Friday, July 19, 2019

Christmas in July

Hi Everyone!

Well, it’s been a minute hasn’t it? Lots has happened since I stopped blogging a couple of years ago...too much to bore you with all the details here. I took a long break from blogging and really a bit of a break from crafting for a while as well. I’m ready to get back into the crafting groove and one of the best ways for me to do that is to start blogging again! So, here we go. It may take me a little while to get back into the groove again; but best foot forward, right?!

What better way to get started again than to share some Christmas in July cards. I figure it is never too early to start, right? This was an easy design and one that I know I will use again because it’s easy to create multiples of it.

I used the classic favorite “Lovely as a Tree” from Stampin Up and decided to create a layered shadow image by stamping the lighter inked images first. I actually stamped off first to make the image even lighter. To get the front darker image placed just right, I used a stamp positioner


I stamped all the tree pieces first. 


Then I assembled the cards.  For the first card, I used surf blue cardstock from Simon Says Stamp with the Neenah Solar White. I used two Close to My Heart Ink colors for this one: Crystal Blue, and Twilight. (These are new inks to me and I like them. A friend recently relocated to Italy and chose not to take them, so they needed a new home...lucky me!!) 



The next card features Certainly Celery card stock from Stampin Up along with Green Leaf ink from Simon Says Stamp and Sweet Leaf from CTMH. 



For the third card, I chose Enchanted Evening card stock from Paper Trey Ink along with Caribbean Blue and Soft Navy inks from Simon Says Stamp.



For the final card, I chose Pine Feathers card stock also from PTI and used Pine Needles and Cracked Pistachio Distress ink. Yes the original ones...no I don’t have any Oxide inks. Yes, I realize that’s the equivalent of using VHS tapes in the craft world; but I used what I have, what can I say?!  





I am entering these cards into the following blog challenges:

1. Crafty Catz: Anything goes, optional Christmas

2. Creative Fingers

3. Polkadoodles Challenge: Anything Goes

4. Crafty Creations: Anything Goes

5. Crafty Gals: Christmas in July

6. Creative Moments: Anything Goes

7. Cute N’ Crafty Christmas: Anything goes Christmas

8. Mod Squad: Christmas in July


Have a great weekend everyone and I hope to be back on Monday!



7 comments:

Chris said...

Fabulous stamp and I love your design with the double stamped image, looks gorgeous in each of the colour choices! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz this week.
Chris
x

Gail said...

I have always loved those stamps - nice tree creations and colors! TFS @ Mod Squad!

cotnob said...

Welcome back Dori, it's good to see you.
A fabulous collection of Christmas cards, a super stamp - perfect for creating a shadow, a great idea.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob
x

Trina P. said...

Wonderful card set. All great colors. That Lovely as a Tree stamp sure stands the test of time... sold mine when I decided to use clear stamps only. x

Nelly said...

One of my favourite go to stamps! Love how you layered it! ... thanks for sharing at Polkadoodles this week; love Nelly DT x

Kim said...

Wonderful cards. Each card is beautiful with the colors you chose. Thanks for joining the challenge at Crafty Gals Corner.

Karen @ Misplaced Mojo said...

These are gorgeous! You can't go wrong with this classic stamp set though :-) My fav color combo is the light blue and navy. Btw, welcome back to both crafting and blogging. I took a hiatus myself for 3 years and am easing back into it after being a devoted marching band parent and trying not to get burned out.


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