Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Christmas in July

I have two WorldWin Papers projects to share today. I created two Christmas cards for the WorldWin Summer CHA booth. CHA is this week in Las Vegas, so if you are unable to go to the show, you can get a sneaky peek of the cards today! {I am NOT at the show either, so don't feel too bad!}

Before we get to the cards, I just want to tell you that this company is so generous with the Design Team! You would not believe the boxes of paper that arrive on my doorstep! It is like getting a rainbow in a box! (If you want to purchase some of this fantastic cardstock, please visit The Paper Mill

Now, on to the first Christmas card!

It was sort of funny creating Christmas cards in July, with the AC cranked, but that is what happens in a designer's life! We are always creating 4-6 months ahead of actual seasons and holidays!

I embossed the ColorMates Original Medium Berry Red cardstock with the Couture Creations Exotic embossing folder. I lightly rubbed the embossed areas with white chalk ink to make the embossing pop. As you can tell by the name, this folder is not really a Christmas-themed folder. However, the pattern seemed very "festive" to me, so I used it!

I embossed the ColorMates Heritage White cardstock with a second embossing folder (Cuttlebug Christmas Countdown). I used Pearlescent Swirl cardstock to create the snowflake, using Spellbinders Create-a-Flake Three dies. 

I added just a bit of patterned paper to create a gift card holder on the front of the card.

This next card was fun to make, plus I used some products that I have had in my stash for ages and have never used before!

I embossed Petallics Beargrass cardstock with an embossing folder (Cuttlebug Ornaments) and trimmed it to size. Petallics papers are shimmery and heavy weight, so they "take" the embossing very well. I cut the hexagon pattern from ColorMates Originals Deep Berry Red cardstock. This is the first time I have used that die cutting template (from Papertrey Ink)!

I stamped the Christmas ornament image onto ColorMates Heritage White cardstock and cut it out with the Spellbinders 2010 Heirloom Ornament die. 

And there you have it! Christmas in July! Thanks for looking!

I hope you have a chance to check out all that WorldWin Papers has to offer!

WorldWin Cardstock: 
ColorMates Original: Medium Berry Red, Deep Berry Red
ColorMates Heritage Black, Heritage White
ColorMates Textured Cascata: White
Pearlescent: Swirl
Petallics: Beargrass

Designer paper: Carta Bella Winter Fun; Graphic 45 
Stamps: Hampton Art/Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium; Just Rite Christmas Mini Sentiments, Merry and Bright
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black; Clearsnap Colorbox Chalk Alabaster; Close to My Heart Cranberry
Embossing Folders: Couture Creations Exotic; Cuttlebug Christmas Countdown, Ornaments
Die cutting templates: My Favorite Things Fishtail Flag Stax, Layers, Gift Card Pockets Horizontal; Spellbinders Create-a-Flake Three, 2010 Heirloom Ornament; Papertrey Ink hexagon plate
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Button: craft store
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape runner; Aleene's Tacky Glue, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares; Glue Dots adhesive dots


  1. Gorgeous cards, Gloria! Love the traditional colors and that PTI die cut. I have it too and it's one of my fav.

  2. Would never have thought of using a hexagon on a Christmas card, but it looks great! Thanks for sharing all your wonderful ideas. Hugs!!

  3. WOW!Awesome cards!!!They are Beautiful!!!Love your work!!!

  4. So festive and beautiful! Really fantastic cards, Gloria!

  5. I like Christmas in July! Just wanted to say how much I like the highlighting of the embossing in your 1st card. It adds such a subtle, but beautiful, touch!

  6. I love Christmas in July especially when I can see such beautiful cards. Love them both....love all the embossing, just fabulous!!!!

  7. Both cards are really pretty. I love that they aren't overdone!

  8. beautiful cards my friend :)

    well after living 40 years in Las Vegas it is NOT somewhere i want to go to in July!!! lol

  9. Wow gorgeous cards! You did a beautiful job!!

    ♥ Jo's Scrap Shack ♥

  10. Very pretty cards, I especially love the embossed background with the die over top and the pretty ornament, very classy!

  11. These are fantastic. Love all the texture in that first card, and the layered snowflake is wonderful. Great reminder to get started on my Christmas cards!