Christmas, New Year and Winter

Christmas in July 2021 – Day 26

Hello everyone!

Welcome to Day 26 of  Christmas in July 2021! Today I’m playing along with the colour challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches. I wasn’t initially planning to play along with this colour combo because I have so many non-traditional festive cards but inspiration hit me last night when I was looking through my Penny Black stamps.

I love this Christmas tree from the All Wrapped Up set (30-607) and I thought it would be perfect for the colour combo! After creating a subtle background frame with distress ink, I stamped the tree and coloured it using my Twinkling H2Os – it has such a wonderful shimmer! To complete my very CAS card, I added a sentiment from an older set called Christmas Fashion (30-127).

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Christmas in July 2021 – Day 25

Hello everyone and welcome to Day 25 of Christmas in July 2021!

It’s also time for another challenge at AAA Cards!  This fortnight we’d like you to create a CAS card using just an edge of your card. Our optional twist is one of my favourites, dry embossing, which is finally seeing a bit of a resurgence in popularity! Hurrah!

I have lots of embossing folders and last month, I spent some time creating a new system for organising them. I used some cheap cardstock to emboss each folder, added a label with the folder name and the plate sandwich needed to get the best impression and stored them on a book ring. It was totally worth it – I’m already using my folders more!

So this was actually the second card I created for this challenge. The first one looked fine in real life but I could not photograph it properly! So annoying as the image was perfect for along the edge challenge. A lot of my other festive folders create more of a focus on a corner, which is one of our other challenge themes and you know I’m a stickler for rules!!! In the end I embossed a section of a Gemini snowflake background embossing folder and added that to my card base after applying a bit of silver gilding wax. I also adhered a tiny strip of cardstock to the edge of the embossed strip. Finally I added a sentiment from my go-to Mama Elephant set!

And just in case you were wondering about the card I had to replace, here it is! This Darice embossing folder is fabulous but sadly I just couldn’t get a decent photo!

My team mates have come up with some beautiful cards which are on the AAA Cards challenge blog. We are also joined a previous challenge winner, Zoe, who has some lovely inspiration on her blog!

Hope you can play along with us!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

 

Christmas in July 2021 – Day 24

Happy Saturday everyone!

Welcome to Day 24 of Christmas in July 2021! Today I’m playing along with the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.

When I saw this sketch as I knew it would be perfect for showcasing some of my rather extensive collection of snowflake dies. I masked off a central band and lightly blended distress inks, inadvertently using a very similar colour palette to a card I made for the challenge last week! It’s weird how the subconscious works sometimes isn’t it?!

The larger snowflake dies are by Simon Says Stamp and I chose a smaller snowflake from a My Favorite Things set. The sentiment is a combination of dies from Hunkydory Moonstone and Penny Black.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Christmas in July 2021 – Day 23

Happy Friyay everyone!

Welcome to Day 23 of  Christmas in July 2021! Today I’m playing along with the colour challenge at the Global Design Project – you know what that means! ANOTHER festive card in non-traditional colours!

Last year, I bought the Concord & 9th Take a Bough Trimmings dies. I don’t have/want the Take a Bow set, but I could see so many uses for the Trimmings set. I really wanted to use the garland as a background layer but of course I just didn’t get round to using it in that way before Christmas. Today was the day that I used that garland! I paired it with Christmas trees by Newton’s Nook and Marianne Designs which I cut from some inky backgrounds I had on hand. To complete this card, I added a sentiment by My Favorite Things.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Christmas in July 2021 – Day 22

Hi there!

Welcome to Day 22 of Christmas in July 2021! Today I’m playing along with the Color Throwdown challenge which has a palette of aqua, blue, green and kraft – so yes, that means another Christmas card with a non-traditional colour combo!

I bought the Poppystamps Bright Holly Tall Curved Border last year but despite cutting it out a few times, I don’t think I ever actually used it on a card! But today, I finally got it onto a card! Twice! I coloured the die cuts with distress inks, adhered it to an ink-blended base and added a bold Avery Elle sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Christmas in July 2021 – Day 21

Hello again everyone!

Welcome to Day 21 of Christmas in July 2021! Today I’m playing along with the Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge using some Penny Black products.

I actually decided to CASE a card I made a few years ago! I used distress inks to colour the Holly and Berry Branch die (51-404) and added a few Nuvo drops to the berries. Next I cut a square from an ink blended background using the Snowflake Stitch Frames (51-375) and adhered it to my card base before adding the holly branch. to finish, I added a few die cut snowflakes (Snow Family Cut Out 51-395) and a sentiment (Holiday Snippets 30-307).

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.