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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New CTMH Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the New Product Blog Hop where we will be featuring products from our our NEW Seasonal Expressions catalogs. 68837843_10156706011122686_7657167806701502464_nIf you have come here from Melinda Everitt’s blog, you are on the right path!  When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of artwork created by some very talented consultants.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

As many of you know, I am a bit of a Cricut® addict. I love using this wonderful machine along with our Cricut® collections for paper crafting & home decor. Can you imagine my excitement when Close to My Heart introduced their NEW SvGs?  I could not wait to be able to play with them. MissCarriesCreations-CTMHSVGMugs.jpg

This time, instead of creating something out of paper, I chose to alter a few of the New SvG images to create a few Christmas Gifts.  For each these coffee mugs, I used images from the Family History, School Days, and Where Our Story Begins files. After creating my design, I cut each one from Premium Outdoor Vinyl.

I then used a Weeding Tool to remove the excess Vinyl & applied Transfer Tape over each of the images. If I were creating a sign, I would layer all the images together, then apply at once. I have found that it is much easier to apply the images separately with cups & mugs.

Are you ready to start playing with our New SvG images?If you are still a little confused about using Vinyl & SvG images, I have created a short video showing how I made one of these mugs. There will also be a Tutorial showing how to upload SvGs into Design Space posted here on my blog next Tuesday.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Alyson Mayo’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas. Currently, we have over TEN SvGs that are ready for you to create with. Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Digital Art tab of my website to see how you can get the bundle for only $7.95.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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12 Days of Christmas Creations ~ Let It Snow Shadow Box

This year, I wanted to inspire you to create a few handmade items for Christmas, so, for the next TWELVE DAYS, I will be posting quick, simple, and easy projects you can make. As many of you know, I enjoy making decorations for my home, so I am beginning our Christmas crafting adventure with a Let It Snow Shadowbox.

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I promise you, that this project was very simple to create using a card design from the Season of Joy Cricut™ collection. The “Silent Night” card is a multi-layered card that I resized to the size of my shadow box. I chose to use a different title, so I deleted “Silent Night” and replaced it with the “Let it Snow” image from the Season of Joy collection.

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In Design Space™, I welded additional tabs to each side of my images, and added score lines so that everything folded neatly along the sides.

After cutting out each of the images, I adhered White Daisy cardstock to the back of my Shadowbox, installed lights, and began layering each of the images using 3D Foam Tape.

My images were cut from Sapphire, White Daisy, Bluebird, and Carolina cardstock, but this would be beautiful using any color from our cardstock collection. I plan on creating a second one that is completely white with a little White Glitter Paper. How pretty will that be?

If you would like to make a Let It Snow Shadowbox, I am giving away the file free to anyone who purchases the Season of Joy Cricut™ collection from my website. I hope you enjoy this little Christmas Creation and that you return tomorrow to see the next 12 Days of Christmas Creations project I have made.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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