Friday, July 25, 2014

Mountain Plains Crafters Christmas in July Blog Hop!

Happy Friday everyone! Welcome to the very first Mountain Plains Crafters blog hop! Have you been loving everyone's designs so far? Seeing as I'm a sucker for Christmas cards no matter what time of year it is, I absolutely loved this theme. Oh quit your grumping about the fact that it's July, aren't the prizes worth it? Think of all the ideas you'll have for your own cards this year, especially if you win that fantastic Clearsnap set of the same goodies we used! You have until midnight on Saturday the 26th to enter. ;)

You should be arriving here from my dear friend Debra's blog. Here's a quick reminder of our participants:

Caffeinated Papercuts~Jennifer <<< You are here!

I was so excited when I got my pack of goodies in the mail from Pam (especially since she tucked in that lovely paper, too; I can't wait to use it!). Be sure to go give our friends at Clearsnap some Facebook love for sponsoring this hop! Be sure to tell them Mountain Plains Crafters super-awesome design team sent you. ;)
Smooch Bottle in Spruce, ColorBox in Saddle, Smooch Spritz in Cashmere
Let's face it, the colors were begging to be used on a holiday card and I was more than happy to oblige. I started playing around with the pine cones from Lawn Fawn's Ornate Ornaments set and the Saddle ink to make a really fun, rustic background using kraft paper. The card evolved from there, and this was the end result:

I used the Smooch Spritz on my new pine cone paper to add some shimmer and shine, then let that dry and went to work on the vellum sentiment banner.

So shimmery!
To continue the rustic, woodland feel I grabbed my Gingham Christmas Greetings set from Unity Stamp Co. and inked up the 'happy holidays' sentiment with Memento Cottage Ivy ink. Once dry (vellum = longer drying time, fyi) I taped it to the back of my pine cone paper then went to town with my Crop-a-Dile and some eyelets, then tied some twine through them. I used foam tape to add the panel to my card base, then hand-sketched some holly leaves to color in with the Smooch ink. A bit of Perfect Pearls for berries and this card was done!

Still with me? Good, now lean in close...want to win a Unity Itty Bitty stamp? I have a pile of duplicates on my craft table and I'll be pulling one out for a lucky winner! Just use the Rafflecopter below to enter; contest closes Saturday, July 26th at midnight. Please note; this is Jen giving away a stamp, not Mountain Plains Crafters.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
All right, now go see what Christina has created for us; I bet it's awesome!

Happy Crafting!



I love how shimmery your card looks. The vellum sentiment with the twine gives a touch of elegance with a rustic feel. Great job.


The saddle ink and shimmer spray look fantastic on the kraft paper.

Paula-Scrap Addict

Kraft sprayed with the Cashmere is beautiful! now why didn't I think of that?!


Very lovely card! I really like the shimmer on the kraft!

Carmen M.

Lovin your card. Amazing shimmer


Lovely card.


what great projects you did.

Heather Law Howe :)

The background came out beautifully and I love the vellum for the sentiment- LOVE!

Christina's Creations

That pinecone paper you made is just rad. ^_^

Debra Davison

That card is so shimmery and shiny---LOVE it !!


Love that you made your own background paper. It turned out so nice. Great touch to put the twine down one side.
Vellum always gives an elegant touch to a card.
Wonderful card.

Dawn Fields

Loving the shimmer and shine!

Mary Anne / MA54K

What a fun project! Love that pinecone!

Lu Z

love the shininess!!

Celeste Goff

Such a super cute card! I love the vellum banner!


I love the woodsy feel of your card. The eyelets and twine are super -


Very nice job on the pine cones. You have such an olde world feel to your card it's wonderful. The shimmer is fab. Love Unity Stamps and am a bit jealous that you have duplicates!

Sue D

Very cute. I like the shimmer.


Darling! Rustic is perfect with these colors. Love the pinecones!


Great card!

nancy y

Those pine ones are just fabulous!

Karen (karey2005)

So pretty! The sparkles have almost a snowy effect!


Fun design and shimmery effect, Jen.

Scrapper Myra

Interesting card.


Lovely card - I'm amazed at how it shimmers!

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