVE this stamp so much! My mum bought it first, over a decade or so ago, but I kept borrowing it, so I was very happy to pick one up for myself about five years ago! The sentiment is by Sugar Pea Designs.

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Christmas in July – Day 13

Happy Saturday!

Christmas in July Day 13 (Day 29 of the colouring challenge)!

For today’s card, I used the sweet Hero Arts Holiday Giraffe stamp from 2007 which I fussy cut and adhered to a base of blended Tumbled Glass/Stormy Sky distress ink. The sentiment is by Winnie & Walter.

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Christmas in July – Day 12

Happy Friyay everyone!

Christmas in July Day 12 (Day 28 of the colouring challenge)!

Today’s card uses the sketch for the current Try Stampin’ on Tuesday challenge and another stamp by Magenta.

I played around with different ways of recreating that central strip – patterned paper, dry embossing, coloured card! In the end, I pulled our a Studio Katia stencil and applied a layer of distress ink and then glitter paste. I really wanted to ensure that the strip didn’t dominate the main image, so I’m pleased with how it turned out!

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