Saturday, July 25, 2015

More Christmas in July

Hello, everyone!  I am still on my blog break but I decided to pop in and share a couple of cards I made for some "Christmas in July" challenges. Before I begin, I would like to welcome five new followers - rebeccaaltamirano, terriavidreader (IN-USA), Dr Sonia S V, Susan Renshaw, and ToTylkola - so happy to have you here!

Being on a blog break, I have also taken a break from the progressive challenges for awhile, but I just couldn't help myself after the sweet and generous Kris over at Imagine That... Digis by Kris sent me this month's digi anyway - in the spirit of Christmas - and I am so happy she did!  Thank you, Kris! My followers know I like to make at least two Christmas cards a month, so my goal has been achieved!

Card #1
Isn't this Treat Stand adorable! I couldn't resist joining the Digi of the Month (DOTM) challenge! There was also a bonus coupon this month for Baking Mice, and I chose the cute Chef Freddy - see Card #2 below. Both cards were quick ones - I don't have any crafty mojo these days!  I used precoloured images, fussy-cut them, and popped up with foam tape.  For card #1, with Treat Stand, the image, sentiment, and paper are all part of the DOTM set. I used Poppystamps Stitched Landscapes to die-cut the border and added a strip of red glitter tape, also cut with the same die. A star-shaped brad that says "holiday cheer" finished it off.

I hope you will consider joining the Imagine That... Digis by Kris DOTM challenges yourself - everyone who participates is a winner because you will receive next month's digi for free.  Each digi comes with an image you can colour, a pre-coloured image for quick cards, a number of sentiments, and sometimes there are digital papers or more than one image (like this month) - it's an awesome deal!

Lisa over at Decosse's Dynamite Doodles is also having a challenge for anyone using a Christmas or winter-themed digi from Imagine That... Digis by Kris so head over and check it out! She has a lovely prize up for grabs!

For Card #1, I would like to join these 10 challenges:
  1. Craftin Desert Diva's Christmas in July UE 
  2. Decosse's Dynamite Doodles Christmas in July with ITDK
  3. Dies R Us Christmas in July 1/3
  4. DRS Designs A Stitch in Time UE
  5. Emerald Faeries Christmas in July 2/3
  6. Imagine That... digis by Kris July DOTM Treat Stand
  7. Little Claire's Digi Holiday Theme (Christmas) 2/3
  8. Paper Creators Crafts Christmas in July 2/3
  9. Rudolph Day July 1E
  10. The 12 Months of Christmas Link-up July Optional Ornaments (hoping the Christmas treat stand is considered an ornament) 2/3

Here's my card #2, using Chef Freddy, which I received as a "Christmas in July" bonus for being a participant in the ITDK DOTM challenges. The sentiment and image are both part of the set. Again I used Poppystamps Stitched Landscapes to die-cut the image and the red glitter tape. The striped dp is from my stash and I added a snowflake charm at the bottom corner.

Card #2

I used most of the colours in the Cosmic Colours inspiration swatch shown below so I'm linking up there as well.

Cosmic Colours

With Card #2, I would like to join the following challenges:  Aud Sentiments AG Plus Sentiment 1/5; Beccy's Place Christmas in July UE; Card Mania AG 2/3; Cards in Envy Christmas in July 1/3; Christmas Stampin' All Year Long CAS 1E; Clique Kits AG 2/3; Cosmic Colours Colour Inspiration UE (see above); Craft Your Passion AG 1/3; Crafting by Designs July AG 2/3; Crafts Galore Encore Use a Stamp or Digi 2/3; Crafty Calendar Crafty Christmas in July 2/3; Crafty Gals Corner To Die For 1/2; Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra July UE; Creative Corner Christmas in July 1/3; Creative Fingers AG 1/3; Creative Ladybirds AG 1/3; Crimbo Crackers Something Cute UE; Cute Card Thursday Pets UE; Deep Ocean Christmas in July UE; Die Cuttin Divas Christmas in July 1/3; DL.ART July Linky UE 1/day; Hiding in My Craftroom Any Holiday (Christmas) 1/3; Imagine That... Digis by Kris Customer Link-up and Win UE; Inspiration Destination AG UE; Lil Patch of Crafty Friends AG 1/3; Little Scrap Pieces Show it Off Saturday 1E: Not Just Cards July UE; One Sweet Challenge Christmas in July UE; Penny's Paper-Crafty Christmas in July 1/3; Pile It On Christmas/Winter in July UE; {PIN}spirational Christmas in July 1/5; Send a Smile 4 Kids Christmas in July 4 Kids 1/3; Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Sparkle and Shine 1/5; Sister Act (Cards Only) AG UE; Stamping Sensations Feature a Creature 1/3; The Corrosive To Die For 1/3; The Crafter's Cafe Christmas in July 1/3; Tuesday Throwdown Christmas in July 1/3;  V's Sweet Ideas Celebrate (Christmas) 1/2; Whimsy Stamps Challenge Christmas in July 1/3; Winter Wonderland How Charming 1/3; Word Art Wednesday AG w Uplifting Sentiment; Your Scrapbook Place AG 2/3

I am also linking up to Mynn's 5th Blogiversary Giveaway at On a Stampage - Congratulations, Mynn!

Giveaway ends July 31

Thank you for looking at my cards! I will return on July 29 with a special scheduled post and I'll be announcing my candy winners on July 30. Wishing you a joyful day!


Lisa said...

Both of your cards are so beautiful, Kitty!! I love the images and the designs!! I hope you are enjoying the break my friend!! You've been missed!! Have a great day :)

A Mermaid's Crafts

jimlynn said...

BOTH are absolutely adorable! I LOVE the designs on both - and will just have to CASE them! Great cards for the holidays.
Hope you're enjoying your break!

scrAPpamondo said...

Oh, love these cards!! I think your crafty mojo is ever here, Kitty...!! Both your CAS are so cute and fresh, and perfect for Christmas!! Love the papers you used and the sweet digi! You rock as always, my friend! Amazing works!

MaryH said...

Hi Kitty, I knew I had been missing seeing you 'around' and chatting with you too. Glad that you had a chance to take a little break & do other things. Love BOTH of these cards, and the delightful designs you've created with the oh-so-cute digis and those stitched curvy dies. You are a master with this one! Enjoy the rest of your break, see ya soon! TFS & have a great wkend

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

OMG these are just adorable Kitty! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘CHRISTMAS IN JULY’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)

Dee said...

They are so cute! Love the curvy stitched dies and darling images. Enjoy your break!

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi your cards are gorgeous. Thank you for joining us this month at Not Just Cards . Hugs Jackie DT

Liz said...

These are both super! I love the effect of the curved patterned paper. xx

Karen said...

love Christmas in July adore that little mouse and the little ginger bread man is so sweet!

Sherri said...

Absolutely darling cards! I love the way you picked up the peppermint candies in your paper to go with your cute image! Thanks so much for joining in our Christmas in July challenge at Dies R Us!

Sue said...

Gorgeous cards and thanks for joining us at Crafty Calendar hugs Sue J xx

scrappymo! said...

Very sweet card! Love that you combined the candy background paper with the image of the baking treat under the dome.
Your border die is fab!

Thanks for taking part in the July Rudolph Days Challenge.

scrappymo! said...

Very sweet card! Love that you combined the candy background paper with the image of the baking treat under the dome.
Your border die is fab!

Thanks for taking part in the July Rudolph Days Challenge.

Bad Kitty said...

your cards are great

DIANA L. said...

Great cards both of the. Christmas will be here before you know it.I love it.
Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes July Linky Party. Have a blessed day

Kathleen said...

Two fabulous cards, with fabulous images.

Kath x

Tenia Nelson said...

Super cute cards!!

Carole Robb Bisson said...

Both cards are super. The image of this wee mouse holding Christmas pudding. Thank you so much for taking time to post your very creative art with us this week at Word Art Wednesday, on our 193rd challenge.
Blessings and Hugs, Carole

Lynne K said...

Two gorgeous cards! I like both designs. Thank you for sharing them with us at Stamping Sensations.


Debi said...

Wonderful cards. Love the layout and the nice clean look of both. Super job!

Teresa Kline said...

hello Kitty! such cuteness...great job! So glad you played along with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge! I am having one last giveaway this week on my blog to celebrate my birthday, stop by and comment for your chance at winning!

sparkle & shine *~*

Beccy said...

Two great Christmas cards KT, well done! I really love the fabulous papers you used, particularly on the first card... those candies look delicious. I really like both the little images on your cards, they are so sweet.

Kim said...

This is so cute! Love the added strip of red glitter paper. Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown.

brenda said...

Two lovey cards today Kitty and so like the design of the first one.

Have a good Sunday.

B x

As.I.Do.Rodos. said...

Fabulous card design love the curves .Thank you for joining us at Aud Sentiments challenge good luck Ginny ♥

Jane Willis said...

Two great cards - the curves make them extra special and the images are brilliant

Mynn Kitchen said...

Hi, Kitty! These are both ABSOLUTELY DARLING!!! Your CAS design is totally fabulous--and I adore your beautiful coloring and wonderful patterned papers! Thank you SO MUCH for joining in my 5th Blogiversary Giveaway at On A Stampage! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

KraftyKoolKat said...

Both are so cute Kitty. Hubby still poorly and having tests.

Barbara Godden said...

Both card are super cute but the second is my fav. I love that mouse and the sketch is fab.

SARN said...

Lovely curvy cards K. xxx

Donna said...

Gorgeous cards Kitty! Your mojo is there, I like the curved edges you used on your patterned paper, very classy. So nice to see a post from you. Hugs, Donna

April Story said...

Love both of your cards. I can't believe we're already talking about Christmas. LOL

Deanne Saunders said...

Sweet card!!! Thanks so much for participating in our {PIN}SPIRATIONAL challenge!! Hope to see you again for our next challenge!!
A Little Bit O' Paper

cotnob said...

Fabulous cards Kitty, brilliant designs and great images.

Crafty Moone Cards said...

Beautiful card, thanks for joining us at CSAYL. Sue x

Amy Ottmers said...

Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Aud Sentiments, good luck!!! Amy DT

Amy Ottmers said...

Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at PINspirational, good luck!!! Amy DT

Marie said...

Two really lovely creations. Looks smashing both of them. Thanks for joining us over at Winter Wonderland this week.
Love n hugs

Kandy's Krafts said...

Lovely christmas card. Such a cute image. Thank you for joining Creative Ladybirds Creations Challenge. Good Luck.

Monika Reeck said...

Kitty I love your first card how you cut it and adorable DP and sweet Image too
the second one lovely coloring cute Image and I adore your DP
I have so less DP and nearly not buy it again since 5 or 6 years hehe
I always love seeing ladies using their DP
great post Kitty and I miss you in each post hehehe I know you are on break time
enjoy my dear
hugs, Monika

Donna Ellis said...

Your sweet cards with the curves are cute as can be, Kitty!

Taunya Butler said...

SUPER awesome and truly cute and fun Christmas cards you have made - so very impressed and think that you have done a marvelous job - both such adorable images!!!

Holley (Tondre) Barnhart said...

These are both too cute. Loving all the great Christmas cards I am seeing already. What an adorable mouse. Thanks for sharing with us at Your Scrapbook Place Challenge this month. Cheers, Holley

CA Scrapper said...

So adorable!! Thanks for joining us at Die Cuttin' Divas this week.


cass said...

Thanks for joining us at The Crafter's Cafe this week for our "Christmas in July" challenge.

marion said...

both cards are lovely and sweet, glad to see some work of your hand, give some cuddles to your lovely furbabys and lots of hugs and love to you, Marion

Rose said...

Beautiful cards. Thanks for joining us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends and good luck.
Rose DT x

Pamellia Johnson said...

Fabulous holiday cards Kitty, although I think I got a new cavity just looking at all those delicious sugary treats! lol. hugs :)

mags said...

A lovely creation. Thanks for sharing with us at Little Claire digi challenge.

mags said...

A lovely creation. Thanks for sharing with us at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges.

chanya13 said...

Fabulous card with lovely colors and design. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Gals Corner Agnieszka DT

Georgiana said...

Thank you for joining our “Christmas in July” Challenge this week at Die Cuttin’ Divas.

Stay Creative,
• Carson's Creations •
Die Cuttin’ Diva DT

Shell B. said...

Super cute card, great image & design!
Glad you could join us for the challenge at Your ScrapBook Place, hope to see you come back soon!
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Shell in Alaska ~ YSBP~DT ~

Rae Ann said...

Love both of these cards, but I especially love the peppermint candy paper!! The little border of glitter paper really adds so much.

Thank you for joining us at Crafty Gals Corner for our To Die For challenge.

Joan said...

Lovely cards with a very cute image, lovely colours too

Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month

scrapfantazje said...

Beautiful:) Thanks for sharing it with us for Card Mania Challenge.
Good Luck!
Marzena DT

Denise Goeldner said...

Fabulous christmas creations. Thanks so much for joining us over at Emerald Faeries Challenge Blog, good luck and hope to see you again.
~ Denise DT ~ Emerald Faeries Challenge Blog
{Denise's Patch of Creativity}
{Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge}


Beautiful card
Thank you for joining at our challenge CCCB

Eret said...

Such a sweet Christmas card. Love this cute image you used on it. Thank you for sharing your pretty card with us at Stamping Sensation.
Eret x

Ileana A. said...

Lovely creations! I love curvy die! Simple and beautiful design!

Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore July Challeng "Use stamp or digi".

aussie aNNie said...

Gorgeous Christmas in July creation...thanks for sharing at One Sweet Challenge..xx
{One Sweet Challenge DT Member}

Ileana A. said...

Again compliments for these lovely creations!
Thanks for playing at Card Mania Challenge.

Eileen said...

That is a really cute image and coloured beautifully. Great design too. Thanks for joining in with our 'How Charming' challenge at Winter Wonderland this week, and good luck
Eileen x

Chasing the Dream said...

What a delightfully sweet card! The colors are amazing and I love your design. We look forward to seeing you again.
Berni, DT

Sandy Trefger said...

Love your Christmas cards! Fabulous designs! Thanks for sharing with us at Cards in Envy!

Jo said...

Love them both Kitty, great designs. Thanks for joining us over at Crafty Calendar this month & good luck!
hugs Jo x

I have a birthday candy on my blog if you'd like to join in.....
You can find my candy here
You can find my atc swap here

cotnob said...

Hi Kitty, I just popped back to say thank you for joining us at Paper Creator this month.

Helen said...

Great cards - thanks for joining us at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra and for linking up with the Imagine That Challenge too.

Helen x

Allie Stewart said...

I can't get enough of your cards! I love how the bottoms of both are curved! Super fun!

Colette said...

Cute card Kitty! Thank you as always for playing along with Cosmic Cosmic colours. Sorry for the delay in commenting - I've been away visiting my mum. :o) x

mamapez5 said...

That first card is such a cute image, and I love the peppermint candy paper. Both are great additions to your collection ready for Christmas. Kate x

Laura Turcotte said...

haha--those are so adorable!! thank you for joining us over on the HIMCR blog this week!

wendipooh13 said...

super fun cards!!!! great work!! Thanks for sharing with us at Cards in Envy!

ericarose said...

Great work!!! Super cute!

Tindaloo said...

Sweet cards and great coloring! :) Thanks for playing along at Creative Fingers! Sorry about the late comment! Good luck in the draw ♥ Tindaloo