Christmas in July Blog Hop

July . . . Already!?!

Can you believe it is already July!?!  Crazy how this year has been flying right by!!   With the onset of the seventh month of the year, it’s time to start thinking about the holidays.  Yes, crafters start early with their family and friends gift list to ensure everyone receives something handmade and homemade ~ special gifts made with love.  

I am excited to participate in this “Christmas in July” blog hop where other crafters from around the world are eagerly beginning their holiday craft projects.   If you are thinking about the holidays and wondering what you are going to create, you are in the right spot!  You’ll find lots of inspiration along with step-by-step instructions to assist your creative juices.  Enjoy!

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Holiday Cards

I love poinsettia flowers at the holidays!!  I usually have 2-3 plants around the home during this time and then I try to keep the plants healthy throughout the summer.  Sometimes I’m successful and other times . . . well . . . fortunately the plants are sold in stores every year.

I use the Poinsettia Petals stamp set and dies to create these cards.  All the supplies can be found below.  When you’re ready to get started, use my online store link and the monthly Host Code to get some extra goodies from me when your product order is $50 or more. 

If you’d like to create this braided fold holiday card, check out this video to learn how easy this fancy fold is to create.

Holiday Tags

Creating a unique tag, like “sprinkles” on a cupcake or the “cherry” on a sundae, makes the gift extra special.  I create unique tags for my holiday gift giving.  Today I have a coordinating tag with the holiday card.

Fun Fact ~ every year I make gift tags for our kids.  All their gifts have the same tag.  This keeps them guessing when the gifts are under the tree and not shaking.  It’s a lot of fun to listen to the conversations around the tags each year. 

Holiday Packaging

Although the gift inside the package is very meaningful, the packaging can create a beautiful additional gift.  Whether you use a beautifully wrapped box, bag, or other container, the extra attention to the wrapping is appreciated by the recipient.  Here I create a holiday gift bag with a holiday belly band from the same stamp set, Poinsettia Petals.  The bag is the 2021-2022 ombre gift bags available in my online store. Quick, easy, beautiful, and festive gift packaging!

Time to Hop Along

I hope you found some inspiration in the ideas I shared today.  Now that you’re starting to think about the upcoming holidays, go ahead and enjoy an international blog hop to see other ideas you can create. 

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Supply List

I have included the materials that I used for the cards created here.  Feel free to recreate as designed or CASE the design and tweak to your liking. Use your imagination and be creative.  Your card will be amazing! 

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Creating holiday cards is a lot of fun!  The tradition of sharing cards began in England.  I’m glad to continue participating in this holiday tradition with handmade cards. 

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Final Thoughts

Preparing for a handmade and homemade holiday is easier when you start sooner than later.  Experience less stress, less financial challenges, and more seasonal joy with an early start.  I hope you’ve found some beautiful ideas to get you thinking about prepping and crafting for your holiday gift giving!

NOTE ~ I’ll be posting more ideas for all the upcoming holidays as well as some kits and PDFs that you can purchase to  create special projects.  Check back often and subscribe to my newsletter, so you don’t miss out on the updates and have access to lots more inspiration and gifts!  I LOVE to spoil my crafting friends!!

Thanks for stopping by and visiting today!

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This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Jo Blackman

    Beautiful card, thanks for sharing x

  2. Robbie Susan Chandler

    Love your projects!

  3. Rachel Macleod

    Wow, what fantastic projects. A perfect gift set for the festive season. Thanks for sharing

  4. Karen Egan

    Lovely projects x

  5. Melva Peters

    Love your card

  6. Jill

    I’ve not tried the braided card technique. I’ll have to give it a try. Looks very unique. Thanks for sharing

  7. Diane Evans

    Great projects. I had forgotten about this braided card technique. Thanks for sharing

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