Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Christmas in July- Day 3&4

I’m loving making cards for the Bugaboo “Christmas in July” celebration.  Here is my entry for Day 3- ABC (Anything But a Card) Challenge with movie inspiration “Santa Clause is coming to Town.” Instead of featuring Santa… I wanted to focus on the true Santa Claus; a Christian Bishop named “St. Nicholas.” I did a bit of research and found a wonderful free digital St. Nicholas HERE. (This wonderful site has tons of St Nick items including ornaments, coloring sheets, historical info, stories and more.) I printed the ornament onto white cardstock, added a few highlights and shading with grey markers and white gel pen before fussy cutting the wonderful little keepsake. I’d picked up a dozen wonderful snowflake ornaments a few years ago at Goodwill for a quarter each and used it as a base, attaching the front and back images to the ornament, matching the edges. I attached the finished ornament onto a computer-generated story about the Real Santa Clause that I clipped from a Salvation Army newsletter years ago.  (I’ll be making more of these to give as gifts this year. I love how it turned out.)
Entered into: 
Bugaboo Christmas in July Day 3: ABC Challenge                 
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Not A Card
Christmas Crafts All Year Round- No Cards Allowed            
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #396-#397 Anything Goes                   

And here is my entry for Day 4: Bingo Challenge that is inspired by the Christmas movie “Elf.”  My card includes the items on the BINGO diagonal row from the lower left: Patterned Paper, Bugaboo image, and Brads.)  I used the Bugaboo digi named “Elk Peeker”, colored with Spectrum Noir markers and a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen. The circle sentiment on the front of the card and elf shoes are the inside are both freebies from Birdscards that you can find HERE. The inside sentiment is computer generated. I turned the gold brads into jingle bells by drawing a small x on each brad with a permanent fine line black Sharpie marker, adding a small dot on the ends of the x’s. (You can see these details in the closeup photo.) Took a little work, but I do think that they are a fun addition.
Entered into: 
Bugaboo Christmas in July Day 4: Bingo Challenge 
Cute Card Thursday- #Challenge 587 - Bright Colors!                                             
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- July                                 
Outlawz Challenge- Crash Your Stash- Photo Corners                          
Outlawz Challenges- Monday Greeting Challenge- Brads, Sequins or Gems     
The 12 Months of Christmas- Challenge #55    Twist-Plaids  

Stepping away from Christmas cards for a bit, I wanted to make  a card to enter into the current Tiddly Ink challenge named “Under the Sea.” So, I printed off this cute Tiddly digi and got to creatin’! (This image was provided free to participants in their blog challenge this past April. However, you can purchase the two cuties as part of a set HERE.) I wanted to make a birthday card that really sparkles (to be able to enter it in the current Double D Challenge) so pulled out my file of upcycled Christmas cards and picked two that had potential. Decided to use the one with the square center, since it would work perfectly to make a tunnel card (find the tutorial HERE.) The sentiments are computer-generated. When putting the card together I realized that there would be no room on the inside for signing the card. So… I cut an oval from swirly vellum and layered it behind the sentiment. TaDa! Problem solved!  I then cut a similar oval that I used on the front of the card to help it reflect the inside theme. The front also features the square from the upcycled Christmas card that I removed to make the inside Tunnel feature. (Look up the word “Resourceful” in the dictionary and you might just see my picture there! Ha!) 
Entered into: 
Tiddly Inks- Challenge-#227- Under the Sea
Double D’s Challenge- Birthday [photo]                  
Polkadoodles Challenge Week 29-Anything Goes                                  
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays      


  1. So beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us at Polkadoodles. Marlene DT

  2. what a sweet elf card- love your card, and the elf peeking out- great make! Thanks for joining in hte 9th Annual CIJ at Bugaboo!!!

  3. Lovely project and enjoyed reading the Christmas story..Thank you so much for sharing and joining in with us at CCAYR...[ Christmas Crafts All Year Round]

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  4. Your ornament is so creative and cute. I love the snowflake base and cute St. Nick. Great colors. So glad you are playing along in our Christmas in July at Catch the bug.
    Billie A
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  5. Gorgeous cards/project! Thanks for joining Catch the Bug's 9th annual Christmas in July challenge, good luck! Dawn Bugaboo DT

  6. What fabulous creations Kathy! Love those little mermaids! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Birthday’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

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  7. Cutest mermaids ever!! thank you for joining our challenge at Double D!
    Diane DD DT {Nellies Nest}

  8. Fun birthday card. Thanks for sharing it with us at Double D Challenge Blog. We hope you will joining us for future challenges.
    DD DT

  9. fabulous projects.. thank you for joining us at Polkadoodles Craft Challenge

  10. I love your projects so cute, thank you so much for taking the time to join in our CIJ event it means so much to us to have you!

  11. Lovely creations! Thanks so much for participating in our CHRISTMAS CRAFTS ALL YEAR ‘ROUND challenge. Hope you participate in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

  12. Beautiful birthday card with the mermaids. Love your colour choices and great layout. Thanks for sharing with us at Double "D" Challenge.
    Amelia (Double "D" Challenge Design Team)


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