Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Christmas In July

I have had Christmas songs in my head since I started on this card a couple days ago and with the ornament premier coming up this weekend, I am ready to get this holiday season started!  (It's a coping mechanism, to deal with the heat that won't subside until October)...  LOL!

I think this will always be my favorite Tilda stamp. When I first laid eyes on a Magnolia Ink magazine, it was the Christmas 2010 edition and Santa's Little Helper stole my heart.  I became infatuated with the Maggie stamps and magazines because I had finally found a style that said, "this is me".

My card turned out much differently then I intended.  I'm consoling myself by believing that I am not the only one that this happens to.  I had totally different papers chosen, went out and purchased Copics to match that paper, and once Tilda was done, saw that the inks were darker and redder than I thought they'd be.  So I dove into my paper stash and came up with some gorgeous papers by Imaginisce that I've been holding onto for just the right project.

I wanted this card to have a rustic feel so I roughened up the papers, made lots of layers and inked some edges.  I colored the half-pearls with E19 and dyed the ribbon with Fired Brick distress ink to bring out the polka-dots in the red DP.  I'm still working on "coloring" white, like on Tilda's hat brim and her apron.

I hope this gives you a little jump on your holiday spirit like it did for me.  Thank You so much for stopping by!  More of what I used to make this card is listed below.  Please leave a comment by clicking on the comments link at the bottom of this post.  I love to hear from you and your comments have been so inspiring.  

Have a great day and an even better tomorrow!

♥ Laura C.

Challenges I am entering:

Magnolia-licious Highlites (Christmas)
The Sketchy Challenge (Sandy's Sketch)
Tilda's Town (Favorite Tilda)
Magnolia Mania (Christmas)
Hooked On Craft (Christmas in July)
Lollipop Crafts (Christmas in July)
Crazy Challenge (Christmas in July)

Supplies Used:

Stamps:  Santa's Little Helper by Magnolia of Sweden
Inks:  Copic Markers and Distress Inks by Tim Holtz
Cardstock:  Bazzill Basics and Recollections
DP:  Polar Expressions by Imaginisce
Dies:  Spellbinders (scalloped circles) and Sizzix (Circle and Lg. Snowflake)
Punches:  Martha Stewart (PATP Arctic Snowflake)
Misc:  Recollections (pearl stickers) and Deja Views (wonder words rub-ons)


KSim18 said...

You're cards are so cute it makes me sick! :x

They are so imaginative and simply adorable. Weneed to live closer together so we can scrap again!! <3

Linda said...

Well sometimes it is better when we don't know what we are doing!!!! This card turned out amazing!!!! Love the old vintage feel to the card!!!! Absolutely gorgeous!!!!!

Doreen Horats, Clayton said...

Fantastic, love the rustic feel and Tilda is colored great.
Fun card.
Have a super great day
Blessings Doreen

Karen said...

I love this!! I love your sentiment stamp too! : )

Norma said...

Laura, what a beautiful card. Love the red and white combo. Beautifully coloured Tilda--so adorable. Love the bordered strip and the distressed edge.

Suzi said...

Fabulous card Laura, I love the distressed look and the fab layering. Tilda coloured beautifully. I'm so glad it all came right in the end.
Suzi x

lvtaz2000 said...

What a darling card. You are making want to get busy with Christmas already. I love the kraft papers with her.

Céline said...

so so cute, love red cards
thanks for playing with us at tilda's town this week

Leslie Turner said...

Super cute! Love the distressing!

Christina C. said...

Very cute card.....adorable Tilda, colored to perfection!!!

Only By His Grace said...

Hi Laura!
Lovely Christmas card. Love the layers.
Hugs maz

Anonymous said...

Love the snowflake border, very pretty card, Thanks so much for joining us at Tildas Town this week
Hugs Julie P

Damarys said...

This is a beautiful card and truly makes me feel like the holidays are around the corner!

Cathy Lee said...

Simply adorable, Laura. Tilda looks fabulous and quite cool. Hope the heat breaks your way.
Cathy Lee

Kelly Neis said...

I love the colors and style of your card. I love the way you colored her and she looks fabulous. Your card is so rich and "cool' looking. The heat is coming back to us again, yuk, it has been a hot summer. Stay cool.

Sandy - Live & Love Crafts said...

Hi Laura,
She sure is a sweetie! Wonderful colouring and great take on my sketch.
I really ought to get started on my Christmas cards....soon...
Thanks for playing with my sketch and joining the Sketchy Girls!


Doris said...

wau...was für eine tolle Karte! Du hast das Thema super umgesetzt! Die Farben und die Coloration sind zuckersüss! Danke, dass du bei MMC mitmachst!!

LG aus der Schweiz

Irish Eyes said...

I am a big fan of this little cutie also. They say in art, "there are no mistakes". I'm not sure who "they" are, but I must agree.

Your card is just beautiful and very rustic. Just love the design and your coloring.

Elle said...

Can I say "Perfection"? I love the rustic feel of your card and Tilda is absolutely precious.

Elizabeth said...

Gorgeous card, Laura! Excellent choice of favorite Tilda. Your coloring is wonderful. Thanks for sharing with us in Tilda's Town this week! Hugs, Elizabeth

cathylynn said...

Great coloring and I love your color combo! Lovely layers too! Great job!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Tina Makuc said...

Your card is wonderful Laura!! The Tilda you chose is so cute!! The papers and layout are great and your colouring is fantastic!!
Thanks for playing with us at Tilda's Town this week!!
Hugs, Tina

Paper Tails said...

Laura, Your card is beautiful. I love the rich reds and the way finished the edges.


Linda Palmer said...

Absolutely beautiful card. I do love everything about it. Beautiful coloring, papers etc.

Janiel/ janny said...

Beautiful............ Love the colors...

hugs.....and thanks for joining us at Magnoila-lious...

*щурчо* said...

Your card is so beautiful..I love your coloring and layout.. I like cute Tilda you use in your card!
Thank you for playing along with us at CCH # 124 - Christmas in July.Hugs Krassi

McCrafty's Cards said...

Gorgeous card Laura I like the sweet Tilda,the papers and the colours, thanks for joining in with us at Hooked on Craft this month, Good Luck.
Kevin xx

Sonia said...

Hi Laura
Totally Gorgeous creation! Love Tilda and the dp. Great JOB!
Thanks for joining us at Lollipop Crafts. Good Luck!
-Sony LC-DT

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