Sunday, July 10, 2016

Time to Celebrate Christmas in July

Hello Everyone!

Today I have a card to share that was created for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog!
One of my team mates mentioned doing 'Christmas in July' cards.  I thought it was a great idea and decided to give it a whirl myself!

Now mind you ... when it's upper 80s outside, I'm really not in the mood for holiday cards  ... BUT ... with the A/C on and I'm in the basement ... the temperature feels like it could be snowing in here!  LOL
So why not!

I don't make many 'shaker' style cards but am always impressed with them when I see the amazing creations other crafters come up with so that was the direction I decided to go with today's card.

AND, it's a great use for that packaging so many of my dies come in ... I keep them all and when I get a free minute I cut the edges off so I have a flat panel to use for various other projects.

Here are a few steps I took in making my shaker card:

First I decided on what scene I wanted to create and chose the Memory Box 'Cascade Evergreen Frame and Memory Box Everygreen Trio (no longer in stock) but the Memory Box Mountain Evergreen would work well also.

As you can see, I cut a panel in white and another in green.

Next I wanted to create a 'backdrop' for my evergreen forest so I cut a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 panel of white card stock and simply sponged just the top half to represent the sky using Tim Holtz 'broken china' distress ink and a large sponge dauber.

After cutting the green trees from the border ... I staggered them on top of the white tree panel to give the illusion of snow on the branches.  Next I started 'creating my forest'. 

To create my SHAKER, I decided to hand cut strips of dimensional tape to help create my 'window'.  After laying a strip on all four sides, I removed the protective strips from all but the top strip.  Next I adhered my 'window panel' ... poured in some Martha Stewart 'snow' ... pulled the top protective strip off and VOILA!!

Now for the finishing touches!

By positioning the Impression Obsession 'Icicle Edger' across the top and one of the deer from the Frantic Stamper 'Reindeer Duo' Set, down on the bottom, the dimension of my winter scene really came together ... what do you think?

I couple more dies for the inside sentiment and the first holiday card of the 2016 season is complete!
I chose the other reindeer in the Frantic Stamper 'Reindeer Duo' Set, and the Cheery Lynn Designs 'Merry Christmas with Tree' Sentiment die.

Sorry for the long post ... thanks for sticking with me!!

I hope you'll take the time and pop over to our Dies R Us store!
The holidays are 'not that far away you know!' ... YIKES!
There are so many wonderful die cutting companies to choose from ...
I'm sure you'll find exactly what you might be looking for (and more, lol) !!!
Remember, there is a new inspiration sample shared each and every day of the month
on our Dies R Us Inspiration Blog using a variety of dies from several different companies.
Then of course you'll want to come join us at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.
There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st & 15th of each month with
a gift voucher prize to one lucky winner each challenge!
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I hope you'll check out all the fabulous fun going on through DIES R US!!

Challenges to share in:
Broken Fairy Challenge #6 - Anything Goes / Twist - Christmas in July
Digi Designs Challenge - Christmas in July
Christmas Cards All Year Round July Challenge - Anything Goes (Christmas)
Creative Corner Challenges - Anything Goes
 Cut It Up Challenge - Anything Goes (must have die cuts)
Winter Wonderland Challenge - Let's see a Christmas tree and make it cute.
 ABC Christmas Challenge - N is for No Rules
Till next time . . . 
And, as always . . .


Donna Phelan said...

Absolutely Fantastic! LOVE your full size Shaker Card...I want to make on, I typically just have a little shaped opening--BORING! This is beyond beautiful....thanks so much for the inspiration!

Donna Ellis said...

whoa! Dar, this is fabulous! I love that you recycled the packaging AND created a beautiful shaker card! I have not made one for a long time, and yours is so pretty! The beads look amazing as a blizzard! YOU ARE GENIUS! Love it! hugs, de

Leslie Miller said...

WOW, Darlene! This is an amazing card! I didn't realize it was a shaker at first and I was admiring all those icy crystals all over the scene. It's so fabulous that you made the whole scene a shaker! Wow again! Love both those deer, too! Soooo pretty!

Dot said...

Wow I love your shaker card with the beautiful snow forrest, thanks for the how to. Thank you for sharing with us at ABC Christmas Challenge, good luck and I hope you will join us again for the next letter.
Dorte x

Cut It Up Challenge Blog said...

My goodness, what a show stopper! Thanks for sharing your process. Those ice crystals look amazing. I love all the dimension on this card.

Thanks for celebrating our 100th post with us at Cut it Up!


Anet van Zyl said...

Beautiful Christmas card Darlene, love the pretty scene you created. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at Christmas Cards All Year Round. We would love to see you again ... Anet DTx

Busy Bucharoo said...

Your card caught my eye in the Cut It Up entries. I had to get a closer look. I was delighted to see directions for making it!
Thanks for sharing.

Marie B. said...

Excellent take on the shaker card "craze!" I love how your front panel is completely transparent! Adding the deer on top of it is perfect! Thanks for sharing this with us at CCAYR! :)

~Marie B -DT

Nathalie said...

So cute christmas card. Thank for playing with us at Di's Digi challenge.
Nathalie DT

Cindy said...

Fabulous shaker card :-) Thanks for sharing with us at CCAYR!!

Alison Barlow said...

This is absolutely stunning - I keep meaning to make a shaker card - I think you've just inspired me...!! Thank you for joining us at Winter Wonderland.
Alison x

Therese Engström said...

Lovely card <3
Thanks for joining us at Creative Corner Challenges.
Hugs from Therese, DT

Pamela said...

That is a beautiful card. Thank you for joining us at CCAYR.

Pam x

Migdalia said...

Hi Darlene,
You were one of the winners from the Cut It Up Celebration challenge.
Please email me with yoru mailing info at:
To claim your prize. You have until Aug. 3 tomorrow

Deanne Saunders said...

Stunning card! Lovely! Thanks so much for participating in our CHRISTMAS CARDS ALL YEAR 'ROUND challenge!!! Can’t wait to see you participate again in our next challenge!! Have a great crafty day!!!
Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper