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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Happy Christmas in July Eve!!! Celebrating Christmas in July at Unscripted Sketches

Unscripted Sketches is celebrating Christmas in July all month long with fun projects, games and prizes...drop on by to join in the festivities.

Today I am the featured designer as part of the fun - so head on over to Unscripted Sketches to see what's in store.

A little known fact...I was challenged just after Christmas 2011 to create Christmas cards all year for the weekly Unscripted Sketches projects. I thought it would be hard - but it has been fun...especially the weeks when the Grinch comes to visit! It's not really hard for me - I love making gifts and things for the holidays. Great thing, too...I already have enough cards for my holiday list...a couple layouts and a gift box, too!

This is my newest holiday creation which is using this weeks sketch Unscripted Sketches #168 with a piggyback challenge to use an animal as part of the design. I used my new favorite stamp from Viva Las Vegastamps! - this beautiful "Deer on Ball Fir". This is really large for a card, so I think that I am going to mount this to some thick chipboard and hang from a magnet clip. This will make a nice holiday gift.

Every other Christmas we travel up to Chicago to spend the holiday with my family and this year is our year to travel. My husband works for a large parking company and has one property he needs to check-in on so we will be staying downtown this trip. It's so wonderful to be amongst all the hustle and bustle downtown with all the holiday decorations and festivities. I even bring a little bit of Christmas along to decorate our room a little faux tree with LED lights, a stocking and a funny Christmas elf, and I always stash a special little gift for my husband {he is from Florida and not used to the c-c-c-old}.

Downtown on Michigan Avenue outside Marshall Fields.

Large tree outside of John Hancock Tower.

And roaming the streets we came across Christmas "Good" and "Evil".

I look forward to traveling there soon and I am counting the days until Christmas. Thanks for dropping by and I invite you to click the links below to visit all the talented ladies on the Unscripted Sketches Design Team. Everyone is celebrating Christmas in July and sharing holiday projects and traditions! Have a great day! Sb : )



  1. Those are some great Christmas pictures, Susan! Love your Christmas card, too!!

  2. That is a beautiful card! Love the pics of Chicago at Christmas time - looks like a fun time to visit!

  3. Your blog is unique, so interesting, so funky! Love the pic of you and Santa and of course, Mr. Grinch! You crack me up girl!

  4. Great post and I love the idea of creating Christmas Cards all year, that way you have them done and less stress around the holidays!

  5. Lovely card! That stamp is beautiful. Great photo's you took as well.

  6. Love your pictures of Chicago -- makes me want to go at the holiday time. Beautiful card, great colors!

  7. OK, now I'm getting anxious about Christmas. Lots of Christmas in July posts this week around the blogospere. Your ideas are inspiring though and love the photos.

  8. Your card is so interesting and creative- who would have thought of putting zebra print on a Christmas card (well, YOU, of course!) :)

  9. Such a lovely card! Chicago looks like it's an amazing place to be at Christmas time. Thank you for sharing!

  10. WHAAA! I'm not ready for Christmas yet. Though I just finished some Valentine's projects for a magazine, so I guess it's all going to be here before we know it!

  11. I love your Christmas card and really should start making mine. If this year turns out like last year, no one got a card from me. Oops. Thanks for sharing.

  12. I always enjoy your projects, Susan. These Christmas cards are no exception. Just beautiful.


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