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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Have A Sweet Christmas


I arrived home Friday morning, very early, from my two week work trip and, boy, is it nice to sleep in my own bed! The ride across the country was "Mr Toad's Wild Ride," for those who can remember that old children's ride at Disney in LA. It was so bumpy that the captain had the flight attendants sit pretty much the whole way. I connected to San Diego in Las Vegas where they had severe thunder storms in the late afternoon that had many flights cancelled. The ones not cancelled were very delayed. I was lucky that mine was one of the delayed, but I was about 4 hours late, hence the very early Friday morning arrival into San Diego. Poor Personal Chef had to stay up to come get me.

It's Sunday and time for a new Paper Players challenge. Sandy is our hostess and this week she has a theme challenge for us. We are celebrating Christmas in July!

We all know it's never too early to start those holiday cards. I'm guilty of not starting mine early this year, so Sandy's challenge is a great jumpstart for me. I have many, many Christmas stamps, but for some reason this little Lawn Fawn set was "whispering" to me yesterday when I sat down to make my card. "Pick me, pick me!" So here we go with a Christmas card made from a non-Christmas stamp set.

The layout is this week's Freshly Made Sketches sketch. The images are stamped in Memento tuxedo black and colored with Copics. I used the co-ordinating Lawn Fawn dies to cut them out and used dimensional tape to pop up the center rectangle element and then the gum ball machine. I used Wink of Stella over the gray to help make it look more metallic.

The inside is super simple. I love the little faces that come in this set to personalize the gum balls. (Especially that one winking at us, LOL.)

As always, you'll find awesome inspiration when you visit the other DT's blogs listed below:

The Paper Players Design Team

I know we'll see some awesome cards in the gallery this week. 

Happy 4th of July to my fellow U.S. players. I hope you're spending the holiday with family and friends. 

Thanks for stoping by today,

Stamps: Sweet Smiles set by Lawn Fawn
Paper: SU Real Red and Whisper White card stock, X-Press Blending card stock, Lawn Fawn Holiday pattern papers
Ink: Memento tuxedo black and Copics
Other: Lawn Fawn Sweet Smiles dies, Die-namics Inside and Out Stitched Rectangle STAX, Mama Elephant Scalloped border die, Wink of Stella, the Big Shot, dimensional tape


  1. So glad you are now home safe and sound Colleen from your adventurous travels! I love a punny sentiment and this one is great - cute customized gumballs on the inside too!

  2. Sounds like you had an adventure!

    Your card made me smile...cute sentiment idea!

  3. Colleen, so glad you are home safe from your travels! I love your gumball Christmas card and the winking gumballs make me smile.

  4. Very cute! I love how you've used this set for a Christmas card. Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

  5. So cute! Very unique take on a Christmas card! The smiling gum drops are a hoot!

  6. What a fun image this is and I love your coloring!! So glad you joined us this week at FMS!

  7. This is so cute...love those fun little faces too! Sweet and yummy! I believe I am turning a little green with envy at your wonderful die collection! LOVE the scalloped rectangles!

  8. Oh I remember Mr Toad's Wid Ride! Not fun in a plane! Love the cute gumballs in red and green for the holidays! Adorable card!

  9. Colleen this is so cute! Love those funny little faces!

  10. Adorable card, Colleen. Love these sweet little gumballs and so much fun for a holiday card. So glad you made it home safe and sound!

  11. I am so glad you are home now. Always reminds me of Trains, Planes and Automobiles when you hear stories like that!
    Your card is just adorable! I love these bumbles! Such a colorful, fun card! XX


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