Friday, July 19, 2019

Christmas In July

Hello friends.  Christmas in July??  Pretty warm in my neck of the woods to be celebrating Christmas (it's been in the 90's and very hot and humid here!!), but I'm playing along with a few challenges where Christmas just fit the bill!  I'm playing along with The Flower Challenge where they are looking for PRETTY PASTELS, the Color Throwdown Challenge where they are looking for Pink, Gray, White, & Silver, and also a special challenge with my sweet friend Michele who came over to play this week and make Christmas cards.  

We were both struggling a bit with the current Flower Challenge because neither one of us is really a pastel person, but we decided to use the same Altenew Poinsettia set and see what we came up with!  

I water colored my flower with Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick Distress Inks (Peeled Paint for the leaves) and then mounted to a white card base with a small stitched window opening that I added a piece of embossed (SU! knitted embossing folder) gray cs behind.  The sentiment was stamped in gray (as well as the outlines of the flower and leaves) and was from one of Michele's sets that I don't remember the name of...sorry!  I also added some Silver Linings Nuvo Drops to the center of my flower and finished off with a few clear sequins.

Here's a closer up so you can see some of the detail better.  My card also works for the current Color Throwdown Challenge with the Pink, Gray, White, & Silver and their inspiration photo is what totally inspired me to use the knitted embossing folder on my card.

You can play along with The Flower Challenge HERE and the Color Throwdown Challenge HERE.  Lots of GORGEOUS cards from both Design Teams, so make sure you check them both out and play along!

I have 4 more cards to share with you today that are from the play date with Michele and she will be posting some of the cards she made today too, so make sure you check out all her lovely creations!  This 1st card uses a STAMPlorations set by Shirley called Layered Poinsettia's...

I love this stamp set and the artsy design!  SO simple but really packs a punch!!  The sentiment is from Altenew.

This was just a fun card because I wanted to use the moose die (Poppystamps) that I'd had for ages and never used.  Wasn't happy with the card though until Michele suggested tying a bell around his neck...definitely perked it up in my eyes!!

These last 2 cards were done with a Gina K set called Christmas Greenery and I had fun inking up the trees with a few different colors of green inks.  I also did some ink splattering with white and gold and a little bit of loose water coloring around the trees.

If you made it this far, CONGRATULATIONS for sticking it out through this looooong post!  Hope it made you feel a little cooler too with all this HEAT and HUMIDITY going on outside!  Once again, make sure you check out The Flower Challenge and the Color Throwdown Challenge (links above) for more wonderful inspiration, and definitely Michele's post to see all her wonderful cards from our play date!  And thanks Michele for such a FUN play day...I had SO much fun and can't wait to do it again!!   

Thanks for stopping by today ... I love it when you do!


  1. Oh thank YOU, Marcia... it was such fun! I had to giggle when you wrote 'looong post...' and you will giggle, too, when you stop by!! I had such fun finishing all of the starts of my cards!
    LOve those trees - and LOVE what you've done with yours so much! I forgot about the white splatters - is it too late? LOL

  2. all wonderful cards, Marcia - especially love the pastel poinsettia - if you have any Hero Arts Christmas stamps, A Blog Named Hero's current challenge is "Christmas in July"

  3. Both of you were so productive, Marcia! I'm envious that you got so many Christmas cards made. We always end up doing more talking than stamping. I love both poinsettias and the trees, but that moose takes the prize with me!

  4. Wowza, what a fabulous line up of cards! I'm jealous that you got to have a crafty day with sweet Michele. I could use another one of those! These are all wonderful Marcia and just look at the jump you have on your Christmas stash!

  5. What a wonderful time you and Michele had together, Marcia ... how fun to be so close by ... how amazing you both were to be so productive! Your cards are a delight ... from soft and dreamy right through to bold and vibrant, they're fabulous and beautifully detailed ... and that moose is brilliant with his Christmas bell! A delicious collection, my friend! Hugs, Anita :)

  6. Looks like you both had a wonderful, productive time together! You are blessed to be close can share your goodies and good times!

  7. I just love hearing about crafty friends getting together to play! You and Michele were VERY productive!! You inspire me since I normally do more talking than creating at retreats. What do you mean, you're not surprised?! I love each and every one of these beautiful cards, Marcia!! Hugs, Darnell

  8. I feel much cooler after seeing all your wonderful Christmas in July cards! So fun that you and Michele got to celebrate together. The watercolored poinsettia is stunning and so is the layered poinsettia. GAH-orgeous! The bell is just perfect on your little moose too. All of your cards are fabulous my friend!

  9. Love these! Sounds like you had a very fun and extremely productive afternoon!

  10. Such a beautiful cards here Birgit. Thanks for sharing one with us over at 'The Flower Challenge' ;) Viv DT xx

  11. Can I come next time? Can I, huh, huh? You both got a lot done and made such wonderful cards. I thought you used a different trio tree stamp (one that I ordered) or is this one a second stamp? I love how you layered your poinsettia and then added the embossed background. Thanks for sharing your card with us at The Flower Challenge.

  12. Oh you had fun! What beauties! I got to say that I love the pastel poinsettia!


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