Christmas In July
It's that time again! While there's no snow on the ground, the Fun n' Crafty Team is celebrating Christmas in July. This month's blog hop will showcase the wonderful items we usually play with in the colder months.
Why Christmas in July? That's what I wanted to know. While I'd heard the term plenty of times (and for that matter seen the retail sales ads), I wanted to learn more, so I hit the internet for answers.
A Brief History Lesson
I found a rather admirable explanation behind the mainstream introduction of Christmas in July. IN the late 30's to early 40's, the United States Post Office and the American Greeting Card companies formed the campaign. The goal was to get Christmas gifts to overseas military early.
While it has become more of a rally cry for retailers during a common slow sales period, I enjoyed finding out that it came from supporting the troops who served our country.
Not Your Ordinary Christmas Colors
When it comes to cards, I love to play with non-traditional colors. For my card this month I chose to use a combination of Wild Wasabi, Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant with touches of silver.
This design is simple yet striking and is a great way to stretch your supplies when making your Christmas cards. I used a base of Wisteria Wonder (A2 size) , a piece of Elegant Eggplant cut to 5" x 3 3/4" and 3 squares each of Wild Wasabi and Wisteria Wonder. Each square is lifted with Stampin' Dimensionals.
My snowflakes were made using the medium snowflake from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies. I coated each snowflake with Wink of Stella for shimmer before attaching them to the squares. Silver Metallic thread encircles the card and is finished off with a touch of bling for that holiday sparkle.
Thanks so much for stopping by and seeing my project. Make sure to stop by the rest of the team's blogs today for more Christmassy Crafts! Next up is Susan over at Stampin' by the SF Bay. Head down to the comments and let me know if you're celebrating Christmas in July!