Blue Christmas Card and BLOG CANDY

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Christmas in July:  Blue Christmas Card with Polly’s Paper Studio and BLOG CANDY

Hello, Friends!

This is my very last Christmas in July project…and you know that old saying about saving the best for last?  This might be my favorite project made from Polly’s Paper Studio Retro Christmas Creative Kit. There’s just something about these soft colors and beautiful image in this blue Christmas card that makes me happy.

Kathy by Design/Blue Christmas CardI love blue and white…but on a Christmas card, they just make me feel all cozy and nostalgic.  I stitched the pretty retro Christmas ornament onto white burlap, then matted on blue cardstock.  The pretty papers and sweet little tag came in the kit.  I added doilies, ribbon, snowflakes, brads and sequins to make this card sparkle and shine.

Blue Christmas Christmas Kit 02Silver foil paper around the edges and soft blue stitching add to the warmth of this pretty card.  The layers are simple: two papers from the kit, topped with two doily borders from my stash and the stitched focal.

Blue Christmas Christmas Kit 03I added find glitter to the focal image, but it is hard to pick up with the camera.  In real life, this card sparkles like it has been dusted with freshly fallen snow.  My silver snowflake sports a glittery blue brad in the center.  Framing the focal image like this makes a real impact.

Blue Christmas Christmas Kit 04I created a big poufy bow with Blue Topaz Satin Swiss Dots Ribbon then topped it with pretty holiday silver and white bead and berry sprays. I sprinkled some silver sequins around to add even more shimmer and shine.

Blue Christmas Christmas Kit 05The inside of the card contains paper that was inked, spritzed and then stamped with one of Tim’s Holiday stamps.  The sentiment is a retired Stampin’ Up holiday greeting.  I had one little tiny scrap of the pretty polka dot paper left over from the kit, and added it as a banner.  It’s the perfect spot to add a signature and personal message.

So let’s tally it up:  Using the Retro Christmas Creativity Kit I was able to make 3 adorable snowman cards, one altered art box with a mini album inside, and this soft and shabby blue Christmas card.  That’s a lot of mileage from one small kit!

Blog Candy Announcement

Thanks for joining me for my Christmas in July event!  And since Christmas is all about giving, I thought I’d share a little BLOG CANDY with you.   I have a random assortment of Heartfelt Creations Stamps….10 sets in all…and I would like to share them with TWO lucky winners.

You should know that these are not NEW stamps…they have been very gently used in my design team work.  They are not in fancy packaging…just in clear bags.  But they stamp great.  I will tell you that I have stamps from the Sweet Lullabies Collection, Burst of Splendor Collection, Romantique Garden Collection,  All Geared Up Collection, Majestic Morning Collection, and Celebrate the Journey Collection.  There are 20 individual stamps in all.  Each winner will receive 10 stamps.  It’s totally random….and it will be a total surprise to you what stamps you receive.

To enter this  Blog Candy giveaway:
  1. Become a follower of this blog.  Use the sign up widget in the upper right hand corner of my sidebar.
  2. Leave a comment below telling me whether you make or buy your Christmas cards.
  3. Tell me whether you are a US follower or an International follower.  I will pick ONE US follower and ONE International follower to win.

That’s it!  I’ll draw TWO lucky winners on July 30th….because that’s my birthday and how fun is that?

Thanks for stopping by!



This card is available in my ETSY shop.


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40 thoughts on “Blue Christmas Card and BLOG CANDY

  1. didlet

    Beautiful card Kathy! You know I am a follower and love your work. I make my Christmas cards and live in the US. Happy Birthday!!!

  2. thecobweboriumemporium

    Love the crisp blue and white combination, Kathy, and the red pop of colour really makes the whole thing ‘sing’.

    Your birthday is the same day as my mums, and the same date as my daughter and s.i.l’s wedding anniversary! So — now I know that your birthday is the same date, I’m highly unlikely to forget! (yay.. love it when something like this happens – it helps my rubbish memory.)

    Sending oodles of love and squishy stuff ~ Cobs. x

  3. Cindy Feagle

    Beautiful projects Kathy! I make my cards for Christmas (birthdays too) and I live in Oregon. Your a Leo like my daughter, who just celebrated her birthday on the 23rd. Happy birthday!

  4. Michel E

    I became a follower on facebook. That is all I saw about becoming a follower. Love the card. I am from Alabama. Thanks for the chance to win.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

  5. Carol Sterenstein

    Thanks for letting us know what extras you’ve added, Kathy! Love the card and the kit.

    I make my cards for special people and buy for business and those who I know just throw their cards away. I put a lot of time and effort into creating and really, if I know they are not appreciated and will be tossed in the trash, I feel it isn’t worth the effort. On the other hand, for those who I know love receiving cards made especially for them, I get immense pleasure in designing and creating for them.

    I am a US follower and look at every one of your emails! Thanks again.

  6. Carol

    Hi Kathy a gorgeous Christmas scene to lose track of time in. It evokes memories from Christmas past and gives a real nostalgic feel. An international follower who loves your work. So glad I found you x

  7. Mary Elizabeth

    Oh my — Blog Candy — definitely Christmas in July 🙂 Hi Kathy — I seriously envy your ability to make cards. That is so not my gift. You can layer things and put bows in the right place. Gorgeous colors too. Love the inside as well. I make Christmas tags to give to people that I see. Im usually so exhausted by the end of the semester (I teach at the university) that I don’t send Christmas cards. Terrible … I know. Anway, I’m just up the Mountains from you in Apex so I guess that makes me a US follower 🙂 Have a great weekend!! — Mary Elizabeth

  8. JudyB

    Gorgeous card Kathy. Love that blue and silver combo, it does remind me of snow. I make handmade cards for special people who I know will appreciate them. I love Heartfelt Creations stamps and would love to win some. Thanks for the chance to win.

  9. LINDA

    Very beautiful card,,, I started making my own cards last year,,,, and now I am totally addicted !!!!! Thank you for the chance to win,,,, keeping my fingers crossed 🙂

  10. Rhonda Zamora

    Hi Kathy, I love this card! I make all of my Christamas Cards. I am a US follower. I read your blog almost everyday. I really enjoy your work. I would love an opportunity to win – thank you!

  11. soozyb2013

    I do love baby blues and silver. This card is absolutely “frosty” 🙂 I try and make my own cards, the list is smaller now, so hoping to make them all this year. Love your blog Kathy and you always make me smile!

  12. catloverarctic

    love your retro blue vintage nostalgic card and I love heartfelt creations! I have been a us follower of yours for quite awhile and I really enjoy your cards!

  13. smithgfb

    Your blue and white card just speaks to me! Of course I love blue! I adore the ornament, the sparkle and the lovely doily border under it all! Since I make all my Christmas cards this makes me feel like I’m behind since I’ve not started to do any!

  14. mjmarmo

    You make the most gorgeous cards!! I follow on bloglovin and get your email! Hi from michigan, USA.

  15. Jen

    When you look at your card you get the same feelings that you get when you pull the curtains back on a snowy morning and everywhere is just twinkling and fresh. Xxxjen

  16. Pattie Jns

    Hi Kathy, WOW! this is fantastic, I love the blue and red contrast. warm an cozy an bright an shinny. Me I am deep in the heart of Texas USA. at the moment anyway. ….have a good day….thanks for the blog candy an well wishes to all….your a sweetie.

  17. LuvtoKraft

    I love seeing blues on Christmas cards, Kathy, and that red is the perfect red to top it all off! It’s a beautiful card! I don’t send stacks of cards every year, but the ones I do send are all handcrafted. You know I follow your every post from here in Washington State! I was so lucky to win some great stamps from you last time, please leave me out of the drawing and give the others a chance. Good luck to all!

    A very Happy Birthday on July 30th and please make sure to eat dessert first!


  18. Tona

    Wow, this card is amazing!
    I already follow your blog & yes, I make my own Christmas cards each year. I live in the US.

  19. Sue D

    Beautiful card. I like how you combined the red and green with the blue and white. I am a follower and make my own Christmas cards. I am a US follower.

  20. Sara Emily Barker

    Gosh, Kathy, You must save this card to send to Wilmington, NC! Better yet, hand deliver it! This is gorgeous; I love the blue and white with the splash of red, and you are so right–it is so reminiscent of an earlier time. I always love that you sew on your cards…I am so inspired by that, but alas, do not take the time as I should, as the sewing machine is tucked away, and only comes out occasionally. I do hope I will be able to get a birthday card off to you. I will be e-mailing you shortly. Love and hugs! Sara Emily

  21. Susan Orndorff

    I can not remember the last time I purchased a card. I make all my own cards now. I live in the good ole USA.

  22. Carla Hundley

    Beautiful card today and
    all of your cards are
    wonderful! I make all my
    Christmas cards and for
    each holiday. Thanks
    for sharing all your work.
    Carla from Utah/USA

  23. Lynn Sewards Best

    Hi Kathy

    I differently am following you!! I know anytime I get an email from you I will be very pleased! I make all my own Christmas cards. My News Year’s Resolution is to make 2 Christmas cards and Tags every month and I am proud to say I haven’t broke this for 5 years! A very proud Canadian who loves to create.

  24. Elaine

    Your Christmas cards are beautiful Kathy, i always make my Christmas cards for friends and my special cards i make a box to put it in ,these i hand deliver.
    I am an international follower of your blog .

  25. Nicole

    I definetly make my own Christmas cards! I love creating specially designed cards for all my friends and family. I am a U.S. Follower. I love this card that you have designed – totally gorgeous!!

  26. 2amscrapper

    Hi Kathy! You know I’m a follower–from U.S. and love your work–such beautiful makes from the kit–I love blue! I make my own Christmas cards. And you know I love Heartfelt Creations–it would be wonderful to be able to use more of their stamps in my work.

  27. D.Ann C

    Fab combo of ribbon, lace and glitter! I always make my own cards… mostly Thank You and friendship cards. Heartfelt Creations stamps are always fabulous… thanks for the chance! Greetings from a Florida follower.

  28. Sally-Ann Huson

    Hi Kathy, I make all my Christmas cards (and many others too) and I am an International follower – yes another Aussie who loves your work and regularly receives your blog ( I am a customer of RRR too!).

  29. D Skene

    Beautiful card! I am already a follower, I make my own Christmas cards and I live in Canada. Happy Birthday on the 30th!

  30. Robin

    Kathy – You know I’m a follower of yours and I love your joyful work…it always inspires me! I make my Christmas cards, but when I was teaching, I would wait and send out January winter wishes cards. I did this because I had more time during Winter Break to focus on making cards. I’m looking forward to making my Christmas cards this year. I live in the good ol’ USA and would love the opportunity to own some stamps that your crafty little fingers have touched! Thanks for being the sweetie that you are! Good Luck to everyone who enters the blog candy giveaway!

  31. TracyM #6773

    DELIGHTFUL card Kathy – LOVE IT ALL!!!
    My birthday was a couple of weeks ago, and now I am excited about yours!!!
    This AUSSIE is sending a BIG THANK YOU for the chance to win 🙂
    PS – I’m already a follower. As for Christmas cards, I used to send only a few handmade cards, last year they were ALL handmade, hoping to do the same again this year but will definitely have to start making them earlier so they arrive in time. I’m an international follower, from Down Under in Australia.

  32. Darlene Pavlick

    WOW this is awesome Kathy! LOVE how that red ornament just POPs off the card … beautifully done (as always). I too follow you and of course I make all my own Christmas cards (I usually send around 60 each year) … my family would be horrified if I sent a store bought card! US follower who is continually inspired by your creativity!

  33. Georgette

    You’re right–there is something magical about blue & white. I do make some of my Christmas cards, and also use store-bought if I run out of time. I’m already a US follower, from the Buckeye State!

  34. Pam

    Gorgeous card, Kathy! Love those blues. You know I follow you and I make all of my Christmas cards. All my other cards, too. US follower who loves your work!

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