Saturday, July 21, 2018

Christmas in July at The Cutting Cafe, Pt. 2

Welcome to the second installment of our Christmas in July design team posts at The Cutting Cafe. I love making Christmas projects when it's too hot to be outside. :) This card is one of my fave's for sure because I love the cutting file I used to create it. 

There are several greetings in this file but I chose JOY for my card. We should always be filled with joy at Christmas and throughout the year. I backed the cut file with the base and trimmed a patterned paper to add some color and interest to my base card panel. I used the card fold, top bulb layer, base of bulb and ornament hanger in this set. Puffy stickers and liquid pearl dots add finishing touches to my shaker card which I filled with mini micro beads. 

Here is the file I used and you can see how many options there are. 


Sentiments are also offered but for this card I let the puffy sticker and cut file do the job.


The Cutting Cafe

For more inspiration by the design team click this link and enjoy a variety of Christmas in July projects. If you leave a comment on the DT post you'll be automatically entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE SETS and the winner will be announced on the 7th of August.

Thanks for stopping by!!!
Lisa xx

Friday, July 6, 2018

Animal Shaped Christmas Cards from TCC

*Stay tuned for important announcement at end of post*

It's Christmas in July at The Cutting Cafe and we've put a twist on it by using animal shapes for our design team projects. I love how this card turned out and truthfully I would have never used a rabbit on a Christmas card lol but it works. It was fun to create!

I love this bunny's tale and the fact that it's 3D makes me hop for joy!

Puffy stickers, wood veneer holly, flat back pearls and a googly eye add more dimension. The stamped sentiment is by Verve Stamps which is now closed. 

A punched MS holly border and stamped stars from Verve's Holiday Greetings set finish the inside.

The Cutting Cafe

For more inspiration visit The Cutting Cafe's blog tomorrow, the 7th, to view all  of the design team projects. If you leave a comment on the post you'll be automatically entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE SETS from TCC. Regina will announce the winner on the next DT post which will be the 21st of July. 

Regina, owner/designer of TCC, is offering discounted Christmas sets during the month of July. Here is the link to the current offering but be sure to check TCC's website and blog for additional offerings throughout July. 

Thanks for visiting!
Lisa xx

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

N for Name, O for 'On Skates etc' at ABC Christmas Challenge

Ice Skate Card

Christmas in July is what I was thinking when I created this design team card for the ABC Christmas Challenge. With the record hot temps here in the U.S. I'm definitely dreaming of a white Christmas. :) I'll stop and confess right now that I'm no ice skater but I wish I was. Ice skating is a beautiful sport and I love to watch it!

I used a SVG file by Daniela Moscone available at Silhouette Design Store called Ice Skate Card

The inside sentiment and image are by Verve Stamps which sadly closed their doors the end of June. I used stickers by Simple Stories on the opposite page.

For the front of my card I used a merry mix of embellishments and ephemera. The seasons greetings stamp is from G45's Night Before Christmas 3 stamp set and I backed it with a 1" punched circle from black cardstock. Years ago Pink Paislee offered a collection called  City Sidewalks and I still have some of the papers and ephemera in my stash. The bell ephemera is from that collection as are the fishtail banners. I ran some red/white twine through the tag and secured it with Tim's tiny attacher. The rosette is a dimensional sticker from Recollections and the glitter red heart was punched using a Fiskar's heart punch. I also used a circle sticker from G45's A Place in Time sticker sheet on the right side of the cluster and foam tape to give some of the elements dimension.

White and black gel pens add highlights and faux stitching. I added a chipboard 'Believe' by Echo Park to the blade, tinsel by Tim Holtz to the base of the ice skate and flat back pearls where the laces pull through and that completes this card.

I used the fold card and layering pieces from the SVG file to create my card. My Silhouette Cameo made this an easy task to do. Check out the Silhouette Design Store to see what is currently on sale and if memory serves me correctly I believe they have a big Christmas sale during July. If I learn when I'll pop in and edit this post and add a direct link. ;) You can also visit my dear friend's online store, The Cutting Cafe, as Regina offers several Christmas themed files and each one comes with various electronic cutter SVG files as well as a PDF version in case you don't own an electronic cutter.   


Prize is a $25 gift certificate to our lucky winner.


Helen is our hostess this month and she is offering this stamp set from Lily of the Valley as a prize. 

You have from today, July 4th, until the end of the month to play along and as long as your project is Christmas themed you can enter as often as you like. The DT will be by to visit your inspiring creations soon and we all wish you the best of luck.

Crafty Hugs,
Lisa xx 
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