Thursday, July 21, 2022

Third Thursdays Blog Hop - Christmas in July

Welcome once again to our Third Thursdays Blog Hop! This month our theme for the hop is Christmas in July! We are sharing some fun holiday projects with you today, and my project is the beginnings of a Christmas advent calendar, featuring the Santa Express Memories & More Card Pack, as well as the coordinating Santa Express Memories & More Cards & Envelopes.
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I've cut some envelopes from the Santa Express Memories & More Cards & Envelopes in half, and laid them over one another so I could trim the flap to look the same on each side. I then used some pieces of the card bases to seal the open side of each half envelope. I layered a 2"x3" card from the Santa Express Memories & More Card Pack on the front, then layered the '1' sticker from the card pack on a contrasting piece of card base from the Cards & Envelopes. That's all you need to could then hang the flap over a string and use a mini clip to keep it in place.

Or, if you want to bling up your half envelope a little more, you could add a ribbon loop like I have done. I folded the flap closed, then used the "mouth" of the Vintage Bottle Punch to take a bite out from the center of the closed envelope. I tucked a loop of Gold 3/8" Shimmer Ribbon through there, adhered the ends inside the envelope as shown above, then tied a bow around it with Linen Thread so I could attach a Flat Jingle Bell Trinket to dangle from it.

My finished advent calendar is going to have 24 of these half-envelopes, then I will use a full envelope for the 25th one. (and there will still be enough supplies from the Santa Express Memories & More Card Pack to make about TWENTY greeting cards!) This project is going to be an activity advent, rather than a treat advent. Inside each envelope you can put holiday activities you want to do together as a family each day. If you are religious, you might like to add a reference to a scripture or inspiring story to read each day, and perhaps a related hymn or holiday carol to sing. If I can find the notebook I had of these activities that I used when my kids were little, I'll share those with the finished project.

TIP: you can use coordinating colored Stampin' Blends to brush over the white inside that may show when you cut pre-printed pieces like these envelopes or card bases.

Stampin' Supplies: Santa Express Memories & More Card Pack, Santa Express Memories & More Cards & Envelopes, Poppy Parade Stampin' Blends Combo Pack, Shaded Spruce Stampin' Blends Combo Pack, Flat Jingle Bell Trinkets, Gold 3/8" Shimmer Ribbon, Linen Thread, Vintage Bottle Punch, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals, Paper Snips, Paper Trimmer, Grid Paper, Bone Folder.

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May 2022 Third Thursdays Blog Roll:
Kimberley Morris YOU ARE HERE
Susan Webster
Angie McKenzie

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