Jul 24, 2009

BC109 Christmas Joy

Happy Friday Everyone.  This week the Blogger Challenge group is doing,  "Christmas in July" for the theme.  It sure felt funny making a Christmas card when it was 100+ degrees outside here.       

For this card I started by picking out a very old piece of DP  ( Daisy D's) that I've had in my stash for several years now and then picking out a sketch I wanted.  This week I managed to get to the MojoMonday sketch on time.  I really love having a starting point when I make cards as it saves a lot of time.

Next I picked out my stamps.  I borrowed this really cute set of Birdhouse stamps (Hero Arts) from my mom and colored it with Prisma Color Pencils.  I stamped a 2nd image and cut out the wreath and mounted it with foam tape over the original.  Then I masked the image and sponged on some So Saffron Ink.  *Note I am admitting to goofing by stamping the image on Whisper White card stock and then stamping my background on Very Vanilla so that's why I added the sponged ink but it worked. Then I stamped the Linen BG on the reverse side of the pattern dp and used a Scallop Nestie.  I added a Felt Poinsettia (Hero Arts) and some punched fronds (MS) of Always Artichoke and a Fire Rhinestone brad for the flower center.

I stamped the background strips with the Holly Flourish BG stamp (Hero Arts) with Garden Green ink on VV cs and then cut it into 3 strips and mounted them onto Always Artichoke cs and layered that to my patterned paper.  Next I stamped the Linen BG stamp onto the reverse side of the DP with Riding Hood Red ink and stamped the sentiment with Hunter Green and punched it using a Martha Stewart punch. I tied on some cream ribbon and mounted it with foam tape.

I like how this turned out and hope you do as well.  It's fun getting a bit of a head start on Christmas cards so maybe I'll keep it up and try to do more before Christmas rolls around and I'm out of card making time.

Please stop by all the BC members blogs and leave them some comment love.

23 comments:

MJ said...

What a great card. I love the birdhouse and the wreath! Wonderful job.

Barb Hardeman said...

This is so adorable Ida. You've created the most adorable "Gingerbread" type house, which is just perfect for the Christmas theme. Your coloring is perfect and all the added embellishments really make this card special...

Lisa Somerville said...

Great layout, love how you added the bling on the scallop edge.

Lisa said...

Here's some comment love for you. Your card is beautiful! I love the colors, the paper and the layout!

Lisa Bohler said...

I love the scallop topper that you used and that is a very pretty combination of papers.

Lisa Somerville said...

Love how the coloring matches the beautiful DSP. Wonderful Christmas card.

Elena said...

Wow! This card is stunning! I love the beautiful stamp, your coloring is gorgeous, Ida! Really love the stamped Holly Flourish! Wonderful job on this challenge!

Robin Merriman said...

Another masterpiece! This is lovely, Ida. TFS!

Nikki Bond said...

This is fabulous! Love all theextra little details! {SMILES}

njburk said...

What a great birdhouse stamp--AND the fact that your Mom is around to help you with your projects--mine is watching and providing inspiration from above!

Love your card---great to use some of our stash isn't!

Nola

Kerry D-C said...

Wow! this is so pretty! love the papers!

Tami Black said...

OH. My! How gorgeous is this! Absolutely love it!

Lynn Mercurio said...

Oh Ida! This is spectacular...what a wonderful Christmas card. Love the paper and the border. Awesome details!

Lori said...

This is beautiful, Ida! Love the sentiment stamped on the piece with the border punch.

tonistamps said...

Gorgeous Ida! I love that edge, and the poinsettia is perfect. Great coloring too!

Margaret R said...

Wow, Ida, I love how you've used the papers and design together and the embellishments to make a truly special Christmas card!

Sue from Oregon said...

Oh do pretty!

Rachel Hope said...

WOW...Gorgeous!!!

Basement Stamper said...

Great card Ida, I like the combination of the dp's you used with the birdhouse.

Sheryl Dickinson said...

Love the Christmas birdhouse! Very cute!

Heidi Van Laar said...

So, so pretty! I absolutely love that birdhouse image!

(-: Heidi

Julie said...

Beautiful card. I love that Christmas Birdhouse.

Tiffany Bauer said...

This is just breath taking!!!!