Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Christmas in July - SnSS Challenge

I am scrambling around to get this posted before the challenge ends! Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps has a challenge going on right now, but it ends in 1 day 12 hours and 4 minutes! I hope that you dash over there and enter the Friday Feature and Challenge! This one is...Christmas Ornaments!

Since I just joined the SnSS team, I don't have the featured stamp set, Mod Ornaments, which the rest of the team used for their projects. (That set is ON SALE right now!) I used two of the July release sets, Christmas Morn and Christmas Innies just so I could play along in the challenge.  

I decided to die cut my ornaments. I have several of the Spellbinders Heirloom Ornaments sets, and most of them have never been used. (Can you say, "hoarder"?) I had seen a beautiful card on a blog or Pinterest, from a designer who is (I think) from Poland, using creams and pale blues. (Those gals are currently my favorite designers. I am not sure what Poland has put in the water, but wow!) Anyway, I loved the color combo and how Karola used the elements of her cards - so I sorta scrap lifted from her a bit. Her work is too stunning for words!

I stamped a sentiment from the Christmas Morn set, and then cut it out with a banner die. I rubbed on a little brown ink.

I die cut two ornaments and rubbed them both with ink. I also die cut some snowflakes, which I stenciled with blue ink. Those fancy brads were in a bin on my desk. I have no clue where I got them...I think they may be from Stampin' Up. I have a friend who gives me little containers of bits and bobs from time to time and I think she gave these to me. 

I made one of my "signature bows" from two different ribbons and some twine, and a wooden button. So vintage shabby!

I stamped a sentiment from the Christmas Innies set on the inside of the card. I love the various SnSS "innies" sets! So useful for the inside of cards, but they can also be word art focal pieces for the front of cards!

I hope y'all will forgive me digging into my hoard and using Christmas paper from several years ago! This is all Carta Bella and Echo Park. I just love the colors! Plus, I don't think I purchased any new Christmas paper last season...I was too busy working with Graphic 45 The Twelve Days of Christmas! I usually buy all the new lines, but last year...nothing. 

Thanks for hanging out today. Hop on over to the SnSS blog and link up YOUR challenge!

Stamps: Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Christmas MornChristmas Innies
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers ColorMates Textures Cascata White, ColorMates Smooth and Silky Beach
Designer paper: Echo Park Seasons Greetings; Carta Bella Winter Fun
Dies: Spellbinders Create-a-Flake Five, Ribbon Banners, 2010 Heirloom Ornaments, 2011 Heirloom Ornaments
Ribbon: unknown
Twine: May Arts
Brads: Stampin' Up
Button: unknown
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Rich Cocoa, Brilliance Moonlight White; Ranger Distress Weathered Wood; Clearsnap Colorbox Pigment Cocoa
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Beacon Fabri-tac


  1. Gorgeous! Just a beauty of a Christmas card! Well done!

  2. Love it! Those colors are fabulous.

  3. Wow, what a lovely card!

  4. What a gorgeous Christmas card!! It makes me feel like singing carols even in 95 degree weather:-)) I hoard paper too. When hubby had my craft room built and it wouldn't all fit I had to grudgingly let go of some of it. It's so hard to do because I'm sure I'd have eventually used it-lol! My new rule is if I buy new and it doesn't fit I have to give away something old to make room. I made the same rule for my library because it was overflowing. I hate my self imposed rules!

  5. What a beautiful Christmas card Gloria. Love the blue and tan together. So elegant. The soft sponging looks great.

  6. Gorgeous Christmas card Gloria!

  7. Congrats on the new DT girl and I love this card! Those ornaments are stunning in that color too! ~Diane

  8. Oh, I love this! The colors are totally unexpected and totally fresh and delightful.