Tuesday, July 14, 2015

SIP Challenge #5 - Christmas in July

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  Stamp, Ink, Paper has a super fun challenge for you this week...it's Christmas in July!  I don't know about you but it always seems like I wait until the last minute to get my Christmas cards made and mailed so I'm super excited to have a little inspiration early this year!  It also may be a little wishful thinking since the temperature has been running in the mid 90's here in Middle Tennessee! :)

Here's my card.. I know, I know, another Shaker card.  I've been on a Shaker Card roll lately.  I promise to quit soon, really soon....lol

So yep... I did it again, I decided to try a little shaker action for my Christmas Challenge Card.  I used the Classic set "Lovely as a Tree".  I absolutely love this stamp set and believe me it has been very well used over the last few years.  I used an A2 card base of Real Red and added a layer of Bermuda Bay cardstock that had been run through the Big Shot with a Tim Holtz distressed woodgrain embossing folder.  My window frame was made using some Spellbinders nested dies with a Window Sheet cut with the same dies and adhered to the back of my window frame.   My outdoor scene was made by cutting random hill shapes out of scrap cardstock and sponging the shadows onto Soft Sky cardstock by using Lost Lagoon Ink.  I then stamped the Pine Tree from the Lovely As a Tree stamp set with Midnight Muse ink in various places out of the sponged hills but using scrap paper to cover the areas that I didn't want stamped.  I used a little bit of Silver Wink of Stella on the borders of the hills as well as the trees.  After this was dry, I inserted some sequins in the window frame and used adhesive and fun foam to adhere the window frame to the background.  I then used Multi-purpose glue to adhere the frame to the card.  I cut some thin strips of Smoky Slate cardstock and ran it across the window a couple of times and and then used various candy dots for my Christmas Lights.  I stamped the Merry & Bright sentiment from the retired Good Greetings stamp set in Real Red onto Whisper White cardstock and backed it with Real Red cardstock with banner ends cut into both.  I adhered my banner with Stampin' Dimensionals onto the upper left corner of the window.

For the inside of my card, I sponged some of the Lost Lagoon Ink onto the right lower portion of my card and then stamped the Pine Tree again in Midnight Muse Ink.  I also stamped the sentiment from the Wonderous Wreath stamp set in Midnight Muse in the center of the card.

I've had a ton of fun looking at all of the SIP design team inspiration and I hope you have too!  Don't forget to head over to Stamp, Ink, Paper and link up your Christmas in July card!

Here are the Current Stampin' Up Products I've Used:

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Non-Stampin' Up Products used:

Spellbinders Nested Dies
Doodlebug Sequins
White Fun Foam
Tim Holtz Distressed Woodgrain Embossing Folder

Thanks so much for stopping by!



  1. Tina, both inside and out, this card is amazing! That background with the sponged hills is just gorgeous! What did you use to make that great frame? I didn't see a product listed, maybe I missed it? I just love that string of lights on the front...wow, this is amazing!!!

    1. Thank you so much AJ. I didn't list the name of the Spellbinders dies because the package is long gone and I don't know the name of them. I'll research and try to find out. lol

  2. Super cute card Tina, totally love the shaker part! :) Eva

  3. Tina I love shaker cards, and this one is gorgeous! I also love the scene you created with the trees and snowy hillsides.

  4. Absolutely gorgeous card Tina. Love your shaker and the scene you created. Carolyn xx