Wednesday, July 11, 2012

IT'S THE SNS CHRISTMAS IN JULY BLOG HOP

Thanks for stopping by the Sparkle N Sprinkle's Christmas in July Blog Hop.  The design team are aiming to beat the heat with some cool winter and Christmas projects.  Hopefully it will inspire you to get started on your Christmas cards early this year.  All the Christmas, winter and Jewish stamps are on sale this month, so if you see something you particularly like, now is the time to get it!

Grab yourself a cool glass of lemonade and enjoy the show!  If you got here by way of the very talented Barbara Bruder, then you are on the right track.  If not, then you need to go back to the start at the SNS home page, and remember to leave a comment on each of the designer's blogs to be eligible for one of the five prizes.

For my cards today, I used the Merry Crow Stamp Set.  For my first card I kept things really simple, I don't know about you, but with 162 cards to do each Christmas, I try to come up with a couple of easy ones!!  I stamped the Merry Crows twice across the card and colored their hats with Copics and added a little glitter (of course!).  I then added a couple of strips of Sparkle N Soft using the amazing 3/4" Tear-ific Tape. Here is the finished card, and here are the full instructions:


For my second card, I painted the background using different embossing powders. I then stamped the images on top, colored in with Copics and added extra texture, using some Mudd Puddles!  Such fun!

Here is the finished project:



Here's a close up, so you can see the texture of the Mudd Puddles:




....... and here are the full instructions for the card.

I hope you've enjoyed my projects today, now you need to jump over to crafty Marie's blog, but remember to leave a comment for me before you go!  Enjoy the rest of the hop.

51 comments:

  1. Both cards are great. Love the Mud Puddles - looked so much like winter I shivered!!

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  2. Talk about fun texture everywhere!

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  3. Very nice. I've got to try out my jar of Mud Puddles. The texture looks awesome.

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  4. Shona your cards are great and I specially like the 2nd one. Looks like a blizzard and the Mudd Puddles really go great on your card, looks like real snow.

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  5. I love birds & I love the texture! I may have to try Mud Puddles!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  6. Yep, everyone needs a collection of straightforward mass production card ideas! Love the unique textures you have on the second by stamping/coloring right on the embossed background.

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  7. I love Mudd Puddles too! Great job using it so perfectly on that card! And I love the holiday glitter on the row of birds card!

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  8. Great cards, Shona! Love your painting with embossing powder technique!

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  9. I did not realize you could stamp on top of embossing powder!

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  10. I love the birds! Great job on the second card with all the EP and sparkle. Don't you just love the Mudd Puddles?

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  11. Both cards are awesome! But the 2nd one is my favorite! I love how it looks and I am gonna go and look at the instructions! Great work! :)

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  12. Fab job, sistah. Cute CAS card on the first. Wowser on the second. I love everything about it. Can I get one in Dec? (Haven't ever used those mudd puddles.)

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  13. The Merry Crows are always fun, but I totally love how you "colored" the snowman card and used all the texture and bling!!! It rocks!

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  14. itiegiiolove your ideas and use of texture. Really love the birds card. Alice L.

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  15. Your card card conveys a winter scene perfectly.

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  16. I love your cards but I must say the glittery scene one is my favorite. It is astounding.

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  17. Inspiration in a blog!! Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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  20. soooo sorry - it did ot say comment published I assumed I was not typing in the correct security code aggghhhh

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  21. Fantastic! You have far more passion than I do to add that much sparkle to your second card. Love the humor of the birds. Thank you for sharing.

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  22. Wow, this is fantastic. I love that you stamped and colored on the glitter.

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  23. I love how you used texture. I'll have to try them.

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  24. I liked how you used texture. Have to try it.

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  25. I really like birds for Christmas. Great use of the products!

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  26. Nice cards. Didn't know you could stamp on top of embossing powder.
    Great look!

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  27. Nice card Mud Puddles really makes it special. Elaine

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  28. Wow how ?Awesome are your cards. love the Textures and the colors the Glitz is perfect. love the attention to details.
    abbraddock@msn.com

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  29. Great cards. Love the Mudd Puddles. I really like how is sparkles.

    Donora

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  30. Love the cards and the technique you used.

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  31. Simply fabulous!! I got a giggle out of the Merry Crows...too cute. And your second card....all I can say is WOW!!! The sparkly look and texture are so perfect for winter themes!

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  32. Great cards and lots of shimmer and sparkle! Those crows are hilarious. I have never seen Mud Puddles before. Very interesting! :)

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  33. Love these! Now the challenge is to narrow it down to one or two or three or . . . nevermind!

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  34. Pretty winter cards! Its been so hot here in the south, they are cooling me off. :) Thanks!
    Kim
    Kasot@aol.com

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  35. Such glitterific ideas, Shona! Love what you have done with the EPs, glitters, Mud Puddles, and your coloring, of course. So pretty with the layers of sparkle on both cards. Thank you for always sharing your fantastic use of EP & G as art supplies!

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  36. Great techniques with all the glittery goodness. I'll be back to go over your instructions more thoroughly.
    Thank you!
    Stephanie K

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  37. Beautiful card. Love all the layers.

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  38. Loving the birds on the snowman! Thanks

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  39. You've really got the "sparkle 'n sprinkle" mastered!

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  40. LOVE your cards especially the cute bird on the snowman. TFS

    Babe
    youiesmom@att.net

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  41. Awesome embossing effect!
    Great ideas! Thanks!

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  42. Great cards. Love the texture.

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  43. Hi Shona,

    I love your cards, they are beautiful, especially your coloring and all the glittery snow:)

    Hugs,

    Michelle

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  44. Awesome card luv your technique. Thanks for sharing.

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