Saturday, July 24, 2021

Crafty Elves Countdown To Christmas-July 2021 Edition With Angie Blom!


Yay!  It's the 25th of the month and time for the Crafty Elves to share the Christmas cards we've been working on this month!

So excited because this month we have a special guest!  The wonderfully talented Angie Blom is joining our little hop this month!  We're using some of the fabulous images from the Angie Blom Digital Designs Shop!  (Psst!  Big sale going on over there on all Christmas sets!  Check them out here!  And when you visit the post over there for today be sure to wish Angie the most wonderful of birthdays!

Without further ado, here is how I was inspired:

I started with the fabulous Unique Flakes set!  I printed the Snowflake Printout on my laser printer and ran it through my Minc with some beautiful Amethyst Watercolor Deco Foil.

Didn't that turn out gorgeous!  And the cool thing is after you apply foil to a project you're left with a negative sheet where the open spaces are the shapes you just foiled and there's lots of foil left on the in between spaces.

I discovered accidentally, that foil will stick to an acrylic paint background when run through the Minc.   I grabbed a die cut panel that I had previously created with my Gel press and sprayed on some Ranger Distress Resist Spray pretty heavily and let it dry.  Although my experience is that the foil will stick to the gel press background, it isn't necessarily full coverage so I'm not sure if it depends on how many layers are in an area or not and I wanted to be sure I'd have enough coverage.  After it was dry, I was able to lay the negative sheet from my first snowflake background over the top and run it through my Minc... It turned out extra shiny because of the Distress Spray and I'm very happy with it.

For these two with those gorgeous background I just added a nice big sentiment.  I decided on the darker one to add some snowflakes sticking out from underneath to brighten it up a bit.

I love how these both came out!

Next I printed another panel and foiled it in some Glass Slipper Deco Foil.  This has turned out to be one of my very favorite Deco Foils... the colors in it are just SO beautiful!  I used the Merry & Bright Mug for this one.  I printed the sentiment right on the mug and added a snowflake and frame from Paper Smooches for a quick and simple card!

And here are the colors I used for my mug!

I decided to take the opportunity to make a pretty flat card.  Because this image was SO cute and was so much fun to color I felt that it was just right as it is!  This Elves set is adorable and that cute punny sentiment!!  I just printed both together as is and die cut them with a Mini Slimline die from A Jillian Vance Design! I just added a few sequins and that's really all it needed.

With these adorable little elves, I'm playing along with the current challenge over at Double Trouble Challenge Blog, Christmas In July!  And I have a bow on this one so I've met the twist.  Also, they are partnering with Heart2Heart challenges Christmas In July Challenge who is waiving their usual requirement to use CTMH products for this one, so easy to play along with both!

I used ALL of these colors for this one because I had three different skin tones and three different hair colors... so lots of E's.  

And finally this one!  I absolutely love this tall, thin Santa perfect for a slimline from the Let's Be Merry digital set.  I was going to make him flat as well, but I decided to fussy cut him and the sentiment after I printed them and used a gel press background.  I added a few dots using the new Snowflake Stencil from CAS-ual Fridays and some Thermoweb Deco Foil Blanco Transfer Gel.  The slimline base was cut using a Slimline Die from Rubbernecker Stamps.

I popped up Santa and for the sentiment, I cut a Snowflake from AJVD from white glitter paper and twice more from white cardstock and stacked them together... adhered it to the top of the Slimline and then popped the fussy cut sentiment over it.

And the few colors I used on this one!

That's me for today!  Now be sure that you hop this very short hop and check out what my fellow Crafty Elves have been up to this month:

Also, there's a fun Christmas In July Hop/Linky Party going on over at BYSH Cardmakers Blog!  With some fabulous sponsors (including the illustrious Angie Blom) and lots of inspiration you should play along too!  And be sure to join the Build Your Stash Holiday Cardmakers group over on Facebook for year round Christmas Card inspiration!  I'm linking up Santa for a chance to win!  Hop you play along and good luck!

But don't leave yet!!  I have a winner from last month!

Lori!  Send me your snail mail address so I can get some Happy Mail out to you!

Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by in June to leave me some love and we'll play again this month!  This month I'm also going to offer a $10 gift code to the Angie Blom Digital Designs shop to the winner!

Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by!


Alyson Mayo said...

Lisa, I can’t decide which card I like the most - they are all terrific. I think the elves have captured my heart! Thanks for sharing your talent with us at Heart 2 Heart and Double Trouble :)

Verna Angerhofer said...

They are all so beautiful!

MadeByMeghanK said...

Gorgeous variety! I LOVE the winter colors of the Peace on Earth ones!

Crystal O. Minkler said...

Fantastic cards, Lisa, as always! Adore your Santa gnome card! Thanks for playing along with the Christmas in July 2021 {BYSHC} Hop!

Jacinda said...

Absolutely beautiful cards!!

Denise Bryant said...

Wonderful cards! I love your 'Peace on Earth' designs with those pretty colors, and the 'Merry & Bright Mug' card is awesome!

Migdalia said...

Beautiful cards!! The 1st card is just beautiful!!The Merry & Bright is absolutely gorgeous!! I think it is the color and the lovely image. The elves are just darling!! I love them!! As for the Gnome Santa well that is just Beautiful!! Thanks for playing along with the Christmas in July 2021 {BYSHC} Hop!
Have a wonderful day,
Migdalia Rodriguez
Migdalia's Crafts

angie blom said...

Stunning cards, love all of them😍

Robin said...

Wow! Loves them all! Your backgrounds are amazing!

Kim Klinkovsky.My Kraft Kloset said...

Just amazing cards. Love the foiling, colors, patterns, and designs. Just wonderful. Thanks for the inspiration!

Vannessa Osbourn said...

You've done an amazing job with Angie's images I love all of your cards! Thanks for the shout out for BYSH Cardmakers!!

Melanie Hungerford said...

Your "flat" card is great, I love the image and it's colored so perfectly, definitely holds it's own as star of the show! Thanks for sharing at Double Trouble!

Glennis F said...

Fabulous variety, I love the tall Santa!

Sue D said...

Beautiful and cute cards. I like the colors and foiling.

Suzanne Reynolds said...

What beautiful, adorable and cute Christmas card assortment; but I must say the gnomes are my favorite... adorable and sweet card and love that you used Twisted Sister's optional twist "Tie It Up". Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble and Heart2Heart.

Becca Yahrling said...

These all turned out amazing! Love the purple 'peace on earth'; so pretty & includes my fave color and my fave word! lol The new Angie Blom images are totally fun and beautiful. Love the tall Santa gnome.

Suzanne H said...

I love the purple cards. Gorgeous work! All of them are wonderful.

Cheryl said...

I’m stopping by from the BYSH cardmakers hop. I love your festive cards! All are so beautiful I can't decide which I like most. Thank you for the inspiration.

Cheryl (SheStamps)
Visit my blog - She Stamps

Brandi said...

I love this, what a great card! Thanks for playing along with Heart 2 Heart Challenges (H2H).

Brandi R.
DT member H2H

Cat Nowak said...

Fantastic cards!! It is hard to find my favorite. Thank you for playing with us at Heart 2 Heart!

Haley D. said...

What a wonderful collection of cards! Thank you for sharing with us @Heart2HeartChallenges. Congrats on being featured in our winner's circle!