Christmas in July blog hop …

Welcome to the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown Christmas in July Blog Hop

If you’ve arrived here from Fabiola, then you are on the right track!  If you haven’t and want to participate for a chance to win honours and/or prizes, please go back to the original hop post and follow along with us! 

Come and take a peek at the creation I made using one of our prompts for the month…


There are four prompts to choose from, all equally great, but I had to choose one, so decided on a square, vintage card, using two buttons.

I made layers with designer series paper and cherry cobbler cardstock, which I had stamped in versamark ink with the bella toile background stamp and then heat embossed in clear embossing powder. The sentiment, from More Merry Messages, was stamped onto very vanilla cardstock in the centre of the frame image from Papaya Collage, which I centred with the help of my stamp-a-majig…


My lovely friend, Min, has an amazing button box, filled with a myriad of buttons in all shapes, sizes and colours – just like my mum had when I was little.  Min kindly let me look through them and, after a few happy minutes searching through the pretties, I found these two matching, vintage buttons, one a smaller version of the other, which were just perfect for my card … 


I used my Stampin’ Up craft scissors to snip off the button loops from the back so they would lie flat on the card.  It means they can’t be used as buttons any longer, but I kinda like their new purpose as adornments for my card …

Vintage Christmas card close-up

I added some silk ivy leaves, which have been in my craft stash for ever! I bought them in a post-Christmas sale in George Henry Lees in Liverpool many years ago … that shop doesn’t even exist now, it’s a branch of John Lewis! The leaves are so pretty, edged in silver glitter – I knew if I kept them long enough I’d find a use for them! I tucked them behind some seam binding ribbon tied in a double bow, and added some swirls of silver glimmer paper – 
I hope you like my finished card.

Thank you for coming by to leave a comment!  Don’t forget – hop along with us starting at the original 52CCT post for multiple chances to win honours and prizes!  Your next stop will be Louise. Merry hopping!

Want to make this blog colours

cardstock: naturals white, cherry cobbler, very vanilla, silver glimmer;

stamp sets: more merry messages, papaya collage, bella toile;

inks: black stazon, versamark;

punches & dies: swirls scribbles sizzlit;

accessories: stampin’ dimensionals, very vanilla seam binding ribbon, mini glue dots, stamp-a-majig, clear embossing powder, heat gun, craft scissors;

additional: vintage buttons, silk ivy leaves and designer series paper from my stash.

All supplies from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise stated. 

This week, I shall be linking my card up to the following challenges:

CHNC – challenge extra

Christmas Card Challenge #31 – anything goes

Christmas Stampin’ All Year Long – anything goes – fav colour combo

Jingle Belles – shopping our stash

Simply Create Too – Christmas in July

I love receiving your messages, so if you have any questions, or you just want to say hi, do please leave me a comment.  And don’t forget to leave a comment if you wish to be considered for the blog hop honours/prizes!

Thanks for dropping by today


54 Responses to “Christmas in July blog hop …”

  1. Wow, very elegant! The buttons look like expense jewelry.

  2. I LOVE this card! it’s stunning Gill – especially those buttons – what a lucky find – Jacqueline xx

  3. WOW!!!! This is stunning and so, so elegant. Love the pretty papers and those buttons are just gorgeous!

  4. This is such a gorgeous card! I agree with the others, those buttons are great! Love everything!

  5. This is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing! I also checked out the others…All the cards were great!

  6. How fun that you got to use those gorgeous shimmery leaves from your stash. What a stunningly beautiful Christmas card Gill. I seriously could just look at it for a while in awe. Hugs and happy July.

  7. Beautiful card! Thanks for playing along with us at Shopping Our Stash / Jingle Belles for the Christmas in July challenge!

  8. Oh this is so elegant Gill absolutely beautiful.
    Margaret M

  9. What a beautifully elegant card, those buttons are a genius touch.

  10. Gorgeous card. I love all the details.

  11. Sorry, I forgot to say thank you for joining us at CSAYL.

  12. This is gorgeous! I love your shimmer and swirls! This blog hop is fun!

  13. What a lovely vintage card – the buttons are beautiful. Margaret

  14. i would treasure a Christmas Card like this it is beautifully elegant.

  15. Wow! This card looks so luxurious! Beautiful combo of traditional colors and gorgeous papers and details! I think your card looks absolutely stunning!

  16. This is breathtakingly gorgeous. The swirls, bow and silk ivy leaves are the perfect nest for that beautiful button. Blessings, Carole

  17. Wow – your card is absolutely STUNNING!!

  18. This is a very elegant looking card, don’t you just love the fancy accessories you used to dress up your card.

  19. Gill: Thank you for entering our “Christmas in July” Challenge at Simply Create Too with your wonderful Christmas card–it’s a beauty. Looking forward to seeing your entries in our next challenge too.

    Simply Create Too Design Team

  20. oh wow, what an amazingly lovely and well-thought-out card, i especially looooove… ok, actually, i love EVERY SINGLE THING about this! thanks for SHOPPING YOUR STASH with us at JINGLE BELLES this week! ♥♥♥

  21. Gorgeous!! This is stunning! Love that gorgeous bow with the button. And damask is my favorite design element. Love it! Thanks for playing with CSAYL and CHNCC2.

  22. Ditto everything above, a truly stunning card x
    Love the engagement card in the previous post too, Peg xxx

  23. WOW Gill, that is a showstopper of a Christmas card – BEAUTIFUL, so elegant and sophisticated and the colours are perfect! How kind of Min to let you rummage in her button box – my friend Kath let me take some buttons from her very old button tin a while ago – rootling through a pile of buttons is sheer happiness! You put your choices to excellent use along with your other gorgeous accent details – those ivy leaves are wonderful!

    I just keep wanting to look and look some more to soak up even more of the beauty, a truly special card!

    Have a great week! Ruth x

  24. Wow, breathtaking vintage card. Elegant, rich and yet still not overstated. I really love it, very special.
    Louise xx

  25. This is so pretty! I love the layers and the detail, and saving those leaves for so long was justified by using them on this card. Thanks so much for joining us for our Shopping Our Stash + Jingle Belles Bonus challenge!

  26. Fantastic beautiful Christmas card Gill …..
    greetings Rosina

  27. Fantastic beautiful Christmas card Gill …..
    greetings Rosina

  28. SUPER duper elegant! A beautifully designed card! HUGS! Mynn xx

  29. merveilleuse création Gill, très élégante et si chic, biz

  30. gorgeous details … so glad you shopped your stash with us at jingle belles.

  31. Gill, your card just oozes classic vintage elegance! The buttons are great, and I really like how you’ve used the larger one to adorn the lovely bow.

  32. This card took my breath away. Stunning and so elegant.


  33. I think this is the most beautiful Christmas card I’ve ever seen…seriously! TYFS!

  34. Wow… this is fantastic! So elegant and formal with a wonderful sentiment. I love your style!
    – Shauna

  35. Lovely card. Thank you for your inspiration on this blog hop

  36. What an elegant card! I love all of the elements! Great work! Ty for joining us @ Simply Create too!!


  37. totally fav so far xx

  38. Holy crap! What a gorgeous vintage beauty! 🙂

  39. This card is breathtaking!

  40. Beautiful !! So elegant ! Thanks for the hop!

  41. Thank you for sharing your lovely crafting for my CHNC challenge extra for July – hope to see you again soon x

  42. Such a pretty holiday card! Great details!

  43. OMG – this is absolutely GORGEOUS!!

  44. Wow! Breathtaking card! Really just a beautiful and elegant project! Thanks for the blog hop! xx

  45. What a truly beautiful card! Every element is just perfect!

  46. Utterly, totally stunning, Gill. AND amazingly elegant. LOVE it.
    hugs, Asha

  47. Your card is gorgeous! Those buttons are beautiful and the layering and stamping complete this elegant card perfectly 🙂

  48. This is such a gorgeous card. Love every little thing about it…from the sentiment, to the holly leaves and the shimmer!

  49. Oh my, such an elegant vintage card! Just beautiful!!

  50. Oh my, indeed! Your card is simply stunning and so elegant. Not sure if I would be able to part with those buttons if they were mine.

  51. Beautiful card – so elegant.

    Thanks for joining us at Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge Extra.

    Helen x


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