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Sunday, 13 July 2014

The Fourth Annual Catch the Bug...

...Christmas in July has arrived.

 If you want to join in you can find everything that you need to know here and here.

As this is a week long challenge I have created just the one post and will add in what I make for each of the challenges as they go live on the challenge site.

Saturday 12 July - The event kicked off with a super blog-hop and there was plenty of inspiration to get everyone on the mood for creating Christmas makes. To help even further...
...the challenge for day 1 is to "Show Us Your Santa".
Here is my Santa...
...he is one of the "Tropical Santas". The card blank is Papermania Kraft in 5x7. The PP is from the current Papermania "Letter to Santa" range. The image is coloured using Spectrum Noir pens and there is a touch of glitter using the "Golden" Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle Pearl PVA.
Sunday 13 July - A Sketch challenge...
...which I followed pretty much other than using a circle topper instead of an oval.
JJ has to be my favourite Bugaboo character...
 ...there are so many super examples of her to choose from. This one is a little bit saucy...
...and would make a perfect card for a guy or just a fun card. My card is an 8x8 white card blank with tartan & check PPs from Craft Creations, a blue die-cut matt from Papermania, some pearls, sentiment from Papermania "Letter to Santa" and ribbon from my local craft shop. JJ is coloured with Spectrum Noir pens and the bling is stickles.
Monday 14 July - Colour challenge...
 ...not exactly your traditional colours.
I thought I'd go with this little Miss...
...using the colours to do a bit of matt & layering...
...lime green hair and plenty of bling on her pink wings. All the CS is from a Papermania Christmas stack, the PP is from an old DCWV stack of 6x6 pink & grey Christmas designs and the image is coloured with a mix of Spectrum Noir & Copics. Crystal Ice stickles was used on the wings.
Tuesday 15 July - Recipe challenge...
 ...using the same image but a more limited colour selection...
 ...a felt snowflake from "The Works" and bling in the form of stickles & cosmic shimmer...
...the kraft card blank was dry embossed using my new Crafters Companion "BeBunny" embossing folder - 'Snowflakes'. I think I've ticked all the boxes for day fours requirements...the recipe is Kraft, Embossing (wet or dry) and Snowflake(s).
Wednesday 16 July - BINGO challenge...
 ...and make it funny. I went with the diagonal line "Bugaboo image, Players choice (snowfall acetate), Bow.
"Stella" is a woman with 'atitude' so who better to use as the chosen image...
...and I wanted to use the snowfall acetate to create the card...
 ...but I had forgotten how difficult it can be to photograph...
...sorry about the shadows & glare. Anyhoo, you can see that I have used my 3 chosen elements from the Bingo card.
Thursday 17 July - Photo challenge...
...using an "Oldie But Goodie".
I think the "Tropical Santas" first put in an appearance for the 2nd Christmas in July event...
...and I have loved them ever since. A fairly simple card this time (thinking of postage costs) but a real holiday feel - Santa showing off his beach wear and surfing prowess. In keeping with the photo for this challenge, I've used bright Summery colours.
Friday 18 July - Freebie Friday challenge (Starts with "C is for...")...
 ...Christmas?, Cheer? - I went with Candy Cane. I've already told you that I love the "JJ" character, so how wonderful was it that this week's Friday Freebie was an image of JJ...
 ...there is a little bit of sparkle in her hair, on her dress and of course her earrings but I don't think it notices in the photo...
...what you can't miss is the candy cane PP. This is another of the papers from the "Letter to Santa" range and I thought it was perfect for this image. I have kept to a red & white scheme with just a touch of green.

(All being well, you will see this post fill up with creations as the week progresses - Done.

So if you haven't already made a start on your cards for Chrimbo - this is the perfect opportunity..............................................................)

Well folks - it is 8.30pm on Friday 18 July and I have completed the last of this week's challenges. There was a moment or two when I thought I wasn't going to be able to complete this year's Christmas in July but I have done it...Yipeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

Lots of fun challenges and lots of super creations to see from the Bugaboo DT and all the folk who are playing along. It has been another fab event.

Thank you to everyone at Bugaboo for organising another great...Christmas in July....................................................

23 comments:

debby4000 said...

Fabulous Santa card.
luv
Debby

scrappyjen said...

oh my word... Christmas! Love the colours and I like Santa card too (sorry it has been so long since I have been to see you) jxx

Allison said...

great Santa card
Allisonx

Stephanie said...

This is so cute, thanks for playing along in our week long Christmas in July Celebration at Catch-The-Bug!

THE BLUEBERRY BEAR said...

I am so glad so popped in to show us your challenge entries! Thanks for joining in our Christmas in July with us here at Bugaboo Stamps this week! Good luck! I hope we see you joining in the rest of the week's challenges too!
luv'n huggz
Jen Leeflang
BUGABOO DT

Stef H said...

now i bet everyone wishes EVERYDAY was xmas!!! super cute. gotta love those images!

hugs :)

Lori said...

I'm so glad you showed us your Santa! He is wonderful! Love your sweet little girl in both her colors!

Becky G said...

Awe Mistee, you used one of my favorite Santa's and I love what you did with him! Such a fun card!

So glad you joined us in our Santa challenge at Catch The Bug! Hope you play along with the rest of the challenges! Good luck!!!

Becky G
Bugaboo DT Member

Claire said...

Fab Christmas cards, I know it won't shock you when I say I haven't even thought about my Christmas cards yet this year lol.
Claire Xx

Jodie Mackrell said...

i love them all! very nice! so glad you could join us in our week long Christmas in July fun!

sgc said...

These are all so cute! Isn't it nice to have a start on your Christmas cards. Thanks for playing in Bugaboo's Christmas in July challenges.

Billie A said...

Great cards for our CIJ at Catch the bug. fun images and looks like you had a lot of fun. Thank you for playing.

Billie A said...

All of your cards are wonderful. thanks for joining us at Catch the bug for our CIJ week long challenges. I enjoyed seeing your lovely entries. Good luck.

Mari Kocjancic said...

All of your cards are so great! But I think the one you made for Tuesday is my favorite. Santa with the surf boards is pretty cool too! Thanks for playing along with our Christmas In July Challenges.
-Mari K.
Bugaboo DT

Pia S said...

Brilliant cards, such a great variety of designs! I love your recipe card. The snow dairy is so sweet and she looks great placed on top of that large snowflake! I also think your surfin' Santa is a fun one. Love the clean design in combination with the bold colors. Well done and good luck!

Julie Temple said...

Great Cards! I am so happy you enjoyed the week at Bugaboo's Christmas In July Celebration!
Julie
Bugaboo DT

Lynn Stevens said...

Oh you are so on the Ball! Great Santa cards!
Hugs Lynn

Tammy Miller said...

wow your rock! love all your projects for our week long CIJ event thanks so very much!

THE BLUEBERRY BEAR said...

I am so glad so popped in to share your creation for the final day of Christmas in July with us here at Bugaboo Stamps - we hope you had fun this week! Good luck!! Good luck in the drawing for the prizes!
luv'n huggz
Jen Leeflang
BUGABOO DT

sammi said...

Fabulous projects - Each and every one of them! Thank you so much for linking up with us in our “Christmas In July” challenges at Catch The Bug! Please join us, again, next time, for a new challenge and more chances to win! ~~Sammibug~~ DT Member For Bugaboo Stamps

Melissa S. said...

I just love all the wonderful creations you have posted here to help us celebrate Christmas In July over at Bugaboo. Very Creative of you. I like the way you grouped them all together so it is easy to see them all. Thanks again.

Min said...

You have been a busy lady this week and all of your creations are just FABULOUS!!
Thanks so much for playing along with our Bugaboo Stamps/Catch The Bug Christmas in July Celebration this week!!
Hugs & Happy Days!
Min - Bugaboo Asst DT Coordinator

Jodie Mackrell said...

I love ALL your creations this week! thank you so much for taking the time to join us at catch the bug for our week long Christmas in July!