Saturday, 16 July 2022

Chilling in July

Hello, crafting friends!
There are lots of Christmas in July challenges going on this month and, as the temperatures soar here in the heart of England, I thought it would be a great opportunity to make a snowman to cool down! 

This card features Berry, my favourite snowman from Purple Onion, and was made from snippets except for the card base! I stamped Berry in black ink on an offcut of white card and cut him out, trimming off his bottom half. The carrot nose was stamped again and cut out to make it easier to fussy cut him. His nose, scarf and arms were coloured with alcohol markers.
I glued Berry to the back of a panel with a die cut aperture, allowing his head, twiggy arms and scarf to burst out of frame. He was backed with a cut-to-size scrap of blue card. The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted's Red Robin.

The aperture had been die cut a bit too exuberantly and the stitching on the left of the frame had become just a slit. I hid this with snowflakes die cut from the rest of the blue card and balanced them with another snowflake under the sentiment (which you can see on the previous photo.)
Oops, spot the typo!  That'll teach me to try to be all clever clogs in Photoshop!!

Here are the snippets I used: a blue die cut snowflake panel which had gone pear-shaped (used for the blue backing and the snowflakes), and the aperture panel which had damaged stitching. I'm happy to have saved them from the bin! I also used an extra white snippet for stamping Berry and Berry's nose! 
This is my snippetty homework for The Snippets Playground where there is a Christmas in July challenge; Jo at the Kickstart Christmas challenge wants to see cards featyuring Snowfolk so I'm joining in there too; Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge has chosen a Christmas in July theme, as has Allsorts so I'm also linking up there.

I'm still resting my fluffy girl's leg and we still have Myurphy staying with us. He has been a total star, seeming to understand that Eva is not quite right, and apart from one incident where Eva forgot herself and tried to chase Murphy down the hallway, they have both been very calm. I came up with a fun game where I stand in the middle of a paddling pool with a floating squeaky ball and try to keep it away from them with my feet. They stand there and use their noses to try to get it, and this appears to be very enjoyable for them!

Neither dog is keen to get IN the paddling pool as they don't trust the bottom of it (!) but sometimes the squeaky ball is irresistible and one of them cautiously steps in. Look at Murph pretending to be a hunter :) He's a lap dog really although he does love a hedge!!

Sending hugs,


  1. Well, your little snowman is adorable and I love how you "fixed" your diecutting issue. But the pups are adorable too!! And if that were me, I would be in the pool in a heartbeat!

  2. Isn't he a sweetie in his cheery scarf peeking out of this window, lovely card for our Allsorts theme Vicky, thank you.

    Our girls have the padding pool out as well and baby (well she's one now) Rosa is a regular participant, we put in in the orchard to get more shade and it's provided a perfect apple bobbin game.

    B x

  3. I really love your sweet snowman card. Great cover up with the snowflakes too!!!

    Hope pawly(!) Eva feels better soon xxx

  4. Just love Berry! What a gorgeous card, Vicky. Hope you and the pups are keeping cool. It does seems to be a bit mad making snowman cards in this heat, but that's how we roll at Christmas Kickstart! Jo x

  5. Oh good - you got the paddling pool out. I'll bring you a nice refreshing cocktail down from the Treehouse and you can sit by the pool! Thanks for rigging the pulley thing up for the ice! xxx

  6. Berry is so cute waving a chill hello! Wonderful card, Vicky. Thank you for playing along with the Christmas challenge at Allsorts.

  7. The snowman is so cute, Vicky and love the CAS card design! And the dogs are adorable!!

  8. I'm back, think I forgot to add thanks so much for joining our Christmas in July challenge at Allsorts this week :)

  9. This is such an adorable snowman, Vicky! I love how he's popping out of the aperture and your clever camouflage with the snowflake!

  10. Hi to you and your sweet snowman, Vicky. So sorry Eva is not back to her normal active self. Hopefully soon...Murphy is a cutey too. Love your fun game for the kids too. Hope it cools down for you. We have had a lot of too warm days on the Oregon it called Global Warming?!? We are busy, busy outside working as much as possible in the shade:-) Love and Hugs...Nancy

  11. Love your Berry card and how you saved those snippets. I shall look at this when I’m feeling too hot! Xxx

  12. Your card is so cute and funny!!!! (And thanks for the cool down!!) And you covered up the little mishap perfectly.

  13. Great snowman card, Vicky! Hopefully he won't melt in this rather warm weather! xoxo

  14. I've never seen Berry before but he really is an adorable snowman!! Well done also on disguising the die cut disaster ... no one would even have known if you hadn't mentioned it ;). Very cure pic of the dogs ... what an adorable thought them playing int he paddling pool. Hope you and they manage to stay cool in this heat, and thanks so much for joining my "Christmas in July" challenge at Allsorts this week.
    Pauline xx

  15. What a lovely card Vicky - that snowman is adorable! And how clever to layer a fresh nose on top rather than try and fussy cut the one on his face. So sorry to hear about your knee. And now darling Eva has a poorly paw. Please give her a special hug from Dudley Dog! It's wonderful to see you in the Playground I just looked back at some of your latest cards - beautiful as ever!


    Di xx

  16. Fabulous Berry what a handsome chap/chapess he/she is. Clever save with the snowflakes and the nose and the twiggy arms are just so much fun.the colouring with the markers is so bright really brings the card alive. So sorry your gorgeous Eva is still poorly but how nice to have her friend stay. I once bought a huge paddling pool for my three thinking they would jump in and cool off.They sat and watched me for an hour trying to inflate the pool and then fill it with water only to come over sniff it,have a little lick and then never go near it again.I tried sitting in the middle of it but there were no takers.


  17. Such a cute card!
    Thanks for showing Christmas Kickstart your snowfolk!
    Helen x (Guest Elf)

  18. This is so cute and so adorable I love the happy festive snowman I also love seeing your dogs in their pool, lol, thank you for joining us at ALLSORTS hugs Lolo x

  19. Thanks for playing at Christmas Kickstart, your card is beautiful! Jo x


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