DDD ~ Christmas in July!

"Jingle Bells!  Jingle Bells!  Jingle allllll the way!"

Merry Christmas!

It's such fun to celebrate Christmas in July ♥ 
Not only a wonderful theme to celebrate all year IMO,
but a great way to great a head start on those holiday cards :)

 It's the 15th which means it's dueling day for the DDD!
Jeanette and I are the hostesses this round,
and we thought it would be fun to host with Christmas in July.
For the divas, I tossed in an extra twist 
and the kits I sent out this month are Whimsical Christmas! 

 Every year growing up, my brother and I 
would wait for the Charlie Brown specials to come on  
 From the Great Pumpkin to the Charlie Brown Christmas, we'd be glued to the tv. I was lucky to get a few Snoopy stamps before they retired including this Snoopy's Christmas Doghouse 
so I chose the papers, embellies to go around Snoopy and his colorful doghouse.
I mean, I seriously {♥} it!

Now, my card, however ..

I.  am.  so.  disappointed :(

Truthfully, that happens.  
We make cards we love,
and cards we'd don't ....
Truth be told, if I wasn't the hostess and had to have a card today,
this one wouldn't be here. 
I do have it's replacement drying but didn't get to photograph/edit it in time.
Stay tuned *wink!*

We also asked the Dueling Darlings a challenge question:
 What is the first thing you do each year to get in the Christmas spirit?

For me, I know it's the holidays when I see Starbucks 
bringing out those glorious red cups!
The aroma of the peppermint mochas and gingerbread lattes fill the air
and you just know - it's the holidays! :)

But, the first thing we do as a family is find our Christmas tree ♥
We ALWAYS get a real tree each year,
a tradition we started for our first daughter when she was born.
As soon as the kids find and chose the perfect Christmas tree,
we tie it to the roof of the car, bring it home,  put on Christmas carols
 and decorate the tree, the house,
start our holiday baking, etc!

Quite the opposite of Christmas, it's so hot here 
so we are heading to the Florida Keys for the weekend.
Summer is actually half way over for us,
so we are enjoying the sun and surf :)

Be sure to hop around and see what the rest of the Divas
and the Dazzlers have made with their holiday kits, too!

Big hugs, Bigger Blessings!


  1. This is so adorable!! I love Snoopy!! His house looks so festive decked in lights!! The inside is awesome!! I don't know why you don't like it - it's so gorgeous my friend!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  2. Another beauty! Who can resist Snoopy? What a bright and cheery Christmas card - along with the inside. Have fun in the Keys!

  3. Love, love this card!!! So happy and colourful, and LOVE Snoopy with this ornate house!! Great design and papers, this card make me smile, thank you!

  4. Kelly--I think your card is fabulous!!!!! I love the red dog house and the twine behind it. The coloring is wonderful, as usual! Thanks for a great image to play with! AND--why am I not surprised on the Starbucks reference--you go girl!

  5. The kit was so cute, thank you! I beg to differ. Your card turned out great. I like that you have a yearly tradition with your family. I too get a little excited for the red cup!!!!

  6. Kelly this is super sweet and a beautiful card
    Gr Karin

  7. Snoopy is just adorable! I love how fun and festive your card is, and I love the sketch. The inside- cute, cute die : ) LOL, had to laugh as I guessed your festive comment would be the red cup or something to do with coffee : )

  8. Kelly thanks so much for the kit it was so much fun to play with. I love the red house and pretty colored bulbs. The banners, buttons and twine are used so well on the front of the card. I love how you decorate the insides of your cards. I can feel Christams through your description. Awesome job on this challenge my friend.....

  9. Peanuts and Snoopy's holiday specials were always on at our house during the holidays, too, Kelly! Cute, cute card with lots of sentimental memories attached!!

  10. This certainly is a whimsical Christmas card Kelly - love it, and the string and buttons are gorgeous accents!

  11. What a fun card. I love the red dog house. So cute.

  12. Oh Kelly, your card is nothing to be disappointed about, because it is adorable! I do love Snoopy and you've made him look quite comfortable on your card!

    Tee Hee! I'm not surprised about the red cups. It. is. definitely. you!

    Thanks for being my dueling partner!!!

  13. What a FUN christmas card, Kelly. Snoopy reminds me of my childhood :-)

    Imke ~ My Crafty Place

  14. (My fourth attempt to comment, so I apologize if you somehow end up with multiples -- my computer keeps losing the connection!)
    This is truly wonderful, Kelly -- so bright and festive! Snoopy has an extra special place in my heart, especially at Christmas town, as my home town is his as well. Charles Schulz lived and worked here, and he and his wife Jean were good friends of my grandparents. Every year at Christmas they would hold an ice skating show at the Snoopy ice arena, and we would get to go watch all the characters come to life. Such great memories! I haven't been able to craft or visit in Blogland in the last several months, but am finally back on the bandwagon. I hope you and your family are well, and look forward to seeing more of your wonderful cards! Hugs!

  15. You just can't go wrong with Snoopy! Love this card and what you've done with it. Great job!