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Updated: Aug 20, 2023

I've started my Christmas in July series by using stamps from Purple Onion Designs, Simon Says Stamp, and Gina K. Designs. I hope you enjoy my card making process!

I began this card project by stamping the Gina K. Design's "Delicate Snowflake" background stamp using Altenew's Turquoise Crisp Dye Ink. I utilized one of Tim Holtz's Collage Brushes to apply a coat of Distress Collage Medium Matte to the snowflake stamped card panel. Acting quickly... I generously coated the Distress Clear Rock Candy glitter over the entire panel and let it sit about 20 seconds before tapping off the excess to ensure I had a good layer of Rock Candy stuck to the Collage Medium. Once the excess had been tapped off, I set this panel aside to dry.

Next, I selected the "Jolly" stamp from Purple Onion Designs and used Lawn Fawn's Jet Black ink to stamp the snowman image onto a piece of alcohol marker friendly card stock. I used my Copic Sketch markers to color the image, the Brother Scan 'N Cut to cut out the image, and applied Simon Says Stamp 3D Foam Squares to the back.

I cut the snowflake/Rock Candy card front panel to be slightly smaller than an A2 card panel and adhered it to the front of a top folding, A2 card panel. For the sentiment, I used the Simon Says Stamp "Christmas Blessings" stamp and die set to stamp the 'Tis the Season image onto white card stock using jet black ink and cut it out using the matching die from the set. LOVE THIS STAMP/DIE SET!!! I placed 3D foam squares to the back side of the sentiment and positioned it and the snowman image on the card front in the location I thought looked good. This finished off the last task of a super easy to make Christmas card.

I hope you are enjoying getting a head start on your holiday cards during the oppressive heat of the 2023 Christmas in July.

Thank you so much for stopping by to see me - I appreciate you doing so!

Until next time…

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Updated: Aug 20, 2023

Hi Friends! Gerda Steiner Designs released this adorable stamp set just in time for my nephew’s birthday and I couldn’t have been more excited with this release.

For this card I used the Gerda Steiner Designs “Cupcake Mice” stamp set and Simon Says Stamp “Streamer Ribbons” die set. I stamped the mouse and cupcake image on white, alcohol marker friendly cardstock and colored the images with my Copic markers. I added Glossy Accents to the mouse’s party hat and put a layer of Nuvo Glitter Drops (Blue Lagoon) on the top of the cupcake. Before the Glitter Drops dried, I sprinkled a heavy coating of Tim Holtz’s Rock Candy Glitter on it so it would look candy-coated and sparkly.

I used a pre-cut piece of A2 sized turquoise cardstock for my bottom card-front panel and then used a rectangular die to cut the white cardstock panel so that it would be a tad smaller than the turquoise piece. I splattered the white cardstock panel with the Sky and Anise watercolor paints from the Art Philosophy Watercolor Confetti Set. After the splatter dried, I glued down the streamers I cut using Simon Says Stamp’s Streamer Ribbons” and’s Rainbow cardstock pad.

Next, I put the splattered card panel in my Misti stamping tool and placed the mouse and cupcake where I wanted them to go to help me better determine the sentiment stamp placement. After I stamped the sentiment, I put Spellbinders’ adhesive foam squares on the back side of the mouse and cupcake and adhered them to the front card panel.

To complete the card, I glued some rhinestones from the Taylored Expressions Rainbow Rhinestones on two corners of the card and adhered the decorated card panel to the turquoise one. I attached these to a top folded, A2 card base and that wrapped it up.

I hope you enjoyed the card. Thank you so much for stopping by to see me - I appreciate you doing so!

Until next time… happy making!

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Updated: Aug 20, 2023

Hi Friends! This year’s Father’s Day card for my amazing Dad was inspired by a cute card I saw on IG created by Nina Marie Tripani (@ninamariet) – if you haven’t checked out her Instagram page you are truly missing out!

I started by selecting a color palette from Sarah Renae Clark’s Color Cubes – I selected card number 022. I used Distress Oxide in Carved Pumpkin and Mustard Seed and blended those onto a 4-1/4” x 5-1/2” piece of white cardstock and set it aside to dry.

Next, I used the Simon Says Stamp “A2 Marquee” dies (the medium sized one) and used it to diecut a piece of watercolor paper. I used Distress Oxide Faded Jean and smashed it onto my glass mat so I could use it to watercolor the card panel. I applied the Faded Jeans with a watercolor brush and applied it as a paint around the outside edges of the panel and set that aside to dry naturally as to reduce the amount of warping.

I, then, used the Simon Says Stamp “Sending Sunshine” stamp set and a piece of white cardstock to stamp the kitty holding a flower using Lawn Fawn Jet Black ink. After I heat set the image, I used Copic markers (oranges, yellows, cool greys and a couple greens) to color the image. After the image had been colored, I used my Brother Scan N Cut machine to cut out the image since I didn’t own the dies for this set.

I splatter the Carved Pumpkin and Mustard Seed Distress Oxides inks across the water-colored card panel and when it was dry, I used Lawn Fawn’s “Happy Happy Happy” stamp set and selected the cursive happy and Father’s Day stamps and stamped those to the upper left-hand corner of the water-colored panel. To adhere the kitty, I used Scrapbook Adhesives Thin 3D Foam Squares and placed those on the back side of the diecut then adhered it to the lower right-hand corner of the card panel. I used Simon Says Stamp Big Momma Foam tape to stick the water-colored panel to the ink blended card front panel.

To complete the card, I glued some clear baubles and a clear heart shaped gem to the card front and wrapped it up.

I hope you enjoyed the card. Thank you so much for stopping by to see me - I appreciate you doing so!

Until next time…

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