Thursday, July 14, 2022

Happy Christmas (in July) with Bells



Hi, Friends......

All month I have been making Christmas cards with odds and ends in my stash.  I am determined to USE some of these bits that have been sitting in my Christmas boxes for literally years!!  We'll see how many of them I actually get blogged for Christmas in July....  lol....

I had previously paired this pretty background scrap of very old patterned paper with the pink ribbon and doily and card base.  I just needed to find an image to put on it.  A friend sent me this sweet bell stamp that fit well.  It had sat unused, but not unloved in my stash.  I colored it up and got brave and even added some white gel pen highlights on the design.  Too much?  I hope not.  I am not very good at doing accents like that!  

I ended up making three cards of this design......two in pink and one in blue.  Glad to be adding to my stack for December!!  

Supplies used include:
M&C Boutique - Large Circle Frame die set (retired)
Whimsy Stamps Bonus Gift with Purchase (discontinued)
Inkylicious - Seasons Greetings x4 stamp set
Versafine Ink in Onyx Black
Spectrum Noir alcohol markers
White and Sparkle Gel Pens
Doodlebug - Mini Doilies
Scraps of white cardstock and patterned paper from stash

Are you doing any Christmas crafting this month?  There are tons of challenges out there to enter your holiday creations in for July.  Thank you for stopping by today!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Snippets Playground Challenge #432 - Christmas in July
2. DL.Art July Linky Challenge
3. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #551-552 - AG
4. Passion for Markers Week #649 - Christmas in July
5. Christmas Craft Creations July Challenge - Patterned Paper 

6. ABC Christmas challenge - O is for Old (I used very old patterned paper)
7. Die-Cut Divas - Christmas in July (I used a circle die)
8. Double Trouble Challenge #115 - Christmas in July (I did Thing 1, 2, and 3)

9. Color Dare Challenge #503 - Crazy 8 (I used Candy Apple, Avocado, Ballerina, and Lagoon)


  1. yay!! So glad you blogged one of your cards, and what a pretty one it is. I love that you used a non-traditional color combo and even inked up an old stamp. The white gel pen accents look wonderful on your image and gives it great dimension.

  2. Fabulous! and no, the gel pen accents are perfect. Thanks for joining in my challenge at PFM

  3. Beautiful. I need to do what you are doing with Christmas scraps. So far I have been too busy in the garden to create.

  4. Super card for the festive season.
    Thanks for coming to play in the Snippets Playground! Please come and test a few of the new cocktails up in the Treehouse! xxx

  5. What a lovely card Janis - and nope, not too much! It seems ages since you were here playing - did you just come to sample the cocktails then? I jest - so lovely to see you in the Playground, you've been missed.


    Di xxx AND a cuddle from Dudley too! x

  6. What a pretty card and mix of traditional and non-traditional colors of Christmas. Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble and don't forget you need to enter your card in the Color Dare Challenge and add their link in your post. hope to see you here at

    1. Thank you, Suzanne. I double-checked that the link worked and my card linked up over there last night, but today it is gone. This happens occasionally and it is totally disconcerting.....since I never know when it will strike!! lol... Blogger gremlins at their best! :o

  7. That paper is perfect! Cute layout & card. Thanks for sharing at Color Dare.

  8. So pretty and classy for Christmas! Thanks for sharing with us at both Colour Dare and Double Trouble :)

  9. How lovely! Thanks for linking up to our July challenge gallery at Die Cut Divas.

  10. I love the non-traditional colors and that pink doily is the perfect focal point for the lovely bells! So glad you joined us for our Patterned Paper Challenge at CCC

  11. It is great to use up old stash, your card is super. Thanks for joining Passion for Markers. Elaine

  12. Janis, what a lovely holiday card using non-traditional colors! Great job of the gel pen highlights, too! Thank you for sharing your card and creativity with us at Double Trouble for our "Christmas in July" challenge!!! -Donna

  13. Very pretty card with great use of non-traditional colours. Thank you for joining us at Christmas Craft Creations - Charlotte/Lady Joyful, DT

  14. A lovely design and colour scheme - love the white accents- you can never have too much I say! Thank you for joining us at ABC Christmas Challenge xx Lynda/Loopyloo DT

  15. What a pretty Christmas card! I always love when pink is used on a Christmas project. And the gel pen isn't too much at all :) Thank you so much for playing along with us at Double Trouble :)

  16. What a pretty card Janis. The image is really sweet and your colouring is perfect. Loving the pink colour scheme too. Thanks for sharing with us at Passion for Markers and good luck in the prize draw. Hugs, Denise x

  17. Love your idea of using up those odds and ends from your stash. Great card. So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas Christmas for our July Challenge of "Christmas in July" and always using a die cut or embossed panel.

  18. Great idea to use up some bits and pieces! Thanks for playing along with us at Christmas Craft Creations!


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