Tuesday, August 1, 2017

SOS: Christmas in July

(...I mean AUGUST!!!)

Welcome to my post for the latest Shopping Our Stash challenge...
Countdown to Christmas!
Yep!  Donna is challenging us to make a Christmas card!
Even though I do share a handful of handmade Christmas greetings, I use a ton of handmade tags on gifts, so that's where I typically focus my holiday mojo:


  • Vintage bingo card coated lightly with white Liquitex gesso and dried.
  • STAMPlorations poinsettia stamp  inked with Distress Embossing Ink and embossed with Recollections EP in black-- the stamp is new since last December, so be ready to see a lot of it from me this coming winter-- I love it!
  • Initally, the card and flower were painted using diluted Dylusions sprays, but as they dry, they sometimes oxidize in a funky way, so I went over the flower with Ranger Alcohol Ink in Red Pepper.
  • Parts of a Fiskars text stamp was inked with Ranger Archival ink in Jet Black
  • "Good cheer!" brushed on with a waterbrush dipped in DOx in Black Soot, the accented with a Signo white pen. 
  • The flower was outlined with Glossy Accents and Martha Stewart clear glitter was added-- the best!
  • Vintage tinsel trim added to the bottom; vintage seam binding added to the top.
  • I was just about done when I decided that something was missing... I spotted my bells and quickly sewed three on... so glad!  This upped the festive factor by 3, at least!
I have to admit: I did NOT have any holiday mojo... I pulled down my Christmas tub, and though I love a lot of my holiday supplies, I am "not there" at all right now, so once I just admitted that to myself (after like 5 failed starts... really), I just went with a more fun and colorful, less traditional project, and I am pleased-- I hope you like it as well.

Whether you are feeling the holiday spirit or not, go ahead and join us at SOS-- I know I am more behind this year than I have been in years past... have some catching up to do.



  1. for someone who was not feeling the holiday mojo, you certainly have made me want to go make loads more amazingly artful, totally glorious, poinsettia-centric designs! maybe you are just a "carrier" of the holiday mojo, lol??!?! ♥♥♥

  2. I love everything about your amazing tag! Love it I tell ya!

  3. Awesome tag, as Lauren said for not feeling the Christmas mojo you did a bang up job. it made me wish I brought my poinsettia dies/stamps or what ever with me. alas not much Christmas stuff at the cottage yet.

  4. Ohhhhhhh so awesome teammie!
    Love the use of the bingo card!

  5. Nice!! Love the bells and the poinsettia is beautifully glittery and sparkly.