Monday, December 5, 2016

Joyful Candy Cane Card

Hello friends! I am so excited that is is December.  I love the Christmas season so much.  I enjoy the decorating, baking, planning, and organizing.  I am already working on our menu and activities for Christmas Eve.  And next Saturday I will be riding the Santa Express Train with my husband, daughter, son-in-law, and darling grandchildren!  Avaleigh is 22 months old and she is so fun to behold this year. And yes, I enjoy making Christmas cards, packages, and tags!

Today I am sharing this Joyful Candy Cane card, which is my project for this week's Bitten by the Bug 2 challenge.  Our wonderful Caroline selected Christmas Words as this week's Cricut cut Challenge.  I used two Cricut Cartridges - Anna's Christmas Kitsch and Close To My Heart Artbooking.  

I chose the word JOY for the Christmas word challenge.  This version of Joy is found on the Artbooking Cartridge.  I cut the word Joy in red metallic cardstock. I also cut a few little holly leaves and berries.

From Anna's Christmas Kitsch cartridge, I chose the beautiful candy cane cut.  I love how elegant the candy cane looks.  I cut it a combination of white cardstock, red metallic cardstock, and green cardstock (from which I saved the leaves only). I carefully layered the cuts together - a challenge as the edges of the white cut can be very thin.

The base card is an SVG easel card from my SVG file stash.  I cut the base card in red cardstock.  Next I cut white accent matting for the top layer and a white layer with a sentiment written by the Cricut for the inside of the card.  I added a little notch to the inside sentiment layer of cardstock, something I like to do when making an easel card.  Add the little notch provides a rest for the top of the card so that it will stay open.  Finally I cut a red, white, and gray strip pattern (on an angle) for the the top layer of the card.

I attached the word Joy and the candy cane to the striped layer.  I finished the card with the holly embellishments and an assortment of teal sequins - stars and circles.

Have you been over the to the Bitten by the Bug 2 blog yet today?  The design team has created a selection of Christmas Word projects to inspire your Christmas crafting.  We hope that the team inspires you to enter this week's challenge and share our Christmas spirit!!

Let's take a minute or two and talk about Close To My Heart. There is a new monthly special - just in time for gift giving - and a new stamp of the month. 

- It's The Little Things -

Our adorable Close To My Heart  mini albums are for celebrating the little things you love! So often it’s the little things that matter most—and what better way to celebrate the little things in life than with adorable mini albums? Whether looking for a meaningful gift idea or a treasured keepsake, these mini albums are a fast and easy option, and this month you save 30%-off the retail price of the products you need!  Choose from one of the three options listed below. 

Also, when you purchase your mini set, Close To My Heart has teamed up with Persnickety Prints to print your photos in the correct sizes for the mini album bundles.  For more information on the Persnickety Prints process, click HERE.

Blue Jean Mini Album Bundle | CC1197 
Instalife™ Album—Blue Jean
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 #Life™ Overlays—Black
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Memory Protectors™ Mini 2" 
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Memory Protectors™ Mini 2" 
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The December Stamp of the Month, Thoughtful Flowers, is an amazing stamp set.  I am going to be honest, when I first viewed the stamp set I thought, meh.  But then I realized the potential of this great stamp set and I fell in LOVE.  

Look at the background on this beautiful card!  It was created with the Thoughtful Flowers stamp set!

The stamp of the month can be ordered for $17.95, or with a $50 order, you may add the stamp of the month during check out for only $5.00!!


  1. Your card is stunning Susan! I wish I could get as excited about Christmas as you are, maybe one day down the road. Sounds like lots of great fun in the train ride. I did a train ride on Christmas with Dwayne's cousin, her daughter and Bret. It was lots of fun. So I know you will enjoy yours with your family. Hugs, Brenda

  2. Susan, your card is fabulous! So many great details make this an exceptional design. I always love seeing what you share on BBTB2!