Monday, July 15, 2013

The Outlawz Greetings Card Christmas in July Challenge

Yes, we have Christmas in July this week at The Outlawz Greetings Card challenge. I, for one, am thrilled, as I now have two whole Christmas cards ready for my mailing list. Only eleventy billion to go. But at least it's a start! And this week we are being sponsored once again by Eureka Stamps:


I chose two stamps to use on my card: 'Christmas Bell with Ribbon' and 'May This Holiday Season'. I also chose a sketch to try, #SSS219, by The Sweet Stop:

I didn't modify the sketch much. I did turn it into a square card. I shall try to remember to enter my card into their challenge, if my fuzzed-out brain will allow.

So I printed my image onto MICBC, and colored it with my Copics:

W0, W1
BG13, BG15
E18, E19, E50, E51, E53 
YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97

My colors were inspired by the DP from the Basic Grey Aspen Frost collection. The DP was distressed with my Zutter and paired with Stampin' Up CS. I added Wink of Stella Brush Clear to the golden parts of my image and to two MIC chipboard dragonflies that I added to my card. I also added some die cuts, using the following dies:

Whimsy Corner
Spellbinders Classic Circles
Spellbinders Scalloped Circles
Memory Box Classic Ornament
Memory Box Snowflake Ornament

I believe that's all she wrote! No, it isn't. She is going to write a bit more about her last birthday celebration. (Who is "she" anyway?)

My sister, Merrilyn, took me to lunch on Friday to the Herb Box in Scottsdale at Southbridge. If you get the chance to go there for lunch, by all means stop in. Darling place and well-lit by tons of windows. (I say that, not knowing really how much they weigh.) If you like healthy foods, expertly prepared, reasonably priced, and beautifully presented, you will love the Herb Box. M & I went there about two years ago for lunch and there wasn't much to choose from. They've come a long way, Baby! 

We shared a wonderful Avocado Love, which was comprised of three toasts covered with wild arugula, shaved fennel, serrano, and lemon-honey. I am drooling just thinking about it again. So, so good! 

Then Merrilyn had the Albacore Tuna Salad Pita, which had no mayo, but again had wild arugula, with jicama, tomato, warm pita, and a lemon-caper vinaigrette. I tasted it, and it was delicious. M loved it.

I ordered two small salads, both of which were so flavorful. One was a tomato-mango olive salad with sweet onion and basil. The other was quinoa tabbouleh with apricot, avocado, parsley and mint. I loved everything I ate, and it filled me up. We were good and did NOT order dessert. Gasp! I know, I can't believe it either!

After that we stopped in to Frenzy Stamper, so I could replace my Copic C5, which was beyond all hope. It's the only marker that I have had to replace, but I couldn't even get the nibs out of it. Weird. Oh, of course, I had to buy some new Washi tape while I was there, too. 

And then we headed up north a bit to Phoenix Wines, which is actually in Scottsdale. Go figure. I managed to nab two bottles of the wine we loved at the Kai wine dinner. Got a 2003 vintage instead of the 2006 that we'd tasted, so don't know if it will be as good. But the owner said she would get some of the 2006 in this next week. Yay! 

Not sure when I will pick that up, though. I am going to be zippety-do-dah busy this week. I have to get my stuff out of our bedroom furniture and sort through it. I have stuff in those drawers that I never wear and need to donate. We need to get the furniture into the garage Tuesday night, as it is being picked up on Wednesday. And then our new furniture arrives on Thursday, so need to set that up. On Friday we get our granddaughters for the weekend. So won't be doing much crafting this week, except for my DT card for next Monday. 

My weekend was busy, but fun. Saw our Dbacks on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday they won, barely. Sunday they lost, badly. But at least they are still in first place in the NL West leading into All-Star week. Surely hope they stay there the rest of the season! I have enjoyed going to so many games. However, truth be told, I am more excited about the NFL season starting up next month, than I am about the end of the MLB season. 

Well, I have bored you long enough. Please stop by The Outlawz and check out our DT inspiration. And, if you are not a member, do sign up. It costs nothing, and there are challenges for every day of the week. Also, we have a great bunch of peeps in the group. We'd love to have more new members!

Have a wonderful week!


  1. so stunning, love the image and your coloring

  2. Mmm, sounds like you had a yummy time with your sister celebrating once again. Those dishes sound so healthy, very good for the hips. Loving your Christmas creation and the 3d effect.
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  3. Penny - this is just beautiful. The ornament is just so stunning!!

  4. gorgeous card Penny. Fab colour combo and great design.
    Have a nice week
    Doreen xx

  5. Gorgeous Christmas card, Penny! Love the papers and ornaments! Wonderful coloring! Always enjoy your stories! You eat better than anyone I know!

  6. Gorgeous card Penny. I love the image, beautiful colouring and wonderful papers too.
    hugs Sue xx

  7. Hi Penny, this is wonderful. Love the papers and what a great way to add the sentiment as a Christmas bauble.
    Sounds like you're gonna be super busy hun. Enjoy your new furniture.
    Hugs Sue W.

  8. Beautiful card! Very festive! Thanks for joining us at The Sweet Stop this week.

  9. This is gorgeous Penny. I love the bauble set in the die and also the sentiment bauble. The colours and design are stunning.
    Hugs Sharon.

  10. wow, Penny,
    your card is really beautiful! I love your Christmas bauble!! Great work!


  11. Beautiful image, colouring and the papers are gorgeous Penny! Oh, and I would never have thought all the ingredients in your first salad would work together in the least, but if you say it was good then I'm sure it was :)S

  12. It is a beautiful card Penny. Love the sentiment and your main image. Beautiful papers and design. This image would be great for Christmas cards as they look like you could make lots of them fairly easy. Wow! Those salads you had sound awesome.

  13. Oh my Penny your Christmas card is so pretty. All the dies are wonderful and love the center part of the ornament it is colored so beautiful and a wonderful sentiment.
    Hugs, Patricia

  14. This looks gorgeous Penny - totally threw me for a minute as I can't remember seeing a "person-less" card from you before (lol) - looks very elegant and I love the colour on the ornament too :)

  15. Wow! That's gloriously gorgeous!

    I love the beautifully colored image and love the papers you used.

    The design is really well balanced and your use of die cuts is fabulous (as usual).

    Your birthday celebration with your sister sounds like it was big fun, though I really don't believe that you just got ONE new marker and some Washi tape. Not for one minute. Do tell what else jumped into your basket! :D

  16. Penny, your card is gorgeous. Love the stamp and it is perfect with those papers. Wow sounds like a wonderful time.

  17. Beautiful, beautiful! This is such a luscious creations! Love all the die cuts and your design really rocks!
    Hugs and blessings,

  18. Beautiful Christmas card Penny :o)
    I hope you're having a good week.
    Hope you're having a great week.

  19. Beautiful card Penny, love the image! layout is great!
    enjoy your time with your granddaughters :-)

  20. Wowzers, Penny! This is one gotgeous card!!

  21. Beautiful card Penny! I love the colors and your gorgeous coloring. Sounds like you and your sister had a great time. Enjoy your time with your granddaughter next week and I hope you get some down time this week with your long list of duties to attend to.

  22. Beautiful/ Love the colors and the corners.
    Thanks for playing along with The Sweet Stop! Looking forward to seeing your creations at our next challenge. ♥ Jamie at CraftyGirl21

  23. Hi sweetie this is gorgeous, hugs Pops x

  24. Beautiful card, Penny! That ornament looks better than a Hallmark original! You always make me giggle with your stories :) I know why you and your sis skipped dessert...I would too if I knew wine was ahead ;) Good luck with your purging! I was able to take 3 giant trash bags full of clothes and 2 smaller bags full of shoes to my local thrift store this morning. It is only the beginning though as I have not gone through this process in YEARS! It feels good to declutter and help others. GO, PENNY, GOOOO!!!!!

  25. This is such a pretty card! Great image and papers! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sweet Stop!

  26. Penny, Congrats on winning the Lacy Sunshine challenge!


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