Friday, July 9, 2010

Simply Christmas ...

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TGIF stampin' paper-hoarders and welcome to the weekend! And, since it's finally another Friday, it's time for another "Stamp Simply" challenge!

One week a month, Sharon turns one of the DT members loose and let's us pick the challenge. This time around, it's my turn! And since I ♥ Christmas ... and since most of the country is suffering a heatwave, I've chosen "Christmas in July." So, this week create a Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa project ... the more festive, the better!

Pop in a holiday CD and break out the snowflake dies! Why not get a jump-start on your holiday card-making and play along.

Here's my super-simple, punchy Christmas card:

To play along ... and we hope you do! ... simply create a holiday project, upload it to your blog or online photo gallery, then visit Sharon's blog, located HERE to link up your project in Mr. Linky, located HERE.

When uploading to an online gallery, such as Splitcoast Stampers, SNR, or Paper Craft Planet, please use keyword: "ssnotime147" so that we can find your holiday project.

Need more inspiration? Don't miss the fabulous projects created by the rest of the "Stamp Simply" team:

Barbara Anders: Paper Pursuits;

Jenny Gropp: One Krafty Kat;

Sharon Johnson, Our Fearless Leader: No Time to Stamp?;

Janine Orchard: 2BKrafty;

AJ Otto: The Willow Garden;

Deb Saaranen: Dream in Color;

Barb Schram: Explore. Dream. Discover.; and our fabulous Guest Designer for July,

Clare Buswell: Clare's Creations.

If you'd like, you can see all the Splitcoast Stamper gallery submissions, HERE.

Sooooooo in keeping with the holiday theme, yesterday Sheila, her not-playing-with-a-full-deck fun sister, Jill, and I went out to our favorite tree nursery. We went looking for Foxtail Palms, but somehow ended up looking at baby pine trees.

"Oh, girls, I think we should get our Christmas trees now!" Jill exclaimed.

"Oh, Jill, I think NO." Sheila mimicked.

"But why not?" Jill persisted.

"Because Ms. Fruit-Loops, it's July ... and these are BABY trees, that's why." Sheila answered.

"Well, yeah, they're kinda small right now, but if we buy them now, they'll be huge at Christmas!" Jill replied.

Thanks so much for spending part of your busy day with me ... hope you have a fabulous weekend!

~Hugs,


Today's Challenges:

Card Recipe:
  • Card Stock: All Card Stock by Stampin' Up
  • Stamp: Sentiment from "Christmas Foliage" Stamp Set (Retired) by Stampin' Up
  • Ink: "Real Red" Dye Ink by Stampin' Up
  • Accessories: Red Satin Ribbon
  • Tools: Bow Easy by Stamp Simply Ribbon Store; Pine Bough Punch by Martha Stewart; SAMJ by Stampin' Up; Tombow Mulit Mono-Glue from Stampin' Up; SNAIL Adhesive by Stampin' Up; Crop-a-Dile and Corner Chomper by WRMK'ers
  • Finished Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" (Top-Folded)

61 comments:

Welcome to Explore.Dream.Discover. said...

I LOVE the wreath!!! It makes such a festive card! Hope you have a great weekend, Deb!

Benzi said...

What a fabulous Christmas card. Love that wreath. The dots/berries are perfect for the Stampin B challenge. So glad you joined us this week.

cbuswell said...

Just gorgeous, lovely texture. Really crisp and clean too!

Nannieflash said...

Hi Deb, what a simple card but so effective, fabulous design. Thanks for joining us at Cards for Men, good luck with the challenge. With hugs Shirleyxxxxx

Rosemary said...

Oh, what a gorgeous CAS card! I know, I say it a lot (face it, you're just that fab!) but it's true. Such a classy looking Christmas card with dimension and texture!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Karen B. said...

Jill might have a point! You never know. Great card, so full of details. Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Elena said...

Amazing card, Deb! Love the wreath you created!

Michele said...

That wreath is stunning!!! Love this card!

Kym Weber said...

Absolutely beautiful! Love the clean and simple look of your card but yet there's wonderful detail added! Spectacular job! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Cards for Men! Hope you'll be joining us for the next challenge!

~Hugs~Kym

Cor* said...

Perfectly sweet & simple! Elegant for sure. thanks for joining in at Fussy & Fancy......good luck.

Crystal said...

Beautiful Deb...I LOVE the wreath you created...WOW WOW LOVE IT!!!

li-bee-ti said...

Simple, and yet so elegant!
Lovely wreath.
Thanks for playing with us at Simple Doodles, and we hope to see you again in our next challenge!

Linda said...

Your card is beautiful! I love this.

Deborah Saaranen said...

Fresh and beautiful--I love the beautiful wreath, along with the lovely white background...Christmas!

Julia Aston said...

Oh - I love this fern wreath Deb! I keep saying I'm going to make one of these - but it never seems to happy! Keep cool GF!!

Joanne Leddy said...

Very pretty - simple design and elegant. Love the boughs! How did you layer them on?

Danni said...

You're so creative! I love the wreath you created! Great card!

Tina said...

How amazingly beautiful! I love the wreath, cretive use of the punch.

Heather said...

Your wreath is fresh and bright and literally pops. Very cool!

Ayana Posadas said...

This card is awesome!
It definitely gets me excited for the holidays! :)

Davi said...

Wow this is fabulous. The wreath just pops right out on that white and the great dimension of the branches!!

Vicki Dutcher said...

I get your blog daily -and I am so glad you played with the B's This card is AWESOME and I TOTALLY plan to CASE it!! Excellent job Deb!!

Lori said...

Oh wow this is exquisite! Thanks for joining DCD Challenge!

Robin's Creative Cottage said...

This is amazing, I love the how you created the wreath. :)

The Wired Angel said...

Love your card, Deb!! You are the queen of challenges. You know I can come to your site to get a better view of what's happening than checking out all the challenges!! You rock Missy! Hugs, Peggy x

merniebug said...

Delightful wreath. I love the simplicity of the design so don't be surprised if you find me CASing it. Thanks for joing us at Meljen's for this weeks challenge.

Erica said...

Oh c'mon...do I have to start my Xmas cards already??? It was 111 today here. I just don't know if I can do it. But yours is festive. Just how many leave do ya' have there anywho?

downrightcrafty said...

This is one amazing classy card, just beautiful and very inspirational. Thank you for playing along at WW
Kate x

Lorraine A said...

Fabulous card !! :-) I love the wreath ,, so pretty !! I will have to have a go at making one of these ,,, beautiful :-)

thanks for joining the ABC Christmas Challenge :-)
Luv
Lols x x x

Heather "Hev" said...

Absolutely beautiful card :)

Thank you for joining us over at Incy Wincy Designs

Heather
Vanilla Hevn - my blog

wendyp said...

love the contrast of the green punches against the white! Beautiful job!

Donnas Den said...

Great card. Good luck in the challenge over on Cards for Men. Thanks for stopping by.

Donna x

Barbara said...

Just STUNNING, Deb! I love how you made that wreath! Prepare to be CASEd, LOL!

Joanne (jojot) said...

CAS and yet very bold....thanks for playing with the Stampin B's

Theresa Momber said...

Oh, what a gorgeous card, Deb! That wreath is amazing!

Courtney Baker said...

Wow this is just GORGEOUS!

Helen said...

Lovely card!
Thanks for joining us at the ABC Christmas Challenge & Pile It On!
Helen x

Curt in Carmel said...

Love, Love, Love your punched wreath card. I love the clean bright white background which gives all the focus to the wreath! I laughed right out loud reading your story today! Too funny! Best, Curt

Silke Ledlow said...

GORGEOUS!!! Deb, the CAS design is fab and I'm lovin' the punched out wreath too!!!

Thank you for adding the FTTC to your list!!! Hugs ~S~

Jean McKenzie said...

I love clean cards like this one. White backgrounds and added texture. Love the punched wreath!

issy said...

Just perfect, my kinda card..

Thank you for playing along with Cards for Men, and good luck in the challenge.

issy

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

How beautiful Deb!! Love your use of the punch to make the wreath!! Simply elegant!
hugs,
Chris

KraftyKoolKat said...

Lovely card Deb. Thank you for entering ABC Christmas challenge and hope to see you next time.
Hugs
Cathy (Guest Designer)
xxxxx

knitwit said...

I love the wreath! You picked the perfect challenge!

Nana said...

Love the clean and simple look, Deb! Fabulous work.
Thank you for joining us at "PIO" this week!
hugs Nana

Maria Matter said...

oh Deb, this is gorgeous!!!
hope your weekend was delightful!
hugs & blessings!

Nicole said...

Great Circle wreath for the Meljen's Designs Challenge! Thanks for playing along!!!!!!!!!! nicole

Makiko Jones said...

Ooooooh, this is fabulous!! The punched out wreath is so wonderful!
Thank you for playing along the FTTC with us.

Colleen said...

Totally love this and I want to make some now! Thanks for playing with us at CCAYR!

Janine said...

WOW!! Love this Deb!!

Samantha said...

Very sweet card,
Thanks for joining in with us on the ABC Christmas challenge, hugs Samantha :0)

Squirrel x said...

Great card hun, love it, and thanks for playing at ABC CC this time around. Hugs, Sxx

Risa said...

Your card is a work of art, I LOVE your wreath!!!
hugs
Risa:)

Juanita said...

Gorgeous card, love the wreath. Thanks for joining us at Fussy and Fancy.

Chris said...

i'll expect this card to hit my mail box say december 22nd or so...cuz i love it!! i'm all for making xmas cards early cuz unlike you, i hate the damn holiday!! lol

Sprytebyrd said...

Such a lovely card! And your story made me smile, too!
Thanks so much for joining us in our Circles Galore challenge at Meljen's Designs this week! Good luck!
Dee (Spryte)♥

Maria said...

Thank you for playing along in our challenge this week at Christmas Stampin All Year Long! Your card is beautiful!! Hope to see you playing along with us again! Good luck in the challenge!

Maria

Patricia St Martin said...

Just love your card. How fun, Christmas in July! Wonderful layout. Cute image. Thanks for joining us at Donna's Den of Crafts. Good luck on the challenge.

Heather said...

I could not find where to email you, so I am adding it here :) Hope that is ok...

I am Heather Dennis, owner of Fresh Brewed Designs. I am helping out with posts for Tip Junkie (all linked on my sidebar of my blog) and was wondering if you would mind my adding this card and link back to your blog to the site for a Christmas in July post?
You can email me back at honkinbill at yahoo dot com. Thank you in advance either way

Pat said...

Love the wreath!

Tip Top said...

Thanks for joining in with the Simple Doodles Challenge - hope you to see you again next time!