Christmas in July – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas!

Somehow, not only for Christmas,
but all the long year through,
The joy that you give to others,
Is the joy that comes back to you. -John Greenleaf Whittier

Oh, how I love Christmas.  And oh, how I dislike winter.  I love having snow at Christmastime, but honestly?  It would be great if we got some snow at Thanksgiving, and kept it for Christmas, and then it can just all go away thank you very much!

I love everything about Christmas – the family traditions, the decorations, the tree, picking out just the right gifts, all the wonderful things to eat and drink – awesome.  I start listening to Christmas carols in mid-November.  But, I can never seem to do everything I want to do.

So I decided I’ll spend July making Christmas cards and we’ll have some Christmas in July blog posts.  it’ll be the first time in years I’ve made cards to send out for Christmas, and I’ll be ahead of the game!  I’ll also post some cards that are more appropriate to the season we’re in, but hope to come up with some fun Christmas/holiday designs to share.

This card was made using one of the My Favorite Things Birdie Brown elves.  They are just adorable.  This is a card made from a paper frame. The frame is attached to the outside of the card – I love the 3-D effect.  You could also add some fake snow and put a piece of acetate over the top (under the die cut frame) and make it a shaker card as well.  Later on this month I’ll show you some envelope ideas for cards like these, but you could just make it flat and not bother with the box.

Merry Little Christmas

The tree and the sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp Peace Love and Joy set, and the holly and berries from the Memory Box You Keep Me in Stitches stamp set. I”m not sure where the snowflake is from.

I masked everything except the snowflakes –  I cut some wide Post-It Note tape into a hill shape, added it to the bottom of the tree to mask it. I colored everything with Copic Markers. I stamped the snowflakes in the same blue I sponged the sky with. I added little jewels to the center of each snowflake, and Glossy Accents to the ornament and holly berries. I cut a 4″ stitched frame from a die set I have and used that to frame the outside For some final touches I added a gold jingle bell to the cap and some white dots and highlights to the tree and the holly leaves.

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Recipe for Happiness

Hey hey good lookin’

Whatcha got cookin’

Hows about cookin’ something up with me

Hey sweet baby

Don’t you think maybe

We could find us a brand new recipe.

Jimmy Buffett – License to Chill

Okay, still feeling silly!  And still thinking about Jimmy Buffett.  I think it’s because it summer time.  I know this song isn’t original to him, but on the License to Chill album he sings it with George Strait, Alan Jackson, Clint Black, Kenny Chesney and Toby Keith  – just a fun song to sing with and to your honey.


So that leads us in to this fun card.  I so wanted these stamps from My Favorite Things forever – they weren’t in stock so I kept checking and finally!  I needed them to send a card to a young friend of mine who is on her way to becoming an amazing chef.

This isn’t the card I made for her, but another idea I had.  I stamped some of the tools in a Gray Memento ink randomly on the background,  I didn’t want them to overwhelm the rest of the card since it’s fairly busy.

The rest of the elements were stamped in Simon Says Stamp Intense black, and I cut the blue striped circle using a stitched circle die cut.  I’m not sure where the background paper is from.  I colored everything with Copic markers, and used a white gel pen to add stripes to the bowls and dots to the chef’s scarves. I used foam tape to pop up all the elements. It’s an A2 size card.

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Hello Shaker Card

Earth laughs in flowers. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Just quick share. I just can’t get enough of these Doodle Buds by WPLUS9.  They’re so fun to use.

This very simple shaker card also uses one of the great sentiments from Paper Smooches.  I stamped all images and the sentiment black Simon Says Stamp ink, and colored the flowers with Copic markers. I used the  MISTI tool to stamp the sentiment.  Then I stamped it again in VersaMark and used superfine clear embossing powder.

The background paper is Doodle Bug, and I used a variety of sequins and seed beads to fill the shaker.  I used a scalloped circle die to cut the window.  Finished with some yellow satin ribbon and a few clear droplets.  For me this would be a clean and simple card (I’m not good at clean and simple!).

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Let’s Play!

Is it ignorance or apathy? Hey, I don’t know and I don’t care. Jimmy Buffett

Feeling silly today!  Doing some crafting and watching old TV shows like Columbo and the Odd Couple (the original).  Made me think of how much I love the wordsmithing ways of Jimmy Buffett – always my favorite singer. Yes, I am a  Parrot Head.

So silly thoughts lead to silly cards.  I love these Paper Smooches Chubby Chums stamps.  I had this vision of them all peeking out at me, and I made this card several different ways, but never quite got it to be exactly what I wanted.  This is as close as I was able to get.Lets Play (2)

I colored with Copic markers and used some cute Doodle Bug paper.  I cut the scalloped frame using some scalloped circle die cuts with a circle die on the inside. I also ran a black Copic marker around the edge of the scallop frame and the word flags – I find a Copic works better than a water based pen for this application, because the water based markers tend to wick into the paper and it doesn’t look even.  For fussy cutting and outlining a water based marker is fine because there’s already a black line.

Just an FYI – the reason that the water based markers wick is the same reason that they don’t soak through the paper.  Water based markers soak into the fibers of paper, and in very short order (if you kept coloring) the paper would start to tear because the fibers get so full of fluid they burst.

And alcohol based markers don’t soak into the fibers – instead, they sit on the surface of the paper fiber and sort of surround it – that’s why Copic markers will show through on the back of something you’ve colored.

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Pocketful of Posies

Joy is the serious business of heaven. CS Lewis

It’s been a breathtaking day, culminating in dinner with my precious sister-in-law, niece and husband.  We sat out on the patio at a local restaurant and caught up on all the doings.  It was terrific.

Then home for a short nap and a little bit of time for crafting tonight!  I seem to have an addiction to this particular stamp set, and I’m having lots of fun seeing how many different styles of cards I can make with these fun flowers.

This set is called Doodle Buds, and it’s from WPLUS9. These are great for either stamping and cutting out as I did here, or stamping directly onto the card and coloring. I’ve been wanting to use this cute jeans pocket die cut as well (not sure where it’s from unfortunately).

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I cut the die out from some cute blue striped paper. I did back the die cut with some navy card stock both to give it a bit of added support and also so the stitching cut outs would show up a bit better.

I colored the stamps with Copic markers and then cut them out.  I mounted the jeans pocket with several layers of foam tape to give it some “bend” and then just foam tape and glue to layer the flowers and leaves appropriately. Finished it up by drawing “stitching” and a “loose thread” around the edge of the card, and then mounted that piece directly onto an A2 base.  I haven’t added a sentiment yet because I’m not sure who I’ll send it to, and I want to make the sentiment fit the occasion.

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