Christmas bells are ringing!

Hi friends!
Christmas in August?  
Yes, please!

There is officially 133 more days until Christmas!
Just in case you didn't know :)

On Mondays, I have the joy of posting a card at The Project Bin's blog,
always filled with wonderful card inspiration ♥
Today's card is part of challenge ...
I looked at it, loved it, and said sure, why not!

While I can't say a lot about it until after August 15th, 
I can show you!
This technique is called finger smudging or finger "painting",
using oil pastels or pan pastels and just smooshing around.

In this case, since I used a warm palette,
I wanted to create a forest of trees ... without using trees!
With the warm colors of the setting sun as a backdrop,
twinkling snow in the forefront,
I decided to create a unique and non-traditional card ♥
In order to create the 'trees', I smooshed upwards :)
After using curvy dies to make the snow drifts,
I stamped a sentiment from Joyful Song right onto the paper. 

I must mention ...
 this. was. lots. of. FUN!!

If you'd like to give this a try,
you can find the tutorial I used here.

You can find this wonderful stamp set in TPB shop here,
or here's a quick view:

 If you like to try fun things and new techniques in your crafting,
this is highly entertaining and you achieve so many different results!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


  1. Lovely card, but I don't want to be thinking of Christmas yet! Have a great week, hugs, Valerie

  2. Oh Kelly - this looks fabulous and fun to do... I first thought you were replicating the Northern Lights, but they are blues not yellows.....

  3. Gorgeous!!!
    xxx Margreet

  4. this is fantastic Kelly simple gorgeous

  5. Eeeeekkkk!!!! Only 133 days until Christmas!!!! I'm late! LOL :D :D
    Thanks for the advice Kelly, I had to craft a lot of things before the last days :)
    Fabulous, stunning card, so different, creative and delicate!! Thanks so much for the fun idea!!
    Big hugs!

  6. Beautiful card, love these colour choices...x

  7. Wow!! This is so stunning!! The colors are amazing!! I love it!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  8. What a cool technique! I'll have to try that one. Love your beautiful card Kelly.

  9. HOW PRETTY, Kelly! A SUPER TECHNIQUE FOR SURE! You accomplished your goal! :) The colors are LOVELY together! A SUPER JOB!!! AND THANK YOU for not forgetting me & coming over to visit! ;) (((HUGS!!!!)))

  10. I love the look!! I am going to have to give this a try, Kelly!!

  11. The results of this technique are abosolutely amazing Kelly!! Love how bold and fun the colors wash away into the design!! So pretty!! HUGS

  12. FABulous technique Kelly..love the colours and smooshing and fabulous card design..

    luv CHRISSYxx

  13. What a fantastic technique Kelly. Love the effect it makes and a perfect design with the hills. Hope your husband is getting better. Big hugs and blessings, Carol S.xxxx

  14. I love your card and what a great technique! I definitely want to try it too. Thanks for the idea.

  15. Anonymous8/13/2018

    That’s cool! Thanks for sharing your technique!

  16. This card is just stunning--I love the colors and the layout is so sweet!

  17. Another wonderful creation by my sweet friend. This is amazing. Great job!

  18. Such a pretty result indeed. The colors are gorgeous for a non-traditional Christmas.

  19. I love how this turned out, Kelly!! Sensational "finger" painting!!