Magical Christmas Layout: The Unicorn Reimagined

The sun is shining, the bees are out, the flowers are blooming… and I am working on Christmas pages.  When Close to My Heart asked me to “reimagine” the Magical Unicorn layout in the Everyday Moments collection, the first thing that came mind was a Deer and, with all the bright colors in the Blue Skies collection, I knew that I needed to create a Christmas layout. 

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If you read my previous posts, you know that I was assigned the Magical Unicorn key from the Everyday Moments collection and was asked to create the original design (seen here on my blog) AND a reimagined design.  In true Miss. Carrie fashion, I broke the rules.  I chose to use the Blue Skies collection, which is intended for summer, with the Magical Unicorn, which is not at all Christmasy, and created a holiday layout. 

Are you able to pick-out which images I used from the original design?  In my video tutorial, I walk you through the creative process in Design Space so that you are able to see how I turned the unicorn into a deer.  There aren’t too many steps, and it’s a great tutorial for those who are learning to use their Cricut. 

As you can see here, the ears, flowers, title and stars are all from the original Magical Unicorn key.  I love how those flowers turned out! The Blue Skies cardstock I used has a raised pattern design which make those flowers just pop off the page. 

I paired the cardstock with vellum to soften the design some.  If you choose to use Vellum with these flower cuts, you are going to want to choose “Intricate Cardstock Design” in Design Space.  The vellum setting doesn’t cut those straw flowers as cleanly. 

Along with the Blue Skies cardstock, I also used the pattern paper and stickers.  All of these are intended for summer designs, but I felt like they were the perfect backdrop for my Christmas photos. 

One of the pattern papers I used had a sentiment design that didn’t quite match with the holiday theme, so I chose a sticker from the Blue Skies collection to cover it. Using the “Life is Sweet” sticker was a great way to stick to my holiday theme and add a little embellishment to the layout.  

There are still a few details, like journaling, that I need to add to the layout.  I am in the process of creating an extended story with these holiday photos, so I am waiting to finish the story writing process.  Once I have finished, I will show you the completed design and share it with you. 


I hope that today’s project inspired you to take another look at the Magical Unicorn key in the Everyday Moments collection.  This Cricut collection is not available in Access or through the Cricut website – it is only available through my affiliate link below. 

While you are visiting this website, make sure to take a look at all FOUR exclusive Cricut collections I have to offer you.  Our two newest collections are designed to match our Aurora and Stitched Together paper packs – imagine all the possibilities!!!  

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Four Cards from One Cricut File

This month, I was honored to be asked by Jill Broadbent at Close to My Heart to re-imagine one of the designs in our new Everyday Moments Cricut collection.  The design assigned to me was the Heart of Gold card which is a very simple, easy to create card found in this Cricut collection.  Instead of creating just one single, redesigned card, I chose to create four for you today, and I have a simple, video tutorial for you to follow so that you can create a few of your own. 

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Like I said, the Heart of Gold card in the Everyday Moments collection is a very simple one to create. When you look at the design in Cricut Design Space, you will see that each of those layers is a separate layer and the design includes a card base and envelope. 

As I was re-imagining this design, I choose to keep it simple so that you could easily recreate each card.  Each one has a very subtle change and has been cut from a variety of materials. As you watch the video tutorial, you will be able to see the changes I made to the design in Cricut Design Space and how to assemble each one of the cards. 

Let’s take a look at each re-imagined card I created compared to the original design.


The first card I created looks very similar to the original design, but it was created using watercolor paints on watercolor paper. 

After each painted piece was dry,  I added some stitching using matching thread. I love the texture the stitching added to this card and how it looks just like a little girl’s spring dress with all the ruffles. 
 
TIP: If you don’t have thread to match the color, you can use re-inkers to dye white thread. 


The second card also kept the design intact, but was cut from French Vanilla cardstock and backed in Gold Foil paper.  (All the supplies for these cards can be found at the bottom of this post.) 

Again, I added some stitching and embellished this card with Gold Embellishing Thread and Gold Glitter Gems.  I like the elegance of this card and how well it pairs the the vellum envelope. 


The final card was flipped on it’s side – literally.  In my Design Space tutorial, I show you how to use the Contour Feature to remove the words and how to add some faux stitching lines with your Maker. 

After cutting the pieces from the These Are My People papers, I adhered them to the card base and added a whimsical White Ribbon bow and a few Acrylic Hearts as charms. The  sentiment was stamped in Intense Black ink using our Love these People stamp set.  I adore the simplicity of this one and how easy it came together. 


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that you were inspired to re-imagine the Heart of Gold card in our new Everyday Moments collection.  This Cricut collection is only available through my website and cannot be purchased in Access or on the Cricut website.  If you would like to purchase this collection, you can visit my website or click on the link in the supply list below. 

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Here is a List of the Items I Used Today

Everyday Moments Video Collab

Forever Friends Reimagined

Our Creative Design team was so excited about the New Everyday Moments Cricut Collection, that we decided to create an additional YouTube Video Hop to share with you this month.  We were each challenged to make a project using the pre-designed Forever Friends Layout in the Everyday Moments collection.  When you have finished watching my video tutorial, you can click on the next video in the hop.  A complete list of the Creative Design Team & their creations can be found here on my blog


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I had so much fun creating this layout using images from the Forever Friends design and a few additions from other images in the Everyday Moments collection. Before I tell you a little more about my layout, let me remind you that the Everyday Moments Cricut collection is ONLY AVAILABLE through the link on my website. You cannot get these images in Access or through the Cricut shopping site. 

While viewing my video tutorial, you will notice that I did use quite a few images from the Forever Friends design. Here is a side-by-side comparison of the two layouts. Do you see that little pink torn piece of paper?  That is what I used for the yellow base of my layout! 

Along with a few additional images from other designs in the Everyday Moments Collection, I also added a faux stitched border to my layout using the Perforation Blade in my Cricut Maker. It’s very faint in this photo, but if you look outside the dotted border you will be able to see that line I created to look like stitching.

To keep this design bright and summery, I chose to use the new Mix-Ins paper packet.  Those bright Canary & Sapphire shades went well with her red summer dress and the floral design of the layout. 


I hope you take a few minutes to “hop” through all of our Creative Design Team Designs. Each one of these talented ladies did an amazing job with their layouts.  You are going to learn SOO MUCH from each one of their tutorials. 

Remember, the entire list of Creative Design Team Designers can be found here on my blog, or in the description of my video.  While you are watching, make sure to take a few minutes to subscribe to each channel and hit that notification button so that you will be notified when we upload a new Creative Design Team video collab. 

I hope you learned something new and were inspired to dust of your Cricut and create today.  Feel free to comment below with any questions you have about the layout I created or the Everyday Moments Cricut collection. 

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Here is a List of the Items I Used Today