Christmas in July Blog Hop-Day 1

Welcome to the Christmas in July Blog Hop-Day 1


Get ready for some great ideas that you can start creating now for Christmas.  Along the way today, you’ll find card and gift ideas, a scrapbook layout page or two and even a couple great decorating ideas.   We hope this hop gets you in the holiday spirit a little early this year.


Our sponsor for this hop is Theresa, a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator.  She will be giving away a $20 Stampin’ Up Gift Certificate to one lucky winner AND take 10% off any order placed through her (not available on website) by July 30th.  Email her at scrapsbygracie AT with your order. 

All you have to do to win this fabulous prize is comment on each of the blogs.  That’s it! It really is easy.  Of course, we would love it if you became a follower, too.  And, if you become a follower of my blog, you will be entered in a card bundle give-away when I reach 100 e-mail subscribers (although my Networked Blogs and Bloglovin followers will be included in the drawing).

If you arrived here from the talented Theresa’s blog, you’re in the right place.  If you came here directly, you may want to start the hop at the beginning so you don’t miss a thing and increase your chances of winning by commenting on all the blogs in the hop.  However you arrived, I’m just so glad you’re here.

Here’s what I have to share with you today:

I have to admit, tt was a bit difficult for me to work up the mojo to make Christmas cards.  But I’m certainly going to be glad come late November when all these cards are done.

First, I made a simple Joy-Fold card using a long retired Stampin’ Up set, Holiday Line-Up.  Of the three stamps in this set, these adorable reindeer are my favorite.

Christmas in July Blog Hop-Holiday Line-Up. I made this using a retired Stampin' Up set that I still love. Joy-fold cards are so easy to make, but they have a bit of the unexpected.

To keep this post from being overly long and keeping you from your next stop in the hop, I decided not to share the details about the card here.  If you want to know more about its construction and to see additional images, just click on the card and it will take you to the gallery where you will find both.  Also, there’s a template on the Hint’s, Tips & Tutorials page.  I also have a Silhouette Studio V3 file to share if anyone would care for it…just let me know in the comments section or by e-mail.

Next up is a “sweet” card…it’s candy!  I made it with a cut file from the Clara’s Christmas Eve Kit from SVGCuts.  As with the first card, you can find the details in the gallery by clicking on the card; but if you just like looking at the images, I have some snippets here for you.

Christmas in July Blog Hop-Sweet

Here’s you can see the card base, cut from acetate.  This is the “twist” on either side of the candy.

Sweet wm 2

I don’t know how clearly you can see it, but I spritzed this with Tsukineko Shimmer Spritz…love this stuff!

Sweet wm 3

Inside, a greeting from Sweet Season by Stampin’ Up (digital), color matched to the patterned paper.

Sweet wm 5

I made this next card with a cut file from the Clara’s Christmas Eve Kit as well.  I took my color cues from the patterned paper and I have to say I would never have thought to make a snowflake in shades of purple, but I love how it turned out.  Details are in the gallery, but I’m sharing highlights here.

Christmas in July Blog Hop-Like a Snowflake

Here’s a close-up showing all the luscious layers on this card.

Like a Snowflake wm 2

And another shot showing all the sparkle because I went crazy with the Tsukineko Shimmer Spritz again.

Like a Snowflake wm 3

I think the greeting inside compliments the card perfectly.

Like a Snowflake wm 4

Now you’re off to visit my blogging buddy, Alicia.  I know you’ll love what she has in store for you.  Be sure to hop tomorrow too for even more great holiday projects and ideas.   You can start tomorrow at Theresa’s blog.

Here is today’s hop line-up in case you get lost along the way.

Theresa ~
Kim ~
Alicia ~
Lisa ~
Miranda ~
Holli ~
Sharon ~
Sarah ~
Amanda ~
Jearise ~



21 Responses to “Christmas in July Blog Hop-Day 1”

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  1. nclights7 says:

    Beautiful cards as always! Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog! 🙂

  2. Kim your Christmas cards are amazing and the reindeer card is so adorable! I love the little red pearl you used on Rudolph’s nose. I enjoy being in hops with you too.

  3. absolutely wonderful cards! you are so talented! your project are always top notch!

  4. Jeanette says:

    WOW!!! Three great Christmas cards! I’ve always loved that reindeer stamp! And the peppermint shaped card is just too cute!

  5. Miranda says:

    Kim, as usual your cards are AMAZING!!!!!

  6. Carol says:

    Really cute cards. I just love the reindeer card.

  7. Jearise says:

    OMGosh! Love all your cards! They are all so detailed and beautiful.

  8. Lisa says:

    Omg.i love them all! Even the guts! (Insides…) Don’t you live somewhere within an hour or so from me? Old love to get together and LEARN from you. I love your work!!!! Great hopping with you!

  9. Adorable cards Kim!

  10. Denise Sayers says:

    Love the cards. I just love shaped cards and these are great.

  11. Lynn McAuley says:

    You have created a fabulous array of wonderful holiday designs, Kim! That layered purple snowflake is a real show stopper! Exquisite work!

  12. Shelly Schmidt says:

    Your cards are all amazing! I cannot click on any of them to see details thought. I love the shimmer and the purple snowflake is just beautiful! I would love the template as well!

    • Kim&Katy says:

      Oh no! Thanks for letting me know Shelly. I’ll have to go fix that right now. I’ll definitely send you the template.

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