Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop – Christmas in July

Hello and happy Friday to you! Welcome to our monthly Paper Adventures team blog hop. This month we are lucky to have the lovely Denise Buetler as our guest designer.

Our theme for this hop is Christmas in July. I love this because it’s a great opportunity to make a wintry Christmas card! Given that Christmas is in summer here I tend not to make ‘snowy’ cards.

It was the last day of school for us, so with two very tired kids and rainy weather we enjoyed a very relaxed afternoon. The kids had some screen time on the couch and I crafted at the kitchen bench – so I have two cards to share with you 😀 And I’m pleased to say, not a retired item in sight!

I started a Z-fold card earlier today and at every step I had something go wrong. (Used the wrong framelit, smudgy stamping, crinkly card from old plates in my Big Shot…) So, I set it all aside and decided I would make a wreath card instead.

I’ve used the Winter Woods stamp set, which carried over from last year’s Christmas catalogue, with Shaded Spruce, Soft Suede and Cherry Cobbler ink stamped onto Whisper White card and coordinating card stock for the mat and base. This is the first time I’ve used Shaded Spruce – it’s such a lovely, rich green.

I love the pine cone image, it stamps with such detail!

After having success with my wreath card, I had another go at my Z-fold card. I actually like how it came together.

Again, I’ve used the Winter Woods stamp set, as well as the matching framelits to cut out the tree and the curved edge on the snowy ground. I’ve used the same colours too. Plus shimmer white card, gold foil and rhinestones for some shine. The snowflakes are from the Seasonal Layers dies.

This fancy fold is great for height and dimension – it’s easy to add items that appear free standing on the extra surface.

A view of the card opened flat.

There is a lot of texture in this card – layers, embossing, die cut images, stitched borders and embellishments. (And I’ve realised the Softly Falling embossing folder is retired – d’oh! Maybe next post will be all current products…)

I’m lucky last in this hop, clicking next will take you to the start to see Kelly’s gorgeous creation!

I hope you’re keeping warm and dry if it’s cold and rainy where you are. Perfect crafting weather 😉

Thanks for visiting!

Narelle 🙂

Participant List
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7 thoughts on “Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop – Christmas in July

  1. Two gorgeous cards, Narelle. Glad you persevered with the Z-Fold card – it’s awesome! So much detail – I kept going back to it and kept seeing new things. I love the softly falling behind the tree trunks in the background. Lots of inspiration here. Thanks for sharing xx


  2. Love the wreath card, Narelle, but I’m so glad you gave the Z-fold another go because it’s quite the creation. That tree stamp is amazing – I hadn’t appreciated just how realistic it is. I love the colours and all the elements you’ve chosen for both of these cards. It’s fun to make something white-Christmas-y. Sounds like you and the kids both had an ideal day (stamping disasters notwithstanding), hope you have many more of those during the holidays. 😊 Siobhan 🤶🏻🌲


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