Christmas in July with Angela Kelley

Monday, July 11, 2011

Good Morning and welcome to the start of Christmas in July!!  For the next five days we will be featuring wonderful holiday creations to inspire you!! I love, love, love, creating Christmas projects, weather it be cards, mini books, ornaments, home decor, or packaging. So many options to choose from, so many ideas running through my head, but like everyone I have a limited amount of time to create. So starting early is a must. This year I have taken up a challenge to use non Christmas papers for my Christmas projects (thank you Connie!) The Angel Company has so many beautiful paper collections, so it was not hard to do!! Just think outside the box a little. Several of our paper collections have a sheet or two, (if not more,) that can be used for a traditional Christmas look, and what is left can be used for everyday projects, which makes our paper collections an even  greater bargain!! (Or these papers could be used in nontraditional Christmas color combos that have been so popular these days!)

For this first card I used Maggie SWIC V-847and Amberly Grace card stock collection B-320. I wanted to create an very traditional Christmas look, I love this light blue paper in the Maggie SWIC, to me it looks cool and wintery. We have so many beautiful Christmas stamps to choose from, but I wanted to take my challenge a step further and to use some sets that were not "Christmas" sets!! This sweet little angel is from Fairytale Fun R-2061. Sentiment is from Hung on a Tree T-3420, very much a Christmas set!!

DSC_2939b This next card features Mia's Cottage SWIC R-2503 and card stock B-318, combined with scarlet card stock V-237. I embossed the polka dots from Background Soup  T-3346 onto the bright green paper from Mia's Cottage with white embossing powder. This sweet little mouse is from Mice Day T-3301, (sentiment was computer generated).

I hope this gave you a few ideas and maybe helped you think outside of the box on "seasonal" papers and stamps. Please come back tomorrow and each day this week for Christmas in July, tomorrow the fabulous Kerry Urbatch will be sharing something wonderful and inspiring I am sure, can't wait to see!!

I made several more Christmas cards and things to share with you all this week on my blog Artistic Detours If you would like to see more, please come and visit!

Have a wonderful day!!

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  1. Fabulous as always Angi! Love the ideas.

  2. Paula-Kay BourlandJuly 11, 2011 at 5:15 AM

    Angela, you are such an inspiration. It makes me just want to make Christmas cards now! Great cards. I love them, especially your ribbon ruffles.

  3. Such adorable cards. The angel card...that's my favorite bg color of all time!!! The little mousie card is so adorable! Kerry

  4. Love it! I have this first set and it's great how you made it Christmas-y! I love it when stamp sets can be used out of the box. Wonderful work, Angela!

  5. I love that you challenged yourself to use non Christmas sets. I think both turned out fab!

  6. Very inspiring, I love them both! Great idea to showcase non-christmas papers & stamps!

  7. WOW Angi! You shared very good tips on using general all season stamp sets and paper in a Christmas in July kind of way! I love both cards. They are beautiful.