Christmas in July – Freshly Made Sketches 295


I know…you’re thinking “whhaaaattttt????” But it IS July and despite the fact that it was 106 degrees yesterday, we cannot hide from the fact that Christmas is only 170 days away! Time to start thinking about those beautiful handmade cards we promise ourselves we are going to create and send out every year…let’s make THIS the year we actually DO it!!


  • When I think of Christmas cards, I think of sending everyone a beautifully detailed, intricate one-of-a-kind Christmas card…and then I wake up and realize that the only way I will EVER get done is to mass produce! So…I make cards that can easily be recreated and for me that means simple and BOLD.
  • I absolutely adore this particular pattern from the Be Merry Designer Series Paper pack, it is SO striking! I originally had the entire background as this pattern paper but in the end relented, if only to follow the challenge sketch…so I added it as an envelope liner instead ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Are you wondering if those white splatters are a mistake?? Nope! The paper comes that way and I LOVE it! It adds such a fun texture to the design!
  • Simple stamps and their coordinating dies, both called Santa’s Sleigh, make an eye-catching focal point without a lot of fuss – always a plus in my book! Santa’s Sleigh is a carryover from last year’s holiday catalog and I am delighted to have another year to play with it!!
  • I have been pondering this Merry Christmas sentiment from the Better Together stamp set for a long time, trying to figure out what to use it with so it would look good…I think it works perfectly in this design, very graphic and clean!
  • The simple wreath, stamped in Garden Green, around the reindeer’s neck added a sweet pop of color to an otherwise monochromatic card. I stamped it, die cut it, and made a snip at the top so I could wrap it around the reindeer’s neck.
  • I added a small strip of Cherry Cobbler card stock at the top of the pattern paper. I thought it was a nice detail to have it popping out above the ribbon. The ribbon is retired, probably from last year, but I didn’t have any current ribbon in Cherry Cobbler and this ribbon is so soft and flexible, it makes a great looking knot!
  • The large enamel dot is retired product as well but I used it in conjunction with two other sizes of Cherry Cobbler Enamel Shapes for a fun detail that also goes along with the sketch. So cute!


  • I used the coordinating stamp from the Better Together stamp set to stamp the inside of my holiday card. You could easily stamp directly onto the inside of the card without adding the Cherry Cobbler card stock frame…I just like layers ๐Ÿ™‚

This sketch from Narelle of the Freshly Made Sketchesย design team was my jumping off point for my first Christmas card of the year:

A big THANK YOU to Narelle and the whole team for their inspiration week in and week out…you guys keep me stamping!!

I’m so glad you popped by today. I would love to hear if you have started your cards yet or when you plan on getting started!


Price: $110.00


  1. Kim S says:

    The reindeer is such a charming image – LOVE him with the dsp and the ribbon. The pop of green is a great touch. Thank you for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.

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