Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A Red, White and Blue Christmas

Hello. Happy Tuesday!
It's time for a new challenge at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog. Our colour challenge for July has been chosen by Linda, this month's hostess, and she has chosen the colours red, white and blue.

This is the time that I say to myself that I should get serious about making Christmas cards--after all, Christmas is less than 6 months away, right?...LOL. 'Christmas in July' is a very popular theme and it seemed to me that last year almost every challenge blog had this as its theme sooner or later...LOL...didn't you think so? So here's a Christmas-in-July card.

This is one of my favorite stamps from the A Merry Little Christmas Collection 2010. She is called Tilda in Winter Light. She is usually available from Magnolia-licious on-line store, however I see that it is currently not in stock, so if you want this stamp, please contact Diana. This image is also available in the mini version and that one is in stock.

I'm switching back and forth between markers and coloured pencils as I love them both. The images on this card were coloured with coloured pencils.

Here's a list of the challenges that I am entering with this card:

Just Magnolia and hAnglar & sTanglar Week 114 - A sketch by Jane
Creat4Fun - 88th Challenge - July Sketch
Totally Tilda - Challenge #26 - Distressing
All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge - Week 84 - Anything Goes
Crafts and Me - Challenge 42 - Favorites (stamp/image)
7 Kids College Fund - Challenge #25 - Red, White and Blue
Creative Inspirations - Challenge 63 - Red, White and Blue
Allsorts Challenge - Week 111 - Free and Easy July
Going Grey With Scrap-Creations - Recipe Challenge (2 Dp's, 2 embellishments)
Cute Card Thursday - Challenge 172 - Lace
Challenge Up Your Life - Challenge #47 - 1 die, 1 lace , 1 brad

I'm trying to show all the glitter that I've put on this card...and all over my craft room...LOL. I took the picture at an angle where I thought the light was reflected back from the glitter. Hmm...I don't know if you can tell. I've added the glitter to the white trim of Tilda's winter coat and hood, the swirls, the snowflakes and the light from the lantern.

Here's a view of the inside of the card. I've added Tilda with Hanging Star from the same A Merry Little Christmas Collection 2010.

I think that's it!--nothing more to add. I hope you will join us in our colour challenge. Please visit the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog to have a look at the fabulous cards of my DT teamates and for more inspirations. Or links to their personal blogs are on my sidebar also.

Thanks for dropping by. As always, your visit is much appreciated. Have a wonderful day and take care!

Materials and Tools used:

DP's: one sheet from Hot Off The Press Heritage Collection Mixing Masculine Papers, Making Memories Heritage Collection Scroll Dark Deep Red, Chatterbox Denim Tweed.

Tools: Spellbinders Labels 18, Magnolia Dookickey Die Swirl, Martha Stewart Snowflake mega and border punches, EK Success snowflake punch.

Misc.: Recollections and Mark Richards pearl stickers, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Stamp Pad Faded Jeans, Lace form Michaels, Ritz Jewel Micro-fine glitter.

Medium: Coloured pencils--combo of Prismacolour Premier, Faber-Castell Polychromos and Derwent Colour Soft.


Miranda de Groot said...

What a pretty card
Hugs Miranda

Maria said...

Absolutely gorgeous Norma! Love everything about it inside and out. Hugs, Maria

cabio's craft corner said...

Gorgeous card Norma. Love the beautiful coloring and how cute seeing the shiny shoes Tilda has. The lantern really looks like it's glowing. Very sweet patriotic scheme card :o)

Monique said...

Wow. That's beautifull Norma.

Hugs Monique

Louise said...

Beautiful card Norma, I love how the blue and red looks on a Christmas card.

Pat said...

Oh Norma...how fabulous! A red, white, & blue Christmas card!! What a great idea!! I love this...and did I ever laugh when I read about glitter being all over your craftroom...that's what I do too!! Thank goodnedd for stickles! LOL! Pat

Danielle said...

Hello Norma, AWESOME, I love this Tilda very much, you colored her wonderfully. The inside of your card is beautiful, love the swirls, and the use Tilda with heart to decorate the writing space. Fabulous.

Amy said...

Beautiful card inside and out! Thanks for joining us at the ATS challenge this week!

Angela said...

Oh this is stunning Norma! Beautiful design. Love how you colored in this image - one of my fav's! Gorgeour interior too Norma! Awesome! ;) hugs, Angela

ellabella said...


Marie-Anne said...

What a gorgeous card!


Pops x said...

HI sweetie, this is gorgeous i love the colours that you have chosen, thank you for joining us at JM/HS this week, hugs Pops x x

Crafteezee said...

Gorgeous christmas card and it's never too early to get ahead. I've got 7 done, woo hoo. So pleased. Thanks for playing at Crafts and Me. Hugs Tracy x

Candy said...

What a stunning Christmas Card!
I can't get over the amount of time you put into everything you make.
Your card is stunning!!
Your colouring with the pencils is as beautiful as with your Copics!!
Just LOVE all of your wonderful details :o)
Hugs, Candy

Barb Hardeman said...

Fabulous card Norma...how delightful to combine the challenge with a Christmas card. (I'm hopelessly behind) You've finished it off so beautifully on the inside too!
Big hugs,

Card Crazy said...

So pretty, Norma. That lace is stunning and your layout, well, just lovely.
Sue S.

Cricket said...

Very pretty.

Judy K. said...

Beautiful card Norma and sooo much detail! You did a fantastic job on it!!!
Judy K.

debby4000 said...

Oh fabulous cute card Norma, love all the sweet Tildas.

Suzi said...

Gorgeous Christmas card Norma, love both images and yourswirls and papers are adorable.
Suzi x

Silvie Z said...

gorgeous Christmas card Norma! So many pretty details! Great colors and love all the snowflakes and the sparkle! Wonderful job!

Anonymous said...

Just Beautiful Norma! Iwould love to be on your Christmas card list
Hugs Julie P

Cami said...

Beautiful Christmas card inside and out, Norma! Love all the different colored snowflakes! This Tilda is one of the prettiest for Christmas and her lantern does look like it's glowing! Great papers, trims and layout.
Hugs, Cami

Susie Sugar said...

Oh Norma this is stunning,
great use of distress inks
Thanks for joining us girls for the "Totally Tilda Distressing challenge"
Hugs Susie Sugar xx

Paula said...

Love it! Great looking card! And congrats on getting started on Christmas!!

Elle said...

What a great idea using this color combo for Christmas! Clever!

Nicola said...

Stunning christmas card inside and out Norma, your colouring is beautiful and all those gorgeous finishing touches are amazing!
Thanks for joining us at Allsorts this week and good luck!
Love Nicola xxx

Jane H said...

Wow wow and wow again! Amazing work she's just beautiful and the card is FABULOUS!

Christine said...

Stuning Tlda creation love the colour combo & all the die shapes..

thanks for sharing at Totally Tilda "Distressing" chall this wk.

smiles Christine TT DT & girlies x

Chris said...

This is just so lovely, Norma! I love the interior as well as the exterior. Your Tilda looks so pretty and warm! It's just an adorable card in every way.

Chris Christensen

Linda said...

Wow what a gorgeous Christmas card!!! Really puts you in the mood for the holidays!!!! Excellent job!!!!

Christina C. said...

Once again, Norma, you created a magnificent work of art! Absolutely gorgeous, inside and out!

Rhonda Miller said...

What a great Christmas card.

darcy48 said...

Great card love the colours and the image hugs Arlinex

Liz's creative corner said...

Wow gorgeous card Norma, fab image and love the finishing touches, fab inside design too, thanks for joining us at Totally Tilda, hugs Liz xx

Cheryl said...

oh this is one ,gorgeous card just love the detail on this,bless you for playing at creative inspirations this week hugs cheryl xxxx

Manuela said...

This is such a wonderful christmas card! Very lovely :)
Thanks for joining us at Challenge up your life!

Only By His Grace said...

Hi Norma!

fabulous card. your coloring with the pencils is wonderful. I love the double frame with the snowflake stamping. the inside is also a work of art. Just gorgeous.
Hugs Maz

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