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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Snowy Christmas in July (by Shirley)

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well and ready to see some Christmas designs during the hot months of summer :)   At least it's hot where I live in Ontario, Canada which feels great after our long cold and snowy winter. 

I like to get started on Christmas cards early and as soon as I saw the Harlequin Fragments I thought they were a great match with Harlequin Christmas.

The background was created by blending Festive Berries and Aged Mahogany Distress Inks. I stamped the fragment from Harlequin Fragments with Festive Berries DI.  I stamped the bubble edge from Decorative Edges with Seedless Preserves DI and I coloured them with a white gel pen.

The Harlequin ornament and sentiment from Warm Christmas Greetings were stamped with Cobalt Archival ink.  I coloured the ornament with Dylusions inks and cut it out to attach over the background. 

I was very happy to see the two new Christmas sets, Snowy Scenes and Turtle Doves.  Both sets are full of beautiful smaller designs which have been great fun to use while getting a good start on Christmas cards. 

The background above was created a while ago and sitting in my stash.  It looks like I used Turquoise Dylusions inks (possibly a 'mop up' sheet) which I stamped with Big Bold Background Snowflake Shadow and coloured the snowflakes a little with a Tombow marker.   I stamped the Snowy Scene with Colbalt Archival ink, coloured with Prisma pencils and die cut with an ornament.   I was inspired by a design former DT member Elaine created a year & half ago using the same die.  As soon as I saw the little scenes in the set, it came to my mind to use my die for the first time.   Let it Snow is a clear stamp available on it's own or part of the Big Bold Christmas Words clear set.

I have one more card using the same little Snowy Scene image:

The background above was created with Lime and Green Dylusions inks.   I over stamped a little snowflake from the Snowy Scenes set and used TCW Starfall stencil with Distress Ink and TCW Circle Explosion stencil with Viva  Mother of Pearl light blue molding cream which has a silver hue.  I coloured the main image with Prisma pencils and added lots of glitter to the snow.   

Thanks for your visit and have a great day!


  1. Beautiful samples Shirley,love the

  2. Wow, all gorgeous....I've told myself I do not need more stamps but.... ;)

  3. A really nice set of cards

  4. What a fabulous set of Christmas cards
    Jackie x

  5. Gorgeous cards. Hope mine turn out half as good as these. Christmas stamps are now on my wish list. Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. I love the unusual colour combinations for Christmas cards.

  7. Bol, vibrant and altogether festive! LOVE those colours, Shirley!

  8. These are gorgeous. Love the colours and backgrounds.
    Linda xxx

  9. Oooo! beautiful, beautiful cards Shirley! So inspirational. I feel all festive now.
    Hugs, Flo xx

  10. No weather to make this kind of cards, but a great BG on the first and ths snowy scene is a great stamp this way!

  11. The first is my favourite with the striking colour combination & your use of the bubble background plus the Harlequin Fragment, the latter - as you say - being a perfect match for the Harlequin Christmas. The whitework is beautifully striking & makes me think of snow - even if the weather is rather hot outside.
    Paula (PEP)

  12. your christmascards look wonderful Chirley I love the brigh colours and the images !!


  13. Shirley you never ever disappoint me with the wonderful way you use colour! Love, love, love the background stamps you have used - that set is so very versatile.
    The stamping and colours on the background are beautiful yet my eye is drawn to the image/scene that you have used as a topper - fantastic stamping and fabulous inspiration! TY for sharing with us Karen x

  14. Three gorgeous cards and I love them all. I love the contrast between the red and the dark bauble and then white bubbles of the decorative edge stamp. The pretty scene in the bauble with the dark sky is echoed in the corner and the sentiment which stands out from that lovely green snowflake background, and then the ornately dark framed scene in the last card contrasts with the pretty green and silver textured background, and how different to have the dark snowflakes which stand out beautifully. Everything sits so well together. x


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