Monday, 1 July 2013

Happy Canada Day and Snow Much Fun

Happy Canada Day...time for parades, flags proudly flying, painted faces, breakfast of pancakes with Canadian maple syrup and perhaps a tasty Sockeye Salmon supper!
Time to get cracking on with my Christmas cards for July. I try to do three every month, so here is my first for July.

I love this cute image and have to admit I chose the papers before I coloured him!
I chose the papers to colour match with the sentiment...I know it sounds weird but I wanted to use this  prestamped sentiment and it just seemed too bold to be able to match elements to.

Usually I use 6 x 6 pads of design paper when I make cards. I only have access to 6" or 5 1/2"square  cards and envelopes locally...so the 6x6 paper pads suit this purpose.  Every now and again I find a 12x12 design paper that works...like these ones...

Each year my scrapbook store has a huge sale after Christmas...papers often go for 75% off...once they even had an 80% reduction!! I try to stock up then, for the following year. These are from one of those sales. The red stripe on the stripey paper is heavily glittered. It is matted on a piece of My Minds Eye Bright Buddy Boy Little Jacks Engine paper. Both are a heavy weight paper like a firm cardstock.  I thought they would tie in the trim colours on the sentiment...and then I just added some snippets of various 6x6 pads.
Once I had it all laid out, I was able to see the shades I wanted to use for my colouring.

Recipe
Scalloped card and envelope - candy from Sassy Raggedy
DP - Stripe,  Making Memories Twinkle / Red mat My Minds Eye Bright Buddy Boy  Little Jacks Engine
 DP - Banner green dots MME Christmas, Lime Green Dots Catra Bella Merry and Bright These were all snippets
Sentiment - I think it was K and Co...it is from my stash
Bling - from my stash (Dollarama)

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets
2. CHNC Extra - must be Christmas but anything goes
3. MFP Speedy TV Christmas Card Challenge
4. Sister Act - Always Anything goes
5. CNHC - All wrapped up
6. The Squirrel and the Fox - #47 Christmas in July
7. Christmas Stampin' All Year Long - Inspiration (I was inspired by the gorgeous shade of green on those tiles. I used that shade for the snowman's scarf and in  one of the DP's)

35 comments:

  1. The first two lines are enough to make me hungry Maureen, I could just beat those pancakes right now.

    Your Christmas card it's quite delightful and I love how cleverly you have combined the different patterns together.

    Hope you have a happy day what ever you have planned.

    B x

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  2. lovely Maureen....what a jolly snow man!.....hope you have a good day, hugs margaret

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  3. Hi Mo, Love the papers and your snowman is a cutie.
    Hugs Sue W.

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  4. Happy Canada Day to you too!! Gorgeous card, love the image and the papers are beautiful. I buy in the sales too....but then I forget where I put the papers... no hope for me. Sorry I have been MIA, trying to do catch up. Hugs, Anne x

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  5. Gorgeous Christmas card, I like the sweet snowman image and the lovely papers.
    Kevin xx

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  6. Nice card Mo - love the greens... Mxx

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  7. I like your layout for your design and the papers are scrummy too. Must admit I always do it the other way colour first and then have a mad time trying to find a paper to match. As my papers are mostly digital it means opening and closing loads of files unless I have them in my snippets pile already part used! Der.
    Hugs Mrs A.

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  8. Love your 'all wrapped up' snowman - super card - love the layout - thanks for sharing for my CHNC challenges - hope to see you again soon. x

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  9. Cute as pie! Love that sweet snowman image!

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  10. Fabulous Mo! Love the adorable snowman image - all wrapped up. I immediately thought of Hazel's challenge but see you entered anyhow.

    Like you, I now always choose the papers before colouring an image. Terrific papers and a great design too!

    Hugs

    Di
    xx

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  11. Mmmmm pancakes and maple syrup yummy Mo!! card is fab image is so cute I love it huggles hun Sue xxx

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  12. happy canada day maureen! yum, i love salmon. and i love this card; it's so cute and i love the traditional colours with all the fun patterns.
    linda

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  13. Gorgeous Christmas card...Love the cute image... I was in Canada (CALGARY) this time last year... I enjoyed the pancakes very much... & the stampede...Hugs May x x x

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  14. Adorable card!
    Happy Canada Day! :)

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  15. Just adorable, what a cute image, love all the different papers and layers.

    Regards diane

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  16. Gorgeous snowman - and fabulous colours! Christine xx

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  17. What a cute Christmas Card. It is wonderful...such fun...Hugz, joann

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  18. You now have me dribbling for some pancakes and maple syrup! NEEEEEED some!
    Love this card Mo. Very cute and Chrissmassy!
    Hugs
    xx

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  19. Happy Canada day to you too Maureen. Love your card, the image is so cute and your papers are gorgeous. Carol x

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  20. Great papers and super cute snowman card, Maureen! It's perfect for all the challenges and wonderful use of snippets!

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  21. Hope you are having a wonderful Canada Day.
    I can hear the fireworks like they are in my backyard, but can't see them for all the trees :)

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  22. Hi Happy Canada Day. Your Christmas card is bright and cheery and your papers are gorgeous together. Wonderful card, I love it!
    hugs
    Glenda

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  23. Fabulous Christmas card.
    luv
    Debby

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  24. Sorting the papers first was worth it Maureen - the papers, sentiment and stamped image all work beautifully together. I try to pick my papers before colouring but don't always remember to when I get excited about inking and colouring a new stamp lol! Karen x

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  25. Happy Canada day!! I love how my hubby is Canadian yet fails to tell me any time there is a holiday up north!!
    Great Christmas card and love the traditional colors and how you've mixed the patterns together.

    Shelby

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  26. Gorgeous Christmas card Mo, love the colourful papers, so bright and happy :) Cathy x

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  27. More than happy to have you pin my cards...I have them watermarked so it's all good!! Thanks for asking

    Shelby

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  28. Very pretty! A great combination of papers (colors and designs) and a super cute snowman. Thanks for playing with CSAYL.

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  29. Gorgeous papers,(loved that you got 'em on sale too!) and they made such a stunning layout. Good idea to pick papers, layout, then colors in your focal image to tie in. I need to remember that, as I do image first, then hunt for something suitable. Great card all round. Good luck at Pixie's P.grnd. Some good prizes this week. TFS & Hugs.

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  30. What a sweet image and great colorful Christmas papers! Reminds me I need to get started with my Christmas cards soon too...

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  31. I love how colorful your card is!! I think it is fine to build around one element in a card. I too love using and making 6x6. Just looks better to me. And it is so true about the after Christmas sales at the craft store. I don't know why they do it, it isn't like paper goes bad!! Right? LOL!!
    xxDaniella

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  32. oooh...

    ...Lovely snippetty card Scrappymo, well done, Shaz in Oz.x
    PS send me your home addy too as have some topper cards to send, as you were the only one who said yes please :D

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  33. Everything perfectly matches, and I love those papers you chose to go with that whimsical little snowman! Cute card!

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  34. Fun and cute, cute, cute!! Love it.
    Lynn

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  35. Darling Snowman card! Makes me want to go make a snowman card right now. Fun!

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