Perhaps if you’re used to a Northern Hemisphere Christmas it does.   The Inklings Team have decided to have a little Christmas in July blog hop and I’ll like to thank you for stopping by to see my little corner of the winter wonderland (not to mention giving me a great excuse to get out all my Christmas goodies to play with!)

My first project was inspired when I saw this cute star card at Shelli Gardner’s blog . She received one as a lovely little gift from an Aussie visitor.

Looks just like a little book when it’s closed. But when you open it up . . . .

It’s a pretty little star! I’ve  put in 6 squares instead of Felicity’s 5 so that I could have alternating colours.  These can be made any size, as long as you’re using squares. These squares are 10cm x 10cm each, but I am planning to make some teeny tiny ones to decorate my Christmas tree and some bigger ones for household decorations. A great way to use up left-over Christmas papers from last Christmas so that you can get some of this year’s scrummy papers! You could use these stars in any colour way for any festive occasion.

My favourite Christmas stamp, well, one of them, is “Dasher” and he features on this Christmas card.

If you read my blog , I had a recent post about how easy it was to make a scallop square.  Needless to say, now that it’s my favourite thing to do, it’s on a Christmas card. The base card has been sprayed with a shimmer mist made from the Stampin’ Up! Shimmer Paint and some Isocol (rubbing alcohol). This would be an easy card to replicate en masse – all you need to do is break it down into its component parts. Start by preparing each ‘section’ of the card (cut it, spray it, stamp it or punch it) and when the desired quantity of each component has been made, it’s time to assemble.  If you break each section down into one ‘job’ per night, you could sit there and make your Christmas cards while watching >>insert favourite TV program here<<.  And before you know it, it will be December and you will have all your cards made and ready to be posted (and you’ll be just a little bit chuffed with yourself for being so organised!).  This little fella could be stepped-up with some bling, or the orientation could be changed to make it a ‘portrait’ card, not to mention that any number of different colour combinations would work beautifully.  Dasher just makes this card so Christmas. Insert a different image and it’s a birthday card.

Now, how would you like to win some Blog Candy? Simply leave a comment on each of the 15 blogs in the hop and then email clare@crafty-cow.com with Inklings Blog Hop in the subject line (sorry this isn’t open to SU! demos – but feel free to leave some comment love anyway ;))  Once you’ve done that you’ll be in the running for a fantastic prize of 15 handmade items from the Inklings Hoppers.  In the meantime, why not hop on over to Alana’s blog to see what she has to show you!

Thanks for visiting!

Michelle

PS- Just in case you’ve lost your way on the hop, here’s the list of the hoppers:

1. Clare http://www.crafty-cow.com
2. Janice http://www.janicespencer.blogspot.com
3. Christie http://www.christiescreativecorner.blogspot.com
4. Kari http://www.karigail.wordpress.com
5. Joanna http://www.joannawassens.com
6. Michelle https://stampinground.wordpress.com
7. Alana http://www.alanagalagher.blogspot.com
8. Carol http://www.inkantations-and-inkarnations.blogspot.com
9. Cath http://cathdeanpapercraft.blogspot.com
10. Amy http://amyandersonsblog.blogspot.com
11. Vanessa http://stampness.blogspot.com
12. Michelle D http://stampinkpaper.blogspot.com
13. Ryn http://rynscraps.blogspot.com
14. Fiona B http://fionajanestamping.blogspot.com
15. Liz Halbisch http://lizhalbisch.blogspot.com

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