July 28, 2018

Christmas in July

Simon's Monday challenge was prompted by a special blog hop and a chance to win some crafting goodies, but Christmas in July--really?

While it was hard to "get in the spirit" when we've had record-breaking high temps this week, I accepted the challenge and here's my entry.

My card may be a little unconventional so I thought you'd appreciate a peek at the main ingredients before I applied a wash of gesso and then Distress Oxide (Peeled Paint) to create the background.

It would be difficult to pull this off without using a strong backing so I pasted the collage onto some thin packaging material which would be cut to size near the end.

Some Liquid Pearls (Ranger) were dotted around the oval, the backing was trimmed and then I pasted brown mulberry paper (because it's thin) on the back to frame it. Before mounting on folded cardstock, I stitched around the border.

The poinsettas were cut out of Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland, the bird is from Wallflower and the calendar page is from Tidings (Tim Holtz Paper Stash).

I used a glue stick for everything except the poinsetta (attached using spray adhesive) and the final mounting (double-sided cellophane tape).


  1. Gorgeous background,poinsettias and bird! Love it!

  2. I agree, Christmas in July is a difficult concept with the record heat, but the fact that the makes are slightly unconventional is inspiring! Love your colors, background, and placement of each item; it works so well together!

  3. Beautiful card! It was a bit difficult to get into the Christmas in July spirit here as well but, once I did, I am now humming Christmas songs!

  4. Fabulous card and fabulous collage as always! It's not easy to get Christmas inspiration with this weather! Thanks for joining us this week on Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! Barbara

  5. Love this! Happy Holidays in July :-)

  6. Your holiday card is gorgeous! Love the beautiful images and the stitching. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  7. The unconventional background works a treat. Great Christmas card, lets hope you can find it in December! x