Saturday, July 26, 2008

OCC Challenge - Christmas in July

Hello friends ... Happy Saturday! Judging by the number of entries this past week, you love dry embossing as much as we do. Thanks to all who played along -- great stuff this past week!!

Before we announce this week's challenge, we want to congratulate Silke, aka sparklegirl on SCS, winner of the goodies from Cut At Home. Silke, please contact us at so we can hook you up with your goodies! And thanks again, Marcie, for your generosity!

Let's get started... We might not be roasting chestnuts over an open fire yet, but we're sure you'll agree that it's never too soon to start making holiday cards, right? This month, our host, Jennifer Meyer, brings us our Christmas in July challenge. So, just for a moment, trade your sunscreen for a scarf and start thinking winter. It doesn't have to be Christmas, of course. Choose whichever winter holiday you celebrate. Wintery cards (snowflakes, snowmen, etc.) are good, too. We're friendly around here ;)

There's no time limit, so feel free to participate whenever you are able. When you do get something posted, just leave us a link to your gallery or blog in the comments section, so we can be sure to check it out. If you upload to SCS, remember to use keyword OCCC.

Check out the holiday warmth the OCC girls are serving up this week:

By Jennifer Meyer - Jennifer's Sweet Designs

By Dawn Easton - Treasure Oiler Designz

By Cindy Haffner - Cindy Haffner's Corner

By Lynda Benden - Stamp Act

By Denise Marzec - The Paper Landscaper

By Laurie Schmidlin - Just Give Me Stamps

By Amy Sheffer - Pickled Paper Designs

Have a great week, and thanks for stopping by!


  1. Congratulations Silke!!! The samples are beautiful girls! Looks like Laurie and I didn't get the cute Christmas card memo!! LOL!!!

  2. Big congrats Silke! Thanks for always playing along with us each week! Enjoy your little shopping spree!

    Fabulous samples again this week! Sorry Lynda and Laurie didn't get the "cute" memo ;) LOL!

  3. WAAAHHHOOO - I'm the winner!!! What a great way to start my morning - LOL!!!

    *Thank you* Marcie for being so generous!!!

    Ladies - I love your OCC Challenges and I'll try to play again today!!! See ya soon!!!

  4. I forgot to tell you all that *your* x-mas cards are gorgeous!!!

    It's never to early to start making them...LOL - I think I need about 200.....

    I'm gonna go and start digging out those stamps!!!

  5. Thank you for the inspiration. My card is really simple, good for me because I won't repeat and repeat "too many" details. Have a great weekend!

  6. Congratulations Silke! The samples are just beautiful and I LOVE all the creative layouts and detail!! :)

    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Jennifer :)

  7. Ladies, once again all your cards are beautiful! Christmas cards in July, what a great theme, can't wait to play!

  8. Yay for Silke!! Thanks for another great challenge this week. Thinking *Christmas* was a stretch for me. Here's my card

  9. WOW, did I luv this challenge, woo hoo Christmas in July! I am a planner so this really makes my sun shine girls, here is mine:

  10. Great challenge and fab DT cards. my card is on my blog.

    My card

  11. Wonderful cards and theme, ladies!
    Here is my idea:


  12. Wow, what can I say ... the DT's Xmas creations are stunning. What a fab idea to pre-celebrate 'Xmas in July' ... no excuse now that we didn't have time. My card is on my blog at
    Warm regards from sunny South Africa.

  13. Wow! What a great challenge this week! All your cards are gorgeous! Such great inspiration!
    Here is my card which I posted on SCS:

  14. Here's my card, hope you like:

  15.'s my Christmas card entry!

  16. Wow - these are gorgeous. Simply beautiful. I've got mine uploaded to SCS and am still working on some. Thanks for having a home for all these!

  17. Hi girls!!! here is mine:

  18. All of your cards are amazing.Love them all.
    Here's my card

    Have a great week.

  19. I made my x-mas card using Jen's Sketch for you to try. You can see it here

  20. Wow, everyone has such great cards! Here's mine!

    Its on SCS too.

  21. Here's my card for the Christmas in July challenge. It was fun breaking out my snowflake stamps.

  22. I love Christmas Cards!! Enjoy my card!

  23. Great challenge, here is my card

  24. Hi thanks for the Christmas challenge. Nice to think of cold
    when it is so dang hot outside.
    here is mine:

  25. Hi folks! Great challenge. This is the first Christmas card I have made this year!
    Thanks for the inspiration
    My card is on my blog

    Sandra xx

  26. what fabulous cards the DT have made this week! I used SC#124 for mine and you can see it on my blog here and in my Splitcoast Gallery here
    annie x

  27. Just found your great challenge blog. Wonderful work from the DT, love them all. My card is Amelia with present

  28. Hi Mädels,
    Eure Karten sind wunderschön!!!
    Hier ist meine Karte
    LG Gisela

  29. Gorgeous card ladies and a fun challenge. This is my first time at OCC. So here goes..

    Thanks for looking
    Debbie x

  30. Well here's mine. Loved doing a Christmas card in July. It's so darn hot here!!
    Thanks and hope you like it!!

  31. Well here's mine. Loved doing a Christmas card in July. It's so darn hot here!!
    Thanks and hope you like it!!

  32. Congrats, Silke! Have fun with your new stuff!! I got around to the challenge today, it's on SCS!

  33. Here is my entry for the week.

  34. I have just posted my entry on my blog.
    Great challenge by the way and I love all of the DT's cards.
    Here is my card.

  35. Great challenge and I love the DT samples!
    My card is posted on my blog and can be seen here
    Thank you for the inspiration:)

  36. Great challenge and DT cards! I need to get started on my Christmas cards so I don't get stressed in December. :o)
    Here is my card:

  37. Hello Amazing Ladies!!
    What a great way to get kick started on Holiday cards!!! Thanks I needed that :) I had a lot of fun making this card - I went for something blue - to cool me off from all the heat around here :)
    You can find my card here:
    Can't wait till Saturday!

  38. I just finished making my card for the OCCC -- Christmas in July. Hope you like it! And thank you for the inspiration!

  39. Ok, I'm not really a Christmas "early bird" but I wanted to use some of my new images. I have to admit it was fun to do when its 100 degrees outside-lol!! You can see my card HERE

    Suzanne Dean

  40. I love this theme!!!
    Thanks Ladies.
    Here is my card
    Thanks for looking!

  41. I haven't ever made a Christmas card before, so all of the design team members' cards really provided great inspiration. Here is my card:


  42. Here is my Christmas card.
    it is my first time here :-)
    but i will be back

  43. With a name like Marie-Noel I guess I just had to jump into this one. lol:)
    Here is the link to my card.


  44. Beautiful Cards yet again! We cannot fail to be inspired.
    Once more I have done a cheeky combination challenge.
    My card is here

  45. First I want to say beautifull cards lady's

    And this is no hard challenge for me because I make Christmas Cards the whole year. Just after al my cards are posted I'm just make more cards.

    greetings Ilona

  46. All of your cards are so beautiful. I had a lot of fun with this one. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

    Here's my card...
    Believe in Magic

  47. Gorgeous cards girls!
    Here is mine:

  48. Hi everyone your cards are all great. Christmas in July wow hard to believe it will be here before you know it.
    here is my link to this week's card challenge.

  49. Hi girls, stunning DT cards again this week. At least you've made me make one christmas card early this year!! Please check out my blog to see my card. Lots of love, Denise x

  50. I know it is a week late... and already August.
    I just upload my card for the challenge:


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