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Friday, July 3, 2009

Christmas in July

It has been a great day off! I slept in, no waking up to an alarm clock for me today and then got up and headed straight to my craft room. well first I jumped online to check out the challenges on SCS. The challenge in the Hanna Stamps forum today is Christmas in July. Perfect for me since I am planned a craft day with the same theme on the 18th and I pulled out some Christmas paper and embellishments last night and they were sitting there on the desk ready to go. The challenge also fit in with my self challenge to use only supplies that I have on hand. I was able to find several good deals on Christmas stuff last year so they were put away and have been waiting to be used. To make this card, I started by using the tree from the Tis the Season Hanna set to create my tree farm, masking some of the trees to make it look like rows of trees. I colored these trees with Prismacolor pencils. To make the snow on the ground, I added some Martha Stewart Glitter. I stamped Riley onto a separate piece of paper and colored him and his tree with Copic and Prisma markers. After cutting him out, I added some foam squares to the back and was going to add him to the scene, but decided I wanted to have more distance between Riley and the rows of trees so I added a second layer of foam squares. See Riley's pink cheeks? It must really be cold! I hardly ever add clothes to any of these stamps, it just looks kinda weird when I do so I leave him au natural. Stamps by Hanna Stamps, glitter from Martha Stewart, paper from the Paper Studio, sentiment from Studio G, and the snowflake is from the stash.

Speaking of Christmas in July, if you live nearby or are my real life friend, plan on joining us on July 18th for our monthly craft event at church. Normally we meet the first Friday night each month, but because of the holiday, we changed the date. We will be celebrating Christmas in July and will have some quick and simple gift ideas and Christmas cards on display. Hope you can join us! I normally start making cards in July so I may try and post these on Fridays, since that it a day that I don't always post.

We are headed out in a couple of hours to meet my in-laws. We will be grilling out tonight and heading out on the boat to watch fireworks at Nashville Shores. I am so not a boat person though. Have a great day if your are celebrating and be careful!

29 comments:

supercraftygirl said...

Love that moose! He's adorable!

BonnieRose said...

omg.. this is just so cute.. LOVE IT!

Stephanie said...

Gina - love that sparkly snow!! the background looks fantastic :)

Your Christmas in July day sounds fun. I'll think of your group as mine makes a trip to the Offray ribbon outlet :)

Michelle said...

oh my gosh! how cute is this card and that riley! its all adorable! TFS!

Pat (mspfd) said...

Awesome! Love the dimension and scene you created. The 'glittered' snow is the perfect touch. Superb coloring!!

Karen from PA said...

Love, love, LOVE it! Wish we lived closer, a Christmas in July craft event sounds like a blast! Have a great 4th!

Jackie said...

Gorgeous card and LOVE Riley! Fab work....tfs!!!

Susan (peebsmama) said...

Fun Riley. I like the chunky glitter for the snow.

Elizabeth said...

Yeh.. more Christmas. I love Riley. He must be cold - wearing only a scarf and boot.

Your day sounded great. Happy July 4th (from a Canadian).

Susan Raihala said...

Adorable...with especially wonderful details. Love that snow and the popping you did!

Grace said...

Oh how cute is this! I love Riley and that snow makes me feel a little cooler on this hot day! Happy 4th!

Dru said...

Gina, this is adorable!! I love Riley! Very VERY cute!

Scrapping Julie said...

super duper cute. hopefully i can make it on the 18th

Lynn said...

Love this delightful card with Riley hiking through the crunchy snow!! Absolutely adorable!!!

Sara said...

So so cute, you can't miss with Riley!!! Have a wonderful 4th!!

Cindy said...

This is just an adorable fun Christmas card. It makes me wish it was December already so we can get a break from the Florida summer heat. I really like the mixture of the images and your "snow."

Chelsea said...

cute cute card ... love the riley and the snow!

Scrubbysue said...

Awwwwwwwwww............THIS IS CUTE! CUTE! CUTE!! I love how you paper pieced him too. TFS!

laos348 said...

That is such a cute card!!

Diane said...

This is just tooooo cute...really. Now I have to have that Riley too. How adorable!

The Wired Angel said...

Gina - this is just adorable.. I love it.

Mary said...

So nice to see Christmas cards in the summer - love the moose!

Kryssi said...

verrry cute gina!!! feels just like xmas here!

DaDoodleDiva said...

What an adorable card and I love the idea of doing a Christmas in July!

Ann said...

Eeee! SO cute!!!!

Angie Williams said...

This is a cute Christmas card! Great job!

Leigh Ann Baird said...

This is so cute!

Meli Mitchell said...

Oh HOW fun. That little moose could not be cuter and the faux snow?! Too fab-oosh.

The Mama Monkey said...

Great job on Rile That snow is fabulous!!! What a great idea!