Holly Jolly Greetings ~ Christmas In July #2

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Woohoo, it’s Friday!  I super excited to get in my design room and get creative this weekend.  I must confess that my husband sucked me into the Pokemon Go vortex.  Yikes!  So far, I’ve kept it to a minimum as……HELLO…..card fun always comes first.  Right?!?!  Lol!

Okay, today is the second of my Christmas in July designs – Holly Jolly Wishes.  This is my nod to the traditional, vintage look.  The new This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper in the annual catalog lends itself to just such a design, from the traditional green and red to several vintage designs.  Here’s another cool thing about this paper….it even has a music sheet design and snowflakes that are Very Vanilla and Basic Black.  I just LOVE these!  I’m a modern Christmas design sort of girl so I pulled my big girl pants up tight and went to work.  I really like the sentiment because you never know when you may need a generic-ish card to put with a gift or just a thank you.  Well, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.  Lol!  I do love the clean and simple as well vintage feel of this design.

BASE:  I started with a Very Vanilla base and covered it with one of several versatile generic designs from the This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper Pack.  You could seriously use this anytime of year.  Oh, another cool thing about this SDSP pack is there are 4 sheets each of 6 double sided designs not just the usual 2 sheets.  Sweet!

Then I layered a second design from the same Specialty Designer Series Paper pack that has the fun vintage feel onto Cherry Cobbler.  Guess what I did next?  You got it, I popped these these layers with Dimensionals to add “more height”.  [grin]

SENTIMENT:  This paper is a bit busy (in a good way) so I felt keeping the sentiment simple but bold would work great.  First, I added a Vellum band to help soften the boldness and make the sentiment pop.  Second, I used the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set along with the coordinating Christmas Greetings thinlits set.  Then, I started by stamping the words onto a Very Vanilla strip with Archival Basic Black ink, then layered these onto Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green.  I couldn’t resist popping them with Dimensionals.  Finally, the “jolly” is Cherry Cobbler as well, tying everything together.  [TIP:  To add more shine you could Clear emboss the Cherry Cobbler first then die cut.]  AND to add just a wee bit of shine I topped the “J’ with a rhinestone I colored with a Sharpie.

Thank you very much for stopping by today.  I hope I have given you a bit of inspiration, and that you have a fabulous Friday and weekend!


  • STAMP:  Holly Jolly Greetings
  • PAPER:  Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Specialty Designer Series Paper – This Christmas, Vellum
  • INK:  Archival Basic Black
  • ACCESSORIES:  Thinlits-Christmas Greetings | Rhinestone


Sparkly Hugs, Carol


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