Friday, July 22, 2011

Christmas in July Blog Hop, Day 1

Welcome and thank you for joining us for the Christmas in July Blog Hop.  You should have arrived here from Kimberli's Creations .  If you just happened to stumble upon this hop, and you want to start at the beginning, go back to Expressions by Elaine  so you don't miss any of the wonderful projects we have to share.  Elaine organized this hop and I'm thrilled to participate!  PLUS she has a terrific Grand Prize to give away if you visit and follow all the blogs on the hop.  So after you have stopped at all the blogs, go back to Expressions by Elaine and leave your name at Inlinkz for a chance to win!

Now onto my creation for today.  A few months back, I found the Trim the Tree seasonal cartridge on sale at Joann's, so I took advantage of the low price and bought it.  Just like other seasonal cartridges, this one offers an image and a layered cut for 25 Christmas designs.  It is VERY intricate!  And oh so lovely.  Here's what I made--my first Christmas card for this year!

The card base is 5x7" in slightly off-white card stock.  The plaid pattern is from DCWV Christmas Combo printed matstack and I didn't even trim it.  The 4.5 x 6.5 mat fit perfectly.  Next layer of green is also from the same matstack and the cream color is from my stash.  Both of these were corner punched with a Fiskars punch called Heritage (3-in-1 corner punch).  The cream paper is embossed with Cuttlebug Snowflakes and inked up with Antique Linen Distress Ink.

This picture, taken with a flash, shows off the red shimmer paper I used to cut the top layer of the sleigh (DCWV Shimmer Stack).  I used red and green stickles on the "leaf-like shapes" and some gems that were the "petals" of a gem flower that I took apart.  And little gold stars!  Black cardstock from my stash provides the bottom image.  The sentiment is a Mary Engelbreit stamp, and I used a red gel pen to fill in the star.                                                                          
Then I popped up the sleigh and popped up the white/green mat too.  See the close-up above.  And shown below is the inside of the card.  This sentiment is from Studio G.

And that's my project for Day 1 of our hop!  So how about some candy?!  Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win some delicious Christmas embellies.  And a set of Inkadinkadoo border stamps.  I've bought several different styles of border stamps lately and love them!  For more chances to win, be sure to come back for Day 2 and Day 3 of the hop.
Now, your next stop is Look at My Cute Stuff , so hop on over to her site.  Here's the total lineup in case you missed anyone!        

Elaine @
Jessica @
Sylvia @
Lisa @
Amber @
Rochelle @
Jen @
Cely @
Chris @
Kimberli @
Pat @     --- YOU'RE HERE ---
Georgiana @
Candace @  scrappin2littleprincesses

Thanks for coming to the hop today.  Be sure to stop back again tomorrow for more creative ideas!  -- Pat


  1. Oh Pat, what a super cute Christmas it. What is the name of that punch? I've never seen it before. Beautiful card! ~Shen

  2. Wow, Pat, this card is so gorgeous! I love the cut of the sleigh - it is so absolutely beautiful! (I'm headed to Ebay to buy that cart!) I love how you embossed the background and distressed it! Fabulous card - I LOVE it! I'm so happy to be hopping with you!


  3. OMG! What a beautifu beautiful card both inside and out! Just stunning! TFS!

  4. Gorgeous card! So elegant and very pretty! TFS!

    papercraftjenny at gmail dot com

  5. HoHoHo!

    Super project! Already a Follower!


  6. Your card is so elegant and pretty! Love all the sparkle you added with the gems!! Thanks for the holiday inspiration :0)

  7. Oh wow, That card is beautiful.I love that corner punch you used, looks perfect on that card. I love the sparkle too. I am having so much fun doing this blog hop with all you talented girls!


  8. Great card Pat. Love the sleigh and all the details you put into it. Now following

  9. What a beautiful card! I love the attention to detail. TFS. I am a new follower!


  10. Your card is so detailed...I LOVE it. The cut is so delicate and you made it look amazing. Can't wait to see what you have for tomorrow's project. Glad to be a part of this hop with you! : )

    Carson's Creations

  11. This is so pretty. Just wondering, have you cut the tree out yet from this cart?

  12. pretty card! love the embossing!


  13. Beautiful card! I especially love the sparkle :) I'm so glad to be a part of this hop with you!

  14. What a lovely card with a beautiful sentiment. I really like the embossing folder print and also the sleigh. Thanks for sharing :)

  15. Your card is so pretty!! Looking forward to seeing more!

    blue.tacs at yahoo dot com

  16. Hi Pat!

    I love the detail in this card! It is stunning and so fun to look at! You did an awesome job with this! {{Applause}}

    I'm already a follower, this card is a good example of why I am! ;)


  17. This card is GORGEOUS! I do not have this cart, but I think I need it for this wonderful intricate cut!!!

    I'm enjoying being in this hop with all you talented ladies! I'm a new follower!

    cely_rohr at hotmail dot com

  18. Wonderful job with the detail cut. Like the embossed snowflake background.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  19. One word....BEAUTIFUL

  20. Oh my, another wonderful card! Well done. I am a new follower and I am excited to see your proejcts.
    jejaeb at cfl dot rr dot com

  21. Your cards are beautiful! I love your site! I'm a new follower and look forward to seeing more of your creations.

  22. Love your card, tfs
    bdtktr at gmail dot com

  23. Pat,

    Your card is beautiful! I love those cuts, but am always afraid to use them because of rips.
    I turned out fabulous!
    Thank you for sharing & for being in the hop:)

  24. Wow that is a great cartridge. Love your card. I am a follower of your blog now. Can't wait to see more.

  25. Beautiful card! I love the sleigh cut--so intricate and pretty. Perfect details!

  26. I love this card. It has an antique, yet modern look. Wonderful

  27. This is really beautiful I love your embossing and the corner cuts it all looks so festive,

    DIANA L.

  28. The sleigh looks so intricate! I like it.

  29. What a beautiful cared! So elegant! I may have to check into this cart:) TFS!
    Sherrie K
    jskoning at msn dot com

  30. so cute!! Thanks for sharing

    new follower

  31. Hi Pat,
    I love everything about this card! You are a lot like me, buying off season to save the pennies....LOL! Great job picking up that is intricate and beautiful.
    Happy to already follow you and glad to be on the lineup with you for the hop!

  32. Thanks for the beautiful projects!

  33. Really beautiful and elegant. Glad to be hopping with you.

  34. Gorgeous card, I love all the details!! And I have to get my hands on that punch, I love it so thanks for providing the info for it!!

  35. Wow!!! What a beautiful card!! I love all the detail and little extras! And thank you for your comprehensive instructions!!! I get so frustrated when I have to guess what people used to do a project I might be interested in doing! So THANK YOU!!

    I'm a new follower and can't wait to see what's next!

    amyis300 AT hotmail DOT com

  36. Once again you have out done yourself.

  37. WOW...Pat this is a beautiful card. I love it!


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