Christmas in July

Posted by on July 20, 2011 in Challenges, Christmas Cards, Hero Arts, Stamping, WaltzingMouse stamps | 14 comments

Hi there,

It is such a cold and wet winter’s day here…longing for some sunshine! So with that in mind, I have created a Christmas card!

I love to use stamp sets in a way that they are not intended for, and this is just one example. I have used the HA Playful animals set to create this card and the sentiment is from the Teeny Trees Waltzing Mouse set.

Here is the stamp set I used…see the tiny little branch of leaves and the little star…that is what I used!

I drew a circle with pencil first and then I just stamped the little branch around the circle in 2 different shades of green. Added the stars in red, a bow and some pearls and I was done!

I am entering this into the current Scrapbook Boutique Challenge where the theme is Christmas.


Stamps: Hero Arts Playful Animals stamp set (CL155), Waltzing Mouse ‘Teeny Trees’ stamp set
Ink: Versafine Ink ā€“ Onyx Black, Versacolor cubes – Bamboo, Green Tea, Distress Ink – Barn Door
Card: Regal Craft Card (white textured square – cut to size), X-Press It blending card, Regal Craft Card – Eucalyptus
Other Supplies: Spellbinder’s Nesties – Labels 2, Cuttlebug, foam dimensionals, Glossy Accents (to adhere bow), thin red ribbon, red saddle stitch ribbon, Martha Steward score board, Kaisercraft pearls – snow, pewter, cream

Thanks for looking,



  1. Simply superb idea!! What an out of the box way to use yours stamps..I’ll take a peek and see what hidden things I can find!!

  2. Excellent idea! Great card šŸ™‚

  3. Totally awesome Marion! It must have taken forever to stamp the wreath… and how did you manage to keep it a perfect circle? You are amazing!

  4. Amazing! I love seeing creative ways other people use their stamps šŸ™‚

  5. Very clever and so beautiful. Saving in my “favorites file”. It was 100 degrees here in Illinois yesterday. Did not get below 80 degrees all night.

  6. Hi Marion,
    Your card is fantastic!!! I love the wreath you made – how clever!! I also love the clean, fresh look of this card. Your stamping style is awesome!!

  7. Genius! Other than it being a very beautiful card, it’s a brilliant idea! šŸ™‚ I love using things in a way other than that that was intended – that was a bit of a wordy sentence but you know what I mean right?!

    I made a Christmas card a few weeks ago and got told off by my other half ‘it’s only July you know?!’ meh, what can you do-when you get an idea in your head it has to come to fruition before it’s lost forever!

    You’ve inspired me-I’m going to take another look at my stamps šŸ™‚ thank you

  8. Christmas in July? Well I’ll have Christmas every month if you treat us to cards as fabby as this! Stunning! šŸ˜€

  9. That is just amazing, Marion. The creativity you have shown with those two little stamps just blows me away!

  10. This is amazing Marion! Just love it!

  11. A truly lovely card! I love it and now will ‘need’ to add this stamp to my collection!

  12. You are far too clever Marion!! This is absolutely stunning, I love the how you created the wreath and the CAS layout!!

  13. Beautiful card! Last weekend I began making my Christmas cards šŸ™‚

  14. I saw your new Wedding card today, don’t know how I missed this…..Brilliant!!

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