Saturday, July 6, 2013

Christmas In July Week 1

 Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas in July to all my friends and fellow crafters! Welcome to the first weekend of our Christmas in July Blog Hop!Each week we are having a different theme. Today's theme is Christmas Cardholders.

Paulette, our hostess, is offering some great prizes on her blog. She is offering a different cartridge as a prize each week and will have a grand prize drawing on July 31st of a rare brand new Christmas (Noel) Cartridge! You can earn entries into the drawings by following and leaving comments on the blogs in the hop. Here are Paulette's prizes for the hop.

Week 1~July 6~Christmas Gift Card Holders:
Prize is a Gingerbread Cart & winner drawn July 12
Week 2~July 13~Christmas Cards:
Prize is a Christmas Cards Cart & winner drawn July 19
Week 3~July 20~Christmas Ornaments:
Prize is a Trim The Tree Cart and winner drawn July 26
Week 4~July 27~Christmas Anything Goes:
Prize is a Christmas Village Cart and winner drawn July 31st

Here are the blogs for today's hop. You won't want to miss any of the great projects, so if you have just fell off Santa's Sleigh and landed here first, why not go back and start at the beginning! 

4~gonescrappin'; You Are Here!

I chose to create a bottle or door hanger gift card holder. It was fun and super easy to create.
I used my Art Philosophy Cartridge - page 25/keypad button 5 and using my Cricut Mini, I cut it at 7.45 width by 10.80 height. 

Then I used December 25th Seasonal to cut Merry Christmas at 2.27 width by 1.25 height for my sentiment. 

Finally, I used a Cricut Craft Room Basic Accent from the bottom row on the basic tab and cut it at 3.375 width by 2.5 height. 

Decorating it was a cinch. I took the accent mat and ran it through my Cuttlebug using the Reflected Damask Embossing Folder by Anna Griffin. I used Gathered Twigs Distress Ink on the mat, then took an old wet toothbrush and dipped it in white acrylic paint, and ran my finger across the bristles to splatter the paint on to the mat. 


I decorated the hanger before I put it together and added some ribbon from Webster's Pages to the top.

I had a couple of left over tags that I made with Santa's Village using my Imagine last year, so I used one of the tags to add some interest to the center of the hanger. It just looked a little "bare" to me. 
Then I added a fun green and red wired bow with a Santa Charm attached to the top. 

I thought it looked cute as a bottle hanger, but I would leave the top bare if you want to use it that way.
Here I hung it off a Winter Candy Apple Soap from Bath and Body Works.

I also thought it would nice hanging off a larger bottle like wine. I didn't have any wine in the house, so I tried hanging it off my shampoo bottle. LOL! 

I love to give Gift cards as presents. It's so much fun to use my Cricut and dress them up in fun unique ways. I really enjoyed sharing a Christmas in July project with you today. Your next stop on the hop is the wonderfully, talented Scraps By Gracie. I know you will enjoy her project!

Finally, how about some blog candy? Leave me a comment before July12th to be entered into a drawing for a $10.00 Michaels Gift Card. 

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Happy Crafting!


  1. How adorable! Thanks for being in the hop! :)

  2. Wowsers, Colleen, your project is gorgeous! Love how your technique of using the distress ink and splattered paint made the mat look like metal! TFS! :-)

  3. Love the idea of the hanging holder. Thank you.

  4. Cool hanging tag/gift holder. Love your paint splattered background. Very creative!

  5. What a great idea. Love the texturing.

  6. Another clever and beautifully executed project! Love the gift card with an added gift! And thanks for the snow spot tutorial - brilliant!

  7. Colleen this is very cool!! I loved the snow technique as well and think that I may just use that very soon!! Thanks for sharing!!

  8. I like how you hung it off of another little gift. Sometimes giving just a gift card doesn't seem like enough, but when hung on a soap or hand lotion, it would be perfect! Thanks for showing us this idea!!

  9. Awesome job! Can't wait to make one.

  10. Well that's just too cool, love how it's attached to something else. TFS!

  11. Cool holder, now Im getting the itch to make Christmas stuff in July!


  12. Beautiful! It's wonderful that it can be used so many different ways.

  13. I love seeing projects from start to finish! You did a great job. I am now a follower of your blog. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  14. Colleen I love the idea of a gift card/bottle hanger. This would make perfect gifts for the teachers at school with a BBW hand sanitizer. Guess I better get busy lifting this for some gifts this year. TFS

  15. I plan to make some summery ones for the many July and August birthdays we ha in our family. Adding it to a bottle of wis will be a BIG hit with these crazy wonderful folks! Many thanks for sharing!

  16. Love the tooth brush splatter idea and how you hung it on the soap bottle. So great.

  17. Great idea of making a bottle hanging gift card holder. We like to give bottles of wine with gift cards, so this idea will come in very handy. TFS.

  18. Oh my gooodness, this is wonderful!!!!! LOVE the idea of kind of two gifts in one!!!

  19. Cute idea to make a hangtag type giftcard holder.

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  21. No wine bottles! Have to fix that somehow! lol Great idea! I never thought of using that door hanger tag like that and that is really cool!

  22. I love how you used a door hanger for a tag holder. I'm going to have to try this tread.

  23. Very pretty hanger! It will look great hanging off a wine bottle! I love how you spattered ink on the accent tag!

  24. This is gorgeous. I love it. TFS.
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  25. Love your clever hanging gift card holder -- it's so pretty and festive!!

  26. Love it and a great project to make with children!

  27. Pretty the splatter paint idea...TFS

  28. HOW TOO SWEET 'n WONDERFUL IS THIS ... love it so much.

  29. I love it. What a great take on a gift card holder!

  30. Super cute idea... like getting two gifts in one!!!

  31. Super cute idea - love the idea of a door hanger!

  32. Beautiful gift card holder!