Sunday, November 18, 2018

Pop-Up Nativity Card Using Cricut Artfully Sent

The Cricut Artfully Sent cartridge is one of my favorites. Sadly, it's retired, but is still available while supplies last. (Read: hurry and get yours!) :)

This Nativity pop-up card is so gorgeous. It's plain on the front, so you'll want to jazz it up. But the real show-stopper is when you open it.

The "O Holy Night" stamp on the front is retired, but there's a similar, beautiful Cricut cut on the new Season of Joy digital Cricut collection. There are also some beautiful images on the Christmas Blessings stamp set that would look amazing.

When the recipient opens the card...BOOM! Amazingness! It's such a fun impact with minimal effort! I stamped a sentiment inside. I will link some stamp sets below that would coordinate with this beautifully.

I backed the star cut-out with gold glitter paper.

The 5" x 7" card is fully designed, you just have to cut it! (If using Design Space, it may not open at the correct finished size, but should still be sized at the correct ratios. Size the card to 5x7 while everything is selected to be sure it's all sized correctly. If using an Expression or older Cricut machine, you just need to set the cut to 5" - all the associated cuts will be sized appropriately!)

Thanks for visiting today. I hope you fall in love with the Artfully Sent Cricut collection as much as I have!

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Shake Things Up! - CTMH Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to another CTMH Technique blog hop. This month we are featuring Shakers! You may have come from Tamara's blog, but if not, that's ok, you can continue the hop in a circle.

I just can't get enough of CTMH's shaker windowsthey make creating shaker cards so easy! (Case in point: I made 3 shaker cards for last month's blog hop using a totally different technique.)

I decided to recreate a shaker version of my Christmas card from last year using the new 'Tis the Season paper and red glitter paper. My original card post is HERE and includes a snowglobe window (not a shaker) that reveals our family photo. I created it before CTMH came out with the shaker windowsit would have been so much easier to make this card with these tools last year!

Here's my new photo shaker Christmas card. I created a video to go along with this so be sure to scroll down to view it.

I am not sending this as our family card this year since it's so similar to last year's (plus this photo is from a few years ago), but I wanted to show you how cute and easy it is with the shaker windows and shaker window die cuts. I am sharing my updated Cricut Design Space file (below) if you'd like to make this card.

Process Video
I made this video showing how I created my shaker card. You can view it below or over on YouTube. (If you enjoy the video, I'd LOVE it if you'd subscribe!)

Let me know your thoughts!
I'm always trying to improve my videos so you have the best experience. I tried a different style for this videoI did it in real-time and explained what I did as I was doing it. Typically I speed up the process and do a voiceover so that the video isn't too long. Which way do you prefer? (Sometimes my scrapbooking processes take over an hour so I have to speed it up, but this card didn't take too long!)

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Blog Post with Cricut Design Space file 

I am the last stop of the hop, but if you didn't start at the beginning then head over to Melissa's blog.

Thanks for joining us today!

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Sparkly Scottie Dog Christmas Card

I can't believe I never shared this Christmas card with you! I made it for my co-worker a couple of years ago and just found it in my blog post drafts!

I combined stamping, upcycled tag pieces, heat embossing, wood veneer, and lots of sparkle.

I'll start with the focal piece - that cute Scottie dog. My sweet co-worker at my last job had Scottie dogs and I always had fun making Scottie dog cards for her. (See the other cards I made her HERE.) This dog is a wood veneer piece that I found. I colored it with a black marker and then coated it in Versamark ink and clear embossing powder, then heat set it. That way it added a little shine but also set the black so that it wouldn't fade. I like how the embossing really makes the wood grain stand out which makes it like dog hair. :)

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I made sure to color the sides of the Scottie as well so that the natural wood didn't show on the side. I used a piece of ribbon and tiny bell as his collar, which came from a Christmas tag from a prior year. (I always save the tags I receive with potentially reusable elements!)

Now let's move on to the background. I used a star background stamp that's now retired, but the current Snug Backgrounds or Repeatable Backgrounds would work perfectly, to add a starry sky behind this doggie. Pebble gray ink is a perfect subtle color for this. I added some red glittery Stickles to a few of the stars. Our Shimmer Brushes would also add some lovely shine.

The trees and red snowflake are also elements from previous years' tags that I disassembled. And the doggie is anchored on some shiny foil tape and shimmer trim.

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I stamped the inside of the card and the envelope with a Christmas greeting. This particular greeting is retired, but the current Christmas Blessings stamp set would be an even better replacement! The bright Candy Apple ink would be a great color choice.

Thanks so much for visiting today! Below I've linked some of the products I used. Some are only available for a limited time.

Let me know if you have any questions!

If you like Scottie Dogs, be sure to check out the other Scottie dog cards I made HERE. You may also be interested in the Artfully Sent Cricut collection which has a few Scottie dog cuts and pre-designed cards on it!






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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Fancy DIY Snowflake Gift Tags Upcycled Into Ornaments

Getting ahead on my personal Christmas crafting is not usually in my vocabulary. But lately my 5yo daughter has loved to craft with me, so I try to come up with things we can make together.

She helped me make these snowflake Christmas gift tags. We used all sorts of snowflakes from my stash and cut some out of cardstock with my Cricut as well. CTMH's new Winter Flurries dies would be perfect for this.
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We put all of the snowflakes out in front of us and just layered away! Most of these have been in my stash forever...some are thin chipboard snowflakes from Hobby Lobby, there are some wooden veneer doily shapes (some were colored with Copic markers), plastic and paper glittery snowflakes, tinsel snowflakes from previous years' gift tags that I saved, chipboard stickers, and more. I wanted to start with a sturdy base layer so that these would last as ornaments after the gift is opened.

I added a dot of hot glue between each layer so they would stay nice and secure. Then we finished them off with some gems on top and ties made of baker's twine and skinny ribbon.

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I hope you enjoy these as much as we do. Another cool thing is that there's no waste - the tags will be saved as ornaments plus some of the pieces in the tags are upcycled from previous years' cards and tags. (I always save the cutest ones!)

My daughter had a blast (and so did I)! I can't wait to make more with her.

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