Christmas in July!

Hi friends!

Christmas in July is a fun tradition and it sure seems like
 we all need a little extra cheer!
This is such a fun time of year when Christmas 
is mingled with the blazing hot summers.
My personal favorite?
 Santa on the beach!

Everyone needs a holiday :)

The idea behind Christmas in July is a wonderful joy ~
it shouldn't be just one time a year.
Kinda like a half-birthday ...
twice is better than once!

My card is one that I did for Watercolor Wednesday at SCS
and it was somehow stuck in draft mode.
 I missed about 2 weeks of reality not even knowing my own name
so I'm sure it had a lot to do with that!

Hi. My name is Starbucks Kelly and I love coffee you!

See the source image

For this card, I used the Altenew watercolor brush markers
and I am IN LOVE with these!
I'm still learning how to navigate the water and layer the colors
and I'm having fun in the process!

This is the layered Jolly Holly background from Taylored Expressions,
stamped with pigment ink for fast drying, no watercolor smearing.
I heat set this with the embossing tool in between each color 
(after the greens, then after the reds) to avoid any welling.

I usually chose my cardstock and/or papers first
(to make sure I have colors that will match)
so I was lucky that after it was waterolored, I found just the right ones.

The final touch was a sentiment stamp 
with a friendly greeting.
The joy in these big background style cards 
is even though they are large, they are super simple to mass produce.

And it was nice to dust off a stamp set that's been sitting in the bin
for way too long :)
I'm still doing card catch up and I'm way behind ...
baby steps!

Thanks for stopping by 
and, as always,
Big hugs, bigger blessings :)


  1. A bright, bold and festive card, love your water-colouring and the nice stamp, such beautiful design!

  2. A lovely bright and cheerful Christmas card, Kelly. xx

  3. Very colourful Christmas card Kelly. Big hugs and blessings and stay safe, Carol S.xxx

  4. Great Card--I love the colors!

  5. How vibrant Kelly - a wonderful result and I love that big, all over design
    Stay safe

  6. Fabulous big stamp and great water colouring and blending
    Carol x

  7. That says summer Christmas for sure! So bright and cheery! Wonderful coloring, Kelly.

  8. Kelly, this is so pretty! Love the vibrant colors!

  9. Absolutely gorgeous and vibrant. Looks like you are an expert in handling these brush markers! TFS!

  10. Absolutely gorgeous, lovely colours and design Kelly, Kate x x

  11. Beautiful design Kelly! Love the water coloring you did!


  12. Beautiful bright colours Kelly, good to know you love the water markers been thinking about it and watching lots on you tube..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  13. I love how you colored all those holly leaves for a great Christmas card! Fun video too, but you can have my share of the Starbucks coffee - I've had to give it up :(

  14. beautiful christmas card Kelly

    Gr Karin

  15. Oh wow this is absolutely so colorful and festive! I just love it with your fabulous coloring and I'm ready to hop on over to Starbucks with you my friend! :)

  16. Lovin' this bright, festive holly, Kelly!!