Monday, July 11, 2011

Christmas In July - Part 2

Last Wednesday my Stampin' Up demo had a little 'Christmas In July' get together. It was a way for us to play with the new Snow Much Fun set, share our thoughts about the new catalogue, and get start getting in the Christmas spirit, in anticipation of the September release of the Holiday Mini. I can't wait; it's my favorite mini of the year. As much as I look forward to Sale-a-Bration in the New Year, that is more about the concept of the program than the actual mini-catalogue. Christmas is my favorite time of year and I absolutely love getting new stamps for my cards.

As mentioned, we made four cards. The first one, my favorite, is posted here. Of the remaining three, this tree was the one I loved the most. The two new blue hues are gorgeous, and I love how they look with the silver embossed tree. I don't have this set yet, because it is only available in wood mount. Soon I am inevitably going to give in and buy it, as I've wanted it for ages. I really didn't stray at all from the original design of this card, as I loved Jaime's design.

I love the colours of this second card. The Lucky Limemade goes really well with Marina Mist and Riding Hood Red. I wasn't fussy about this latest green, as I had hoped it would be brighter. It's definitely growing on me... what can I say, I'm a sucker for greens and blues. I can take no credit for those bows; Jaimie did them for me, because frankly, I'm just not that coordinated.  I stuck to the basic design of our hostess's original cards, simply adding some glitter to my ornaments to give them a bit of extra pop.

This card was a lift of the one on page 40 of the new IB&C.

This last card turned out far better than I expected. I am normally not great with the schwoopy type flourish stamps. I'm still not super happy with it, but by my standards it could've been worse. When we cut off the top of the Top Note die, one of the other women in attendance got the idea to layer the cut off piece under the bottom, raise it with Stampin' Dimensionals, and sponge it. I think it was me that came up with the idea to add the pearls, because I've become obsessed with bling ;) The card is a CASE of the one on page 43.

Card Details:
Season's Greetings card
Cardstock: Pool Party, Island Indigo, Whisper White, Brushed Silver
Stamps: Snow Swirled
Ink: Island Indigo
Misc: Silver Stampin' Emboss, Stampin' Dimensionals, ribbon

Merry Christmas (ornaments)
Cardstock: Lucky Limeade, Riding Hood Red, Marina Mist
Stamps: Delightful Decorations, Four Frames and unknown SU sentiment
Ink: Marina Mist, Riding Hood Red
Misc: ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds, Ornament/Scallop Trim border/ Decorative Label punch misc ribbon
Merry Christmas (flourish)
Cardstock: Bravo Burgandy
Stamps: Curly Cute, Season of Joy
Ink: Bravo Burgandy, Always Artichoke
Misc:Top Note die, Basic Pearls, misc ribbon

All products listed are SU!


Tina said...

Gorgeous cards, love your embossing on the first one! (you are well organized for Christmas)

Dixie said...

Your cards are great! I love the colours on the first one, and that image is great embossed in silver. The second one is probably my the colours you used and the layout. The 3rd one is also beautiful, with the flourishes and lace, it has a victorian feel to it. Well done!

Debbie Carriere said...

Beautiful cards!

Heather B said...

Great cards!! I might have to case a couple from you.

Angie ~ Closet Cricuteer said...

Love all these Christmas cards. So gets me in the mood to start my Christmas cards.