Getting All Spruced Up for Christmas with Heart2Heart

Hello, and welcome to another January Heart2Heart paper crafting challenge.  This week, our design team is getting “All Spruced Up” as we create some wintry projects for you to be inspired by.  If you would like to join any of our monthly challenges, stop by the Heart2Heart blog and link up your creation before January 31st. 

When I first saw the Spruced Up Collection, my immediate thoughts drifted to Christmas. I know that it is only January, but I usually spend my Christmas Eve racing to finish and mail my cards, so, this year,  I have decided to get a head start and created an entire collection using the Spruced Up papers and card making stamp set. 

I decided to also create a bin to store them in using a My Acrylix Organizer decorated in Spruced Up paper & images. This is to keep my cards from getting bent, to add to throughout the year, and to prevent me from loosing them before Christmas. 🙄

I hope that this Spruced Up project as inspired you to create something new and join the Heart2Heart paper crafting challenge.  Make sure to stop by the blog and check out the other January challenges and the creations made by our Design Team. 

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Here is a List of the Supplies I Used on This Creation

Christmas Coaster Creations

As usual, I fell behind in the “everything” department of Christmas and, in true fashion, I am working on some holiday creations one week before the big day.  Over one month ago, I purchased some Cricut© Coasters and Infusible Ink with the intentions of adding some new Christmas decorations to my home, and it wasn’t until Cricut© held their Celebrate with Cricut contest, did I pull them out to make some of these last minute goodies. MissCarriesCreations-ChristmasCoasters

This is the very first time I have ever played with the Infusible Ink products and I am hooked. The colors are so vibrant and clear and won’t peel off like traditional vinyl.  I will admit, it did take about three weeks of research to get to this point, which is why I will be teaching a few classes next year on using Infusible Ink.

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Today, I am going to give you a quick how-to, but it will not be a complete tutorial. Infusible Ink takes time to learn and I am still in the learning stage.

The designs for my coasters were created using images from the Close to My Heart ArtPhilosophy and Artistry collection as well as an SVG image and an image from the Holly & Ivy collections. Each one was cut from the Buffalo Check and Cool Water  Infusible Ink transfer sheets. misscarriescreations-christmascoastersinfusibleink.jpg

Infusible Ink is more of a paper-like product and the “weeding” process is so much different than weeding Iron-On or Adhesive Vinyl. Once the excess was removed, I applied it to the Cricut© Coasters and used an EasyPress to set it.

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Just a few quick notes for you on this part of the process. 
  1. You MUST use the Cricut Coasters for the Infusible Ink to work. I have been researching other products, and, though some claim to work, they don’t work as well.  (I am going to keep researching to see if there are other companies that make something comparable and cost a little less.)
  2. You MUST use an EasyPress and EasyPress Mat. The Cricut© Heat Guide states that your heat temperature must be between 385° and 400°F and you should use an EasyPress Mat to protect your surface. (I don’t own a mat yet, so I have placed three layers of towels atop my All Purpose Heat Resistant Mat. It’s a temporary fix, and not recommended by Cricut©)

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Once those hot little coasters had cooled, I ended up with these wonderful additions to my holiday decor. The Infusible Ink worked beautifully following all the online directions and recommendations, which means that I am now going to start experimenting. I won’t be able to teach a class unless I have made a few errors. 😏

I hope that you were inspired by today’s projects and were encouraged to try something new.  Feel free to comment below with any questions.

♥ I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Create the Bethlehem Shadow Box in Cricut Design Space©

Remember that beautiful Bethlehem Nativity shadow box I created for the Heart2Heart challenge? Many of you asked for a tutorial that would show you how to create one for your home, and, today, that tutorial is ready for you to view.

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You will need to change the sizes of the papers and images to fit your own personal shadow box. The one I used is a 7 Gypsies Solo Shadow box that was purchased at a local craft store and all of my cuts were made to fit the specific dimensions of this particular shadow box.  You will find the complete list of supplies I used on my project at the very bottom of this post. 

After stamping and heat embossing the Joy to the World sentiment, I started creating my images in Design Space©. The town of Bethlehem comes from our Complete Creativity Collection which can only be purchased from my website. Each image was cut and manipulated to fit this shadow box using the Slice and Contour features in Cricut Design Space©. When you view the video, you will be able to see how I used these features on each of the images.

The Poinsettia comes from one of my favorite collections – Flower Market. After adding some Black & White Shimmer, I assembled the flower and attached it to the side of the shadow box.  Those of you who are members of my VIP Group were able to watch a live tutorial on how I put this flower together.

The final step was to add some pine boughs from the Complete Creativity Collection and add a few little embellishments.  If you would like to watch the full video tutorial and create a Bethlehem Nativity Shadow Box for your home, you can view it below.

I hope that this project has inspired you to dust off your Cricut© and create something beautiful for your home this Christmas. Most of the supplies I used on this project will be retiring on December 31st, so make sure you stop by my website and snag them before they are gone. Please feel free to comment below with any questions you have about this project.

 I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links. By clicking on those links, and making a purchase, your are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.

Here is a list of the supplies used on this project

Joy to the World
Joy to the World Stamp Set

X9007
Mix- In Paper Packet

X9009
Holiday Mix-In Paper Packet

1385
12 x 12 White Daisy Cardstock

X6047
12 x 12 Black Cardstock

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Shimmer Brushes

Z2863
White Daisy Pigment Ink

Z3367
12 x 12 Vellum Paper

Z891
VersaMark Ink Pad

White Super Fine Embossing Powder
White Embossing Powder

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Complete Creativity Collection

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Flower Market Collection

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Cricut Air 2

Portable Trimmer, 12"
Cricut Portable Trimmer

Weeding Tool Set
Weeding Tool Set (Tweezers)

Z4252
Heat Tool

B07BTL2PXJ
Stamping Platform

Z1836
Micro-Tip Scissors

B0767PZDL1
Art Glitter Glue with Fine Tip

Weeding Tool Set
Weeding Tool Set (Tweezers)
Z4191
Silver Glitter Gems
Z3341
Foam Dots
Z2045
All Purpose Mat
Z1151
Foam Tape