Thursday, July 9, 2015

OSAT Blog Hop - Christmas in July

Welcome to the One Stamp At a Time Blog Hop for July - Christmas in July!  I hope you enjoyed the marvelous projects in the previous blog.
These were interesting to work on as its humid and 90 degrees outside with a chance of thunderstorm.  I had to think back to winter & to our upcoming winter of cold, snowy, and blue.

Stampin' Up! changed things with this year's annual catalog and included a few Christmas sets to tide us over until the Holiday Catalog.  This gave me a few stamp sets to choose from for this blog.  I decided to got away from the traditional green & red for Christmas which was fun & something I don't do often.  Without further delay here is my card & project for this month.

card & luminary

This card was a fun one to make as I combined a number of techniques/styles.....embossing resist, sponging, and surprise fold.  

full card front

The card base is Marina Mist and I cut on an oval with the Oval Framelits.  The surprise fold is made with a layer of Whisper White. The Lovely as a Tree evergreen was stamped in Memento Black.  I used one of the Gorgeous Grunge background stamps to create snow in this scene and embossed in white embossing powder.  Below is a few photos to show all the pieces of the card.  The sponging for the card was done in 3 blue inks...Pacific Point, Marina Mist, and Soft Sky.  I'm loving the new Washi Label punch to use with the go-to stamp set of Teeny Tiny Wishes.

full card front open

full card front open

full card front open

detailed card front with snow

This shows an alternate ink combination for sponging of: Night of Navy, Marina Mist, and Soft Sky.

alternate color background

The Curvy Keepsake thinlet has become one of my favorites by Stampin' Up! and is a must have for Christmas projects!  I decided to make a luminary out of vellum paper embossed with white embossing powder.  The Festival of Trees stamp set was used and again featured the Gorgeous Grunge background stamp as snow.  I used some Whisper White cardstock to reinforce the bottom of it as I put a battery operated tea light in it.


luminary side view

luminary detailed view

The next blog in our Christmas and July hop is the very, very talented Holly!

Maggie Mata --
Kim Smith --
Elizabeth Jeanne Thatcher --
Tina Rackley Riddle --
Andrea Tracy-Tucker --
Andrea Pancrazio --
Debra Vance --
Wynne Grob --
AJ Bodine --
You are here ------->  Megan Thompson --
Holly Stene --
Martie Pollard --
Ginger Pelfrey --
Diane Squires -- 
Marisa Gunn --
Lori Mueller --
James Weber --
Justin Krieger --

List of materials for the card.....
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List of materials for the project (also battery operated tea lights from any store - I found mine at Home Goods).....  
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  1. Love your card and luminary box!

  2. Your card is beautiful and love your luminary curvy keepsake box :)

    1. Thanks Tina....they were fun & stretching to make!

  3. Noted that Gorgeous Grunge makes a perfect snowy sky, I really like that. I'm a big fan of a blue christmas card, your scene is very pretty.

    The ornaments on my trees were made using various colors of Perfect Pearls. :)

  4. I agree with AJ, the gorgeous grunge is the perfect set for a snowy sky!

  5. Your projects are so soft and wintery...definitely a Christmas holiday feel. :)

  6. Very pretty! I can see the vellum boxes hanging on my tree as ornaments!

  7. Your projects are elegant and beautiful. I want to make some of the luminaries this Christmas both for me and to sell.

  8. What a lovely fun fold card. I like both versions of the Christmas tree, but am partial to your first one. The curvy keepsake box is so much fun and I love what you've done with it here. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Megan I absolutely will be casing this card! I love the grungy snow and the darker version with the night of navy is so perfect!! Thanks for staring!