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Christmas in July Blog Hop


It’s our Christmas in July blog hop and I am so excited that you are joining us! We have 12 stops on our blog hop.  I hope you you take time to comment on each one for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate from us here at Scrap’n Stamp! Also take a peak at the designers Instagram for more chances to win.

Makers know that if you don’t start early you’ll never get everything done. So we have a little inspiration to get you going. Here is my card for the Christmas in July blog hop.  Please bare with me on the photos, they’ve never been my strong suit and glitter looks great in person but is so0000 hard to photograph.

My card feature Spellbinders Gnome Tree die, Ski Lodge embossing folder and sparkly Pop-Up Die Cutting Glitter Foam Sheets. The sheets are what I wanted to share with you – they are fabulous! They cut like butter. One pass, YES I said ONE, on my ancient Big Shot.  Remember when we tried foam cutting a couple years ago?  It was squishing a not matching up, this foam doesn’t do that. AND the glitter doesn’t shed!

With the foam sheet a little goes a long way. I cut my foam sheets to A2 size to fit my Big Shot and realized they were still too big and cut them in half again. I ended up using less then an 1/8 of a sheet of the sparkly Pop-Up Die Cutting Glitter Foam Sheets. in gold, white, red, black and just a scrap of green.

I start by cutting out only the bottom row of Gnomes from the Spellbinder Gnome Tree die in the red Glitter Foam Sheets. I choose to use the middle gnome and set the rest aside for later. One pass through my Big Shot – that all it takes!

This is what I end up with one light string cut from metallic gold cardstock.  A set of hands and a nose cut from white card stock.   From thePop-Up Die Cutting Glitter Foam Sheets – one one set gnome bits in red, two sets of stars in gold, one set of lights in green, one set of shoes in black and a beard and a pom pom in white.  Please note the picture above features black sparkly noses and a shoe cut from card. I realized this much later and it was too late to retake the picture.

Time to assemble our Gnome Tree foam Gnome. Start by adhering  the Green foam lights to the gold string die cut and set aside to dry.  Next I started on a scrap of white card and used my Bearly Arts Glue to assemble the hat, beard and robe.  After it dried a added the shoes and nose – this is when I noticed my mistake! So, I grabbed my R00 Copic and scribbled it on a white scrap of card stock and cut out the proper nose and then grab my sparkly Pop-up Die Cut foam in black and redid the feet.  I used my tweezers to glue the new nose and shoes back on and glued the hands to the arms. Which I ended up colouring with my R00 when the glue had dried because I thought they were too white. All these little bits I was so thankful for my tweezers and the precision tip on the Bearly Arts glue. Your lights should be dry now so position them where you like and glue down.  Final Gnome step,  flip your gnome over and glue the arms to the back so it looks like they are holding the lights.

Now for the card base.  I found that a whole background of embossing was over whelming.  So I redid the card base placing only the bottom half of the card base in the embossing folder and running it through my machine. I used skinny foam dots and mounted this to the card leaving an 1/4″ frame on the Twinkle Season Card above but only 1/8″ frame on the GNOEL card below.  I then mounted the Tree Gnome using foam squares above the embossed area.
Time for a sentiment.  One the top card I used the words “twinkle season” from Holiday Words, a set of  Tim Holtz dies, cut out of gold Glitter foam.  On the bottom card cut out of black Glitter foam I used the GNOEL  from the Honey Bee Stamps Gnome Place Like Home.  After they were assembled I decided it didn’t need the stars I had cut so I left them off but the next day I decided to replace the pom pom that I had cut from sparkly white with the small gold star.

WIN WIN WIN – Leave a comment for a chance to win a $50 Scrap’n Stamp Gift Certificate.  We pick one random winner from all comments left and we’ll announce it  July 25th, right here, on the blog.  I’ll even make it easy for you, leave a comment, which card do you prefer Twinkle Season or GNOEL?

Christmas in july stamp and die sale 25 off

We are celebrating Christmas in July all month. Starting with this Christmas in July Hop & a Christmas sale for 25% OFF select items. There will be other give aways, promos and surprises all month so make sure to check back.  Time to hop on – Alison Cope is next on the hop you can click here.

Here’s the complete list so you don’t miss anyone!

SNS Blog
Allison Cope
Ardyth Percy-Robb
Deepa Robbins
Dina Kowal
Kia Gibson-Clapper
Laurie Case
Mari Clarke
Meghan Kennihan
Nancy Elrick
Tara Nixon Cox
Tracey Mehak McNeely

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Canadian Christmas YouTube Hop Winners

Thank you to everyone who took time out of their busy holiday card making schedules to join us this year on the Canadian Christmas YouTube Hop.  If you haven’t checked it out yet, the contest maybe closed, but the YouTubes  are available.  Here’s the list:

Karen Boyce
Allison Cope
Dorothy Guinan
Mari Clarke
Marie-Pierre Capistran
Cheryl Espie
Candice Richardson
Karen Aicken

And the winner are...


Congratulations to Holly Heffernan, Magda Pazko and Jayne Fosbery they have each won a $100 gift certificate from Scrap’n Stamp.  Please use the link above to claim your prize or click here. You have two weeks to claim your prize until Dec 26, 2022 and they will be sent out Dec 27, 2022

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Santa’s On His Way!

Happy Holidays, my friend! I hope that however you celebrate, you have a safe and happy season.  Santa’s on his way for all the good girls and boys (and grown up’s, too – hey, if you don’t believe, you get socks!). So today’s card features the jolly old elf himself, Santa Claus. It’s also today’s word prompt for the Scrap ‘N Stamp challenge. I hope you’ll play along!


Of course, Santa likes to stay low key and kind of behind the scenes. That’s why he’s giving the “shhh” signal in this, one of my favourite sets. It’s called Secret Santa, from MFT.

Santa's On His Way!

I also used the fabulous new die from Penny Black, called Viewpoint, for the window frame. More about this in the details, below.


To achieve the presents being in front of the tree requires some masking. First, die cut the Santa/tree image from copy paper. Set up your 4.25″ x 5.5″ white cardstock in your stamp positioner. Now, lay the die cut image in the middle of the cardstock. Now, lay the present stamps over the die cut where you want them, surrounding the tree. Press the lid of the stamp positioner down, picking up the present stamps. Now, remove the die cut Santa/tree, and stamp the presents in Nocturne ink. Repeat this as many times as you want, to add more presents – you can also create die cut masks for the present shapes, as well.

Once you’ve stamped your presents, mask those off, and then stamp the Santa/tree image. Now you’re ready to colour with your favourite markers. I used my Copic markers, plus a Spectrum Noir Tri-Blend. You can see all of the markers in the shopping links, at the bottom of this post.


The great thing about this Viewpoint die is that you can use just the frame, or also use the inserts to create depth to your window. First, run the die cut through your Big Shot with white cardstock. You’ll notice that in each window pane, the bottom and left portion of the pane cuts an extra piece. To create the dimension, colour the bottom piece in a lighter shade of grey, and the left side in a slightly darker shade. I chose the Copic W3 Warm Grey and the Spectrum Noir Tri Blend Brown Grey.

Next, run your stamped & coloured image panel through the Big Shot with the Viewpoint die. This cuts your image into 4 panes.  Now, on a background panel, glue the frame, and then the frame inserts. Finally, glue in the 4 sections of your image – and voila!  Of course, you could also choose to leave your image uncut, and simply lay the frame & inserts (or just the window frame) over the whole piece.

Santa's On His Way!


To continue with the illusion of looking into the scene, die cut some of the pine branches in green cardstock using the Poppy Stamps Bird House Pop Up Easel set. Add texture & more colour by sponging on some Mowed Lawn distress ink, and then glue them into the top corners over the window frame.

Stamp the sentiment from the Poppy Stamps Christmas Fun set in Versamark ink onto a strip of red cardstock. Cover it with gold embossing powder, and heat set. Snip some banner tails on each end, and then pop it up with foam squares across the bottom of the window.

Santa's On His Way!


If you have time between your celebrations and wrapping of gifts, I hope that you’ll join us on the Scrap ‘N Stamp Facebook page, for the daily challenge. Simply share your project, using the hashtag #snschallenge, to join. At the end of the month, one participant is randomly chosen, and will WIN a $50 Gift Certificate to shop Scrap ‘N Stamp!

Until then, you can use my Designer Discount Code 10DEB at checkout, and receive 10% OFF your total order (regular priced items).

Affiliate links are provided, at no cost to you. When you choose to use my links, I receive a small commission, which helps me maintain my blog & keep creating. Thanks in advance!

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