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Christmas In July Team Blog Hop

It is the first Saturday of the month which means it is blog hop time!  This month we're getting an early start on the festive season preparations and our theme is Christmas In July so grab a cuppa (or perhaps some egg nog would be more fitting!) and get set for some Christmas inspiration. 

Previous Blog Hop Stop:

You may have arrived here from the gorgeous creation of Kathryn Ruddick, or perhaps you are starting your hop from here.   Let's launch off.

Quilted Top Note Christmas Card

I've been seeing lots of the gorgeous quilted cards done with squares of patterned paper and the Big Shot Top Note die.  I decided to grab out a pack of DSP, my 1 1/4" square punch and give it a go. 

Here's my festive version ....


Now a confession!  I grabbed a pack of patterned paper from my stash and it wasn't until I'd finished making the card, taken the pics and was writing this up that I realised - uh oh!  I'd grabbed Ski Slope DSP which has retired.    Oops!  To make this project yourself, you could substitute any of the DSP that has Baja Breeze patterned paper, or you could make your own by stamping a swirly pattern on some Baja Breeze cardstock. 

Some Steps:

For those of you who like the step by step instructions - here goes.  I punched squares from the patterned paper then sponged the edges of each square with Baja Breeze ink.  I coated a piece of cardstock with glue (the Anywhere Glue Stick pg 154 makes this easy) and glued on the 12 squares.  Then cut out my shape using the Top Note Die.  I sponged the edges and added some snowflakes from the Snow Swirled stamp set - once again using Baja Breeze ink.

I embossed the greeting - Heard From The Heart stamp set and white embossing powder.  I also embossed the dove from A Wish For Peace stamp set onto vellum cardstock and cut that out.   I attached him with glue dots.

I stamped the base card with some more snowflakes using white craft ink, then added some dots of glitter using the 2 Way Glue Pen and Dazzling Diamonds.  Popped some white taffeta ribbon on and added the Top Note shape and all done.


I did another one with another piece of Ski Slope DSP, this time in Old Olive colouring.  I used gold embossing powder and it doesn't quite stand out enough against the green so back to the drawing board for this one I think!   Thought I'd show you anyway for those of you who prefer your Christmas cards in greens!  The base card is Confetti Cream.  I sponged the edges in Kiwi Kiss and stamped the edge of the smallest snowflake in gold ink as a border.



Thanks for visiting my patch of blogland.  Hope you enjoy the hop today. 

Blog Hop Details:

This month our blog hop has 12 stops.  There's a blog candy draw (non demonstrators eligible for prize.) Leave a comment at each stop before Tuesday morning 6am.  Email Nikki at [email protected] to let her know and she'll put your name in the hat.

Next Blog Hop Stop:

Now you are off to the blog of the talented Claire Daly who has a beautiful Christmas project to share. 

By the time you make your way around the blog hop you'll be brimming with ideas for Christmas creations, and still 6 months left to get working on them.   That will fly by if the first 6 months is any guide!  Each year in the December rush I promise myself that next year I'll start earlier!  Let's hope the blog hop ideas get us all into gear nice and early this year.

Happy Hopping!   Cheers, Sue


Miriam Thomas

These are very striking, Sue! I might just have to try one myself :-)

Craft 2 U

Fantastic Sue, just gorgeous!!! I'll definately have to give it a go!! XX Sam

Kathryn Mangelsdorf

Hi sue, love the quilted design, must try one now I have seen your beautiful design.

Kelly Robson

These cards are beautiful! I love how the white embossing powder shows up on the vellum, great idea. This would be a lovely card to receive! Very clever :)

Judith Tetley

Very pretty, I love the soft look.
Kind Regards

Anne-Marie Stephanides

Lovely as always Sue! As a result, I've lobbed the quilted look in my 'gotta try' list for mid August when I'm back in the land of the living! :)


Gorgeous cards and I love the colours. Thanks for the detailed instructions.

Kathryn Ruddick

Stunning Sue, now I definitely have to try that technique!

Christine Blain

Gorgeous! The quilted Top Notes are a lot of fun, aren't they? LOVE your Baja Breeze card especially; I agree with Kris, that it is beautiful and serene. Lovely cards, Sue :)


Hi Sue

Your top note quilted xmas cards are stunning. I love the baja breeze card. You are so clever!


Kristine Thompson

My gosh Sue, these cards are so serene and peaceful. They are absolutely beautiful x

Janette and Sally B

Love them both but the green one has to be my favourite. Very Christmas in July!!


Christmas is my absolute favourite time of year and this card is very 'snowy' which I like even more!! Beautiful!


Beautiful cards Sue - I love that DSP and am envious that you still have some left .... I am going to have to make some time to do the patchwork thing I think.

Claire Daly

Just beautiful Sue. haven't seen these done monochromatic and they look fabulous!


Hi Sue! We at last have more internet access so I am able to finally participate in an Art with Heart bloghop ! Thanks for sharing your lovely cards. I love the colours and the dove!

Tina G

Great job on the quilted top note - gorgeous! I love both cards, but I think my fav is the Old Olive card.

Alisha Watson

Sue they are so gorgeous, I love the colours. Thanks for sharing with us all.

Dianne Dunk

LOVE them Sue. Once again you have done a stunning job.

Judy May

Great cards Sue. Love the Baja and white version especially.

Tanja Westwood

These are simply stunning. I love love love everything about them but especially how they aren't tradional Xmas colours. Well sone Sue

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