Merry & Bright Holly

Hi Angels!

It’s been an interesting weekend around here. I decided Friday to take a short art break. Besides I was in one of those nothing sounds good moods. You know what to make for dinner, what to create for art, etc. I did get some work done on Troop cards & tidying up the studio, then I just kind of chilled.

Yesterday I started working with today’s card and was planning to finish it after dinner. Then the wild Oklahoma storms came in & “Poof!” no power for 18 hours. So thankful with country living we invested in a portable generator recently, it sure came in handy today. Out here without power we don’t have water because the well pump needs electricity and we got one powerful enough it can run the air conditioner, a blessing in the hot summer for sure.

This card is definitely a one of a kind. The stencil is beautiful, but the way I did it, there was a lot of masking. The first run I tried the green/blue colors first, then added red over top & it worked but then I ended up with lines & red everywhere when I tried to leave it masked & added a bit of water to the distress oxide to soften the blue/green. So I opted for a clean red which required masking galore but I love how it came out.

Technically by color choice it has red, white & blue but I decided this would just be a Christmas in July stand alone and not for the troop challenge. So it has silver letters & sparkle silk accents. I used Polkadoodles Holly Border stencil, Sizzix Holiday Words dies and regular Distress Inks in Festive Berries, Evergreen Bough & Broken China. I really wanted a more blue/green effect for the greenery and thought Evergreen Bough & Broken China layered really well. It’s fun to play with distress inks & oxides because of their layering effects.

I have a semi busy week ahead. On a couple of the days it will be a struggle to get art done too but I’m always game to try.

Have a wonderfully creative week!

Don’t forget to spread some kindness too!

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