Archive for November 2011
Hi everyone! Ginger here with some more Christmas cards to share! Today I have a couple of cards using the Winter Frolic Cartridge–a recent favorite of mine! I love the fun whimsical shapes that perfectly invoke the joys of this time of year.
My first card uses this adorable little Christmas Tree image and also a fun open scalloped tag and frame center from the Elegant Edges cartridge. It’s a fairly simple design that I think would reproduce fairly well and quickly it you left off the machine stitching and rather than cutting the ornaments for the tree, just added them with gold glitter puffy paint.
Designed by: Ginger Williams
Cricut Machines Used: Cricut Expression 2 Electronic Cutting Machine
Cricut Cartridges Used: Winter Frolic, Elegant Edges
Other Supplies: Patterned Paper (Creative Memories, Echo Park Paper), Rubon (Melissa Frances)
Elegant Edges Cartridge
- <Flower3> + Oblong in brown @ 3 1/2″
- <Flower3> + Oblong Frame in red @ 3 1/2″ (Just use the inner circle)
Winter Frolic Cartridge
- <Tree1> in green @ 2 1/2″
- <Tree1-s> x 2, in dark green and in brown @ 2 1/2″
- <Tree1> + Layer x 2, in gold @ 2 1/2″
- <Tree1-s> + Layer in gold @ 2 1/2″
For my second card I chose to use this cute little owl. To me he captures the simple and playful feeling of being outside in cool temperatures and snow! I also added a border of holly to the bottom of my card from the same cartridge.
With added machine stitching and a bow of jute, this card is another that isn’t likely to be one I’d mass reproduce as it is, however by making just a few changes it could easily be simplified as to where making lots of these cute owls would work. To simplify I would leave off the machine stitching and the bow; additionally I would not worry about cutting the tiny holly berries and either leave the green leaves plain green or add a dot of red glitter paint for the berries. The jewels go on fairly fast but they too could be left off to simplify this card.
Designed by: Ginger Williams
Cricut Machines Used: Cricut Expression 2 Electronic Cutting Machine
Cricut Cartridges Used: Winter Frolic
Other Supplies: Patterned Paper (Creative Memories, Echo Park Paper), Rubon (Melissa Frances), Jewels (Queen and Co.), Jute
- <Owl> in brown @ 3″
- <Owl-s> x 2, one in blue, one in white @ 3″
- <Owl> + Layer x 2, one in red and one in gold @ 3″
- <Owl-s> + Layer in green @ 3″
- <Cake> + Border in green x 2 @ 3/4″
- <Cake-s> + Border in red x 2 @ 3/4″
Happy Monday everyone! Juliana here with some tips to help you save both timeand money when you are creating your Christmas cards. I have created two different cards and have tips for on how you can make them very quickly or how you can spend a little more time and add a little more of a homespun or handmade feel to them.
With this first card I chose to use a die cut image of a wreath as the focal point along with die cut letters for a simple sentiment. Cut one layer from the green patterned paper and then layer it on top of the red patterned paper. For a stepped-up version, use a red pearl pen to add “berries”to the wreath.
Now to speed up this process, you can leave the image as is because the “red berries” are visible, however by adding the red pearl pen you dress it up a bit more. Next, cut the two circles from cardstock and stitch around the edge with your sewing machine. This too can be sped up by either hand drawing the stitching using a marker or you could even just ink the edges to give it a little contrast. Either of these options is much faster than using the sewing machine. I also embossed the background cardstock to add more texture to the card, but again, this step could be eliminated to help save time.
For this second card, create a front panel attached to a white cardstock base. This saves the use of patterned paper and if you decide to print your own paper, you won’t waste any ink. I chose to layer the dove using double sided foam tape to give it more dimension. On the bottom layer, I colored the “halo”using a gold leafing pen. You can eliminate using all of the layers to help save time and money by not using the foam tape.
I printed the patterned paper in 6 x 6” squares using the Cricut Imagine machine. By printing the paper patterns this small, it shrinks the scale of the pattern to a size that really works well for the smaller format of a card. It is kind of like making your own 6 x 6” paper pad! Next cut out the various pieces to create the base of the front panel and the layered label shape. A white correction pen works perfectly and quickly to draw an accent line along the outside edge of this card. You could certainly use your sewing machine or the hand drawn stitching options here as well. When I added the ribbon to this card, I only used about a 6 inch length of ribbon and adhered it just over the top and bottom edge of the front panel of the card. The jewel I used for the dove’s eye adds a nice touch, but you can certainly use other options such as a marker or pearl pen to achieve a similar look.
TIPS FOR SAVING TIME AND MONEY:
- Use more cardstock vs. patterned paper – cardstock is almost always cheaper
- Draw your stitches instead of using a sewing machine or just ink the edges
- Cut out all of your images and pieces and then assemble all of one part at atime
- You can use the ALL FILL option to cut more than one image at a time, however I find that by adding the images myself, I can sometimes rotate or move the images closer together and fit more on one sheet of paper than the automatic option
- Eliminate layers on your images to save adhesive
- Draw the decorative edging using a white correction pen instead of a sewing machine
- Purchase ribbon in bulk (and when it is on sale) and try to limit how much you use
- Use a marker, glitter glue or pearl pens to add details to your cut images instead of jewels/bling
- Brads can be a less expensive option for an embellishment
I hope you enjoyed these cards and the tips I shared with you that will hopefully help you save time and money as you create your Christmas cards this year!
Designed by: Juliana Michaels
Cricut Machines Used: Cricut Expression 2, Cricut Imagine, Cuttlebug, Cricut Craft Room Free Online Design Tool
Cricut Cartridges Used: Paper Trimmings (Cricut Circle Exclusive), Cricut Craft Room Basics, Winter Woodland, Elegant Edges, New Testament, Imagine Christmas Wish, Imagine Mr. Frosty
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder Used: 5″ x 7” Holly Ribbons
Other Supplies: Cardstock (American Crafts), Patterned Paper (Jillibean Soup, Imagine Christmas Wish cartridge, Imagine Mr. Frosy cartridge) ,Jewels (Kaiser Craft), Pearl Pen (Viva Décor), Ribbon (Hobby Lobby, scrapinkris.etsy.com), Gold Leafing Pen (Krylon), White Correction Pen (Bic)
JOY WREATH CARD (Finished Size: 4.25″ x 4.25″)
Cut WREATH using Paper Trimmings Cartridge
- 3.0”<Tree1> from green patterned paper
- 3.0”<Tree1> + Shift from red patterned paper
Cut CIRCLES using Cricut Craft Room Basics
- 3.5”<Circle> from cream cardstock
- 3.7”<Circle> from brown cardstock
Cut JOY using Winter Woodland Cartridge
- 1.0”<Rabbit> + Font Shadow + Shift from brown cardstock (J)
- 1.0”<Skater> + Font Shadow + Shift from brown cardstock (O)
- 1.0”<Snwomn> + Font Shadow + Shift from brown cardstock (Y)
PEACE DOVE CARD (Finished Size: 4.25″ x 5.5″)
Patterned Paper Craft Room File
Cut DOVE using New Testament Cartridge
- 3.0”<Dove> from cream cardstock
- 3.0”<Dove> + Shift from cream cardstock
- 3.0”<Dove> + Layer 1 from cream cardstock
Cut PEACE using Cricut Craft Room Basics
- 1.0”<p> +Shift from brown cardstock (P)
- 1.0”<e> x 2 from brown cardstock (e)
- 1.0”<a> from brown cardstock (a)
- 1.0”<c> from brown cardstock (c)
Cut LABEL SHAPE using Elegant Edges Cartridge
- 3.75”x 5” <Ctrus2> + Book + Shift from blue patterned paper
- 4.0”x 5.25” <Ctrus2> + Book + Shift from blue patterned paper
Hi, Everyone! Lisa Falduto here to share with you a fun and unique way to add a little touch of Christmas to any room in your home, workplace, or even your child’s classroom!
I am always looking for items to alter using my Cricut machines, cartridges and supplies! Today I am sharing with you one of my latest creations for Christmas! I like to find ordinary things that you use every day and turn them into fun creations of art. The holidays are especially fun for me! I have noticed that many of the tissue manufacturers create holiday packaging for their product but it is nowhere near as fun and interesting as what I can make!
I love using my Cricut Imagine for decorative purposes because of the layering features with the images on each cartridge. The bonus is that I do not have to spend time searching through patterned paper to find something that matches since the art cartridge already contains coordinating papers! For this project I used the Cricut Imagine Santa’s Village cartridge and also the Cricut Paper Trimmings cartridge (Cricut Circle Exclusive).
First I covered the box with coordinating patterned cardstocks printed with my Cricut Imagine. I cut to size for each panel and attached with adhesive. For the top panel you will want to measure and cut the opening to fit your particular box. Next I used my Cricut Paper Trimmings cartridge to create the border I used around the tissue opening on the top. Then I added two layered cuts on the top of the border, one on each corner. Take special note of santa since I used a puffy paint to create the fur and beard/hair features giving extra dimension. I also used a glossy finish on his boots to make them look shiny and fun.
I had the most fun decorating the layered candy factory building which appears on the front panel. I used clean glitter to make the snow sparkle. and then clear and red glitter to make the striped candy cane areas sparkle as well!
Cricut Machines Used: Cricut Expression 2 Electronic Cutting Machine, Cricut Imagine
Cricut Cartridges Used: Imagine Santa’s Village, Paper Trimmings (Cricut Circle Exclusive — find out more about becoming a Cricut Circle Member by clicking here)
Other Supplies: Cardstock (white, green), Patterned Paper (Imagine Santa’s Village cartridge), Red and clear glitter, White puffy paint, Glossy coating, Pop dots, Adhesives
- 4″ Candy Factory
- 2.5″ Santa
- 2.25″ Mrs. Claus with cookies
- Plaid, polka dot, green candy papers
- 0.75″ Border Snowflke x 3