Christmas in July with Lots of Cheer

The Hallmark Channel recently released the dates for the start of their Christmas in July holiday movies.  One of my favorite things  during the holidays is watching the Hallmark Christmas movies and this July, I plan to get an early start by watching some of the Hallmark Christmas in July movies.  So in honor, I am celebrating Christmas in July with Lots of Cheer.  The Lots of Cheer is a new holiday stamp set released in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog (page 69).  What better way to forget the warm, muggy weather than to watch Christmas movies on Hallmark in July!  Plus, you can get a head start on your holiday cards and ease the last minute rush in December.  Christmas in July with Lots of Cheer

Card Details:
  1. Create card base using Whisper White Thick cardstock ( 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, score & fold at 4-1/4″).  Add a layer of 3-3/4″ x 5″ piece of Real Red Designer Series Paper (from the 6″ x 6″ Regals Designer Series Paper pack).
  2. Stamp the stack of presents onto a 3-1/2″ x 3″ piece of Whisper White cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Cut the shape using the 3rd largest Stitched Nested Labels die.
  3. Color the stamped image with Stampin’ Blends.  The light Balmy Blue stampin’ blend adds a hint of color along the outline edges of the presents.  Additional Stampin’ Blends colors on the project includes Call Me Clover (light & dark), Daffodil Delight (light & dark), Real Red (light & dark), Smoky Slate (light & dark) and Pumpkin Pie (dark).  If desired, use the Color Lifter to lighten the center area of the hat.
  4. Use the 2nd largest Stitched Nested Labels die to cut the Call Me Clover cardstock.  Layer the image piece on top and adhere with snail adhesive. 
  5. With Call Me Clover Classic Stamp pad, stamp the sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings onto a small scrap of Whisper White cardstock.  Cut using the Classic Label Punch.  If desired, use the punch to cut one end to create a “v” pennant tail as seen in the card photo.
  6. Attach sentiment label to the back of the Call Me Clover layer.  Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach to the card base.  
  7. Tie a double bow using 2 strands of Whisper White Baker’s Twine.  Attach to card with mini-glue dot.  Complete embellishing by placing a red rhinestone on the knot of the bow.

Don’t delay, order the Lots of Cheer stamp set and check the Hallmark Channel for Christmas in July showtimes so you can get in the holiday spirit with me!  Throughout July, I’ll be adding a few more Christmas projects so make sure you’re registered to receive my posts.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Project Materials (click on photo to order)
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Daisy Lane “Stepped Up” Card

Last week, one of my blog posts featured a make ‘n take card using the Daisy Lane stamp set.  Today, the project is a Daisy Lane “stepped up” card.  As you see, I have added some pizzazz to the basic card design.   It’s easy to take a simple card and make it a “stepped up” card with just a few extra embellishments.   You can see the original simple stamping card design here.  


Card details: 

The colors and stamping are the same as in the Simple Stamping with Daisy Lane card details.  So, refer to the link to review the general instructions and project materials.

  1. To create the additional center on the daisy, punch a 1″ circle of Melon Mambo cardstock for each daisy.   With paper snips, cut small snips toward the center of the circle punch, leaving a circle in the middle approximately 1/4″ diameter.   Use eraser end of a pencil or the end of the Take Your Pick, press onto the circle center so that the circle cups and the snips separate.  With mini glue dots, attach to the daisy center and add the Perennial Essence Floral Centers to each.
  2. Cut a piece of 3-3/4″ piece of Whisper White Flax Ribbon.  Snip between threads on each end and slightly fray.  Attach to card using Tear & Tape adhesive.  Refer to photo for approximate placement.  
  3. To the sentiment label, add pearl white sequins from the Basic Adhesive Backed Sequins package.  Place one on each side of the label.  In the center of each, add a Basic Rhinestone Jewel.
  4. For the bow, pull threads from a piece of the flax ribbon.  Use two of the threads to tie into a bow.

See how easy it is to “step up” a card design by adding a few embellishments?  

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Team Gifts

Each month, the two Playtime with Paper team members with top sales receive a special thank you gift from me.  Most recently, the top two team members received team gifts of 2019-2021 In Color Faceted Dots and a yard of each of the 1/2′ Scalloped Linen Ribbons in the five new In Colors.  Instead of a card, a tag was created to add to the cellophane bag holding the goodies.  So, I decided to use the Wiggle Worm stamp set and coordinating Wiggly Worm dies for the tag.  Did you know, you can save 10% when purchasing the Wiggle Worm Bundle?  Just look, how stinkin’ cute are those bugs?!  In addition to the cute bugs, the sayings in the stamp set are appropriate for lots of occasions.  

Tag Details:
  1. For creating tag base,  layer  a 2″ x 4″ piece of Garden Lane Designer Series Paper onto a 2″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White cardstock.  To adhere the two layers, use multipurpose glue.  For the tag top, use the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  Finally, round the corners on bottom of tag with the Detailed Trio Punch.
  2. Use the Stitched Nested Labels dies to cut a piece of watercolor paper.  Using an aqua painter and Balmy Blue ink, color a sky background onto the watercolor paper.  Let dry.
  3. Select desired bug stamps and stamp onto a scrap of Whisper White cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Color with Stampin’ Blends markers.  Use the coordinating color of Classic Stampin’ Pad to stamp the bug lines.  In my samples, Mango Melody Light and Dark Blends color the beetle.  To stamp the lines on the beetle’s body, use the Mango Melody Classic Ink Pad.  For the dragonfly, Daffodil Delight Light Stampin’ Blend colors the body with the wing decor stamped with the Daffodil Delight Classic Ink Pad.
  4. After coloring, use the coordinating bug dies to cut each bug.
  5. Stamp the grass onto the watercolor paper label using Pear Pizzazz Classic Ink Pad and the sentiment using the Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad.
  6. To attach both the watercolor label and the bugs, use Stampin’ Dimensionals .
  7. For an extra touch, cut 2 sets of leaves using the Leaf Punch.  Select color that coordinates with the Designer Series Paper.   For a crumpled appearance, lightly spray water onto the leaves using a Stampin’ Spritzer.  While cardstock is damp, pinch leaves between fingers.  Allow to dry and then attach to tag under the label as shown in photos of gifts.  For a bit of bling, add 3 rhinestones clustered together to form a flower on the base of the top leaves.  Use the 3/16″ Linen Braided to tie the tag to the cellophane bag. 

The bugs were loads of fun to make!  Thus, I stamped and cut more bugs to have ready for other projects.  Just stamp, color and cut to have extras available to use.

Would you like to be a member of my Playtime with Paper team? 

Even better, would you like to save on your paper craft supplies?  Do you like to receive team gifts?  Beginning July 1 and thru August 31, Stampin’ Up! is offering new demonstrators a “little extra” with their starter kit.  Plus, you’ll receive a special welcome gift from me for joining the Playtime with Paper team.    Contact me via email at: for details.  

Thanks for stopping by!  

Happy Crafting!