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Monday, December 1, 2014

Biltmore Christmas Tree Layout

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Hello friends it is December first, Cyber Monday, the first day on my Advent Calendar, AND Bitten by the Bug 2 day!!  I have a lot going on today so buckle in and let's get started!

My amazing design team sister, Jayne, selected this week's BBTB2 Cricut Challenge.  Sadly, because I am a total bone head sometimes, I tweaked her challenge.  Jayne asked the team (and you) to craft a Christmas card with a Cricut cut Christmas Tree.  Miss "I can read" here spent a few hours creating a two page layout, complete with Christmas Trees, only to discover when I added my photo to the Bitten by the Bug 2 blog that I was supposed to make a card!!  I was too tired after a weekend of Christmas decorating, house cleaning, and finishing my Christmas shopping to start over again at 7:30 pm Sunday night!  So in a most high-handed manner, I tweaked the challenge to include my layout!!  (Sorry Jayne!)

As you already know, Doug and I went to the Candlelight Christmas at Biltmore to celebrate our anniversary the weekend of November 22.  We purchased a 5 x 7 inch photo package after our tour - a photo of us and a photo of the house.  The Christmas Tree challenge (since I missed the word CARD) seemed like the perfect opportunity to get this two photos scrapped and the pages booked!  

I used my Cricut Explore and three cartridges to complete the two page layout.  The cartridges I used are:  Winter Woodland, Family Album, and Holiday Cards 30.  I really liked the Merry Christmas layout on the Family Album cartridge but I wanted to edit the layout a bit.  I deleted one of the two ornaments and one of the strands of lights.  I also deleted the shadow layer of the Merry Christmas phrase.  

I cut the layout page elements twice, after the edits.  I thought the plaid Graphic 45 card stocked looked great as a matting and matched my Christmas colors well.  By using only two of the four ornaments I would have had if I cut all of the elements twice, I made room to include my elegant Christmas Tree cuts.  

The Christmas Trees and the Jingle Bells are both from the Winter Woodland cartridge.  I thought the elegant embellishments worked with the colors and the photos.  I did use two of the strands of Christmas lights from the Family Album layout just to add a touch of fun.

The final element of the card was cut using Cricut's Holiday Card #30.  I took the house and tree cuts as an overlay on the Biltmore House page.   For a final touch of elegance, I trimmed the pages to 11.5 x 11.5 inches and matted the pages onto black card stock.

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  1. Amazing,amazing!! I love your layout and how elegant it is. I can see how perfect the challenge is for this layout!! All of the cuts are beautiful and love the design of it, also!


  2. This is really great!! I love your layouts!!
    You did a great job on the “tree” challenge. You have so many trees super design and happy Anniversary again. Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.

  3. I think your layout is perfect. I love the color choices!

  4. Beautiful layout Susan! I don't know what happened to my card that I put up, but it's not there now. lol I guess someone deleted it by accident. I too thought this tree challenge was for any project so you are good to go in my book. lol I guess I can't read either! Your layouts are always so elegant Susan and the pictures on this layout are just beautiful! Love the picture of you and Doug. Hugs, Brenda

  5. What a wonderful layout I love all the details and wonderful Cricut cuts!

  6. WOW!!!!! Awesome layout pages Susan!!! Love all of the wonderful cuts and those fabulous photos!!! :)