Thursday, July 24, 2014

Mountain Plains Crafters Christmas in July Blog Hop

Happy Friday. Welcome to the MPC Christmas in July Blog hop. Make sure you check out the MPC blog for more details about this hop.

How would you like to win some prizes from
Smooch Spritz- Cashmere
Smooch- Spruce
Color Box - Saddle
All of the designers have used the above products in their Christmas creations.

Rules:  They are actually quite simple, really.  Just comment on each designers page under their Christmas in July project(s) b
y 7/26 midnight EST. Winner will be selected by a random drawing.
Ready, set, go!!!!

Click on the links below to go to each blog

Good Luck,

 When it was decided to do a Christmas in July hop, I was excited because I love Christmas time. I love thinking about how God loves us so much that he would come to earth to be one of us, and die in order to save us. It doesn't get any better than that.

I did have some challenges making my card.

Challenge #1  It was hard to think of making a Christmas card when it hot outside. I listened to some Christmas music to get me in the mood. This song sung by Audrey Assad is one of my favorite Christmas songs.

Challenge #2 My second challenge was trying to make a card using all these products. I love all of them, but they didn't just speak "Christmas" to me.

After a lot of thought, I decided to go for a romantic-vintage Christmas look. I used the Color Box - Saddle  ink with a retired Mark's Finest Paper set called Musical Holiday to create the Silent Night sheet music panel.After I stamped it I did a light pink water color wash over it. When it dried I sprayed it with the Smooch Spritz - Cashmere. When that dried I used a retired SU set called Itty Bitty Background and white acrylic paint to add white paint splatters. (You can see the white splatters in this close up photo.)

I made quilled roses and dyed them pink When they were quilled I sprayed them with the Smooch Spritz.

2 products used one more to go. The Smooch- Spruce... how to use it. After talking with fellow design team member Pam, and one of my dearest friends, she suggested I apply the smooch to a stamp and stamp with it. So I applied the Spruce Smooch to a flourish stamp. These next two photos will show the glimpses of my spruce flourishes.

I made sure I washed my stamp right after stamping with the Smooch- Spruce and it washed up no problems.

To finish my card off, I added ribbon, and pearls on a wire. I added silver dots around the edges.


  1. Oh MariLynn this is gorgeous - love all the texture and the very clever way you have incorporated all the products.

  2. You make me giggle...this card is fabulous!

  3. MariLynn, it's STUNNING!! Gorgeous work, girl.

  4. oh so frilly... these colors just didn't make me think of that {at al} but WOW, this is wonderful!

  5. Gorgeous card! Love the vintage look!

  6. Stunning! The quilled roses are amazing!

  7. Positively gorgeous, I lovelovelove your card, MariLynn!

  8. Those roses are beautiful ! That card is simply beautiful ...

  9. Love the colors. The flowers are wonderful. The music background paper is very nice too.
    Beautiful card. I'd love to receive it this Christmas.

  10. This brought back nostalgic Christmas memories....beautiful!!!!!

  11. very well done - thanks for posting the pics and the great descriptions

  12. What a great card! I love the doily peeking out from behind the focal image!

  13. I love this romantic card. Also, thank you for including descriptions on how you put it together

  14. WOW! That is a lovely, vintage looking, romantic card. It is wonderful. The quilled flowers, ribbon, and pearls. It all flows together into beauty!

  15. You managed to include some of your favorite things and cranked out a vintage beauty. I need to quill some more roses. Yours are awesome. Love the smooch florishes

  16. Very pretty--I like the vintage look you achieved.
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  17. Beautiful! That big white bow is scrumptious!

  18. Beautiful card! Love the 3-D flowers!