Bloggers Challenge 57 – Christmas in July


So, I’m a little late with this challenge but just by a few hours!  This week’s challenge was to make a Christmas card.  I think it was supposed to make us feel cooler, and if so, it didn’t work.  I hate hot weather!  I ended up stamping this image about six times before I got the look I wanted-the first one was stamped with White Brilliance ink on Going Gray cardstock and then embossed with white twinkling EP, but it didn’t photograph well at all.  I tried white pigment ink on gray, silver Encore on black, etc., etc., and finally, when I was about ready to start completely over with red and green, Black Brialliance on Going Gray finally worked!  I used a sponge dauber to ink up the edges with Silver Encore ink, and then heat embossed with sterling silver EP.  Not my original plan, but it worked…why don’t all my brilliant ideas work?  They seem like good plans, but lack something in the execution.  I’m a bit tenacious, and if something doesn’t work I’m kind of determined (i.e. stubborn) to make it work…somtimes I just need to learn to let go…


Stamps:  Children at Christmas (Artistic Outpost); Paper:  Core’dinations, Basic Grey Figgy Pudding, Going Gray;  Ink: Brilliance Black, Silver Encore, Basic Gray Classic (for distressing the edges); Accessories:  rick rack blade on Cutting Buddy for decorative edge, Sterling Silver EP, white and light blue organdy ribbon, ribbon slide (WR Memory Keepers), self-adhesive blue jewels

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  1. I can’t tell you how many times this same thing has happened to me. You start out with great intentions, but it seems that no matter what I try, I’m not happy with it. I think your card turned out wonderfully, and the blues, gray and silver achieved your “cool” look you were wanting. Great job.

  2. What a great stamp! Glad you kept with it!

  3. This has such a wonderfu vintage feel to it! I love it! {SMILES}

  4. LOVE this card, the colors, the beautiful ribbon slide, everything about it!

  5. This is beautiful Anita! I just love the cool colors that you’ve chosen and that image is just darling! 😀

  6. Very nice! I really like how the silver embossing edge turned out–great idea!

  7. Stunning! I love the silver edging around the card!

  8. Glad you persevered. Love the vintage image you used.
    What a pretty bow and accent.

  9. Oh, I thing that same thing happens to us all. You start out with a great idea in your head and somehow the hands don’t seem to get the message. This is beautiful Anita. I especially love the silver embossing around your image. You done good, girl!

  10. Beautiful card!! I love colors. and the ribbon slide is a beauty.

  11. Pretty! That is such a cute stamp.

  12. Wow, love the colours in this and that image is perfect.
    🙂 Marcia

  13. I love this image Anita! Very nice, and I love the silver edge around it. Goes great with the buckle piece. Wonderful job!

  14. Wow, love this card! I love the vintage look, and your embellies are wonderful!!!!!!!!!

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