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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.

Christmas in July 2021 – Day 19

Hi there!

Welcome to Day 19 of Christmas in July 2021! Today I’m playing along with the Addicted to CAS challenge which has a theme of geometric.

I decided to use the Ellen Hutson Geo Tree – hard to believe that this was released almost five years ago! Time flies! I paired it with an Altenew frame die and a sentiment by Clearly Besotted.

I then spent far too long working out where to put my sentiment and then how to adorn said sentiment! In the end, I chose a sentiment from a Simon Says Stamp/Avery Elle Stamptember collaboration, a Sizzix bow and some ribbon!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Dream and Discover

Hello again!

In between all my festive cardmaking so far this month, I’ve also found time to play with some stamps and dies that Penny Black kindly sent to me from their latest Dream & Discover release.

I just couldn’t wait to ink up the Jellyfish from the beautiful Swimming By set (30-845)! First of all, I blended some distress ink using an oval mask and stamped some seaweed (from Swimming By and Starfish Wishes (30-847) sets) before removing the mask. Then I stamped the beautiful Jellyfish using a light ink. I coloured in the image using my Twinkling H2Os before stamping the image again in Distress Oxide ink. This is when I realised that my colouring was far too soft, but I couldn’t use my Twinklings again because I didn’t want the oxide ink to bleed. So I turned to my Prisma pencils instead! Finally I added some sequin bubbles and a sentiment from the Snippets set (30-283)!

For my next card, I used the beautiful Seashells set (30-843). I love these shells so much! Super easy to fussy cut and a joy to colour! I wanted to add a little something different to the background so I cut up a die cut from the Wonky Squares die (51-424) to resemble a net!

For my last card today, I used the fabulous Tropical Paradise dies (51-643) which I coloured using distress inks before adhering to a partially-blended background. The sentiment is from the Grateful Heart set (30-467).

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.