Christmas in July and Celebration T…

this month’s turn of our local altered book round robin gave me a chance to get in the Christmas spirit thanks to my friend Fran’s Christmas themed tip in (more about tip ins here)…

Magpie's Nest Tip in backgrounds

I began by collaging various shades of white paper and old plastered book text onto the front and back of a sturdy piece of watercolor paper (6.50 x 9.75″)…

Magpie's Nest glitter highlights

it was also a chance to get out the glitter to highlight the snow and icicles on a reused greeting card…

Magpie's Nest glitter highlights

some peel and stick plastic icicles worked out nicely over and under the window…

Magpie's Nest Stille Nacht

with the first side complete I got busy on the reverse side where I also used part of an old greeting card adding trims and computer generated words…

Magpie's Nest Peace on Earth stamp closeup

the postage stamp from my collection fits in with Art Journal Journey’s July “Post & Postage” challenge

Magpie's Nest Peace on Earthin preparation for our son’s visit home we have been sorting and clearing like crazy which is long overdue here and it was fun how many Christmas bits of this and that appeared so I put them in a basket with Fran’s tip in in mind (and let’s face it in the big scheme of things Christmas will be here again before we know it) …

Happy  birthday boy

it is our son’s first time back  home for a visit since he moved to Colorado three years ago AND it was his 27th birthday so we had some celebrating to do…

Magpie's Nest Angel Food Real Whipped Cream and Berries

hope your month is full of fun things to celebrate too ~♥~ I am joining in with Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover here as well for T Stands for Tuesday

34 responses to “Christmas in July and Celebration T…

  1. A wonderful christmas spread dear Patty! Lovely with the sparkling and wonderful techniques! Thank you for sharing with us at AJJ- and Happy Birthday to your son.. I was totally amazed as I read that he was born at home. A lucky one I think! xxx liebe Patty!
    Susi

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  2. Wonderful Christmas journal pages, thanks so much for joining us at Art Journal Journey again. And I am drooling at the thought of that cake – happy birthday to your son! Have a lovely day, Alles Liebe, Valerie

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  3. This is just plain gorgeous. I love the image and textures you used. Your cake looks pretty yummy too! You must be happy to see your son!

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  4. Happy Birthday to your son and Happy happy times for all of you while he is home!!! Makes me more anxious for my sons to come home in August!!

    Your pages absolutely floored me ,my dear- gorgeousness all over!! I must sit and study them some more!!
    sending lots of love! xoxo

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  5. Ahhhh… your Christmas theme reminds me of all the years I worked in a Dept. Store in the seasonal gift department. We would start setting up Christmas in July and everyone would grumble as they walked by… but as soon as that dept. was open they’d shop like crazy. 🙂 Love what you did with the card. That Birthday desert looks divine ♥♥♥♥♥

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  6. Ah, a nice cool Christmas page is just the thing to beat this heat and humidity! Hope you ave a fun visit with your son-the celebration looks like it was off to a good start with that delicious cake!

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  7. The Christmas theme makes it feel a little cooler. Well, while I was looking at the pictures it did 😉

    Have a wonderful celebration!

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  8. Ho ho ho is it already Christmas? A really nice Vintage Christmas Card you created dear Patty and you can send it to me in December. 😉 Your cake with the fresh berries looks very yummy. You make me hungry of cake.
    Dearest Greetings
    Sabine xox

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  9. Amazing to see in July that lovely Christmas project. I looked at it carefully and found fascinating beautiful details. You’ve made wonderful page, dear Patty.
    I wish you and your loved son and family all the best on the birthday party♥
    Love xxx

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  10. your tip-in turned out absolutely gorgeous (oh my, soon xmas will be here again…). the artificial icicles are perfect for this look! and i also would love to get a Piece of that berries cake:)
    celebrate will a full heart!

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  11. Happiest of birthdays to your youngest son, dear friend. I know he will put a big smile on your face.

    That’s a stunning Christmas spread. I was very, very impressed with the plastered book pages you used as a base for your tip-in. You are always, ALWAYS an inspiration.

    Seems the purging bug has hit both of us hard. I also found a lot of Christmas related items I can use to create an entire AB or scrappy journal. Just need to find the time.

    Thanks for sharing this lovely (I’m guessing) tort and Christmas spread with us for T this Tuesday.

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  12. Gorgeous vintage Christmas designs, love the sparkle and textures. Your cake looks so tasty, amazing as another form of artwork! Shirleyxx

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  13. Happy T-Day! Love the glitter – and you are right, Christmas will be over us in no time at all…

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  14. Its so hard to go so long between our kid’s visits isn’t it when they move away from home… but they grow up and it happens… life. I love what you’ve done with recycling old cards. I have another bloggy friend who does that and you two have inspired me… ! Happy happy Tday! HugssS! deb

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  15. lovely page and delicious cake

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  16. Christmas will be here all too soon Patty. Enjoy your time with your son.

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  17. Patty,
    So lovely that you and Mr Magpie are enjoying this precious visit from your son. Belated Birthday Wishes to him.
    I was just the other day thinking about Christmas, with a slight shudder (!) and it is so true, it will be here in a flash. Although we haven’t had a summer as yet (although no surprise there, you think we would be used to that by now!) and finding it hard to believe it is nearly half way through July, already.
    This is so precious and so gorgeously delicate. The icicles are perfection, they genuinely have that cold as ice appearance and the sweet, singing angel. So many beautiful details.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  18. Love your festive tip in, lovely bits and pieces ! Enjoy your time with your son! Happy T day! Chrisx

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  19. twinkletoes2day

    Your Christmas pages are very beautiful.
    I hope your son had a fabulous birthday, the cake looks delicious 😀
    I would miss my strawberries and cherries if I couldn’t indulge :/
    Happy T Day 😀

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  20. I love how you have created such a beautiful, vintage Christmas spread! You have re-used and up-cycled to great effect! Those icicles are so evocative of the festive season and what a beautiful, little postage stamp! It must be just wonderful having Colin with you for his birthday: the cake looked delicious! Happy days to you, Patty. xxx

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  21. Gorgeous spread..love the peel and stick icicles…who knew!
    It was fun seeing the photos on FB of your reunion with your son.
    Happy T day…a day late!

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  22. I’ve been thinking about doing a Christmas in July post and this has motivated me! Your use of the glittered icicles is lovely and since lately I’ve been plastering everything in sight, the text sets my thoughts awhirling! As always you inspire and delight me, Patty!

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  23. I adore your creamy, glittery Christmas in July….so lovely! and what a marvelous take on ‘birthday cake!’ happy T day, quite late… 😉 ♥

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  24. Great tip in!!! And, yes, Christmas will be here before we know it! Good for you “cleaning out”. I’m working on that as well. Your son’s cake looks delicious! I know that has been a festive visit!

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  25. What absolutely gorgeous pages! I definitely have a soft spot for sweet angel images! Did you bake that beautiful cake? It looks delicious.

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  26. oooh, your Christmas piece is so festive and gorgeous!! I just can’t bring myself to think about it too much though:) Happy belated birthday to your son!! You must be thrilled to have him home a bit-especially in time to celebrate his birthday. That is one DELICIOUS looking dessert!

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  27. Dearest Patty, hello- it seems we are both spending precious time with our loved ones, and that holds us a bit away from blogging and fb !! But today I have time to a short visit, with my closest friends, and your gorgeous pages of winter white beauty, and those fantastic icicles looking just as the reaL ones, what a beauty you have created,-and also on the other card/page my dear.The peace dowes on that wonderful wintery background, the touch of gold, and that lovely old post mark it is all perfection ,my friend.
    We are spending wonderful vacation days with the grandkits and family. But next week is normal again!! 🙂
    xoxo, Dorthe

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  28. just lovely and for some reason, Christmas in July sounds good, must be the heat getting to me!! LOL… xoxo

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  29. sparkledaysstudio

    Won’t be long before it’s here. Pretty and old fashioned. xox

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  30. Absolute white paradise!

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  31. I find it very difficult to create christmas pages in summer, but you did it perfectly in Patty-Style. Love the dove-page!
    Isn’t it wonderful, to have got grown up smart sons?!!
    Wishes – Ulrike

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  32. Very pretty pages – and yes, I drooled over the cake too.

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  33. What a great page and a good reminder to get going for the holidays. I like the postage stamp you included. Great little detail.

    Darla – running late this week.

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  34. I did not miss this Patty – this is how far behind I am!!
    I gained weight just by looking at your cake!
    Your Christmas page is delightful – the icicles look real!
    On with my day – it is soon coming to a close!
    sandy xx

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