Christmas in July…

Today I’m back to spread a little bit of festive cheer! Yep, I know it’s only July but it is never too early to think about your Christmas projects as before we know it, the big red man will be here and he’ll checking his naughty or nice list… which one will you be on?

I’ve got quite a few projects for you today… some cards, a few 3D/ gift packaging items and then a scrapbooking page! I don’t get to scrapbook anywhere near as much as I used to but had a wonderful time preserving a very special memory. There are a lot of photos in my post today… so curl up on the couch with your cup of tea (or coffee or hot chocolate), relax and enjoy my projects knowing you’ve still got a few more months ahead of you to finish your Christmas shopping!

My first card today is using the cute reindeer from the new Merry Mistletoe stamp set. I can never go past a reindeer, particularly when I can add a gorgeous red glimmer nose to make him like that extra special reindeer we all know!

I stamped the reindeer in crumb cake ink and coloured over his antlers with the early espresso watercolour pencil to make them darker and to add some contrast. I also sponged around the reindeer using crumb cake ink to take away the “white edges’ from cutting him out which gave his coat a bit of contrast too. The matching red reindeer paper at the base of the card is from the new Be Merry Designer Series Paper. Great DSP for your festive projects and I loved that the reindeer is the same style/ shape as the stamp. The “merry” sentiment I created using the Labeler Alphabet stamp set and randomly stamped that on the card base in crumb cake ink (I didn’t want them to be exactly straight).

I don’t deny that I love “matching” cards and gift packaging, so I made a gorgeous treat bag to match my reindeer card. The new striped treat bags are to die for!

                 

My next card is using my new favourite technique – faux woodgrain. You make the woodgrain background purely by using ink! I used crumb cake and soft suede for this background, like the card I made here. The new Boxwood Wreath embellishments were too good to not use on a woodgrain look card.

I used the cookie cutter punch (again!) to punch the bow in red glimmer paper and adhered them to the top of the wreaths with a small glue dot

My last card is based around the new sheet music background stamp.

I distressed the edges of the stamped very vanilla cardstock and sponged them with crumb cake ink to give them a bit of a vintage feel. I used the “Christmas wishes” sentiment from the Merry Mistletoe stamp set and embossed it in gold and combined it with the “to you” from a stamp in the Mixed Drinks stamp set.

Part of the fun for me at Christmas is watching the suspense on my boy’s faces all through December as they stare at the Christmas tree wondering what is waiting for them underneath and that is what inspired me for my next little gift box.

I made the gift box using the Stampin’ Up! Gift Box Punch board and again featured the Be Merry DSP as “ribbon” wrapped around the box. I used the new circle tab punch to create a little “clipboard” look for my “don’t peek” sign!

Lastly, I created a scrapbook page. Master INK loves meeting up with Santa every year and I can’t get enough of the amazement and mesmerising look he gives him… like he just can’t believe he is touching Santa!

           

      I used the ruffled dynamic textured impressions embossing folder to create the effect of Santa’s beard down the side of the page. This adds great texture to the page.

Phew! Told you it was a big post with lots of different techniques. Thanks for stopping by today and I hope I’ve inspired you to get your “Santa hat” on and start thinking about your Christmas cards and projects.

Happy Crafting,