Christmas in July Blog Hop

It’s blog hop weekend with Scrap 'N Stamp and we are celebrating Christmas in July with a stellar lineup of makers!   From elegant to whimsical, the variety of cards shared today are sure to inspire! 

As always, we welcome your comments along the way- and every comment earns you a chance to win a great prize, a $50 Gift certificate!   The winner will be randomly chosen from comments left on the hop and announced on the  SNS blog - July 25.

You should have arrived here after visiting NANCY and your next stop is TRACEY

Here’s the full list of hop stops- if you get lost, visit the SNS blog to find your way again!  Happy hopping! 

I always have so much fun making Christmas cards out of non-Christmas stamps or dies, combining a 'regular' image with a Christmas sentiment is always a fun challenge for me!  When I chose to create with the papercut cafe dies by Tim Holtz again, it was too much fun to stop with one... so I'm sharing two cards for today's hop.

I've paired these little cuties with some Tim Holtz sentiments as well- these are from the mini bold tidings stamp set.

This first card features a stenciled background (you know I heart Distress Oxide on Kraft) but I can't confirm the color because I used a dirty blending brush.  It's a mix of Lost Shadow and some shade of blue!  It turned out pretty cool, so I actually did a do-over of my coffee cup to make the color work better.  

I die cut with Stitched Rectangles on both cards to make easy layers & tie everything together.  Something about the stitches makes it feel a bit more cozy! 

I almost gave up on this second card... I had some issues with my sentiment, which was originally done with Distress Embossing Glaze in Lost Shadow.  Then I painted the stamp with the same color of Distress Paint, and it smudged a bit, but I got a second opinion (thanks, mom!) & eventually decided it looked kinda frosty so maybe it was a keeper after all!  

I love the subtle tint of Lost Shadow on the steam, and the Distress Spray Stain splatters on the white background!  Lumberjack plaid on my ribbon adds a regal burst of red, which really gives this card the festive vibes!

I hope you enjoyed my cards and have enjoyed the hop so far!  I know I've been inspired seeing these amazing makes!

Your final stop on the hop is next up... Hop on over to see TRACEY!

Inky hugs,

p.s. don't forget to leave comments along the way to be entered for a chance to win!


Kia's Place said…
Loving these cards Tara, fabulous!
Dee Earnshaw said…
fun use of these cafe dies - awesome cards - thanks for the ideas
Anonymous said…
Cute card.
This isn’t the run of the mill Christmas card. It’s a fun card.
L said…
Great cards and great use of the coffee dies
Thanks for sharing.
mwalker said…
You got me thing with the coffee, thanks!
Lynn Chan said…
Love the kraft and blue!
Jackie said…
All the coffee!
Geri S said…
Great cards! Love the idea of coffee and Christmas - how perfect is that?!
Anonymous said…
Very fun!
Becca Yahrling said…
Can't go wrong with a coffee theme IMO! lol And I love red & teal for Christmas cards. Well, any time of year!! lol
Denise Bryant said…
Awesome cards! Love the design of the mugs and the sentiments!
Jodi C said…
OH! I like the frosty look, the card is definitely a keeper!
"Inky hugs" - :) LOVE IT!!!
TanyaW said…
Oh my!! How cute are those!! I have the stamps…now I NEED those dies!!
I love the colors and designs on these cards! The big red ribbon is a nice, festive touch!
Litze said…
Yum, coffee!