Monday, July 19, 2021

Christmas Cheer in a Pocket

When the movie, "Christmas in July" was made in 1940, I doubt anyone ever realized how popular the idea would become! But here we are 61 years later creating a project to celebrate that very event. It's July and time for a Christmas challenge at Double Trouble. Here are the three "Things" for Challenge #89:

1. Trouble Maker is requiring a theme of "Christmas in July" for your project.

2. Double Dare has provided the option to play along with the challenge at Heart2Heart.

3. Twisted Sister is hoping you'll "Tie It Up"  by adding a bow, ribbon, twine, etc. to your project.

I saw a tutorial HERE for this Crisscross Pocket fun fold design. It's not a difficult design. The card does not open because it's a pocket. It is perfect for a note or even a gift card or money. I cut and assembled the cardstock and glittery holiday paper as instructed in the tutorial, then die-cut the multi-layered poinsettia from cardstock. I added the poinsettia to the card front then added glitter and some small tiny gold foiled circles to the center of the flower. To add the green leaves I used green foiled cardstock that appears as almost black in the photos. The insert was die-cut from white cardstock and decorated with a die-cut poinsettia and gold metallic pearls. The sentiment was stamped with gold ink then punched to create the shape. The ribbon was run through two punched holes and tied into a bow. This aids in extracting the card from the pocket.

My card was also submitted to the Creative Creases Challenge #11. This is a challenge solely for fun folds, so check out their blog and enjoy.

In addition, I added my card to the July 2021 Winter Wonderland Challenge. Their theme is "Christmas Music or Songs". I believe the sentiment on my card expresses a song I enjoy, "Christmas Cheer Is Near".    

Finally, I included the July 2021 Challenge #52 at
Two Crafty Critter Crazies because I am featuring a sweet songbird on my card. 

Be sure to visit the challenge blogs and follow the guidelines to play along at CCC11WWCB2CCC52DTC89, and H2H.

Stamp: Stampin' Up! "Itty Bitty Christmas"
Ink: Delicata ((Golden Glitz)
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe, and Garden Green.
Paper: MultiCraft Holiday Trendz "Forever in Time"; foil (gold & green)
Dies: RCD (poinsettia), 
Punches: Stampin' Up! "Modern Label" & "Word Window"
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Shimmer Ribbon (gold) & Stickles (Icicle)


  1. This pocket fold is such an eye catching card design, the sparkly poinsettia and bow finish it off perfectly.

  2. Very pretty - and I love that paper! A pocket card is always a great idea for including a small gift inside!

  3. Beautiful card Mel, the papers, flower, colors and fun fold... love it all. Loving the pocket and I may just use this design for our grandchildren's card or money gifts.

  4. Love that pocket card! Beautiful that bird. Thank you for playing with Heart 2 Heart!

  5. Well I never knew that Christmas in July was a movie, I thought it was just a card makers event! Lol Your pocket card is fantastic!

  6. So pretty!! Love the fancy fold design, perfect colors for the holidays! :)

  7. Such a beautiful holiday card! Love this fun fold and your card really made it look great. I really love the papers and the sweet bird! Thank you for playing with us at the Creative Creases Challenge and hope you can join in again soon.
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  8. This is so beautiful and I love the way you did the ribbon! Thanks for joining our Christmas challenge at H2H.

  9. This is just beautiful Melanie! I love how it's a pocket and that beautiful poinsettia is so pretty on it! :)

  10. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous pocket card with us at the Winter Wonderland Christmas challenge, we hope you can join us again soon - Janice DT

  11. I love this, what a great card! Thanks for playing along with Heart 2 Heart Challenges (H2H).

    Brandi R.
    DT member H2H

  12. Love this card and the card style. Perfect for Christmas. that poinsettia is gorgeous! Dorlene