Monday, July 23, 2018

Simon Says: Christmas In July Blog Hop

Hi all!Welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

This week the theme is

Christmas In July Blog Hop

Did you know that there are only 21 weeks left to Christmas! It's time to make a start on your preparations!

We are showcasing the fabulous Tim Holtz Products this week! You don't have to use them to join in, but I think most, if not all, of us have at least one of his products in your supplies so please use them!

The lovely folks over at Simon Says Stamp have been busily packing 4 surprise Christmas gift boxes for 4 lucky entrants!

All you have to do is hop around all the stops along the way and find where the hidden gifts are, leaving comments along the way AND you must enter the challenge to be eligible to win.

 All winners will be chosen randomly from the comments on the blogs with the hidden gifts.

Good Luck to everyone! The Design Team is looking forward to seeing your Christmas makes and will pop around to visit you ASAP!

You should have arrived here from the super talented Kath's Blog, if not then you may need to start at the beginning on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog 

I made a shaker card using a gorgeous Tim Holtz Snowglobe to make a shaker card. 

I splattered the background with Distress Resist Spray and when that was dry I blended Broken China, Faded Jeans and Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide Inks over the top and spritzed and splattered with water. 

I coloured the mountains and little houses with Evergreen Bough and Candied Apple Distress Oxide Inks. 

I used Diamond Dust for the inside of the shaker, this is a lovely weight, similar to granulated sugar, and gives a lovely 'shake' ;-) 

I used a Tim Holtz Lumber 3D Embossing Folder and Gathered Twigs Distress Oxide Inks for the front panel and used a Santa with Reindeer from a Tim Holtz Village Christmas Die Set to fly over the village ;-) 

Believe in the magic!! ;-) 

There is no hidden Christmas gift on my blog but maybe you will have better luck on the fabulous Macarena's Blog! Macarena has made some awesome Christmas Inspiration!

Hop List 

Lols  (you're here)

So now it's YOUR turn to get out your inks, paints and all things arty and start Christmas creating!

Thanks for looking! 

So now it's YOUR turn to get creating!

Do you use Instagram ?  If so please add  #sssmchallenge so we can see your entries there too

You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in

It's time for our annual Simon Says Stamp Summer Vacation Kid's Challenge where we host a special challenge dedicated to our young designers! CLICK HERE or on the logo below for more info 


Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas.  Anything Christmas 
Hiding In My Craftroom.  Christmas In July 
Crafty Catz.  Anything Goes with Dies or Punches 
Crafty Gals Corner.   Christmas in July 
Mod Squad.  Christmas In July 

Tim Holtz Snowglobe Thinlits Die Set
Tim Holtz Snowglobe Thinlits Die Set
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Tim Holtz Village Christmastime Thinlits Die Set
Tim Holtz Village Christmastime Thinlits Die Set
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Tim Holtz Lumber 3D Embossing Folder
Tim Holtz Lumber 3D Embossing Folder
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Ranger Watercolor Paper
Ranger Watercolor Paper
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Sizzix Big Shot Plus
Sizzix Big Shot Plus
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Fiskars Reinforced Paper Trimmer
Fiskars Reinforced Paper Trimmer
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Twinklets Diamond Dust
Twinklets Diamond Dust
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Tim Holtz Candied Apple Distress Oxide Ink
Tim Holtz Candied Apple Distress Oxide Ink
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Tim Holtz Broken China Distress Oxide Ink Pad
Tim Holtz Broken China Distress Oxide Ink Pad
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Tim Holtz Wild Honey Distress Oxide Ink
Tim Holtz Wild Honey Distress Oxide Ink
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Tonic Craft Tool Set
Tonic Craft Tool Set
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pads
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pads
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Hickory Smoke Distress Ink Pad
Hickory Smoke Distress Ink Pad
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Ranger Craft Mat
Ranger Craft Mat
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Simon Says Stamp White Pigment Ink Pad
Simon Says Stamp White Pigment Ink Pad
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Crafters Companion Heat Resistant Acetate
Crafters Companion Heat Resistant Acetate
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Scotch 3m Double Sided Foam Tape
Scotch 3m Double Sided Foam Tape
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Ranger Heat It Craft Tool
Ranger Heat It Craft Tool
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Simon's White Embossing Powder
Simon's White Embossing Powder
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Neenah Desert Storm #100
Neenah Desert Storm #100
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Simon Says Stamp Craft Tacky Glue
Simon Says Stamp Craft Tacky Glue
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Elizabeth Craft Designs Tweezers (my all time faves)
Elizabeth Craft Designs Tweezers (my all time faves)
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Simon Says Stamp Black Card Stock
Simon Says Stamp Black Card Stock
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Tim Holtz Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink Pad
Tim Holtz Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink Pad
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Hope you all have a great week :-)
Happy Crafting
Luv Lols x x x


Sabrina said...

I just absolutely love and adore your card and Tim Holtz of course! LOL!!!

stempelfrida said...

Oh, this is soo cool with the snow in the shaker card! Thank you so much for the inspiration.
Kind regards from stempelfrida

Marieke said...

Great shaker card! Well done. Greets, Marieke said...

This is a wonderfully detailed shaker card and you added so many images that my mind is a buzz with the want of snow and Christmas!!

Margreet said...

Gorgeous card, Lols. Love how you used the Diamond Dust in the shaker part. Great details!
xxx Margreet

Gail said...

I love how the scotch foam tape was used to pop this layer up on your lovely Christmas creation - so delightful!! thanks for this hop and the opportunity to win a nice prize - also for the challenges that are offered at Simon Says

aussie aNNie said...

Lols a real explosion of colour and perfectly placed together. That diamond dust is like so this.xx

Cardsbymaaike said...

ooh the snowglobe shaker is just adorable

Denise Costa said...

This is so wonderful! The diamond dust really looks like snow. Love it!

Marci said...

This is so cute!

Sandra H said...

Beautiful x

Jackie said...

I am fascinated with shaker cards! This one is so creative!

Carol said...

I never would have thought to use the snow globe die that way and yet...snowglobes are shakers too, right?

Sylwia-eR said...

What a beautiful winter view! I think you are wrong, because hidden gifts are in Santa Clauses sack!

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Wonderful Christmas snow scene card creation. Like the snow.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Doreen said...

This is beautiful,love the

Dee said...

Love your shaker card!

Teri Wilson said...

Wonderful shaker card tp get us in the holiday mood!

Macarena said...

Love your snowglobe with the amazing glittery snow inside! Beautiful wintery mood and a great scene.

Mary-Anne V said...

Such a wonderful shaker card with familiar Christmas images.

Lise Lacroix said...

I love the snow globe!!! Nicely done!!

Rea' said...

What a festive shaker card; your little village is colorful... aaah snow and Santa and reindeer... Merry Christmas !

Lucy said...

I just love shaker cards and this one is exceptional. I hadn't thought about using Diamond Dust inside a shaker card. It's a great idea. Thank you.

Kim Faucher said...

This is awesome!!! Love the diamond dust...

Makira said...

The diamond dust used as snow in the shaker card is precious. I think this will be a stolen idea in the near future. :)-

Lindsay Dickason said...

So cute! Thank you for sharing!

MadeByMeghanK said...

This is adorable! Reminds me of the Polar Express book!

Toni said...

What a darling card, now I want to purchase the snow glob die... Thank you for the inspiration !

Rox Boyce said...

Such a festive shaker card ♥️🌟♥️🌟♥️ Love your use of the snow globe die and diamond dust. Totally inspirational ♥️ Thanks for this tutorial and photos

Becca Yahrling said...

A perfect and traditional Christmas scene; I love it.
Shakers are my fave kind of card.

Suzi Mac said...

Hi Lols, I just love shaker cards, you created a perfect winter scene. Thank you for the inspiration.

Kelsey Thomas said...

So cool that you made this into a snow globe. :) Love it.

kari said...

Gotta love a shaker card, thank you.

Kathy Jacobson said...

Thank you for creating a Christmas card for the challenge! So lovely!

Elena said...

Lorraine, you have joined in your card, two of my favorite dies, how not to love it!

simo said...

Oh Lols your shaker card is absolutely fantastic! Love how you built your background...hugs ❤❤❤

sarascloset said...

Lois, your shaker card is delightful! the diamond dust is indeed the perfect faux snow, and makes this just like a real snowglobe--squeal!!! Santa dashing above is the perfect finishing touch! I'm smiling seeing the hibiscus in your photos--the ideal juxtaposition! Thank you for your inspiration, and the tip about the hidden gift! Hugs!

Anonymous said...

Your globe card is wonderful! Thanks for sharing and inspiring me.

Pöydän kulmalla näpertelijä said...

Wow! Such a gorgeous winter scene with a shaker element. Absolutely fantastic!

scrappallino said...

I love shaker cards and yours is really beautiful!

Unknown said...

So simple and elegant with the wood look...very nice.

misteejay said...

What a fabulous shaker card.
Toni xx

Mimi's Craftroom said...

I love your card, it's beautiful.

ionabunny said...

Such a beautiful shaker and I love the santa sleigh on the outside. Hugz

DebbieC said...

Awesome shaker card. The diamond dust is perfect snow and I really like the wood grain front you did.

Laura S. said...

Wonderful project.

Hazel (Didos) said...

Oh this is super, what a fabby shaker creation, Love it, Hazelxx

FD91354 said...

Beautiful holiday card without too much to distract. Love the colors and the cool shaker element!

Deb said...

Oh my gosh, what a great shaker card, love that you used the Diamond Dust 'snow' and great idea to add Santa and his sleigh overtop of the shaker element! Thanks so much for sharing this, Deb xo

Jac’s Playground said...

Fabulous festive shaker card, thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz this week x

Bem-Me-Quer Colorido said...

What´s not to like? Adore everything about it! Xo

Donna said...

I love this card! I don't often make shaker cards but your card is inspiring me to try again. Love the Santa's sleigh. I'll have to add that to my wish list! Thanks for the inspiration.

Angela R. said...

What a wonderful Christmas tag! Thanks for sharing!

Patries said...

Gorgeous card!

ann barnes said...

I loved your card from first sight and I am so glad that I stopped to visit, because I am totally inspired! Each time I have ever considered creating a shaker card, I have always felt compelled to "create everything within the opening" and your card is so fabulous put together as a card and then adding the shaker layer above, it looks awesome from the side and may even be more intricate than one could imagine! the woodgrain surround turned out beautiful and I love the addition of the santa and sleigh! xx

Tammy said...

What a fabulous shaker card! I love the gorgeous Christmas scene you created and the diamond dust looks like snow, so beautiful!

KarinsArtScrap said...

Lols this is very beautiful

Dee Earnshaw said...

beautiful shaker - lovely design:)

Miesje said...

I love this! WHat a fun card to send and especially for the recipient! Great details.

Unknown said...

i like everything in this card. All the scene is amazing. The wooden embossed paper, the reindeers and everything are perfect.

Janice said...

I love the snow globe dies, I use them all the time! The wood embossing is a perfect touch along with the diamond dust!

Sharon said...

Your shaker card is beautiful, I love the scene you've created.

Andrea W said...

WOW! Your shaker card is really cool. So glad you shared your creation at Crafty Catz.

SHartl said...

Cutest little snow globe scene ever! I love the festive design and reindeer

Donna Walls said...

Lovely card and great inspiration for me this weekend while I'm creating Christmas Cards. Thanks for sharing with us.

Tiffany Beuning said...

Love the layers and beautiful background!

Debi said...

I want to turn it upside down and watch it work. Awesome. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Debi

Monika/Buzsy said...

Oh, I love shaker cards! This one is amazing Lorraine. The winter scene in the globe is so perfect!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Such a gorgeous snowglobe shaker card with the added "snow"! I love your adorable holiday scene! Have a great weekend!

Tee said...

Fantastic shaker card, love the diamond dust and globe die!

Ldybg93 said...

I just love this! The snowglobe dies are among my very favorites. Your card if great and interestingly I used several of the same elements in my entry for this challenge before seeing yours. Thanks for sharing!

Eva Laney said...

such a cool shaker card! I love snowglobes!!!

Dawn S said...

I just bought that die set and I love it! what a beautiful winter scene you created, cant wait to play with mine!

Lady Joyful said...

Such a fun shaker card!

Mary Elizabeth said...

What an absolutely brilliant idea. I have never made a shaker card. I actually think I can do it now. What a great idea. Must try this. Love how you used Tim's Snow Globe die. So much fun! Thanks for the inspiration. Mary Elizabeth

Ellibelle said...

What a fun shaker card, and the stamps make such a pretty backdrop for all the glitter. Gorgeous santa sleigh too! So loving this!
Thanks so much for the inspiration!

Maura said...

Brilliant idea with the snow in the shaker - love it! What a fun card this would be, I know the receiver would keep shaking it! hugs, Maura

Beulah Bee said...

Very inventive construction!

Helen said...

Fabulous shaker card Lols - love the design!
Helen x

BiglietTerrya said...

Lovely shaker card!

Robyn Oliver said...

Oh goodness Lol, what a fabulous shaker card... great array of dies and beautifully coloured and arranged.

mandalj said...

your shaker card is just beautiful!

Betty Neville said...

Super shaker card! Santa and the reindeer are a perfect addition!

Barbara said...

Fabulous shaker card! love so much your use of Tim's die and the design is perfect! Barbara

Kath Stewart said...

adorable shaker card Lols, you created such a magical Christmas scene,hugs kath xxx

Sandra said...

Love that you made a shaker snowglobe card, Lols! So cute and love the wood elements, they are stunning! Hugs, Sandra

Migdalia said...

Very festive and fun! love the shaker and scene!
Great job!
Have a wonderful day,
Crafting With Creative M

Zoey | Scrapsaurus said...

What a beautifulc ard you made Lorraine! I love the shaker snowglobe and i also love all the dimensions you added! Definitely and inspiration for my future christmas cards!!
hugs x

Rae Ann said...

The diamond dust is a great choice for this shaker element. It looks so much like snow and adds a great accent to this card.

Thank you for joining us at Crafty Gals Corner for our Christmas in July challenge.