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The INKlings Christmas in July Blog Hop!

Welcome to The INKlings’ Team’s Christmas in July Blog Hop. You may have arrived here from the very Krafty Miss Kylie’s blog or have just come to check out my blog today (thankyou, by the way!), whichever way you’ve come though. once you’ve checked out my creations you can continue the hop through the link at the end of this post to the next team member.

How quick is this year going?! Have you started to think about your Christmas cards and projects yet? Some of the INKlings team have started our Christmas Classes already so we thought that this month was the perfect time to host a Christmas in July blog hop.   You’ll find lots of great ideas provided by 17 team members’ fantastic blogs.

Want to win some Blog Candy? Simply leave a comment on each and every blog and then email Christie Wallace and let her know you’ve done so and you’ll be in the running for a fantastic prize of 17 handmade cards plus other goodies. What a fabulous start to your Christmas Cards for this year! Sorry Blog Candy prize not available to SU! Demonstrators but you’re more than welcome to leave us a comment!

This year I was determined to make my Christmas cards ‘easier’ for myself! Partly after last year with Audrey arriving the week before Christmas and I know I got behind because …. well, basically … I was huge and tired and it was too hot to stamp even for me! LOL! But this year we will be celebrating Audrey’s 1st Birthday just before Christmas, so any early start I can get is a welcome one!

So, how to make Christmas cards easy?! …. Use a Simply Scrappin’ Kit! It comes with 8 12”x12” (2 each of 4 colours) textured pieces of cardstock plus 6 12×12” pieces of DSP (3 each of 2 designs) AND the big bonus is you get 6 sheets of diecuts! They are 6”x12” and there a 3 different sheets (you get 2 of each sheet) …. So the easiest thing to do is: cut your cardstock, trim some paper and adhere it to the cardfront, maybe add a little ribbon and then add a diecut or two! It’s so easy! Your colour choices are already made, so no deciding do I go for this red or this red! LOL! Here’s some of my cards using the ‘I Wish’ Simply Scrappin’ Kit!

The diecuts are actually self-adhesive, but sometimes it’s nice to have them sitting up on dimensionals so that your card isn’t so ‘flat’ …. The solution? Turn your diecut over and then gently pat your embossing buddy over the adhesive side! The powder sticks to the adhesive, making it a ‘non-adhesive’ diecut!


The other thing I’ve been having fun with is my Movers and Shapers die and the Holiday Windows dies with my Big Shot. Because I’m planning for Christmas I’ve been using the Ornament window for the boxes I’ll show you in a minute, but first I just want to show you how I got that lovely white layer under the Chocolate Chip diecut in the red/stripy card up the top. I cut a piece of Whisper White and laid it over the curly/scallop square die from the Holiday Windows Die set while the die was still positioned in the Movers and Shapers card die and rolled it through the Big Shot. Easy! (in the 3rd picture I took the diecut to use before I took the picture …. but you get the idea!) Carol has also shared another trick with me to cut windows, but I’ll share that in another post 😉


You’ll notice in the pictures above that I have a piece of grid paper in the base of the Movers and Shapers card area – this was a great tip I have seen on several blogs as it really helps you get your window die centred and nice and straight.

And here are my boxes using the Ornament die to cut windows. You’ll notice that I have continued using the I Wish Simply Scrappin’ Kit to create and decorate these – perfect for anyone that wants to stick to one theme for all their Christmas cards and gifts!

The one above is adapted from a box by Jackie Topa. She adapted the little pizza box measurements to create her box and I did a little fiddling to create this one – so cute filled with those Dove Promise chocolate squares, YUM! – and you could even add a piece of a window sheet/acetate behind the window to ensure none fall out (I didn’t because of taking photos of them, really! not just because I want to steal them through the window!! LOL!). I then adapted the box a little more in my next version to fit a Whittakers Almond slab inside!

I saw these little boxes on another youtube video by Dawn Olefschke and couldn’t resist having a go! To fit the gingerbread man in I had to add a gusset between the front and back because the Gingerbread Man wouldn’t quite fit in my original box that I made according to instructions. If I had made my own Gingerbread men they would have fit in there as my cookie cutter isn’t quite and wide. How cute would these be for little Christmas gifts for the kids to give their friends?! Or even for party favors?!


And just so you don’t think I am totally obsessed with packaging food in my creations….. here is my ‘original’ box! When I found that the gingerbread man wouldn’t fit, I was looking around for what would fit in there, for some reason I had made it thinner than I was supposed to so I was struggling, and then I saw these little Spirax notepads on my desk! I covered one with some of the DSP from the kit, added some ribbon and a diecut, then popped some matching DSP in the tube of the pen to match … voila! A great little gift for someone to keep all their Christmas notes and lists in!


Well that’s all from me.  Next stop on the INKlings’ Team Blog Hop is the spectacular Dani Fender! Have fun and don’t forget to leave a comment on each blog to win some great Blog Candy. Happy Christmas in July!  K 🙂

 Just in case you get lost on your way, here’s a list of everyone on the Hop!

Christie       http://www.christiescreativecorner.blogspot.com

Dani H       http://daniholland.wordpress.com/

Carol          http://inkantations-and-inkarnations.blogspot.com/

Michelle D http://www.stampinkpaper.blogspot.com

Jayne          http://www.jaynemercer.com/blogs

Kylie          http://kraftykylie.typepad.com/blossom_designs/

Kari           http:// www.karigail.wordpress.com

Dani F –     http://danifender.blogspot.com

Beth –         http://www.elisabethstewart.com/bethinking/

Nicky A     http://www.nickyadamson.blogspot.com

Clare          http://www.crafty-cow.com

Amy           http://amyandersonsblog.blogspot.com

Fiona B.     http://www.fionajanestamping.blogspot.com

Michelle Frost-Stevenson http://www.stampinground.wordpress.com

Fiona P      http://fionapoirier.blogspot.com/

Divya         http://www.creadivya.blogspot.com/

Rachel J     http://havefunstamping.blogspot.com/


Another little taste!

Further to my sneaky peek of the beautiful silver hodge podge – here is a card featuring stamps from 2 of the sets from the new mini!

It is Enjoy Every Moment and Tart and Tangy! Combined with Very Vanilla and some Chocolate Chip cardstock, plus some of the Summer Picnic DSP from the new mini and a length of Real Red Wide grosgrain. I hope it gets you craving new sets!!! I’ll be posting the Spring Minis out tomorrow! Be ready to check your letterboxes on Friday 1st August and make some time to sit down and pore over it!!!

Some photos at last!

Hi! Hope you are having a good week so far. Mine is a little so-so, but I’m in a good mood tonight – helps that I’m playing with my paper and rubber!!! I have also finally been taking photos of my ‘heap of scraps’ projects – I seem to have actually made more scraps!! Don’t know how, probably best not to think about it too hard! Anyways, I’ll be sharing them over the next few days.

This card and the bagalope next to it are decorated with papers from the Pallette’O’Prints pad. Would you believe this is actually my first ever bagalope!! It is VERY easy to make, check out Splitcoast Stampers or lots of other blogs for instructions. I have decorated it with a Dahlia fold embellishment which is made up of 8 punched circles all folded and attached to a circle of cardstock behing. I also added a little circle to the centre to hide my untidy joins!! 😀 The card is such a simple little one, a strip of patterned paper, a piece of gorgeous wide grosgrain and then a little sentiment stamp just to finish it off! Colours are Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery and Very Vanilla.

Last but not least is another Colour of the Month card! No, I hadn’t forgotten! I just keep picking up other colours first!!! This card showcases Blue Bayou with Real Red and Whisper White – and just a hint of Soft Sky behind the stamped image. I stamped the greeting from the ‘For a Friend’ Hostess set on Whisper White with black Stazon and then used my trusty aquapainter to colour the heart with red ink. Easy as falling of a bike! The stamped pattern along the bottom edge of the card is the Rough Texture jumbo wheel – fantastic just to create a bit of texture without adding mulitple layers.

What do you think? Could I hide this one away for hubby for next year’s Valentine’s Day?! No, I think I’ll save it for a day when he’s not expecting it and pop it under his pillow!

That’s all for tonight, check back in on me soon and I’ll have some more for you! Also – suggestions for next months Colour of the Month are welcome – I’ll be ordering my cardstock at the end of the week and am having trouble choosing! I would hate for it to come down to me ordering the ENTIRE range so I had a bit of everything available to me!!! 😉 Nope, I think I’ll have to get out my paper piercer and open to the colour page at the front of the catalogue!!! Ouch! 🙂