Sweet Stampin' ~ Christmas in July

Hey there lovelies. Saturday has rolled around so fast this week! Which means it's time for a new challenge at Sweet Stampin' and boy do we have a good one for you this week. We are going to help you get sorted early for your Christmas card prep. Yep, this week, we're having a Christmas challenge. So pull out your favourite Christmas stamps and come join in the fun! 

I've had a rummage through some of my older stamps and found this utterly gorgeous Humphrey the Elephant stamp called 'At Christmas' which was released as a series from Crafter's Companion a few years back. I just love this enchanting wee fellow. I have a series of books with Humphrey the Elephant by Sally Hunter which were my little boys favourite bedtime stories when he was a toddler, so Humphrey has a special place in my heart! I loved pulling out this stamp for a wee play yesterday. I wanted to use my distress ink markers for this make, so used watercolour paper, which has a really soft edge when you tear it, which I did to create a bit of texture on the image edge.

Our fabulous sponsor this challenge, is the wonderful Michele Roos Design. Her papers are amazing and this Christmas Time set is full of gorgeous traditional Christmas colours and imagery. I loved using this set for my creation. I wanted to use some of her lovely 'extras' from the set too, as they are gorgeous. So I've added a postcard, a sentiment circle, a couple of tickets and a paper bow. I added some stamping to the corner of the postcard using a Christmas postmark from a Lili of the Valley stamp set called Grunge Christmas Postmarks. I stamped 'Noel' on the second half of the top ticket with a stamp from the same set. A couple of really small details, which I think add that little finishing touch.

The rest of the Sweet Stampin' team have also used this gorgeous paper set by Michele Roos for their creations, so pop on over to the challenge to check out their take on the theme and please do come and join us with your own Christmas creations. Just remember you must use some 'stamping' to be eligible for the prize.

I think it's the perfect time to start creating for Christmas. It's the heart of Winter here in New Zealand, so I was in the mood for a traditional 'White Christmas' creation. I do love a Winter Christmas. I wonder if many of you have experienced a Summer Christmas like we have here in New Zealand? It's a bit different to say the least! Pavlova with strawberries and Summer fruits for Christmas dessert anyone? Yum! See you all again soon with another crafty adventure. Enjoy your weekend. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Challenge Entries:
A Gem of a Challenge: #174 ~ Animals
Mod Squad Challenge: Christmas In July
Crafty Gals Corner: #82 ~ Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon: #352 ~ Christmas In July
Fairytale Challenge: #147 ~ Christmas In July
Allsorts Challenge: #374 ~ A Touch Of Sparkle
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends: #38 ~ Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations: Anything Goes + A Stamp and Ribbon
City Crafter Challenge: #322 ~ Postcard From The World (Postmark on Postcard)


Dawn T said…
Adorable Wendy. Such a pretty Christmas card.
Ahhh I love this little guy! Your fab work has inspired me to go find my Humphrey stamps and get colouring with him once again! xx
Fikreta said…
this is super cute card!
love it!
Chris said…
A cute and lovely Christmas card Wends. Humphrey looks great coloured with the Distress markers, the softer finish of the watercolour paper really suits this image. You've made great use of the fab papers too, the design colours and L/O are beautiful.
Closest I've experienced to a summer Christmas is when we went to Florida on boxing day several years ago...it was so weird seeing all the Christmas lights and decorations (and boy, were they impressive!) in bright sunshine!!!
creationsnz said…
super card with lovely detail and those tickets!
What a fun and fabulous card Wends - love it.
Pat said…
Beautiful Christmas card Wends, that image is just so cute. Have a good week.

Pat xx
Karen said…
Wends, this is such a delightful card... it is filled with the sweetness of Christmas! What a darling stamp and such stunning papers. I love the Santa postcard tucked within, the festive bow, and of course the sweet trail of sparkles. :o) Your work is always lovely, my dear friend. Thank you for the inspiration. (Forgive the short comments... I am really struggling with my arm injury.) Have a beautiful day. :o)

Hugs and blessings,
Karou said…
waouhhhhhhhh j'aime beaucoup votre carte elle est magnifique
Ros Crawford said…
This is so sweet! Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!!
Lynne K said…
Absolutely gorgeous, Wendy! I love the papers and embellishments, and the image is so cute! Thanks for sharing it with us at Stamping Sensations.

Stella said…
There is so much to see on this card and your design is lovely. That reindeer is so stinkin'cute! Thanks so much for joining us at CCCB!
Sally H said…
A super cute card! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Stamping Sensations and Good luck
Kathy Krug said…
Love the image and yout layering and papers. Thanks for sharing it with us at Mod Squad Challenge Blog Christmas in July Challenge.
pinky said…
I just adore your sweet Christmas card Wendy! I have only ever used that stamp once so must get it out again. Just gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations.
Unknown said…
What a sweet image! Your card design is adorable. Thank you for joining us at Little Red Wagon!
Kat W said…
What an utterly adorable image and your watercoloring gives it a lovely vintage style...I just love the little rabbit (is it a rabbit?!) flopped on the back of the reindeer - that's the way to travel!
Those gorgeous papers keep with the lovely vintage style and traditional feel to your design, and all the finishing details are just perfect...they really do make all the difference :-)
I have to say I can't imagine a hot sunny Christmas...but it would be fun to experience one day! Dr. Hubby does have family in NZ so it could happen!
Big hugs, Kat xx
Tracy said…
Gorgeous creation, thanks for joining Stamping Sensations, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x
Wanda said…
Adorable! Lovely papers paired with the image very well. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Gals Corner this week! Wanda DT
Jo Nevill said…
Great card, love the scene you have created
Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week.

Jo x
Sarah said…
Yay for Humphrey!! It's good to see the cute little fella again (must dig mine out), such perfect painting xx
susiestacey said…
Lovely card and such a sweet cutie.
Thank you for sharing at Allsorts Sparkly challenge this week and good luck x Susan x

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