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Christmas in July Blog Hop

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~AWH_Blog_HopToday I'm joining with some Demonstrators from the Art with Heart Stampin' Up! team to present some fabulous Christmas projects to inspire you.  This year we already have new Christmas sets from the 2015-16 Annual Catalogue to play with, as well as some old favourites too.

We also have a brand new 2015 Holiday catalogue coming soon. It will be chock full of products and ideas for your holiday craft projects. If you would like a copy of any of our catalogues, to attend a Stampin' Up! class or join a large fabulous group of crafty women by becoming part of the team (hobby demonstrators welcome), be sure to contact me.

You may have arrived here from the blog of the lovely Kathryn Ruddick, but if not, you can start the journey here and progress to the next blog by clicking on the heart button at the end of the post. 

For my project, I have used the new stamp set 'Every Blessing', which consists of a lovely silhouette image of the shepherds, plus two sentiments. I have heat embossed the main image with black embossing powder before sponging a  sunset over the top with sponge daubers.

The finished panel forms the backdrop in my diorama card, which was inspired by one made by Linda Higgins last year. I have modified the dimensions so that it isn't quite as deep, but you still get the lovely 3D effect. As a result, you can get the front and back panels from one sheet of A4 card stock and it isn't quite as long when you flatten it to post. It is simple to modify the dimensions based on the shape of the framelits you want to use.

Diorama card using Stampin' Up! 'Every Blessing' - Just Judy Designs 

The photo gives a view of the sides of the diorama which are 1" deep and you get a lovely 3D effect looking through the die cuts into the image. I added some spots using 'Gorgeous Grunge' and Encore Silver to represent stars and the pine from 'Lovely as a Tree' frames the scene.


This photo shows the writing panel on the back of the diorama for your greeting. I love the plaid tree from the new 'Lots of Joy' stamp set.


This photo show the card flattened (it is a bit springy!), so the front panel moves to the right. You can make a lovely matching envelope with the Envelope Punch Board, but the dimensions I have used will fit into a purchased 13cm x 19cm envelope, which still qualifies for standard 70c postage in Australia. 

Project Details
Stamps Every Blessing, Lovely as a Tree, Gorgeous Grunge, Lots of Joy
Card stock & Papers     Rich Razzleberry, Shimmer Paper, Whisper White, Gold Glimmer paper
 Ink Versamark, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Encore Silver (retired)
Accessories Rhinestones Basic Jewels
Tools     Deco Framelits, Big Shot, Black Embossing powder, Heat gun, Stampamajig, sponge daubers, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack

My next challenge is to make a card using the die cuts from the Diorama. I'll be back later to show you that one.

Now it's time to head over to the blog of the lovely Kathryn Mangelsdorf who is sure to  have something inspiring for you. Click on the button below.


If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below: 

  1. Ros Davidson
  2. Rachel Woollard
  3. Tina Gillespie
  4. Kayleen McLean
  5. Claire Daly
  6. Kathryn Ruddick
  7. Judy May - that's me!
  8. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
  9. Kate Morgan 


Thanks for looking!



Love.this! Do you have instructions to make it?


Love what you did with my card design! Very elegant, and LOVE your sponging in the background! Beautifully done!
Linda x


Judy, your card is absolutely beautiful. It's one of those "I have to make one" cards.thanks for sharing.

Kathryn Mangelsdorf

wow that is amazing sponging, you are always an inspiration. Must try out one of those cards too.

Ros Davidson

Stunning sponging/brayering work Judy. A fantastic card as always.

Jennifer Roberts

That is absolutely beautiful Judy, very creative well done. :)

Barbara Lindsey

Judy, this is gorgeous. I'm inspired to have a go at making one myself.

Eileen McClean

Really beautiful!!


I love your diorama card, Judy, and the stunning colours you've used. xx

Kate Morgan

Gorgeous Judy, what a stunning project. Your sponging is faultless. Love it.


Beautiful card Judy - love the colours you have used. A very special card for someone to receive and great that it folds flat for posting

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