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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The Nativity

Hello friends! Welcome to my Christmas Week project for The Merry Christmas Challenge Blog, where every challenge, every week, is an Anything Goes Christmas challenge.  This week's project is very special to my heart, my Christmas week nativity card.

I have used so many printed vintage images on my cards this year, and even though this image is not vintage, it seemed Christmas week.  In addition to the printed image, I used three Cricut cuts, the geometric background, the star circle, and the wave banner.  I finished this card with white ink snow, a Merry Christmas stamp, and liquid pearls on the stars.  

We would love to have you join us at The Merry Christmas Challenge Blog this week.  Share your Christmas week projects with us.

Thank you for stopping by today. 

Monday, December 25, 2017

A Few of My Favorite Christmas Cards

Hello friends! Welcome to my project for this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 Cricut Challenge.  I am hosting a non-linked challenge this week.  I have asked to design team members to share their favorite Christmas card they crafted this year.  

My absolute favorite is the pink card above.  I loved this card.  It seems to the capture the magic and joy of Christmas, all presented in soft layered colors.

The vintage looking card above is the card which I reproduced the largest numbers of copies.  We sent out 22 copies of this card. a good hunk of the 75 cards we shared this year.  

I loved the elegance of this red card.  The word JOY is so festive looking with the cut outs in the letters, and I like the golden pine cones.

Below is another of my favorite cards.  I like the vintage image of the sweet little angels watching over baby Jesus (need I add, blonde, Caucasian Jesus?).  Ah the 1950's and 1960's ideas about Jewish Baby Jesus. 

I hope that you have enjoyed viewing my favorite Christmas card from 2017.  I am already planning a style change for 2018!!

From our family to you, Merry Christmas!!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Santa Claus Is On His Way

Hello friends! Welcome to my project for this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 Cricut Challenge.  My Design Team sister Laurie is hosting this week's challenge and has asked us to create projects featuring the Jolly old Elf himself, Santa Claus. 

I am not even going to pretend to have created the idea for my Santa Claus Is On His Way card; I found the idea on Pinterest.  But having viewed a similar image, OF COURSE I had to Susan-ize my version.  I suspect that the original version was made using thin dies.  My version was of course created with the Cricut!

I used five cartridges, Cricut Basic Shapes, and an SVG file to create my version of this card:

A Quilted Christmas - Sleigh and Santa
Christmas (Noel) - Reindeer, Christmas Trees, Baby Doll
Anna's Christmas Kitsch - Candy Cane and HoHoHo
Disney Classics - Teddy Bear
Celebrate with Flourish - Wreath
SVG file - Z-fold card set

I confess that I always admire other's projects when I see embossing on their cards. I am usually known for forgetting to emboss.  This time however, I included embossing on my "master plan" (that sounds almost evil!). I hoped that the Swiss Dot embossing might appear to be snow falling on Santa and the sleigh.  

I cannot remember if the Pinterest version of the card had toys in the sleigh or not, but I was certain that toys were a must.  I added wrapped boxes, the baby doll, the Teddy bear, and that giant candy cane.

I added the ho ho ho cut to make the card a bit more fun.  I gave the lead reindeer (Rudolph?) a red nose for the same reason.

This card was fun to make, though I am struggling with exactly WHERE to sign the card!  This may a problem.  In the future perhaps I will remember not to emboss behind the lead reindeer! 

Have you been by the Bitten By the Bug 2 blog this week?  My Design Team sisters have created some fabulous Old St. Nick projects.  We would also love to see your projects featuring Santa!  Join us by linking your new Santa featured project under the blog post on the BBTB2 blog.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Visit With Father Christmas

Hello friends! Welcome to my Christmas project for The Merry Christmas Challenge Blog, where every challenge, every week, is an Anything Goes Christmas challenge. Continuing my succession of vintage cards, today I am sharing A Visit With Father Christmas.

Like my previous Christmas cards, this card is a hybrid of printed vintage image and Cricut cuts. I used elements from three Cricut cartridges:  Anna's Splendid Soiree, Close To My Heart's You Are Here, and Ashlyn's Alphabet. The white lace background piece was cut with Anna's Splendid Soiree, the snowflakes were cut with You Are Here, and the tag was cut with Ashlyn's Alphabet.  I used the Cricut font Beadwork for the lettering, a Cricut drawing font.

I finished my card with winter white seam binding ribbon, cream twine, and red bells attached to the tag.

This is one of the cards that I made 8 copies of to mail out.  The only change on my mass produced cards was switching the 3-D bells to Cricut cut flat bells to better suit mailing.

We would love to see your Christmas projects!  Join the fun at The Merry Christmas Challenge Blog, where every challenge, every week, is an Anything Goes Christmas challenge.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Gift Box and Tag Set

Hello friends! Welcome to my project for this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 Cricut Challenge.  My Design Team sister Laura has provided us with a week to prep our Christmas gift boxes, treat bags, or gift embellishments.  I chose to create this gift box and matching tag set. In fact, this set is currently nestled under the Christmas tree containing a gift for my daughter. 

I only used two Cricut cartridges on this project, Anna's Holiday Home Decor and Basic Shapes. Because the box is already designed on Anna's cartridge it is especially easy. I  used other cuts from the same cartridge (along with some basic shapes) to embellish the box and make the gift tag.

I used Close To My Heart's Ruby Red, White, and Gold Glitter cardstock to craft my set.  I finished the box and tag with white gel pen doodles and liquid pearls.

If you would like to make this gift box and tag the link for the Design Studio file is HERE.

If you have not already been by the Bitten By the Bug 2 blog, please do go by and check out the variety of projects the team created.  Hopefully you will be inspired to craft your own project(s) and join this weeks challenge!!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Christmas Trees in the Forest

Hello friends! Welcome to this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 Cricut Challenge. My very talented Design Team sister, Janis, selected this challenge.  Janis asked us to use a Cricut cut Christmas Tree on our projects this week.  How appropriate as my home Christmas Tree just went up a few days ago!

In the spirit of full disclosure, this card was inspired by a card I viewed on Pinterest.  The Pinterest card was both more elegant and featured more life-like deer and trees.  I opted for a fun, more surreal depiction. 

I designed my version of this card in Cricut Design Space (I suspect the original card used a die) and used six Cricut cartridges plus Basic Shapes.  The base card was created by welding rectangles, circles, and snowflakes together, then adding score lines.  The decorative elements of the cards were cut using the following Cricut cartridges:

Cindy Loo - Deer
Anna's Seasonal Soirees - Trees (edited)
Anna's Holiday Home Decor - Poinsettia 
CTMH Flower Market - The woodland plants and some snowflakes
Art Philosophy - remaining Snowflakes   
Basic Shapes - Rectangles, circles, and large star
The inside text is from Anna's Christmas Cards and Embellishments and was written by the Cricut Explore 2.

I used all Close To My Heart papers (except for one tree), including the white glitter card stock I used to cut the snowflakes.  I finished the card with white ink and a fan brush which added the snowing effect to wooded scene.

Have you been by the Bitten by the Bug 2 blog this week?  The design team truly wow'ed me with their Christmas Tree projects.  You truly need to go check out their amazing work.  Also we would LOVE it if you would join our weekly challenges.  Check out the rules in the side bar at the Bitten By the Bug 2 Cricut  blog.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Friday, December 1, 2017

December Special - Through The Year Kit

Hello friends! Today is December first and I wanted you to be the first to know about this months Close To My Heart Special.  It is called Through The Year and is a fabulous 2018 Calendar Kit. 

For years I have been making digital calendars in online programs.  Not this year, baby!!  I am SO making our calendars (I make one for Doug's office too) with this new kit!

So here is the scoop on this calendar kit:

There are two options - one for those who purchased our November Stamp of the Month set (CC1344S 
 $38.95), and a second option for those who did not purchase the November SOTM (CC1344 $56.90).  The November Stamp of the Month is used to complete the calendar labels.  

Another great aspect of this calendar kit is after you have finished with the calendar, you will have 12 scrapbook pages that can be added to a scrapbook.  In fact, you could use each page as a monthly divider page in your 2018 scrapbooks.

Sample page images:

The kit should take about 6-7 hours to complete, give or take, depending on how quickly you scrap.  This includes time for cutting the papers, stamping, etc.

For more information visit my Close To My Heart online store!!  AND remember, this kit is available for the month of December only!!  Give your Santa a nudge if he still needs ideas!!