Christmas in July with Kerry Urbatch

Monday, July 11, 2011

Christmas In July-Beautiful Lace-Circles of Love-Trendy Greetings DetailHello Savvy Stampers, Kerry here to share my take on "Christmas In July" on the Savvy Projects Blog!  This week my fellow design team members will be sharing some inspirational cards to help revv your holiday mojo.  I know you LOVED what Angela presented yesterday and I just can't wait to see the others in the coming days.

For me, getting a jump start on my Christmas cards is CRITICAL! Unfortunately, the rush-rush of the year pushes things aside and I'm often spending the last weeks of December madly creating cards to send to family and friends...NOT GOOD!  Well, I'm on a mission this year to change all that.  In January, I set out a box designated for my Christmas cards and I'm proud to say it has a whopping 10 cards in it...Better than last year!  Today I'm sharing THREE cards I can add to that box.  They were all made just after returning from Seminar...Gotta love inking up those new stamps!  Hope you find them an inspiration and joy!  

My first card was created using three sets:  RN-13 Beautiful Lace, TA3480 Circles of Love and Trendy Greetings.  This card measures 4 1/4 inch square.  I even ventured out to the pine tree to pluck a twig from the trunk!   The lace doily was stamped on white cardstock using Memento New Sprout ink.  The sentiment and the large circular icon on the green ribbon were stamped with Memento Rose Bud.  The smaller icon was stamped in Memento Angel Pink.  Adding a little microfine glitter and a lime green brad adds a little POP to this design. To finish up on the embellishments, I added some additional icons from the Circles of Love, a button and a star shaped "bling".  Not your traditional Christmas card but it's perfect for that someone special.

Christmas In July-Beautiful Lace-Circles of Love-Trendy Greetings

Card #2 is more traditional.   When I sat down to create this card, I really wanted to do something "Christmasy" with the Dotty Flower set.  I knew it could be done and I just LOVE adapting my stamps for all seasons.  I just loved the dots AND the flower just screamed..."Turn me into a WREATH!" I did!  I love my Memento Ink so I used Rhubarb ink to create the tone-on-tone pattern.  The wreath was stamped on white cardstock with Memento Bamboo Leaves and then distressed to mute the white down a bit.  Since I didn't have any of the new Smoothies Cardstock yet, I pulled out my old stand-by...Bazzill Red.  Lime Green ribbon just gave this card the extra KICK it needed.    
Christmas in July-Dotty Flowers

You know me...I can't seem to stay away from the BLING!  Had to add a few dots here and there to give it some sparkle! 
Christmas in July-Dotty Flowers Corner

My 3rd card was created using two new stamp sets.  I just love the hot air balloons in Love This Day but who in their right mind would ride in a hot air balloon in the middle of winter?  Well, I chopped those strings off and cut around the stamped image to create the perfect SANTA HEAD...LOVE IT!  Colored with my Copics, of course!  I'm diggin' the asymmetrical look so I stamped the sentiment (from the coordinating set Love Lines) far off to the left and added a little ribbon, then popped Santa right on the edge...OOOHHH...Watch out! 
Christmas in July-Love this Day and Love Lines Coloring Detail
Boy was this quick and simple to color!  I think it took about five minutes to color him in...Copic colors used on this image:  Hat:  R02, 14, 24, Face:  E50, 01, Fur and hair:  BG000; C00, 02

Thanks for stopping in!  I hope these simple cards help inspire you to get a Jump Start on Christmas.  I challenge you to fill up your BOX too. You'll be happy you did!

Hop over to my blog throuhout the week to see what else has been placed in my Christmas Box.

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  1. Kerry you are incredible! These cards are wonderful! TFS!! Love that you used some non- traditional stamps too!!

  2. These are absolutely fantastic Kerry! Amazing.

  3. What ideas!!! I love them but that top one if over the top creative! PS. Santa looks like he is happy to be cut free from his strings! :)

  4. These are WONDERFUL!!! Way to take even non- Christmas stamps and turning them into Christmas cards!

  5. FABULOUS! You are soooo creative. Not only non-traditional colors but even the stamps are not usually tho't to be Christmas.

  6. You knocked this challenge outta the park girl friend! I am so in love with the the frist two! I must case them. I am so glad you rejoined TAC, your talents are amazing! When I grow up, I want to be like you! ;o)

  7. Wonderful Kerry! Love the first one with the beautiful lace background!

  8. cute cards - love the little twig accent!