Friday, August 5, 2016

It's Hot, It's Sticky...Let's think Christmas!


FairyTale Stampers-Anything goes

OK The pictures are not great. I took them on my tablet and e-mailed them to myself so I could download them on the laptop but the last Picture would not work for me so I couldn't do any cropping or enhancing...bummer. I made 3 Christmas cards which is the thing to do since even Mr. Devil would be sweating in this heat. I finally bought some glossy accents and used it on the deer above so it looks all nice and glistening (I also fussy cut him out and adhered him to the card). I bought some stencils and used it for the background on the green cardstock. I stamped the tree image in a variety of green and stamped the sentiment, added some gold stickers and done!


Holly Jolly-Show Some Sparkle
CHNC--Anything Goes as long as is Christmas
Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge-Snowflakes

I tried some funky sparkle for this one but it keeps flaking off just like some of my clients....or some of the residents where my mom lives:) I used my sizzex to cut out the white cardstock and stamped and embossed the saying, presents and snowflakes. This is a bit of a different colour since it is shades of lavender actually.


Christmas cards All Year Round-Bright, Summer colours
52 Christmas cards-pick a sketch
Tuesday Throwdown-Tic-Tac-Toe-I used Flower, Marker, Ribbon/Twine
ABC Christmas Challenge-Paper Piecing

I had fun with this one! This is the card that wouldn't work right when I downloaded it onto the laptop...grrrr. The backing paper was glossy white so i used some alcohol inks to create that blueish, turquoise effect. I took some nice light purple cardstock and embossed it with a flower design (hard to see here) in my cuddlebug and adhered it to the glossy alcohol (hic!) ink card and took some nice bright yellow velvet ribbon and pieced it all together. I stamped the image in black ink and with Gismo pencils I coloured the image using bright colours one normally doesn't think to use for Christmas. Even though there is green, I used bright greens. I stamped the image again and coloured the frame and then cut out the middle and, using popup dots, secured it to the image so it looks like the cottage is framed. Lastly, I stamped the image a 3rd time but just centering on the holly and pinecones. I coloured a 3rd time and fussy cut them out. Oh yes-the berries I used a marker actually:) I used pop up dots again for a 3D image.  I finished it off with some white glitter.

I hope this gives a sense of cooling down if you live in a very hot blecchy area.

85 comments:

  1. No. It's August. Too soon!

    But you're right. It is hot. And your cards are lovely as ever.

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    1. Never too soon to make Christmas cards. I'm glad you like my cards

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    2. I would imagine that with the amount of work you put into each one, that's true.

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  2. Sounds like you're going to be all prepared for Christmastime with these lovelies! I can tell you're all into the shimmery sparkliness!

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    1. I can't get enough of the shimmery sparkle:) thank you for visiting

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  3. Loving the Christmas cards Birgit...that stag one is magestic....hope you are enjoying the weekend I shall be crafting and cooking wonderful xxxxx

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    1. I am glad you like my stag card because I think it turned out pretty nice. I hope to make some cards but it's too hot to cook. What will you be cooking?

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  4. Hi, Birgit!

    It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... everywhere you go here in Florida. The snow is knee high, making this the perfect time to gaze at your greeting cards and get into the holiday spirit. :) I love the deer and evergreens in the first card and the charming scene and marvelous assortment of colors in the third.

    Have a safe and happy weekend, dear friend BB!

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    1. If it really was like that I. Florida right now I would be heading there. I'm glad you like my cards. Have to do these cards now to be all prepared.

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  5. Christmas will sure be ready at your sea. Some cool weather would be fine by me. But no snow, blah to that.

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    1. No, I agree, no snow...at least not yet but how I would love to feel 70F weather and a nice wind and rain.

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  6. These were all cute! Maybe making these will help things cool down for you all!

    betty

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    1. I can dream that it is cooler out there while I make these.

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  7. Gladly think cool thoughts in August! Those are all very cool.

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    1. Thank you Alex! It's good to think cool.

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  8. Adorable! I especially like the first one with the deer. So cute! My tablet takes awful pictures...as does my phone... Yours are great, believe me!

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    1. Glad you like my cards and thank you regarding the pics

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  9. Now is the time to start the Christmas crafts. Now is when I start my Christmas knitting (although, this year I found the perfect piece of jewelry that I think everyone is getting instead of knitting).

    Lovely cards.

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    1. You are so right about starting now. If we started in November or December we would be nuts:) The jewelry sounds good

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  10. Love all of your cards and your entry for our challenge is beautiful. Thanks for joining us at ABC Christmas Challenge. Lisa DT

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    1. Thank you so much. Glad you like my entry

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  11. I like the green color you chose in the first card, the sparkle sparkle of the second one, and the layering of the third. There's a lot of love going in in your cards.

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    1. Thank you so much. That is a reLly nice thing to say.

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  12. Yeah, I've had enough of the heat and humidity. Let's bring on Christmas!

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  13. Yeah, I've had enough of the heat and humidity. Let's bring on Christmas!

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  14. Haven't experienced too much heat this year so I'm not ready for Christmas, but I'd enjoy receiving one of your beautiful cards anytime.

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    1. That is so nice of you to say especially coming from an artist like yourself. You are lucky that you have not experienced this horrible heat.

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  15. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at CCAYR, good luck!!! Amy DT

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  16. lovely cards. They go well with the snow photo I posted this week, lol.

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    1. Thanks and you're right! It does...love your picture

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  17. Beautiful! And a treat - I am SOOO sick of the summer heat I loved this little taste of Christmas.

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    1. Thank you. We are going into the hottest week of the entire summer which sucks

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  18. Birgit, YES, lets think mid-December ~ chilly weather, sweaters, and hot chocolate. These are all beautiful cards, but my favorite is the last one ~ gorgeous! Now, you got me thinking about my Christmas cards. :)

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    1. Thank you so much. I love the last one too. It turned out well.

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  19. We just came back from Frankenmuth Michigan, aka "The Christmas capital of the world" and home to Bronner's the "World's Largest Christmas Store", so this carries on the mood! ☺ Your cards are beautiful, Birgit and so unique!

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    1. Thank you so much. How was your trip? Hope to see pics on your blog. Did you see the crèche village??

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    2. Hi, Birgit; We had a lovely time, but did not see what you are asking about. We've been to Frankenmuth before and didn't visit the Christmas store this time around. Thinking of going back in early December to see all the Christmas lights. They start setting everything up on Oct. 1 - it's so elaborate!

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  20. Noooo!!!!! Not Christmas yet. Lovely cards, though.

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    1. Hahahahaaa yup Christmas cards. If you were here right now you would want cold weather:)

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  21. It is fun to make Christmas cards in the summer to take our minds off the heat. Your cards are wonderful and I love how you colored the image on your third card. So glad you shared your creation with us at Tuesday Throwdown.

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    1. Thank you so much. Glad you like my cards.

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  22. Lovely array of christmas cards. Thanks for playing along at Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge, good luck.
    Denise DT for HJC

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  23. Yay, Christmas cards! I can't decide which I like the best. Maybe the first.....

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    1. Thank you:) the first was done quite quickly actually.

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  24. Lovely work! I adore your sense of humor, too. You made me laugh! The summery card is great-- such pretty colors for our challenge! TY for playing along at Christmas Cards All Year 'Round!! ~Ali (CCAYR DT)

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    1. Thank you. Glad you enjoyed the read as well.

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  25. You certainly used a real hot day to create some wonderful beauty on each of these cards. Actually I think the photos look very nice..Love #1 with the glossy deer and the trees are lovely too! I can never get my stamped trees to look so nice. #2 has lovely color with the gleam & texture round the border area. Also loving #3's wonderful scene, and each of the cards did invoke a sense of cool winter...very welcome on a blistering day. Thank goodness for a/c! TFS & Hugs

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    1. I'm so glad you like my cards since you are such a talent. This week is supposed to be super hot....over 40C!

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  26. And why not think Christmas? Perfect time to do that. Besides, I loved seeing your cards. Very lovely. You may have kick started my holiday season in August.

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    1. instead of Christmas in July it's Christmas in August! We need this with the hot temps

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  27. Yes.... it really is me! Sorry it took me so long... can I blame the heat?! It's awful here. Luckily it's not humid. Our summers are very rarely humid. We have arid, searing hot days. I'm glad you managed to make Christmas cards and think cool thoughts. These are fab cards, Birgit. It's got everthing that makes Christmas so special! Great job, my friend.
    x Asha

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    1. I am so happy to see you here my friend. I think with you travelling to see hubby and regular days and all it has been a busy time for you but I'm glad you made a visit. You are lucky it's dry. Here it has been so very hot and very humid...quite disgusting and this week it is suppose to go up to44C!

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  28. The Christmas cards help to cool things off.

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  29. Christmas cards are my favorite. :D I love the green and gold and the reindeer on the first one. You have great skills in card-making! I wish you could do little videos to show us how to make them. :)

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    1. I am glad you like my deer card and I wish I knew how to film myself doing this. If I figure it out, I will showcase a style.

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  30. How pretty they are! My neighbor makes beautiful cards--I always look forward to getting one. They are like tiny gifts.

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    1. It's so much fun to create cards and I'm certain your neighbour enjoys it as well.

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  31. Christmas is but a stones throw away. I still have an Christmas card a retired boss of mine gave me in 2007. Humans - we really are so nostalgic.

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    1. We are nostalgic and that's why we keep the oddest things

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  32. Wait, wait...I think my favorite is the 3rd card....

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    1. Heheheeee. I can always send one to you...just say the word:). I mean it too.

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  33. GORgeous! I LOve your scene, papers and embellishments. Thank you so much for joining us at ABC Christmas Challenge.
    Chrissyxx

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  34. I love that deer! It's so cute. I'd be thrilled to get a card like that.

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    1. Thank you and I can send one to you if you wish

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  35. You're right. It's actually the only time I really can appreciate the thought of Christmas. Your cards always lift my spirits too. I especially like the fancy gold corners. Oh, and the recipe you wrote on my blog...now there's a really cool thought that should become much more than a thought.

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    1. I'm glad you like my cards and enjoy seeing them. The dessert is not hard to do and I hope you make one for yourself.

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  36. Good for you. I don't do Christmas stuff til mid-November at least. Hard on the fingers but necessary mentally.

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    1. Oh you are late but you are right on both counts..hard on the fingers but so relaxing.

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  37. Happy Wednesday, Birgit.
    That was such a nice offer. I really appreciate it.

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  38. I like the second one for its unusual color scheme.

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  39. It is great you are getting ready for Christmas with these cards.

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  40. Lovely cards - thank you for joining us at Christmas Cards All Year Round.
    Kath x

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  41. Three fabulous Christmas cards! I came over to see your HLS entry - fabulous sparkle (even if it does flake off), and I love the shades of blue and lavender. Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers!

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  42. What a great collection of cards Birgit and the snowflake one in particular id gorgeous. I love the beautiful embossing and the sparkle is lovely!
    Thanks for sharing with Happy Little Stampers and I hope you will join us again soon.
    Hugs
    Carol x

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  43. Great cards - love them all!

    Thanks for joining us at Christmas Cards All Year Round and we hope to see you again soon.

    Helen x
    (DT)

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  44. Me again!

    Great card - thanks for joining us at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra too.

    Hope to see you again soon.

    Helen x
    (DT)

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  45. Great work!!! Thanks so much for participating in our CHRISTMAS CARDS ALL YEAR 'ROUND challenge!!! Can’t wait to see you participate again in our next challenge!! Have a great crafty day!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

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