Sunday, July 18, 2021


Hello friends!  Welcome back to my blog!  Today's we're celebrating Christmas in July  at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends

And, we are lucky enough to have 2 sponsors:

Prize ~ 3 Images

Prize ~ $10 Voucher

I chose an image from FSS called Nuthatch, and I am using the PRE-COLORED version:

I didn't feel at all comfortable trying to color this pretty bird myself, so I am glad that Tracey offers pre-colored versions as well as ones you can color yourself.  I sized the image so I could die cut it using the largest of the smaller set of classic circles from Spellbinders, with the plan to make a frame using either a "fancy" circle, or the plain one I decided on.  The gorgeous patterned papers come from the 12x12 White Christmas Recollections paper pad.  I love the simplicity of the diagonal stripe, and the trees were perfect to go with the bird image.  I managed to find a gray cardstock in my hoard collection that matched the tone of the gray striped paper, and I used it to mat all the layers.  My cuttings left me with the strip I ended up heat embossing my Casual Fridays Snowflake Greetings sentiment on (serendipitous, no?) 😉  For that, I used Versamark ink and Recollections Snow embossing powder.  Everything was glued flat onto the 5.5" card base using Bearly Arts glue, except I did pop up the entire image panel using foam tape.


Crafty Calendar:  ATG (2/3)
CHN Patterned Paper:  ATG using patterned paper
Love to Craft #60:  ATG (3/5)
Mix it Up #51:  ATG (3/5)
Crafty Gals Corner #221:  Christmas in July (1/3)
Crafty Animals #52:  ATG using animals 
Digi Doodle Studios #40:  Christmas in July
A Place to Start #7:  Craft Your Favorite Holiday/Celebration (1/8)
SheepSki Designs #52:  Celebration (2/3)
Dragonfly Dreams:  Christmas in July (1/3)
Pearly Sparkles #64:  Favorite time of year (Christmas!)
Creative Craft Cottage #142:  Christmas in July (1/5)
Cardz 4 Gals #151:  Christmas in July
Polkadoodles #29:  ATG (1/2)
Digi Choosday #28:  ATG (1/2)
The Outlawz Twisted Thursday:  Christmas in July

Thank you very much for stopping by!  Don't forget to pop on over to the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends challenge blog to join in on the Christmas in July fun...I can't wait to see what you share with us!  Until next time,

Stay Healthy, Take Care and God Bless!  

~ Marie


  1. I love this card, Marie!!! Your coloring is beautiful and the gel pen details make it look so real! Such a peaceful scene!!!

  2. beautiful card and beautiful coloured ! Thanks for sharing with Polkadoodles this week, Nelly dt x

  3. Amazing colour work, the bird looks great! Thanks for playing with us at Polkadoodles Digi Choosday Craft Challenge. I hope to see you next time!
    Hugs, Myriam
    DT Polkadoodles

  4. Spotted your card and had to come over and see it. I love birds and this one is so pretty. Nice that you can already get it colored. Hope you have a great week.

  5. Beautiful card! Thanks you for joining with us at Digi Choosday Crafting Challenge. Good luck with your entry
    Maritza DT

  6. It is nice to use a precolored card every now and then isn't it. Thanks for joining us on Polkadoodles Crafting! Pam, DT

  7. Wonderful card. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge.
    Good luck!

  8. Lovely card. Pretty details. Thank you for joining us at 613 Avenue Create this month. Hope to see you back here again soon. Judy DT

  9. Really beautiful design, Marie. I totally understand not wanting to colour sometimes. The pre-coloured image is beautiful, and you paired it really well with those papers. Thank you for joining us at Christmas Craft Creations - Charlotte/Lady Joyful, DT

  10. a very nice card. Thank you for join us at penny's challenge.
    Greetings Geesje

  11. This is such a peaceful card! Love the soft grays to compliment your little nuthatch image. Thanks for joining us over at Christmas Craft Creations.

  12. Wonderful card. Thanks for playing along at Penny's paper challenges. Hugs Ela, DT

  13. Oh my goodness. I absolutely love this. You did an amazing job layering these papers for the perfect environment for this adorable bird!

  14. Cute bird and a nice layout. Thanks for joining in our challenge at Cardz 4 Galz Dawn S DT x

  15. So lovely.

    Thank you for joining us for the July challenge at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge.

  16. Lovely card Marie. The background papers are a nice complement to the pre-coloured image. Thank you for entering the Christmas In July Challenge at 12 Months of Christmas.

  17. Love everything about this! Great card!
    So glad you have shared this with us at 613 Avenue Create.
    Please come back again!
    The best of luck with your entry.
    Stay safe and well.
    Jackie, DT member at 613 xx

  18. Love this! What a beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at Christmas Craft creations!

  19. Gorgeous Christmas card, I love the pre-coloured Nuthatch image one of my favourite birds. Thanks for joining in our July 'Anything Goes' challenge over at Crafty Calendar.
    Bev x

  20. Lovvely!!! I like that bird so much I had to buy it :)
    Thank you for joining our challenge at
    The Creative Crafters Challenge blog
    I hope you’ll join us next time again.
    (DT member)

  21. Great card love this image and thanks for sharing at DDS

  22. Beautiful card. Thanks for sharing with us at Dragonfly Dreams.
    DT Stacey

  23. Gorgeous card, Marie. Love the layout and the gorgeous papers you used. Thanks for joining us at 12 Months of Christmas Link Up.

  24. A great card - thanks for sharing it at Cardz 4 Galz.

    Helen x

  25. Great card and lovely image. Thank you for sharing in our challenge at Classic Design Challenge we really appreciate you joining in.

    Maritza DT

  26. Gorgeous card Marie. Love that image.
    Thanks so much for joining us for our Love to Craft Challenge for July 2021.
    We hope to see you again soon,
    Lou DT xo
    JemLou Productions

  27. Great Card, Marie! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at A Place To Start!
    Chana Malkah, Owner

  28. Very nicely designed Marie. Thank you for joining us over at Crafty Gals. Best of luck and hope to see you next month. DT~Jana

  29. Lovely card
    Thanks so much for joining us over at Creative Crafters, we hope you join us again next time...In the meantime, I wish you the best of luck with your entry!
    Hugs Donna(DT) xx



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