Saturday, 5 July 2014

52 {C}CT Christmas Card In July Blog Hop

Welcome to the 52 {Christmas} Card Christmas in July Blog Hop - ooh, it's exciting!  If you've arrived here from PATRICIA, you are on the right track!  If you haven't and want to participate for a chance to win honours and/or prizes, please go back to the original hop post and follow along with us!  Come and take a peek at the creations I made using our prompts for the month - I've made a card for each of our four prompts for the month so this is a mega post!



As you'll see, I went very literal with the sketch!  I used a set of 3 tree dies to make this card.  I die cut three trees from Mossy Meadow CS, transferred some Picket Fence Distress Stain into a Mini Mister bottle and spritzed the trees to give them a snowy look.  I added Star Dust Stickles to the snowy banks and to the tree on the card front.  I pierced holes and used a Real Red marker to add faux stitches.  I added punched snowflakes and a die cut red sparkly bird. 

Inside and envelope of the sketch card.


Four different shades of pink from lightest to darkest, grey and light green.

As soon as I saw the colours I knew I wanted to use the poinsettia stamp from the SU! Joyful Christmas set.  I made a 5" x 7" Pink Pirouette card base and added Basic Gray and Pistachio Pudding mat layers.  I inked the flower and leaves with VersaMark ink, stamped onto watercolour paper, heat embossed with white powder and coloured the images with inks and a water brush.  I used Pistachio Pudding ink for the leaves and Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink and Primrose Petals inks to colour the flower.  I found the grey pearly button in my stash and I used that as a flower centre.  I used the SU! Northern Flurry embossing folder to emboss the white panel and I popped up the poinsettia.  Accents include Primrose Petals ribbon, a decorative punched border and a sprinkling of grey rhinestones.

A close up of the poinsettia.

Inside and envelope of the colour combo card.


Vintage is not a 'go to' style for me but I enjoy making a vintage card every now and again.  The card base is made from SU! Brushed Gold CS and measures 5 3/4" square.  I cut a square mat layer of Early Espresso CS, used the Sizzix Ivy Flourishes Texturz Plate to emboss it, rubbed on Golden Light gilding wax and used a distressing tool to roughen up the edges of the panel.  I die cut a Brushed Gold Top Note shape and adhered that to the embossed layer.  The Inkadinkado snowman is very retro so I thought he'd be a good choice for a vintage Christmas card.  I cut him out with a ticket die, inked the edges with Soft Suede ink, added an Espresso mat and popped up the panel.  I die cut and punched several snowflakes, rubbed gilding wax on the Espresso snowflakes and added a button centre to the two largest snowflakes.  I completed the card front by sprinkling on some pale gold rhinestones.  

Inside and envelope of the recipe card. 


I didn't have any stickers in my stash but I found a sheet of beautiful Penny Black Christmas stickers at the Glitter Pot, my local craft shop - and they were in the sale for 75p - you gotta love a bargain!  I stamped the sentiment onto a 5 1/4" cream card base, adhered the poinsettia panel sticker to a piece of CS, fussy cut it and popped it up.  I added the holly sticker below the poinsettia panel and placed a small green square sticker under the sentiment.  I added champagne glitter glue to the poinsettia centre and completed the card front with some red glimmer dome stickers.

I trimmed the length of the poinsettia sticker to make it shorter before adhering it inside the card and I stamped the sentiment.  I placed a red bell sticker on the envelope flap.

Finally, I adhered a long holly border sticker to the front of the envelope.

Thank you for coming by to leave a comment!  Don't forget, hop along with us starting at the original 52CCT post for multiple chances to win honours and prizes.  It's a secret where the prizes are hidden so do make sure you leave a comment at each stop along the way (including the blog hop post at 52 {C}CT).  Then make a creation (or two, or three, or four!) based on our four challenge prompts and then link them up here at 52 {C}CTYour next stop on the hop will be JUDY V. Merry hopping and good luck!

Supplies for sketch challenge card:
Stamps: Memory Box 'Woodland Christmas', Stampendous 'Merry Wishes' stamp
CS: SU! Real Red, Mossy Meadow & Whisper White, Red Glimmer Paper
Ink: SU! Real Red & Mossy Meadow, white gel pen
Tools: Impression Obsession 'Fir Trees' die set, Cheery Lynn 'Bird Bath' die, Fiskars & X Cut snowflake punches, Tim Holtz ruler (as piercing guide for the faux stitching), piercing tool, 1 3/4" & 2" circle punches

Embellishments & accessories: Tim Holtz Picket Fence Distress Stain, Mini Mister bottle, Star Dust Stickles, SU! rhinestone jewels, Dimensionals

Supplies for colour combo card:
Stamps: SU! 'Joyful Christmas' & 'Greetings of the Season' sets, Stampendous 'Merry Wishes' stamp
CS: SU! Pink Pirouette, Primrose Petals, Pistachio Pudding, Basic Gray & Whisper White
Ink: VersaMark, SU! Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Primrose Petals, Pistachio Pudding & Basic Gray
Tools: SU! 'Northern Flurry' embossing folder, SU! Eyelet Border punch, water brush, heat tool
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Primrose Petals stitched satin ribbon, PaperMania monochromatic adhesive gems, grey pearly button from stash, SU! Dimensionals

Supplies for recipe challenge card:
Stamps: snowman from Inkadinkado 'Holiday Sentiments' clear set, Stampendous 'Snow Brackets' cling stamp
CS: SU! Brushed Gold, Early Espresso & Very Vanilla
Ink: SU! Early Espresso & Soft Suede
Tools: Sizzix 'Ivy Flourishes' Texturz Plate, SU! Top Note Bigz die, Sizzix Ticket die, Sizzix 'Snowflakes #15' medium Sizzlits die, X Cut snowflake punch, Fiskars snowflake punch, 1 1/2", 1 3/4" & 2" circle punches, Tim Holtz paper distresser, sponge dauber
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Victoria crochet trim ribbon, gold lurex thread, Creative Expressions Golden Light gilding wax, PaperMania gold adhesive gems, buttons from stash, SU! Dimensionals

Supplies for stash challenge card:
Stamps: 'happy Christmas' from Woodware 'Holly Perch' clear set, inside sentiment from Hero Arts 'Holiday Cheer' clear set
CS: PaperMania cream square card blank, SU! Very Vanilla
Ink: SU! Real Red & Lucky Limeade
Embellishments & accessories: Penny Black Stickeroos 'Christmas Everywhere' sticker sheet, Suze Weinberg Champagne Glitz glitter glue, PaperMania red shimmer dome stickers, SU! Dimensionals

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sweet art designs said...

You have out done yourself. All the cards are wonderful!

Jacqueline said...

Wow Ruth - all that lovely work and all very beautiful too. It was great to see one of your signature snowmen too! - Jacqueline xx

Deborah Frings said...

Ruth - you are amazing! They are all absolutely fabulous. As always the insides and envelopes complete the look in every case.

BTW - I think my favourite is the colour challenge poinsettia card - so very pretty!

You rock!!

Judy V said...

4 beautiful cards Ruth, as always! Love them all!

Danielle Vincent said...

Oh my mouth is still open in awe of the gorgeous cards you've made for our hop. It started out with that amazing tree sketch card (love that red bird and your snow) and just kept getting better and better as I scrolled through. Your vintage card is one of my new favorites from you! Amazing job dear lady! Hugs D

Anonymous said...

Wow Ruth! All your cards look amazing - you have outdone yourself this week! I particularly like the stickers card - you've made them look so beautiful! Have a great weekend, Gill x

Margaret said...

4 cards with matching envelopes as well outstanding. My favorite is the first one.
Margaret M

sarahstone said...

Wow, you made 4 cards! I really like them! Especially the vintage one. This is a fun blog hop!

meg said...

Fantastic cards love every one of them and couldn't pick a favourite, thanks for all the inspiration and lovely comments

Cheryl said...

All I can say is Wowser! You did an excellent job on all four cards! Thank you so much for sharing!

Pia S said...

I think I should follow in your steps and make a card in each category, that means 4 cards for July, which will definitely have a positive impact on my pile of Christmas cards. Your poinsettia ones are lovely. I can't decide whether your sketch of vintage one is my favorite. I really like the sparkle of your tree, great effect you've created there, but I also love the bronze feel of the frame on your vintage one. Beautiful pattern and colors and I think it was a great idea to leave the image uncolored.
Well done!

Carole Robb Bisson said...

Ruth I have no idea what to say or where to start. The stamped poinsettia's are so feathery and light. The Christmas tree with the snow banks is also a gift in itself. Blessings Carole

Margaret said...

What amazing cards! And what a lot of work to decorate inside the cards and the envelopes. All beautiful. Margaret

Kathy Schweinfurth said...

OMG - your cards are SENSATIONAL! I love every one of them (and how you coordinated the insides and envies!)

Louise van Vuren said...

Hats off to you Ruth for making all four cards and every one is gorgeous! Can't possibly pick a favourite, I love them all
Louise xx

Rosina said...

Beautiful cards .... and a nice bloghop ....
greetings Rosina

Mynn xx said...

Ruth, all these cards are AMAZING! GORGEOUS use of the prompts and just all around stunning designs! These blow me away! HUGS! Mynn xx

fabiola jaques said...

oh la la Ruth, mais tu as fait une version de chaque...elles sont superbes, toutes si différentes et chic, biz

Patricia H. said...

What a super assortment of cards here. On the sketch card, I love how you've grounded the tree in the snowy banks. The poinsettia is my favorite of your cards here. There's so much to love about it - the watercoloring, the embossed background, the dimension, and the fantastic use of the entire color scheme. I love how you've highlighted the embossing on the snowman card, and you really scored finding those poinsettia stickers in the bargain bin! :) It's just like the lead-in from my blog says... "awesome stuff"!!! :)

paper fun said...

What beautiful cards you have created. So many and all so gorgeous!!!


Denise Storck said...

Fabulous!! Now I'm totally inspired to use my tree dies!

Anonymous said...

Wow, Ruth! You have been busy. Beautiful creations for all of the prompts!
- Shauna

Granmargaret said...

These are all very lovely cards. Thank you for your inspiration on the blog hop

Sandie Gough said...

WOW what a great blog for inspiration, love them all

Susan Renshaw said...

My goodness you have been busy! I love all your cards but I think my favourite is the snowman - what lovely colour choices! I definitely am inspired to add to my Christmas card collection!

Anonymous said...

Wow. So many different styles. Gorgeous.

Kimberly Clark said...

Wow. All the challenges! Amazing cards!!Thanks for the hop!

Ema M said...

Wow! I am so impressed with all your cards. One beautiful creation after another. Really loving that vintage card. Thanks for the blog hop! xx

Shauna K said...

what festive cards!! thanks for sharing :)

Asha said...

WOW! You did all 4! I bow in awe, my friend. They are all amazing.
hugs, Asha

Sarah Nancarrow said...

Spectacular cards!! Wow I don't know where to start with what I like - cause I love it all!

scrappymo! said...

A bevy of beautiful cards. Each has it's own special charm!
Well done you for creating four!

Ellen said...

Oh my goodness Ruth! All four of these cards are just so beautiful! I'm so happy I don't have to pick a favorite! Beautiful job!!!

Marianne said...

Oh my, these are all wonderful and I love the matching insides and envelopes.