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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Christmas Cards by Billie St Clair

Hi, Billie here with five Christmas cards and a gift box  in preparation of the fast-approaching holiday season!  Where oh where did the year go!?!? 

This is all of the cards and the gift box shown together.

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This is a gift card holder.  I attached the gift card to the gingerbread man on the inside.  You slide that piece out and it reveals a gift card for the recipient.  

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If you click this red & brown card, you’ll see that I added faux stitching around the gingerbread “woman” – see the bow in her hair?  ;-) 

Thanks for stopping by today!  :-)


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Christmas Canvas by Steph Ackerman

Good morning, Steph here.

As we get closer to the holidays, it's time to start preparing holiday gifts and decor.  I can think of nothing better than creating a canvas to showcase holiday photos.

I began with an 11" X 14" canvas - covering the edges with Faber Castell Gelatos and water for a water colored effect, bringing the color into the canvas.  2 tags were also painted and put aside to dry.  I spritzed some Tattered Angels Persimmion Glimmer Mist on the center of the canvas.  Once dry (and it didn't take too long), I ran a brown ink pad along the edges of the canvas and the tags.   

Select your papes of choice and determine their positioning.  I selected a piece of Making Memories circular Christmas paper as the base, placing it along the right side of the canvas, allowing the edges of the paper to fall off the canvas.

I then cut some Christmas Tree paper to 3"x 12", inked the edges with brown ink and then matted it with red cardstock.  The striped paper was cut 3/4" x 12" and also matted with red cardstock before placing it on top of the tree paper.  Since this piece was to span the length of the canvas, I needed to make it fit, so I cut it approximately 4" from the right edge and allowed it to spread.  A large photo mat was created to cover this section so the missing piece would not be visible.  I adhererd these pieces to the background paper.

The photo mats were cut 5 1/4" x 7 1/4" and 5 1/4" x 4 1/4" from red cardstock.  Green cardstock was cut 5 1/2" x 7 1/2" and 5 1/2" x 4 1/2".  Each piece was corner rounded before adhering together.  The photo mats were then adhered to the background sheet.  The date was cut at 3/4" using the Cricut Expression and the Cricut Plantin Cartridge and adhered to the tags with Xyron adhesive.  The tags were placed under the photo mat, slightly off the canvas.  This entire piece was then glued to the canvas as one unit using Beacon Adhesive for a strong hold.  Be sure to turn over the canvas and rub the canvas to get a  good bond.  With Beacon Adhesive there is NO paper warping as you'd find with white glue.  So, please be sure to use it.

Pointsettias were assembled together with brads and then adhered to the right corner with Glue Dots.  The leaves were also added with Glue Dots, but they were "positioned" with secondary Glue Dots to hold them in place.

The sled was cut from red cardstock using the Quilted Christmas cartridge at 3 3/4".  Layer1 + sled was used to cut the sled topper and runners from gold cardstock  A.  Layer2+ sled was used to cut the packages from green cardstock.  Shift + Layer2 was used to create the secondary package layers.
Once the packages were assembled, I lightly inked them with brown ink before placing them on the sled - it added a little more definition.  The sled was then added to the upper left corner of the canvas with Beacon adhesive.

Christmas was cut at 1/14" from the Calligraphy cartridge.  I used the shadow feature because I wanted the letters a little thicker.

Rhinestones were added to several tree tops as well as down the center of the canvas and as the dot over the "i".

I added some ribbon in the tags to finish them off.
All you have to do now is add photos and hang.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving by Heather Peterson

Hi friends! It's Heather here, back with another Thanksgiving layout. Today I have a fun family photo with just the girls that was taken on Thanksgiving day. I wanted to do something more whimsical and fun with it, but keep the Autumn and Thanksgiving theme.
I started with some fun fall papers from Echo Park and a sketch from Page Maps for inspiration. Here are some close-ups:
I found this burlap strip/ribbon in a local store and thought it would be perfect for Halloween and Thanksgiving projects. Because of the texture and open weave I needed a really strong adhesive to keep it on the page, so I pulled out my scor tape. It worked great. I am a HUGE owl fan, a little obsessed even, so I had to utilize all the owls that came in this pack in one way or another. This little guy was a sticker, but I added some 3D foam dots for some extra dimension, then layered another sticker underneath him.
I popped up this cute wooden pennant on some foam dots as well and layered it over a shape that I fussy cut from one of the fun papers. I use my cutter bee scissors whenever I fussy cut anything, because the tips are so fine and sharp it makes it very easy to get in intricate and small spaces. I layered a couple of smaller strips of patterned paper on the top and bottom of the page, and ran 2 of them through a border punch. I then topped them with some matching washi tape. ScrapbookPal has a great selection of fun, colorful and on-trend washi tapes. You should definitely check it out and pick some up for your next projects.

Well, that's my project for today. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and take a look! And be sure to head over to to pick up some of these great supplies for yourself!

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Using Your Cricut Cartridges in Your Cricut Imagine! by Jamie Cripps

Good Morning!  Jamie back with you today to share with you a little tutorial for using your Cricut Imagine with your regular Cricut Cartridges!

We are going to be working with the SpongeBob SquarePants Cartridge to create this card!

You will want to place your SpongeBob SquarePants Cartridge in the left hand side of your machine and then place a Imagine Cartridge in the other slot (any will do as we will be using custom colors).  

Select the image you want and then add it to your mat.  Edit the image by clicking on the image and selecting the pencil icon.  Click on the "Layers" tab and then click apply/okay.

Once you have all the pieces separated, you will want to go into each in the edit mode (with the pencil) and then fill the image with the color of your choice.  I have the colors I selected below (click to make the photo larger).  If you want to use my colors, simply change your R|G|B areas to match mine at the bottom of the screen. 

The top right photo is for the tongue.  The top left is for the mouth area.
The next row, right is for the shorts areas and the left is for the shorts base.
The bottom center is for Patrick's body pieces.  I used a black for the shadow piece.

Once you are done, your mat should look similar to the top right photo.
Click on the "Next" button then click on the "Okay" button then follow the instructions on the screen.

You should have pieces similar the bottom right photo.  

I adhered my Patrick detailed body on to the shadow base then colored over it with the R32 Copic Sketch Marker to bring out the details.  Assemble the other pieces using foam adhesive where desired.  Then decorate your card!

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I love that I can color the individual cuts using my Cricut Imagine - it is so much easier than placing different cuts of cardstock on the mat and hoping for the best :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!