Christmas, New Year and Winter

Christmas in July 2021 – Bonus Day

Hello All!

Well it’s the early hours of the first day of August! I can’t believe Christmas in July is over! Even though life got a bit hectic at times in July and it was tough creating a card every day, I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge I set myself and I know I will be grateful to have all these cards in November when I will need them!

Anyway, as I enjoyed myself so much, I carried on with my Christmas crafting during 31 July so I’m calling this one my Bonus Christmas in July card!

I had to use my favourite Christmas in July purchase – the gorgeous Sizzix 3D Christmas Trees embossing folder! To create the background, I blended some distress oxide ink in the centre of a white panel and applied a generous layer of perfect pearls across it. Then I embossed the whole panel. I coloured and fussy cut my favourite Paper Smooches snowman, adhered him to my embossed base and added a My Favorite Things sentiment on top to complete my card.

I’m adding this to The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Christmas in July 2021 – Day 31

Happy Saturday everyone!

Welcome to Day 31 of Christmas in July 2021! Today I’m playing along with the challenge at CAS on Friday where the theme is tiny images.

I used a beautiful festive die set by Simply Graphic adhered to an ink-blended panel. You would not believe how long it took me to arrange those little images! Sometimes I’m too much of a perfectionist.

The sentiment is by Clearly Besotted.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

 

Christmas in July 2021 – Day 30

Happy Friyay everyone!

Welcome to Day 30 of Christmas in July 2021! Today I’m playing along with the challenge at Inspirational where the theme is spots/dots.

I haven’t used a kraft-based colour combo during this Christmas in July, even though I love it! So, I decided to go with a neutral palette today. I chose the fabulous Merry Bauble Tree by Poppystamps which I cut from kraft, black and white glitter paper. As I wanted the tree to really stand out against a kraft background, I darkened the cardstock used for the tree with a little Frayed Burlap distress ink.

As I was assembling the tree, I wanted to add a little something to the round tree truck. I liked how that spare dot looked so I added a few more on the larger baubles! Gives it a retro feel, don’t you think?

I added it to a base that I embossed using the Confetti Burst embossing folder by Crafter’s Companion/Sara Davies.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Christmas in July 2021 – Day 29

Hello everyone!

Welcome to Day 29 of Christmas in July 2021! Today I’m playing along with the sketch challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches.

As soon as I saw the sketch, I thought of my Horizontal Stripes die from My Favorite Things. Although I have HUGE PROBLEMS using this die, I knew it would be perfect for the sketch. How can such a simple die cause me so many problems, you may wonder! Well, the card buckles in my Gemini and the stripes seem to stretch as I can’t get them to lie flat. In the end, I used an old die cutting machine – the cut isn’t as clean but the card doesn’t buckle.

Anyway, enough of my moaning and onto my card! I blended various green distress inks on a card base and adhered a panel cut with the Stripes die on top. Next I assembled the gorgeous Birch Press Radiant ornament and adhered it to my card base, I added my favourite Sizzix bow and a Mama Elephant sentiment to complete my card.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Christmas in July 2021 – Day 28

Hi there!

Welcome to Day 28 of Christmas in July 2021! Today I’m playing along with the sketch challenge hosted by The Paper Players .

I felt it was time to create another reindeer card and decided to use the Reindeer die by Impression Obsession. I just love those statement antlers! I coloured the deer with distress inks, added the antlers that I cut from glitter card and adhered the image to an ink-blended panel. I added the Taylored Expressions Mini Holiday Borders to my card base before adhering the deer panel. Finally I added a stamped sentiment using, yes, you’ve guess it! My go-to Mama Elephant sentiment set!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Christmas in July 2021 – Day 27

Hi there!

Welcome to Day 27 of Christmas in July 2021! Today I’m playing along with the Christmas Card Throwdown challenge where the challenge is to use vellum on a window card.

I loved how DT member Rosi dry embossed the vellum on her card so I decided to do the same! I created a bold centre panel with distress oxide inks. I embossed some vellum using a Taylored Expressions folder and adhered it to a frame cut using the Memory Box Cross Stitched Frames die set. I then adhered the frame on top of the inky panel. I love that the bold colour still shows the vellum! Next I die cut the Forest Pine Branch and coloured it with distress inks before adhering it to the frame. I added two Poppystamps Winter berries die cuts and bows cut from the Crisps Bows set. Finally I added a sentiment from a Hunkydory/Moonstone set.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.