Christmas in July for InKing Royalty Blog Hop


It’s hot, it’s humid, it’s sticky.  You know what that means.  Time to make Holiday cards.

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s July Blog Hop!  Can you believe we are half-way to Christmas?  It might seem a bit early to start looking at wintry scenes and holiday goodies, but there are so many great products in Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Annual Catalog that we want to share before the Holiday Catalog is revealed next month.  Today’s Blog Hop is filled with inspiring projects that feature each artist’s take on Christmas in July.  After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.


I will admit that today’s card is not my best Christmas card I’ve ever made.  But it is July and I really wasn’t quite in the groove for holiday cards yet.  I had recently moved all of my retired stamp sets out of my stamp room and there just aren’t that many remaining Christmas stamps. I had also cleaned out all my retired paper and I haven’t purchased any new holiday paper yet.    But here we go.

Stampin Up Peaceful Pines

The image I had in my head was better than it turned out.  Perhaps that doesn’t make for a great blog hop post but I’d rather be honest.



I did pull a trick out of the hat.  Brian King has recently done this too, using the Swirly Scribbles wavy lines die to create the hill.  I used the smooth side to cut out the black hill. I also used the other side, the one with the notch in it, as a guide for my black marker to draw some other hills to show off my Peaceful Pines trees.

You may not recognize the Merry Christmas stamp. It is from Snow Place stamp set, but in that set, the words are side by side.  I inked up Merry first with Real Red, masking off the Christmas then stamping.  I reversed the masking to print the Christmas underneath. The little holly branches stamp comes from Thinking of You hostess stamp.

Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  3. Linda Heller at Where the Rubber Hits the Road…
  4. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  5. Karen Browning at StampWithMeKZB
  6. Lory Robinson at The Robin’s Nest Designs
  7. Imogene Thomas at
  8. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  9. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  10. Becky Volpp at InkBlossom with Becky
  11. Natalie Bradley at


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Thanks for visiting my Site. My name is Lynn Kolcun and I'm a Stampin Up Demonstrator. I love being creative with paper and ink, learning new techniques and sharing my craft with you.


  1. I love this festive and fabulous card!! <3 The pops of red are absolutely splendid!

  2. Thanks for showing how to make a Christmas card with no “Christmas” products! What’s black, white, and red all over? This awesome card!

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  4. This turned out nicely! I really like the colors!

  5. I love how you made the stamps work for you, and the classic color combo! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Sweet card! I love black, white and red together!

  7. Lynn – what a fun color combination for a Christmas card. I love all the black-and-white, and the red just adds that pop of festiveness. Love it!

  8. I love your card… being in the state of Georgia… that makes this a great Georgia Bulldog card! Might need to CASE for some of my Georgia fans!

  9. Florence Pangelinan

    The card concept in your head may seem more than what you produced, but you’re underestimating its impact–simple, yet displays a certain loveliness in its simplicity.
    I love your card.

  10. Lynn- I really like this card. I think we all experance cards coming out different than what they look like in our heads. This is so pretty…I think you did a wonderful job. The color combination is pretty with the pops of red. And thanks for the tip about making the hills. What a great idea….

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