Christmas in July: I’m a guest hopper today!

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Brian King asked me to join his July InKing Royalty blog hop as a guest and of course I said yes!  I know it seems early to be thinking about making holiday cards but our current Stampin’ Up catalog has some great stamps and accessories to get us inspired before the Holiday catalog comes out.  Today you will get to go on a tour of some creative blogs, all sharing their inspiration for Christmas in July.  See the blog hop links at the bottom of my post to go see them all!

cindy brian

A little side note- most of you know the talented Brian King (and if not, you will meet him on the blog hop) but I first met him 3 or 4 years ago at a SU convention, thanks to Cindy (middle).  I loved his positive outlook and humor immediately and we’ve been friends since.  I love how stamps, ink and paper bring amazing people into my life just when I need it!

Let’s get to the hop! Here is my card:


We have SO much great inspiration in the SU catalog.  Look on page 26 and you will see my inspiration:

page 25 SU christmas close up

Although this is a very pretty card, the fussy cutting will be time consuming if you are making more than 5 cards.  I simplified it and cut down a few steps.


Our embossing folder, Holly, is a must-have!  Deeply etched and crisp design is perfect.


Then the paper!  This is from the annual catalog and is a lighter weight paper in vanilla, Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green.   There are 24 sheets, 12 x 12, and 4 sheets of each double sided design.  I cut it down to 2″ x 4″, so it yields 18 pieces per sheet!  All of the designs are great and will work with this card layered with Cherry Cobbler or Garden Green card stock.


 We also have this great 1/4″ vanilla ribbon with a gold stripe center.  It comes in Silver also if you aren’t a gold lover.   I think vanilla, gold and cherry look so great together. I also added the gold enamel dots.


The stamp set is in the annual Stampin’ Up catalog and is called peace this Christmas.  I used Archival Basic Black for greetings and Garden Green for greenery.

I love how it looks vintage-y without all the work!

linda heller this christmas 2

Thanks for stopping by! Linda

Next stop on the blog hop is the very artistic Shawn de Oliveiri.  Go see his Christmas in July post at

Thank you for hopping along with us!   If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  3. Linda Heller at Where the Rubber Hits the Road…  YOU ARE HERE
  4. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  5. Karen Browning at StampWithMeKZB
  6. Lory Robinson at The Robin’s Nest Designs
  7. Imogene Thomas at
  8. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  9. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  10. Becky Volpp at InkBlossom with Becky
  11. Natalie Bradley at

Here are my Stampin’ Up supplies for this project.  Click on any item to view in my SU online shop:

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30 Responses to Christmas in July: I’m a guest hopper today!

  1. nbradley2013 says:

    Linda, this is gorgeous!! I want that paper and stamp set! 🙂 Thank you for hopping with us today!

  2. sonny peterson says:

    Love this card ! Thank you for all the helpful tips and especially the close up of the Holly EF . Hard to see in the catty ! That is the reason I enjoy Stamping School because you always give such great side tips .
    Oh and couldn`t help ,but notice that extremely HANDSOME man in your photo !!

  3. Candy Ford says:

    I love the way you simplified the catty card to make a Loy of them more easily. Thanks for joining the blog hop!

  4. Pam Morris says:

    So much fun to see you on the hop! Great card…so much talent in one tiny person! Xoxo

  5. Hello Hopper! Beautiful Christmas card! I love how you simplified the card and yet it is still gorgeous! Love that embossing folder too!

  6. Brian says:

    Such a great project, Linda! I love how you’ve detailed all the products used and how you’ve CASEd the design from the catalog. While I like the original card sample, you’ve made it cleaner and more approachable. So glad you could hop along with us today!

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  8. Cindy Brumbaugh says:

    Beautiful card I am ready to CASE for a Stamp-a-Stack, Linda! I am always inspired by your designs, and I took a second look at that embossing folder after this post- it is really, really pretty:)

  9. mkskinkare says:

    Beautiful card Linda! Thank you for all the details on how you put this card together!

  10. Linda, thanks so much for joining us today! Love your vintagey card! I actually enjoy fussy cutting, but would not attempt it on a whole set of Christmas cards, so you gave us a beautiful option.

  11. Linda Heller says:

    I think fussy cutting is relaxing also! Especially if there’s a good movie on and I can just whittle away:)

  12. Linda Heller says:

    Gotta have it! and I love that picture of us:)

  13. Linda Heller says:

    It was lovely to be asked:)

  14. Linda Heller says:

    Hey Linda! Thanks for the comment and you know I love your stamping style, too!

  15. Linda Heller says:

    you are too funny! I’m sure I was listening to ‘our’ music when I stamped it!

  16. Linda Heller says:

    He is handsome, isn’t he! and yes, I do love that folder! It’s my fav for the upcoming season!

  17. awesome cards from all of you!….I’ll start my Christmas Cards now! thanks for the little push!

  18. Linda Heller says:

    Lots to choose from I think! Have fun!

  19. wow… how did I miss this awesome stamp set? Beautiful card… thanks for sharing and thanks for joining our hop this month!!!

  20. Linda Heller says:

    Thanks! Fun joining in this round!

  21. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful! Needed a 3rd card design for my Christmas-in-July Stamp Camp, chose this stunning card that stood out from everything I was seeing on Pinterest, then realized it was from none other than my upline… not the first time it happens.

  22. I love love love your card. It is vintage yet modern!!! Beautiful :> I am so glad Brian asked you to hop along with us. You work is awesome

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