Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Colourful Snowflakes on Canada Day

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well.  Happy Canada Day to my Canadian followers!

I have a Christmas design today, in non-traditional colours.   I enjoy making Christmas cards,  it's fun to get started on them early.   I love snowflakes and used the beautiful hand drawn Snowflake Set by Designs by Ryn.   But I'm not ready for snow for at least six months and we are currently enjoying a lot of warm weather.  We've also had more rain than normal in June, the grass, trees and flowers love it.

The background started from a large sheet of mixed media which I sprayed different colours of Dylusions paints. 

Next I stamped snowflakes from Snowflake Set using different colours of Distress Ink and embossed with clear.  The white embossed snowflakes were last and you can see that some of the detail was lost when I embossed over embossing.   

The beautiful die cut snowflakes are by Spellbinder (S4-433).     The largest layer was painted with Radiant Gels by ColourArte.  I also added Twinkling H2O's over top of the Gel (after dry) and also painted the other layers with the paints:  Sky blue, Wisteria, Jasmine and Icicles (which is clear over the white flake).  I added some rhinestones to finish it off.

If you enjoy Designs by Ryn's stamp designs you will find inspiration using them at her Facebook Page and at her blog.

I hope you enjoyed a colourful Christmas design in July.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,



  1. Another superb background Shirley and I love the ribbon and die cut snowflake which makes such a bold statement on the front of the card.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

  2. Fantastic card! Happy Canada Day, hugs, Valerie

  3. Wunderschöne Kristalle, Shirley...
    ich liebe es ebenfalls, jetzt im Hochsommer bei fast 35°C, erfrischende Weihnachtskarten zu machen.

    Umarmung und Grüße
    Sophie xx

  4. Stunning card Shirley, those snowflakes look amazing and I love the non trad coclours! Great idea to start early too!

  5. Love the colours in this card, wonderful. Sending hugs and purrs to Archie. It's very hot here again.

  6. Superb, absolutely love the colours you used, what a brilliant card :D x

  7. A stunning card Shirley, I love the combination of snowflakes and hot summer colours. The blue give just a hint of the cold down in the corner. Lovely hot weather here in the UK for a change. hope you're have a great week.

    Sue xx

  8. Beautiful stamping on a beautiful background.

  9. What a great card Shirley...the gel and H2o fit so well with Ryn's stamps!
    Lovely colours!
    All the best, hugs, Alie :-)

  10. Happy Canada Day Shirley!
    Gorgeous card, beautiful colors!
    groetjes Karin x

  11. I love snowflakes Shirley and these are gorgeous. I love the colours and the way you have layered them and in all those pretty colours and then finished with the beautifully coloured SB die cut ones on top. x

  12. Beautiful Shirley, I am still trying to manage my colours etc. but will get there eventually.xx
    {aNNie My Personal Blog}

  13. Wonderful colours Shirley. A great Christmas card..

    Love Chrissie xx

  14. Focusing a bit on Christmas in July is a good idea Shirley.
    What a beautiful and fresh design with those gorgeous colors too!
    We had the second wettest June on record here in northern Virginia.
    Everything is lush and green.
    Enjoy * Enjoy
    Happy Canada Day and Happy July!

  15. Hi teamie, this lovely and a real Shirley! You have got that special style, love it! I sure could use some snowflakes and ice.....because it's awful hot have to stay cool and calm, doing not too much! hugs Miranda xx

  16. Beautiful Christmas card. It is never too early to begin making Christmas cards, and I always say, I'm going to start early. With the inspiration from this card, maybe I will this time!

  17. Absolutely gorgeous and elegant christmas card! I really your combination of colours!

  18. Did you hear me gasp?! Totally gorgeous Christmas card, Shirley--one of my favorites!

  19. Hi Shirley, Hope you had a great day yesterday. Gorgeous Christmas card.
    Hugs Flo x

  20. Hey Shirley, hope you had a great day yesterday :) I just love the vibrant colours of this Christmas card! They really make the white snowflakes pop. I also like the subtle stamping of the other snowflakes in the background. Creates great depth and texture. Those die cut snowflakes look like they are meant to go with my stamps. Great eye for combining images Shirley! Thanks so much! Hugs!!!

  21. Oeps you start early...but in these bright colors they look so good! Hugs, Gerrina

  22. A beautifully colourful snowflake card, love it! Xx

  23. wow,a wonderful snowflakes card,love the beautiful colors,love it so much.
    have a great sunny week.

    greetings jeannette

  24. So, so beautiful, Shirley! I love snowflake images, too & that large Spellbinder is amazing! You make me want to get some Radiant Gels!

  25. Love your work of art! Beautiful as always :) ! Love the white snowflakes within the awesome color! Stamped/ die cut snowflakes are welcome; the real deal I hope we don't see 'till December 24th! :) Many Thanks for all your kind words! Happy July!

  26. What a lovely card, Shirley, and since we're in the middle of a heat wave, I enjoyed the thought of snow (much more than I've ever enjoyed the actuality, if truth be known). Delicious colours, as always!

  27. The snowflakes combined with the deep colours are so successful.
    Beautiful artwork.
    Yes, we are getting so much rain too, and the garden does like it, but the garden could do with more sun too.

  28. Wow, such a beautiful card, in lovely colors ! Absolutely stuning ! I'm glad you enjoy lovely weather, we had hot weather but no rain for 3 weeks.... Greetings, Enny

  29. YOU !!!! It's ALL YOUR FAULT !! Do you have any idea how sore my finger is from cutting apart not one, but TWO Designs by Ryn stamp sets???!! And this is after having to drive almost an hour each way to get them!
    I AM SO EXCITED !! I have oohed and aahed, (and I even confess to some drooling) over the gorgeous Ryn stamps I see you use on your spectacular cards. As soon as I heard that Nika's was getting the unmounted sheets in, I had her hold two for me. The quality of these stamps is outstanding! It was hard to limit myself to two sets.
    So as my DH watched the pile of stamps grow larger and larger as I cut apart the sets, he said " Did you really need MORE stamps?". I replied, "If you have a problem, take it up with Shirley because it's ALL HER FAULT !". =)
    Gorgeous, gorgeous card Shirley! I'm not ready to think about snow yet, we thought it would be here forever this year. Nova Scotians are still recovering from the trauma of our unusual Winter/Spring!


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