Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Christmas in July- Day 4

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I can’t believe that we are already over have way through this year’s Bugaboo “Christmas in July” celebration.  Here is my entry for Day 4: BINGO, using the center row as my guide (Sparkle-red glitter on Rudolph's nose, Bugaboo image, and Sentiment). I used two Bugaboo images, cropping the one on the front because I wanted an “I love Christmas” theme vs. an ‘I love you” theme. The Twist and Pop creative fold is one that I’ve used a few times, but it always takes me some time to remember how to put it together. (Tutorials to the rescue!) When I was finished, the inside of the card looked a bit blah, so I dug through my stash and found a wonderful vintage holly postcard (which I actually inherited from my dear Mom’s stash). I trimmed it down to fit the top flap of the inside and like that it adds a bit more “Christmas” to the card. Since I usually like to have the inside of the card match the front, I trimmed some of the holly and ivy from the notecard scraps and adhered them to edge the front of the card. (While doing this, I could hear my Mom’s voice in my head praising me for not wasting any of the precious scraps!)
I’m entering this card into several other challenges including NBUS-Never Before Used Schtuff! (I’ve had the lovely double-sided paper [red pattern on one side and B&W herringbone on the other] for at least 5 years  since I found a pack of it for under a buck in a discount bin years ago)  and vintage holly notecard (which I’ve had in MY stash since my mother went to her heavenly mansion over 8 years ago. I miss her most when I am in my craft room. She was a great  stamping buddy!)                 
·   Digi on front of card- trimmed from a Bugaboo image (Deer Duo)
·   Subway Art on front of card can be found HERE
·   Digi inside of the card- Bugaboo (Reindeer Blocks)
·   Twist & Pop Card Template from Pinterest can be found HERE
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Assorted background papers, red glitter and vintage holly postcard from my stash
Entered into:  
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                
Outlawz Challenge- Inlinks Challenge
Crafty Catz Challenge- Anything Goes #515
NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff!)-  Challenge #16                  
A Perfect Time to Craft 2020-Anything Goes- July Challenge #7-2020

The theme for challenges at wecraftcards Forum this month is “Song Titles” and this week’s challenge is “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas.” I wanted my card to resemble a blizzard With the help of some snowflake dies and wonderful background image, I think I nailed that! But also wanted to add a bit of Christmas colors, so I tucked a sweet little snowboarding elf helping Santa deliver gifts.
I’m entering this card into several other challenges including The Paper Shelter (This little elf’s profession is usually making gifts. Here is also gets to deliver them!)
·   Snowboarder Elf Digi- The Paper Shelter digi set (Santa’s Cute Helper)
·   Background Scenery Digi- The Paper Shelter digi set (Holy Night)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Front Sentiment “Jingle All the Way” Beccy’s Place digi set (Golden Bell)
·   Inside sentiment- Birdscards Freebie (Wishing You a Magical Christmas)

·   Assorted background papers from my stash
·   Snowflakes- Cheery Lynn Designs Die (C146 Snowflakes)
·   Snowflakes- Lawn Fawn LF995-Mini Snowflakes Die Set
Entered into: 
The Paper Shelter- #436 Occupation/Profession
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends- #137 Christmas in July (Week 3)
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #499 Anything Goes (Twist- Diecut or Punch)
We Craft Cards Monday Challenge- I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas
Digi Doodle Studios Blog- Challenge #29 Christmas in July

One of my favorite challenges is called the Snippets Challenge. It encourages the use of all the little scraps of paper that might otherwise be (gasp) thrown away! The current Di’s Digi challenge also focuses on using scraps… so I got to work.
For this card, I wanted to make a card for a friend's little daughter who loves playing dress up and remembered this purse template I received at a make&take session at a Minneapolis MN convention a few decades ago. (My memory isn't THAT good. I saw it when cleaning my files a few weeks ago.) I created the purse card base with white cardstock, then dug into my scrap boxes (ahem… box and folders!) to find some papers to decorate the little purse. Of course, they had to include pink… and I loved the pink and lime green options that jumped out at me. I fussy-cut one of the dots from the larger scrap to create a “clasp” for the purse flap, and then added a puffy heart sticker to top off the clasp! A sweet little ballerina, printed to fit the needed size (one of the reasons I like using digis is that you can print them whatever size you need) and finished with lots of pink coloring and sparkles finishes the card front. For the inside, I added a fun surprise making an lipstick exclamation point, “dotted” with a bright pink “lipstick” doodle. So fun!
·   Digi- Tiddly Inks “Tiny Dancer” (no longer available)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Puffy Heart Sticker- Walmart
·   Lipstick- free clipart
·   Sentiments- Computer Generated
·   Stickles- Star Dust (adding a bit ‘o bling to the dancers’ tutu)
·   Purse card template- received at a card class many years ago
Entered into:  
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- For a Child                                            
Besties Challenge- July Anything Goes
Outlawz Challenges- Monday Greeting Challenge- Anything Goes
Di’s Digi Stamps- Use Your Scraps                                                  
Pixie's Snippets-Week #382                                                                      
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #448-449 Anything Goes                   


  1. Hi Kathy all your makes are gorgeous. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  2. Wonderful cards Kathy. Your CIJ layout is beautiful. You always make such amazing things. Thanks for joining in the Christmas in July BINGO celebration at Catch the Bug, Lisa Lynn DT.

  3. Brilliant cards Thank you for joining us at Crafty Catz Challenge Blog good luck
    Ginny DT for Crafty Catz Challenge Blog
    My Blog As I do Rodos

  4. Your cards are fabulous! My mother was my crafting partner too. I miss her a lot while crafting. She went to Heaven 29 yrs ago. Thanks for playing along at Catch The Bug Christmas In July event. Bonnie GDT

  5. Wow! You have been busy! I just love your cards! Happy Christmas in July! Thanks for joining our Anything Goes Challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends. I hope join us again real soon!
    Hugs, Joy
    Joyfully Stamps
    Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, Owner/Coordinator

  6. Gorgeous projects! Thanks you for joining with us at My Besties International challenge. Good luck with your entry
    Maritza DT

  7. Gosh, you've been busy Kathy! I love your snippets purse - just perfect!


    Di xx

  8. A great card - thanks for sharing it with us at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge.

    Helen x

  9. Super cute holiday cards!! Thanks for joining the challenge with Lil Patch of Crafty Friends!

  10. Gosh, these are all fantastic Kathy Great work and thank you for joining us at Di's Digi Challenge!

  11. Wonderful cards, Kathy! Such a great range of creativity here. Thanks for joining us with your first card for Day 4 of CIJ with Bugaboo! :)

    ~Marie B -DT

  12. Gorgeous projects!
    Thank you for joining in the fun in our Christmas in July at Catch the Bug!
    Hugs from Africa!

  13. Your cards are super cute. Love the reindeer. Thanks for sharing with us at Digi Doodle Studios. Hope you'll join us again. - Patsy

  14. Wow, you've been super busy!

    Thank you for playing along with us at Di's Digi Challenge!

  15. Your projects are lovely. Thank you for entering your beautiful and festive Christmas card on our challenge at Christmas Crafts All Year ‘Round. We hope to see you again next time. Have a wonderful day!
    ♥ Lena ~ DT
    Christmas Crafts All Year ‘Round
    Lena’s Creations

  16. Beautiful création your color is perfect. Tank you to sharing with besties internationale challenge.

  17. A great card - thanks for sharing it with us at Christmas Crafts All Year Round.

    Helen x

  18. Adorable!!! Thank-you so much for participating in our CHRISTMAS CRAFTS ALL YEAR ‘ROUND challenge. Hope to see your beautiful creations in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper


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