Monday, July 23, 2018

Christmas in July Blog Hop




Hi all and welcome to my blog! I am sorry for being a couple of hours late with my Simon Says Stamp Monday post, but we just arrived back from a cabin at the sea. My post was ready to go, but when I edited a small thing on my phone this morning, my phone somehow deleted the entire post. Not fun! We had a lovely time at the sea though with lots of swimming and fun outings.



This week we have a special even at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, namely a

Christmas In July Blog Hop!


Did you know that there are only 21 weeks left to Christmas? Time to make a couple of Christmas cards or other projects perhaps?

We are showcasing the fabulous Tim Holtz Products this week. You don't have to use them to join in, but I think most, if not all, of us have at least one of his products in your supplies so please use them.

The lovely folks over at Simon Says Stamp have been busily packing 4 surprise Christmas gift boxes for 4 lucky entrants!

All you have to do is hop around all the stops along the way and find where the hidden gifts are, leaving comments along the way AND you must enter the challenge to be eligible to win.

All winners will be chosen randomly from the comments on the blogs with the hidden gifts. Good Luck to everyone! The Design Team is looking forward to seeing your Christmas makes and will pop around to visit you ASAP!

You should have arrived here from the wonderful Andrea, if not then you may need to start at the beginning on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog .


Layers of ink - Krafty Christmas Tag Christmas in July Blog Hop by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I decided to make a kraft tag this week and to use colored pencils, which is a technique I haven't done in a while. I liked the resulting vibrant colors on the neutral kraft background. I used four different stamp sets by Tim Holtz for the tag.

Layers of ink - Krafty Christmas Tag Christmas in July Blog Hop by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Baubles from Tim Holtz's Festive Sketch were stamped on the tag.

Layers of ink - Krafty Christmas Tag Christmas in July Blog Hop by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Then I used Prismacolors pencils to color it, adding white to lighten the areas where I wanted highlights.

Layers of ink - Krafty Christmas Tag Christmas in July Blog Hop by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Since the stamped image have a sketch look, I also added some lines with a black marker, to make them look even more sketchy.

Layers of ink - Krafty Christmas Tag Christmas in July Blog Hop by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

The shadow was done with a grey and a black pencil.

Layers of ink - Krafty Christmas Tag Christmas in July Blog Hop by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

The entire background was stamped with Tim Holtz's dot matrix stamp and Ranger's white pigment ink. I wanted a snowy and textured effect.

Layers of ink - Krafty Christmas Tag Christmas in July Blog Hop by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I pricked holes to hang the baubles with silver thread. There are also some mirrored stars.

Layers of ink - Krafty Christmas Tag Christmas in July Blog Hop by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

On the metallic areas, I used a silver pencil and then added some Stickles.

Layers of ink - Krafty Christmas Tag Christmas in July Blog Hop by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I used a sentiment from Tattered Christmas and also stamped the border with a pretty stamp from the Ornate Trims stamp set. It was colored with the same pencils used for the baubles.

From here you need to go to the very creative Barbara for more fabulous Christmas Inspiration.

Hop List 

Anna-Karin (you are here)


So now it's YOUR turn to get out your inks, paints and all things arty and start Christmas creating! We are looking forward to seeing what you make! I hope you will be able to join us! You have until next Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in.

Don't forget to follow Simon Says Stamp on Instagram, they post great stuff daily. 




Do you use Instagram? If so please add #sssmchallenge so we can see your entries there too.





Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog today!  

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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79 comments:

  1. So beautifully done! I am inspired to take out my colored pencils right now. Beautiful shading and shaping. Thank you, Anna-Karin!!

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  2. Love love this one! I love your creativity!

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  3. This is so pretty! I love your colorful adormnets on the soft neutral background. Amazing tag!

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  4. Gorgeous tag Anna-Karin :-) your colouring on Kraft is fabulous and I love the CAS design of this, simply stunning! :-)

    Glad you had a lovely time at the beach! Enjoy your trip!! :-)

    Merry Christmas! ;-)
    luv
    Lols x x x

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  5. AAh cabin at sea sounds fabulous ...I love your kraft tag, I think krafts is so cool for a vintage look... your color pencil work is beautiful!

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  6. I love your tag!!! I like ve the bright colours on the kraft tag!!!

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  7. Beautiful dimension on your tag. You always are so artistic in your projects. Thank you for sharing your great ideas and being a part of the blog hop. This is very fun.

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  8. This is beautiful! Can’t wait to try my Christmas in July project. It will make me so happy to have a couple tags done now!!!

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  9. The colored pencils really do pop against that kraft background. I love how cheerful this is with all the vibrant colors.

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  10. Anna-Karin this tag is just delightful! I love that you colored the stamps with the prismacolors, the look is so perfect with the sketch style. This tag is something I think I would like to try! Thank you for sharing!

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  11. Very pretty! The colored pencils on the craft colored card stock is stunning!

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  12. I love the look of colored pencil on kraft! Thank you for sharing!

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  13. I need to learn to use my colored pencils! This is just gorgeous on kraft paper!

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  14. Such a great set of stamps and a fantastic way of highlighting them with your colored pencils!

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  15. Love this tag... The ornaments are one of my favorite stamp sets for Christmas... love the use of the mirrored stars as well.. thank you !

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  16. Thanks for posting such an inspirational tag and process Anna. Such beautifully created festive detail and colours in your ornaments 🌟♥️🌟♥️🌟

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  17. I sure hope that whoever receives this beauty will appreciate it!
    It's so lovely.

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  18. Fabulous Tag!! I love the Kraft colouring and your pretty design. The composition is perfect. x

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  19. These look really cool! :) Love how you did your coloring.

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  20. Love your fabulous coloring!!
    Beverly Jordan
    @jordanbev5 on IG

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  21. Found the gift box. Really love how 3D your ornaments look.

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  22. Simply perfect! I love this tag! I really like the "charcoal" effect on Christmas ornaments!

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  23. Oh Anna-Karin ...this tag is so beautiful and the coloring is perfect! Christmas vibes all the way!!! ❤

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  24. This is the perfect Christmas tag! You have definitely inspired me to take out my long neglected Prismacolors. Thank you:)

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  25. Wow, Anna-Karin! Your coloring on these baubles is magnificent! The ornaments really pop off that kraft background! Thank you for your inspiration! Hugs!

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  26. So pretty! That will be the highlight of the gift.

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  27. Gorgeous tag! Beautifully coloured images and fabulous details!

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  28. The pencil coloring on neutral kraft background is my favorite.
    It seems all drawn freehand and this makes this wonderful tag!

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  29. This reminds me a little of "the grinch" and I LOVE IT!

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  30. I love the antique look of your tag, well done.

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  31. I just luv the look of colored pencils on kraft. sorry you lost your first blog post :)

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  32. Great tag and I love the stamp set you used.

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  33. These really pop against the kraft background! Love it.

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  34. WOW this is brilliant, what a great tag, love seeing its progression from start to finish, Hazelx

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  35. Lovely tag. I like the use of kraft paper.. The ornaments look beautiful!

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  36. So beautiful Anna-Karin, your colouring on those lovely ornaments is fabulous, thanks so much for sharing your process! Deb xo

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  37. I love your ornament tag! Beautiful coloring. Thanks for showing us how you did it!

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  38. Very nice tags love the coloring. Getting me in the Christmas crafting mood!

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  39. The Kraft really works well with these retro look stamps.

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  40. What a great tag, love the kraft and coloring, but the dotted background brings it all together. Nice work. Glad you had a lovely time at the sea!

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  41. Great stuff, very inspirational ....

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  42. FABULOUS tag!! Love everything on it.

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  43. What a fabulous tag, your coloring on kraft is gorgeous and I love dotty background!

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  44. Love your tag - very inspiring:)

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  45. Very pretty! Those ornaments looks so pretty.

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  46. Love these ornaments and their colors!!!

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  47. Your tag's beautiful. The pencils look great on kraft card, I love the effect.

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  48. I love the soft vintage look of your tag and those colored pencils look great!

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  49. I love this tag, so inpirational!

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  50. Lovely. Simple, and yet, not so simple. Thanks for the coloring tips. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Debi

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  51. What a pretty tag! I love those ornaments... the coloring looks amazing on the Kraft paper. The stars are the perfect embellishments!

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  52. Absolutely adorable! I love the colorful ornaments and just the right amount of sparkle!

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  53. Your tag is gorgeous! I love the beautiful ornaments, and your colouring is amazing! Have a great weekend!

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  54. Gorgeous Tag.... I love the bright colors and lovely accents you have added.

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  55. Super fun tag love those ornaments. very vintage look to the tag.

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  56. Christmas tags are so fun! I really need to get into the spirit and this blog hop has really inspired me to get moving!

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  57. Wow, those ornaments are stunning! Love your colouring.

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  58. Hi Anna-Karin! Sorry it's been so long since I dropped by to see your incredible work. Love your coloring on these ornaments. I bet it was fun to just sit down and color them. Beautiful shading. And what a great stamp ... Tim's Dot Matrix. Perfect on this holiday tag. This silver accents (love the thread you used to hang the ornaments!) make this tag so festive. You are well on your way with your Christmas tags this year! Hugs -- Mary Elizabeth

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  59. You have colored these gorgeous ornaments to perfection! So beautiful and loving the complete design! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  60. Beautiful tag, Anna-Karin! I love how you've colored the ornaments, they look awesome! hugs, Maura

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  61. Ok...for some reason...this won't let me choose my other e-mail nor has it actually attached my name to comment...so
    Trudy Neumann - TrudysARK.1@yahoo.com

    Your tag is gorgeous. I love to color... And these bright colors on this are wonderful.Great job.

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  62. I love the way the beautiful ornaments pop off the kraft. Gorgeous tag!

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  63. I never knew a tag can look so good. Thanks for sharing.

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  64. Love this tag - the colouring on kraft looks fab!
    Helen x

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  65. This tag is very beautiful, and the tutorial too! Thank you very much!

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  66. Super kraft tag, Anna-Karin, love simple design - three baubles and beautifully coloured with pencils.. fantastic

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  67. So artsy!! Great tag Anna-Karin!

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  68. Beautiful tag - your colouring is fabulous!

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  69. Wonderful tag! You did a great job colouring too!

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  70. Wonderful tag and so festive! I adore how you colored the border, fantastic! barbaraj

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  71. stunning tag Anna-Karin, the pencils really do make the baubles look so life like against the kraft background, hugs kath xxx

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  72. Fabulous tag, Anna-Karin! Love the colorful ornaments on the kraft! So pretty! Hugs, Sandra

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  73. Your tag is absolutely beautiful and very festive! I love it!!I love Christmas in July too!
    Have a wonderful day,
    Migdalia
    Crafting With Creative M

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  74. I love your tag!! The ornaments are awesome against the kraft tag!

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