Tuesday, November 30, 2010

3D Snowflakes

Winter Woodland has these amazing snowflakes and they are wonderful for making ornaments or tags for gifts! I am going to show you how to turn one of these cuts into a 3D object!

First you will need to cut out four snowflakes at all of the same size!
I am using the Layers option with the third snowflake from the left on the top row. I cut four of these at 4".
Next, we are going to emboss the snowflakes to give them texture. I am using the 5" x 7" Polka Dot Embossing Folder.
The third step is to create one score mark in the center of each snowflake.
Once you have the score marks on all four snowflakes, fold the raised dot side together.
Place adhesive on the backs of the snowflakes (the indented side) and match one side together. You will continue adding the snowflakes until all sides are matched!
And then you have your snowflake!
Supplies:
Scrapbook Paper: White (The Paper Studio)
Die Cuts: Cricut Winter Woodland (Provo Craft)
Machine: Cricut Expression with 12x12 mat (Provo Craft)
Embossing: Cuttlebug Polka Dots Folder and Cuttlebug Machine (Provo Craft)
Ink: Stickles in Frosted Lace (Ranger)
Misc: Baker's Twine

Be sure to stop by on the BLOG HOP on 12/3 to see what I used one of my snowflakes for!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Let Snow!




Good morning. I sure hope your Thanksgiving and Black Friday were filled with lots of laughter, good food, friends, family and deals! Can you believe we are SUPER CLOSE to DECEMBER? YIKES! Well this month the wonderful Scrapbookpal sent me Winter Woodland to use and show you all some projects. I usually try to go a bit out of the normal box for the carts but I loved this saying and really wanted to make it for a special person in my life. So let's get started!

Here is your supply list:
Seven 1.25 by 1.25 wooden blocks
White acrylic paint
Basic Grey sanding tools
Xyron X
Mini glue dots
Expression
12X12 mats
Winter Woodland
Glaze pens in red and green
DCWV Christmas Combo paper
Pearlescent paper
DCWV Green Adhesive backed paper
Sticko Shimmering silver dots

Directions:
  • First buy or cut 1.25 by 1.25 inch blocks of wood. Paint them white.
  • Second Cover all sides of the blocks with various patterned paper; adhere using Xyron X permanent adhesive. Use the Basic Grey sanding tool in a downward motion to smooth the edges.
  • Cut shadow/blackout LET IT SNOW at 2 inches on page 62 in green adhesive paper.
  • Cut LET IT SNOW in white at 2 inches from pearlescent paper
  • Discard SNOW, layer and adhere LET IT
  • Cut letters S,N,O,W at 1.5 inches in green using font/shadow and white using font
  • Layer and adhere using Xyron X
  • Adhere to covered blocks
  • Cut snowflake4 REAL DIAL SIZE at 1.5 inches from page 35 TWICE
  • Layer and adhere with mini glue dot-adhere to block
  • Using glitter chalk and glaze pens accent all adhered pieces and patterned paper
  • Accent blocks with shimmering silver dots
  • Display and enjoy!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

1st Snow Layout




Hello everyone!!  Now that the Thanksgiving holiday has passed for those of us in the USA, we will begin to celebrate the winter holidays.  My kids have been begging me to put out the Christmas decorations for a few weeks and so this weekend, that is what we will be doing.  When do you set up your holiday decorations??

Here is a layout I created about our first snowfall we had last weekend.  We ended up with about 14 inches and it looked like a total winter wonderland in our front yard with no footprints in the snow, yet.  I pulled out my Winter Woodland cartridge to create this layout.  I love so many of the cuts on it along with a beautiful font, the hardest part was narrowing it down to which ones I wanted to use.

To create this layout, start with the following cuts (with layers) in these sizes:
Pine cone branch cut at 2 inches
Bird cut at 2 1/4 inches
Trees cut at 4 inches
Snowman cut at 4 3/4 inches
Rabbit cut at 1 3/4 inches
Snowflake cut at 1 3/4 inches
Title cut to fit within the circle (mine is cut at 1 inch on real dial size)

-Ink the edges of each of the cuts with Ranger Distress Inks, then layer the pieces together.  Add some accents with Sakura Glaze Pens to the heart on the snowman and the leaves on the branch.  Add a rhinestone to the center of the snowflake and some Stickles to the white tops on the trees.
-Hand cut and ink some rolling snow drifts and then adhere to your background cardstock piece.  Stitch around the edges of the layout with a sewing machine.  You can also hand stitch or draw stitching.
-Cut and adhere a 5 inch circle in the upper left corner of the layout.
-I used photos in the following sizes and placed mats behind them: one 6 x 7 1/2 inches and two 2 x 3 inches.  Adhere the photos as shown in the picture above.
-Place the cuts on the layout as shown above with dimensional adhesive.
-Cut a title and place in the circle.

Thanks for visiting!!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Merry Christmas Easel Calender Card

Happy Thanksgiving to all!!! Super fast post for today! Todays card is an Easel Calendar Card I made using the Winter Woodland Cartridge and cricut! LOVE this Cartridge!!!!
Supplies Used:
Cricut Expressions(any cricut will do)
Copics for Highlighting I used(E37 E15)I airbrushed with them both
white gel pen(for dots)
To cut the Deer and Frame(this is for the sentiment)
turn to page 56
Real Dial Size on cut @ 3 1/2" in cream shimmer cardstock
Same as above but in Design Paper of your choice

then put deer together using pop dots or foam squares

Next for Frame or Tag
cut at 4" for brown frame(tag)
Shift ON Cut at 3 1/2 in Cream shimmer

Next I stamped sentiment, and airbrushed around edges using the sketch copics. I then added dots and my flowers and flower centers. Lastly I added my deer.

for Easel Card I cut 6 x 12 fold in half, then fold the top in half. Cut a 6 x 6 for my main top card and embellished with dp,dots,frame,deer and bow, then added to the bottom of the fold on top :) this is how you get the Easel
The Calendar is from SCS and I just printed it off.


Thank you for looking and I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving today!!!
Hugs,
Cheryl

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

It's Moving Time!


Project by Leah
I was thrilled to find this adorable house image and tag on the Joys of the Season Christmas cartridge because they are perfect for making some new address tags and a thank you card for my upcoming move to our new home we are buying! It's wonderful when a very Christmasy cartridge can become so versatile by just changing out colors. Here's how I made my two projects.
Thank you Card:
Cut the home image on page 50 of the Joys of the Season Cricut cartridge. Cut the image at 4 1/2" and again 3 more times with the layer keys selected changing out the color of cardstock to build your scene.
Emboss the trees and grass with the Victoria embossing folder and your Cuttlebug.
Cut a piece of yellow cardstock 2"x2 1/2" to place behind the house for the feel of light from the house.
Adhere everything together.
Add glossy accents to the windows to give them some shine.
Use a red Sakura gelly roll glaze pen to highlight the shingles on the roof.
Stamp your sentiment.
TAGS:
Cut the tag on page 80 at 4 1/2" from patterned paper.
Cut the tag on page 50 at 4 1/2" from solid cardstock.
Adhere tags together, stamp sentiment and write in new address to give to friends and family members.
We will be getting the keys to our new home tomorrow! So excited:) Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Merry Christmas!

I have an album specifically for Christmas, but I am woefully behind.  So I was very happy to have my ScrapbookPal.com DT assignment to motivate me to dig out some old pictures and get to work.  This month I am working with the Joys of the Season cartridge and Glaze pens.  The only problem was I could NOT decide which cuts I wanted to use!  I decided that if I used the ornament feature, I could use a bunch of my favorite designs without making the layout too crazy.*

by Tomi Ann Hill

I used my Gypsy to plan out the whole layout.  First, I created a sort of sketch on my screen, planning where everything should go and making sure all the elements were the right size.  Then I rearranged the elements into one block for each color so I could cut out all the elements at the same time.  Saves a lot of time!  The row of small ornaments on the bottom are cut at about 1.75", and the big gold ornament at the top is about 2.5".  (The pointy ornament is a chipboard photo turn from this paper collection.)  I cut "Merry Christmas" using the shadow function at about 3", then used my Glaze pens to add the detail of the letters.  I love how whimsical and fun it turned out. I used a white Glaze pen to create the little numbers for the date.  Oh, dang it!  I just realized I put in the wrong year.  Well, I'll be fixing that as soon as I finish posting... :)

When I went to put everything together, the title was really getting lost on that busy ornament background, so I cut a gigantic red ornament to make a nice background for it.  The ornament is about 8" wide, and I added a yellow scallop-edged strip at the top to give it a little detail. 

Other materials: Patterned chipboard -- Daisy D's; Glimmer mist -- Tattered Angels; baker's twine -- Martha Stewart; scallop-edge punch -- Stampin' Up!

When you're doing all your holiday shopping, don't forget some goodies to stuff your own stocking with!  ScrapbookPal.com has free shipping for orders over $25 and they ship same day.  After all, you've been good all year! :)

*Actually, this layout is a little crazy for my tastes.  But isn't that kind of how Christmas is?  All the decorations and the presents and the kids in their bright pajamas?  I'm just going to run with it...

Friday, November 19, 2010

Winter House Door Hanging

Project by Rowena

Isn't this such a cute door hanger?? Rowena used the Joys of the Season cricut cartridge and did a fabulous job! If you have a moment send some prayers to her and her family as she was just in an accident and wasn't able to get the instructions typed up for you all...but they will be coming soon! Thanks for visiting us:)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Joys of the Season Christmas LO

I just love the Joys of the Season cartridge I got from ScrapbookPal! I also seem to have a thing for layouts with hidden tags for photos as this is the 2nd one in 2 months that I've created this way. This post is pretty photo intensive but I wanted to share all the details.

This is the 2 page layout - the silver star is metal and does not bend to put in the book. Oops! Can you tell how often I scrapbook??!!


The Left Side - note the gold string at the edge of the tree

The Window lifts up to reveal 2 photo mats

The top of the window sill pulls up to reveal a photo mat tag

Remember the gold string? It pulls out to reveal an ornament tag

The ornament tag opens to reveal more places for photos

And the large blue present with the silver ribbon...

Pulls open to reveal photo mats

The Right Side - note the gold string at the edge of the tree...

Pulls out to reveal a blue star ornament tag...

With room for more photos

See the candle on top of the fire place? Pull it out...
To reveal another photo mat tag

Use 2 12" x 12" pieces of green cardstock as your base for your pages. Select 2 designer papers to serve as your wall paper cutting them at 11 7/8" wide x 6.25" tall and adhere to your green cardstock leaving no green paper showing on the interior edges of your layout meaning that you will have the green cardstock showing only on the top, bottom and left edge of the left page and the top, bottom and right edge of the right page. I used wallpaper from wallpaper sample books which adds a very nice texture. Adhere a ribbon over the seams to hide them.

Using the Joys of the Season cartridge, I cut the Christmas Tree using the Shadow Button (CrsmsTre Shadow - p. 59) at 11.5". Then I took my paper cutter and cut the tree down the middle. Using the D'vine Swirls Embossing folder and my Cuttlebug, I embossed both pieces of the tree. Because it is so tall, I had to run it through 3 times lining up the edges as best I could to emboss the whole tree. I then cut a piece of brown cardstock about 2" x 3" for the tree trunk and then cut it in half. This will mostly be covered by your presents. Apply Pop-Up Glue Dots to the back of the tree, allowing plenty of room for your ornaments to slide in from the sides. Adhere right up to the interior edges of the pages (see photo 1 above).

I cut 2 Ornaments (using Shift and Ornament Button p. 79) at 3.75" on a metallic cardstock. For the pink ornament, I cut the Bulb1 (using Shift and Ornament Button p. 62) and then ran it face down through my 5" Xyron Sticker maker and then applied glitter to it. For the blue ornament, I cut the Star (Angel with Shift p. 53) at 2.5". Adhere to the front of your ornaments. To make the interior photo mats, using Design Studio software I flipped the image and recut on the same metallic cardstock. If you don't have Design Studio, put your paper face down on the mat and then cut out the image. This will help ensure the mats match up when you put it inside your original cut. If you use double-sided paper you will skip the step of making the interior photo mats. Score the ornaments down the middle and fold in half. Adhere the photo mats inside your ornaments. Tie gold cording to the holes in the top of the ornaments. Slide under the tree.

For the ornaments on the tree, I cut ornaments in a variety of sizes on the metallic cardstock and then adhered them to the tree randomly. For the top of the tree, my metal star obviously is not going to work in an album so cut a star in silver metallic cardstock and cut in half and apply to each side of the tree. Note to self, metal does not bend!!

The Soldier (p. 58) was cut at 5.5" on skin tone paper, and then the layers on red and black (Soldier using Layers Button) - do not change the size. Adhere the layers together. Cut the bear (same page just use Shift) at 4.5" on brown and then his face parts on tan (using Shift and Layers Button) without changing the size. I ran the bear face down through my 5" Xyron and then flocked him with brown flock. I also ran the face through my Xyron face down and applied tan flock. Adhere the layers together. Adhere to left page of layout.

For the presents (p. 56), I cut Gift1 and Gift2 (using Shift) at 1.5" and 2.25" on the metallic cardstock I used for the ornaments. Then cut the ribbon (Gift1 using Layers Button) on the metallic cardstock and adhered to the presents. For the Present with the photo mat, I welded 2 of Gift1 (using Shift) together and cut at 2.25". Then I flipped the images and cut the photo mat. Adhere the layers together. To keep the photo mat closed, I added a small velcro dot to each side. Place a scrap of red fabric to the bottom of the tree on each side to serve as your tree skirt and then place the presents on top of the tree skirt. Use Pop-Up Glue Dots to raise some of the presents up and give dimension to your layout. I also used a few chipboard presents I had from another project for more color.

For the fireplace (p.55), I used Design Studio to make it 6.75" wide by 5.5" tall. I cut the base on dark brown and then used darker brown ink and ran it along the edges and then heavily over the mantle area. I cut the inside layer (using Layer Button) on metallic black cardstock and then again in brown for the wood and yellow for the fire. If you have Design Studio, you can use the Hide Contour feature so you aren't wasting paper. Run a red ink pad over the edges of the yellow cardstock to make it appear more like fire. Adhere the layers together. For the background of the fire pit area, I had a scrap piece of red crackled-looking paper and used a black ink pad to make it appear like soot and glued it to the back of the fireplace. Use Pop-Up Glue dots only along the left, right and bottom edges of the fireplace and adhere to the right page of your layout. Remember that you will be sliding a photo mat behind the fireplace so you need to keep the top and center free of adhesives.

Cut the candle twice (Fireplace using Shift p.55) on red cardstock at 1.75". Cut the layers (using Shift and Layers Button) in green and silver cardstock. Apply the layers. Because the holly berries cut so small at this size I used Christmas Red Stickles for the berries. For the hidden tag, cut a tag that will fit behind your fireplace when it is glued down. My tag was 5" x 5". Then using a designer paper, cut a photo mat to fit on the tag. I used a Ticket Punch corner chomper to give detail to my mat and then adhere together. Now you are going to attach the photo mat to your candle. Take a matching scrap piece of paper (about 1" wide and 2" long) and fold in half. Adhere it to the photo mat on both the front and back side using a good adhesive. Place additional adhesive on both sides of this tag. Take the candle and add pop-up glue dots to the back of one. Place the candles so that the scrap piece of tag is sticking in between the 2 candle layers and adhere together. This way you can use the candle to pull up the photo mat.

Cut the wreath (Wreather 1 using Shift p. 66) on green cardstock at 2.75" and use Christmas Red Stickles to make the holly berries. Adhere above the fireplace. Cut 3 stockings (p. 54) on red at 2" and then the layer (using Layer button) on white. I ran these pieces face down through my Xyron 150 Sticker Maker and then applied red and white flock to the appropriate pieces. Adhere the layers and then adhere to fireplace. Use rhinestones to create a garland between the stockings.

For the window, I took a piece of white paper approx 4" wide by 3.75" tall and cut out 4 squares to make it appear like the window had 4 panes. I used a Stampin' Up paper punch on the bottom of the window sill to give it decoration. For the "outside", I took a piece of dark blue paper cut slightly less than 4" by 7.5" and scored it across the middle. Then using a Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll pen I made stars on the front of the folded piece of paper. I made the illusion of snow by tearing a scrap piece of white paper and then applying Icicle Stickles (let dry!). Adhere the white "snow" to the bottom of the front of the dark blue paper and then adhere both to the back of the window frame. Now your window should flip up to reveal the photo mats. Cut designer paper to make photos mats and adhere to the dark blue paper. For the hidden tag, take a piece of white paper approximately 4" wide x 3.75" long and use the same paper punch on the top to make it match the bottom of the window. Cut designer paper to fit the photo mat (below the punch area - see picture above). You are going to use pop up glue dots to attach the window to your layout so you will need to trim the side of your photo mat approximately .75" on each side so it can slide in. Don't trim it all the way up though, you want the top to be the same length as the window. For added stability, I used a scrap piece of white paper and the punch to make another piece of the window border and trimmed it to fit and adhered it over the first piece being sure to line them up.

Add embellishments like rhinestones to your tree and wherever else you desire. This layout did take some time but most of it was spent in figuring out what I wanted to do rather than actually doing it!

I hope you enjoy it!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Winter Greetings

I was so excited to receive Winter Woodland from ScrapbookPal.com for this month's projects! This cartridge has an amazing font and lots of winter cuts, including snowflakes! For this card I used the Snkwflk3 for the snowflake cut at 4" and then used the circle base of Snwfl1_S cut at 4" in the light purple and 4 1/2" in the deep purple.

  1. Cut the card base at 5 1/2" x 8" and fold in half to form a 4 1/2" x 5 1/2" card.
  2. Trim two pieces of ribbon at 5 1/2" and adhere to the center of the card.
  3. With the light purple circle, emboss with the Cuttlebug and the Polka Dot folder.
  4. Ink the edges of the circles with Wisteria Cat's Eye Chalk Ink and then layer the light purple circle on top of the deep purple circle. Place foam squares under the large cicles and adhere them toward the left edge of the card, centering.
  5. With Stickles in gold, lavendar, crystal, and lime green, cover the embossed circles with random color. Let dry.
  6. For the snowflake cut, add crystal Stickles in the circles and on the large scallops, let dry.
  7. Adhere the snowflake to the right edge of the circle using foam squares.
  8. Add sentiment to the top left side of the card.
I love all the spakles and texture!

Supplies:
Scrapbook Paper: Relaxed (Momenta)
Stickers: Black Tie Mini Chipboard (Momenta)
Die Cuts: Cricut Winter Woodland (Provo Craft)
Machine: Cricut Expression with 12x12 mat (Provo Craft)
Embossing: Cuttlebug Polka Dots Folder and Cuttlebug Machine (Provo Craft)
Ribbon: Boho Chic Trim (Making Memories)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Autumn Card

Good morning. I hope you all are doing great. Scrapbookpal.com was gracious enough to send me Winter Woodland Cricut Cartridge to create with this month. Well you know me, always trying to think outside the box. This time it is no exception. I needed a gift for one of Caitlyn's friends. I made his sister something similar and did not want him to feel left out. It will hang up in his room. I hope he likes it.

Now down to business.
Ingredients:
Green card stock
Yellow card stock
White card stock
brown card stock
cloud paper
Scraps for leaves

1. Cut out trees on page 36 from white card stock at 1/75, 2, 3, and 5 inches.
2. Cut the shift of the same trees in the same sizes.
3. BEFORE you adhere the shift image color the white card stock to the desired colors. I used my Bic Markers orange, red and brown to get a fall look.
4. Adhere the brown trunk to its respective tree.
5. Cut off the bottom "snow drift" of each tree, layer and adhere to torn Swiss dotted hills.
6. Using leaf punch and scraps punch out about 18 leaves and randomly adhere with mini glue dots.
7. I hand cut all three clouds and ran them through the D'vine swirl cuttle bug folder.
8. Ink with French Blue Cats Eye and Stardust Clear glitter pen.
9. Adhere with foam tape.
10. Hand cut yellow sun, ink with orange chalk ink, use border sticker to make 'rays' doodle with Bic markers.
11. Cut Shadow FONT "Nathan" at 2 inches in white card stock.
12. Cut FONT "Nathan" at 2 inches using cloud paper.
13. Adhere together using Xyron 150.
14. Using doodlebug stickers create barn scene at top of hill. Adhere elements with foam tape.
15. Frame and enjoy!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Be Merry with Winter Woodland

Project by Amy Crockett
The Christmas season will soon be upon us....have you started making your gifts and/or cards yet?  Well, here is a card that I created to share with you today that will hopefully inspire you to get started, if you haven't already.  I was lucky enough to receive the Winter Woodland cartridge from ScrapbookPal this month.  This cartridge is packed full of beautiful and fun winter themed cuts.  I used the 3D tree on my card as well as the poinsettia cuts.

To make this card:
-Cut two sets of the 3D trees from the Winter Woodland cartridge at 3 1/2 inches from music paper.  I find old music books at second hand stores to use in my Cricut.
-Cut the poinsettia and layers from the Winter Woodland cartridge at 2 inches.
-Cut a piece of cardstock at 1 inch by 2 1/2 inches and stamp a sentiment in the middle with some Cat's Eye Fluid Chalk ink.
-Using some Ranger's Distress Ink in Antique Linen and Tea Dye, distress all the pieces (both sides of the tree pieces).
-Emboss the bottom 3/4 of the front of the card base with the Swiss Dots embossing folder and the Cuttlebug machine.
-Add some color to some of the embossed dots with Sakura Glaze Pens.  Use them to add a little texture and dimension to the leaves and flower of the poinsettia, too.
-Put the two sets of 3D trees together at the slots (with the top two pieces together and the bottom two pieces together, slide them so that the they all are straight).  fold them all in so that when you open it, it fans out.  Adhere the back two sides of the fanned out tree to the bottom right side of the card.
-Add a star brad to the top of the tree.
-Add a brad to the left edge of the sentiment and then adhere the sentiment to the left of the tree (I over lapped mine in the tree).
-Tie a ribbon near the top and add the poinsettia to the middle of the bow.


I hope that you are inspired to make some of these for your loved ones and friends.

Supplies:
Cardststock: Stampin' Up! and Bazzill
Ribbon: Stampin' Up!
Die cuts: Cricut Expression with Winter Woodland cartridge
Embossing: Cuttlebug with Swiss Dots embossing folder
Stamp: Stampin' Up!
Brads: Making Memories
Pens: Sakura Glaze pens
Ink: Cat's Eye Fluid Chalk and Ranger Distress inks

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Recipe Stand and Card

Hello everyone todays post is a Wood Stand to hold Recipe Cards & Calendar Cards I will be making for Christmas Gifts this year! On this recipe card I used the DARLING Cartridge called Winter Woodland from Scrapbookpal.com
I decide to have hubby design this stand that I had seen on another blog :) Of course I had to stain it, and all other stands will be stained lighter to match their homes that they will be going to for Christmas :) Each stand will have 3 Calendar cards(1 winter,fall,and all year round) and 2 recipe cards to give :)
For my Snowomen i used Winter Woodland cartridge and this design (snwoman)can be found on page 47
This snwoman is super easy and fast to make, add her to any card,tag,or layout :)
Supplies that can be found at Scrapbookpal.com
Glaze pens red & Hunter Green
zig 2way glue pen for the snowoman

This snowoman is super easy and fast to make, add her to any card,tag,or layout :)
She is on Page 47 of your book

You will need-
White cardstock, Red Cardstock,Green Cardstock, Gel pens(red, and Green) Glitter or snow(I used snow) and GLOO to add your snow(to snwoman)
Black Pen(for eyes)
Ribbon,flowers,flourishes

Directions-
Cut all pieces @ 3 1/2 inches
White
Whitefor shadow of snwomen
LayerRed cardstock for scarf and rim of hat
Hat and Scraf in Green

Now put your snowoman together with glue and set aside to dry. I added eyes and then GLOO for the snow

Now you are ready to work on your card.
2 pieces(front and back) measure 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 in a light ginger
6 x 6 red
5 1/2 x 5 1/2 white
5 x 5 design paper of choice
Recipe, and then layer with red and neutral of choice(layers are off by 1/4 of an inch)
add sewing, then add eyelets add back on now
Decorate back with instructions on how to make your cookies!!! I will have to add picture of back later!

Thank you for looking and I hope you enjoyed todays post!
Hugs,
Cheryl

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Christmas Wreath

Project by Leah

I was so excited to get the Joys of the Season Cricut cartridge this month from Scrapbook Pal. It is a beautiful Christmas cartridge with tons of cuts for endless projects. I decided to make a wreath using the Poinsetta and Holly cuts. Here are the directions:

Cut the poinsetta on page 69, 3 times out of green cardstock at 3". Cut again 3 times out of red cardstock with the layer feature on at 3". Cut one last time in pink cardstock with the layer feature on at 1 1/2", 3 times.

*If you have heavy cardstock use that, but if not just cut your lighter cardstock multiple times and adhere layers together until you get desired thickness.*

Cut the Holly on page 69, 3 times out of dark green cardstock at 2". I did the reinforced method to build up my lighter cardstock for the holly, worked great!

Before assembling, with Swiss Dots embossing folder emboss the green layer of the poinsetta. Adhere all layers together, add rhinestones and pearls and adhere to your wreath base. Attach bird. Hang, and enjoy!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Christmas at Last!

I really, really love Christmas! I would seriously start celebrating in mid-September if I could get away with it, but somehow that's not okay... unless you're Costco, I guess. The people around here want to celebrate things like Halloween and Thanksgiving, the weirdies... :) But one of the benefits of being a crafter is that you have a great excuse to start your own personal celebrations early -- after all, you've got to be prepared ahead of time, right?

This month ScrapbookPal.com sent me the "Joys of the Season" cartridge to play with, and I was very very happy. This is one of my all-time fave cartridges -- I love the elegant shapes and all the different goodies on the cartridge. My first assignment this month was to create a card, and I did start out with that in mind, but then I thought, "What good is a card at Christmas without some chocolate to go with it?!" So I turned my card into a big tag for a jar of Candy Cane Kisses (oh, yum!).

I used my Gypsy to size everything on this tag just right, but I'll give you the basic measurements. I cut the ornament tag base at about 4", then the wreath at about 3 1/2" and Santa at about 2 3/4". I used adhesive foam to give dimension to all the different layers. I also used Creamy Brown chalk ink for distressing, and these awesome Glaze pens to add some accents. The smaller tag is just a die-cut from this Basic Grey paper pack with a couple little paper strips added.

These Glaze pens are so cool, because the create a raised effect like embossing. I was just going to use them for accenting my die cuts, but then I read on the package that they can write on glass! Well, that's just cool, right? So I used them to add some vine-y artwork to my jar, and it turned out beautiful. They write really smoothly on the glass and dry quickly. (It didn't show up very well in the first photograph, so here's another with a white background so you can see it better.)

Bonus projects! Like I said at the beginning, this cartridge is one of my favorites, and I use it for all sorts of projects. I thought I'd include a little trip down memory lane, sharing some of my favorite Joys of the Season cards and other goodies:






Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Pretty Snowflake Card

Hi everyone!

It's cold here where I live so that means that soon there will be snow and then Christmas. I always try to make my Christmas cards in November because once December comes I get so busy that cards may very well be forgotten or I won't have enough time to make them. Here is one of the cards I designed for this year. I hope it inspires you to start making your own cards.


SUPPLIES:

Cricut Cartridge--Joys of the Season
8 1/2" x 11" light blue cardstock
8 1/2" x 11" white cardstock
8 1/2" x 11" navy blue cardstock
Scor-Pal: Scoring Board 12"X12"--Scor- Pal
Prisma Glitter--Hero Arts
Pearls--Kaiser Kraft
Outdoor Denim ink pad--Close to My Heart
Tiny Tag Stamp--Stampin' Up
D'Vine Swirl Cuttlebug Embossing Folder--Provo Craft
ATG 714 dispenser--3M
Cricut Expression electronic die cutting machine--Provo Craft
other: QuickStik--QuicKutz; 2 Way Glue Jumbo Pen--Zig Memory System; Tweezers; Dimensionals--Stampin' Up; Glue Dots--Glue Dots International
(To go directly to a specific product used for this project simply click on any of the links above.)


CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Cut the light blue cardstock in half to measure 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" then score to create a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" card base.
2. Cut mat from white cardstock measuring 4" x 5-1/4"
3. Using the Joys of the Season Cricut cartridge, cut three 1-1/2" {Flake1} from navy blue cardstock (p. 60 of handbook).
2. Using the Joys of the Season Cricut cartridge, cut three 1-1/2" {Flake1} using the layer function from light blue cardstock (p. 60 of handbook).

STEPS:

1. Emboss the white piece of cardstock using the D'Vine Swirl embossing folder.

2. Adhere the embossed piece of white cardstock centered on the front of the card base.

3. Apply the 2 Way Glue to the light blue snowflakes and cover with glitter. Let dry then adhere pearls to the center of each snow flake using the quickstic. Use dimensionals to adhere the glittered snowflakes to the navy blue snowflakes then adhere the assembled snowflakes with 1/2" glue dots centering them across the front of the card base.

4. Stamp sentiment with the Outdoor Denim ink on the front of the card base on a flat area of the white cardstock.

- Let your memories fuel your creativity™

Monday, November 1, 2010

Polar Bear Card

Joys of the Season Cricut Cart is one of my favorite holiday carts and the polar bear is one of my favorite cuts. Here is the card I made using the bear. I hope you enjoy it!




Ingredients:
Joys of the Season Cricut Cartridge
Blue cardstock
White cardstock
Snowflake stamp
Light Blue ink pad
Waterfall and Icicle Stickles
Swiss Dots Cuttlebug A2 Embossing Folder
Labels One Nestabilites Die Set (Largest label)
Rhinestones
Adhesive
Pop-Up Glue Dots
Scor-Pal
Xyron 150 Sticker Maker

Recipe:
Cut blue cardstock 5" tall by 12" wide. Score at 3" and 9" using Scor-Pal. This becomes the base of your card.
Cut 2 pieces of white cardstock 4 7/8" tall x 2 7/8" wide. Adhere to front panels of card leaving about 1/16" of blue showing on all sides. Randomly stamp icicles in blue on the cardstock. Use Waterfall Stickles to highlight a couple of the icicles. Let dry!
Using the largest nestability from the Labels 1 Die Set, cut 1 on blue cardstock. Apply thin line of Icicle stickles around edge. Let dry!!
Cut Polar Bear Shadow (p.52) at 2.5" on blue. Also cut the scarf (Polar Bear Layers) on blue. Don't change the size.
Cut Polar Bear at 2.5" on white. Emboss in Cuttlebug using Swiss Dots Embossing Folder.
Adhere white bear to the shadow bear and then add scarf. What is a polar bear without bling, add 3 diamond rhinestones to his scarf.
Using pop-up glue dots, adhere bear to the blue nestability label. Using pop-up glue dots. adhere this to just the left side of the card. This will allow the card to open from the right side.
Cut Merry Christmas (p. 75) at 2.5" on white. Run through your Xyron X to make into a sticker and apply to inside middle section of the card. For some bling, use Icicle Stickles on the letters and LET DRY!!