Sunday, July 21, 2013

Keep Calm

We had a Christmas in July dinner at our place last night and it was really lovely having a festive time in front of a roaring fire. We even had crackers and Secret Santa and candy canes on the tree! Experiencing a white Christmas is on my bucket list, so hopefully one of these days ...

Here's a pic of the table all set and lit by candles, and you can see our fledgling tree in the background:

And today is the first of our Christmas stamp-a-stack classes - cos we all know that once July hits, it's only downhill until Dec 25th!!! 

In a stamp-a-stack I design two cards and my lovely ladies make five of each design, including stamping on inserts and envelopes. By the end of October they will have 40 handmade Christmas cards all ready to send to family and friends.

Here is what I have concocted for this month:

There's a little bit of silver ink sponged over the embossed frame to highlight it and the silver glitter and ribbon look gorgeous against the dark blue.

Materials used:
  • stamps - Ornamental Keepsakes, More Merry Messages
  • card - midnight muse, whisper white, silver glitter
  • other - holiday frame embossing folder, holiday ornaments dies, Big Shot, dimensionals
  • non SU - silver ink, silver ribbon

For this one I created the sentiment panel on MDS, replacing the original snowflakes with some mistletoe and colouring it all up. In the background are mice kissing under some mistletoe - ka-yute!

Materials used:
  • stamps - MDS
  • card - cherry cobbler, very vanilla, early espresso
  • other - sponge daubers, dimensionals, Big Shot
  • non SU - nestabilities die, House Mouse stamp

I am looking forward to the release of the Holiday Catalogue and some gorgeous new papers, stamps and embellishments to play with for future classes. 

Thanks for stopping by.



Lynda said...

It looks oh so warm and inviting Kez. Far better than freezing bit on the sideline at AFL. Love the cards.....the background on the 2nd one is devine. ooxx

Margaret said...

Fantastic cards! Your Christmas in July decor looks wonderful and I love the table covering!!

Anonymous said...

Couldn't help notice your tablecloth. My SIL in New Zealand made us one exactly the same.
We live in Brisbane, Australia, Jenny