Monday, July 15, 2013

Christmas Cards All Year Round Mid Month

I hope this post finds you well and ready for some Christmas card inspiration. It is the middle of the month and I wanted to share with you some more Christmas cards that I made for the challenge at Christmas Cards all Year Round.
The challenge this month is: 
It's all about Santa
Include anything on your card that has to do with Santa- presents, reindeer, elves, you get the idea.

My first card uses an elf digi from Kenny K's and he's on sale for $1.00. Can't beat that price for such a cute digi stamp.
I colored him in with Copic markers. {See below for the exact markers} The die cuts are by Spellbinders and Copic paper by Cryogen. The patterned papers are from Bazzill, Echo Park, Basic Grey and Recollections. Present embellishments from Recollections and sentiment stickers by The Girls' Paperie.

Skin-E00, E000, E0000, R30. Eyes-B00. Hair-Y17, Y13, Y11, Y28. Reds in the hat and jacket-R39, R27, R24, R22. Greens-YG25, YG63, YG67, G82. Boots and belt-Black 100, W5, W3, W1. Hat C1. Dots-B00 and C00.

Challenges: Make it sparkle (Glitter presents) Christmas in July (must have die cuts)

Next I made this Santa card with a stamp from Inkadinkado. I heat embossed the Santa with Versa Mark ink and Stamp N Plus white embossing powder. Then I inked the Recollections white cardstock with the colors Tea Dye and Fired Brick Distress Inks from Ranger Industries. I sprayed the piece of cardstock with water and let it dry. After it was dry I came back to it with a paint brush and Barn Door Distress Ink where I "colored in" the hat. Something a little different but I like the way it looks. The patterned paper is by Bazzill and Recollections. Border punch by Stampin Up, white cardstock by Recollections and red cardstock and decorative brad by Making Memories. I've had that brad for probably 3 years now. I just think they are too pretty to use on a card. I have hoarder issues.The sentiment sticker is from Hobby Lobby.

Here I have another Santa card with the Santa stamp also by Inkadinkado. Again I heat embossed the stamp with the products above and then used a circle punch to punch it out. I then layered the circle onto two Spellbinders dies. The background was created by inking my embossing folder (by SU) before putting it through the Cuttlebug using Ranger Distress Ink and kraft cardstock by Oriental Trading Co. I then sprayed it with water and let it dry. Other supplies; the ribbon is vintage from Hubby's grandmother and the tree brad is from Creative Imaginations. The circle punch is from Creative Memories and I inked the edges with more Distress Ink. The sentiment is OOOOLD (2001) by Mrs. Grossman's. The patterned paper is from American Crafts.  

Challenges: Favorite technique-Embossing Kraft with any other color combo Ribbon, embossing and handmade background Use Ruby Red (cardstock) Hexagons or circles Tip: Distress Ink on the embossing folder before you run it through and tada a fun background.

Thanks so much for looking.


  1. These are all gorgeous Cindy, I like the elf image
    Kevin xx

  2. A great selection of cards Cindy. Hugs, Claire x

  3. These Christmas cards are great! Fab design and your attention to details are great!

    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us this fortnight at Simply Create Too.
    Best of luck and we'd love to have you visit again!

    Hugs Mian
    Simply Create Too Design Team Member

  4. Great card and cute little Elf, love the paper choice. Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiment for our two word challenge.

  5. Thanks so much for playing along with us this week for the Catch The Bug "Santa Inspiration Hop Challenge” with Bugaboo Stamps! Just loved your card, and hope to see more of your work in future challenges!

    Bugaboo Stamps DT
    Jenn Zeeb

  6. Wow, all three of these are so fabulous. Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

  7. Very cool card ! I love that Santa image and that brad is so pretty. I can see why you hoarded it! Thanks so much for joining our challenge over at Loves Rubberstamps! :)

  8. A beautiful card Cindy. Love your image and colouring. Thanks for joining in our no spoolin challenge over at the Southern Girls Challenge XOX Tania

  9. Great card!
    Thanks for playing with us at Christmas Card Challenges this week!
    Monica - CCC DT

  10. absolutely fantastic and awesome!

    thanks so much for playing along with us at Ruby’s Rainbow Challenges!

    hugs and kisses from germany,
    silvi xoxo

  11. Wow, some great cards there! You got a goo start on your holiday cards, and they're all adorable!!
    Thank you for joining us at Cut it Up Challenge Blog for our Christmas in July challenge!

  12. A lovely card and a great way to make an interesting background. Thanks for joining Top Tip Tuesday. Elaine

  13. Great Christmas cards. Thanks for joining us at PCJ in our "Christmas in July" challenge and good luck. Hugs, Gale DT

  14. Cindy: Your card is so cute–love the elf! Thank you for joining our “Christmas in July” Challenge #41.

    Simply Create Too Design Team Member

  15. Wonderful cards!!AWESOME job!
    Thank you for joining us at Cut It Up Challenges.
    Have a wonderful day,
    ♥ Crafting With Creative M (my blog)♥
    ♥ 2 Creative Chicks Challenges ♥
    ♥ Silhouette Challenges ♥

  16. Three beautiful cards! I really like the effect you created with the embossed kraft cardstock and the distress inks. Thanks for playing with CSAYL.

  17. Being a huge Christmas fan I love everything connected to this special holiday. Including cards. I think yours are gorgeous! Thanks for playing with us at Crafty ribbons! Hugs! xx

  18. Cute Christmas Cards. Thanks for joining Speedy Fox and Friends.

  19. Wonderful Christmas cards! Both are fabulous! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Speedy Fox & Friends blog challenge.

  20. What a beautiful cards, everyone of them. Thanks for joining us this week for "Christmas in July."

    Karal SSD DT
    My Blog: Karals Creative Corner

  21. sorry ... hit the wrong button on my last comment ... let's try this again! LOL!

    LOVE all three creations! Thanks so much for joining our "Anything Goes – Christmas In July Edition" challenge at Shelly's Images! Please come back and join us again real soon!!
    Shelly's Images Design Team

  22. Love your inspirational cards - thanks for sharing for my CHNC challenge 133 - could also enter for my CHNC challenge extra for July - would love to see your cards there too. x

  23. Very cute Christmas cards. Thanks for including Speedy Fox and Friends in your challenge entries.

  24. Great cards, love the layout.. Thank you for joining us at happy campers, Pauline x


  25. This is beautiful thanks for playing with us at PCJ this time
    Jacki xx(PCJ DT)

  26. lovely card thanks for sharing with us at 2 sisters Tracy x

  27. All 3 cards are beautiful, I love the elf image and the papers you used! Thanks for joining us at Christmas Card Challenges.

  28. Cute card.

    Thanks for playing with The Squirrel and The Fox this challenge.

    Happy Crafting

  29. It's lovely.
    Thanks for joining us at at Shelly's Images.
    Hugs Miranda
    Shelly's Images Design Team


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