July 31, 2023


Hey! It's still July! So I have just enough time to sneak in another Christmas in July card!

One of my many favorite aspects of the Paper Pumpkin kits is that so frequently there are such exquisite and useful scraps included in the kits. You know, the stuff most normal people throw away?!

Case in point: the lovely white piece on which my wreath is hanging. Would you throw that away? Of course not! Look how useful it is!

When I first laid eyes on this scrap, I saw it as a window-type and envisioned a wreath hanging on it.

I love the wreaths you can make from the Country Wreaths dies on page 163 of the Annual Catalog. Working with the little red/green edges, I grabbed red and green cardstock to set out to make a Christmas card with the dies.

The wreath turned out adorably, but it needed just a bit of a little something more. I took some basic pearls and used a Dark Real Red Stampin' Blend to color them.

Since the wreath portion only took up a limited amount of space on a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" card, I dug through some of my ancient (wood-mounted) stamps, with this specific sentiment in mind. I knew it would fit perfectly in the remaining space.

Using Real Red ink for the sentiment on a 1" x 5 1/4" in strip of white cardstock was the perfect solution. Once again, I used the Stampin' Blend to color two more pearls, this time in a larger size, to flank the word "Christmas". 

While it looked fine at this stage, I still felt like something was still missing, a little something to make the card more complete.

Finally, I dug out my Real Red Stampin' Write Marker and added a plethora of dots around the sentiment as well as on the little triangles at the ends of the waste piece.Yes! That was just right!

Have you started making Holiday cards? How many cards do you plan on creating this year?


Nature abhors waste. And so should we.
― Hendrith Vanlon Smith Jr, CEO of Mayflower-Plymouth -



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