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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Christmas Bow Tree

Merry July everyone! Have you ever tried to get into the Christmas mode in the month of July and make a Christmas card? It's 86 degrees out there, hot and muggy, and I'm trying to think snow and cold.  LOL! Well,  the optional twist for our Twisted Thursday challenge at The Outlawz this week was "Christmas in July". This is what I decided to create for my DT card.

I began with creating my focal panel in white card stock by die cutting and embossing it using Spellbinders 5X7 Detailed Scallops. Next, I matted this in red card  stock and then layered it onto a white base card. This was put aside while I worked on creating the bows.

Using Christmas themed patterned paper, I created 2 bows of the same size with Sue Wilson's Classic 3D Bows die. I cut the tails of one of the bows to make it slightly smaller. The 2 smaller bows were made using a template and the tail of one was cut to make it a tad smaller. For the basket stand, it was hand drawn on card stock and then embossed with a Darice Basket Weave embossing folder and cut out. 

OK...time to position the bows on my focal panel to make the image look like a tree. I started with the basket stand, centered it and adhered it to the bottom of my focal panel. Next, I centered and positioned a red button on the top of my focal panel. This allowed me to evenly space my bows down the center. I added a button to two of the bows to add a little extra interest. 

The sentiment was computer generated and then cut with a die from Spellbinders A2 Valiant Honor. This was adhered at both ends over the basket stand and my project was done.

Thanks for stopping by to see my "Christmas in July" project! Hope you will join us at The Outlawz and show us your creations.  Remember, the weekly Twisted Thursday challenge is  always "Anything Goes"....... the twist is optional.
Make it a great day!

This card was entered into the following challenge(s):
Dies R Us  -  Challenge #5 - Christmas in July
Just Keep on Creating  - July 2014 Anything Goes Challenge
Fan-Tastic Tuesday  -  Challenge #42 - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown  -  Challenge #202 - Anything Goes'
Love to Create  -   Challenge #122 - 3 or More Designer Paper
Word Art Wednesday  -  Challenge #139 - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create  - Challenge #78 - Anything Goes
TTCRD  -  Challenge July 1-7  - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart  -  Challenge #25 - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls   -  Challenge  #21 - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments  -  Challenge #110 - Anything Goes


Darlene said...

OH HOW CLEVER Olga ... I just love it!! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘CHRISTMAS IN JULY’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)

Janet McLaughlin said...

Olga, this is stunning! What a gorgeous design...I must remember this idea!

~ginny said...

Absolutely love it!! The die cut gives a feel of snowflakes with the intricate filagree and the different Christmas papers add a lot visually! Thank you for sharing your darling project & your creativity with us!
DT for Aud Sentiments: [#110 "Anything Goes"]
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Pia S said...

I love your little tree made of bows, it's a great idea and so decorative! I loved this so much that I had to by myself a set of bow dies too yesterday:)

Teresa Arsenault said...

This is gorgeous. I LOVE those bows. Brilliant design, Olga.

Angie said...

Wow great take on the Christmas tree! Lovely card! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Girls Challenges! Angie-DT

Unknown said...

I was over at Outlaz this morning and saw this card. It is truly a work of art. Our Word Art Wednesday team appreciate seeing the inspirational and wonderful project you’ve posted with us. Thank you!
Carole Robb Bisson

Maria said...

Oh, my! So stunning, Olga! Love the different sized bows in patterned paper for the tree! They look so pretty against the white panel with decorative border! Thanks so much for joining us for "Christmas in July" Dies R Us Challenge this month! Come back soon!:-)

Verna Angerhofer said...

This is so clever and beautiful!

Sara S. said...

Love it, love it, love it! Super gorgeous card! Thanks for dropping this by at 613 Avenue Create!

Crafty Judith said...

Gorgeous card hun love it and thanks for linking up with us at Fan-tastic Tuesday very good luck hugs Judith DT x

SoniaW said...

What a really pretty card, i have not seen a card like it before - its great and its one card done for xmas already!Thanks for joining us at Crafting from the Heart - Sonia W DT

Patricia St Martin said...

Olga, Just beautiful and it very creative card. The spellbinder really helps set your amazing bows off.
Hugs, Pat

Anne Fenton said...

Olga this is a lovely card, thank you for joining TTCRD this week.

maureenjscott said...

Oh Olga, this is fabulous! love the bow tree!! thanks for joining us at Love to Create this week. We do ask that you only link to a max of ten challenges, unfortunately you wont be eligible for the prize this week, but we hope you will join us again! Mo dt xxx

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Unknown said...

Olga, this is so sweet! Love the bows and dies cuts! Thank you for playing with Aud Sentiments.

Jackie Randolph said...

Oh, such a beautiful design!! Love your card!! Thank you so much for joining Love to Create Challenges and sharing your creation!!
Jackie LTC owner/designer

Unknown said...

Beautiful card! Thank you for joining our "3 OR More DP" Challenge at Love to Create this week.
Ruza ~ LTC Admin/Designer
Ruza's Craft Corner

Graciellie Design said...

What a genius way to use those little bow dies... Love it! Your card looks so pretty and original. Great job! I am so glad you joined our 'Christmas in July' challenge at Dies R Us! I hope you can join us again soon.

Dies R Us Challenge DT
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Margaret said...

I spotted your card on Dies R us and came over for closer look. I just love that Detailed Scallop die and it sets off your bow tree perfectly.
Margaret M

Dr Sonia S V said...

Love the way you made the xmas tree..a superb idea
Dr Sonia

MC said...

This is amazing! I love the bow tree! I might try this for some of our Christmas cards this year! Thank you for joining us at Aud Sentiments this challenge. Love, MC xx

suzARTe said...

This is awesome, I love how the bows form the Christmas tree, such a great idea.
Thanks so much for sharing your card at Just keep on Creating July Anything goes link-up