Monday, July 30, 2018

Let the Merry Making Begin!

Hello, and Happy Monday! I hope you've had a relaxing weekend!  I have another simple Christmas card to share with you today. I was really inspired by the designers at Simon Says Stamp with their creative use of Tim Holtz Christmas products in their Christmas In July Blog Hop. Although the hop is closed now, it's well worth visiting for all the inspiration.

I'm infatuated with Tim Holtz' 3D embossing folder-- Lumber! I made this background pretty much like I did on this card; I just changed up the colors.  I just used Walnut Stain Distress crayon on this one, in place of the paint and several colors of crayons.

The beautiful plaid goes well with the wood--don't you think? It's from Tim's Christmas Paper Stash from last year.I used my new-to-me Stitched Ovals die to create the frame. The backing is cut from black card with one of the larger dies, and I tore off the outer edge. I swiped it with Picket Fence Distress Crayon for a distressed look, but looks blueish here due to the poor lighting. I have to take my photos indoors due to the monsoon season here in eastern North Carolina.

I love the buck from Tim's Scribble Woodland set. This is probably my favorite Christmas stamp ever. It could also be used on those guy cards throughout the year. After stamping the image in Black Soot Archival ink on Distress Watercolor card stock, I blended entirely with Frayed Burlap ink.  I swiped on the teensiest bit of Distress MicroGlaze with my finger to resist the inks where I wanted the lightest shades. I finished coloring with Distress Oxides in brown tones with my Detail Waterbrush and fussy cut. The bow tie is cut with the Fold Up Bows die. I cut it from a scrap of really old embossed two color Coordinations sandable card.  The sentiment is an Ideaology Holiday Talk Metallic sticker.

I'm super excited to get out my Tim Holtz Christmas goodies from last year and combine them with his newer products! I can't wait to get my hands on Tim's new Christmas products! You can see a sneak peek of his Halloween/Christmas release here.

Hugs and Blessing!
Sara Emily
Products I've used can be found at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:


  1. Oh how cute!!! Love the plaid background and the bow tie! Awesome card :) . Hugs -- Mary Elizabeth

  2. WOW!!! This is STUNNING! I love the choice of patterns and that little bow is such a perfect touch!
    Sorry for not being around much. I am just trying to enjoy the summer and pool. Not crafting at all these days.
    Paper Talk with Samra

  3. Wow, this is so gorgeous!! The wood background looks absolutely amazing!! I love the plaid!! The buck is awesome with his bow tie!! So fab, my friend!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  4. Gorgeous! Really clever idea to use the micro glaze as the highlighting resist on the deer. I agree the plaid against the texture of the wood, so rich and classic!!!
    I really like how you choose deep blue cardstock vs black also. Awesome project all around Sara Emily!!! xo xo

  5. WOW< this is just TOO MUCH FUN!!!!

  6. This is absolutely GORGEOUS, Sara all your makes are, sorry, I’ve been meaning to stop by and take a peek but life got crazy and this is the first I’ve been able to. I just love all your stuff!! Hugs!! Stacy ♥️

  7. What a stunning card, I love the gorgeous plaid background, it goes beautifully with the wood and the buck is so lovely in those tonal colours. Hugs, Anne xx

  8. Sara Emily, this is such an incredible card!! Truly stunning combination with the wood grain behind the plaid and that awesome stamp that you have colored to perfection! Love this and so inspired to try something similar! xx

  9. SE, I'm CRAZY about this card (save for me... :)) I totally love this deer and the awesome use of plaid and that bow die! You're rocking the holidays already my friend! Hugs, Autumn

  10. What a lovely, "manly" type card, Sara! The plaid looks just like a rustic lodge with your amazing buck. hugs, de

  11. The deer with plaid and bow tie is too darn cute, Sara Emily! Your background is perfectly done and I need that embossing folder! Hugs!


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