Hello my friends! I hope you all had a great weekend. We went to the lake again and it was fabulous. It was beautiful but still pretty hot. The skies were beautiful and clear unlike in Kelowna where it is smokey and gray. Being out there brings me so much joy. It is very peaceful and quiet. I love to listen to the birds and squirrels right outside of the window. The squirrel loves to tease Bailey. I'm sure he knows that she is an inside cat only and will not be allowed out to chase him.
We went for a short hike again on Sunday morning. This time we went to Rainbow Rock. It gets it's name because where the sun hits the spray from the waterfall there is almost always a rainbow. The size of the rainbow depends on the amount of water coming through the falls. It is a little small right now because the water level is quite low.
This is a picture of the "trail" we took to come down to the falls. Yeah, I don't see it either. This hike was a lot easier than the one we did last weekend, believe it or not. I should have taken a picture of that but I was too scared to let go of the rocks to get my phone out!
Today's card was originally made for another Stamping Inkspirations Blog Hop. The hop was this past Saturday. As you have noticed, I didn't take part in the blog hop. We were at the lake and don't have any internet out there. I didn't want to be part of the hop in case there was any issues posting my blog post. I would not be able to correct it until we got back to town on Sunday evening. That is not fair for the others so I had to bow out. However, since I had my card made already, I decided to share it with you here. The theme for this month was "Christmas in July". It's kind of hard to think of Christmas when it is so hot outside but I bot it done.
I used the Tidings and Trimmings Bundle that is in the annual catalogue. It is a really cute set!
I started with a Cherry Cobbler card base. On top of that I added a piece of Evening Evergreen cardstock. I think these two colours together are perfect for Christmas. I will definitely be using these again closer to the big day. On top of the Evening Evergreen cardstock I added a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock. I embossed this using the Brick n Mortar 3D embossing folder. I also added some Crumb Cake ink to the embossed piece using a sponge dauber. I sponged the ink on lightly so it would show up mainly on the higher embossed areas.
I used one of the stocking stamps from the bundle to stamp onto some Cherry Cobbler and Evening Evergreen cardstock using Versamark. I added some gold embossing powder from the Metallics pack and then heated it with my heat tool to melt it. I made two Evening Evergreen stockings and one Cherry Cobbler stocking. I cut them out using the corresponding die in the bundle. I also stamped two of the bows from the stamp set using Versamark again. I added gold embossing powder and heated it to melt. I used the corresponding die to cut out the bows.
I used a piece of gold trim from the Simply Elegant Trim set to string across the front of my card from corner to corner. I secured it with a glue dot in each corner and then added my bows on top with another glue dot. I added my stockings to the card front using dimensionals so it looked like they were hanging from the gold trim.
I stamped my sentiment from the same stamp set using Evening Evergreen ink onto a strip of Very Vanilla cardstock. I used the Banners Pick a Punch to cut a banner into both ends of my sentiment piece. I attached it to the card front using dimensionals.
What I used for today's card:
Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this card. It was definitely a little strange to be making a Christmas card at this time of year. I do love making Christmas cards though! Are you the kind of person to have your cards made early or are you a last minute type of person? Surprisingly, I am a last minute person. Even though I make lots of cards for classes and even have extra classes at Christmas time, I am still last minute getting all of my own cards made. Every year I tell myself that I will get them done early but I don't. Maybe this year......
Stay well and keep creating!