Sunday, July 14, 2013

Crafty Chicks Christmas In July Blog Hop...


It's that time again! 
Time for the Crafty Chicks "Christmas in July" Blog Hop!
 
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The prize being offered this month is a Christmas in July paperpack, with 20 sheets of Christmas/Winter cardstock and an extra 20 yards of Christmas twine!  Check it out:

 
 And now, on with the Crafty Chicks Christmas in July Hop! 
 
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So, I know that Christmas in July is a thing...I'm not sure I really get it, though.  I think it's probably because I work in retail.  People with normal jobs...jobs where you have weekends off...jobs where you get holidays off...they think all the Christmas hub-bub starts in November, so Christmas in July is a fun novelty.  Anyone in retail can tell you...Christmas starts at the end of August, my friends.  Surprised?  Take another look next time you're out shopping...it's already creeping in...Christmas is hiding in the wings right this very minute.  Look past the stack of clearance flip flops and beach décor...you'll see a stray box of ornaments...red and green glitter ribbon hidden on a bottom shelf...snowflakes popping up where they don't belong.  I'm aware that this seems crazy, but people want Christmas available earlier and earlier every year.  I've already had multiple people this year upset that we don't have any new Christmas décor at the store yet.  I can't help it...the masses dictate retail calendars...as far as I'm concerned, from a retail perspective, summer is over...Halloween will be here any minute, and Christmas will start showing up by the end of next month.  It's weird living a retail life...your calendar is all messed up.  I've learned to just embrace retail seasons and forget about how the normal world gauges time.  So, when we go into full-on Christmas mode on the day after Halloween...I come home and put up my Christmas tree...and it'll probably be taken down BEFORE Christmas, because we're already gearing up for Valentine's Day. Yep.  I'm a total weirdo, huh?  Oh well :)  A well-adjusted weirdo, and that's the main thing!

All that said, I decided to go non-traditional for my Christmas in July projects.  I still get to have fun stamping and coloring without getting into full-on holiday headspace ;)  lol.  So here's what I came up with:

I'll Be "Gnome" For Christmas
This guy was fun...I found this stamp a few months ago and had to get it because it was so dang cute.  I had no idea what I was going to use it for, and haven't actually used it till now.  I like how he turned out...simple and cute!
 
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Supplies: Stampabilities Gnome Stamp, Cardstock (Kraft, Coconut Swirl, and Cherry Splash), Copic Markers, Memento Ink, Foam Dots

Santa Baby
I've used this gal on a card once before, but I bought her several years ago.  I have such trouble deciding what to do with fine line stamps that are difficult to cut out.  For whatever reason, I have a desperate aversion to just stamping directly on the card base and doing other stuff around it.  I decided to just stamp and cut, and give the edges a wide berth.  This BoBunny line is from a bunch of years ago, but I hoarded it away when I got a bunch originally, so it's still hanging on :)

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Supplies: Penny Black Stamp, BoBunny Patterned Paper, Copic Markers, Memento Ink, Foam Dots

All in all, I'm pretty happy with how they all turned out.  Christmas in July turned out to not be so bad afterall ;)  lol. 
 

If you're continuing on the hop, head on over to Jessica's Page.  Enjoy!



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26 comments:

  1. Love the gnome card! Its sweet and simple! Always brilliant projects!

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  2. Wow! 2 cards! Cute, cute, cute for the first one, and gorgeous on the second one. The retail calendar thing was something I sort of always enjoyed - especially Christmas! Call me crazy, I liked seeing the new stuff early on (most of the time); it meant I got to experience the holiday longer. Hee hee! Love your projects, Megan!

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  3. These are 2 very cute and creative cards!! I love them!

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  4. Great cards Megan - I always to buy that Santa Baby stamp - she's just so cute! I'm one of the ones that hates to have Christmas stuff out so early - it always frustrated me when working in retail I'm like 'hello? can't we finish one holiday before the next one comes out?' I understand why it's done I just don't enjoy carving my pumpkin while listening to Christmas carols! But nonetheless these cards are fabulous!

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  5. Love these! That "gnome" card is adorable! Great job Megan :)

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  6. love the Gnome! Cards are my favorite!

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  7. Both cards are very well done. I enjoyed the gnome the most. Great coloring and I love how you added dimension by popping him forward. Very cool.

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  8. Bunny paper is a nice choice around her! I also love your first card. Cute way to use the gnome in a phrase!

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  9. i love the card with the gnome , you coloured him wonderful xx

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  10. Love the Santa Baby Stamp!! Very Cute!

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  11. I thought the gnome card was great but that Santa Baby card is outstanding. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Your cards are so adorable! That gnome is so cute!

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  13. WOW...what 2 totally different cards and both are great!

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  14. Wonderful cards. One so elegant and the other cute yet classy. Great job.

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  15. Fabulous cards! I really love that little gnome!

    Tracy

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  16. Both cards are great!
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  17. Two wonderful cards! Love that gnome and the cute sentiment inside. I am with you on not being able to just stamp right on a card, but your Christmas gal looks fabulous!

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  18. Two very different cards and they're both wonderful! Love that gnome!

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  19. WOw! Adorable cards! Thanks for the great inspiration!!

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  20. LOVE how you decorated the inside of the second one to match the front. Lovely cards, both of them.
    <3 J

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  21. Great coloring of the Gnome and I just love all of the flourishes on the inside of the Santa Baby card!

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  22. Great cards! Both of them are wonderful!

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  23. Very cute they are great!
    Loriann
    Craftymama_3@yahoo.com

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