Sunday, July 26, 2020

Christmas in July- Day 7

I can’t believe we are at the final challenge of Bugaboo’s “Christmas in July” celebration. Day 7 is a color challenge and I used a fun digi from The Paper Shelter that helped me to feature all of the colors.  I really like how this digi fits so beautifully into the patterned digi background that comes with it in the set. So fun! All I needed to add was some coloring, two sentiments, and a few glittery stickers to create an adorable card.
·   Digi and Background- The Paper Shelter  (Santa’s Family Selfie)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Sakura Gelly Roll white & silver gel pens
·   Front sentiment- Desert Diva (Hello)
·   Front Sentiment- “I Believe in Santa Claus” from Beccy’s Place Digi set (The Big Guy) 
·   Sparkly Christmas Greenery Stickers- Hobby Lobby
Entered into:  
Bugaboo Stamps Christmas in July- Fri: Color Challenge 
The Paper Shelter- #437 Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #448-449 Anything Goes                   
Jan’s Digi Stamps- Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends- #138 Christmas in July (Week 4)
        Since I’m a DT for the sponsor of this challenge, I’m entering just for fun! 

I’m loving Christmas in July this year because I’ve added so many new Christmas stamps, digis, dies, and embellies to my stash over the last year. This sweet digi from Ching-Chou Kuik joined my CCK collection earlier this year and it was fun to create a card featuring “Christmas Elf.” Since the current challenge theme for CCK is to use dies and/or punches, I punched gold stars (from an upcycled bag from Door County Coffee. One of our favorite Wisconsin products) and used a set of Stampendous dies that I won in a challenge a few years ago but hadn’t yet used.
So… am able to enter this card into the NBUS Challenge (Never Before Used Schtuff!) and also since it is packed full of embellies, I’m entering it into the Outlaws Saturday Challenge “Fancy” (I looked up the word Fancy. It is an ADJECTIVE that means “elaborate in structure or decoration.” In other words, the opposite of CAS. Since creating CAS cards  is always difficult for me, I guess I’m more of a Fancy gal! On second thought, I might be more "fussy" than fancy as apparent on the inside of the card where I added a tree made with a scrap of green paper as part of the backdrop. Plus, I sketched around the inside of the sentiment with a fine line permanent black marker and dotted the 'i' with a silver star and little heart-shaped gem. Sometimes I just can't stop myself from adding more details!)

·   Digi- Ching Chou Kuik (Christmas Elf)
·   Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·   Front Sentiment- “Merry”- Stampendous Christmas Bright die set
·   Inside Sentiment- “Christmas”- Stampendous Christmas Bright die set
·   Gold Stars- made with tiny star punch and upcycled gold packaging from my stash
·   Assorted card stock and background papers, corrugated, gold photo corners and tiny red heart-shaped rhinestone sticker from my stash
Entered into:  
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Reach For The Stars                            
Cute Card Thursday- Challenge #644 Christmas in July
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- July                        
Ching-Chou Kuik's FB Challenge- [FB] Die-cuts or Punches or Both
NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff!)- Challenge #16       
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                
Outlawz Challenge- Saturday Paper Ala Mode- Fancy                 
Outlawz Challenge- Inlinks Challenge

Living in Wisconsin where dairy farms are everywhere means that EVERY day is Ice Cream Day! However, I appreciate that July is the "officially designated" Ice Cream Month and July 19th was National Ice Cream Day. So, I wanted to make a card to commemorate the event. I opted for an iris fold card (using a free template) so pulled lots of pink scraps from my stash for the cool treat, plus used scraps of tan vinyl wallpaper from an old sample book to create the cone. (The scraps have lots of texture and a mottled pattern that works perfectly for the cone!) The inside sentiment made me laugh out loud when I found it on a wonderful blog, named Gingershouse, which is jam-packed full of freebie sentiments. This was one of my favs… maybe because in my job I work closely with our police department and sheriff’s office. I think this card might just go to our Chief of Police who is an amazing guy with a quirky sense of humor!
·   Iris Fold Ice Cream Cone- Instructions HERE.
·   Inside sentiment- A freebie from Gingershouse (I Scream You Scream)
·   Assorted card stock, upcycled wallpaper scraps and paper scraps, pink gems and photo corners from my stash
Entered into:  
Day of the Month Challenge- National Ice Cream Day 
Di’s Digi Stamps- Use Your Scraps                                                  
Pixie's Snippets-Week #383                                                                      
Crafty Catz Challenge- Anything Goes #516 (Optional twist- Make It Funny) 
A Perfect Time to Craft 2020-Anything Goes- July Challenge #7-2020


  1. Hi Kathy your cards are stunning. I love them all. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  2. What lovely cards!! I like the Bugaboo card with the fun "photo" stamp you colored in. I also love the inside. My favorite is the Iris fold ice cream!! This is SO COOL!!!!!

  3. Now that is one cool ice cream cone! Brilliant idea! Perhaps one day I will have a change to taste Wisconsin ice cream - looking forward to it already! Thank you so much for playing with us at DotMCC!

  4. Fantastic cards! Thanks for joining in the Christmas In July challenges at Catch The Bug. Bonnie GDT

  5. I just love the image on your Christmas card!
    Thank you for joining in the fun in our Christmas in July at Catch the Bug!
    Hugs from Africa!

  6. Fantastic Christmas cards and I love your iris folding one too!
    Many thanks for joining us at Cute Card Thursday this week!

  7. I love all your projects for our 10h Annual CIJ Event! Thanks so much for taking the time to play along!

  8. LOL, love the sentiment and wonderful folding technique. Great card! Thank you for playing along with us at CRAFTY CATZ this week. Best of luck! Nick

  9. All of these cards are fabulous too!

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

  10. Wonderful work Kathy - I adore your snippets entry. So clever!


    Di xx

  11. Great cards - thanks for sharing it with us at Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge.

    Helen x


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