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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A Christmas Nativity Shadowbox for the Heart2Heart Challenge

This week, at the Heart2Heart blog, we are hosting an Anything Goes ~ Holiday Edition challenge and we would love for you to join in the fun.  What does “anything goes” mean? As long as you use some Close to My Heart products in your design, we would love for you to share your HOLIDAY creation with us at Heart2Heart.

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There were a few of you who saw my “accidental” posting and a video hinting of this little creation last week. It has been a while since I have posted a Cricut™ creation with a tutorial, so (another teaser) I will be posting some instructions for this Bethlehem Nativity Shadow Box later in the week.

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For now, you get to see this lovely little shadow box I created using some images from our new Complete Creativity Collection.  After stamping the image at the top onto some Mix Ins paper, I cut each on of the town images to fit into the recesses of the shadow box. MissCarriesCreations-BethlehemNativityShadowBox-Town.jpg

The Poinsettia and Evergreen boughs are also from various images in the Complete Creativity collection. After cutting the images from cardstock and vellum, I added a little shine with some Shimmer Brushes.

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I hope that this creation has inspired you and that you join us at Heart2Heart for one of our December challenges. Don’t forget to link up your creations before December 31st.

 I can’t wait to see what you create!

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12 Days of Christmas Creations ~ Soft Candlelit Silhouette

Today, we continue with my 12 Days of Christmas Creations and find ourselves once again playing with the Cricut® to create this Candlelit Snow Scene. I honestly enjoyed this project because it was simple to create and the results are breathtaking. I wish the photos could show you how lovely it looks in a dark room, all lit up by the electric candle.

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Once again, I used our Season of Joy Cricut® Collection to make a Snow Scene to fit inside my glass vase. I used the Silent Night image and welded a few of the layers together. Due to the size of my vase, the scene needed to be 15″ long. Since I don’t currently own a 24″ mat, I had to “cut” my Snow Scene into two separate images and glue them together to create a scene long enough to wrap inside.

Once the Snow Scene was complete, I inserted it into the vase. The Gold Insert behind it is a sheet of All About the Gold Fundamentals (currently on clearance) that I trimmed to the correct height. I chose to use the large Polka-Dot pattern because those gold dots hid my Glue Dots well, but you could use any of the patterns from this pack and attach the ends with clear cello tape. (don’t forget to pull off the protective film)

I am all about keeping projects simple, so I chose to wrap some White & Gold Skinny Ribbon around the top of the vase a few times, and embellish with a Paper Snowflake and Fabric Covered Button.

Project complete! You could change this design by choosing a different paper to cut your Snow Scene, using Vellum instead of Gold Fundamentals, or even creating paper greenery for the outside.

I hope that you enjoyed Day Three of our 12 Days of Christmas Creations adventure and that you return tomorrow for more crafty fun. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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