Saturday, July 18, 2020


Hi friends!  It's that time of year again; that time where Bugaboo celebrates Christmas in July at the Catch the Bug blog with a week chock full of  DT inspiration, AND you can play along to win some cute Bugaboo images!  I see that as a win-win situation!  This year's theme is Santa's workshop:

And here is my card for today:

This image is called Santa and Friends, and I figured I would start the week off with this cute scene that looks like it's a group of friends getting together for a selfie before Santa rides off into the night delivering presents.  😉   They've all done a fantastic job of helping get everything ready for the trip, so why not commemorate the occasion?  😀  It kinda looks like the elf is a little shy, or maybe he snuck in at the last second, LOL!

Anyway, I used my alcohol markers to color the image, and let me tell ya; that took awhile!  I did add some colored pencil texture to Rudolph's fur after I watched someone do it in a YouTube video (I wish I could remember who it was!)  I am quite in love with the final product, I have to say!  For something different, I used the largest of the Spellbinders Curved Rectangles dies to create my card base and image panel.  There is lots of sparkle and some shine added to this card in the form of Stardust Stickles to accent the snow and the white parts of Santa's and the little birdy's hats, Xmas Red Stickles on Rudolph's nose, and then a layer of Glossy Accents on top of that.  There is also a wee little bit on the birdy's beak, and on the bells throughout the image.  White gel pen was also used to accent their eyes, to provide the illusion of shine on some things, and in Santa's beard, mustache, and hair to add texture.

Since I sized the image to cover a full-sized A2 card, I stamped a Merry Christmas sentiment from Cas-ual Fridays in Golden Glitz Delicata ink on the inside of the card.

Also, here's another photo of the card where the lighting seems to be better:


Die Cut Divas:  Christmas in July (1/4)
Merry Little Christmas #24:  ATG Christmas (1/5)
Christmas Craft Creations:  Christmas Characters (1/3)

CHNC #499:  ATG Christmas
Love to Craft #48:  ATG (2/5)
Mix it Up #39:  ATG (2/5)
Cutie Pie #149:  Digi Stamps (2/3)
Crafty Animals #40:  ATG using animals
Daisy Chain #43:  No Design Paper
Digi Doodle Studios #29:  Christmas in July (1/3)
Paper Funday #19:  ATG (1/4)
Jan's Digi Stamps:  ATG (3/5)
Stamping Sensations:  All Creatures Great and Small (1/3)
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #40:  ATG using critters (2/5)
ABC Christmas:  N for No Fuss, and O for Over the Top (I'm sure mine falls into one of these 2 categories, but I'm not sure which!)
My Time to Craft #436:  Christmas in July
Polkadoodles #29:  ATG (2/2)
Digi Choosday #28:  ATG (2/2)

So, are you ready for more Christmas in July inspiration?  Head on over to the Catch the Bug blog, where all of the DT members have created masterpieces!  Thanks for stopping by today, and until next time,

Take Care, and God Bless!



  1. I love all the sparkle and the happy group! I think shaping the card was brilliant! I also really like all the tiny coloring details!

  2. What a cute and fun Christmas card! Thank you so much for joining the Polkadoodles Anything goes Challenge for week #29.
    Sybil B. GDT My blog

  3. Hi Marie, Thanks for the tip about signing up to be a guest designer at Bugaboo Stamps. I never even knew that link was on the challenge site and have been participating for ages.

    Love your colouring on this image. I like the shading around the outside. I seem to make it too heavy when I do it so will have to keep practicing :)

    Thanks once again, I appreciate it.

    Love Mandy xxx

  4. Beautiful Christmas scene and your coloring is amazing! Thanks for joining our Mix It Up Challenge and wishing you good luck. Hugs, Veana R.DT

  5. A super Christmas card. A fabulous image and lovely colouring.
    Thank you for joining in with the Crafts Galore Encore July Challenge “Anything Goes”. Good luck x

  6. What a fun Christmas scene! I love the story you've imagined for them! Fabulous colouring! Thanks for sharing this with us at Penny's!

  7. Adorable card, Marie! I just love all the little details you put into it and the unique card shape 💕

  8. Beautiful Festive card and lovely hues ... thanks for joining in with week 29 ....hugs Nelly DT x

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  9. Great card and thanks for sharing at Digi Doodles Studio this month

  10. What a super image and your coloring of it is awesome. Love the added textures like Rudolph's fur, hats and snow. Great selfie! Thanks for joining us over at the Challenge of Christmas Craft Creations.

  11. Marie: Thanks for linking to MTTC's fortnight challenge theme of Christmas in July! Your card's image is colored superbly and I really like that light icy blue surrounding the sled!!! Cool Christmas card! --Becca/DT

  12. Beautiful cards! Thank you for sharing at Penny's Challenges.

  13. Great card, beautifully coloured. hanks for joining us at the Cutie Pie Challenge. Pat K xx

  14. Great image and beautifully coloured..

    Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Chrissy DT

  15. I know I left you love elsewhere on this card but wanted to pop in here too! This has got to be one of the cutest Christmas images EVER and I love how you colored it. Must have taken FOREVER! Totally worth it though! Rudolph looks fabulously furry and I love the ink blended shaped card base. I thought I owned almost every Spellbinders label set, but apparently not this one! Gonna have to correct that. Great card, Marie!!!

  16. Fabulous festive card which you have coloured beautifully and I love this image. It makes such a great card. Thanks for joining our challenge this month at Daisy Chains and good luck. Michelle, DT x

  17. Fab image and great colouring! Thank you for sharing your lovely card with us at Stamping Sensations.


  18. Great coloring on this fun image!! Thanks for celebrating Christmas in July with us at Die Cut Divas.

  19. Wonderful christmas card, and great colouring too. thank you for joining us at Polkadoodles Digi Choosday challenge blog. Hayley guest DT member. x

  20. Nice image and fun colors, great job :-) Good luck in the draw. Thanks for joining us at Color It, Create It, Show It Off Challenge Blog . Hugs Neva

  21. Cute CAS Christmas card. Thanks for joining us at LTCCB
    Tina dt

  22. Marie this is beautifully crafted and perfect for our July challenge. Thanks for sharing your creative talent with us. Good luck and please stay safe and healthy.
    {Color It Create It Show It Off Challenge DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  23. Nice image and nice coloring
    Thank you for sharing at my Besties International Challenge
    Good luck with your entry!
    Iza DT

  24. Lovely Christmas scene! Thanks for playing along with us at ABC Christmas Challenge. Looking forward to seeing your creative projects in the future galleries again.

  25. You are always such a great crafter Marie!

  26. Congratulations! You were selected as a TOP ROCKER for the week of July 19-24, 2020 at 613 Avenue Create! Thanks for your inspiring submission to our challenge. Please stop by our blog and grab your badge! ~~~The 613 Design Team.

  27. Hi, Marie! I always love your cards. Digging the fur and beard coloring! I have that labels die but never thought about using it as a card base, cool! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Love To Craft! XOXO, Aimeslee DT

  28. Fabulous card!
    Thanks for playing at the ABC Christmas Challenge!
    Helen x

  29. This is so cute! I love the touches of sparkle and shine. Beautifully coloured. Thank you for joining us at Christmas Craft Creations - Charlotte/Lady Joyful, DT

  30. Beautiful! Thank you so much for joining with ust at Daisy Chain Challenges this time and good luck :)

  31. Beautifully coloured - love it!

    Thanks for joining us at the Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog.

    Helen x

  32. Lovely work Thank you for joining the 12 months of Christmas cards link up. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge, Creative Fingers, 2 Crafty Critter Crazies and Jan's Digis. Hope to see you again next time.

  33. Lovely colourful card, thanks for joining us at Cutie Pie Challenge cheers Sue N x



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