Thursday, July 22, 2010

~* Papercraft Star "Christmas in July" Blog Hop and My Blog Candy Giveaway *~

Hi Everyone!


I'm excited, we're having our first blog hop at the Papercraft Star Challenge Blog this weekend. It starts today, July 23rd, and runs through Sunday, July 25th (Comments will be closed at midnight Eastern, 6:00PM HT). If you're here via Caroline's blog then you're on the right path...If you would like to start at the beginning, you can go back to Papercraft Star.


Here is the Vintage Hawaii "postcard" I made for the "Christmas in July" theme. "Mele Kalikimaka" means Merry Christmas in Hawaiian.

Supplies:
~Paper: Stampin Up! Kraft Cardstock, white cardstock, MME images
~Stamps: Stampin Up!, various Hawaii stamps, script stamp
~Embellies: Paper flower, Prima roses, wooden flower bead, Tim Holtz banner, Vintage Hawaii sticker
~Misc: Crackle Accents, Distress Inks, Smooch spritz, red raffia

Instructions:
1. Cut 4"x6" piece of kraft cardstock. Stamp post card and script stamp.
2. Stamp "stamp" image and Diamond Head image on white cardstock and cut out. Distress edges and add distress inks.
3. Add Stamp image and stamp cancellation stamp over it.
4. Distress Santa image and paper stamped with script stamp. Tie a bow out of the raffia.
5. Adhere all the elements onto the post card.
My blog candy turned out to be a little kit ;p'. Hope you like it.


Being it's our "Christmas in July" blog hop, I wanted to here about your favorite family/cultural traditions. Family is very important to me and I also love hearing about different cultures and traditions. Please share with me your fav tradition and any fav foods or decorations that are prepared/made (this can be for any special celebration, not only Christmas :)). My family will select the winner, who will be announced on July 26th :)! Please leave some way for me to contact you, either a link back to your blog or an e-mail address so I can contact you. Thanks!
You next visit for the blog hop is Suzy's blog. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
*hugs* and Much aloha~!

39 comments:

Ira said...

What an absolutely wonderful idea Steph to combine Christmas and Hawaii in this way, I love it! It somehow gives Christmas an exotic twist :-) Christmas has always been very important to my family and I. We play music, talk, play games, prepare food together and of course the whole house is 'done up'. Lots and lots of candles light up the house, homemade wreaths (made with leaves/branches/dried flowers from the garden). Unfortunately we have to celebrate Christmas without my parents, since they're no longer with us, but they're always in our memories and we always feel them in our midst. But we still celebrate it with family, no fixed food traditions though. Last year we had a celebration where we had lots and lots of fun; my husband and I had marshmallows for the kids outside, we were standing with gluhwein and special sausage breads around the fire, we prepared some local dishes and had our family guess the meaning of local words. Big time fun that was, seeing everyone so active and guessing! I'm sure we'll come up with something nice this year as well! How about you Steph? What a lovely idea to ask this question! Have a wonderful weekend Steph and take care, hugs, ~Ira

Friday said...

Beautiful Card, Steph. I hate to say it but I love the change of seasons here in Virginia. I loved seeing snow for the first couple of years then it got really old real fast. LOL!! I do miss the weather in Hawaii and my family around that time of year though. Tradition at my parents home during Christams was low key I guess. However, my mother would make an assortment of ethnic foods from local hawaiian, filipino to chinese. I love the variety. Believe it or not I always wanted mashed potatoes cuz I was tired of rice. We would eat really early and pick at it all day. On christmas eve my parents would wake us up at 12 o'clock to open gifts. It was to do it early so we didn't have to wake up early. Well, my dad at least. lol... It still didn't feel like christmas to me growing up. I always long to see snow and do the tradition you would see on tv. I do miss Hawaii so. Thanks for creating that card. I love it and it brought back memories. Hugs, Friday

Vicki said...

Great project. So clever.

Our traditions would be the "special" decorations that have been used every year for the past 25 years, and the cookies. Each of my children and now the grandchildren has a favorite that's requested each Christmas.

Emora Designs said...

Hi Steph! I love the idea of a Christmas postcard! Gorgeous!
My family traditions for Christmas are:
we get up super early to open presents, there is always an apple and orange in the bottom of the stockings and of course all the yummy food! Too many to list! LOL :)
Regan

Janice W. said...

Your postcard is really pretty. Our favorite tradition is baking Christmas cookies and decorating.

Suzy said...

Beautiful postcard! My husband and I's favorite tradition is "the 12 days of Christmas". We put 12 small gifts in each other stocking and beginning on the 12th open one gift each evening leading up to Christmas. :)

Dawn said...

For Christmas every year, our family all gathers now (from neighbors to my parents, to the parent in laws, cousins, etc and all the kids (there are 11, counting spouses!) and grandchildren (3 of them!) and we all have christmas eve dinner at my mom's house. It's always ham and smoked brisket. YUM! We open all our presents on christmas eve, so we can spend the day at home with our direct families and the kids (and parents) can play with their gifts from each other. The only thing we do christmas day is a big giant mimosa brunch at my dad's for christmas day in our pajamas!

jennsherburne said...

This blog hop is so cool. My first one. Your work is amazing. Our tradions are very traditional. We have our live nativity church service to attend, home to gather presents for extended family memberes, offT to two parties, both sides of my husbands family, then home to read Twas the Night Before Christmas. My parents are with us for the adventures.

jennsherburne@aol.com

Theresa said...

love the post card!

our tradition is we play a game. we wrap a gift (with cash or gc inside), then we wrap it about 10 more times, each time making sure we have LOTS of tape (especially on the corners) then you have a dice, the 1st person to roll a 6 has to put on mittens and a santa hat and try to unwrap the gift until the next person rolls a 6, then the mittens and hat are passed on. you have to hurry! the next person may roll a 6 even before you get your mittens and hat on! it is such a hoot! we always laugh so hard!

Kristina H said...

Really nice Steph, love the hawaiian details. The best part of Christmas for me is breakfast on Christmas morning after the presents have been opened.

xoxo,
~K

Theresa said...

love the post card!
our tradition is to play a game. we wrap a gift (with cash or gc inside) then wrap it about 10 more times, each time making sure to use LOTS of tape (especially on the corners), then we take a dice and the 1st person to roll a 6 has to put on mittens and a santa hat and try to open the gift. but you have to hurry! the next person may roll a 6 even before you get your mittens and hat on. this is such a hoot! we laugh so hard!

Tracy said...

I love it! A Hawaiian Christmas card! LOL Such a personal project. It's great Steph! We usually do Christmas Eve dinner with my parents. Mom bakes a ham and the fixin's. On Christmas morning we open our stuff at home then go back to their house to open stuff there. We usually have turkey and yummy mashed potatoes there for lunch. Sometimes Mom makes me this dessert that's made with orange jello, ice cream and pecans. It sounds gross but it's really good. She asks me whether to make it every year and I answer according to how badly I've already eaten over the holidays. LOL From lunch on the day is pretty quiet and layed back.

Elizabeth (Beth) Moore said...

Beautiful work for the Christmas in July Blog Hop. Love the vintage feel.

wherethey'llgo said...

Hey Steph! Love the postcard! Christmas is my favorite, we spend the holiday with family, opening gifts, singing carols (much to my destain!), and of course EATING!

Deb Neerman said...

Love your vintage-inspired holiday postcard! I think we should bring holiday postcards back into fashion!

We host a holiday open-house and also a Tree Decorating party. Great ways to have fun with family and friends ... and not spend a ton of money!

Maureen Reiss said...

Great vintage card!! Our favorite tradition is opening 1 gift on xmas eve and reading the Night before Christmas

Maureen Reiss said...

Great vintage card!!! Our tradition is opening 1 gift on xmas eve and then reading The Night Before Christmas, even my 22 year old still likes hearing it

♥♥♥Jan ♥♥♥ said...

Your card is so, YOU ! Just charming.
One Christmas tradition we have kept is making pizzelles - an Italian anise cookie that looks like a flat waffle. My father-in-law passed me down his recipe many years ago. Even though lots of people don't care for anise, all of his grandchildren and great grandchildren eat this cookie as a staple ! I miss that man a lot.

Sandi said...

What a pretty card! We like to cut down our own Christmas tree and out-do the neighbors with our Chriatmas lights and decos!

BoxerBrats said...

I love the vintage inspirations showcased in your card!

My birthday is near Christmas, so every year I get a new ornament for my Christmas tree. The tradition started when I was a baby.

For Christmas itself, my mom and I bake Christmas cookies and decorate then. She always makes two huge pans of cinnamon rolls, and that is always our Christmas morning breakfast. My mom is famous for her Cinnamon rolls!

My husband's family always gather's on New Year's Even for Christmas with his family. As the boys grew up and married, hubby's mom decided she wanted a Christmas with the whole family that could last all day. We all gather at her house. The big tradition is our stockings. Everyone has a stocking, and we all gather around and have so much fun opening and going through all of the goodies. Even the pets have a stocking on Christmas. I think it is great how she set aside her own date to celebrate so we could all still be together for the holiday. We also have a huge pot luck with the entire extended family. It is a big celebration. It is so different than our family Christmases because hubby's family is huge compared to mine.

I loved reading everyone's traditions. Thanks for the chance to win.

~Laura

Gail said...

Your card is unusual and unique.Hot mince pies for breakfast,not very healthy but yummy.The sugar perks you up for the day ahead.

Hugs
Gail

DoubleClick Connections said...

When we start decorating for X-mas, the following morning a Santa Elf comes to stay with us, he watches over all the kids and reports back to Santa every night on how they behaved and re-appears every morning in a different spot. We can't touch him because his Magic will fade. He leaves us Christmas eve to enjoy vacation with Santa.
thanks for the chance and fun traditions!

Meg said...

Our biggest family tradition is "snackables". This is what we have when we decorate the Christmas tree. Just little snacky stuff but it was always our favorite part as kids. We would have cheese and crackers, salami, pepperoni, smoked oysters (my fav and I only got them at Christmas) and the drink of the evening was gingerale and grape juice, mixed equal parts. My mom, sister and I would prepare the food while Dad and my brothers tied up the tree and put the lights on. Then we'd move in for the decorating part.

Love the post card! I'm following you now!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Very lovely postcard, good to know how to say Merry Christmas in Hawaiian too! Have a great weekend!

ruth said...

One of my fav's happens to be a Christmas one...I have always let the kids pick the Christmas meal (since we always have at least 2 holiday meals with grandparents with the turkey and ham thing). So when the kids were little things like popcorn shrimp and chocolate pudding have made thier way into the Christmas dinner. :) Yep, kids pick the meal....no matter what.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

What a fun card! Love the combo:)

Our family tradition is to get a yearly ornament each year (with the date on it). And we keep track of all the happenings throughout the year in a book (deaths, births, weddings, hospital visits, etc.). Then on Christmas Eve or whenever...we all come to the tree and listen to the events for each year. We read through the books and hang the ornaments when we finish through the year. It is super fun--and it is great getting the family involved! It's also fun to revisit some of the good times--and a great time to remember those who have left us.

Thanks for the giveaway:)

pamala said...

What a beautiful and unique project! My favorite family tradition is just spending time with family and reflecting on how blessed we really are. :)

Abby said...

Beautiful vintage card!! Sooo pretty! Our family has few traditions.. one is we watch "A Christmas Story" and "It's a Wonderful Life" every Christmas Eve, then we wait till midnight and open gifts :) ... also, my Aunt always makes chocolate chip rice krispie treats for everyone on Christmas Day. Yum!

I've become a follower too.. Thanks!

LG said...

That is such a fun and pretty postcard! Love all the details that you put into it.

We have this tradition of 9days early morning mass. We attend mass for 9 consecutive days at 3am.

Audrey Pettit said...

Super cute Christmas postcard, Steph! I adore that vintage Santa image and the collage style look to this. The pops of red are fabulous. great job!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Gorgeous Christmas postcard Steph! Love all the Vintagey touches! Thanks for the Hawaiian lesson :)

just me said...

Love this postcard makes me want to go back to Hawaii. Every year my family gets together for a huge meal. I love how our family gets bigger and bigger every year and the space that we have for everybody gets smaller and smaller. Thanks for a chance to win!!

Liz said...

Love the card! The vintage look is stunning! Love the extra challenge you've added - way to go!!!

Brigit said...

Love your vintage postcard, it's beautiful. My husband's birthday is Christmas Eve so our Christmas starts then. My 4 sons all grown come and we feast and family and friends stop by. Christmas morning we have our big breakfast and then a Loin of Pork for Dinner, it was the easiest meal to make, because Christmas Day was a day of play. We still always get some kind of game so we can sit around and play, it's the most relaxing and fun day of the year for us.

Amanda said...

Love the adorable postcard! One of our favorite Christmas traditions is making gingerbread houses and decorating them! It is always so much fun!

Catherine Marie said...

Wow! Such great comments! Well, our family opens gifts on Christmas morning, but before we start... My mom reads us a Christmas book! We all give her a hard time about it, but she has chosen some great books!

Xushenka said...

Your postcard is beautiful, and so vintage!

I am Russian, and Eastern Orthodox by religion, so Christmas has always been on January 7th for me. (Now that I live in the US, it's like having two Christmases!) There is no special tradition for it in my family, but when I was little I would find gifts under the Christmas tree every morning from New Year's till Christmas (7 days). It was very exciting, but unfortunately I grew up and my parents don't do this anymore.. But every time when I happen to visit my home in Russia for New Year's and Christmas, I wake up and it seems to me there's a gift, only to find that it's some usual object that I just forgot was left the night before... =)

Xushenka said...

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Thank you for the chance =)

Kim said...

BEAUTIFUL POSTCARD! My fave tradition is having the kids and grandkids come spend Christmas Eve with us, of course they always get matching PJ's to open and then we leave food for the reindeers and cookies for Santa. Christmas Morning, we check out what Santa brought and open gifts and then have our Christmas breakfast of Homemade Angel Biscuits and Sausage Gravy, my kids FAVE thing! Then they are all off to their in-laws.