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I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Merry Christmas?!?!?!

It's Christmas in July. Well, at least that is the challenge over at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge. Admittedly, this was a real challenge for me. I can not even wrap my brain around the thought of Christmas when it's in the 80's. However, last year when we camped they had a Christmas in July parade. Imagine seeing all these golf carts decorated with Christmas lights, fake snow, tinsel and Mr and Mrs Claus. I think my kid's thought it was crazy funny. Also, I come from a family of procrastinators. I have learned though, from my hubby's family, to try and plan ahead some. They are the exact opposite. My sweet MIL has taught me to shop ahead. Thanks, Mom! So, hopefully, this challenge will help me to actually start to get my Christmas cards done early. OH MY! Wouldn't that be great?! So moving on to my card.

This is a window card. Can you tell that from the photo? I used a lot of retired SU products for this. This Christmas set is one of my favorites. I am in love with the simple elegance of it. I also used the Riding Hood Red paper and ribbon.

Here are a few TIPS about my card.

1. I make my window holes in this way: I take both my base and my top sheet of cardstock and adhere them on one side in a small area. That way they don't move around. I use 2 way glue or removeable adhesive. Then I use my Creative memories Circle cutter on top of both, cutting at the same time. This way I know those two pieces will line up perfectly. Don't make the mistake of cutting through all three layers...just the top two, ok?

2. Use a Stampamajig for stamping the inside. It just makes sense. Don't go through all the hassle of cutting those 2 holes and then ruining the inside by stamping wrong. How do I know this?...just never mind. Take the time for your friend....the Stampamajig.

3. Did you know you can use a Blender Pen to REMOVE ink from an image? That is how I colored my image on the inside. I stamped the whole thing in Mellow Moss and then took my blender pen to the berries to remove the green color. Make sure to wipe the color off the blender pen every few times or else you really aren't removing any color.

4. Yes, I know, they don't make a RHR marker. So how did I color on the RHR ink? I used a Fantastix stick. Just dab that onto your ink pad and then apply to the rubber. Easy Peasy.

Here is what the inside looks like.

Now, lets see what you can do? I'm back from vacation and ready to check out your inspiration. You have a chance to win some free digi images from Grab -A -Doodle- Do.

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What's In It
Stamps: Peaceful Wishes, Star-Studded Season, Baroque Motifs
Ink: RHR, Mellow Moss, Versamark
Paper: Whisper White, RHR
Other: RHR striped ribbon, acetate sheets, White EP, embossing buddy, scalloped edge punch, swiss dots EF, cuttlebug, glue dots


Carly said...

Oh I love this!! Love the window idea and the ribbon is fabulous! Hugs, Carly

Meredith said...

Lol! I'm one of those that plans Christmas all year! I love your card!! It's beautiful!

Crafting Joanne said...

Stunning xmas card Nikki, love the window idea, thanks for the tips.

Joanne x

Paula said...

What a fantastic card! I just love it...and thanks for the instructions!

Liza said...

Gorgeous card Nikki, I love the window idea.

Liza x

Anne Bente said...

wawww so beautiltull card.

Lilsweetpea said...

You have stamped this perfectly! This card is just gorgeous. I love the rich red and that ribbon is awesome!

Janneke said...

What a awesome card :D

Janneke X

Mary said...

Gorgeous! I love it!