Christmas is only 5 months away!

Can you believe it!?

Get festive with our Christmas in July Blog Hop!! A group of papercrafting designers, etsy shop owners, and fabulous crafters have gotten together to bring you fun Christmas ideas to jump start your creativity. And the best part is, we're each doing a little giveaway!! So keep on reading to see how to enter to win one of the prizes we've posted :)

First, I am going to share a little Christmas project I made using some sequin trim from my shop. I love this trim because you can bend it, use it straight, or whatever. And it is so sparkly!!


On this page I created a scalloped border with the sequin trim. Here's what you'll need:

  • Line style adhesive, either tape or glue lines will work
  • About 1/2 Yard of Sequin trim
  • Layout that needs a little “pop”


1. Apply the adhesive in a line to the area you want the scalloped border to be in.


2. Start making scallops with the sequin trim by sticking the end of the trim in the adhesive line, swinging the trim around to make a half circle and then sticking the next section of trim to the adhesive line. Repeat the entire length of the line.




3. Add other embellishments and photos to your project. Make sure you cover any exposed adhesive with paper or another trim. I used lace to cover my adhesive. I also used some sequin fabric stars to help showcase the sparkly sequin trim.


Do you love this trim too? Well, guess what?! You just might win one of my Christmas Sequin Assortments because I am giving one away!!!! And it has the red sequin trim in it!!


Here's how to enter:

Start the blog hop from any one of the participating blogs. Here are the links to each blog:

Hydrangea Hippo Blog: http://hydrangeahippo.com ***YOU ARE HERE***
Hydrangea Hippo Shop: http://hydrangeahippo.etsy.com

China Doll's Blog “A Blog of Thoughts”: http://chinadol1.blogspot.com/
China Doll's Shop “Spiffy Things”: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ChinaDo11

FeFiFun Blog: http://fefifun.blogspot.com/
FeFiFun Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/fefifun

Trendy Scrapper Blog: http://www.trendyscrapper.typepad.com/
Trendy Scrapper Studio Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/trendyscrapperstudio

tammy i Blog: http://www.tammyi.com/
tammy i Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/tammyi

Donna Salazar's Blog: http://donnasalazar.typepad.com/my_weblog/
Donna Salazar's Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/donnasalazar?ref=seller_info

Scrappin' Kitty Blog: http://scrappinkitty.blogspot.com/

When you visit each blog, go to the etsy shop listed with the blog, choose a favorite item, and then come back to that blog to post a comment about an item you liked in that shop. Please post your comment on the post about the Blog Hop (if you post it other places we won't be able to find your post to enter you into the drawing).

You can get to the Hydrangea Hippo etsy shop HERE. You can then go to the next blog on the list OR do any of the things listed below for more chances to WIN! Just a reminder, you have to comment on THIS blog post–you can't comment on a different post that is not about the Blog Hop to be entered to win.

  • 1 entry for each comment left on each blog about their fave item from each etsy shop
  • 1 entry for sharing about the Blog Hop on Facebook (just tell us you shared by posting a comment here)
  • 1 entry for sharing about the Blog Hop on Twitter (just tell us you shared by posting a comment here)
  • 1 entry for sharing about the Blog Hop on your own blog (just tell us you shared by posting a comment here)
Be sure to post your comments and share the good news about the Blog Hop by July 31, 2010. We'll post the winners of each prize on August 2, 2010.

Happy Hopping!

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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29 thoughts on “Christmas In July BLOG HOP

  1. the pins are stunning:-))

    Posted on July 22, 2010 at 4:21 pm
  2. Ohhh fun stuff here Jennifer! I love the A Little Birdie TREE SHAPED Mini Book. just beautiful!!!
    I shared it with friends on Facebook :)

    Posted on July 22, 2010 at 4:23 pm
  3. Red and White Striped POM POM is my favorite. Can’t wait for my one-year old’s hair to grow out more!

    Posted on July 22, 2010 at 4:44 pm
  4. Love the July 2010 kit – my favorite colors. What a great project – ready to jump in especially on a hot summer day.

    Posted on July 22, 2010 at 5:00 pm
  5. Your hair bows are my absolute favorite. So cute!

    Posted on July 22, 2010 at 5:13 pm
  6. My fave things in your etsy shop are the layout envie kits. I think they’re a great idea to save on shipping but still have a layout kit. I LOVE how you made the sequins into a scalloped trim. It’s adorable!

    Posted on July 22, 2010 at 5:24 pm
  7. I just loved the Good Eats Apron mini book! Loved it so much, I had to buy it!! =)

    Posted on July 22, 2010 at 6:36 pm
  8. Ooo, that’s a toughie! (Looked on every page!) Love the yummy ricrac, the sparkily sequins and the cute little beaded strawberries!! XO

    Posted on July 22, 2010 at 6:42 pm
  9. I love the Simple Joys the best. Love the colors and the way it looks whimsical.

    Posted on July 22, 2010 at 8:09 pm
  10. Oh, have already told serveral others via email to make sure they see these blogs.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Posted on July 22, 2010 at 8:10 pm
  11. Wow, just saw the way to put this on my blog, so doing that now. Love your work and the stuff on your etsy site.

    Posted on July 22, 2010 at 8:11 pm
  12. I love all your stick pins! Posted this on my blog and facebook!

    Posted on July 22, 2010 at 9:13 pm
  13. I love the periwinkle gem flowers… I need to get them very soon! Hope to see you soon Jennifer, I do want to attend one of your crops very soon

    Posted on July 23, 2010 at 1:31 am
  14. I like a LOT of the goodies in your shop (I’m a bling kinda kid:) … but my most favoritest thing happens to be the July monthly kit – Simple Joys album. Very pretty!

    :) Linda

    Posted on July 23, 2010 at 1:37 am
  15. Posted on July 23, 2010 at 1:54 am
  16. i got to say the may 2010 layout is my fav!

    Posted on July 23, 2010 at 2:36 am
  17. Your beaded strawberry charms on etsy look scrumptious and you christmas page give me lots of ideas.

    Posted on July 23, 2010 at 2:27 pm
  18. I love the “So Tweet” 6X12 mini book. It looks so cute, I could fill it up with the kids pictures.

    Posted on July 23, 2010 at 9:26 pm
  19. Jennifer, I like everything in your etsy shop. My faves…baker’s twine for the practical part in me,,,and the sequins for my wild side. I think this blog hop is good and you made a sale. I mentioned to you the last time I saw you, that I like the rosettes. I just purchased the pdf tutorial. BTW, I shared this on FB… Thanks for setting this up. Now onto my next blog on the list.

    Posted on July 24, 2010 at 1:03 am
  20. I love the July project kit! The colors are my very favorites!!! It is in my cart right now.

    Posted on July 24, 2010 at 3:09 am
  21. I really liked the Delightful Daydream mini book. :)

    Posted on July 26, 2010 at 12:59 am
  22. I love the July mini album with BoBunny’s new line. So cute!

    Posted on July 26, 2010 at 1:33 am
  23. love the july 2010 album.. love the colores!!
    mary t

    Posted on July 26, 2010 at 6:58 pm
  24. love all the trims on esty and the projects. thanks for the intro to some cool sites i’ve never been to becuz of this hop. also posting on my facebook page. chris

    Posted on July 27, 2010 at 3:45 pm
  25. LOVE Options Embellishment Tote!! So cute! Would go great for my beads!!

    Posted on July 28, 2010 at 9:00 pm
  26. I love the so tweet and the simply you albums! Looking forward to the go green class. I need to order one :)
    I am off to post about the blog hop on my facebook

    Posted on July 28, 2010 at 11:42 pm
  27. I LOVE your work!!!

    Posted on July 29, 2010 at 2:25 am
  28. Your Naughty Page is just too cute !
    And it is so nice to have you display photos that others would have thought were throw aways ( becasue the child did not make a smile ).
    Your page gives inspiration to others and …you are a super Hero …who comes and shows them how to save the day !!! Xo Lola

    Posted on August 17, 2010 at 5:10 pm
  29. That was me above just trying to figure out how to post on this site.

    Posted on August 17, 2010 at 5:12 pm