Wednesday 19 July 2017

Blue Christmas

It's time for another challenge with us at the

This week we are letting our creative juices flow with
Challenge #132 - Christmas In July

The sponsors for this challenge are:

Sparkle N Sprinkle
Prize: $15 Gift Certificate

Prize: $15 Gift Certificate

My Besties
Prize: The following 3 images
Scan0075                 Scan0083


Today I have used the My Besties Scan0098 digital stamp from My Besties, one of our generous sponsors this week, to make a centre step card.

While you're reading about my card, I hope that you will have Elvis singing "Blue Christmas" in your mind ... I know that I do as I type.

As has become a habit of late, I started by placing the digital image on my Silhouette Studio design mat and started planning the elements of my card.  First came the card base, a centre step card (details & link below).  The cut file comes with the card base and mats to go on each of the front panels.  I sized the image to fit into the oval feature panel, printed it on a laser printer, heat set then cut using my Cameo.  I coloured the image using Copic markers.

I added an 0.050" offset to each of the mat panels to make aditional matting layers.

I cut the card base and original matting layers in white textured cardstock and the extra matting layers in dark blue cardstock ... a nice match to Copic marker B99.

Next came the poinsettia flowers and leaves.  I took some from a cut file in my library (details & link below) and set up a sheet using a variety of sizes, from original size & 75% reduced to 130% & 160% enlarged.  I cut them in white cardstock and coloured them with my Copic markers (broad end) to match the image.  I curled and layered the petals and leaves, adhered them together and filled the middle of each one with sparkling clear rhinestones.  Are you feeling like a Blue Christmas yet?

I adhered all the layers together then positioned the blue poinsettias around the image and side panels.

Here are another couple of pics on my Blue Christmas card.
I love this cute image, fancy folds and the sparkle coming from each poinsettia,
I hope you do too.

Sherri Baldy My Besties - digital stamp - My Besties Scan0098
X-Press It - A4 blending card
Copic markers - skin - E0000-000-00-11 + R01
Copic markers - lips - R21-22
Copic markers - eyes - G40-43-46
Copic markers - hair - E55-57-59
Copic markers - clothes - B0000-91-93-95-97-99
Copic markers - fur - B0000-000
Copic markes - flowers B91-93-97
Copic markers - leaves - G46
American Crafts - textured cardstock - white
American Crafts - textured cardstock - Earthtones
Silhouette Cameo
Silhouette Design Store - card base - Square Center Step Card Basic
Design ID #64594 by Lori Whitlock
Silhouette Design Store - poinsettias - Poinsettia Box Card
Design ID #109579 by Snapdragon Snippets
clear rhinestones
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive - to adhere poinsettias
Helmar 450 Quick Dry Liquid Adhesive - to adhere layers

Sending a big Thank You to Sherri Baldy My Besties for supplying the digital stamp I used today and for being a sponsor for Challenge #132 with us at the Crafty Gals Corner.
I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):

Aloha Friday Challenges - Challenge #99 - Color Challenge
A Perfect Time To Craft - 1st July 2017 - Open Challenge #07
Colour Crazy Challenge - WK 27 - Anything Goes
Colour It! Create It! Show It Off! - July Challenge - Diva Birthday option Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Challenge #379 - Anything Goes with optional twist Ice Cream
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - CHNC Challenge #342
Anything Christmas Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - CHNC Extra for July
Anything Christmas Goes
Digi Choosday Craft Challenge - Wk 28 - Anything Goes
Glitter 'N' Sparkle Challenge Blog - Challenge #248 - Anything Goes
Hiding In My Craft Room - HIMCR #309 - Christmas In July
Ike's World Challenges - Challenge #93 - Anything Goes
with optional twist Bunch of Kindness
Koala T Crafts - July Theme - Red or Blue or Stars
Morgan's ArtWorld - Challenge #14 - Anything Goes
My Besties 3D and More - Challenge #7 - Anything Goes with a Bestie
My Besties Art Spain - Challenge #15 - World Cooperation Day / Anything Goes
My Besties Aussies Challenge Blog - July Challenge #7 - Anything Goes/Dry Embossing
My Besties Brazil - Challenge #25 - Handmade Flowers + My Besties
My Besties Dutch Girls - Challenge - Anything Goes option Summer / Vacation
My Besties France - Challenge #65 - Anything My Besties Goes
My Besties Germany - Challenge #43 - Anything Goes with My Besties
My Besties International Challenge Blog - July Challenge - Anything Goes
with option Sparkle, Glam & Glitter
My Besties Spanish Challenge Blog - Challenge #37 - Anything Goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - PIP Challenge 1729 - Anything Goes
QKR Stampede - Challenge #252 - By The Seaside or Anything Goes
Sasayaki Glitter Challenge Blog - July Challenge - Your Favourite Colour Combo
Blue & green is one of my favourite colour combos ... even though I remember being told that blue & green should never be seen without another colour in between 
Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge Blog - Challenge #121 - Anything Goes
with option Monochrome
Simon Says Stamp Blog - Work It Wednesday - July 2017
Add sparkle, glitter, sequins, glimmery paper etc.  Just add some bling!
... my card has 17 flowers filled with sparkling rhinestones
Star Stampz - Christmas In July Challenge
The 12 Months Of Christmas Link Up - Challenge #31 - Anything Christmas Goes
optional theme Oh Deer!
The Paper Shelter - Challenge #303 - Holiday Time
In the Southern Hemisphere we have a HOT summery Christmas, so my dream
holiday would be a White Christmas surrounded by snow and pretty poinsettias


  1. This is just so beautiful! I love everything about it! Thanks for joining us at My Besties International Challenge.
    Sandy DT

  2. Such a beautiful card Tracy! I love, love all the blue flowers!
    ♥ Samantha
    Designs by Sammy

  3. Gorgeous card love your image and your card design. Thanks for joining us at TPS, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxxx

  4. Gorgeous card. Your coloring is fabulous and I love how you had the flowers go all the way around your card. Great job. Thanks for playing along with us at PIP Challenges.

  5. WOW! Adorable and all those poinsettias are gorgeous, thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz this week x

  6. Tracy, I love this! That image is adorable, I love the card design, and your coloring is great. Thanks for sharing this week at QKR Stampede. Julie, DT member

  7. very nice. Thanks for joining us at My Besties Deutschland.
    Bye, Groetjes van Ine (DT)

  8. Beautiful Christmas card in gorgeous colors...Thank you for join the challenge at My Besties Dutch Girl DT and hope to see you again.YvonneXX

  9. adorable card Tracy! Love your flowers:0)
    thanks for joining the Dutch Besties Challenge
    grtz Jolanda DT

  10. What a adorable card Tracy, I love the coloring, the flowers are so beautiful.
    Thank you for joining us at My Besties International and My bBesties Dutch Girls Designs.
    Hugs Corrie

  11. So pretty! The flowers are perfect and well worth all the work it took to create them! Thanks for playing along with us at PIP Challenges!

  12. very beautiful!! please try again to upload your beautiful card link to our my besties brazil blog <3

    1. Thank You Raelma :)
      PS - I have linked my card and it worked perfectly this time

  13. Tracy!!!! Your Cardan is simply marvelous!!! Thanks for join us at My Besties Brasil!!! ūüėć

  14. Gorgeous card, Tracy. Love your sweet image, but those flowers are just WOW. They look absolutely lovely on your card.
    Lena - DT

  15. What a stunning card, I love the blue. Thanks for sharing over at Besties international this month.

  16. This is amazing, I LOVE the blues, yep! Elvis is in the house LOL.
    Such beautiful flowers and colouring.

  17. Beautiful Christmas card!Thanks for joining us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.Good luck and hope to see you again.Gr.Kaija Dt-member

  18. oh WOW, I love stepper cards and this is great but most of all those flowers, the hard work in colouring and placing them is astronomical but I LOVE them. Thank you for taking the time to join in with our challenge and sharing your creativity with us, I love to see your talent, creativity and imagination at work. I hope to see more of your creativity in the near future. Love 'n' hugs Sall IkesWorld Challenges DT

  19. Nice card. Thank you for joining in the Anything Christmas challenge at CHNC Extra for July.

  20. Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT for

  21. Beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at The Paper Shelter this week.

  22. Very beautiful card. Thanks for joining in My Besties Brazil and My Besties Art Spain.

  23. Hallo liebe Tracy,

    eine wundersch√∂ne Aufstellkarte hast du gestaltet. Sie gef√§llt mir sehr gut. Wundersch√∂n coloriert und gestaltet. Vielen Dank f√ľr die Teilnahme an der My Besties Challenge Deutschland. Ganz liebe Gr√ľ√üe herzlichst Silvi

  24. A gorgeous card I love how you have coloured in blue so beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with us over at Digi Choosday Challenge, good luck with your entry. Hugs Andrea

  25. Simply LOVELY with all these blue flowers ! Thank you for participating in our challenge Colour it Create it Show it off! Creative regards, Gina DT

  26. Very beautiful card - bravo!
    Thanks for sharing with us at IKE'sWORLD challenges.
    Love to see your creativity too!

  27. What a stunning card and love all those stunning flowers .
    Thank you for joining us at My Bestie Aussie Challenge.
    Hugs Rose DT xxxx

  28. This is beautifully crafted and perfect for our challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
    {Color It Create It Show It Off Challenge DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  29. Beautiful card!!! Thank you for joining us at Digi Choosday Challenges. Monica.-Dt

  30. Such a gorgeous stand up card your image is so lovely and coloured beautifully and such pretty flowers too. Thank you for sharing it with us over at My Bestie 3D and More Challenge Blog. Good luck with you entry. Hugs Andrea DT

  31. gorgeous card, love your colouring and details
    Thank you for joining us at my Besties french challenge

  32. Tracy, this card is stunning! I love the tone of blue you used and your coloring is exquisite. Thanks for joining us for the Koala T Crafts Challenge. Good luck!

  33. Beautiful card, love the image and flowers! Thank you for joining the challenge at Star Stampz! We hope to see you again!
    Sherry x - DT for Star Stampz
    Loose Stitches and Unraveled Threads – My personal Blog

  34. Beautiful card. Love the elements and the coloring. Thanks for sharing with us at Color it Create it Show it off.

  35. Adorable card. Thanks for joining us at My Besties art Espa√Īa and best of luck with your entry.

  36. Wow, Tracy, this is stunning! I can't imagine how long it took you to make all the flowers. A very special card. Thanks for joining us at 12 Months of Christmas Linkup. Hope to see a new creation next month.

  37. Very pretty - gorgeous colouring and the flowers are fantastic :-D
    Thank you very much for coming to play at IKEsWORLD Challenges.
    IKE x

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  38. Lovely card! The digi looks very nice!!!!
    Thanks for joining us at My Besties Spanish blog.
    Ana Isabel DT


  39. I loved your project. Thank you for participating.

  40. Wonderful card! Pretty flowers!!!!
    Thanks for joining us at My Besties Brasil challenge!
    Kisses Dan

  41. Tracy this is gorgeous
    Thanks for join us at
    {ScrapbookStampSociety DT Member}
    Hope to see you again and goodluck

    Greetings Karin DT Coördinator

  42. So cute. Thanks for joining us at My Besties Brazil.

  43. De mis tarjetas favoritas y los colores que utilizaste son fant√°sticos!! Muchas gracias por participar con nosotras. Saludos. Andy Ro- DT My Besties Art Espa√Īa

  44. Wow love the blue flowers and the cute image ,gorgeous card!Thank you so much for entering our challenge at My-Besties -Deutschland design,this month!
    Good luck !
    Hugs Gudrun DT

  45. What a beautiful card you made. Thank you for joining our summerholiday/birthdayparty challenge and we hope to see you next time again.

    Dorothy, coordinator Dutch My Besties XXX


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