Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Christmas In July AO Blog Hop!

Christmas In July and it is a Blog Hop with Artistic Outpost! It is never too early to start on those Christmas cards, tags or gifts ideas and the AO DT is here to inspire you! Join in on all the fun!
Gerrie, Lisa, Sue, Tracy, Linda, Alison, Terry (Me), Kate
I chose the MidWinter collection, which I absolutely love the vintage and homey style in these stamps! For the background, I stamped the pine needles randomly in Stazon Green on Shimmery paper, so pretty and adds that snowy feeling! Did shading with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo.
Tim's Clock was cut from Grunge paper and then painted white and again with a lighter green, crackled and then coated with Pine Needles stain. Added a little white paint for snow! The tinsel around the clock are actually trimmings from gold and green tinsel sprinkled over glossy accents. The beads/berries were colored with alcohol ink.
The lovely house was stamped on watercolor paper using Coffee Archival (tapping on to avoid the trees) and Stazon Green.  Squeezed Lemonade (windows), Barn Door (Chimney), Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky (Sky), Antique Lined and Vintage Photo for shading using the water brush. A layer of Rock Candy Stickles was applied to the ground, roof and chimney top, with a thicker coating on the roof edge!

Hope you enjoyed the little cool down and there is still plenty of time to ink up your AO stamps for the July Monthly Referral Program, so join in fun and a chance to win!





39 comments:

Sophie said...

Das ist großartig, Terry.
Und ich finde, es ist die richtige Zeit für Weihnachtskarten.
Wenn es draußen schön heiß ist, mache ich auch immer die ersten Karten :-)
Dann macht es mir am meisten Spaß

Liebe Grüße

Astrid Maclean said...

Wonderful card Terry! Such a great stamp that and I love how you have used it! It has that real traditional Christmas feel to it but without being boring, great make!!

Pam said...

Love this scene too! Such a pretty Christmas card!

Netty said...

Terrific Christmas card Terry but hells bells girl you scare me this early for Christmas cards.... hugs Annette x

Sugar Lump Studios said...

Such an awesome card Terry! I especially love the mini lights you incorporated into it!

Gerrie Johnnic said...

Lovely, charming and sparkly too! So pretty Terry.

wwilloww said...

I love how you used the pocket watch die. Great card but for me, I just can't do Christmas in July.. LOL

Valerie-Jael said...

It's gorgeous, but I do NOT want to think of Xmas yet!Hugs, Valerie

Talis Bastelballon said...

Such a pretty Christmas card!Lovely charming and sparkly too!

PetraB said...

Oh dear, is it this time of the year already (lol). It is lovely and so very much christmasey!

inkypinkycraft said...

A great card and so many lovely touches, love those little lights! Hugstrace x

Kate said...

Such a fun display of tinsel and lights. Makes me want to visit that cozy cabin. Cute how you also incorporated the pocket watch. A great frame for the scene.
Kate

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Love how you showcased your image in the clock die, looks fabulous. Love the foliage stamped in the background too. Tracy x x

Ira Huberts said...

Now here's a gorgeous Christmas tag Terry, love the pretty image and the fabulous little light bulbs! Hugs, Ira x
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Silvia(Barnie) said...

So cool, such a wonderful Christmas card.

Dianne said...

Christmas in July that scares me LOL, your card is gorgeous, using Tim's watch to make a wreath that was brilliant, love the background and the lag cabin with the sparkling snow is fabulous,fabulous card Terry, I'm still scared :O), Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your lovely comments, I'm honoured, have a wonderful week.

Anita Houston said...

The pocket watch looks amazing here! Love the tinsel around it, and the snowy house scene! Gorgeous Christmas card!

Lisa Somerville said...

Wonderful Christmas card! The pine needles make a wonderful background, and the pocket watch die cut is just perfect for the house!

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Totally fantastic! Wonderful stamped background and your scene with the woodland cabin is absolutely gorgeous. Love how you have used the tinsel and colored the pearls red. Awesome take on the hop theme!

Hugs,
Linda

butterfly said...

So enchanting, Terry... the tinsel wreath you created with the watch die is inspired - wonderful stamping, too, of course!
Alison x

Michele said...

wow,you've totally invoked Christmas! love the tinsel edges. gorgeous. xo

Chris Warner said...

A lovely card Terry, I love how you've edged the circular feature and the addition of the mini lights. Fab. Chris xxx

Sharon said...

Great xmas card and I just love that little string of lights!

Suzanne C said...

Sweet vintage Christmas card. Love the circle from pine. Lovely embellishments too!

Brenda Brown said...

A fabulous background and focal image and I love the decorations. I can't imaging Christmas at the moment in this heat, still hot, hot, hot in the 30s but a little breeze today which is quite refreshing. I am sitting out in 10 minute bursts - got to make the most of it.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Marjie Kemper said...

What a great way to use the clock die! Love your wintery scene and the festive way you've hung the main part. Fab!

Hettie said...

Wow Terry. This is wonderful. Love the lights. Love it love it love it!!
Hugs
xx

Linda R said...

Such a pretty, pretty card my friend.

They say we will be getting rain soon.. We shall see..

Hugs~

2amscrapper said...

clever combo to put the image inside the clock

Mrs.B said...

Hi Terry, Great Christmas card, love how you've used the pocket watch die to frame and hang the image.
Have a great weekend.
Avril xx

Krisha said...

Stunning card Terry! Love all the details.

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is gorgeous, Terry! I'm afraid Christmas in July is SO wrong, but I will let you all off as Snowy scenes may cool us all down a bit here in the UK at the moment!

Lucy x

Buttons said...

I find it really hard to get in the Christmas mood in July and have no idea how you've managed it Terry, but manage you have and this is a fabulous idea for a card. Love it. Hugs, from one 'young at heart' to another, Jenny x

1CardCreator said...

Wow what an awesome Christmas card! So clever to make your own tinsel, it really looks fabulous, and I love the Rock candy stickles thanks for giving the name too! Brilliant to use the clock on this too. You always have the best ideas Terry! ~Diane

Karin said...

beautiful, love the little lights on it! Have a great summer!
Groetjes Karin

Sandra said...

Ohh Terry, what a wonderful Christmas card in July! Love the little Christmas lights! I can use a little bit of cold here. It's so really hot here. Hugs, Sandra

Sandy said...

Beautiful - I love every jot and tittle about your card. You are absolutely right - it is never to early to start on Christmas cards.
Sandy

Sandy said...

Such a beautiful Christmas card and with grand embellishment. It is time to be working on Christmas cards.

Sandy said...

I must admit, I really like this card and I plead guilty - I am also on pain medication. A little ditsy but that's okay!
Sandy

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