Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Flourishes "Christmas in July"--Part 2!

Hi Blog Friends!

First of all, I want to say "Thank You" publicly to all my followers & those that left me a note of encouragement last week! You are appreciated more than you know!  Some of you sent me personal e-mails too--encouragement just for my eyes! God is good & He used YOU to bless me last week! "Thank You!" 
I think I have the best followers!

As I contemplated what to post this week, I couldn't let the opportunity to use some of my gorgeous Flourishes Christmas Stamps go unused!
So, I strolled by the Festive Friday Challenge blog to see what they had for inspiration...

 Festive Friday Challenge #36:
 You can join in on the challenge here:

I love the white on white & the warm glow of the fire, the lines of the fireplace, the marble, the snow flake cookies in the forefront, the white garland, the silver & the gold..... Sigh! 
"Christmas in July!" 
Who would have thought it could make one so happy?
(Of course, anytime of the year you think about Our Saviors birth, is a time that fills my heart!
 He came as a little babe, to die upon a cross for our sins, that was His purpose.
 He became our Redemption!
Yes, it is a time to celebrate with all you have!
To me, gold & silver are  always appropriate for this blessed day. 
That little babe IS a KING! 

It's never too early to get those Christmas cards done! 

Here's what I made for you this week:
 I used Flourishes- Handmade Snowflakes.
(No longer available.)
Remember I told you I loved those Snowflake cookies.....

Notice the scoring across the front piece of Iridescent vellum?
This is to mimic the grate on the fireplace.
I just used my Score-Buddy & a McGill Stylus- 3mm.

Under that layer of vellum....
I used a Cuttle bug folder- Grace's Frame, to make the frame & then I used Gelatos to get the marble gray from the picture, using the color Squid. Just applying & rubbing it with my finger. I wanted it to show up just a little through the vellum.
I don't think you can see it, but I heat embossed the snowflakes with
 a combination of two embossing powders--silver & gold.
Then using my Gelatos again, I colored the center with Butter cream, then Lemon & then Mango on the outer edge, to give the warm glow of the fire, just blending them with my finger.

I topped off the card with 1/2" circles for the white balls of garland on the mantel. 
 I used glue dots to attach them & some have dimensionals behind them to make them pop- up!

If I had a "Noel" stamp from Flourishes, I would have used that, but I didn't. So, I used the "Joy" from the same set, by Flourishes- Handmade Snowflakes, (No longer available.)
Done in gold embossing powder because Noel was gold in the photo, (on the coffee table.)
Here you can see the sparkles on the vellum itself---
just like when you photograph a fire-- the"bokeh" effect!
Iridescent Vellum just works for this!

For the inside: 
Once again, I used the lines of the white on white of the room & embossed the inside & layered it up on dimensionals,

& hand drawing the leafless branch  with silver balls from the mantel, with my Zig Emboss Pens
sprinkling it with silver embossing powder & heat embossing it. 
I figure the greeting 
"Warm Winter Wishes" 
should be done in a warm gold.
The inside greeting is from Flourishes- Star of Bethlehem, (No longer available.)

 I've enjoyed making this card. It's just a tad different from what I "normally" make, but it was fun! 
I think when you start getting "artsy" when making a card, it's just pure fun!
Stepping out of your comfort zone & coming up with something that makes your heart sing!
I'm happiest when I am creating, like many of you, or singing praises to my Lord!

Do try something a "tad different" from what you normally do & just see!

Yes, I am "inspired" today! LOL 
You could tell?

Supplies not mentioned above:
SU- 1/2" Circle punch
SU- Silver & Gold Embossing Powder
Grafix- Iridescent Vellum


  1. GORGEOUS card, Becky! I love that scored vellum! Beautiful embossing! The inside of the card is simply stunning!
    Have a great day! :o)

  2. I'm so glad you included the warm glow of the fire place! This is such a warm, elegant card! So glad you joined us at Festive Friday! (as for the inside, I would use that on another card front as well - it's so beautifully CAS!)

  3. Oh, my…I can't believe how you've achieved the glow of the fire place! Looks like a light is shining through! It's a beautiful card…The Festive Friday inspiration is written all over it! So happy you've joined us!!!

  4. Becky,
    All I can say is WOW! Your card is simply amazing. You did an amazing job on the fire's glow, it's perfect. I also love the scoring technique, will have to give it a go. I have to ask about the vellum...how do you emboss it without melting it? Is it a certain weight?

  5. Juanita!
    I sent you a private e-mail to answer your questions, but I will post the answers to your questions here also, for those that might have the same questions! I used Grafix Vellum--I found it at Hobby Lobby. It comes in 40 sheets, 4 styles, 10 of each & in a 12" x 12" pad. There was no weight listed on the packaging. I believe they have other pads with different colors & an 8 1/2" x 11" pad of vellum also. There is a website too: www.grafixarts.com; I'm not sure if there are tutorials there or not. But you can heat emboss on the vellum without any problems! I have found the Embossing powder melts quicker with the vellum being thinner, so do be careful not to burn it! I love using vellum! :) Thank you for your questions & for your support Juanita! You are a very sweet lady! Hope my answers help everyone wondering! :)

  6. Wow! What a detailed and amazingly stunning card! This is more like a Christmas gift! So pretty! Thanks so much for joining us at Festive Friday! :)

  7. Gorgeous embossing on this lovely card! The inside is just as pretty! Thanks for playing along with Festive Friday this week!


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