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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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