MFT July Creative Challenge — Christmas in July

Welcome to this month’s My Favorite Things Design Team Creative Challenge. The Creative Challenge is a monthly feature where we are challenged to explore our creative side using a specific theme, product or technique.  This month we were challenged to kick-start our holiday projects with Christmas in July.  Be sure to check the MFT Blog for a list of all the designers who have put their MFT stamps and/or Die-namics dies to work to create holiday projects for you.  :)

Friendship Warms the Heart

I pretty much had to take this opportunity to get at least two Christmas cards completed so I pulled out two of my favorite holiday Pure Innocence sets.  (Actually, I pulled three but one I only used for the sentiment.)

On my first card, I used Merry Kissmas along with Oval STAX, Traditional Tags STAX and Little Open Scallop Strip and Die-namics.

After stamping and coloring my image onto X-Press It Blending Card (and paper-piecing the snowman’s hat and scarf), I die-cut using Oval STAX, matting onto Gumdrop Green cardstock.

You can see better in this photo that I added a clear dimensional glaze to the berries, snowman’s nose and buttons.

On the inside, I stamped an additional sentiment along with the berries, extending the branch line with a Copic multiliner.

Merry Wishes

My second card uses another of my favorite holiday sets, Sending You a Little Christmas.  The sentiment is from Presents for You.    I also used Circle STAX as well as one of our new Sentiment Strips Die-namics.

I pieced the girl’s hat and coat and used E50 and E51 to shade the “white” areas. The image was stamped onto X-Press It Blending Card (it’s my favorite) and matted onto Red Hot cardstock.

To mat the sentiment strip, I die-cut one white and one red strip.  After stamping the sentiment on the white strip, I cut away the top and bottom edges along the embossed line.  Super easy.  :)

On the inside, I used more Circle STAX and left plenty of room for a short holiday note.

Don’t forget to check out the MFT blog for more inspiration!

Thanks for visiting today!  :)

Stamps:  My Favorite Things “Merry Kissmas,” “Sending You a Little Christmas” and “Presents for You”  (Pure Innocence)   Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black    Paper: MFT Gumdrop Green and Red Hot, X-Press It Blending Card, October Afternoon “Holiday Style”  (8×8)   Accessories:  Copic markers (E00, E11, BV000, R20, E31, E50, E51, Y21, YR23, YG91, YG93, YG95, R22, R24, R89, W00, W1, W3, BG70, BG90), MFT Oval, Circle and Traditional Tags STAX, Sentiment Strips and Little Open Scallop Border Die-namics, Michaels rhinestones, brads, May Arts ribbon, foam boosters.  Friendship Warms the Heart finished size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″; Merry Wishes finished size 5″ x 5″.

19 Responses to MFT July Creative Challenge — Christmas in July

  1. Both cards are gorgeous Michele, the classic color combination red/green looks great in combination with PI! Love all the dots and bow on the second card=)

  2. Beautiful cards ♥♥♥

  3. So adorable and beautifully made.

  4. Beatiful cards!!!! The colouring is phenomenal, especially the shading on the first one!!!
    Diane

  5. Kristy Hansen

    Love your cards. Love how you layered each one. Your coloring and paper piecing of the gals is super. Love the layout designs too. Your idea to cut away at the embossing line makes so much more sense instead of flipping the die over, tracing, cut out. I am so going to try that the next time I need this. ksh

  6. Absolutely adorable cards.

  7. OH I love these, Michele! MFT holiday images are some of my fave out there. PI girls are so cute!!

  8. Oh My Lord, these cards are just fabulous! I so, so, so LOVE Christmas, it’s my favorite holiday and I love making Christmas cards. These cares are so beautiful!!!
    Hugs,
    Jo

  9. These are pure cuteness! I love all the polka dot paper piecing!

  10. I love them both, but I have to say that the one with the snowman just melts my heart. Love it! :)

  11. LOVE them both Michele!

  12. these are beautiful and sweet, love the colors and the beauty of the cards.
    your coloring is awesome

  13. so fabulous, Michele! love your coloring (always do!) and perfect ribbon placement on both.

  14. they are both absolutely adorable, but I will have to say I like the first one the most because I LOVE snowmen!

  15. oh these are awesome! love them!

  16. These are drop dead adorable!! Love them both and your coloring is out of this world!!

  17. Both of these are just fabulous, Michele!

  18. I love the papers you used on these! Gorgeous cards!

  19. Creativity is not the only thing in art, uniqueness is also significant

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