Thursday, July 24, 2014

Snowy Christmas in July

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

First I have another design using Chocolate Baroque's new Harlequin Fragment stamp set.    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 for Harlequin Christmas.

The background was created by blending Festive Berries and Aged Mahogany Distress Inks. I stamped the fragment with Festive Berries DI.  I stamped the bubble edge from Decorative Edges with Seedless Preserves DI and 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. 

Chocolate Baroque has also launched two new Christmas set this month, Snowy Scenes and Turtle Doves.  Both A5 sets are full of beautiful smaller designs to have fun creating Christmas cards with.

I have two cards to show you using stamps from the new Snowy Scenes set.

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 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 (by Impression Obsession) 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.  The corner flourish is by Memory Box.

I want to make it clear that while this card says "Let it Snow" I'm not ready to see snow for a long time!

I have one more card using the same little snowy scene image:

The background for the card above is with Lime and Green Dylusions inks.   I over stamped a little snowflake from the Snowy Scenes set and used TCW Star fall 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. 
 Here is a look at the two new stamp set that are available individually or as a multi-buy special.


Thanks for your visit and have a great day!


brenda said...

Three awesome cards Shirley, but I think my fav has to be the first with it's vibrant reds.

B x

Valerie-Jael said...

Moe beautiful cards. Valerie

Crafting Queen said...

Wow, stunning cards. Love the backgrounds you have made. Hope Ariche feels better soon, poor baby. Hope Sheena is well. Skipper is still not eating her food, treats yes, but no food. :)

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

All are gorgeous tags, Shirley!! Lot of artsy work it!!

Annette P. (aka LonettA) said...

Beautiful cards! Especially I like the last one ... lovely winter scene!

Aileen said...

Three totally beautiful cards. Shirley you are truly gifted.

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Three stunning cards Shirley, I love the colour combinations and the stamps that you've used for these. I must make a start on my Christmas card when I return from our latest cruise.

Sue xx

Pat said...

Three gorgeous cards Shirley and I love them all. I love the contrast between the red and the dark bauble and the white bubbles of the decorative edge stamp, and the pretty scene in the bauble is so pretty, and then the ornately framed scene in the last card. Your backgrounds are always beautifully matched and full of interest. x

aussie aNNie said...

Hi shirl, all's good here and I hope it is for you too. Love your cards and loving these colours, yes I am still trying to get time to make between spending up to 4 hrs a day with my dad and DT work I am not ahead at all...keep in touch and hope your break is a good
♥aNNie The Journey is the Start

Sophie said...

Traumhaft, Shirley.
Die neuen Stempel sind aber auch wunderschön.
Ich bin ja auch schon länger dabei, Weihnachtskarten zu machen.
Macht mir bei Hitze immer den größten Spaß.

Herzlichst Sophie xx

Donna Ellis said...

Hi, Shirley - these are beyond amazing. My first thought was "wow! these colors are incredible!". My second thought was, "These Christmas cards look so professional! I expect to see someone request to product them! LOL" - then I thought, "Shirley, how do you come up with the ideas?" Incredible, Beautiful, Remarkable, Amazing - none of these words adequately describe what your artwork has filled my heart with today. Thank you for posting these! hugs, de

Rosie said...

All your Christmas cards are gorgeous, Shirley

Shona said...

WONDERFUL cards Shirley! I love the little village ornament and the fabulous non-traditional lime and navy colours on the third one.

froebelsternchen said...

a perfect set of cards Shirley-- so unique and beautiful each single piece here!

Annemieke said...

Ze zijn allemaal mooi maar ik ga helemaal voor de mooie groen tint.
Wow die is mooi!!
Groet Annemieke

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wonderful card, the baubles are gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

Three really beautiful cards. I've had a difficult time choosing my favourite but in the end I decided to go with the last one. I'm a sucker for a scene on a Christmas card - and the unusual choice of colour for the card makes it really stand out. Love it.

Great Post! ~ Cobs.

Shirley said...

OMGosh, where to start, dear lady!! The techniques for the BGs on each are just beautiful!! and then there are the beautiful scenes for each! Lovely and I need to start mine!!! Beautiful, Shirley!~!

Margik said...

Those Christmas cards are wonderful. Excellent work!
Hugs, mar

~*~Patty S said...

One card is lovelier than the next dear Shirley!
The bubbles in the red card are such a great design element.
Your second card has my favorite colors and the scene you placed in the ornament really invites me in!
The cottages in the snow look equally fine in your last card!
Faa La Laa...I am off to bed with jingle bells in my head :-)

Gerrina said...

Three beautiful cards, although I still am in the "Summer-mood"... The BG on the first and the way you placed the snowy scene on the last are so beautiful! Enjoy the warm weather, Gerrina

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

What a gorgeous cards Shirley. They are so bright and lovely.
greetings, Alie :-)

Janny's Cards Creations said...

I was I time not on my blog. I have look back and see so many beautiful cards with make with beautiful colors and stamps. Greetings Janny

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

WOW what an amazing collection of wonderful christmas cards. Love the red most with the lot of white flakes.
Wish you a cheerful weekend,
big hugs Anja

Wendy said...

Beautiful Christmas cards! Love the colours and how you used the bubble stamp as snow in the first card. Have a great weekend! Xxx

friemelchen said...

Oh was für wundervolle Karten mit tollen Motiven, absolut Klasse!

Annie said...

Your cards are stunning the wonderful deep colours and beautiful scenes.

TFS and best wishes
Annie x

sheila 77 said...

How organised to start your Christmas cards in July, what a pleasant occupation and how lucky the recipients will be.
These three are so good I could be here all day commenting on each!
I really like the way you have the landscape inside the bauble, very clever, I love your use of greens, especially the lime green and your colouring and painting skills, as ever, are superb.

Greta said...

Love all your work, Shirley, but that first card is an absolute stunner! Festive Berries is my favorite red ink & now I want to get it out & make something!