Thursday, July 25, 2019

Christmas in July- Day 6

I can’t believe that the week of Bugaboo’s “Christmas in July” celebration is nearly over!  Here is my entry for Day 6- Photo Challenge with movie inspiration “White Christmas.” The inspiration photo, of a beautiful Christmas tree is so striking that I knew I wanted to incorporate it (not a representation of it) into my card. Was trying to figure a way to do that when I remembered a wonderful digi  named “Taking Pics” from Sheepski Designs (you can find it HERE). I formatted the image to fit an A2 sized card and measured the size of the lens. Then copied the inspiration photo and reduced the size to fit within the lens and printed both images off. Colored the photographer with Spectrum Noir markers and a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen, then used an Exacto blade to trim the lens from the camera. Taped a scrap of acetate (lens) and the  Christmas scene in place from the underside of the card front then adhered the entire piece to the front of an A2 card. The inside sentiment is a stamp from a company that closed down many years ago.
Oh… and I created the cable sweater pattern with my markers and white colored pencil using instructions that I found HERE. (This technique was really pretty easy to do. I did a little practice on a scrap of paper which helped me to select the color I wanted to use on the card. Settled for the blue which I felt didn’t overpower the card. And LOVE the results! (Thanks Annabel, for creating the excellent tutorial. I’ll be using it again in the future!)  
Entered into: 
Bugaboo Christmas in July Day 6 Photo Challenge
Sheepski Designs- #28 Early Christmas/Winter                    
SheepSki Designs FB- #37 Anything Goes 
The Paper Shelter- #393 Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday- #Challenge 592 – NO Patterned Papers
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                       
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #396-#397 Anything Goes                   
The 12 Months of Christmas- Challenge #55    Twist-Plaids

I used a beautiful image from Ching-Chou Kuik's line of digital stamps [] named "Butterflies and Berries" to make a card to enter into Ching-Chou Kuik’s “Make Your Background” Challenge and the current Butterfly Challenge that features a Joy Fold Card. I used the instructions for the card from that Butterfly challenge site (HERE). I colored the beautiful image with Spectrum Noir markers and a Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen. The little vellum butterfly was upcycled from an old card. I created the background by cutting strips of patterned paper and taping them into a pattern onto a strip of double-sided tape. When I had an arrangement that I liked, I taped them onto a scrap of cardstock, which I then trimmed to fit the card front. The inside sentiment is a sentiment card from my scrapbook stash. 
My card includes all of the required items for the butterfly challenge: Theme- Joy Fold, jute and jewels (the body of the green vellum butterfly); Color- Jade, plus small amounts of jasmine (in the cream and jasmine paper strips) and several shades of orange (in a few of the butterfly wings.)
Entered into: 
Ching-Chou Kuik's FB Challenge- Make Your Background                    
Butterfly Challenge- #13Letter J for Joy Fold                  
Outlawz Challenges- Monday Greeting Challenge- Brads, Sequins or Gems            
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #447 Anything Goes                 
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- July                                 


  1. Beautiful card! Absolutely stunning! Thanks for joining us for CIJ!
    Hugs, Joy
    Joyfully Stamps
    Bugaboo DT

  2. What a great interpretation of the challenge, Kathy! Love what you did with the inspiration photo and the camera lens. Your cable knit pattern is perfect. :-D

  3. Hi Kathy
    Happy Rudolf Days.
    what a very unusual card and that image is brilliant.
    Love all your super work to create this.
    Thank you for joining the Rudolf Challenge.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT

  4. Wow! I had to come over to see these cards up close from both the Bugaboo challenge and the Butterfly challenge. Wonderful work!

  5. What an amazing card I love the way that you've reflected the image into the lens of the camera. Thanks for joining in the Rudolph Days challenge this month and good luck in the draw.

    Sue xx

  6. Kathy, your card is gorgeous. I love how you created your background using paper strips! Thank you for sharing at Ching Chou Kuik Challenges!

  7. Hi

    Stunning card

    thanks for joining us at CHCC

    Hugs Lisbeth

  8. What an unusual fold card (might have to try that one in the future!!). Love the idea of using scraps of paper as we all have too many scraps. Thank you for entering our challenge and best wishes in the draw and for your support of this challenge. Kym (Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Blog Challenge and Facebook Challenge Design Team Leader)

  9. Wow Kathy, what a stunner this joy fold card is. Love the idea for making the stripey background. Beautifully coloured image. Thankyou for coming and spinning the butterfly wheel with me this week. Hugs Mrs A.

  10. Hi Kathy,

    When I saw your card in the Day 6 CIJ gallery, I thought, "How is this a Christmas card?" So I came on over to have a look. NOW I see how you made it a Christmas card, and I think it's freaking BRILLIANT! I NEVER would have thought to make any kind of card in this way! Kudos to you for thinking outside of the box! Thank you so much for playing along with our Christmas in July event at Catch the Bug! :)

    ~Marie B -DT

  11. This is wonderful, Kathy! I saw it at The Outlawz, and thought the process was so creative! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Christmas in July at Catch the Bug. Julie O, Bugaboo Stamps DT member

  12. Kathy beautiful cards. That is so unique. You are so creative! Thanks for joining in the Catch the Bug 9th Annual Christmas in July Challenge, Lisa Lynn DT.

  13. Your Christmas card entry is such a fabulous image! Wow! I loved seeing the scene in the camera lens! Your colouring here is superb as well.

    Thanks for taking part in the July Rudolph Days Challenge.

  14. Gorgeous cards, absolutely love your camera card, clever design and fabulous colouring!
    Many thanks for joining us at Cute Card Thursday this week!
    Deb xx

  15. Thank you for the mention Kathy, it's very kind of you and you have used the technique so well, it looks really effective. Love the lens idea too, very inspiring! Thank you once again, Annabel xxx


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