Christmas in July…or May?!

I don’t think I’ve ever made a Christmas card in May, but the fun new Swirly Bird set makes an awesome Christmas card and I couldn’t resist.

StampinUp Christmas card made with the Swirly Bird stamp set designed by demo Beth McCullough. See more card and gift ideas at #StampingMom

christmas card challenge

I entered this card in the Christmas Card Challenge.

The colors are Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo and Bermuda Bay.  OK, I know they aren’t traditional Christmas colors, but last year I had my Christmas tree decorated in bright colors like these and it made me so happy that I left the tree up until almost February.  At our Iowa Caucus on February 1, my neighbor who’s lived behind me for twenty years, ran up to tell me she was so worried that something was wrong at our house when I didn’t take the tree down New Years weekend like I always do.  I had to explain that the bright colorful happy tree was the reason for the delay and not a family emergency. 🙂

McCullough Family Christmas Tree 2015

Remember the Swirly Bird card I made a few days ago…

StampinUp Swirly Bird and Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies CAS card designed by demo Beth McCullough. See more card and gift ideas at #StampingMom PPA301-PickOfTheWeek

well, I was so excited to find out that my card was selected as a Pick of the Week at Pals Paper Arts!!  Yeah! I’ve entered several weeks and never been selected before.  My family laughs at me when I get so excited about these things.  Ryan said, “Great, what did you win?”  “Well,” I told him, “you don’t actually win anything…but they picked my card! Yeah!”  I guess you have to be a stamper to understand.  I made cards for about twelve years without ever entering a challenge and now I’ve been doing challenges for about a year.  I went back and counted, I have entered Pals Paper Arts challenges 13 times in the last year and this was the first time my card was selected!  See why it’s a Yeah!  If you’ve never entered a challenge, I encourage you to start.  Message me and I can point you to some I really enjoy.

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Yesterday Superman and I took Sean and Ryan to the Cubs Club for lunch and then watched the afternoon Triple A Cubs game in Des Moines.  It was a beautiful day and fun even though the Cubs lost.

Today Sean and Ryan went to lunch with my parents, played Euchre and visited.  My parents love it when the grandkids visit and my kids had a great time too.  I should have warned my parents the boys have been practicing.  They beat Superman and I at Euchre last night too.

Keegan volunteered at church for two hours tonight, greeting people who came to our Outreach Night.  He said he had a great time and met some interesting people.  He has one hour left to serve before June 1.


Beth 🙂

StampinUp Christmas card made with the Swirly Bird stamp set designed by demo Beth McCullough. See more card and gift ideas at #StampingMom

Make sure you add a fun envelope!




  1. JenniferE

    LOVE that you made a Christmas card using swirly bird! What a fantastic idea! Congrats on being highlighted on the blog!

  2. Beth (Post author)

    Thanks so much for featuring my card on your Facebook page!

  3. Alanna

    What a fun Christmas Card. I love the ornaments you made. Thanks for joining us this week at Christmas Card Challenges.

    Also, your card has been featured on our Facebook page.

  4. Beth (Post author)

    Thanks Shirley. I love that you make Christmas cards year round at Christmas Card Challenges!

  5. Beth (Post author)

    Thanks Debbie. You are always so encouraging! My Christmas tree sits in front of a big window with no curtains and I leave the lights on the tree day and night. My neighbor behind me can’t help but notice, because the rest of the year everything is totally dark. We are growing Lilac bushes to give us more privacy in the summer.

  6. Beth (Post author)

    Thanks Kate! I appreciate your sweet comment!

  7. Kate C.

    I love this card! And I totally adore the envelope – what a terrific idea! They both are very creative ways to use this stamp set. Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. Debra Gorman

    Congrats on having your card picked, although I’m not surprised. Both cards highlighted today are beautiful. I do think, however, that your neighbors pay a bit too much attention to your family’s habits.

  9. Shirley-Anne Barber

    Both cards are awesome Love this new set from SU . Thanks for sharing with us here at Christmas Card Challenges

  10. Tonya Denton

    Your card is so cute! I love the colors! I made a Christmas card and entered it in the Wild Animal Theme at The Paper Players this past week. If you have subscribed to my blog, I’m having problems with people getting an email notification when I post. It’s on my blog.

    BTW, I love your Christmas tree! 🙂

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