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Ink.Stamp.Share Christmas in July Blog Hop...

Good afternoon and welcome to Christmas in July with the Ink.Stamp.Share blog hop.  

I am sure you are aware by now that I love Christmas crafting and last weekend I held my annual Christmas in July event.  It is my favourite event of the year and I always try and design something which can be packed away and brought out every year.  This year we started off my making a frame.  Can you see what it is made from?  No less than 114 lolly sticks!!!  We created a hexagon by building up layers of sticks alternately until it was our desired width, 19 layers in this case.

We then stained the frame using Walnut wood stain.  I designed a pattern for the bird house which was made from greyboard and covered in the Tidings of Christmas Designer Series Paper.  The roof was also made in greyboard and covered in Soft Suede cardstock before making the roof from some cut down lolly sticks which were also stained.

The decoration was made using the Iconic Dies and the Christmas Trimmings Dies and stamps.  The perch is some rolled up Soft Suede cardstock.  I added some real pine cones, Adhesive Jewel berries and Shimmery Embossing Paste for snow.  It also has lights throughout so it looks lovely at night too.

It was a lovely day and one of our first back to face to face classes.

I made several cards for the class display, here are a couple of them using these amazing products.

Tidings and Trimmings

Tidings and Trimmings

Finally, I always add a little something to the kit bags and this year all attendees received a personalised Christmas decoration.

I hope you like my projects today.  They were really fun to make and everyone seemed to enjoy the day.

I am now going to pass you on to Libby who I know will have something amazing to share with us.

Happy Christmas in July!


Roll Call

Jo Blackman - YOU ARE HERE

Libby Fens

Cindy Mitchell-Clark

Sue McDonald

Annette Ball

Joanna Barnes

Kim Price

Gez Carpenter

Kirsty Pattrick

Tricia Butts

Karen Egan

Mo Rootes

Victoria Littlewood

Tracie St-Louis

Donna Coffman

Donna Lester

Angie McKenzie

Annette Elias

Linda Moore

Stacey Marsh

Cheryl Diana



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  1. This is amazing. So beautiful

  2. Absolutely gorgeous projects Jo, love them all x

  3. Gorgeous projects Jo!! As Usual very creative and well made!

  4. WOW! Exquisite! Stunning! Magnificent projects...I could go on and on. I just love your bag tag for each gal and that birdhouse decorative item!! Cute beyond cute. I live in Iowa and sure wish I could have been at your Christmas in July event. The cards, the craft creations...oh my!