July 15, 2009

Christmas in July blog hop

Happy Wednesday! I'm having a little "Christmas in July" today and showing you a little peek at a new product over at Taylored Expressions - Perfect Packages. These amazing little boxes come in different sizes, and now they come in the perfect size to hold the standard A2 size cards! I love putting card sets together, and this incredibly sturdy box really gives the set a professional & classy look. The best part is you don't need any adhesive to assemble it! AND it stays closed by a single magnet clasp in the front - how cool is that? Hop on over to Taylor's blog to find out how you can win your very own set of Perfect Packages! Taylor is also running a special on all Christmas stamps - get them for 20% off from July 15-25!

I thought it would be fun to decorate my box to look like a Christmas gift, all wrapped up, waiting for someone to pull the ribbon. I made quick and easy cards to fit inside - I have 10 cards and 10 envelopes sitting in this box and look how cute they look in there - you could even decorate a set of 10 cards with more layers and embellishments and they would still fit nicely inside!

I used Season of Joy to make my little poinsettia flowers and then added a few drops of Christmas Red Stickles to give the centers just a little pop. This is an excellent way to cut down your cost when mass producing cards. One little bottle of Stickles lasts a LONG time. Love that stuff.

The Baker's Dozen have created more examples for you to peek at today - go check them out.

Jodi Collins
Charmaine Ikach
Ana Wohlfahrt
Karen Motz
Sankari Wegman
Laura Fredrickson
Jami Sibley
Taylor Van Bruggen
Donna Baker
Dawn Easton
and special guest, Rachel Sztonyk

recipe -
stamps: season of joy (stampin' up!)
ink: cranberry crisp
paper: kraft, old olive, cranberry crisp, whisper white cardstock, retired holiday paper
accessories: christmas red stickles, old olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, cranberry crisp stitched grosgrain ribbon, rectangle/scallop nestabilities (spellbinders), perfect packages (taylored expressions), stampin' dimensionals


  1. Stunning Karen! LOVE your clean design and the box really does look like a present...you had me fooled for a second! :)

  2. Beautiful Karen! Love the classy cards with the kraft base and the box is decorated so perfectly, there's no need to wrap it up for Christmas!

  3. I love the way you make Kraft look Hot!!! Love the present of the Perfect package and your layout is crisp and elegant!!! Perfection as always!!! You rock!!!

  4. WOW! I love your box decorated like a present & the great cards inside!

  5. OMG... Love how you used this paper. I have this and have had a hard time using it. Kudos to you. Your coordination of stamps and paper are superb! Your ensemble is beutiful. TFS

  6. I love how simple and *earthy* your cards are and I love the way your box is wrapped for Christmas!

  7. Great box Karen but I especially love the cards you've put inside it. Very clean and classy.

  8. So pretty, Karen! I'm LOVING kraft lately...these are perfect girl!

  9. What an ABSOLUTELY Delightful way to start my day. Karen... this absolutely stunning and full of Christmas Perfection.... just so you know... I am SOOOOOOO copying this idea. These cards are GORGEOUS... I'll be sure to make sure your's is different though OK... hahaha.

    xx SJ

  10. OOOOOH! AAAAAAAH! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this Karen! It totally does look like a fabulous present ready to open on Christmas morning!! I LOVE the cards you made...the colors, layout and design are flawless! FABULOUSNESS my friend...FABULOUSNESS!

  11. LOVE the Kraft and the clean design! These cards are so amazing! I am just so taken with the clean look! LOVE IT! Fantastic Work!
    :) Rachel

  12. Love the new Kraft paper idea.And what you did with your perfect Packaging!

  13. Those packages are perfect and it would be a gorgeous gift for anyone. I love the cards - you did an amazing job!

  14. Gorgeous card - the kraft paper is perfect! Glad I found your blog.

  15. What a gorgeous project! I love your style!