Thursday, November 29, 2018

Baby Nursery Mobile With Stars, Clouds & Moon Using Cricut Artistry

I love creating nursery decor so I wanted to share this adorable mobile that Close to my Heart made using the Artistry Cricut collection. CTMH shared this quite a while ago, but I thought it would make a lovely Christmas gift for a baby in your life - or save the idea for an upcoming baby shower!


I love that this design is versatile to work for a baby boy or a baby girl. If you want more pink for a girl, you could mix in some pink clouds or pink stars. Maybe use pink ribbon at the top.

The Penelope paper pack they used is retired, but you can use any paper you may have, or I am sure one of CTMH's current paper packs would work for your needs! (Note: CTMH paper and cardstock cuts beautifully on the Cricut!)

Here is a video showing how they made it, and scroll down to see another close-up screenshot.






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I made a butterfly mobile for my daughter (see the full post w/ video here). This one would be more time-consuming because of more pieces, but it's a completely different look. Totally depends on what style you're going for!

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Christmas Cards Kids Can Make Using Upcycled Tags

Hello!
Today I have another Christmas craft your kids can make. My 5yo daughter had a blast making these cards using cute tags that I had saved from past Christmas gifts. The Frozen tag actually came on a piece of clothing we bought her - don't overlook anything!

View the snowflake Christmas gift tags we made HERE.


I set out a box of blank card bases in various colors, which was from a card pack with envelopes that I got at JoAnn's. I also laid out all of the tags and some sticker sheets and other embellishments for her to add.

I had pre-cut some white cardstock pieces to add a bit of design and so the tags would pop. I glued those on for her (she chose the spots), as well as added some various washi and glitter tape. I added adhesive to the back of the tags and she put them on the card bases herself.

She was so proud of her finished cards! Both of my kids (2.5 & 5 years old) are excited to give handmade cards to their school and daycare teachers this Christmas. (My 2.5yo dude hasn't started his yet!)


Enjoy crafting with your kids!


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

Hello!
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.



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


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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Sparkly Scottie Dog Christmas Card

Hello!
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.

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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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