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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Be Merry

Hello, my sweet crafty friends! Somehow it's already July and I hope yours is off to a lovely start. :o)

I had some crafty time available and used it to create something that I've been aching to do... a Christmas card! You know how much I cherish all things Christmas. :o) This card is for someone who treasures the holiday as much as I. In fact, it will be given during a Christmas in July celebration! To feed our excitement for the most wonderful time of the year, we're spending a Saturday this month immersed in seasonal delight. Festive treats, favorite holiday movies, Christmas crafting, and seasonal planning. :o)

Be Merry!
I didn't have enough time to do all I wanted with this card, but I'll do those fun details on my next Copic Christmas card. :o) This cutie pie and her sweet kitty friend is a favorite Wee Stamp named Berry. (I used the digital format.) Colored in festive Copic reds and greens, she's ready for our Christmas celebration. :o) For textural fun, I used Polar White Flower Soft for Berry's earmuffs and boot cuffs. The snow she's walking in is glittery Snow-Tex. Although not as obvious via photograph, those elements make a nice impression in person. 

She is cut out with a Spellbinders Classic Circle, which is lightly inked in Tumbled Glass for a wintry border. Surrounding her are a few cut files from the Silhouette Online Store, including Holly Flourish, which is my scrolling corner decor. The holly leaves are embossed with the D'vine Swirls folder and all nine berries are popped up for dimension. The two large snowflakes are from a set of four, which I layered with foam tape for dimension and slightly rotated one to make it fuller. The tiny snowflake in the center is from an EK Success border punch. Glittering Core Couture paper was used for all of the solid paper.

The patterned papers are from Best Creations' Merry Christmas, which I especially love for its sparkling designs. I chose the polka dots for the small center panel because it reminded me of snowballs and holly berries. The card base shape is also from the Silhouette Store, taken from a Thank You card

The sentiment is from My Craft Spot's Joy to the World stamp set, which I cut out with her Tiny Tag metal dies. The Peppermint Stick twine used for the bow was also purchased at MCS. This card was a joy to create and I hope it in turn brings joy to the recipient. :o)

Thank you for fluttering on by! I hope you have a sparkly day. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *Card Mania~ Christmas in July
 *Christmas Card Challenges~ Anything Goes, with the option of Paper Piecing
 *Christmas Stampin' All Year Long~ Sweet (Photo) Inspiration
 *Cupcake Craft Challenge~ Anything But Square
 *Jingle Belles~ Digital Christmas (My image is a digi stamp)
 *Love To Scrap!~ Anything Goes
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *Merry Monday~ Anything Goes Christmas
 *Sentimental Sundays~ All Things Digital (My image is a digi stamp)
 *Simon Says Stamp~ Anything Goes
 *Stamp and Create~ Christmas in July
 *The Squirrel and the Fox~ Christmas in July
 *Winter Wonderland~ Recipe (My 3 snowflakes are layered)


40 comments:

  1. Yikes it's Christmas in July~ I love your card, but I don't want to even think about doing any Christmas cards yet! It's the middle of the year and the way the past months came and went in no time it will be that jolly month... Goodness gracious!!!But Karen your card is the sweetest for the start of your Christmas cards.. love the shape, the cute image and pretty papers your coloring is gorgeous too...
    Enjoy your wonderful evening~

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  2. such a pretty image and beautiful card, thank you for joining us at the Winter Wonderland
    Hugs Kate xx

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  3. This is gorgeous Karen. One of my favourite Wee images and you have coloured her so beautifully. I love the festive papers and wonderful swirls with the embossed holly leaves. All the sparkle you have added looks magical.
    I hope you are having a fabulous week, my kind and talented friend
    hugs Sue xx

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  4. Sounds like Karen your going to have some fun time and your card is stunning l love the style of the card and the christmas backing papers are stunning as is the lovely image truly beautiful and lots of added detail xx

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  5. Hi Karen I spotted your card on MIM. I adore Wee Stamps and your card is just gorgeous, such pretty papers too x

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  6. Beautiful card - love the cute image and fabulous colouring. Beautiful papers and all the little attention to details! TFS

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  7. A beautiful card! That Wee Stamp image is adorable! Thanks for joining us over at The Squirrel and The Fox!

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  8. Absolutely gorgeous card Karen!

    Thank you for playing with Cupcake Craft Challenges this week:

    Warm hugs
    Maarit

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  9. Wow Karen it is so nice to have my mind blown again, lol... you are so amazing.. I have to start writing a list of products that you use for I have never heard of half of them... Your coloring is off the charts beautiful!!!! I am totally in love with how you fluffed up the earmuffs and boots..that is amazing... it is so refreshing to see your truly spectacular creations..they all resonate with love..you are beautiful...love Naomi

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  10. What a glorious Christmas card which is certain to bring heaps of merriment to the heart of the recipient! You never cease to amaze me with your eye for detail and talent for combining all those details into one incredible work of art! The image is so sweet and I especially love those wonderful earmuffs!!

    How fun that you will be celebrating Christmas in July!! I do hope you have a lovely time rejoicing in The Gift sent for all.

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  11. Very pretty card Karen, I love all the wonderful details. Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.

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  12. Adorable card, Karen! I love the little tag and the embossing looks great! I really like how you added flower soft to her earmuffs and boot cuffs too! So cute! I hope you have a great day! :)

    Karen
    craftedwithlovebykaren.blogspot.com

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  13. now That's an amazing Christmas card! the background is so lovely and your colouring beautiful !
    thanks for sharing on love to scrap challenge blog!
    shuly dt

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  14. This is absolutely gorgeous. Your coloring is perfection as well as your design. Thank you for joining us for CSAYL Challenge 22!
    Pat
    CSAYL DT Member

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  15. My sweetest friend, this is absolutely stunning!! A merry delight!! You completely brought the sweet image to life in color!! She looks amazing...you are the Copic Queen!! Her earmuffs and boots are so fabulous!! All of the details are just gorgeous as always!! Even though the thought of Christmas frightens me a little because of the snow and cold, this adorable card warms my heart!! Love, love it!! And your friend will, too!!

    What an awesome idea to celebrate the season in July!! I always wanted to celebrate my birthday in July since it's so close to Christmas :) I hope you have a fabulous week my dear friend and thank you for sharing your amazing card!! Huge HUGS :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  16. A gorgeous card. The image is adorable and beautifully coloured.

    Thanks for joining this weeks challenge at Winter Wonderland
    Lorraine x

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  17. Wow! I can't imagine what else you could add to this card...it's beautiful. Down to every detail. Love the stamp/digi, the coloring, the fluffy details, etc. Thanks for sharing this with us at Christmas Card Challenges this week. Hope you join us again.
    --Heather-DT

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  18. Great idea to start on Christmas Cards. Thanks for playing at Love to Scrap!!!

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  19. So pretty ... love the glittery sparkle ... so glad you joined us at jingle belles.

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  20. wonderful christmas card so pretty thanks for joining us over at The Squirrel and The Fox hugs Denise DT xx

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  21. This is gorgeous!!! Your coloring is fabulous on that adorable image. And I love your snowflake(s) Thanks for playing with CSAYL.

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  22. what a beautifully intricate holiday card creation, so many fabulous details and embellishments really make it shine! thanks for joining our digital fun at JINGLE BELLES! ♥

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  23. Very cute Christmas card!! Really like the holly leaves with the flourishes. Thanks for joining us at Love to Scrap! Challenge Blog-Tina

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  24. Beautiful card Karen! I love this image and how you colored her. Your seasonal celebration sounds fun. :) Thanks for joining us at Make It Monday.

    Also wanted to say thanks for leaving me such a kind comment recently. Hugs

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  25. This is gorgeous, I love the shape ...thanks for joining us at Cupcake!
    Helen x

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  26. Such a lovely card with wonderful coloring, a sweet image, and fun touches. The holly tie in with the paper is perfect. Thanks for joining in the fun at CSAYL!

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  27. Absolutely adorable! Love all of the details!
    Thanks for playing along at CCC!

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  28. What a darling image and so beautifully colored,, Karen! Love the earmuffs! A Christmas in July Celebration sounds intriguing! Have fun and thanks for sharing this with us at Merry Monday!

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  29. WOW, this is an amazing card. I love all the detail. Thanks for joining us at CCC this week. Hope you will play again next week.

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  30. Oh she is just so sweet and beautifully coloured too! Love the shape of the card and your Christmas papers are so pretty! Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday this week!

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  31. Beautiful card, with the sweet image and pretty coloring, love the shape too :)

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  32. Gorgeous creation! Thanks for joining us Christmas Card Challenge. Hugs x

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  33. Hi Karen,
    I LOVE Christmas as much as I love my SWEETS! The shape of the card is Gorgeous! The coloring on the darling image is so SWEET! I just want to hug her and YOU of course.The glittery snow-tex is on my wish list, Love it!
    It is one of my 2013 crafty goals that I learn to color with Copics. I love how the cards are always so ADORABLE.
    A very Beautiful & Fun card! Love it!
    Sending a HUGE amount of my love, smiles & HUGS to you,
    Millie
    your angelic friend

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  34. Beautiful Christmas card! Thank you so much for playing along at Card Mania! Good luck!

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  35. Such a colorful Christmas card! Love all pretty embellishments too!
    Thank you for sharing it with us at Card Mania Challenge and Good Luck!
    Smiles, Kaly

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  36. Oh wow, this is absolutely beautiful! Thanks for playing along with us this week over at Cupcake Craft Challenges :o)
    Hugs,
    Cazza
    x

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  37. Karen I am sorry to be so late catching up...I am struggling for craft and blog time at the moment.
    I LOVE your sweet Christmas card. The flower soft gives such pretty texture.
    I hope you have a fab festive weekend.
    Hugs
    Jayne x

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  38. Hello my sweet friend..I am so sorry I haven't been around much. I have been so crazy busy these past few months and hope for things to slow down real soon!
    Your card is GORGEOUS! The image is so darling and your coloring is over the top! I love the shape, the beautiful background papers and sweet whimsical design:) You are so very talented and just LOVE your creations!
    Have a great evening and thanks for your sweet comments on my blog:)
    Hugs my friend!
    Sherrie K
    http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com

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  39. Ummmm.....this is ADORABLE!! :)

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