Monday, July 1, 2013

A Little Christmas In July

Hello My Dear Crafting and Blogging Friends!

It has been exactly 8 weeks since I last crafted and posted a card and I've missed it so much.  I've gotten a little too busy with planning my youngest daughter's wedding, which is next March, and it's amazing how fast the time is flying.  I have been quite sick with Strep and then a nasty cold for the past 11 days and so once I could function somewhat normally again, decided I would cheer myself up with some card making.

So I have for you today Edwin With Sack from the 2012 Magnolia Christmas Story Collection, paired up with the Snowy Roof (from the same collection).
One of my favorite Christmastime songs is "Up On The Housetop" and that was the inspiration for my card.  I colored with my Copics and then got a little crazy with the glitter.
I mixed up a glue and paint concoction to make a sort of texture medium for the fur on Edwin's coat and also for the snowy accents on the poinsettia and snowflakes, then added more glitter.
This is the first time I've used my Spellbinder's Poinsettia dies and I LOVE them!  I've also used the Sizzix Snow Flurries die by Tim Holtz and the MS Branch Punch.
For the finishing touches I added jingle bells to the ribbon bows, pearls to my snowflakes and poinsettia and then stamped my sentiment.
This is the sketch I followed from Papertake Weekly, only I flipped it.
Have you all noticed that some of the craft stores are putting in their Christmas merchandise already?  I don't know about you, but that makes my heart skip a beat in anticipation.  Oh, and the brochure for the Hallmark Ornament Premier just arrived.  Woo Hoo!  Our temps have been around 115 F, and there is no sign of it letting up soon, but the thought of Christmastime and "cooler" weather lifts my spirits, so a shopping I will go.   
I very much appreciate you stopping by and taking a look.  If you have a few extra seconds, I would love for you to leave a comment.  Take care, have a great day and better tomorrows!
♥ Laura C.
Challenges I Would Like To Enter:
Marvelous Magnolia Shabby Chic
The Ribbon Girls Two Backing Papers
Time For Magnolia Inspired By A Christmas Song - Up On The Housetop
Papertake Weekly Sketchy Free For All - I Used Sketch #60
7 Kids College Fund Red, White & Blue
Stamp And Create Christmas In July
Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes
Stamp Magic For Men
Creative Inspirations Anything Goes w/ Ribbon
ABC Christmas M is for Mice or Men
Winter Wonderland 3 Snowflakes, 2 Papers, 1 Image
Card Mania Christmas In July
Craft your Passion Red, White & Blue
Detailed Supply List:
Stamps: Magnolia (Edwin With Sack, Snowy Roof), Hampton Arts (Merry Christmas)
Inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), StazOn (Jet Black), Copic Markers
Papers: Bazzill (Red, White, Blue Cardstock), Scrap-Ease (Cool Pines), Susan Branch (Red Stripe)
Dies/Punches: Spellbinders (Layered Poinsettia), Sizzix (Snow Flurries), Martha Stewart (Branch)
Misc: Recollections (Bells, Pearl Stickers), White Seam Binding Ribbon, Glue, Acrylic Paint, Glitter


downrightcrafty said...

such a pretty image and beautiful card, thank you for joining us at the Winter Wonderland
Hugs Kate xx

Anonymous said...

How pretty, I love the snowflakes and all the texture, beautifully done
Hugs julie P

NPurdum56 said...

Such a pretty card! I love your coloring! A great Christmas card! :). Nancee

Karen said...

Wow! THis is amazing!! You did a wonderful job on this!!

Sarah J Moerman said...

Fabulous card! Great scene and wonderful dimension! Thanks for joining us for the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!

Rene said...

This is beautiful! I'm so glad you shared this with us at Tilda's Town but I need you to link back to the challenge to be eligible to win! Your card is gorgeous!
Rene :D

Rene said...

Bwahahaha! I am LOSING my mind!!!! I forgot which challenge I was commenting for...still think your card is gorgeous and I'm so glad you joined us at Stamp and Create! Oh my, now I'm off for a cup of coffee since I can't seem to keep anything straight today!!!!
Rene :D

Rosie said...

Gorgeous card and love that it's a Christmas card with red, white and blue!! Thank you for joining in our 7 Kids College Fund Challenge. Hugs, Rosie

Nicolchen said...

Your Christmas card is simply wonderful :0)))

Thanks for playing with us at Marvelous Magnolia ;0)

Hugs Nicole

Cathy Lee said...

Fabulous card, Laura. Edwin is so sweet and love all the pretty papers and snow elements.
Cathy Lee

Karen said...

Gorgeous card! Awesome details.


Kelly said...

Well after 8 weeks you still make awesome cards! I love this one, very nice, I think it well designed. Lovely papers and the snow on the poinsettia is great.
Have a great day,

Margreet said...

Wow what a gorgeous creation and thank you for joining on the Time for Magnolia challenge blog.
Hugs Margreet

MommyScraps said...

Oh my gosh soooo cute! Love your twist on the "red, white, and blue!!" Thanks for sharing with us at craft your passion!

Sally said...

Beautiful Christmas card. Love the layout and image.
Glad you could join us at Winter Wonderland this time.
Hugs Sally xxx

Bonnie Irvine said...

I'm so glad you found your way back to the craft table because this card is gorgeous. You've done a lovely job colouring these combined images. The paper choices are fabulous and so unexpected for Christmas. I love that! The poinsettia, the snowflakes, and the stitching are all awesome details. Thanks for joining our Red, White & Blue challenge at Craft Your Passion. I hope we see you again soon. Good luck with the wedding planning.

Angela said...

Your christmas card looks so beautiful and i like all the glimmer on your texture.
Thank you for joining us at ABC Christmas Challenge
Hope to see you again
Hugs and greetings
Angela DT

Evie said...

A gorgeous and beautiful card. Thank you for joining us at Card Mania.

Candy said...

Hi Laura,
Great to hear you are getting better :o)
Your card is lovely. I love the red bells on
the white bows. Edwin is beautifully coloured. Great poinsettia too.
You asked me about the Frantage on my card. I used a pad of glue to the card and then added the Frantage. It was very evident that I did, as you could see the square edges where the Frantage ended. Next time I think I will use a little dauber to tap it on, and hopefully avoid that problem. Hope I have helped :o)
Big Hugs, Candy

Ani said...

Fabulous Christmas card! Thank you so much for playing along at Card Mania! Good luck!

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