A Christmas gift in the middle of July? The Outlawz Friday Copic/Promarker Challenge

     That has to be one of my all-time favorite lines from an old film shown always around Christmas… March of the Wooden Soldiers.  I always watch it and when I do, I feel like the child I was 40 years ago sitting in my Aunt’s living room smelling all the aromas of the holiday cooking that my huge family would feast on later that day…so nice to have such wonderful memories of holidays spent with so many relatives. Today, I watch this film with my son and laugh at all the same parts!  My favorite line is when Oliver Hardy is trying to smuggle Stan Laurel into Barnaby’s house by sticking him in a big gift box, and the exchange goes something like:
   Stannie Dum: I’ve got a Christmas present for you.
   Barnaby: A Christmas gift in the middle of July?
   Stannie Dum: Well we always do our Christmas shopping early...

    Well, this week The Outlawz are doing their stamping early and our theme for this week’s Copic/Promarker Challenge is Christmas in July!  We thought it would be fun to give you a jump on making your Christmas cards or at least inspire you with some ideas from our design team and this week’s entrants.  You will have from now until July 19th to enter our challenge and don’t forget to also enter into the Monthly Inlinkz (one entry per week).  Our sponsor for the month of July’s Copic/Promarker Challenge is:

     One random winner will win THREE DIGIS from the Dilly Beans on-line store.  Megan’s images are edgy and unique and so fun to color.  Be sure to check out Megan’s new blog here
   For my card, I used a Christmas stamp from Lili of the Valley called “Moonlight Wishes.”  I so love those stamps!  My image is colored with copics, of course -G’s, YG’s. dress/Y26, 28, 11, W3, W1 moon, R59,39 24, 22 stocking. (I have been redoing my family room and making this card around a crew of workers was not easy- I apologize for not noting specific colors).

     “Moonlight Wishes is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Cryrogen White Iridescent paper. Cutcardstock Stardream Metallic Opal 12 x 12 paper is used for the card base…so sturdy and creases beautifully! The stocking, moon and parts of her dress are coated with Diamond Stickles and some Glitter Dust. The “pearls” on the moon are made with Viva Decor Pearl pen in Cream. Peeled Paint distress ink is sponged around the image and used to stamp the Lili of the Valley sentiment. Wild Orchid Crafts metal corner, flowers and leaves embellish the card, along with a Prima poinsettia, pearl brad, green pearls and lace from my stash. This delicious design paper is Bo Bunny’s Noel Cutouts– I bought a ton of it last year. Love the four 6 inch designs on the 12×12 cut outs paper!  Cardstock from Bazill.

       Let’s see what card ideas you have for the upcoming Christmas holiday! Head on over to the Outlawz Blog to get into the spirit!  Have a great day and thanks always for your kind comments.

This Post Has 31 Comments

  1. Caroline

    Gorgeous card love the image and the layout is fabulous. Caroline xxx

  2. Penny

    Ann Marie, this is gorgeous and sweet all at the same time! Oh, my, such a wonderful card. Love it all! :^)

  3. Kjersti

    A gorgeous Christmas card Ann Marie, so beautiful colours and I love how you arranged the flowers – and also the image, so beautiful colored! Who wouldn't love to have this card for Christmas:)
    Thanks for your nice comment, I look forward to join CME for a while… a bit scary too;)
    Have a nice Weekend!
    Hugs Kjersti:)

  4. jonim52

    Wow, a gorgeous card. Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stamps.

  5. Teresa

    Oh Ann Marie this is simply beautiful, I love seeing Christmas cards any time of the year, especially when they look this good, it's a beauty. Hugs Teresa xx

  6. Deonna B

    WoW! Your card is fantastic!! I love your coloring and all of the embellishments. Thank you for linking up to Send a smile 4 kids.

  7. Jo

    Your card is stunning Ann Marie. The image is so sweet and the colors and layout is just perfect.

  8. Suzie's Card Den

    This is stunning Ann Marie, I love the christmas colours.
    Suzie xx

  9. Doreen

    gorgeous Christmas card Ann Marie. Love the colors and your coloring.
    Looks amazing
    big hugs
    Doreen xx

  10. Christy Beans

    Gorgeous – really beautiful coloring and those deep, richly colored flowers… this would be a great card for a tween or teen girl! =) Thanks for joining us for the Christmas in July challenge at SAS4K!

    If you're interested, I have some Christmas-in-July Cash Candy on my blog: I Never Went to Kindergarten Come join the fun! =)

  11. Hi Ann Marie,
    Thanks for playing in our Christmas in July Challenge this week at Card Crafter’s Circle. I really like how you have created this cute card, this is such a wonderful design!! It would be a pleasure to receive this card and I love the pearls and this pretty lace & flowers!
    Trish Munro
    Card Crafter’s Circle Design Team

  12. Anonymous

    Gorgeous image and wonderful paper, I love the bow and stunning poinsettia flower, very pretty card
    Hugs Julie P

  13. Jenée

    Quite a lovely card. The image is delightful. Thank you for sharing it with us in this week's challenge at Card Crafter's Circle.

  14. Sarah-Jane

    Gorgeous Christmas card. I love the embellishments. Thank you for joining us at Divas by Design this week.
    Sarah-Jane xx

  15. Pattie G

    What a cute card! Thanks for joining us at Dutch Dare Card Challenge.
    Pattie ♥

  16. Ann Marie, This card is just totally awesome!!! Love the image, flowers, lace ribbon (WOW), stunning dp with all the amazing layers. Just a stunning card.
    Hugs, Patricia

  17. Tracy

    Gorgeous Ann Marie! I love the deep reds and it's such a pretty layout. Beautiful job! Hugs!

  18. Anonymous

    Stunning creation…Thanks for joining us over at LRW!!!

  19. inkydoodlecrafts

    What an incredibly cute image, the card is gorgeous, you've embellished it beautifully. Thank you for sharing with us over at Jellypark Friends for our Christmas in July Challenge. Mel :o)

  20. Cyndi

    So beautiful! Lovely coloring and pretty flowers! Thanks for joining us at Lollipop Crafts for our July challenge!

  21. Karen Hasheck

    Lovely holiday card! Any child would be thrilled to receive this card! Thanks for sharing it with us at Send a Smile 4 Kids and hope to see you back again soon!

  22. Shelly Schmidt

    Your coloring is fabulous! Love the sweet image and all of the gorgeous embellishments- the flowers- so pretty! Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stamps!

  23. Ellen

    Beautiful card. I do love this lovely stamp. Thanks for joining us at The Crazy Challenge.

    groetjes, Ellen

  24. Kathleen

    Stunning card Ann Marie, love the rich colours and gorgeous flowers
    Thanks for joining us at Divas By Design
    Kat xx

  25. Lionelsa

    Amazing card! Love all details and coloring.
    Thanks for joining us at The Crazy Challenge!

  26. Bettina L.

    This is absolutely breathtaking Anne Marie. Love how you've made a christmas card with lovely flower arrangement together with that lace bow and hint of glitter. Superb colouring and awsome design as well. Thanks for playing at Dutch Dare Card Challenge. Unfortunately we have a total of 8 challenges combined, but there is still some time to enter a new one if you'd like that. I know I would love it if you did and I hope you'll join us back on thursday for a new challenge. Bettina xx

  27. Shanna Shands

    Beautiful card. I love the colors you used for it. Great coloring too. Thanks for playing with Dutch Dare last week. Don't forget to check out the new challenge this week.

  28. Lucianna Dilsaver

    Such a beautiful card, I just love your deep colors and stunning details! Thank you for joining us @ SAS 4 Kids for our "Christmas in July" challenge 🙂

  29. Unknown

    This is beautiful, lovely image and your colouring is perfect!

    Thank you for joining in on our challenge at Stamapvie and more!

  30. Kelly

    Such a lovely card. I love these stamps. Hugs, Kelly

  31. Unknown

    This is so cute! I just shared it on my FB page Shaped by Grace! Thanks for sharing — I'm off to Target! 😉 Have a great week!
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