Sunday, June 17, 2012

June WMS Blog Party - An Inspiration!

 Today I'm participating in the Waltzingmouse Blog Hop which happens the 17th of each month. The challenge is announced on the WMS Blog on the 1st of every month so we have plenty of time to create something!   This month the challenge is an inspiration photo:

I made 3 Christmas cards because I'm also using this for my June Christmas Card Challenge over in the WMS Forum.  This month we had to use stitches -  real or faux.  I used the colors from the inspiration photo but switched them up on each card to see how they would look.
The stitches stamp, from Off Beat Backgrounds, is one of my favorite stamps, don't they look like real lines of stitching?  I white embossed them on the gray card and silver embossed them on the blue card.  I stamped them in Bahama Blue Ink on the white card.
The tree is from Asian Gardens, the ornaments are from 2011 Holiday Ornaments.  I embossed a rectangle Nestability in the center of each card then layered the stamped tree panel inside the frame popped up on foam tape.

The Merry & Bright sentiment is from Around Christmastime.  I punched it with an oval punch layering the sentiment and ornaments on foam tape and adding silver sticky pearls.  I sponged all the edges with Ranger Distress Broken China.

You have 24 hours to link your card on the WMS Blog where you will find all the details as well!  Come along and party!!

Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Off Beat Backgrounds, Around Christmastime, Asian Gardens, 2011 Holiday Ornaments.
Paper:  White - PTI, Basic Grey & Tempting Turquoise - SU
Ink:  Archival Coffee,  Memento Tangelo & Bahama Blue, Ranger Distress Broken China.
Accessories:  Foam Tape, Rectangle Nestability, Silver pearls - Michaels, large oval punch - SU.

27 comments:

Riet said...

So gorgeous cards Julia.

Hugs Riet.xx

Lori said...

Beautiful design! Love these non-traditional colors for holiday cards.

Lynn Mercurio said...

What fun, Julia...I would have never imagined this color scheme as Christmas cards, but you did an outstanding job tying it all together. I love them!

Kelly S. said...

Oh that's FUN, Julia! I love the ornaments hanging from the tree and the use of the stitching image in white (I FORGOT about that one)! A super cool card for both challenges!

Renee said...

OK...love this color scheme for Christmas!!
I would have never dreamed it but really works!! :)
And that stitching...
perfect! :)
I just love that Claire makes everything so easy for us...
goodness knows my real live stitching doesn't look as good as her faux!*giggle*

Suzanne D. said...

Julia, these cards are fantastic! I love holiday cards with non-traditional colors, and the effects of that Off Beat BG set is perfect. I have to add that to my wish list!

Kim said...

All of these are just too cute! What a great take on both challenges...those ornaments look so great hanging off the trees.

Joyce said...

What a wonderful set of cards. I like to do that too--different versions to see what works the best. Amazing how different they can look--not boring at all. I like them all, so won't even try to pick a favorite.

Mara Campbell said...

These are so fabulous!!! I absolutely love the stitching...it looks amazing!!

Charmaine Stack said...

Pretty cards, Julia, and that stitching looks great. Funny you mentioned how we find out the theme on the 1st of the month. I still end up making my card on the 17th! Oh well.

Nikki said...

Such a different use of the tree and ornaments, love how they work together.

Kary said...

Hi Julia! These are such Awesome Christmas cards - I love the design!! Love looking at them!! Fabulous!!

Joan said...

How clever to make Christmas cards with this palette. the ornaments are beautiful

Deborah Frings said...

Brilliant!! I think your funky Christmas cards are just fabulous - the colours really work! Gotta love that faux stitching, so much quicker than getting out the machine ;)))

IamDerby said...

Very clever! I love all that ink...so pretty!

Sue Ann said...

Love how you did the different color frames ....... the colors work SO PERFECTLY together. So much fun~

Asha said...

So very clever, Julia. the colours totally work for Christmas too. Thanks for sharing

Jen Cuthbertson said...

Fun cards, Julia! I love the stitching around the edges and those ornaments are too cool!

Ellen said...

Awesome stitching and colors Julia! Fab cards!

Vickie Z said...

Ya'll have just gotta stop....(meaning another one on my list) I haven't looked at that set closely enough...it does look like real stitching...amazing! Fabulous set of cards and wonderful mix of sets! LOVE your southern drawl- have to confess I grew up mostly (teenage years) in the Midwest and I was a Yankee when I moved here but...lived here the longest, my girls are Southern Belles, and I am Southern now, LOL!

Marybeth said...

Julia at first I thought … wow you did a lot of stitching on these cards… then I read.:) what a great stamp. New colors for me for Christmas… Love the ornaments hanging on the large branch.

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Karin Ã…kesdotter said...

WOW!!! What a cool and great design - LOVE your take on the colors too!
Have a wonderful day, hugs, Karin

Jeanne J said...

Julia, How clever is this? Mixing your ornaments with the asian gardens? Brilliant! I'm drooling over those silver stitches - just beautiful!

Nona said...

Beautiful set of holiday cards, Julia. Love the design and how you switched the colors around on each one. And it really does look like real stitching. Beautifully done! :)

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Fabulous set, love the embossed and stitching details.

Marlena M. said...

Wow, these cards are incredible. I love those stitches~ they look real!