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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Celebrate The Occasion -- Challenge #21: Christmas In July (without red!) PLUS a DT Call!! :)

Wooooo-doggy!!  Today was a HOT one!!  I'm pretty sure you could fry an egg on the sidewalk (especially if your electric griddle was set up on the sidewalk -- Not sure I'd want to eat the egg otherwise -- hee hee!!)...  It sure wasn't a day that I had Christmas on the mind!! :)  Although, I could be overheard telling my mom that a little bit of snow would be nice on a day like today -- no, not in January, Mom...  So don't remind me that I was wishing for snow in July when there's already 3-feet of the cold stuff on the ground in January!! :)

Despite the hot, hot HEAT -- this week we have a SUPER FUN challenge at Celebrate The Occasion -- Christmas In July (NO red!)!!  Create a card, layout, or project representing Christmas (but don't use any RED!!) and enter it into Challenge #21 at CTO...   I can't wait to see what you create!! :)
For my project I created a card with an oldie but goodie stamp set that I found hiding in my stash of stamps...  If ya know the name of the set, be sure to let me know so that I can update my post (I know it's retired from SU!, but I don't have the name of the set)!!  Judging from the cleanliness of the pear tree stamp, I'm thinking that I have never before used this stamp...  (Um, why not???)  I love how elegant the stamp is -- It goes with the crinkle ribbon from My Craft Spot so nicely too!!
The sentiment is from the same retired set...  I colored it in with my watercolor pencils, inked the edges with caramel ink, and added some iridescent Stickles for some extra sparkle!! :)
Here's a close-up of the image -- I really love how detailed this stamp is (I might have to actually use it for some Christmas cards this year!!)...  I also love how easy it was to color (yeah, I color outside the lines from time to time!)...  I tried to show the close-up without the Stickles (the Stickles are already added, I just tried to catch it in the right light so they wouldn't show as much)... 

I hope you've enjoyed my card -- For even more inspiration, please be sure and visit CTO to see all of the WONDERFUL projects my DT sisters have created!!  I hope you'll be inspired to create something to share in the Christmas In July challenge over at Celebrate The Occasion!!

***  It's also time for the DT Call over at CTO!!  Be sure to hop on over there for all the details on how to apply for the next Design Team!!  I absolutely LOVE working with everyone at Celebrate The Occasion...  It's such a wonderful and inspiring group of gals -- So if you've been thinking about applying, why not give it a shot?

I love reading your comments and and answering your questions!!  If you have a blog, please be sure to leave a link so that I may visit you too...

Until next time,

23 comments:

Annette_Marlow said...

This card is great! I love it and not to come off as "bah humbug", I'm just not a Christmas person lol. I love to see my boys open their gifts and spend time with them explaining why we have Christmas, but the actual decorating for Christmas... I am the WORST at doing it. Halloween on the other hand... GOT IT IN THE BAG, that is my time to shine and deck out the house in scary spidery fun! So to say the least this will be a challenge for me. Thankfully it's a no red challenge. This card has truly inspired me, thank you!

Kim said...

Very Pretty card! Great job doing a Christmas card with out the red:)
~Kim

Cathy said...

I love the colors in your card!!

artfuldelight said...

Beautiful card, LOVE the image!! :-)

girlia said...

Amy this card is beautiful! You did an awesome job with the coloring.

Kelly S said...

How pretty! That is a fabulous stamp and your card is very festive, even without any red. :)

Kelly
http://kellyscraftylife.blogspot.com

Amy said...

Very pretty card- you did a great job coloring the stamp- TFS! :)Amy
amyscraftingspace.blogspot.com

Pam said...

Amy you did an outstanding job on your coloring. That was the first thing I thought of was how beautiful and glittery. Just lovely, even without the red it's a lovely Christmas card. Hugs, Pam at http://craftycards4u2.blogspot.com/

DIANA L. said...

What is the brand and type of watercolor pencils did you use? Great card by the way lov ethe colors.

Pam said...

Hey Sweet Pea:) I am just getting ready to go to bed, but thought I would check my comments first. It's like midnight here (WA.state). And I had another one from my sweet friend. Yes I did what you said:) I love hearing from you. There were many sprinkled all over my blog today. Made my day!!! Hugs always, Pam at http://craftycards4u2.blogspot.com/

Linda said...

Very pretty!! The crinkle ribbon fits perfectly!! Thank you for sharing your awesomeness!! :)

Linda :)
www.fancyframework.com

Ro Donner said...

Great card, Amy! I'm so glad you commented on my post so I could find YOURS! I'm going to head over to CTO now. Thanks!

Erika Valdez said...

I love your card! I know we tend to hope for the cold weather when it is hot {here in San Antonio we are hitting 110 with the heat index} and in winter longing for summer lol! I think it is a perfect time to start making some christmas cards! Last year I was in a rush to make them lol! TFS

Your DT sister,
Erika!

Besthobbyeva said...

Beautiful. I love the use of purple with the card! I love, love the crinkly ribbon! I bought some recently and need more, lol!!

Laurie

Tara said...

Love this elegant card! The colours are great and that ribbon is wonderful!
Tara

Esther said...

Beautiful!
Love the rich purple!

Melissa said...

Very pretty, loving all the glitter, it really makes it pop!

Mary said...

This is beautiful, I love how the tree turned out, fabulous job on the coloring!

Sherrie K. said...

This is just so pretty! I love the ribbon and the image is gorgeous! Fantastic job!
Sherrie K
http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com

Lisa said...

Amy, this is GORGEOUS! Wow, you do an amazing job coloring! I color like a third grader and can't stay in the lines :P And I love the bow! This is so elegant and classy and just beautiful! And oh my gosh, you make me laugh! I love reading your posts :) I hope you have a wonderful day!!

Lisa

Lisa said...

This is so pretty! :o)

Lisa
http://prettypaperprettyribbons.blogspot.com

Squirlygirl said...

Awesome card Amy! I love the LO of it. Great job not using red too. I may steal the no christmas colors theme for the card I have to make for my card group next Monday since we are also doing a Christmas theme :)
~Hugs~
Becky
www.squirlygirlcreations.blogspot.com

Amy said...

This came out really nice and elegant! :)
Amy

 
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