Interactive Fun for Crafty Chefs + Video

Hello friends!  We are nearing the end of July and I wanted to be sure to try and get at least ONE “Christmas in July” project in before the month is gone, so I thought I’d keep things fun and simple as well as “kill 2 birds with one stone” so-to-speak!

Now we’re given one “must do” item from the previous chef to use on our recipe.  My item from Nana Connie was *”die cut” and so here is the project that I’ve made for this month’s “Crafty Chefs” group:


I have used a scallop square (cut from gold metallic mirror cardstock) and stitched square die cuts for layers on my project here.  I’ve taken this really cute elf image from the Christmas Elves Pairables digital set from Digi Doodle Studios on the front of my design.

I’ve printed out and colored the present from the same digital set along with another elf image (for his arm only) so that I could cut them out to make it look like he’s holding the gift.  His cut out arm was popped up with foam tape.  I’ve colored with Copic markers, added details with gel pens, liquid applique and Stickles glitter under his feet for snow affects.  I also stamped extra snowflakes for the background as well as add three snowflake rhinestones for accents.

Here’s the Crafty Chef’s August Recipe:


  1.  *Die Cut (can also use electronic machine like Cricut, etc)
  2. Interactive (More than 1 fold eg: easel card, gatefold, etc.)
  3. Specialty Paper (foil, vellum, glitter, etc.)
  4. ribbon/twine/raffia


  1.  Color an image
  2.  Add THREE of something
  3. **add glitter/sparkle – (this one I’m passing along to the next chef)

It doesn’t appear to be very interactive by looking at it, but when you untie the ribbon along the side, this is what it looks like when you open it up:


I have decorated two of the opposite panels with a greeting and then I’ve added a pocket to the top left panel so that I could include a gift card or cash to the recipient for Christmas!  I thought it was a super quick and fun interactive design to do!

If you are interested in learning how this project comes together, I’ve made a video sharing the measurements on how it’s done:  (CLICK HERE to see the video on You Tube.)

During this time of the year when it’s pretty warm over my way, it’s sort of a nice thought to think about some snow!  Plus, it always nice to get a start on some Christmas too!  (It’s not necessary for the “Crafty Chefs” to use a Christmas theme…it can be anything.)

I hope you’ve been inspired by my project today and have learned something fun in my video with it too!  (I have even more interactive tutorials on my You Tube video channel if you’d like to see other ideas!)

Thanks so much for stopping in today friends and I’ll be seeing you again soon!


  1.  Colour Crazy Craft – Anything Goes + coloring
  2. Daring Cardmakers – Three Musketeers (3 snowflake rhinestones)
  3. Sweet Stampin’ – Chrismas in July
  4. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes (Christmas in July)
  5. Crafting Happiness– #59 Anything Goes
  6. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP2030 Anything Goes
  7. Dream Valley – Christmas in July
  8. Fab ‘N’ Funky – #492 Christmas
  9. Christmas in July 2020 Hop – Anything Christmas

39 thoughts on “Interactive Fun for Crafty Chefs + Video

  1. Stunning card, Vicki. Love coloring of the sweet image and a great idea to do another present and arm.
    When openen, it is a big surprise. Gorgeous!
    xxx Margreet


  2. Super cute image , fabulous colouring and great design love how it opens up to reveal the surprise! Thank you for joining us at Fab’n’ funky this week.


  3. What a great and fun fold Vicki and with a little surprise inside and I love your sweet elf with his fluffy trim hat and fabulous colouring..gorgeous card.

    luv CHRISSYxx


  4. The card front is super cute and that is a neat fold! Great work! I am sorry I haven’t been visiting often. I am hoping August will come with more time for blogging. Have a good day!

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  5. This is such a cute Christmas card and it’s a perfect little image for a gift card enclosure! Love the sparkle and liquid applique around the hat. It’s a perfect little gift all by itself, and so adorably cute!


  6. Amazing! Love your design, coloring, and all the details. Just darling and interactive too, very cool!


  7. Oh what a fun card – and as I am looking at it I’m thinking “interactive” hmmm and then you opened the card. Awesome. Of course your coloring is also amazing and this is no exception. I am going to watch the video this afternoon.


  8. Hi Vicki, a superb card, love the fancy fold and will have to come back to check it out, a fabulous idea for the teenagers! Thank you for joining us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends.. good luck in the prize draw… Megan


  9. What a fabulous design for a card, love your sweet image, thanks for sharing at Fab’n’Funky.

    Pat xx


  10. Oh, such a wonderful card, Vicki! I love the design… that fold is so fun and the elf is adorable! Thanks for playing along with our first Christmas in July 2020 Hop!


  11. What a cutie Vicki! LOVE your video, so sweet to hear your voice! So lovely to have you joining in the fun at Sweet Stampin’ too. Hugs, Wends xoxo Sweet Stampin’ DT

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  12. I was really surprised to see this fold as I expected it to be a traditional square card. The fold is a new one to me, perfect for a card/gift card combination. Your coloring is beautifully done, love the detail of his furry hat and how you popped up the arm for dimension.


  13. This is adorable! I wrote down the measurements from your tutorial – I would love to make some of these for Christmas. I love the interactive nature of this one.


  14. Super cute image and great creation, thanks for playing along with our ‘Christmas in July@ challenge @ Dream Valley.
    Good Luck & Happy Crafting
    Carole xXx


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