Friday, July 26, 2019

Christmas in July Hop with Ellen Hutson

     

Hello, and welcome to the Christmas In July blog hop with the Ellen Hutson team! I'm really not sure how it can be halfway to Christmas already (maybe this will be the year I finally complete a December Daily?!?) but before all the new Christmas sets are released, we thought it would be fun to share a Christmas card using one of the existing Essentials by Ellen sets.

You may have come from Adelina Starace, but if not feel free to start at the beginning withTherese Calvird.

The card I made is a very specific card, intended for a very special person ... the person with the very important job of "facilitating" Santa's visit every year! What a guy he is, right?!

Since his work is all done at night, the Big City die cut from black cardstock came in handy to help set the mood. After blending a few of the purple inks to make a dusky sky, I sprinkled a few drops of white acrylic paint on the background for the snow falling. It always amazes me how the sentiments included in stamp sets always seem to work out for your specific need, and this was no exception. The Leading Gentleman stamp set has the "What a Guy" sentiment that I embossed in gold.


From Bear Ware 2 I was able to use the Santa hat (a tad snug on his head, but still fits). The fake beard and mustache were already part of the Leading Gentleman's accessories, so that ended up working out just perfectly! I often like to include little details on a card, and this time I personalized his pocket (although now I'm thinking I need to add a "C" for Claus). 
 

I tried emphasizing the belly (which has possibly been enhanced by a pillow) by using a much darker shade of red for a shadow on his pants. No boots for this guy, but I colored his shoes all black. And finally I added the tiny "merry christmas" from Bear Ware 2.

So there you have it; first Christmas card of the year ... done!

Great news, we are having a sale in conjunction with our Christmas in July celebration! Take 25% off select items now through Saturday the 28th!

PRIZES:
We've also got prizes, naturally! One random & lucky commenter will win $25 to the EH shop! To enter for a chance to win, make sure to leave comments at each stop along the hop. Comment before Wednesday, July 31st at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be notified by email.

Your next stop on this hop is the absolutely wonderful Michele Ferguson who is just as lovely and hilarious in person as she is on-line! Ho Ho Ho!!  

Thanks for stopping by!!
-Kelly

 Supplies Used (affiliate links, thanks so much for your support!!):



Bed Of Roses by Julie Ebersole, Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies (Retiring)

Leading Ladies - Leading Gentleman By Brandi Kincaid, Essentials By Ellen Clear Stamps

Leading Ladies - Leading Gentleman By Brandi Kincaid, Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies

Big City by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies

Bear Ware 2 by Julie Ebersole, Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps

Bear Ware 2 by Julie Ebersole, Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies

Life Changing Blender Brush - 4 Piece Broad, Picket Fence Studios (LCB-4)

Black Jack, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Suede Shoes, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Flirty Fuchsia, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Juniper Mist, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Queen For A Day, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen

My Sweet Petunia Mini MISTI Laser Etched Stamping Tool (6-1/8 X 7)


46 comments:

  1. This is amazing! The coloring, the scene, that Santa! Awesome Kelly!

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  2. Great coloring. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. You are truly one of THE most creative designers, Kelly! What a fabulous idea & wonderful coloring! Had to slap my hand to keep from pushing the submit order button--haha! Great sale for a Christmas lover like me, but I could already open my own store!

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  4. Love the cityscape and night sky behind your dapper dude Kelly! TERRIFIC card!

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  5. I love Ellen Hutson and blog hops because they inspire me to create. Thank you!

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  6. Its an Awesome card ! I loved dusky sky and all the details you have added to the guy !

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  7. what a great way to use stamps from our stashes in a totally different way than at first intended....thanks for sharing

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  8. This is SOOOOO CLEVER! I love this! Great background!!!!

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  9. Love the big city background! This card is perfect for us city dwellers lol!

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  10. Wow, so creative! Great inspiration!

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  11. So much to love! One for the guys! The cityscape is a perfect backdrop for the yummy colors of Catherine Pooler inks! I adore these inks and the colors you've chosen for the background are a vision. Such a feative card! TFS :)

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  12. Beautiful coloring on your fun card!

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  13. Tricia Podmore here, love, love this card and have to have that stamp as my husband is a Santa from November through Christmas eve. It looks just like him without his fat suit lol!@

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  14. Love this! Reminds me of my husband shouting HoHoHo on Christmas Eve in the middle of the night for the children!

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  15. Makes me miss my dad. Christmas was his favorite holiday!

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  16. Love the back ground and very creative ! Anyone receiving this card could not help but giggle !

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  17. Love the back ground and very creative ! Anyone receiving this card could not help but giggle !

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  18. What a Guy! Love the cityscape background!

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  19. Fun card, beautiful coloring. Even though my eight year old granddaughter told me she knows "Santa isn't real," I think her dad would get a kick out of this card.

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  20. Santa has lost some weight - but that's
    a good thing. Love the layering of
    his mustache - fun idea.
    thanks for sharing
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  21. So cute. Well, done Thank you for sharing.

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  22. What a guy! Love the shading tips.

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  23. How fun is the Leading Santa!!! I'm already head over heels for the entire Leading series, and you have hit this out of the ball park! Great job!

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  24. This is so unique, very creative, wonderful shading to create the right look. Thanks for sharing.

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  25. Nice job giving him a bit of a belly with your shading! I'm sure "the facilitator" will love this card.

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  26. Love this unique take on a Christmas card, Kelly! Just adorable.

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  27. What a guy! is right, Kelly. I'd sit on his lap any day. ;) lol

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  28. Cute card Kelly. Thanks for the inspiration.
    T x

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  29. What a fabulous job on this card!

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  30. Fantastic coloring! Love it with the background!

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  31. What a perfect card for a Santa facilitator. Beautifully colored and gorgeous background.

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  32. I like the background for this what a guy card!

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  33. Seriously this is the cutest!! SO clever and adorable!!! The kids squealed when they saw Santa :)

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  34. What an adorable card!! He is a great guy!! Your coloring is awesome!!!

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  35. Lucky little ones. Cute card! The creativity is amazing!

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  36. Such a clever card. I know a couple of "great guys" that would love this card. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity.

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  37. Ha ha ha! What a guy! so very fun and cleverly put together!

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I absolutely love reading comments. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave one! - Kelly