Tuesday, August 1, 2017

christmas in... august?

that's right! just when christmas in july is safely over, this week's challenge at shopping our stash is called, "countdown to christmas" and we want you to make just one more hot weather holiday card. i was secretly kind of excited about this, because i still had a new pretty pink posh stamp set from my coffee loving cardmakers' summer blog hop prize* that i hadn't test driven yet. so this was the perfect chance.

"holiday pals" stamp set: pretty pink posh, colored with tombow dualbrush pens and prismacolour pencils; brad accessories (glasses, elf hat, antlers): eyelet outlet; patterned paper: doodlebug, elle's studio, dcwv, american crafts + loads of ancient tiny green scraps for the paper-pieced trees; fence die: lawn fawn; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, gluedots, sewing machine

by now i think everyone knows that coloring tiny creatures so they have a bit of shading and so forth is pretty much my achilles heel. so i'm not even going to mention how long it took me to make these three cuties "card ready"... luckily they are so adorable that it was worth it! one of the reasons i chose this set (it's called "holiday pals") is because i had the feeling some of the cute eyelet outlet brads, like the elf hats, glasses and antlers, would work perfectly with the critters and i stand by that decision. midway through cutting out ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL those trees i was regretting my decision not to spring for the coordinating die set, and i would not rule out a return trip to the P3 online store, lol!

i'm playing along at sketch saturday, and since it's a "fifth saturday" we could choose any sketch from the archive. i went with #273 because it's awesome, and also, i thank it for remining me i had that cool fence die, which would work really well with the P3 stamps!

and now you really need to check out my SOS dt darlings' work over at shopping our stash! ♥

*i was lucky enough to win a $25 gc to pretty pink posh, with which i was able to choose THREE stamp sets and only went over my total by $2 woohoo! ♥


  1. Oh my....this is so adorable! I love those little brads and the stitching...and your colouring is awesome!

  2. Sooooo stinkin adorable! Love those wee critters and the addition of the cute brads take this already magnificent card over the top!

  3. I agree with the previous comments, this is so adorable. those brads work perfectly for those super cute critters.

  4. ACK those critters and their brad accessories are just THE.BEST
    So cute!

  5. Oh my...love your card! Super cute! Love your images, the fence and stitching on the heart...really good job with the sketch. Thanks for joining us at Sketch Saturday this week.


  6. I adore these guys and this whole entire card! I have to say that your effort in cutting out the trees was not wasted-- even if you had the die, these look perfect with no edges... you go, girl!

  7. YES!!! I absolutely love this, I saw it in the Sketch Saturday gallery and had to come and say what a fun Christmas in August card. Thanks for playing along with us at Sketch Saturday Lauren, always a joy to get to comment on your beautiful work. Clairex

  8. Oh man, what an amazing card!! I love these little guys! Your card is just amazing.


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