Christmas in July!

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It’s always a great time to celebrate all the things you love about Christmas, even in the middle of the year! The concept of a Christmas in July crafting party has been around for a while, and this year, we’re getting in on the fun! (Fun fact: Some crafters call their Christmas in July parties LEON parties—that’s NOEL spelled backward! 🤓🎄)

No matter how you choose to celebrate or what type of projects you feature at your soiree, a Christmas in July party is a fun excuse to get together with friends, family, and fellow crafters, and prepare for the upcoming holiday season, or catch up on your scrapbooking from the last year!

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For our Christmas in July celebration, we’ve brought back one of our favorite paper suites from the past—White Pines—and given it a fresh look with an updated color scheme and a brand new 12″ x 12″ sticker sheet!

This gorgeous collection is accompanied by four stamp sets, two workshop kits, and a product bundle, which includes all the exclusive White Pines products! With so many adorable holiday designs and products, the refreshed White Pines suite is just what you need to get into the Christmas-in-July spirit!

To get your own Christmas in July party started off on the right foot, a few handmade decorations can be a great addition to the festivities. For a fun take on a Christmas tree, we’ve taken this awesome pineapple, given it its own pair of stylish sunglasses cut from our Cricut® Stars & Sparklers collection, and outfitted its crown with a few festive paper ornaments from our Artbooking collection! (Learn more about these Cricut® collections, here.)

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You can also spruce up your backgrounds with a fun and simple garland. For this festive spread, we’ve repurposed the gnomes from our Chillin with My Gnomies Stamp + Thin Cuts for a more summery Santa Claus and fellow elves! Pair a few of these cut-outs with festive patterned stars, dress them up in red, white, and green stripes, and voila! You have a cute summer Santa garland!

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With a few handmade decorations on hand, you’re all set for your very own Christmas in July, Leon party! Once you’re finished with your décor, it’s time to plan what you and your guests will make during the party itself. Popular choices for Christmas in July party crafts are scrapbook pages to document precious Christmas memories, or Christmas cards for the upcoming holiday season.

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If you’re looking for project ideas to incorporate into a Christmas in July party, our White Pines scrapbooking and cardmaking workshop kits are a great way to keep your celebrations going. These workshops come with step-by-step instructions and are easy for crafters of many experience levels to complete.

The White Pines cardmaking workshop kit includes all the exclusive materials you’ll need to create 20 beautiful Christmas cards—4 each of 5 designs!

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A handmade Christmas card for a close friend or family member can be the perfect addition to your holiday festivities and making these cards early on will leave you with more time for other festive traditions, all while helping you feel a little bit of Christmas magic, even when Christmas is half a year away!

Another way to keep your Christmas spirit strong year-round is to create holiday-themed scrapbooking pages! We all have treasured memories and traditions that we want to document, and many of these are centered around special occasions, like Christmas.

With our White Pines scrapbooking workshop kit, it’s a breeze to create gorgeous scrapbook pages for your favorite holiday memories! This workshop includes the White Pines materials you’ll need to create three two-page layouts and one single page.

Each of these layouts makes a beautiful background for your holiday photos and they’re sure to be pages you’ll adore for years to come!

We’re so excited to be able to provide a starting point for some Christmas in July creativity this year, and we can’t wait to see how you use the White Pines collection! Have you made your own Christmas in July crafts before? Leave a comment below and let us know about your experience!


RECIPES

Pineapple Sunglasses & Ornaments
CC72110 White Pines Paper Packet, X6047 Black Cardstock, X5950 Toffee Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z4213 Silver Embellishing Thread, Z3372 Adhesive Runner, Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Cricut® Stars & Sparklers Collection, Pineapple

Cricut® Shapes:
Artbooking

#M3D45C

Stars & Sparklers
#M22FC2524

Summer Santa & Elves Garland
Z3965 Chillin’ with My Gnomies Stamp + Thin Cuts, CC72110 White Pines Paper Packet, X7271B Wander Paper Packet, X6038 Candy Apple Cardstock, Z3555 Christmas Red Stickles™ Glitter Glue, Z3799 Carnation Red Liquid Pearls™, Z2475 Brown Grey TriBlend™ Marker, Z2484 Citrus Green TriBlend™ Marker, Z2497 Dark Red TriBlend™ Marker, Z2476 Fair Skin TriBlend™ Marker, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Cricut® Basic Shapes, Die-cutting & Embossing Machine, White Twine

Cricut® Shape:
Basic Shapes
#M36989A

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A Valentine for You: FREE Card Patterns!

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We have an early Valentine for all our loyal readers—three free card patterns for you to celebrate along with us and share the love!

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We’ve taken these patterns, which originally made their debut with the White Pines Workshops on the Go®, and created new cards using our Whimsy Fundamentals creative collection and some cardstock—and we just love how they turned out!

These timeless patterns can be used for every celebration and occasion with the right combination of papers, Complements, and sentiments. If you’re not sure how to mix and match these products, we’ve taken the guesswork out of the equation for you! For effortless coordination, simply choose one of our creative collections from our idea books and stick to just those products within the suite when making your cards. It really is that easy!

Download the patterns below and share some love this Valentine’s day with a handmade card from the heart! <3

 

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For even more timeless cardmaking patterns, check out our newest how-to book, Make It from Your Heart™ volume 4, which just debuted this January! If you love the free patterns on the blog, you’re sure to be blown away by the beautiful, one-of-a-kind, patterns in this book.

 

 

 


Recipes

4¼ x 5½ You Make a Difference Card (Vertical)
Z3350 Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet, X5948 Heather Cardstock, Z3354 Inspire Complements, Z3361 Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

4¼ x 5½ Like an Artist Card (Horizontal)
C1685 My Acrylix® Inspire Stamp Set, Z3350 Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5948 Heather Cardstock, Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3354 Inspire Complements, Z3361 Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

4¼ x 5½ You Make My Heart Happy Card (Vertical)
A1192 My Acrylix® Happy Heart Stamp Set, Z3350 Whimsy Fundamental Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5948 Heather Cardstock, Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3354 Inspire Complements, Z3361 Whimsy Ribbon Pack, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

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A Cricut® Christmas!

The “most wonderful time of the year” deserves equally wonderful scrapbook pages, wouldn’t you agree? In the spirit of the season, we are sharing four scrapbook pages that show how Cricut® Artistry can make your Christmas memories absolutely magical!

First off, let’s have a look at this classy piece:Let Cricut® help you craft some Christmas memories! #closetomyheart #ctmh #cricut #christmasShapes from the Artistry cartridge add a festive feeling to this page, especially the layered deer head that literally pops right off the page with the help of some 3-D foam tape. The Cricut® Artistry collection also gets credit for those delicate two-toned holly leaves.

What other details do we love about this page? We love the calendar card from the Picture My Life™ Through the Year scrapbooking program. We also love the “joy” sentiment on the bottom-left corner of the page; it was made using white embossing powder, giving it the look of snow in stark contrast to a nighttime sky.

Speaking of snow . . .Let Cricut® help you craft some Christmas memories! #closetomyheart #ctmh #cricut #christmasThere’s no easier way to cut intricate snowflakes than with your Cricut® Artistry cartridge! With some watercolor paint splatters, mini snowflake stamps, and bitty sparkles, these flakes become something really special. It may seem counterintuitive to put white snowflakes on white cardstock, but you can see it definitely works! The snowflakes add a subtle background and texture to the cardstock, which has us dreaming of a white Christmas!

And since we scrapbookers are all about getting the most out of our papers, we’ve got a clever Cricut® trick for you to try out. After cutting out shapes with your Cricut®, use that sheet of cardstock as an overlay, like in this example:Unknown-15See how the snowflake-shaped spaces become stunning designs on this page? Let’s zoom in on that.Unknown-17Try out all sorts of different backgrounds behind your cutouts. We used white shimmer trim and silver foil tape, in addition to clustered embellishments, to add the wonder to this winter wonderland. When you have all your backgrounds in place, attach the cardstock with the cutouts with 3-D foam tape so it pops.

Feeling inspired? Well just wait until you see all the Cricut® magic on this page!Unknown-18You know, we heard Santa Claus was coming to town, so we really went to town with the Cricut® cuts on this page—Santa is made of four different layers of paper! And the trees and “Joy” tag are each made of three layers! What’s great about the Cricut® Artistry collection though is that it makes creating elaborate scenes like this simple and fun. You also get to decide which scenes to create and how to arrange the cuts on the page.

The Santa scene pairs perfectly with our White Pines paper, and some watercolors and embellishments really top this page off perfectly.

Ready to make your own Christmas masterpiece? Then pull out your Cricut® and put on your thinking cap—or Santa hat—for a day of holiday crafting! Make sure to use the hashtag #cricutartistry when sharing your creations online!

Recipes

 12″ x 12″ Joy Page
A1174 My Acrylix® Spray of Joy, X7202B Kaleidoscope Paper Packet, Z3176 Picture My Life White Pines Scrapbooking Program, Z3177 Picture My Life Through the Year Scrapbooking Program, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, 1282 New England Ivy Cardstock, X5777 Fern Cardstock, Z3146 Watercolor Paper, Z3126 Paper Fundamentals Enchantment, Z2163 White Daisy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark Ink Pad, Z3077 White Pines Assortment, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z2010 White Enamel Stars, Z3090 Red Enamel Gems, Z2068 Ranger White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z726 Sponge Daubers, Z555 Craft Heater, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen Journaling Pen, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Thread

 Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
3½” <Thksgvng> (p. 45)
3 ½” Shift <Thksgvng> (p. 45)
¾”, 1″ and 1 ½” Icon-1 <Christms> (p. 48)
¾”, 1″ and 1 ½” Shift+Icon-1 <Christms> (p. 48)

12″ x 12″ Let It Snow Page
Reflections: Bottom Border—Tucked In
B1483 My Acrylix® Season’s Greetings, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3130 Silver Foil Tape, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen Journaling Pen, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
1¾” and 2 ½” Icon-1 <Winter> (p. 49)
2″ Shift+Icon-1 <Winter> (cut 2, p. 49)
2¼” and 3” Icon-2 <Winter> (p. 49)
2¼” Shift+Icon-2 <Winter> (cut 2, p. 49)
1¼” <Font> “Let It Snow”

12″ x 12″ All Bundled Up Page
X7200B White Pines Paper Packet, 1385 White Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, X5930 Slate Cardstock, X5776 Peacock Cardstock, Z3122 Enamel & Glitter Duos Blue Dots, Z3089 Grey Enamel Gems, Z1752 Sparkles Clear Assortment, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Z3024 White Shimmer Trim, Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, Z3130 Silver Foil Tape, Z3095 Whisper Thick Twine, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen Journaling Pen, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
1 ½” and 2″ Icon-1<Winter> (p. 49)
1″and 2″ Shift+Icon-1 <Winter> (p. 49)
1″and 2¾” Icon-2 (p. 49)
1½” and 2″ Shift+Icon-2 (p. 49)
3″ <Font> “all bundled up”

12″ X 12″ Happy Christmas Page
D1656 My Acrylix® Miracle of Christmas, D1657 My Acrylix® Holly Jolly Christmas, X7200B White Pines Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5779 Poppy Cardstock, X5751 Sorbet Cardstock, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2652 Poppy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2650 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3145 Picture My Life™ Overlay Black, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Z3093 Fern Thick Twine, Z3090 Red Enamel Gems, Z3114 Instalife Roller Stamp This Happened, Z3115 InstalifeRoller Stamp Day-to-Day, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z2027 Mini Stapler, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
2½” Icon-1 <Holiday> (p. 47)
2½” Shift+Icon-1 <Holiday> (p. 47)
2½” Icon-2 <Holiday> (cut 2, p. 47)
2½” Shift+Icon-2 <Holiday> (p. 47)
2½” and 3½” Icon-2 <Holiday> (p. 48)
2½” and 3½” Shift+Icon-2 <Holiday> (p. 48)
2¼” Shape <Christms> (p. 48)
2¼” Shift+Shape <Christms> (p. 48)

All these products are available through one of our Independent Consultants. To find a Consultant near you, visit closetomyheart.com and click on “Find a Consultant” in the top right corner of the page.

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Get Ahead on Your Christmas Cards!

There are two types of people in this world: those who barely let Halloween pass them by before pulling out the Christmas decorations, and those who keep every sprig of holly tucked away until at least December 1. No matter which type of person you are, you can’t deny that Christmas is the busiest time of year. So get ahead of that Yuletide dash by preparing your holiday cards now!

Why? Well, if you get started now, you’ll have time to create beautiful and detailed artwork like this:Get ahead on Christmas cards! #CTMH #closetomyheart #ctmhwhitepines #christmascards
Isn’t this family postcard adorable? The gold embossing adds such a festive feel, especially when paired with the White Pines paper packet. White Pines also makes a cheery statement on the Christmas tag. Customized gift tags like this are a wonderful way to brighten up your Christmas wrapping! The gold sequins add such a thoughtful detail. Speaking of details…Get ahead on Christmas cards! #CTMH #closetomyheart #ctmhwhitepines #christmascards
…there’s that gorgeous gold again! That stylish shimmer really makes the sentiments shine, while also adding a unique texture to the card. For even more texture, try using an embossing folder to create an embossed pattern like you see on the Chocolate cardstock. These details add a touch of class and luxury to your cards, don’t they? Ah, the power of details.
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But maybe you are looking for another solution for your Christmas cards, perhaps something you can duplicate quickly and easily. If that’s you, we recommend our Workshops on the Go® White Pines cardmaking kit! This kit comes with all the supplies you need to make 15 cards, plus a guide that gives you step-by-step instructions for how to cut, stamp, assemble, and accessorize the three different Christmas card designs.

If you’re looking for an even quicker Christmas card option, we’ve got just the thing! Say hello to our holiday Cut Above™ card kits: Boughs & Berries and Deck the Halls. The great thing about Cut Above™ is that we’ve done all the designing and cutting for you. All you have to do is the stamping and assembly! You get to create 10 beautiful cards from each pack, and you end up with a beautiful, handmade result with less work! So don’t let Christmas sneak up on you! Let our White Pines paper collection or one of our cardmaking kits help you get ready before the rush. Bring on the holly!

Recipes

5″ x 7″ Merry Christmas Postcard
Originals: Always Right™
D1657 Holly Jolly Christmas, B1483 Season’s Greetings, X7200B White Pines Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2650 Fern Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3093 Fern Thick Twine, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder

Cricut® Shape:
Artistry
1 ¾” Shape <0> (p. 10)

5″ Christmas Joy Tag
M1126 My Acrylix® This Is Christmas, D1664 My Acrylix® Packages, Boxes, & Tags, X7200B White Pines Paper Packet, Z2116 Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2162 Honey Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3093 Fern Thick Twine, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
3″ Icon-2, <Christms> (p. 48) 3″ Shift+Icon-2 <Christms> (p. 48) Art Philosophy 5″ <Tag4> (p. 60)

5 ½” x 4 ¼” Make It Merry Card
D1617 My Acrylix® Make it Merry, X7200B White Pines Paper Packet, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z3090 Red Enamel Gems, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder

4 ¼” x 5 ½” Joy to the World Card
C1628 My Acrylix® Christ is Born, X7200B White Pines Paper Packet, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3093 Fern Thick Twine, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder

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White Pines to the Rescue!

The charming White Pines paper packet may have been inspired by the holidays, but there’s no need to confine it to your Christmas crafts—or even to winter! It can do so much more! For example, take a look at this beautiful autumn page using the Champagne B&T Duos™ paper featured in White Pines.

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Don’t the warm tones really give this project the feeling of fall? We especially love the distressing on the edges of the wreath, which our artist accomplished with the help of a sponge dauber and our Cashmere Exclusive Inks™ stamp pad. Here’s how: After cutting the wreath out of Colonial White cardstock using our Cricut® Artistry collection, she laid it over some scratch paper. Then, she inked a sponge dauber in Cashmere ink. After blotting the sponge dauber on the scratch paper to get rid of some ink, she rubbed it in a circular motion over the edges of the wreath. This technique creates a rustic look that is perfect for fall!

The kraft and Chocolate cardstock really complement the tones of the White Pines background, and we love the pop of bright color added by the leaves. Eggplant, Ruby, Saffron, and Goldrush cardstock carry on that homey theme, as they invoke memories of sipping warm apple cider, huddling around the hearth, and jumping into piles of crisp, golden leaves!

It’s amazing what small artistic details can do to convey a message. Look at the stitching on the wreath: Thread always invokes images of quilts and blankets, and for a page about crisp, cool fall, what could be more perfect than that? To get this look, poke holes in your cardstock with our piercing tool. This makes it easy to space the holes out evenly and thread the paper without creating crinkles or tears.

To find even more artwork inspiration featuring our White Pines paper packet, be sure to search #ctmhwhitepines on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. When you create your own White Pine masterpieces, be sure to share your artwork with the world by using this hashtag as well!

Recipe

12″ x 12″ Happy Autumn Page
Reflections: Bottom Border—Portrait™
B1492 My Acrylix® Fallen Leaves, B1484 My Acrylix® Jennifer’s Hand, X7200B White Pines Paper Packet, X5643 Chocolate Cardstock, X5774 Eggplant Cardstock, X5927 Ruby Cardstock, 1243 Goldrush Cardstock, X5778 Saffron Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z2170 Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2647 Eggplant Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2175 Cashmere Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2123 Goldrush Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3124 Enamel & Glitter Duos Purple Hearts, Z726 Sponge Daubers, Z2046 Piercing & Embossing Tool Kit, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
2 ½” Icon-1 <Fall> (p. 44)
11 ½” Background <Fall> (p. 44) 

Artbooking
1 ¾” Title <n> (p. 73)

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