Last year I only made one Christmas card in the entire month of July, and when Christmas came around, I was super short on cards. This year, I am getting ahead of the game, so I will be getting into the holiday spirit with my crafting as much as I can during July.
I used an image from a purchased Christmas card pack I bought years ago, before I started making cards. I think it works great as a focal point and it's better than tossing that package away.
The base and the layers are cut with Spellbinders, the snowflakes are Cheery Lynn, the Poinsettias and the 'noel' are from Sizzix, The Snow Writer and the pretty glitter are from DecoArt. Everything else is from my stash.
It's hard to tell, but the base is see through where all the cut outs are. I used the same fancy die to cut the tent fold as I did the bottom layer. I was inspired to give this a try by my dear friend Karen of Kaleidoscopic Sparkles, she makes the beautiful shaped cards. It was quite difficult to do with my sucky machine, so this may be the only one I bother with.
I am entering the following wonderful challenges:
Just a few minutes drive from us is the Credit River. It goes for miles and miles and miles, and so do the trails! This spot is one of our favourites so far. There are fields of flowers, bridges, man made walls and even rock benches where you can sit and take a break.
There were fields of these beautiful flowers - Dame's Rocket!
Swamp Roses are everywhere around the river and lakes. I know they don't look like roses when they're open, but they sure do when they're closed.
Back on the home front, the geese are keeping cool in the lake. The goslings are getting so big!
A big Hello from LINUS as he waits patiently for me to fill the food bowl.
PRECIOUS still hasn't worked up the courage to cross that branch to the balcony, but she watches on from the safety of the tree.
Oh, and big surprise... JUNIOR is all curled up on the patio chair again!
THIS MIGHT BE THE SMALLEST BABY SQUIRREL EVER!!!
Good grief, would you just look at that little guy! Awwwwwwwwwwwww!
Last but not least, my token after dinner shot...
That's it for today. Thank you for stopping in and for all the amazing comments. If you have any questions or interesting tidbits about today's wildlife, please let me know.