Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Christmas in July

Well, here in Australia Christmas is right in the middle of Summer, so all of you in the Northern Hemisphere that think Christmas in July  feels "odd"... welcome to my world, lol.  When we celebrate "Christmas in July" (my son has a big party on the last weekend in July every year) we take the opportunity to have traditional hot food and mulled wine - not to say we don't love the crayfish (rock lobster), prawns and crisp white wine we have on Christmas day proper :-))  The Christmas cards I'm showing today were in fact made for Christmas 2013 - I wasn't going to share them, (they're very basic) then I thought about the "in July" thing and decided why not?!
All three cards use images from Bugaboo... I find them a fabulous source of images to colour in a hurry... and with a sense of humour (which I like in a Christmas card, as the rest of the season feels a bit like you're playing for Sheep Stations, lol)  The first one is Stella Christmas - Fruitcake, coloured with Copics with Gloss on the "fruit" and glasses, Stickles on the ornaments and iridescent embossing powder on the fur trim on the hat.  The red card is from my stash, the gold stickers around the edge of the image panel are also from my stash.
The second card uses Merry Christmas - Tree. coloured with Copics, Gloss on the ornaments and Stickles on the stars.  The green mat behind the image is from my stash too, again edged with gold stickers - I have a gazillion of these things in my stash, it's nice to get some used!
The third card is covered in paper from a Kaisercraft's pad - can't remember the name, so I'm entering Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - more of the red card as a mat for the image panel; the image is JJ Christmas Cheer - On Blitzen! ain't she sassy? lol  Moving Along With The Times says Girls Just Want to Have Fun, so JJ's IN! and  Crafty Creations has Let's Party, so (hic) in there too.  Sweet  Stampin' has a Christmas in July challenge... we're in! 
Once again I've coloured with Copics, Gloss on the glass, bubbles and JJ's glasses, Stickles on the headband and Sparkly Fluff on her tummy detail and tail.  Christmas Stampin' All Year Long has a recipe challenge; 2 CS, 1 Image, 2 Embellishments, 1 Sentiment - I hope coloured cardstock and patterned card count as 2CS and "hic" counts as a sentiment :-))  I'll understand if it's too much of a stretch tho', lol
The polka dot ribbon from my stash, actually we got about a hundred metres of polka dot ribbon when we were in Malaysia a few years ago, it's some of that :-)  Jingle Belles wants us to use something from our stash more than a year old, not a problem.... EVAH!  The embellishment in the centre of the bow came from ebay. 
That's it!! I told you they were very basic cards, still I'm sure they qualify for the following challenges: Bearly Mine Challenges has Let's Go Digital (no challenge at all for me!) and Through the Craftroom DoorAud Sentiments and Charisma Cards have Anything Goes themes.
I'll be back in a few days with another offering, until then Happy Crafting, Donna


Today's Beautiful Moments - Tracey Fehr said...

Great collection of Christmas cards! Thanks so much for sharing them with us at CSAYL! Hope to see you playing along again next week!

Janice said...

A great Bugaboo collection - love their stamps and your cards are fab! Have you spied the Bugaboo Christmas event this week? Thanks for playing at MAWTT, Jx

Renate said...

Fab cards! Thanks for joining our Anything goes challenge at Charisma. :)

Deonna B said...

yep , i'm late commenting this week. Beautiful card! Christmas will be here before we know it. Thanks for sharing with TTCRD this week.

lauren bergold said...

what an amazing group of holiday cards! WOW! funny AND fab! (i also loooooove the way you've edged those panels with the gold stickers... such a GREAT look!) thanks for SHOPPING YOUR STASH with us at JINGLE BELLES! <3

Hazel (Didos) said...

Ah these are brilliant, I love the Fruitcake one as its my Grannys Festive nightmare EVERY year!!! Thanks for playing on MAWTT this fortnight, Love Hazel (Didos) x

mixamatoasties said...

Super collection of Christmas cards!

Thanks for sharing at MAWTT.


Heather said...

There is absolutely nothing wrong with simple!! Some of the most stunning cards I have seen are the simplest. Having said that, these cards are all beautiful. LOVE that polka dotted ribbon and the jeweled pearl. I do think the sentiment is a bit of a stretch, but I'll give it to you. ; ) Thanks for playing wtih CSAYL.

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

All just gorgeous hun, I too love a Bugaboo image or three

Have a great weekend
Hugs Shell xx

mixamatoasties said...

Oops. Me again.

Thanks for sharing at Sweet Stampin' this week.


Sammy said...

Fab cards! I especially love the tree image! Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week. Sammy-x

Hazel said...

Thank you so much for joining my Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper July challenge with your super creation - hope to see you again soon x

Natascha said...

Hello CraftDee!
Love your cute Christmas cards. Thank you so much for joining our July Bearly Mine Challenge. Hope to see you again in August :)

Hugs, Natascha