Thursday, July 24, 2014

Merry and Bright Christmas in July

I'm so thankful for all the Christmas in July reminders I've seen around the web. It's time for me to get busy on Christmas cards even though the summer heat makes Christmas seem so far away.
Here's another card using a Close To My Heart retiring stamp set and papers. I felt inspired to use several shades of blue with a bit of CTMH Cashmere.

I embossed the light blue retiring "Balloon Ride" background paper with dots. The Outdoor Denim banner is from the "Sarita" paper pack, topped with non-retired blue epoxy bubbles. (The Cashmere honeycomb pattern is not retiring. It's available in the Paper Fundamentals Basic pack.) I stamped the Colonial White  banner with second generation Cashmere and Sky inks using the berry branch from the Merry and Bright stamp set.  

The snowflake border strip on top of the banners was cut using the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge. If you haven't heard yet, Close To My Heart will be revealing a new Cricut cartridge next month, Artfully Sent, especially for card makers. I can't wait!
I used Glitz Glitter Gel on the snowflake strip and the wreath. The wreath was stamped with Cashmere ink, cut out, and the flowers were colored with ShinHan Touch Twin markers. The tiny bullet point made it easy to color such tiny petals and flower center. The bow was stamped with retiring Sky ink and the bird was stamped with retiring Twilight ink. The Wilton doily added a great background for the bird.

I fussy cut the August Stamp of the Month Circus letters to make the sentiment. This set is retiring at the end of the month and can be purchased at full price or for $5.00 with a $50 order.
Thank you for visiting and happy crafting!

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
Come and Get It - Christmas in July
Crafting for All Seasons #82 - Christmas in July
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge #186 - layer it up
Hiding in My Craftroom #158 - Christmas in July
Jellypark Friends - Christmas in July
Little Red Wagon #247 - Christmas in July
Simon Says Stamp - Embossing
The Corrosive Challenge #204 - Christmas in July
The Sisterhood of Crafters - die cuts and punches (Cricut snowflake border)
Winter Wonderland - Blue Christmas


Hazel said...

Thanks for entering your lovely card for CHNC challenge 186 - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for July - I'd love to see it there too. x

Darlene said...

Such a pretty creation and good reminder to me on getting those holiday cards started!
Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘DIES and/or PUNCHES’ challenge and please come back again soon!
one of the 'Sistahs'
The Sisterhood of Crafters

JanR said...

Fabulous embossing and that little bird is very sweet! Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon.

Bunny said...

Hey, Vickie. I like your snowflakes and those blue dots. Very nice card. Thank you for joining us at Come And Get It challenge. Bunny DT

Eileen said...

A lovely card and great use of embossing. Not really sure that it could be classed as a 'blue' christmas card, but thanks for joining in with the Winter Wonderland challenge this week, and good luck
Eileen x

Samantha A. said...

What a wonderful Christmas card! I especially love all the different layers.

Be sure to check out the HIMCR DT’s blog this week, as we are having a blog hop and each member has their own giveaways just for leaving a comment! Thanks for sharing at Hiding in My Craft Room!
Samantha – HIMCR DT
Designs by Sammy

Judy McKay said...

Beautiful Christmas card Vickie. Lots of great details. Thank you for joining us at Come and Get It this week. Judy DT

Jingle said...

Very pretty card! Thanks so much for playing along with the Emboss it! Challenge on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog!

Jenscrapstoo said...

Love this card, love it all!! Thanks for joining us at Hiding in my Craft Room Christmas In July!!
Cheers Jennie DTM

Debbie said...

Love the softness of this, and whoop whoop, one more Christmas Card done. Thanks for finding some "me" time to enter our challenge, and good luck!
DebbieM - TCC DT