July 2, 2011

Christmas in July: DT Submission

I LOVE Christmas. I actually have a decorated Christmas tree up in my craft room (right now). I mean, I love it so much I have this site bookmarked http://www.xmasclock.com/. Only 175 more days!

That's why when I saw the Christmas in July challenge on Our Creative Corner, I was thrilled! Not to mention their call for Design Team applications. One of my next papercrafting goals is to be on a design team so I'm throwing my hat into this ring. They asked for a project that represents your personal style and I really think this one fits that definition for me. I'm not really the clean-and-simple type, not really shabby, not really vintage - I'm not sure where I fit.

I love color - all types so sometimes its hard for me to narrow down my paper choice sometimes and get started (maybe some of that is because I have WAY too much right now!) I enjoy a variety of stamping techniques and am working to improve my skill all of the time. Right now, one of my favorite stamping techniques is watermarking by using embossing ink. Occasionally, I will use clear embossing powder to make the image stand out more but on a nice dark paper, the embossing ink by itself usually does the trick. I also tend toward distressed edges on a lot of my work. Its hard for me to resist! My favorite ink is probably Tim Holtz Distress and I use two VERY heavily - Walnut Stain and Antique Linen. (Plus I cannot stay away from the his distress embossing ink. Hands down my favorite embossing ink.)

I would love to be a part of a design team because I love the creative energy that comes from a group of people working together (even if its just in blog-land). Seeing others' work has always been inspiring to me. Its a big part of my life and is something I actually rely on to be the creative problem solver I am at work. Besides, I am really enjoying papercrafting. It give me an outlet to share some of myself with my friends and family in a unique and fun way.
This combination of kraft paper, red and white is one of my new favorites.

And the little touch of green holly leaves a red bell as the berry is a nice accent (and the fact that its holly, ahem, get it, Holly!) And I can't resist the Spellbinders Labels Four. It keeps creeping back into my work. I've sorta resigned to the fact that it'll be there in a lot of what I do until a new favorite pops up.

Well...back to the real holiday at hand. Friends coming on the 4th, a house to pickup and a movie to watch with my hubby.

Hope you have a safe and pleasant Independence Day.



  1. Holly- this is so cute! I really like the look- definitely a hybrid of styles. Thanks for applying to the OCC DT, and for playing along with our Christmas in July challenge!

  2. So cute! I love the tag!! Good luck with the DT app!

  3. I LOVE your style! You have a great eye and attention to detail while keeping it simple. Fabulous! Sorry it took me so long to comment, I've been having major problems with Blogger...Thanks for playing with us at the OCC! Good luck with the DT call!