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Christmas Card Throwdown Guest Designer

Hello everyone!

During Christmas in July, I discovered a new-to-me challenge, the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown! I love the idea of creating one Christmas card each week and hope to continue to play along throughout the year!

I’m honoured to be the Guest Designer for their current colour challenge; this month’s palette is orange, green and gold.

What an interesting combo for festive cards! I actually worked with a similar palette during Christmas in July. I liked the idea of having a green background again but I wanted to switch it up a bit this time….

So, I created a blended background using Spiced Marmalade and Carved Pumpkin distress inks and a Taylored Expressions oval stencil.  I splattered and then lifted some water droplets before using a Uniko stencil with some green Nuvo embellishment mousse – love the shimmer from this paste!

I added a gold Impression Obsession deer and a Memory Box sentiment to complete my card.

The Design Team have some amazing inspiration over on the challenge blog – you must check it out! Hope you can play along with the challenge – I can’t wait to see how this palette is used!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Christmas in July 2020 – Day 31

Happy Friyay everyone!

Can you believe it’s Day 31 of  Christmas in July? How did that happen? Today I’ve been taking a trip down memory lane while playing along the Freshly Made Sketches challenge .

The theme of the challenge is ‘slimline card’. It took me back to the happy Saturdays that I spent taking card classes at my local (and much-missed) craft store. We rarely made ‘standard’ size cards and would often make slimline cards. I actually bought a lot of pre-creased card bases for slimline cards…. and then I discovered the Instagram card making community where slimline cards were not fashionable. I am so glad I kept hold of those bases though! Slimline cards are back in vogue and I am jumping back into creating them!

I used the beautiful Snowberry Sprig die by Memory Box, together with a stem die from Poppystamps and a vase die by Altenew. The sentiment is from an old Penny Black set.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Christmas in July 2020 – Day 27

Hello everyone!

Welcome to Day 27 of  Christmas in July! Today I’m playing along with the Case this Sketch challenge.

I decided to use the cute Rudolph from the Ho Ho Ho Deer Circle die by Simon Says Stamp! Can you believe I bought this cutie during last Stamptember but I never got round to using him last Christmas? I paired him with a sentiment from an older Hero Arts stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Christmas in July 2020 – Day 24

Happy Friyay!

Welcome to Day 24 of Christmas in July! I didn’t have much time to craft today so I created a very quick and simple card using the beautiful Christmas Wonderland die by Penny Black. I used a stencilled background I created sometime ago – so grateful I didn’t throw it out when I didn’t use it on a project! The sentiment is from a set by Hero Arts.

I’m entering this into the Penny Black Saturday Challenge where the theme is either nature or anything goes.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Christmas in July 2020 – Day 23

Hello All!

Welcome to Day 23 of Christmas in July! Today I’m playing along with one of my favourite challenges – the Color Throwdown challenge. This week’s colour palette (orange, green and yellow) is not a typical festive palette but I made it work using my new Birch Press Design Radiant Ornament die set. I added a layer of holographic card behind the ornament – love the shimmery effect!

Looking at the card now, I think I may have gone a bit overboard with the green distress inks!

To complete my card, I added a sentiment by Simon Says Stamp.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Christmas in July 2020 – Day 21

Hello everyone!

Welcome to Day 21of Christmas in July! Today I’m playing along with the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown! This week, they have a theme challenge – Santa! And as you can see, I have stepped well outside my CAS comfort zone with my entry!

Now, surprisingly, given my penchant for all things Christmas crafting, I have very few Santa stamps. I was going to use a very old wood-mounted stamp until I remembered the Tim Holtz Christmas Time stamp set that I picked up at my local craft store last year! I just adore the Santa/reindeer stamp – it is such a joyful image, don’t you think? Anyway, I used the wrinkle-free inking technique to apply a couple of layers of distress ink. Yes I smooshed the inkpads in a certain order so that the Festive Berries ended up around Santa and the Rusty Hinge went around the deer!

I added a Gina K sentiment and stamped a few stars from the same Tim Holtz stamp set across the background using Pumice Stone distress oxide. Finally I added some glitter paste using the Tim Holtz Sparkle stencil! What an apt name!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.