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Christmas in July – Day 28

Hi Everyone!

I seriously can’t believe it’s Day 28 of my Christmas in July challenge! I can honestly say I have LOVED creating mainly festive cards this month! So much fun!

Today, I’m playing along with the Memory Box challenge. The theme is ‘striped cards’ and I decided to case one of favourite cards from last year, Dashing Through the Snow!  I cut and coloured the Swift Reindeer die from Memory Box using my distress oxide inks and Twinkling H2O paints. I used an Echo Park stencil to apply some distress ink to my base card before stamping a Hero Arts sentiment. I then repositioned the stencil on the card base and applied a layer of Nuvo glitter paste.

Once the glitter paste was dry, I adhered the reindeer to my card base to finish my card.

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Christmas in July – Day 26

Happy Friyay Everyone!

It’s Christmas in July Day 26 and today I got to play with a stamp set that I purchased last Christmas but never played with – the Festive Flamingo set from My Favorite Things. I wanted to enter the current Christmas Card Throwdown challenge this week – the theme is ‘non-traditional image’ and I thought a flamingo would fit the bill!

I decided to use the sketch from this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge so used an Echo Park stencil to ground the image. Now that I’m looking at my card on screen, I wonder if I should have chosen yellow rather than blue – to represent the sun’s rays! That would make it even less traditional! Ah well, next time!

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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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Christmas in July – Day 3


Hello everyone!

Here’s my card for Christmas in July Day 3 (Day 19 of the colouring challenge) using one of my very first Penny Black stamps! Isn’t that deer the cutest?!

I coloured him with my Twinkling H2Os this week and then created the background using a Uniko stencil with some distress ink covered with glitter paste.

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AAA Fifth Birthday

Happy Sunday everyone!

It’s time for a new challenge over at AAA Cards and we are celebrating our fifth birthday with a blog hop and a treasure hunt this fortnight!

Five of the design team members have a picture hidden somewhere in their blog post. Simply find all the pictures and work out the one word that connects them all (hint: it begins with the same letter as the name of our blog!). Then email your answer to our lovely team admininstrator, Jane, at aaacardchallenge at

Our sponsors have been very generous and we have lots of prizes which can be won in a number of ways:

  • Create a card – make a CAS birthday card and link it over at our challenge post in the usual way
  • Enter our treasure hunt
  • Like, comment and follow us on social media (Facebook and Instagram)
  • Visit each of the 8 design team members’ blogs and leave a comment

Here are the blog hop links:

Lucie – you are here!

For my card, I used the Brilliant Presents die from Simon Says Stamp which I cut from black glitter cardstock. I cut the image a second time from an old panel that I’d created with Color Bursts and Cosmic shimmer powders. It is so sparkly in real life! I lightly stencilled a background using a Simon Says Stamp stencil and adhered the black out line and inlaid the pieces cut from the bright panel. The sentiment is by Clearly Besotted.

And for those of you looking… here is the treasure hunt picture!

My teammates have shared some gorgeous CAS cards on the AAA Cards blog – I do hope you can join in with all the fun this fortnight!

I’m also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge (anything goes) and the Seize The Birthday challenge where the theme is ‘anything goes’ and the optional topping is ‘presents’.

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Stencilled flowers

Happy Saturday friends!

I’m playing along with the current CAS stencil challenge. This month the challenge is to stencil over a coloured background.

I love this challenge as it helps me practice/learn some techniques but have rarely entered a card because I find it quite difficult to incorporate the technique in a CAS card. Take my creation today for instance… it’s definitely simple but the ‘white’ (or in this case black!) space is limited. CAS is definitely my preferred style and I don’t usually struggle with other CAS challenges, but to be honest I’d probably prefer a wider frame if I was making it again…

Still, I looked back at the DT inspiration and also their past winners and decided to give it a whirl as the amount of ‘white’ space is comparable to some of those showcased cards…. it’ll be interesting to hear what the DT members think.

To create my card, I used an old blended background created with regular distress inks plus a Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous stencil. The frame was cut with a Studio Katia stencil and the sentiment was created using part of a Waffle Flower Crafts die.

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